Financial Program – SMLXtlarge http://www.smlxtralarge.com/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 20:05:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-5-150x150.png Financial Program – SMLXtlarge http://www.smlxtralarge.com/ 32 32 ALLIANCE FOR FAIR COUNCIL RECRUITMENT WARNS NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES AGAINST ADOPTING RACIAL DESCRIMINATION PROGRAM https://www.smlxtralarge.com/alliance-for-fair-council-recruitment-warns-new-york-department-of-financial-services-against-adopting-racial-descrimination-program/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 20:05:00 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/alliance-for-fair-council-recruitment-warns-new-york-department-of-financial-services-against-adopting-racial-descrimination-program/ The policy would require regulated institutions to report the gender, racial and ethnic composition of their boards and management in a bid to pressure those institutions to make ‘progress’ towards diversity ‘goals’ , ostensibly to improve company performance. This policy explicitly promotes racial and gender discrimination, in clear violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, federal anti-discrimination […]]]>

The policy would require regulated institutions to report the gender, racial and ethnic composition of their boards and management in a bid to pressure those institutions to make ‘progress’ towards diversity ‘goals’ , ostensibly to improve company performance. This policy explicitly promotes racial and gender discrimination, in clear violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, federal anti-discrimination laws, and New York State law. Moreover, it will not even achieve the goals it claims to aim for. The evidence Ms Lacewell relied on is deeply flawed and does not show that discrimination will improve business performance or, in the Orwellian terms of her letter, workplace ‘safety’.

As the warning letter notes, the “evidence” Ms Lacewell relied on is almost all junk social science that doesn’t even include basic conclusions like statistical significance. And the only study that claimed to have found a statistically significant link between racial diversity and business performance was a report by consulting firm McKinsey that explicitly denied that there was a causal link between diversity and performance.

But even if these claims were true, racial discrimination for profit is wrong. If the McKinsey study had found that having more women on boards lowered corporate performance, that would not justify sex discrimination against them.

Edward Blum, the president of the Alliance for Fair Board Recruitment said: “The policy of DFS is illegal and immoral. Earning money through discrimination has been deemed and deemed insufficient.”

jonathan berry, a Boyden Gray & Associates partner who also represents the Alliance in federal court challenges against California and Nasdaq board quotas, said: “The Department of Financial Services‘ justifications for compelling increased board diversity are deeply flawed and do not support its mission to protect the financial industry or its customers. His reduction of diversity to race and gender is wrong and illegal.”

The letter is attached.

Contact: Edward Blum
703-505-1922
[email protected]

SOURCE Alliance for Fair Recruitment of Directors

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UVic News – University of Victoria https://www.smlxtralarge.com/uvic-news-university-of-victoria/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 00:39:13 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/uvic-news-university-of-victoria/ After spending hundreds, if not thousands, of hours on the high seas researching microscopic seaweed, Wylee Fitz-Gerald, former Schulich frontman and earth and ocean science graduate, has some advice for battling seasickness: “Get plenty of fresh air and keep your eyes on the horizon. It’s a prescription the University of Victoria graduate learned to follow, […]]]>

After spending hundreds, if not thousands, of hours on the high seas researching microscopic seaweed, Wylee Fitz-Gerald, former Schulich frontman and earth and ocean science graduate, has some advice for battling seasickness: “Get plenty of fresh air and keep your eyes on the horizon. It’s a prescription the University of Victoria graduate learned to follow, thanks in large part to the Schulich scholarship Leader she received in 2015.

Established in 2012 by businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, the Schulich Leader Scholarships are awarded to high school graduates who enroll in an undergraduate science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) program at 20 partner universities in Canada, including the University of Victoria. To date, more than 500 students have received Schulich scholarships of $80,000 to pursue a science degree and $100,000 for an engineering degree. So far, there have been 20 Schulich Scholars at UVic, with My Huy Lim and Denaisha Kraft joining the community in 2021. Currently celebrating its first decade, the Schulich Leader Scholars Program is well on its way to achieving its goal. shameless to “create the next generation of technological innovators.

“Responsibility to give others opportunities”

For Fitz-Gerald, who is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Oceanography at the University of British Columbia, receiving the prestigious Schulich Scholarship has not only meant financial stability to help him achieve his academic goals, but instilled the importance of mentorship and generosity.

“With the Schulich Leader Scholarship, one thing I learned is that while all these opportunities are available to you, you also have a responsibility to provide opportunities for others. It’s like going up the ladder, turning around and reaching out to help the next person up.

Fitz-Gerald says what makes the Schulich Scholarship different from other scholarships is that it builds community.

“It pushed me to go further because there was so much expectation of me and because people put you in this box where they lift you up, and you want to fit in there,” Fitz-Gerald says. “So I ended up mentoring the new Schulich Leaders coming in…and that really allowed me to make a difference and get involved with the university.”

Community of researchers

Fascinated by technology and computers from a young age, Robert Lee, a graduate of the University of Victoria, says receiving a Schulich Leader Scholarship in Engineering in 2016 allowed him to devote his time to his passions in STEM without worrying about financial pressures.

“When I first learned that I had won the Schulich I was over the moon. It was a whirlwind of so many feelings. There is not only a sense of accomplishment and recognition for my work hard work and dedication, but also a reaffirmation that my journey in life was on the right track,” says Lee. “It also reminded me that I should continue to pursue my interests, such as giving back to the community and continuing to strive for a thorough understanding of my classes.”

In May, Lee graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering with a major in computer intelligence and has worked full-time for Microsoft for six months as a software engineer. He has worked remotely from Victoria since his early days at Microsoft, but plans to relocate to the company’s offices in Redmond, WA, USA in the coming months.

Although his time at UVic is behind him, Lee says what he learned during this time in his life and the impact of the Schulich Fellowship continue to guide him.

“The Schulich Fellowship has connected me to an incredibly inspiring community of scholars for 10 years now,” says Lee. “Having this community and support network, not only when you have questions – former students who are a few years ahead may have understood the challenges you are currently trying to overcome – but also to share my advice and my experience with future Schulich Scholars, this is a really important and unique aspect of the Schulich Leader Scholars program.

Visit schulichleaders10.com for more Schulich Leaders spotlight.

If you are a company looking to hire Canada’s top STEM talent, contact the Schulich Program through this form.

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Isolation Supports in Yellowknife | GNWT Response to COVID-19 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/isolation-supports-in-yellowknife-gnwt-response-to-covid-19/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 03:57:33 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/isolation-supports-in-yellowknife-gnwt-response-to-covid-19/ As the COVID pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, the risk of contracting COVID-19 or being named a COVID-19 contact increases. We all need to take steps to be prepared to self-isolate if necessary. This includes having a plan for grocery shopping and other essentials throughout a period of isolation. Preperation : If you […]]]>

As the COVID pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, the risk of contracting COVID-19 or being named a COVID-19 contact increases. We all need to take steps to be prepared to self-isolate if necessary. This includes having a plan for grocery shopping and other essentials throughout a period of isolation.

Preperation :

If you find you need help obtaining food or essential items during isolation, consider the following:

  • Ask a neighbour, family member or friend to help you gather items and leave them at your doorstep.
  • Local grocery stores may offer delivery services – place your grocery order online or over the phone for delivery or call a taxi service.
  • Local organizations and support groups may be able to offer support with grocery baskets and other essentials.
  • Check social media for other support options in your area.

For residents who cannot meet their basic needs, the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) offers a full range of financial support programs, including income assistance. Income Assistance provides a fixed amount of funding for food and clothing and may provide assistance with housing and utilities based on actual amounts.

To apply or apply for assistance under the Welfare Program, residents may contact the North Slave ECE Service Center at (867) 767-9356.

ECE is aware that many Northerners are experiencing financial hardship due to the current pandemic and will work with applicants to accommodate their circumstances and connect residents with the support needed.

For more information on the Income Assistance Program, please visit: https://www.ece.gov.nt.ca/en/services/income-security-programs/income-assistance

Yellowknife Child and Family Services may be able to provide one-time emergency assistance for essential items to those who have exhausted all other options for assistance. Eligibility will be determined at the time of assessment.

Contact: 1-867-767-9122 and ask to speak to a social worker.


The following supports available in Yellowknife can help you throughout your period of self-isolation.

Rochdi’s your independent grocer

Curbside Grocery Pickup
https://www.votregrossierindependant.ca/

Glen’s your independent grocer

Curbside Grocery Pickup
https://www.votregrossierindependant.ca/

Yellow cab (cab)

Pickup and delivery
867-873-6666

City Cab

Pickup and delivery
867-873-4444

Taxi Aurora (taxi)

Pickup and delivery
867-873-5050

Dene Nation

  • Self-isolation requirements
  • Use of PPE
  • Mental health resources
  • Assistance with prescriptions/grocery pick-up and delivery

https://www.facebook.com/DeneNation

Tlicho government

Delivery of the following items for Tlicho members:

  • Food
  • cleaning supplies
  • Diapers and other items as needed

https://tlicho.ca/news/tlicho-government-delivers-hamper-care-packages

Yellowknives Dene First Nation

Delivery of the following items for YKDFN members:

  • Food
  • cleaning supplies
  • Diapers and other items as needed

Wellness

Salvation Army

Baskets to be picked up on Mondays and Thursdays by appointment only
https://salvationarmynwt.ca/foodbank.html

Yellowknife Women’s Society/Centre

Food baskets to pick up (limited stocks)
https://ykws.ca/
https://ykwc.ykws.ca/about-womens-centre

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TWU partners with NCTC to expand access for rural students https://www.smlxtralarge.com/twu-partners-with-nctc-to-expand-access-for-rural-students/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 18:09:26 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/twu-partners-with-nctc-to-expand-access-for-rural-students/ January 14, 2022 – DENTON – Texas Woman’s University has partnered with North Central Texas College (NCTC) to launch the Red River Promise program, which offers high school students in 13 school districts the opportunity to attend college for free and benefit from a range of support services. Eligible students who commit to the program […]]]>

January 14, 2022 – DENTON – Texas Woman’s University has partnered with North Central Texas College (NCTC) to launch the Red River Promise program, which offers high school students in 13 school districts the opportunity to attend college for free and benefit from a range of support services.

Eligible students who commit to the program can attend NCTC, Texas Woman’s, or several other partner institutions in the fall after graduating from high school. The Promise program covers tuition and fees not covered by federal and state financial aid or institutional scholarships.

The partnership aims to create a stronger college culture among rural high school graduates and provide a more affordable path to higher education that won’t lead to high debt loads, said NCTC Chancellor Brent Wallace.

School districts participating in the program are Bowie ISD, Callisburg ISD, Era ISD, Forestburg ISD, Gainesville ISD, Gold-Burg ISD, Graham ISD, Lindsay ISD, Muenster ISD, Nocona ISD, Prairie Valley ISD, Saint Jo ISD and Valley View DSI . High school students in schools in these districts can contact their counselor for more information or visit promise.nctc.edu.

The Red River Promise program is funded by a grant from the Greater Texas Foundation, with additional support from the Rural Community College Alliance, the National College Promise Campaign, and Phi Theta Kappa.

The launch of the Red River Promise program came about a month after Texas Woman’s partnered with Grayson College to establish the Texoma Promise, a similar initiative that benefits rural students in this area of ​​North Texas.

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Biden imposes first sanctions on North Korea’s weapons program after missile tests https://www.smlxtralarge.com/biden-imposes-first-sanctions-on-north-koreas-weapons-program-after-missile-tests/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 23:06:38 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/biden-imposes-first-sanctions-on-north-koreas-weapons-program-after-missile-tests/ Breadcrumb Links PMN company Author of the article: Reuters David Brunnstrom and Chris Gallagher Release date : January 12, 2022 • 12 minutes ago • 3 minutes to read • Join the conversation Content of the article WASHINGTON – The Biden administration on Wednesday imposed its first sanctions against North Korea’s weapons programs following a […]]]>

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WASHINGTON – The Biden administration on Wednesday imposed its first sanctions against North Korea’s weapons programs following a series of North Korean missile launches, including two since last week.

The sanctions targeted six North Koreans, a Russian and a Russian company, according to Washington, who were responsible for purchasing goods for the programs from Russia and China.

The US Treasury said the measures were aimed both at preventing the advancement of North Korea’s programs and at hampering its attempts to proliferate weapons technologies.

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The administration of US President Joe Biden has sought unsuccessfully to engage Pyongyang in a dialogue to persuade it to ditch its nuclear bombs and missiles since taking office in January last year.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Washington remains committed to continuing diplomacy with North Korea.

“What we have seen in recent days … only underlines our conviction that if we want to progress, we will have to engage in this dialogue,” he said during a regular press briefing.

The Treasury Department said the sanctions followed six North Korean ballistic missile launches since September, each in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Under-Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson said the measures targeted “North Korea’s continued use of foreign officials to illegally procure goods for weapons.”

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North Korea’s latest launches were “further proof that it continues to push forward prohibited programs despite calls from the international community for diplomacy and denuclearization,” Nelson said in a statement.

He said the State Department had named Russia-based North Korean Choe Myong Hyon, Russian national Roman Anatolyevich Alar and the Russian company Parsek LLC for “activities or transactions which materially contributed to the proliferation of weapons from mass destruction or their vectors. “

He said Choe Myong Hyon, a Vladivostok-based representative of the Second North Korean Academy of Natural Sciences (SANS), had worked to purchase telecommunications-related equipment from Russia.

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Four North Korean representatives based in China from organizations subordinate to SANS – Sim Kwang Sok, Kim Song Hun, Kang Chol Hak and Pyon Kwang Chol – and another North Korean based in Russia, O Yong Ho, were also targeted.

Dalian-based Sim Kwang Sok had worked to buy steel alloys, and Shenyang-based Kim Song Hun, software and chemicals, said the Treasury.

In a statement, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that between 2016 and 2021 at least, O Yong Ho worked with Parsek LLC and Alar, the company’s development manager, to procure several products with Ballistic missile applications including Kevlar yarn, aramid fiber, aviation oil, ball bearings and precision milling machines.

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Blinken said Alar also provided O Yong Ho with instructions for creating solid rocket fuel mixtures.

“The sourcing and supply relationship between O Yong Ho, Roman Anatolyevich Alar and Parsek LLC is a key source of missile goods and technologies for the DPRK missile program,” the statement said.

He also said that O Yong Ho worked to buy items including aramid fiber, stainless steel tubing and ball bearings from “third countries” he did not name.

The North Korean mission to the UN, the Russian and Chinese embassies in Washington and the Russian firm did not respond to requests for comment.

North Korean media reported that leader Kim Jong Un observed the test of a hypersonic missile on Tuesday, the second in less than a week after promising in a New Year’s speech to bolster the military with high-speed technology. point.

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Tuesday’s test came hours after the US mission to the United Nations, joined by Albania, France, Ireland, Japan and the UK, condemned last week’s launch and called UN states to fulfill their sanctions obligations.

UN resolutions ban testing of North Korean ballistic and nuclear missiles and impose sanctions.

Anthony Ruggiero, a sanctions expert in the former Trump administration who failed to persuade Kim to roll back his nuclear program despite an unprecedented commitment, called the new sanctions a “good start.”

However, he said the Biden administration had authorized a reversal of the sanctions pressure and added, “Biden must continue with the nominations to increase the pressure on the Kim regime.”

Price did not respond when asked why no Chinese individual or entity had been targeted, or more specifically when asked if China and Russia were doing enough to enforce the sanctions, but stressed the importance that all UN states do, while adding, “Obviously we haven’t seen all of this.

Wednesday’s actions freeze all US-related assets of the targeted individuals and prohibit any trading with them. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom and Chris Gallagher; Additional reporting by Simon Lewis; Editing by Jonathan Oatis, Howard Goller and Grant McCool)

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The Town of Shreveport to organize an application process for the Income Pilot Program https://www.smlxtralarge.com/the-town-of-shreveport-to-organize-an-application-process-for-the-income-pilot-program/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 00:20:00 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/the-town-of-shreveport-to-organize-an-application-process-for-the-income-pilot-program/ SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (KSLA) – The City of Shreveport will open the application process for the Shreveport Universal Basic Income (UBI) program on Monday, January 10. The pilot program is a joint effort between the Town of Shreveport, the Parish of Caddo and United Way of Northwest Louisiana. The application period will last from 8:00 a.m. […]]]>

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (KSLA) – The City of Shreveport will open the application process for the Shreveport Universal Basic Income (UBI) program on Monday, January 10.

The pilot program is a joint effort between the Town of Shreveport, the Parish of Caddo and United Way of Northwest Louisiana.

The application period will last from 8:00 a.m. on January 10 to 11:59 p.m. on January 17. Those interested in applying can click here.

Of those eligible, 110 families will be selected to receive $ 660 per month for one year.

Residents of Shreveport who are single parents with an income below 120% of the federal poverty line. The program defines a single parent as a mother, father, step-parent, grandparent, guardian or legal guardian with a school-age child. The resident must be functionally single, whether married or not. If single, the resident cannot live with a partner.

“An estimated 25% of the citizens of Shreveport live in poverty and a guaranteed income would allow beneficiaries to meet their most urgent daily needs and unpredictable expenses. UBI with resources from the Shreveport Financial Empowerment Center would create a catalyst for better educational outcomes, substantial improvements in physical and mental health, significant reduction in predatory debt, and greater confidence in meeting basic needs.

Mayor Perkins joined Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI) in 2020. MGI is a coalition of mayors committed to advancing guaranteed federal income – direct, recurring cash payments to the poor and middle class. A guaranteed income is an unconditional, monthly cash payment made directly to randomly selected families or individuals.

Shreveport City Council approved a resolution to receive $ 500,000 from MGI for the program, and the Caddo Parish Commission approved the allocation of $ 432,000 for matching funds.

“It’s important to me to support low-income single-parent households with school-aged children who often struggle to make ends meet. Many people are working and still do not have enough funds to cover basic needs. In these difficult times, it is beneficial that we, as leaders, give as much hope as possible to help our communities. I see this pilot program as an investment tool. Especially for those who are not entitled to additional help. Providing unrestricted additional income could help a single parent pay for the expenses necessary to complete their education. Perhaps relieve the stress of not having sufficient funds to pay their bills. Or even help a kid with musical instruments, medical bills, dance lessons, uniforms / fees. The possibilities are endless and my colleagues and I are honored to be part of this initiative to help improve the quality of life for our citizens in Caddo Parish.

For those who need help completing the application, Centraide’s Financial Empowerment Center will accept walk-in visits from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. The only day they will not be available is the last day of the application period, Monday January 17th, due to the holiday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr ..

In-person assistance will also be provided from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11 at the Airport Park Recreation Center and from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on January 13 at the David Raines Recreation Center.

Selected participants will be contacted approximately three weeks after the end of the application period.

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U.S. Anti-Corruption Strategy Reflects Global Enforcement https://www.smlxtralarge.com/u-s-anti-corruption-strategy-reflects-global-enforcement/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 09:02:33 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/u-s-anti-corruption-strategy-reflects-global-enforcement/ On December 6, the White House released America’s first-ever anti-corruption strategy. This follows President Biden’s announcement in June that the fight against corruption is a core US national security interest, and coincides with the Department of Justice’s updated enforcement policy, as well. as updated anti-corruption recommendations from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. While […]]]>

On December 6, the White House released America’s first-ever anti-corruption strategy. This follows President Biden’s announcement in June that the fight against corruption is a core US national security interest, and coincides with the Department of Justice’s updated enforcement policy, as well. as updated anti-corruption recommendations from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

While the five pillars of the strategy are laudable goals for a new whole-of-government response to foreign bribery, broad transnational coordination of enforcement, and reducing the loopholes in the financial system that corrupt actors have exploited, the practical impacts for companies can be lost in its political language and goal lists.

Beyond the Pillars, companies need to watch five concrete trends to ensure their own compliance programs evolve to keep pace with the growing application.

More resources and anti-corruption laws

The Biden administration seeks to build on the success of overseas corrupt practices law enforcement by increasing the budgets and size of the DOJ, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the FBI, as well as by creating new units in other agencies and dedicating intelligence resources to data mining. .

The administration also calls for legislation “to criminalize the demand for bribery by foreign public officials”, and will help foreign counterparts create “complementary regimes and scale up[ing] [US] efforts.”

The new strategy also promotes national legislation aimed at “greater transparency in the United States campaign finance system, and …[ing] prohibition of foreign nationals from attempting to influence federal, state or local elections.

Harnessing the private sector

The strategy presents the private sector as: (1) a source of information, directing ministries and agencies to “work to support and better use analyzes conducted by external partners, including … the private sector”; (2) potential initiative partners, seeking to “trigger private sector advocacy for anti-corruption reform”; and 3) architects of corporate compliance programs, committing to “work with the private sector to improve the international business climate by encouraging the adoption and enforcement of anti-corruption compliance programs”.

The strategy can be interpreted as the government’s own statement of compliance program, focusing on Department of Justice terminology and techniques. its own 2020 assessment policy for corporate compliance programs, including: risk assessment, tone communications, risk mitigation, data metrics, continuous improvement, and governance reporting.

‘Follow the Money’ Strategies

Corrupt actors often use US financial systems to launder ill-gotten gains. To tackle the problem, the strategy builds on the 2020 Business Transparency Act and other anti-money laundering efforts to create greater transparency by expanding beneficial ownership regulations, in particular by targeting the declaration of real estate, art and antiques transactions.

The strategy also encourages new legislation and stronger enforcement targeting custodians (including lawyers, accountants, financial advisers and business service providers).

As a sign that the strategy is more than rhetoric, within 48 hours of the strategy’s publication, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has solicited public comment on the imposition of real estate reporting requirements and issued a proposal notice. regulations relating to the declaration of beneficial ownership.

Tailored diplomatic approaches for friends and foes

the The strategy also separates anti-corruption partner countries from those that promote corruption. Partners can expect resources, information sharing and support; corruption facilitators can expect sanctions.

The administration announced a Democracies Against Safe Havens initiative to “engage partner countries in coordinating actions on law enforcement, sanctions and enforcement of visa restrictions and on detection and disruption of the kleptocracy and foreign bribery ”.

Perhaps given the success of the SEC’s whistleblower program, the strategy encourages whistleblowing in difficult jurisdictions. The administration is committed to protecting anti-corruption actors and “defending the freedom of expression of anti-corruption activists, whistleblowers and investigative journalists”, and establishes a pilot awards program for the recovery of the assets of the kleptocracy.

Businesses can expect the State Department to put anti-corruption messages at the top of their agenda and encourage reporting of corrupt behavior to U.S. embassies.

Support and monitor program priorities

The strategy calls for improved controls and enforcement of administrative programs, including:

  • international assistance and government-to-government support;
  • Relief from Covid-19;
  • infrastructure and “Build back better”; and
  • climate finance.

Without direct reference to the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the strategy also seeks to strengthen controls for corruption in US defense spending, including in: (1) direct defense spending and international aid, and (2 ) the requirements of defense contractors and the supply chain.

Companies in all industries involved in US government contracts and programs are well advised to review their compliance programs.

Businesses should also expect administration priorities to impact enforcement, from climate impact to diversity, inclusion and equity. The strategy foreshadows how these issues will shape enforcement, noting that corruption “has a disproportionate impact on vulnerable groups …”; “Limits the capacity of States to respond effectively to public health crises and to combat climate change, migration and inequalities in all their forms …; And makes states “more vulnerable to terrorist networks, transnational organized criminals and gangs and human traffickers.”

With more stakeholders and more stakes, and with an administration focused on comprehensive, integrated and holistic anti-corruption approaches, boards must now ask their companies: Is our compliance program resourced appropriate and can it meet these new evolving expectations?

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. or its owners.

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Audrey harris is a former Co-Chair of Mayer Brown’s Global Anti-Corruption and FCPA Practice and Chief Compliance Officer for Global Resource Company BHP and is a Chambers-Ranked FCPA Practitioner with a career dedicated to advising, advising and defending companies public and private, executives, boards of directors, and the foundations of high-stakes investigation, litigation, governance, ethics, compliance and law enforcement.

Jason linder, former Senior Federal Prosecutor, is Co-Chair of Mayer Brown’s Global Anti-Corruption & FCPA Practice. He has experience in corruption, securities fraud and other forms of financial fraud, money laundering, tax evasion and anti-competitive conduct.


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Washington Energy and Sustainability Updates https://www.smlxtralarge.com/washington-energy-and-sustainability-updates/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 23:54:37 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/washington-energy-and-sustainability-updates/ Thursday, December 30, 2021 Bipartite infrastructure law makes historic investments in energy and transport With the enactment of the $ 1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, also known as the Biparty Infrastructure Act (BIL), the Biden administration is now working to rapidly deploy which is the largest long-term investment in infrastructure in the country. […]]]>

Bipartite infrastructure law makes historic investments in energy and transport

With the enactment of the $ 1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, also known as the Biparty Infrastructure Act (BIL), the Biden administration is now working to rapidly deploy which is the largest long-term investment in infrastructure in the country. BIL includes a new five-year surface transport license as well as $ 550 billion in new spending on energy, water, broadband and transport.

The funds will be distributed in two ways: (1) formula-based funding for states, territories, local governments and tribes; and (2) competitive grants open to a wide range of applicants, including states, territories, local governments, Indian tribes, utility and transmission developers, rural co-operatives, community stakeholders. industry, national laboratories, higher education institutions, non-profit and for-profit private and other entities.

Key formula-based funding includes:

  • Weatherization Assistance Program ($ 3.5 billion)

  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants Program ($ 550 million)

  • State Energy Program ($ 500 million)

  • Prevent blackouts and improve the resilience of the power grid ($ 2.5 billion)

  • Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund Capital Grants Program ($ 250 million)

  • Electric Vehicle Formula Program ($ 5 billion)

  • Carbon emissions reduction program that includes electric vehicle charging ($ 6.4 billion)

The main competitive grants include:

  • Prevent blackouts and increase the resilience of the power grid ($ 2.5 billion)

  • Federal financial assistance program for energy infrastructure ($ 5 billion)

  • Energy Improvement Program in Rural and Remote Areas ($ 1 billion)

  • Smart Grid Investment Matching Grant Program ($ 3 billion)

  • Transport Facilitation Program ($ 2.5 billion)

  • Carbon dioxide transport infrastructure financing and innovation program ($ 2.1 billion)

  • Carbon storage validation and testing ($ 2.5 billion)

  • Direct air capture hubs ($ 3.5 billion)

  • Clean hydrogen centers ($ 8 billion)

  • Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing and Recycling Program ($ 500 million)

  • Clean Hydrogen Electrolysis Program ($ 1 billion)

  • Large-scale carbon capture pilot projects ($ 937 million)

  • Carbon Capture Demonstration Project Program ($ 2.5 billion)

  • Battery Material Processing Subsidy Program ($ 3 billion)

  • Battery Manufacturing and Recycling Subsidy Program ($ 3 billion)

  • Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize Competition ($ 10 million)

  • Second Life Battery and Application Recycling Program ($ 200 million)

  • Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program ($ 750 million)

  • Incentives for hydroelectric generation ($ 125 million)

  • Hydroelectric capital improvements ($ 554 million)

  • Grants for Energy Efficiency Improvement and Renewable Energy Improvement in Public Schools ($ 500 million)

  • Assistance to Federal Facilities with the Energy Conservation Technology Grant Program ($ 250 million)

  • Industrial emissions demonstration projects ($ 500 million)

  • Solar energy demonstration projects ($ 80 million)

  • Wind energy demonstration projects ($ 100 million)

  • Geothermal energy demonstration projects ($ 84 million)

  • Carbon emissions reduction program that includes electric vehicle charging ($ 6.4 billion)

  • Subsidies for recharging and refueling infrastructure ($ 2.5 billion)

Access opportunities in the energy sector

  • The open funding opportunities of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies of the Ministry of Energy can be found by clicking HERE.

  • Funding opportunities specifically related to batteries can be found HERE.

  • National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) solicitations and funding opportunities can be found by clicking HERE.

NETL has announced that in the first quarter of calendar year 2022, it will issue a funding opportunity announcement on “the production, storage, transportation and use of clean hydrogen to enable net savings to zero carbon ”.

NETL also published an information request titled “Opportunities for Deployment and Demonstration of Carbon Reduction and Elimination Technologies” to solicit comments from members of industry, investors, developers, academia, laboratories. researchers, government agencies, potentially affected communities and other stakeholders on potential carbon management. demonstration and deployment projects and their associated locations, including potentially ideal locations for such projects in the United States, while taking into account environmental justice, energy transition, tribal communities and other affected communities. Responses are expected before January 24, 2022.

Access opportunities in the transport sector

  • When announced, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funding opportunities, including those related to electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging infrastructure, will be found HERE. These are mainly funding formulas for states, local communities, etc.

  • State-by-State fact sheets from the Department of Transportation can be found HERE.

On December 2, FHWA issued a request for information regarding BIL’s National Electric Vehicle Formulas Program (Electric Vehicle Charging Program), which will provide funding for states to strategically deploy vehicle charging infrastructure. and establish an interconnected network to facilitate data collection, access and reliability. . The comment period is open until January 28, 2022 and details can be found in the Federal Register by clicking HERE.

The Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Transport have created a new Joint Office of Energy and Transport to support the construction of a national network of 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles.

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Iran insists on crude exports as Vienna nuclear talks resume https://www.smlxtralarge.com/iran-insists-on-crude-exports-as-vienna-nuclear-talks-resume/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 13:55:30 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/iran-insists-on-crude-exports-as-vienna-nuclear-talks-resume/ Talks struggled to progress and were adjourned earlier this month after a cycle marked by tensions over Tehran’s new demands. Iran insisted on Monday that the United States and its allies would promise to allow Tehran to export its crude as negotiations to restore the tattered nuclear deal were due to resume in Vienna. Remarks […]]]>

Talks struggled to progress and were adjourned earlier this month after a cycle marked by tensions over Tehran’s new demands.

Iran insisted on Monday that the United States and its allies would promise to allow Tehran to export its crude as negotiations to restore the tattered nuclear deal were due to resume in Vienna.

Remarks by Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian indicate that Iran maintains its position ahead of negotiations to revive the landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Talks struggled to progress and were adjourned earlier this month- hereafter a cycle marked by tensions linked to the new demands of Tehran.

Speaking to reporters in Tehran, Amirabdollahian said Iran wanted the next round of talks to focus on its sanctions-stricken oil industry. The goal is to get to “the point where Iranian oil is sold easily and without any barriers and its money gets into Iran’s bank accounts,” he said.

Tehran’s historic deal with world powers gave the nation sanctions relief in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program. But in 2018 then-President Donald Trump withdrew America from the deal and imposed sweeping sanctions on Iran, including against its oil sector – the lifeline of its economy. Iranian crude exports have plummeted and international oil companies have broken deals with Tehran, weakening its economy.

As the parties to the atomic deal prepared to meet, Amirabdollahian said Iran wanted “to be able to take advantage of any economic concessions under the nuclear deal.”

“Guarantee and verification (of the removal of sanctions) are among the subjects we have focused on,” he said.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s new conservative administration has repeatedly called for the removal of all economic sanctions before Iran curbs its nuclear advances.

Separately, on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said it would be “intolerable” for the West to demand anything from Tehran beyond respecting the agreement. initial.

Iran has steadily abandoned all limits of the deal since the US withdrawal and is now enriching uranium at 60% purity – a short technical step by military grade levels. He spins ever more advanced centrifuges, which are also prohibited by the agreement.

Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful. But the country’s significant nuclear advances have alarmed regional rivals and world powers. Diplomats have warned that time is running out to restore the deal, as Iran maintains a hard line in forcing the United States to lift sanctions.

The talks involve all parties to the original nuclear deal: Iran, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. Iran refuses to speak directly to the American envoy, who engages through the other signatories.

Khatibzadeh told reporters on Monday that Enrique Mora, the European Union’s diplomat in charge of the talks, would carry messages and drafts between Iran and the United States.

“We present our views in writing and the dialogue continues in Vienna in an indirect way,” he said.

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Small Businesses Face Deadline to Apply for COVID Era Relief Program | https://www.smlxtralarge.com/small-businesses-face-deadline-to-apply-for-covid-era-relief-program/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 19:21:00 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/small-businesses-face-deadline-to-apply-for-covid-era-relief-program/ If business owners need help completing the online application or have concerns about language or technology barriers, the San Diego and Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center offers free assistance. Recently, the SBDC hosted a webinar on the EIDL Lending Program with a panel of six community lenders and what small business owners need to […]]]>

If business owners need help completing the online application or have concerns about language or technology barriers, the San Diego and Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center offers free assistance.

Recently, the SBDC hosted a webinar on the EIDL Lending Program with a panel of six community lenders and what small business owners need to know about Connecting to Capital in the New Year. Here are three takeaways from local community lenders on how small businesses can prepare for 2022:

* Have a plan to take care of your grants and loans

Lenders say it’s best not only to have your finances in order when you go to a financial institution, but you should also be prepared to explain how the pandemic may have impacted your finances.

“When you come to talk to a banker, myself or a lender, prepare your income, your tax documents and know what they mean,” said Roxanne Rostamian, branch manager at Banner Bank in Escondido. “So if you have suffered any losses and it was related to COVID, be able to explain that and how things are going to be different in the future.”

* Find out how to keep capital on hand to be ready for the opportunity

In addition to making sure your finances are sorted out before the new year, lenders say it’s best to keep cash on hand so you’re ready to grab the opportunity. Fernando Ponce, regional business development manager at Primary Funding Corporation, said he noticed companies that were ready to reach out and access capital early in the pandemic had the capacity to thrive.


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