Hotel recommendations – Sidi Fredj Hotels Tue, 22 Nov 2022 07:44:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hotel recommendations – Sidi Fredj Hotels 32 32 Eight mid-cap stocks, 2 with “Strong Buy” recommendations and 6 with “Buy” recommendations with upside potential of up to 35% Tue, 22 Nov 2022 07:44:00 +0000

ICICI Group Action “Overall loan growth for PSBs in FY22 improved to 8.8% (vs. 16% for private banks) – the highest since FY14. More importantly, PSB growth was broader across all segments,” he added. a “buy” rating on SBI and Bank of Baroda, with target prices of ₹600 and ₹130 and, respectively. Shares of SBI gained 0.3% to end at ₹462.35 on Tuesday, while Bank of Baroda ended down 1.44% at ₹95.80.


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my recommendations for a memorable birthday Thu, 17 Nov 2022 16:42:00 +0000

For a very long time, I was confused about how I felt about turning 21. Turning 18 was a big milestone, and turning 20 last year was the start of a new decade of life. 21, however, seemed daunting in the sense that adulthood was taking over faster than expected. From being a senior in college, to graduating next year, to constantly applying for full-time jobs, time has flown by much faster than I think any of us have. had achieved. Birthdays in general are always something that excites me more discreetly, but this year, I wanted to make it a point to celebrate myself.

Amherst is the most quaint little town with its own attractions, but physically and mentally I’ve always been a big city girl. So naturally Boston was a strong contender for a weekend of fun with nine of my friends just two hours away. We planned out our entire weekend, choosing a hotel in downtown Boston where we wouldn’t have to spend money on Ubers. Brunches were about a 10-15 minute walk away; if there is any advice i would suggest for planning a weekend in a new city, proximity matters!

We arrived in Boston around 6pm on Friday – which was my birthday – and spent the evening exploring the nightlife, then went out for brunch the next day. If there’s one place I would recommend from this entire trip, it would definitely be Worden Hall; we spent an afternoon there for brunch before shopping on Newbury Street. They were very accommodating of our large group, and the food ranged from breakfast burritos to full english to breakfast pizzas – the best deals on brunch and extremely delicious food! Their truffle fries get brownie points and make a great sharing plate for the table.

All that said, it was really fun planning something for myself and others, and taking the time to make sure I was celebrate me. I’m not usually someone you would catch saying “Celebrate yourself!” a lot; I would definitely say that I suffer from terrible impostor syndrome, especially in college. Nonetheless, having this day to look forward to in the midst of endless half-term homework was a bigger boon than I expected. I would consider myself someone who is task oriented and can get lost in work without taking a good break for myself. If you recognize yourself as someone in the same boat, I really suggest that you plan even the smallest trips to expect. This will greatly increase your excitement for the week and give you something to look forward to. It might not be a great trip to town, but even going to Trader Joe’s on the weekend or making a to-do list is a win!

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My Mom’s Book Recommendations Thu, 17 Nov 2022 15:00:00 +0000


My mother, although she is not a “cool mom” in the mean girls sens, has always been loved by my friends for her book recommendations. An avid reader from an early age, she has always had a wonderful taste for books. She and my grandmother always share book recommendations. I was lucky that she passed on her bookworm nature to me; luckily she used to give me some of her old books when I was younger. She would randomly give me books she liked or go through her library and give me a stack of books she liked. She also gave my friends books she really liked as gifts. My mom is like the best personal shopper librarian. Here is a list of some of my favorite books she recommended:

  1. All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward – A thrilling true crime book revolving around the Watergate scandal. It was written by the journalists who uncovered the scandal.
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – When my mother gave me this, I had no idea it would become my most read book of all time. It’s absolute comfort reading for me, and don’t be intimidated by its classic status; it’s relatable and funny. Elizabeth and Darcy are two wonderful characters who achieve excellent character development. Their love story has inspired so much media for a reason.
  3. When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi- An absolutely overwhelming memoir, the author writes a beautiful memoir of his cancer diagnosis as a neurosurgeon.
  4. educated by Tara Westover – Another memoir from the author growing up in a survivalist family and learning the power of education.
  5. Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout – A heartfelt story about a middle-aged woman who had children and two marriages. After her husband’s death the previous year, she spends time with her ex-husband, whom she really has always had feelings for. This book explores family dynamics and the differences between being in love and loving.
  6. The Moonflower Slayers by David Grann – A true story about the start of the FBI and the murders of Native Americans in a town that is hidden.
  7. A gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – One of my favorites, this book spans decades, following Count Alexander Rostov under house arrest in Russia during the days of the Soviet Union. During a tense time in Russian history, the story follows him and his relationships with different people while living in the grand hotel. This is a moving and wonderfully written novel.
  8. Caste: the origins of our discontent by Isabel Wilkerson – This non-fiction book deals with the origins of the caste system and looks at the structures of different societies: India, America and Nazi Germany.
  9. Anxious people by Fredrik Backman – This one she gave to my best friend, who later recommended it to me. It is the story of different people during a bank robbery and explores the relationships between people. This book is very modern and incredibly moving.

These are just the beginning of my mom’s book recommendations. I appreciate that these books still have compelling characters, emotion, and strong writing. I hope one day I will convince her to create a Goodreads account, so that everyone can steal her good taste.

Book recommendations by Paulina Porizkova Wed, 16 Nov 2022 14:01:35 +0000

Welcome to Lifetime, The books section of, in which the authors share their most memorable reads. Whether you’re looking for a book to console you, move you deeply, or make you laugh, consider a recommendation from the writers in our series, who, like you (because you’re here), love books. Maybe one of their favorite titles will also become one of yours.

The title of the book of autobiographical essays by Paulina Porizkova, No filter (The Open Field), speaks with an emotional candor familiar to followers of his IG feed. There, she bares it all: anxiety and depression, insecurity and invisibility, aging and menopause, dating in her 50s (she’s on Raya) plus no-makeup and near-nude photos.

Born in Czechoslovakia, Porizkova was raised by her grandmother when the Soviets invaded and her anti-Communist parents fled to Sweden until her mother returned for her when she was six years old. She started modeling at 15, when she got her first apartment in Paris, then moved to New York at 17, where she got a grand piano which she still owns.

A former face of Estée Lauder, Porizkova is still involved in fashion and beauty: walking for Fendi and appearing in campaigns for La Ligne, Karen Millen, Camilla and Marc, and Laura Geller Beauty. She speaks four languages; wrote a room on his childhood during the Soviet occupation for the Los Angeles Time; spoke about beauty standards and aging at the Aspen Ideas Festivals, has a dog named Ludwig and a cat named Oskar; reads hands; and participated in the Panamanian jungle reality show beyond the edge.

Likes: cocktails and perfumes that remind him of the smell of a library, art nouveau, owls, opera, tap dancing, Rag & Bone “denim” sweatpants. Dislikes: working out, ice cream. The inside scoop on his book picks below.

The book that:

… I could only have discovered in the library of a hotel lobby:

The world according to Garp by John Irving. I was about 16, I was a model in an exotic place and I had accidentally left my book (in Swedish) on the plane. I’m almost chronically unable to fall asleep without reading, so I scoured the hotel library where guests had left their holiday books and picked up the biggest one I could find to last me all the way. along the trip. The first chapter was tough. My English was good enough for conversation, but I had only read books in Czech and Swedish. The second chapter got easier, and by the third I was hooked and the language was no longer an issue.

…I recommend again and again:

away from the tree by Andrew Solomon. Since we are all someone’s children, and many of us have children, this book speaks for all of us. The idea that in order to easily love our children, we want them to be replicas of ourselves, mirroring us because it makes us feel validated, was a galvanizing concept for me. And the difficulties of love when you show up with something other than yourself.

… currently sits on my bedside table:

dark house by Charles Dickens. I read it in my teens and decided to revisit it. No one, in my opinion, has captured characters written with such finesse as Dickens. For me, he was and remains the master of description.

…my comfort diary:

A tree grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith may have arrived decades earlier and in a faraway place called Brooklyn, but Francie, borrowing books alphabetically from the library and intending to read them all, reflected oceans and time to me.

…the first book I bought:

The joy of sex by Alex Comfort at an airport store, on one of my many work trips. Boy, was that enlightening!

…which broke my heart:

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. Two lovers on what should be their most romantic night, their wedding night, misunderstand each other so much that they end up breaking up the next morning. The heartbreak here lies in intent and miscommunication, where I believe most of our heartbreak begins.

… swear that I will finish one day:

Ulysses by James Joyce. Should I add more?

… which sealed a friendship:

Bel Canto by Ann Patchet. I loved this book so much that when I met Ann in person at a party, I walked over to her. We have been friends ever since. I read everything she wrote. Who she is as a person translates directly into who she is as an author: a writer of such depth, consistency, honesty, wisdom, and beauty that I cannot single out any of her books as my favorite; they are all his children and I love them all equally – albeit for different reasons.

… I would like signed by the author:

David Copperfield By Charles Dickens and Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. I’m not a braggart by nature, but boy, owning these two would make me insufferable. Luckily that won’t happen.

…I would pass on to my children:

To fall by Neal Stephenson. It’s kind of a sequel to Ramdeand since this is an online world, and my two boys are huge techies (working in the gaming world and in AI research), I know they would all love the two read about how people’s brains are uploaded into an artificial world and create existence and civilization from scratch.

… made me cry uncontrollably:

About life by Kerry Egan. This series of essays is as heartbreaking as it is vital. It’s a glimpse into the life of a female chaplain working in a hospice, witnessing the beauty, pain and regrets of lives lived. Although I sobbed throughout the book, I came away cleansed and inspired to make the most of the life I have.

…surprised me:

The 13 ½ lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers. I bought this book for my thirteen year old son, Jonathan, because it looked cool on a shelf. As soon as he started reading it, he insisted that I read it too. “Mom, you’re going to love it!” He was right. It has since become a family treasure. It’s one of the most imaginative and creative books I’ve ever read and nearly impossible to categorize. And it works for both adults and children.

… shaped my view of the world:

Every book I’ve read has contributed to my view of the world. Some in big, noticeably changing ways, some with softer nudges, and many with just a slight drop of something I hadn’t thought of before, but it’s safe to say that the person I am today Today has been shaped in large part by the books I’ve consumed.

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Colorado Environmental Justice Task Force completes recommendations Sun, 13 Nov 2022 12:46:31 +0000

In a final marathon, the Environmental Justice Task Force, established by Bill 1266, the Environmental Justice Act, completed its legislative and regulatory policy recommendations at its meeting in Pueblo on November 9 and 10.

Heading into the final day, there were a few questions left regarding the group’s suggestions on practical ways to address environmental justice inequities in the state, with a focus on disproportionately affected communities, including including the number of working group members who should vote for each recommendation in directing that it be included in the report.

The group had been back and forth throughout its meetings, held every two months from December 2021, unable to agree on whether the threshold should be a two-thirds majority or a simple majority. Members of the working group who carry out work on environmental justice called for a simple majority, arguing that it was the best way to ensure that the voices of the community were represented. Others, largely members of the oil and gas industry, argued that a two-thirds majority showed stronger support for each recommendation and was consistent with what had been decided in previous meetings.

“Our obligation is not to each other, it’s not to our procedures, it’s to Colorado,” countered Renee M. Chacon, a member of the task force and longtime Commerce City activist. “We are accountable to our communities when we return home.”

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Renee M. Chacon hoped to turn her life as an activist into politics with the Environmental Justice Task Force.

Renee Millard Chacon for the Facebook page of the municipal council of district 3

And the community seemed to agree, showing up for a public comment session on November 9 that lasted an hour longer than expected due to the number of people who wanted to speak.

“The current requirement of a two-thirds majority is grossly unfair, inequitable, and that is exactly why this task force and others like it are needed, to correct the processes and impacts of environmental injustice and social,” said Velma Campbell, a Pueblo physician. “The two-thirds majority requirement requires community advocates to gain approximately more than half the support of the remaining working group members for a recommendation, while positions favored by industry or Agencies can pass the Environmental Justice Task Force without community support.”

According to Tyson Johnston, director of land and business development for Gunnison Energy and co-chair of the task force, one of the biggest challenges for the group was the lack of trust between the task force and the community due to experiences past with environmental racism. .

“The people who participated were absolutely vital,” Johnston said. Westword. “And from my point of view, [they] really changed my understanding, my opinions and educated me on a lot of things that happen within these communities. … It’s encouraging to me that we’re putting something together that’s actually going to have results, and hopefully those results will motivate these communities to really be a part of this even more, and to refine this in the future and create something something they trust, trust and look forward to working with.

To do this, some of the public commenters suggested that the task force should create the broadest set of recommendations possible rather than shifting environmental justice priorities into a minority report.

“I really want to bring out the voices of those directly affected by pollution, noise, dust and the fear that our children are getting sick all the time,” said Patricia Nelson, a mother who has advocated for fracking. hydraulic. further from Bella Romero Academy in Greeley. “These are the people who should be represented and should be the loudest voices. … We just need to find the strength within ourselves and remember who we are here to uplift.

On November 10, members of the working group had a final discussion on whether only a simple majority was needed for a final recommendation. Trisha Oeth, director of health and environmental protection for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said that while she still thinks a two-thirds majority would be stronger, she thought the recommendations would be delegitimized if the task force did not do so. pass by simple majority.

Many, including Johnston, pointed out that the document came very close to a two-thirds consensus anyway. And in the end, the task force agreed that the recommendations should only be supported by a simple majority.

After that, three of the seven sections of the final recommendations were unanimously adopted: those dealing with health disparities, best practices for community engagement, and defining communities disproportionately affected. The four that passed with some opposition were a section on how environmental justice efforts should be coordinated across the state; a section on new centralized analyzes of environmental equity and cumulative impacts; a section on additional environmental projects; and a section on just transition.

Despite the move to a simple majority requirement for recommendations, there will still be three elements to a minority report from the task force’s environmental advocates.

The first concerns the environmental justice coordination entity. All members of the working group agreed that, for now, the current environmental justice program of the CDPHE should oversee the work and that the legislator should assess its performance to determine if another entity is needed. The disagreement came over the oversight of the program: should it be through the current Environmental Justice Advisory Council, a permanent institution established by the same statute that created the task force, or a separate interagency oversight board?

In their minority report, environmental justice advocates Beatriz Soto, Kimberly Mendoza-Cooke, Hilda Nucete, Meera Fickling, Jamie Valdez, Ean Thomas Tafoya and Chacon will offer separate counsel.

Most of these members – minus Mendoza-Cooke and with the addition of toxicologist Uni Blake – will also create a minority report arguing that the environmental equity and cumulative impacts analyses, which will analyze the cumulative impacts of air, water, soil, radiation and other types of pollution for specific areas involved in agency decision-making, should be able to propose the development of new health thresholds for pollutants.

According to this group, the standards are not always sufficiently protective and communities should be able to benefit from greater protection if the data indicate that this might be necessary. But other members of the task force, including representatives from state agencies like the Air Pollution Control Division and the Public Utilities Commission, argued that such proposals could open up the State to disputes.

The final minority report will concern additional environmental projects, which are established when an entity chooses to donate funds to a community organization rather than pay a fine for breaking the law, which happened with the Suncor oil refinery. This year. Marsha Nelson of the Colorado Department of Transportation, along with Valdez, Chacon, Fickling, Tafoya, and Soto, said the community should have the opportunity to determine whether the applying entity can participate in project selection. The other members agreed that the entity should do so, as it would have no incentive to participate in a PES if it could not be part of the process. The majority of members agreed that the entity should not have a louder voice than the community.

Other hot topics that eventually reached unanimous majorities: the rigor with which the community engagement task force recommendations should be applied, the extent to which the state’s just transition plan should consider expand and whether the ‘disproportionately impacted community’ label should be changed.

Throughout the work of the task force, some communities, including tribal entities, said the term “disproportionately affected” had a negative connotation, defining communities by the harm done to them rather than their strengths. . The task force eventually agreed that the terms of reference should be removed, but determined that the members lacked the knowledge to choose a replacement. Instead, they recommended that the term be reassessed and updated in the near future as the environmental justice work recommended by the task force continues.

“It will take years to implement,” said Tafoya, the task force’s other co-chair. Westword. “For us to really start to unravel hundreds of years of problems, it’s going to take time, and I hope people will stay involved. People are determined to see the recommendations implemented.

Once the group approved the recommendations, Environmental Justice Program staff tweaked them for grammar and consistency; the final report was completed by the official deadline of 14 November. A letter from the co-chairs was attached to the recommendations, which will be shared with state agencies and the legislature.

Although the process was arduous at times, the task force ended its term with a celebration.

“I came in with a lot of skepticism about how we were all going to interact, how we were all going to work together,” Johnston said. “One of the biggest things I’ve learned through this process is that, in all the political and ideological disagreements that the various groups that are part of this task force may have, on the whole, we’re not all really not that different. I really respect everyone I work with on this working group and the time and effort and thought they put into all of this. … We are blessed to be able to plant the seed, and I’m going to stay and make sure it gets watered.

View all working group documents, including final recommendations, here.

10 book recommendations for every genre Fri, 11 Nov 2022 18:00:01 +0000

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Each year, I set myself the goal of reading 100 books. And in recent years, I’ve been lucky enough to hit that goal a few months early, surpassing it in October of this year. And I have the reading habits I established to thank him. But what really made it possible were the books themselves.

This year, I picked up so many books that I couldn’t let go. And now I’m giving you book recommendations in every genre so you can get lost in a book (or a few) and hit your reading goals too.


Kirsten Miller


I admit it: I’m not looking for long books. So when I first came across Kirsten Miller’s 480-page “The Change,” I was hesitant. But I’m so glad I picked this one because once I started it I couldn’t put it down. This genre-bender is a riveting read filled with fantasy elements, commentary on the constant power struggle of women and men, and heart-wrenching mystery.

For three women from the Long Island coastal community of Mattauk, menopause is not at all what they expected. Nessa James inherited her grandmother’s ability to see and hear the dead. Harriett Osborne discovered a propensity for a unique type of gardening. And Jo Levison has become stronger than she could have ever imagined. Guided by voices that only Nessa can hear, the trio discover a teenage girl whose body has been dumped by a secluded beach. When the police brand the victim an addicted sex worker, Nessa, Harriett and Jo realize they were given their gifts to take matters into their own hands.

General Fiction

Elin Hilderbrand

The Nantucket Hotel

Elin Hilderbrand is my favorite author, so it’s no surprise she’s on this list. His latest novel, “The Hotel Nantucket,” is Hilderbrand at his best: multiple characters you can’t get enough of, page-turning mysteries, and a love letter to the people, food, and decor of Nantucket. .

Fresh out of a bad breakup, Lizbet Keaton is desperately looking for a second act. When she is named the new general manager of the Nantucket Hotel, she hopes to turn it into the gem it once was. But Lizbet will face plenty of challenges in her quest for the elusive five-key note from hugely popular Instagram influencer Shelly Carpenter, including the ghost of nineteen-year-old maid Grace Hadley, an unexpected guest with two kids and a dog, and a chef that will be familiar to longtime Hilderbrand fans.

historical fiction

Charmaine Wilkerson

black cake

Some of my favorite novels to read are intergenerational family dramas, and Charmaine Wilkernson’s “Black Cake” is a perfect example. It explores the influence our parents have on our lives and how our relationships with our siblings change as we age.

In present-day California, estranged siblings Byron and Benny reunite to mourn their mother, who left them a puzzling legacy: a black cake and a voice recording. In two timelines, we learn Eleanor’s story and see how the secrets she eventually reveals change Byron and Benny’s relationship forever.

literary fiction

Nina LaCour

Yerba Buena

As a longtime fan of Nina LaCour’s young adult novels, I was looking forward to her adult debut. And Yerba Buena did not disappoint. This story of two women who overcome their past to find and reunite with each other brought me to tears of both sadness and joy.

Raised by a single father and surrounded by addiction and poverty, Sara Foster leaves home at sixteen after an untold tragedy, eventually building a life for herself in Los Angeles. Emilie Dubois, originally from Los Angeles, also comes from a family marked by addiction, which led her to her seventh year and her fifth undergraduate major. When Sara and Emilie meet at the trendy restaurant Yerba Buena, where Sara is the new sought-after bartender and Emilie has taken a job arranging flowers, they are immediately attracted to each other. But they will have to process their past and learn what they want from their future if they have any chance of having a relationship with each other.

magical realism

Sarah Addison Allen

Other birds

I’m never quite sure what to expect from the magical realism genre, and if I tried to predict how reading Sarah Addison Allen’s “Other Birds” would make me feel, I would have failed miserably. Reading this story about the importance of people coming in and out of our lives was like being embraced in the most comforting embrace.

When Zoey comes to Mallow Island, South Carolina to claim her late mother’s apartment at the Dellawisp, she encounters her eccentric and secretive neighbors, including a runaway daughter, two estranged middle-aged sisters, a lonely chef, a legendary writer, and three ghosts. What follows is a story of the fears, desires, losses and loves that define humanity.


Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy

Big feelings: How to be okay when things aren’t going well

The best books, whether fiction or non-fiction, validate your feelings while teaching you how to manage them. And that’s exactly what “Big Feelings” is about. This is a book I know I will turn to again and again.

Tackling a big feeling, such as uncertainty, comparison and regret, in each of its seven chapters, “Big Feelings” debunks the myths that make you feel you shouldn’t feel what you feel and offers actionable strategies. to know how to manage your feelings. “Big Feelings” doesn’t tell you that the solution is to stop feeling what you feel. Instead, through personal stories, scientific studies, and original illustrations, Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy help you understand and make sense of your feelings.


Katherine Center

The bodyguard

I’ve been a fan of Katherine Center ever since I devoured “How to Walk Away” when it came out in 2018, but I must admit that the premise of “The Bodyguard” didn’t exactly thrill me. I’m happy to admit that I was absolutely 100% wrong. This book was so lighthearted and cute while addressing serious issues of loss, trauma, and grief. I was totally obsessed with the voice of main character Hannah, and found myself falling in love with Jack too. “The Bodyguard” is a perfect book in every way.

Following the death of her mother and the end of a relationship, Executive Protective Agent Hannah Brooks wants nothing more than a mission that will get her out of the country. A job as a bodyguard for superstar actor Jack Stapleton in his home state of Texas isn’t at all what she had in mind. But with a dream mission at stake and a man in need of protection from his middle-aged stalker and corgi breeder, Hannah has no choice but to take the job. The problem? In order to protect Jack and hide his identity from his family, she will have to pretend to be his girlfriend.

Speculative fiction

Nikki Erlick

The measurement

If I had to pick one book that I read in 2022 that I know will stay with me forever, it would be Nikki Erlick’s “The Measure.” The premise of this one is so unique that I still haven’t stopped thinking about it, even months after reading it. Consider forcing a friend to read this one too or reading it with your book club, because I guarantee you’ll want to tell someone about it afterwards.

One random day, everyone in the world over the age of twenty-two wakes up with a box outside their door. The box contains a chain which contains the measure of their life, the time they will live. And now everyone has a choice: open the box and find out when he’s going to die and if so, what do they do with that knowledge? Through the stories of eight people, Nikki Erlick explores the effect such an extraordinary event has on individuals, relationships old and new, and society as a whole.


Courtney Summers

The project

Courtney Summers has written some of my favorite young adult thrillers, and “The Project” is perhaps her finest. I was absolutely captivated by this dual perspective, dual timeline story about a religious cult and the two sisters whose lives become entangled in it.

When their parents die in a tragic car accident, Bea joins an elusive community called The Unity Project, leaving Lo to fend for herself. After spending six years trying to reconnect with Bea only to end up with radio silence, Lo finally has the opportunity to learn more about The Project and its charismatic leader. But she soon learns that there is more to risk than her relationship with Bea: her very life could be in danger.

young adult

Elizabeth Foscue


Sometimes you come across a novel that is an absolute delight to read, and Elizabeth Foscue’s “Pest” is that novel. “Pest” is fast and funny. There is mystery, and there is romance. Hallie is a lovely main character, and you won’t be able to help but support her.

All Hallie Mayhew wants to do is get to school on time, do her homework and maybe even catch a movie with her friends. Instead, she’s still working, whether it’s for her father’s pest control business, her mother’s pond cleaning service, or a tourist hotspot in Santa Barbara. Hallie knows she has to get out, but her only hope of getting to her dream school on the east coast is the prestigious Verhaag Scholarship. But the scholarship has a proud history of nepotism, and when a last-minute candidate comes out of the woodwork, Hallie has two options. She can enlist the help of Spencer Salazar, the dark and infuriating rich kid next door (and kinda hot), or she can supplement her resume with an after-school program like the yearbook committee, if only her nemesis sworn in the parking lot was not the editor. Of course, neither option is easy.

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The Daily Cardinal’s stoner art recommendations Wed, 09 Nov 2022 20:21:55 +0000

From songs of the 60s and 70s to hip-hop, pop, jazz and punk, cannabis use has its footprints in the world of music. Yet weed also features heavily in movies and even games. Our artistic staff has put together this diverse list of our favorite music, movies, and more that come to mind when we think about the intersection of art and cannabis.

“Dummy” by Portishead – Kai W. Li

‘Dummy’, Portishead’s seminal trip-hop record, is so evocative of haze and silent hallucination that I can only listen to it while inebriated and out of my element – like I’m letting Beth Gibbons her. -even whisper and fall asleep in my head like a syringe pushing through blood. Sometimes I have to remind myself that this record is from 1994. It seems suspended in time and still crawls in a remote part of my memory. Each track seems driven by vague and constant impulses. Gibbons voice is vaporous and diaphanous, like a curtain. The guitars moan behind the distortions. That’s what I suspect it’s like to look at the world under a cold, slightly numb, slightly dissociated membrane. That’s why the heartache and sadness on this record aren’t sentimental but rather shatter beneath you, engulfing you.

“The Weeding Process” by Black Flag – Drake White-Bergey

Black Flag’s “The Process of Weeding Out” is the best and most comprehensive realization of Greg Ginn’s atonal, dissonant, and free-form guitar work.

Ginn’s free-jazz guitar propels the album home. For 27 minutes, Greg Ginn seems to lose control of his guitar. Instead, any sense of rhythm or melody is replaced with complete and utter chaos.

The thing is, complete and utter chaos works.

Ginn proves on “The Process of Weeding Out” that he is a master of freeform jazz. In fact, this EP is perhaps the best punk-jazz hybrid that has ever existed. It was the culmination of Black Flag’s experimentation with jazz, and nothing that happened after that exceeded the expectations set by him. Not to mention that the title of the EP refers to the massive amounts of weed Ginn was smoking at this point in her career.

“The Big Lebowski” directed by Ethan and Joel Coen – Shu Lan Schaut

For years, audiences have hailed The Big Lebowski — a chaotic, loosely scattered plot highlighted by psychedelic dream sequences, idiosyncratic characters, and dark comedy — as a cult classic.

The film tells the story of stoner Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, his urine-stained carpet, and a case of mistaken identity between him and philanthropist Jeffrey “The Big” Lebowski. The wild, drug-soaked jaunt that followed around seedy Los Angeles entertained viewers for decades with its variety of eccentric characters, including porn kingpins and German nihilists.

It’s hard to characterize “The Big Lebowski” as anything in particular; it is both insignificant and all at the same time: A cultural phenomenon. A religion. A lifestyle. Still, “The Big Lebowski” immortalized The Dude because he inspired generations of fans to step back, relax, and stay.

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Addiction by Smoke DZA — Seamus Rohrer

In 2009, Smoke DZA wrote perhaps the best weed tribute in three minutes and 30 seconds. “Substance Abuse” turns a sample of Jackson 5 into a funky, fuzzy lettuce love letter from Lucifer. This is easily one of the greatest weed rap songs of all time. For proof, look no further than the following lyrics:

“Magic dragon, because all I do is blow.”

“Damn, I’m so fucking high, I saw a moon man.”

“Barak Oskama come and smoke with the friends.”

“And I admit that I have a problem.”

“Hieroglyph, light more piff.”

“I roll Louisville sluggers, n- fight.”

Endtroducing” by DJ Shadow — Kai W. Li

DJ Shadow’s 1996 instrumental hip-hop record hits and beats you like a locomotive with its internal beat. Some tracks like “Building Steam with a Grain of Salt” and “Midnight in a Perfect World” sound almost occult and hauntingly beautiful. I find myself spinning in the center of their sound – bewitched and vulnerable.

DJ Shadow’s output feels like it’s constantly on the edge of hip-hop embodiment – pushing it, electrifying it, tugging it nostalgic or tributary. Some of the sound on the record has aged a bit, but that’s probably why I even listen to it at all. It’s like I’m rummaging through the aisles and aisles of music in the record store, nodding, ready to go home to smoke and put on a worn monument of the past.

“Mellow Gold” by Beck – Ace Filter

You may have heard of Beck’s signature song “Loser,” but the artist has so much more to offer than sing-along lyrics about putting yourself down (which was taken on a date and turned into signature lyrics of “one of the greatest songs of all time”). Her album “Mellow Gold” is a journey and a half for listeners. Beck himself described the album’s vibes using words such as “satanic” and added that “someone tried to smoke it”. Sounds perfect for an album to get high on.

The dissociation that accompanies listening to this album is twofold for me. The songs themselves carry such an air of laxity that ranges from the slow-swaying “Blackhole” to the ear-destroying, brain-twisting “Analog Odyssey”. Whether you’re looking for a song to sit back and relax or something to bring your eyes back to your head, “Mellow Gold” has you covered.

“Marijuana” by Kid Cudi – Matthew Neschis

Kid Cudi – the self-proclaimed “lonely stoner” – was pretty blunt when titled his 2010 ode to cannabis.

The track “Marijuana”, which is appropriately four minutes and 20 seconds long, expresses Cudi’s will complex relationship with Devil’s Lettuce and his inability to resist the temptations of the pretty green bud. A hushed, euphonic chorus is perfectly juxtaposed with a guitar solo from Dot da Genius, plunging listeners into a trance-like state they’re unable to break away from until Cudi utters the words “and 4:20” on the end of the song.

The Musical clip, shot and directed by Shia LaBeouf, follows Cudi as he travels through Amsterdam exploring the city’s abundant assortment of weeds. Shortly after serving as a judge for the High Times Cannabis Cup, Cudi goes to a cafe, lights up her hotel room, and walks through the red-light district. The entire video is shot with LaBeouf’s 8mm and 16mm cameras, providing a vintage aesthetic.

“One Toke Over the Line” by Brewer & Shipley – Sylvia Miller

Brewer & Shipley’s 1970s hit, “One Toke Over the Line,” showcases the joys of marijuana smoking in an upbeat tune. This song originated and gained popularity in the early 1970s, an era of anti-war protest in the form of declarations of “peace and love” and accompanying marijuana use. The relatable song boasts an upbeat and fun tune that instills an unrelenting desire to dance.

The choir sings “I want to be a toke over the line, sweet Jesus, one toke over the line”, as a proclamation that they want to cross that threshold.

The phrase “one hit over the line” refers to the experience of taking too many hits or “hits” and – getting a little too stoned to function.

A scene from “That 70s Show” comes to mind. What happens when Mr. and Mrs. Forman fall asleep and the camera pans around the room, showing each character’s face and laughter in Eric’s basement? The band succumbed to the joys of marijuana, and perhaps the best giggles come when they’re “One Toke Over the Line.”

“Everything” by David OReilly – Jeffrey Brown

When I think of playing video games in a chemically affected mental state, I think of “Everything”.

The first thing to understand is that there is no goal in this game. The player starts as a sheep that can roll in any direction. Soon they are taught to create a herd if they wish. When they’ve gathered a large enough herd, they can make the animals dance in spellbinding patterns with the press of a button.

The player can also switch to any creature or object they encounter in their aimless wanderings, with these options becoming both very large and very small. For example, you can choose to grow from a sheep, to a tree, to a rock, to an island, and eventually to a planet. Or you can go the other way and work through the world of insects to the microscopic and even to the atomic.

If that doesn’t sound stoner enough, there are always audio clips the player can choose to listen to. These are excerpts from what appears to be a man with a British accent giving a lecture on the meaning of life and the nature of existence.

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SBL 2022: Recommendations for newcomers and my conference program Wed, 09 Nov 2022 18:45:04 +0000

I’m excited about this SBL, as I haven’t been there for a few years. Below are where and what I present and some of the fun things I recommend for students and scholars new to the weird and wild world of SBL/AAR.

Recommendations for new participants

(I did an article in 2019 on SBL and impostor syndrome, check it out)

(1) It’s good to be a fan. You’ll probably spot your favorite scholars coming and going, and you’ll wonder if it’s okay to say hello, take a picture, etc. I think that it’s good. It’s the only time of year when scholars are all together, and most scholars seem to be fine with a quick hello. Don’t force them to have a long conversation. Say hello, maybe take a photo if you like, and move on. A few memories of mine: I spotted Moody Smith in a breakfast. He was online. I jumped up, stood in line with him, and shared my appreciation for his work. Also: one fine evening, I was running from one hotel to another, and who was walking in the opposite direction? Miroslav Volf and Jürgen Moltmann (wow!). A few years ago, John Goodrich and I hosted Ed Sanders for his last public appearance at SBL – talk about a legend. And very nice too.

(2) Plan ahead to connect with people. Use social media to find out who you might know and message/email them to meet up. SBL can get very busy and crazy (and sometimes lonely), I always plan my schedule to see people.

(3) Be curious and make friends. I hate the word “networking”, don’t think of it as a business strategy. Just meeting people, smiling, being nice, making new friends. Don’t be a snob. Don’t be arrogant. Don’t play us against them on who is conservative, liberal, denominational, ex-whatever, etc. It’s ComicCon for Bible nerds, you’re all here as fellow nerds.

(4) If you are presenting for the first time: Keep your article in time (or shorter!), don’t freak out during Q&A, and don’t consider this your professional debut, but a chance to get feedback on your research and share your research. with interested people. In my first conference papers, I was waaaaay too defensive. People told me that, and they were right. My insecurities got the better of me, sometimes they still do. Smile, have a good time. To learn something.

(5) It’s good to rest. I’m talking to myself here. I used to overload my schedule with things to do. Then I was sick and exhausted on Monday or Tuesday. Give yourself time to reflect, stroll through the reading rooms, enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of beer.

(6) Thank volunteers and hotel/conference staff. Things will go wrong at SBL, it always does. This is not the end of the world. Go out of your way to thank SBL volunteers and site workers. Too many people are rude, you can be nice.

(seven) It’s okay to leave a session between homework, but if you know you’re going to, sit in the back. Not everyone agrees on that, but when I present and a whole bunch of people get up and walk out, it kinda hurts even though I know it’s not a protest! 🙂

(8) Bring snacks and medicine. Conference food is expensive and not very healthy. Bring your favorite snacks to keep you energized and things like Tylenol in case you need it.

(9) Go out of your way to thank presenters, especially students (who are often nervous). As we all know, presenting your research and soliciting feedback can be stressful. After the session, go give the students a little “good job, enjoyed your paper!” A little word goes a long way.

(ten) Plan your book spending budget in advance and leave some room for impulse. There is nothing more dangerous than walking through the exhibition of books without a budget. Too many good books and bargains. Check book catalogs ahead of time to decide what you really need and want. But also leave $20 for an impulse buy. Sometimes there are big discounts on the last day (Tuesday), but I don’t stay until Tuesday most years.

Where I will be at SBL

friday november 18

3:30-5:30 p.m.: IBR Pauline Theology Seminar (jointly with Enoch Seminar)

We have planned a multi-year study on Paul and Judaism. This year, we are delighted to welcome Gabriele Boccaccini, Lynn Cohick and Doug Campbell. It’s going to be awesome!

7-9 p.m.: IBR Annual Conference

This is a large ‘big conference’ event with 500-800 people attending on a regular basis. David deSilva will speak on “Sanctification, the Spirit and Salvation,” with responses from Tim Gombis and Erin Heim. Reception to follow with coffee and desserts (and a free book for IBR members).

Saturday November 19

1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Scripture and Paul Seminar

I was invited to give a talk on the Jewish Scriptures and 1 Thessalonians. My article is called “Called to Consecration: Jewish Holiness, Roman Piety, and Moral Discourse in 1 Thessalonians.” The other presenters are Jeff Weima and Douglas Farrow. We are going full-geek on 1 Thess. To like.

7pm-8pm Presidential SBL Address

SBL Vice President Musa Dube will introduce SBL President Adele Yarbro Collins, and the latter will give a presentation on “Ethics in Paul and Paul in Ethics”.

Sunday November 20

9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Coffee Hour for students of the Biblical Research Institute

I was invited to speak to students about my tips for preparing well for the future as scholars and writers. I’m told there will be free books on offer, please stop by! (Or it’ll just be Kevin, Melissa and me)

8-10 p.m.: Durham University Reception

I always look forward to meeting friends at the reception in Durham. If you are considering PhD programs, head to reception and chat with some professors, students and graduates. I had a wonderful experience in Durham, I am happy to chat with future students, even though I graduated over ten years ago!

monday november 21

1:00-3:30 p.m.: Session Paul and Politics

I present on “”I Am Plancia Magna”: Rethinking Roman Patriarchy, Women, and Early Christianity.” This is advanced research that I am doing on the Roman social economy. The other presenters are Edward Pillar, Philip Erwin, Linda Joelsson and BG White.

You may notice that I don’t go to many sessions. #1: I burn out pretty quickly, #2, I schedule a lot of meetings to catch up with friends, talk to editors, and have time-consuming events and board meetings. I try to go to 1 or 2 sessions a day, but honestly, I’m more excited to browse the book exhibit and meet old friends and make new ones.

]]> Next of Kin, Corrections Responds to Coroner’s Inquest Recommendations Tue, 08 Nov 2022 23:05:19 +0000

The coroner’s inquest into McKenzie’s death took place last week at the Coronet Hotel in Prince Albert and the jury returned with eight recommendations to help prevent similar deaths from happening in the future. Recommendations, to help improve inmate assessments, included lower workloads for nurses and parole officers, and an interview room to assess inmates who, like McKenzie, could have been placed in a cell medical observation.

During the inquest, it was revealed that the Medical Officer of Health who carried out the assessment did so through the cell door. McKenzie was eventually released into the firing range and attempted suicide shortly thereafter.

Reflecting on the jury’s recommendations, Tu’Inukuafe explained that he remembered a quote familiar to those who have done a lot of prison time.

“The quote says we’re used to being watched, but we’re not used to being seen,” he said, explaining that the moment a person arrives at the facility there is always a camera. who watches her.

Tu’Inukuafe said the system has always been good at monitoring, but fails to know the needs of offenders. So, after hearing suggestions for improving communication, Tu’Inukuafe feels encouraged.

“For me, that really means getting to know the individual. Not from a surveillance point of view but from a human point of view,” he said.

Tu’Inukuafe met McKenzie in 2017 while McKenzie was still being held at the Regional Psychiatric Center (RPC) in Saskatoon. When McKenzie was released into the community in September 2019, the pair traveled to various communities together to give presentations.

“There are always people who don’t want support, but with Curtis he was always open to support. He was one of those people who wanted to do well, who wanted to excel and who wanted to take care of his mental health. so that we don’t have to go back to jail,” Tu’Inukuafe said.

Three months after his release, McKenzie violated his release conditions and was sent back to Saskatchewan. Penitentiary. Tu’Inukuafe admitted he was surprised McKenzie was not returned to the RPC, adding that McKenzie’s story should have been well documented by then.

Moving forward, Tu’Inukuafe said his next questions relate to accountability and ensuring recommendations are followed.

“Who makes sure that people progress? ” He asked.

As next of kin, it was Tu’Inukuafe who made the effort to find McKenzie’s mother in La Ronge and inform her of what happened to her son. Tu’Inukuafe recalled how the community stepped in to help the family, noting the meal provided at the Bernice Sayase Center.

“It shows me [the] the community should be more involved in working with individuals because that is where they are liberated,” he said.

CSC Response

Following the coroner’s inquest, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) confirmed for paNOW through a statement, they will convene an Internal Board of Inquiry (BOI).

“CSC will conduct a full review of all recommendations we receive following a coroner’s inquest and will give these recommendations our full attention. We will continuously monitor and evaluate all of our policies and programs, including those that may be made in relation to recommendations issued by a jury,” the statement read.

Investigative processes are conducted in accordance with Commissioner’s Directive (CD) 041 – Incident Investigations. Like all CSC inquests into deaths in custody, it includes a member of the community as a board member.

“Coroner’s Boards of Inquiry and Inquests provide an opportunity for CSC to improve the way we manage inmates in our care and custody,” the statement said.

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]]> Libyan Aviation Forum must come up with concrete recommendations, says Deputy Transport Minister Swesi Sun, 06 Nov 2022 23:29:38 +0000

The Libya Aviation Forum 2022 (November 6-8 at the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli) is to come up with concrete recommendations to help activate the aviation sector which can help activate many other sectors of the Libyan economy, said said Deputy Transport Minister Khaled Swesi in the event’s opening speech. and opening speech. He said the aviation sector is vital for several other sectors.

International provision of aviation insurance for Libya
Khaled Alabed, director of aviation insurance at Libya Insurance, Libya’s largest insurance company, said international insurance and reinsurance companies “have lost the desire to provide cover for Libya’s aviation sector”. This left only a few players, which reduced competition.

He provided a formula for Libyan airliners to help attract more insurance companies. This included visits to London (the center of global insurance), providing more detailed data on their assets, personnel and activities and paying premiums on time. He prescribed that better data can lead to better insurance and lower premiums. Good data attracts A-rated insurance companies.

EU flight ban on Libya lifted
He said the lack of timely government funding was contributing to the lifting of the EU flight ban. Alabed insisted that no Libyan entity can lift the EU flight ban against Libya. He said it had to be a joint effort of Libyan insurance companies, airliners, civil aviation and the Libyan government. This joint effort would reduce Libya’s airline insurance premiums.

Dimitra drone app and platform to help Libyan farmers become better farmers (

Libyan aviation forum and exhibition will explore removal of ban on Libyan airspace from EU (

Libya discusses progress on lifting European flight ban with ICAO (