Infogima Thu, 23 Jun 2022 10:55:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Infogima 32 32 Lithuanian president plans to increase defense spending to accommodate more NATO troops Thu, 23 Jun 2022 10:53:16 +0000

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By Andrius Sytas

VILNIUS (Reuters) – Lithuania needs to increase defense spending to 3% of its GDP to allow it to host a much larger number of NATO troops, its president said ahead of a NATO summit that will discuss how to counter the growing security threats posed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

NATO allies remain split on troop deployments and what additional weaponry should be based, with eastern states closer to Russia seeking greater permanent reinforcements on home soil, though they may run out of resources. infrastructure to accommodate them.

Germany now commands a NATO detachment of around 1,700 soldiers in Lithuania, which was reinforced in the aftermath of the Russian invasion in February.

Ahead of next week’s NATO summit in Madrid, Berlin has agreed to commit a combat-ready brigade with some 3,000 troops that could be deployed quickly to defend Lithuania if needed.

In time, he could be stationed in the Baltic republic of 2.8 million people, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on June 7.

Nauseda told Reuters in an interview this week that he hoped Lithuania would be able to host the brigade by 2027, but only if it spent hundreds of millions developing military facilities to house it.

“Infrastructure-wise, we are not ready to deploy a brigade-sized unit to Lithuania because there is no accommodation infrastructure here. I hope that by 2027 we we’ll be ready,” he said on Wednesday.

“We are talking about hundreds of millions of euros for this. And it is also a serious amount of money that allows me to talk about the need to reach 3% defense spending in the coming years.”

Lithuania has earmarked 1.5 billion euros – 2.52% of the country’s gross domestic product of 2.8 million people – for defense next year.

Estonia, another Baltic republic, expects the NATO summit to appoint additional units for its defence, but they would not be based on its soil, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas told Reuters.

“We have housing (for the troops) but of course we have to invest more. And that’s why, given our size, that’s why I think the solution is for some troops to be stationed elsewhere.”

(Reporting by Andrius Sytas in Vilnius; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

Massive biodiversity loss would lower global credit ratings, report warns Thu, 23 Jun 2022 00:10:00 +0000

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LONDON, June 23 (Reuters) – A major loss in global biodiversity could cause enough economic damage by the end of the decade to drastically reduce more than half of the world’s sovereign credit ratings – including China’s. , the first major study on the matter warned.

Research released Thursday by a group of UK universities looked at a range of scenarios, including one where a partial collapse of key ecosystems has destroyed nature-dependent industries such as farming and fishing on which some economies are struggling. support.

He estimated that the negative impact would result in 58% of the 26 countries surveyed facing at least a one-notch downgrade in their sovereign credit rating.

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Since ratings affect how much governments have to pay to borrow in global capital markets, downgrades would incur between $28 billion and $53 billion in additional interest costs per year.

“The impact of ratings in the partial collapse of ecosystem services scenario is in many cases significant and substantial,” the report said, adding that these additional debt costs would mean that governments would have even less to spend and more money. things like mortgage rates would go up.

Study by University of East Anglia, Cambridge, Sheffield Hallam University and SOAS University of London shows China and Malaysia would be hardest hit, with ratings downgrades of more than six notches in the partial collapse scenario.

India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Ethiopia would face downgrades of around four notches, while almost a third of the countries analyzed would see more than three.

For China, this decline in creditworthiness would add another $12 billion to $18 billion to its annual interest payment bill, while the country’s heavily indebted corporate sector would incur another $20 billion to $30 billion.

Malaysia’s costs would rise between $1 billion and $2.6 billion, while its businesses would need to cover another $1 billion to $2.3 billion.

“Most importantly, these two sovereigns would move from investment grade to speculative grade,” the report said, referring to what investors generally refer to as a higher risk “junk” grade credit rating.

“Biodiversity loss can hit economies in multiple ways. A collapse in fisheries, for example, sends economic shock waves along national supply chains and into other industries,” the co-author said. , Dr Patrycja Klusak, Affiliate Researcher at the Bennett Institute in Cambridge and Associate Professor at the University of East Anglia.

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Powerful earthquake kills hundreds in eastern Afghanistan Wed, 22 Jun 2022 09:11:00 +0000
Taliban officials and residents survey damage to homes in Paktika province, eastern Afghanistan, after a major earthquake on June 22, 2022, in an image from the state-run Afghan News Agency Bakhtar.

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Kabul, Afghanistan — A strong earthquake hit the east Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing nearly 1,000 people, according to the country’s ruling Taliban regime. Mawlawi Sharafudin Muslim, the Taliban government’s deputy minister for disaster management, told reporters at a news conference in Kabul that at least 920 people had been killed and 600 others injured by the quake, and he warned the toll could rise as people were likely still trapped under rubble.

Reports were slow to emerge from the region after the magnitude 6 earthquake struck Afghanistan’s Khost and Paktika provinces around 1:30 a.m. local time. The tremors were felt across a large part of the country, including the capital Kabul.

Disaster struck just months before the first anniversary of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The international community has largely left the country since the Islamist group took control in August 2021 amid the chaotic withdrawal of the US army. The lack of personnel and infrastructure from foreign governments and international aid agencies in the country is likely to complicate relief efforts.

In a tweet, Bilal Karimi, a spokesman for the Taliban regime, urged “all aid agencies to immediately send teams to the region to avoid further disasters”.

Afghan Red Crescent and military personnel work in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan following a deadly earthquake on June 22, 2022, in an image shared by officials and l public Bakhtar news agency.

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Videos and photos shared on social media showed military helicopters rushing to the area to evacuate injured people.

Mawlawi Elyas Nasiri, regional director of the Afghan Red Crescent Society in eastern Afghanistan, said ambulances and rescue workers had arrived at the scene and efforts were underway to find and assist the victims. He said it was about 3.5 hours to drive from the provincial capital to the earthquake area, and some people may still be under the rubble.

Kawsar, a resident of a village in Gayan district of Paktika, told CBS News over the phone that 24 people from his village, including his father, were killed in the quake and more than 30 others injured.

“Two children and two women are among the victims of one family,” he said, urging the government to provide immediate aid.

Another resident of Gayan district, Juma Khan, 28, told CBS News’ Sami Yousafzai on the phone that he “woke up with a start” around 1:30 a.m. and quickly realized that it was an earthquake.

“I have never felt such an earthquake in my entire life,” he told CBS News. “I jumped out of my room and ran to my brother’s room. She had collapsed on top of them, and I found his wife dead while my brother and his three children were injured under the rubble. It took eight hours to get them out of the rubble.”

A photo shared on social media shows one of the houses destroyed by an earthquake that hit Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan on June 22, 2022.

“In our village, most of the houses collapsed, dozens were killed and dozens injured from the impact,” Khan said. “People are digging around the debris with their hands desperately to find those who are still alive. Taliban government helicopters are moving some of the seriously injured, but the Taliban lack the resources and equipment to conduct a search mission. and effective rescue.”

Taliban chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said an emergency meeting was held at the presidential palace in Kabul and officials were instructed to provide all possible assistance to earthquake victims .

“Ground and air transport should be used to deliver food, clothing and medicine to those affected,” Mujahid said on Twitter.

Eastern Afghanistan, as well as neighboring countries along the Hindu Kush mountain range in South Asia, are highly vulnerable to large earthquakes as the mountains lie on an active geological fault line . Many homes, hospitals, and other buildings in the area are poorly constructed, and in the event of an earthquake they tend to collapse.

In 2015, a major earthquake in 2015 killed over 200 people in the area. Another earthquake of similar power to Wednesday’s in 2002 killed around 1,000 people in northern Afghanistan.

]]> UK launches ambitious trade deal with Gulf countries Tue, 21 Jun 2022 22:15:21 +0000

  • Talks kick off in Riyadh to strike a trade deal with countries covering £33.1bn of trade
  • UK food and drink, manufacturing and renewable energy sectors would benefit from a new deal between the UK and the Gulf Cooperation Council
  • Landmark deal would add at least £1.6bn a year to the UK economy and support new jobs in key industries

Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan is today (Wednesday 22 June) launching free trade talks between the UK and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), made up of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Equivalent to the UK’s seventh-largest export market, the GCC bloc’s demand for international goods and services is expected to grow rapidly to reach £800 billion by 2035, an increase of 35%, opening up huge new opportunities for UK businesses.

A free trade agreement would also open the door to increased investment from the Gulf, supporting and creating jobs across the country.

During a visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the Secretary of State will meet with the Secretary General of the GCC, Dr. Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf, and his counterparts from the six GCC countries, to launch talks which are expected to reach a conclusion. to a trade deal worth £1.6bn a year more to the UK economy.

This is the fourth major round of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations launched by the Commerce Secretary this year, following visits to start talks in India in January, Canada in March and the launch of negotiations with Mexico last month.

UK Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:

Today marks the next important milestone in our 5-star business year as we strengthen the close relationship between the UK and the Gulf.

Our current trading relationship was worth £33.1 billion last year alone. From our fantastic British food and drink to our exceptional financial services, I am delighted to open up new markets for British businesses large and small, and to support the over ten thousand SMEs already exporting to the region.

This trade deal has the potential to support jobs from Dover to Doha, grow our national economy, create vital green industries and deliver innovative services to the Gulf.

A deal between the UK and the GCC would mean significant benefits for UK farmers and producers, as the Gulf relies heavily on imported food. UK food and drink exports to GCC countries were worth £625million last year, and a deal could significantly reduce or remove tariffs on UK food and drink exports.

Tariffs that could be reduced include cereals, which are currently subject to a tariff of up to 25%; chocolate, up to 15%; bakery products, up to 12%; sweet cookies, up to 10%; and smoked salmon, which is currently subject to a 5% tariff.

With nearly £30 billion already invested in everyone’s savings, this deal would also help open up even more investment opportunities between the UK and GCC countries.

Gulf investments supported more than 25,000 jobs in the UK in 2019 – a number which has tripled over the previous decade – and analysis shows that the East Midlands, West Midlands, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber will be in line for the biggest proportional gains when the ink dries on a new deal. The deal is also estimated to boost the economies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland by almost £500m collectively.

Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:

We welcome the launch of free trade negotiations with the Gulf Cooperation Council, bolstering trade opportunities that will ensure that UK industry benefits from future positive flows of goods and services into the Gulf region.

It is also extremely helpful that the UK and the GCC are committed to pursuing the opportunities of ‘green innovation’, which will provide significant opportunities for innovative UK renewable energy companies that are already leading the way in this area of ​​global concern. We look forward to working with the government to ensure that manufacturers large and small can benefit from the commercial opportunities this agreement will open up.

Around 10,700 small and medium enterprises from all countries and regions of the UK exported goods to the GCC in 2020, with SMEs accounting for over 85% of total UK goods exporters to Qatar, the Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Co-founder and director of Spice Kitchen, an SME exporter based in Liverpool, Sanjay Aggarwal said:

We went to Gulfood with DIT on a research mission and from there we know there is a huge market for our products like our spice boxes and unique spice blends in the gift space top of the line.

It is so important for our business to be connected to the GCC and it allows us to grow rapidly in exciting ways that we never thought possible. We are in the process of identifying retailers in the Gulf, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

A strong trading relationship would allow the UK to capitalize on our strengths as a manufacturing powerhouse and global leader in technology, cybersecurity, life sciences, creative industries, education, AI, financial services and renewable energies.

UK companies in these industries will also play a role in supporting GCC countries as they diversify their economies away from dependence on oil and towards other sectors. The United Arab Emirates, for example, has set a target to produce 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050. Exports of wind turbine parts from the UK are currently subject to tariffs of up to 15% .

RenewableUK CEO Dan McGrail said:

The global transition to clean energy includes countries in the Middle East looking to make the most of their excellent renewable resources such as solar and wind power.

As the world leader in wind, ocean and green hydrogen, we are uniquely positioned to help other countries accelerate their efforts to decarbonize their energy systems – and to boost our own economy by exporting all over the world.


ADVault Senior Vice President Says Electronic Advanced Care Plans Can Reduce Wasted U.S. Healthcare Spending by Respecting Patients’ Wishes Tue, 21 Jun 2022 15:00:00 +0000

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stating that “the future of advance care planning is here,” ADVault Senior Vice President of Innovation and External Affairs Maria D. Moen told a recent gathering of health executives that “electronically stored and fully accessible advance health care ruling documents are a key strategy to reduce billions of dollars of waste in health care in the United States caused by excessive treatment or low value care.

Moen made his remarks before a meeting of the Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland. The Maryland State Legislature recently unanimously approved a bill that will establish a national model to increase completion rates and improve electronic accessibility to advance care planning documents.

Speaking in support of the legislation, Moen noted that ACP documents are “one of the last paper relics of healthcare, do not move with the person during care transitions and are often not easily accessible in case of need”. She said COVID “brought a sense of urgency to the topic as many people in need of care were unable to verbalize their health goals, preferences and priorities on their own and had no health care advocate. COVID-19 has shifted digital health innovations from a must-have to a must-have.

According to Moen, electronic advance care planning documents that are fully accessible at the point of care not only honor a patient’s wishes, but can also save the healthcare system significant dollars. “The average annual expenditure in the last year of life is $82,000 and this is driven by aggressive care that may not even be desired, such as life-saving treatments,” she said. “A study reported by JAMA in 2019 found that the annual cost of wasted health care spending in the United States for overtreatment or low-value care was $75.7 billion to $101.2 billion. Advance care directives can help address this misuse.

Outlining the steps needed to operationalize digital advance care planning, Moen encouraged attendees to engage their staff to work with patients to define and document their wishes, noting that “whenever a patient receives care that is inconsistent with their objectives or values, quality and compliance are impacted. But while it’s important to document preferences and priorities, Moen said, “if they aren’t easily accessible and can’t be easily found by team members and emergency responders when needed , then we failed to deliver on the CPA’s promise.”

Moen noted that many organizations across the country are working hard to expand the ability of digital advance care planning documents to be accessible at the point of care. Among those taking the lead is the state of Maryland whose new legislation requires the adoption of several measures to raise public awareness of the importance and facilitate digital access to advance care planning documents, such as advance directives. . This legislation encourages Marylanders to complete forms and provide them electronically so they are available when needed, making it more likely that people’s end-of-life wishes will be honored.

“While end-of-life care is a topic many of us shy away from, we need to recognize that we are the first generation in human history who can have a say in how, when and where we die” , said Moen. “Fortunately, the technological solutions available today allow each of us to think about this, document our wishes and store them securely so that they are available electronically in a transparent way for hospitals and physicians across the continuum of care, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A veteran of more than 25 years in the leadership of long-term and post-acute care, Moen is at the forefront of protecting the patient’s voice and supporting providers in the seamless delivery of medical advance planning documents. portable medical care and prescriptions at all points of care. In his role at ADVault, Moen champions the innovative use of technology to improve patient outcomes, reduce clinical burnout and increase operational efficiency for everyone in healthcare. She leads the HL7® FHIR® draft standards creating implementation guides for data exchange of advance directives, advance care plans and portable medical prescription information. In late 2021, she was honored as an Interoperability Hero by DirectTrust, a nonprofit healthcare industry alliance that recognizes organizations, teams, and individuals critical to advancing interoperability.

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ADVault, Inc. relied on its free, award-winning MyDirectives® to develop the first and only suite of HITRUST-certified, interoperable, affordable, and advanced care planning (ACP) end-to-end SaaS solutions. Healthcare providers and payers use MyDirectives tools to create and upload ACP documents and portable medical orders, then store advance directive information in ADVault Exchange™ for easy querying, retrieval and sharing at any time. anytime and anywhere. Automatic ACP activity tracking provides time and activity reporting for ACP compliance and program performance metrics. Visit

]]> Cryptoverse: Crypto Lenders Face a DeFi Beating Tue, 21 Jun 2022 07:12:00 +0000

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June 21 (Reuters) – Crypto lending may not be down, but it’s certainly on the ropes.

Crypto lenders have exploded over the past two years, attracting tens of billions of dollars in bitcoin, ether and other coins which they in turn loaned or invested, often in decentralized finance (DeFi) projects with exorbitant returns. Read more

But as crypto markets tumble, DeFi activity is particularly hard hit, robbing lenders of their most lucrative returns and threatening to squeeze the entire industry — reaching far beyond Celsius Network, which has made headlines last week by freezing withdrawals and transfers.

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Total value locked (TVL) on Ethereum, a metric that attempts to track the value of tokens deposited in a variety of DeFi protocols, has declined by $124 billion or 60% in the past six weeks, according to the data provider. Glassnode.

The crash came in two big crypto slices, $94 billion lost in the collapse of Project LUNA — involving the failure of stablecoin TerraUSD — and another $30 billion in mid-June, Glassnode said. , who attributed the falls to diminishing risk appetite.

“Current market conditions have put enormous pressure on operators who interact with decentralized finance protocols to generate their returns,” said Mauricio Di Bartolomeo, co-founder and chief strategy officer of crypto lender Ledn.


Similarly, an index tracking crypto tokens tied to DeFi lending/borrowing protocols and exchanges, from research firm Macrohive, plunged 35% last week as investors pulled cash from the once-high sector. flight.

Some DeFi protocols or projects are starting to offer lower yields, with average lending and borrowing rates on one platform, Compound, down over the week for all but one cryptocurrency, the stablecoin Pax Dollar, found by macrohive.

In another sign of a slowdown, ether – the token that underpins the ethereum network on which many DeFi protocols run – fell last week to its lowest level against larger bitcoin peers in 14 months.

Against the dollar, bitcoin has fallen 34% so far in June, while ether has lost more than 40%.

The turmoil in this part of the high-yield crypto market raises questions about the sustainability of the high interest rates that crypto lenders offer their customers, often in the double digits.


Some market participants say that crypto lenders should inform customers about the risks of the projects their money is pumped into.

“I expect users to demand more transparency if their assets are managed in the DeFi space,” said Iakov Levin, CEO of crypto investment platform Midas Investments. “Crypto needs to come up with a more transparent model of retail returns.”

New Jersey-based Celsius, with more than $11 billion in assets on its platform, cited market volatility when it suspended redemptions last week. A data trawl shows that he has been invested in several DeFi projects that have encountered difficulties. Read more

“The DeFi market will undoubtedly suffer from this development as it also deals with cryptocurrencies and people will be more reluctant than ever to invest their assets in what they perceive to be similar ecosystems,” said Yubo Ruan, Founder and CEO of Parallel Finance, a decentralized lending protocol.

Ruan said that if the projects “promise rewards that sound too good to be true, there’s always a chance they are.”

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IT Jobs: Cognizant requires Developer Guide-wire, CII Specialists: Check details here. Mon, 20 Jun 2022 03:29:58 +0000

Cognizant has launched a call for applications for Guide-wire Developer and CII Specialist positions.

Here are the details:

  • Company: Conscious India
  • Posts: Guideline developer and CII specialists
  • Location: Through India


  • Interested candidates must have completed BE/B.Tech, M.Sc. or MBA from a recognized university or institution.
  • Interested candidates should have 12 years of work experience in a relevant field.

Job role:

  • Work as a lead team member on a Cognizant Guide-wire Engineering team
  • Own SDLC designs with the recommended and required set of tools, frameworks and technologies.
  • Review of high-level and detailed solution designs.
  • Research on new technologies and architectural models by carrying out technical proofs of concepts.
  • Propose improvements to existing platforms.
  • Experience in managing guide wire creations.
  • Experience with Java, GOSU, Spring, Web Service and Server technologies, and different levels of testing.
  • Experience with the following CI/CD tools: Maven, Gradle, NPM, AWS Code Build, AWS Code Pipeline, Jenkins, GitHub Actions.
  • AWS experience with services such as: EC2, Lambda, ECS, S3, EBS, VPC, Cloud Watch, Cloud Formation will be an advantage

How to register

  • Applicants first visit
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  • Click on the “Find a job” option on the current page.
  • Choose the “Guidewire Developer and CII Specialist” job openings.
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A couple retire to Carmel after spending their careers promoting exotic cars and Hollywood stars. Sun, 19 Jun 2022 22:21:56 +0000

The last few years for Joe Molina have been a bit like a Hollywood script.

And he knew it, because the 67-year-old has spent most of his life in Los Angeles, where he founded a public relations agency specializing in promoting high-end and exotic automobiles, particularly through blockbuster movies.

So when it came time to retire, it felt like a bit of a twist when he decided to ditch the Los Angeles traffic and threat of earthquakes and fires and move to Carmel, a place where he had almost no connection. His wife, Beth, is from Hoosier, and he had visited the town on trips to Indiana to visit family.

Between the Palladium, the Christkindlmarkt and the neighborhoods ready for the holidays, it was like he had never seen before.

“They call it a set in LA, but it’s real here,” Joe said.

The Molinas moved across the country in November 2021, filling their new home in the Jackson’s Grant neighborhood with their collection of modern art and surrounding it with unique cars.

It didn’t take long for Hoosier State to feel like home to Joe, but maybe that’s because he already held a special place in his heart.

In an earlier act, he played a key role in launching her career in Hollywood in the first place.

Joe Molina interviews David Bowie in the 1970s. (Photo courtesy of Joe Molina)

Hoosier Roots

Nearly 50 years ago, Joe arrived at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis to study journalism while serving in the United States Army. At the same time, Beth was attending Lawrence Central High School, but their paths would not cross until decades later in Los Angeles.

Joe began covering rock ‘n roll beats for the military, interviewing legends such as John Lennon, Elton John, David Bowie and Rod Stewart. In 1975, during a trip with the group KISS, he decided that he would rather get involved directly with the artists and organize their events than cover them. He decided that his next career move would be public relations.

“My career started here in Indiana,” Joe said.

Around the same time, he began making connections with collectors and dealers of exotic and luxury cars and realized he could make a living promoting them to the public. So in 1977 he founded JMPR Public Relations in Los Angeles.

From left, Jay Leno and Joe Molina take a break from Molina’s 1983 Citroen at Monterey Cary Week. (Photo courtesy of Joe Molina)

Joe spent more than 40 years running JMPR, working with celebrities such as Jay Leno, Tim Allen and Rod Stewart and helping promote automotive-themed films such as “Days of Thunder” starring Tom Cruise. He loved living in LA and knew it was one of the few places in the world where he could successfully run his niche agency.

In 2013, Joe’s first wife Carol died of breast cancer. Beth, a Herron School of Art graduate who worked in Los Angeles producing graphics and logos for major award shows and other events, ran in the same social circles as the Molinas and was devastated when she lost her good friend.

Eventually, Joe and Beth started dating and later found out that Carol had told her siblings that Beth might be a good match for Joe after he passed away.

“It made us feel like we had his blessing,” Beth said.

Joe and Beth married in 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in downtown Indianapolis, another key turning point – which happened in Indiana – in the storyline.

Beth and Joe Molina stop by their Carmel home near Cha Jong Rye biomorphic wood artwork. They bought the piece from a gallery in Indianapolis. (Photo by Ann Marie Shambaugh)

“An Unknown Gem”

Joe thought he would miss certain aspects of life in Los Angeles, but so far, that hasn’t been the case. He’s been through his first winter in Indiana — one of his biggest worries — and is preparing for a wet Hoosier summer.

Kristi Lee, best known from the nationally broadcast The Bob & Tom Show, has known Beth since before she moved to California, and she met Joe while visiting her friend in LA. She didn’t expect the couple to move to Indiana, but was instrumental in planting the idea in their minds and taking them to unique sites in central Indiana during their visit.

A lifelong Hoosier, Lee said she expects others to follow in Molina’s footsteps.

“We’ve always been an overflow city, so people in Los Angeles and New York never gave us a chance,” said Zionsville resident Lee. “I think once they come here it’s like, ‘Oh my God, there’s a lot to do, it’s great value, it’s great quality of life.’ ‘

The Molinas enjoyed making new friends through the art community and connecting with other car collectors. Beth enjoyed traveling through Carmel and beyond with Joe, watching him experience aspects of the Midwest for the first time.

“It’s kind of like when you have a kid and you relive aspects of your childhood, that’s how it is with Joe here,” Beth said. “Because he never knew the seasons or the state fair, (it’s fun) to look at him through his eyes.”

Joe said he and Beth expected to return to Los Angeles regularly to visit friends and their old stomping grounds, but that’s no longer home. Carmel is where they plan to perform their final acts.

“Carmel is almost an unknown gem for people outside of Indiana, and they’re going to hear about it,” Joe said. “We are here for the duration. This is not a stopover for us.

Modern art collection

Joe and Beth Molina enjoy collecting modern art. Some of their favorite pieces are:

Should you get an airline credit card or a travel rewards card? Sun, 19 Jun 2022 13:33:59 +0000

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Airline Credit Cards vs. Travel Rewards Credit Cards

These two categories of credit cards may seem interchangeable, but they are actually quite different.

An airline credit card is a co-branded credit card for a specific airline, and its rewards can only be redeemed with that airline and its airline alliance partners. For example, the miles you earn with the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card can only be redeemed with Delta or its SkyTeam airline alliance partners, such as Air France or Aeroméxico.

Although airline credit cards are less flexible in terms of rewards redemption opportunities, they offer benefits aimed at those who are loyal to a particular airline, including access to the airline’s lounge , free checked baggage, waived foreign transaction fees and benefits designed to help you earn elite status faster.

For example, if you hold the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Cardyou have access to Delta Sky Club® lounges and free checked baggage when you fly with Delta.

A travel rewards credit card, on the other hand, is not tied to a specific travel brand, so points earned are transferable and can be redeemed for all types of travel booked directly through the travel portal. the card or by transferring points to any number of hotel or airline partners.

For example, the Capital One Venture X Rewards credit card allows you to earn Capital One miles, which can be redeemed through the Capital One travel portal for various travel purchases, including flights, rental cars and hotels. You can also choose to transfer your Capital One miles to one of its many airline and hotel partners.

3 Questions to Ask When Choosing Between an Airline Credit Card or a Travel Rewards Card

Both types of credit cards offer great opportunities to save money on an upcoming trip, and one isn’t inherently better than the other. Everyone has different needs, travel habits and preferences, so it’s best to analyze your travel style and find what works best for you.

To get started, ask yourself the following three questions:

1. How do you usually travel?

If you tend to fly more than three times a year, an airline credit card may be a good choice, especially if you live in a city that serves as a hub for a particular airline. Delta has a hub in Atlanta, for example, so a co-branded credit card like the Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card would probably be a good addition.

If your travel style varies – a mix of cruises, road trips, train rides, etc. – a travel rewards credit card may be a better fit for you, as you’ll be able to earn and redeem points for more than just a single airline ticket.

2. Do you have an expensive trip in your future?

With a particularly expensive trip, you can work backwards to see which credit card would be best.

If you’re planning to travel across Europe in the next few months, for example, and you plan to fly with more than one airline, use other modes of transportation, and stay in multiple hotels, consider the transferable points earned through travel rewards cards such as Amex Membership. Rewards® Points or Chase Ultimate Rewards® Points. These can be redeemed through the cards’ respective travel portals or transferred to dozens of airline and hotel partners.

On the other hand, if United Airlines is flying everywhere you want to go and you’re staying with friends, the United Club℠ Infinite Card is a great choice because you can earn United miles, access the United Club lounge, and have free checked bags for your travels.

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Keep in mind that many airline credit cards and travel rewards cards come with annual fees. Some cards offer pretty solid benefits for fees under $100, but for cards that let you earn more points and miles and offer a wide variety of benefits, annual fees can reach nearly $700.

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff on driver safety: It’s taken ‘too lightly’ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 21:44:10 +0000

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff on driver safety: “It’s absolutely right that we have political fights over performance gains, but I think some of them are taking things too lightly. lightness with regard to the health of drivers”

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Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff gives an honest interview to Martin Brundle about driver safety, Mercedes issues and Lewis Hamilton’s mindset.

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff gives an honest interview to Martin Brundle about driver safety, Mercedes issues and Lewis Hamilton’s mindset.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff insists driver safety is being taken “too lightly” amid problems caused by porpoising in Formula 1 cars.

Earlier this week the FIA ​​announced new measures to try to tackle ‘porpoising’ amid concerns over the safety of Formula 1 drivers, and it continued to be a major talking point in Montreal ahead of the Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Harsh car bouncing has been an unexpected issue following the introduction of F1’s all-new design regulations for 2022, with Mercedes being one of the teams most affected.

Lewis Hamilton has complained about the problem throughout the season, but with Baku’s bumpy street circuit during last weekend’s Azerbaijan GP exacerbating the problem and leaving the seven-time world champion in severe pain after the race, F1’s governing body has taken action.

Despite the changes, Wolff admitted he was distraught after what was described as a ‘feisty’ meeting over team principles on Saturday morning, when the Mercedes boss spoke to other team bosses about the bouncing and porpoising issues affecting drivers on the grid.

Ted Kravitz takes a closer look at the presumption issues Mercedes have been grappling with all season.

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Ted Kravitz takes a closer look at the presumption issues Mercedes have been grappling with all season.

Ted Kravitz takes a closer look at the presumption issues Mercedes have been grappling with all season.

He said Sky Sports F1: “Yes, sometimes you get angry… I think what we saw in Baku and here is that all the drivers of all the teams, including the first, said that they suffered from bounce or dip. Perez said he had blurry vision.

“It’s only fair that we have political fights over performance gains, but I think some of them are taking things too lightly when looking at driver health.”

When asked if he thought it was too dangerous to drive these cars, he added: “I think in Baku it was definitely too dangerous to drive these cars. Everyone suffered and you could see that the dip in the straight was quite dangerous.” We saw it yesterday also here.”

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Wolff admits Mercedes mistakes

Mercedes’ struggles have been well documented so far this season.

They have only managed four third-place finishes this season – one for Hamilton and three for George Russell – while rivals Red Bull and Ferrari have won every race between them.

They currently sit third in the constructors’ standings, 118 points behind leaders Red Bull, and Wolff admitted in an interview with Sky Sports F1 Martin Brundle that mistakes have been made by his team, but he insists they know which direction they need to go to improve their performance.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff on the colorful language he used to describe the car:

“I think I was just saying what we all think.

“Everyone in the team knows that collectively we haven’t done a good enough job. I’m trying to support the driver because you’re driving a car that’s dangerous and not going fast.

“I wanted to make sure we know it’s not the driver’s ability or disability, we’re not doing our job right now. It is.”

“I think we understood, probably wrong, in terms of what we expected in terms of mechanical grip and downforce that our car is just too low for what you can realistically do,” he said. -he declares.

“It’s a direction we have to change, we are doing it but it’s very slow.

“I’m with you, isn’t this what we expected of ourselves or where we should be?”

On the improvements he added: “I think we know pretty well where we need to go. You can see in all the other cars we drive flat on the ground, the others have more rake. So we have to develop in a different way and that’s what happens.”

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff on whether he agrees with Lewis Hamilton’s suggestion that Mercedes should make the most of a bad job:

“On track, you just need to fine-tune and configure the product, but the product is factory-made.

“Therefore, whatever we do here, we just go around in circles… we go up, down. Very difficult for drivers.

“Here on the track, on the pitch, we just have to do our best.”

“Abu Dhabi disappointment does not affect Hamilton’s performance”

In addition to the team’s struggles, Hamilton’s problems this season have also been well documented.

The seven-time world champion missed out on an eighth title in the final round of last season to Max Verstappen and after that disappointment he has only finished on the podium once this season.

And since his third-place finish in Bahrain, he has also finished behind Mercedes team-mate George Russell in every race since.

He drives with a lot of maturity. Quick. What I admire is that I listen to the debrief and whether it’s P3 or P12, he always uses the same tone of voice and logic with a clear objective to optimize his performance.

Toto Wolff on George Russell’s performance

However, despite his poor results so far this season, Wolff believes the last lap disappointment is not affecting Hamilton on the track this season.

“I think Abu Dhabi certainly hurts a lot,” Wolff said. “I can understand. I know how I feel about myself, but I haven’t been in a car and lost a record eighth world championship.

“But I don’t think it affects his performance in the car. I think it’s probably something that’s in the back of your mind sometimes when you’re alone and you turn off the light, it annoys you. “

Coverage of the Canadian GP begins at 5.30pm BST on Sunday evening with lights out at 7pm.

Sky Sports F1The full Sunday program…

Sunday June 19

5:30 p.m.: Grand Prix Sunday: Canada


9 p.m.: The checkered flag: Canada

10 p.m.: Ted’s Notebook: Canada

11 p.m.: Highlights of the Canadian Grand Prix