Emblem Corp (CVE:EMC – Get Rating)’s stock price passed below its 50-day moving average during trading on Friday . The stock has a 50-day moving average of $1.88 and traded as low as $1.84. Emblem shares last traded at $1.88, with a volume of 597,714 shares.
The company has a market capitalization of $245.45 million and a P/E ratio of -9.89. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 30.01, a current ratio of 3.61 and a quick ratio of 3.24. The company has a fifty day moving average price of $1.88 and a two-hundred day moving average price of $1.88.
Emblem Corp. produces, distributes, and sells medical cannabis and cannabis derivatives in Canada. The company also operates medical cannabis education centers to provide education services for making informed decisions about medical cannabis treatment options to physicians and patients. In addition, it provides various accessories.
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The Kansas Department of Education purports to be a “dedicated service agency” that provides leadership, resources, and support. But like its claim to “prepare all students for global success,” KSDE’s actions indicate otherwise. That’s only part of this story, however. The Department of Education is also involved in a scheme to divert classroom dollars to support lobbying efforts by the Kansas Association of School Boards and looks the other way when school districts ignore state laws designed to Strengthen academic preparation.
KSDE oversees a system that is ranked #32 in educational racial equality, and now Commissioner Randy Watson says neither KSDE nor the State Board of Education provides “any type of local board of education policy services.” Watson indicates school boards should effectively divert money (about $5 million across the state) from classroom spending to buy policy services from the Kansas Association of School Boards.
The Sentinel obtained Watson’s letter in an Open Records request to Louisburg Superintendent Brian Biermann, seeking evidence of what appears to be a deceptive effort to renew the district’s KASB membership five months early. Biermann also involved the district’s insurance broker and financial auditor in his scheme.
The April board meeting minutes say, “Several board members had concerns about the membership and wanted to see if there was an alternative resource.” Bierman wanted to renew membership well in advance of the December deadline, but the board voted to table the discussion until the May meeting. The May and June minutes indicate the Board continued to request additional information to justify early renewal.
At the July meeting, Biermann first told board members that not renewing KASB membership could cause non-renewal of the district’s liability insurance. He shared Watson’s letter indicating that the Department of Education doesn’t provide policy guidance and that the district’s liability insurance coverage could be in jeopardy if it doesn’t get the guidance that comes with KASB membership. He said the insurance underwriters told Elliott Group, the district’s insurance agency, that “either your rates are gonna go up drastically, or they’re gonna consider us uninsurable.”
Biermann provided no communication from the underwriters at EMC Insurance as part of the KORA request, but an email from Elliott did not paint the dire situation Biermann presented. Elliott representative Justin Zwaschka writes, “There is no hard requirement for (districts) to stay a KASB member as an EMC insured. However, a portion of the premium is always based on the unknown. If we add more unknowns into the equation (Which would be introduced by terminating their membership), there would be a high likelihood this would have to be reflected in their premium.”
So, an increase could arise, but nothing indicating it would be ‘drastic’ and no mention of the district being uninsurable.
The Sentinel also requested a copy of the district’s application for coverage from EMC to determine whether any questions were asked about KASB membership or school policy development. Biermann responded via email, “The district did not do an application for insurance coverage. Elliott submits an application to EMC on an annual basis. You will have to request this application from Elliott Insurance.”
The Sentinel attempted to obtain the application allegedly submitted by Elliott, but officials there did not respond to multiple requests. Louisburg school board member Jo Erin Stuteville, who is the branch manager for Elliott’s Spring Hill office, was one of the officials who did not respond to The Sentinel.
Biermann said EMC Insurance is the only company that sells coverage for small districts. He said KASB promotes a self-insurance program but it is only open to KASB members, so in his opinion, the district has no choice but to be a KASB member.
But that’s not true. According to Jeremy Woydziak with KASB, membership is not required.
Biermann also told the board that the district could get an adverse opinion in its financial audit if it doesn’t belong to KASB. He said the auditor, Sean Gordon, called him and said “pretty much the same thing” as conveyed by Elliott.
“And if we do not have the most current fiscal policies, we will not have a good audit, he will write the letters of concern in our audit report. Because as an auditor, he wants the districts he works with to have the latest, especially fiscal policies in place.”
The Sentinel spoke with Sean Gordon, however, and he did not paint the dire picture shared by Biermann. He said not keeping up with financial policies “could potentially” have an impact.
Further, the basics of financial reporting are available from the Kansas Department of Education in its Accounting Manual, and the School Finance team provides a long list of guidelines and practice recommendations (contrary to Watson’s indication).
This episode is just the latest in a long series of efforts by state and local officials to preserve a system that protects the adults who work in it. The Kansas Association of School Boards is supposed to work for school board members, but it mostly works to shield entrenched administrators from school board oversight. School board members are told to support the superintendent and generally stay out of district operations when in fact, their job as elected board members is to hold management accountable for academically preparing students for college and career.
KASB and the Department of Education work hard to protect their institutional interests, but student achievement is low overall and getting worse. To wit, there were more high school students below grade level in Kansas than proficient before the pandemic, and it’s worse now.
And where was KASB’s alleged financial guidance when state auditors caught districts spending hundreds of millions of At-Risk funds in violation of state law?
This ‘system-first’ attitude will not change until parents demand and legislators institute healthy doses of choice, transparency, and accountability.
David served on several Commonwealth and state government committees of inquiry relating to poverty, refugees, ethnic groups, multiculturalism, overseas qualifications, and adoption. Over 20 years (1972-1992), he served on government and non-government advisory bodies and councils, and often worked with ministers for immigration and senior public servants. He was the only member to “bridge across 20 years of councils with different emphases established by governments of various political persuasions”. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the International Labour Organisation commissioned David several times to work on poverty alleviation, NGO-government relations, migration, and related social development issues in various Asia-Pacific countries.
In recognition of his distinguished contributions, David was conferred with several prestigious awards, namely, Churchill Fellow (1971), Victorian Council of Social Service Community Services Award (1975), Member of the Order of Australia (1984), and the Fulbright Senior Scholar (1988). To honour David’s contributions to international social work and social development, along with the then International Social Work Committee members, we established the David Cox Lecture Trust under the auspices of the Australian Association of Social Workers and the first David Cox lecture was held in 2003 and later several lectures were delivered by distinguished scholars and practitioners.
Till the end, David was engaged in reading, writing and facilitating voluntary studying groups to discuss wide-ranging topics, including theological. Spirituality and human values were central to David’s lifelong endeavours and accomplishments.
David served on the International Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Community and Social Development from its inception. In our conversations, he always inquired about the journal’s progress. As founding editor-in-chief, I am grateful to David’s encouragement, support and contribution to the journal.
David’s generosity, love and compassion, spirit, and contributions to knowledge and to local and global communities will remain immortal.
He is survived by his daughter, Robyn, son, Marcus and grandchildren, Christopher and Thomas, who all now live in London.
Manohar Pawar is professor of social work, Charles Sturt University Australia, and president, International Consortium for Social Development.
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If you were with me the other day, you may remember I was knee-deep into the 40-page “Survey of Davis, CA Residents,” put together by EMC Research on the City of Davis’s dime.
I did have a faint objection to spending untold thousands of dollars on a survey that has an error rate of plus or minus 4.37 percent. I also protested that “Nobody asked me” when I learned that 500 Davisites had been contacted, but that’s all in the past now and it’s time to move on.
Of course, instead of concentrating on who EMC didn’t call, we should zero in on who these 500 folks are to see if we agree they are a representative demo of how the rest of us feel. In effect, they are the only ones who were allowed to vote in this survey.
Truth be told, all we know for sure is that these were the 500 people who not only answered the phone or the text or the email, but then agreed to participate. I suspect the decline-to-participate rate is an industry secret, but for certain the first 500 people contacted did not say “yes” unless there was a coupon for a six-pack at Sudwerk involved.
The good folks at EMC included a “Respondent Profile” to help us understand who was speaking on our behalf, but even that makes me wonder about the methodology of any sort of random survey.
Presumably, they wanted a relatively equal number of men and women responding, even if the guidelines of Title IX do not apply to pollsters.
But what would happen if the first 250 people who agreed to talk were all women? Would they call only men after that in an attempt to even things up?
According to the profile, 50 percent of those who participated were women compared to 46 percent for men. There is no breakdown of the other four percent, but I’d say that’s a fairly even split.
“Ethnicity” came in just two categories: White and Non-White. White registered at 63 percent, Non-White at 29 percent, leaving fully 8 percent unidentified. Previous city surveys were much more specific, with one even listing how many “Italian Americans” were living in Davis.
As for age, the largest group was 18-34 at a whopping 32 percent, with 35-44 coming in at 17 percent, 45-54 at 14 percent, 55-64 at 14 percent, and 65-plus at 23 percent. Whether those numbers are comparable to the genuine percentages of each group in town is anyone’s guess. But at least those numbers add up to 100 percent, which is reassuring.
When it comes to education, 55 percent had a four-year degree or higher, with 45 percent not having a four-year degree. The survey actually says “less” than a four-year degree, but I don’t think there’s anything “less” about not possessing a four-year degree. Not to mention the fact that on the younger end of the 18-34 category almost no one will have graduated from college.
Party registration came in at 53 percent Democratic and 11 percent Republican, which seems way out of whack. I mean, I’ve lived here forever and at last count, I could identify only 17 Republicans in town, most of whom were forcibly relocated to Woodland after the last election.
Under “Tenure in Davis,” I wasn’t sure if they were referring to how many UCD professors have tenure or how long a person has lived in town.
Less than one year here made up just four percent, all of whom are likely to be Bay Area transplants paying cash for homes in The Cannery.
After that, 1-4 years came in at 19 percent, 5-9 years at 15 percent, 10-19 years at 21 percent, and 20 or more years at 39 percent.
Of course, I consider anyone who moved to Davis after September 12 of 1951 a newcomer.
But that’s another column for another day.
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There is still time to apply for the September Operation Round Up grant funding cycle.
Operation Round Up collects donations from participating South River EMC members through their electric bill, by rounding up to the next dollar, to Strengthen the quality of life for our community through schools and nonprofit organizations.
For example, if the participating member’s electric bill is $196.74, it is rounded to $197 and the 26¢ is put into a fund. A member can expect to donate no more than $6 a year. This fund is managed by South River EMC’s foundation, the Community Assistance Corporation, or CAC. Funds are given primarily to organizations serving the health, safety, education or recreational needs of citizens within our service area.
Applications can be found online at www.sremc.com/operation-round. Organizations can only receive one grant per 12-month period, with a maximum amount of $5,000. Educational institutions can apply for grants up to $10,000.
Applications are available for the September funding cycle. Completed applications are due to the Cooperative headquarters by August 26. Please note, you are now required to submit an electronic copy of your application to [email protected]
For complete information, visit www.sremc.com/operation-round or contact Catherine O’Dell, vice president of member services and public relations, at 910-892-8071 or [email protected]
South River EMC is a locally-owned and operated electric cooperative, which provides electric service to 46,000 homes, farms and businesses in parts of Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Johnston and Bladen counties.
Time is running out for local K-12 teachers to apply for grants of up to $2,000 from EnergyUnited.
Educators who are interested in implementing a creative and innovative classroom project and submit their grant application for the cooperative’s Bright Ideas Education Grant program by Aug. 15 will be entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards in a statewide drawing. Teachers can find the application, along with grant-writing tips and program information, on the Bright Ideas website at ncbrightideas.com.
This year, EnergyUnited will award more than $40,000 this year to local educators for projects across all grade levels and subjects. Teachers at qualifying schools across the cooperative’s 19-county service area can apply for grants individually or as a team.
EnergyUnited is one of 26 electric cooperatives in North Carolina offering Bright Ideas grants to local teachers. Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have awarded more than $14.3 million in Bright Ideas funding for 13,536 projects supporting teachers and benefitting more than 2.8 million students.
The Bright Ideas grant program is part of EnergyUnited’s ongoing commitment to build a Brighter Future for our community. To learn more about this and other community outreach efforts, visit energyunited.com.
Speaking on the theme, “Need of the hour- A new age education system encouraging job creation and aspirational employment”, Sisodia who also holds the education portfolio, said that it was the responsibility of the governments to inculcate a vision for the future in children.
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday said that the governments along with educational institutions needed to aspire for a better country first so that they could provide education to the next generation with the goal of fuelling country’s growth.
“Progress of a country is limited if there is no dream and aspirations for a nation attached to the skill development of youth in the country. To change this long-standing scenario, governments and educational institutions should ensure with commitment that we provide dreams for the nation to our youth along with education so that they can become a part of the nation’s growth,” said Sisodia. He made the comments during an event organised by a a non-profit organisation where he was the keynote speaker.
Speaking on the theme, “Need of the hour- A new age education system encouraging job creation and aspirational employment”, Sisodia who also holds the education portfolio, said that it was the responsibility of the governments to inculcate a vision for the future in children. He said that while 4.4 million children studied in both government and private schools in Delhi, their aspirations for the future were limited to securing a decent job.
“Most of their (students) aspirations depend upon the needs and financial aspirations of their family members today. They always respond by saying that they need a good and decent paying job to support their family. All their aspirations are just stuck at getting a good job and nothing beyond that. To change this, it is the responsibility of governments to take a step further and decide where they want to see the youth of their country. Governments along with educational institutions need to have a dream for a better nation first, so that they can provide the same through education to the next generation,” said Sisodia.
He also outlined details of various initiatives such as the Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum introduced by the Delhi government to inculcate a growth mindset in children. The deputy CM said that the EMC encouraged both entrepreneurship and a growth mindset among students. “The focus of the education system has always been to complete the syllabus, get better results and keep the mindset as a side course. But great work is being done on developing an entrepreneurial mindset among students in Delhi government schools,” he said.
The Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday said it will release 356 prisoners undergoing life imprisonment in various jails in the state on August 15 to commemorate 75 years of India's independence. Speaking to reporters, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said prisoners undergoing life imprisonment will be released from jails as per the guidelines issued by the Union home ministry and norms of the state government.
The National Investigation Agency has arrested two alleged members of the banned Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh from Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal city, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said on Tuesday. The suspects, Hamidullah aka Raju Gaji and Sahadat Hussain, had been on the radar after the arrest of active JMB members in March this year, Mishra told reporters. The probe agency had recovered objectionable material from the duo's possession, he said.
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The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday registered a case over a threat to assassinate chief minister Yogi Adityanath, people aware of the matter said. According to the First Information Report (FIR) filed in the case, the threat was received on August 2 on emergency response system Dial 112's WhatsApp number around 7.23pm. A local police officer, Shailendra Giri, said a probe is on and a special team is trying to trace the sender.
Two people fell prey to black magic in Chhattisgarh after a 17-year-old boy allegedly killed his parents in connivance with his relatives in Jashpur district by offering them in sacrifice at the behest of a 'tantric' (shaman) to cure his mentally-ill elder brother, the police said on Tuesday. Raigarh superintendent of police Abhishek Meena said the bodies were recovered on August 1 in Nadigaon village, which comes under the Sariya police station limits.
Four ½-day Seminars on Cybersecurity, SmartNICs, Flash Controllers, and OMI
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Flash Memory Summit 2022 (FMS) announces four new education seminars covering the latest syllabus in cybersecurity and ransomware, SmartNIC/DPU (Data Processing Unit) storage, SSD controller innovations, and the Open Memory Interface (OMI). The seminars are offered on Monday, August 1, the day before the opening of this year's August 2-4 in-person event at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Presenters include top engineers from Dell/EMC, Foxconn, IBM, NVIDIA, Silicon Motion, and other leading technology companies.
Paid attendees can choose a morning and an afternoon seminar.
"In the nearly three years since we last met in person at FMS, the memory and storage industries have made great advances," said Chuck Sobey, FMS General Chair. "These seminars provide an efficient and unique opportunity to learn about important new technologies, while meeting top presenters in-person and networking again with peers from across the industry and around the world. Participating in these seminars ensures you get the most benefit from attending FMS."
FMS is the industry's premier showcase for all forms of memory and data storage technology solutions. FMS attracts thousands of attendees each year and 2022 will be no different. The exhibit hall is completely sold out. At FMS 2022, data storage customers will learn about the latest advances in flash memory architecture, QLC flash, and a wide range of volatile and nonvolatile memory technologies such as DRAM, MRAM, ReRAM. And DNA storage. For more information visit https://flashmemorysummit.com/.
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Flash Memory Summit, produced by Conference ConCepts, showcases mainstream applications, key technologies, leading vendors, and innovative startups driving the multi-billion-dollar high-speed memory and SSD markets. FMS is now the world's largest event featuring trends, innovations, and influencers driving adoption of flash memory and other high-speed memory technologies within demanding enterprise storage applications, high-performance computing, mobile, and embedded systems.
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