Kate Middleton Hosts Virtual Forum With “5 Big Insights”

The data has been crunched and conclusions have been made. A fact-finding mission known as The Forum on The Early Years, spearheaded by Kate Middleton and The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has attracted over 500,000 responses this year, making it the largest survey of its kind in UK history.

The 5 Big Questions, an audit meant to help charities set their priorities for the future of early childhood education and support, has been the Duchess of Camrbidge’s primary focus throughout the year, despite the obvious obstacle of the coronavirus pandemic. The 5 Big Questions, her first solo project, is the culmination of nearly eight years she has spent working with family charities as a senior royal.

She spoke at a virtual event on Friday, reiterating her belief that “the early years should be on par with the other great social challenges and opportunities of our time.”

Touching upon the longterm nature of the work, she said, “it is a brave thing to believe in an outcome – in a world even – that might not be fully felt for a generation or more.”

The 5 Big Questions have generated what’s been dubbed the 5 Big Insights, guidelines to ensure mental health and wellbeing for parents, carers, and children. The data reveals nuance on the topic of nature vs. nurture, societal pressure in how to raise children, and the reluctance some feel in asking for help.

“People overwhelmingly believe that a child’s future is not pre-determined at birth,” the report reads. “However, most people don’t understand the specific importance of the early years.”

Additionally, “the reality of life makes it hard for parents to prioritize their wellbeing.” In other words, like they say on airplanes, you gotta strap on your own oxygen mask before you put on your kid’s. (The Duchess did not put it this way.)

The third Big Insight noted that “feeling judged by others can make a bad situation worse,” with 70 percent of responders saying that the opinions of others can have an effect, with nearly half feeling negatively impacted.

The fourth and fifth insights were specific to the coronavirus pandemic, noting an increase in loneliness, and unwillingness to be frank with their feelings, and how community outreach was found lacking in more economically disadvantaged areas.

A more detailed summary can be found here.

“Parenthood isn’t a prerequisite for understanding the importance of the early years,” Middleton concluded. “If we only expect people to take an interest in the early years when they have children, we are not only too late for them, we are underestimating the huge role others can play in shaping our most formative years too.”

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World Forum of Unicorn Companies held at South China University of Technology

GUANGZHOU, China–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The World Forum of Unicorn Companies was held at the South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China, on November 19. Highlighting the theme of “leading the way with technological innovation and entrepreneurship in the new era”, the forum invited several front runners of technological innovation enterprises from different industries, and created an occasion for them to share experiences, achievements, and pioneering views of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Du Lan, Senior Vice President of iFlytek, said in her speech that the development of artificial intelligence technology has entered the stage of mass application. She believed that among all the benefits brought by the artificial intelligence industry, what matters most is to use technology to “meet the rigid needs of human beings”, and that is why artificial intelligence is making history.

Liu Daofu, Vice President of Cambrian Technologies, gave his opinions on how smart chips might bring new possibilities to traditional industries such as healthcare, finance, automobiles, electric power, or retail, and how his company will be committed to boosting social and economic development with key technological innovation, making machines better understand and serve the mankind.

After that, Du Shangbiao, Vice President of iShansong, and Nicolai Peitersen, Executive Chairman and co-founder of Wikifactory, introduced the business patterns of their companies in promoting logistics by technological innovation and advancing manufacturing transformation and upgrading.

When discussing about the trend, opportunities, and challenges of technological innovation and entrepreneurship, the guests of the forum showed full confidence in China’s business environment. They believed that the country has laid a solid foundation for developing entrepreneurship in many aspects, including policy support, funding sources, infrastructure, and human resource reserves.

The event, as part of the 6th China International College Students’ “Internet+” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, was held during the finals of the competition to inspire young college students to participate in innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Dylan O’Brien discusses career, online presence at Berkeley Forum event

Actor Dylan O’Brien sat down virtually with the Berkeley Forum on Tuesday to speak about his experiences in the entertainment industry.

The event was livestreamed on the Berkeley Forum’s Facebook page, drawing about 1,000 viewers and more than 1,700 social media engagements. During the event, O’Brien discussed his growing career and experiences with maintaining a social media presence, in addition to giving advice for those interested in pursuing a career in entertainment.

While known for his roles on MTV’s television show “Teen Wolf” and the “Maze Runner” film series, O’Brien started out by producing a series of short comedic videos on his YouTube channel in the late 2000s before deciding to pursue acting professionally.

“I didn’t grow up acting as a kid. I wasn’t on sets,” O’Brien said during the event. “I wasn’t a child actor, and nor was I even in school, so it was something that I totally kind of just, like, picked up and was launching myself into.”

O’Brien said “Teen Wolf” became his “school” for acting. He discussed following his instincts when performing in different roles and using his background of technical skills, such as camera work and composition, to guide him through the unfamiliarity of acting on set.

According to O’Brien, the process for choosing roles changes over time, and as a new actor, it is about breaking into the industry and continuing to audition for any open role. O’Brien said he now tries to choose projects that are original and interesting, as some aspects of the industry have become a “regurgitation generation” of making sequels.

O’Brien also opened up about how his online presence has evolved. According to O’Brien, it is important for him to promote his work but also to continue to learn and understand topics outside of his work through social media. He added that he is now comfortable with using his online influence to discuss civic engagement and be more politically active.

“At some point, the bigger-than-me thing, that’s what made me get over myself,” O’Brien said during the event. “It’s about the conversation, and it’s about listening. … When I have a space to amplify a voice that has taught me so much, like in this moment, then I should do that.”

While the event was open to the public for viewing, questions were taken from UC Berkeley students, staff and faculty.

In response to a question about remaining motivated throughout his career, O’Brien said to keep believing in oneself and to understand that every career comes with moments of uncertainty.

“Never let yourself stop believing in yourself because that is what has gotten you to that point,” O’Brien said during the event.

Contact Thao Nguyen at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @tnguyen_dc.

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Endicott College to host virtual forum on social justice careers

Area residents have an opportunity to learn more about how to pursue careers in social justice through a virtual forum at Endicott College in Beverly on Monday, Oct. 26.

The event, hosted by Endicott’s Van Loan School of Professional Studies, will feature a panel discussion on academic and professional pathways for those who want to work for social equality and justice.

Barbara Jones, an attorney and an adjunct professor at Endicott who specializes in juvenile and mental health law, will moderate the panel discussion. Other panelists are Eddy Chrispin, a Boston Police sergeant and former social worker; Imari K. Paris Jeffries, executive director of KingBoston, an organization working to create a new memorial and programs honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.; and Monica Cannon Grant, CEO and founder of Violence in Boston.

The event, free and open to all, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required. To sign up, go to events.endicott.edu.

John Laidler can be reached at [email protected].

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Laredo College to host virtual forum for trustee candidates

A Laredo College virtual forum will be held on Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. to provide time for candidates for the Laredo College Board of Trustee positions to speak publicly about their platforms.

According to LC, the event will be moderated by the Laredo College Faculty Senate, Honors Program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor society, and they will serve as representatives of the employees and students. The college invites the public to view the forum through its website, as well as find more information about candidates, qualifications and important dates.

“With Laredo College’s outstanding rankings, impactful renovations and innovative programs, choosing our future representatives is of great importance to the college’s mission and values,” Laredo College President Ricardo J. Solis said. “The responsibility of the elected candidate is to work cohesively as a board in order to participate with administration, faculty, staff and students through the equal sharing of governance and decision-making in all endeavors in order to support the vision and strategic plan of the college.”

LC states that the board is a nine-member panel made up of citizens that hold public meetings, special called meetings and committee meetings throughout the year. The meetings and the board members discuss student and employee issues, as well as act as the representatives of the college and its interests during their time on the panel.

“We look forward to an engaging and spirited conversation regarding the future of our college,” Laredo College Faculty Senate President Prakash Mansinghani said. “Our students and faculty have worked tirelessly to put this event together, and it is our hope that each candidate will take the opportunity to distinguish themselves from another before the community.”

The candidates for this year are:

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Lino E. Sanchez

José R. Villa

Valentin Escamilla

Justin Hundsnurscher Casiano

Ricardo “Rick” Gonzalez

Karina “Kari” Elizondo

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Scott J. Roberts

Jackie L. Ramos

Carlos G. Perez

LC Board of Trustee Place 9

Osbaldo “Valdi” Guzman

Feliciano Garcia

Tita Vela

Oct. 13 marked the first day of early voting, which spans until Oct. 30. Nov. 3 is Election Day, and according to the Texas Secretary of State, the end time to vote is at 7 p.m.

To be eligible, one must meet the eligibility criteria which includes:

Must be a U.S. citizen.

Be 18 years or older on the first day of the term.

Be a resident of Texas and reside in the territory of the office (District 7, 8, 9).

Have not been convicted of a felony that has not been pardoned or released.

Has not been determined by a court to be mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated by a final judgment.

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Prime Minster of India, Hon. Shri Narendra Modi to Inaugurate India Energy Forum by CERAWeek

Virtual event—to be held October 26-28, 2020—will gather energy leaders to further important dialogue on India’s new energy future

The Prime Minister of India, Hon. Shri Narendra Modi will deliver the inaugural address at India Energy Forum by CERAWeek, to be held virtually October 26-28.

India Energy Forum by CERAWeek, now in its fourth year, is hosted by IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions. The event will convene an international group of speakers and delegates as well as a community of a thousand delegates from India and regional energy companies, energy-related industries, institutions and governments.

The event’s speakers include energy ministers, senior industry executives and leading national and international energy experts.

Featured speakers will include:

  • Hon. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan– minister of petroleum and natural gas and minister of steel, Government of India

  • Hon. Dan Brouillette – secretary of energy, United States of America

  • H.E. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo– secretary general, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries(OPEC)

  • H.R.H. Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud – minister of energy, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • Bernard Looney – group chief executive, BP

  • Patrick Pouyanné – chairman and CEO, TOTAL S.A

  • Tengku Muhammad Taufik – president and group CEO, PETRONAS

  • Mukesh Ambani – chairman and managing director, Reliance Industries Limited

  • Meg Gentle – president and CEO, Tellurian Inc

“We are honored to have Prime Minister Modi inaugurate the fourth India Energy Forum by CERAWeek, said Daniel Yergin, IHS Markit vice chairman and author of The New Map. “We are pleased to be hosting virtually this important event under the patronage of Minister Pradhan and the Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. In charting its path to a new energy future, India has captured the world’s attention. This event will expand the important discussion on the opportunities, challenges and strategies in a rapidly-changing energy world, and India’s role in it.”

Key topics to be explored will include:

  • Impact of the pandemic on India’s future energy demand

  • Securing supplies for India’s economic growth

  • What does energy transition and the climate agenda mean for India?

  • Natural Gas in India’s Energy Mix: What’s the path?

  • Refining & petrochemicals: Strategies midst surplus

  • The pace of innovation: Biofuel, hydrogen, CCS, electric vehicles and digital transformation

  • Market and regulatory reform: What is ahead?

“The energy markets are closely watching the pace and shape of economic recovery in India because developments in India will significantly influence the future of energy markets globally,” said Atul Arya, senior vice president and chief energy strategist, IHS Markit. “India is charting its own path during this period of transition and turbulence in the energy sector. India Energy Forum by CERAWeek is a unique opportunity for the energy industry around the world to hear directly from political leaders, policymakers and industry leaders about what lies ahead in the world of energy globally and in India.”

Visit https://indiaenergy.ceraweek.com for a complete list of speakers and the most up-to-date program information. Session times, topics and speakers

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THIS WEEK: Katy Chamber to host higher education forum

The options for those seeking a higher education in the greater Katy area are abundant, with campuses for the University of Houston, Houston Community College and University of Houston-Victoria dotting the area landscape.

In order to take a look at the options and the state of higher education, the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce has invited representatives from across the region to talk about the issues.

The higher education update is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Embassy Suites Houston West-Katy, 16435 Katy Freeway in Houston. Tickets are $40 for members and $50 for prospective members.

Panelists for the forum include Dr. Jay Neal of the University of Houston at Katy, Dr. Zachary Hodges of Houston Community College, Randy Wooten with Texas State Technical College and Dean Ken Colwell of University of Houston-Victoria at Katy. A representative of Wharton County Junior College is also expected to be on hand.

To register for the event go to https://tinyurl.com/yxtcn7na. For information call Ashley DeWispelaere at 281-391-7423 or email [email protected]

For more information visit www.katychamber.com.

American Legion ribbon cutting

The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the American Legion Jonathan D. Rozier Post 164 from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.

The post is named for the first killed-in-action soldier from Katy during the War on Terror was founded in June of 2002. For more information go to www.legionpost164katytx.org.

Chat & BOSS

The Fulshear Katy Area Chamber Chat & BOSS segment is scheduled for 10-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. The Facebook presentation will be held with Texas Sen. Lois Kolkhorst.

To join the event go to www.facebook.com/FulshearKaty.

Jaybird Monument

The ongoing issue of what to do with the Jaybird-Woodpecker War monument on the grounds of Richmond City Hall may finally come to pass this week. The city of Richmond will hold a City Commission meeting starting at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the public will not be allowed to attend the meeting. However, the meeting will be broadcast live via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/98198766672 (Meeting ID: 981 9876 6672) via telephone by calling 346-248-7799 and entering the meeting ID 981 9876 6672.

The controversial monument is currently located on the southeast corner of City Hall at 402 Morton St. in Richmond. If the commission approves an interlocal agreement with Fort Bend County, the monument would be moved to Hodges Bend Cemetery in Sugar Land at 17245 Old Richmond Road.

The historic cemetery dates to 1836. The last burial in the cemetery was in 1942.

The Jaybird monument is an obelisk that stands outside Richmond City Hall and pays homage to “OUR HEROES.” Its inscription reads, “Capable county government and their fellow citizens have reared this monument to their memory and as a promise to them that their principles shall be maintained for all time to come. Go stranger and to the Jaybirds tell, that for their country’s freedom they fell.”

The “heroes” are H.H. Frost, L.E. Gibson and J.M.

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Katy Chamber to host higher education forum

The options for those seeking a higher education in the greater Katy area are abundant, with campuses for the University of Houston, Houston Community College and University of Houston-Victoria dotting the area landscape.

In order to take a look at the options and the state of higher education, the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce has invited representatives from across the region to talk about the issues.

The higher education update is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Embassy Suites Houston West-Katy, 16435 Katy Freeway in Houston. Tickets are $40 for members and $50 for prospective members.


Panelists for the forum include Dr. Jay Neal of the University of Houston at Katy, Dr. Zachary Hodges of Houston Community College, Randy Wooten with Texas State Technical College and Dean Ken Colwell of University of Houston-Victoria at Katy. A representative of Wharton County Junior College is also expected to be on hand.

To register for the event go to https://tinyurl.com/yxtcn7na. For information call Ashley DeWispelaere at 281-391-7423 or email [email protected]

For more information visit www.katychamber.com.

American Legion ribbon cutting

The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the American Legion Jonathan D. Rozier Post 164 from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.

The post is named for the first killed-in-action soldier from Katy during the War on Terror was founded in June of 2002. For more information go to www.legionpost164katytx.org.

Chat & BOSS

The Fulshear Katy Area Chamber Chat & BOSS segment is scheduled for 10-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. The Facebook presentation will be held with Texas Sen. Lois Kolkhorst.

To join the event go to www.facebook.com/FulshearKaty.

Jaybird Monument

The ongoing issue of what to do with the Jaybird-Woodpecker War monument on the grounds of Richmond City Hall may finally come to pass this week. The city of Richmond will hold a City Commission meeting starting at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the public will not be allowed to attend the meeting. However, the meeting will be broadcast live via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/98198766672 (Meeting ID: 981 9876 6672) via telephone by calling 346-248-7799 and entering the meeting ID 981 9876 6672.

The controversial monument is currently located on the southeast corner of City Hall at 402 Morton St. in Richmond. If the commission approves an interlocal agreement with Fort Bend County, the monument would be moved to Hodges Bend Cemetery in Sugar Land at 17245 Old Richmond Road.

The historic cemetery dates to 1836. The last burial in the cemetery was in 1942.

The Jaybird monument is an obelisk that stands outside Richmond City Hall and pays homage to “OUR HEROES.” Its inscription reads, “Capable county government and their fellow citizens have reared this monument to their memory and as a promise to them that their principles shall be maintained for all time to come. Go stranger and to the Jaybirds tell, that for their country’s freedom they fell.”

The “heroes” are H.H. Frost, L.E. Gibson and J.M.

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“The education of the future implies abandoning traditional approaches,” says UNICEF expert at Ismael Cala Foundation forum

MIAMI, October 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — “The education of the future implies abandoning traditional approaches and promoting pedagogies centered on students, as well as ensuring links between schools and communities,” said Vincenzo Placco, specialist in Secondary Education and Learning at the UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean during the Ismael Cala Foundation’s 2020 First Forum of on Quality Education and Social Progress of Youth.

In the multi-sector event, the panelists shared experiences and reflections on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) No. 4 Quality Education, No. 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, No. 10 Reduced Inequalities, and No. 17 Partnerships for the Goals. They also shared their experiences on the projects they are developing together with the Ismael Cala Foundation (ICF).

The UNICEF expert for Latin America and the Caribbean also explained that “education must have a holistic approach: early childhood, physical and mental health, and education itself.”

“In the future the presence will be physical and remote, which requires connected schools, trained teachers, equipped students; the digital divide must not act to perpetuate the existing differences,” added Vincenzo Placco.

Ismael Cala, founder and president of ICF, moderated the meeting and emphasized that the organization “assumes the responsibility that we all have to raise awareness of the SDGs as a contribution to the development of the region, and opens this space to publicize the work we do together to contribute to the 2030 Agenda.”

Also present was María Paula Murra, Vice President of Corporate Relations at Westfield Business School, an ICF partner, who expressed her wish that “quality education become an engine for democratization.”

To date, Westfield has awarded 124 scholarships through the Ismael Cala Foundation.

Dr. Galo Cabanilla, Chancellor of the Universidad Tecnológica Empresarial de Guayaquil (UTEG), highlighted efforts to continue training different populations, especially those with limited resources, at no cost.

“We have adapted necessary methodologies to a virtual education model, empowering students to integrate into the use of new paradigms. With education, the doors are opening to help break the cycle of poverty, and especially of violence,” said Cabanilla.

Andrés Felipe González, winner of a scholarship to study Social Communication and Marketing, thanks to the alliance with URBE University, discussed how this has opened up job opportunities for him.

ICF’s 2020 II Forum “Emotional Intelligence: a Path for Peace and Quality Education,” will be held on November 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm. (Miami time), with free registration here.

The Ismael Cala Foundation creates and promotes emotional leadership and vocational guidance programs for children, adolescents and youth in vulnerable situations in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, in partnership with other organizations.

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