John P. Wilson, Ph.D., & CEO, Guest Spoke at the National University of Singapore Educating Students on Entrepreneurship

Dr. John Wilson

"I am not into Bioscience, but you gave me a new dimension to be an entrepreneur," states a PhD student regarding John Wilson's speech.

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Dr. John P. Wilson, PhD and CEO of ProtiFi, LLC, made time yet again to educate in a very recent special event. He was invited to be the special guest speaker of the talk, "Academia, Industry and Entrepreneurship: Which is Your Parachute?", to the National University of Singapore (NUS). NUS is ranked consistently as one of the world's top universities and offers the most extensive college degree courses in Singapore. The invite came from Graduate Students Society National University of Singapore(GSS). Most young professionals, such as PhD candidates and students, of the National University of Singapore were in attendance. The call was 7 am ET, 8 pm Singapore time via Zoom on November 25, 2020.

Dr. Wilson has been passionately advocating for the potential and value of entrepreneurship, especially in biotech, for more than a decade. His latest outing was yet again a unanimous success and praised by young professionals at NSU: "Your webinar organized by NUS was exceptionally amazing. I am not into Bioscience, but you gave me a new dimension to be an entrepreneur. I am currently working on a Rural technology solution for India. I am the guy who said "Perseverance". I will remember the word for years to come," praises Gokul M.C, a PhD student at NSU. The response “perseverance” was in reply to Dr. Wilson’s question “What personality trait is most essential to being successful entrepreneur?”.

Dr. Wilson shared his passion and purpose in the journey to do good through entrepreneurship by vigilantly using the gifts we each receive. His own journey began as a child making things to sell in a workshop with his father to supplement the income of his two social worker parents in the farm country of Oregon and led through multiple difficult working experiences. In grad school he nearly died from simultaneous lung infections and meningitis, an experience that left him with first-hand knowledge of the value of health and experience of COVID19 victims. He then went on to the #1 ranked Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory where he developed seminal technologies to enable precision medicine and personalized health, which he launched as ProtiFi, LLC.

"Thanks to GSS, I got to know you. It was very motivational and thank you for sharing your experiences," states Abigail Tan, PhD candidate at NSU.

Dr. Wilson believes entrepreneurship is essential to effecting real change in the many problems of the world and is, for that reason, passionate about education. ProtiFi, LLC, which Dr. Wilson founded, has as part of its broader mission to be “…an active, integral part of the omics community that, through collaboration, education and contribution, strives to advance humanity's scientific understanding." Dr. Wilson’s continued talks fulfill the mission of education.

"I got to know you through a webinar session and it was very inspiring. Thank you for sharing your experiences," concludes Xiaoyang Chen, PhD candidate at NSU.

Dr. Wilson actually gave a very similar talk to the American Medical Student Association via invitation from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) on November 17th. The American Medical Student Association, founded in 1950 and based in Washington, D.C., is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. AMSA is a student-governed, national organization.

"Education of our youngest generation about the power of entrepreneurship to make transformative changes can solve the very big problems we face," concludes Dr. Wilson. “In 2008, I founded a 501(c)3 not for profit called NYC Bio which had the goal of facilitating the growth of a biotech cluster through education, networking and collaboration. Fast forward 12 years and while it worked, and I'm still educating because education (or not) is how we make transformative changes (or not). Giving some direction and advice to our future generations who could, by example, cure cancer or malaria, is well worth the time. Young people need to know by example that they can chase their passions and earn a living in the pursuit of good ends."
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Dr. John Wilson

John Wilson, Ph.D., is CEO and Co-Founder of ProtiFi, LLC producing solutions for protein and proteomics analysis. He also founded NYC Bio, a non-profit dedicated to collaboration and innovation in biotech. John is “problem solver” and does just that. Having done proteomics since 2001, he got his PhD from The Rockefeller University and joined Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CHSL) as a postdoc with Darryl. Together, they’ve made cool technology. John is passionate about R&D that makes a difference.

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Emil Malak Pens an Op-ed: New antibody resistant coronavirus mutation N493K; Focus should be on testing

Emil Malak, CEO Voip-Pal, well versed in global politics, culture and health

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There is an urgent need for continuous testing every three days as well as making COVID-19 testing more widely available through innovative means such as testing vending machines.”

— Emil Malak

WASHINGTON, DC, US, November 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — CEOCFO Magazine, an independent investment publication that highlights important technologies and companies, today announced it has published an op-ed (https://www.ceocfointerviews.com/emilmalakoped1120.html) by Voip-Pal CEO Emil Malak. Voip-Pal.com Inc., Voip-Pal (OTCQB: VPLM), a Bellevue, Washington based company is an inventor and pioneer of the switching technology now being used by many of the world's largest telecommunication and social networking companies, without which they could not connect Landline phone calls to Internet phone calls. Mr. Malak has other business ventures and is well versed in global politics and culture.

In February of this year (2020), just as the world was waking up to the news that people were fleeing Wuhan China, headed to worldwide destinations with the deadly coronavirus, Mr. Malak wrote his very first Op-ed on the subject. In the title of his article, “A Global Pandemic Has Already Started” Mr. Malak declared the novel coronavirus to be a worldwide pandemic one month before the World Health Organization did. Since then we have seen several of Mr. Malek’s predictions on the virus come true.

In his most recent op-ed, Mr. Malak discussed the new antibody resistant coronavirus mutation N493K. “The neutralizing antibodies that patients develop after being infected with a virus or following vaccination are not proving to be effective against this new mutant. The N439K mutation so-far is proving to be resistant to antibodies.

He continued, “N439K has already been identified in twelve countries and is increasing infection rates in the United States and Europe. As a result, within the next four weeks we could potentially see death rates increase. Authors of a recent study on the new coronavirus mutant conclude their findings could have consequences, not only on the efficacy of emerging vaccines but also the efficacy of antibody therapeutics.”
https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.11.04.355842v1

With studies such as the one by The University of Vermont Medical Center yet to be done, Mr. Malak who is very pro-vaccine and believes they save lives cautioned, “I have the utmost respect for politicians on both sides of the aisle that have dedicated their efforts into eradicating the coronavirus. One of the challenges is there are still too many unknowns before we can roll out a safe vaccine solution. Do neutralizing antibodies indeed vanish within a few months? Will antibody dependent enhancement (ADE) put those vaccinated in danger? Could a vaccinated person, thinking they are immune to COVID-19 become an asymptomatic carrier and spread the virus? How many doses of the vaccine will people need per year? Some suggest three of four doses per year to be safe. What about side effects? Will spike protein mutations complicate matters?”
https://www.uvmhealth.org/medcenter/clinical-trials-and-research/COVID-19-vaccine-study#
https://www.virology.ws/2009/07/24/virus-neutralization-by-antibodies/

Malak has repeatedly warned in his op-eds over the past nine months about the need to gather adequate data of at least two years before allowing a vaccine to go to the market. Recalling the mistakes of the 1960’s Thalidomide tragedy that led to tens of thousands of children born with birth defects, Malak wrote, “We need to learn from these tragedies and never repeat the same mistakes. Rushing into any drug or vaccine could lead to catastrophic consequences.”

Pointing to a study by Danish researches, Mr. Malak discusses another concern in the possibility that today’s vaccine may not work tomorrow because of virus mutation, “Researchers have documented at least two mutations of the coronavirus. In one instance the genetic sequence within the spike protein changed the position of the “614 G” aspartic acid (contains an amino acid and a carboxylic acid) to an “amino acid glycine.” That single change within the spike protein created a new COVID-19-2.0, far more contagious and deadly than the original. The second mutation was recently discovered in the mink farms of Denmark; two amino acid mutations within the spike protein. It is valid to question whether a vaccine would be effective after a mutation takes place in the spike protein. We do not know when, nor how frequently a mutation will take place, rendering the vaccine ineffective each time. Another important question that needs to be answered is how effective any COVID-19 vaccine will be on a mutated strain of the virus; a COVID-2.0.”

Mr. Malak continues, “As a result of this new virus all of Denmark’s 17 million farmed minks in their 400 mink farms are being destroyed and 240 or more mink farm workers are currently infected. This latest development provides even more reason why the focus should be on developing more effective therapeutics,” said Mr. Malak.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/04/health/covid-mink-mutation.html

Mr. calls for what he calls, “The hammer and the dance” – for a new non-political task force. “It is necessary to form a national scientific advisory committee that is free from all political influence. The committee would provide two televised updates per week to advise the public of the facts regarding the coronavirus, its spread and what actions need to be taken by each state.”

Below is Mr. Malak’s proposal:
The Hammer – Europe is headed back to total lockdown, referred to as the “hammer” because of the resurgence of coronavirus cases. The virus is back in Europe vigorously, leading government officials to once again shutdown their economies. This radical action will be devastating to businesses and to the overall mental and physical health of Europeans and will hopefully be limited to a very short period.

The Dance – During the hammer period certain actions must be taken to get people back to work:
1. There is an urgent need for continuous testing every three days as well as making COVID-19 testing more widely available through innovative means such as testing vending machines that provide rapid results in one minute. Those that test negative are free to go to work, restaurants and live their lives normally. Those who test positive will seek medical attention and self-quarantine. More simple, rapid self-testing kits are needed.
2. Reconfigure workplaces providing the means for social distancing, disinfectants and mask wearing indoors.
3. Limit the size of indoor gatherings.
4. Indoor locations like restaurants, bars, and conference centers etc. could be retrofitted with air conditioning systems that burn out the virus during circulation cycles.
5. Close down tattoo parlors, massage parlors and prostitution businesses. Those with addictions should be treated in proper medical facilities.

People that do not adjust to the new norms necessary to deal with the virus will be leaving themselves vulnerable to potential infection and risks associated with the virus which includes death.

Malak, who has many years of experience dealing with the U.S. patent system hinted he may be writing a future article on the current state of patents in the United States saying, “Unfortunately, owning a U.S. patent today can be meaningless. It is no longer an asset but a liability.”

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Karen V. Davison Scholarship Program Continues to Accept Applications

The Karen V. Davison Scholarship Program will offer one scholarship of $1,000 and two additional scholarships of $500 each

PLANO, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — After launching in mid-September, the Karen V. Davison Scholarship Program is continuing to accept applications. The scholarship program is open to college and university students in the U.S. and Canada who are currently enrolled in a Culinary program, Arts program, or Social Sciences program such as History, Anthropology, Sociology, or Political Science.

As a professional chef and culinary blogger, Karen V. Davison has a wealth of experience working in kitchens and restaurants across America. Throughout her career, she has worked as a saucier, a sous chef, an associate chef, and a head chef in various restaurants.

Through the scholarship program, Davison aims to help students reach their full academic potential through financial support. The program is dedicated to students who find creative ways to solve problems at work, school, or in everyday life.

In addition to submitting adequate proof of enrollment, applicants must also write a 500-word essay and list their program of choice, explain what they hope to achieve in their career in the future, and answer the question, “How do you find ways to stay creative amidst the challenges and restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic?”

Applications will be accepted up until the deadline date of December 31, 2020.

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, please visit https://karenvdavisonscholarship.com/.

About Karen V. Davison

Karen V. Davison is a professional chef and culinary blogger from Dallas, Texas. She holds a degree from the Culinary School of Fort Worth. She built up her career by working at various fast food restaurants. Ms. Davison worked as an associate chef and sous chef before obtaining a coveted head chef position at a fine dining restaurant in Dallas. She is now a highly sought-after head chef, lending her expertise and experience to many restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

To learn more about Karen V. Davison, visit her website, https://karenvdavison.com/.

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Nonprofit HR Expands Operational Capacity to Meet Social Sector Talent Management Needs

Nonprofit HR to Increase Service Delivery to Nonprofits to Scale Mission Impact

Nonprofits require an unprecedented level of talent management support in this era.”

— Lisa Brown Alexander, President & CEO, Nonprofit HR.

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Nonprofit HR recently announced the appointment of key leaders who will shape the firm’s operational infrastructure as it expands service delivery to meet increased demand for social sector thought-partnering. The expansion is based on the evolving talent attraction, retooling, development and retention needs for nonprofits; these needs stem from the impacts of the novel coronavirus, civil and social unrest and a polarized political climate on the sector’s workforce and culture. Specifically, the firm has hired Staffing, Talent Delivery, and Workforce Management expert, Terry Perenich, as its new Vice President of Client Services effective December 1, 2020. Terry will focus on expanding Nonprofit HR’s work with nonprofits and play a critical role in leading its infrastructure for service delivery. Ultimately, Perenich’s new role will help Nonprofit HR’s clients build the talent management capacity needed to better meet their missions. Terry comes to Nonprofit HR having worked with several leading brands, including Deloitte LLP, Kforce Global Solutions, Inc. and Accenture. This new role was created in direct response to the increasingly more complex demands of the nation’s growing social sector.

Nonprofit HR’s Vice President and Managing Partner, and former head of Business Development, Patty Hampton, has also been tapped to lead a new initiative focused on the unique needs of social enterprises which will launch early 2021. Sidney Abrams, long-time champion of the firm’s human resources consulting practice, will now head its business development function to maintain visibility in and expand to new markets where social impact organizations are rapidly growing to meet rapidly expanding societal needs.

“Nonprofits require an unprecedented level of talent management support in this era. The understanding of the importance of talent to organizational sustainability confirms that nonprofit leaders are committed to their missions and are serious about responsibly investing in their people. Nonprofit HR has been on an aggressive growth trajectory for the past 10 years. We continually align our growth strategy with developments in the sector and the nation, which means that organizations can continue to count on us as trusted advisors,” said Lisa Brown Alexander, President & CEO, Nonprofit HR.

Nonprofit HR has streamlined its operations in a new initiative dubbed “Agility.” This effort intentionally repositions its client services with an expanded and dynamic leadership team: Strategy and Advisory services, now led by long-time HR strategist, consultant and Managing Director, Lori Kipnis; HR Outsourcing, the firm’s largest practice, led by Heather de la Riva; Search, spearheaded by professional search expert and Managing Director, Myra Briggs; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), the firm’s fastest-growing practice, led by well-known DEI thought partner and Managing Director, Emily Holthaus; and Total Rewards, led by compensation, benefits and wellness expert and Managing Director, Lisa McKeown.

Press seeking interviews may email Managing Director for Client Marketing and Strategic Communication, Atokatha Ashmond Brew, at abrew@nonprofithr.com.

About Nonprofit HR
Nonprofit HR is the country’s leading and oldest firm focused exclusively on the talent management needs of social impact organizations. Since 2000, our staff of credentialed experts have advanced the impact of some of the world’s most influential brands in the sector. We focus our efforts on project-based human resources consulting, HR outsourcing, talent acquisition, executive search, knowledge, and research, all with the objective of strengthening the people management capacity of the workforce. This year, we are celebrating 20 years as a talent management capacity-building firm dedicated to the success of our clients.

Excerpt of Nonprofit HR’s DEI Statement
It is a high priority for us to foster and maintain an environment where diversity and inclusion are valued and realized to the benefit of you and the clients that we serve. We believe strongly in treating everyone fairly and value the full diversity of our colleagues, clients, partners and vendors. Inclusion is how we live our commitment to fairness and diversity. It shapes how we honor the perspectives, abilities and identities of our colleagues; how we listen to, engage and respond to our clients; and how we connect to and appreciate each other and those we serve. See Nonprofit HR’s full diversity statement.

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K12 INC. INVESTORS WITH LOSSES GREATER THAN $100,000 ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT KEHOE LAW FIRM, P.C.

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Securities Investigation On Behalf Of Investors Of K12 Inc. Who Have Suffered Significant Losses

NEW YORK, USA, November 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — PHILADELPHIA, Kehoe Law Firm, P.C. is investigating potential securities claims on behalf of investors of K12 Inc. (“K12” or the “Company”) (NYSE: LRN) to determine whether the Company engaged in securities fraud or other unlawful business practices.

INVESTORS WHO PURCHASED, OR OTHERWISE ACQUIRED, THE SECURITIES OF K12 BETWEEN APRIL 27, 2020 AND SEPTEMBER 18, 2020, BOTH DATES INCLUSIVE (THE “CLASS PERIOD”), AND SUFFERED LOSSES GREATER THAN $1000,000 ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT KEHOE LAW FIRM, P.C., MICHAEL YARNOFF, ESQ., (215) 792-6676, EXT. 804, MYARNOFF@KEHOELAWFIRM.COM, SECURITIES@KEHOELAWFIRM.COM, TO DISCUSS THE SECURITIES INVESTIGATION OR POTENTIAL LEGAL CLAIMS.

A class action lawsuit has been filed seeking to recover damages on behalf of K12 investors who purchased, or otherwise acquired, the securities of K12 during the Class Period and suffered losses.

According to the class action complaint, K12, allegedly, made false and misleading statements to the public throughout the Class Period and failed to disclose that (1) K12 lacked the technological capabilities, infrastructure, and expertise to support the increased demand for virtual and blended education necessitated by the global pandemic; (2) K12 lacked adequate cyberattack protocols and protections to prevent the disabling of its computer systems; (3) K12 was unable to provide the necessary levels of administrative support and training to teachers, students, and parents; (4) and K12’s officers lacked a reasonable basis for their positive statements about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects.

Kehoe Law Firm, P.C., with offices in New York and Philadelphia, is a multidisciplinary, plaintiff–side law firm dedicated to protecting investors from securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duties, and corporate misconduct. Combined, the partners at Kehoe Law Firm have served as Lead Counsel or Co-Lead Counsel in cases that have recovered more than $10 billion on behalf of institutional and individual investors.

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Dr. Paul Elliott, Neurologist, Celebrates 19 Years of Distinguished Service with the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida

Dr. Paul Elliott, Neurologist, Celebrates 19 Years of Distinguished Service with the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida

Dr. Paul Elliott, Neurologist, Celebrates 19 Years of Distinguished Service with the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida

Neurologist, Dr. Paul Elliott is pleased to announce that he has devoted nearly two very productive decades of work at the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida

STUART, FL, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Neurologist, Dr. Paul Elliott is pleased to announce that he has devoted nearly two very productive decades of work to aid the collective efforts of the medical and scientific professionals at the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida is just one chapter in a national network of charitable organizations that provide services and programs for those who are dealing with epilepsy across the nation. These services include education on the science of epilepsy, its treatment, and ways an epileptic can better cope with this condition.

These services include a 24/7 help line, community forums, a children’s activity program, seizure education, the “My Seizure Diary” free self management tool advocacy, support for sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) support, a wellness institute, and research.
As a board certified Occupational and Neurological Medicine. Dr. Paul Elliott has been a valuable asset to the foundation in the areas of research, education, and advocacy.

Dr. Paul Elliott has worked closely with the experts at the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida to curate a robust research library and network that encompass the spectrum of discovery from concept to development. Dr. Paul Elliott has helped the Foundation to foster the development of new research professionals to support fresh avenues of discovery which will lead to better quality care and treatments.

In the area of advocacy, Dr. Paul Elliott has been invaluable with his in depth knowledge of neurobiology and occupational medicine. Because he has published and presented scientific studies in Neurological Medicine, occupational medicine, and Osteopathy, his advocacy has come with a depth and breadth of knowledge and authority which make his efforts eminently valuable.

Likewise, in the foundation’s educational efforts, Dr. Paul Elliott has been a great resource. While scientific knowledge of the brain is far from complete, Dr. Paul Elliott’s expertise and dedication to the cause have brought valuable insights to many people struggling with epilepsy, the friends and families of those living with epilepsy, those who directly care for someone living with the condition, and for many professionals who provide care and treatment for the condition.

Dr. Paul Elliott’s contributions in time and donations to the foundation have also been instrumental in the progress of the foundation’s Wellness Institute. This organization is dedicated to the prospect that those who live with epilepsy are entitled to the fullest and most productive life possible.

Today, Dr. Paul Elliott continues to provide Adult Neurological Consultation and Diagnostic Testing for patients dealing with a host of conditions and has been praised highly by both his peers and patients.

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Learn and Play Montessori Announces Update to Online Kindergarten Activities

The company is announcing remote learning options for parents and children

Leader in Bay Area Preschool Programs

Schools are either closed or in online only mode across the country. To this end, the company is announcing new online options.

Kindergarten is a key time in the learning curve of children.”

— Harpreet Grewal

FREMONT, CALIFORNIA, USA, November 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Learn and Play Montessori, a best-in-class provider of online kindergarten and online preschool taught in an innovative, Montessori-inspired way, is proud to announce information new online kindergarten activities. With many kindergartens either closed or in online only mode, parents across the country – not only in Fremont, Danville, and Dublin California where the company is based – are struggling to find online activities for their kindergarteners. The new information helps parents find best-in-class activities, online kindergarten activities “Kindergarten is a key time in the learning curve of children,” explained Harpreet Grewal, director of Learn and Play Montessori. “Many parents continue to participate in the limited public school kindergarten options, and our teaching staff works hard to couple our online kindergarten activities in such a way that they go well with public school curricula. Everyone wants to keep the kindergarteners learning.”

Persons interested in learning more can visit the newly updated virtual kindergarten page at https://www.learnandplaymontessori.com/online-learning/online-kindergarten/. That page explains how the virtual kindergarten system works, coupling live and recorded information with supplementary materials. Parents may be interested to learn that this is not an “either/or” option. They can continue to participate in public kindergarten, which may be either virtual or face-to-face, and also participate in the online program. Parents who want to drill into kindergarten activities can also visit the information page at https://www.learnandplaymontessori.com/blog/online-activities/. That page focuses on a wealth of online kindergarten activities.

VIRTUAL KINDERGARTEN MEANS MORE OPTIONS FOR PARENTS AND KINDERGARTNERS

Here is background on this release. Nowadays, more and more parents are having to “home school” their children, including kids that are in preschool or kindergarten. Due to the Pandemic, public kindergartens are in a very disrupted state with an “on again, off again” schedule that can be very complicated for busy parents. For this reason, many parents are turning to online options such as online Kindergarten or online preschool. As they do so, however, they realize that they need activities that not only entertain but engage their children. The new announcement by Learn and Play Montessori helps buy parents find best-in-class online activities for their children of kindergarten age.

ABOUT LEARN AND PLAY MONTESSORI

Learn and Play Montessori (https://www.learnandplaymontessori.com/) aims to be one of the best Montessori schools in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Whether parents are looking for a Montessori School in Danville, a Blackhawk preschool, or a top-rated Montessori School in Dublin / San Ramon, Learn and Play has a campus for their child or children. Bay Area parents searching for Walnut Creek preschool options could find the right fit in Danville. All schools use the famed Montessori method, offering programs from childcare to daycare, preschool to kindergarten, in not only Danville, Fremont, Dublin, or San Ramon but also in nearby towns such as Alamo, Blackhawk, Diablo or San Ramon on the I-680 corridor as well as Walnut Creek.

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Palo Alto Council's Final OK Came After Multi Year Process, Timothy Kassouni Says

Timothy Kassouni reflects on length of Architectural Review Board case

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — When developers Jaime and Elizabeth Wong proposed creating a mixed-use building on 425 University Ave. in downtown Palo Alto in 2014, they faced an onslaught of opposition from residents. After winning a conditional approval in 2017 and completing several additional revisions, they finally received the final approval in December 2018. Attorney Timothy Kassouni represented the Wongs throughout the process.

"The Council finally approved the project in one of their last actions in 2018," said Timothy Kassouni. The Wongs had undergone several rounds of revisions with four different architects and dozens of public hearings. Council had conditionally approved the project in February 2017, and the Wongs went through several hearings and meetings before city officials finally determined they had met all the conditions to proceed. The 28,547-square-foot, four-story structure will have residential, retail, office, and parking space.

Residents had criticized the Wongs' original designs in public hearings as being out of character with the surrounding neighborhood of Victorian townhomes, too large relative to the narrow streets, and not helping the city's housing crunch with its large luxury apartments. The Wongs, however, adjusted the project in response to the feedback from residents and the Architectural Review Board. Among the changes were a different exterior appearance and a reduction of its square footage, including the residential space in the building, said Timothy Kassouni.

When the council conditionally approved one of the Wong's options in 2017, they specified that the Wongs do three things to gain final approval. They were to add a decorative design to the exterior wall, improve the landscaping plan, and add "craftsmanship-related detail" to the outside. The Wongs made several improvements. These included adding a sun screen on the first floor, window screens on the second, and a modified balcony on the third floor. The Architectural Review Board, however, decided they had not complied, and Planning Director Jonathan Lait recommended that the project not receive final approval.

"I filed numerous letters on behalf of the Wongs detailing biases on the Architectural Review Board and pointing out that the board was stonewalling and basing its decision on previous opposition to the project," said Timothy Kassouni. "We planned to sue if we didn't receive a fair review. The Architectural Review Board was to base their approval only on whether we met the conditions and not on previous opposition," he said. Lait changed his mind and recommended approval through a memo sent just before the city council meeting. With Lait's support memo in hand, the Council gave the final OK.
"I'm pleased we were able to get the final approval, but I believe the process should have been faster and fairer," said Timothy Kassouni. The Wongs felt as if the goalposts kept moving. They would comply with one directive, only to then be given another." Many council members also indicated that the rules were subjective and arbitrary.

"Despite all the obstacles, we were able to move forward with the project," Timothy Kassouni said. "I am very pleased that we found a solution that works for the Wongs and the city. The project will help the city's economy," he said.

Timothy Kassouni is the managing partner of Kassouni Law, which has offices in Sacramento and Los Angeles. He founded the firm in 2009 based on his belief that property rights and personal freedom are intertwined. He specializes in land use, constitutional property rights, business, construction, real estate, and appellate law. He has considerable litigation experience at all levels of the court, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeal, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. His work in land use, appeals, business, and property rights law has set precedents throughout California.

Timothy Kassouni was born in New York but spent parts of his childhood in the California Central Valley and Los Angeles. He works with clients from all walks of life, whether small farmers or large developers, to defend their land use and property rights.

Timothy Kassouni is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Before he founded Kassouni Law, he completed a judicial externship at the California Supreme Court. He worked as a postgraduate fellow for the Pacific Legal Foundation, as deputy district attorney in Sacramento County, and as legal director of the Zumbrun Law Firm in Sacramento. He has been voted one of Sacramento's best lawyers by his peers.

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Rooted’s Urban Farming Microlearning Platform Now Comes With Added ckbk

Rooted Host Nadia with Pro Growers at Archisen in Singapore

Rooted Host Nadia with Pro Growers at Archisen in Singapore

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Rooted Host Nick with Mushroom Forager Tug de Luce

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Rooted Global and ckbk announce a collaboration to extend the learning experience into the kitchen by tapping ckbk’s library of recipes from famous chefs.

Rooted was designed as a global platform, and ckbk’s slate of recipes drawn from every culture fits well with our approach”

— Isabelle Decitre, Co-Founder, Rooted Global

RENO, NEVADA, USA, November 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Rooted Global, the first global urban farming platform, helps corporate employees at some of the world’s largest companies learn to grow a little of their own food at home, offering a new dimension to corporate wellness. But what happens after the lettuce, or mushroom, or herbs are harvested and ready to eat?

Rooted Global and ckbk today announced a collaboration to extend the learning experience into the kitchen by tapping ckbk’s extensive library of recipes from famous chefs. The UK-based startup has digitized more than a thousand cookbooks for its subscription-based platform and is working with Rooted Global to include a selection of the most popular recipes in their microlearning platform. “We’re embedding relevant recipes from trusted authors into each of Rooted Global’s stories. Our library includes timeless classics from authors such as Marcella Hazan and contemporary cookbooks from culinary stars such as Prue Leith” said ckbk CEO Matthew Cockerill.

Nicola Kerslake, co-founder of Rooted Global and CEO of indoor ag fintech platform Contain Inc, describes the company’s unique approach: “We deliver everything that a cultivator needs to get growing right to their door, everything from grow kits to seeds. And our bite sized stories and guru-led hangouts help their journey. But we realized we could extend our platform beyond the harvest.” Her co-founder, Isabelle Decitre, CEO of family office ID Capital, added: “Rooted was designed as a global platform, and ckbk’s slate of recipes drawn from every culture fits well with our approach”.

ckbk recipes are already live in Rooted Global stories, and corporate wellness executives can sign up for a free demo of the platform at rooted.global.

About Rooted Global
Founded by Contain, Inc and ID Capital, Rooted Global is the first global urban farming platform, dedicated to enabling anyone, anywhere to grow a little of their own food. We tell stories with a goal; growing the perfect lettuce, or the best mushrooms. We work with corporate wellness programs at some of the world’s largest firms to help companies build community amongst their employees.
More information: https://rooted.global

About Contain, Inc.
Contain Inc is a US-based fintech platform dedicated to indoor agriculture, growing crops in warehouses, greenhouses and container farms. The Company works with leading equipment vendors and with an expanding pool of lenders to aid indoor growers in finding funding for their farms. The Company graduated from the 2019 Techstars Farm to Fork program, backed by Cargill and Ecolab.
More information: https://contain.ag

About ID Capital
ID Capital is an investment & advisory company headquartered in Singapore specialized in the domain of AgriTech and FoodTech in the Asia-Pacific region. ID Capital is a pioneer in the agrifood sector in Asia-Pacific and has contributed effort and capital in also catalyzing the ecosystem in the region through its Future Food Asia platform launched in 2016. The Company is an Appointed Partner for start-up SG Equity for the AgriFoodTech sector.
More information: https://www.idcapital.com.sg/

About ckbk
ckbk, based in London and New York, is the ultimate digital subscription service for anyone who loves to cook. The ckbk app offers unlimited access to the world's great cookbooks, licensed from leading publishers. ckbk’s collection is curated with the help of hundreds of leading chefs and food writers and brings together the best cookbooks from every genre and era.
More information: https://www.ckbk.com

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BoWB announces shortlisted artists, communities and researchers for its digital edition opening this week

Art Pluriverse: A Community Science Series

IOANNINA, GREECE, November 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Art Pluriverse: A Community Science Series

The Biennale of Western Balkans (BoWB) and the History of Art Laboratory, University of Ioannina in Greece present ‘Art Pluriverse’, a series of community-driven annual editions on intangible cultural heritage, art and open knowledge
Art Pluriverse aims to uplift intangible heritage and empower communities of practice, by documenting cultural knowledge in open, ethical and participatory ways. The 1st edition opens a month-long online programme of collective actions, focusing on textile communities and their artistic heritage in Greece and the wider Balkan region. The programme supports the co-creation of research-based artworks through artist-community synergies and includes an online course for developing digital community archives based on FAIR data and Open GLAM practices. Throughout the event a VR art meeting space will be open and accessible to all, presented as a workshop in progress on weaving patterns and 3D modelling experimentation. Art Pluriverse will be released post-event as an open-access zine publication.

The programme will be held online on December 3-23, 2020.

Following a series of Open Calls, the Biennale of Western Balkans is happy to announce the shortlisted applicants.

For the Artist-Community Synergies, the committee members Dr Janis Jefferies (Emeritus Professor, Goldsmiths, University of London), OLOOP design group (artists: Tjaša Bavcon [MA], Jasmina Ferček [MA] and Katja Burger Kovič [Assistant Professor, University of Ljubljana]) and Dr Vassiliki Rokou (Emeritus Professor, University of Ioannina), selected the following:

Maria Juliana Byck will collaborate with the Roma Community Office of Aliveri, expanding upon the themes of her recent work which explores the potential of fashion to address social issues. Konstantinos Gkarametsis will collaborate with the Rizarios Crafting School of Monodendri with the project Text(f)iles, exploring the possibilities of traditional loom grids and patterns in relation to the digital matrix, aiming to create a connection between digital and physical craftworks. Mina Kouvara will collaborate with the Progressive Union of Xanthi (FEX), attempting a deep mapping of characteristic textiles, in order to explore the multiple layers of their natural and cultural environment, the making processes, their uses, symbolisms and people related to them. Inês Neto dos Santos will collaborate with the SEN Heritage Looms, exploring connections between fermentation and textiles, by seeing the fermentation process as a signifier for the community, collaboration and togetherness, and a means to express the importance of symbiosis. Maria Varela will collaborate with Bezi Metsovo, re-examining Metsovo’s traditional textiles, in order to design a new collaborative textile work drawing on traditional weaving techniques, traditional textile structure and traditional design synthesis.

For the creation of the FAIR Community Archives, the committee members Evelin Heidel (a.k.a. Scann, Open GLAM, Creative Commons, Dr Cleo Gougoulis (Assistant Professor, University of Patras) and Dr Dorina Xheraj-Subashi (Lecturer, University Aleksander Moisiu) have selected the following researchers to document their community of choice:

Esma Adzhiieva & Vlada Fomina, documenting the Crimean Tatars of Ukraine, are members of the NGO “ALEM”, working on safeguarding practices for the Crimean Tatars’ ICH elements. Kirila Cvetkovska, documenting the Rizarios Crafting School of Monodendri, is an independent cultural practitioner from North Macedonia, who is interested in the concepts of collective memory, loss and detachment, exploring cross-cultural values and their manifestation.
Eleonora Geortsiaki, documenting the Roma Community Office of Aliveri, is a recent arts graduate, concentrating on the connection between nature and the human body, and the field of museum education. Victoria Manganiello, documenting the SEN Heritage Looms, is an artist, educator, producer and collaborator, adjunct professor at NYU and Parsons the New School. Cecilia Palmér, documenting the Progressive Union of Xanthi FEX, is a designer and technologist, working between crafts, fashion, digital transformation and sustainable development.

The selected researchers will be attending an online course for learning to create FAIR community archives. The modules include:
1. presentation about the documentation of ICH based on standards and community engagement by Dr Manvi Seth (ICOM CIDOC ICH Working Group)
2. presentation about open-access, IPR and Indigenous/intangible cultural heritage by Brigitte Vezina (Creative Commons)
3. workshop on adding intangible heritage community data and images on Wikidata/Wikimedia by Konstantinos Stampoulis (Wikimedia Community User Group in Greece)
4. workshop on creating community archives and adding metadata with the CMS Omeka S by Simone da Silva (DIG IT UP)
5. presentation of creative research for community archives from past to present, to post-digital folklore by artist and archivist Nikos Voyiatzis

The programme’s outcomes include the creation of community-based artworks combining traditional textile practices with new media. It also includes the creation of FAIR community archives for the participating communities based on open-source software, connecting their work to Wikimedia/Wikidata, to national cultural infrastructures and to the European cultural web portal Europeana.

You can follow our programme and events throughout December on our website bowb.org

Art Pluriverse is supported by the Ministry of Culture & Sports in Greece, Directorate of Modern Cultural Assets and Intangible Cultural Heritage Department and the Creative Commons Organization, developed under the European Citizen Science Association and the School of Fine Arts, University of Ioannina. The project was part of the Hack4OpenGLAM hackathon in the CC Global Summit 2020 and operates in partnership with inDICEs Horizon 2020 research programme and the Wikimedia Community in Greece. The project collaborates with the Athens Zine Bibliotheque and is supported by the National Documentation Centre and its publication house.

For more information
Website: https://bowb.org
BoWB catalogue (2018): doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4019939

For Images and Press enquiries:
Christina Ioannou, CCIcomms
Press@ccicomms.com

Scientific coordinator: Dr. Christos Dermentzopoulos
Curatorial team: Mariana Ziku, Elli Leventaki, Artemis Papageorgiou, Katerina Zachou

Christina Ioannou
CCIcomms
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