Students and union denounce the exclusion of men from a computer workshop organized by the cultural department of Rennes-2 University, as reported by "Le Figaro". Nothing could justify this non-mixing”, assure students and union representatives of the National Interuniversity Union (UNI), through the voice of their lawyer. All denounce the organization by the cultural department of the University of Rennes-2 of a computer workshop dedicated to musical software "reserved for women", as relayed by Le Figaro Étudiant . "My clients were extremely shocked by the 'single-sex' nature of this workshop", explains Me Frédéric-Pierre Vos, in a letter addressed to the president of the university. According to him, “nothing, absolutely nothing, can legitimize the single-sex nature of the workshop”, neither its theme nor the program itself. The lawyer assures him: “This software has nothing sexed or delicate to use by male hands. The UNI denounces in a tweet "a drift of the woke ideology (which) is spreading dangerously in French universities". "Misandry and extreme left feminism do not have to be subsidized", he denounces, recalling that these courses are financed by the university and therefore "by everyone". The university ensures that it is a question of promoting diversity in the artistic environment Me Frédéric-Pierre Vos therefore called on the university to open this workshop to all students according to the principles of “equality”, “non-discrimination” and “neutrality” “inherent in the action of the public service ".

>One in eight US-trained tenure-track faculty members got their PhDs from just five elite universities: the University of California, Berkeley; Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; Stanford University in California; and the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Summer Is Done: How'd It Go This Year?
It'll be getting cold here in a few weeks. For me summer just was what it was, I can't really predict anything in life, too many "black swan" (unpredictable) events, there were the highs and the lows How was it for you?

>The UK’s largest recent study of drinking behaviours showed in 2019, 16-to-25-year-olds were the most likely to be teetotal, with 26% not drinking, compared to the least likely generation (55-to-74-year-olds), 15% of whom didn’t drink. Among US adults, Gallup showed those aged 35 to 54 are most likely to drink alcohol (70%), compared to Gen Zers (60%) and Boomers (52%), while a study from 2020 found that the portion of college-age Americans who are teetotal has risen from 20% to 28% in a decade. Of those who do drink, the largest portion of young Europeans (defined as over the legal drinking age up to 39) drinks once a month (27%), while in the US, the biggest group drink once a week (25%). ... >For example, concern about losing control and developing a drinking addiction is markedly heightened among young people. Google research in 2019 by showed 41% of Gen Zers associate alcohol with “vulnerability”, “anxiety” and even “abuse”; while 60% of UK Gen Zers associate drinking with a loss of control – almost double those who do not. The spate of drink-spiking in bars and clubs may also serve a deterrent, especially for women. ... >Of course, Gen Z missed out on a series of rites of passage into adulthood during the pandemic, and it’s still not clear how the two-year shutdown will change young people’s approach to socialising in future. Overall though, Pennay doesn’t forecast a big post-pandemic swing back to boozing – if it’s normal now not to drink at age 17, it’s will be even more normal at 18, 19 and so forth. >Post-pandemic, bars and restaurants have also been elevating their experiential offering – for example, adding in ping-pong and shuffleboard tables – to appeal to all generations, but especially for Gen Zers. “There's a huge desire to socialise in spaces which have been and still are associated with ‘going out drinking’,” says Hutchison. “But with the industry championing alternative options, it’s going to become more of a safe space for Gen Z to socialise, connect and indulge in rich food and drinking experiences.” Just pulled from an article from the BBC -

There's also this little LOL part: >Pleterski reportedly was renting a lakefront mansion in Burlington, Ontario that he spent $45,000 a month for, and previously paid for promotional articles about himself on websites like Forbes's publication in Monaco, and far-right publication Daily Caller. "Far right publication..." lol

... And... Of course... >US Ambassador Christopher R. Hill wrote on Twitter that he we proud to take part in the march "in support of diversity, inclusion, and respect for the rights of all citizens."

Hezbollah or the Bank: Who Will Rule Lebanon?
Two figures are competing for the title of “the actual ruler of Lebanon.” One is Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of Hezbollah, and the other is Riad Salameh, the governor of Lebanon’s central bank. The first has his own private army, an ethnic bloc of supporters, political partners in the government, protection and funding from Iran and the backing of Syria. The latter is “just” a central banker. Without any militias, weapons or a political base to rely on. So where does Salameh, who has served continuously in his post since 1993, draw his power from? If Nasrallah is seen as the person who controls Lebanese politics, dictates the country’s internal and foreign policy, decides whether and when Lebanon will go to war – then Salameh controls the Lebanese economy. He decides what the dollar exchange rate will be, he builds – or more precisely, empties – the country’s foreign reserves, critically influences the state budget, and most of all, he knows very well the financial secrets of Lebanon’s political elite. He has in his hands the key to their downfall if he decides to expose their secrets. In the competition over the title of the most hated person in Lebanon, Salameh is the winner by far. Salameh, 72, worked for two decades at Merrill Lynch before being appointed governor of the central bank. He is seen as being responsible for the deep economic crisis in Lebanon, for the horrible poverty, the destruction of the health and education services, the loss of control over the value of the Lebanese pound and depth of the corruption – of which he is one of its primary creators. Last year, it seemed that this all powerful man was about to lose everything. The law enforcement authorities in Germany, France, Lichtenstein, Monaco – and Lebanon itself, opened an intensive investigation of Salameh on suspicions of money laundering of hundreds of millions of dollars, embezzling state funds and obtaining wealth illegally. Last week, the Lebanese media outlet Daraj posted the document the Principality of Lichtenstein submitted to Lebanese legal authorities in which it requested to receive information on money transfers from Salameh’s accounts to accounts belonging to Taha Mikati, the brother of Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, in banks in Lichtenstein. Federal prosecutors in Switzerland are also investigating suspicions of embezzlement of about $330 million, which was paid by the central bank in Lebanon to Salameh’s brother Raja, the owner of a company named Forry Associates registered in the Virgin Islands, as fees for signing up investors for the purchase of Eurobonds. It is suspected that $258 million of this sum was moved to Raja’s accounts in Switzerland, and then $207 million of this money was transferred to five accounts in his name in Lebanon. Prosecutors in France are conducting a separate investigation against Salameh for money laundering through the purchase of luxury properties in Paris, which his brother is involved in too. At the same time, authorities in Switzerland and other countries have frozen about $120 million of assets belonging to Salameh. Raja Salameh was arrested in in March in Lebanon and was released after a month on a record bail of 100 billion Lebanese pounds, or around $3.7 million at the market exchange rate. A month earlier, his brother the governor was summoned for questioning on his involvement in the affair - but he refused to appear three times. In June, the police raided his home and arrested him, but did not ring Salameh. When the security forces asked to conduct a search in the offices of the central bank, bank employees locked the doors and did not let enter the building – declaring a strike “in light of the actions of the security forces and prosecutors and the disrespect for the bank and its employees.” At least for now, Salameh continues to run the bank and his legal defense at the same time, while Lebanon is hoping to obtain a loan from the International Monetary Fund of between $3 billion to $10 billion. But a central condition for approval of the loan is carrying out an in-depth investigation of the central bank’s actions and implementing economic and structural reforms of the Lebanese economy. The Lebanese government has twice invited outside investigations firms to examine the central bank’s operations – and twice these firms have withdrawn from the task because of a lack of cooperation on the part of the central bank and its governor. **Lebanese President Michel Aoun may have asked the law enforcement authorities to do their jobs and arrest and bring Salameh to justice, but Aoun also knows that if Salameh were to fall, the information he might very well reveal could damage Aoun too.**

Monkeypox continues to spread across the U.S., but the pace of new cases has slowed over the last several weeks, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told lawmakers Wednesday. While the virus is still spreading at a rapid clip in certain regions of the U.S., the growth of new monkeypox cases across the country and globally has been abating in recent weeks, she testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Wednesday. “We approach this news with cautious optimism,” she said at a hearing. The U.S. is working to contain the largest monkeypox outbreak in the world, with more than 22,600 cases across all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, according to data from the CDC. The disease is rarely fatal, but causes painful lesions resembling pimples or blisters. There has been one confirmed death in the U.S. as a result of the disease, according to Walensky.

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