Open Society Foundations Announce 2023 Soros Justice Fellows

New York, Nov. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Open Society Foundations is pleased to announce the 2023 cohort of Soros Justice Fellows, which includes a mix of emerging and established leaders in the field of criminal justice reform, including public educators, artists, lawyers, activists, non-profit innovators, journalists, and filmmakers from across the United States.

“Over the more than a decade that I have worked with the Soros Justice Fellowships, I’ve seen a great number of fellows go on and continue to serve as changemakers in their local communities, and nationally,” said Adam Culbreath, Senior Team Manager at Open Society–U.S. “This is an incredibly unique program to advance justice in the U.S., which supports the notion that change often happens from the ground up.

“Mass incarceration has an enormous and disastrous toll on our communities and represents one of the most glaring injustices of our nation. Today, nearly 10 million Americans—including millions of children—have an immediate family member in jail or prison,” said Christina Voight, program manager at Open Society–U.S. “Each Soros Justice Fellow can play a role in changing this broken system.”

Each fellow will receive stipends ranging from $100,000 to $140,000 for projects lasting between 12 and 18 months to ensure accountability in the U.S. criminal justice system by developing new ways to combat mass incarceration, youth criminalization, surveillance, immigration policies, racial disparities, and police violence. The Soros Justice Fellowships were founded in 1997 and have funded over 400 individuals working to curb mass incarceration and ensure a fair and equitable system of justice.

2023 Soros Justice Fellows

Ashley Rojas will educate movement leaders and cultivate power between the movement for #PoliceFreeSchools and the broader culture of abolitionist organizing efforts to end harm and punishment.

Avalon Betts-Gaston and Lloyd Gaston will research the scope and impact of Illinois Worker Rights amendment on incarcerated workers.

Betty Washingtonwill create OASIS (Our Aging Seniors Incarcerated Society), a project focusing on advocating for the needs of justice-impacted seniors.

Bridgette Simpson will educate the public and create The Protected Class Network, seeking to make justice-impacted people a protected class.

Cheryl Fairbanks will educate native Indigenous people and strengthen concepts of justice through an Indigenous peacemaking lens.

Dominique Branson will educate, document, and destabilize anti-Black ideologies that legitimize pretrial dangerousness predictions and harm Black communities.

Jenani Srijeyanthan will educate and establish a counter-narrative to carceral child sexual abuse prevention approaches through the amplification, technical resourcing, and proliferation of a nationwide prevention movement that does not prioritize policing, criminalization, or surveillance.

Jordan Martinez-Mazurek will educate the public and start local and regional dialogues around fighting the expansion of mass incarceration in the South and in Appalachia.

Mary Baxter will, through an art piece entitled Reimagining Dignity: A Love Letter to Ourselves, educate the public to reimagine racially-charged and gender-oppressive historical events. The piece will reckon with the fallacies of first- and second-wave feminism.

Omisade Burney-Scott will curate a multidisciplinary initiative and educate the public on reproductive justice, radical Black feminism, gender liberation, and pathways to normalizing menopause and aging for the marginalized Black population.

Rachel Gilmer will educate the public and build a united front of survivors and healthcare providers with the goal of creating non-carceral solutions that address the root causes of violence in our communities.

Talila Lewis will educate and create media and art that highlights how ableism informs and drives racism, anti-Blackness, capitalism, and other forms of oppression, violence, and inequity.

Toshio Meronek will educate the public and justice advocates about the expansion of involuntary medical conservatorship in Arkansas, with a focus on its potential human and financial consequences.

Wendi Cooper and Matt Nadel will organize a statewide screening tour of the documentary film CANS Can’t Stand to educate the public about the archaic 1805 Crimes Against Nature by Solicitation statute and the harsh punishments it imposed.

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Constellation Brands Announces Expiration of Canopy Growth Warrants

VICTOR, N.Y., Nov. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today the expiration of all its warrants (“Warrants”) to purchase common shares (“Common Shares”) of Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy”). All 88,472,861 Tranche A warrants held by Constellation’s wholly-owned subsidiary, CBG Holdings LLC (“CBG”), expired as of November 1, 2023. Since the vesting of the remaining aggregate of 51,272,592 Tranche B and Tranche C warrants was conditioned on the exercise, in full, of the Tranche A warrants, the remaining Warrants are not, and will not become, exercisable by CBG. As a result, Constellation is no longer deemed to beneficially own any of the 139,745,453 Common Shares underlying the Warrants.

The 139,745,453 Common Shares underlying the Warrants would have represented an aggregate of approximately 16.9% of the Common Shares outstanding as of September 30, 2023. CBG and another subsidiary of Constellation, Greenstar Canada Investment Limited Partnership, now hold an aggregate of 171,499,258 Common Shares (representing approximately 20.7% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares) and C$100.0 million principal amount of the 4.25% promissory note due 2024 issued by Canopy.

Other than expiry of the Warrants and the terms of the previously disclosed consent agreement and voting support agreement with Canopy referenced in Constellation’s October 25, 2022 press release, Constellation has no other present plans or future intentions that relate to Canopy. Constellation may from time to time dispose of Common Shares or other securities of Canopy or conduct other transactions, in the future, either on the open market or in private transactions, in each case, depending on a number of factors, including general market and economic conditions, other available investment opportunities, regulatory developments, or other factors determined by Constellation. Depending on market conditions, general economic and industry conditions, Canopy’s business and financial condition, and/or other relevant factors, Constellation may develop other plans or intentions in the future.

A copy of the early warning report filed in connection with this press release will be available on Canopy’s profile on SEDAR at or may be obtained by contacting Constellation’s Investor Center at 1-888-922-2150.

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The forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and should not be construed in any manner as a guarantee that such actions will in fact occur or will occur on the timetable contemplated hereby. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release and Constellation undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

In addition to risks and uncertainties associated with ordinary business operations, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those disclosed from time-to-time in Constellation’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2023 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended August 31, 2023, which could cause actual future performance to differ from current expectations.

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Every day, people reach for our high-end, iconic imported beer brands such as those in the Corona brand family like the flagship Corona Extra, Modelo Especial and the flavorful lineup of Modelo Cheladas, Pacifico, and Victoria; our fine wine and craft spirits brands including The Prisoner Wine Company, Robert Mondavi Winery, Casa Noble Tequila, and High West Whiskey; and our premium wine brands such as Kim Crawford and Meiomi.

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Prime Minister listens to farmers and citizens Confirming support for Thai agricultural products-exports

Rayong, Prime Minister listens to farmers-people. Confirming support for Thai agricultural products-exports Advice on discussing the railway Add a transport truck during the period when durians are in full bloom. Explained about flying abroad to open the market. Point out that many countries respond to Thai agricultural products.

Mr. Settha Thavisin, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, visited the Pluak Daeng Development Service Center under the royal initiative, Maenam Khu Subdistrict, Pluak Daeng District, Rayong Province, meeting with representatives of farmers and the public. To listen to problems and proposals regarding the transportation and export of durian and road construction.

The Prime Minister said the government is ready to promote the Pluak Daeng Development Center under the royal initiative. that has knowledge to pass on to all citizens Ready to expand results in operations in various areas As for the agriculture proposal, it is important and is the main policy of this government to encourage all farmers to have additional income in 4 years through the use of lead markets. Complementary innovation In the past, their travels abroad opened up trade markets. Agricultural and livestock products And there are many more steps to follow. The international market, both the government and private sectors of each country, responded well and there is continued demand for Thai products.

The Prime Minister said that water is an important issue. This area, Dok Krai Reservoir, is also important for both the agricultural and industrial sectors that must be looked at. As for the people’s proposal to build a cement alley weir, Mr. Somsak Thepsuthin, Deputy Prime Minister, supervised ONWR, which will work with the local government. To expand the results of making cement weirs throughout the country. If the public deems it necessary, they should contact ONCB who will continue to provide services.

For the matter of transporting durian which is an important economic crop. On average, Thai people consume 5 kilograms of durian per person. China consumes less than 1 kilogram per person, so we can expand exports to China. If expanded, it will go up to 7 times, so I would like to talk with the railways. To increase the number of carriages for transportation during the period when durian is in high production.

Source: Thai News Agency

Webinar seeks to boost export of Halal products to Indonesia

Hanoi: A webinar was held by the Export Support Centre under the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency on November 3 to seek ways promoting the export of farm produce, processed and Halal food to Indonesia.

Vietnamese Trade Counsellor in Indonesia Pham The Cuong said there remains room for Vietnam to export goods to Indonesia which is a more accessible market compared to the US, the European Union, and Japan. More than 87% of the country’s population are also Muslims.

He advised the Vietnamese firms to proactively seek Halal certificates from Indonesia, obtain Indonesian National Standard (SNI) standard, join the Indonesian e-commerce market, and leverage the channels of overseas Vietnamese and Vietnamese businesses operating in Indonesia.

Le Chau Hai Vu, Director of Consultech JSC, said at present, Vietnam has only about 20 kinds of products exported to the Halal market, which is a very modest number considering the demand. As much as 40% of Vietnamese localities have not exported any products to this market. Therefore, the potential remains huge.

To successfully navigate Indonesian Halal market, exporters should apply for Halal certificates, create products that meet Halal standards for the target market, enhance marketing and trade connections, he said./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Thailand calls for foreign investment in building a high-value economy

Bangkok: Thailand is open to foreign investments, and the government is ready to work with the private sector to steer the country towards an inclusive and sustainable future, according to Prime Minister and Finance Minister Srettha Thavisin.

The above message was given in Srettha’s keynote speech on “Reformation of Thai Economy Amidst Polycrisis” delivered during the Foreign Industrial Club Gala Dinner hosted by the Federation of Thai Industries.

According to the speech, Thailand’s GDP grew by only 1.8% per year on average, and household debt also increased from 76% in 2012 to 91.6% this year.

For the past three quarters, the country’s exports shrank due to high inflation, high interest, high cost of raw materials and energy, as well as high international competition, especially for commodity and agricultural products.

Thailand needs to be future-proofed to thrive in an increasingly competitive global economy amid international conflicts and a climate crisis, Srettha said.

The government’s priority is to get the economy back on track and prepare the nation for future success by reducing the cost of living, encouraging domestic spending and expanding investment and businesses, he added./

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Militants attack air base in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, A group of armed men attacked a training base of the Pakistan Air Force today. and destroyed three planes by a group with ties to the Taliban. Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Pakistan Army said in a statement that Three people died before the group of armed men entered the air base area. and 3 perpetrators were arrested and isolated. This incident happened on Saturday morning. in Mianwali, Punjab, Tehreek-e-Jihad Pakistan, a newly formed jihadist group with ties to Tehreek-e-Jihad Pakistan The Taliban Pakistan (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan) or TTP issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack.

This comes after 14 Pakistani soldiers were killed when their convoy was attacked in Balochistan. and 6 civilians died when a police van was targeted in an attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region.

Source: Thai News Agency

Prime Minister inspects Nong Pla Lai Reservoir Project, Rayong Province

Rayong, The Prime Minister inspected the Nong Pla Lai Reservoir Project, Pluak Daeng District, Rayong Province, saying he cannot allow water shortages to occur in the future. Emphasis on public sector communications, bringing together “East Water-Wongsiam” to put an end to conflicts over water delivery projects in the EEC.

Mr. Settha Thavisin, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, along with the delegation, visited the area to follow up on the water management system of the reservoir to support the Eastern Special Economic Zone (EEC) at Nong Pla Lai Reservoir, Pluak Daeng District, Rayong Province, in order to create Ensure there will be adequate water throughout the upcoming dry season. without affecting the production and investment sectors

The Prime Minister received a briefing from relevant agencies. Ready to say It is believed that water problems already exist in each area. which is different in each province Some provinces are flooded. Some provinces have water shortages in the industrial sector. It is well known that there are 4 reasons for using water: consumption. Preserve the ecosystem Agriculture and industry, which Chonburi and Rayong provinces are special economic zones It is an important strategic point of the country. The demand for water in this area is higher than in other areas. People’s conflicts arise in the fight for water in agriculture and the industrial sector. It is important. This is where the government attaches great importance.

The Prime Minister said that he had listened to many conclusions. I believe that everyone has studied well. However, the fact that this government has come in to carry out the most important matters. is to invite investors to invest in the country This will be a high investment, so it’s not just about water. There is the matter of clean energy. And there are many other matters that will be important in using investors.

“We cannot accept water shortages, so every sector must help. Both the government, ONLA, Ministry of Industry, and BOI do not want any delays in management. If there is any problem The government is ready to manage this well,” Mr. Settha said.

The Prime Minister said that communication with the people is important. I want to have better communication. Reduce conflicts between industrial sectors that compete for water. If there is a problem anywhere, please notify us immediately.

The Prime Minister said that providing water resources and connectivity is important. This visit to the area is believed to be worthwhile and beneficial to the nation and the highest benefit. If we don’t do this, we will not be able to improve the living standards of the people. Will not be able to escape the middle income trap. Believe that the future must move forward together. This is an issue that the government, private sector, state enterprises, and government agencies must pay attention to. Today, on my first visit to the EEC area, I am happy to have taken the train and had a discussion.

The Prime Minister said he would return here in the next 60 days to look at resolving conflicts that have not yet been dealt with. Confirming that government work is done quickly Answering the needs of citizens and foreign investors

The Prime Minister then went to receive a briefing at the Nong Pla Lai Reservoir area. During the photo session together with the executives, Mr. Settha said that today water management in the eastern region There were some problems with water delivery and misunderstandings. But today there is a resolution to the misunderstanding. Today is finished, finished, which he has come to witness. and cooperation occurs Both sides are willing to work together to overcome the water shortage problem. Please let the two of you hold hands. To build confidence for investors who will be invited to invest in Thailand. and ensuring that these problems will not occur again in the future. At the same time, thank you both on behalf of the Thai government.

Before the two executives of East Water Company and Wongsiam Company Holding hands happily To quell the conflict in front of the Prime Minister and the executive team. Including showing the media.

Source: Thai News Agency

Seized a large lot of methamphetamine tablets, more than 1.3 million tablets, worth 41 million.

Bueng Kan, Surasakmontri Bueng Kan troops expanded their seizure of a large lot of 1.3 million methamphetamine tablets worth approximately 41 million baht, arresting an international drug lord and six others.

Surasakmontri Army Bueng Kan Province Expanded the seizure of a large lot of 1,380,000 methamphetamine pills worth approximately 41 million baht and captured Mr. Kritsada or Toto, an international drug dealer, along with six others in the Ban Tha Sikai area. Bueng Khong Long District Bueng Kan Province by driving in pursuit of a suspicious pickup truck Ready to fire several shots at the wheel. causing the car to lose control and crash into a tree on the side of the road and found methamphetamine packed in 4 sacks, while the driver fled during the chaos.

The villagers were the informants that Found a tired man asking to use the phone. and waiting to board the bus at the Dong Bang intersection. One of the participants in the movement He admitted that he was paid 5,000 baht per time to transport methamphetamine. Toto testified that he did not transport the methamphetamine himself. But let dad be the driver. It was placed there by the Lao people. If this lot escapes the eyes of the officials Will receive a salary of 130,000 baht.

Source: Thai News Agency