Global COVID-19 Monument Design Competition Winner Announced

Casey Schachner

COVID-19 Monument Design Contest winner Prof Casey Schachner

CHICAGO, Nov. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The COVID-19 Monument Commission announces the winner of their global design contest for the COVID-19 Monument of Honor, Remembrance, and Resilience, scheduled to unveil spring 2025 in Chicago, Illinois. Casey Schachner, Assistant Professor of Art in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University, has won the $20,000 prize. Her sculpture concept features the dandelion flower as a metaphor for the worldwide pandemic experience. Visually, she references the starburst dandelion’s aesthetic affinity to the official CDC renderings of the COVID-19 virus. Metaphysically, her vision embodies beauty through ashes, rebirth, hope, and resilience—seminal emotions which the Commission set out to promulgate.

Professor Schachner earned her BFA in Sculpture from Baylor University and her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Montana. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally, ranging from temporary site-specific installations to permanent public artworks. In 2011, she served as an Artist in Residence at the University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art in Cortona, Italy and in 2012 as an Artist in Residence at the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in Vermont. She was the 2017 Emerging Artist for Blackfoot Pathways, an International Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Montana. In 2018, she received a People’s Choice award at the Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. In 2022, Schachner was one of three recipients of the Georgia Sea Grant for Artists, Writers, and Scholars program. She currently lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband and 3-year-old daughter, who was born during the first year of the pandemic. Schachner shared the surreal experience of receiving her first ultrasound during her pregnancy in the backseat of her car. These events contributed to her visceral and personal reactions navigating the pandemic in the early lockdown days and resonated in her desire to create a design for the Hektoen COVID-19 Monument competition.

The competition ran from April to September of this year and was open to everyone throughout the world over the age of 18. A robust social media campaign encouraged the global citizenry to participate, as according to Commission Chair Dr. Sally Metzler, “The pandemic affected us all; it was 100% inclusive. Every citizen, nation, race, & religion experienced the pandemic. Whether at best, lockdown, or at worst, loss of life or loss of a loved-one, COVID-19 left no one unscathed.”

The Illinois Medical District (IMD) ( a special-use urban zoning area of 560 acres in Chicago, has generously donated the land for the monument, which will incorporate a park that will harmonize with the nature theme of the dandelion monument. The site will welcome all to reflect on the pandemic as a collective and individual experience. Incorporated into the park will be tributes to frontline workers of all facets and to those who lost their lives in the pandemic’s scourge.

Embracing over two hundred variegated species, dandelions grow throughout the world, thus the familiarity of the flower, concomitant with the folklore of blowing on a dandelion to fulfill a wish, engender the appeal of Schachner’s design. The omnipresence of the dandelion embodies universality and inclusion. Ms. Allyson Hanson, the CEO and Executive Director of the IMD, cited her enthusiasm for Schachner’s design visually and for the revered medicinal qualities of the dandelion, as the IMD hosts four premiere hospitals in addition to over 40 healthcare and scientific research facilities.

Metzler emphasized the dual nature of the COVID-19 Monument, that of a physical and potent virtual presence. Funding for the monument is a grass-roots effort, and the volunteer-led Commission encourages everyone throughout the world to donate what they can, even $10 will make a difference, directly through the website: ( Corporate sponsorships will provide worldwide recognition at the monument site and on the website, which will offer in perpetuity a virtual platform for the global pandemic experience.

For those who perished, for those who lost a loved-one, for those who have recovered, and for those who courageously and selflessly served during the darkest and most uncertain days of the pandemic, the COVID-19 Monument will mark an event in history that must not be forgotten. Please visit the website to read more and donate today! (

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Schneider Electric integrates Hailo Technologies processors for greater AI capabilities

  • Low-power consumption processors enable real-time, high-accuracy data analysis at the edge
  • Increases the intelligence and efficiency of industrial automation solutions

Rueil-Malmaison (France), November 16, 2023 Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced a technology collaboration with Hailo Technologies, a leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) chipmaker, to integrate Hailo’s advanced processors within Schneider Electric solutions.
AI offers significant benefits in enhancing the performance, efficiency and capabilities of industrial automation systems, allowing industries across all segments to better position themselves for the future.

By integrating the Hailo-8 AI processor within its industrial automation solutions, Schneider Electric will unlock new intelligence at the edge and drive innovation for its customers, with significant and immediate improvements across several common manufacturing tasks, including:

  • Pick and place: achieving object detection tasks six times faster than central processing units (CPUs)
  • Quality control: running classification processes 20 times faster than a CPU
  • Yield optimization: improving output and throughput, reducing waste by 15% on average

Hailo Technologies is leading the AI chip industry for edge devices, with technology enabling new compute possibilities for sectors like automotive, security, retail, and manufacturing. Its Hailo-8 processor is an efficient and compact AI processor with low power consumption, enabling real-time, high-accuracy data analysis at the edge.
“We are always looking to partner with companies that can help us deliver the most cutting-edge solution available on the market,” said Aurelien LeSant, Senior Vice President Innovation & Technology and Chief Technology Officer, Industrial Automation at Schneider Electric. “The Hailo collaboration reinforces our commitment to innovation and next-generation technology. It signifies an important step in delivering intelligent, energy-efficient solutions that will shape the future of industries.”
“We are proud to work with Schneider Electric, an industry pioneer that has recognized the transformative potential of integrating AI capabilities into its industrial automation solutions,” said Eyal Barnea, VP of Business Development at Hailo Technologies. “Our technology will empower its customers to create new powerful, cost-efficient, and smart AI-based solutions quickly and easily.”

Schneider Electric demonstrated the collaboration with Hailo Technologies at the Smart Production Solutions (SPS) event in Nuremberg, Germany, on November 14 – 16. At booth 540 in Hall 1, visitors saw how it delivers a solution that combines multi-carrier machine applications, robotics, and AI to pick a chip from a circuit board quickly and efficiently.

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Floship Selected to Join HKSTP Elite Programme, Affirming Innovativeness & Growth Potential

HONG KONG, Nov. 16, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Floship, a leading global circular supply chain solutions provider, is delighted to announce its selection to join the prestigious Hong Kong Science and Technology Park’s (HKSTP) Elite Programme. This recognition further solidifies Floship’s position as a frontrunner in the supply chain software industry, with the potential to become the leading company worldwide.

Being named to the Elite Programme is a significant milestone for Floship, as it joins an exclusive portfolio of the most innovative companies in Hong Kong. This achievement follows a series of remarkable developments for the fast-growing tech company over the past year. These include a strategic commercial partnership with logistics giant FedEx, a groundbreaking collaboration with US-based tech firm Zonos, and the esteemed recognition of being named to The Leading 100 List.

Expressing his excitement, Joshua Tsui, CEO of Floship, stated, “Being selected to join the HKSTP Elite Programme is a tremendous privilege and adds to what has already been a momentous year in our growth. We’re thrilled to be among the most forward-thinking and innovative businesses in Hong Kong as a leading LogTech company. Floship’s vision is to create the most comprehensive integrated logistics software on the market, and receiving this support from the Elite Programme and HKSTP reinforces our aspiration to become the go-to software for supply chain management worldwide.”

The HKSTP Elite Programme is an exclusive 3-year milestone-based funding initiative that offers assistance to technology enterprises demonstrating strong growth potential to expand their business beyond Hong Kong, with the ultimate objective of becoming a unicorn. As an Elite Programme company, Floship will gain access to HKSTP’s world-class equipment, software and lab facilities, in addition to receiving expert guidance, support, and funding.

To showcase its innovative technology, Floship participated in the HKSTP Openhouse event, Hong Kong’s largest platform for technology and innovation, on 7 November. At this event, Floship had the chance to present its cutting-edge solutions to over 100 business leaders and investors. In addition, Floship will present its circular logistics solutions as part of HKSTP’s connective Digital Membership Program under the Mobility & Logistics Solutions Catalogue.

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Adhere to law-feelings Solving the knot of moving Uthen Thawai

House “Supamas” Minister of Higher Education revealed that the atmosphere of discussions to solve the Chula-Uthen Thawai dispute went well, pointing out that the principles of law must be adhered to along with feelings as well. Accepting fear of using the area for commercial use

Ms. Supamas Isaraphakdee, Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, gave an interview regarding negotiations to find a resolution after the court issued an order deciding to transfer. Rajamangala University of Technology Tawan-Ok (RMUTT) Uthen Thawai Campus leaves the area within 60 days, saying yesterday (16 Nov.) there was a meeting with all parties to find a resolution. which was represented by Uthen Thawai Office of the Attorney General Crown Property Bureau, Treasury Department, Budget Bureau and assets from Chulalongkorn University The meeting talked with reason. Listen to opinions and suggestions from all parties. Confirm that the atmosphere of the meeting was good. It doesn’t add to the conflict.

Ms. Supamas said that the meeting agreed to study the proposals at the meeting to see how feasible they were. in order to reach a conclusion in the next meeting After that, Chula Will study together with relevant government agencies. He admitted that Uthen Thawai students wanted clarity and had doubts that were not as agreed upon previously. If we agree to end the matter, it may not be as agreed upon. which many people are worried about What will happen before students graduate? And if you have to move Where will you go? Has anyone come to take care of you? This is because many people receive inconsistent information. Therefore there is concern.

When asked whether a timeline for negotiations had been laid out, Ms. Supamas said that no framework or timeline could be laid out for negotiating a resolution. Because it may increase the mood of violence. It’s just that everyone wants a good resolution as quickly as possible.

As for the case of alumni coming to support current students in the movement, Ms. Supamas said that in the discussion group yesterday (Nov. 16), there were also alumni joining as committee members. There is a proposal that when the problem is still unfinished like this Therefore, I would like to hear from Uthen Thawai what they want and how Chula can support this proposal. However, it is possible that if Uthen Thawai sees a clear picture that Chula The land was returned and was not used commercially. But it is used for public benefit. It could be a public park or a children’s educational museum like the art galleries in Bangkok. It may be a new proposal that Uthenthawai may consider. This should be a good trend.

“This problem has been around for a long time. Probably wouldn’t use the word “end”. But there may be changes in this era. Coincidentally, over the past 20 years, lawsuits have been filed continuously but there has been no order from the Supreme Administrative Court. In this era, every party must abide by the highest law. Just cannot rely on the principles of law alone. But the principle of peace and order must be adhered to. The feelings of all personnel in Uthen Thawai must be taken care of as well. Because we don’t want to see the institution where we studied disappear overnight. The matter of people’s feelings is as big a matter as the matter of the law. Therefore, the law must be enforced voluntarily. And everyone agrees,” Ms. Supamas said.

Source: Thai News Agency

Complain to the PCDC that “Ajarn Aek, a psychic palmist” has collected money for treatment but has not recovered.

Bangkok, 17 Nov. – Parents take their disabled son, who has muscle weakness, to be treated by Ajarn Aek, a psychic palmist. Claims treatment cannot be cured, paid 5,000 baht

Lawyer Ronanarong Kaewpet, Chairman of the Campaign to Reclaim Justice in Society They took their parents and their 30-year-old son to complain to the Police Commander after the parents took their child to get treatment for their illness with Ajarn Aek, a psychic palmist. By paying 5,000 baht, but the condition did not improve. When I asked for a refund, I didn’t get it back, and they also sold more medicine for me to spray and take. Makes you feel that you have been deceived. Attorney Ronanarong questioned the relevant agencies and the Office of the Basic Education Commission, asking them to inspect Professor Ek’s sick treatment office as well. Because now someone has complained, and in this case, there are also celebrities acting as presenters. As for the case of famous comedians who believe and told me to study If you come to treat other people and collect the patient’s money I will prepare to sue immediately

Source: Thai News Agency

Thailand-Canada moves forward to expand cooperation in all dimensions.

San Francisco, Prime Minister holds bilateral discussion with Canadian leaders. Thailand is ready to welcome investors, while “Justin” hopes the FTA agreement between ASEAN-Canada will be a channel to strengthen cooperation in both countries and at the regional level.

Yesterday (16 Nov.) at 10:30 a.m. (local time in San Francisco) which is 15 hours later than the time in Thailand) Mr. Settha Thavisin, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Met bilaterally with Mr. Justin Trudeau (The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau), Prime Minister of Canada, during the 30th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, with both leaders hoping to enhance bilateral cooperation in a more comprehensive manner. We believe that Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is an important cooperation framework that will bring many opportunities. And this meeting is a good opportunity for economic leaders from around the world to meet each other. However, there is concern about the international situation.

The Prime Minister said that attending this meeting was to announce that Thailand is now open. and ready to receive investment The emergence of the international situation has caused more production bases to be moved to the ASEAN region, such as Thailand and Vietnam, with leading foreign private sectors increasingly coming to produce electric cars in Thailand. This time, we had the opportunity to meet and discuss with many leading private sectors. that are considering and considering using Thailand as a production base Thailand has many benefits and investment promotion measures for the private sector. which is in line with what the private sector wants

The Canadian Prime Minister said that Canada is ready to work with the Thai government both bilaterally and regionally. To continue the relationship dynamics and cooperation in various fields. Canada has an Indo-Pacific strategy. that hopes to cooperate with Thailand Due to the international situation, the private sector must increase its flexibility in the production sector. as well as deepening international cooperation. Thailand is an important trading partner of Canada. However, Thailand and Canada do not yet have an FTA between them. Both sides agree that if it can be implemented, it will be very beneficial to Thailand and Canada. It is seen that the FTA between ASEAN-Canada which is currently being negotiated should be a good opportunity for both sides to take advantage of the said FTA.

Source: Thai News Agency

It is expected that in 2024 Thai exports will expand by more than 200 billion US dollars.

House Government Spokesperson Reveals Thailand aims to expand export value Push forward FTA negotiations to promote new market ties with potential. Promote the marketing of products, services and soft power. It is expected that in 2024 Thai exports will expand by more than 200 billion US dollars.

Mr. Chai Watcharong, spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office, said that Mr. Settha Thavisin, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Set policies to move forward to revive the Thai economy. One of the driving factors is expanding the export promotion market. It is expected that Thailand’s export situation in the last quarter of 2023 will have a continuous positive growth rate. It is expected that exports in 2024 will expand from 2023 at 1.99%, valued at 287,754 million US dollars.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office said the government has prepared a plan to accelerate exports to support the Thai export sector. With the actions of Mr. Phumtham Wechayachai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce Including other agencies related has announced a quick win work plan, which will work through creating trade opportunities to new markets with potential such as China, the Middle East, etc., along with maintaining existing markets by pushing for FTA negotiations with negotiating partners, as well as expanding trade cooperation with various secondary cities. Including the integration of work of related agencies. To work proactively in connecting local Thai products to the global market through both offline and online channels.

In addition, the government also promotes soft power exports by adding value to Thai products and services in various groups such as food, Muay Thai, tourism through innovation, as well as integrating trade and tourism. To increase product distribution channels, including bringing Thai products to serve on Thai Airways aircraft. Driving the public sector into a digital government and improve laws that impede exports. Including new economic development such as green industries. and electronic commerce, etc.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office said the government has also prepared a plan to upgrade border trade checkpoints. It will be driven through a strategy to develop the potential of border checkpoints and the establishment of one-stop border trade service centers (One Stop Service (OSS)) in 7 provinces, namely Chiang Rai, Tak, Trat, Songkhla, Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom and Mukdahan, which will facilitate the delivery. Release products which when the operation of every factor is according to the specified plan

“In addition to expanding the market The Prime Minister places importance on facilitation. In terms of exports, Thai entrepreneurs can export products conveniently, quickly, reduce costs, and support the use of innovation and technology to increase the value of export products. Promote Thai products and services to new markets Expand the trade and investment market through proactive negotiations. Ready to maintain the existing market by enhancing cooperation. which is believed that if it is carried out in every way that the government specifies Trade figures will surely increase as expected. which will drive the economy, create jobs, and increase income for Thai people,” Mr. Chai Said.

Source: Thai News Agency