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President Jair Bolsonaro, Lula headed to runoff after tight Brazil election | World News

Rio de Janeiro: Brazil’s top two presidential candidates will face each other in a runoff vote after neither got enough support to win outright Sunday in an election to decide if the country returns a leftist to the helm of the world’s fourth-largest democracy or keeps the far-right incumbent in office. With 99.6% of the votes tallied, former President Luiz Lula da Silva had 48.3% support and President Jair Bolsonaro had 43.3%. Nine other candidates were also competing, but their support pales to that for Bolsonaro and da Silva, who is commonly known as Lula.

The tightness of the result came as a surprise, since pre-election polls had given da Silva a commanding lead. The last Datafolha survey published Saturday had found a 50% to 36% advantage for da Silva. It interviewed 12,800 people, with a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

Speaking at a post-vote press conference, da Silva referred to the scheduled Oct. 30 runoff vote against Bolsonaro as “extra time” in a soccer game.

“I want to win every election in the first round. But it isn’t always possible,” he said.

Bolsonaro outperformed expectations in Brazil’s southeast region, which includes populous Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais states, according to Rafael Cortez, who oversees political risk at consultancy Tendencias Consultoria.

“The polls didn’t capture that growth,” Cortez said.

Bolsonaro’s administration has been marked by incendiary speech, his testing of democratic institutions, his widely criticised handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the worst deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in 15 years. But he has built a devoted base by defending conservative values, rebuffing political correctness and presenting himself as protecting the nation from leftist policies that he says infringe on personal liberties and produce economic turmoil.

A slow economic recovery has yet to reach the poor, with 33 million Brazilians going hungry despite higher welfare payments. Like several of its Latin American neighbors coping with high inflation and a vast number of people excluded from formal employment, Brazil is considering a shift to the political left.

Bolsonaro has repeatedly questioned the reliability not just of opinion polls, but also of Brazil’s electronic voting machines. Analysts fear he has laid the groundwork to reject results.

At one point, Bolsonaro claimed to possess evidence of fraud, but never presented any, even after the electoral authority set a deadline to do so. He said as recently as Sept. 18 that if he doesn’t win in the first round, something must be “abnormal”.

Da Silva, 76, was once a metalworker who rose from poverty to the presidency and is credited with building an extensive social welfare program during his 2003-2010 tenure that helped lift tens of millions into the middle class. But he is also remembered for his administration’s involvement in vast corruption scandals that entangled politicians and business executives.




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US Congress backs more Ukraine aid



by Marc Selinger

The US Capitol building in Washington, DC. (Janes/Marc Selinger)

The US Congress has passed a bill that will provide more than USD12.3 billion in additional Ukraine-related military and economic assistance to continue countering Russia’s more-than-seven-month-old invasion.

The package, which President Joe Biden signed into law on 30 September following congressional approval, includes USD3 billion for weapons, training, and other support for Ukrainian forces; USD1.5 billion to replenish Pentagon stocks of equipment sent to Ukraine; USD540 million to increase production of munitions shipped to Ukraine or countries helping Ukraine; USD2.8 billion for US military operations in the region; and USD4.5 billion to help Ukraine’s government continue operating. It also contains USD2 million for the US Department of Defense (DoD) inspector general to monitor Ukraine funding to ensure it is spent as intended.

The House of Representatives passed the bill on 30 September, a day after the Senate took the same step. The Biden administration requested the aid in early September, saying the USD40 billion package that Congress approved for Ukraine in May was running out.




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AMA Group sells FluidDrive business – Corporate – Insurance News

AMA Group sells FluidDrive business

3 October 2022

AMA Group has sold its FluidDrive automotive transmission business in line with a strategy focusing on its collision repair and associated parts and consumables operations.

“The sale of FluidDrive ensures a pure focus for our supply business unit on the previously communicated strategy for the supply of genuine, reclaimed and aftermarket parts and collision repair consumables,” CEO Carl Bizon said.

“We wish the FluidDrive team well for the future under their new ownership and acknowledge their contribution to AMA Group.”

A third-party purchaser incorporated as Fluiddrive Pty Ltd is buying the business for a gross consideration of $2.45 million. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of the month subject to closing conditions.


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Phil Collins, Genesis Bandmates Sell Music Rights for Over $300 Million


A file photo shows members of British rock band Genesis posing for photographs at a hotel in London as they announce details of a reunion 2007 tour. The band has released 15 studio albums.

Take a look at Phil Collins now. The English rocker and his Genesis bandmates have agreed to sell a bundle of their music rights to Concord Music Group Inc., according to the company.

The megadeal — valued at over $300 million, according to people familiar with the transaction — includes the publishing copyrights and a mix of recorded music income streams and masters of Mr. Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks’ individual careers and work as the progressive rock group Genesis.

For Concord Music, one of the largest independent music labels, the transaction signals its return to the market as a buyer after a period where it explored a possible sale of itself.

The deal puts Mr. Collins, 71 years old, among other musical greats from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen who in recent years have cashed in on their life’s work for multimillion-dollar sums.

Mr. Dylan’s songwriting catalog fetched nearly $400 million and Mr. Springsteen’s recorded music and songwriting went for over $500 million, according to people familiar with those deals.

Born in West London, Mr. Collins joined Genesis in 1970 as the band’s drummer, later taking on lead vocals after Peter Gabriel’s departure. (Mr. Gabriel’s music interests aren’t included in the deal.)

Mr. Collins penned some of the band’s biggest hits including Invisible Touch, That’s All and I Can’t Dance. His solo career has proven bigger, beginning with the debut solo single In the Air Tonight in 1981 and continuing with hits including Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now), One More Night and Another Day in Paradise.

He has won eight Grammy Awards and an Oscar for best original song You’ll Be in My Heart from the Disney 1999 animated hit film Tarzan.

While Mr. Collins set off on his solo career, bassist and guitarist Mr. Rutherford formed Mike + the Mechanics, whose self-titled first album produced two hit singles in Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground) and All I Need Is a Miracle.

In all, Genesis released 15 studio albums. Mr. Collins released eight as a solo artist and Mr. Banks had six. Mr. Rutherford released two solo albums and nine as part of Mike + the Mechanics.

Concord Music has been administering the publishing of Mr. Collins and Genesis since it bought Imagem Music Group in 2017, and conversations with management about a possible transaction were born out of that relationship, said Concord president Bob Valentine.

Mr. Valentine said Concord will work to introduce the catalog of ’80s pop hits to younger generations.

“In the world we live in today with Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, all these things that drive consumption of older music, there are definitely ways for us as a record company to bring some of this music back to life,” he said.

The Nashville, Tennessee-based independent music company operates several labels, publishes music and has a large theatricals division.

It owns the catalogs of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Kidz Bop and represents top songwriters and recording artists including Mark Ronson, Daft Punk, St. Vincent and Nine Inch Nails.

About two years ago, Concord’s longtime majority owner, Michigan Retirement Systems, a pension fund that has invested more than $1 billion into the company, began getting takeover offers as the market for music copyrights heated up, Mr. Valentine said.

He said the company didn’t find the offers to be high enough and decided not to sell, instead focusing efforts on transactions like the one with Mr. Collins and his bandmates.

In mid-September, it bought L.A. Reid and Charles Goldstuck’s pop and hip-hop label HitCo Entertainment, home to Jennifer Lopez and Outkast’s Big Boi.

The market for music rights exploded during the pandemic, as investors sought catalogs’ steady, predictable yield and rising income from music-streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music.

KKR & Co. Inc., Blackstone Inc., BlackRock Inc., Apollo Global Management Inc., Providence Equity Partners and Eldridge Industries LLC have helped finance deals or started funds to acquire music rights.

Some investors are beginning to take a more cautious approach — and hesitate at sky-high valuations — with the rising cost of capital and broader economic uncertainty.

While music executives say that many of the highest-profile blockbuster catalog deals have already happened, the billions of dollars committed to such funds are helping spawn deals for artists in genres from rock to Latin and country.


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Prime Minister flags off New Vande Bharat Express Train from Gandhinagar Capital Station

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Gandhinagar Capital station on 30th September, 2022 and flagged off the inaugural run of the new & upgraded Vande Bharat Express between Gandhinagar Capital & Mumbai Central. Acharya Devvrat – Governor of Gujarat, Bhupendrabhai Patel – Chief Minister of Gujarat, Ashwini Vaishnaw – Union Minister for Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Housing & Urban Affairs, Smt Darshana Jardosh, Union Minster of State for Textiles & Railways and other dignitaries were also among those present on the occasion.

According to a press release issued by Sumit Thakur – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, Prime Minister arrived at Gandhinagar Capital station and inspected the train coaches of the Vande Bharat Express 2.0 & took stock of the on board facilities. He also inspected the control centre of the locomotive engine of this upgraded version of the train. Then, Narendra Modi flagged off the Gandhinagar Capital – Mumbai Central Vande Bharat Express. After the flagging off, PM boarded the Vande Bharat Express and travelled from Gandhinagar Capital station to Ahmedabad station. PM interacted with his co-passengers including those from the family members of Railways staff, women entrepreneurs and researchers and youngsters. He also interacted with workers, engineers and other staff who toiled to make Vande Bharat trains a shining success. After alighting at Ahmedabad station, Prime Minister proceeded to the function venue at Ahmedabad Education Society wherein he inaugurated the Phase-I of Ahmedabad Metro rail project by flagging off the metro train and took a metro ride from Kalupur station to Doordarshan Kendra metro station.

Thakur further informed that all the passengers travelling in the inaugural run of the Vande Bharat Express were presented with a Souvenir Ticket & Memento to make this historic trip commemorative & memorable. The passengers were delighted to receive these memorabilia and expressed their thanks.

Salient Features of Vande Bharat Express

The Vande Bharat Express 2.0 offers a myriad of superior and aircraft-like travelling experience. It is equipped with advanced state-of-the-art safety features including an indigenously developed Train Collision Avoidance System – KAVACH. It is provided with more advanced and improved features which enables it in reaching the speed of 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in just 52 seconds. The improved Vande Bharat Express weighs 392 tons as compared to the previous version of 430 tons. It also has Wi-Fi content on-demand facility and every coach is equipped with 32” screens providing Passenger Information and Infotainment. For the convenience of Divyangjans, many Divyang-friendly facilities have been provided including seat handles with seat numbers in Braille letters. There are reclining seats in all classes while the Executive Coaches have the added feature of 180 degree rotating seats. This train has also been provided with four platform side cameras outside the coach, including rear view cameras.

The train has been designed to increase Indian Railways’ Green footprint by dispensing with the power cars and saving about 30% electricity with advanced regenerative braking system. Also, the Air –Conditioners are 15 per cent more energy efficient. In this upgraded version of the train, a photo-catalytic ultraviolet air purification system is installed in the Roof-Mounted Package Unit (RMPU) for air purification. This system is designed and installed on both ends of RMPU to filter and clean the air free from germs, bacteria, viruses etc. coming through fresh air and return air. With dust-free clean air cooling of the traction motor, the travel will become more comfortable.

Vande Bharat Express 2.0 between Gandhinagar and Mumbai will be a game changer and will boost connectivity between the two business hubs of India.

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FBoy Island contestant Wayde Moore who faced court charge to be edited out of reality show

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A reality TV contestant who took advantage of a teenager’s drunkenness to get her into bed then covered her mouth and nose to keep her quiet when she called for help is being edited out of the show.

Last week the state broadcaster learned FBoy Island contestant Wayde Moore, 26, appeared in court last year charged with suffocating a woman he admitted to police he lured to his home because she was drunk and he hoped to have sex with her.

Moore then covered her mouth and nose to keep her quiet when she called for help. He was found not guilty of the charge of suffocation.

The young woman, who was 19 at the time, told the Herald today she was happy TVNZ listened and is removing him.

“He does not deserve to be publicly positively put out there.”

A TVNZ spokesperson today confirmed to the Herald the show would still be launching on October 12 but Moore would be edited out of the show.

“Following conversations with all parties, we have decided it is in the best interests of all involved to remove him as a contestant from the show and promotion.”

However, given the recent events they said the show’s release party, which was scheduled for Wednesday, will be delayed.

They said at all stages of production the contestants of reality content are supported with mental health professionals.

Moore was one of 20 young men who was vying for the attention of three women who must decide if they are “nice guys” or “Fboys”.

The term FBoys is slang for “f*** boy”, a term for men who never intend a sexual encounter to involve a relationship or act as if entitled to sexual encounters.

Moore was found not guilty of the charge of suffocation but copped a broadside from district court judge Noel Sainsbury who said his behaviour in targeting a drunk and vulnerable woman was “deeply inappropriate and disrespectful”.

The not guilty verdict came after Judge Sainsbury said the 2018 law required it be proved that Moore intended to restrict her breathing. Court documents show he testified he had covered her mouth and nose to keep her quiet. He faced no other charges.

Judge Sainsbury highlighted the Law Commission report that led to the law, which said it should be kept “as straightforward as possible” and not include the need to prove intent – advice Parliament did not follow.

As a result, said the judge, it was not possible to “exclude the reasonable possibility that he was trying to stop her making noise” which meant he “must be acquitted”.

The judge recorded Moore’s interview with police in which he was “quite upfront about his intentions” – “he was hoping that if he could get [the woman] to the house, he might be able to have sex with her”.

Judge Sainsbury said Moore’s goal was “deeply inappropriate and disrespectful” as he knew the woman was drunk and also particularly vulnerable, having been victim to a recent serious sexual assault that had occurred when she was asleep in bed.

Moore told the Herald he did not mention the case to Warner Bros because he had not been convicted. His criminal record check produced a clean slate.

“It was something that was dealt with and was over. I thought there was no need to mention it to Warner Bros or to anyone.”

He said he was upset at the time because his parents were separating, he had lost his job because of Covid-19 and was “really drunk” that day. “I was needing someone because I was emotionally unstable at the time.”

Moore said the experience motivated him to go on the show. “I was going on there to show people can be better and this is me trying to be better.”

He rejected claims he had tried to suffocate the woman, saying he was trying to keep her quiet.

“When it’s three in the morning and someone comes to your house and starts yelling out, it’s the most human reaction and I acted the way anyone would.”

The Herald interviewed Moore’s flatmates present that night. The first intervened when he heard the woman screaming “no” repeatedly, first loudly then “like screaming through a pillow”.

“It was a very loud muffled noise. I could hear her saying ‘help, help, help, help’.”

Read the full story from the Herald on Sunday here.


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‘Senile’ Joe Biden is bringing shame to the United States

Joe Biden’s cognitive deficits are increasingly apparent, even to the most amateur observer. 

Whether or not he has dementia at this point is immaterial. Half the world thinks he does and that weakens the United States and imperils us all. 

Whether he is falling up the stairs of Air Force One or falling off a stationary bike, whether he is wandering around on stage in a fog or clutching cheat sheets designed for a 4-year-old, whether he is shouting incoherently or whispering creepily, the optics are shocking. 

With his 80th birthday approaching next month, even if most Americans are too polite or willfully unobservant to say so, it’s clear that Biden is not up to the world’s most difficult job. 

He projects weakness and folly at a time of international turmoil. Disrespect for the president echoes around the world, among allies and enemies alike. 

Even when he went to London last month for the queen’s funeral, people were filmed yelling, “Let’s Go Brandon,” at his passing limousine. He and First Lady Jill Biden arrived late to Westminster Abbey and, after they were ushered to the cheap seats 14 rows back, he was mocked for playing with his tongue during the service. 

It’s criminal that the Democratic Party has placed America in such an invidious position with an emotionally febrile part-time president who appears not to be all there an awful lot — either in his mind or at the White House. The least they could do is cover up his deficits more skillfully. 

Last week, at a press conference, much was made of his calling out for recently deceased congresswoman Rep. Jackie Walorski

“Jackie, are you here?” he said. “Where’s Jackie?” he continued, looking around the startled room. “I think she wasn’t going to be here.” 

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre struggled to explain why Biden asked for the recently deceased Rep. Jackie Walorski at an event.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre struggled to explain why Biden asked for the recently deceased Rep. Jackie Walorski at an event.
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Well, no, because she died in August, as he should have remembered since he issued a long public condolence letter after her death in a car crash, and the conference he was speaking at was partly in honor of her memory, with a film montage of her life due to be played. 

The memory lapse would likely have passed unnoticed, like so many of Biden’s oopsies, except for some reason the White House Press corps decided they had had enough of being gaslit about the president’s mental fitness. 

“What happened here?” reporters asked of the flummoxed White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who only had one glib talking point prepared, which she repeated over and over: Walorski “was on his mind — she was top of mind.” But the answer cleared up nothing. 

“Was the president confused?” asked one reporter. “Was something written in the teleprompter that he didn’t recognize? Help us explain what happened here?” 

Another reporter asked, “Why, if she and the family is top of mind, does the president think she’s living, and in the room?” 

Yet another pointed out, “I have John Lennon top of mind just about every day, but I’m not looking around for the man.” 

No satisfactory answer was forthcoming, and how could there be? 

There is no explanation for how anyone of sound mind could make such a bungle. 

Pity the president 

The late congresswoman’s brother, Keith Walorski, handled the “big mess-up” with compassion: “All I’m saying right now about the president is bless his heart for trying,” he told reporters, adding that Biden is “doing the best he can do with what he’s got right now . . . I just feel sorry for him.” 

Ouch. That is the decent response, although it is no good for the president of the free world to be an object of pity. 

As dishonest and destructive as Biden has been, it’s hard to see an elderly man humiliating himself every day while the White House continues to pretend there is nothing to see and the media pretends he is a serious candidate for 2024. 

Biden gave another speech about "white supremacy" at the Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, DC on October 1, 2022.
Biden gave another speech about “white supremacy” at the Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, DC on October 1, 2022.
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Saturday night, Biden dressed up in a bow tie to deliver another angry speech railing against his “semi-fascist” political opponents to a Congressional Black Caucus dinner in Washington: “I know I’m being banged up by the Republicans, but come bring it on,” he snarled. 

“Hate will not prevail in America,” he bellowed later, warning to his favorite imaginary topic. “White supremacy will not have the last word.” 

How many more times must we endure these spiteful outbursts from a president who promised to unite the country? 

How much longer must we cringe as he reads “end of quote, repeat the line” off the teleprompter? 

How many times must we wince as he ad-libs recklessly in a speech about international tinderboxes, like Russia, Ukraine, the NordStream pipeline, or Taiwan? 

How much longer must we watch him wandering around lost on stage after giving a speech, appearing to shake imaginary hands or gesture to invisible staff? 

The embarrassment is not just for a 79-year-old career politician who needs cue cards to tell him when to stand and where to sit and what to write in a condolence book. It’s for every American. 

First Lady Jill Biden is partially to blame for Biden's public mistakes.
First Lady Jill Biden is partially to blame for Biden’s public mistakes.
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When Biden went to Israel in the summer, he stumbled off Air Force One asking, “What am I doing now?”, had to be steered onto the red carpet and then accidentally waxed lyrical about the “honor” of the Holocaust. 

“The truth is that it’s not Biden who is senile, all of America is senile,” was the conclusion of Israeli newspaper Haaretz. 

Who’s to blame 

It is at least a staff failure that Biden is left to wander around confused in front of the cameras. Why isn’t a minder always at his side to subtly steer him off stage? 

He keeps looking to Secret Service agents to step in and guide him. But it’s not their job to play nursemaid. 

It’s also a wife failure. Dr Jill ought to be saving her husband’s dignity, but she always looks out of sorts when she is in place to perform the role, whether it’s telling him what direction to walk in the Rose Garden or helping him put on a jacket at the airport. 

It’s not easy, as anyone knows who has experienced the aging of a loved one. But Nancy Reagan would never have allowed her husband to be repeatedly humiliated in public. 

At stake is the nation’s honor, at least.

New NY landing spot for migrants

The secret flights into Westchester County Airport carrying illegal migrants late at night have dried up in recent weeks. But now they’re flying from the Texas border to Orange County Airport in Montgomery, NY. 

According to a report in Mid Hudson News, three flights arrived last week, including one Friday from El Paso carrying 25 youths, mostly girls under the age of 17, from Honduras and Guatemala. 

Local cops reportedly stopped a charter bus to check for human trafficking. 

Astonishingly, Westchester’s News 12 reported this, waking from its slumber after more than a year of ignoring the big story on their doorstep. 

Instead, they frothed at the mouth when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sent 50 illegals to Martha’s Vineyard. 

They really had to work hard to pretend Westchester wasn’t a story, with locals hearing nocturnal oddities, planes arriving after curfew, midnight buses, a sudden influx of foreign kids at local schools and migrants being dropped off at rest stops on the New Jersey Turnpike in the wee hours. 

Maybe News 12 broke their silence because this rare planeload of teenage girls accords with the administration’s cover story of needy child migrants. 

Better late than never.


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Students deem career fair only helpful to business majors

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A student looks over an informational sheet at the check-in desk. Students and alumni were given a list of employers looking to recruit students when they checked into the event on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

In one of their first networking events of the fall quarter, the DePaul Career Center held a career fair in the LPC Student Center on Sept. 28. The fair was open to all current DePaul students and alumni. It boasted “top employers from a variety of industries recruiting for jobs and internships,” according to Handshake. The career center also hosted a virtual fair on the following day. 

Students from a variety of majors came out to explore their opportunities at the fair, but for some it fell flat. 

“I feel like the things they have here are more geared towards business, marketing, things like that,” senior physics student Naomi Shechter said. “I walked up to the booth for Northrop Grumman which is an aerospace company but they mentioned they are mostly looking for marketing and things like that.”

The companies in attendance ranged from restaurant groups, financial investment firms, non-profit organizations, and more. Despite this wide array of opportunities the majority of the companies were looking for business, marketing or public relations internships. 

“I feel like there were a lot of companies and they didn’t necessarily represent what I’m trying to get into,” political science student Sofia Joseph said. “I feel like it was directed towards a certain career field like business or data analyzing stuff like that. Not to say all of them, but a lot of them were like that, and I don’t feel like there were a lot of options pertaining to, say, journalism or stuff like that.”

A student grabs one of the informational pamphlets offered by the Career Center at their check-in table. Students were also offered tote bags and pins. (Jake Cox)

Looking towards future events, students had thoughts about future career events and communications from the career center. 

“I know personally I’m not getting all the communication that I need,” Joseph said. “I’m a first year student. I’m very caught up in academics right now, but I’d like to see some more emails sent out about internships or maybe provide more insight into availability and opportunities around this area.”

To fill the need this fair missed, some students suggest more fairs more specifically aimed at different fields. The Career Center does offer a virtual, technology fair later in the fall and colleges may offer specific fairs but the university wide career center seems focused on traditional corporate careers. 

“Maybe they could have a science career fair separately, but you have to look a little bit here to find something you’re looking for if you’re in my major,” Shechter said. “I feel like I received no explanation. Should I be handing people my resume? How do I act during things like this? Which maybe some people understand a bit better.”

While some student’s didn’t find the perfect fit for their career aspirations, they are still glad for the opportunity the fair presented. 

“I feel like I got more out of it than I originally thought I was gonna get,” environmental science student Diana Gonzaga said. “Part of that is probably because I didn’t really have any expectations of the event since this was my first career fair I’ve ever gone to. I definitely got a lot of information from a lot of places I didn’t know I would be interested in looking at, like for a kitchen and stuff like that, so that definitely caught my attention.”

While recognizing the fair was better suited to address the needs of other careers, students were still happy with the experience. 

“I’m happy I got somethings to look at, but it was probably more worth other people’s time,” Shechter said. “It’s not a useless thing. It’s still something good.” 


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Emmerdale’s Isobel Steele ‘has quit the soap after six years to focus on music career’

Emmerdale’s Isobel Steele ‘has quit the soap after six years to focus on music career… with character Liv Flaherty to be killed off in shocking plot twist’

Isobel Steele has reportedly quit Emmerdale after six years on the show, hoping to focus more on her budding music career than acting.

The screen star, 21, has portrayed Liv Flaherty in the soap for six years – joining in January 2016, when she was just 15 years old.

And in light of the exit, bosses are thought to be planning a dramatic plot twist for her character – which will see her killed off the show later this month. 

A new chapter? Emmerdale's Isobel Steele, 21, has reportedly quit the soap after six years to focus on her music career

A new chapter? Emmerdale’s Isobel Steele, 21, has reportedly quit the soap after six years to focus on her music career

Isobel won Best Young Actor at the British Soap Awards in 2018 for her portrayal of Liv in Emmerdale – which saw her join the show’s famous Dingle family after marrying character Vinny (Bradley Johnson).

But according to The Sun, the actress is ready to branch out and ‘try new things’ as she makes a go of her music career.

A source told the publication: ‘It’s been a big decision for Isobel but she’s ready to try new things.

Dramatic: And in light of the exit, bosses are thought to be planning a dramatic plot twist for her character Liv Flaherty- which will see her killed off the show later this month (pictured on the show this year)

Dramatic: And in light of the exit, bosses are thought to be planning a dramatic plot twist for her character Liv Flaherty- which will see her killed off the show later this month (pictured on the show this year)

Budding star: The actress has portrayed Liv in the soap for six years - joining in January 2016, when she was just 15 years old (pictured on Emmerdale in 2016)

Budding star: The actress has portrayed Liv in the soap for six years – joining in January 2016, when she was just 15 years old (pictured on Emmerdale in 2016)

‘She feels like she’s done all she can at Emmerdale and wants to focus on her music career and make a real go of it.’  

Emmerdale have been bringing their A-game for this month’s episodes to celebrate their 50 year anniversary – with the source adding the Isobel’s exit will tie into the dramatic bout of episodes, noting that they have ‘pulled out all the stops’.

‘Viewers are going to be on the edge of their seats as it all plays out and Liv is killed off. It’s a real heartbreaker, a death fans will remember for a long time to come,’ they explained.

MailOnline have contacted representatives for Emmerdale and Isobel Steele for comment.

A source explained: ''She feels like she¿s done all she can at Emmerdale and wants to focus on her music career and make a real go of it' (Isobel pictured with co-star Bradley Johnson)

A source explained: ”She feels like she’s done all she can at Emmerdale and wants to focus on her music career and make a real go of it’ (Isobel pictured with co-star Bradley Johnson)

Celebrating half a century on TV, Emmerdale are set to air an hour long special episode on Sunday, October 16.

And bosses have revealed that a huge storm will hit the Dales, wreaking havoc on the Yorkshire village’s residents as drama is set to unfold.

And Isobel’s character Liv could be at the centre of it and she deals with family drama, before the potential shock exit later in the month.

Isobel, who sings and plays the piano and guitar, has posted videos to her Instagram page showcasing her musical talents.

While she also appeared to regularly share covers to YouTube, between 2018 and 2020 – with her channel, dubbed Izzi Steele, not being posted on for two years.

Triple threat: Isobel, who sings and plays the piano and guitar, has posted videos to her Instagram page showcasing her musical talents as she hopes to focus her career away from acting and onto music

Triple threat: Isobel, who sings and plays the piano and guitar, has posted videos to her Instagram page showcasing her musical talents as she hopes to focus her career away from acting and onto music

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