June 2022



AmericanHort recently announced the election of four new members to the board of directors, along with the election of a new slate of board officers. The official welcome and installation will take place at Cultivate’22.

“We are excited to welcome these leaders who come from various segments of the green industry and encompass diverse experiences, skills, and backgrounds,” said Ken Fisher, president and CEO of AmericanHort. “We also appreciate the dedication and commitment of our officers and the leadership they provide our organization and industry, particularly during the challenges of the past few years.”



Patrick Somers Leaks Alleged DMs From Lisa Rinna, Claims They Teamed Up Against Kathy Hilton to Push Storyline for RHOBH Season 13 as Rinna Reacts


The man accused of being paid $27,000 by Kathy Hilton to harass and plant negative stories about Lisa Rinna is now claiming he was actually working with Lisa in an effort to secure her storyline for the upcoming 13th season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

In a series of new Instagram posts, which have since been deleted, Patrick Somers has leaked a series of DMs exchanged with Lisa last month while also sharing a video in which he accuses her of teaming up with him on an apparent smear campaign against Kathy.

“Lmao this is my speeding to Alfred’s music .. Thank you very much,” Patrick wrote in a DM to Lisa.

“Here’s the thing [it’s] going to be so good!!!!” Lisa replied on May 29.

Then, after Patrick said, “Haha I’lll make a post [right now] … kinda roasted you [to be honest],” seemingly suggesting he was up to something, Lisa responded with a kiss emoji.

RHOBH Patrick Somers Leaks DMs From Lisa Rinna

In addition to the leaked DMs, Patrick shared a video statement with his followers.

“It has now gotten really personal because she has sent thousands, you know, it’s basically like, she left me. We were both on a yacht together. She threw me off, into a life raft and then drove away. But what I want people to know is, what was put in front of you was all manufactured in hopes of pushing her storyline for next season,” Patrick stated.

“It’s not true,” he continued. “Kathy Hilton didn’t have any involvement. It was strictly me and Lisa together, concocting this plan. It just went south really fast and so did our friendship. We’re no longer friends.”

A short while after Patrick shared his posts, Lisa took to her Instagram Story, where she denied the leaked DMs were from her.

“Ok Bravo detectives find out who this Patrick is- (he’s fake allegedly) and who hired him to take attention off of the DM’s of mine that came out -for the record it wasn’t me -I don’t know this guy it’s all lies and I want this exposed please!” she wrote. “You are the best detectives out there. So do your due diligence!!! Time to clear my name of this [bullsh-t].”

RHOBH Lisa Rinna Denies Leaked DMs Were From Her

Following the request, Lisa received a couple of messages from her followers, one of which suggested Patrick was a “total enigma.”

“I was [a] fraud investigator for 16 years and I’ll tell you it reeks of a false name paid actor situation. Or he did this to boost his resume. That being said all his socials lead to dead ends he doesn’t exist prior to a certain point. I tried all last week to gain some clarity on him but nothing concrete,” the first message read.

Then, in a second message, which was shared by Bravo Snark Side on Instagram after Lisa deleted the post, another follower pointed out that Patrick appeared to be from Salt Lake City and said that all of his social posts about the situation contradict one another.

“He made up a fake IG of his sister seemingly to try to keep people from talking to his real sister’s IG but I found the real IG for her as well. I have screenshots of everything… I did a total deep dive on Friday,” the person had written.

And while one person suggested the report was false, Bravo Snark Side said they’ve seen the accounts.

RHOBH Lisa Rinna Suggests Patrick Somers Does Not Exist

Amid the drama, Lisa and Kathy came face-to-face with one another over the weekend as they took to the stage with their RHOBH castmates at the MTV Movie and TV Awards (it was around this time that Lisa shared posts suggesting Patrick had been hired by Kathy).

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 12 airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Bravo.



Roadside sensors have improved air quality as they have resulted in vehicles being with the dirtiest fumes to be detected. This has been developed in Hong Kong and cars that run on petrol and diesel emit harmful chemicals like nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons.

With the development in technology, new cars have been advanced to reduce the emissions even though they become more polluting over time. Older versions of cars that are on the road are usually the heavy emitters.

In order to identify the worst offending vehicles, the car sensors have been installed in Hong Kong. This has been done on the highway ramps that use infrared and ultraviolet beams to detect carbon monoxide. The levels of the polluters are monitored whenever the car is on the road. Inspection is done automatically with the tailpipe exhausts of passing vehicles being used.

Cameras that have been installed capture the license plate of the most polluting vehicles to make sure that the owners are identified. When they have been noticed, the owners are obliged to repair their vehicles and they pass through the emission test. The payments are done by the owners of the vehicle before they are allowed to use the car on the road. Enforcement of the program began in 2014 and a lot of cars that would have been polluting were detected by the pollution sensors.

The air quality has been improved by the sensors in Hong Kong. Roadside locations have been using the same method when a car has been found polluting whilst on the road. A lot of drivers have resorted to using vehicles services every week to make sure they do not repeat the pollution test or are detected by the car sensors unknowingly.

However, the owners of different vehicles continue to make use of the law so as to protect the environment from air pollution.



Prabhudas Lilladher’s Investment Advisory division is now present on, a leading technology platform allowing clients of most Indian brokerage firms to invest in PL Quantifi’s advice.  Combining cutting edge quant research from PL with the technical solidity of, you can now invest in PL Advice irrespective of which broker you hold your brokerage account with!

What is Smallcase

smallcase Technologies offers a technology platform where orders for varying quantities of multiple stocks in its investment instruments can be placed at one click via one’s trading account. The company calls its products smallcases, which are essentially baskets of stocks or exchange-traded funds (ETFs) picked thematically.  These investments may be as small as Rs 10,000 depending on which advisor’s portfolio you select.

The investor pays a small fee to the advisor for subscribing to the product, and then logs in with the broker credentials to complete the investment. From time to time, the advisor sends out alerts to the subscriber asking for rebalancing (meaning entering and exiting stocks or ETFs via a single click) portfolios as and when required. In addition to the fee, the client pays the brokerage on the underlying brokerage account.

A small price to pay to select some of the best advisors and still cheaper than a mutual fund where neither one has control over the portfolios plus the typical expense ratios are much higher and in the range of 1.5%-2% on the portfolios.

PL’S Investment Advisory, now available across brokers!

Prabhudas Lilladher Group with its almost 80 Year + expertise in Advisory and Industry leading DNA in research, presents a wide range of digitally enabled advisory portfolios for the tech savvy investor.

PL’s Investment Advisory division , Quantifi, has launched a range of investment products at (  to suit different risk return objectives including Long term equity investing, Active Equity trading and quant based Multi asset Investing.

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Momentum Alpha Portfolio Strategy (MAPS) is a Quant powered discretionary portfolio strategy which aims to generate better risk adjusted returns than the benchmark Nifty 100 index by using quantitative factors. The strategy is powered by Quantitative factors like Relative Momentum (short term and medium term), Quality, Growth (forecasted). We also use Value as a factor but use it with an adjustment of growth and take subjective calls on the same.

TaQT (Tactical Quality Trading) Portfolio approaches portfolio construction from a lens of tactical investing. The strategy seeks to keep the portfolio in sync with flavour of the market. TaQT is a short-term focused and highly active product. Portfolio will have around 20-30 stocks selected by a blend of Fundamentals, Technicals and Quant analysis in order to make portfolio decisions.

In Tata We Trust : Famously known as India’s Steel-to-Salt conglomerate, the Tata Group of companies has almost 25 to 30 listed companies. However, the dilemma is in selecting stocks out of this space and ride the rise of the conglomerate. This is exactly where the portfolio fits and helps the investors. With improving operational metrics, Tata Group could be a good long term investment to play the value unlocking and value creation theme.

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India Millennial Portfolios : Millennials have a High-risk appetite and thus tend to invest in Equities. But even Equity or Gold, has periods of underperformance, as long as 2 to 3 years! Not all have the time or resources to face such periods. It is here that India Millennial Portfolio fits in. Using the power of tech, a suite of our Quant models will give you allocation advice keeping in mind a  matrix of proprietary meters to minimise risk and maximise returns!

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For those of you who don’t know, Safer Internet Day happens every year on February 8th! The INHOPE network (International Association of Internet Hotlines) works to bring about awareness for the many online dangers that exist today. So in honor of Safer Internet Day 2022, we’ve compiled a helpful list of the most important online safety tips everyone should follow.

Online Safety Basics For Safer Internet Day

Online Dangers

Knowing what dangers to look out for is another way you can remain safe online. Without a doubt, one of the most prevalent online dangers in recent years is cyberbullying. Part of the reason why cyberbullying has become such a problem is that young children are being exposed to technology. A recent study found that over 75% of children under the age of 8 have access to a smartphone or tablet. This stat has gone up almost 25% in just two years.


So if you’re the parent of a young child, how can you deal with the threat of cyberbullying? Well, one of the best ways would be installing cell phone monitoring software onto your child’s smartphone or tablet. By doing so, you can be sure that if your child ends up being cyberbullied, you can step in and make sure it never happens again.

Beyond The Basics

Online Safety Basics For Safer Internet Day

One of the best ways to protect yourself against hackers is to make sure all your devices are up-to-date.

In addition to the basic tips detailed above, there are a few more things you can do to secure yourself online. For instance, if you’re having trouble coming up with strong passwords, you can download a password manager to assist you. These programs are great for storing all of your passwords in a single, secure location. Simply download the software onto your computer or smartphone and the app will automatically generate and store secure passwords for each of your online accounts. Some popular password managers include LastPass, 1Password, and Dashline.

As you likely know, massive security breaches occur every year. For example, the breaches that occurred at Yahoo and Equifax back in 2018. Unfortunately, these security breaches do not only affect these major companies. The fact is, most people are affected in some way by these breaches. To protect yourself, the first thing you should do is check to see if you’ve been affected. Most companies will set up a website you can access to see if any of your information has been stolen. If you discover that your accounts have been compromised, make sure you change any passwords related to those accounts.

Another important thing to remember is to always enable automatic updates for your internet-connected devices. One of the easiest ways for hackers to break into your devices is through outdated software. However, if you’ve set your devices to automatically update, you won’t have to worry about this.

What are you doing to protect yourself this Safer Internet Day? Let us know in the comment section below!



It’s a new month, which means it’s time to take a look at my side hustle/gig economy earnings for April 2022.

For new readers, each month, I document exactly what I earned from all of the different gig economy apps I use each month. I’ve been tracking this information since 2016, so there’s a lot of data in these posts that can give you an idea of what you can earn doing this type of work on a part-time basis. If you’re looking to earn some extra income, there’s probably something in here for you. 

With that said, below is a breakdown of my earnings with each app in April 2022. 

Side Hustle Income for April 2022

Total Side Hustle Income for April 2022 = $2,182.27

April was a lucrative month for me, with me bringing in over $2,000 from the various side hustles and gig economy apps that I use. 

With the weather warming up, you can see that my DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub earnings are on the rise. During the warmer months, I aim for $1,000 per month from those apps (about $250 per week or about $33 per day). I can usually hit those numbers doing deliveries for about an hour per day. 

Meanwhile, some of the other apps I use were strong too. Rover remained consistent. IVueIt and ProductTube were both more lucrative than usual. And then I also brought in a few hundred dollars from some freelance writing. 

Here’s a pie chart showing my main side hustle/gig economy income sources for the month. 

April 2022 pie chart

In prior months, Rover made up a lot of my monthly side hustle earnings (for example, in March 2022, Rover made up 57% of my monthly side hustle earnings). You can see how much things can change with the improved weather, with DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub making up almost 50% of my side hustle earnings for the month compared to just 26% last month).

You can also see the value of the various “little” side hustles I do. Even though they don’t seem like much individually, my earnings from apps like WeGoLook, IVueIt, etc, added up to over $700 – or 35% of my monthly earnings.  It goes to show that small amounts add up. 

In the remainder of this post, we’ll take a closer look at how I earned my side hustle/gig economy income in April 2022. 


Airbnb/Rental Income Income: $2,400   

The rental property brought in $2,400 of rent for the month. I’ve been renting it out to four college students for about 8 months and haven’t had any issues with them. They pay the rent on time, seem to be respectful of the house, and I haven’t had any complaints from neighbors. 

The warmer weather means I’ll be over at the house more often mowing the grass and doing other yard work. It’s something I can handle myself because the yard is small and my son’s daycare is a few blocks from the house. It usually only takes me 10-15 minutes per week to take care of everything. 


Rover Income: $377  

It could have been a bigger income month on Rover, but I had a client cancel at the last minute. Since Rover is really less about the money for me and more because I find it fun, I have a lenient cancelation policy that lets people cancel pretty much up to the last second. Still, even with the cancellation, my Rover earnings were good.

rover april 2022

The pups I watched in April were all repeat clients, which is always good since I know what I’m getting into. With Rover, once you get a good base of repeat clients, it becomes pretty easy. Of all the gig economy apps I use, Rover is the one that can be the most passive.

I have more information about Rover in this post: Rover Pet Sitting – How To Make Money Dog Sitting With Rover. If you’re interested in becoming a sitter, you can sign up to be a Rover sitter using my Rover referral link


DoorDash/Uber Eats/Grubhub Income: $1,033.09 

DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub dramatically picked up in April thanks to the improved weather (at least compared to February and March). That’s not to say it was great weather – it was below average temperatures for most of the month and cloudy and rainy most of the time. But anything above-freezing feels warm to me, especially after dealing with a long winter. 

Here’s a breakdown of my earnings with each delivery app last month:

Uber Eats was the most lucrative for me last month, with DoorDash and Grubhub coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively. In most months, I find DoorDash is the one I make the most with, but Uber Eats has been pretty busy for me lately. 

I also did more Uber Eats because I was trying to reach Platinum status in the app. Uber Eats has an interesting feature where you get some added benefits if you do enough deliveries in a month. One of the benefits that I saw in the app is a free 1-year membership to Costco if you reach Platinum status.  

uber eats costco

I ended up hitting Platinum status near the end of the month, which qualified me for the Costco membership. After enrolling, I got my promo code about a week later, so as of now, I have a free 1-year Costco membership that’s good until next May. It’s exactly what I needed – I was planning on getting a Costco membership at some point – so I’m happy about this unexpected bonus.

I did most of my deliveries last month using my Espin Sport and the GEN 3 Outcross. With the weather warming up, I’m now taking my son to daycare on our RadCity, so I’ll likely be doing more deliveries with the RadCity. I’ll also use my Varla Eagle One now that conditions are better for scooting, as well as my Fucare H3 scooter.

My goal for the remainder of the warm months of the year is to hit $1,000 per month, or about $250 per week or $33 per day. It isn’t difficult for me to do this – usually I can hit $33 in an hour or less. 

If you want more information about the different food delivery apps I use, feel free to check out the detailed posts I’ve written about each app: 

For tracking my earnings, I use Gridwise, which is a good free app for tracking your gig economy earnings and mileage if you’re a driver.


Trash/Flipping Income: $40.89

The flipping game was decent last month. Earlier in the year, my wife found a pair of AllBirds shoes at Goodwill that she bought for a few dollars. They were practically new too. It took a few months, but I finally got them sold for $40. 

Another interesting sale last month was an iPhone box. I bought an iPhone 13 Mini earlier in the month and listed the empty box for sale on eBay for $5. It’s not a lot of money obviously, but it’s at least something for what ultimately was trash for me. It’s an interesting market – but people will buy empty Apple boxes. 


WeGoLook Income: $23 

I earned $23 from an easy WeGoLook gig I completed last month. This was an exterior look gig where I needed to take a few pictures of a building. It wasn’t far from my house and didn’t take me long to complete, which is why it was worth doing.


ProductTube Income: $90 

ProductTube was lucrative, bringing in almost $100 in April. I did most of my ProductTube gigs in the morning after dropping my son off at daycare. Most of these gigs pay $10 or more, so it’s a good way to put some money in my pocket to start the day. These gigs don’t take long to complete – less than 5 minutes – so they’re good money for the time spent on them. 


Gigwalk/EasyShift/Field Agent/Merchandiser/Observa/IVueIt/Pickl Income: $103  

I also had a lucrative month with these picture-taking/auditing apps. Most of my earnings for the month came from IVueIt, which brought in an amazing $98 for the month. I also made $5 from Pickl, which is an app I use sparingly. 

IVueIt is one of my favorite apps and if you’ve been following these side hustle reports, you can see they regularly feature in my side hustle reports now. You can read more about IVueIt and how it works in this post: IVueIt Review 2022 – Make Money Taking Photos For Businesses


Google Opinion Rewards/Surveys On The Go/1Q Income/Facebook Viewpoints: $35.73

The short survey apps did well for me in April. Here’s what I earned with each app last month:

Surveys On The Go made a nice comeback for me. I haven’t been doing much with it lately, especially since you need $10 to cash out your earnings. Luckily, I had a few decent surveys last month and was able to cash out my earnings.  


Secret Shopping Income: $99.50 (plus free food)

Secret shopping remains consistent. I’m earning a good amount of money from Marketforce, which is the only secret shopping app where I tend to earn income (the other apps only reimburse me for food, but rarely pay me extra to complete the assignment). 

Food is one of the major expenses that most of us have, so if you can do anything to reduce your food expenses, it can make a big difference in your finances. The main thing that stops people from doing this is a lack of knowledge. Fortunately, I’ve written a few posts that should hopefully help you out. Check them out below:


ProductLab Income: $19.05

ProductLab pays me $3 per week for a screenshot of my DoorDash earnings. That might not seem like much, but it only takes me a few seconds to upload the screenshot, so it’s well worth my time. They changed the app so you can only cash out your earnings after reaching $15, which is a bit annoying. It means I’ll likely cash out my earnings every two months going forward.


ReceiptPal/Receipt Hog/Fetch/CoinOut/Amazon Shopper Panel Income: $10.50

Amazon Shopper Panel paid me $10.50 last month for my receipts, which I’m quite happy with. It’s probably the easiest $10 I earn every month. If you can, be sure to sign up for Amazon Shopper Panel. Sign up for all of these other receipt apps too. It’s an easy way to earn some extra money for the receipts you’re probably already collecting. 


Medium Income: $0.51 

I’m not doing anything with Medium these days, but I still earn a few cents each month from the articles I already wrote on there. If I were a new blogger, I’d consider writing exclusively on Medium. It’s definitely an easier place to monetize your writing, especially if you aren’t interested in writing SEO posts. 

Because I’ve been writing on this blog for so long, it’s not worth my time to make the switch to Medium at this point. But again, if I were starting from scratch today and wanted to write interesting posts about whatever I felt like, I’d probably go to Medium. 

I do have some urban design and bike infrastructure posts I’d like to write, so maybe I might do that over there if I have some extra time. It’s finding that time that’s the problem for me right now.


Freelance Writing Income: $350 

I do a little bit of freelance writing, which is always a nice way to generate some extra income from writing. I’m able to get these occasional gigs because of my blog, which serves as a nice portfolio of my work. This isn’t consistent income for me, but it could be if I put more effort into it. At this point, most of my income comes from this blog, so I don’t need to spread myself too thin with my writing.


And that concludes the April 2022 Side Hustle Report!

April was a good side hustle month. I’m always happy when I can hit $2,000 or more of side hustle income. When you combine my blog income and rental income, I end up with a pretty solid annual income.  

For more ideas on how you can use the gig economy to earn extra income, check out my post, The Ultimate List of Gig Economy Apps. It’s a good resource that can give you some more ideas on things you can do to earn extra income. 

Thanks for reading! Feel free to drop any questions and comments below.



The role of a defense lawyer depends on the level of the case, the impact of the term, and how legal norms are not working to affect a person and there are a lot of technical ways that do come to defend, protect, and also arrange for better facilities for the person injured at work.

If it has been in the workplace and as an employee, you have to face challenges then you can start with taking help from an employment defense attorney Encino, California who can help things well, can fight your case, and get you arranged for quality to come to check out for a better position at hand.

However, if the term of nature has been of a next level, as a worker you have to face injuries due to lack of better facility at work and there is a need for compensation, then you have to be supported by experts like Workers compensation attorney California to cover such element, to defend your injury and yet you arrange for all type of recovery to settle better edge.

Before you start to consider the responsibilities  any such lawyer hold for the legal process, there are a few elements to cover and they may include:

  • Cause or motive of defense
  • Evidence that suggests the progress of a case
  • Litigation skills to come in defense
  • Employment role and measures to cover

And these are a few things that would surely come both for employers and worker compensation while defense so they should be considered first before checking for responsibilities of a lawyer.

Smart consultations

The first task is to provide the right advice to a person who wants legal help. It’s not a lawyer’s job to misuse the condition and try to find financial benefits from such concerns, instead, he or she should try to guide the person to file a better case and cover such aspects.

Planning a case

The next thing is to plan a case out, adjust how things would go about, look for evidence, search on the entire process, and find out the worker’s relation if it’s been for compensation so it would make things easy in legal terms.

Figuring the process

The next thing is to go through the process, to find out how the person who has lost his job or got damaged in a worker clash at work is going to be presented at court, to figure out the countering ways, and to make sure it is all adjusted smartly with proper guidance.

Fight out for compensation

The next step is to go for compensation to try to fight well in court with litigation in defense of the person who has got injured at work and make sure that management responds to such damages and tries to arrange for compensation by smart litigation practices in favor of such workers.

Adjust entire claim

Lastly, it is also integral for any such defense lawyer to help with the claim, to try to arrange for recovery for a person who has got injured or looking for better ways for the one who has lost his position at work so it can help his or her family and get things in control after facing such issues at work and having problems.


The nature of elementary aspects depends on how much a lawyer can help to cover things out, but if you are a worker or an employee dismissed or have been facing problems and wish to be defended for a better position at work, then you can take aids from Employment defense attorney California who can look for the concerns, would plan the case and cover such legal elements.

However, if things are more critical, you have got injured while at work,  need compensation or financial cover for recovery, and are not sure how to go about it then you can take aid from the workers compensation defense attorney Los Angeles & Encino to get better adjustments and have complete recovery smartly arranged for you…



We are preparing for 2022, and what could be better than the 2022 color of the year from Sherwin Williams?! The Sherwin Williams paint color of the year 2022 is highly anticipated among any home designer, or home design DIYer. Find your inspiration for a room remodel today.

Evergreen Fog: Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2022

Kick off 2022 on the right foot with a room refresh. And what could be more modern than using the 2022 color of the year: Evergreen Fog.

Now most of the time, the color of the year is something predictable or may be slightly different than previous years. However, this is not the case with Evergreen Fog.

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2022 – Evergreen Fog

Gray and “greige” has been a trend for years, but Sherwin Williams has spiced things up and given us an off-green version of the traditional suburban color palette. With Evergreen Fog, you have a shade that is neutral enough for almost any use case, but stands out with a unique tone and essence so you won’t blend in with all your neighbors.

As all white trim is still the rage, using a beautiful neutral with some color can create a natural look that pairs well with still trendy bronze and gold tones and also allows natural wood tones to really shine.

Bold Color Choices – 2022 Paint Trends

Many of the other shades for the 2022 color palette are showing bold color choices. While 2021 paint color trends focused more on natural tones, such as Urbane Bronze, Canyon Dusk, and Jojoba, 2022 is different. Paint color trends are more focused on bold, inspiring choices. Those looking for a change coming out of the Pandemic are seeking more pizzazz and flare than before.

Best Neutral Paint Colors – 2022

Adding neutral colors to beautiful bold choices is a great way to compliment a room and add your own personal touch.

In 2022, Sherwin Williams has some beautiful neutral choices for trim or all over color. While some of these are classic Sherwin William colors, they are timeless enough to carry your projects through year after year without having to repaint.

  • Agreeable Gray
  • Accessible Beige
  • Urbane Bronze (Color of the Year 2021)
  • Tony Taupe
  • Alabaster
  • Inky Blue
  • Rose Tan
  • Cocoa Whip

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2022 – October Mist 1495

Similar to Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore Paint Color of the Year 2022 is a beautiful green hue.

From the Benjamin Moore site: “Make room for creativity. Evoking the silver-green stem of a flower, October Mist creates a canvas for other colors – and your imagination – to blossom.

These nature inspired colors from the major paint brands are a sign that people are looking to incorporate more of the outdoors inside, and for good reason. Similarly to the Pandemic trends of outdoor living space taking off in the home building market, bringing nature inside is calming and reassuring.

Color of the Year 2022 – Major Brands And Nature Inspirations

Bringing nature and natural design elements inside is a huge trend for 2022. While 2021 invoked inspirations such as sunsets, canyons, and calming elements, 2022 is taking this trend to the next level. However, jewel tones and bold colors are still popular among designers looking for bright choices that not only inspire but create a unique space.

No matter how you choose to start your year, make your home a happy, cozy one. Check out our latest posts for more ideas!



By Emmanuel Manyasa, one of six GEM Report 2021 fellows, who presented their work at the 2021 CIES Conference

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic threw most countries into a spin, disrupting their operations in many sectors and exposing a level of systemic dysfunction never imagined before. As case numbers rose, forcing countries to lock down in a desperate move to contain COVID’s spread, for a moment, there was a thought that the pandemic had come to reset the world to default settings. To some people, the pandemic was an equalizer, pulling the developed societies back to where their less developed counterparts were.

It was not long, however, before the real effects of the pandemic became apparent. COVID-19 was no equalizer. In fact, its impact on the education sector, in particular, was aggravating and entrenching inequalities within and between societies. The pandemic forced schools across the world to shut down and left governments and education stakeholders clutching at straws in an attempt to mitigate the expected learning loss.

Most countries turned to information and communications technology (ICT) platforms to support learning continuity. Kenya, like many other countries, engaged in multiple, uncoordinated responses by a multiplicity of actors that proved barely effective in promoting access to learning continuity interventions. The interventions reached only 22% of the school-going children, mostly those in urban areas and attending private schools. This was sobering for a country that had been implementing an ICTs in education policy since 2006, aimed at integrating ICTs in teaching and learning. Two outstanding features of the policy are the distribution of digital devices to all public primary schools and training of teachers to deepen integration of ICTs into the teaching and learning process, which should have been handy, but weren’t.

The dark COVID-19 cloud, however, came with a silver lining – it exposed wide gaps between what governments promise to do in enacted policies, and what they actually do and achieve in implemented policies. For Kenya, no systematic analysis of the policy implementation process had hitherto been done to highlight gaps between the enacted and implemented policies in any sector. The struggle of the country’s education sector to leverage even low-level ICTs (e.g. radio) to support learning continuity offered a moment for introspection on just how effective the implementation of the ICTs in education policy was.

From the stated goals of the policy, its ultimate aim is to enable the education system to turn learners into ‘digital natives’. But the analysis of the implementation of Kenya’s ICTs in education policy I carried out during my GEM Report Fellowship reveals that the country is attempting to raise digital natives without naturalizing the digital immigrants. Information illiterate teachers cannot prepare their students to be information literate and only 19% of primary school teachers and 25% of secondary school teachers have been trained on ICT integration in teaching and learning.

This is symptomatic of the bigger problems in policy implementation: policy fluidity, under-funding of implementation, and the fact that politics dwarfs policy.

Firstly, the fluidity of the policy has caused policy implementation structures to be unstable and often scattered. Consequently, other problems arise: it is difficult to consolidate and target investments when the critical actors are scattered; secondly, it is also difficult to hold the implementing agencies accountable for the lack of progress when the targets and resources keep shifting; and thirdly, there is a coordination problem arising from the implementing agencies being scattered in different ministries, often with divergent sectoral priorities.

Secondly, most of the activities proposed by the Ministry of Education in the last four years to implement this policy have either received less funds than they asked for, had the funds disbursed too late in the financial year for full absorption, or were simply not funded.

This under-funding is linked to the third problem of politics dwarfing policy. One of the consequences is that governments have tended to invest heavily in the delivery of digital devices to schools way before teachers were trained on their use. The digital devices program was domiciled in the Ministry of ICT while the Ministry of Education owns the policy. Its prioritization over teacher training was akin to putting the horse before the cart. When politics take precedence, what optimizes the political support functions prevails over the lessons learnt from implementation. This in turn impacts the requisite investment and sequencing decisions, tilting them in line with political considerations.

One lesson learnt from this is that when it comes to policy implementation, political influencing may be more impactful than policy influencing.