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'I learned to add butter and remove chili': In France, refugees train to work in restaurants – InfoMigrants

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In the French city of Rennes, a group of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh are training to work in restaurants. Most of them have never even held a kitchen knife before they started this program, but they are full of motivation about the opportunity.
When Michael arrived in Calais six years ago, his goal was clear: to reach England. But the unsanitary living conditions in the “jungle”, the cold and the insecurity, quickly dissuaded him. “It was so difficult every single day, I told myself I couldn’t stay here too long,” he says.
In the north of France, the young Eritrean began to learn French and to envisage a new life in France. Today, Michael is building his life in Rennes, Brittany, with his wife and three children, and a new ambition. After having worked for several years collecting cardboard and paper, he now wants to build a career in the kitchens of restaurants in Rennes.
On this October morning, a light drizzle falls on a soulless industrial zone west of the Breton capital. The greyness contrasts with the liveliness that reigns in the large room of the Envergure training center. Michael and eight of his classmates are busy preparing the day’s meal: cauliflower “à la syrienne” with a yogurt and cucumber sauce and a salad of lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Souheil and Hassan cut the cauliflower into florets, Kizanet and Michael peel the cucumbers while others chop the parsley and slice the tomatoes.
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They are all starting the last week of the Sesame training course for kitchen assistants, a progam which is officially recognized in the industry. Financed by employment agency Pôle Emploi and the French state, in partnership with OFII and professional organizations, it is open to any adult with refugee status. For five and a half months, candidates attend practical cooking classes, where they learn the basics of the restaurant business. French lessons are also given and lead to an A2 level language certification upon graduation.

During the training, candidates also complete a two-week “hands-on” internship in a restaurant kitchen. “During these two weeks, the students are not really judged on their technique, because for some, working in the sector is a total new beginning. We make it clear to the employers that they should pay attention to their interpersonal skills and general behavior,” says Julien Guezingar, program coordinator for Akto, one of the pilot associations of the program, along with Refugee Food.
“Motivation is the main requirement to apply for the training. It doesn’t matter if the candidate has never touched a kitchen knife before. All we ask is that they commit themselves to staying with the course right up until the end and take advantage of the opportunities available to them afterwards,” says Guezingar.
To register, each candidate must take several tests: an A1 level language test, a logic as well as a dexterity tests, and they must also undergo a motivational interview with Véronique Quibel, educational assistant at Envergure.
The ten students of the third session of Sesame all passed this evaluation. The most difficult part came next, when they had to learn the techniques of preparing French gastronomy. “The cooking here is complicated, everything is different,” Raëd admits. Before his arrival in France in 2018, the 22-year-old cooked a little, in Iraq, with his father, “dishes that have nothing to do with what we learn here.” But he has, all the same, made a beautiful discovery: “The foie gras,” he says laughing.
Tashi, a former restaurant owner in Tibet, had to “learn to add butter” and “cook without spices.” Hassan, a former electrician in Syria, had to start entirely from scratch.
In a few days, their progress will be evaluated in their final exam. With a recipe card and a basket of ingredients, the students will have to prepare a dish and a dessert in a given time. All under the eye of a professional chef.
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Upstairs, the fourth Sesame class began its training two weeks ago. Before starting the internship, the trainers make sure that the candidates have a good enough command of French “to understand what we ask of them, and to be as efficient as possible in the kitchen,” explains Stéphane Kemal, who teaches the classes. In a small white room with walls lined with professional vocabulary, twelve students attentively follow the explanations of the former philosophy teacher. Today’s topic: “Preparing fruit”.
Coming from Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, Eritrea and Bangladesh, the future clerks discover words such as “pitting”, “peeling” and “zesting”. Kemal speaks of a clear distinct manner and each word is accompanied by the corresponding gesture. Here, “we don’t do professorial work,” he insists. You have to remember that some people haven’t been to any kind of school for many years. Some have never even been to school. If they aren’t able to participate, we lose them.”
The students’ responses echo the trainer’s questions. “The peeler is used to remove the skin. Is that how you say ‘skin’? I can’t pronounce it,” admits Nada, 29, who fled Syria. “It’s not a big deal, the main thing is that people understand you when you’re at the internship. You’ll make it,” encourages Kemal. “I warn them from the first day. Here, making fun of each other’s accents is forbidden,” he says. “We don’t know how people might react, so when in doubt, we refrain from making jokes like that.”
To help them solve their “peripheral problems”, the students can count on Quibel, who admits to “going a bit beyond” her job description. The “multi-functional” manager, to whom many come to confide their daily worries, never hesitates before answering the phone. “We really want them to dedicate themselves 100% to training, it’s important for the future.”
Once they pass the exam, candidates have an additional two months of support, dedicated to helping them to find a job. “Workshops are organized to help them to write a CV, prepare for a job interview and learn about their rights in the restaurant industry,” says Guezingar. This year, after months of crisis due to the pandemic, there is a huge labor shortage in this sector. As of spring 2021, 240,000 positions were still unfilled, according to figures from the Direction de l’animation de la recherche, des études et des statistiques (DARES).

Three of the nine apprentices in the third Sesame class have already secured jobs. Souheil, who had his own restaurant in Damascus, already knows that at the end of the exam, he will work at Le Loup, an establishment in downtown Rennes. “One day, some customers came back into the kitchen to especially congratulate me on my beef tartar. The chef and I were very happy,” he says proudly. Since Soueil completed his internship there, Le Loup’s menu has grown a bit. This French restaurant’s menu now includes hummus.

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Polygon Reveals Details About Its Future Collaboration With LBank During AMA – Press release Bitcoin News – Bitcoin News

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PRESS RELEASE. Recently, LBank Exchange held an AMA session with the Polygon team, discussing Polygon’s achievements, collaborations, NFT and Gaming markets, Nightfall solution, future plans and so on. Here’s the summary of this AMA.
Ethereum is the blockchain development platform of choice, but it has limitations such as low throughput, poor UX, and no sovereignty. As a protocol and a framework for building and connecting Ethereum-compatible blockchain networks, Polygon breaks through these limitations by aggregating scalable solutions on Ethereum and supporting a multi-chain Ethereum ecosystem.
Polygon Outperforms Ethereum In-terms Of Active Users
As a layer 2 solutions aggregator built on top of Ethereum, Polygon has made some great achievements since its birth, its POS chain has over 2000 DApps live and processes over 7 million transactions daily. In fact, Polygon now has more daily active users than Ethereum.
MATIC, the token for the polygon network, is already live on trading platforms like LBank Exchange, and currently the trading volume of it is over 1 billion across exchanges. Polygon team is aiming to make more people hold MATIC tokens, and it’s hoping to see MATIC’s trading volume on LBank Exchange continue to grow as well.
Expanding the Polygon ecosystem
With the power to bring thousands of new users into blockchain, NFT and Gaming markets are strategic sectors that Polygon continues to focus on. There are already some of the largest gaming projects live on Polygon, such as Decentral Games, Sandbox, Somnium Space, Vulcan Verse, etc. As for NFT projects, there are OpenSea, Lazy.com, Autograph, etc.
The team will be bringing many more such games and NFT projects onto Polygon so that its community can enjoy more artwork and fun. In addition, Polygon allows for massive scalability, and compared to Ethereum, minting costs on Polygon are 100,000 times cheaper on average.
Polygon also has products designed for enterprise customers who need privacy and scalability, such as Nightfall, a one-of-a-kind, privacy-focused Rollup that combines Optimistic Rollups with Zero-Knowledge (ZK) cryptography commonly used in ZK Rollups. It creates a scalable and private hybrid of the two popular technologies.
Polygon Nightfall has the power to bring many large enterprises into blockchain, the team believes that it will lead to a large number of transactions on Polygon and further add new projects and users to the Polygon ecosystem.
Big Plans Ahead
The Polygon team has already got some big plans ahead. On the technical side, Polygon is investing heavily into ZK and ZK Rollup technology, for example, the team has already spent $250 million on acquiring Hermez, which is a decentralized, open-source ZK Rollup optimized for secure, low-cost and usable token transfers on the wings of Ethereum.
Polygon has also acquired another 4 teams to build more ZK Rollup chains, to achieve the goal of building highly scalable EVM enabled ZK Rollup technology. In addition, Polygon has updates coming for its POS chain and details on EIP 1559 implementation.
On the business side, Polygon has many exciting updates as well, with lots of big DApps and integrations planned. Significantly, Arjun, Polygon’s Head of Growth, points out that LBank is enhancing its global branding. He also assures that the love of the community makes the team achieve its goals, so it will continue to collaborate with LBank Exchange to bring more Polygon projects and tokens to the community. Polygon team will keep posting on its official social media accounts such as Twitter to reveal more details about future plans and latest updates.
 
About Polygon
Polygon is a layer 2 aggregating scalable solution on Ethereum that supports a multi-chain Ethereum ecosystem. The platform resolves the blockchain challenges like high gas fees, slow speed without sacrificing security. It is a protocol and framework to build and connect Ethereum-compatible blockchains.
Visit to Know more:
Website: https://polygon.technology/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/0xPolygon
Telegram: https://t.me/polygonofficial
Discord: https://discord.com/invite/polygon
 
About LBank
LBank is an ever-growing crypto trading platform which offers safe trading for the users worldwide. The team aspires to build the professional integration services for crypto-assets being a convenient trading platform. It has become popular with over 6.4 million users around the world.
Visit to Know More:
Website: https://www.lbank.info/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LBank_Exchange
Telegram: https://t.me/LBank_en
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/lbank
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LBank.info/
 
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Up to 12 Million Iranians Own Cryptocurrency, Traders Choose Local Exchanges
Cryptocurrencies are a popular investment among Iranians and estimates suggest that the number of those who already own one coin or another may be as high as 12 million. The majority of Iranian traders prefer the services of local crypto … read more.
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Cryptocurrencies are a popular investment among Iranians and estimates suggest that the number of those who already own one coin or another may be as high as 12 million. The majority of Iranian traders prefer the services of local crypto … read more.
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‘Trillions Of Dollars’—Bitcoin Braced For A Massive Earthquake As The Price Of Ethereum, Binance’s BNB, Solana, Cardano And XRP Soar – Forbes

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Bitcoin and cryptocurrency prices have rocketed over the last month, with the combined crypto market surging towards $3 trillion as ethereum, Binance’s BNB, solana, cardano and XRP make double-digit percentage gains.
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The bitcoin price has climbed from around $45,000 per bitcoin in early October to all-time highs of $67,000 late last month, in part due to the launch of the first U.S. bitcoin futures exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Bitcoin has recently dropped back—despite huge new price targets even as ethereum and its smaller rivals hit fresh highs.
Now, Michael Saylor, a bullish bitcoin buyer, has predicted “trillions of dollars” will flow into bitcoin once the U.S. regulator approves a fully-fledged bitcoin ETF—helping bitcoin to replace gold and become the primary asset index for the Western world.
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The bitcoin price has surged through 2021 but much of the crypto market’s gains have come from … [+] ethereum, Binance’s BNB, cardano, solana, and XRP.
“To do that, you need the spot ETF,” said Saylor, the chief executive of business intelligence software company MicroStrategy, speaking this week at Bloomberg‘s Financial Innovation Summit. “And once these spot ETFs roll, I think you’ll see billions, then tens of billions, then hundreds of billions, then trillions of dollars flow into them.”
Over the last year, Saylor has pivoted Microstrategy to a bitcoin acquisition vehicle, buying more than 110,000 bitcoins. The value of the company’s bitcoin holdings is around $7 billion, making up almost all of MicroStrategy’s $8 billion market capitalization.
Saylor said he expects a U.S.-based spot bitcoin ETF would act as an institutional on-ramp for investors who want bitcoin exposure, adding he’ll continue buying bitcoin via MicroStrategy. Such funds are already live in other countries, including Canada.
The launch of two U.S. bitcoin futures ETFs in October generated huge media attention, with the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF accumulating more than $1 billion in assets in mere days. However, some, including general partner at Castle Island Ventures Nic Carter, have called futures-based ETFs “inferior” as they don’t give direct exposure to the underlying asset. Carter, speaking alongside Saylor, said a spot bitcoin ETF would be “the hottest commodity ETF launch of all time.”
“The right answer is: let investors buy a trillion dollars worth of bitcoin via an ETF because the ETFs plug into the existing security structure, the existing prime brokerages, the existing collateral packages,” said Saylor.
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The bitcoin price has risen more than 300% over the last 12 months, making bitcoin a $1 trillion … [+] asset. However, bitcoin has been left in the dust by ethereum, Binance’s BNB, solana, cardano, and XRP.
Meanwhile, bullish bitcoin and crypto market watchers continue to predict prices will surge into the end of 2021. While bitcoin has lost ground this week, ethereum has added almost 5%, with its too biggest rivals, Binance’s BNB and solana, both surging by around 20%.
“Intraday volatility is completely normal after such a bullish month, but the higher time frame is looking solid for now,” Lukas Enzersdorfer-Konrad, chief product officer at Vienna-based bitcoin and crypto trading platform Bitpanda, said in emailed comments. “The crypto market is more integrated into the world economy every day which only shows how important it is for bigger institutions but on the other hand, is also under pressure from macro events.”
“A melt-up in bitcoin and ethereum into year-end is likelier than retracement, we believe, after 2021 corrections cleansed speculative positions, and with increasing demand and adoption, and declining supply, sustaining a bull market,” Bloomberg Intelligence senior commodity strategist Mike McGlone wrote in his latest market report, pointing to a “tidal wave of U.S. ETFs.”
“The startup of U.S. ETFs and the fact that cryptos counter China bans limit downside risks.”

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XRP Set for Massive Breakout With Altcoins Poised to Steal the Show From Bitcoin, Predicts Top Crypto Analyst – The Daily Hodl

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One closely followed crypto analyst is bullish on XRP and thinks that altcoins are in a prime position to outpace Bitcoin (BTC).
The pseudonymous analyst known as Credible Crypto tells his 257,400 Twitter followers that XRP’s price structure looks very similar to data-sharing protocol OriginTrail, whose native token TRAC just rallied more than 300% following its recent listing on Coinbase Pro.
He expects XRP to follow a similar path to TRAC, taking the cryptocurrency back to its previous all-time high of $3.40.
“The XRP chart below is from my last YouTube video on XRP made in August. The chart next to it is another coin that I came across today that has the same structure but is one step ahead with the 5th wave already in progress. Do you see it now?”
After Ethereum’s new breakout against Bitcoin (ETH/BTC), the trader anticipates ETH’s next leg up to kick off a new alt season.
He also notes that Bitcoin dominance has likely already topped out, further paving the way for an altcoin rally.
“ETH/BTC broke out today, closing above the key resistance zone I was watching. This is a great sign and indicates BTC dominance may have already found its top and alts may be about to steal the show, led by ETH.”
The analyst says that Bitcoin dominance dropping doesn’t necessarily mean that BTC’s price will drop.
No it just means that if BTC is rising alts will probably rise faster. We saw this in 2017 in the latter stages of the bull run as lots of new money started pouring in.
— CrediBULL Crypto (@CredibleCrypto) November 3, 2021

Taking a closer look at the top crypto asset, Credible says that Bitcoin is close to deciding whether it wants to break to the upside or continue ranging.
According to his analysis, a rejection of $63,000-$64,000 could take BTC back to major support around $58.000.
“63-64k tagged BTC. Now to see if we break out to new ATH [all-time high] or reject soon and continue to range.”
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