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‘I feel more connected to my teachers’: Juneau high school fosters community, social and emotional growth for students

‘I feel more connected to my teachers’: Juneau high school fosters community, social and emotional growth for students

first_imgCoronavirus | Juneau | Juneau Schools‘I feel more connected to my teachers’: Juneau high school fosters community, social and emotional growth for studentsDecember 28, 2020 by Pablo Arauz Peña, KTOO Share:Artwork at Yaakoosgé Daakahidi High School (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)It has been a tough year for students because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But one program at Juneau’s Yaakoosgé Daakahidi High School is seeing students flourish with distance learning.Recently, students at Yaakoosgé Daakahidi High School showed off handmade gingerbread houses for an end-of-the-year talent show. But because classes are virtual, they were called into a digital spotlight instead of standing in front of other students.Each student described their technique as they put their own twist on the holiday treat.The virtual talent show was part of an advisory class program at the school. While all high schools in the Juneau School District have advisory classes two times a week, the program at Yaakoosgé Daakahidi has five, with one each day.“These classes are more focused at creating a connection and bond with students between staff at the school and the students, and also allows students to connect with one another on a more, deeper level. And so they’re more focused towards the students’ emotional and social well-being,” said Mary Wright, an advisor at the school.Wright said small student groups allow for that more meaningful connection that aids learning. Topics include mental health, self care and healthy boundaries.Back in the talent show, students expressed themselves through song, jokes and visual art. It was vibrant and kind of noisy.Devin Tatro is a social studies teacher and an advisor at the school. She said advisors see students through their learning journey at Yaakoosgé from start to finish.“What’s special about advisory Is that really the point is to do social emotional skills, and community building with that group of students, and also to empower the students to form relationships with staff and students in the rest of the school,” Tatro said.Each teacher has an advisory group of about 16 kids. Advisors work with students to create a graduation plan, keep track of grades and communicate with parents. Upon graduation, advisors give a speech about each student.That extra attention is having a positive impact on students. And this year, with mandatory distance learning, some students who might have struggled in normal times are flourishing in advisory classes.Connor Carroll is one of those students.“I feel more connected to my teachers at Yaakoos(gé),” Carroll said. “And other schools, I really feel like I didn’t have that connection. And that had a big effect on my grades and the work I did.”Carroll said the virtual classes have helped him break out of his shell.“I have a harder time in public situations, especially with larger crowds,” he said. “And that’s another great thing about Yaakoosgé. It’s not that big of a crowd, so it’s more comfortable.”And while the upcoming school year is expected to be at least partially in-person, Carroll said he looks forward to the next semester.Share this story:last_img read more

Eleven cars burglarized & 3 cars stolen on Marco Island on Sunday

Eleven cars burglarized & 3 cars stolen on Marco Island on Sunday

first_imgMARCO ISLAND, Fla. – Eleven cars were burglarized and three cars were stolen on Marco Island on Sunday. Marco Island police are investigating the incidents that happened on the following streets: Echo Circle, Bluebird Ave, Columbus Way, Wayne Ave, Yellowbird St, Riverhead Ave, Tahiti Road, and Worthington St.Officers said it appears as if all the cars were unlocked with keys still inside when the incidents occurred. A black Taurus 9mm handgun was taken from one of the vehicles that was burglarized. One arrested, two on the run in blundered Charlotte County burglary June 16, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementOne of the cars that was stolen was found Sunday morning in St. Petersburg. The other cars that were stolen are a gray Hyundai Santa Fe with FL tag # 637RVA and a red Chevrolet Camaro with black racing stripes and FL tag # PVDG99.The Marco Island Police Department released images of the thieves and their associated vehicles.Officers said it’s important residents never leave their keys, valuables or firearms in their vehicles. People should park in well-lit areas, use vehicle alarms and always lock their cars. AdvertisementTags: burglarymarco island AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Punta Gorda police search for burglar believed to be targeting vacant homes June 1, 2021center_img Burglar with craving for Takis arrested after burglarizing Fort Myers laundromat June 16, 2021 Ex-employee accused in North Fort Myers business burglary June 12, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

Fr Paddy: Lent – a time to pause

Fr Paddy: Lent – a time to pause

first_img Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Home Columnists Fr Paddy: Lent – a time to pause Columnists Previous articleSadness at passing of cancer campaigner Mary SealeNext articleAuction of 3,000 items from The Shelbourne and Clery’s in Laois Fr PaddyFr Paddy is a curate in the hugely vibrant Portlaoise Parish. From Carlow town, he was educated in Carlow CBS and studied Business and Politics in Trinity College Dublin before training to be a priest in Carlow College.He is the youngest priest in the Kildare & Leighlin diocese and writes for a number of media outlets. He has almost 14,000 followers on Twitter. Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fr Paddy: Lent – a time to pause WhatsApp Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining The late John Lennon The cycle of liturgical seasons continues and now we find ourselves a over half way through Lent this year, days of reflection and remaking, a time to pause. Despite the harshness of The Beast From The East, Spring and new life is in our midst.Through the coming weeks, before Easter we will still have the daily chores, work to do, shopping at the supermarket and all the general concerns of family life. Day in, day out, the effort of being who we are continues unabated.So what does it mean to talk of ‘a time to pause?‘ Naming the season that leads through to the Triduum gives opportunity of treating these days as a time that is special, in whatever way we wish to mark their passing.center_img Council WhatsApp By Fr Paddy – 10th March 2018 We often talk about taking one step at a time or, as the Chinese proverb reminds us ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’. Maybe we should treat Lent in a similar manner. Setting out a grand framework of things to do can only lead to frustration and disappointment when we fail to reach our target. So how about taking the steps of this Lent one day at a time? our experience of life can change so quickly and the strap line ‘Breaking News’ becomes a familiar adjunct to our television screen. Detail of world-wide events cannot help but affect our mood and emotions, whatever our intentions that day.A line of John Lennon is very pertinent “life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans”. He wrote those words into the song Beautiful Boy, released on the Album ‘Double Fantasy’.Although others had used a similar phrase before him, his name and those words from that song are forever associated. Three weeks after the album’s release, Lennon was shot outside the Dakota building in Manhattan.So, one day at a time. Some of our days this Lent will be unavoidably hectic, the rush and scurry leaving us exhausted by late evening. We collapse into bed thankful for a still point in a turning world. A brief few words from Night Prayer might be all we can manage. “Save us Lord While we are awake, protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace”.There will be other days that are less jam-packed, where the treadmill slows down and we have unaccustomed time and space that is not determined by others, where time is our own. Maybe then we can reflect on our Christian pilgrimage, over a drink in the coffee house, over a book or when taking the dog for a walk.DesertThe image of desert is always a part of Lent, the days of Jesus in the barren Judaic land, a time of separation and temptation.It was a model taken up by the Desert Fathers in the first centuries of the Christian era. There are still communities that reflect those times, the ancient monastery of St Catherine in the Sinai desert can trace its roots back to the 3rd Century. From the early 7th century an Accord reached with Mohammed has ensured peaceful co-operation between Christians and Muslims.In the US, the monastery of Christ in the Desert, some 18 miles from Albuquerque in New Mexico, is a Cistercian community that follows in the same tradition.But that is only for a few; the vast majority of us live far from the desert experience, yet we also can find that odd moment of peace and stillness, a slip-away time that is valued, a time when we can be ourselves and breathe the solitude we rarely encounter.How do we make the best of it? Not with grandiose plans and extravagant activities but in small, almost insignificant, ways. The open hand we offer to others, the time we take to listen, the simple words we give in response, all in their own way moments of prayer. A doctor once reported that Mother Theresa visiting children in a hospital, offered a quick prayer and started ordering nappies. His comment? ‘A practical saint’She also offered these few words ‘Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart’. Above all, our Lent should be a time of listening.In our western culture, listening is an acquired skill. We have lost the experience of quiet time, silence, that space between words, the opportunity to consider what we hear before we rush into making a response, is scarce.So how about a ‘Listening Lent’ this year? Unhurried and meditative, moments without rush and hurry, time ‘to be’ in order that we might better understand ‘how to do’. When our light is dimmed, leaving only the sight of blind eyes and deafness of ignorance, it is time to start again.A prayer that helps us to pause God grant me the serenityto accept the things I cannot change;courage to change the things I can;and wisdom to know the difference.Living one day at a time;enjoying one moment at a time;accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;taking, as He did, this sinful worldas it is, not as I would have it;trusting that He will make all things rightif I surrender to His Will;that I may be reasonably happy in this lifeand supremely happy with Himforever in the next.Amen.SEE ALSO – Fr Paddy: Lent – a time to let go Community Twitter Facebook TAGSFr Paddy ByrneJohn LennonLent Rugby Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squadlast_img read more

Well-known Laois man wins big on Winning Streak after Spinning the Wheel!

Well-known Laois man wins big on Winning Streak after Spinning the Wheel!

first_img Pinterest Previous articleNorth East claim first ever Laois Divisional Competition ShieldNext articleSuper second half sees East Central crowned Divisional football champions Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. WhatsApp Well-known Laois man wins big on Winning Streak after Spinning the Wheel! RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSAnthony KnowlesBallyroanMary Claire KnowlesWinning Streak Community Facebook Anthony was the only man on the show – and was joined by female contestants from Carlow, Kerry, Roscommon and Offaly.He later helped the group to a share of €40,000 in the High Low Share game.And there was to be one last great twist as Anthony came through the ‘Wheel Reveal’ to Spin the Wheel! Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Council Twitter Pinterest Community By Steven Miller – 3rd November 2018 Twitter Facebook “This will make a big difference to Mary Claire,” said Anthony just before he gave the wheel that big spin. “It will allow her get the best treatment she deserves.”The ball eventually landed on the €24,000 slot before Anthony was duly mobbed by his supporters.We can scarcely think of a more worthy recipient.Mary Claire Knowles sent her well wishes to her dad Anthong during his appearance on Winning StreakAnthony Knowles inside the new Renault Zoe that he won on Winning StreakSEE ALSO – Dad of ill Laois girl calls on Minister for Health Simon Harris to resign Home News Community Well-known Laois man wins big on Winning Streak after Spinning the Wheel! NewsCommunity Anthony Knowles from Ballyroan is congratulated by friends and family after his appearance on Winning Streak this evening There’s hardly a programme on the television that is as widely watched on weekly basis as Winning Streak and there was a strong Laois interest this evening due to the presence of Ballyroan man Anthony Knowles.And it was a successful appearance as he walked away with a car worth €25,000 and €32,000 in cash – after Spinning the Wheel.Anthony, who recently featured on the three-part The Town documentary telling the story of his young daughter Mary Claire – who suffers from a rare form of Epilepsy known as Dravets Syndrome – was the first to claim a prize, winning an electric Renault Zoe, valued at €25,000.Joined by a strong contingent of supporters of friends and family -including his partner Rose Maher and the couple’s two young sons – Anthony also received a good luck video message from Mary Claire, who was at home in Ballyroan with her nurse from the Jack and Jill Foundation.As well as that he gave a big shout out to his local pub, Scully’s in Ballyroan. New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year WhatsApplast_img read more

Ban on fisheries exports sees domestic supply climb

Ban on fisheries exports sees domestic supply climb

first_imgNewsEconomy Facebook Twitter Ban on fisheries exports sees domestic supply climb North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has put a ban onfisheries exports, while vowing to increase fish supply for the public andsoldiers, Daily NK has learned. “A mandate from the Marshal (Kim Jong Un)was recently handed down, putting a full stop on the export of high-end marinegoods and other fisheries,” a source from Kangwon Province told Daily NK onTuesday. “Fish that have been caught at sea can no longer get through thecustoms office at the border.” Daily NK crosschecked this news with an additional source in the same province. Added the source, “Because of this ban, sales of fish atgeneral markets have seen a sharp increase; all of therefrigerated trucks that go from the ocean to customs are now busy making theirway to large cities and inland areas.” Fisheries have been an important means forNorth Korea to bring in foreign currency for some two decades. Much of the profitsmade on them go towards ‘loyalty funds’ for the leader or the Party, or arealso used to fund ‘special provisions’ that are handed out to people under KimJong Un’s name. The basic operation within North Korea’sfisheries industry centers on ‘fisheries business units’. The Party, military,and Cabinet each run their own units. Directly under the Workers’ Party is the‘fisheries export unit’, which is operated by the Daesung General Bureau (tradecompany), and in terms of the military, each corps runs a ‘no. 18 fisheriesbusiness unit’. There are also ‘regional fisheries units’, which are operatedby the people’s economic arm of the Cabinet. What is most notable about the recentmandate is the idea of supplying more for the military. “The fish that are caught by military units and the export units under the Daesung General Bureau are all supplied tothe rear services of the People’s Armed Forces,” she explained. “Officials that have been dispatched by the Armed Forces to eachfisheries unit allocate which supplies should go to what military base.” All of the dried squid, frozen smalloctopus, king crabs, shrimp, and other shellfish caught in the East Sea, aswell as blue crab and other fisheries from the West Sea used to go to China,but now they’re all being sent to military bases, according to the source, who added that Party cadres there have been saying, “It’s good to smell fish in the air again”and have welcomed this move.Other fisheries units that fall under theCabinet are busy distributing the marine goods at general markets. “The exportprocessing businesses that had earned in foreign currency from China are nowturning to local markets to make money,” she asserted. “Refrigerated trucksthat all used to head to the border customs office are now making their waytowards Pyongyang, Pyongsong, and Sariwon.” In terms of why the Kim regime has enforcedthis fresh directive, divergent opinions are making the rounds. Some speculate that the state coffers mayhave relatively more resources than in the past. The yuan that Pyongyangusually rakes in from China through fisheries exports is by no meansinsignificant. Estimates from the South’s Korea Trade-Investment PromotionAgency [KOTRA]’s ‘North Korea Trade Status 2014’ indicates it sees over 1 billion USD brought in from China just from fisheries. Especially supplies from military corpsfisheries units and export units under Daesung are all related to providing forParty funds. Although most of the money made by corpsfisheries units, which all run under the same name of ‘no.18 fisheries units’,goes towards funds for self-sufficient operation, part of the profits are setaside for ‘loyalty funds’ that are offered up on the birthdays of formerleaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Meanwhile, Daesung General Bureau isdirectly operated by the Party and acts as a channel for foreign currencyearning. It runs one fisheries export unit each near the West and East Sea, andall gains are circulated back to Office No. 39 at the Party. Given this, it would be hard for Kim JongUn to carry out a measure as drastic as this ban unless he had confidence abouthis personal and Party funds, the source surmised. On the other hand, others speculate theleadership could be carrying out a policy of supply for its people in order towin back support. However, this simple approach of “feeding people a lot offish” is only one that would have worked back in the ‘90s, according to thesource. “The Marshal has for many years now beentouring military bases and emphasizing the issue of food supply for soldiers,but nothing has changed much,” the source said. “He also gave dozens of fishingboats to fisheries business units as a gift, but all of the marine goods wouldjust be shipped off for exports.” The response to this fisheries windfall isalso starkly different between potential recipients of the fish and those inthe fisheries industry, she said, noting, “Some military cadre are welcoming the movesaying regular soldiers and their families will be able to get their hands onluxury fish that were even hard to spot in the past, but cadre at fisheriesunits are not pleased at all.” “The fish supplied to the military basesare already making their way to general markets. Fish areexpensive at general markets, so some military cadres are using the supply toresell them.” With the added volume rerouted frommilitary bases to the marketplace, general markets that already have morefrozen fish that were once designated for exports are seeing fish pricesnosedive.“Even the high-end marine goods that were soexpensive that only Party cadres could afford them have become accessible to mostpeople,” she concluded. US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again By Choi Song Min – 2015.10.28 11:36am News News center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) AvatarChoi Song Min SHARE News Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more

Manulife posts mixed results in Q2

Manulife posts mixed results in Q2

first_imgTessie Sanci Related news Keywords EarningsCompanies Manulife Financial Corp. Toronto-based Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX: MFC) reported mixed results for its second-quarter (Q2) earnings on Thursday, with a decrease in net income attributed to shareholders as a result of lower interest rates, but a jump in delivered core earnings thanks to recent acquisitions and higher asset levels from the firm’s wealth-management businesses. Net income in Q2 was $600 million, down from $943 million in Q2 2014. On the other hand, the firm delivered core earnings of $902 million, up from $701 million in Q2 2014. Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital “We continued to deliver robust growth in wealth-management and life insurance, our core earnings grew by 29% to $902 million,” says Donald Guloien, Manulife’s president and CEO, in a statement. “Core earnings were higher than our expectations, but net income, as a result of changes in interest rates, was lower than expected.” The jump in core earnings is attributed to recent acquisitions, such as that of the Canadian operations of Montreal-based Standard Life PLC; higher asset levels in the wealth- and asset-management businesses; strong insurance sales in Asia; and the strengthening of the U.S. dollar, according to the firm’s announcement. Manulife reported insurance sales of $771 million, an increase of 27% from Q2 2014, with Canadian and Asian sales driving the jump; net wealth flows of $14.5 billion in its wealth- and asset-management businesses; and assets under management (AUM) and administration of $883 billion as of June 30. The Canadian division saw an increase in wealth- and asset-management gross flows to $3.9 billion in Q2 from $2.4 billion a year ago. This was assisted by $0.9 billion from Standard Life products. AUM for mutual funds and other investment funds came to $43.3 billion, a record for the firm, according to its announcement. Sales of segregated funds were $765 million in Q2 compared with $353 million in Q2 2014 while fixed product sales were $158 million compared with $109 million in the same period last year as Standard Life products provided a substantial boost to both. Insurance sales jumped by 28% to $166 million year-over-year. This was driven by large case group benefits sales and strong retail insurance sales. center_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Laurentian Bank reports $53.1M profit in Q2, beats expectations Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

TMX Group sells TMX Atrium to ICE

TMX Group sells TMX Atrium to ICE

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Toronto-based TMX Group Ltd. announced on Wednesday that it has sold its wireless and extranet infrastructure services business to New York City-based Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) Inc. The decision to sell this business, known as TMX Atrium, is a part of the TMX Group’s ongoing strategic initiative to streamline its organizational structure, according to the announcement. Companies TMX Group Ltd. Tessie Sanci center_img “The sale of the TMX Atrium business is the result of a shift in our strategic focus from infrastructure services to providing intellectual property-based analytics solutions that drive client investment decisions,” says Eric Sinclair, president of TMX Market Insights and group head of information services, in a statement. “Atrium clients stand to benefit from the expanded global reach of the combined Atrium and [ICE’s] Secure Financial Transactions Infrastructure network,” he adds. The terms of the agreement were not announced. The transaction is expected to close within 90 days and it subject to receipt of regulatory approvals. Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Feds expand eligibility for CEBA loans

Feds expand eligibility for CEBA loans

first_img Covid vaccine-sharing discussions to dominate G7 summit talks Keywords Economy,  Coronavirus Digital shift cushioned blow to post-pandemic growth outlook, BoC deputy says Greg Dalgetty Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Owner-operated businesses will soon be able to apply for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), the federal government announced on Tuesday.CEBA offers interest-free, partially forgivable loans of up to $40,000 for qualifying businesses. Previously, the program was available only to businesses with payrolls between $20,000 and $1.5 million. Economy grew at 5.6% annual rate in first quarter of year, Statistics Canada says Share this article and your comments with peers on social media the canadian parliament and library during the fall michelloiselle/123RF CEBA will now be available to sole proprietors, businesses that rely on contractors and family-owned corporations that pay employees through dividends, according to a government release.Eligible businesses must have a business operating account at a financial institution and a Canada Revenue Agency business number, and must have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return. They also must have eligible non-deferrable expenses ranging from $40,000 to $1.5 million.The launch date for applications under the new eligibility criteria “will follow in the days to come,” the government said.The announcement was welcomed by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).“With many provinces now looking towards reopening their economies, small businesses will need ongoing support to get through the months ahead,” the CFIB said in a statement.But the CFIB called on the government to increase the total amount of CEBA loans, as well as the forgivable portion. Currently, 25% of a CEBA loan is forgivable if the loan is repaid on or before Dec. 31, 2022.The government hinted that additional help for business owners may be on the way, saying it was working on “potential solutions” to help business owners who operate through a personal bank account or have yet to file a tax return.Correction notice: An earlier version of this story said that eligible businesses must have filed taxes in 2018 or 2019. To be eligible for CEBA, a business must have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return.last_img read more

Hundreds Support Clarendon Seafood Festival

Hundreds Support Clarendon Seafood Festival

first_imgRelatedHundreds Support Clarendon Seafood Festival Hundreds Support Clarendon Seafood Festival CultureJuly 27, 2009 Advertisements RelatedHundreds Support Clarendon Seafood Festivalcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Hundreds of residents turned up yesterday (July 26), to support the second staging of the Clarendon Crab and Seafood Festival, held at Vere Technical High School, in Hayes.The event was organised by the Lionel Town Zone Committee, in collaboration with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC). It is part of the Independence celebrations being observed under the theme: ‘I Believe in Jamaica’.Cultural Organiser for Clarendon, Matthew Lawrence, told JIS News that it was ideal to have the festival in that location, because of the thriving fishing industry at the Rocky Point Fishing Village, one of the major areas noted for freshly cooked seafood in Jamaica.At the function, a variety of cooked seafood dishes was enjoyed by the patrons, including curried shrimps and lobsters, roast crab, conch and crab soup, grilled and garlic crabs. Additionally, there were fish eating and soup drinking competitions.Mr. Lawrence said the event was held again this year because of the overwhelming support by patrons last year. “We did it last year and we got a good turn out and patrons loved it, so we tried it again,” he explained.The Cultural Organiser said there are plans to make the festival an annual event. “We see the Seafood Crab Festival continuing in the years to come, as our core sponsors have increased their contributions. So next year it is going to be even bigger and better,” he added.Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the GSB Co-operative Credit Union, Garfield Sang, told JIS News that one of the main reasons for sponsoring the event was to enhance the lives of the constituents.“We cannot be in Clarendon and not contribute to the development of Clarendon itself and we consider this festival an integral development of the culture associated with Clarendon,” Mr. Sang said.Some of the preliminary festival activities held in the parish included the Miss Clarendon Festival Queen Coronation; Evening of Excellence, showcasing the best of the Performing Arts; and the JCDC Performing and Visual Arts competitions.Other major festival events scheduled to take place include the Emancipation/Independence Church Service; the Emancipation/Independence Forum; the Independence Day Flag-raising Ceremony; and the Independence Gala and Street Dance. RelatedHundreds Support Clarendon Seafood Festivallast_img read more

New hub to expand food relief efforts

New hub to expand food relief efforts

first_imgNew hub to expand food relief efforts A large-scale emergency food hub has opened at the Geelong Food Relief Centre.Backed by $1m capital funding from the Greater Geelong Council, the expanded not-for-profit centre is now able to reach and support more people who are suffering food insecurity.The new hub in North Geelong is significantly larger than the organisation’s previous facility, enabling it to broaden its distribution area and tackle rising demand.Mayor Stephanie Asher said it was wonderful to see the centre operating after three years of planning and works.“Council is proud to have worked closely with the community to create a sustainable model that will co-ordinate food relief resources across the region,” Mayor Asher said.“This model is not only a first for Geelong, but it provides a blueprint for other cities who are keen to assist grassroots groups to help their own residents struggling with food insecurity.”Council has also allocated $700,000 over five years to help with the centre’s operating costs and to strengthen its ability to attract volunteers and other philanthropic assistance.Councillor Sarah Mansfield, Chair of the Community Health and Aged Care portfolio said there are too many community members struggling to put food on the table.“Food insecurity is a significant problem in Greater Geelong, so this industry-first regional food hub is a massive achievement in tackling this issue head-on,” Cr Mansfield said.“The hub brings together so many organisations and allows them to best cater to the growing demand for food relief in our community.”It is estimated that around 53,000 Geelong residents need food assistance in a 12-month period, equivalent to approximately 2.48 million meals per year.With expected population growth and the impacts of COVID-19, it is anticipated that the system will need to provide more than 3.25 million meals by 2031.The new development includes commercial kitchen facilities, cool store and freezer facilities, office and meeting rooms, and a dry store ‘mini mart’ area.The Victorian Government has provided $368,750 for the centre to expand its services and a further $300,000 to help fit out the food distribution hub.Geelong is one of five centres across the state that the Government has supported to run a regional food hub. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:aged care, community, community health, council, covid-19, Emergency, food, Geelong, Geelong City Council, Geelong Council, Government, health, local council, Mansfield, resources, sustainable, Victoria, volunteerslast_img read more