United Way Joins Forces With AmeriCorps For Economic Opportunity

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by United Way of Thurston CountyIn recent years, United Ways across the U.S. have seen their mission broaden, from simply being collectors and distributors of funds, to serving as focal points for mobilizing communities to create a better life for all. United Ways emphasize not only monetary donations, but also advocacy and volunteerism, particularly around issues of education, living-wage income, and good health.United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) will continue putting this philosophy into practice with its project for AmeriCorps Week, on Friday, March 15th. For this event, UWTC will recruit AmeriCorps members placed at local organizations through the Washington Service Corps to distribute resource materials to service agencies in Thurston County. These materials include information about the FamilyWize prescription discount program, 2-1-1 service directory call centers, and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).“This project comes at a time when many people in our local area, and in communities across the country, are facing a dire economic situation,” said Faith Trimble, Chair of the Income Panel of UWTC’s Board of Directors. “No one should ever be forced to choose between shelter, food, and medicine. Providing these resources – especially together – can help prevent people in our community, our neighbors, from ever having to make such a choice. It is easy to see their importance in light of AmeriCorps and United Way’s shared emphasis on economic opportunity and access to healthcare.”Members of AmeriCorps and its poverty-fighting branch, VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), have undertaken more than one billion hours of public service across the nation in the past twenty years to address issues of education, economic opportunity, disaster relief, health, environmental stewardship, and support for veterans and military families. AmeriCorps is a federal program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which aims to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.last_img read more

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Thai cave survivors train with Galaxy, Ibrahimovic

first_imgYoung footballers of Thai team Wild Boars -who were rescued from the Tham Luang cave in Thailand past July- pose for a picture at Monumental stadium, in Buenos Aires, in the sidelines of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olimpic Games on October 7, 2018. (Photo by Eitan ABRAMOVICH / various sources / AFP)The Thai junior football team who were rescued from a flooded cave after being trapped for more than two weeks trained with the Los Angeles Galaxy and their star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Friday in the latest stop of an international tour.The Wild Boars team, who earlier this month were guests at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, were given a tour of the Galaxy’s StubHub Center stadium before training with members of the MLS team at a nearby pitch.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The team became the centre of global media sensation as the world watched and waited for news of their rescue in June. The rescue effort claimed the life of a rescue diver, former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ignore Mayweather-Nurmagomedov talk, says UFC boss Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Thai youngsters, aged between 11 and 16, were retrieved from the Tham Luang cave complex in July after a dramatic rescue effort.Friday’s visit to the Galaxy was set up by US television star Ellen DeGeneres, who hosted the team on her show on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissFormer Sweden international Ibrahimovic had also appeared as a surprise guest to meet the team on the show.“I thought I was brave, but these kids, this team, is more braver than me… This is probably the best team in the world,” Ibrahimovic said.last_img read more

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Teen mothers urged to be self-empowered

first_imgThe Carnegie School of Home Economics on Monday welcomed a batch of 75 teenaged mothers into a programme that was specifically designed to reintegrate them into society where they can learn a valuable skill.Teenage mothers who will be embarking on classes at the Carnegie School of Home EconomicsThrough partnership with the Education Ministry, this is the fourth programme to target teenagers who were unable to complete their secondary education because of pregnancy.District Education Officer Sherwin Blackman noted during the orientation that every individual was entitled to a chance to be educated. While acknowledging the setbacks facing the girls, he encouraged them to be self-empowered and take every opportunity that is offered.He said to the students, “I hope that as you recognise what lies inside of you, you will come to the realisation that one of the strongest things that you need is self-empowerment, which means you have to be prepared to push yourselves to the extent that you can achieve basically anything that you set yourselves out to achieve.”Meanwhile, Carnegie Principal Myrna Lee said a special programme was customised to meet the needs of each individual. She shared that a less-educated population would present a challenge for future generations. The institution will be offering fabric decoration, cookery, and cake decoration courses.Coordinator at the Ministry, Colleen King-Cameron spoke on behalf of Minister Nicolette Henry, noting that these teenage mothers would qualify themselves for the job market.Some of the girls who will be embarking on the programme expressed enthusiasm to learn something new, and hopefully gain employment in one of the fields.In July, some 80 girls graduated from the institution after completing a course in cosmetology, garment making, craft or catering. This initiative was undertaken through collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).At that time, Education Specialist Audrey Rodrigues reminded of the high rate of teenage pregnancy recorded in Guyana which has been a growing trend for several years. There have been cases where the pregnant girls are below the age of 12.“There are some girls who are as young as 10 and 11 years old who are becoming a trend… The adolescent who is pregnant or an adolescent mother is entitled to having the support necessary of self-development,” Rodrigues had noted.last_img read more

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GTT cops Large Business of the Year award

first_img…at GCCI’s gala dinner and awards ceremonyTelecommunications giant GTT on Wednesday evening copped this year’s large business award when the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) hosted its annual awards presentation and gala dinner at the Marriott Hotel.GTT also copped the corporate social responsibility prize while the small business prize went to Ram’s Logistics.GTT CEO Justin Nedd receives the large business award from British High Commissioner Greg QuinnSeveral other companies and industry stakeholders were honoured for their contributions in the business sector. The award for innovation went to Innovate Systems Company, and Roraima Duke Lodge was honoured for demonstrating leadership. The Public Infrastructure Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Geoffrey Vaughn collected the State entity’s prize for excellence in public service while young entrepreneur, Dr Rosh Khan, the CEO of Social Rank Media and FranklinCovey Guyana, won the award for young business executive. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was given to National Hardware proprietor Eddie Boyer, who was presented with his award by former President Bharrat Jagdeo.Dr Rosh Khan, the CEO of Social Rank Media and FranklinCovey Guyana, who won the award for ‘young business executive’, receiving the honour from Movie Towne owner Dereck ChinMovie Towne owner Dereck Chin, who was the guest speaker at the gala event, noted the prospects for business operations in Guyana, pointing out that his company’s establishment was the single largest Private Sector investment in the country. The overseas-based Guyanese businessman highlighted the mega-mall and movie theatre would bring job opportunities for Guyanese. He presented a short video of the Trinidadian branch of the company, showing the local audience what they can expect from Guyana’s version of the multimillion-dollar complex. The GCCI was established in 1889 and this year’s awards were the 128th edition.last_img read more

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Hard Knocks Fighting HK 36 tonight at the North Peace Arena

first_imgThe partnership came about as a way to replace the mud bogs as the Rotary’s major fundraiser.Ari Taub, owner of Hard Knocks says Hard Knocks plans on bringing a solid show to Fort St. John and a number of fighters have been in the UFC or have UFC potential. “Hard Knocks is going to be a diamond of an event in Fort St. John. There’s going to be lights, there’s going to be sounds, there’s going to be great fights, there’s going to be some knock outs. It’s going to be just like a mini UFC. I think our main event guys Rodney Wallace and Ariel Gandulla are really good fighters. We’ve got another guy out of Calgary named Anton Tokarchuk that I think will probably go to the UFC. Those will probably be the highlights on this card.”- Advertisement -Tickets for Hard Knocks can be purchased at the door tonight for $78.40.last_img read more

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Substandard, falsified medicines continue to flood Guyanese market

first_img– prevention, detection and response crucial to dealing with this issue – GA-FDDSubstandard drugs and other medicines not registered by authorities in Guyana continue to be sold to the populace and the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD), despite progress made in curbing this trend, will be upping the ante to deal with this situation.Director of the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD), Marlon ColePrevention, detection and response are key steps to dealing with substandard and falsified medicines, and a recent study done globally has revealed that one in every 10 drugs released in the market, is a substandard drug.Director of the GA-FDD, Marlon Cole on Tuesday stated that the prevalence of substandard medicines being sold continues to be a thorn in the side for relevant authorities.“Globally, there is a study out and it was mentioned that 10 per cent of medications that are being released are substandard. If you have a market of almost 300 billion persons in both low and middle-income countries, if 10 per cent of the medication is substandard, then about 30 billion annually from low and middle-income countries now have to fork out of their pockets directly because of substandard medication and sometimes this is not extrapolated into the deaths that is caused.”He explained that recently, drug samples were sent to the Medicine Quality Control Surveillance Department, a drug testing laboratory in the Caribbean that was relaunched and accredited by the Jamaica Accreditation Board this year, to ensure safe reliable medicines as part of preserving a healthy Caribbean.“And the results of the analysis from drugs that we would have submitted that we procured in our national health care delivery system which are there in our public health care delivery system, the results are not encouraging…10 out of several other results of analysis there is that phrase – does not meet the standard. So, these are drugs that we would have taken off our local market and submitted to the drug-testing lab in Jamaica and these are the results, not from our lab, this is from the lab in the region.”Cole reminded that the first line of defence against this issue is the proper and careful registration of drugs and that this is one of the main focuses of his Department for this year.The GA-FDD Director opined that falsified and substandard drugs are a burden to the healthcare delivery system and this is why it is imperative that healthcare agencies be more vigilant and detect them.A few months ago, Cole had noted that the best method in handling situations with such type of medications would be to develop systems that can detect when medicinal drugs are either falsified or substandard.He had pointed out that there is a global surveillance monitoring system which allows users to access information in real-time.“We can enter and send information if we discover a substandard item in Guyana…We can load it and the entire globe will know the specific name of the medication, who is the trader and which factory it came from,” said the GA-FDD Director had earlier told the media.This system was launched in 2013 and by 2017, some four years later, had received 2000 reports of substandard drugs worldwide.It should be noted that the reporting was not limited to any specific drug, but predominance was among “lifestyle medications” such as those persons would use for weight loss.Cole added that Guyana has also signed on to the Caribbean Drug Registration Systems (CDRS) that determines which drugs are sold in Canada, the United States of America, Australia and the United Kingdom (UK).last_img read more

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Win a 2016 Chevy Cruze from Murray GM and Moose FM

first_imgYou could win a two year lease on a 2016 Chevy Cruze from Murray GM and Moose FM.All you have to do is play Hands on for an all new Cruze.  There are two ways to play.  The first is to stop by Murray GM and test drive any vehicle.  Or you can click here, and play our online matching game.On September 7, 2016, we will pick 30 qualifiers, with 15 from Murray GM and 15 from the online game.  Those 30 qualifiers will then have the chance to win the 2016 Chevy Cruze.  All they will have to do is keep their hand on the Cruze and the last one standing will win the car.- Advertisement -We have a number of other amazing prizes to giveaway this summer along with the 2016 Chevy Cruze from Murray GM.Our Sponsors Murray-GM-cruze Roland-cruze Lakepoint-cruze C&V-Trailer-cruze Macenna-cruze Edo-Japan-cruze iDesign-cruze KFC-cruze Peace-Glass-cruze Serenity-Spa-cruze Totemmall-cruze Backcountry-cruze Amazing PrizesOn top of the 2016 Chevy Cruze LS, we have prizes from Roland Triebel Jewellers, C&V Trailer Sales and Rentals and Lakepoint Golf and Country Club. You could win a diamond set with over a karat of diamonds. The set includes necklace, earrings, and bracelet all set in 14k white gold. You could win a diamond set with over a karat of diamonds. The set includes necklace, earrings, and bracelet all set in 14k white gold. From Lakepoint you could win a 2017 Family Membership and we've also got a single membership for 2017. From Lakepoint you could win a 2017 Family Membership and we’ve also got a single membership for 2017. You could win a 2016 Cargo Mate Single Axle Enclosed Trailer. You could win a 2016 Cargo Mate Single Axle Enclosed Trailer. Official RulesWho needs rules…of course we need rules.  Click here for the official rules for this contest.Advertisementlast_img read more

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NO NEED TO ‘VET’ CIARA FOR HER FUTURE JOB PROSPECTS!

first_imgA young Donegal woman has been given a massive boost to her career.Ciara receives a gesture in recognition of her award.Ciara Monagle-Wilson, from Newtowncunnigham, recently won the Northern Ireland Animal Nursing Assistant of the Year award for 2014.Popular Ciara has worked at the St Elmo Veterinary Clinic in Derry for the past 6 years. Ciara believes in practicing what she preaches and has two dogs and two horses or her own and is even married to a farmer!She is pictured with Emma Jane, the proprietor of St Elmo Vet Clinic and Susie from Hill’s Pet Foods. NO NEED TO ‘VET’ CIARA FOR HER FUTURE JOB PROSPECTS! was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ciara Monagle-WilsonDerrydonegalNewtowncunninghamSt Elmo’s Vetlast_img read more

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Calls for Govt to step up plans for climate change investment

first_imgFive schools in Donegal are set to partake in an energy-saving pilot scheme rolled out by the Department of Climate Action. However, despite the introduction to 17 schools around the country, Independent TD Thomas Pringle says that more investment is needed so that schools and public buildings can generate renewable energy, not just reduce it.Speaking on Friday, Pringle said: “I’m delighted to see that five schools in Donegal will receive funding under this pilot project in an effort to reduce energy consumption. “But I believe if the minister was serious about addressing climate change more funding should be provided to ensure schools can generate renewable energy to sell on the grid and provide much-needed funding.“Schools are important institutions in our communities and have already fostered future leaders as the younger generation begin to take on campaigns calling for greater climate action.“Students from schools across Ireland and across the globe have been partaking in climate strikes demanding that Governments act now on climate change.”Pringle’s calls were echoed by councillor Sinead Maguire who said Fine Gael needs to speed up its response to climate change if the planet is to be protected for today’s school children. “The government now needs to step up its own activity to stop climate change play Ireland’s role in safeguarding the planet,” Maguire said.“We need to cut our polluting emissions in half by 2030 and to near zero by 2050, which means Irish emissions have to fall 6-7% year-on-year, every year, from now to 2050.“Young people clearly understand the urgency of the need to take action now.  The government needs to match their passion for change.”Calls for Govt to step up plans for climate change investment was last modified: March 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:climate changelast_img read more

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Are We Lost on a Speck of Cosmic Dust?

first_imgA new Copernican revolution seems to be in the works, not another “demotion” of man from the center of the universe, but a promotion back to the ancient idea of plan or purpose for our existence.  The demotions reached their nadir with Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and other books that declared we are nothing special, that we occupy no privileged position in the universe.  Signs that such notions went too far, far beyond what Copernicus himself ever dreamed, began with the Anthropic Principle– admissions by many cosmologists, including materialists, that we owe our existence to numerous lucky accidents of physics, astronomy, chemistry and geology.  Then books like Rare Earth proposed that advanced civilizations like ours might be few and far between, even among billions of possible planets.    The latest revolutionary salvo comes from Illustra Media, producer of the highly successful film Unlocking the Mystery of Life, that showed evidence for intelligent design in the living cell.  Now they have taken the concept of intelligent design to the ends of the cosmos in their latest film, The Privileged Planet, just released this month.  Based on the new book of the same title by Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards, the film explores a revolutionary thesis that would make Copernicus himself nod in agreement: the universe not only appears designed for our existence, but shows an uncanny number of “coincidences” that make scientific discovery possible.  If so, science has uncovered evidence of a purpose to the existence of mankind on this “privileged” planet.    On a related subject, JPL and news organizations like The Toronto Star have been reporting the discovery of Neptune-sized planets around other stars.  These are much smaller than earlier exoplanets found so far, which all rivaled or exceeded Jupiter.  But none of these new planets would be suitable for advanced life; the reports only indicate that progress is being made toward finding earth-sized worlds.  As the film explains, however, there is a lot more to making a planet habitable than just size, to say nothing of making it a suitable platform for discovery.  It takes the right kind of star, the right kind of moon, the right kind of position in the galaxy, and about 20 other improbable things.  Luck, or design?  And if it was the result of a plan or purpose, is there any way we could know?This is a film worth watching on a big-screen home theater with surround sound, and one that after watching, will prompt you to rush out and buy copies for your friends.  The DVD version contains a wealth of interesting and important bonus features, such as answers to 15 questions viewers might have from the main program.  The film’s excellent videography and top-notch editing is surpassed by the content.  Tastefully and non-dogmatically presented, the main thesis is supported with a wealth of uncontroversial facts.  Numerous scientists on various sides of the origins issue appear in the film.  The point is all the more convincing when made by scientists who have no religious bias, and admit to the superiority of the design argument in spite of themselves.  Get this superb film; watch it, think about it, and share it.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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