Recognising our state’s high-achieving volunteers

first_imgRecognising our state’s high-achieving volunteers South Australia will say thank you to the thousands of volunteers who stepped up over the past year to help the state battle bushfires and a global pandemic, as well as running a vast range of community and charitable activities, with nominations now open for the 2021 South Australian Volunteer Awards.Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the awards recognise and celebrate the vital role that volunteers play in the wellbeing of our society.“Throughout one of our most challenging years in living memory, South Australian volunteers have given their time and skills to save lives and property, put food on the table for people in need, and ensure our most vulnerable community members are supported,” said Minister Lensink.“As demand for services grew and some volunteers needed to stay home to protect themselves from COVID-19, we required even more people to rise to the challenge – and that’s exactly what happened.“Nearly 2,500 new South Australian volunteers registered during the peak of the pandemic for relief volunteering positions, and these people were absolutely crucial to our response.“The Marshall Liberal Government thanks each and every volunteer whose contributions over the past year have improved the wellbeing, safety and inclusivity of our communities.”The prestigious Volunteer Awards will be presented to outstanding South Australians and local businesses at the State Government’s annual Volunteers Day Thank You event on 14 June 2021.Nominations fall into the following categories:The Joy Noble Medal – South Australia’s highest distinction for an individualvolunteerThe Premier’s Award for Corporate Social Responsibility – recognition of the strong contribution the business sector makes to our communities through philanthropy, partnerships or releasing employees for volunteer serviceThe Andamooka Community Project Award – awarded to a community, or group of volunteers, which has undertaken a community project resulting in significant community benefitThe Excellence in Volunteer Management Award – recognises the dedication and commitment of volunteer managers who support and facilitate the engagement of volunteers, presented in partnership with Volunteering SA&NT.In addition to the four state awards, volunteers in South Australia can also be recognised with a Premier’s Certificate of Recognition for outstanding volunteer service, providing an opportunity for organisations and community groups to acknowledge their most outstanding volunteers by nominating one or more for a certificate.“We are fortunate to have one of the most dedicated volunteering communities in the nation, with more than 900,000 South Australians giving their time to the community on a regular basis,” said Minister Lensink.“Each year, we take great pride in shining the spotlight on those people who have made a particularly outstanding contribution to South Australia through their volunteering efforts.“Volunteering is often a selfless act that goes without thanks, but we want to make sure they know their work is noticed and appreciated.”Nominations for the Premier’s Certificate of Recognition and South Australian Volunteer Awards close on March 26 and April 6 respectively. Eligibility criteria and applications can be made online at www.dhs.sa.gov.au/services/volunteers/recognition /Public News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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:Andamooka, AusPol, Australia, Australian, bushfires, business, community, corporate, Employees, Government, Human Services, Minister, pandemic, philanthropy, property, SA Government, South Australia, wellbeinglast_img read more

Medium density policy proceeds to next stage of development

first_imgMedium density policy proceeds to next stage of development More than 220 public submissions show strong support for draft Medium Density policyDesign excellence and housing diversity at centre of future residential developmentsReview, assessment and further consultation to inform final policyBuilds on McGowan Government’s planning reforms to cut red tape and support local jobs The State Government will review feedback and test proposals received from more than 220 submissions to guide medium density development.Earlier this year, industry groups, local governments and community members shared their views online and through a series of workshops on the draft medium density policy.Submissions indicated broad support for options to improve design quality in residential developments up to four storeys that will also increase housing diversity and choice. Proposals for increased outdoor living areas in developments of greater density and the retention of tree canopy across our suburbs were also generally supported.Requests were also received for additional consultation on key policy provisions and changes to the proposed implementation and transition timeline.In response, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage will undertake a detailed review and analysis of all submissions received, refine and test policy settings, engage key stakeholders and continue feasibility testing over the next 12 months.We are targeting the finalisation of the code, the first half of next year – and its implementation by the second half of next year.Consideration will also be given to recent changes to the National Construction Code that may need to be applied to the policy.The draft planning policy is the latest in the McGowan Government’s suite of Design WA policies to ensure design excellence is at the heart of all new developments to deliver lasting community benefits across the State.With an ageing population, greater demand for housing affordability and more diversity in housing choice, the McGowan Government has prioritised finalising a new medium density policy as a key pillar of the next phase of planning reform.For more information, visit https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/medium-densityAs stated by Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:“Consultation with community and industry is a pivotal part of policy development to ensure we get the settings right to deliver lasting benefits and outcomes – that’s why we recently asked the community what they want to see from the planning system with our new set of reforms.“I am pleased with the level of support for this fresh approach to medium density development.“This promises excellent outcomes for our built environment and doesn’t repeat the same pattern of triplex or multi-unit density and loss of tree canopies we have seen across our suburbs over the past 20-to-30 years.“We know the housing industry is under significant delivery pressure, so we will lengthen our delivery program and take this time to test proposals put forward from industry and the community to develop a policy that works for all users of the planning system.“Over the coming years, this will guide the right balance of density across existing suburbs and in new METRONET communities, bringing vibrancy, diversity of housing and environmental benefits for future generations of Western Australians.” /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:affordability, Australia, community, environment, future generation, Government, housing affordability, industry, Minister, outcomes, planning, quality, red tape, testing, WA, Western Australialast_img read more

Master Flutist James Galway Offers Free Master Class At CU-Boulder Music School

first_imgNote to Editors: Photographers are welcome to take pictures during the master class in Grusin Music Hall, inside the Imig Music Building. Internationally renowned flutist Sir James Galway will demonstrate his masterful technique and work with flute students during a free public presentation March 15 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Galway and piano accompanist Phillip Moll will work with CU-Boulder flute students during a master class from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Grusin Music Hall, inside the Imig Music Building. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free. Flutists are encouraged to bring their instruments, and members of the audience will be encouraged to play and sing. “Sir James Galway is unquestionably the world’s most important flutist and one of the elite influential classical musicians of our time,” said CU-Boulder professor of flute Alexa Still. “To see this master teaching, live, is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He presents at most two master classes per year, internationally, and often none. We are incredibly grateful and honored that he is taking the time in his hectic performing schedule to do this master class here at CU.” Still explained that Galway will discuss and demonstrate his technique, including the importance of singing, hand position and embouchure work. Toward the end of the class, Galway will work with three CU-Boulder students on specific repertoire. “We will have a close-up video camera filming the finer details of his technique,” Still said. “That video, along with the music being used, will be projected on a large screen for the audience.” The class also will be broadcast on the Internet by the CU-Boulder office of Information and Technology Services. For more information on the Web cast, visit http://www.alexastill.com/ and click on “CU Visiting Artists’ Master Classes.” Immediately following the class, Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway will participate in a Flutewise event, co-organized by the CU-Boulder College of Music flute studio and the Colorado Flute Association, intended especially for younger players. The event has very limited registration. For more information on the Flutewise event, visit http://www.coloradofluteassociation.org/. Galway has sold more than 30 million albums and garnered numerous awards as a performer, conductor and educator. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1939 to a musical family – both his father and grandfather were flutists. At age 10 Galway won all three classes in the Irish Flute Championships and received a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. He later studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London, the Paris Conservatoire and Sadler Wells, as well as private studies with Marcel Moyse. After working with several British orchestras, he was named the principal flutist in 1969 for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He became a solo artist in 1975. Galway has been featured on “The Tonight Show,” “Today,” “Good Morning America,” and “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee,” among others, and on the PBS special “Live From Lincoln Center.” Queen Elizabeth II of England honored Galway with an Order of the British Empire in 1979 and a knighthood in 2001. For more information about Galway’s master class at CU-Boulder, contact Professor Still at (303) 492-7150. Published: Feb. 29, 2004 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Augmented reality app animates local park sculptures

first_img Published: Sept. 18, 2017 Categories:Education & OutreachNews Headlines Augmented reality apps can do a lot more than enable users to catch Pikachu. A new AR app designed at CU Boulder called Geopoint AR brings sculptures to life at Lafayette’s Geometry Point in Romero Park. “We can learn a lot from artists about seeing and visualizations,” said Beth Stade, lecturer and math educator at the CU Center for STEM Learning. “Geometry Point is all about using creative and visual skills, which are actually useful skills in mathematics.” Download the app and find other activities to do at Geometry Point.The smartphone app takes the sculptures of Geometry Point and animates them into unfolding and transforming shapes. The park exhibit, which opened last year, was also a project of Stade’s. Geometry Point is filled with interactive displays, aimed at helping visitors visualize concepts in geometry and calculus. Now, with the app, users experience another layer to the park.“At the park, once you see the unfolding in AR, you can start to imagine the other ways the objects can unfold,” said Stade. “Sometimes kids will discover it for themselves, and once they see it, they love to share the secret.” Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Augmented reality used with newspaperThe app can also be used at home—users just need to print out special trigger images, which become three-dimensional, animated objects on their phone screens. The app even works with these images when they are on a computer screen. In one, a soccer ball appears that a user can “shoot” into a goal using their finger.Stade’s goal is to use art to improve children’s understanding of math and engineering. The moving shapes, such as that of a cube unfolding, make “geometry and calculus come alive.” These visualization skills are important to imaging and data science; applications include tracking storms on Mars and findings cancer in MRI scans.Want more stories like this in your inbox? Sign up for the CU Boulder Today community edition.Next, Stade plans to develop a workshop to help local teachers use Geometry Point in their curriculum.“I am so glad we have the website and AR elements now, so many more people can access the site,” said Slade. “We designed the AR to work directly at the park, but we were delighted to find it works at home or in the classroom too.”last_img read more

Tips for making the most of the Involvement Fair

first_img Published: Jan. 17, 2020 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Looking to join an organization or club? Want to find new ways to get involved?Attend the spring Involvement Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom. There will be a variety of groups to match your interests. These include academic clubs, social clubs, social justice and activism groups, environmental clubs, volunteer opportunities and much more. There will be free food and giveaways, too!Why you should goWhether you’re starting your first year or final year at CU Boulder, there’s something for everyone at the Involvement Fair. Here are some reasons to go if you’re in your…First year: Find your place at CU and make friends by getting involved. See everything that campus has to offer all in one place. Getting involved can help make campus feel “smaller” by finding your niche.Second or third year: After being on campus for a while, you can find more opportunities to get involved with your free time. Start adding to your résumé with things you’ve been involved in. There are many opportunities to gain leadership skills and get ready for internships.Final year: Find ways you can boost your résumé by getting involved. Consider graduate school opportunities or potential experience in your chosen post-school employment field.Explore BuffConnectIf you are not able to attend the Involvement Fair or want to follow up with a student organization after the fair, visit BuffConnect, CU Boulder’s student organization directory. BuffConnect allows you to browse through hundreds of student organizations and connect online with groups you are interested in joining.Get ConnectedGet ready for the fairBring your schedule for the semester.Go with an open mind. You never know what might speak to you when you get there.Write a short list of things you want from a club or volunteer opportunity. For example: work experience, meet new friends, be more active, etc. Check out several options and weigh them against your list.Questions to askAt the fair, ask questions to get an idea if an opportunity is a good fit for you. Here are some examples:What does your organization do?What does it look like being a part of your organization?How can I get involved?What kind of time commitment is there to be involved with your organization?When do you meet?Where are you located?What resources does your department have for students?The spring Involvement Fair is hosted by the Center for Student Involvement. Find more ways to get involved on campus by visiting their websites.center_img Categories:Getting InvolvedCampus Communitylast_img read more

Speculation mounts over future of Pieta House North West

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Speculation mounts over future of Pieta House North West Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Facebookcenter_img Google+ Twitter Previous articleNo Athletics until after August 1stNext articleWage subsidy scheme to be extended beyond mid-June News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic AudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – May 7, 2020 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook There are calls on Pieta House to urgently clarify its position on reports of major cuts to services at its Letterkenny facility. It’s understood that almost all staff at Pieta House North West have been put on notice while therapists have been told not to arrange any more appointments after June.The centre, which provides counselling to those who may be having suicidal thoughts or who have been bereaved by suicide opened its doors in May 2017 and expanded its services shortly afterwards due to a high demand locally.The speculation comes as the charity is urging people to take part in their Darkness into Light ‘sunrise’ appeal this weekend.Cllr Ciaran Brogan says serious questions need to be answered:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/pcvbgfgdfgieta1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Police appeal for information following burglary at Friel Close area, Derry

first_img Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp By News Highland – May 9, 2021 center_img WhatsApp Previous articleUlster Unionist Party leader Steve Aiken announces resignationNext articleDMRT assist in locating missing person News Highland Police appeal for information following burglary at Friel Close area, Derry Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Detectives in Derry are appealing for information following a report of an aggravated burglary at a property on Friday night.The incident happened at around 11.30pm in the Friel Close area of the city.It was reported that a number of masked men, some of whom were armed with hammers, gained entry to a flat.A male occupant was assaulted during the ordeal and has sustained a minor injury to his head while the female occupant has been left extremely shaken.Police say the property was ransacked, with items thrown from the upstairs windows. A number of windows were broken, and various household appliances were also smashed.Enquiries are ongoing.The PSNI are appealing to anyone with information, or who noticed any suspicious activity in the area, to contact detectives at Strand Road on 101. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+last_img read more

News / Centurion pays its $750,000 leasing debt fast after US marshalls seize 747 freighter

first_img Growing market speculation that Miami-based Centurion Air Cargo and sister Sky Lease again faced financial difficulty was confirmed when the carrier had an aircraft seized this month for non-payment.The $10m 747-400F was seized by US marshalls on 10 November after lessor Wells Fargo reported the carrier for racking up arrears of at least $673,760, with the judge placing a bond of $1.3m on the aircraft.Sky Lease, which operated the aircraft, immediately paid the full amount owed to release the plane.The airfreight sector is hitting its busy period. Some freighter operators are expected to turnover 50% of their entire 2016 revenue in a peak season likely to be crucial to Centurions’s survival.Sky Lease entered the arrangement with Wells Fargo in March last year, in a deal guaranteed by Centurion. Sky Lease must pay $20,000 a month for the air frame and $20,000 a month for each engine. It also pays $260 for each hour it operates the aircraft and each engine. By August 22 this year, it had built up a debt of $485,768.After making payments totalling $565,768 by this month, Sky Lease had racked up a further $754,760, which it paid after the aircraft had been seized.The carrier is also facing legal action from a former pilot, a Muslim, who claims he was discriminated against because of his religion and race.The pilot, who worked for the carrier between 2011 and 2014, alleges that he was “constructively dismissed” following “years of abuse” at the carrier. Among his complaints was that he was subjected to frequent and pervasive religious hostility from supervisors.In addition, the pilot claims that he and other Muslim flight crew were refused when they requested non-pork meals and faced proficiency tests and check rides that violated Federal Aviation Agency regulations.In response, Sky Lease asked for the case to be dismissed as the pilot had improperly framed his complaint.Another former employee had a case dismissed after he failed to provide suitable proof that Centurion had violated minimum wage regulations through late payment.Pilots for the carriers have consistently complained of late or non-payment for work completed.Meanwhile, Centurion is set to face more competition in its South American heartland following the delivery of a first aircraft for Peru’s SkyBus, a DC-8-73F.The charter carrier specialises in sectors including heavy lift, oil and gas and recently conducted a service between Roswell and Lima, via Cancun, according to CH Aviation. By Alexander Whiteman 29/11/2016last_img read more

Ruling over car-guarantee controversy

first_imgHe was responding to complaints from continental customers of Mercedes-Benz executive cars, who point out that car buyers in the UK get a three-year guarantee on their new ‘Merc’, whereas buyers in the rest of the European Union only get a two-year guarantee.But Monti said: “The duration of the Mercedes cars warranty depends entirely on the European marketing policy of DaimlerChrysler.“The Commission does not view a longer duration as a restrictive competition practice which could prevent free trade across Europe,” he explained.last_img read more

What a year: NASCAR set to crown 2020 Cup champion after unorthodox season

first_imgThe 85th version did the trick.NASCAR officials had to revise the 2020 Cup Series schedule 85 times due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Sunday’s Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway will mark the 36th and final race of the year, though. The sport overcame a nine-week, eight-race postponement only to finish out the season as originally planned.“I think each champion has their own asterisk next to them,” Brad Keselowski said Thursday during Championship 4 Media Day. “You know, each championship is won in its own unique way. It’s hard to say which ones mean more and which ones mean less.“You can argue the formats play into that. You can argue external circumstances, like COVID-19, play into that. You can certainly argue that rules packages on the cars play into that. It’s really hard, I think, to quantify championships and maybe their difficult level or their earned level with everything that goes on over the course of a year or season.”RELATED: Complete championship weekend scheduleKeselowski is a member of Championship 4. Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott complete the quartet. They’re the only drivers eligible for the title.The 10-race playoff slate remained untouched during NASCAR’s schedule revisions, which was a priority for the sanctioning body, and it did not disappoint. Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who’s retiring from full-time competition at the end of the season, did not qualify for the postseason’s opening Round of 16. Reigning Cup Series titleholder Kyle Busch was eliminated from contention after the Round of 12, yet won his first race of the season in the Round of 8. Nine-time 2020 winner Kevin Harvick missed the Championship 4 by eight points despite entering the final elimination race with a 42-point buffer.“There’s a trophy at the end of the day,” Logano said. “We all had to go to the same amount of races. We all had the same opportunity to score points and wins. The rules didn’t change in the middle of the year.”Rules, no. Schedule, yes.NASCAR implemented midweek races and doubleheaders to make up for lost time. It also scratched practice and qualifying in order to limit at-track exposure to one day.RELATED: “Saving the Season,” how NASCAR operated amid COVID-19 pandemicNo exceptions were made for the championship.“It takes a lot of pieces away from the puzzle, right?” Elliott said. “I don’t know that it’s good or bad. I mean, if you start the race on Sunday and your car’s off, dang, I wish we had some practice; I wish we could have fixed this on Friday or Saturday. If you start the race on Sunday, your car is driving good, then no, you’re probably happy with not having any. I think it comes down to whether or not you hit your balance close to the race.”Said Hamlin: “It’s different, but we’ve adapted all year. It won’t hurt us to adapt for one more week.”One more week. One more race. Then, that’s it.The 2020 season may have been unorthodox, but it was a complete season nonetheless and therefore deserves a champion.“The reality is the championship is just that: It’s a culmination of work and effort that’s led up to an overall title,” Keselowski said. “And in that sense, I don’t want to undermine it.”last_img read more