Panel: Help Is There for Students Struggling in Life

first_imgAbout 70 people gathered at Ocean City High School on Tuesday for a panel discussion on student mental health.About 70 people gathered in the library at Ocean City High School on Tuesday to hear a panel presentation on all the resources available to help students struggling with mental health, drug and other issues.The event was organized in the aftermath of the second suicide of an Ocean City High School student within a year, and it highlighted programs already in place and  the continuing effort to expand them.Five professionals explained how students, friends, teachers and parents can recognize kids at risk and to get them help.After the presentation, the professionals were available for one-on-one questions with parents while refreshments were served.The panel was the first in what will be a series of similar presentations, School Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said.At the same time, the school is forming an ad hoc committee of volunteers from throughout different parts of the community to address the issue. Taylor said 55 people have already expressed interest, and she welcomed others to volunteer.Noel Hiers of the Traumatic Loss Coalition said she interacts with youth at risk on a daily basis.” ‘Are you thinking about killing yourself?’ just rolls off my tongue,” Hiers said.“But that can be a terrifying question for parents to ask.”She said if it is, parents should seek help.That was the theme of the presentations — that there’s a lot of support inside and outside the school system.Lauren Sacs, the new student assistance coordinator in the district, and Tifaya-Nazja Noble, the new school social worker for mental health, outlined what the district does in terms of prevention and education, identifying students at risk and accepting confidential referrals, and providing assistance.Sacs (609-814-8706 or [email protected]) and Noble (609-814-8753, ext. 8756) are available to answer any questions about any resources or processes related to student mental health.They also referenced Perform Care as a source of assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 1-877-652-7624, read more

News story: New multi-million pound deal to boost skills across West Midlands

first_imgMayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said: As part of this investment we will be introducing new progression coaches so young people can get extra support to guide them when making choices about their future – whether that’s choosing to go straight into work, an apprenticeship, further training or education. Enabling them to make the most of the opportunities on offer. The West Midlands is the engine of our thriving economy, but we want to make sure even more local people have the skills they need to get on in life, while also boosting the region’s productivity and technical expertise. This new skills deal will provide the right investment so that both young people and adults have the chance to learn, upskill, retrain and take advantage of the range of exciting jobs in areas such as construction, cyber security and digital technology. By supporting apprenticeships in small and medium sized businesses, more people will be able to earn and learn and the focus on digital and technical skills, which are both in high demand, will help people to get the skills they need to get the jobs of tomorrow. Creating hundreds of new apprenticeships at small and medium sized businesses in priority areas, including in construction, automotive and digital sectors – helping increasing job opportunities for all. A multi-million investment in local colleges – ensuring they have access to the latest equipment and facilities to teach the skills the region and the country need, including digital, and construction. Up to £5million to work with employers to develop a National Retraining Scheme (NRS) pilot to drive adult learning and retraining. £1million to boost Edtech and the way it supports adult learners in the West Midlands. £1million to improve careers advice for young people, including a new careers hub in the West Midlands. Piloting an innovative online portal for businesses to share work experience opportunities with schools. Businesses, young people and adults across the West Midlands are set to benefit from a new skills deal, which could unlock up to £69million, the Education Secretary has announced today (18 July).The skills deal agreed with the West Midlands Combined Authority will boost digital and technical skills, job opportunities and productivity across the region – supporting more young people and adults into work as well as upskilling and retraining local people of all ages.The Government will co-fund the new skills deal, alongside employer funding and the West Midlands Combined Authority will invest £20million into this area as set out in their Skills Plan.The new deal includes: Some of this country’s most acute skills challenges are found within the West Midlands, which the skills deal will aim to address through the new funding and support for the West Midlands economy, driving local growth. This deal builds on the work already underway through the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy, which aims to boost productivity and earning power across the country. This includes investing in maths, digital and technical education to help generate well-paid, highly skilled jobs across the country.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: To help boost the region’s digital and cyber skills Government will launch a new Local Digital Skills Partnership in the West Midlands bringing together regional businesses, local authorities and educational institutes to tackle the digital skills gap and support the growth of the local economy.Digital Minister Margot James said: Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Esther McVey said: Every time I speak to businesses in West Midlands, the number one issue that keeps getting fed back to me as the barrier for growth is skills. We know best the challenges facing West Midlands businesses and, among the colleges and educational institutions, we know how to tackle them. This deal means more apprenticeships and more money for adult education, career advice and technical education which is brilliant news for both businesses and young people. But perhaps more importantly, this new way of working with Government means we have new powers and resource to help deliver the right outcomes for the West Midlands and for Government. There should be no digital divide. Every individual and business should have the skills and confidence to make the most of the huge opportunities modern technology brings. These new schemes will give people from all ages and backgrounds in the West Midlands the chance to improve their digital and cyber skills and play a vital part in helping us build a Britain that is fit for the future.last_img read more

Insights into the bakery market

first_imgDo you want to know more about the retail bakery market in the UK? British Baker is broadcasting a live web event next month that can help.Insights into the Bakery Market Report is a FREE live web broadcast that takes place at 2pm, 31 March, featuring top line analysis into the forthcoming paid-for Bakery Market Report.To register for this exclusive look at bakery trends in 2013, that incorporates our BB75 tracker of bakery retail businesses, just click here.The event will feature talks and discussions with:David Smart, managing director, Greenhalghs & George Fuller, Fuller’sHow craft bakery chains are surviving and prosperingMike Holling, executive director, Craft Baking AssociationHow the Craft Bakers’ Association can benefit youChris Brockman, MintelWider bakery trendsMartyn Leek, editor, British Baker & Patrick McGuigan, Bakery Market Report’s authorAnalysis of the Bakery Market ReportThe web broadcast is sponsored by Dawn, Rank Hovis, Eurowire, Tetley and Unox.If you miss the event as it is aired live there is also the chance to view it on demand, but you need toregister first. Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker, said: “The Bakery Market Report is a substantial piece of research by the magazine, which adds to, but also contains, our BB75 tracker.“To offer some insight into the report to our readers and the users of have decided to open it up to as many people as possible via the web. I’d be delighted if you would join us by contributing questions and giving us your feedback.”To table a question to our panel of experts please email [email protected] To purchase a copy of the Bakery Market Report see here. Please note it will not be published at a later date in the magazine as it has been previously.last_img read more

The Meters & Lettuce Members Bring The Foundation Of Funk To Brooklyn [Videos/Gallery]

first_imgThanks to sgibson818 for the videos, Jay Sansone for the images, and Eric Krasno for the setlist seen below.Setlist: Foundation Of Funk at The Hall At MP, Brooklyn, NY – 5/20/16Set: Pungee!!, Funky Miracle, Hand Clap Song, The World, Ease Back, Cissy Strut, Look-ka Py Py, Just Kissed My Baby, Bass Solo > Funkify Your Life, Come Together*, Leave Me Alone*, Keep On Marching, All I Do Everyday, Ain’t No UseEncore: The Dragon* = w/ Alecia ChakourA full gallery from Jay Sansone/Human Being Media can be seen below: One of the highlights of the show was a sit-in on vocals from Alecia Chakour, a frequent Lettuce collaborator and the newest member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Chakour roused the crowd with a potent version of The Beatles’ “Come Together,” and stayed on to support on “Leave Me Alone.” Funk music was on full blast at The Hall At MP, as the acclaimed Foundation Of Funk group made their stand at the Brooklyn, NY venue last night. The band’s rhythm section was funk at its most classic, with drummer Zigaboo Modeliste and bassist George Porter Jr. from The Meters keeping things together. Add in the one-two punch of guitarist Eric Krasno and keyboardist Neal Evans from Lettuce/Soulive, and you’ve got yourself a tight-knit funk machine.After an opening set from Pimps of Joytime built some anticipation, the group kicked back and dove headfirst into their funky tunes. Relying predominantly on The Meters’ catalog, the group had people grooving on tunes like “Cissy Strut,” singing along with the “Hand Clap Song,” and all out rockin’ with tunes like “Ain’t No Use” and “Keep On Marching.”center_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Pink Talking Fish Announce Allman Brothers-Themed Phish After-Show

first_imgOn Saturday, December 30th, Pink Talking Fish will perform the music of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads, Phish, and The Allman Brothers Band at Irving Plaza for a Phish after-party in NYC. The “Pink Talking Fish: Tied To The Whipping Post” set will start after the Phish show ends on Saturday night, giving plenty of time for concert-goers to make it from Madison Square Garden in time.“Pink Talking Fish was asked to do something special for the Peach Music Festival this year and we decided to add the music of The Allman Brothers into the mix,” explains PTF bassist Eric Gould. “We performed a full rendition of the classic album Eat A Peach while intertwining Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish songs throughout the album cuts. The Allman Brothers music was a beautiful fit into the mix of PTF. We had so much fun and couldn’t wait to make it happen again!” He goes on to say, “Performing a Phish Afterparty in NYC is the perfect place to reprise this concept. Instead of performing the Eat A Peach album, PTF will free up the concept so we can add in some of our other favorite songs from The Allman Brothers’ catalog. This is going to be one helluva show!”Pink Talking Fish is a Hybrid Tribute Fusion Act that takes the music from three of the world’s most beloved bands and creates a special treat for fans of the music. Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads, Phish, and of course, The Allman Brothers Band are all more than just bands… they are Phenomenons. Their creations have artistically inspired people and their mind-blowing live performances have brought people together to form a special sense of community around the love for their favorite band(s).Although the music from each act is different, Pink Talking Fish has discovered that fusing the material together creates an amazing story. The epic emotion of Pink Floyd, the funky, danceable layerings of The Talking Heads, the multitude of styles, unique compositional structures and pure fun of Phish… To merge these three into one gives music lovers a special experience beyond comprehension! With the music of the Allman Brothers Band thrown into the mix, this 12/30 show is expected to bring PTF to a whole new level. Tickets are currently on-sale here.last_img read more

NDSP investigates purse theft

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is investigating a purse snatching that occurred Thursday night in the D6 parking lot. NDSP emailed students Friday to alert them of the incident. The suspect approached the victim from behind and grabbed her purse, ran to a waiting vehicle and fled the area. The incident occurred around 10:15 p.m., according to the email. NDSP asked anyone with information about the incident to call NDSP at 574-631-5555. To report a crime in progress, suspicious activity, fire or medical emergency, call that number from a cellular phone or dial 9-1-1 from any campus phone. NDSP encouraged students to call SafeWalk when walking on campus after dark. A SafeWalk employee will meet the student and walk with him or her from any point on campus. The service is free and confidential. Information on crime prevention is available at read more

Andrew Rannells Will Step In for Jonathan Groff in Hamilton

first_img View Comments Jonathan Groff Hamilton from $149.00 Related Shows Star Files What comes next? Well, in Andrew Rannells’ case it will be reigning over Broadway as King George in Hamilton! The Tony nominee is set to step in from October 27 through November 29 for current star Jonathan Groff, who is departing the production to work on the final installment of Looking. Groff will return to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on December 1.Rannells received a Tony nod for his performance as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. He’s also appeared on the Great White Way in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Jersey Boys and Hairspray. His screen credits include The Intern, Girls, The New Normal and Bachelorette. Rannells will be the third actor to play His Majesty; Groff replaced Brian d’Arcy James during the off-Broadway run earlier this year so James could headline Something Rotten!.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.Starring Miranda in the title role, the cast also currently includes Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate.last_img read more

Gubernatorial Appointments

first_imgGubernatorial Appointments> Made in September and October> Montpelier, Vt.- Governor Jim Douglas today released the list of> appointments made in September and October, 2005.> Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council> David O’Brien, Bennington> Patrick Martin, Rutland> Vermont Board of Architects> Janet Stackpole, Burlington> Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities> Harriet Hall, Newport> Vermont Enhanced 911 Board> Heather Dale Porter, North Hyde Park> Vermont Center for Geographic Information> Kevin Behm, South Burlington> Laurence Becker, Middlesex> Michael Gilbar, East Barre> Dana Dean, Randolph> Vermont Housing Finance Agency> Bartlett Frisbie, Colchester> Natural Resources Board> Elizabeth Wilkel, Walden> New Motor Vehicle Arbitration Board> Mitchell Jay, Barre> Board of Radiologic Technology> Donna Holbrook, Stowe> Sustainable Jobs Fund Board of Directors> Kevin Harper, Bristol> Transportation Board> Robin Stern, Brattleboro> #9 District Environmental Commission> Peter Norris, Monkton> Aging & Disabilities Advisory Board> Ingrid Anderson, Springfield> John Campbell, North Chittenden> Janet Cramer, Marlboro> Jennifer Fitzgerald, Wilmington> Susan Gordon, Montpelier> Rebecca Gill, Jeffersonville> Rita Laferriere, East Haven> Sandra Jane Lawliss, Waitsfield> Deborah Lisi-Baker, Waterbury> Dorothy Malone Rising, Johnson> Hollace Reed, South Burlington> Nancy Lang, Burlington> Committee on Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders> J. Paul Giuliani, Montpelier> State Apprenticeship Council> Lance Moran, Essex Junction> Jeffrey Wright, Rutland> Children & Family Council for Prevention Programs> Lynn Marie Bundy, Montpelier> Suzanne Masland, Thetford> Robert Sheil, Montpelier> William LaWare, Williston> Vermont State Craft Center Overview Committee> Bruce Hyde, Granville> David Furney, Lincoln> Greg Worden, West Brattleboro> Thomas Murray, Middlesex> Electricians Licensing Board> Edward Walbridge, Montpelier> Governor’s Commission on Healthy Aging> Marion Milne, Washington> Edwin Stretch, Peacham> Krista Chadwick, Northfield> Advisory Council on Historic Preservation> Ronald Kilburn, Swanton> Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission> Trey Pecor, Charlotte> Governor’s Commission on Marketability of Title> William Dakin, Chester> Leslee MacKenzie, Burlington> A. Jay Kenlan, Wallingford> Harland Miller, Williston> Sheldon Prentice, Montpelier> Board of Medical Practice> Alexander Northern, South Royalton> Public Oversight Commission> Hillary Roper, Stowe> State Rehabilitation Council> Rita Phelps, Brandon> Board of Directors Vermont Student Assistance Corporation> Virginia Cole-Levesque, Middlebury>last_img read more

After the A.T: Adjusting to Life After an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

first_imgIt had been almost two months since I left the Appalachian Trail, and I was working as a barista, when a friend from high school sent a text: “I’m in town! Want to catch up?” I agreed to stop by her place after work.My destination was a small, cozy apartment on the outskirts of town. Though it was drizzling, I contemplated walking…until I remembered that although three miles wasn’t far in the scheme of a day on the A.T., my friends would not be expecting to wait an hour for my arrival. I opted for the 12-minute drive. I was welcomed by hugs from my friend and a “don’t I know you from some place?”Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 4.57.33 PMPhoto by Compass Point Media I tried to imagine how two-and-a-half months on the Appalachian Trail could compare to two and a half years in a combat zone. Though an A.T. hike was tough, it was nothing like a soldier’s dangerous, deadly daily experiences. I couldn’t fathom how Trey could be impressed at what I’d done. He boasted to another friend at the bar about my hiking accomplishment. Her response was: “I don’t know if I could do that.” This woman was only 22. She was about to be promoted to officer and was up for another tour.“I went over there with the maturity of a 14-year old boy,” Trey said. “Came back totally changed.”“I scratched the surface of that on the Trail,” I said.He told me a few funny, scary stories about how he’d narrowly escaped disaster because of this or that little thing. I showed him pictures of the memorial to Audie Murphey, a WWII pilot who survived only to crash his private plane in the Southwest Virginia Blue Ridge. Hikers had piled stones all over it and someone had even arranged a little peace sign on a large, flat rock in front. “Yeah,” Trey said. ”It happens.”“Even though I didn’t go crazy or anything… being over there still affected me,” Trey said.“Yeah?”“One night, someone told me there had been an attack on the other side of the base. Someone I knew had been badly hurt. ‘At least he’s not dead,’ I shrugged, and went back to my room. Later, I stopped to think about it and couldn’t believe I’d just… gotten used to that sort of thing. That’s when I realized I needed to get out before it was too late. Now I need to do something like you did, something like hike the A.T.”“Do it now,” I encouraged. “It isn’t hard to get out there for a weekend, for a start.”Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 4.59.57 PMPhoto by John Hayes Trey had graduated a year before us. We’d been mutually acquainted, but never familiar. He was training to be a pilot. The way he talked about flying made me finally understand what other people saw in my face when I mentioned the Appalachian Trail…the glow of remembered amazement. We shared photos and bonded over the rays of sunlight through the clouds, which Scott had called “Jesus fingers,” and the way you notice the slow approach of fall, if you’re paying attention.Trey, like me, was still adjusting to life back in the ‘so-called-real’ world. He had spent the last several years overseas as a civilian contractor for the military. He’d lived in a tent in the foothills of the Hindu Kush and on military bases from Baghram to Burma. He showed me pictures of his mountains. I was impressed.“You could walk in the woods and still see 60’s-era shells half-buried in the ground.”“Wow,” I said. “I should do that.”“You really don’t want to,” he replied.“You saw some pretty bad stuff, huh?”“It’s not like they say it is on the news. I wasn’t directly in danger, but every night the helicopters would fly into base and you knew something had happened.”I had no way to relate. The closest thing I could think of was an old T.V. show.“Like in M.A.S.H.”“Yeah, just like that.”I told him about the folks who hiked the whole Appalachian Trail. Though the stakes weren’t nearly as dire, some of the thru-hikers talked of homecoming like a return from war. One man had reportedly reached Katahdin in the company of his wife and photographed her sobbing over the signpost, feeling nothing himself. Even my hiking partner had spent the first month off the Appalachian Trail in a tiny camper on the wrong side of the tracks in New Orleans, barricading the door with his walking stick.Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 4.57.56 PMPhoto by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture center_img Later, it dawned on me that between work and catching up with friends, I’d spend every night that week in some sort of social engagement. I was tired of smiles, entertaining, and politeness.Authentic conversation with Trey had been a relief, but what I really wanted was to get back to the trail. I looked at the schedule ahead. Another friend was coming to town the week following, during which of course I’d also be working, and then there was my cousin’s wedding after that. I began to feel a hint of despair. Would I ever escape? Or would I have to barricade the door to my heart with an aluminum trekking pole?I wanted to retreat again to the solitude of the forest, which at that moment seemed like the only home I had ever had. Suddenly, though I was not nearly as war-torn and ravaged, I felt a little hint of what it might be like to be a veteran, lonely for someone who could understand what I had experienced and how it changed everything.last_img read more

Board to make appointments in December

first_imgBoard to make appointments in December October 15, 2005 Regular News The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its December 16 meeting: Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., Board of Directors: One attorney to serve a three-year term on its 19-member board of directors. Other appointments are made by the ACLU, NAACP, several housing authorities, and various other small groups. The main purpose of Florida Rural Legal Services is to help migrant farm workers and the rural poor in civil (not criminal) cases. Florida Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee: Five attorneys, one from each state appellate district, for two-year terms. The Florida Bar president receives the recommendations of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section for consideration. The committee is composed of 10 lawyers appointed by TFB and 10 Realtors appointed by the Florida Association of Realtors. The committee promotes cordial relations between Realtors and attorneys and presents educational seminars. 11th Circuit Judicial Conference: One delegate to represent the Northern District of Florida for a four-year term. The biennial conference consists of educational opportunities and meetings (by state) on matters of mutual concern. The Bar’s three delegates contribute to planning and organizing a reception during the conference in every odd numbered year. Greater Orlando Area Legal Services, Inc., Board of Governors: One attorney to serve a two-year term on this 11-member board which sets policy and manages the affairs of GOALS.All terms for the foregoing appointments are set to commence January 1, 2006.Persons interested in applying for any of these vacancies may download the Special Appointment application from the Bar’s Web site at, or call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5757, to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than close of business, Monday, November 7. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application.center_img Board to make appointments in Decemberlast_img read more