The Anatomy of Fear TAGSVolunteering Previous articleHow putting purpose into your New Year’s resolutions can bring meaning and resultsNext articleApopka Police Department Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. However, volunteering is a two-way street, and it can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills, such as in timebanking.Volunteering as a familyWhile it might be a challenge to coordinate everyone’s schedules, volunteering as a family has many worthwhile benefits. Children watch everything you do. By giving back to the community, you show them firsthand how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to help others and enact change. It’s also a valuable way for you to get to know organizations in the community and find resources and activities for your children and family.I have limited mobility—can I still volunteer?Whether due to a lack of transportation, time constraints, a disability or other reasons, many people prefer to volunteer via phone or computer. There are many projects where you can help. Writing and graphic design lends itself to working at home, and in today’s digital age many organizations might also need help with email and websites.If you think home-based volunteering might be right for you, contact organizations you like and ask what some of the possibilities might be. Some volunteer organizations may require you to attend an initial training or periodical meetings. You also want to make sure that you are getting enough social contact, and that the organization is available to support you should you have questions.Volunteering: The happiness effectHelping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteer monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks. Among weekly volunteers, 16% felt very happy—a hike in happiness comparable to having an income of $75,000–$100,000 versus $20,000, say the researchers. Giving time to religious organizations had the greatest impact.Volunteering can advance your careerIf you’re considering a new career, volunteering can help you get experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field. Even if you’re not planning on changing careers, volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving, project planning, task management, and organization. You might feel more comfortable stretching your wings at work once you’ve honed these skills in a volunteer position first.Volunteering can provide career experienceVolunteering offers you the chance to try out a new career without making a long-term commitment. It is also a great way to gain experience in a new field. In some fields, you can volunteer directly at an organization that does the kind of work you’re interested in. For example, if you’re interested in nursing, you could volunteer at a hospital or a nursing home. Your volunteer work might also expose you to professional organizations or internships that could be of benefit to your career.Volunteering can teach you valuable job skillsJust because volunteer work is unpaid does not mean the skills you learn are basic. Many volunteering opportunities provide extensive training. For example, you could become an experienced crisis counselor while volunteering for a women’s shelter or a knowledgeable art historian while donating your time as a museum docent.Volunteering can also help you build upon skills you already have and use them to benefit the greater community. For instance, if you hold a successful sales position, you raise awareness for your favorite cause as a volunteer advocate, while further developing and improving your public speaking, communication, and marketing skills.Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your lifeVolunteering is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. Doing volunteer work you find meaningful and interesting can be a relaxing, energizing escape from your day-to-day routine of work, school, or family commitments. Volunteering also provides you with renewed creativity, motivation, and vision that can carry over into your personal and professional life.Many people volunteer in order to make time for hobbies outside of work as well. For instance, if you have a desk job and long to spend time outdoors, you might consider volunteering to help plant a community garden, lead local hikes, or help at a children’s camp.Consider your goals and interestsYou will have a richer and more enjoyable volunteering experience if you first take some time to identify your goals and interests. Start by thinking about why you want to volunteer. Also, think about what you would enjoy doing. Volunteer opportunities that match both your goals and your interests are most likely to be fun and fulfilling for you.Source: HELPGIDE.org Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! 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CopyApartments•Mexico City, Mexico 2013 ArchDaily Mexico ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/497946/bosques-flats-hgr-arquitectos Clipboard Photographs Bosques Flats / HGR Arquitectos CopyAbout this officeHGR ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsMexico CityHousingMexicoPublished on April 21, 2014Cite: “Bosques Flats / HGR Arquitectos” 21 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Structural Design: Projects Japan ArchDaily “COPY” CopyHouses•Sakura, Japan Area: 95 m² Area: 95 m² Photographs House in Sakura / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop Houses House in Sakura / Yamazaki Kentaro Design WorkshopSave this projectSaveHouse in Sakura / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/506442/house-in-sakura-yamazaki-kentaro-design Clipboard “COPY” ASD, Ryuji Tabata, Takayuki Tabata Site Area:678.89sqmCity:SakuraCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Naomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic OfficeRecommended ProductsWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsWoodAccoyaAccoya® CanalsWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodText description provided by the architects. The house gives the impression of living inside a large garden. It evokes within the inhabitants the feeling of strolling in the yard while doing ordinary tasks such as cooking, reading, or taking a bath. We proposed long-span housing, which would be formed by 5 blocks, each one slightly shifted in alignment from the next. Each block has a function such as kitchen, washroom, dining room, working space, and so on and the space connecting the blocks would remain open to provide a view of the exterior. That means that there are no defining functional boundaries between the kitchen, the living area, and the working area; the space remains ambiguous.Save this picture!Floor PlanIn addition, the configuration of the blocks contributes to the earthquake resistance of the structure. This is crucial for this site because the north facing and south facing areas of the structure have no walls obstructing the view of the garden.Save this picture!© Naomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic OfficeThis gives the inhabitants a sense of depth within the space and takes full advantage of the north-south plot on which it is built.Save this picture!© Naomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic OfficeIn addition, the exterior walls which are only 125mm thick, create the unique sense that the whole structure is but part of an interior.Save this picture!© Naomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic OfficeProject gallerySee allShow lessTYIN tegnestue Releases Downloadable Guide to Design/Build in Underprivileged AreasArchitecture NewsAimé Patisserie / LUKSTUDIOSelected Projects Share Save this picture!© Naomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office+ 21 Share photographs: Naomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic OfficePhotographs: Naomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office Architects: Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/506442/house-in-sakura-yamazaki-kentaro-design Clipboard CopyAbout this officeYamazaki Kentaro Design WorkshopOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSakuraHousesJapanPublished on May 16, 2014Cite: “House in Sakura / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop” 16 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Houses Architects: Architecture Discipline Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Manufacturers: Ernestomeda, Eutrac, Gessi, Hafele, Mehler, Roca, Ahuja Furnishers, BLit, Knud Holscher, Options Unlimited, Rauf Interiors, Tulip, Vulcan, Yale Palm Avenue House / Architecture Discipline HVAC Consultants: Architecture Discipline ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/933092/palm-avenue-house-architecture-discipline Clipboard CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•New Delhi, India Save this picture!© Jeetin SharmaCurated by Hana Abdel Share Infringe Design Principal Architect:Akshat BhattDesign Team:Chandni SaxenaLighting & Electrical Consultants:Lirio Lopez, Linus LopezPlumbing & Firefighting Consultants:Techfour Engineering Solutions Private Limited, Puneet BhatnagarLighting Consultants:Linus Lopez, Lirio LopezElectrical Consultants:Lirio Lopez, Linus LopezPlumbing Consultants:Techfour Engineering Solutions Private Limited, Puneet BhatnagarFirefighting Consultants:Techfour Engineering Solutions Private Limited, Puneet BhatnagarCity:New DelhiCountry:IndiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Jeetin SharmaRecommended ProductsBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXConcealed Blind System – One-BoxFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE Luce“Normally architects render a service, they implement what other people want. This is not what I do. I like to develop the use of the building together with the client, in a process, so that as we go along we become more intelligent.”Within the residential realm of Palm Avenue, Vasant Kunj, the project reflects an unconventional feel of other-worldliness. Standing disparate with its clean lines and minimalistic exteriors, the property is symbolic of the evolution that its owners and creators underwent during its three-year completion/construction period. Home to a family of five, across three generations, the project presented an opportunity to its residents to live in their own diverse ways yet unified in spirit.Save this picture!© Jeetin SharmaSave this picture!Access Level PlanSave this picture!© Jeetin SharmaWith the land as the centrepiece, the discourse of the project unfolds prudently, with the design adapting to the space and its demands. Much like the Villa Petit, designed by Le Corbusier, the studio positions all the plans in sync with the space at hand. The pillars of the project are natural light, clean air, an open floor plan and luxurious interiors synonymous to the disposition of the residents. Divorced from the denotation of pretentious, the blueprints focused on building a house with a strong foundation deep-rooted in the rich history of the family, capable of catering to the present needs and offers plenty of future opportunities.Save this picture!© Jeetin Sharma“When you are consciously aware of the liberty you have, it allows you to deconstruct your own creation.”This thought led to the decision of creating a space that is progressive, timeless and still relevant twenty years later. Wrapped in meticulous timber grids, the exteriors are carefully planned to reflect the gradual ageing process one sees in nature. Dipping into the same nature-centric focus, the landscape is bohemian and vernacular in character. Lemongrass and seasonal flowers mark the boundary of the house and daily-use ingredients growing in plentiful amounts serve as gentle reminders that the entire eco-scape is composed of a value system in its entirety.Save this picture!© Jeetin SharmaAs one enters the house, there is a sense of home. Like most families, it doesn’t reveal all but gives you a feeling of being a welcomed insider rather than a guest. The ceiling upon entry is kept deliberately low, with a sudden boom of height as one walks through the doorway, escalating from 7 feet to 22 feet of height in an instant. The visible structures stress order and provide a clean space with clear narratives that are real, minimal and honest to its residents.Save this picture!© Jeetin SharmaThe house features two distinct spaces: private and public, which deem fit when overlapped. Entered through a punctured-like sort of short transition from the family space, and into the common room. The formal living area blends in with the family recreation space, emitting a sense of inclusivity. The formal living room connects to the formal dining area through a brightly-coloured, animated spiral staircase with metal wrapping, which is inspired by the renowned architect of the mainstream modernist movement Pierre Chareau’s dynamic and delicate sense of designSave this picture!© Jeetin SharmaThe formal dining room houses a large table that can accommodate up to 40 people, with a striking minibar and parquet flooring in three colours, making it optimal for entertainment and quintessentially minimal. This space overlooks the front lawn, which has been completed with customized seating and toddler play arenas that are set against black exterior walls to highlight the green. The lush green garden is also a source of calm and serene natural light that diffuses through the 6-metre-tall contemporary styled glass facade. Right under the formal living room is the basement, concealed from view to highlight its private function. Equipped with a home theatre, giant cellar and replete with storage, it is the perfect extension acoustically treated for loud parties, disconnected from the rest of the house and accessed through an elevator.Save this picture!© Jeetin SharmaSave this picture!Section 2Save this picture!© Jeetin SharmaEach bedroom has been carefully planned and executed to suit each family member’s requirements while following the same overarching theme of simplicity. While the kids’ room has a colourful floor with textiles in geometric patterns and bright colours, the adult rooms are more spacious and classier, with oversized beds on giant platforms, resembling a traditional Indian palang. While most people think of houses as hotels, the studio has a different outlook. The house is programmed in a way to allow for flexible partitions and systems, which can be molded to increase or decrease space as needed in the future. The bare walls serve as an opportunity for the family members to start afresh and etch their experiences as they move along.Save this picture!© Jeetin SharmaWith a clear concept of drawing on the natural energy and playing with backward layering, the studio had to stay away from over-styling the space. Keeping light at the crux, the studio has focused on the various aspects surrounding it, including diffusion, patterns and shadows. The mumty on top of the staircase is made of mirrored glass and disseminates light everywhere, adding to the airy feel of the house. Each element resonates opulence and is an anecdotal response to its residents such as the floor, which is hard quartz with brass inlay from MP, and the open-riser timber staircase, which leads to a straight flight up to the next floor, giving a crisp and fuss-free look to the room. The house has a pitched roof, which is where the real release of space comes into play. The apex skylight is covered during the summer months and opened to abundant natural light in the winters for the family to enjoy. The rooftop also houses a small pool.Save this picture!© Jeetin SharmaThe studio wanted to elaborate on the idea of the home being a space for people, which is why the conscious decision was made to keep the car park away. The house is sans a porch so that no cars are seen, ever. Additionally, the service footprint in the house has been minimized and is safe for children providing them unfettered movement. The studio has worked consistently towards reducing wasteful energy consumption at every level, be it material, or intellectual so as to never overstate something that seems incomplete or complex. In doing so, the essential elements have become the creative process and the end product is satisfactory across all sensory levels.Save this picture!© Jeetin SharmaProject gallerySee allShow lessAlmora House / Tonkin Zulaikha GreerSelected ProjectsHouse at Kalalgoda / Damith Premathilake ArchitectsSelected Projects Share India 2018 Photographs Palm Avenue House / Architecture DisciplineSave this projectSavePalm Avenue House / Architecture Discipline Projects Year: ArchDaily “COPY” Landscape: Techfour Engineering Solutions Private Limited, Puneet Bhatnagar Structural Consultants: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/933092/palm-avenue-house-architecture-discipline Clipboard Isha Consultant Pvt. 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Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleExperity Tapped by CityMD to Optimize Operations and Truncate Patient Wait TimesNext articleExasol Rated Best-in-Class Across 10 Measures in Dresner’s ADI Report 2021 Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Twitter TAGS By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Pinterest Local NewsBusiness COVID-19 Pandemic Far From Over; US Health Care Providers Prioritize Improvement of Older Adult Care WhatsApp Facebook BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Rising rates of COVID-19 infections, deaths, and a sluggish vaccine rollout are combining to increase the urgency for health systems to prioritize age-friendly health care and implement the 4Ms framework, which improves care for older adults. Today the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) released a new piece of data that reflects this heightened urgency: From March 2020 through December 2020, 1,671 US care sites joined the Age-Friendly Health Systems movement, representing an 85 percent jump in overall participation. This brings the total number of care locations involved in the movement to 1,956. People aged 65 years and older have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, putting into new perspective the impact of this population’s size and distinct medical needs on the US health care delivery system. For this age group in particular, COVID-19 can lead to serious and rapid declines in health and exacerbate known social concerns that can contribute to poor health outcomes. These include social isolation (which is associated with cognitive decline, harmful falls, and decreased mobility), as well as isolation in health care settings, which helps to reduce virus spread but can also amplify emotional distress among patients and their families, friends, and caregivers. Faced with this challenge, primary care clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and convenient care clinics have increasingly turned to the Age-Friendly Health Systems movement, funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation, and its 4Ms framework as the evidence-based solution. “There has perhaps never been a more critical time to prioritize rapid improvement in older adult care,” said Dr. Kedar Mate, President and CEO, IHI. “We are incredibly heartened by the ever-increasing number of providers actively participating in the Age-Friendly Health Systems movement and to our funders for their generous support. Through this work, we are learning and sharing difficult but important lessons that will help us improve care for older adults now, during this pandemic, and fortify our systems for later so we are ready whenever the next crisis arrives.” Age-Friendly Health Systems is actively recruiting participants, offering three ways to join and requiring no fee to participate.Age-Friendly Action Communities, led by expert faculty, help health system leaders and improvers accelerate reliable practice of the 4Ms, while learning with and from fellow participants. Now open for enrollment, the 2021 action communities will run from March through October. Interested providers can read more in this 2021 IHI Age-Friendly Action Community invitation to join, which includes details about an upcoming informational webinar, taking place February 23, 2021 at 1 PM EST.Do-It-Yourself (DIY) pathway offers an on ramp to systems that want to start independent work on the 4Ms right away and at their own pace. Health systems can sign up for this pathway via the Age-Friendly DIY participant form.Scale-up Accelerator is designed for larger health systems seeking system-wide Age-Friendly implementation. This pathway provides specialized support for system leadership, clinical leadership, and point-of-care operations to adopt the 4Ms. Interested systems can email [email protected] for more information. “Health care provider interest in age-friendly care has greatly accelerated during COVID-19, increasing awareness of the reliability and adaptability of the 4Ms framework and creating an inflection point for change,” said Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, President, The John A. Hartford Foundation, a partner in Age-Friendly Health Systems. “We are thrilled to work with so many health care providers across the continuum, and we look forward to furthering our collective impact in 2021.” The Age-Friendly Health Systems movement is an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and IHI in partnership with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). About the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is an independent not-for-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. For more than 25 years, IHI has used improvement science to advance and sustain better outcomes in health and health systems across the world. IHI brings awareness of safety and quality to millions, catalyzes learning and the systematic improvement of care, develops solutions to previously intractable challenges, and mobilizes health systems, communities, regions, and nations to reduce harm and deaths. IHI collaborates with a growing community to spark bold, inventive ways to improve the health of individuals and populations. IHI generates optimism, harvests fresh ideas, and supports anyone, anywhere who wants to profoundly change health and health care for the better. Learn more at ihi.org. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005372/en/ CONTACT: Joanna Clark, CXO Communication [email protected] (207) 712-1404 KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SENIORS PRACTICE MANAGEMENT GENERAL HEALTH HEALTH INFECTIOUS DISEASES HOSPITALS CONSUMER OTHER HEALTH SOURCE: Institute for Healthcare Improvement Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 09:02 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 09:02 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005372/en
WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Previous articleOAT012119_OC_Clarendon_MBB_04Next article011119_SandHills_02 Digital AIM Web Support Dante Peters A 20-year-old man attempted to run over two police officers in a truck, evade arrest and struck a parked vehicle early Sunday morning, an Odessa Police Department affidavit detailed. Dante Peters was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant with a deadly weapon, each a first-degree felony, evading arrest in a motor vehicle, a third-degree felony, reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor, and leaving the scene of an accident, a class B misdemeanor. The aggravated assault on a public servant incident happened at 2:08 a.m. Sunday as two OPD officers were working their secondary job at Red Zone located at 2101 Eighth St., the affidavit detailed. The officers saw a black 2018 Chevrolet Silverado spinning tires and swerving through a parking lot which was full of people that were exiting the three night clubs and returning to their vehicles, the affidavit stated. The officers were wearing full OPD uniforms, approached the Silverado and asked the driver to place the truck in park, the affidavit stated. Peters reportedly saw the officers and he placed the truck in reverse and accelerated away from the officers in an attempt to evade arrest. Gerardo Peters Jr., the front passenger, was yelling at Dante Peters to stop the truck, the affidavit detailed. Peters intentionally rammed into another truck, Chevrolet 2500, as he was attempting to evade police. After Peters struck the other truck, he put the vehicle into drive and drove at a high rate of speed toward the two officers, the affidavit detailed. The officers dodged to avoid being hit by the truck. Peters continued to evade offices that were using a marked OPD patrol unit with all emergency lights and siren activated, the affidavit detailed. Peters reportedly continued to drive in a dangerous manner by swerving around vehicles and people in the parking lot. Peters eventually was blocked in by vehicle traffic in the parking lot, had no other place to evade and was taken into custody by officers, the affidavit stated. Gerardo Peters Jr. was charged with public intoxication, a class C misdemeanor. Dante Peters was charged, arrested and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. He has five bonds totaling $173,000 and was still in custody as of Monday afternoon, jail records show. Twitter Pinterest TAGS Pinterest Man charged with attempting to run over 2 police officers By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 WhatsApp Local News Facebook
Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Ithas been a tough year for HR. Employers have been loaded up with more red tapethan ever, and employee militancy has returned to the workplace Butthe biggest challenge for HR by far has been the economy. The downturn has runand run, and has ensured that recruitment and retention have dominatedeverything that HR has done.Nextyear could be more of the same, with the recovery hanging in the balance. Businessesare facing more taxes in 2003, including an expensive increase in theirNational Insurance contributions, and further cost-cutting will be needed (seepage one). Worryingly,it could get worse. Ifhouse prices spiral, interest rates would be raised and consumer spending wouldpeter out. If we go to war with Iraq, oil prices would go up and confidencewould go down. In both scenarios, any signs of recovery would be wiped out. Amore optimistic interpretation – in this festive period – would see the threatof war diminish and house prices stabilise; positive signs in the US wouldspread, strengthening global markets; and redundancies would be replaced by thetriumphant return of a strong recruitment market. Whatdoes all of this uncertainty tell us? We have to be ready for every eventuality– good or bad. Whileplans have to be in place for an upturn, you also need the flexibility tohandle short-term pain. And it doesn’t matter which economist you talk to aboutthe next three to six months – it’s going to hard. Ifyou do have to shed people, make sure you lose the under-performers and the low-skilled.Talenthas to identified, retained and nurtured, and the opportunity should not bemissed to recruit more of it, in small amounts, of course. And all this has tobe achieved while trying to up-skill your workforce and improve productivity. Itis going to be a challenging year, but then would you want to do it if it waseasy? ByMike Broad 2003 outlook bleak as conflict is set to growOn 10 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article
The Board of Education members discuss the early success of the school district’s hybrid learning model amid the coronavirus pandemic during a meeting in September. (Photo courtesy Martin Fiedler, Just Right TV Productions) By MADDY VITALEWith two weeks into the start of the 2020-21 school year, Ocean City school officials said students are working hard as they navigate new ways to learn during the COVID-19 pandemic.And they are doing it well, Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor noted during a Board of Education meeting Wednesday night.“Just in speaking to a number of teachers over two and a half weeks, every teacher commented about how motivated the students are this year and how much they miss school, the teachers, their friends and the school routine,” Dr. Taylor said. “We have not had another issue with the students not complying. Whether social distancing, everyone has adhered to what they need to. Kudos to the students.”The first day of school was Sept. 8. The district offers in its “Return to School Plan” a blend of remote learning and in-person instruction or the option of all-virtual instruction.In the hybrid model of learning, the students have been broken into two groups to ensure social distancing. They attend school two days a week and learn remotely for three days. The Virtual Academy option is for those who do not attend in-person instruction.Board of Education members agreed at Wednesday’s meeting that there have been and will be challenges. However, they emphasized that the students, faculty and the community continue to work together, with the students always put first.Educators are coming up with ideas of how to better help parents and students through the new ways of teaching and learning, School Board Vice President Jacqueline McAlister said.McAlister said Intermediate School Principal Mike Mattina brought ideas to the Board of Education to help parents with teaching their children.Intermediate School Principal Michael Mattina is helping parents with the new learning models.Since the pandemic, parents have had to act as teachers at times with the virtual learning models.“Principal Mattina had two big ideas to provide extra support for students and parents. It is very helpful to hear what the teachers say before you try to help your child. It is intended for teachers and parents so that parents could more effectively teach,” McAlister explained. “It is really a wonderful idea. The Intermediate School will track the success.”School officials stressed how the community has really come together to help the district.The Ocean City Gardens Civic Association donated more than $4,000 to the Primary and Intermediate School for tents, mask clips and mats.It was an example of people outside of the schools who are making a difference, School Board President Joseph Clark said.“I want to thank the Gardens Civic Association for helping us fill in the gaps. We can’t do this without a community like this,” Clark said.He added that in a year of uncertainty, when teachers, parents and students have to do so many things different, there will be “bumps along the way.”But overall, he said, the district will be a success.“I think we are on the right track and we will continue to move forward. There will be bumps along the way,” Clark emphasized. “I want to thank all who really put everything they can into this to make this a success. We polled everyone. We are doing the best we can. Thank you for a great start to the 2020-21 school year.”Board member Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes commended the city for a program that helps with childcare. The city is doing the program in partnership with the Ocean City Tabernacle Son Club.“I think it is wonderful that Ocean City is offering childcare for our community,” Gallelli-Keyes pointed out.She also spoke about how the district has had to overcome many hurdles with the new learning models.“Our faculty and staff — I want to commend them,” Gallelli-Keyes added. “Dr. Taylor has led with compassion. Thank you to all of the parents who have stepped up as we work together to provide safe schools. Thank you to all who have dedicated their time in a community that leads by example.”For more information on Ocean City schools, visit www.oceancityschools.org.
Greggs, the high street bakery chain, suffered a sharp drop in share price as it reported a slowdown in its like-for-like (LFL) sales growth.The share price fell by 15% between 4.30pm on 11 January to 4.30pm on 12 January from 1,230p to 1,049p in the wake of the trading update for the year, which showed LFL sales had only grown 2.7% in Q4, behind the annual average of 4.7%The price showed some signs of recovery today, rising to 1,071p at 12pm, but is still well below its pre-update level.Greggs blamed the slowdown in growth on coming up against “stronger comparatives and the impact of weaker footfall in some shopping locations” over the festive period, but chief executive Roger Whiteside was generally positive about the company’s 2015 results.The futureHe said: “2015 saw us deliver another excellent year of progress as we continue to transform Greggs into a modern, well-invested food-on-the-go retailer.“We anticipate that we will report full-year results for 2015 in line with our previous expectations. In the year ahead we will continue with the implementation of our strategic plan to enable the business to compete more effectively in the food-on-the-go market.”