Cupcake Camp bags Esther Rantzen’s support

first_imgThe second Cupcake Camp Bournemouth, a charity baking event, will see Esther Rantzen attend as one of its celebrity judges.The event, taking place on 17 March at the Pavilion, will raise money for the NSPCC this year and, to celebrate 25 years of ChildLine, a service provided by NSPCC, its founder Esther Rantzen is lending her support to the event.Margaret Hitchman of Cake Heaven, and the organiser of Cupcake Camp Bournemouth said last year was so successful that this year a committee – made up of Melanie Kiani of Simply Events and leisure and cultural trust BH Live, which operates the Bournemouth Pavilion – has been formed to run the event.Said Hitchman: “Cupcake Camp is a gathering together of bakers and cupcake lovers to celebrate the deliciousness of the cupcake and, in the process, raise money for charity. Last year we asked bakers from the south to donate their cupcakes to the Cupcake Camp.“Each cupcake cost only £1 and we raised almost £1,700 for Macmillan Cancer Support. This year we are pleased to announce that we are supporting the NSPCC and are hoping to have 4,000 cupcakes donated to feed the crowds.”There will also be cupcake competitions, live music, entertainment, cake decorating, artists, stallholders and shopping, crafts and children’s activities and a raffle. If you want to get involved contact Hitchman by emailing [email protected] or via the Facebook page on You can also donate cupcakes or raffle prizes via read more

St. Joseph County has first mobile COVID-19 testing clinic

first_img This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Tennessee’s Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey confirmed the state’s first case of the new coronavirus. (NIAID-RML via AP) As the push for more COVID testing continues Michiana now has its first mobile testing clinic. Beacon Health is now operating the mobile clinic that makes it much easier for patients in need of a test to get access.On Wednesday, for example, the mobile clinic operated in the parking lot of a church. They are not testing everyone who shows up, only individuals that meet certain requirements; like having the respective symptoms of COVID-19, having underlying health conditions, or having visited any infected areas such as Chicago or New York.READ MORE HERE WITH ABC 57 NEWSTests are administered without patients having to leave their car, and results are typically received in about a week. Friday, April 17, the mobile center is operating at the Goodwill on West Western in South Bend from Noon to 3 p.m. Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook By Carl Stutsman – April 16, 2020 2 474 WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Twitter Pinterest Previous articleIndiana Gov. Holcomb signs order supporting pharmacistsNext articleCharges for Goshen man who hid his father’s body Carl Stutsman Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp St. Joseph County has first mobile COVID-19 testing cliniclast_img read more

Organic Resources reopens Wednesday in South Bend

By Brooklyne Beatty – April 29, 2020 0 616 Google+ (Source: License: A yard waste drop-off site is reopening in South Bend.Organic Resources opened to the public Wednesday, after it was temporarily closed as a non-essential service. The restriction was recently lifted after Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb revised his order for garden centers and related businesses.The public is not allowed inside the building, however, yard waste may be dropped off and fees can be paid through a drive-thru style window at the facility.Mulch and compost are also available for free if self-loading, or for a fee if assistance is needed.Organic Resources employees will follow all recommended safety practices from the CDC, including social distancing, using face coverings and sanitizing their office spaces regularly.The facility is now open Monday through Friday (4340 Trade Drive) from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The office is closed from 12:30-1 p.m. daily. No loading or dumping is allowed when the office is closed. TAGScompostcoronavirusCOVID-19drop-offIndianamulchorganic resourcesreopenreopeningSouth Bendyard waste WhatsApp Previous articleMedical personnel can ride South Shore for free in May, JuneNext articleOne killed in Three Rivers crash Tuesday Brooklyne Beatty Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Organic Resources reopens Wednesday in South Bend read more

Elkhart County passes St. Joseph County in COVID cases

first_img Pinterest Twitter Facebook Pinterest Elkhart County passes St. Joseph County in COVID cases WhatsApp Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Google+ By Tommie Lee – June 3, 2020 1 589 (IN Dept. of Health) The latest numbers from Indiana’s Department of Health show that Elkhart County has passed St. Joseph County for the 5th-most cases statewide.Elkhart now has 1,435 cases countywide, and 29 deaths.Indiana now has 35,712 positive cases and more than 2,000 deaths. The Department is reporting nearly 278,000 tests. Previous articleCorby’s Irish Pub closes until at least JulyNext articleMishawaka HS repairs clock tower, installs digital bells Tommie Leelast_img read more

$1.8 milion in grants being used to connect South Bend students to the internet

first_img (“170 – Typing” by Hillary, CC BY-SA 2.0) With schools relying heavily on students being able to connect to the internet this school year there is some good news for families that need help.South Bend Mayor James Mueller, Superintendent Todd Cummings and enFocus will use $1.8 million in grants to help families-in-need get internet access through the “Citywide Classroom South Bend” initiative.The aim is to create seamless connectivity across the City, no matter where young learners are. Free at-home Internet packages and mobile WiFi hotspots will be provided to households in need. Free community WiFi will be expanded through the program.The City of South Bend released the following information about the effort:A partnership between the City of South Bend, enFocus, and the South Bend Community School Corporation will administer more than $1.8 million in grant funding to provide free and reduced-cost home internet for eligible student households and expand community WiFi.The Citywide Classroom South Bend initiative aims to create seamless connectivity across the City, no matter where young learners are. Free at-home Internet packages and mobile WiFi hotspots will be provided to in-need SBCSC households,  and free community WiFi will be expanded.The urgency of bridging the digital divide has become even more clear during the shift to remote learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor James Mueller. “This program will help connect South Bend’s kids with reliable internet access at home so they can continue their education.”The grant money is being provided through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) program, which is focused on improving remote learning opportunities for Hoosiers.“The idea behind Citywide Classroom South Bend was that we need to provide a suite of resources to students so that they can learn from anywhere in the city.” said Denise Linn Riedl, Chief Innovation Officer. “At-home internet will anchor student e-learning, but hotspots will be their portable option and community access points will supplement as well.”  “Household connectivity ensures every student can learn in the current remote environment. This initiative will bring resources to students with the greatest need as early as this fall” said Gillian Shaw, Program Director of Research and Development at enFocus Information on the application process for SBCSC families will be made available over the coming weeks. “The City, South Bend Schools and enFocus are committed to working collaboratively to deliver innovative solutions that serve the needs our community,” said Andrew Wiand, enFocus Executive Director.According to the 2018 5-year American Community Survey data, about 30 percent of households in South Bend do not have a broadband connection.  Facebook IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Twitter Google+ By Jon Zimney – September 9, 2020 2 371 Facebook Google+ $1.8 milion in grants being used to connect South Bend students to the internet WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleLots of COVID-19 related changes in place for upcoming Colts gamesNext articleFire Departments plan annual bell ringing event for 9-11 Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Speech: Reaffirming UK commitment to a two-state solution which ends the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

first_imgThank you Mr President,Thank you to the Secretary General and Mr Mladenov as well.I’d like to welcome President Abbas and thank him for his address to the Council. I welcome his stated commitment to non-violence, and to engage constructively towards a two-state solution.The United Kingdom remains committed to a two-state solution which ends the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and we will support all and any efforts to that end.Our long-standing goal is a negotiated peace settlement that leads to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, with secure and recognised borders and with Jerusalem as a shared capital of both States.US leadership on this issue is indispensable to achieving a solution that meets the aspirations of both parties, and we look forward to the announcement of peace proposals when the US Administration judges them to be ready. US efforts offer a significant opportunity to deliver peace and they should be supported and encouraged by all. We stand ready to provide political and practical support to help achieve a viable agreement.We encourage the parties to make a public commitment to renewed peace negotiations, on the basis of a two-state solution. In order to move forward, it is important that they reaffirm their commitment to all previous diplomatic agreements which have taken us closer to peace. These agreements remain an important basis for renewed talks. We welcome the Palestinian Authority’s continued recognition of the State of Israel, and the parties’ continuing security cooperation.Mr President, if a peace process is to succeed, it needs to be conducted in an atmosphere free from violence. We regret that too many people continue to undermine efforts to achieve peace. We condemn the detonation of an Improvised Explosive Device along the Gaza border with Israel on Saturday, wounding four Israeli soldiers, including two seriously. We also condemn the recent terrorist attack in the West Bank settlement of Ariel. There is never an excuse for terror, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim, as they are with all those who have been affected by violence. Every Israeli and Palestinian has the right to live in peace and security. There is also a right to dignity and we condemn kidnappings as well as acts that prevent families from being able to properly grieve for their loved ones.We will continue to press all sides to refrain from engaging in, or encouraging, incitement, hateful action or language. This only serves to stir up prejudice, and takes us further from the goal of achieving peace.In that regard it is unacceptable for anyone to deny the legitimacy of the connection of either the Jewish or Palestinian peoples to the land. Inflammatory and unhelpful rhetoric on both sides weakens trust, corrodes mutual respect, and undermines prospects for peace. We call on both parties to act with restraint, and to show bold leadership. Only when both parties reject violence and work together to ensure calm and stability can peace have a chance to flourish.We are concerned by the Israeli Government’s recent decision to establish a settlement deep in the West Bank – the second in twelve months. These plans have also raised the possibility of the retroactive ‘legalisation’ of the illegal outpost of Havat Gilad. And there have been renewed threats from Israel to demolish structures in Susiya, in the occupied West Bank.We call on Israel to immediately reverse its policies of settlement expansion and demolitions. They undermine the physical viability of the two-state solution and they call into question Israel’s own commitment to peace.Mr President, the lack of Palestinian unity continues to be an impediment to achieving peace. We therefore support reconciliation efforts which lead to the full return of the Palestinian Authority to Gaza.As Special Coordinator Mladenov informed us last week, conditions in the Gaza Strip are dire. Further deterioration of the humanitarian situation would not only continue to put lives at risk but would represent a threat to stability in the region. It is essential that all parties work urgently to improve the situation, and we call for an easing of access controls for people and goods into, and out of, Gaza.The United Kingdom remains a committed supporter of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). It must be able to continue its vital work to improve the lives of Palestinian refugees, and to help maintain stability across the region. It needs appropriate funding to do so.Mr President, all United Nations Member States have a role to play in nurturing peace and rejecting violence.We are therefore concerned by incursions across Israel’s border with Syria earlier this month. Our commitment to Israel’s security is unwavering, and we support Israel’s right to defend itself.Mr President,The United Kingdom’s position on an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement has not changed. It should be based on the lines as they stood on June 4, 1967 with equal land swaps to reflect the national, security, and religious interests of the Jewish and Palestinian peoples. Jerusalem should be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states, and its status must be determined through a final status agreement. A just, fair, agreed and realistic settlement for refugees is needed that is demographically compatible with the principle of two states for two peoples.To conclude Mr President, like all in this Council, the United Kingdom strongly supports peace. We want to see renewed peace negotiations, supported by the international community, which lead to a safe and secure Israel, the homeland for the Jewish People, living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, the homeland for the Palestinian people.Let us all work together to lay the groundwork for peace.Thank you Mr President.last_img read more

Speech: West takes a stand to halt reckless ambitions: article by Boris Johnson

first_imgRead more about the UK government’s response to the Salisbury attack. Never before have so many countries come together to expel Russian diplomats. By last night, the total stood at more than 20 nations collectively deciding to remove more than 100 Kremlin officials. In the process these allies of Britain have consciously placed themselves at risk of retaliation.Their principled stand in the aftermath of the use of a nerve agent in Salisbury on March 4 may well carry a price, perhaps in the form of some of their own diplomats being removed from Moscow, so I am deeply grateful to all the nations who have resolved to act. And I believe that yesterday’s events could become a turning point. Do not underestimate the effect of these measures on Russia’s networks of espionage. When the Foreign & Commonwealth Office evicted 23 undeclared intelligence officers from the Russian embassy in London, we eviscerated the Kremlin’s painstakingly assembled operation in Britain.Yesterday’s action delivers a further blow from which Russian intelligence will need many years to recover. But I will resist any temptation to proclaim that the response was all about us. Our allies have responded because they share our view of the threat posed by the Kremlin to their values and security.The use of a banned nerve agent on British soil falls into a wider pattern of President Putin’s reckless behaviour. In the past 4 years, the Kremlin has annexed Crimea, ignited the flames of conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine, hacked the German Bundestag, interfered in elections across the world, sought to hide Assad’s use of poison gas and joined his onslaught against the Syrian people.The common thread is Mr Putin’s willingness to defy the essential rules on which the safety of every country depends. Hence every responsible nation shares a vital interest in standing firm against him. Our allies have not been deterred by Russia’s usual tactics for avoiding pressure. Sure enough, the Kremlin began pumping out a deluge of lies almost as soon as Sergei and Yulia Skripal had entered intensive care. So far, my colleagues at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office have identified 21 theories broadcast by the Russian state media, ranging from the sublime (Skripal overdosed because he was addicted to Novichok) to the absurd (America did it to “destabilise the world”) to the offensive (The UK poisoned its own city to spoil the World Cup).There was a time when this tactic of sowing doubt might have been effective, but no one is fooled anymore. I believe yesterday was a moment when the cynicism of the propaganda machine was exposed for all to see. The western alliance took decisive action and Britain’s partners came together against the Kremlin’s reckless ambitions.last_img read more

News story: Next-generation services: new fund for industry and research

first_imgA closer look at the services industryEstimates put the services industry at almost 80% of the UK economy. This includes financial and professional services, which on their own employ 2.2 million and have a value of £190 billion.With the advancement of technologies such as artificial intelligence and data analytics, there is an opportunity to make the industry more efficient, productive and globally competitive – and, importantly, able to provide the very best services to clients and customers.The challenge now is to make sure the industry is primed for the future and that the UK leads this huge market opportunity.Through the £20 million pioneer fund, the government will support industry and research to work on projects that transform the industry. Details of activity within the fund will be released shortly. A new pioneer fund worth £20 million will create new opportunities for businesses and researchers to work together to develop the next generation of services for the accountancy, insurance and legal industries.The challenge is the latest in the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Investing in the UK’s world-leading research and the most innovative businesses, the fund seeks to take on the biggest industrial and societal challenges of our time.It will be delivered by Innovate UK, which is part of UK Research and Innovation.ISCF Wave 2 – Next-generation services To get updates and the latest news from Innovate UK sign up for the newsletter or receive email alerts. Delivering the Industrial StrategyThe funding is part of a £1 billion deal between the government and 50 leading businesses and organisations to place the UK at the forefront of artificial intelligence. It features over £300 million of private sector investment.Artificial intelligence is one of the 4 grand challenges set out in the government’s Industrial Strategy. These are global trends that, if the UK can exploit, will allow us to lead the industries, improve people’s lives and the country’s productivity. Search for innovation funding. Read the full announcement of the deal from Business Secretary Greg Clark and Digital Secretary Matt Hancock. Find out more about the next-generation services challenge.last_img read more

Press release: Progress towards Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy unveiled

first_imgOnce launched, the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy will provide a long-term plan for alignment of local and national decision making to increase productivity and deliver an economy that works for all.This will include setting out how the health innovation sector and Greater Manchester’s unique devolution deal will drive the UK’s response to the Ageing Society Grand Challenge, and Greater Manchester’s efforts to meet the Clean Growth Grand Challenge following the Mayor’s Green Summit earlier this year.The progress statement follows the government having confirmed that £3 million will be invested to help strengthen digital skills in Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas. The funding announced in the Budget will see the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) team up with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) for the pilot project.Employers and training providers will identify which digital skills are in short supply in the local area and design a targeted approach that can help people prepare to move into digital roles.Greater Manchester is the largest digital cluster outside of London in the UK with almost 8,000 digital businesses employing more than 80,0000 people. Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for the Economy, Richard Leese, said: To allow Greater Manchester to thrive and drive productivity and prosperity we need to make sure there are good jobs, a skilled workforce and businesses are supported, and this is what the plan is about. We want to use the strategy to build on Greater Manchester’s unique legacy of industrial ambition and creativity to create a thriving, digitally-enabled green city. We want to work with businesses on the strategy to create an innovative plan that improves the lives of everyone who lives and works here. It’s great to see such progress being made in the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy. With government working closely together with businesses, local leaders and partners, we’re in a great position to boost economic growth and productivity across Greater Manchester and the whole of the Northern Powerhouse. To unlock the potential of areas up and down the country it is essential that key decisions and resources are taken from Westminster and given to our great cities, towns and their supporting regions. The Local Industrial Strategy we are developing will embody the unique spirit of Greater Manchester with a long-term plan to build on its exceptional strengths in areas including technology and research and ensure it is at the forefront of growing industries like clean growth and AI.center_img Business Secretary Greg Clark and Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for the Economy Richard Leese have today (30 October) set out progress towards a Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy, one of the UK’s first Local Industrial Strategies.Developed in collaboration with regional partners, the Local Industrial Strategy for Greater Manchester will harness the regions distinctive strengths and build on them in areas like health research and advanced materials to unlock growth and boost people’s earning power across the region’s cities and places.Once launched, the Local Industrial Strategy will capitalise on Greater Manchester’s long and established history of entrepreneurship and enterprise, its devolved health and social care budget of £6 billion per annum and its position as home to one of the largest graduate pools in Europe.The progress statement published today showcases the work that has been done so far by local leaders in the Northern Powerhouse who are working with the government and businesses to identify economic opportunities that the region can seize in the years to come.Business Secretary Greg Clark said: The Local Industrial Strategy is a unique opportunity to spread the benefits of prosperity across the city-region and we want to use this to deliver inclusive growth and quality employment. Government committed to Local Industrial Strategies as part of its Industrial Strategy White Paper, building on the strong foundations of our city, growth and devolution deals to work in partnership with local leaders to drive productivity. All parts of England are now working to develop them by early 2020.Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP, said: We have a proven track record in Greater Manchester of collaboration and innovation and using the opportunities of devolution to drive change and the Local Industrial Strategy is another way for us to do this. We want to make sure we put together the right plan for Greater Manchester and will be working with businesses, voluntary sectors and residents on it.last_img read more

News story: Schools urged to work together to continue raising standards

first_img As of March 2018, more than half a million children now studying in good or outstanding sponsored academies that typically replaced underperforming schools; The number of state-funded schools in multi-academy trusts has grown from around 3,200 in 2015 to around 6,700 this year – and receiving 600 applications to covert to an academy in the last academic year; and Of the almost 1,400 multi-academy trusts, three quarters (76%) have between 1 to 5 schools, working together to share best practice. Building on Education Secretary Damian Hinds’ speech at the Confederation of School Trusts in October, Lord Agnew then set out that freedom and autonomy in schools has seen: We know that when good people are given the power to make their own decisions that’s when things happen. They drive improvements based on what they know works. While our diverse education system allows for different types of school to thrive, depending on the needs of the communities they serve, we believe that academy status leads to a more dynamic and responsive education system. This allows schools to make decisions based on local need and the interests of their pupils. It allows high performing schools to consolidate success and spread that excellence across their local area. Converting to become an academy is a positive choice made by hundreds of schools every year to give great leaders the freedom to focus on what is best for pupils – and as of March 2018 over half a million children are studying in sponsored primary and secondary academies that are now rated good or outstanding. These typically replaced underperforming schools. Our ambition is ultimately for every school that wants to, to benefit from the autonomy and freedom to innovate that academy status offers and for schools to collaborate through strong MATs. Academies Minister Lord Agnew today urged schools in England to work together to achieve more than they can on their own.In a speech to teachers, school business managers and senior leaders at the Schools and Academies Show in Birmingham, Lord Agnew underlined the importance of hard-working teachers in delivering rising standards in schools across the country and set out his ambition for schools to collaborate through multi-academy trusts.Drawing on the improvements delivered in schools since 2010 – with 163,000 more six-year-olds now on track to be fluent readers than in 2012, a reformed curriculum and qualifications, and a shrinking attainment gap – Lord Agnew underlined his belief that the freedom academies enjoy allows teachers to make the right decisions for pupils and their communities.Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, said: National Schools Commissioner Dominic Herrington will also address attendees at the conference. The speeches follow the recent publication of accounts covering around 7,000 academies – to allow the public and Parliament to scrutinise the accounts of any academy school – which demonstrated that 97% of academy trusts submitted financial returns to the Department for Education on time, and underscored the Government’s commitment to taking action against those not following the rules.This follows the announcement to deliver even more transparency over academy finances, with academy accounts having to detail all staff earning over £100,000, declare contracts given to family or friends, and seek approval for all related-party transactions over £20,000 from next April.The Department for Education has also today published a report on the impact of the Regional Academy Growth Fund, highlighting the lasting impact of the £31 million investment to help academy schools grow sustainably. The report shows that the fund helped academy trusts to take on and improve more schools, strengthen leadership, free up teachers to focus their energies in the classroom, and co-ordinate back office tasks across several schools.last_img read more