News story: Every life matters

first_img on average, 1 person a week is lost in Cumbria to suicide. More than double the number that die on the county’s roads Cumbria’s suicide rates remain higher than the national average, and a disproportionate amount of those deaths are focused on the west coast of Cumbria suicide remains the most common cause of death for men aged between 20-49 one in 15 people will make a suicide attempt at some point in their life We’re really pleased that Sellafield Ltd has supported the vital work we’re picking up. There are a number of mental health charities, and of course the NHS, who all do great work – but very importantly, we know that around three quarters of people who die by suicide are not in contact with any mental health services in the year leading up to their death. That means we need to start thinking about suicide prevention as a community-wide concern. It is friends, family, work colleagues, neighbours and our network of community and voluntary organisations which all have an important part to play in saving lives. Suicide is everyone’s business, and anyone can make an intervention which might save a life. Chris Wood, suicide safer Copeland’s development manager said: As well as making big strategic investments that help the area become more sustainable, we also donate hundreds of thousands of pounds every year to local groups at grass roots level who are doing amazing community work. Suicide Safer Copeland is exactly the kind of organisation we are proud to support, and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to help them get established. More information on Suicide Safer Copeland can be found at:Every Life Matters or on their Facebook page EveryLifeCumbria Suicide Safer Copeland will be working to reduce the stigma and increase understanding of the signs of when someone is at risk of suicide. They’ll also provide resources to increase awareness of how to practically support someone experiencing suicidal thoughts.Gary McKeating, head of community and development at Sellafield Ltd added: Suicide Safer Copeland is being led by Every Life Matters, a Cumbria Suicide Prevention Charity set up in 2018.The initiative aims to reduce the number of suicides by helping people understand when someone is at risk, providing advice on how to support someone in crisis, and signposting support services for those in crisis.Suicide Safer CopelandThe statistics around suicide in Cumbria are stark:last_img read more


first_imgThe staff at UGArden, the University of Georgia’s student-run farm on the Athens Campus, received a federal-sized pat on the back this week when Kevin Concannon, U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, visited the farm and demonstration garden.Concannon, who was in Athens to discuss increasing access to local, healthy food for clients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), visited UGArden because of its dedication to providing fresh produce to limited-resource families. “We were really glad to show it off,” said JoHannah Biang, UGArden farm manager and founding member. “I know it’s a great place, but I’m kind of biased. So, it does mean a lot that people from outside think it’s cool, too.” Despite the 100-degree heat index on Wednesday, July 22, Concannon seemed genuinely interested in what they were doing on the farm, Biang said. It felt good to have his support. UGArden was founded in 2010 by UGA students who wanted to start a community garden on Athens Campus. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences gave them space for the garden on a parcel of land formerly used for livestock research. Today, it’s grown into a 4-acre, sustainably managed farm that provides agricultural experience to students and fresh produce to food-insecure seniors through UGA’s Campus Kitchen program and to local food banks. Concannon was pleased with the way UGArden serves as a venue for public service and for research into sustainable agriculture practices — including small-scale cover crop plots, a solar-powered farm building and organic production practices. “I was very pleased with the efforts on the part of the University of Georgia to implement sustainable practices,” Concannon said. “I heard throughout the day the use of the term sustainable — We don’t waste as much; we recycle, and we use the resources that we are given more prudently. — Yet, (sustainability) is an explosive term — just that word — in parts of Washington. It shouldn’t be, but it is.” In addition to produce that is donated and that goes home with student volunteers, UGArden hosts a weekly public produce sale to help support the farm’s operations. During his visit, Concannon asked why the farm stand does not accept SNAP benefits. It turns out that the students don’t have a card reader that can process SNAP cards. Concannon remedied the situation by offering to send the farm’s volunteer staff a card reader from the USDA’s office in Atlanta, Biang said. “I love getting out in the field,” Concannon told a reporter with WUGA, the university’s Georgia Public Broadcasting affiliate. “I go to a lot of schools, food banks, different places, and often we will hear something like (not having a SNAP card reader) just in casual conversation. And so, I encourage people who work within the USDA to get out into the fields because you’ll hear something, typically, and often it’s something you can do something about. I mean (providing a card reader) isn’t going to take a congressional order, that’s something we can fix pretty readily.” In addition to visiting UGArden, Concannon visited the Athens Farmers Market, which was one of the first farmers markets in the state to accept SNAP benefits. In Georgia, from 2008 to 2014, SNAP redemptions at farmers markets grew from more than $49,000 to nearly $384,000, providing an economic boost to local communities in the state. During that same time period, the number of farmers markets and direct marketing farmers increased from nine to 124. He also visited the Clarke Middle School Kitchen Garden Corps program, which is managed by Wick Prichard, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer under the supervision of David Berle, UGA CAES horticulture researcher and UGArden adviser, and Shannon Wilder, director of the UGA Office of Service Learning. The garden boasts a farm’s worth of vegetable crops, goats and a rooster named “Mittens.” During the summer, students team up with local chefs to make lunch from the garden. “We hope that kids who work with us here are going to go on to be leaders in urban agriculture — or even conventional agriculture — and in family and consumer sciences,” Prichard said. “We’re doing exciting stuff here. And it’s exciting that it’s happening in Athens and in Georgia, not in Berkley or Portland or somewhere that you automatically associated with urban agriculture or the local food movement.” Concannon rounded out his tour with a trip to the West Broad Farmers Market, a tour of the UGA Campus Kitchen facilities — where students turn locally grown food into meals for seniors — and with a talk at the UGA Miller Learning Center. For more information about the UGArden, visit For more information about UGA Extension’s resources for community and school gardens, visit read more

Bill to double GAL budget down but, maybe, not out

Bill to double GAL budget down but, maybe, not out According to supporters from both parties Bill to double GAL budget down but, maybe, not out Associate EditorA bill that would have provided attorneys for abused and neglected children in dependency cases, with the promise that no child go unrepresented in court, was pulled from the House special calendar before it was scheduled to be heard.And the person behind the demise of SB 686, said Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, was Kathleen Kearney, secretary of the Department of Children and Families, a former judge, and a member of the Bar’s Commission on the Legal Needs of Children that supported the bill.“The Governor’s Office killed it because Kate Kearney didn’t want it,” said Campbell, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that sponsored the bill that promised to double the GAL Program budget with an additional $12 million.“She is of the opinion there are too many lawyers in the courtroom right now. My opinion is these are probably the most vulnerable kids we have in society. Without having someone there to protect their interest, they are the ones who suffer. You see it day in and day out. For someone to say children’s rights should not be protected is the anthesis of that department,” Campbell said.“The Lt. Governor [Frank Brogan] walked around and told everyone in the House not to vote for it and convinced everyone over there not to vote for it.”Kearney responded: “It’s interesting that Skip Campbell thinks I have that kind of power.. . the ability to kill this bill.”Kearney did strongly oppose the bill for several reasons. She said she is concerned that the bill’s emphasis on providing attorneys for children in dependency cases would fuel an adversarial environment instead of fostering the therapeutic justice atmosphere she favors.When she was a judge and appointed attorneys for children in certain difficult cases, she said, “it was not to make it more contested, but to ensure the best interests of the children were protected and it was not a free-for-all.“There are some areas of the country where every child gets an attorney and in the fight in court, the child’s well-being, safety, and permanency get lost. It ends up not being about the child, but about who wins,” Kearney said. “Whatever model is ultimately adopted, we cannot allow it to become an adversarial model, but it must be one where the child is the focus.”Her philosophy on how best to represent children in dependency court, she said, mirrors that of Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge Daniel Dawson, also a member of the Bar’s commission. Dawson believes his pilot project is the best way to represent children: with guardians ad litem and only appoint attorneys at the discretion of the judge in special cases. Kearney said she would like to see the Ninth Circuit pilot project replicated statewide.SB 686, Kearney said, is another episode in the what she calls the “raging national debate” about best interests of the child (GAL model) vs. child’s wishes (attorney model). The bill, she said, “creates confusion where none currently exists” about the role of the GAL and attorneys.“It appoints the guardian ad litem, but the guardian ad litem also has to be represented by an attorney or appoint an attorney ad litem,” Kearney said. “Is the client the guardian ad litem or is the client the child? It’s very nebulous. You end up saying, ‘Who is representing the child? Who speaks for the child?’”Secondly, Kearney opposes moving the GAL Program from the Office of State Courts Administrator to the Department of Elder Affairs. She agrees that there are conflicts in keeping the GAL Program in the courts, because the very judges who supervise the 20 circuit’s GAL programs make adjudicatory decisions about the fate of children in cases that come before them.There is also the question of whether the GAL Program is an “essential court function,” an issue driven by the funding shift with constitutional Amendment 7, passed by voters in 1998, that mandates the state pick up a larger portion of trial courts’ expenses. The Florida Supreme Court has said the GAL Program, which uses 4,500 volunteers to help carry out its duties statewide, needs to be moved from the trial courts to somewhere else, but it hasn’t take a position on where that new home should be. Currently, the GAL Program has no statewide director.The Senate Judiciary Committee wrestled with where that new home should be, blocked by conflicts of interest with proposals to move it to the offices of the Public Defenders or Attorney General.Finally, it was decided that the new home for the GAL Program, including additional lawyers, would be the executive branch in Elder Affairs, where a new executive director would be appointed by the governor. That executive director, who would serve for three years, would supervise a separate Statewide Public Guardianship deputy director and a separate Children’s Representation deputy director.Kearney said she was greatly concerned that there is no infrastructure in place at Elder Affairs to monitor the GAL program and no fiscal support staff.“I think in everyone’s rush to get it out of the courts, no one looked at what it needs to run it,” Kearney said.She realizes that the GAL Program has never been fully funded. Despite statutory mandates and judges’ orders, only half of Florida’s children in need receive guardians ad litem. But, she said, without more thoughtful debate, the additional $12 million for the legal representation of children would be meaningless.Kearney’s opposition to new money for legal representation for children perplexed many children’s advocates grateful for a statutory mechanism to appoint attorneys for children and new money to ensure children have a voice in dependency court.Eleventh Circuit Judge Sandy Karlan, chair of the Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, stressed that members identified representation for children as the “number one priority” out of many pressing needs of children in the legal system.“In fact, Secretary Kearney was an early advocate of lawyers for children when she was assigned to juvenile court and continued so on our commission,” Karlan said.“The members of The Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children found that children have legal, constitutional, and statutory rights that are not always protected. The available research that we considered and the experts who addressed the commissioners suggested that children must have strong advocates,” Karlan continued.“Our only real debate was the form of representation — that is, guardian ad litem or attorney or both.”Karlan called SB 686 “a great first step to providing needed representation for children. It was the result of a tremendous amount of work by children’s advocates from the entire state. It is unfortunate that we will not have the opportunity to try this comprehensive approach.”Sen. Locke Burt, R-Ormond Beach, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said during debate on the Senate floor, where the bill easily passed, “In fact, this doubles the funding so there will be no child in Florida unrepresented.”Burt said the bill clarifies when the guardian ad litem or an attorney is appointed in dependency proceedings and gives the court flexibility to adjust the representation based on the child’s age and level of understanding.And Burt said he hasn’t stopped fighting for the bill, and will argue for it in the special session on the budget.“We’re going to have to address SB 686 again, because it’s $12 million in the [Senate] budget,” Burt said.“My position is that since the money is in the Senate budget, if the governor calls a special session on the budget, it will be addressed. Hopefully, this time around, we’ll have a conference committee and work it all out.”But Campbell was not as optimistic.“I do intend to ask for it to be considered in the special session, the one where we do the budget,” Campbell said. But he does not think there is a chance it will pass.And Kearney said the issue is too important and too complicated to rush through the special session.“I’d like to consider myself a passionate voice for children,” Kearney said. “Would this legislation advocate the best interests of our children within the dependency system or would it bring additional barriers and challenges to the point of will they be represented at all? There are just too many flaws and problems.” April 15, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News read more

Skelos Corruption Trial: Wiretaps Reveal Senators & Son Ripping Cuomo, Environmentalists

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A New York State lawmaker suggested that he might have voted differently on a bill if he knew that the family of former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) allegedly profited from legislation Skelos helped pass.The lawmaker, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens), made the remarks as one of four witnesses to take the stand Wednesday in the second day of the corruption trial against Skelos and his son, Adam, at federal court in Manhattan, where testimony was peppered with spicy recordings of wiretapped phone conversations of the senator talking to his son and others.“It would have indicated that undue influence was given to an issue of legislation based on personal interest,” Avella testified, adding that he also would have aired such information publicly on the Senate floor and to the press as well as called for an investigation. Defense attorneys objected to this line of questioning because it required Avella to give his opinion on allegations that prosecutors are still trying to prove in court, but U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood allowed it.Both the senator, 67, and his son, 33, deny the federal prosecutor’s accusations that they extorted $300,000 in bribes from three companies in payments that took the form of “no-show” jobs that Adam was unqualified for in exchange for their illegally manipulating legislation.G. Robert Gage Jr., the senator’s defense attorney, and Christopher Conniff, who represents Adam, sought to poke holes in Avella’s credibility.Gage noted that Avella, a public critic of the real estate industry, accepted campaign donations from realty groups and developers. Gage noted that when reporters questioned Avella about the contradiction, the Queens politician was quoted as saying that “the contributions have absolutely no impact on legislation.” In court, Avella, the former state Senate ethics committee chair, told Gage: “When it comes to me, they don’t.”Avella was the third witness to take the stand. The first was Chris Curcio, a Floral Park resident and Adam’s former boss at Physicians Reciprocal Insurance (PRI), a medical malpractice insurance firm whose owner had been asked by Sen. Skelos to give Adam a $78,000-per-year job as a favor beginning in 2013. Curcio testified that shortly after he met Adam, he started keeping a handwritten log for the first four months of Adam’s employment to detail when Adam did and did not show up. The majority of the dates were marked “no show,” yet Adam submitted time sheets indicating that he consistently worked 35-hour weeks.When Curcio questioned Adam about his failure to show up for work, Curcio testified that Adam told him that there was a “special arrangement” between his senator dad and Anthony Bonomo, a longtime friend of the Skeloses, which allowed him to work only two days a week. Curcio also testified that in order to sell medical malpractice insurance, Adam was required to take a 99-hour class and a state licensing exam. Curcio testified that Adam completed the class but failed the exam at least twice, and never got his license.“Adam and I had a blow-out on the phone one day,” Curcio testified, referring to his repeated attempts to force him to show up to work. Curcio said that after he told Adam it wasn’t working out, Adam told him: “If you talk to me like that again, I’ll smash your fucking head in.”Read: Skelos Wiretaps Reveal Greed, F-BombsAfter Curcio told Carl Bonomo, his boss and uncle, about the situation with Adam, the senator’s son was made a telemarketing “consultant” at a reduced salary of $36,000. He was required to call 100 doctors a week in order to try and drum up business for PRI. Prosecutors presented emails in court indicating that Adam only called three doctors per week, and none of his efforts ever led to a solid sales lead.On cross examination, Gage asked if Curcio knew if the senator was supposed to help PRI get legislation passed that would benefit the company in exchange for hiring Adam. Curcio said that he did not and didn’t ask his bosses why they hired him.Conniff questioned Curcio on the accuracy of his log and how Curcio himself got his job at PRI. He testified that Curcio’s mother had asked his uncle to land him a job supervising the sales staff despite his own lack of experience in the field.Tatiana Martins, one of the prosecutors trying the case, followed up and asked Curcio: “Is your mother an elected official?”Curcio replied: “No.”Martins asked: “Is she the senate majority leader?”Curcio replied: “No.”Martins asked: “Does she control legislation that effects PRI?”Curcio replied: “No.”The second witness to take the stand was Vanessa Tibbits, one of the FBI agents who monitored the Skelos wiretaps. She explained the process of getting approvals to “go up on a wire” as well as the strict protocols that include the listening room being locked and only accessible to the public corruption squad due to the sensitivity of investigations like this. She testified before the first Skelos wiretaps were played in open federal court.In one conversation, the elder Skelos was heard speaking with state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) about making a joint statement announcing their intention to focus on water issues on Long Island. They discussed how they didn’t want to fund water-quality improvement projects supported by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, but instead they wanted to do their own water projects. Skelos liked the idea of appeasing “the environmental nuts.”In another call, Adam whined to his father about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s banning fracking. That’s because AbTech, the storm-water filtration firm the men are accused of coercing fees from, also makes fracking waste-water filters.“Arghhhh, this day sucks!” Adam is heard telling his dad in the wiretap.“It does,” his dad replies, “but we’re totally gonna focus on the other thing now.”Adam then urged his father to run for governor and unseat Cuomo.“I would be so proud if you would just kick his ass,” Adam said.The Republican state senator had choice words for the Democratic governor.“No more buddy-buddy,” Skelos said. “He’s full of shit.”last_img read more

Knowing this distinction could boost your credibility

first_imgUnderstand that writing is a process. Whether crafting a simple social post, an email, or a white paper, the process involves thought, drafts, edits, and rewrites. Make sure to include a writing refresher course in the professional development plan you outline for yourself or your team. “John Doe and I are grateful for your invitation.”  I’m sure you agree that these sentences are written correctly. Watch what happens when we add John Doe to the first-person pronoun. Misplacement of “I” and “me” in a sentence can make you seem less credible. Consider these sentences: Although I have written about this on several occasions over the years, the single grammar faux pas that I see in print almost as much as I hear in verbal exchanges involves confusion around subjects and objects.  7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: Details Grab a ruler and let’s diagram a sentence! Before you roll your eyes, read further. This is not to say that all businesspeople need to be professional writers or creative writers. Some basic grammar rules, however, seem to be turned upside-down and repeated so often that they are becoming normal. I wonder if this is a result of our tendency to trust what we see in print. Either way, it is always a good idea to keep a grammar reference guide handy and to subscribe to a credible grammar publication for continual edification. I share a few at the end of this brief article. In the immortal words of Columbo, just one more thing… Thanks to online networking, more businesspeople are writing more frequently than just a decade ago. Most of us are conscientious about the content we make public but how many of us take time to consider the way we structure our social posts and emails? How conscious are we about grammar?  No harm there, right?  The first-person pronoun, whether compounded or not, is always “I” as the subject of a sentence and “me” as the object of a sentence. It is correct to say, “Your invitation surprised John Doe and me.”  If as a child you recall being corrected when you said, “John and me,” it was likely because the duo was the subject of a sentence rather than the object. This is why it is important to understand the parts of a sentence. Time spent diagramming sentences in the sixth grade was not wasted after all. No need to worry if you can no longer find your old notebooks. We have access at our fingertips to a bevy of excellent resources. Here are a few of my go-to grammar/writing sites: While it is widely accepted that social media is casual, the difference between colloquialisms and incorrect grammar is usually obvious, and the latter could chip at your professional credibility. “I am grateful for your invitation.”“Your invitation surprised me.” ·       Grammar Book·       Grammar Girl (aka Quick and Dirty Tips)·       The Purdue Writing Lab The problem comes when the compound subject becomes a compound object. Just as “Your invitation surprised I” sounds and is incorrect, so too is “Your invitation surprised John Doe and I” yet this mistake is rampant.last_img read more

11 things I think I think

first_imgAs I sit here, in day whatever of social distancing, I have decided to share some things I think I think. My apologies to Peter King.This is not the “new normal”. It is the current reality, and it sucks. But to get to the “new normal” we must go through this social distancing to impede the spread of the coronavirus.Credit unions are a PEOPLE business. Now is the time to live, breathe and execute upon that core tenet. The current focus for credit union leaders – hell, everyone – must be people. Profits, new products, loan growth, mergers, vacations, concerts, sports will be there eventually. Will your family, friends, internal members (employees) and external members? Care for them now so they will return, more devoted than ever.NCUA must recognize the abnormality of the current situation and adjust their exams, criteria and responses accordingly.Boy, I miss sports.People are great. There are at least 10 examples of the power of human spirit for every example of bad behavior.People appreciate that you care enough to check on and think of them.This current reality should not alter the strategic vison/plan. An actual strategic vision will not be altered by short term events. However, unless you are Nostradamus, the business or operational plan has been shredded. These short-term, tactical plans determine the how and when the overall strategy is achieved. The strategic plan is the why of the business, not the how or when.We need to take advantage and learn from this time of working from home and expanded video interfacing to enhance future service deliveries and internal operations.Extra attention must be focused on IT security. The added work from home access and external communications create additional vulnerabilities.I wish all merchants accepted contactless cards and Apple Pay.It will feel great to go to a crowded restaurant to eat, drink and be merry with family and friends.Stay safe my friends. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,David Clendaniel David Clendaniel is an inspirational and strategic leader that translates business strategies into programs and products to improve the quality of life for members, employees, and community. After being raised … Web: Detailslast_img read more

2 injured in rollover crash

first_imgAccording to police, the vehicle was traveling east on State Route 17 near exit 84 when it went off the road and rolled for an unknown reason. The driver, a 65-year-old male, was transported to Wilson Hospital by Hancock Ambulance for head lacerations. A 20-year-old female passenger was transported to Wilson Hospital by LifeNet for head injuries. A 52-year-old female passenger was not injured. State Police say the accident remains under investigation.center_img DEPOSIT (WBNG) — State Police say a vehicle involved in a rollover crash has left two people injured. last_img read more

Tioga County Boys and Girls Club holds annual free Thanksgiving dinner

first_imgAll participants had to do was pull up to the site and indicate how many meals they needed then pop their trunk. Volunteers then put the meals in their trunk. Organizers say the goal was to provide as many meals as possible to those who need them. They started giving out the meals at 3 p.m. this afternoon and said they’d be there until the last one was gone. “It’s turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, dinner rolls, and pumpkin pie,” Curatolo said. “Because everyone needs pumpkin pie for dinner, right?”center_img Volunteer Lisa Curatolo says each meal is filled with Thanksgiving favorites. OWEGO (WBNG) — The Tioga County Boys and Girls Club held a free Thanksgiving dinner for members of the community. last_img read more

Croatia and Slovenia have started the implementation of the project “Culture has no borders” with the aim of connecting cultural heritage

first_imgIn each of these variants the emphasis will be on uncool points that will offer a mix of cultural heritage and storytelling experiences, local culinary experience, art, urban leisure space and contact with residents. In addition, a tourist information center will be set up in Jastrebarsko as an information center for visitors and a pavilion in the Erdödy park intended for social events, and in Črnomelj the floor area of ​​one of the oldest parts of the city center will be renovated. These two places will be connected through a mobile application for guiding visitors and a cross-border digital card for further expansion and promotion of other small historic towns along the Slovenian-Croatian border. Special sightseeing scenarios with plans for the interpretation of individual sightseeing points will be adapted for people with physical disabilities. In Črnomelj, ten localities will be included in the culture project: steam locomotive, Sokolski dom, monument to the First World War, monument to the National Liberation War, Črnomalj town – treasury, church of Sv. Peter, the birth house of Miran Jarc, the city museum collection of Črnomelj, the church of Sv. Spirit and late antique walls, the Črnomelj triple bridge and the museum collection of the Kanižarica brown coal mine. In addition to raising awareness of the recognition of cultural heritage, its preservation and activation for tourism purposes, this project aims to involve local museums, associations and citizens through collecting stories, photographs and other elements that will increase understanding and knowledge of intangible heritage, as well as local bidder. In addition, cultural heritage in smaller areas such as Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj is one of the potentials that can attract visitors and thus influence the further development of the tourist offer through the survival of small providers in the field of gastronomy, crafts, accommodation and other services.  The culture project is conceived as uncool a tour tailored to the needs of visitors who will be introduced to the cultural heritage, local offer and enable live and virtual encounters with historical figures on the streets, squares and parks of Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj. The added value is the fact that this is an example of good practice and a development model applicable to other small historic towns along the Slovenian-Croatian border.    “I am glad that the Municipality of Črnomelj, in cooperation with the city of Jastrebarsko and partners, is developing a project that will be an example to other small towns along the border how to create foundations for sustainable tourism development through the promotion of cultural heritage. KulTuri aims to present the history of small towns, connect the local offer, walk and experience and enable live encounters with historical figures, all of which will be supported through a cross-border digital card for further expansion and promotion.”, Said Stefan Misja, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Crnomelj. The acronym of the project is “culture”, and the goal is to present the cultural heritage through a specially designed tourist tour to visit the famous cultural attractions in the area of ​​Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj. The tourist product conceived in this way will connect the cultural heritage and the local offer and create an experience for visitors through walks through the streets, squares and parks. It will also become an example of good practice that can be applied in other smaller towns along the Slovenian-Croatian border.  The City of Jastrebarsko from Croatia and the Municipality of Črnomelj from Slovenia, in cooperation with project partners the Tourist Board of the City of Jastrebarsko, Development Information Center Bela krajina, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Libertas International University and other associated partners, are implementing the project “Heritage of Jaska and Črnomelj be ‘cool’. For everything.”  The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the Interreg VA Slovenia – Croatia 2014-2020 Cooperation Program.  The tourist tour for the area of ​​the town of Jastrebarsko will include 13 cultural attractions: the chapel of St. Duha, Jastrebarsko City Museum and Gallery, Statue of the Family on JJ Strossmayer Square, monument to the Starčević family house, monument to Vladko Maček, Napoleon’s Hospital (Šubar House), Erdödy Castle Park, Žitnica, Ljube Kraljević Bridge, cooperative collection of the Golub family and the Franciscan Church Sv. Marija, Monument to the victims of all wars, historical graves in the city cemetery, the church of Sv. Nicholas and graphite Erdödy. On the other side of the border, the Municipality of Črnomelj has been declared a cultural monument of local significance with a total of 20 registered heritage sites, so this partnership is important for creating a unique concept of cross-border tourist product based on the potential of untapped cultural heritage. center_img Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj are the first of about 50 smaller towns along the Slovenian-Croatian border that have decided to build their recognizability and develop a joint cross-border tourist product that will be adapted for people with physical disabilities through the revitalization of historic centers and tourism development.  After the completion of the project, the number of visits to cultural heritage attractions in Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj is expected to increase by at least 3,5 times compared to the starting points of the number of visits in 2016.  As pointed out by the city of Jastrebarko, all these activities will be accompanied by strong communication support that will include public events, a special website, texts and articles on social networks, exhibitions, tourist maps, promotional campaign for various target groups and advertising campaign and media support. . The key promotional tool will be a mobile application that will actively involve visitors in experiencing cities and guide them in an instructive and interactive way along the route of culture using GPS, virtual reality technology and interactive maps, learn about history through educational games for children and reward credit points. . In addition to Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj, the mobile application and digital card will technologically and content-wise enable direct involvement in the project of other cities along the Slovenian-Croatian border. In parallel with the digital experience, attention will be paid to personal contact between visitors and hosts, so specialist training of guides and interpreters is planned.  “This project is a continuation of the successful cooperation between Črnomelj, Jaska and our partners, and I believe that we will successfully implement it as well as our first joint project” Awakened Cultural Heritage “from 2011. Jaska has something to show, and with this approach in a new way we will raise the quality of our cultural and tourist offer not only of our city, but also of the entire border area of ​​Croatia and Slovenia. Much greater value than the money we are withdrawing from this project is the strengthening of cooperation between partners on both sides of the border, because borders are the lines on the map, and coexistence and good neighborly relations on both sides have existed in this area for centuries. We need to strengthen this cooperation, and projects like this are the best stake in that”, Said Zvonimir Novosel, the mayor of Jastrebarsko. Specifically, it is about 9.000 new visitors who will be motivated to come to Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj through this project, which, in addition to the current numbers, the total target attendance will be over 12.000 visitors. In addition to independent walking and walking with the help of a special mobile application that will be developed as part of the project, it will be possible to walk with specially trained guides.  The total value of the project is EUR 1.316.243,02, of which the approved ERDF funds amount to EUR 1.118.806,54 (85%), while the own funds invested by the project partners amount to EUR 197.436,48 (15%). The project implementation period lasts from 1 July 2018 to 31 January 2020, ie 30 months.last_img read more

Come together to support Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion15-LOVE celebrates the legacy and inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and, of course, remembers those of Arthur Ashe, who personally involved himself in the program’s formative years. With those inspirational leaders in mind, two years ago, 15-LOVE proudly celebrated 25 years of service to thousands of children from our region’s cities, including broad participation by families of all ethnic and racial backgrounds. The sport of tennis is the vehicle we use to reach the children and their families, but striving to improve race and cultural relations remains one of our central missions. We are especially proud of the success stories and accomplishments of many 15-LOVE children of immigrant families of limited means from African countries, the Caribbean region, South America, Asian and Middle Eastern nations, among others, and, of course, the children from right here — the urban communities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Rensselaer. Some of those young people now serve on the board of directors of the 15-LOVE organization, and many have gone on to college and successful professional careers.More than 25 years later, we are still reminded of the challenges we face, seemingly every day. Some of it is extremely uncomfortable and disappointing. We ask, in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory, that the entire community join together in rejection of anti-immigrant and openly racist rhetoric and public policy, and in recognition of the value of all our diverse communities that together TRULY make our country great.Daniel SleasmanAlbanyThe writer is a member of the Board of Directors of 15-LOVE and the letter has been signed by the board.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more