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Grand Bay Tourism and Environmental Committee restructured

first_imgLocalNews Grand Bay Tourism and Environmental Committee restructured by: – March 27, 2012 Share Share Share 149 Views   one commentcenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Grand Bay Tourism and Environmental Committee newly elected executive members. Photo compliments: Marvin Fabien.Nine residents of Grand Bay community have come together to restructure a tourism organization which was dormant.Bonti Liverpool, Hilroy George, Leanthia Pacquette, Vena Liverpool, Marvin Fabien, Milna Francis, Keneth Blaize, Francis Antoine and Jonas Elizee were elected as the new executive on the Grand Bay Tourism and Environmental Committee (GTEC) at a meeting organized by the Invest Dominica Authority.A press release from newly elected public relations officer Marvin Fabien indicates that the group is geared towards advancing the tourism product in the south part of the island.The release further notes that Grand Bay now has a “new foundation for building its tourism product”.The executive members are diverse in skills and professions including leadership & mentorship, business management, the arts and craft, design and communication. The Committee Structure is as follows:Bonti Liverpool: ChairmanHilroy George: Vice ChairmanLeanthia Pacquette: Treasurer/SecretaryVena Liverpool: Assistant SecretaryMarvin Fabien: Public Relation OfficerMilna Francis: MemberKeneth Blaize: MemberFrancis Antoine: MemberJonas Elizee: MemberThe newly elected executive has outlined a “new vision for the heritage Park and plan to make the area a beacon of hope for the youth of the constituency”.The Committee therefore urges other residents of the south who are interesting in becoming a member to contact Leanthia Pacquette on telephone numbers: 1-767- 225-2511 or 1-767-615-7873 or Bonti Liverpool on 1-767-245-2757/767-613-3511 or any one of the executive members. GTEC is prepared to build a more creative and professional tourism atmosphere in the south and welcomes business partners in this positive venture.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

JEP introduces homelessness service learning program

first_imgKatie Chin | Daily TrojanThe Joint Educational Project is launching a new eight-week volunteer program called “Understanding Homelessness through Service” as part of the USC Initiative to Eliminate Homelessness, which was introduced in April 2016.In its pilot semester, the program will connect students to local nonprofits that work directly with homeless populations. According to JEP Program Assistant and graduate student Riley Runburg, JEP hopes to provide students with a community perspective while doing its part to contribute to the University’s homeless initiative. “USC students can spend their time volunteering at one of our organizations and leave with a new perspective — an understanding of the problems that go on in an urban area and having a little bit of empathy,“ Runburg said. “They can contribute to solving these kinds of social problems [like homelessness].”JEP will partner with local community nonprofits to enact these social changes throughout the eight-week program. For example, it will work with Chrysalis, an organization that provides adults with resources to find and retain employment, and School on Wheels, a group that offers tutoring services and basic job training for school-age homeless children. In addition, JEP students will volunteer at local homeless shelters and public libraries.  Students who participate in the program will work with JEP and the nonprofits for two hours per week, where they will directly provide services to local homeless populations and learn about the social problems these populations face. While the first semester will focus on volunteer programs alone, Runburg and JEP Associate Director Susan Harris are working to expand the project in coming semesters. Runberg and Harris are currently working with USC’s Thematic Option program to develop a course about understanding homelessness that will include service learning volunteer projects in its curriculum. While it isn’t confirmed, they hope to debut the program in spring, Harris said.In 2015, Provost Michael Quick addressed homelessness as a “wicked problem” faced by society in a university-wide email. Since then, the University has sought to tackle the issue through the development of a committee consisting of six USC deans and the establishment of community housing resources.“Homelessness, as we know, is an intractable problem that has reached epidemic proportions in Los Angeles,” Quick said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “We also know that it is not an easy problem to solve. It takes a major university like USC to research, support and develop new ways to address this complex issue.”According to Brenda Wiewel, director of the USC Initiative to End Homelessness, the JEP program is part of USC’s pipeline strategy to provide essential skills for individuals to enter and maintain a place in the workforce. “[The USC Initiative is] engaging students through volunteer work, internships and job placement to help build and fill the pipeline of jobs that are required to increase housing stock and provide services that place people into housing,” Wiewel said.Students interested in the program can visit the JEP House, located at the corner of Trousdale Parkway and West 34th Street between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. until Sept. 1 to sign up for the program’s inaugural semester. “We know we need to come at [homelessness] from different directions and one of those is to engage our undergraduates. The JEP effort is a service program that will do just that,” Quick said. “Let’s put our brightest minds to this issue — students, faculty and staff — to further our mission of a private university that serves the public good.”last_img read more

Brandon Figueroa on stepping out of his brother’s shadow with a breakthrough 2019

first_imgHe followed it up with an even better showing in August, notching a spectacular knockout of Javier Nicolas Chacon for his first successful title defense.”My goals were to at least become an interim world champion,” Figueroa told Sporting News. “I became that. I honestly didn’t believe I would be a regular champion for the WBA. But here I am, defending it. It’s an amazing feeling what I’ve accomplished in one year.” Since then, Figueroa was bumped up to WBA “Regular” champion status by the sanctioning body as he looks to defend again, facing Julio Ceja as part of the Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz 2 card Saturday night.Join DAZN to watch 100+ fight nights a yearSince he was a little kid growing up in Weslaco, Tex., the 22-year-old was always in the shadow of his older brother, former WBC lightweight titlist Omar Jr. Their father, Omar Sr. had always given the majority of his attention to his elder son because he felt the 29-year-old had more potential of the two. However, the tide started to shift a bit when Brandon was 15 and he stopped a Mexican pro fighter during a sparring session. That was Brandon laying the groundwork toward eventually becoming a world champ himself.”I definitely do feel like I’ve carved my own path,” Figueroa admits. “I’m grateful to my brother for paving the way for me and opening up doors. At the end of the day, I’m the one who puts in the hard work in the gym. I’m the one who puts my life on the line every time I’m in the ring. I’ve worked hard to get here. I feel like in my own way. I’m creating my journey. I just know that I’m an action-packed and fan-friendly fighter. I feel like little-by-little I’m starting to get that respect. I’m only 22, and I only have a lot to prove to myself.” Saturday’s fight is the biggest of the year for the rising star because of how quickly he ascended boxing heights and the fact that he’s on the undercard of one of the top names in the sport in Wilder. Figueroa has relied on big brother to help him navigate the waters of what’s been a hectic lead-up. Entering 2019, Brandon Figueroa had one clear goal in mind: Become a world champion. While it’s easier said than done, Figueroa accomplished the feat in April when he stopped Yonfrez Parejo to become the interim WBA super bantamweight champion.  “He helps me out in the little things like keeping me loose, not overthinking about the fight, how to handle the media interviews, which allows me to focus on going out there and giving it my all,” Figueroa said.A win over Ceja (32-4, 28 KOs) would make Figueroa 4-0 for 2019 and erase any lingering doubt about him being in the shadow of his brother.”It would make it an amazing year for me,” Figueroa said. “To start off the year becoming the interim champion and then defending the title. Winning on a card like this, I deserve to be the regular champion. I have to win in spectacular fashion and look really, really well to not put any doubt in people’s minds and prove to myself that I belong here.”last_img read more

Mobile home fire at Vancouver senior living community displaces resident dog

first_imgA Monday night fire at Fair Oaks Estates senior living community in Vancouver’s North Image neighborhood displaced a single resident and dog.Vancouver Fire Department crews were dispatched at 9:35 p.m. to 5404 N.E. 121st Ave., Suite 26. The first arriving crews reported an attic fire in a mobile home, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.A fire department news release issued Tuesday morning said heavy smoke was pouring from the residence.Neighbors had called 911 after smelling smoke and banged on the door of the residence to see if anyone was home. No one answered, and the house was dark. The neighbors turned on sprinklers to stop the fire from spreading to hedges that separate the mobile home park from One Lake Place condominiums.Crews used a hose line to extinguish flames on the exterior before entering the residence and continuing their efforts to stop the fire, the news release said.The fire department noted that the private water supply at Fair Oaks Estates posed a challenge in setting up a stable source of water to battle the blaze. Firefighters sawed through a fence separating Fair Oaks from One Lake Place to access a hydrant within the condo complex.About 20 minutes after the fire call, a firefighter on scene reported it had been knocked down in the attic, and crews were working to clear the home of smoke, according to scanner traffic.last_img read more