JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The First United Methodist Church on East Duval Street in Downtown Jacksonville is hosting the first mobile food kitchen on Saturday afternoon in partnership with Feeding Northeast Florida.
Pdt. Tiffany McGill, senior pastor of First UMC, said the church was founded nearly 200 years ago and offers diverse community programs, including “Get Well Jax,” a program the church started recently to help people recover physically, emotionally and spiritual trauma caused by the pandemic.
“As our Lord said, ‘Man does not live on bread alone,’ so we offer a holistic program that nourishes body, mind and spirit,” said McGill.
He said church members were excited about the opportunity to serve the community with Feeding Northeast Florida on Saturday.
Mobile food kitchens start at 2 p.m. at 225 East Duval Street.
The Pantry will be in the church parking lot behind the church with access on Church Street.
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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs and other health officials met on Friday to discuss COVID-19 in Mississippi, and cases of the new Brazilian variant of COVID-19 in the state.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said there had been a downward trend in the number of cases and deaths reported. In recent weeks, long-term care facilities have not reported any deaths from COVID-19, which is a sign of good progress.
“We really believe a lot of that has to do with the vaccinations people receive at those long-term care facilities,” Byers said.
Dobbs urged doctors to think about antibody treatments to use in patients as new variants are exposed and as future spikes develop to prevent hospitalizations and deaths.
“As we collect new cases and look at future booms and as we look at periods where we don’t have really efficient immunizations, doctors ask to think about monoclonal antibody treatment,” Dobbs said.
Navarro College hosts a Micronesian Appreciation Dinner on March 30 to celebrate the dedication and support that has been given to the college from the Micronesian Archipelago community for more than 35 years.
Micronesia is a subregion of Oceana and consists of thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Major powers include the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, the Commonwealth of the US Northern Mariana Islands, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
During the 1980s, Navarro College was attended by many students from Micronesia and graduated from college. After completing their studies at Navarro College, many remain and work in Corsicana and the surrounding area. The Micronesian community continues to support the college and organizes various community events to help promote their cultural awareness and support educational opportunities at Navarro College.
A group of Micronesian Community Leaders awarded scholarships in memory of Harold Crouch, who served as an international student advisor at Navarro College for many years. While Crouch is involved with all international students, he shares a special bond with Micronesians. This scholarship is designed to help honor his memory by assisting students of Micronesian descent in pursuing their academic goals.
“Liz and I saw when we first attended this event that the Micronesian community is a special group of people who embody Navarro College’s vision to be recognized nationally as a higher education institution. They have been giving back by providing scholarship opportunities for other Micronesian citizens for decades, ”said Dr. Kevin G. Fegan, President of the University of Navarro District.
Sina Ruiz, Vice President of Registration Management and Institutional Effectiveness, shares stories about how this movement started in 2008 when many Micronesian people contributed to the Harold Crouch Micronesian Scholarship by donating their time, cooking, raffles, garage sales, organizing Labor Day Volleyball and Tournaments Basketball, and showcases and food tasting at the annual Micronesia Festival.
Harold Housley, Vice President of Operations and Institutional Advancement, announced that the Micronesian Community has raised more than $ 30,000 and that 62 Harold Crouch Micronesia Scholarships have been awarded.
Dr. Fegan and Liz recognized the outstanding work of all the Micronesian Communities and presented Bulldog Pride Certificates and Pins to Harold Crouch Micronesia Scholarship Committee Members including Kelen Esa, David Manuere, Reba Rayel-Umwech, Ali Hasugulig, Cal Loman Bwicheilug, and Carmen Taimanao.
With Bulldog Pride, Navarro College recognizes and thanks the entire Micronesian community for all their dedication, love and support.
The next community event is the Micronesia Festival which will kick off on Tuesday at 5pm, April 13 at the Navarro University Clock Tower.
This event is to spread cultural awareness of the various islands of Micronesia by providing information, performances, and free traditional island food for all who wish to attend.
The delegation of the Council of Europe Committee on the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) paid a visit to Switzerland from March 22 to April 1, 2021. It was the CPT’s seventh periodic visit to the country.
The aim of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of persons deprived of their liberty in the seven cantons of the Swiss Confederation. Particular attention is paid to the situation of persons deprived of their liberty by the police, persons detained in detention or serving sentences or those undergoing institutional therapeutic measures or internment in preventive detention (including minors and young adults) and persons who get punished. restrictive measures under immigration laws. Lastly, delegates can observe the impact of actions taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the places visited.
In the context of the visit, the CPT delegation met with Martin Dumermuth, Director of the Federal Office of Justice (FOJ), and the following Members of the State Council: Ms. Kaiser Kayser-Frutschi, Director of Justice and Security (Canton of Nidwalden), Ms. Jacqueline Fehr, Director of Justice and Domestic Affairs (Canton Zürich), Ms. Nathalie Barthoulot, President of the Jura Government and Minister of Social Cohesion, Justice and Police (Canton of Jura), and Ms. Béatrix Métraux, Head of the Department of Environment and Security (Canton Vaud). He also met with senior officials representing civic and federal agencies in charge of areas relevant to CPT work.
Prior to the visit, consultations were held with Ms. Regula Mader, the President of the National Commission for the Prevention of Torture (CNPT), as well as with representatives of non-governmental organizations active in fields related to the mandate of the CPT.
At the end of its visit, the delegation presented preliminary observations to federal and territorial authorities in Bern.
The visit was carried out by the following CPT members:
Vincent Delbos (Head of Delegation)
They were supported by Natacha De Roeck and Sebastian Rietz from the CPT Secretariat and assisted by two experts, Anne Galinier, a medical doctor, and Cyrille Orizet, a psychiatrist.
The delegation visited the following places of deprivation of liberty:
WOODSFIELD – Teens living in the Swiss of Ohio Local School District can now attend preschool free of charge.
The Swiss Local School District Education Board of Ohio recently voted in support of the preschool expansion with Ohio Valley Education Service Center Bright Beginnings Primary School. This expansion will allow residents aged 3-5 years to attend school for free from the 2021-22 school year.
Head of Academics Jennifer Bohach said a number of factors contributed to the decision. He said they want to make sure all district students have the opportunity to attend preschool classes which are important for students’ future readiness and success.
“Many of our students come far below the students who are ready for kindergarten. We found a correlation between significantly higher scoring children enrolled in Bright Beginnings preschool and similar kindergarten ready classes; so increasing it from two to four days and the free giveaway helps increase the number of students we can help getting ready for kindergarten, “ she says.
Prior to this upcoming fall semester when SOLSD will cover the costs, the cost per student to attend preschool classes each month is $ 140. District preschool classes will also be extended from two days a week to four days a week for kindergarten readiness classes for children. ages 4.5 to 5. Children ages 3-4 will continue to attend classes two days a week.
Bohach said another determining factor in the board’s decision was the high response received from parents to the preschool expansion survey released last month. The survey asked parents a variety of questions including about their interest in enrolling students in preschool classes if it was free. He said 81 families in the district responded to the survey – 93 percent of whom have students who qualify for preschool this fall.
“We really feel there is a need for classes in this district,” she says.
In addition to the five classrooms in the district, Bohach said SOLSD will open three more classrooms to accommodate kindergarten readiness preschool classes for children aged 4.5 to 5 years, Bohach said. The new classrooms will be located in Beallsville Elementary, Powhatan Elementary and Woodsfield Elementary.
He said the council would also consider adding two more preschool locations at Skyview Elementary School and Sungai Elementary School for children aged 3-4 years, a program to be held two days a week.
“If the numbers guarantee, we will rent the place out. We’ll have better ideas next week, “ she says.
Bohach added that the district will continue to provide buses and meals for students who attend school.
Joy Edgell, director of preschool services for OVESC, says the classes will have a positive impact on the community.
“Every family now has access to quality preschools. This is very important for a district. It literally gives all their students access and prepares them for a solid foundation for kindergarten entry, “ she says.
Edgell said the OVESC does not yet have an official number on how many plan to attend classes in the fall semester, but they expect a good turnout.
Parents can enroll children in preschool classes all year round, says Bohach. For more information on district preschool options or for enrolling students, contact the OVESC office at 740-373-6669.