Jersey City trains local chaplains to help residents

first_imgHELPING THOSE WHO HELP — Jersey City police will train chaplains to help people. JERSEY CITY — Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced this week the start of a new program to use local clergy members to assist residents who experience violence and other difficult situations. The program is supported by a $10,000 grant from the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.“Other cities nationally and in New Jersey are successfully using chaplains to provide a timely and compassionate response,” said Mayor Fulop. “We care when our residents are hurting, and the chaplains provide support to help people at a time of crisis or loss. These are people in the community who they know and trust, and who could provide assistance at a time when they need it most.”The chaplains will be called by the Jersey City Police Department when there is a death or other critical incident. In addition to providing comfort and support, the chaplains will serve as a liaison to social services and other resources that an individual or family may need during a time of loss or violence.The Chaplain program is a joint initiative of the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Public Safety, and the Department of Health & Human Services. Chaplains are recruited from a variety of faith traditions, and do not function religiously unless a resident asks for that kind of support. The Jersey City Chaplain program uses ministers who are rooted in Jersey City, and are trained for this kind of community care.“Using Chaplains allows police officers to more quickly return to law enforcement duties, while still meeting real resident needs,” said Public Safety Director James Shea. “This program evolved from meeting with families who have experienced violence and looking for solutions together.”“We know that in times of crisis, everybody can use extra support,” said Health & Human Services Director Stacey Flanagan. “This helps people make good use of their own resources, recover more quickly, and has positive immediate and long-term health effects.”The program will be introduced to the public at a series of public meetings in every police district and ward. Wednesday Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at North District Captain’s Meeting, MS 7, 222 Laidlaw Ave.; Thursday Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at Cityline Church, 1510 Kennedy Blvd. @ Pamrapo Ave.; Monday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church Annex, 721 West Side Ave @ Jewett Ave.; Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, 472-76 Bergen Ave.; Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at East District Captain’s Meeting, PS 4, Bright & Varick Sts., in the library; Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Claremont Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Claremont & Rose avenues; Wednesday Oct. 11 at &:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 440 Hoboken Ave (5 Corners); Wednesday Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 219 3rd St.; and Thursday Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at Hope Center, 110 Cambridge Ave.The Jersey City Police Department will also present other community policing initiatives. Light refreshments will be served.Similar presentations will be made at South and West District Captain’s meetings, dates to be determined. ×HELPING THOSE WHO HELP — Jersey City police will train chaplains to help people.last_img read more

Memory Lane tightens production as sales fall

first_imgBy Sylvia Macdonald and Georgi GytonProduction is to be cut at Finsbury Food Group’s premium cake business Memory Lane Cakes, as sales continue to fall in the recession.The bread, cake and morning goods manufacturer said production at the Cardiff business is likely to be cut from seven to five days a week. A consultation with employees is currently taking place on changes to shift patterns, with 95 jobs out of Memory Lane’s 1,000-or-so staff at risk. This represents 4% of Finsbury’s total workforce of 2,500. Memory Lane is the leading manufacturer of the UK retailers’ premium own-label cake ranges.Martin Lightbody, chairman and major shareholder at Finsbury, told British Baker: “There is a general decline in cake sales, including premium, and we have been at the forefront of premium, especially celebration and upper-tier cakes.”The number of products sold on deals this year increased dramatically, so we have been looking at cost-cutting over innovation. We must show our customers that we can produce excellent products again.”He continued: “Our strategy is going to be to innovate for the future. In the industry I would like to see a general improvement in quality available to consumers, while affordable to our customers. We shall continue to look at opportunities to keep us competitive.”The job losses and changes to shift patterns are only being made at Memory Lane’s Cardiff site, “not company-wide”.A spokeswoman said: “In the current economic climate, the firm believes this is a necessary step to safeguard the long-term employment of as many staff as possible, while ensuring that the company continues to work efficiently in providing high-quality products. Finsbury is committed to full and complete consultation with the affected employees on this matter and will aim to deliver improvements to factory operations, while keeping job losses to a minimum.”In Finsbury’s November trading update it announced that “sales in its larger cake business had declined by 6% in value”, slightly ahead of the overall market decline of 4%.An analyst at stock-broking and advisory house KBC Peel Hunt said that the share price had gone down quite aggressively in the couple of days following the announcement, from around 24-25p to 20p, but had now flattened off.last_img read more

Vermont Law School to open Center for Agriculture and Food Systems

first_imgVermont Law School,Vermont Law School will open a Center for Agriculture and Food Systems next spring to support advocates, agencies, food hubs, incubators and farmers engaged in the creation of community-based agriculture systems in the United States and internationally.The new center will focus on legal and policy issues related to community-based agriculture, the regulation of food, the Farm Bill and agricultural subsidies, energy-efficient food production, energy independence for farmers and other issues key to retaining a successful working landscape for rural communities.‘Vermont Law School is the ideal place to initiate this effort,’ said Professor Marc Mihaly, director of VLS’s Environmental Law Center. ‘Vermont is synonymous with the farming landscape and leads the nation in sophisticated efforts to implement a sustainable agricultural system.’The Agriculture Center, which will be modeled after VLS’s highly successful Institute for Energy and the Environment, will build on recent efforts at the school. Those efforts include hosting a conference on ‘Food, Fuel, and the Future of Farming’ that attracted more than 200 scholars, activists and farmers. VLS also convened a colloquium with the Northeast Organic Farming Association and Rural Vermont on farmers’ market insurance issues. And VLS published The Farmer’s Handbook for Energy Self-Reliance, which was distributed nationally to more than 4,000 farmers and more than a dozen farmers’ forums.In the spring, VLS will recruit a director for the Agriculture Center who has national experience to work with the school’s environmental faculty and Summer Session faculty, many of whom have produced scholarship in this area. The center will be launched through the school’s 2011 Sustainable Food Systems Summer Scholar program; a noted academic or practitioner will be selected to spend two weeks in Vermont to conduct research and participate in colloquia. Students from VLS’s Agricultural Law Society will assist in the center’s work; many are expected to join Vermont Law School alumni who work with organizations such as the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the Center for Food Safety, and the Vermont Department of Agriculture.Source: VLS. 10.4.2010last_img read more

6 years after she was hired, Gina Castelli and Le Moyne have shot at NCAA Tournament

first_img Comments Head coach Gina Castelli faced over a dozen Le Moyne women’s basketball players in the visitor’s locker room after it defeated then-No. 14 Florida Southern College. It was Nov. 23, and her team had just moved to 3-1 on the season with a seven-point win.But she hadn’t told the Dolphins how high their opponent was ranked. So after the game, she wrote the Moccasins’ ranking on the whiteboard. She asked her players what they thought that number meant. They guessed offensive rebounds, but Castelli shot back the real meaning.“We went nuts,” redshirt sophomore guard Liz Millea said.Inside its home gym, only one of the 110 banners marking NCAA Tournament appearances is for the women’s basketball program, one that’s slowly gained acclaim in Division II hoops recently. When Castelli took over Le Moyne six years ago, she fulfilled a step-by-step reconstruction to create the team that sits atop the Northeast-10 Conference standings. This season, the Dolphins (19-4, 13-4) are ranked for the first time in school history after knocking off two top-15 teams and totaling a 14-game winning streak.“Water the culture, water the vision,” Castelli said, “and never settle.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn 2014, Bentley University, a NE-10 rival, won the NCAA Women’s Division II National Championship behind an undefeated, 35-0 season. After her first season with the Dolphins, Castelli began to formulate a plan that modeled her roster off of Bentley’s. It started with size, continued through solid point guards and ended with a winning program.Corinne Poitevien, now a graduate student, led a class with three players taller than 6-feet. The next piece, McKayla Roberts, has averaged 17.5 points per game this season and filled the point guard vacancy. Soon, Castelli’s desired squad came to fruition.“I think little by little we’ve been able to fill in those pieces,” Castelli said, “so that at this point now, we’re right there.”Greg Wall | Le Moyne AthleticsThis season, the Dolphins won 11 of their first 13 games, including a blowout win against then-No. 10 Bentley on the road. After a one-point loss to The College of Saint Rose on Nov. 28, the Dolphins didn’t lose a game for over two months. Their 14-game winning streak set the program record. After 12 consecutive victories, they were ranked at No. 24.But in the first minute of Le Moyne’s game against Adelphi on Feb. 6, starting guard Cameron Tooley left the court with a leg injury. Teams began face-guarding Roberts more frequently, and her production dipped. The Dolphins lost to Adelphi, and then two days later lost by 30 to American International College. It dropped Le Moyne out of the national rankings and served as a reminder.“(Winning) became so much of a habit,” Millea said.A day before Le Moyne’s chance to clinch a top-seed in the NE-10 tournament, freshman Erin Fouracre pulled up for a three in practice and missed. The words of Castelli — “Quick shots lead to transition for them” — echoed throughout the gym. When Southern Connecticut State hit three quick 3-pointers the next day, the Dolphins started to play tighter man-to-man defense. And when Madison Shetrom launched a half-court shot with three seconds left in the first quarter, Castelli yelled at her, saying she had more time.“I was glad we got ranked,” Castelli said, “but I was also glad we weren’t ranked, because it made us a little hungrier, too.”As Castelli shot free throws at the end of practice last Friday, it took until the tenth shot for her first miss. Before each one, Castelli bounced the ball, glanced up toward the backboard and released it. Behind the backboard, Castelli saw the gym’s banners, stretching across the upper third of the wall, a reminder of what her team wants to accomplish this season.“You see men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, men’s basketball. They consistently played at that high level,” Castelli said. “That’s a goal of mine, to get this program to a place where we can get there too.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 19, 2019 at 11:06 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more

Gill and Jones lead English challenge in Portgual

first_img Tags: Amateur, Mens, Portuguese 18 Feb 2018 Gill and Jones lead English challenge in Portgual England players, led by Bailey Gill and Ben Jones, put on an impressive performance in the Portuguese amateur men’s championship at the Montado golf resort, taking 10 of the top 20 places.Gill, from Lindrick, Yorkshire, and Jones, from Northamptonshire County, were joint runners-up alongside Denmark’s Sebastian Friedrichsen on 12-under par. The championship was won by Portugal’s Victor Lopes on 15-under.Gill birdied the last for a closing round of two-under 70, while Jones (pictured) charged up the leaderboard with his bogey-free 64.Three other English players completed top 10 finishes: Thomas Plumb (Sherborne, Dorset) was sixth on 10-under, after signing off with 66; Josh McMahon (Wallasey, Cheshire) was ninth on eight-under and Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton, Northamptonshire) was 10th on seven-under.Behind them were another five English players in the top 20: Conor Gough (Stoke Park, BB&O), Jason Stokes (La Moye, Jersey), Jake Bolton (Ogbourne Downs, Wiltshire), Harry Goddard (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire) and Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge, Somerset).Gill, Jones, McMahon and Sloman are members of the England Golf Men’s A Squad, while Williams and Goddard are in the Boys’ Squad.Image copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Pitt, Penn State to meet in Big 10-ACC Challenge

first_imgPittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon, left, talks with Talib Zanna ina game on Nov. 9, 2012 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — In-state rivals Penn State and Pittsburgh are facing off again — on the basketball court.The Pennsylvania programs will be pitted against each other in this year’s Big Ten-ACC Challenge. The Nittany Lions will visit the Panthers on Dec. 3.Penn State and Pitt last met in 2005, when the Panthers won 94-51 in Pittsburgh.Pitt, which is moving from the Big East to the ACC next season, leads the all-time series with Penn State 76-68.The schools are also renewing their longtime football rivalry for a four-year series starting in 2016.last_img read more