Hastings Seniors Learning Hub officially opened

first_imgHastings Seniors Learning Hub officially opened The new multi-purpose Hastings Seniors Learning Hub is officially open.The State Member for Eastern Victoria, the Hon Jane Garrett, today joined Mayor Councillor Despi O’Connor and Cerberus Ward Councillor Lisa Dixon at the new facility to celebrate the project’s completion.The new $1.4 million community hub was supported by a $546,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.The project saw the former Hastings Senior Citizens centre refurbished and extended to provide a new home for both the Hastings Senior Citizens Club and Hastings U3A.The new hub offers adult education classes, learning programs and an IT room, plus indoor and outdoor recreation and social spaces.Quotes attributed to Mayor Cr Despi O’Connor“A fabulous transformation has taken place at this site. We’ve turned a rather dated facility that was not fit for purpose into a wonderful community resource.”“We all know how important social connection and lifelong learning are for our physical and mental health. Hastings now has a one-stop-shop that offers just that. This hub will help our seniors stay healthy and engaged with the world.”Quotes attributed to Cerberus Ward Cr Lisa Dixon“Hastings has a large population of seniors, with just over 27% of our residents aged over 60. I’m delighted our older residents have this new hub to support their wellbeing.”I’d like to thank the Victorian Government for its support in helping us bring this project to life. This facility has significantly added to the liveability of the Hastings township”.Pictured: Cerberus Ward Councillor Lisa Dixon, Mayor Despi O’Connor and State Member for Eastern Victoria, the Hon Jane Garrett, officially open the new Hastings Seniors Learning Hub /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:community, Eastern, education, Government, Hastings, liveability, local council, mental, mental health, Mornington Peninsula, project, Seniors, Victoria, Ward, wellbeing, worldlast_img read more


Poised for a State Run

first_img Email Head volleyball coach Leon Wilcox, right, keeps track of points as the Bravettes play a team game during practice at Flathead High School. Flathead has one remaining regular season match on Oct. 29 at home against Missoula Big Sky. The state tournament is held Nov. 10-12 at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman. “This is the best team I’ve played on for sure,” senior hitter Kylie Schlegel said. “We all know we have the talent but we need the consistent mental toughness to win it all.” Flathead is indeed talented. What opponents likely notice first is the team’s imposing front line, which is able to rotate no fewer than five 6-footers, including Schlegel, 6-3 junior Kwyn Johnson and all-state senior Hannah Sackett. “All of our hitters are very capable of putting the ball away when we need to,” Schlegel said. But the team’s talent does not stop up front. Lunde is an all-conference setter, while every other position on the court at any time is filled by a capable athlete. Head coach Leon Wilcox said he has been pleased by the team’s improved back-row defense. “We’re solid at six positions,” Wilcox said. “Not many teams have that. It’s quite a blessing.” Earlier in the month, the Bravettes traveled to Spokane for the 64-team Crossover Classic volleyball tournament. Wilcox said it’s the first time he’s aware of that a Montana team has participated in the tournament and the players said many of the opponents had no clue where the Flathead Valley is. The Bravettes finished third. “They didn’t know anything about us, but we left our mark,” Schlegel said. The third-place finish against a field loaded with high-quality, out-of-state opponents gave the players renewed confidence, which Schlegel said has shown in the energy level at practices. “Looking at the teams we beat,” Wilcox said, “says a lot about what we can do when we’re not in our heads.”In Wilcox’s five years as head coach, the Bravettes have made it to the Class AA state tournament each year, including a third-place finish in 2007. Flathead High’s lone state title came in 2001.Wilcox has worked with this year’s seniors since they were in eighth grade. Led by those talented seniors, he believes his team – which has been playing “determined” and “with a sense of purpose” – has the tools to make a deep run at state.“It’s been five years of developing them and watching them grow,” Wilcox said of his seniors. “This is kind of the culmination of those five years of work. If anybody’s hungry, it’s those seniors.“It’s their last shot. I think they’re especially keen to go all the way.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Flathead’s Cassie Krueger, center, eyes a spike during practice at Flathead High School. Asking a Flathead Bravette volleyball player what it takes to win the state title yields a response that has shades of psychology. The Bravette will tell you that the differences between going home empty handed and hoisting the shiny trophy at year’s end are decided only partly by what goes on inside the painted lines and largely by what goes on inside their heads.The word “mental,” as attached to “consistency” and “toughness,” comes up frequently in conversation, as does the concept of “not playing inside our heads.” Which is a way of saying, “just play.”At some point, the players know that too much thinking may actually hinder the raw athleticism and talent they have throughout their roster. “We need to focus just on playing,” senior setter Alison Lunde said. “When we get inside our own heads a lot, we get in slumps. If we just play, we can make it there.”When Lunde says “there” she is referring to the state championship. And she is not alone in her belief that this Flathead team is a legitimate title contender. In last week’s Class AA power poll, the Bravettes were ranked third overall behind Helena High and Billings Senior and second in Western AA. Flathead’s record is 16-8, including 8-3 in league. The Bravettes lost to top-ranked Helena on Oct. 20 but then rebounded with a win over Helena Capital the following day.last_img read more


Goose Shares Debut Cover Of The Band’s “Look Out Cleveland” [Watch]

first_imgOn Tuesday, Goose shared pro-shot footage of their show-opening cover of The Band‘s “Look Out Cleveland” at Drive-In Live in Swanzey, NH. This rendition marked the Connecticut quintet’s first take on the Robbie Robertson-penned song from the group’s 1969 self-titled album.“Look Out Cleveland” wasn’t the only surprise of the October 3rd drive-in concert, as Goose played Tom Waits‘ “Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis” twice. During the first go-around in the second set, guitarist Rick Mitarotonda had some trouble with the bridge so when it came time for the encore, they gave it another shot and nailed it.Related: Goose Shares “Jive Lee” From Return To The Stage In Yarmouth [Video]It’s hard to think of a better way to start a show than with Peter Anspach banging out Richard Manuel‘s opening notes to “Look Out Cleveland”. The boogie-woogie influences immediately get the blood pumping and the fans moving on what was assuredly a chilly October night in the Northeast. After Rick takes the first verse, the vocals switch to newly-christened member Jeff Arevalo. Though his voice may not be as smooth as Rick’s, the raspiness of it—combined with his use of the snare drum—makes for a great Levon Helm nod.Watch Goose’s debut take on “Look Out Cleveland” by The Band at Drive-In Live on October 3rd.Goose – “Look Out Cleveland” (The Band) – Swanzey, NH – 10/3/20[Video: Goose]last_img read more


Gulls out of luck

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT Gippsland League IT WAS a five-goal-to-one final term from Moe that snuffed out Warragul’s chances of securing…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img


Cramer grabs most of hardware at Nelson Leafs awards ceremony

first_imgRobson Cramer, as he has done all season, was the big winner during Sunday’s Nelson Leafs Award’s Banquet at the Hume Hotel.The skillful defenceman won a handful of awards at the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise concluded the 2014-15 campaign with the annual award ceremony.Nelson was eliminated from the playoffs by defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehhawks Thursday.The Hawks won the best-of-seven Murdoch Semi Final series 4-1.Cramer, a double league award winner as top defenceman in the Murdoch Division and KIJHL, won Nelson’s Top Defenceman and regular season Team MVP.Cramer, who is off to Simon Fraser of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League next season, also was the top scorer during the regular season for Nelson.Right behind Cramer on trips to the podium was rugged defenceman Darnel St. Pierre. St. Pierre won the Coaches’ Award and Most Spirited Player honour.It was announced that St. Pierre is off to join Cramer at SFU next season after agreeing to a commitment letter.Rookie forward Sam Webber won the Most Popular Player award while Dylan Williamson was named top rookie and Playoff MVP was forward Rayce Miller.The player award for dedication of hockey and academics was Brenden Chow while Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap was named Unsung Hero for the team.Most Sportsmanlike Player and Most Improved Player went to forward Timothy Nichols.The banquet concludes what has been a rollercoaster ride for the Green and White this season.However, instead of dwelling on the negative, head coach Dave McLellan already is starting to put the pieces together for the 2015-16 campaign as Nelson hosts its rookie camp April 24-26 at the NDCC Arena.The Main Camp is scheduled to follow May 15-17, also at the NDCC Arena.For more information contact McLellan at [email protected] or 250-352-1903.last_img read more


Oranmore/Maree hurlers qualify for All Ireland Final

first_imgOranmore/Maree will face Charleville from Cork in the All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Club Final in three weeks time, following their 1-13 to 2-4 victory over St Galls from Antrim in Parnell Park. Niall Canavan reports.. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume..print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email After the game Niall spoke to Oranmore/Maree manager Gerry McInerney..center_img Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more


President Granger calls for deepened regional integration

first_imgAs Guyana assumes chairmanship of the 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom) grouping, President David Granger has called for deeper regional integration, noting that the new year held great promise for the Caribbean countries to advance “our integration process which can only be possible through the involvement and participation of all”.New Caricom Chairman, President David Granger“Let us resolve to play our part in strengthening our Caribbean Community and to making regional unity a living, breathing experience,” Granger said in a message ahead of taking over from Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit from January 1.Granger, who will hold the position for the next six months, said that 2016 marked the mid-point of the Five-Year Strategic Plan, which he described as “a foundational element in the Community’s reform process”.“That process is geared towards ensuring that our people feel the impact of the integration movement in their daily lives. Integration is not merely about systems and institutions. It is mostly about people.“It is in the interest of developing our people that we are taking steps to ensure that they are fully equipped to address the requirements of the 21st Century economy and society. Our Commission on Human Resource Development is developing a Regional Education and Human Resource Strategy with special attention to ICT in Education and Human Resource Development.”Granger said that the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) that allows for the free movement of goods, skills, labour, and services across the Region remained “the vehicle through which we can achieve the growth and development; timely assessments will serve to ensure that we maximise its benefits for our citizens”. He acknowledged that notwithstanding the substantial progress that has been made, regional leaders would review its operations and identify ways to improve its delivery.Granger said that the Caribbean was well endowed with the requirements for pursuing a green economy, including sources of renewable energy and forests that harbour a significant amount of carbon.He said as noted by the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, “the green economy can be seen as a lens for focusing on and seizing opportunities to advance economic and environmental goals simultaneously”.“The effects of climate change continue to bedevil our countries as exemplified by Hurricane Matthew.  The need to conserve and protect our environment, therefore, becomes even more pressing.”Such actions, he said, will also give the Region the opportunity to leverage the abundant forests and wetlands as well as the marine resources with which the Region was blessed and utilise them creatively to launch new pathways to social and economic development.  “This can be accomplished while ensuring that we help in the global commitment to limit the rise in global temperature to below 1.5 degrees.”Granger said that Caribbean people made a considerable contribution to the global community in the sphere of culture and later this year, the Region’s premier cultural exposition, the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (CARIFESTA), would be held in Barbados.The 13th edition of this festival, bringing together the peoples of Caricom as well as the wider Caribbean, will take place under the theme “Asserting our Culture: Celebrating Ourselves”, and President Granger added “we certainly look forward to widespread participation to make the event a tremendous success”.In his statement, the Guyanese leader said that the safety and security of the Region was of paramount importance, noting “as we move forward with implementing a regional crime and security strategy, we will be building on the platform already established by concluding legal agreements with respect to Arrest Warrants and Asset Forfeiture”.last_img read more


10 Tips for Visiting Disney World with a Large Group

first_imgShare This!I was recently lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World with two different sides of my family on the same trip. It was my first Disney vacation with a large group in quite a few years, and I learned some valuable lessons. First, few experiences can top sharing in the magic of Disney with the ones you love. We laughed. We cried. We had a wonderful time. But the next most important thing I learned was that planning a trip for a large group of family and friends can be a logistical nightmare. So I am here to present you with some tips to keep your mind, wallet, and relationships intact as you plan and experience your next Walt Disney World vacation.#1 Communicate beforehandFirst and foremost before any official planning takes place, groups should discuss their expectations for the vacation. While you don’t all need to be on the same page as far as likes, dislikes, goals, and budget, you should use this to guide the planning. Will it be a quick weekend trip or a two-week long extravaganza? An expensive retreat or budget friendly vacation? What are the must do’s, and what are the deal breakers? Remember that it’s okay if you’re not all on the same page as long as you can find some common ground. For example, if everyone can agree on a weekend, but a few people want to stay for a full week, then those people can just tack on extra days before or after the rest of the trip.#2 Set up My Disney Experience ASAPGetting everyone set up and connected on Disney’s planning hub as soon as possible will help you avoid aggravation as your vacation approaches. No one wants to cope with the stress of trying to secure a coveted FastPass+ reservation when the window for reserving them finally opens and someone isn’t linked properly. Then, when all the accounts are linked, everyone can see all the reservations in one spot.Art of Animation Suites can sleep up to 6 guests#3 Purchase rooms and tickets earlyOnce again, the sooner you can book resorts and tickets, the better off you’ll be when the time comes to plan the more detailed aspects of the trip like dining and FastPass+ reservations. Finding lodging early in the process is especially important on a group trip because the longer you wait, the harder it becomes to find accommodations for a large group as resort availability dwindles. Depending on budgets and preferences, you may all decide to stay at the same resort or maybe not. Disney World lists rooms that can accommodate five or more guests here. You could also consider multiple rooms at the same resort or even renting a house off-site.Group trips, a great excuse to become an Annual Passholder#4 Take advantage of discountsDisney offers group discounts, but you should check for other ways to save as well. If you’re staying on site, purchasing Memory Maker, dining at select restaurants, or even planning some shopping, an Annual Pass for at least one person might be your best option. With up to 45% off on resorts (for up to three rooms), free PhotoPass downloads, up to 20% off restaurants, and up to 15% off on merchandise, the Annual Pass could provide savings beyond the cost of the pass. Plus, Annual Passholders have access to Tables in Wonderland, which for a purchase price of $150 gets you (and up to nine guests) a 20% discount on food and beverages at select restaurants. However, be aware that an Annual Pass or Tables in Wonderland could backfire for savings purposes if, like me, you end up visiting more often to take advantage of the fact that you now have an Annual Pass and restaurant discounts. Consider this fair warning.#5 Plan restaurants carefullyKnowing whether there are any can’t-miss restaurants in advance will help immensely when it’s time to make advanced dining reservations at the 180 day mark (plus length of stay for up to ten days for on-site guests). I recommend looking at menus beforehand to make sure that not only is there variety in the type of food offered but also a variety of price points. One or two big group meals per day is probably more than enough as people may want to do their own thing for a bit too. If you can’t find a reservation available for the whole group and you don’t mind splitting up between two or more tables, try looking for split reservations (e.g. 6 and 6 for a group of 12). And if you’re worried about splitting the bill among smaller groups, consider using an app like Venmo, which allows you to easily pay someone back if they covered the whole bill.You’ll miss this if you’re only doing ADRs#6 Plan downtime, together time, and split timeJust because you’re vacationing together doesn’t mean you need to stick together at all times. You also don’t need to spend every waking minute tackling the parks. For the sake of the group’s sanity, figure out some times when you’ll all plan to be together, times when you’ll do your own thing, and times when you can just relax.#7 Make FastPass+ reservationsBased on earlier discussions with your group, you should know what any must-do attractions are. Make FastPass+ reservations for these as soon as you can (60 days beforehand for the length of your trip for on-site guests or 30 days beforehand for all others). Try to reserve times when you think everyone will be at the parks together, like morning slots for early risers or later slots for night owls. If plans change and you can’t or don’t use them, then it’s not a big deal, but at least you have them ready to go.#8 Get everyone on the same pageMake sure everyone in the group knows the basics. What’s the strategy for the day? What meals and FastPass+ reservations are planned? Does everyone have phone numbers for others in the group? Where does everyone meet if the party splits at some point? Get these questions answered first thing, so that everyone knows the plan.#9 Be mindful of other guestsI bet most of our readers don’t need this one, but I’m going to include it anyway as a reminder. It’s easy to get wrapped up in your own world when you’re surrounded by family and friends, which makes it more difficult to notice that you might be doing something to bother other guests. Try to avoid actions like strolling ten-people-wide across the walkway, stopping in the way while the group decides on next steps, or cutting in line to meet the rest of your group.#10 Have Fun!With so many people traveling together, conflicts are bound to arise. Sometimes hunger, stress, and fatigue get the best of us even on the vacation of our dreams. That’s when you pack your patience, stay flexible, and make the best of whatever situation you’re dealt. Don’t worry about the little things, and take some time to really soak in that Disney atmosphere because it’ll be over before you know it.Those are my top ten tips for vacationing to Walt Disney World with a large group! Do you often go with large groups or just immediate family? Is there anything you have found makes the planning and vacation process run more smoothly when traveling with a bunch of other people? Let me know in the comments below.last_img read more


Reverse Engineering: Gautam Gupta Goes From VC to Entrepreneur

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Gautam Gupta had it all. He was just 26 and a rising venture capitalist with a bright future and a big salary. An associate at General Catalyst Partners, he’d sourced six deals, deployed $65 million and had just opened General Catalyst’s Palo Alto office.Then he threw it all away to launch a startup. And not some cool startup with a mobile-social app poised to be acquired for $1 billion. An e-commerce startup. Even his mother began to wonder.“My mom’s first question was, ‘Are you sure about this?’” Gupta recalls.Indeed, it was a surprising decision. Maybe not as surprising as Ben Horowitz’s decision to go public with his unironic and cringeworthy embrace of better management through gangster rap… but still.Reverse EngineeringMost standout Silicon Valley careers track the other direction, from successful entrepreneur to venture capitalist (see: Peter Thiel, Reid Hoffman, etc.). Why did Gupta go the other way?“I had never really done anything in my career outside venture capital,” he says. He joined General Catalyst straight out of Babson College. “So now I am 26 and I thought I should spend at least a few years of my life trying to build a business or do something on the operating side before I got too deep into VC and was not able to get out of it.”Together with a college friend, he started a company called NatureBox, which sells healthy snacks online. He wasn’t completely starting over; General Catalyst provided a large piece of the new company’s seed financing.Health food is familiar territory for Gupta. He weighed 210 pounds when he was 12 years old – he trimmed his 5-foot-6 frame to 145 pounds by improving his eating habits. E-commerce is also a good fit, since Gupta specialized in e-commerce investments while at General Catalyst. He knows it’s not the sexiest tech space these days, but he likes the challenge.Solving Difficult Problems“The first reaction to the food industry you get from VCs is, ‘Why would you want to start a food company? The margins are so low, it’s perishable,’ and on and on. But I like the idea of solving a difficult problem. You can still build an awesome business in the space – it has been done.”Besides, it’s counterintuitive. Like Gupta. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#e-commerce#start#startups#Venture Funding Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… tim devaney and tom steinlast_img read more


Oregon ~ Personal Income Tax: Medical Care, Business Expenses Deductions Allowed

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Oregon Department of Revenue’s disallowance of certain personal income tax deductions for medical care expenses and consulting fees paid to a contractor were reversed because the taxpayers met the burden of proof. Generally, deductions are granted for qualified long-term care expenses of a “chronically ill individual” if a licensed health care practitioner certifies that the individual meets the conditions for the prior 12 months. In this case, the taxpayers’ dependent mother was provided care in a foster home according to a licensed health care practitioner’s prescription and the records regarding her care satisfied the statutory certification condition. Accordingly, the taxpayers were granted the claimed medical care expense deduction.The taxpayers were granted business expense deductions for payment of consulting fees to a third party, despite their not filing “information returns” for the tax year in question, because the third party was a contractor and the taxpayers fell outside of the filing threshold for that year.Donohoe v. Department of Revenue, Oregon Tax Court, No. TC-MD 150521N, August 23, 2016, ¶401-246last_img read more