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Lilydale School Hub Opens As Koorie Strategy Launches

first_imgLilydale School Hub Opens As Koorie Strategy Launches VIC PremierLilydale students are learning in world-class facilities as part of a $56.3 million investment in local secondary students through the Lilydale District and Yarra Valley Education Plan, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.Minister for Education James Merlinoand Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today visited Lilydale Heights College to tour the school’s new sustainable learning hub, town square, gym, canteen and staff room completed as part of an $8 million Stage 1 upgrade.Mr Merlino also officially launched a four-year Collaborative Indigenous Strategy, which aims to ensure a culturally inclusive environment for Koorie students across the six schools involved in the Education Plan.Created to align with the Marrung, Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026, the strategy provides a safe and inclusive learning environment for indigenous students, with Aboriginal cultures and histories celebrated across the schools.The strategy also aims to address lower retention rates of Koorie students and support them to complete their Year 12 certificate. It will also provide greater pathway options toward further education, training and employment.Under the strategy, First Nation Advocates have been appointed at each school, along with the running of a Yarning Circle – in which students provided feedback on what they wanted to see at the school and how they would like to connect with Aboriginal culture. The strategy was developed collaboratively by principals at Healesville High School, Lilydale Heights College, Lilydale High School, Mooroolbark College, Upper Yarra Secondary College and Yarra Hills Secondary College and will be implemented across the six schools.The Lilydale District and Yarra Valley Education Plan brings the six schools together to ensure every student has access to high quality secondary education, improved wellbeing and engagement services, and future focused pathway and learning opportunities.The $8 million upgrade at Lilydale Heights College is just one part of a massive investment across Lilydale District and Yarra Valley secondary schools as part of the Education Plan. A further $16.65 million was allocated across 2020 for additional upgrades at the school, while $31.7 million of upgrades are scheduled or underway at Lilydale High School and Upper Yarra Secondary College.In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades, creating more than 10,000 construction jobs.As stated by Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino“These works are providing Lilydale students with the first-rate facilities they deserve to go about their learning. The Indigenous Strategy is about better supporting Koorie students across Lilydale and the Yarra Valley to stay in school and help them to connect with further opportunities for study or work.”As stated by Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing“The students, staff and teachers at Lilydale Heights College have a well-deserved reputation for being diverse, inclusive, innovative and high-achieving.” “It’s been such a pleasure to see this project come to fruition, and I can’t wait to see students enjoying these facilities and engaging with the Collaborative Indigenous Strategy.” /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:Aboriginal, Andrews, AusPol, Australia, Eastern, education, employment, environment, Government, Healesville, Indigenous, Investment, secondary school, sustainable, Victoria, wellbeing, Yarra, Yarra Valleylast_img read more


Many more in GOP rejecting Trump’s bid to undo his defeat

first_imgHomeNewsMany more in GOP rejecting Trump’s bid to undo his defeat Jan. 05, 2021 at 5:00 amNewsMany more in GOP rejecting Trump’s bid to undo his defeatGuest Author5 months agotrump With mounting desperation, President Donald Trump called on Republican lawmakers Monday to reverse his election loss to Joe Biden when Congress convenes for a joint session this week to confirm the Electoral College vote.Trump’s unprecedented attempt to overturn the presidential election i s splitting the Republican Party. Some GOP lawmakers backing Trump are rushing ahead, despite an outpouring of condemnation from current and former party officials warning the effort is undermining Americans’ faith in democracy. All 10 living former defense secretaries wrote in an op-ed article that “the time for questioning the results has passed.”It’s unclear the extent to which GOP leaders in Congress will be able to control Wednesday’s joint session, which could drag into the night though the challenges to the election are all but certain to fail. Trump himself is whipping up crowds for a Wednesday rally near the White House.Trump’s allies are taking up his unfounded claims of voter fraud. But according to a consensus of election officials in the states he’s disputing — as well his former Attorney General William Barr — there is no evidence of fraud that could change the election outcome. Officials who have control over elections in their states, including battlegrounds Biden won, have certified those results as valid.Of the more than 50 lawsuits the president and his allies have filed challenging results, nearly all have been dismissed or dropped. He’s also lost twice at the U.S. Supreme Court.The effort to keep Trump in office is being led by Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, along with rank-and-file House members, some on the party’s fringe.“Just got off the phone with @realDonaldTrump,” tweeted newly elected Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who is aligned with a conspiracy group backing Trump.“He wants you to call your Rep & Senators TODAY, ALL DAY!” she tweeted Monday. “Don’t let Republicans be the Surrender Caucus!”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was conferring privately with other Republicans to assess the days ahead, a defining period that will help shape the post-Trump era.Both Hawley and Cruz are potential 2024 presidential contenders, vying for Trump’s base of supporters. Vice President Mike Pence, who is under pressure to tip the results for Trump, will be closely watched as he presides in a ceremonial role over Wednesday’s joint session.“I promise you this: On Wednesday, we’ll have our day in Congress,” Pence said while campaigning in Georgia for Republicans ahead of Tuesday’s runoff elections that will determine control of the Senate.One of those Georgia Republicans, Sen. Kelly Loeffler who faces Democrat Raphael Warnock, announced she will object to Biden’s win. The other Republican seeking re-election, David Perdue, who is running against Democrat Jon Ossoff, will not be eligible to vote Wednesday in the Senate.Biden, speaking at a drive-in rally in Atlanta, said Trump “spends more time whining and complaining” than he does working on solving the coronavirus pandemic. He added dismissively: “I don’t know why he still wants the job — he doesn’t want to do the work.”During the day Monday, more current and former GOP officials rebuked the effort to upend the election.Former Sen. John Danforth of Missouri offered sharp criticism of the attempt by Hawley and the others, an especially stinging statement since Danforth has long been a supporter of Hawley.“Lending credence to Trump’s false claim that the election was stolen is a highly destructive attack,” Danforth, the 84-year-old three-term senator from St. Louis, said in a written statement. “It is the opposite of conservative; it is radical.”Two current Republican senators, Rob Portman of Ohio and Mike Lee of Utah, joined the growing number who now oppose the legislators’ challenge.Portman said in a statement, “I cannot support allowing Congress to thwart the will of the voters.”The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the giant lobbying organization and virtual embodiment of the business establishment, said that the electoral vote challenge “undermines our democracy and the rule of law and will only result in further division across our nation.”Massachusetts GOP Gov. Charlie Baker said at a press conference that Biden “won the election fair and square.”McConnell has tried to prevent his party from engaging in this battle. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Trump ally, has declined to say much publicly on it.So far, Trump has enlisted support from a dozen Republican senators and up to 100 House Republicans to challenge Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win.With Biden set to be inaugurated Jan. 20, Trump is intensifying efforts to prevent the traditional transfer of power. On a call disclosed Sunday, he can be heard pressuring Georgia officials to “find” him more votes from the Nov. 3 election he lost in that state.Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who convened a private call of House Democrats on Monday, said in a letter to colleagues their job now “is to convince more of the American people to trust in our democratic system.”The challenge to the presidential election is on a scale unseen since the aftermath of the Civil War, though the typically routine process of confirming Electoral College votes has been hit with brief objections before. In 2017, several House Democrats challenged Trump’s win, but Biden, who presided at the time as the vice president, swiftly dismissed them to assert Trump’s victory.States run their own elections, and Congress has been loath to interfere. Despite Trump’s objections, many states adapted to the coronavirus pandemic by allowing more mail voting to ease health risks of voting in person.“The 2020 election is over,” said a statement Sunday from a bipartisan group of 10 senators, including Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Mitt Romney of Utah.Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, another potential 2024 presidential hopeful, announced he, too, would not oppose the counting of certified electoral votes.A range of Republican officials, including Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland; Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third-ranking House GOP leader; and former House Speaker Paul Ryan, have criticized the GOP efforts to overturn the election.Hawley defended his actions in a lengthy email over the weekend to colleagues, saying his Missouri constituents have been “loud and clear” in insisting Biden’s defeat of Trump was unfair.Hawley plans to object to the state tally from Pennsylvania, although that state’s Republican senator, Pat Toomey, has said the results naming Biden the winner are valid.Cruz’s coalition of 11 Republican senators vows to reject the Electoral College tallies unless Congress launches a commission to immediately conduct an audit of the election results. Congress is unlikely to agree to that.The group, which presented no new evidence of election problems, includes Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Steve Daines of Montana, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Mike Braun of Indiana, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama.Associated Press writers Bill Barrow in Atlanta, Steve LeBlanc in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jim Salter in O’Fallon, Missouri, Alan Fram in Washington and Tali Arbel of the Technology Team. contributed.Tags :trumpshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentManhattan Beach removes outdoor seating due to COVID surgeEssential Interviews: Fire Captain Jon SlyYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more


New rules for residential lending require careful compliance adherence

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hank Thompson Hank has over 25 years of selling and sales management experience in several industries, including training, continuous quality measurement and advertising. His expertise includes senior level sales, creating long-tern relationships … Web: www.bsgfinancial.com Details The last few years have seen lots of changes in the rules for residential lending. These changes are significant, and many financial institutions (FIs) are still trying to find the best way to uphold the new regulations while tending to the needs of their customers regarding home valuations and appraisal standards.Before the changes that resulted from the Home Valuation Code of Conduct in 2009, most credit unions and banks were relatively unconcerned about compliance issues regarding the appraisal process. With the introduction of Appraisal Independence Requirements within the Dodd-Frank legislation, any institution lending on primary residential property is required to comply not only with Dodd-Frank, but also with the much broader scope of Inter-Agency Guidelines. Many of the changes have improved what was a flawed system, but they have increased the complexity of the appraisal process.For a growing number of FIs, managing this process in-house has led to increased costs as staff time is eaten up in trying to comply with the new  regulations. In some cases, appraiser’s fees are slashed to compensate for the additional burden on resources. In turn, lower appraiser fees are directly related to lower quality and slower turn-around times on reports, which also affects the bottom line. Covering these increasing costs with processing or application fees can aggravate customers, making the FIs offerings less competitive.  It can also spread costs over the entire membership of credit unions, cutting into dividends for members.The Dodd-Frank rulings have created tighter regulatory scrutiny, but the regulations are also addressing a long-term quality control issue that existed in the industry.Institutions can minimize overhead costs by outsourcing the appraisal process to a third-party vendor.  These vendors are experts on working with expert appraisers to get the best results at the best costs, and they know how best to comply with the regulatory burdens.  A good appraisal management company will encourage reasonable and customary fees, full disclosure and 100 percent transparency.To learn more about the ways an outside appraisal logistics partner can benefit your FI, please contact Hank Thompson – BSG Financial Group, Executive Vice President, Business Development (866) 274-8900 x230.last_img read more


Project News: May 2015-June 2015

first_imgUP AND UPSundt Construction has been selected as the construction manager at risk for Tucson Airport’s terminal upgrade beginning in late 2015. The construction budget is between $18M and $23M.Chandler gets its wingsChandler approved a 50-year ground lease with WingSpan Aviation Center at Chandler Municipal Airport. The first phase of the project includes an 80KSF hangar building that will be equipped with office spaces. Total build-out is expected to take five years for 250KSF of development.Rule of ThreeThe modernization of Sky Harbor Terminal 3 began in March. By next summer, larger security checkpoints and airline ticket counter spaces will be complete. Future phases include redesigned concourses and additional retail. There are three architects on the project: DWL, SmithGroupJJR and Corgan.Full houseOne of the largest speculative office projects in Phoenix has been more than 35 percent pre-leased. As Airport I-10’s 600KSF phase 1 nears completion, DLS Worldwide, DHL and Pilot Freight Services signed leases at the Wentworth Property Company and Clarion Partners project. JLL handled the leasing.Work it outPlexus Worldwide — a health supplement seller — broke ground on its 70KSF national headquarters at Pima Center on March 30. This will bring the company’s total square-footage in the area to 100KSF. In the last four years, Plexus has grown from a company with an annual income of $1M to $300M.Big stretchThe CanaMex Interstate 11 freeway study corridor has been extended from Wickenburg to Nogales. This extension on I-11 brings the potential trade route between Canada and Mexico one step closer to reality.Lap of luxuryThe P.B. Bell Companies has begun construction on Velaire at Aspera, an apartment community within the 75-acre Aspera mixed-use development in Glendale. Velaire at Aspera, expected to open in 2017, will offer 286 luxury apartment homes in a resort-like setting, with amenities that include an electric-car charging station and agility dog park. MT Builders, Inc. will serve as the general contractor on the project. Todd & Associates, Inc. is the architect.Order UpSite work has begun on a 17-acre parcel of land at the NWC of Houghton and Old Vail roads in southeastern Tucson. The area, dubbed Las Plazas at Old Vail, is slated to become a new retail and restaurant hub. CBRE’s Nancy McClure and Michael Laatsch have the marketing assignment.last_img read more


People & Projects to Know: Dawn Hart

first_imgDawn Hart graduated from Wisconsin University with a Master’s in Architecture but her love for architectural design dates back to when she was a young girl.She remembers being 10-years-old and using the fallen autumn leaves to create floor plans outside. Even the time she spent playing with Barbies incorporated floor plans and design layouts.“I played with Barbie dolls just like all girls that age,” says Hart. “But mine was more about Barbie’s house than it was about Barbie and her fashion.”Her passion for architecture became a career in the summer of 1987 at a Phoenix architectural firm called Architectural Interiors. Hart stayed with the firm as it was bought and sold a few times until leaving in 2012. She worked with tenants, landlords and contractors to ensure the process of designing to getting the plans permitted through the city process. Eventually she was promoted from designer to project manager.She attributes her career success to the hardworking values that her parents instilled in her growing up. “I’m a Midwestern, German-Scottish, girl,” says Hart. “I’ve always had family and friends who work really hard so I guess working hard is part of my DNA. It’s who I am.”After parting ways with her firm of 26 years, Hart says she reached out to Gensler’s managing director Beth Harmon-Vaughan because she had always aspired to work there. Since being hired, Hart says she enjoys the collaboration at Gensler and feels it’s like a big family. “There’s always been a big focus on the people and that was one thing that really attracted me to Gensler,” she added.Looking back at her career, Hart says the industry has evolved a lot. “Nowadays architecture is not the sort of master architecture position that it once was 50 years ago. We all have expertise and everybody has a role to play,” says Hart. “It’s very much a collaboration and team effort today.”That collaboration and team atmosphere is one of her favorite parts of the job. Hart says the next logical step in her career is to become an office director or director of a studio. But she adds, “I don’t think I ever want to move to far away from being in projects because I do really enjoy the client interaction and the team interaction.”last_img read more


Basketball a welcome distraction for Antoine Mason

first_imgAUBURN – During several Tigers home games this season there was an imposing figure standing alongside the bleachers in the South stands.Anthony Mason would keep a watchful eye on his son Antoine from the end of the tunnel from the court to the Auburn locker room.There wasn’t a need for verbal communication, father and son knew what each other were thinking as games went on.But Anthony Mason hasn’t been there lately, he can’t be. The beloved former New York Knicks forward suffered a heart attack on Feb. 10 and had to fight for a his life through a series of surgeries and is “still in critical condition” but improving, according to his son.Antoine Mason returned home to New York to be with his family on Feb. 11 before returning to join his team for the game at Georgia Feb. 14.“Traveling back and spending as much time as I can with him and trying to focus on the season,” Antoine Mason said. “It is rough. I know the one thing he wants me to do is focus on the season. That is what I have been trying to do and try to find a joy.”There was some joy for Mason on Saturday as he went off for a season-high 29 points in a blowout loss at the hands of No. 1 Kentucky. It was the most points scored by an opposing player at Kentucky all season.“He owns that. That is a neat accomplishment,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “I know the game was out of hand, but he was still able to do that. He is doing it while shooting a good percentage. He has done a nice job with his volume.”The second-leading scorer in the country last season while at Niagara, Antoine Mason’s 15.6 points per game are seventh best in the SEC this season, despite coping with an ankle sprain that hampered him for most of the non-conference slate.He’s helped keep a below-average team competitive and earned the respect of his teammates and coaches for the way he carries himself on and off the court.Antoine did not want to address reports that his father would need a heart transplant, but he is expected to be facing a long road to a full recovery.“He cannot talk yet, but he can hear things and respond by blinking and shaking his head and things like that,” Antoine Mason said. “When I talked to my mom and him (Monday), they told me he was getting better.”When Auburn hosts LSU Tuesday night, Anthony Mason may not be perched in the shadows, but Antoine knows what he’d be saying.“The cool thing is certain games, if I mess up or doing something I can picture him and his facial expressions and I will start laughing and get into a comfort zone,” Antoine Mason said. “That is one thing. We have a deep connection.“He does not have to be here for me to know that he is watching me and listening to me.”Auburn vs. LSUWHEN: 6 p.m. TuesdayWHERE: Auburn Arena, AuburnRECORDS: Auburn (12-15, 4-10 SEC), LSU (19-8. 8-6)ON THE AIR: TV – ESPNU. Radio – WMSP-AM 740, WLWI-FM 92.3AUBURN LINEUP: G K.C. Ross-Miller, 6-0, GS, 6.5 ppg.; G Antoine Mason, 6-1, GS., 15.6 ppg.; G K.T. Harrell, 6-4, Sr., 17.9 ppg.; F Jordon Granger, 6-5, Jr., 4.7 ppg., 3.3 rpg.; F Cinmeon Bowers, 6-7, Jr., 12.8 ppg., 10.5 rpg.LSU LINEUP: G Josh Gray, 6-1, Jr., 7.8 ppg.; G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Jr., 12.7 ppg., 4.2 rpg.;G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, So., 11.6 ppg., 5.2 ppg.; F Jordan Mickey, 6-8, Soph., 16.6 ppg., 10.4 rpg., F Jarell Martin, 6-10, Soph., 16.2 ppg., 8.9 rpg.NOTEWORTHY: Auburn has lost five straight at home and is coming off a 110-75 loss at Kentucky. … K.T. Harrell and Antoine Mason are averaging 20.7 and 19.3 points over the last six games. … While at Tennessee, Bruce Pearl went 15-5 in return games of home-and-home series after winning the first contest of the season. … Harrell has made 76 3-pointers this season, seventh in program history. … Auburn trails the all-time series 65-83 and is looking for its first sweep of the season series since 2010.last_img read more


Pakenham property raided

first_imgBy Mitchell Clarke Police executed a search warrant at a Pakenham address on Monday 17 June. A 46-year-old man was charged with 14…[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


Counting sheep

first_imgBy Jessica Anstice “Sometimes they know when you’ve had a bad day because they’ll come up to me and give me what feels…[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


GMIT Sports Ball and Awards Night

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The annual GMIT Sports Ball & Awards night took place on Wednesday March 27th in the Clayton Hotel Galway. The awards sponsored by Supermac’s, recognise GMIT sports students that have excelled in GMIT clubs during the 2018/19 college year. Special guest and MC on the night was RTE Sports Commentator Marty Morrissey. The most coveted awards presented on the night were the GMIT Sports Team of the Year and the GMIT Sports Personality of the Year. This year’s winners were GMIT Ladies Soccer as Team of the Year and senior hurler Declan Cronin won GMIT Sports Personality of the Year. GMIT Sports Personality of the Year, Declan Cronin pictured with special guest Marty Morrissey and Supermac’s representatives Fearghal Murphy and Padraig Hughes GMIT winning captains 2019 left to right: Martin Hickey Fresher’s Hurling, Lucy Spellman Cheerleading, Amy Wharton Ladies Football, Declan Cronin Senior Hurling GMIT Team of the Year, Ladies Soccer pictured with awards sponsors Supermac’s and Special Guest Marty Morrisseylast_img read more


OVER THE LINE (Special Guest) – Ryan Manning

first_imgThe Galway native’s move to left back has established him as a regular starter with the London club lining out 44 times and scoring five goals. Speaking to Gerry Murphy on ‘Over The Line,’ Manning says the game time has allowed him to improve.Galway Bay FM’s ‘Over The Line’ broadcasts every Monday at 8pm.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email QPR’s Ryan Manning claims the season just finished has been as good as can be.last_img