Businesses innovate but brands fall behind in race for environmentally conscious customers

first_imgSunday 24 February 2019 11:58 pm Businesses innovate but brands fall behind in race for environmentally conscious customers August Graham whatsapp whatsapp Read This NextIf You’re Losing Hair in This Specific Spot, It Might Be a Thyroid IssueVegamour20 Stars Who’ve Posted Nude Selfies, From Lizzo to John Legend (Photos)The WrapJim Cramer Calls for Billionaire Tax: ‘This Society Has to Start AddressingThe Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Pleads Guilty to Attempted ChildThe WrapTop 5 Tips If You’re Losing Your EyebrowsVegamourWhat Causes Hair Loss? Every Trigger ExplainedVegamourBest Wine Gifts & Wine Accessories at Every PriceGayotSmoking and Hair Loss: Are They Connected?Vegamour Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndobonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoPost FunRare Photos Show Us Who Meghan Markle Really IsPost FunUndoMoney CougarLily From The AT&T Ads Is Causing A Stir For One ReasonMoney CougarUndocenter_img Some of the world’s biggest brands are not innovating despite customers who demand more action on climate issues, a pressure group has warned.Top companies such as Nestle, Coca Cola and Procter & Gamble are in a race to adapt to vegans and customers who are keen to reduce plastic packaging. Read more: On a roll: Vegan sausage roll sales help Greggs seek higher profitsYet around 60 per cent of the top revenue-generating products for many major companies have not found low-carbon innovations for a decade, the CDP found.“Given that most companies generate over 50 per cent of their revenues from these key brands, including Nescafe, Budweiser and Dove, they must up their game or risk falling foul of changing consumer demands,” the group said.Read more: Weekly Grill: Chef Ben Murphy on catering for butter-and-cream ‘vegans’Anglo-Dutch firm Unilever came top of the class for the household and personal care sector, the CDP said, after a push to develop vegan personal care ranges.The survey found that five of seven food and drinks companies which once offered dairy and meat based products are now innovating to find vegan alternatives, and over half of companies are trying to introduce biodegradable packaging. Share Tags: Trading Archive last_img read more

Top 10 Take-Homes from The Newsroom at PaleyFest

first_imgUncategorizedTop 10 Take-Homes from The Newsroom at PaleyFestDon & Sloan: It’s on. And more semi-juicy details.By Catherine Green – March 4, 2013613ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItModerated by a giddy Piers Morgan, Sunday night’s star-studded PaleyFest panel for HBO’s The Newsroom gave viewers plenty to look forward to in this summer’s premiere of season two.Show creator Aaron Sorkin introduced a 10-minute clip from the upcoming opener, which managed to cram in everything you love (or love to hate) about the show: swift, seamless solutions for behind-the-scenes technical difficulties, sexual tension and forlorn longing in the workplace, snappy dialogue, and corporate manipulations. The sophomore season promises to carry on Sorkin’s legacy of polarizing but captivating television.Joining Sorkin and Morgan were executive producer Alan Poul and a host of big names from the drama’s ensemble: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, and Dev Patel. For a full rerun of the on-stage lovefest between the actors as well as their thoughtful discussion on the state of cable news, check out Hulu. For those of you with your own breaking news to attend to, we’ve boiled down the highlights.1. Piers Morgan clearly thinks the show is about him. It was the second question from the host of CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, who built up a string of self-congratulatory adjectives to ask, “Who did you base [the character] on?” Jeff Daniels gamely deflected: “Like a lot of actors, you just end up playing yourself.” He went on to explain he and the show’s writers “created our own guy and tried to drop him in the middle of all of you.” That must’ve stung, huh, Piers?2. Don & Sloan: Oh, it’s on. In the first season’s finale, Olivia Munn’s Sloan made it known she had more than a crush on Thomas Sadoski’s character Don, who later in the episode committed to cohabitation with Alison Pill’s Maggie. If the puppy dog eyes on Jim (John Gallagher Jr.) during the 10-minute teaser clip are any indication, that love polygon will continue well into season two. Fans pushing for a Don and Sloan hookup (there are entire Tumblr threads devoted to “shipping” these two) should “definitely be watching season two,” Sorkin said. He stayed mum on the fate of the show’s core “will they or won’t they” duo, Will and MacKenzie.3. Olivia Munn is no Katherine Heigl — and Sloan might be TV’s next great feminist hero. Sure, Heigl wasn’t sharing a stage with Judd Apatow when she threw him under the bus for his portrayals of women on film. But Munn stood up for Sorkin’s female characters against heavy criticism from the femme blogosphere. “When he writes Sloan,” Munn said, “he writes it the same way he writes Don or Jim or Charlie. Literally, it’s just a character.” She also responded to Morgan’s (a little too enthusiastic) question about her comments on Sloan’s fitted wardrobe. “I didn’t want Sloan to flaunt her femininity, but I didn’t want her to apologize for it either,” Munn said. “When you see Sloan walking out, I want maybe for people to judge her, but then I want the audience to judge themselves for judging her.” Touché.4. Emily Mortimer does not handle sexual tension well. At all. The lady got flustered describing her character’s chaotic job — “I’m producing him,” she said of her dynamic with Will’s character before covering her face and, inexplicably, leaning over to lay herself on Daniels’ lap. Because that calmed the audience right down.5. The bromance is raging. There is a tremendous four-way bromance between Sam Waterston, Jeff Daniels, Aaron Sorkin, and Thomas Sadoski. Can you blame Sadoski when he says working with Waterston is like getting your acting Ph.D? Or Waterston for calling Daniels “wonderful”? The praise tossed around by all four men could have easily sounded insincere, but it was actually pretty endearing.6. At any point with his usual Jim hair, John Gallagher Jr. is about an inch away from full-on sheepdog. It hadn’t quite reached the degree of urgency seen in his minor role on an episode of The West Wing, but Sunday’s mop reminded us how fine a line it is between would-be Romeo perpetually trapped in the friend zone and lovesick teenager. Check yourself before you wreck yourself, Harper.7. Aaron Sorkin puts a lot — like, a lot — of thought into what news events he’ll write into the show. For upcoming episodes of “historical fiction,” Sorkin described his agony in carefully writing around things like Sandy Hook: “I’m sorry for the bad metaphor, but there are so many land mines out there, that you really want to make sure that you don’t do a disservice to a story that’s very important to all of us.” Later, an audience member pointedly thanked him for a key speech about a flawed crime bill in his film The American President, which she said she revisited after last year’s shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.: “I think that you need to write about it, because we turn to you for your thoughts on this.” Sorkin said the storyline might run right up to the December tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, but wouldn’t “go to February and pretend [it] didn’t happen.”8. The show’s stars are along for the ride as much as we are. Though they played down any hint of a dictatorship on Sorkin’s set, the cast members who piped up said they didn’t push for improvisation while shooting to avoid messing with the creator’s vision.9. Jeff Daniels stands by the college debate speech, not that anyone outside of Sorkin’s imagined reality was challenging him on it. Somehow the audience made it all the way to the second to last question of the night before asking Daniels point-blank, “Why is America the greatest country in the world?” After a standing ovation from his costars, Daniels leaned forward and said, “It isn’t, but it can be.”10. Aaron Sorkin isn’t nearly as obnoxious as you might imagine. On top of Munn’s praise for the writer’s female characters, Sorkin was more than gracious toward his actors and seemed to genuinely respect the latest crew to bring his words to life. Even better, after some brownnosing he held Piers Morgan accountable for CNN’s deplorable coverage of the Carnival Triumph cruise ship disaster in direct comparison to its glaze over of the sequester. Looks like Sorkin really does believe the righteous news ideals his characters extol week after week on The Newsroom. TAGSAaron SorkinHBOJeff DanielsL.A. CulturePaleyFestPaleyFest 2013Sam WaterstonThe NewsroomPrevious articleRhye, with a Side of SoulNext articleAsk Chris: Mouse FlowersCatherine Green RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORA New Episode of ‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’ Is a Call to Action in Another Unsolved MurderMeg Stalter’s Awkward Characters Were the Breakout Stars of a Weird YearAaron Sorkin Canceled Filming at the Chateau Marmont in Solidarity with Workerslast_img read more

My LA to Z: Mark Pellegrino

first_imgCelebrityMy LA to Z: Mark PellegrinoThe Lost actor is back on the small screen as Jack Winship on A&E’s The Returned. Here he talks cheesy horror films, mind-blowing salmon tacos, and couples archeryBy Daniela Attia – May 6, 20151227ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItDisneylandMy list is not in order, except for this one. It’s The Happiest Place On Earth. I used to have a Premium Annual Passport, and I used to go three times a week for, like, five years in a row. I would go and get on Main Street to listen to the music coming from the trees and to hang out and walk around. I like the vibe and atmosphere because it’s a spiritual pick-me-up.Newhall RefineryIt’s like a little piece of New York dropped onto Main Street in Valencia. It’s one of my favorite places on the planet. They’ve got some amazing gourmet comfort food. One of my favorites is the craft burger—it’s one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. Their Cubano sandwich is great, and they’ve got, like, 500 different kinds of beer. And all of their stuff comes from local farmers. It’s got that cool, Portland-type of vibe. I go at least once a week to sit outside and read with a cold glass of beer.Wine 661It’s a wine bar, although they do have beers sometimes. I like to sit in the corner with friends and order the wine and cheese plates. They’ve got great sliders, too. I usually go for a house merlot or whatever they are recommending at the time, but they always have spot-on taste. My wife is really picky about wines—she asks for whatever is oaky and buttery, and they always know exactly what to get her.The Oaktree Gun ClubIt has amazing trap and skeet shooting courses that are really fun. My wife and I do that from time to time. There are always couples out there learning how to shoot. We mostly go there for archery, but the main thing I like about it is the club house: after you’re done shooting you go in there and have a beer or glass or wine and gosh darn good food.iPic TheatersThere are only about 20 or 25 people in the theater because the seats are the size of recliners. And you can recline them fully! There is a full menu and a full bar, and you actually have someone come to your seat and take your order. They give you gourmet kettle-popped popcorn for free. It’s one of my favorite places to go watch a movie.Hollywood Forever CemeteryI love going in the summertime. I’ll take Chipotle and bring a couple of lawn chairs and bottles of wine and watch some really cool movies on the side of a mausoleum. It’s pretty awesome. My wife and I are connoisseurs of films but in opposite directions. She’s a connoisseur of really good, classy foreign films. I’m a connoisseur of really bad, cheesy horror movies—so-bad-it’s-good horror movies.Fish GrillYou have to go to this place and you have to get the grilled salmon tacos. It’ll blow your mind. I try to go there at least one or two times a week after I work out.Vasquez Rocks Natural Area ParkI like to go and hike and mediate and sometimes run. What’s great about Vasquez Rocks is that they filmed several Star Trek episodes there. They film all kind stuff there—they even filmed a thing that I did there, Cherokee Kid, a TV movie. It’s one of my favorite places to climb.Real Food Daily It’s all vegan food. It’s amazing because they’ll make “meatloaf,” but it’s all vegan. That’s one of my favorite dishes, but I also like their kimchi tacos. They’ve got organic wine and cold pressed coffee. Everything is really good. Their cookies are amazing, and they are totally guilt-free.Infinity MedSpaI’m a member, so I get facials there one to two times a month because I’m fifty and I have to do these things. I also get massages because they have great masseuses.Photographs courtesy (in order): (8); (9) All other photographs courtesy TAGSWine 661DisneylandHollywood ForeverInfinity MedSpaiPic TheatresMark PellegrinoNewhall RefineryReal Food DailyThe Oaktree Gun ClubVasquez RocksPrevious articleIntolerable Foodie: Save the Scraps for MeNext articleMapping L.A.’s Not-So-Vacant LotsDaniela Attia RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORDisneyland Cleansed Its Problematic Past—and Flung Itself Into the Culture WarsThe New Avengers Campus at California Adventure Has ‘a Ton’ of Easter EggsCheck Out the Rare Disneyland Artifacts That Sold for Big Bucks at Auctionlast_img read more

General Election 2015: One chart showing the most clichéd political party manifestos

first_img whatsapp Jessica Morris The Conservatives aren’t performing spectacularly in the polls, but they’re far ahead of rivals in terms of clichés. As we face one of the most unpredictable voting outcomes in living memory, voters can rely on a spew of clichés from the country’s top politicians.They’re currently busy travelling the length and breadth of Britain, on a quest to meet “hard working families” and harp on about their “long term economic plan” or how they’re going to “balance the books”.So, an automated political cliché removal tool, has given each of the major political parties’ manifestos the once over, and found the Tories to be the worst. Here are some of the most common ones:ConservativesThe Conservative manifesto features ‘long term economic plan’ and there’s a return for the ‘Big Society’.Labour‘Balance the books’ and ‘those at the top’ feature prominently in the Labour manifesto.UKIP‘Real change’, ‘the people’, ‘foreign criminals’ and ‘metropolitan elite’ appear frequently in the UKIP manifesto.Green PartyThe Greens’ clichés of choice are ‘long term plan’, ‘Westminster bubble’, ‘bottom up’ and ‘vested interests’.Plaid CymruPlaid Cymru favour ‘the people’, ‘our people’ and ‘stand on their own two feet’.Liberal DemocratsThe Liberal Democrats include ‘package of measures’, ‘those who need it’, ‘there is more to do’, and ‘a return to boom and bust’. Sunday 19 April 2015 7:50 am General Election 2015: One chart showing the most clichéd political party manifestos Share More From Our Partners Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: General Election 2015last_img read more

News / Panamax containerships enjoy rate boost from west coast congestion crisis

first_img Aggressive scrapping, a dearth of newbuilds and port congestion has given the Panamax containership sector a welcome boost and pushed daily charter rates to their highest level in four years.According to Alphaliner, there is currently only one Panamax vessel above 4,000 teu in lay-up, compared to the 52 idled vessels of a year ago, and although 25 units were scrapped during 2014 a number of other laid-up ships successfully found employment on new routes.The expanding African trades, where Panamax ships have replaced smaller geared units, and intra-Asia trades have more than taken up the slack in the sector, not least also providing employment for ships that were cascaded out of the transpacific and Middle East trades by the introduction of bigger ships.Lack of demand for Panamax ships over the past few years and the poor return for owners resulted in a slump in orders for newbuilds in the sector – with only one new ship delivered last year – and so a supply and demand rebalancing has driven charter rates up to around $13,000 per day currently, said the Alphaliner analyst.While the daily hire rate for a 4,000 teu ship may have doubled over the past year, the market rate is still considerably less than the $27,000 peak rate enjoyed by owners in the early months of 2011.Meanwhile, the current port congestion crisis afflicting the US west coast is providing a further boost to the sector. Although Panamax ships have mostly given way to 6,000-10,000 teu units in the transpacific trade, the current delays to mainline vessels has opened up the market for supplementary ad-hoc charters for the transpacific, and for cargo diverted to the US east coast which sails via the Panama Canal.Spot freight rates from Asia to the US east coast have climbed to over $5,000 per 40ft – more than double the market rate for the US west coast – as shippers seek to overcome the substantial business-threatening delays of containers stuck on ships and congested quays at Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland.The plunge in fuel prices is another factor that has significantly improved the employment prospects for containerships in the smaller sectors over the past six months as lower bunker costs have narrowed the economy of scale gap between ship sizes and made previously uneconomic ships a sustainable option for carriers.However, Alphaliner noted that there is a dark cloud on the horizon for the Panamax sector in the form of the opening of the expanded Panama Canal scheduled for the latter part of next year.Currently 211 Panamax ships of 4,000 teu and above, representing 33% of the sector, are currently deployed on services transiting the waterway, but from 2016 these vessels could be upgraded to ships of up to 13,000 teu as carriers follow the trend of deploying the biggest ships possible on trades. By Mike Wackett 17/02/2015last_img read more

Lee County 2021 Golden Apple recipients

first_imgLee County School Board swears in new interim superintendent June 16, 2021 Eyes filled with tears, Marylin Prysi told her students she loved them and said it was an honor to be their teacher. Melissa Holland – Tanglewood Elementary – Kindergarten Dr. Nathan Buehler has some fun students! They sprayed him with silly string when he got his Golden Apple. He admitted “he was a mess” but it was all worth it. Many of Jamie Ayres’ students teared up when they found out she received a Golden Apple. Ayres’ said her students mean the world to her. So many tears fell from Joseph Camputaro’s face when he received his award. He told his students his Golden Apple represented their hard work. Bryan Williams – Mariner High School – 9th-12th JROTC Leadership Education AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Nathan Buehler – Mirror Lakes Elementary 5th grade teacher Lee County School district closer to building new Estero elementary and middle school May 27, 2021 Advertisement The Foundation of Lee County Public Schools will be surprising teachers across the county Friday morning, honoring them with a Golden Apple. The Golden Apple represents hard work , dedication, success, and excellence in the classroom.Here are the recipients of the 2021 Golden Apple:Marylin Prysi – Villas Elementary – Kindergarten AdvertisementTags: Golden AppleLee County School District AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Major Williams is extremely loved by his students. One of his students said Williams wasn’t just his teacher, but felt as if he was a father to them too. Jamie Ayres – Cape Coral High School 9th grade English teacher AdvertisementJoseph Camputaro – The Sanibel School – 5th grade teacher Lee Health partners with School Board to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to students May 27, 2021 Collier County School’s honor all their teachers for National Teacher Appreciation Week May 6, 2021 Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS When Melissa Holland found out she was a Golden Apple recipient, she hugged her students and said, “We did it!”last_img read more

Jamaican Earns WTO Appointment

first_imgRelatedJamaican Earns WTO Appointment RelatedJamaican Earns WTO Appointment FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica has once again earned the recognition of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) with the appointment of Andrea Marie Brown, Executive Director of the Anti-Dumping and Subsidies Commission, to the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding panel.Miss Brown, who joined the Commission in 2002 as the Executive Director, will serve as a member of the WTO panel established to examine the continued existence and application of Zeroing Methodology (DS350) involving the United States.In 2003, attorney-at-law and former Executive Director of the Anti Dumping and Subsidies Commission , Fernanne Kirkham Chin-Yee was named to a WTO Trade Dispute Panel.Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Karl Samuda said this appointment to the international body serves as a tangible recognition of the work of the Commission.“Given Jamaica’s proven commitment to the multilateral process and our ongoing participation at all levels in the international trading system, I was pleased to accept this honour.This selection by the parties to the dispute confirms international recognition of the diligent work and high level of achievement of all who have been associated with the development of trade remedies disciplines in Jamaica and is an honour to Jamaica, the Ministry, and the Commission, and as well as myself”, Miss Brown said in response to her selection.There are 152 member countries of the World Trade Organisation, which oversees international trade relationships including merchandise goods, services, such as telecommunications and banking, and other issues such as intellectual property rights. RelatedJamaican Earns WTO Appointmentcenter_img Jamaican Earns WTO Appointment UncategorizedJanuary 14, 2008 Advertisementslast_img read more

CU Alumni At General Electric Contribute $74,000 To CU-Boulder

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: July 18, 2000 General Electric has donated almost $74,000 to the University of Colorado at Boulder as part of the GE Fund’s Corporate Alumni Program, Chancellor Richard Byyny announced today. General Electric employees, retirees and directors, who are alumni of CU-Boulder, participate in the program each year. The GE Fund matches alumni donations dollar for dollar. More than $11 million was donated to institutions of higher learning through the GE Fund in 1999. About 9,500 GE employees in the United States had their contributions to colleges and universities matched by the fund this year. “The GE Fund has taken a leadership role within the private sector in assisting our nation’s colleges and universities with these matching grants,” said Byyny. “It’s a visionary program that not only benefits the university and our students, but indirectly benefits the donor as well, by preparing tomorrow’s workforce for lives and careers in some of the most technical fields now emerging.” Included in GE’s gift is $50,000 to match a donation received from Howard McCullough, who graduated from CU-Boulder in 1937 and was a vice president with GE. McCullough’s $50,000 gift has been directed to the College of Engineering’s Discovery Learning Center. There are no restrictions on how a university can use the GE funds. “We’re always pleased to see the great commitment of GE employees and retirees to their communities and schools,” said Joyce Hergenhan, president of the GE Fund. “It’s a privilege to encourage and support those contributions through our matching gift programs.” The GE Fund invented the corporate matching gift program, now used by more than 1,000 corporations worldwide. Since 1954, when the GE Fund began matching employee and retiree contributions, companies have donated more than $2 billion in matching gifts to colleges, universities and other educational institutions. CU-Boulder currently enrolls about 28,000 students and offers 3,400 courses in more than 170 fields of study. CU-Boulder was recently named the “Most Wired” campus in the Mountain time zone and the 28th most wired campus in the nation, according to the Yahoo! Internet Life survey.last_img read more

Rev. Thwaites Stresses Importance of Good Parenting

first_imgRev. Thwaites Stresses Importance of Good Parenting EducationDecember 6, 2012 RelatedRev. Thwaites Stresses Importance of Good Parenting RelatedRev. Thwaites Stresses Importance of Good Parenting Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, has underscored the importance of good parenting in instilling children with the critical values and attitudes. He added that proper parenting is vital in “everything else that we try to do as a people” “We are not going to have any success no matter how much we invest in education, we are not going to reap the required dividends in all the other investments of hard capital in Jamaica, unless we have people, young people, as they grow up, who are cognitively adept, who are socially responsible and who are spiritually aware, and parenting has a tremendous and crucial indispensable role in this regard,” he stated. Minister Thwaites was speaking yesterday (December 4) at the launch of the book: ‘Answers to Questions Parents Ask’ at the Family Life Ministries head office on Cecelio Avenue in Kingston. The Education Minister said that good parenting does not necessarily mean that parents are able to afford all their children’s desires but that they try their “utmost best”, while prioritising, in ensuring that their needs are filled. Endorsing the book, Rev. Thwaites said it establishes best practices in parenting. “I wonder if we can use this valuable piece of work…as a primer for a new dispensation of parenthood in Jamaica. I am wondering now that we have a piece of legislation establishing a Parenting Commission…if we can use this in a way that as we set up the Parent Places, this can become some of the prime material that is used, so that parents can have some measure of information as to best practises…and be schooled in the appropriate responses to each other and to children,” he stated. The book, written by Dr. Faith Linton and Dr. Barry Davidson, deals with issues such as first time parenting, nutrition, emotional intelligence, sexuality, adolescence, the pre-teen years, speech and language, growth of intelligence, relationship and firmness and how to bless your child. The book’s advice is based on international best practice, the author’s research and experience and factors in the Jamaican cultural and social contexts. Minister Thwaites encouraged early childhood teachers to “use this kind of material and the useful questions and answers that follow each chapter in order that they may use the early childhood system not only for the precept of little children but also for the re-socialization of many who are parents.” The book targets individuals involved in child rearing: first time parents or more experienced parents, single parents or co-parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles or friends. In addition, the book qualifies as required reading for professionals in training, who seek degrees or certificates in child or family care and in other medical, educational, academic and counselling fields. RelatedRev. Thwaites Stresses Importance of Good Parentinglast_img read more

Giving Back

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. We recognize Tien Pham Windauer, Anthony Hirsch, the Lakeside QRU and Jeff Carlson for giving back to the community this year and every year. Photos by Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon. TIEN PHAM WINDAUER: Commitment to Community COLUMBIA FALLS – When Tien Pham Windauer considers the good fortune that fills every corner of his life – four healthy children, a successful restaurant, a loving wife, an adoptive community brimming with support – he credits the success, all of it, to his father’s wooden fishing boat.Never mind the 18-and-20-hour workdays and the bootstrap makings of a self-made man. Forget the language barrier he overcame as a teenager in a strange land, the impoverished village in which he grew up and the week he spent at sea, going without food in order to escape Communist-controlled Vietnam while drinking only scavenged rainwater.“I’m so thankful every day,” Windauer said. “We are so privileged here.”His unlikely journey to Columbia Falls, where Windauer owns Tien’s Place, a popular restaurant specializing in Asian cuisine, began on a black, moonless night in 1983. Under the cover of dark, Windauer and 49 other refugees, known as “boat people,” fled the war-torn country in his father’s wooden fishing boat, skippering the vessel down a machine-gun patrolled route on the Mekong River, a perilous escape choked with hundreds of dead bodies – a haunting reminder of the danger they faced. He was 13 years old.Since then, every gift he’s given or received he credits to his father’s boat, the lifeline that transported him against near insurmountable odds to Columbia Falls and the American Dream.When the Malaysian coast guard discovered Windauer’s boat, many of the passengers had fallen desperately ill, but miraculously they all survived. By the time they arrived at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Windauer was so weak that he needed intravenous therapy.One widely-cited book estimates that 500,000 of the 2 million Vietnamese “boat people” died during the escape, but Windauer said escaping the oppressive Vietnamese government was worth the risk.After the fall of Saigon, Windauer’s father, who fought during the war for the United States Army, was labeled a traitor by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The impoverished family was forced to live in a “re-education camp,” and the thought of so bleak a future was too much for Windauer to bear.Once he had successfully escaped to Malaysia, Windauer was selected from among thousands of Vietnamese children as the adopted son of Bob and Judy Windauer, of Columbia Falls, in March 1984.He threw himself at school and sports and worked in a variety of restaurants after high school before opening Tien’s Place in 2002.Today, the restaurant is a fixture in Columbia Falls and beyond – he ships his tomato bisque soup to a customer in Washington, and once rolled 500 egg rolls for an Idaho man, so the customer could bring them home to his friends and family.Tien’s Place is a hub of Columbia Falls, a community booster club where a state championship earns the entire team a free meal, whether they are competing in football, basketball, soccer or debate.One year ago, Tien and his wife, Maureen, learned that Taylor Peterson, a 17-year-old high school student, volleyball standout and prospective restaurant employee, had become terminally ill with cancer. She was given a prognosis of only a few weeks to live, and her last wish was to travel to Hawaii with her best friend.The Windauers sprang to action, galvanizing the community and rallying an army of volunteers to cook and serve 2,800 meals for a benefit to make her dream come true – “My rice cooker couldn’t keep up,” Tien recalls. Local firefighters lined up along U.S. Highway 2 and collected cash donations in their boots. Maureen organized an online auction. Thousands of people gathered in a tent outside of Tien’s Place throughout the day, huddled in the cold of December to buoy support for Peterson.The community raised more than $70,000, but Peterson succumbed to jaw-bone cancer before she could embark on the trip.The money raised was used to help the family cover funeral and medical expenses, and to establish a memorial scholarship fund in her name.The experience moved Tien beyond description.“It turned into something I never could have imagined,” he said. “The whole community pitched in. I couldn’t believe it.”“If you are part of a community like this, if you adapt to it, you are part of the team,” he continued. “I couldn’t keep up with everything I do without the support of the community.”At least once a year, Tien makes a point of visiting the Columbia Falls Middle School to share his story in hopes of underscoring the privileges the students enjoy. He cooks a buffet-style meal for the students, and then tells them his harrowing tale.“My goal is to teach kids to understand how good life is here,” he said. “We are so privileged.”He’s since reunited with his entire family, including his biological father, who sacrificed his livelihood so that Windauer could attempt the escape from Vietnam, and he, Maureen and the children have returned to visit.“When I left 31 years ago I never thought I would go back. Now, we are one family. And this community is part of my family, too,” he said. “It’s like everything has come full circle.”ANTHONY HIRSCH: Ringing in Support for Those in Need While residents across Montana were fleeing indoors to escape the worst cold snap in a generation, Anthony Hirsch hurried to stand outside. The 57-year-old Kalispell resident is among the legion of devoted servants who brave frigid temperatures and wintry weather to ring bells and gather donations in red kettles for the Salvation Army. Every holiday season, more than 850 residents spend a combined 3,400 hours ringing in front of 17 locations in the Flathead Valley. For the past three years, Hirsch has bundled up with layers of coats and sweatshirts, as well as his lucky Santa hat, and jingled outside Smith’s grocery store near his home. “Last year when it turned arctic I put on three pairs of socks,” he says. He’s not exactly sure how many hours he’s spent ringing for the Salvation Army, but he regularly signs up for two-hour shifts, five days a week for at least three weeks. He began three years ago after the company he works for held a volunteer day with its employees. “I was at a point in my life where I wanted to give something back,” he says. “What shocked me when I started doing it is how much fun it was. I didn’t think it would be unpleasant but it turned into one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. Now I’m hooked. I love doing it.”Last year the local squadron of ringers raised a combined $135,000 for the Salvation Army, which reinvested 100 percent of the funds into the community, according to local administrators. In 2012, the dollars and cents raised from ringing bells in front of grocery stores helped those in need by providing roughly 30,000 hot meals; 1,500 hot showers; 8,000 household items; and 800 Christmas gifts to children, according to the Salvation Army.“They’re giving up their time really to help the Salvation Army raise funds for their community,” says Bob Blake, director of development at the local center. “But the true blessing comes back to the bell ringers. There are many, many stories of people who have been blessed by their service.”The men and women wearing red aprons and jingling bells at stores across the U.S. have become a staple of the holiday season. Most are volunteers, while some who need extra income during the holidays are offered small stipends to ring.The effort dates back to the late 1890s, when a Salvation Army chapter in San Francisco sought a new way to gather support for poor families in the community. The group drew from an old method started in Liverpool, England, where sailors would set up a large pot at the port’s landing and collect coins from passersby. The San Francisco Army set up a similar red pot near where the ferry boats landed and from there a tradition was founded, blossoming across the world.The Salvation Army is one of the oldest and largest charitable organizations in the world. With thrift shops, service centers and other community outposts, the organization provides a wide array of assistance to those who need it most. This includes a strong emergency disaster services arm that is recognized by federal, state and local governments across the country as a sanctioned disaster relief and assistance organization.It’s this type of support and service that keeps Anthony Hirsch outdoors during the frigid winter nights. “They really help the truly needy; the people who are on hard luck,” he says. “Those aspects really keep me coming back.”Even this year, after he injured his knee and required surgery, he hurried his recovery so that he would be able to join his fellow Salvation Army servants. On Monday he returned to his section of cold concrete outside Smith’s, eagerly ringing in support with a smile.“It’s a place where you see the best in people: Kindness, love, generosity, care for their fellow human,” he says. “Whatever I’ve given, I’ve gotten back tenfold in different ways.”For more information about the Salvation Army, call 257-4357 or visit QRU: Answering the Call LAKESIDE – Like nearly any concept, when we talk about extraordinary people, everyone has their own opinion of how to define them. One definition that most could agree on is the one that fits the fine folks who work at the Lakeside QRU: Volunteers who use their considerable skills to help those who need it most. The Lakeside QRU, which stands for quick response unit, answers 911 emergency calls from Rollins to just south of Kalispell, and from Blacktail Mountain to near Bigfork. It’s a huge swath of coverage area for the unit, which is made up of around 20 volunteers. Those volunteers include three paramedics, resulting in a relatively new level of service for the unit. Service director Mary Granger, who also works full-time as Flathead County’s EMS manager, said calls for the QRU have increased dramatically in the last year. “This is the first year that we’ve actually reached over 300 calls,” Granger said, standing in the QRU’s new building last week. With the jump to paramedic-level service and the move to actually transporting the patients, the Lakeside QRU volunteers take anywhere from two to four hours with each call. Before they acquired an ambulance, the volunteers needed just about half an hour to respond and then hand off the patient to emergency services, Granger said. Now, a call on Blacktail Mountain takes about three hours of transport time, plus the extra time needed to complete the patient’s paperwork. In earlier years, local employers were very generous with the time their employees, who were also QRU volunteers, needed to respond to emergency calls. “Now, where it’s two, three hours, that’s half a (work) day,” Granger said. “It’s stretching their generosity.”This has led to a drop in the number of volunteers offering their time, she said, but it just means the QRU has to get creative. “We make it work, we always have,” Granger said. The volume of calls has pushed the QRU to expand its services, and the new building, constructed about a year ago, has plenty of storage space for the unit’s supplies. The building also houses a large community room, capable of seating about 200 people, and often rented out for free for community events. Still under construction are the workout room, which will receive donated fitness equipment in January, and the new crew’s quarters, which will contain two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen for emergency personnel to use.Those using the completed rooms will likely be people who want to volunteer their time with the QRU but don’t live close enough, Granger said, such as people training in emergency medicine. They would volunteer their time to be on call and sleep at the facility, ready to go at a moment’s notice. It would take about another $50,000 to finish out the crew quarters, Granger estimated. The ultimate goal is to be able to hire on part-time then full-time staff, but Granger noted the call volume doesn’t support such endeavors at this point. But the QRU is also excited about a new arrival making itself at home in the building’s bay: a brand new, $150,000 blue ambulance, nicknamed either “New Blue” or “Blue Betty,” depending on who you talk to. The ambulance came courtesy of a Montana Department of Transportation grant that paid for 90 percent of it, with the QRU matching the final 10 percent of the cost. The paramedics got to design it to fit their needs, Granger said, and it is one of the only emergency vehicles in the valley that comes with a refrigerated space for special medications. “We pretty much have everything,” paramedic Mary Lynn Smith said of the ambulance. But regardless of monetary concerns, the volunteers of the Lakeside QRU will continue to be the first people those in distress in their area will see, bringing professional-level skills and a sense of calm in hectic situations. “You get a call, and you go,” Granger said.JEFF CARLSON: Finding a Sense of Community When asked why he spends so much time volunteering or serving on various boards, including that of Northwest Montana’s only homeless shelter, Jeff Carlson simply says he was raised that way. When he was a kid in Colorado, his parents would often pack up the car and deliver Meals On Wheels to the elderly or lend a hand at the soup kitchen. That’s just the way they are. “I was raised that way, my parents always bestowed a sense of community. They come from a time… when we were all in this together,” he said. “I don’t ever remember fighting it. It was fun (to help).” Carlson is a residential loan agent and moved to the Flathead Valley six years ago, to be closer to his parents who moved up here years earlier. Not long after arriving in the area, he joined the Samaritan House’s board of directors. The Samaritan House was founded in 1991 as a homeless shelter and transitional housing facility. Every year, it hosts about 1,300 people at its various facilities in Kalispell and serves more than 30,000 meals annually. Executive Director Chris Krager says the six-year average homeless population in Flathead County is more than 800, but that number can change depending on the season. The shelter has an annual budget of $500,000 and is entirely funded through grants and fundraisers. Carlson said Montana is one of only two states in the country that does not offer homeless funding, adding another challenge to the shelter’s already loaded plate. But even with the odds stacked against the shelter, the Samaritan House has an impressive success rate. Eighty-six percent of people who stay at the shelter get the help they need and are able to get back on their feet, 15 percent better than the national average.“There’s a huge need. I mean this is the only shelter in Northwest Montana,” Carlson said. “But you feel a passion for these people, to help them.” The full board of directors meets once a month, but Carlson tries to put in additional time at the shelter. He said everyone has expended his or her fair share of elbow grease working on various maintenance projects at the house.“There’s a whole gamut of things to do,” he said.But his favorite duty is helping at the shelter around suppertime and getting to know some of the residents. “I like to be here at meal time to get to know the people. You get to know their stories,” he said. “It reenergizes you.”Carlson isn’t the only one in his family who understands what it’s like to have that “sense of community.” His wife, Cheri Dubeau Carlson, is the executive director of Dream Adaptive and his parents often put in hours volunteering around town.“They say 10 percent of the people do 90 percent of the volunteering in a community and the Carlson family shows up everywhere,” Krager said. But Carlson said there is another benefit to volunteering; it leads to piece of mind. “Volunteering gives you a balanced view to your own problems when compared to others,” he said. In the coming months a plan to address homelessness in the Flathead Valley will be released. The Samaritan House is one of the groups helping to produce it and Carlson said he hopes it will guide the non-profit into the future. But regardless of what the report says, he hopes more people roll up their sleeves and lend a helping hand. “We can all do better. You can never have enough sense of community,” he said. Emaillast_img read more