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HUD Awards Grant To Community Shelter Board

July 17, 2018 12:34 am Published by

Foundation: Columbus Foundation
The Community Shelter Board received the second largest grant in the latest round of federal funding to prevent youth homelessness. According to CSB statistics, more than 1,300 residents age 24 and younger were served in Columbus and Franklin County shelters last year, and more than 900

When The Crowd Funds Palestinian Projects That Foreign Governments Won’t

July 15, 2018 8:56 pm Published by

Why you should care

Derrar Ghanem, co-founder of BuildPalestine, is crowdsourcing solutions for the obstacles faced by his fraught nation. The money and the expertise to do it all came from the crowd, via the fast-growing platform of BuildPalestine.

By linking 12 million Palestinians across the West Bank, Gaza and the diaspora, 28-year-old Derrar Ghanem is connecting social entrepreneurs with the tools they need, while shifting perceptions of the Palestinian Territories. But through the haze of ongoing strife, it’s hard for anyone to see beyond what is widely recognized as an Israeli occupation of large parts of the territories.

We look for social entrepreneurs who have their skin in the game and can show it.

Derrar Ghanem

Born born in Athens to a Palestinian father and Greek-American mother, Ghanem was raised in the city of Jenin in the West Bank. Husseini, a former communications adviser to the Palestinian government, says foreign donations lead to “a perverse situation where aid contributes indirectly towards propping up the occupation, by allowing the Israeli government to maintain control over Palestinian land without having to bear the cost.”

But can small donations from ordinary folks pooled over the internet really match the deep pockets of global governments? Most Popular on OZYTrue StoryWhen My Neighbors Called the Cops on Me

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Jon Yates

July 15, 2018 8:56 pm Published by

But while his adviser in charge of media relations, Meg Powell-Chandler, has worked for the Conservative party almost continuously since she graduated in 2009, Yates took a different route into government.

After two years working for management consultancy firm McKinsey, he plunged into the world of do-gooding starting out at the Christian charity Tearfund before studying social entrepreneurship for a year and then founding his own social enterprise, The Challenge Network, in 2008.

Anyone wanting to know what makes Yates tick could do worse than watch his TEDx talk from 2016, where he describes all of us as living in “bubbles” of people just like us. Fundamentally he is powered by a desire to get people from different backgrounds mixing or in fancier words, promoting social integration.

For five years, with The Challenge’s co-founders Craig Morley and Doug Fraley, he pioneered a summer programme designed to get young people from different social backgrounds mixing.

His underlying vision, says Emma Jenkins, head of HeadStart and development at The Challenge, was to do more than deliver apprenticeships, which is why their Step Forward scheme did a lot of additional work on team building, developing confidence and people skills; on going into schools and recruiting from non-traditional demographics; and on integration between apprentices on all its pathways.

He fundamentally cares about there being an impact on the ground

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, given all they were trying to achieve on apprenticeship funding, Step Forward turned out to be financially unsustainable, and the programme is winding down next year. Then party officials will generally make lots of phone calls and whittle their list down to a shortlist, which is then vetted by the Conservative Campaign Headquarters, and the minister is given the final pick.

So how was Yates known to people in government?

His first forays into the world of Westminster came in the form of the Social Integration Commission, which was convened by The Challenge in 2014 and brought together representatives from business, the third sector and policy, with the aim of identifying good practice in social integration and making recommendations. Chaired by Matthew Taylor, the head of the RSA, it produced three reports, and led to the creation of an all-party parliamentary group on social integration chaired by Chuka Umunna MP and for which The Challenge now provides the secretariat, which means that they do all the admin and logistics.

Their design principles for an integrated society have also been adopted by the government in its integrated communities strategy and the Greater London Authority’s All of Us social integration strategy.

“Jon brings a savviness and practical aspect to a policy world,” says Rebecca Carter, director of organisational strategy, planning and communications at The Challenge.

June brings uptick in New London firefighters’ use of Narcan

July 15, 2018 5:56 am Published by

The Day – June brings uptick in New London firefighters’ use of Narcan – News from southeastern Connecticut

New London Firefighters and a resident administered more doses of Narcan last month than in any other month since April 2015, possibly signaling an increase of fentanyl in the local supply.

A person who has ingested fentanyl, an opioid about 50 times stronger than heroin, often requires more than one dose of the overdose-reversal drug.

In June, when 12 doses were administered, three patients accounted for 6 of them. One of those doses was administered by a resident before firefighters arrived.

“It’s something we were expecting based on information at the national level that we would see more fentanyl as we approached the summer,” said Jennifer Muggeo, supervisor of administration, finance and special projects for Ledge Light Health District.

Fentanyl contributed to the deaths of at least two New London residents this spring: Luis Roman, a 17-year-old New London High School student found unresponsive in his home April 23, and Lebro Mei, the 36-year-old whose body was found in a parking lot on the former Edgerton School property May 7.

“This just really emphasizes the need to saturate the community with naloxone,” Muggeo said of the possible increase of fentanyl in the area.

Muggeo is active with the city’s Opioid Action Team, which in December received a $135,000 federal grant to streamline access to substance abuse treatment. The group also received $14,750 from the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, which Muggeo said will help purchase up to 100 naloxone kits to hand out.

Walgreens, CVS and other pharmacies offer naloxone without a prescription in Connecticut, but Muggeo said some people are too ashamed to ask for it or don’t have insurance to cover the cost.

“We are working to … The part-time navigators walk and drive throughout New London to help get people into treatment and work with them through the process.

Typically they encourage medication-assisted treatment, or the practice of combining therapy with methadone, Suboxone or Vivitrol, all of which prevent intense withdrawals and cravings.

“I think a number of ODs the first responders responded to recently were in private homes versus public settings,” Muggeo said. “How do we assure that people know about the navigators and how to reach them?”

So far, Muggeo said, the navigators have talked to about 60 people and gotten 48 of them into treatment.

“When somebody is receiving appropriate treatment, the rates of management are on par with the rates of management of other chronic diseases,” Muggeo said.

“But only 7 percent of people suffering from substance use disorder have access to any type of treatment,” she said. Once open only on Friday afternoons, it now has hours on Mondays and Thursdays, as well as an employee doing outreach in the community on Wednesdays.

Syringe programs allow those who are injecting drugs to access clean needles to prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis C.

To reach the navigators, call or text (860) 333-3494 or email

More about the data

In addition to seeing more people needing two doses of naloxone, firefighters also are seeing more community members administering a dose before their arrival.

Four residents did so in 2017; three more have this year.

The previous high for doses of Narcan administered was 10 last October. And some overdose on drugs that don’t necessarily respond to naloxone, such as the synthetic marijuana known as K2 or Spice.

At least 187 doses of naloxone have been administered in New London since April 2015.

Grieving youth discover the healing power of horses

July 15, 2018 5:56 am Published by

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Kick-off to Burn Camp starts in Abbotsford on July 15

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Activists protest outside Kinder Morgan terminal in kayaks, canoes

Tsleil-Waututh elder Ta’ah Amy George led the water ceremony from a traditional Coast Salish canoe

Canadian soccer fans brace for World Cup final between France, Croatia

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B.C. Lions claw their way back to score 20-17 victory over Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Bombers, who beat the Lions 41-19 last week in Edmonton, fell to 2-3 with the loss

High winds, lack of rain suggest no breaks in sight for B.C. wildfire season

There were 11 new wildfires across the province over 24 hours, BC Wildfire Service officials say

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