Meijer makes another temporary customer service change due to COVID-19

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNewsSouth Bend Market Meijer makes another temporary customer service change due to COVID-19 (Source:, License: Meijer will not be accepting any returns through at least April 16.The company says the coronavirus epidemic has prompted the decision, as well as the previous decision to stop accepting bottle and can returns. The customer service desks are open for postal services, lottery sales, and Western Union Services only.They have also suspended rentals for carpet cleaners and power washers, and Soda Stream container exchanges. They will extend the timeline for returns. Twitter Pinterest Facebook By Tommie Lee – March 27, 2020 1 440 Google+ Previous articleIndiana inmates are making materials to help fight COVID-19Next articleFebruary’s jobless report in Indiana the lowest to be seen for a while Tommie Leelast_img read more

School buildings closed for rest of school year in Indiana

first_img WhatsApp School buildings closed for rest of school year in Indiana Pinterest Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ By Jon Zimney – April 2, 2020 4 1044 Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, right, speaks during a during a news conference while Dr. Kristina Box, the Indiana state health commissioner, listens on Friday, March 27, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Holcomb said the locations of confirmed COVID-19 cases show that all parts of Indiana are seeing illnesses. (AP Photo/Tom Davies) All K-12 school buildings in Indiana will remain closed through the remainder of the school year, according to Indiana Schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick.E-Learning and alternative learning will continue for the remainder of the school year.Schools must complete 160 total instructional days, according to the official statement. At least 20 more days of remote learning from April 2nd until the end of the school year are required.Superintendent. McCormick says seniors must have earned credits and enrolled credits. That does not apply to students in middle school or in grades 9, 10 or 11.As for teacher requirements, the CPR deadline has been extended to Sept. 1.The information below was released by Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office:Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed an executive order requiring all K-12 schools in Indiana to provide instruction via remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and outlines options for districts to continue education during the fight against COVID-19. Click here for a link to the executive order:“Students are the future of our state and teachers are the heart of our schools,” Gov. Holcomb said. “While COVID-19 is impacting every classroom, our teachers, administrators, school board members and school staff are going to extraordinary levels to deliver quality learning to students all across our state, even while school buildings are closed. We’ll continue to do everything we can to empower educators and parents, while protecting students’ health.”To complete the school year, all schools previously received a 20-day waiver to reduce the number of required in-person or remote instruction days to 160. Schools must continue to provide instruction via remote learning until they complete either:160 instructional days orAt least 20 additional days of remote learning between the date of the executive order (today) and the end of the school year. If a school completes 20 days and falls short of the required 160 instructional days, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) can waive the difference.All K-12 schools will need to submit a plan for review and approval by IDOE by April 17. The plan can include eLearning, extended learning, project-based or portfolio learning, competency-based learning, partnerships with higher education for increased student supports, and other similar methods.The governor, in conjunction with Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick, also directed the Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE) to provide flexibility for school corporations for students who are to graduate in 2020. A school corporation may issue an Indiana diploma to a student who has done all of the following:Has met all of the course and credit requirements for the specific diploma designation based on a combination of high school credits earned prior to and the course in which a student was enrolled as of March 19, when the governor issued the statewide school closure.Meets any virtual or remote learning participation requirements established by the governing body of the local school corporation in response to the statewide school closure order issued by the governor.Meets any additional graduation requirements established by the governing body of the local school corporation prior to the school closure order issued by the governor.The executive order also extends teacher licenses expiring between March 1, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2020 until Sept. 1, 2020.Other deadlines and requirements for the current school year will be reviewed by Dr. McCormick, the executive director of SBOE, and relevant state agencies. They will submit recommendations to the Governor by April 7 for review and further action. Facebook Previous articleThe City of Elkhart is offering a new 311 appNext articleMichigan COVID-19 cases top the 10,000 mark Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Indiana and Michigan classrooms predicted to struggle with social distancing

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Indiana and Michigan classrooms predicted to struggle with social distancing IndianaLocalMichiganNews Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp By Brooklyne Beatty – July 17, 2020 1 449 (“old school” by alamosbasement, CC BY 2.0) Schools in both Indiana and Michigan are going to have trouble with social distancing this coming school year due to crowded classrooms.That is, according to a recent post by, that ranked the top ten states that may have the hardest time keeping six feet between each student.6 Feet Apart? States with the Most Crowded ClassroomsIndiana ranked 9th overall, while Michigan ranked 3rd.According to the article, Indiana’s elementary school classes sizes of 23.6 students are lower than most other states on the list, but its secondary class size is much higher.With an average of 25.4 students in each secondary school class, Indiana may have to make use of space not typically used for classroom learning in order to properly social distance, such as the cafeteria.In Michigan, the average elementary class size is 24.2 children, while secondary class sizes average 29 students. The higher averages are what rank Michigan as number three on the list.center_img TAGSclassroomscoronavirusCOVID-19IndianaMichigansocial distancingstudentszippia Google+ Twitter Facebook Twitter Pinterest Previous articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food distribution schedule, July 20-24Next articlePorter County mom arrested after 5-year-old son was found alone Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

Press release: New members of Advisory Committee on Business Appointments announced

first_imgThe Cabinet Office has announced today that the Prime Minister has appointed Jonathan Baume, Dr. Susan Liautaud and Richard Thomas as Members of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, with effect from 1 February 2018.last_img

Speech: Supporting UNOCA’s efforts to ensure peace in Central Africa

first_imgThank you Mr President and may I also thank our briefers today – Ambassador Fall for your report and also for your team’s work in this challenging region. And also Ambassador Allam-Mi, thank you for your comments, and also welcome to the Security Council. It’s good to see you today sir because regional organizations like yours are essential and we are pleased you’ve been able to demonstrate today the cooperation between the regional group and UNOCA.Mr President, the United Kingdom remains concerned by the security and political situation in Central Africa. Many of those concerns are reflected in the Secretary-General’s report, including the threats from terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and other groups in the Lake Chad Basin, and the Lord’s Resistance Army in Central African Republic and DRC. And we note with horror the use of women and girls as suicide bombers by Boko Haram.As we’ve discussed many times before in this Council, both military and non-military action is required to address these threats. We must understand their root causes and the political, economic and humanitarian needs of the population. And it is essential that we take a coherent, “whole of UN” approach to tackle both existing problems and prevent further deterioration in this region.This year, 10 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Lake Chad Basin. The United Kingdom has committed £300 million to tackling the crisis over the next five years. And we call upon other international donors to help make up funding shortfalls for humanitarian operations across the region.Mr President, we are also concerned by the situation in Cameroon and the number of casualties that have resulted amongst both civilians and Cameroon’s security forces. Citizens have the right of peaceful protest. It is the government’s responsibility to protect demonstrators while also protecting the safety and security of all citizens. We call for all parties to reject violence, pursue dialogue and urgently take action to reduce tensions. Failure to do so will only cause the already concerning situation to deteriorate further. In this regard, we welcome President Biya’s New Year’s announcement to pursue dialogue, decentralisation and restraint. And we strongly encourage the government to take further steps to give effect to this announcement. We commend UNOCA’s support as part of broader international efforts to find a lasting solution to the current crisis, and we would encourage intensification of these efforts and ask that we are kept regularly informed on progress.Mr President, we recognise UNOCA’s efforts elsewhere in the region, including the mobilisation of support for the African Peace Initiative in the Central African Republic with regional partners and we encourage this to continue. UNOCA also has a crucial role supporting states in the subregion to hold timely, transparent and inclusive elections and supporting ECCAS’s efforts to lay the groundwork for structural prevention of election-related violence.We are concerned by the threat of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and we appreciate UNOCA’s reporting on this matter. Further, more detailed reporting on the problem and the work being done to combat it should be carried out, given the heightened and significant threat to international shipping and regional prosperity.In addition to regional governments, regional organisations – including the African Union, ECCAS, CMAC, the Gulf of Guinea Commission and the Lake Chad Basin Commission – are essential to address the challenges to peace and security, promote democratic governance and enhance regional cooperation. Inter-regional cooperation, particularly on issues like the Sahel, are also crucial, and we welcome the announcement that ECCAS and ECOWAS will hold a joint summit in July. We encourage UNOCA and UNOWAS to continue to support this inter-regional approach.Mr President, UNOCA has demonstrated that it can be a valuable partner for regional governments and organisations. In order to make the best use of the resources available, UNOCA should focus on building the capacity of regional entities to deliver crisis prevention work, such as preventative diplomacy, early warning mechanisms and mediation, and support UN agencies in priority thematic areas including gender.Mr President, the United Kingdom appreciates UNOCA’s efforts in the region and we encourage UNOCA to improve its communication of this good work. This will ensure those outside the UN system can better understand UNOCA’s ongoing work and support it whenever possible.Thank you Mr President.last_img read more

Press release: Vulnerable court users to benefit from £5m government investment

first_img I was bowled over by the work that has been done by the courts team at Liverpool to enable this expansion of service to take place. Our team of volunteers will be able to support more Litigants in Person as a direct result of the move to the new room which is already being shown by the rise in numbers of people we have helped. The PSU nationally managed more than 65,000 contacts in the last year and in this financial year we are expecting over 75,000 contacts. Liverpool is fast becoming one of our busier PSU units. Our vision “No one should face court alone” is alive and well in Liverpool. The refurbishment is part of HMCTS’ ambitious £1bn reform programme, which is bringing new technology and modern ways of working to the justice system.This programme has already delivered: A new fully accessible online civil money claims service giving the public the ability to make a small claim online – with more than 31,000 claims made since its launch in March and user satisfaction at 90%; A new system for applying for divorce online, which has cut errors in application forms from 40% to less than 1%; A new probate system in testing, which has cut errors, quickened the process and has a user satisfaction rate of 93%; A pilot of fully video hearings in tax tribunals to test the potential for roll-out where appropriate across the courts and tribunals system; The national implementation of a new in-court system to record the results of cases digitally and instantly. Justice Minister, Lucy Frazer said: The investment will allow for more people to be supported in a safer, more comfortable environment and is part of HMCTS’ commitment to improving the condition of court buildings and access to justice for all users.The Personal Support Unit (PSU) is a charity that helps people who find themselves in court and in need of assistance, providing them with support and guidance through a team of volunteers so they can represent themselves effectively in hearings. These are largely people representing themselves in cases of divorce, contact with children or eviction from their homes. Additional facilities now available include:center_img Court appearances can often come at difficult and emotional times in a person’s life. Therefore, I was delighted to hear the positive effects these new and improved personal support facilities are already having and look forward to seeing first hand the difference this refurbishment has made. The team of volunteers in Liverpool are doing a fantastic job and this funding means they can now offer their guidance and support to even more people. This government is committed to helping those that need it most and ensuring our justice system remains the best in the world. a new, larger room so that more people can be helped; kitchen facilities and new furniture; extra phone lines to allow volunteers to support more clients; privacy screens for conversations between clients and volunteers. Personal Support Unit Chief Executive Officer, Eileen Pereira said:last_img read more

News story: Three shipbuilding teams shortlisted to build new warships in UK

first_img This is the first frigate competition the UK has run in a generation, and today we are funding three shipbuilding teams with extremely exciting concepts to continue developing their plans. Next year we will announce the winning bidder, and one of these designs will go on to bolster our future fleet with five new ships, creating UK jobs and ensuring our Royal Navy maintains a truly global presence in an increasingly uncertain world. Three shipbuilding teams have been awarded multi-million-pound contracts to push ahead with plans to build five new Type 31e warships in the UK for the Royal Navy, Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has announced today in Portsmouth.The Minister revealed that teams led by BAE Systems, Babcock and Atlas Elektronik UK have been shortlisted for the competition to build the five frigates for £1.25 billion. Each group has today been awarded a contract worth up to £5 million to fund the next stage of their plans, with the preferred bidder for the design and manufacture of the ships due to announced by the end of next year. The MOD want the first ship delivered in 2023.Speaking at Her Majesty’s Naval Base in Portsmouth, Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said: The awarding of the contracts is a key milestone in the National Shipbuilding Strategy, which was launched in September 2017. The Strategy met the challenges set by an independent report written by Sir John Parker, a figure with a wealth of leadership and boardroom experience in shipbuilding, and was underpinned by the commitment to build the new Type 31e ships.The bold Type 31e programme will move through procurement at an unprecedented pace: the vessel will commence production within 3 years of the launch of the programme, far quicker than similar programmes of this type.The ships will make up the next generation of the Royal Navy fleet, along with eight Type 26 warships which will start being delivered from the mid-2020s. The names of all eight Type 26 frigates have now been announced, and the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has also outlined that they will be homed in Devonport. The decision on where the Type 31e frigates will be based is still to be made.The Minister made the announcement on-board HMS Diamond, which returned to Portsmouth last month having been in the Mediterranean.last_img read more

Press release: Trial to help hen harriers gets ready for action

first_img Conservation and protection of the hen harrier is at the heart of what we are doing in licensing this trial of brood management. This decision takes forward but one element in a far broader recovery strategy for the species. Natural England is ready to take the next careful step, aware that the licensed activity and the research will rightly come under close scrutiny from the scientists on the advisory group, from ourselves as the licensing authority and by those both supportive of and opposed to this trial. We, as an organisation, must pursue all options for an important bird such as the hen harrier, so that our children may enjoy this majestic species in the wild. Natural England has today (Thursday, 6 June) confirmed that stringent conditions attached to the licence permitting a trial of brood management for hen harriers have been met.The licence permits the removal of hen harrier eggs and/or chicks to a dedicated hatching and rearing facility, where they will be hand-reared in captivity, before being transferred to specially-constructed pens in hen harrier breeding habitat, from which they are then re-introduced into the wild in the uplands of northern England.There are active hen harrier nests this year that meet the intervention density for trial brood management and willing landowners who want to be part of the trial. The licensee is working on the final information and consents required before action may be taken in 2019.This is the latest in a series of steps taken by Natural England to support rare and endangered bird species in the UK, which includes licensing the reintroduction of white-tailed eagles and issuing a licence for the collection of curlew eggs from RAF airbases.To ensure we learn as much as possible from this trial about the potential for brood management to be used as a conservation technique, Natural England, the Government’s adviser for nature in England, has approved the membership of a Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) and a Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy to support the trial.Natural England’s Chair Tony Juniper CBE said: Brood management is the sixth action within the Defra Hen Harrier Recovery Plan, supported by conservation groups, the International Centre for Birds of Prey and the Hawk & Owl Trust. The trial aims to reduce hen harrier predation of grouse chicks on driven grouse moors, leading to an improvement in the conservation status of hen harrier.French conservationists have successfully been using a similar technique for Montagu’s harrier to move birds away from prime agricultural land.last_img read more

Detailed guide: Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit

first_imgThis guidance is no longer current. See information on the transition period.,This guidance sets out the actions you should take to prepare for 1 January 2021, to plan for and help manage any potential service disruption to adult social care.This guidance is for adult social care providers and local authorities. Guidance for healthcare providers is available in How healthcare providers can prepare for 1 January 2021.Supply of medical productsRead about the government’s plan to introduce import controls on EU goods after 31 December 2020.If you have any questions, you can contact the relevant government team for your sector: Medicines: [email protected] Medical Devices and Clinical Consumables: [email protected] Clinical Trials: [email protected] Vaccines and Countermeasures: [email protected] Blood and Transplants: [email protected] Non-Clinical Goods and Services: [email protected] See if you can manage the disruption locally as part of your usual processes. Tell any other local partners that may be affected. This could include neighbouring local authorities, your local Clinical Commissioning Group commissioner or other relevant NHS contacts. If the issue cannot be resolved at a local level, contact your local resilience forum (LRF) through the local authority representative on the LRF. They may mobilise the major incident response arrangements for your area. WorkforceYou should review your capacity and activity plans regularly. Your business continuity plans should cover the supply of staff you need to deliver services before and after 1 January 2021.Make sure you tell any staff and people you care for who are EU citizens about the EU Settlement Scheme. Help them apply if they need support. Use the EU Settlement Scheme employer toolkit for practical advice on helping your employees to apply.You must notify your local commissioner, director of adult social services and the Care Quality Commission as soon as possible if there is any risk to service delivery.The EU Settlement SchemeThrough the EU Settlement Scheme, EU nationals can register for settled status if they have been in the UK for 5 years, or pre-settled status if they have been here for less than 5 years.The scheme is free and it’s simple to register. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme.Irish citizens are not required to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, although there are some circumstances where they may wish to. Non-Irish family members of Irish citizens will need to apply.Recognition of professional qualificationsEEA and Swiss health and care professionals who are registered and practising before 1 January 2021 will continue to be able to do so from 1 January 2021.For any professional registration queries, please contact the relevant professional regulator.Help and who to contactContact local care associations: Bedfordshire: Berkshire: [email protected] Bradford: [email protected] Cornwall: Derbyshire: [email protected] Devon: [email protected] Dorset: East Sussex: [email protected] Essex: [email protected] Gloucestershire: [email protected] Greater Manchester: [email protected] Hampshire: [email protected] Havering: [email protected] Hertfordshire: [email protected] Isle of Wight: [email protected] Kent: [email protected] Lancashire: [email protected] Leeds: [email protected] Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland: [email protected] Leicestershire (home care): [email protected] Lincolnshire: [email protected] London boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth, Croydon, Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea: Norfolk: [email protected] Norfolk and Suffolk: North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, and Bath and North East Somerset: [email protected] Northamptonshire: [email protected] Nottinghamshire: [email protected] Oxfordshire: [email protected] Oxfordshire (care homes): [email protected] Shropshire: [email protected] Somerset: Staffordshire: Suffolk: Surrey: [email protected] Tameside: [email protected] West Midlands and Worcestershire: [email protected] West Sussex: [email protected] Wiltshire: York and North Yorkshire: Managing supply issues locallyHow adult social care providers can manage supply problemsIf you have a problem with the supply of a product, service or anything else that may stop your business from providing services properly, we recommend you take the following action:Raise your concern with a local authority representative as soon as you can – this may be your local authority commissioner, contract management contact or quality assurance team. Tell your local authority about your issue whether or not they directly commission you to carry out services.If you provide services in multiple local authorities, please contact your host local authority. Ask the host authority to tell other local authorities.If there is a significant risk to the safety or wellbeing of service users, you should also alert your local adult safeguarding hub.Tell your local care provider association or trade body representative if you have one, about your supply issue. They may already have plans to help with supply problems.If your service is part of a larger business group, make sure that you tell operational management and the business owners about the problem.Contact any other branches in your organisation and try to make alternative arrangements.Ask your supplier about finding alternatives you could use or other ways they can help. Your supplier may already know about the issue and be working to resolve it.If the problem is with the supply of medicines, tell your community pharmacist who should know the latest on any supply disruption.What local authorities should do about any adult social care supply issues Business continuity plansReview your business continuity or contingency plans regularly. Make sure they are up to date and consistent with other local contingency plans, in particular those being developed by your local resilience forum.Make sure you also have plans in place for the months following 1 January 2021, to ensure continuity of care for service users.How to prepare with suppliers nowMake plans that cover all the supplies you use – from machinery to bed sheets, food and medicine: find out what contingency plans your suppliers have in place think about how you might use different suppliers if you need to include suppliers in your planning consider changing your service level agreements where necessary – you could temporarily stop using specific performance measures to allow suppliers to keep up supply, for example through substituting productslast_img read more

Line-up announced for BSB conference

first_imgMembers and non-members are invited to the British Society of Baking (BSB) conference, taking place at Ardencote Manor hotel in Warwickshire on 2-3 October.Highlights, on 3 October, include Nick Tatum, category director for bakery at Tesco, who will talk about the retailer’s new in-store formats and its new wider range of sweet and savoury good.Nick Harris of BFP will introduce the new Bakers’ Marque, which looks at the five principles of Provenance, Production Process, Product, Staffing and Community, and how achieving the Marque could be a valuable aid in marketing your business.Former Baker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards, Robin Jones of Village Bakery, Coedpoeth, will discuss the successful initiatives that helped him grow his business and achieve the top accolade.Alex Waugh of Nabim will look at the 2012 wheat harvest, including milling grists for bread flour, and Ian Robinson of ADM Milling will show how information is used to maintain consistent quality and supply for bakers in a cost-effective way.John Figgins of the BRC will discuss the first six months of issue 6 of the BRC Global Standard. And, on the training side, Louise Codling of the National Skills Academy will talk about funding and quality of future bakery courses, while Jane Houzer of South Bank University will discuss the advances in bakery education made by the National Bakery School and the degrees it offers.Reducing Hidden Sodium in Bakery Goods will be a topical paper presented by Dinnie Jordan of Kudos Blends who will show how a reduction of 50% of sodium in products aerated with baking powder can be achieved without affecting product quality of flavour.The conference kicks off the previous day, 2 October, with a workshop on Creative Leadership and Problem Solving by Shari Rife of Rich Products, who is flying in specially to demonstrate how each manager can become a better leader in bakery by driving growth, overcoming business challenges and identifying new opportunities.This workshop costs just £30. For conference rates including an option of dinner and/or bed, breakfast and lunch telephone the BSB secretary on 01869 247098/277094 or email [email protected] or go to the British Society of Baking’s website, select ‘conferences’ and choose your options from the dropdown menu.last_img read more