first_imgWILTON – In an effort to revamp Franklin County’s artistic and cultural offerings, Greater Franklin Development Council in collaboration with Arts Farmington are spearheading the Franklin Hills Rural Cultural Plan.Facilitated by Reinholt Consulting and grant funded by the Maine Arts Commission, the process aims to gather input from local residents, organizations, businesses and community leaders before creating a detailed action plan for the county to implement. The plan will act as a guide for local communities to enhance the artistic, cultural and recreational initiatives within the next five to ten years.“We focus on quality of place- making a community an attractive place to move to and work in which is how the economic development happens,” GFDC Executive Director Charlie Woodworth said.An enhanced economy is a by product of efforts such as the Cultural Plan, Woodworth said. By shining a light on the creative offerings in a community, and boosting those offerings, the plan will ideally attract more visitors, as well as new residents, to the county. Th initial phase of the project brought together community members for discussion on what makes the area great, what could use attention and how people envision arts and culture playing more of a role.“It has been really exciting to see the enthusiasm with this,” Reinholt consultant Emily Reinholt said.Leaders of the initiative have put a strong emphasis on community input, noting that local residents’ thoughts are one of the biggest ways to make the project a successful one.“This is often called innovative economic development. But we also hope to bring a sense of community empowerment by creating these meetings for networking,” consultant Saskia Reinholt said.The third community discussion, held at Life’s Perks Coffee Company on Main Street, brought a roomful of varied listeners interested in partaking in the conversation. Two previous meetings were held in Farmington and Livermore Falls.Participants voiced what they see as the area’s assets: Wilson Lake, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Public Library, and Calzolaio Pasta Co to name a few, followed by what they feel needs more attention: the outward appearance of the town, a lack of good paying jobs and few options for community engagement.“People are hungry for something to do,” one resident said.Another person said that the lack of leadership when it comes to community activities could be a driving force to the problem. Many people in the room agreed that a comprehensive events calendar for the area would provide the much needed connectivity and coordination of all of the area’s offerings. Many noted Wilton’s thriving ‘shop local’ feel with the town’s hardware and grocery store.“You don’t have to go to Farmington or WalMart if you know where to look,” one person added.Following the community discussions, Reinholt Consulting will release a series of surveys for the public to partake in. The surveys will be available on their website as well as at various locations in the community.For more information on the Franklin Hills Cultural Plan, contact Saskia Reinholt at (207)218-2072 or Charlie Woodsworth at (207)778-5887.last_img read more

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo November 24, 2020 In less than a week, the Brazilian Federal Police (PF, in Portuguese) seized close to 2,300 kilograms of cocaine bound for Europe. The shipments were found in three of the country’s main ports.On October 5, police officers seized 472 kg of cocaine at the Port of Salvador, in Bahia. “The drug was hidden in a cargo of iron ore bound for Europe, with the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, as its final destination,” the PF said in a statement.On October 3, the Federal Police seized 238.9 kg of cocaine at the Port of Natal that were to be placed in a container bound for Europe. (Photo: Brazilian Federal Police)On October 3, officers arrested four Brazilian nationals with 238.9 kg of cocaine at the Port of Natal. “The drug was going to be inserted in a container and sent to Europe,” said the PF.The operation was carried out together with agents of the Brazilian Federal Revenue Service who intercepted a suspicious truck at the port’s entrance. “Following a thorough search, several cocaine tablets were found in the vehicle’s structure, hidden in a modified compartment in the trailer,” the PF said.In addition to the driver, three men were arrested for providing cover near the port’s main gate and waiting for the goods to clear.So far, in 2020, agents have seized 5.5 tons of cocaine at the Port of Natal.On October 2, in another joint operation, the PF and the Federal Revenue Service seized 1,520 kg of cocaine at the Port of São Sebastião, in São Paulo.“The narcotics were concealed on a ship among a load of corn. It was bound for the port city of Cádiz, in southwestern Spain,” the Federal Revenue indicated in a statement.The ship, which sails under an Antigua and Barbuda flag with a Russian crew, was docked in São Sebastião, awaiting authorization to depart to Cádiz, reported the Spanish news agency EFE. The PF initiated an investigation to find the perpetrators of the international drug trafficking scheme.Although Colombia and Peru are the largest cocaine producers, drug traffickers prefer to export the drug from Brazilian ports, due to the greater commercial exchanges between Brazil and Europe.Brazil’s export products are more diversified, which helps to conceal the cocaine in cargo containers, according to EFE.last_img read more

first_img Tweet Share Share EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Social Assistance Program initiated by the Ministry of Education to continue says Minister by: – July 11, 2011 52 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Minister for Education & Human Resource Development Hon. Petter St. JeanIn an exclusive interview with the Honourable Minister for Education Mr. Petter St. Jean he indicated that the Social Assistance Program initiated by the Dominica Labour Party Administration will continue to meet the needs of the less fortunate among us.Every year the Government provides assistance to the less fortunate students in obtaining necessities for the new school term.According to the Minister because of his Government’s belief that every child has a right to education as well as the ability to learn this Social Assistance Program is very essential in meeting that goal. However, the program was implemented specifically to assist the disavantaged and financially challenged families in our society.“The Labour Party Administration believes in the principal of inclusion, we believe also that the masses must be catered for. Aas it relates to education specifically, we are convinced that every child can learn and as such no child should be left behind, hence we make provision for every Dominican child to be at an institution of learning. And having created universal access at secondary education we recognise that there are a number of challenges; one of these being the fact that there are some disadvantaged families that cannot adequately provide for the needs of their children. In that regard the Government has a Social Assistance Program within the Ministry of Education where we seek to ease the financial burdens of the poor and average Dominican family” he said.Mr. St. Jean also higlighted the four main areas in which the Ministry provides this assistance to disadvantaged families, the implementation of the Transfer Grants, Transportation System, National Textbook Scheme and School Uniform Allowance.“First of all we have what you call a transfer grant; that is the Government provides $500.00 for the children who are moving from Primary to Secondary School and we major on those who have financial difficulties. The objective is that these individuals would be assisted in the provision of the basic supplies and uniforms for their children. Secondly we recognize that having created access there are families that face the added challenge of getting these children to the school plants and so we intiated back in 2006 the school transportation system. Right now we have national coverage covering all of the education districts, not every village but every education district. We focus on the areas that are far from the school plants and the Government contracts fifty-one bus drivers, private bus drivers and in addition to that we have ten large size buses that ferry our children to and from the various schools.  We pay for the transportation of these children on a monthly basis thereby assisting the families to the extend that the monies what would have been spent on transporting those children they can use them for other purposes within the family.”Mr, St. Jean also emphasized the importance for students to be properly attired for school and as well well equipped, hence the reason for the implementation of the National Textbook Scheme and the School Uniform Allowance.  We also recognize that some parents have the challenge of providing the necessary textbooks that are used and so in addition to the National Textbook Scheme we have a facility where these disadvantaged families can access assistance for the provision of textbooks to the tune of $200.00 per child. Additionally, we are of the view that in order for students to do well they must have the basic needs and schools place an emphasis on being well cladded in the school uniform. Realizing the challenge the Government of Dominica through the Ministry of Education provides for again disadvantaged financially challenged families a school uniform allowance” he said.The Minister also reminds the public that the School Uniform Allowance is not open to all but caters for the disadvantaged and less fortunate among us.“I need to emphasize that this program specifically targets disadvantaged families. It is not a free and open for all. We are providing for those families that have serious financial difficulties and we want to ensure that their children can get to school and do well because we believe fundamentally that education is not a privilege it is a right of every Dominican child” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more