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Desjardins Investments proposes changes to two products

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first_img Montreal-based Desjardins Investments Inc. (DI) is proposing changes to the investment objectives on two of its products: SocieTerra Growth Portfolio and Desjardins Quebec Balanced Fund, the company announced Monday.The proposed changes to the investment objective of the Portfolio are intended to increase the geographic diversification of the fund’s investment portfolio, DI says in a news release. Purpose looks to fill retirement income gap with longevity fund IG Wealth amends product shelf Franklin Templeton launches new real asset fund Keywords Mutual fundsCompanies Desjardins Investments Inc. “The new investment objective will allow to increase exposure to foreign investments to more than 50% of the portfolio. The proposed changes will not, however, change the portfolio’s target asset allocation between fixed-income and equity securities, which will remain at 40% and 60% respectively,” DI says.Unitholders will meet to vote on these changes on Jan. 23, 2019. If approved, the changes to the Portfolio’s investment objectives will take effect in February 2019.DI “has approved changes to the investment strategies of the Desjardins Quebec Balanced Fund in order to invest up to 10% of the fixed-income securities portfolio in securities with a DBRS credit rating of BB or less,” the company says.However, the fundamental objective of the fund will remain unchanged.These changes to the fund’s investment strategies will be made effective in December.The changes are subject to approval by regulatory authorities.center_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news IE Staff Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Possibility Programme Resocialization Camp

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first_imgPossibility Programme Resocialization Camp UncategorizedSeptember 25, 2007 RelatedPossibility Programme Resocialization Camp RelatedPossibility Programme Resocialization Camp RelatedPossibility Programme Resocialization Campcenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Since 2002 the Possibility Programme has held an annual summer camp for young men in the programme. Each camp has been conducted in cooperation with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) with great success.The 2007 Possibility Programme Summer Camp is being held from September 23 to October 5, 2007 at the JDF training camp in New Castle. This year there are 30 boys in the camp, drawn from the various areas of the Possibility Programme. During the camp the young men will take part in sports, educational and social development activities.The Possibility Programme is geared towards providing street boys with the necessary skills to “lift themselves” up thereby becoming productive members of the society.The Chairman and Board of the Possibility Programme are please to announce that the graduation exercise to mark the close of camp for the possibility boys will be held at the JDF camp in New Castle on Friday October 5, 2007 beginning at 10:00a.m.last_img read more

Death of serving CNC police officer

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first_imgDeath of serving CNC police officer PC Darryl Street was based at our Sellafield Operational Police Unit and tragically died as a result of a collision on the A66 near Baron’s Hill.Darryl joined the CNC in October 2019, after serving in the Cumbria Police force for a number of years. He took part in our first ever Transferee Course and was an excellent officer, who was a popular member of the Sellafield unit. He will be much missed by all who knew him.Chief Constable Simon Chesterman said: “Darryl was a dedicated and committed police officer, who had spent years of his life serving and protecting the community. Although we only had the pleasure of his experience and commitment for just over a year at the CNC, his loss is keenly felt by all of his colleagues and friends.“Our deepest condolences go to Darryl’s family for their loss. Both the CNC and the Civil Nuclear Police Federation remain in close contact with them and will continue to offer support and any help we can at this extremely difficult time.”The investigation into the cause of the collision is being carried out by Cumbria Constabulary, who will also be releasing a tribute to Darryl from his family on their website /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:collision, community, crash, death, Family, Force, Government, investigation, Loss, nuclear, police, UK, UK Government, websitelast_img read more

Statement from Minister Bill Blair regarding suspension of sale of decommissioned RCMP vehicles

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first_imgStatement from Minister Bill Blair regarding suspension of sale of decommissioned RCMP vehicles From: Public Safety CanadaToday, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement on the suspension of sale of decommissioned RCMP vehicles.Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement on the suspension of sale of decommissioned RCMP vehicles:“Trust in our public institutions is vital.The RCMP has a resale process for vehicles it no longer needs that ensures they cannot easily be misused for criminal purposes. We are suspending the sale of decommissioned RCMP vehicles on an interim basis to ensure that this process remains appropriate and robust.During this moratorium, the Government of Canada and the RCMP will examine the policies that are currently in place and work towards long-term solutions that further ensures these vehicles are not improperly outfitted or otherwise misused.It remains illegal to impersonate a police officer and we will take every step possible to prevent such crimes from taking place.We will continue to work so that all Canadians feel safe in their communities.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Canada, Criminal, Emergency, emergency preparedness, Government, Minister, police, Safety, vehiclelast_img read more

Canada and A-Tlegay Member Nations Sign Reconciliation Framework Agreement for Fisheries Resources

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first_imgCanada and A-Tlegay Member Nations Sign Reconciliation Framework Agreement for Fisheries Resources From: Fisheries and Oceans CanadaToday the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, and the Chiefs of the A-Tlegay Member Nations (We Wai Kai Nation, Wei Wai Kum First Nation, Kwiakah First Nation, Tlowitsis Nation, and K’ómoks First Nation), announced the signing of the “Reconciliation Framework Agreement for Fisheries Resources.” All five nations have a long history of marine use and stewardship in the northern Gulf of Georgia and the Johnstone Strait region, and the Framework Agreement commits the Parties to work together based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.The Government of Canada & A-Tlegay Member NationsBritish Columbia – Today the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, and the Chiefs of the A-Tlegay Member Nations (We Wai Kai Nation, Wei Wai Kum First Nation, Kwiakah First Nation, Tlowitsis Nation, and K’ómoks First Nation), announced the signing of the “Reconciliation Framework Agreement for Fisheries Resources.” All five nations have a long history of marine use and stewardship in the northern Gulf of Georgia and the Johnstone Strait region, and the Framework Agreement commits the Parties to work together based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.The Framework Agreement forms a common fisheries negotiation table between the Government of Canada and the A-Tlegay Member Nations (AMN). Through this agreement the parties are building a process that advances reconciliation in respect of fisheries resources. The goal is to expand the Nations’ access to the commercial industry, including aquaculture, develop community fisheries, and create a mechanism for collaborative governance of fisheries resources.The Government of Canada and the AMN are committed to a reconciliation process that sees them as active participants and partners in the region’s fishery. Together, they are working to modernize and strengthen nation-to-nation, government-to-government structures, and through this, create opportunities for First Nations-led development of new economic initiatives in fisheries.Negotiating fisheries issues collectively with the A-Tlegay Member Nations aligns with the Government of Canada’s approach to reconciliation and the DFO-Coast Guard Reconciliation Strategy and implements the Principals’ Accord On Transforming Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia to “improve and expedite treaty negotiations in British Columbia”. It implements the Recognition and Reconciliation of Rights Policy for Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia that provides for the negotiation of treaties, agreements and constructive arrangements to recognize and reconcile Indigenous rights and title. It also supports the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). In this spirit, Canada and the A-Tlegay Member Nations are collaboratively defining the elements of a reconciliation agreement with the shared intent of securing mandates to allow the parties to conclude agreements.Quotes“First Nations have been stewards of our oceans for generations, and they were the first peoples to fish this land. The goal of this agreement is to ensure that the A-Tlegay Member Nations are full participants in the commercial fishery today, and for generations to come. This marks an important step forward on the path of reconciliation between our nations. It is an opportunity to work together to advance a sustainable, prosperous fishery so the members of these communities can continue to feed their families and make a living off the sea, just as their ancestors have done for centuries.”The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard“The A-Tlegay Member Nations have a deep connection with the water and the fishery. It is an important part of their identity. This agreement to negotiate together is an important step in our collaborative efforts to renew and rebuild Canada’s relationship with the A-Tlegay Member Nations. Our government is firmly committed to advancing reconciliation, respecting Indigenous treaties, and implementing First Nation rights. We invite all Canadians to join us in celebrating this important step on the journey of reconciliation with the A-Tlegay Member Nations.”The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous RelationsStatementAs Nations with a profound connection with the fishery, we are pleased to be signing this framework agreement and look forward to continuing our collaborative work with Canada towards a comprehensive agreement that will help restore our rightful place as drivers of the fisheries economy and as stewards of our marine resources.Statement from the A-Tlegay Member NationsQuick factsThe A-Tlegay Member Nations are: We Wai Kai Nation, Wei Wai Kum First Nation, Kwiakah First Nation, Tlowitsis Nation, and K’ómoks First Nation. Their territories include the northern Gulf of Georgia and the Johnstone Strait area, along the central and north east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia.These five First Nations formed the A-Tlegay Fisheries Society in 1999 with capacity support from Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) Aboriginal Fishing Strategy (AFS) program.All five First Nations are in advanced treaty negotiations in the British Columbia treaty process.Collectively, A-Tlegay Fisheries Society serves 2,786 First Nation citizens with reserves from Comox, B.C. (K’ómoks) to north of Johnstone Strait (Tlowitsis).The goal of the Agreement signed today is the creation of a common fisheries negotiation table to discuss access to commercial fisheries, aquaculture, community-based commercial fisheries, collaborative fisheries management and capacity development elements. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, agreement, British, Canada, community, Fisheries, Fisheries Management, Georgia, Government, Indigenous, industry, Jordan, participants, resources, sustainable, United Nationslast_img read more

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard, Best of Class… Times Two!

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first_imgReddIt TAGSReustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard AdvertisementIn April, Monterey Wine Competition announced winners from their 2020 wine competition. Two of the highlights this year were Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2018 Malbec, which won “Best of Class” as well as a Platinum Medal and a 95 Point Rating and Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards 2018 Syrah – Winemaker’s Reserve, which was also a “Best of Class” winner, as well as a Platinum Medal winner and recipient of a 94 Point Rating.Monterey Wine Competition also awarded Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards Gold Medals for their 2018 Grenache – scheduled for late May release, their 2018 Gruner Veltliner – Green Lizard and their 2015 Rojo Dulce – Lot Two, both currently available through their tasting room and online.Owner/Winemaker, Stephen M. Reustle was overjoyed when he received the news commenting, “In this time, when we see so much negativity in the news, it is wonderful to hear something positive. I cannot wait until we can once again gather together and enjoy each other’s company with a nice bottle of wine.” He continued, “These wines, while unreleased right now, will continue to improve and they will be a real treat in a few months, when they are released.”Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards, Winepress NW’s 2017 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year, 2015 Six Nations Wine Challenge Top Syrah producer, 2015 Terroir Award Recipient &amp Riverside Int’l Wine Competition’s 2010 Small Winery of the Year, is 100% estate grown and produced from 40 acres of steep, hillside vineyards in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley. Family owned and operated since 2001, Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards produces approximately 8,000 cases annually.Advertisement Facebook Twitter Home Industry News Releases Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard, Best of Class… Times Two!Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessReustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard, Best of Class… Times Two!By Press Release – April 23, 2020 183 0 Previous articleOrnellaia Announces Launch of Ornellaia Bianco 2017 to the Fine Wine MarketNext articleUSA Triathlon Foundation Partners with The Vice Wine, Makers of “The Tri Blend” Press Release Pinterest Email Linkedin Sharelast_img read more

MoH&FW made amendments in Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Rules, 2008

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first_img By EH News Bureau on March 28, 2018 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story The existing specified health warnings on tobacco product packs shall be continued till the 31 st August, 2018The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India vide GSR 283 (E) dated March 26, 2018 made further amendment in the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008 by inserting the following sub-rule in the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008; In rule 5, after the proviso below sub-rule (3), the following sub-rule shall be inserted, namely:- “(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-rules (1) to (3), if the specified health warnings provided in paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Schedule are not amended by the Central Government with new specified health warnings at the end of the rotation period for the next rotation period, then the existing specified health warnings for the second twelve months shall continue for a further period till the 31 st day of August, 2018.”The said notification is available on the Ministry’s website i.e. www.mohfw.gov.in. In view of the above amendment, it is informed that the existing specified health warnings on tobacco product packs shall be continued till the 31 st August, 2018. Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app News Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Related Posts Read Articlecenter_img MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MoH&FW made amendments in Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Rules, 2008 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Share Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healphalast_img read more

Upgraded Science Lab at St. Andrew High School for Girls

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first_imgRelatedUpgraded Science Lab at St. Andrew High School for Girls RelatedUpgraded Science Lab at St. Andrew High School for Girls FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Students of the St. Andrew High School (SAHS) for girls are benefiting from the renovation and refurbishing of their school’s science laboratory and the Fay Saunders Counselling Centre, valued at over $7.8 million. Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, was on hand to officially rededicate the lab and the counselling centre, during a blessing and rededication service at the school on Friday (September 21). The biology and integrated science laboratory, dubbed ‘LAB35’, was renovated and refurbished at a cost of $6 million, through the hard work and contributions of the St. Andrew High School Foundation, the Jamaica National Building Society, and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica as well as members of the school’s Parent Teachers Association (PTA) and past students. The facility has been upgraded with new benches, which have been covered with durable chemical-resistant surfaces, and supplied with sinks, water, gas and electrical outlets. Additionally, gas lines have been replaced and a new teacher’s demonstration desk has been installed. There is also new secured storage for apparatus, equipment, chemicals and specimens. The staff offices adjacent to the lab have also been equipped with cabinets, durable shelves and sinks.     Director of the St. Andrew High School  Foundation, Professor Elsa Leo Rhynie, noted that the renovation and refurbishing of the lab was quite timely, as some of the labs at the school are almost 70 years old.                                                                    “The Foundation saw the urgent need for their rehabilitation and refurbishing for use in a 21st Century school like St. Andrew,” she said, and pointed out that the organisation hopes to continue its efforts with the refurbishing of at least one of the other three science labs in the summer of 2013. President of the school’s PTA, Professor Dale Webber, informed that the counselling centre was refurbished at a cost of more than $1.8 million. The centre, which is named in honour of former principal, Fay Saunders, was extended to accommodate additional students and storage space. In the meantime, Rev. Thwaites encouraged the students to make good use of the opportunities offered by the school and to take care of the resources. He further encouraged the students to appreciate the gift of being educated at St. Andrew High School, “because here you’re not only going to be offered a good academic education, but you’re also going to receive a complete social orientation to adult life…and a spiritual grounding as well,” he said. Principal, Sharon Reid, said the school was committed to providing the students with a well-rounded education experience. “Secondary education must be about the total development of the child. Therefore, while academic excellence should be the hallmark of any successful educational institution, the social and emotional health of our students is equally important,” she said. The school, which is celebrating its 87th anniversary under the theme, ‘Jamaica 50/SAHS 87 – A Nation on a Mission, a School with a Vision’, was also presented with a cheque for $250,000 by the St. Andrew High School Old Girls’ Association. The donation will go towards the purchasing of electronic white boards and the acquisition of the Fay Simpson property located next door.  RelatedUpgraded Science Lab at St. Andrew High School for Girlscenter_img Advertisements Upgraded Science Lab at St. Andrew High School for Girls EducationSeptember 22, 2012last_img read more

Draft Swine Sector Review Completed

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first_imgRelatedDraft Swine Sector Review Completed RelatedDraft Swine Sector Review Completed Draft Swine Sector Review Completed AgricultureOctober 2, 2012 RelatedDraft Swine Sector Review Completedcenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has completed work on a draft Swine Sector Review for Jamaica’s pig industry. This review forms part of an undertaking by the FAO in four Caribbean countries, under the organisation’s Regional Swine Influenza Project, through which requests for the document’s preparation were made. The other countries in which similar reviews were drafted are: Barbados, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago. [RELATED: FAO Rep Outlines Strategies to Tackle Threat to Region’s Food Security] Speaking at the recent Jamaica Pig Farmers Association (JPFA) annual general meeting, at the Golf View Hotel, in Mandeville, Manchester, FAO Sub-regional Livestock Development Officer for the Caribbean, Dr. Cedric Lazarus, said the report outlines current information on the status of the local pig sub-sector, and provides guidance for planning, development and execution of policies and programmes islandwide. He pointed out that Jamaica’s 10-chapter swine sector review includes background information on input delivery systems, the market chain, production systems, and environmental, and animal health issues, among other matters. Dr. Lazarus said the document can be pivotal in piloting several undertakings in the country for which it is prepared. These include soliciting donor funding to finance developments related to the sector. “This review (for Jamaica) is intended to be used by government officials or government agents engaged in national development planning; international agencies; and Non-governmental organizations,” he noted. The document, copies of which were presented to the JPFA Executive, is also being made available to the government, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Its development was spearheaded by Barbadian Consultant, Gerry Thomas, who conducted reviews in all four countries where the exercise was carried out. “He came to Jamaica and interviewed government officials as well as members of the Jamaica Pig Farmers Association. Additionally, he visited about 10 farms across the island,” Dr. Lazarus outlined, while urging the JPFA to review and verify the document’s contents as soon as possible.  He said that on completion of the JPFA’s review, which should be done by year-end, the FAO will seek the government’s validation and approval of the document, before making it accessible to the general public.last_img read more

California parents face possible long-term homeschooling

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first_imgHomeLifeHealthCovid-19California parents face possible long-term homeschooling Mar. 19, 2020 at 6:00 amCovid-19EducationStudentsCalifornia parents face possible long-term homeschoolingAssociated Press1 year agoNewsomschoolssmmusd By ADAM BEAM and DON THOMPSONAssociated PressGov. Gavin Newsom’s assessment that it’s likely “few if any” California schools will reopen before summer break surprised parents, who wondered Wednesday how distance learning would work.Santa Monica schools are closed through April 20 and local officials said they have no immediate plans to cancel the remainder of the year.“Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati and our school board are taking Gov Newsom’s comments seriously,” said SMMUSD Community & Public Relations Officer Gail Pinsker. “We are currently closed for five weeks and continue to evaluate the situation with the guidance of local, regional and state health and government officials. We are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.”Newsom said Tuesday that nearly 99% of the state’s K-12 schools are shuttered for periods generally ranging from two to five weeks.“It is unlikely that many of these schools, few if any, will open before the summer break,” he said, urging the more than 6 million schoolchildren and their families to make long-term plans.David De Leon, whose son is an 8th-grader in Santa Ana, said he was shocked by the announcement.“I don’t know if it’s viable,” De Leon said. “To throw it out for everyone to use until the end of the school year I think is unreasonable.”Before his son’s school shut down, he was told to take all his schoolbooks and school-assigned Chromebook home. For now, teachers are suggesting that kids use certain academic programs until they can develop a distance learning curriculum, he said.In Los Angeles, Filiberto Gonzalez, 45, said his three children have been in touch daily with their teachers and have an hour to four hours per day of work they can do on an existing online platform that supplemented classes. But the prospect of moving to an entirely online system raises a slew of challenges few were expecting.“This whole process started with OK, we’re going to be away from school for two weeks, take this material with you, here’s a Chromebook,” he said. “The news that came yesterday was a real shock to a lot of us.”Some parents are making their children get up at the same hour as if they are in school and have a scheduled day of online learning. Others are taking advantage of the online resources provided by school districts, like “Skype with a scientist” offered by the San Diego Unified School District, and virtual tours through museums worldwide.San Diego high school teacher Elena Lujan-Alba said her 10th grade daughter is missing out on testing for Advanced Placement classes. But Lujan-Alba, whose husband is a math consultant for schools, is not as worried about keeping their two daughters up with academics as much as she is about their social activities.“We try to manage the kids’ expectations. I tell them, ‘Guys you know that probably won’t happen,’ to prepare them mentally. Then it’s like OK, that’s not happening. It’s like stages of grief, of letting go,” Lujan-Alba said.Closures are impacting schools up and down the educational ladder.In a special meeting held on March 17, the Santa Monica College (SMC) Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution that declared a state of local emergency at the college. The passage of the resolution authorized SMC Superintendent/President Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery to take actions necessary in response to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.“This board resolution will help streamline the decision-making process at Santa Monica College, under the leadership of Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery. I commend the steps she and senior administration have taken, proactively, to limit the possible transmission of COVID-19 at SMC,” said Dr. Nancy Greenstein, Board Chair. “There is nothing more important to each member of this board, than the wellbeing of the college’s students and employees. This is a creative and resilient community. The steps that are being taken allow the college to continue delivering on its mission, which includes providing ‘a safe, inclusive, and dynamic learning environment,’ and this goes on in a remotely accessible environment.”Among several other provisions, the SMC board resolution authorizes Superintendent/President Jeffery to take actions necessary to ensure the continuation of educational services, enter into memorandums of understanding with employee organizations for the provision of leaves of absence with pay to employees impacted by COVID-19, and negotiate temporary rent/facility use fee reductions or suspensions with food service vendors on campus.As of March 18, all SMC classes and support services have moved to a remotely accessible environment. The college’s main campus on 1900 Pico Blvd. and all five satellite campuses are closed to the general public.The California Department of Public Health said Wednesday the state now has 13 deaths related to the coronavirus and 598 confirmed cases. More than 11,900 people are self-monitoring after returning from overseas.While urging Californians to stay united and promising “we will get back to the life that we have lived,” Newsom also acknowledged that much is unknown and so the state is preparing for frightening worst-case scenarios.Matthew Hall contributed to this reportTags :Newsomschoolssmmusdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCalifornia mountains blanketed in snow after March stormsThree COVID-19 cases confirmed in Santa Monica as L.A. 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