Eradicate food poverty with cookery classes – V de P

first_img Previous articlePrevented free passage of patrol carNext articleLocal Government set to purchase opera site admin Linkedin Print WhatsApp Facebook Twittercenter_img Email “Huge over-reliance on the frozen food cabinet.”CALLS have been made by the Limerick branch of the St Vincent de Paul Society to put cookery classes back on the menu for schoolchildren.A recent report on food choices and income levels showed that low-income households are resorting to cheap fast food and that 15 per cent of the population is suffering from food poverty.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Limerick branch of the St Vincent de Paul charity has seen firsthand the link in the city between poverty and dietary deficiency.“There’s a huge over-reliance on the frozen food cabinet,” said Michael Murphy, regional president of the Society.“What the volunteers are hearing from people they visit, is that they are price driven and nutrition is not a consideration. Instant meals are a priority and nutritional value is way down the list of priorities,” he told the Limerick Post.“People are trying to feed a family and they are buying cheap, white sliced bread rather than nutritious wholegrain. Also people are not in a position to take advantage of economies of scale and buy bulk.“Who buys a 10kg bag of spuds anymore? Because the real problem is that while our parents’ generation had the skills to turn cheap ingredients into nourishing meals, people just don’t have those basic cooking skills anymore”.Mr Murphy is calling on the Department of Education to ensure that all schools offer basic home economics classes.Schools can choose which subjects they want to offer and many do not offer home economics. It’s also feared that with the reform of the Junior Cert announced last week and students being limited to eight subjects, cooking may fall to more academic subjects.“Home economics is not taught in all schools any more. It needs to be taught to boys and girls if there is to be a change and we are to get people, particularly people on a limited income, away from fast food and back to cooking,” he said.The North/South body Safefood found that people living on or below the poverty line are not sufficiently engaged by the current general focus on healthy eating to move to better food habits.“For the most, the priority was to put food on the table and the nutritional content of the food did not come into question,” the report states. Advertisement NewsLocal NewsEradicate food poverty with cookery classes – V de PBy admin – November 19, 2011 539 last_img read more

One of Ocean City’s Historic Buildings to Get Makeover

first_imgThe tour trolley will make a stop at the Bayside Center. By Donald WittkowskiIt’s not hard to imagine tuxedoed gentlemen and ladies adorned in evening gowns dancing the night away during lavish parties in the early 1900s at this stately former home overlooking Ocean City’s bayfront.The three-story mansion at 520 Bay Ave. was a powerful symbol of the wealthy lifestyle enjoyed by the famous Diesel family. The Diesels, who invented the diesel engine, built the house as a summer retreat in 1916.Following a change in ownership over the years, the former Diesel estate was bought by Cape May County in 1995 and converted into the Ocean City Bayside Center. Ocean City operates the historic property as a combination museum, community center and nature center through a long-term lease with the county.As can be expected with anything more than 100 years old, the building requires some TLC from time to time. The next phase in its upkeep is a new roof and gutter work. A fire-suppression system and renovations to the first-floor bathroom are also planned.The city is scheduled to open public bids for the construction project on Sept. 6. Originally, bids were supposed to be opened on Aug. 21, but the city decided to give contractors more time after they asked questions about the bid requirements.Joseph Clark, the city’s purchasing manager, said the slight delay with the project is not a serious concern. Barring any other delays, City Council will award the contract on Sept. 13 and construction is expected to begin in the fall.Panoramic views of the water unfold from the outdoor decks of the Bayside Center.Previously, the city added central air-conditioning to the building and also refurbished the exterior, including the foundation, doors and windows, Clark said.The new roof and gutter work in the next phase of construction will provide even more protection for the building’s exterior, he explained.“This is tightening the envelop up,” Clark said.Despite its location perched right on the bay, the building survived Hurricane Sandy in 2012 without suffering major damage.“It’s actually in very good shape. It weathered superstorm Sandy very well. I think that’s a good testament to the great shape it’s in,” said Wendy Moyle, Ocean City’s recreation manager.Wendy Moyle, Ocean City’s recreation manager, says the century-old building withstood the blows from Hurricane Sandy and remains in great shape.Under the city’s operation, the building is becoming more functional and user-friendly as public space, Moyle noted.A large section of the building has been converted into a nature center, where children and adults can learn about the seashore’s wildlife and eco-system.Other parts of the building function as a museum, including a display on the history of the Ocean City Beach Patrol.The bayside boat docks and the green space that surrounds the building are used for recreation. Sailing lessons and bayside camps are offered during the summer as part of the recreation activities.The building is also rented out for parties, weddings and other special occasions. One of the property’s biggest attractions for holding special events is the panoramic view of the bay, Moyle said.Part of the Bayside Center serves as a museum about the history of the Ocean City Beach Patrol.Ocean City recognized the importance of acquiring the bayside property and converting it into public use when it became available in 1995. Using funds from the New Jersey Open Space program, Cape May County bought the property when it was known as the Wheaton estate.After being owned by the Diesel family, the house was bought in 1958 by the Wheaton family for a summer vacation haven. Like the Diesels, the Wheatons were also famous. They founded a glass manufacturing factory bearing their name as well as Wheaton Village in Millville, Cumberland County.Strolling through the former home during a tour last week, Moyle speculated that it probably served as the center of a lively social scene when it was owned by the well-to-do Diesels and Wheatons.“It sounds like a spot where a lot of social functions happened,” she said.Before it became the Bayside Center in 1995, the three-story building was a summer retreat for the wealthy Diesel and Wheaton families.last_img read more

Capitol allots P150M to prov’l school board

first_img* Jose Marie Bedro representing thenon-academic personnel of public schools * Vice Gov. Christine Garin, thechairperson of the Sangguniang Panlalwigan’s Committee on Education ILOILO – The Iloilo Provincial SchoolBoard (IPSB) has a budget of P150 million this year. The IPSB has been reorganized.Defensor as governor is the board chairman. His co-chair is Dr. Roel Bermejo,superintendent of schools. The members are: * Engr. John Arcosa, president of theFederated Parents-Teachers and Community Association/PN * Jean Maire Umadhay, provincialtreasurer “This year the governor wants theutilization of the IPBS budget maximized,” said Mamon. * Provincial Board member Ma. AngelicaBianca Requinto, president of the provincial federation of the SangguniangKabataancenter_img Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. approved theallocation which is P50 million higher than the board’s 2019 budget of P100million. Provincial Administrator SuzetteMamon, secretary of the IPSB, said the 2020 budget would be used to improvepublic school buildings and facilities, procure learning materials andequipment, install potable water systems in schools, and purchase sportsequipment. The goal, according to Mamon, is toimprove the quality of education in Iloilo’s public schools. Iloilo Provincial Capitol. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * Rogelio Esguerra, representing theIloilo Public School Teachers’ Association In 2019, only P30 million of the IPBS’P100-million was utilized. One factor was the “banning” during the electionperiod, said Mamon.last_img read more