Belgium community – RGLB http://rglb.org/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 10:02:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://rglb.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T174556.459-150x150.png Belgium community – RGLB http://rglb.org/ 32 32 New generation of offers https://rglb.org/new-generation-of-offers/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 08:01:30 +0000 https://rglb.org/new-generation-of-offers/ There is a clear tendency among the younger generation to be against credit cards. They have seen from their parents what overuse of credit cards can lead to and at the same time they feel that credit cards are complex and lack transparency. The rise of the BNPL is an obvious consequence of this, i.e. […]]]>

There is a clear tendency among the younger generation to be against credit cards. They have seen from their parents what overuse of credit cards can lead to and at the same time they feel that credit cards are complex and lack transparency.

The rise of the BNPL is an obvious consequence of this, i.e. these companies provide a different means for the same purpose (buying a good on credit), but with a better user experience and more transparency (or at least the feeling of more transparency).

Due to this change, a potential difference rise on all loyalty and reward programs offered by most (credit) card schemes. These benefits represent a huge market, although these rewards are often more the perception of getting value than receiving actual value (because very few people actually consume these discounts/rewards).
The actors of the BNPL are already taking initiatives on this side, by launching their own loyalty programs (to differentiate from other BNPL players, now that new players are entering the BNPL market). The problem with this is that today most merchants only opt for 1 BNPL reader in their checkout process, so the choice of which BNPL to use is always on the merchant side and not the consumer side. This unlike credit cards, for which almost all common schemes (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, UnionPay…) are offered by almost all stores.
Obviously, when consumers will increasingly express a preference for specific BNPL players (for example due to their loyalty programs or other reasons, such as reduced interest rates in case of late payment or other value-added services), merchants will be obliged to offer several BNPL solutions in their payment process (giving the customer the choice).

However, these loyalty programs can also be expanded outside the credit space and can be a valuable instrument for increasing customers’ purchasing power and attracting new customers and retaining existing customers.
As a result, many banks are also launching all kinds of rewards or loyalty programs, in the form of coupons, loyalty savings, games, prizes, cash-back…​ (e.g. ING Deals, KBC Deals or Argenta Cake in Belgium), with many new innovations in the world of Financial Services in this area, such as:

  • Loyalty programs related to debit cards

  • The integration of loyalty cards in banking applications (cfr. KBC or Payconiq in Belgium)

  • Automatic assignment cash-back or loyalty points based on automatic identification of applicable transactions (possibly using PSD2/Open Banking services).

  • Suggestions for cheaper offers for recurring costs / subscriptions such as electricity, insurance…​

  • Group Acquisitions organized by banks

  • …​

Unfortunately, the use of these innovations remains limited and the user experience is far from excellent, due to all sorts of maturity issues, e.g.

  • The difficulty of being aware that an interesting offer exists, that is, most offers platforms only display a list of their offers, which makes it very difficult to be aware of an offer that might be of interest to the user. Techniques (often based on AI models) like

    • Propose relevant offers for the user, for example via push messages based on your purchase history and/or your current geographical location or sections such as “Deals for People Like You”

    • Sort offers based on relevance to the user, i.e. based on the user’s purchase history, brand recognition and/or current distance between the store and the user

    • Clearly highlighting new offers (since the user’s last visit to the platform)

    • Good user filtering choice

    • Auto hide offers that are not relevant to the user, for example local offers in other cities

    • Highlight offers that are (most) relevant at specific timese.g. based on the weather or based on the user’s previous actions in the banking app or purchases made just before (i.e. identified from payment history or via PSD2/Open banking)

    • Launch online purchases (via redirection) directly from the banking application (cfr. Trooper) which makes it possible to display the applicable offers

    • Offer the possibility to a user to configure transaction visualization settings for himself, i.e. allowing the user to configure the type of offers he is interested in, for example which sector/category, which region (can be multiple, for example the region around his home and the region around his place of work), physical and/or online shops, national brands and/or local shops, coupon offers versus cash back versus gift card…​

  • Even if the user has identified a relevant offer for him, the user must still be assisted so as not to forget this offerfor example being notified when the user is near a store where a relevant offer can be redeemed or being notified when an offer is about to expire.

  • A good compromise must be between simplicity for the end user and visibility for the merchant, i.e. a user would like any applicable offer to be consumed automatically without any user intervention, but for the merchant this may yield very little added value because in such a setup most purchases related to these offers would also have taken place without the agreement. This means that the merchant hardly earns new business from the agreement, but still has to pay not only the discount, but also the commission to the bank. Obviously, this is far from ideal for the trader, who obviously wants maximum advertising value out of his consent.

  • Merchants prefer to offer highly targeted offers, such as offering the offer only when a certain product is purchased or only offering it to specific customers (for example, customers who are not yet purchasing from the store or customers who were previously customers of the store, but have recently decided to switch to a competitor). Unfortunately for banks, these types of detailed agreements can be technically difficult and often even impossible (for example, an agreement that only applies to a specific product is only possible when the bank has access to the ticket information of purchase – provided by the merchant or the customer) or legally difficult (for example, the use of financial information for commercial purposes can be an issue from a GDPR point of view). Hopefully, Open Data initiatives for retailers and initiatives to pass ticket information in a payment request (like SEPA Request-to-Pay) could be a game-changer in this regard.

  • The difficulties to support more complex transactionsAs

    • Deals that consolidate multiple purchases (in the same store or in different stores), for example a parking ticket which is reimbursed for purchases made in the neighborhood, a reduction for X purchases made over a specific period in a store…​

    • A cash back when you spend more than X EUR on a specific dayin a Shopping Center (all shops combined)

    • Offers only available for specific weather or timefor example offers that can also be used during lunch hours or on weekends, an offer for umbrellas pushed automatically on a rainy day…​

    • Offers Pushed by Merchants Instantlyfor example restaurants that still have a last-minute free table, last-minute hotel or travel reservations…​

  • Many customers use different banks and different payment methods for consumption. The Deals platform should, however, automatically identify and aggregate all financial transactions applicable for a transaction, i.e. include joint accounts and payments made via credit cards, BNPL players, Paypal…​, payments made by accounts in other banks (retrieved via Open Banking /PSD2), payments made with social security vouchers (meal type or gift vouchers)…​

  • The cost for a bank to find suitable offers (i.e. offers that are a little exclusive, attractive to customers and in line with the bank’s ethical and sustainable standards) can be extremely high. At the same time, merchants waste a lot of time discussing, defining and signing the same agreement with several providers (banks, telecom operators, etc.). Clearly lead generators and aggregators (as Google and Facebook have an almost monopolistic position for digital marketing) could bring an interesting offer in this space. Additionally, there is a need for more digitalization and standardization towards merchants, so that small stores can easily post offers (coupons, cashback, gift cards…) to multiple vendors in a completely digital way (all like you can buy an all-digital Google, Facebook, or LinkedIn ad today).

With decline in purchasing power due to soaring inflation rates, any way to help customers increase their purchasing power can be a serious problem competitive advantage. It will be interesting to see how banks can solve the above problems, so that they can find the best Win-win-win balance (i.e. Win for the customer, Win for the bank and Win for the merchant) in this deal space.

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Kim De Baat surprises with a victory in the sprint at the Belgian Road Championships https://rglb.org/kim-de-baat-surprises-with-a-victory-in-the-sprint-at-the-belgian-road-championships/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 14:03:30 +0000 https://rglb.org/kim-de-baat-surprises-with-a-victory-in-the-sprint-at-the-belgian-road-championships/ Image 1 of 3 Kim De Baat surprises with a victory in the sprint at the Belgian Road Championships (Image credit: Getty Images) Image 1 of 3 Kim De Baat surprises with a victory in the sprint at the Belgian Road Championships (Image credit: Getty Images) Image 1 of 3 Kim De Baat surprises with […]]]>

Kim De Baat (Plantur Pura) took a surprise victory in the sprint to claim the women’s road race title at the Belgian Championships in Middelkerke.

De Baat battled a small group that had separated from the front of the main peloton in the final kilometers to win the sprint ahead of Fien Van Eynde (IBCT) in second and Sara Maes (Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team) in third.

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International Women in Engineering Day spotlights STEM careers for young women https://rglb.org/international-women-in-engineering-day-spotlights-stem-careers-for-young-women/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 18:01:43 +0000 https://rglb.org/international-women-in-engineering-day-spotlights-stem-careers-for-young-women/ Posted 8 hours ago Proposed by Rockwell Automation Activities such as the FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge held last April in Kortrijk, Belgium inspire young people with hands-on STEM learning opportunities. The event, which involved student-built robots participating in various challenges, hosted more than 200 participants from 27 teams aged 6 to 16. Martine Van Leuvenhaege […]]]>

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Activities such as the FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge held last April in Kortrijk, Belgium inspire young people with hands-on STEM learning opportunities. The event, which involved student-built robots participating in various challenges, hosted more than 200 participants from 27 teams aged 6 to 16. Martine Van Leuvenhaege (in pink) of Rockwell Automation, who served as a volunteer judge, is pictured with one of the winning teams.

Every year for 9 years on June 23, International Women in Engineering Daysponsored by the Society of Women in Engineering (WES), drew attention to the career opportunities and global achievements of women in engineering.

According to WES, 16.5% of engineers are women. One of the reasons for the under-representation of women in engineering, according to AAUWis that girls and women are systematically distanced from science and mathematics throughout their education, limiting their access, preparation and opportunities to enter these fields as adults.

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Hundreds of Rockwell Automation employees serve as STEM mentors to students around the world. Pictured: Rockwell Sales Engineers Marta Carrera Gonzalez and David Salazar install a Cargo Connect board during the FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge held last April in Kortrijk, Belgium.

Through various STEM education and outreach activities, Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) is working to change that, ultimately encouraging more girls and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and Mathematics.

One of the ways to increase young girls’ interest in STEM-related fields is to use role models. According to a Microsoft Survey, 63% of middle school girls who know women in STEM enjoyed STEM-related subjects. By comparison, only 46% of college girls who don’t personally know women in STEM feel empowered in STEM. Similarly, 72% of girls who personally know women in STEM know how to pursue a career in STEM, compared to 47% of those who do not personally know women in STEM.

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Student teams participating in the FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge in Kortrijk, Belgium worked with educator robots to complete 16 different Cargo Connect challenges, one of which is pictured.

At Rockwell Automation, women engineers reach out to the community to champion STEM, inspire the next generation of girls to pursue careers in STEM, and provide a support system for women in tech once they enter. in the labor market.

Examples of Rockwell employee volunteerism include FIRST Lego League and Green light for girls. Four of Rockwell’s 14 employee resource groups focus on expanding STEM careers for women: ADVANCE Young Professionals, Professional Women’s Council, Rockwell Automation Supporting Women in Engineering, and Rockwell Automation Women in the Field.

Learn more about Rockwell’s STEM Education Outreach Efforts.

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Biotalys and Novozymes enter into a partnership to develop https://rglb.org/biotalys-and-novozymes-enter-into-a-partnership-to-develop/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://rglb.org/biotalys-and-novozymes-enter-into-a-partnership-to-develop/ Ghent, BELGIUM and Copenhagen, DENMARK, June 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Biotalys (Euronext – BTLS), an agricultural technology (AgTech) company protecting crops and food with protein-based biocontrol solutions, and Novozymes , a global leader in biotech solutions, today announced that the companies have entered into a partnership to expand the opportunities for Evoca™*, Biotalys’ first […]]]>

Ghent, BELGIUM and Copenhagen, DENMARK, June 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Biotalys (Euronext – BTLS), an agricultural technology (AgTech) company protecting crops and food with protein-based biocontrol solutions, and Novozymes , a global leader in biotech solutions, today announced that the companies have entered into a partnership to expand the opportunities for Evoca™*, Biotalys’ first proprietary biocontrol.

The partnership envisions that Novozymes will use its expertise, intellectual property rights and know-how to explore additional avenues for the scale-up and production of Evoca’s bioactive protein, with the option of a possible commercial collaboration for a future generation of the product.

Evoca is an innovative protein-based biofungicide developed on Biotalys’ AGROBODY Foundry™ platform that helps control fungal diseases such as Botrytis and powdery mildew in fruits and vegetables. Demonstrating its strong performance through more than 600 independent, company-led field and greenhouse trials across multiple regions, pathogens, and crops, Evoca is on track to earn U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval. ) later this year. This should pave the way for regulatory evaluation of Biotalys’ portfolio of product candidates, which includes biofungicides, biobactericides and bio-insecticides based on the Biotalys AGROBODY Foundry technology platform.

“We are delighted to enter into this agreement with Novozymes, a global leader in biological solutions for agriculture and other industries,” shared Patrick Saddlesthe CEO of Biotalys. “With its extensive expertise in enzymes and protein fermentation technologies, Novozymes represents a strong partner to support Biotalys’ growth ambitions to provide producers around the world with an efficient and profitable future generation of Evoca. “

“We are excited to be able to add significant value to Biotalys’ technology through our industry-leading expertise in industrial fermentation to help Biotalys deliver cost-effective products to provide growers with new sustainable solutions to combat against pests, says Thomas Batchelor, vice president, Agricultural marketing and strategy of Novozymes. “We also see the Biotalys technology as potentially a good complement to our own portfolio of enzyme and microbial solutions as well as our existing commercial biocontrol portfolio.

Feasibility Sto study

As part of the agreement, Novozymes will initially explore whether it can scale and produce Evoca’s bioactive protein in additional production hosts to those currently used by Biotalys. Therefore, Novozymes will use its expertise, intellectual property and know-how and, as such, produce a future generation of Evoca that meets certain agreed success criteria. The outcome of this feasibility study can serve as a potential milestone for Biotalys and Novozymes to enter into development, supply and commercialization agreements for this future generation of Evoca.

* Evoca™: recording pendingration. This product is currently not registered for sale or use in the United Statesthe European Union, or elsewhere and is not offered for sale.

About Biotalys

Biotalys is an agricultural technology (AgTech) company protecting crops and food with proprietary protein-based biocontrol solutions and aiming to provide alternatives to conventional chemical pesticides for a more sustainable and safer food supply. Based on its novel AGROBODY™ technology platform, Biotalys is developing a strong and diverse pipeline of effective product candidates with a favorable safety profile that aim to control major crop pests and diseases across the entire value chain, from floor to plate. Biotalys was founded in 2013 as a spin-off from VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology) and has been listed on Euronext Brussels since July 2021. The company is based in the biotech cluster of Ghent, Belgium. More information on www.biotalys.com.

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US opens COVID vaccine to small children, injections begin next week https://rglb.org/us-opens-covid-vaccine-to-small-children-injections-begin-next-week/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 17:33:30 +0000 https://rglb.org/us-opens-covid-vaccine-to-small-children-injections-begin-next-week/ NEW YORK – The United States opened up COVID-19 vaccines to infants, toddlers and preschoolers on Saturday. The vaccines will be available next week, extending the nationwide vaccination campaign to children as young as 6 months old. Advisors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the vaccines for the smallest children, and final […]]]>

NEW YORK – The United States opened up COVID-19 vaccines to infants, toddlers and preschoolers on Saturday.

The vaccines will be available next week, extending the nationwide vaccination campaign to children as young as 6 months old.

Advisors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the vaccines for the smallest children, and final approval came hours later from Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the agency.

“We know millions of parents and caregivers are eager to get their young children vaccinated, and with today’s decision, they can,” Walensky said in a statement.

While the Food and Drug Administration approves vaccines, the CDC decides who gets them.

The injections offer young children protection against hospitalization, death and possible long-term complications that are still not clearly understood, the CDC’s advisory committee said.

The government is already preparing for the expansion of vaccines, with million doses ordered for distribution to doctors, hospitals and community health clinics across the country.

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About 18 million children will be eligible, but it remains to be seen how many will ultimately receive the vaccines. Less than a third of children aged 5 to 11 have done so since vaccination was opened to them last November.

Here are a few things to know:

WHAT TYPES ARE AVAILABLE?

Two brands — Pfizer and Moderna — got the green light Friday from the FDA and CDC Saturday. The vaccines use the same technology but come in different dose sizes and number of injections for younger people.

Pfizer’s vaccine is for children 6 months to 4 years old. The dose is one tenth of the adult dose and three injections are required. The first two are given three weeks apart and the last at least two months later.

Moderna is made up of two injections, each one a quarter of its adult dose, given about four weeks apart for children 6 months to 5 years old. The FDA has also approved a third dose, at least one month after the second injection, for children with immune disorders that make them more susceptible to serious illnesses.

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DO THEY WORK WELL?

In studies, young vaccinees have developed anti-virus antibody levels as strong as young adults, suggesting that child-sized doses protect against coronavirus infections.

However, it is difficult to determine exactly how well they work, especially when it comes to the Pfizer vaccine.

Two doses of Moderna appeared to be only about 40% effective in preventing milder infections at a time when the omicron variant was causing most COVID-19-related illness. Pfizer presented study information suggesting the company saw 80% with its three injections. But Pfizer’s data was so limited — and based on such a small number of cases — that experts and federal officials say they don’t believe a reliable estimate yet exists.

SHOULD I VACCINATE MY TODDLER?

Yes, according to the CDC. While COVID-19 has been most dangerous for older people, younger people, including children, can also get very sick.

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Hospitalizations jumped during the omicron wave. Since the start of the pandemic, about 480 children under the age of 5 have been counted among the more than one million COVID-19 deaths nationwide, according to federal data.

“It’s worth vaccinating even if the number of deaths is relatively rare, because those deaths can be prevented through vaccination,” said Dr. Matthew Daley, a Kaiser Permanente Colorado researcher who serves on the CDC’s advisory board.

In a statement on Saturday, President Joe Biden urged parents to get them for their young children as soon as possible.

WHAT VACCINE SHOULD MY CHILD GET?

One or the other, said FDA vaccine chief Dr. Peter Marks.

“Whatever vaccine your health care provider, pediatrician, is what I would give my child,” Marks said Friday.

The doses haven’t been tested against each other, so experts say there’s no way to tell if one is better.

One consideration: It takes about three months to complete Pfizer’s three-shot series, but only one month for Moderna’s two-shot. So families looking to protect their children quickly might want Moderna.

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WHO DOES THE BLOWS?

Pediatricians, other primary care physicians and children’s hospitals plan to provide the vaccines. Limited pharmacies will offer them for at least some of the under-5 age group.

US officials expect most of the shootings to take place in pediatricians’ offices. Many parents may be more comfortable having their children vaccinated at their regular doctor, said White House COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha. He predicted that the pace of vaccination will be much slower than it was for older populations.

“We’re going to see vaccinations ramp up over weeks and potentially even months,” Jha said.

CAN CHILDREN RECEIVE OTHER VACCINES AT THE SAME TIME?

It is common for small children to receive more than one vaccine during a visit to the doctor.

In studies of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines in infants and toddlers, other vaccines were not given at the same time, so there is no data on potential side effects when this occurs.

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But no problems have been identified in older children or adults when COVID-19 shots and other vaccines have been given together, and the CDC says it’s safe for young children as well.

WHAT IF MY CHILD RECENTLY HAD COVID-19?

About three quarters of children It is estimated that all ages have been infected at some point. For older people, the CDC still recommended vaccination to reduce the risk of reinfection.

Experts have noted reinfections among previously infected people and say the highest levels of protection occur in those who have been both vaccinated and previously infected.

The CDC said people might consider waiting about three months after an infection to get vaccinated.

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Announcement of the England women’s squad for Euro 2022: Steph Houghton, Fran Kirby and Chole Kelly will they be there or not? | Soccer News https://rglb.org/announcement-of-the-england-womens-squad-for-euro-2022-steph-houghton-fran-kirby-and-chole-kelly-will-they-be-there-or-not-soccer-news/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 05:27:20 +0000 https://rglb.org/announcement-of-the-england-womens-squad-for-euro-2022-steph-houghton-fran-kirby-and-chole-kelly-will-they-be-there-or-not-soccer-news/ It’s decision day for Sarina Wiegman on Wednesday as she decides which players will represent England at the Euros on home soil this summer. The Dutch coach has some tough choices as she whittles her squad down to 23 players, having named an initial squad of 28 players at the end of May. Before the […]]]>

It’s decision day for Sarina Wiegman on Wednesday as she decides which players will represent England at the Euros on home soil this summer.

The Dutch coach has some tough choices as she whittles her squad down to 23 players, having named an initial squad of 28 players at the end of May.

Before the announcement at 5 p.m. on June 15, Sky Sports News’ England journalist Anton Toloui has asked current players, former stars and a Women’s Super League head coach for their thoughts on Sarina Wiegman’s selection dilemmas…

Houghton in or out?

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Steph Houghton’s season has been plagued by injuries

Steph Houghton has made just five appearances in the Women’s Super League this season and has not played since January due to a recurrence of an Achilles tendon injury.

She is yet to feature under Wiegman after picking up her first ankle problem in the final training session before the Dutch coach’s first game.

However, the 34-year-old has a strong chance of making the final squad, opting to work on her fitness at a private training camp at St George’s Park instead of going on vacation before the squad. England does not end up.

But does the former captain deserve a place ahead of other in-form players?

“If there’s one person you’d bet money on to be in the best shape possible, it’s Steph,” said longtime teammate Lucy Bronze. Sky Sports News.

England women's head coach Sarina Wiegman has praised her team ahead of their clash with Germany
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Sarina Wiegman will choose her last team for the Euros this week

“I completely understand why Sarina wants to bring her in to give her a chance. I know people say she’s been hurt a lot this season, but anyone who’s played with Steph, played against Steph, knows what she can do. bring on and off the field.

“She’s not the captain but she’s still a leader. The team knows that and respects that, Sarina respects that and she has as much of a chance as anyone to be chosen in the team.”

“Do I think she will be in that final team? Yes, I do,” insists Aston Villa head coach Carla Ward.

“You have young players coming to their first major tournament and Steph’s experience will help you tremendously.

“Everyone knows Steph is a leader, a true leader and the quality and experience she can bring. She can be a soldier for Sarina.”

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Steph Houghton says she’s happy to be back in the England setup after recovering from surgery on an Achilles injury

Houghton herself is also confident – as you would expect of such a professional – ahead of Wednesday’s final decision.

“It’s been a difficult journey, having the operation, but I’ve worked really hard to get into this position and I’m taking it day by day,” the Manchester City captain said. Sky Sports News Last week.

“I’m delighted to be back on the pitch and back to my best.”

Who misses if Houghton is selected?

Niamh Charles could be among the players to miss
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England have four centre-backs who arguably each had their best seasons in the WSL – Alex Greenwood, Millie Bright, Jess Carter and Lotte Wubben-Moy.

If the four and Houghton are chosen, Niamh Charles is likely to miss and Carter has asked to be a backup full-back.

Carter, however, is yet to complete a full team training session as she recovers from the domestic season, but that is not thought to be a doubt for the tournament.

Kirby makes the cut?

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Questions also remain about Fran Kirby’s fitness

Fran Kirby would usually be one of the first players on the roster, but she hasn’t played since February due to illness.

England have three warm-up games this month for Kirby to get vital minutes, but is Wiegman risking a place in the squad for someone who is unsure of a start?

Ella Toone was the No. 10 pick in the Arnold Clark Cup, with Kirby pushed outside on occasion.

England are full of wingers in the squad, so will Wiegman be willing to give Kirby a place if the accuracy of his game is in doubt?

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Lucy Bronze says she has decided where her club’s future lies and says she is fully focused on trying to help England win Euro 2022

“If Fran is available, she must go,” according to former England midfielder and new Birmingham assistant head coach Jo Potter.

“The wealth of experience that she and Steph have is crucial in helping a group through these tough times.

“It’s not all rosy during a tournament and having someone to coach the young players and play in the major matches is invaluable. If she’s available, she’s on my list.”

Kelly, Parris, Russo – will any be missing?

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Lioness Chloe Kelly demonstrates her pool skills against Steph Houghton. Luck or talent, you decide!

Chloe Kelly’s return from injury has given Wiegman a “good problem to have,” as the coaches call her.

The Manchester City striker only returned from an ACL injury in April but has scored once and had three assists in five games.

The 24-year-old didn’t even have a conversation with Wiegman until last month. Now, the former Netherlands boss may be gearing up to deliver some great news to Kelly.

“I said when she got injured, if she got back into shape, she would play a role at the Euros,” Ward said. “Now she’s fit and she’s ready, she has to be 100 per cent in this team.”

If Kelly is selected, it will likely mean that one of Wiegman’s consistently chosen players will be absent.

England captain Leah Williamson (right) is substituted for teammate Nikita Parris during the Arnold Clark Cup match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough.  Picture date: Thursday February 17, 2022.
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Nikita Parris scored just one WSL goal for Arsenal last season

Nikita Parris has scored just one goal in the WSL this season and may be sweating for him despite previous Euros and World Cup experience.

Only Lauren Hemp has scored more league goals than Alessia Russo of all the players in the provisional squad, but could the Manchester United man be the odd one out?

Former Reading and Notts County midfielder Jo Potter hopes not, saying: “Alessia Russo is a very complete player, I’d like to think she’ll make the team as she has known a great season.

“She can play a vital role, especially coming off the bench. She can score goals from anywhere, so if Ellen White is missing goals, she’s the perfect substitute.

“Besides, she has nothing to lose and will have the bit between her teeth.”

Is there anyone almost certain to miss?

Sandy MacIver set to miss Euro squad
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Sandy MacIver set to miss Euro squad

Everton goalkeeper Sandy MacIver had not been selected for an England squad this year before the provisional squad was announced, while Manchester United midfielder Lucy Staniforth has played just 38 minutes in 2022.

Players can be substituted up until the day before England’s first game in the event of illness or injury, so the five players who receive bad news are likely to remain with the squad for the next few weeks.

Watch the team announcement live from St George’s Park on Sky Sports News at 5pm and listen to England head coach Sarina Wiegman at 5.30pm. Also follow all the latest news on Sky Sports’ digital platforms.

Anton Toloui, Suzy Wrack and Flo Lloyd-Hughes join Kyle Walker for the Euros kick off at 7.30pm live from the England training base with all the reactions to the squad announcement.

Euro 2022: The groups…

Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland

Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland

Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland

Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland

Euro 2022: The schedule…

Group stage

Wednesday July 6

Group A: England v Austria – Kick off 8pm, Old Trafford

Thursday July 7

Group A: Norway vs Northern Ireland – kick off 8pm, St Mary’s

Friday July 8

Group B: Spain vs Finland – kick off 5pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Germany v Denmark – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Saturday July 9

Group C: Portugal vs Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village

Group C: Netherlands vs Sweden – kick off 8pm, Bramall Lane

Sunday July 10

Group D: Belgium vs Iceland – Kick off 5pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Group D: France vs Italy – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium

Monday July 11

Group A: Austria vs Northern Ireland – kick off 5pm, St Mary’s

Group A: England v Norway – Kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

tuesday july 12

Group B: Denmark vs Finland – Kick off 5pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Germany v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Wednesday July 13

Group C: Sweden vs Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Netherlands-Portugal – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Thursday July 14

Group D: Italy vs Iceland – Kick off 5pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Group D: France vs Belgium – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium

friday july 15

Group A: Northern Ireland – England – kick off 8pm, St Mary’s

Group A: Austria vs Norway – Kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Saturday July 16

Group B: Finland vs Germany – kick off 8pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Denmark v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Sunday July 17

Group C: Switzerland vs Netherlands – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Sweden vs Portugal – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village

Monday July 18

Group D: Iceland vs France – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium

Group D: Italy v Belgium – Kick off 8pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Knockout stage

Quarter-finals

Wednesday July 20

Quarter-final 1: Group A winners v Group B runners-up – 8pm kick-off, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Thursday July 21

Quarter-final 2: Group B winners v Group A runners-up – kick-off 8pm, London Community Stadium

friday july 22

Quarter-final 3: Group C winners v Group D runners-up – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Quarter-final 4: Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

Semi-finals

tuesday july 26

Semi-final 1: Quarter-Final Winners 1 vs. Quarter-Final Winners 3 – Kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane

Wednesday July 27

Semi-final 2: Winner Quarter-Final 2 v Winner Quarter-Final 4 – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK

Final

Sunday July 31

Winners Semi-Final 1 v Winners Semi-Final 2 – Kick-off 5pm, Wembley

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Moose Jaw basketball players have the chance to learn from a European professional coach https://rglb.org/moose-jaw-basketball-players-have-the-chance-to-learn-from-a-european-professional-coach/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 23:41:56 +0000 https://rglb.org/moose-jaw-basketball-players-have-the-chance-to-learn-from-a-european-professional-coach/ Elite Athletes Belgium joined Golden Ticket Sports for a special event on Thursday evening Local basketball players had a unique opportunity to take elite lessons from one of Europe’s top professional coaches at the Golden Ticket Sports Center on Thursday evening. Elite Athletes Belgium coach and trainer Joerik Michiels stopped by the local facility as […]]]>

Elite Athletes Belgium joined Golden Ticket Sports for a special event on Thursday evening

Local basketball players had a unique opportunity to take elite lessons from one of Europe’s top professional coaches at the Golden Ticket Sports Center on Thursday evening.

Elite Athletes Belgium coach and trainer Joerik Michiels stopped by the local facility as part of a cross-Canada tour organized by Golden Ticket owner Tanner Brightman.

Around 30 players in grades 7-12 took part in the event, which saw Michiels lead participants through a range of drills designed to focus on player development.

It all came out of Brightman working with Michiels on a small tour through Saskatchewan in 2019, which saw 17 camps in seven locations over nine days in the province.

This time?

No less than 50 camps in 17 communities, spanning 19 days and involving more than 700 players. It all started June 1 in Fredericton and has been rolling west ever since, stopping in Winnipeg on June 8 before heading to Moose Jaw.

“It was amazing, not just with the kids and the camp itself, but meeting everyone and different cultures and what basketball is about here,” Michiels said ahead of the Moose Jaw event. “It’s a very different culture compared to Europe, so it’s been a great experience on and off the pitch. And having the chance to see Canada too, it’s an absolutely beautiful country.

Michiels brings an impressive depth of knowledge to the game, having worked with over 150 professional players and served as an NBA Europe skills coach in the past. He is also an NBA Basketball Without Borders Clinician, part of a program that brings the sport to developing countries.

Brightman had worked with Michiels in Belgium earlier this year, which led to things coming together for the trip to Canada, with Moose Jaw an obvious step.

“We wanted to go to Moose Jaw for sure, not just because we have space, but also to see the community and how good the year has been at the Sports Center,” Brightman said. “It was a very good trip, we met a lot of people and were able to pass on a lot of things.”

The training session focused on what Michiels calls the Super Six – finishing, shooting, passing, footwork, decision making and creating from the dribble.

“That’s what I focus on and that’s all player development and skill development,” Michiels explained. “It will be teaching them, going over the details, and then lots of small-scale games to put it into practice.”

This aspect of training is not always considered as much, which gives Elite Athletes Belgium a unique approach to improving skills.

“We’re one of the first to do that, using small-scale games for skill development, and I think one of the reasons is that the culture here doesn’t have as many player development coaches. “, Michiels said. “Here it’s mostly the head coaches looking at the style of play and the tactics, so you can see it’s quite new for everyone. But I think kids really like it.

The tour continues in Regina and Saskatoon before heading to Alberta, stopping in Whitehorse and concluding with visits to Vancouver and Victoria at the end of the month.

It’s all part of what Brightman hopes will become a regular occurrence for Golden Ticket Sports now that a well-developed connection has been established.

“Things like this will be a yearly thing, having an international connection like this and being able to go back and forth is an exciting opportunity,” Brightman said. “It looks like no one else does and the rule and style of play are quite similar, it’s a good fit and something we’ll definitely be interested in going forward.”

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Visitors are welcome as the new Grimbergen Experience opens its doors for the first time https://rglb.org/visitors-are-welcome-as-the-new-grimbergen-experience-opens-its-doors-for-the-first-time/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 14:12:32 +0000 https://rglb.org/visitors-are-welcome-as-the-new-grimbergen-experience-opens-its-doors-for-the-first-time/ GRIMBERGEN, Belgium – Grimbergen Abbey Brewery, known for brewing delicious and inviting Belgian-style beers, has unveiled a brand new interactive Grimbergen experience in the unique setting of the famous Grimbergen Abbey near Brussels, Belgium. The Grimbergen Experience invites visitors to enter the rich world of Belgian beer and takes them on a […]]]>


GRIMBERGEN, Belgium – Grimbergen Abbey Brewery, known for brewing delicious and inviting Belgian-style beers, has unveiled a brand new interactive Grimbergen experience in the unique setting of the famous Grimbergen Abbey near Brussels, Belgium.

The Grimbergen Experience invites visitors to enter the rich world of Belgian beer and takes them on a journey through the history of Grimbergen Abbey and a world of exciting flavors, craftsmanship, innovation and the monastic art of brewing which has been mastered by the father on the historic site over the centuries.

The experience is creatively located on a mezzanine level overlooking the Abbey Brewery. At the entrance, visitors receive a smart RFID tag which they are encouraged to use throughout their visit to bring the experience to life.

As visitors walk through the experience, they can gain insight into the brewing process which combines brewing traditions learned from ancient books in the Abbey Library with new and innovative techniques to create unique batches in limited edition of exceptional premium beers.

The experience is a place to dive in and discover a hidden world of flavors and delights. Visitors even receive a personalized beer recommendation based on their time in the experience as well as the chance to design their perfect beer.

They can learn about the fine ingredients, including hops, some of which are grown by the father in the abbey gardens; walk through the brewing process from recipe development to bottling and, they might even see Father Karel Stautemas who combines his life as a purveyor to Grimbergen Abbey with that of the abbey brewer.

Speaking at the opening of the doors of the new Grimbergen Experience, Stephen Stringer, Vice President Craft, Specialty & Alcohol-Free Brews at Carlsberg, said: “It is a pleasure to be here at the opening of the new Grimbergen Experience which was so well organised. .

“This experience takes people on a journey of discovery into the world of Belgian beer, while telling the story of Grimbergen and our passion for finding new tastes and flavors to create exceptional premium beer.

“I hope those who love Grimbergen beer will come visit us, take a tour and enjoy a very special setting.”

Prof. Karel Stautemas, Principal at the Abbey and Brewer at the Abbey said: “These are exciting times in Grimbergen. We have created a visually rich experience that explores the brewing heritage of Grimbergen Abbey, the Father and the wider Grimbergen community.

“Visitors will be immersed in a world of flavors and discoveries which I hope will enrich their understanding of Belgian beer in general and Grimbergen Abbey beer in particular. It is here, in the heart of Grimbergen, that we explore flavors and create our delicious beers and I look forward to sharing our story with many, many visitors”

Visitors to the Grimbergen Experience can book a guide who will share a wealth of information about the history of Grimbergen, the brewing process, and take them around the Abbey Gardens, and of course visitors will have the opportunity to complete their visit with a beer tasting.

To complete the occasion, head to Fenikshof, Grimbergen’s bar and restaurant where visitors can sample the unique flavors of Grimbergen beer on tap as well as restaurant dishes that pair perfectly with Grimbergen beers.

The opening of the new visitor experience comes a year after Grimbergen opened the state-of-the-art Grimbergen Abbey Brewery, which has restored brewing inside the walls of the abbey for the first time in centuries.

Carlsberg Group, are the global licensees of Grimbergen, the New Grimbergen Experience has been built in close partnership between Grimbergen Abbey and the Carlsberg Group

Grimbergen experience

To find out more about the Grimbergen experience and the new abbey brewery, go to www.grimbergen.com

  • The Grimbergen Experience is located at Het Fenikshof, Abdijstraat 20, 1850 Grimbergen, tel. : 02/306.39.56 and is accessible by bus, train or car.
  • The Grimbergen Experience is 40 minutes from Brussels Central Station by train; 30 minutes from Brussels by car and only 15 minutes by taxi from Brussels International Airport.
  • Visitors can book tickets, including guided tours, online, or tickets can be purchased at Fenikshof, the bar and restaurant Grimbergen. Beer tasting is included in the ticket price

About Grimbergen

Grimbergen’s heritage dates back to 1128, and part of our history is a rich brewing heritage where many beers have been crafted with great passion, Grimbergen is a range of award winning premium and sensory Belgian style beers. Known as La Bière du Phénix – a symbol inspired by three devastating fires Grimbergen Abbey survived – Grimbergen’s range of beers are the result of tried and tested brewing techniques and experimentation over the centuries. Grimbergen’s taste is rich and characterful, fruity and spicy, running the gamut from rich blondes to double malts and refreshing whites.

For more information:
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Art review: ‘Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain’ at the National Museum of Asian Art https://rglb.org/art-review-revealing-krishna-journey-to-cambodias-sacred-mountain-at-the-national-museum-of-asian-art/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 14:01:32 +0000 https://rglb.org/art-review-revealing-krishna-journey-to-cambodias-sacred-mountain-at-the-national-museum-of-asian-art/ Placeholder while loading article actions “Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountainfocuses on a single ancient artifact: a damaged but still towering statue of the Hindu god, which supports part of the ceiling – still attached – of the Cambodian cave he once occupied. Yet other sculptures from the same site can be considered present, […]]]>
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Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountainfocuses on a single ancient artifact: a damaged but still towering statue of the Hindu god, which supports part of the ceiling – still attached – of the Cambodian cave he once occupied. Yet other sculptures from the same site can be considered present, if only in spirit.

The 6th-century sandstone Krishna on display in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the National Museum of Asian Arts is one of eight statues taken from Phnom Da, a twin-peaked granite outcrop that towers over the Mekong floodplain. The sculpture commemorates how the god protected people from a torrential storm by raising Mount Govardhan in India.

This informative and imaginative show includes photographs of the other statues and tells the intertwined stories of two of them. Pieces of this Krishna and another, now at National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, have long been confused and clumsily cobbled together. The two museums finally exchanged misassigned shards and reassembled the statues, ending in 2021.

It is one of the twists of the story of “Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan” told by the exhibition organized by the owner of the statue, the Cleveland Museum of Art. This institution acquired the sculpture in 1973, two years before Cambodia was plunged into the horrors of Khmer Rouge rule. But the Krishna had left the country long before that, to be auctioned in Belgium in 1920. The museum purchased the “Cleveland Krishna” from the estate of the granddaughter of the 1920 buyers; among the challenges of restoring the statue was the excavation of abandoned parts of a garden in Brussels.

“Revealing Krishna” is structured like a journey, with abundant wall text as well as multiple video displays. The first gallery offers an extensive history of the statue and its context, told in part by Angelina Jolie. The Phnom Da sculptures, mostly carved in man-made cave shrines, are among the earliest known examples of Cambodian art. they were chiseled about 600 years before the famous temple complex of Angkor Wat was created. Eventually, the coins of Phnom Da were looted and some were remade to commemorate a more recently arrived religion: Buddhism.

From the show’s intro space, a left turn leads to a viewing room for “Satook,” a 30-minute video about maintaining religious tradition in Cambodian American communities. (The “Krishna” exhibition is part of “The arts of devotionthe museum’s five-year initiative to increase understanding of religion.) To the right is a chamber dominated by three wall-mounted video screens that document a winding passage along slow-moving rivers. The chirps of nature help evoke the approach of Phnom Da.

The final cave-like gallery contains two Krishnas: the stone one, framed by photos of rocky cave walls, and a video simulation. The virtual Krishna comes to life and regains its likely original appearance when someone stands on the word “explore” projected on the ground.

This room also tells how pieces of the figure were intermingled and then extracted from this other statue of Krishna. The Cleveland Krishna, a god celebrated in the act of saving his people, was himself saved by a team of scholars and restorers.

Five Facts About the Cleveland Krishna

Although pieces of the Krishna statue are missing, the surviving parts tell a fascinating story:

  1. Just as Hinduism was brought from India to Cambodia, the Krishna statue – although made in Cambodia – speaks of India. His pose recalls a tale set at Mount Govardhan, now a place of pilgrimage near New Delhi. Symbolically, the two mountains, Mount Govardhan in India and Phnom Da in Cambodia, have become identical.
  2. The god is a youthful figure and he wears his hair in a bun which can be interpreted as a sign of royalty (or just being a boy).
  3. Now gray and weathered, the statue was probably once dark and shiny, and adorned with gold jewelry. The long lobes of the god’s ears are pierced, suggesting that they once wore earrings.
  4. Krishna does not tire like Atlas, the Titan who supports the world on his shoulders in Greek myth. He holds the mountain effortlessly and even casually, with just one flexed hand. His other hand, which is missing, was probably resting nonchalantly on his hip.
  5. Nor is there any struggle reflected in the face of the god, who wears a gentle smile. The statue was dispossessed, fractured and exiled and is now only partially restored. Through it all, Krishna retained his benevolent serenity.

Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain

National Museum of Asian Art, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. asia.si.edu.

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Our Community: Fly for Hope Air, Shrimp and Fiddle Festival https://rglb.org/our-community-fly-for-hope-air-shrimp-and-fiddle-festival/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 11:01:00 +0000 https://rglb.org/our-community-fly-for-hope-air-shrimp-and-fiddle-festival/ Flight for Hope Air – and patients in faraway places Volunteer pilots will take to the air on Monday for the launch of this year’s Give Hope Wings Expedition, a three-week expedition to raise awareness and funds for Hope Air, Taking flight for Hope Air – and patients in faraway places Volunteer pilots will take […]]]>

Flight for Hope Air – and patients in faraway places Volunteer pilots will take to the air on Monday for the launch of this year’s Give Hope Wings Expedition, a three-week expedition to raise awareness and funds for Hope Air,

Taking flight for Hope Air – and patients in faraway places

Volunteer pilots will take off on Monday to kick off this year’s Give Hope Wings Expedition, a three-week expedition to raise awareness and funds for Hope Air, which provides travel and accommodation assistance for Canadians in need of medical care away from home.

The expedition will feature up to 30 pilots performing a series of multi-aircraft flights that will cover 5,100 nautical miles coast to coast from Victoria to St. Johns, Newfoundland.

Hope Air provides free airfare, ground transportation and accommodations to people living in remote communities who face financial barriers when they have to travel to remote urban centers to get to medical appointments for a treatment.

It says the free flights it offers to ease the stress of patients traveling long distances by car or train are sometimes through donations from airline partners and volunteer pilots, but 70% of the time through direct donations.

To date, the organization, founded in 1986 as the Mission Air Transportation Network, has funded 160,000 flights, including 70,000 in British Columbia.

This is the event’s sixth year, but the first time it has been born in Victoria.

The group hopes to raise $1 million, enough to fund 2,800 flights, accommodations and meals. Learn more about fundraising at hopeair.ca/GHW2022. To learn more about Hope Air, visit hopeair.ca.

Shrimp and fiddle festival supports rugby program

The James Bay Athletic Association is hosting Spot Prawn and Fiddle Fest, a rugby fundraising event for local youth, on June 12 at MacDonald Park in James Bay.

The family event will include an onsite prawn meal, Irish, Celtic and West Coast Métis fiddling, a youth rugby exhibition game, vendors and family activities.

Violin virtuoso Daniel Lapp curates a range of fiddle performances by many West Coast legends.

“People are in for a feast of ears as well as bellies at this inaugural festival, the first of its kind in Victoria,” Lapp said. “There is a range of fiddle and dance styles from coast to coast and Victoria’s first fiddle competition in recent memory.”

In addition to the on-site shrimp shelling and eating area, there will be several local food vendors and artisans, with permitted and unauthorized areas.

There will also be various rugby exhibits, including a Try Rookie Rugby area for kids aged 5-13, a skills area and obstacle course where you can win prizes, plus rugby 7s matches For the young.

Proceeds from the drinks garden and vendor registrations will go towards establishing a Rugby Youth Development Officer position at the club, with an eye to the future growth of all existing schemes.

Free entry. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 12 at MacDonald Park, 212 Niagara Street.

Soup is back in Sydney

Neighbors Lunch, a long-running weekly soup kitchen offered by St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Sidney, is set to reopen after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Neighbors Lunch has served 97,000 bowls of soup and countless rolls since its inception in 2004. In recent years, nearly 90 guests have turned up for a hot bowl of soup each week and returned for a turkey dinner at Christmas.

The soup kitchen is supported by donations, the Town of Sidney and rolls from the Peninsula Co-op.

There is no charge for the meal. Customers are asked to wear a mask except when seated and eating.

Neighbors Luncheon runs from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. every Wednesday starting June 8 at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church Hall, 9691 Fourth St. in Sidney. For more information, call the church office at 250-656-5322.

Big on small houses

Aryze Developments recently received a special Innovations in Affordability award for its Tiny Homes Village project, which celebrated its first anniversary in May.

The prize, awarded by the Urban Development Institute Award for Excellence, recognizes projects that have had a positive impact on the community and the urban landscape. The jury of peers hailed the uniqueness of the project and its merit of special recognition.

The community of shipping containers converted into 100 square foot living units, housing 30 people, emerged as a quick fix to house some of Victoria’s burgeoning homeless population. Many were living in tents in parks or at the entrances to businesses across the city, in part due to temporary shelter capacity restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness partnered with Aryze Developments on the project. Together, they launched a crowdfunding campaign that raised $550,000 from the public and businesses in three months.

The village, intended to provide transitional housing to break the cycle of homelessness, was assembled on the parking lot of the adjacent Royal Athletic Park, which is owned by the City of Victoria. Two meals a day are delivered to residents, who have access to a common space to heat food, as well as shared showers and toilets. All but three of the initial group of residents who moved in have remained with the program, which has caught the attention of other social agencies in Canada and as far away as Germany, hoping to emulate it.

Double up to help Cool Aid

Help Cool Aid fill specific funding gaps for some of its lesser-known programs at the charity’s biggest fundraising event – the Homecoming Matching Challenge.

By June 10, the challenge will double every dollar donated up to $85,000, thanks to Peninsula Co-op, Knappett Projects, Jim Thomson and Kathleen Brandsma, the Stovel Family, Viveka Foundation Fund, TL Housing Solutions, Butler Concrete and Aggregates and Megson Fitzpatrick.

“Those of us who have done well in society need to step up and contribute to the social fabric and I think Cool Aid is an essential part of that,” said John Knappett, CEO of Knappett Projects. “We want to make sure everyone in need has access to these vital support services, so I and several other supporters have come together to create this challenge. We hope this will inspire others to donate.

Last year’s challenge raised $164,000. The goal this year is $170,000, which will go towards a grocery gift card initiative, job training, and support and programs for seniors.

Each year, Cool Aid provides housing, emergency shelter, health and dental care and other support to over 12,000 people in the capital region.

For more information or to donate, go to coolaid.org/donate.

Help for Ukraine

The Victoria Chinatown Lioness Lionss Club is hosting a paper shredding and refundable bottle drive fundraiser to help Ukraine, at the Fort and Foul Bay Save-On-Foods on June 18.

Prevent identity theft and protect your privacy by shredding your confidential documents.

Suggested donation is $10 per box or equivalent, with immediate shredding. Cash, debit cards, credit cards or company checks are accepted.

Refundable containers of soft drinks, water, alcohol and milk are also accepted.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 18 in the parking lot of the Fort and Foul Bay Save-On-Foods.

For more information, visit victoriachinatownlionesslionesclub.ca.

Celebrating 14 years of WITS

The WITS Programs Foundation turns 24 this month.

Most local children, many of whom are now adults, have learned exactly what it means to “use your WITS” (walking away, talking about it, ignoring or asking for help) to deal with conflict or victimization.

Still based in Esquimalt and operating as the WITS Programs Foundation for six years, the local nonprofit has become a national success story.

The program is taught in approximately 1,400 Canadian schools, as well as in Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, Korea, New Zealand and the United States.

The initial catalyst and creative mind that made WITS a school program was Tom Woods, a former police officer.

“As School Police Liaisons, we were always looking for positive ways to help children and youth and break down barriers,” said Woods, who is still involved as a vice -president of the foundation. “The WITS program was the perfect vehicle to reach the kids and have fun. It was an honor to play a part in this important message and to see the incredible impact it had on hundreds of thousands of children.

He thanks School District 61, local police services, the University of Victoria, the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique and others for their support in making WITS and its French component, DIRE, what it is today.

A recently completed revitalization of WITS/DIRE now emphasizes diversity and inclusion. It includes new books, educational videos and information for families in 12 languages, and provides several program elements free of charge to Indigenous communities.

For more information, visit witsprogram.ca.

parrais@timescolonist.com

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