LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSBackyardCelebrateCreative IdeasEarth DayFamily Previous articleMaking music at a distance – how to come together online to spark your creativityNext articleFlorida’s airports garner $900M in federal assistance to stay afloat Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 can be a good time for everyone to take some time to get outside, even if current conditions mean a community event to celebrate isn’t available. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to honor the Earth in your own backyard.“You don’t need to leave home to celebrate Earth Day. Remember, nature starts at your back door,” explains Kris Kiser, President of the TurfMutt Foundation, an organization that encourages outdoor learning experiences, stewardship of green spaces, and care for living landscapes for the benefit of all.“Get outside, mow your lawn, trim bushes, plant a butterfly bush. By becoming a steward of your yard, you are helping the planet. At the same time, you’re supporting your health and well-being, which is increasingly important as families spend more time at home.”What You Can DoHere are six tips to celebrate Earth Day without ever leaving home:Get outside. Your backyard is an outdoor living room and safe place for pets and kids to play. Science proves spending time in your family’s yard is good for your health and well-being, and so important today as everyone looks for creative ways to stay well while being confined to the home. Researchers have found that people living in neighborhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress.2. Make the outdoors a family project. Take your loved ones outside to assess your space. What’s working well? What could be improved? What can you plan to do together in your backyard? Anything needing to be cleaned up? Make a plan to expand or spruce up your yard.3. Connect kids to nature. Free, online, do-at-home lesson plans are available from the TurfMutt.com. The environmental education program resources and activities, based on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles, give kids the prompts they need to have fun learning about and exploring the nature and science in their own backyards.4. Know your climate zone. Learn about climate-zone-appropriate plants, the importance of pollinators, and how backyards can support local wildlife. Conduct a plant inventory to determine what’s currently thriving in your backyard. Match that up against the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to determine the best types of turf, trees, shrubs, and plants for the climate zone.5. Keep pollinators in mind. Your yard is an important part of the connected ecosystem providing much- needed food and shelter for pollinators, such as birds, bees, butterflies, bats, and other creatures. Select a variety of plants that will bloom all year long. The Audubon Society’s database can help determine which birds will be attracted to which plants for unique regions so you can make good choices about what to plant.6. Plant, prune or mow. Staying confined to home base doesn’t mean gardening and yard work have to stop. Order garden supplies online or have them delivered from a nearby nursery. Mow the lawn and trim bushes.Research shows people who gardened for at least 30 minutes a week had lower body mass indexes (BMIs)—a measure of body fat—as well as higher levels of self-esteem and better moods overall. They also reported lower levels of tension and stress. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here
2016 City:North HatleyCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Stephane Groleau and Laetitia BoudaudRecommended ProductsWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsText description provided by the architects. An hour and a half east of Montreal the landscape begins to rise into rolling farmland punctuated by lakes and small mountains. Just before you reach Vermont, the town of North Hatley sits at the unlikely meeting point of the north-eastern United States and Quebec. Settled by the British Loyalists who led Connecticut during the war of independence, the farms around the town of North Hatley are as much connected to the culture of the early American colonies as they are to the Quebecois barns of the seigneuries.Save this picture!© Stephane Groleau and Laetitia BoudaudThe rich variety of agricultural building in the area is the backdrop for the Townships Farmhouse, designed by Lee and Macgillivray Architecture Studio (LAMAS). The rich variety of agricultural building in the area is the backdrop for the Townships Farmhouse, designed by Lee and Macgillivray Architecture Studio (LAMAS).Save this picture!© Stephane Groleau and Laetitia BoudaudThe client for the house is a farmer/artist couple with long ties to the area and a keen interest in land conservation and preservation of agricultural buildings; the house is clad in repurposed hemlock salvaged from dilapidated barns in Ontario.Save this picture!© Stephane Groleau and Laetitia BoudaudThe house is situated on a working farm and is sensitive to the seasonal changes of farm life; the barn doors on the facade are not ornamental but can be closed to protect the large expanses of glass from cycles of plowing, sowing, and harvesting. Vivian Lee, one of the principals of LAMAS explains, “Although it is obviously geared towards domestic habitation, the design of the house was always meant as an evolution of farm buildings and the unique ways that they structure space.”Save this picture!© Stephane Groleau and Laetitia BoudaudThe courtyard aggregation is a hybrid of Quebec barn types (in which aisles and haylofts are perpendicular to the roof line), and Ontario barns after 1850 which often had a U-shaped or completely enclosed courtyards. The result is a central courtyard space that is sheltered from the wind in the winter and can open up to views of apple trees and the hills across Lake Massawippi in the summer. James Macgillivray explains, “One-half of our client is a painter and a great collector of art so we were very sensitive to the views. On one side is their own ‘eld of oats, another has rolling hills and a horse farm. Before the house was put together, we had these views in our minds and then the arrangement of the three buildings took place around those views.”Save this picture!© Stephane Groleau and Laetitia BoudaudSave this picture!Lower Floor PlanSave this picture!© Stephane Groleau and Laetitia BoudaudThe concept of views dovetailed nicely into the architect’s understanding of agricultural buildings, “Our ‘rst design decision was to take the concept of the “aisle” from barns—essentially a thoroughfare for bringing in materials and livestock–and repurpose it outwards to capture views from the surrounding ‘elds.” Because the house is arranged in a courtyard formation it goes back in on itself and the interior spaces can be superimposed onto the background of the landscape in unexpected compositions.The windows frame views that capture the intersections of spaces within the house, through the house, and outside the house.Save this picture!© Stephane Groleau and Laetitia BoudaudThe windows frame views that capture the intersections of spaces within the house, through the house, and outside the house. Everything that used to be functional becomes visual and spatial.Save this picture!© Stephane Groleau and Laetitia BoudaudAround the same time that they started work on the commission, LAMAS was shortlisted for MoMA’s PS1 Young Architects’ Program. Macgillivray describes the two jobs as a dichotomy in the office, “On the one hand we were trying to do something wholly discursive and radical for MoMA, and on the other we were doing this project that really had to adhere very strictly to some notion of type but also have total fidelity to the client’s vision.”Save this picture!© Stephane Groleau and Laetitia BoudaudLee adds, “funnily enough, even though the two projects look entirely different, both of them were playing with the same idea of framed views, aisles and the collapsing of space into an image. These are themes that we continue to explore today, whether it’s a bread factory, a children’s bookstore or a house.”Project gallerySee allShow lessIn Defense of the Emoji Building and Architecture Being Fun, SometimesArticlesBrooklyn’s Prospect Park Gets Covered in Thousands of Pinwheels for its 150th Annive…Architecture News Share Area: 4000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily Townships Farmhouse / LAMAS Architects: LAMAS Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/876517/townships-farmhouse-lamas Clipboard CopyAbout this officeLAMASOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNorth HatleyCanadaPublished on July 27, 2017Cite: “Townships Farmhouse / LAMAS” 27 Jul 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Top StoriesFacebook India Vice President Moves Supreme Court Against Summons Issued By Delhi Assembly Committee Looking Into Delhi Riots Sanya Talwar22 Sep 2020 9:27 AMShare This – xFacebook India Vice President Ajit Mohan has moved the Supreme Court challenging the summons issued by the Delhi Assembly’s “Peace and Harmony” Committee, which is looking into Facebook’s alleged failure to track down hate-speech. Mohan has stated that this issue falls within the exclusive domain of the Union of India.The assembly panel on peace and harmony is looking into complaints on…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginFacebook India Vice President Ajit Mohan has moved the Supreme Court challenging the summons issued by the Delhi Assembly’s “Peace and Harmony” Committee, which is looking into Facebook’s alleged failure to track down hate-speech. Mohan has stated that this issue falls within the exclusive domain of the Union of India.The assembly panel on peace and harmony is looking into complaints on the “role or complicity of Facebook officials in the Delhi riots” that took place in February 2020.Mohan was issued two summonses on August 31, 2020 and the second, on September 18, 2020.The petitioner has clarified that although he does not seek judicial review of a State Legislature’s right to merely discuss issues outside of its legislative competence, so long as it does not seek to exercise power over non-members, however, “when an enquiry into a subject matter over which the Legislature lacks jurisdiction extends beyond its members – whether by summoning non-members at the threat of sanctions for refusing to appear, or by directing agencies to take actions against those non-members – the matter is amenable to judicial review. Petitioners submit that those precise circumstances are present here and require this Hon’ble Court’s intervention”.It is averred that the Committee improperly seeks to exercise its powers and privileges in a manner that exceeds the constitutional limits of the Legislative Assembly.Mohan states that the Committee has summoned him and threatened to hold him in breach of the Committee’s privileges if he does not appear and give testimony. In this context, he submits that there is no law that empowers a State Legislature, including a committee formed by that Legislature, to take coercive action against any person unless it obstructs or impedes its legislative functions. “The rights and liberties of persons are protected by Part III of the Constitution, particularly Articles 14, 19 and 21, and coercive action cannot be taken against any citizen unless that action has been authorised by law,” the petition reads.Further, on the aspect of impinging upon the exclusive jurisdiction of the Union of India in this regard, the plea states that Committee is seeking to make a “determination of the veracity of allegations levelled against Facebook” in the Delhi riots, which intrudes into subjects exclusively allocated to the Union of India.”Regulation of Intermediaries, including in connection with the Facebook service, falls within the exclusive domain of the Union of India under Entry “communication” in the Union List (Entry 31 of List I of the Seventh Schedule). Parliament, in exercise of these powers, enacted the Information Technology Act, 2000 to regulate intermediaries. Any assessment of the veracity of allegations against Petitioner No. 3 as an intermediary is exclusively a Union subject” – Excerpt of PleaIn this perspective, the plea puts forth that by targeting the Facebook service – a platform that allows users to express themselves – the Impugned Summonses create a chilling effect on the free speech rights of users of the Facebook service. The petitioner formulates the following questions for consideration of the Court:-1) Whether the privileges of Respondent No. 1, the Legislative Assembly of the NCT of Delhi, include the power to compel the appearance of non-members before Respondent No. 1 to express their views or subject them to examination?2) Whether the constitutional right to free speech and expression includes the right to silence, and whether compelling a person to speak violates the right to free speech and the right to privacy, which this Hon’ble Court recognized as a fundamental right in K.S. Puttaswamy v. Union of India, (2017) 10 SCC 1?3) If the answer to question two is in the affirmative, whether the privileges of a State Legislature can be applied in a manner that would violate Part III of the Constitution?4) Whether a Committee of the Legislative Assembly of the NCT of Delhi can compel witnesses to testify with respect to “public order” and “police” in the NCT of Delhi, in contravention of Articles 239 and 239AA(3)(a) of the Constitution of India, which confer the power to regulate “public order” and “police” in the NCT of Delhi exclusively with the Union of India?5) Whether a Committee of the State Legislature can compel witnesses to testify on the issue of “communication”, which is within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Union of India (Entry 31 of List I of Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India)?The petition has been filed by Advocate Mayank Pandey.Click Here To Download PetitionNext Story
Weather – Roads Update Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleSafety concerns raised after wind turbine struck by lightning in InishowenNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday 16th January News Highland Pinterest WhatsApp Snow is continuing to fall across Donegal, with four weather warnings now in place.An orange weather warning has been issued for strong winds across Donegal, a yellow alert has been issued for strong winds for Leinster, Monaghan, Roscommon, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.While a nationwide weather warning is in place for snow showers and a yellow advisory for high seas.It will be very cold today with wintry showers and strong winds while temperatures will drop to minus 1 tonight.Met Eireann Forecaster is Pat Clarke:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/weather3pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Donegal County Council is urging all motorists to take extra care on the roads and allos extra for journeys.The local authority is also advising that gritting crew will be out this afternoon gritting all main routes in the county.You can check the council’s Winter Gritting map at www.donegalcoco.ieRoads Updates:Gardaí in Letterkenny are reporting snow on roads in the town and are advising motorists to drive with extreme careReports of bad road conditions at Bridgend, RameltonCollision on Termon to Creeslough Road – drivers advised to approach with cautionRoad slippy at Lurgybrack to Kilross junction on Letterkenny to Ballybofey RoadBuncrana to Clonmany Road very icyA lot of snow reported to be lying on the Newton to Killea Road into DerryMeenaroy Road passable with care, snow on roadPolice in Derry are advising motorists to avoid Upper Southway following a single-vehicle collision and treacherous driving conditions Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Facebook Pinterest Twitter By News Highland – January 16, 2018 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications
Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office via KOCO-TV(OKLAHOMA CITY) — An Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy helped save a 3-year-old boy who was choking on a quarter he swallowed, an ABC affiliate reported.Pottawatomie County Deputy William Wheeler noticed a woman asking for help at a local car wash on June 8, according to the Shawnee News-Star.The woman, later identified as Victoria Terrill, noticed her son, Chaz, was choking while they drove back from dinner, ABC Oklahoma City station KOCO-TV said. She pulled over into the car wash parking lot to try to find help.Terrill reportedly told the deputy she thought Chaz was choking on a sucker, so Wheeler tried to hit Chaz on the back to hopefully get the sucker out.However, after Wheeler gave Chaz some swift swats to the back, a quarter popped out onto the ground.Wheeler’s efforts were captured on his body camera.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Workers cite Covid-19 risks for not returning to office; fewer than half who return cite productivity (iStock)Americans are divided on whether to return to the office — and on the reasons for their choice.Fifty-two percent of respondents to a large annual survey are choosing to work from home, and of those, 58 percent cited Covid-19 risks while commuting or working as a reason, according to the Wall Street Journal.One in three remote workers cited an enhanced work-life balance, while 26 percent said they are more productive at home, according to the Edelman online survey of 31,050 adults from Oct. 19 to Nov. 18. Respondents could choose more than one reason.Read moreCuomo announces plan to get workers back to officesReturn to the office? Manhattan workers say no thanksOffices remain empty, and big cities are feeling the crunch Email Address* Full Name* TagsCommercialCommercial Real EstateNew York City Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Of the 48 percent who have returned to the office, 42 percent said they are more productive there, 34 percent said their employer made them feel safe and 22 percent said it made for a healthier work-life balance.Still, other data show that not many office workers have returned to their desks. By the end of October, only one in 10 Manhattan workers had returned; by mid-November, only a quarter of employees nationwide had returned. Key-card data show the leading return-to-work cities, such as Dallas, still have fewer than half of workers back.The real estate industry has been pushing for employees to return, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week announced a plan to encourage them.[WSJ] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Message*
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(C) SHERIFF – CCD(D) LIT PUBLIC SAFETY – JAIL(E) SUPERIOR COURT (4)(F) HEALTH DEPARTMENT (4)(G) HIGHWAY (2) civic center PUBLIC COMMENTREMINDER NEXT MEETING DATE/TIME: October 31, 2018 @ 8:30 A.M.ADJOURNMENT (D) SUPERIOR COURT(E) HIGHWAY(F) HEALTH DEPARTMENT – WIC NEW BUSINESS:(A) SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT/Budget Adoption(B) EVANSVILLE-VANDERBURGH AIRPORT AUTHORITY DISTRICT/Budget Adoption(C) GAGE/Tax Phase-in Compliance PERSONNEL AND FINANCE MEETING SEPTEMBER 26, 20188:30 A.M.ROOM 301 (A) CLERK(B) AUDITOR(C) AREA PLAN (2) AMENDMENTS TO SALARY ORDINANCE: AGENDA OF VANDERBURGH COUNTY COUNCILOCTOBER 3, 2018 8:30 A.M. ROOM 301 APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE: (A) CORONER(B) AREA PLANREPEAL: (A)TRANSFERS: (A) AUDITOR(B) AREA PLAN (4)(C) COMMISSIONERS (D) JAILOLD BUSINESS: (A) OPENING OF MEETINGATTENDANCE ROLL CALLPLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCEINVOCATIONAPPROVAL OF MINUTES:(A) Special Meeting August 29, 2018(B) Personnel & Finance August 29, 2018 (C) County Council September 5, 2018 (D) Budget Cuts September 5, 2018PERSONNEL REQUESTS:(A) CLERK/Request to fill vacancy for M/T Calendar Clerk(B) AUDITOR/Request to fill vacancies for two Real Estate Clerks(C) AREA PLAN/Request to fill vacancy for GIS Administrator/Web Developer(D) HEALTH DEPARTMENT – WIC/Request to fill vacancies for Health Educator and Extra Help Breast Feeding Coordinator FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Red denotes Personnel and Finance meetingBlue denotes County Council meeting
Ocean City High School Girls 2nd 8+, (left to right);Coxswain Lucy Greene, Stroke Alexa Japzon, Juliana Giardina, Maggie Clunn, Margaret Kane, Grace Broschard, Emily Culmone, Samantha Perro, Bow Kira Tracy & Coach Ian Tapp The Ocean City High School Crew Team had a great showing this weekend at the Philadelphia City Championship Regatta on the Schuylkill River.Overcast skies were present, but the rain held off, so the weather was not a significant factor in the outcome of the races.Girls Light Weight 8+, (left to right); Coxswain Maura Siciensky, Stroke Laney Guido, Ryleigh Mack, Alexia Schmidt, Carly Dougherty, Rebecca Dubbs, Marian Wisham, Katherine Coffey, Bow Aura LopezThe competition attracted 78 teams from throughout the Philadelphia region. As usual, the Red Raiders were in the middle of the action, and represented well in the medal count, highlighted by a 1st place performance by the Girls Second 8.The two-day event began with preliminary races on Saturday, during which teams qualified for Sunday’s finals.On Saturday the Girls Novice 8, Boys Novice 8, Girls Freshman 8, Girls Varsity 8 and Boys Varsity 8 all qualified to advance to the six-team finals.Girls Freshman 8+, (left to right); Coxswain Francesca Mastrendo, Carlee Rumaker, Genevieve Mulhall, Michaela Carroll, Vanessa Karayiannis, Julia McKeon, McKenna Howells, Sofia Keir, Bow Haley StricklandThey joined the Girls Lightweight 8, Girls Second 8 and the Boys Second 8 in the final rounds on Sunday.Sunday saw the Girls Second 8, coached by Ian Tapp earn gold. The boat included Lucy Greene, Alexa Japzon, Juliana Giardina, Maggie Clunn, Margaret Kane, Grace Broschard, Emily Culmone, Samantha Perro, and Kira Tracy.Also on Sunday, the Girls Lightweight 8 (Maura Siciensky, Laney Guido, Ryleigh Mack, Alexia Schmidt, Carly Dougherty, Rebecca Dubbs, Marian Wisham, Katherine Coffey and Aura Lopez) won the Silver medal.The Girls Freshman 8 took the Bronze medal (Francesca Mastrendo, Carlee Rumaker, Genevieve Mulhall, Michaela Carroll, Vanessa Karayiannis, Julia McKeon, McKenna Howells, Sofia Keir, and Haley Strickland).Boys Varsity 8+, (left to right); Coxswain Matthew Catanoso, Stroke AJ Oves, Blase Japzon, Greg O’Connell, Luke Hornick, Jack Branin, Seth Pierson, Noah Centrone, Bow Jake RuskeyOn the Boys side, the Varsity 8 (Matthew Catanoso, AJ Oves, Blase Japzon, Greg O’Connell, Luke Hornick, Jack Branin, Seth Pierson, Noah Centrone, and Jake Ruskey) took Bronze, as did the Second 8 (Mitchell Bartello, Stroke Eric Love, Zachary Greger, James Papperman, Alexander Yoa, Ryley Burns, Max Carter, Daniel Millar and Garret Longstaff).Boys 2nd 8+, (left to right); Coxswain Mitchell Bartello, Stroke Eric Love, Zachary Greger, James Papperman, Alexander Yoa, Ryley Burns, Max Carter, Daniel Millar & Bow Garret LongstaffAll in all, it was another great showing by the Ocean City Crew Team.Next week, the Raiders will be competing in the Atlantic County Championship on Lake Lenape in Mays Landing.
The British High Commission in partnership with local NGOs Green Brunei, Beach Bunch and Hand4Hand organised a beach cleanup and tree planting followed by a Commonwealth Big Lunch with over 200 volunteers to celebrate the Commonwealth, community and build connections. Volunteers picking up rubbish on Berakas BeachThe beach cleanup was organised by Beach Bunch. Assistance was provided by The Brunei Four Wheel Drive Association to collect and transport the collected rubbish along the beach. Among the 53 Commonwealth nations, 46 are ocean states and 24 are small island developing states that are reliant on strong ‘blue’ sectors, such as tourism, fisheries and shipping. The world’s oceans are essential to life on our planet, they provide humanity’s largest source of protein, capture around a quarter of our carbon emissions and provide a livelihood for hundreds of millions of people across the world.But the health of the world’s oceans is under threat. Each year, around 12 million tonnes of plastic is dumped in the ocean, which can have devastating consequences for marine life. Without urgent action to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience, the impacts of climate change could push an additional 100 million people across the world into poverty by 2030. This is particularly relevant for the Commonwealth as 39 of 53 members are small or other vulnerable states. Each year across the Commonwealth, natural disasters affect 28 million people and cause economic losses of almost $8 billion.At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the sustainable development of the world’s oceans will be discussed and there will be a push for action to reduce plastic waste, underlining the Commonwealth’s on-going commitment to tackling climate change, protecting the environment and increasing the resilience of its members. The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports watering a sapling he had planted on Berakas BeachThe tree planting was organised by Green Brunei in partnership with International School Brunei’s One Million Trees Project, sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank. First launched back in 2006, The Million Trees project aims to support tree planting and forest conservation projects across Borneo and beyond, but especially in the areas defined as The Heart of Borneo, with the specific focus on Brunei. As part of this, 400 saplings were planted by 100 volunteers with the support of Forestry Department. So far, the project has replanted over 300,000 trees in the Heart of Borneo area. The project aims to plant 500,000 trees in Brunei by 2020 and one million trees in Borneo by 2025. All the volunteers at the Commonwealth Big Lunch: Beach Cleanup and Tree PlantingThe Commonwealth Big Lunch: Beach Cleanup and Tree Planting took place at Berakas Beach, the Berakas Forest Reserve and was supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Forestry Department, Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation, Brunei Shell Petroleum, International School Brunei and Standard Chartered Bank. This location is also one of the forest areas which Brunei has dedicated as part of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.The Guest of Honour at the event was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin. Also in attendance was the Bangladeshi High Commissioner to Brunei; officials from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports; members of the National Service Programme and representatives from International School Brunei.British High Commissioner to Brunei, His Excellency Richard Lindsay, said: We are delighted to organise the Commonwealth Big Lunch in Brunei. The point of the Big Lunch is to celebrate our joint membership of the Commonwealth over a shared meal. It is wonderful that we were able to combine with these excellent Bruneian organisations to clean litter from the beach and plant new trees within Berakas Forest Reserve, one of the areas Brunei has dedicated to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. The great turnout we had today is a sign of youth engagement across the Commonwealth to ensure that we work together to achieve a more sustainable future. This will be a focus for discussion at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London this April and the UK looks forward to welcoming His Majesty at this important event. I am really grateful to the hard work of our partners and supporters, and all the volunteers who participated this morning. Volunteers enjoying the Commonwealth Big Lunch after the beach cleanup and tree plantingThe Commonwealth Big Lunch was organised by Hand4Hand, whose founder, Iqbal Damit, was recently awarded the Commonwealth Points of Light Award, and was generously sponsored by Brunei Shell Petroleum. Reusable, eco-friendly water bottles were sponsored by Cuckoo International (b) Sdn Bhd. The gathering in Berakas Forest Reserve with over 200 volunteers is one of many Commonwealth Big Lunches happening across the 53 Commonwealth nations from 12 March – Commonwealth Day – until Sunday 22 April.Launched by the Eden Project in partnership with the UK government, thousands of people from across the Commonwealth are coming together to celebrate, discover and share their Commonwealth links, stories and experiences with one another over a shared meal.Lunches are being held ahead of and during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018. Unfolding over five days, leaders and foreign ministers from up to 53 countries and over 2,000 delegates will gather in London and Windsor, UK, from 16 – 20 April to discuss and agree how to work together to address shared global challenges.Further informationPhotos from the event can be found on our UKinBrunei Flickr.