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first_imgThere’s a lot going on in October – the British Society of Baking Conference on Tuesday October 9 at Coombe Abbey, Wawickshire; our own Bakers’ Fair at Bolton Arena on Sunday October 14 from 9.30am to 4pm; and a major morning conference on the future of Bakery education for craft and plant bakers and college tutors on Tuesday October 30 at Bakers Hall, London, EC3.But there is also a huge amount going on in the industry this week. Finsbury Foods has bought Anthony Alan and Harry Kear has sold his stake in Rathbones.Though nothing trumps the fact that Rank Hovis will be raising the price of flour by £85 per tonne and ADM has already announced a similar price rise (pg 4).The amount sounds incredible, doesn’t it? And it translates into a bread price rise of up to 10p on an 800g loaf. But, as I am sure you know, it is not just the UK that is experiencing huge rises in flour and other commodities.This week the Wall Street Journal in the US carried the headline: ’Historic surge in grain prices’. It went on to state: “Rising prices and surging demands for crops are producing the biggest changes in global food markets for 30 years.”Kansas wheat is up 70% or more. “The days of cheap grain are gone,” confirmed Dan Basse, president of AgResource, a Chicago commodity forecasting company. Meanwhile, Italian shoppers have been urged to boycott pasta (with no success!), Pakistan is curbing wheat exports, Russia is considering doing the same and the already hungry people of Zimbabwe have now run out of bread completely.We are in uncharted territory because all the predictions I have read suggest the situation could escalate over the next decade. Why? Because demand exceeds supply, harvests are bad, conventional cropland is being used to grow biofuels and a growing middle class in developing countries wants more milk and meat, so more grain is being grown for livestock feed (a cow has to eat six pounds of grain to put on a pound of weight).The biggest struggle for millers and plant bakers is to figure out how to pass on the price increases to the supermarkets. I hope the multiples will be realistic and accept that today’s consumer is informed and will pay up. They did when coffee went through the roof. Now it’s the turn of bread.last_img read more

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Sweet on Dell Technologies: Value Creation

first_imgThis is the second installment of an ongoing series “Sweet on Dell Technologies”.If you open up a Merriam-Webster dictionary, you’ll see eight different ways to describe value. At Dell Technologies, we have a crystal-clear way to define what value means to us.Value, to us, is all about creating long-term, sustainable growth for the enrichment of all of our stakeholders. To say we’re laser focused on it would be an understatement.In an increasingly crowded technology market, we decided several years ago to differentiate ourselves by becoming the essential infrastructure company – not only for today’s applications, but for the cloud-native world that is driving the future of tomorrow. This innovative approach allows us to focus on delivering both absolute and relative value to all of our stakeholders every day.What do we mean by absolute value?Dell Technologies creates value through the financial and market performance of our operating units. We want to grow revenue faster than both our competitors and our markets, grow operating income and earnings per share faster than revenue and deliver solid cash flow growth over time.In FY19, we achieved double-digit revenue growth across all reportable business segments, our Infrastructure Solutions Group business, Client Solutions Group business and VMware — that’s value that I’m very proud of. This is an important piece of the puzzle because it’s what allows us to invest in future growth opportunities. As a technology company, continuous innovation and investment in R&D is a critical component of our success and our ability to deliver tangible results for our customers, team members and investors. (It’s why at Dell Technologies, 85 percent of our engineers are now software engineers.)There’s another side to the value coin, though, and that’s relative value creation. It’s how we drive value relative performance compared with other companies, via our unique collaboration model across Dell Technologies.On a relative basis, the largest opportunities for incremental value creation will come from the way we bring our operating units together and to market. We’re already collaborating every day at Dell Technologies, but the great thing is we can still collaborate in new ways, to tap into even more synergy between our businesses. We’ve made significant investments to become the essential infrastructure company, with a unique family of businesses that make up the industry’s most comprehensive and innovative portfolio. Dell Technologies is strongest when our businesses and teams – Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks, Virtustream, VMware and Boomi – are innovating and bringing solutions to market together.And we extend this concept of value further through game-changers like Dell Technologies Capital, which helps founders and their teams develop innovative technology solutions and bring them to market. You’ll also see it in how we offer special financial and flexible consumption models—pay-as-you-grow—and our Dell Financial Services business.The reality of Dell Technologies today is that we’re nimble. We drive efficiencies, focus on the long-term, and strive to deliver against quarterly expectations. Our investments in R&D are not just focused on building products to be bigger, faster or cheaper – they are focused on innovating to make products and solutions smarter, more resilient and easier to use.Ultimately, all of our efforts to create value come together to drive REAL transformation for the benefit of our stakeholders now and in the future.And speaking of REAL transformation, check out what we’re doing in Las Vegas this week with customers at Dell Technologies World Live.last_img read more

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‘I want to see all you kids again’: South Bend student bars adapt to the changing social scene during pandemic

first_imgThe first Saturday home game of the Notre Dame football season normally brings a swell of students clad in green and gold to the bars in South Bend. With this year’s home opener also comes a source of hope for establishments that have historically served students from the tri-campus community, as state orders and University health and safety guidelines regarding the pandemic have kept students mostly out of the local night scene. Mia Marroquin | The Observer The interior of Finnies Next Door, also known as Newfs, on a Saturday night. Newfs is known for their mini replica of Notre Dame’s iconic golden dome.Most bars have seen a drastic drop in student patrons, and for those whose clientele is mostly Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students, this decline has been especially damaging to business.The changing demographic was noticeably apparent over the two-week period that Notre Dame returned students to online learning, and all three institutions in the tri-campus implemented tighter restrictions on nonessential travel off campus and threatened disciplinary action towards those who violated COVID-19 safety policies.Notre Dame senior Jack Zinsky said he hasn’t been to the bars this semester in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. He worries that behaving otherwise will result in another spike in positive cases.“I haven’t been going, not because I’m afraid of getting the virus, but because I don’t want to get it and unwittingly spread it to other students, which could send us home,” he said in an Instagram direct message.Saint Mary’s senior Anna Sartori is student teaching this semester, and said she has been staying away from the local bars to keep her students safe.“I need to be extra careful because I am bridging between the Saint Mary’s community and my elementary school, so I am limiting leaving my apartment for any reason, and especially gathering in large crowds,” she said in an Instagram direct message.Sartori is also struggling to trust other students with the responsibility of doing their part in the fight against COVID-19.“I feel that people aren’t following social distancing or keeping to only their family circle,” she said. “I really want to go out, but I don’t think it’s safe and I want to stay in-person as long as possible, so I’m doing everything in my power to help that situation.”Mary Grace Noteman, also a senior at Saint Mary’s, is a Type 1 diabetic. Her roommate is immunocompromised, and both have decided not to visit the bars.“If we get sick, things could get really bad for us,” Noteman said. “We’re also both in different field placements for our majors, so we want to protect others around us outside of the Saint Mary’s community.”The Linebacker Lounge, popularly known as the Backer, has been following Indiana state guidelines regarding mask wearing and socially distanced seating, as well as sanitization. Without the same student patronage this semester, however, manager Paula Walsh said business has slightly declined.“It’s down a little bit, but everybody’s business is down,” she said. “It’s a crazy world, and I know every bar in town is doing what they can to make it a safe environment. We are constantly spraying, disinfecting and wiping. We’re doing everything that we can to make them feel comfortable.”Regular customers at the Linebacker Lounge have been keeping business afloat, Walsh said, but in the end, the Backer will always open its doors to the tri-campus community in South Bend.“You always depend on your regulars, and our regulars have been coming in, staying and helping the business,” she said. “Of course, the students have a lot to do with this bar because it’s a student bar.”And students are slowly starting to return, Walsh added, saying that a “handful” of students made an appearance this past weekend. This number may grow as Notre Dame football returns.Until then, the Linebacker Lounge will continue to take every precaution, Walsh said.“I want to see all you kids again,” she said.Nick Hensley, the owner of The Blarney Stone — also called Original Finni’s, Old Finni’s or Olf’s — said his bar has been closed for 98% of the pandemic. On March 16, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb ordered all bars and restaurants to pause in-person services. Establishments offering food began focusing their efforts on delivery and takeout options, but local bars such as the Blarney Stone could only close their doors and settle into a waiting game.“We closed down in March when the students went on spring break last semester, and pretty much stayed closed until the first week that students came back,” Hensley said. “We opened that weekend, and we deep-cleaned the bar, sanitized, put all the regulations in place. And we had maybe 20 students all weekend, so we decided to shut down.”Though locals do visit the Blarney Stone, Hensley said the bar primarily considers itself a student establishment. Over the past five years, students have contributed around 90% of the bar’s business, he added.“We’re pretty much a student bar, we don’t go out of our way to find other avenues for business anymore,” he said. “I’ve learned after watching many other bars that it’s a balancing act. It’s hard to have students and locals. So our focus has always been on keeping students safe and focusing on that clientele.”With students taking a step back from the normal night scene in South Bend, the Blarney Stone has lost a majority of its business. They’ve had to scale back and cut costs on everything, Hensley said, especially after remaining closed for almost six months.Most of the staff at the Blarney Stone are considered part-time, and hold other jobs outside of the work they do in the bar. Hensley said they’ve been able to mostly maintain the same staff numbers despite the closure, but he hasn’t ruled out losing some workers along the way.“We’ve been able to weather the storm, but everybody’s getting restless,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of the staff members for many years and they’re anxious to get back out there.”Hensley plans to reopen the Blarney Stone for the upcoming weekend, hoping that game day will reinvigorate the night scene. The bar will continue to follow state and county rules regulating capacity and enforcing heightened sanitization.If the bar staff can keep the bills flowing and break even by the end of the night, the weekend will have been a success, Hensley said.“We’re just looking to try to open back up … and just make it to next year,” he said. “I have a feeling if we can make it to next semester, things are going be looking a lot different. We want to be here for the students. I think we’ve been known as the senior bar for as long as we’ve been around. We’re just hoping that people in small groups can come in, socialize a little bit and still stay safe.”Rick Ruszkowski is the managing partner of Finnies Next Door, considered the younger sibling to the Blarney Stone, and known to student patrons as New Finnies or Newf’s. Famous for the miniature replica of the Golden Dome in the center of the main bar, as well as the extensive upstairs addition and smoke-filled dance floor, Finnies Next Door was originally a First Horizon Bank before Ruszkowski and his wife Chrissy purchased the property and started renovations.Since its opening in 2015, Finnies Next Door has successfully served both the local and student communities in South Bend. The establishment closed alongside others in South Bend following the governor’s order in March, and stayed closed for about four months, opening briefly during the summer. Ruszkowski said he has never seen things look quite as desperate as this year.“Couldn’t even imagine this,” he said.Finnies Next Door has implemented the state mandated safety precautions of limiting capacity and requiring masks upon entering. The four-step cleaning process that the bar has always used — including multiple uses of soap and bleach — has proven sufficient in maintaining a level of sanitization, during the pandemic and otherwise. They’ve also changed the layout to adhere to and encourage proper social distancing.“Tables, chairs, barstools — we’ve taken everything away,” Ruszkowski said. “So it’s completely open. We’ve also currently eliminated use of the second floor, unless it’s for reservation or a private party.”Finnies Next Door is now open only on Fridays and Saturdays to limit exposure, but Ruszkowski said few students have been present this semester. However, the bar has seen an influx of out-of-state patrons from Michigan, as well as more local residents.The health department has limited local establishments to 50% of their normal capacity, up to 250 people. Though Ruszkowski said Finnies Next Door has hosted that many people in a few nights over the previous weeks, he noted that none were students.As a businessman, Ruszkowski said he would love to have students back in full force; but as a member of the community and a father to his college-aged children, he said he encourages students to stay safe and healthy by following the guidelines established within the tri-campus.“From our perspective, the students are following the guidelines that Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Holy Cross and even IUSB set out for them,” Ruszkowski said. “We’d love to see the students for a full year, and if I have to sacrifice a few weeks for the students to follow the rules and try to distance, stay at home or do what they need to do so that we can have a normal school year, I mean, absolutely. The students are more of a family to us now.”Even before the pandemic, from its original opening in 2015, the first priority at Finnies Next Door is student safety, Ruszkowski said. He recalled how at the end of a normal night, he would often stand outside the door — in rain, sleet and snow — to make sure students got into their Ubers safely.The absence of students is hurting business, Ruszkowski said, but in the long-term, it’s a pain he’s willing the bear.“We’ll be better for it,” he said. “And I appreciate everything that students are doing to try to curb the spread of [the virus]. We’re going to be here for them. If everybody does their share for a couple weeks … we’re going to be okay. And there’s been a lot of rumors that we were going to close down and we weren’t going to be able to reopen, but I promise you that we are going to be there as a student bar when the students are able to come back out and support us.”Tags: COVID-19, Eric Holcomb, finnies next door, Notre Dame football, pandemic, South Bend, student bars, The Blarney Stone, The linebacker loungelast_img read more

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Happy Opening to Shuffle Along!

first_img Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All that Followed opens officially at the Music Box Theatre on April 28. The show, which explores the backstory and cultural impact of the titular musical, is directed by George C. Wolfe and features an A-list cast led by six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald. To celebrate the big night, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson created this sketch of the talented cast in action.Towering above are (left to right) Joshua Henry as Noble Sissle, Brandon Victor Dixon as Eubie Blake, McDonald as Lottie Gee, Billy Porter as Aubrey Lyles and Brian Stokes Mitchell as F.E. Miller. Joining them in the bottom left are Brooks Ashmanskas, Adrienne Warren and Amber Iman.Congratulations to the cast of Shuffle Along! From the 63rd Street Music Hall to the Music Box, keep making Broadway tap-happy! © Justin “Squigs” Robertson Shuffle Along View Comments Related Shows About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 24, 2016last_img read more

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Champlain College announces the Vermont First Scholarships

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.- Champlain College has created a new, need-based scholarship program that will broaden access to a bachelors degree for Vermonters who are first-generation college students. The Vermont First Scholarships will help those students who are the first in their family to attend college.Targeted at college-bound high school seniors, applicants must qualify for admission to Champlain College, plan to enroll as a full-time, undergraduate student, and be eligible for the Pell Grant Program. This scholarship, in combination with expected family contribution, federal and state programs to include work-study, student loans, grants and other gift aid, will provide funding for up to the full cost of attendance at Champlain College. The Vermont First Scholarship is renewable for a students four years at Champlain.”We’re pleased to extend this scholarship opportunity to a special population of Vermont students,” said Champlain College President David F. Finney. “We know there can be additional barriers for first-generation college students to attend college, and we’d like to break down those barriers.”Finney added, “We’re confident that this new scholarship program-along with programs such as the New American Student Scholarship and Single Parents Program provides access to higher education for deserving students who will become highly skilled members of Vermont’s workforce and communities.”In its inaugural semester, the New American Student Scholarship currently helps 11 students with refugee or asylum status study at Champlain College. Initiated in 1987, Champlain’s Single Parents Program has served more than 500 students through the years and currently enrolls 40 single parents.Students interested in the Vermont First Scholarships are encouraged to make an appointment with a representative in Champlain’s admissions office at 163 South Willard Street in Burlington. The office can be reached at (800) 570-5858 and [email protected](link sends e-mail). High school counselors and VSAC counselors are encouraged to forward nominations for the Vermont First Scholarship to the admissions office as well.last_img read more

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Controversy in Brazil over Risk that Morumbi Will Be Left Out of 2014 Cup

first_imgBy Dialogo April 15, 2010 The Brazilian press was swamped this week by a fierce controversy over the possibility that popular Morumbi Stadium will be ruled out by FIFA as a game site for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, although the soccer federation officially denied having made such a decision, according to local media. “Morumbi will not be the site of the competition’s opening match or of any other. It’s out of the Cup,” São Paulo daily O Estado reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed high-ranking FIFA official. Facing the uproar caused by this news, FIFA responded by denying that using Morumbi in the Cup had been ruled out, again according to Brazilian media. “FIFA provided representatives of Morumbi/São Paulo with information about what needed to be improved for (the stadium) to be a candidate to host a semifinal match, and right now we are waiting to see those improvements,” the organization explained in a note to São Paulo daily Folha. Structural problems and an insufficient renovation estimated at 160 million dollars have increased FIFA inspectors’ criticisms of Cícero Pompeu de Toledo Stadium, also known as Morumbi. According to O Estado, the controversial decision was to be announced Thursday during FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke’s visit to São Paulo. The Federation was already considering an alternative stadium in São Paulo, according to the daily. For its part, the São Paulo World Cup committee remains confident that the new renovations to be presented to Valcke Thursday will meet the indicated needs. The two major changes in the new plan are the extension “of the lower ring of seats, which will increase visibility in the stadium, and lowering the playing field itself, which will eliminate any kind of visual obstruction,” committee member Luis Salles explained to CBN radio. The twelve Brazilian stadiums that will host World Cup matches are under a deadline to start construction or renovation work by 3 May, and any delay brings with it the risk of losing the right to be a tournament site.last_img read more

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George Kittle and Jimmy Garoppolo injuries ‘devastating’ for San Francisco 49ers | NFL News

first_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement – San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) and tight end George Kittle (foot) were both injured in Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks and are expected to be out for four-six weeks and eight weeks, respectively Last Updated: 04/11/20 8:54am The San Francisco 49ers suffered another couple of devastating losses on Sunday in a season in which the defending NFC champions have been ravaged by injuries.Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who missed playing time earlier in the season, suffered a new high-ankle sprain which is expected to keep him out for another four-six weeks.Star tight end George Kittle also went down injured in the 37-27 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and it has since been revealed he has a small fracture in his foot that ESPN reported will see him miss at least eight weeks – likely ending his season. 0:47 D.K. Metcalf scored a magnificent touchdown in Seattle’s win over San Francisco on Sunday Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle were both lost to injury for the 49ers on Sunday Every catch from George Kittle’s epic 183-yard game for the 49ers against the Eagles As for Garoppolo, NFL Network‘s Mike Garafolo reported while Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said surgery is a possibility for the QB, that is not currently the plan following multiple medial opinions.Running back Tevin Coleman also aggravated a knee injury against Seattle, and now joins the likes of Deebo Samuel, Raheem Mostert, Nick Bosa, [Dee] Ford, Richard Sherman, as well as Garoppolo, Kittle and others on the sidelines. 1:30 NFL pundit Dan Hanzus describes the injuries suffered by the 49ers in their early-season win over the Jets center_img – Advertisement – D.K. Metcalf scored a magnificent touchdown in Seattle’s win over San Francisco on Sunday Good Morning Football‘s Kyle Brandt described Kittle’s injury, in particular, as “devastating” and says head coach Kyle Shanahan will have to be “Einstein” in order for the team to make the playoffs.“No disrespect to Garoppolo, I think the Kittle one is more damaging than Garoppolo,” said Brandt. “And I say that out of respect to Kittle.“I think sometimes we try to be apologist for teams and say ‘they’re banged up’, and then there’s a little bit of an eye roll because that’s just the price of playing football. But nobody is banged up like these guys; the Kittle injury is devastating. 3:56 A look back at the action and talking points from Week Eight of the NFL season NFL pundit Dan Hanzus describes the injuries suffered by the 49ers in their early-season win over the Jets “All over the field, there are household-name guys, Super Bowl champs, guys who are first-team All Pro; I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it this early in the season.“Kyle Shanahan is a hell of a coach, but he’d better be Einstein if they’re going to make it to the playoffs.”‘Kittle loss is a heart-breaker’GMF’s Peter Schrager echoed Brandt’s thoughts on Kittle, adding: “I’d argue that Kittle is the most valuable player in this entire league that doesn’t play quarterback.“Kittle is so important to that team because, when the offence goes, he is not only a receiver, he is also a blocker and sets the tone. – Advertisement – Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle were both lost to injury for the 49ers on Sunday
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Planning reform scheduled for November

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Fast-growing loan servicing market welcomes CBRE

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Domestic violence victims facing homelessness for fleeing abusers

first_imgQueensland’s tenancy advisory service has reported an increase in domestic violence cases.HUNDREDS of domestic violence victims across Queensland are facing homelessness after being black-listed for abandoning rental properties in the rush to flee their abusers. The state’s leading provider of tenancy advice services has been flooded with applications from women forced to break tenancy agreements due to domestic violence.Trapped in a vicious cycle, vulnerable and abused women are being placed on tenancy databases by real estate agents or landlords because of unpaid debts or property damage caused by their abusers — preventing them from finding further accommodation. In the Caboolture region alone, 1 in 7 tenancy matters handled by the Queensland Statewide Tenant Advice and Referral Service (QSTARS) so far this year involved victims of domestic violence who needed to move for their own safety.QSTARS tenant advice worker Lloyd Black said more than 100 women had been referred to his organisation from domestic violence services or womens’ shelters in the Moreton Bay shire in the past six months — a significant increase on last year.Tenants Queensland chief executive Penny Carr said more than 1000 cases across the state in the past six months involved women needing help to have their names removed from a tenancy blacklist.In a large number of cases, QSTARS reported that victims had also been made liable for the debts of their violent ex-partners.“Many women are being punished for the actions of those who perpetrate that violence and being placed on the database,” Ms Carr said.“This is crucial support at a very difficult time and finding a place to live, in some cases, can mean the difference between being housed and being homeless.” DV Connect chief executive Di Mangan said the service had seen an increase in the number of women taking the difficult step of leaving their abusers and being forced to break tenancy agreements.Ms Mangain said women’s shelters across Queensland were always full and welcomed the commitment from the state government to establish two more in the last budget.Homelessness Australia chair Jenny Smith said it was common for women to find themselves black-listed for property damage caused by a violent partner.“This means they’ll personally be black-listed in the private rental market, and then at very high risk of homelessness,” she said.“This is an opportunity for reform in Queensland to reduce the devastating impact of family violence on women.”Tenancy databases hold information about the tenancy history of tenants and are often used by real estate agents and lessors to assess tenancy applications. The main one in Queensland is the Tenancy Information Centre of Australia (TICA).Karen Herbert, founder and chief executive of property management company, Arrive, said many renters could be on tenant blacklists without even knowing it, simply because an agent or landlord had reported them.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago“Most property managers will say no because you’ve got a bad history, but rather than tell the applicant, they’ll just decline them,” she said.Ms Carr said QSTARS helps victims understand their rights under existing tenancy laws.“If a listing is unlawful, incorrect, ambiguous, out of date or unjust, you are within your rightsto write to the listing agent, lessor or database operator and ask them to amend or removethe listing,” she said.“You can also apply to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) to dispute aproposed listing or existing listing.” Community Plus+ president Pauline Peel said her organisation had helped give many women experiencing domestic violence the courage to pursue unfair listings cases through QCAT.“This has been an invaluable service in our local community by providing much neededsupport for families and victims while they work to try and overcome the impact and traumaof domestic violence,” she said. @liztilley84last_img read more

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