Evelyn Zaragoza

Evelyn Zaragoza

 


All NSW students will begin returning to classrooms today as the COVID-19 restrictions ease with thousands of students setting foot into upgraded schools.

Thousands of students will benefit from 14 major school upgrades that have opened already in Term 2, and one more to open soon. This represents a $280 million investment in children’s education.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell acknowledged it was an exciting day for students as they head back to school full-time.

“Thank you to teachers, principals and parents who have worked hard to support students during the pandemic. I am so pleased students will be returning to the classroom today,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Thousands of students across NSW will be returning to upgraded classrooms, performance studios, sports facilities, outdoor learning areas, halls and libraries.

“I am proud of the fact that even during our darkest days of the pandemic; the jackhammers have still been going in NSW. Projects are still being progressed and built, including schools. The 15 upgraded schools have kept 10,000 people in jobs right across NSW.”

Ms Mitchell said education is one of the keys to a successful life and she was happy to see every student returning to the classroom today.

“I’m sure the students will be thrilled to get back to the classroom and many are returning to new and upgraded schools today,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We are in the middle of delivering a four-year $6.7 billion investment into public education infrastructure and I am pleased that we have pushed ahead, despite the difficulties presented by COVID-19.”

The delivery of the upgraded schools comes on top of the NSW Government’s efforts to fast-track the assessment of new and upgraded schools and universities across NSW.

 

City of Parramatta Council is supporting community-based groups and service organisations that have been impacted by COVID-19 through a new category of grants.

The COVID-19 Resilience Grants, which are a temporary addition to Council’s 2020 Community Grants Program, are a key component within the City of Parramatta’s COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Package.

“These grants will provide an opportunity for local not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises to apply for additional funding to help address any issues that have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said.

“Our local community organisations do so much to support the people of Parramatta, and we need to support them in return – particularly in difficult times such as these. The COVID-19 Resilience Grants will help ensure these important groups can continue to do their valuable work.”

Council is inviting community-based groups and service organisations with projects valued at up to $10,000 to apply in order to address social or economic needs that have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants will also be able to apply for additional funds in exceptional circumstances up to a total of $20,000. The total pool amount for COVID-19 Resilience Grants is $380,000.

“It is Council’s hope that we can support as many applicants as possible through these grants,” Cr Dwyer said.

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be a not-for-profit incorporated organisation, have evidence of auspice from a not-for-profit incorporated organisation, or be a social enterprise.

Projects that may be eligible for funding include: the supply of material aid (food, basic needs); assistance for families to access services for home schooling; equipment that enables organisations to transition online; new initiatives that build connections between people or ongoing community resilience; upskilling of people seeking employment; and enhancing community wellbeing during the COVID-19 crisis.

For more information or to apply visit cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/grants. Applications close 9am, Monday 1 June 2020.

Monday, 25 May 2020 18:28

BUSINESS AUSTRALIA

Dahil maraming negosyo ang nagsisimula nang magbukas muli, tinatalakay ng update ng Business Australia sa Coronavirus ngayong linggo ang lahat ng kailangang malaman ng mga may-ari ng negosyong SME para matulungan silang makabangon.
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Nahihirapan bang makabayad ng upa ang iyong negosyo dahil sa Coronavirus? Ngayon ang pinakatamang panahon sa pag-aareglo ng iyong upa para matiyak ang tagumpay ng iyong negosyo sa hinaharap. Mag-click sa ibaba para mag-download ng libreng 10 hakbang na gabay sa pag-aareglo ng iyong upa. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

72% ng mga negosyo ay mababawasan ng pera sa susunod na dalawang buwan. Ang isang pangunahing desisyon na napapaharap sa mga may-ari ng negosyo ay kung babaguhin ba ang mga presyo para makabuo ng daloy ng pera. Mag-click sa ibaba para sa isang makakatulong na listahan ng mga dapat gawin kung dapat bang baguhin ang pagpepresyo ng iyong produkto o serbisyo. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Habang parami nang parami ang mga negosyong nagbubukas muli, napapaharap ang ilang may-ari ng negosyo sa hamon ng pagdaragdag ng bagong mga empleyado online. Mag-click sa ibaba para sa gabay sa pag-akit at pagpili ng mga empleyado sa mundo ng Coronavirus, kabilang ang mga payo sa pagsasagawa ng mga online na interbyu. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Nag-iinterbyu ka ba nang online kapag nagrerekrut ng bagong mga empleyado? Ang pagpapadama sa kanila na sila ay malugod na tinatanggap at ang pagtatalaga sa kanila sa kompanya ay mas mahirap online kaysa harapan. Mag-click dito para sa Listahan ng mga Dapat Gawin sa kung paano opisyal na tatanggapin ang mga bagong empleyado online. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Lahat ng pinakamatagumpay na negosyo ay mayroong nakasulat na plano sa negosyo. Gamitin ang iyong libreng oras sa panahon ng Coronavirus para matiyak na maingat na naisaplano ang iyong estratehiya sa negosyo. Mag-click sa ibaba para mag-download ng libreng gabay sa kung paano magsusulat ng plano sa negosyo sa 5 simpleng hakbang. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

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As many businesses begin to reopen, this week’s Business Australia Coronavirus update tackles everything SME owners need to know to help you get back on your feet.

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Is your business struggling to pay the rent due to Coronavirus? There has never been a better time to renegotiate your lease to ensure the future success of your business. Click below to download a free 10 step guide to renegotiating your lease.
72% of businesses will have reduced cash over the next two months. A key decision facing business owners is whether to change prices to build cash flow. Click below for a handy checklist on whether to change pricing of your product or service.
As more businesses reopen, some business owners are faced with the challenge of adding new employees online. Click below for a guide to attracting and selecting employees in the Coronavirus world including tips for conducting online interviews.
Are you doing online interviews when recruiting new employees? Making them feel welcome and inducting them into the company is more difficult online than face to face. Click here for a Checklist on how to officially welcome new employees online
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Friday, 15 May 2020 22:30

BUSINESS AUSTRALIA

Sa unti-unting pagluwag ng mga paghihigpit, maaaring malapit mo nang mabuksang muli ang iyong negosyo. Tingnan ang lingguhang sumaryo ng Business Australia sa COVID-19 para makita kung ano ang pwede mong gawin para makapaghanda!
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• Maaaring panahon na para simulang muli ang iyong negosyo pagkatapos ng Coronavirus. Tiyaking ligtas ang iyong mga empleyado sa pamamagitan ng gabay na ito sa muling pagbubukas ng iyong negosyo kabilang ang listahan ng mga dapat gawin para sa kalinisan, pangangasiwa sa pagbabalik ng iyong mga empleyado, mga tagubilin ng social distancing at 5 susing katanungan.
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• Mayroon ka bang restawran o café? Sa pagluwag ng mga paghihigpit sa Coronavirus, panahon na para buksan muli ang iyong negosyo. Mag-click sa ibaba para sa mga detalye ng 3 hakbang na plano ng Pederal na Pamahalaan at gabay ng bawat estado sa pagbubukas ng mga negosyo.
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• Sa halos 5 milyong indibidwal na tumatanggap ng mga bayad ng JobKeeper, ang tiwala ng konsumer ay bumalik na sa ekonomiya. Ipinapakita ng pagsasaliksik ng Commonwealth Bank ang unang limang palatandaan ng pagbawi ng ekonomiya na may pagtaas ng paggasta ng konsumer nitong Mayo.
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Ang pagpaplano at pananatiling handa habang nagpapatakbo nang may mababang gastusin ay ang mga susi sa muling pagbubukas ng iyong negosyo pagkatapos ng Coronavirus. Mag-click sa ibaba para sa gabay ng lohistika para sa muling pagbubukas ng iyong negosyo kabilang ang mga proseso at patakaran, pagre-restock ng mga produkto, listahan ng mga dapat gawin para sa tatlong yugto ng pagbubukas at pagpaplano para sa ikalawang pagsasara. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Para sa maraming negosyo, napakahalaga ng mga accountant para sa pagseseguro ng bayad ng JobKeeper na $A1500 kada dalawang linggo para makatulong sa pagbabayad ng mga sahod ng empleyado. Mag-click sa ibaba para sa 16 na katanungan na maitatanong ng mga may-ari ng negosyo sa kanilang mga accountant para malaman kung kuwalipikado ba sila para sa JobKeeper https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

 

It seems fitting that on the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, nurses are being celebrated the world over for their bravery, kindness, skills and sacrifice.

The International Day of the Nurse coincides with the worst pandemic in a century. COVID-19 has already infected more than four million people and killed over 280,000, including a rising tally of healthcare workers.

Being on the frontline of the pandemic has been bittersweet for the global nursing profession, according to Professor Marion Eckert, Director of the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre and Professor of Cancer Nursing in South Australia.

“2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife,” says Prof Eckert. “We should be planning celebrations this year but instead we are battling a silent killer, leaving not only ourselves vulnerable but our families, too.”

Nurses comprise the largest single workforce in Australia, numbering around 380,000 in this country and 28 million worldwide, eclipsing every other profession.

Their role is important in normal circumstances; right now, it is pivotal to containing a disease that is crippling health systems and economies across the globe.

“The value of nurses has never been more prominent. Every day they are going to work, not knowing if they are going to be infected, or inadvertently infect others. It becomes all encompassing, yet they have to put that aside and focus on the task at hand – caring for others.”

Prof Eckert says the community recognition and appreciation has helped nurses cope in these difficult months, particularly in countries where the coronavirus has left an enormous toll.

“People clapping in the streets and their neighbourhoods, supermarkets opening early specifically for healthcare workers, and simple gestures like cafes giving free coffees to nurses are all making a difference,” she says.

And despite the stresses currently facing the nursing profession, there are opportunities emerging from this crisis. The fast tracking of tele health services is allowing nurses to connect with remote and rural communities in ways they have never done before.

The newfound respect for nurses and interest in their role also bodes well for future investment in nursing education and research.

In recent days, UniSA’s Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre has seized the initiative to establish a clinical research network to collaborate on translational nursing and midwifery research across Australia and New Zealand.

The centre’s namesake has welcomed the move, saying the COVID-19 pandemic has identified some important gaps in nurses’ and midwives’ education.

Dr Rosemary Bryant AO, Australia’s first Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Director, and former Executive Director of the Royal College of Nursing Australia, says nursing research receives scant funding compared to health research overall.

“Nurses comprise the largest workforce in the country and there is a critical need for research in that area alone,” Dr Bryant says. “It is also timely to look at changes to both the content and length of nursing courses to ensure we are educating them adequately for future challenges.”

Describing nurses as “the glue that holds the health system together,” Dr Bryant says in her 50 plus years in the profession, she has seen a gradual shift in community perception towards nurses.

“Salaries and working conditions have both improved in recent decades, reflecting the higher status of nurses, but there are subtle shifts, too. Patients have always thanked doctors, but now they are thanking nurses as well. And while people have always been aware of the role that nurses play, this has been heightened during this pandemic.”

Dr Bryant says Florence Nightingale, acknowledged as the world’s founder of modern nursing, would be “blown away” by the global efforts of the nursing fraternity to defeat COVID-19.

“It was her work in the Crimean War that led to modern infection control and the saving of so many lives. She was the first person to demonstrate that cleanliness and distancing hospital beds were the key to fighting disease.”

Two hundred years later, Nightingale’s legacy is crystal clear.

 
 
The NSW Government has today announced the approval of a $1.49 billion revamp of the Mt Druitt CBD, which will create 15,000 jobs and breathe new life into Western Sydney.
 
The green light for the rezoning proposal paves the way for more than 2,800 new homes to be built in the precinct, as well as new cafés, restaurants, retail outlets and commercial space in taller buildings. 
 
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Mt Druitt CBD rezoning was one of the first projects to have its assessment fast-tracked as part the Planning System Acceleration Program that is keeping people in jobs and the economy moving during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
“This project has been three years in the making and marks the beginning of an exciting new future for Western Sydney,” Ms Berejiklian said. 
 
“More than 2,900 construction jobs will be created to build this vibrant new hub, as well as thousands more permanent jobs as the new CBD comes to life.”
 
Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the Mt Druitt CBD rezoning is the sixth project to be determined through the Government’s new fast-tracked assessment program.   “In the past two weeks alone, the Planning System Acceleration Program has injected $1.87 billion in to the State’s economy and created opportunities for more than 16,000 jobs,” Mr Stokes said. 
 
“Today’s approval is another exciting step forward for Western Sydney and means development applications for the Mt Druitt CBD can be lodged immediately.”
 
The NSW Government has worked closely with Blacktown City Council to amend its Local Environmental Plan, which rezones 24 hectares of land to facilitate more mixed-use commercial and residential development. 
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