Art group looking to teach children about nature

Becki Emery is looking to inspire children to learn about nature and the environment through eco-friendly arts and crafts

Nature Makers aims to help families connect with nature and raise their children with an appreciation of the environment through nature-inspired art & craft using eco-friendly and vegan products.

Becki Emery is the leader of the franchise which covers Lichfield and Walsall, running outdoor classes for children at Curborough Community Centre Garden and Walsall Arboretum

The 36-year-old graphic designer from Walsall said she had always been environmentally friendly and eco-conscious and when the opportunity came to run these sessions, she jumped at the chance.

She said: “The environment is something I’ve always been very passionate about, so getting the chance to combine art and the environment together was something I was really pleased to be able to do.

“The whole idea of being outdoors and helping children appreciate the world around

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‘We don’t have children’: All students at Oakville child care centre inside school in self-isolation and classrooms closed due to multiple COVID cases

At least two cases of COVID-19 at an Oakville elementary school have led to at least a dozen students being told to self-isolate, according to a child care centre connected to the school.

Kyle Barber, president and CEO of YMCA Oakville, said there are 12 students who go to the before and after school program at Sunningdale Public School and they have all been told to self-isolate due to two positive COVID-19 cases at the school. The self-isolation started Sept. 15, he said.

Two classrooms at the school have also been closed, according to the Halton District School Board website.

While Barber fell short of saying the YMCA program at the school is closed, he added that there are currently no parents or children utilizing the program due to the self-isolation requirements.

“We don’t have children currently,” he said in an interview Wednesday, Sept. 23. “I can verify some staff

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I’m a dentist. Even in this pandemic, oral health care is essential, especially for children.

Dental instruments on a tray. So far there have been zero transmissions of Coronavirus between dental offices and patients in San Diego County. ( Omar Bárcena)

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Dental instruments on a tray. So far there have been zero transmissions of Coronavirus between dental offices and patients in San Diego County. ( Omar Bárcena)

I am a parent and dentist whose personal and professional life has been upended by this pandemic. If you’re reading this, and haven’t gone through similar turmoil, I would like to meet you. While most of the country is trying to get a grip on what to do about the upcoming school year, those of us in the dental field are dealing with a debate of our own.

Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) released interim guidance advising routine, non-essential oral health care be postponed because of the coronavirus and transmission risks. Less than two weeks later, the American Dental Association (ADA) released a statement saying that it “respectfully yet strongly disagrees.” The inconsistent recommendations are adding confusion in

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Legend behind ‘haunted’ witch’s grave that’s terrified generations of children

For generations, residents across Kirkby have heard the legend of a ‘witch’s grave’ located in the grounds of the town’s oldest church.

The gravestone is at the centre of a myth that’s circulated the town for decades, with residents visiting St Chad’s over the years to take a look and encouraging others to go see it for themselves.

Located within the churchyard, a number of graves have the quote “suffer the little children to come unto me” inscribed on them, which has led generation after generation to speculate and pass on the legend that a witch is buried on the site.

But with a number of graves carrying the same inscription, it’s unclear whether one particular grave is known as *the* witch’s grave – or whether different visitors to the churchyard have identified different graves as the source of the legend.

Many other fascinating and spooky stories have been told

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UNICEF to provide an emergency cash grant for children and vulnerable groups affected by Beirut explosions – Lebanon

BEIRUT, 15 September 2020 – UNICEF today launched an Emergency Cash Grantprogramme aiming to reach up to 80,000 children and vulnerable individuals affected by the Beirut Port explosions which tore through the city last month. UNICEF will provide a one-off emergency cash grant to all households that include children, members with a disability, members over the age of 70 or a female head of household, living in the priority areas – starting with Karantina and Bourj Hammoud.

The August 4 explosions, coming on top of the ongoing economic crisis and COVID-19 pandemic, have left many families in Beirut in an increasingly dire situation, with many having lost their homes, possessions and livelihoods, and putting many children and other vulnerable groups at greater risk. UNICEF believes that these households should be given the opportunity to prioritise their specific needs to promote the wellbeing of their children and families.

“An Emergency Cash

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Crown Princess Mary reveals home office with photos of her children to give company

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark participated in a virtual engagement on Thursday. It was the first meeting of the independent ICPD High-Level Commission, which was established by UNFPA.

The Danish royal shared a photo of herself participating in a Zoom meeting. However, four black-and-white portraits of her children on the wall in the background stole the show.

“It was a pleasure to meet ‘virtually’ my fellow members – some I already am acquainted with and others I look forward to getting to know. UNFPA has done a great job in bringing together a very diverse group of people, with varied backgrounds and expertise but, all with a common conviction,” Crown Princess Mary captioned the pictures.

“I look forward to working together with this dynamic group to ensure the world’s promise to ensure respect for the human rights of girls and women, including their sexual

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No ‘Business as Usual’ for Children Post-COVID-19, say Laureates & Leaders

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A 2009 study found that almost 250,000 children worked in auto repair stores, brick klins, as domestic labourers, and as carpet weavers and sozni embroiderers in Jammu and Kashmir.
Laureates and global human rights activists have renewed their call for world leaders to double their efforts in protecting children from child labour and child trafficking during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Credit: Umer Asif/IPS

MBABANE, Sep 11 2020 (IPS) – Addressing delegates at the end of the virtual 3rd Fair Share for Children Summit, 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi told global citizens that “business as usual” in dealing with COVID-19 is not going to be tolerated.

“We’re not going to accept the miseries of child labour and trafficking to continue to

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Merkel-Macron plan for EU to take in 400 children hit by migrant centre fires

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed on an initiative for the EU to take in about 400 minors left homeless after a huge fire destroyed the biggest refugee camp in Greece.

Hosting the young refugees from Moria camp on the island of Lesbos would be shared among EU member states.

Details of the plan were expected to be announced later on Thursday by Mrs Merkel, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency.

The final figure was still an estimate and could change depending on continuing talks.

The severely overcrowded Moria, which is housing four times its official capacity, held about 12,700 asylum seekers, including 4,000 children, before it was destroyed in a fire this week.

The Greek government said it sent three flights to move 406 unaccompanied minors from the island and rehouse them in safe centres in northern Greece.

It remains unclear if the

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Money is rolling in for new centre for vulnerable children in Wigan

Fund-raisers walk along the canal

Former staff at Hop, Skip and Jump, on Parson’s Walk in Wigan, have joined forces with parents to set up their own centre for youngsters with special educational needs or disabilities.

The national organisation went into administration earlier this year and Wigan Council, along with Wigan Youth Zone, stepped in to provide the service in the borough instead.

But some parents and former employees decided they would prefer to open their own centre to offer the same facilities and services previously available at Hop, Skip and Jump.

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Their fund-raising campaign is now well under way, with more than £8,000 collected so far.

This includes more than £5,000 given to an online appeal and £2,277 collected at a family fun day held last month at Whelley Labour Club.

There was face painting, a

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This PJ mosque has a play centre for autistic children of all faiths

a large building: The Kampung Tunku mosque in Petaling Jaya is a mosque with a difference. (Facebook pic)

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The Kampung Tunku mosque in Petaling Jaya is a mosque with a difference. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: From the outside, the Kampung Tunku mosque here looks like any other, a house of worship, a spiritual sanctuary for the local Muslim community.

But for the past two-and-a-half years, the mosque has been receiving a number of non-Muslim visitors, who have come not for religious purposes but to seek a haven for their children with autism.

Established in late 2017, the Kumpulan Anak Autisme Masjid (Kami) Playgroup provides a safe space for autistic children to indulge in activities like art, colouring and games that also involve parents and family members.

Speaking to FMT, the mosque’s administrator, Wan Huzaini Wan Hussin, says the Kami Playgroup caters to all members of society, regardless of race and religion.

“The most important thing is to fulfil the unique needs of

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