Community weighs in on NPCC at public forum

first_img“I think there was some great feedback from the community and that was really what this whole session was about,” says vice-chair of the Culture Centre Karen Mason-Bennett. “It was nice to see people really engaged and continuing to kind of show that this organization and the function that it serves within the community is important to them.”Some ideas for improvement brought to light by attendees include creating outside access to the library, more Saturday matinees for children, more of a directional focus for the Centre, better kitchen space and equipment, and better security to monitor the behaviour within the Centre.“This was a chance really for people to get some of the stuff off their chest that we know that they’ve been kind of walking around with,” Mason-Bennett goes on to say. “We’re very cognisant that there have been issues in the past, and this is part of the process of kind of moving forward from that.”- Advertisement -Some other suggestions include more demand-based programming, a re-evaluation of their operating hours, and more communication between user groups and the Centre.Mason-Bennett says these changes should help ensure a viable future for the facility as they reach their 25th anniversary in 2017.“Change is constant, and we as an organization have not necessarily embraced that as wholeheartedly as we could have,” Mason-Bennett explains of the Centre’s change in direction. “So that part again is listening to what the community really wants out of this Centre because it may be something that was totally not on our radar.”Advertisement The Centre was also fielding some solutions, and coming out that portion of the nights includes a more transparent policy arrangement, pro-rated rental for community groups and corporate groups, advertisements out of the traditional realm, corporate sponsorship, and seeking out experiences from other communities.The Centre also took the opportunity to hear what the community likes about them, and that included low ticket prices, the showcasing of local talent, the new board and staff, as well as the kids’ programming and its accessibility.Mason-Bennett says the Centre plans to have another consultation with the community sometime in March, but if you have suggestions that you want to send today, email [email protected]“Being able to kind of see what people really value about the facility, what has happened in the past, and what people would like to see into the future is really the focus of the next one,” Mason-Bennett concludes.Advertisementlast_img read more

Chelsea board member: A ‘palpable discord’ with players led to Jose Mourinho’s dismissal

first_imgJose Mourinho’s Chelsea exit boiled down to “palpable discord” with his Stamford Bridge squad, according to Blues board member Michael Emenalo.Chelsea parted company with Mourinho on Thursday after two days of crisis board meetings, with Guus Hiddink the front-runner to slot in as interim boss.Blues chiefs insisted Mourinho had left the club “by mutual consent”, just seven months after lifting the Premier League title.And Chelsea’s technical director Emenalo insisted club bosses do not accept accusations the Blues’ players had any underhand role by trying to undermine Mourinho.“Whilst there is huge sentiment for the individual who has done so much for the club, the fact of the matter remains that Chelsea Football Club is in trouble,” Emenalo told Chelsea TV.“The results are not good. There obviously seems to be palpable discord between manager and players, and we feel it was time to act.“The owner is forced to make what was a very tough decision for the good of the club.“Make no mistake about it, Chelsea Football Club is one of the biggest clubs in the world, is one point above relegation in the English Premier League and that’s not good enough.“Anyone who loves the club, who has any kind of affiliation to the club, can understand that this club is in trouble, and something needed to be done.”Mourinho’s departure has centred around nine defeats in 16 league games this term, a shocking descent into the relegation mire.The messy September exit of Dr Eva Carneiro, now taking action against the club, after being branded “naive” by Mourinho in August, has been viewed externally as causing extra unrest.Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas was forced to fend off rumours of dressing room revolts against Mourinho earlier in the season.Now Emenalo has further backed Chelsea’s players, insisting none of the Stamford Bridge squad had any part to play in Mourinho’s exit.The Blues are said to favour Italy manager Antonio Conte as their top choice for a long-term appointment, but his contract runs until after Euro 2016. Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola – long admired by Abramovich – is also a certain contender. Whether he is interested remains to be seen as the prepares to announce his future plans.First-team coach Steve Holland could take charge of Saturday’s home Premier League clash with Sunderland, to hand the Blues board more time to complete the search for Mourinho’s short-term replacement.Former Holland manager Hiddink took interim charge at Chelsea in 2009 after the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari, and could now reprise his caretaker role in west London, and talkSPORT understands it could be confirmed as soon as this evening.“This is essentially the same group of players who won the league and the league cup last season,” said Emenalo.“They did it in style, and they did it by showing commitment, and by sweat and blood, tears and blood for the club, when needed.“They play to instruction, they adhere to everything the manager asked them to do.“So I think it’s very easy to make that inference (that the players helped caused Mourinho’s exit) but it’s not one that the club accepts.“Obviously we know now that the players have a responsibility to go out and prove everyone wrong, and show a certain level of commitment to the decision that’s been made tonight, to try to get the club up the league table.“That’s what they have to do, that’s what they were supposed to do, and I believe that’s what they’ve been trying to do.” 1 Jose Mourinho last_img read more