First Watch Restaurant Group, Inc. announces pricing for

BRADENTON, Fla., September 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – First Watch Restaurant Group, Inc. (“First Watch” or “the Company”), the concept of daytime dining serving breakfast, brunch and lunch, today announced the price of its initial public offering of 9,459,000 common shares at a public price of $ 18.00 per share. In addition, the Company has granted the underwriters a 30 day option to purchase up to 1,418,850 additional common shares at the initial public offering price, less bought deal discounts and commissions.

The shares are expected to begin trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on October 1, 2021, under the symbol “FWRG”. The initial public offering is expected to close on October 5, 2021, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. First Watch intends to use the proceeds of the proposed offering to repay outstanding borrowings under its credit facilities.

BofA Securities, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and Jefferies LLC are acting as principal bookkeepers for the offering.

Barclays Capital Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Piper Sandler & Co., Cowen and Company, LLC, Guggenheim Securities, LLC and Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated are acting as book managers for the offering.

Telsey Advisory Group LLC acts as co-manager of the offer.

The offer is made only by means of a prospectus. When available, copies of the final prospectus relating to the Offer may be obtained from the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) at, and may be obtained from the following addresses :

  • BofA Securities, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd floor, Charlotte NC 28255-0001, Attention: Prospectus Department, or by email at [email protected]
  • Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 200 West Street, New York, New York 10282, or by email at [email protected] or by phone at 1-866-471- 2526.
  • Jefferies LLC, Attention: Equity Syndicate Prospectus Department, 520 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10022, or by email at [email protected] or by phone at 1-877-821-7388.

A registration statement on Form S-1 relating to the securities sold under the initial public offering was declared effective by the SEC on September 30, 2021. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of ” an offer to buy such securities, and there will be no sale of such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the laws of the securities of such a state or jurisdiction.

About the first watch
First Watch is an award-winning Daytime Dining concept restaurant serving breakfast, brunch and lunch to order made with fresh ingredients. First Watch offers traditional dishes, such as pancakes, omelets, sandwiches and salads, as well as specialties like the Quinoa Power Bowl®, Avocado Toast and Chickichanga. There are more than 420 First Watch restaurants in 28 states, and the restaurant concept is majority owned by Advent International, one of the world’s largest private equity firms.

Forward-looking statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding the conditions of our industry and our operations, our performance and our financial condition, including in particular statements relating to our business, our strategies growth, our product development efforts and future spending. All statements about First Watch other than statements of historical fact or relating to present facts or current conditions included in this press release are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “anticipates”, “intends”, “plans”, “seeks”, “believes”, “believes”, “expects” and similar references to future periods, or by the inclusion of forecasts or projections. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements we make regarding the outlook for our future business and financial performance.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on our current expectations and assumptions about our business, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, by their nature they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Accordingly, our actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements are: adverse effects from the COVID-19 pandemic or other infectious diseases; our vulnerability to changes in economic conditions and consumer preferences; our inability to successfully open new restaurants or establish new markets; our inability to effectively manage our growth; the potential negative impacts on sales in our restaurants and those of our franchisees following the opening of new restaurants; a decrease in the number of visitors to any of the retail centers, lifestyle centers or entertainment centers where our restaurants are located; lower than expected comparable restaurant sales growth; unsuccessful marketing programs and new limited time offers; changes in the cost of food; the non-profitability or closure of new restaurants or poor performance than existing restaurants; our inability to compete effectively for customers; the unsuccessful financial performance of our franchisees; our limited control over the operations of our franchisees; our inability to maintain good relationships with our franchisees; conflicts of interest with our franchisees; the geographic concentration of our system-wide restaurant base in the Southeastern United States; damage to our reputation and negative publicity; our inability or failure to recognize, respond to and effectively manage the accelerated impact of social media; our limited number of suppliers and distributors for many of our frequently used ingredients; computer system failures or breaches of the security of our network; our failure to comply with federal and state laws and regulations relating to privacy, data protection, advertising and consumer protection, or the extension of current laws or regulations or the adoption of new ones laws or regulations relating to privacy, data protection, advertising and consumer protection; our potential liability with our gift cards under the property laws of certain states; our inability to enforce and maintain our trademarks and to protect our other intellectual property; disputes over intellectual property assets; our dependence on our officers and certain other key employees; our inability to identify qualified people for our workforce; our inability to obtain or properly verify the employment eligibility of our employees; our inability to maintain our corporate culture as we grow; organizing activities among our employees; employment and labor law procedures; labor shortages or increased labor costs or health care costs; risks linked to the rental of real estate subject to long-term and non-cancellable leases; risks associated with our sale of alcoholic beverages; costly and complex compliance with federal, state and local laws; changes in accounting principles applicable to us; our vulnerability to natural disasters, unusual weather conditions, epidemics, political events, war and terrorism; our inability to raise additional capital to support the growth of the business; our level of debt; non-compliance with covenants under our credit facility; and the interests of our majority shareholder may differ from those of public shareholders. Other factors or events that could cause our actual performance to differ from these forward-looking statements may occur from time to time, and we cannot predict all of them. These factors include, but are not limited to, those described under “Risk Factors” in First Watch’s registration statement relating to the Offer. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if any of our assumptions prove to be incorrect, our actual financial position, results of operations, future performance and business may differ significantly from projected performance. in these forward-looking statements.

Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release speaks only as of the date on which it is made. First Watch assumes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law. The insurers and their affiliates (collectively, the “insurers”) have made no inquiry into the information contained in this press release, and the insurers and First Watch expressly disclaim all liability for any statements, express or implied, contained in , or for omissions in this press release or any other written or oral communication to any interested party as part of its assessment of First Watch. Only specific representations and warranties which may be made by First Watch in a final written agreement, when and if such agreement is executed, and subject to any limitations and restrictions which may be specified in such agreement, shall have legal effect. Certain information in this press release was obtained from sources outside of First Watch. Although this information is believed to be reliable for the purposes used in this document, neither First Watch nor any of its affiliates, directors, officers, members, employees, agents or advisers assumes responsibility for the accuracy of this information.

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Warby Parker and the spirit of invention

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. Here is a collection of past columns.

In yesterday’s newsletter, I lamented that more and more companies are not asking, “Is this a good idea?” When they prepare new products.

Today I want to write about the admirable question behind many inventions: why does it have to be so?

This is the unifying question behind technologies that attempt to simplify the sale of a home, enable small businesses to avoid renting and operate their own office space, and give us the power to buy a car. from our sofas.

Sometimes the upstarts who bring these ideas to life are grossly exaggerated or create miserable jobs. Often, however, it is worth admiring the spirit of defying the old ways.

I’ll tell you the dirty secret of a lot of start-ups and “technological” inventions: there is often very little technological magic. The big idea behind many so-called tech companies is often a new but boring twist on what came before. (Remember, I love boring stuff. So that’s not an insult.)

The boring idea behind Warby Parker, the internet eyewear seller who sold his first shares to the masses this week, was that all the middlemen involved in buying glasses and contact lenses made the process much more boring and expensive. . Why do we buy glasses where we receive prescriptions? How much more are the glasses because of all the steps involved: designers, manufacturers, novelty brands, opticians and retail stores?

Warby Parker and other relatively young online sellers, such as Casper Mattresses, Glossier for Cosmetics, and Dollar Shave Club, have approached this issue with a similar approach. They bought products from the same factories that made glasses, mattresses or razors for established businesses. (In some cases, they bought the factories.)

Then these upstarts flooded Facebook or other online sites with relatively inexpensive marketing. They could offer these groups of potential customers a product at a lower price than their competition because they have taken out Walmart, LensCrafters, or many other players involved in moving a product from concept to store shelves.

And because a company like Glossier sells on their own website and in their own stores, and Revlon usually doesn’t, they can tell right away which eyeliner is popular, do more, and present it to their customers. most dedicated buyers.

It’s totally boring, isn’t it? But that’s the magic behind many businesses whose products you only see on Instagram or TikTok. It’s a new economy twist on old ideas like Costco making its own brand of coffee and dog food. Warby Parker and the store’s cereal brand have the same DNA.

It’s unclear how many internet product companies like Warby Parker will last. Warby Parker spends a lot, including marketing, and the business is not profitable. Also, maybe you’ve noticed that there are four million mattress companies online? What were new ways of making, advertising and selling products ten years ago have been copied to death. And many internet product companies have told investors they are the next Facebook when they look more like Costco. It’s a recipe for disappointment.

But I don’t want to dismiss what young companies are trying to do. Even if their models don’t work, we can applaud the optimism and arrogance of trying to break the status quo.

Tip of the week

here is Brian X Chen, the consumer tech columnist for the New York Times, with the bane of the week. Um, I mean tip of the week.

It disrupts your keyboard and your phone’s charging port. It overheats your video game console. It’s everywhere.

Yes, your gadget’s worst enemy is dust.

Every time I’ve had major issues with a piece of tech and have taken a close look at its interior, it has been filled with dust. I don’t blame myself. The innards of our gadgets are out of sight and out of mind. But it is a problem that is snowballing.

So what to do? You can develop better electronic hygiene habits.

Obtain cleaning supplies, including cans of compressed air, a microfiber cloth, and a set of screwdrivers to open your electronics. (Some Apple devices require specialized screwdrivers. I recommend that you search the web for your model to determine what tools you need.)

For your computer or video game console, open it about once a year to clean up dust. For smartphones, remove dust from the charging port or headphone jack, if your phone has one. If you can unscrew the back of the phone, carefully use compressed air or a sewing needle to remove any dirt from the insides.

Some modern electronics are difficult to take apart and clean, but you can ask for help. Contact a local independent technician and request routine cleaning. It will go a long way to extend the life of your device and make it look like new.

  • There is still time to shout about Facebook: Business executives are appearing in congressional hearings to answer questions about recently revealed internal Facebook documents about what the company knows about the damage caused by its apps. My colleagues Ryan Mac and Sheera Frenkel write about the Facebook rotation on some of this research.

  • Why is it difficult to use Siri to control a Nest thermostat: Tech giants tend to want exclusive control over the connected gadgets in our homes. This makes it nearly impossible for our home speakers, televisions or light bulbs to function properly, writes the Washington Post.

  • A billboard feud: Amazon wants to take over a gigantic billboard in the heart of Manhattan. It just happens to surround Macy’s and this is where the retailer is pitching messages for its flagship department store. Macy’s is not happy, reports my colleague Tiffany Hsu.

It’s big bear week! It’s an annual celebration of animals gaining weight before winter, and you can vote to pick your favorite brown bear in Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska. All of these bears are winners. (But I support Otis.)

We want to hear from you. Let us know what you think of this newsletter and what else you would like us to explore. You can reach us at [email protected]

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Fort Bend Junior Service League accepts scholarship applications

(Left to right, top to bottom) 2020-2021 scholarship recipients: Huda Zia, Landrie Goss, Sadaka Arastu, Shani Chiang, Gissel Gonzalez, Daisy Svatek.

The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its annual scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year. Each year, the FBJSL awards at least four volunteer scholarships of $ 1,000 and one New Beginnings scholarship of $ 2,000.

The Volunteer Scholarships are awarded to senior high school women in Fort Bend County who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in volunteerism and community service and are planning to attend an accredited college or university.

The New Beginnings Scholarship is offered to assist women in Fort Bend County with demonstrated financial need who have been accepted to an approved college, university or vocational school after taking a break from their studies.

Additional information and copies of the nominations are available on the FBJSL website at Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2022.

The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) is a women’s organization committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community of Fort Bend County through the effective action and leadership of volunteers. trained. Our focus is exclusively educational and charitable as well as providing an atmosphere of friendliness, goodwill and camaraderie for all members.

Profits from various events and fundraisers have enabled the FBJSL to donate over $ 4.5 million to non-profit organizations in the Fort Bend community since its inception in 2001.

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The houses transferred by Nama for social housing are already being used for this purpose.

An offer of 1,400 housing units that the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) was to transfer for social housing purposes under the government’s Housing for All plan is already being used for this purpose.

Nama was before the Public Accounts Commission where it appeared that the 1,400 dwellings in question had already been rented to approved housing organizations (AHB) and are already occupied.

Chief Executive Officer Brendan McDonagh told the committee that there were “very few mentions of Nama in Housing For All,” while committee chair Brian Stanley described the 1,400 figure as “disappointing to say the least.”

The committee repeatedly questioned Mr. McDonagh about Nama’s contribution to increasing the national housing stock in the context of the housing crisis.

Mr McDonagh had said in his opening statement that delivery of the 2,400 units of Nama’s stock that currently have a building permit or are under construction will be “very difficult” as the agency can only support projects that will generate profits.

He said the agency has so far offered 7,000 units to local authorities for social housing but only 2,600 have been accepted by the councils, a figure Matt Carthy of Sinn Féin called “not great. “.

“Personally, I felt that all of the properties were suitable,” McDonagh said. “The comments we received were that it was the wrong type of product or the wrong location. The feedback from the housing agency was that the local authorities felt they had sufficient housing standards in the areas where we were offering.

“It was not our decision,” he said.

Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy asked her why the 22,000 residential housing units they hope to deliver in the future include around 19,000 units to be delivered by private developers and whether this amounts to “increasing” production. of the agency.

Mr McDonagh said he “would not agree to this at all”.

“A number of debtors with us have paid off their debt to the taxpayer. When they do that, they go elsewhere, but these units that we indirectly count would not have seen the light of day without our support, ”he said.

Regarding the impact of Covid-19 on the demand for commercial office space, particularly in the Dublin docks, Mr McDonagh acknowledged that whether the pandemic had occurred in 2014 or 2015, before the development of this ground, “I would have been very worried”.

“Fortunately,” he said, “it hadn’t been.

The CEO of Nama was also asked by Ms Murphy about the circumstances under which the Office of Public Works did not bid on the Aspen Project portfolio in 2013, a situation which saw the Garda command center in Harcourt Square fall in the hands of a private developer. Hibernia REIT.

“It was always up to the OPW to make an offer. This is not the case for some reason, ”replied McDonagh. “It was out of our control.”

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“The future is ours”: NextGen America launches $ 32 million program to train young voters in 2022

NextGen to organize in Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Michigan, Wisconsin and Nevada with the aim of “registering, informing and mobilizing” hundreds of thousands of young voters , depending on the group.

The organization wants to register more than 288,000 voters across the country, including 150,000 in Texas, and reach more than 9 million young people between the ages of 18 and 35 with information about the mid-term vote.

Already this month, NextGen began contacting potential voters with voter registration mail. Between September and October, the group aims to reach nearly 99,000 young voters across the country by mail and will send text messages and calls to 1.4 million more.

“I think we have already gained a lot with the power and participation of young voters. But at the end of the day what interests us at NextGen is to make real change,” Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez told CNN. , executive director of NextGen, adding that NextGen hopes to deliver a message to any lawmaker who “tries to hold on to the past.”

“If they want to do this, they can hang on to the past, but the future is ours,” she said.

NextGen’s investment follows high levels of youth civic engagement over the past few years, leading to a historic youth turnout in the 2018 midterm elections and one of the turnout rates of highest youth in the 2020 general election. In 2020, half of young people aged 18 to 29 voted, according to a study by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts (CIRCLE), a jump of 11 points compared to the 39% of young people aged 18 to 29 who voted in 2016.

Ahead of the 2020 election, NextGen, founded by businessman Tom Steyer in 2013, contacted more than 10.5 million people, the organization said.

To kick off its 2022 initiative, NextGen is hosting in-person events this week in Texas, where the group is hosting for the first time. The organization will host events in McAllen and Houston.

“We are investing early and on a large scale in youth and youth of color on the country’s biggest battlefield,” said Tzintzún Ramirez, from Texas.

In Texas, young people of color made up the majority of all who have turned 18 since the 2016 election, according to census figures.

Tzintzún Ramirez said the group spread to Lone Star State in part because of its youth and diversity. Yet she stressed that while “demographics are an ingredient of change,” it alone does not make a difference and concerted organizational efforts are needed to move forward.

“As one of the youngest states in the country, the youth of Texas have the power to set a whole new direction not only for our home state, but for the nation,” she said, adding that she believed the controversial political decisions made by the Republican majority in the Texas state legislature on ballot box access, abortion, and immigration were not in line with the will of the state’s youth.

“If the Texas legislature really enacted the will of young Texans, we wouldn’t ban abortion, we wouldn’t try to build an unnecessary border wall, and we wouldn’t pass voter suppression bills.” , said Tzintzún Ramirez.

Currently, NextGen has a volunteer base of 25,000 people across the country.

To implement its new initiative, the group will have field organization staff in Texas, Arizona, North Carolina and Pennsylvania and will do distributed digital organization in New Hampshire, Michigan, Wisconsin. and Nevada.

In addition to sending, calling and texting potential voters, the group said it aims to reach young people through social media and its influencer program.

When asked why he is committed to investing in young people, Steyer told CNN he believes youth voting is key to getting progressives elected.

“There is a growing recognition of a threat to democracy, and we are fundamentally an organization dedicated to the broadest and most thoughtful democracy, including ensuring that those who vote the least, under 35 years, come forward, make their voices heard and be counted. They will change the nation, “he said.

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Caring father climbs Everest in memory of ‘always smiling’ boy he lost at 18 months – raising money for the charity that helped him overcome his grief

A dedicated father climbs Everest in memory of the ‘always smiling’ boy he lost at 18 months and raises money for the charity that helped him get through his grief.

Sales manager Danny Kenworthy, 45, and his wife Nicola, 41, a speech-language pathologist, were devastated when their son, Henry, was diagnosed with Noonan syndrome – a genetic condition with common symptoms, including deformities heart and stunted growth.

When she died, just 18 months old, in March 2019, leaving the couple and her big sister Matilda, six, overwhelmed with grief, they turned to Reuben’s Retreat, a charity that supports families who have lost a child or who have a child with a complex disease.

Danny pictured here with Henry, Nicola and Matilda (Collect / PA Real Life).

Danny, from Manchester, who celebrated the arrival of baby Archie, born on March 6 – a day after the two years after his older brother passed away – said: ‘Henry was the perfect baby, no matter what, he was still smiling.

“Losing him was really difficult. Ruben’s retirement was incredible. Just having a support group to talk to has helped me a lot.

Determined to raise funds for Reuben’s retreat in memory of Henry, Danny – who has an adult son, Joe, 22, a full-time student from a previous relationship, will walk 5,384 meters through the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp in April 2022.

He said: “Reuben’s Retreat is an amazing organization. They have helped us a lot in our grief and are always with us every step of the way.

“From the moment we got into the group, after hearing about the association a month after losing Henry, it helped.

“Just having someone to talk to who’s been through the same thing really helped me. There are some things you just need to say away from your family.

Danny says Henry, pictured here, was still smiling (Collect / PA Real Life).

Danny says Henry, pictured here, was still smiling (Collect / PA Real Life).

He added, “It’s so nice to let our feelings out. We always go there once a month and I am also part of a dads group which is really helpful.

Henry was born on September 1, 2017 after a difficult pregnancy.

“The pregnancy was horrible,” said Danny.

  • One in 2,500 children is born with Noonan syndrome.

  • The condition is caused by a defect in one of several genes.

  • The condition can range from mild to severe

He added: “We had to have two MRI scans to check Henry’s brain and were referred to a specialist consultant.

“It was a crazy time, but the closer we got to birth, the more everyone thought he was going to be okay.”

Urgently rushed to intensive care immediately after giving birth, Henry was soon afterwards diagnosed with Noonan syndrome, a genetic condition that affects 1 in 2,500 children who, while showing common symptoms, is also very individual for each child.

“Noonan syndrome can be serious, but it can also be relatively mild and people can lead normal lives,” Danny said.

“Henry was just perfect. He got stronger and stronger, coming home at two months, after balancing his meds. “

Despite countless hospital visits, treatments, and a feeding tube for nine months, Henry brought sunshine into the lives of the family.

Henry was diagnosed with Noonan syndrome shortly after his birth in September 2017 (Collect / PA Real Life).

Henry was diagnosed with Noonan syndrome shortly after his birth in September 2017 (Collect / PA Real Life).

“He was so happy the whole time,” Danny said.

“He was small for his age, at 18 months he wore six to nine month clothes, so he was a very little boy. He couldn’t walk, but he could move.

“He always woke up with a big smile. He would go with the flow and sleep so well.

But tragically, Henry passed away in March 2019, leaving Nicola, Danny and their family heartbroken.

“It was an incredible moment,” said Danny, who is awaiting an investigation into Henry’s cause of death, which he hopes will take place next year.

“You think that’s what happens to other people. It was a difficult time; I remember Mathilde coming in from the nursery and asking to see Henry.

He added, “She was so upset when we told her. She still cries about it now and misses him. Pain tears you apart.

“I wanted to be left alone after losing Henry. My family, bless them, tried so hard, but I didn’t want anyone around me.

“Nicola and I handled our grief very differently. “

Nicola, pictured here with Henry, didn't have an easy pregnancy (Collect / PA Real Life).

Nicola, pictured here with Henry, didn’t have an easy pregnancy (Collect / PA Real Life).

He added: “And for the first month it was chaotic as we were having the funeral.”

Throughout their grief, Reuben’s Retreat has played an invaluable role.

“The Reuben’s have been great for us and I want to raise money for them in memory of Henry,” said Danny.

  • The condition affects each person differently.

  • The most common symptoms are unusual facial features, limited growth, and heart defects.

Finally, on March 6, 2021, Henry’s family had something to celebrate, with the arrival of baby Archie.

“Archie is amazing,” Danny said.

“It was not an easy time after losing Henry, Archie, as well as Matilda and Joe, were a glimmer of light and allowed us to focus.”

He added: “We knew the date would be close to Henry’s loss, but we didn’t think it would be so close.”

While having Archie is a joy for the family, watching him grow up also brings harsh reminders of the little boy they lost.

“It’s difficult because Archie is physically the same height as Henry before he died and looks like him,” Danny said.

He added: “It can be overwhelming, but it also brings back fond memories.”

And Danny is determined that something positive will come out of his son’s passing – so he’s started raising money for Reuben’s Retreat.

He said: “Reuben has been amazing to us and we wanted to give back and raise awareness – to promote the amazing work they do.”

Danny on his golf fundraiser with Matilda and Archie in August 2021 (Collect / PA Real Life).

Danny on his golf fundraiser with Matilda and Archie in August 2021 (Collect / PA Real Life).

He added: “I had a golf event in August 2021 where we completed four rounds of golf in one day, it worked out 72 holes in one day which is a lot.

“In November of this year I’m cycling 300 miles in a month and in May 2022 I’m going to climb three peaks: Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis.

But most impressive of all, Danny is planning a 5,384-meter Everest trek in Easter 2022, in order to raise money for the charity.

“A group of guys from Reuben were talking about trekking to Everest,” Danny said.

“I’m pretty fit and it’s been on my bucket list for a really long time. I did a bit of preparation, but you can’t really prepare for the altitude.

“The most important thing is to raise money for Reuben’s retirement because it is so close to our hearts. “

Urging other families who are losing a child to turn to a support group, Danny explains how important it has been to find a safe place to talk.

He said: “Reuben’s is a place where we can express ourselves.

“I can’t even explain what it’s like to lose a child, but they have given us so much support and still do.”

He added: “Some days it’s difficult. Sometimes I think I should have a four year old now, but it’s okay to be sad.

“We talk about Henry all the time and have pictures of him all over the house.

“We try to be thankful for what we have now and we just remember Henry as the sunny little boy he was.”

* Danny and Nicola will not discuss Henry’s cause of death as they await an investigation next year before deciding how to move forward.

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Santa Barbara Business Leaders Seek To Buy $ 14.2 Million Property For Homeless Project | Local News

A group of business leaders are working to buy a 35-acre plot nine minutes from downtown Santa Barbara to house the homeless and the mentally ill.

Landowner Richard Berti contributed $ 450,000 to attempt to purchase the former St. Mary’s Seminary site at 1964 Las Canoas Road. Berti wired the money on Wednesday, sending the property into 45-day receivership. Now Berti, Jason Jaeger, Director of Jaeger Partners, and other business and community leaders will seek to raise the remainder of the funds to purchase the site for $ 14.2 million.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to come together to fight mental illness,” Jaeger said. “We’re going to have the right people there to tackle homelessness in Santa Barbara.”

The site includes a commercial kitchen, meeting rooms, cafeteria, gym, basketball courts, with a capacity of 120 to 200 beds, as well as accommodation for people who work there.

Berti and Jaeger are leading the effort. Jaeger is the new president of the Santa Barbara Leadership Team, the organization founded by the late Hal Conklin. The idea is to raise funds from city, county and state sources for the remaining amount and develop a program that helps people get off the streets and access a site with services. support.

“They cannot be placed in apartment buildings, small hotels or small houses; there is nothing for them to do there,” Berti said. “There must be programs out there to occupy their time and give them something to do.”

Berti said he knew the government generally did not work quickly in terms of acquiring land, so he wanted to tie up the property quickly so no one beat him in the fist. If the deal is not done, he will get his money back.

“I was just frustrated and thought I would give it a try,” Berti said. “If you think about something and don’t do anything, you lose. If you think about something and you do it, you win.”

Whether the community embraces the project or can raise enough money, Berti said he is doing his best to help the homeless. He is a prominent downtown real estate owner who has long complained about the homeless and the city’s failure to solve the downtown problem.

“I’m just allowing everyone in the city, county and state to step up,” Berti said. “If anything happens, I’ll be proud.”

He has the support of Gordon Auchincloss, a retired deputy chief prosecutor and a volunteer.

“It’s an incredible opportunity,” said Auchincloss. “This is a dream site for a homeless shelter. For a property of this size, in terms of square footage and square footage, there is nothing like it in the county as far as I know. really so many boxes. It’s just an amazing opportunity. “

Santa Barbara City Councilor Oscar Gutierrez and City Councilor Alejandra Gutierrez were among those who visited the facilities last Friday, at Berti’s invitation.

“I’m super excited. I’m not trying to have high hopes,” Oscar Gutierrez said. “It’s a lot of money. There are a lot of variables.”

He said the municipal CouncilCity Administrator Rebecca Bjork and Deputy City Administrator Rene Eyerly plan to visit the facility next week to assess its viability.

Oscar Gutierrez said one of the questions he was asking was how to get people to the site now to get funding and how to maintain the funding to keep it going.

“I hope my colleagues can try to come up with a plan to make this work,” Oscar Gutierrez said.

Jaeger said every day he walks around the city center next to a homeless man named Ed, who lives under a blanket, with very little clothing.

“What if we could have a wonderful place for these people?” Jaeger said.

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Pandemic has revealed major issues for resource availability and refugee mental health well-being, new report says

The Community Sponsorship Program was introduced in the UK in July 2016 to enable community groups to support the resettlement of refugee families

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that there is a lack of clear access to digital resources, language barriers and adequate welfare support for refugees who were part of the Community Sponsorship Program (CSS) of the UK, according to a new report from the University of Birmingham.

As part of ongoing research conducted by the University of Birmingham’s Superdiversity Research Institute (IRiS), the study concluded that with the advent of the pandemic and the introduction of social distancing and From the lockdown in March 2020, community sponsorship groups were challenged to offer alternative support to refugees in new ways. As the pandemic emerged and evolved, volunteers, the majority of whom are retired or semi-retired, realized that many refugees faced language barriers or were unable to access information. digitally. With some volunteers and refugees needing to protect themselves and many services moving to remote delivery, these groups faced a very different situation than they had anticipated.

The study also revealed how the mental health of many refugees had deteriorated as expected during the pandemic, but it was more difficult for the refugees as they were already experiencing psychological problems associated with experiences of conflict, loss and death. isolation, as the lockdown was overwhelming for refugees already struggling with trauma.

Some local groups tried to offer support such as introducing refugees to activities such as gardening and bird watching to help their well-being, but these resources were not available to all.

Dr Marisol Reyes-Soto, University of Birmingham research co-author says: “The pandemic came at a difficult time for the refugees who were part of the community sponsorship program. Our research highlighted the issues that persisted, but we created a toolkit for both community groups. and refugees which provides resources for signage and concrete examples of how digital tools and welfare support can be obtained. Putting these tools in place is essential for refugees who have often experienced trauma and will not be left on their own when they are trying to settle into their new communities.

Having already undertaken an independent evaluation of the UK’s community sponsorship program, the IRiS community sponsorship research team identified a lack of knowledge in the strategies adopted to meet the needs of refugees in pandemic conditions. . The team reached out to community sponsorship groups that are currently supporting at least one refugee family to explore the challenges they face and how they overcame those challenges. Some 21 groups agreed to be interviewed, each appointing a representative including 17 women and 4 men. Seven groups were located in urban areas, eight in semi-urban areas and six in rural areas. Eleven of the groups could be characterized as denominational and ten as lay. The majority of the groups questioned received their families between 2019 and 2021.

Jenny Phillimore, professor of migration and superdiversity at the University of Birmingham, said:The pandemic challenged CS volunteers in unexpected ways. Providing remote support, when it was designed to be in person and try to ensure the health and well-being of refugees and volunteers, was extremely difficult. Most groups have found a way forward and we believe their innovations continue to be useful under the current circumstances. We hope that the toolkit will help share lessons from the pandemic and help new groups and those in rural areas in particular to provide support to refugees. “

CSS was introduced in the UK in July 2016 to enable community groups to support the resettlement of refugee families. The community sponsorship approach relies heavily on providing face-to-face support to enable refugees to settle, thrive and integrate in the UK. Such support is provided by volunteers, but with the advent of the pandemic and the introduction of social distancing and lockdown measures in March 2020, community sponsorship groups have been challenged to offer support to refugees. in new ways. With a few volunteers and refugees in need of protection and many services shifted to remote delivery, the groups faced a very different situation than they anticipated.

The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged community sponsorship in the same way it has challenged all aspects of life around the world. There was a temporary suspension of new arrivals and groups had to adapt the way they supported families already in the UK. Resettlement resumed in February 2021 as families started to arrive again. A new chapter in community sponsorship began in early 2021 with the launch of the UK Resettlement Scheme. Initially, the program should focus on resettling those in the Middle East and North Africa region who are waiting the longest for resettlement places, but over time it will develop a broader global reach in order to be able to respond quickly to urgent resettlement needs.

The initiative was inspired by the Canadian private sponsorship program and was the second of its kind in the world. Since its inception, others have emerged elsewhere, including variations of the model in Ireland, Italy, France, Portugal and Germany.

To view the full report “Community Sponsorship Program: Supporting Refugees and Volunteers During the Covid-19 Pandemic,” click on the link.

Toolkit with resources to use during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

Consult the three Community Sponsorship Program evaluation reports:

Full CSS Report

Refugee outlook report

Wider impact report

Notes to Editors:

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The University of Birmingham is ranked among the top 100 institutions in the world, its work brings people from all over the world to Birmingham, including researchers and teachers and over 6,500 international students from over 150 countries.

To view the full report “Community Sponsorship Program: Supporting Refugees and Volunteers During the Covid-19 Pandemic” – Jenny Phillimore and Marisol Reyes, click on the link.

The Superdiversity Research Institute (IRiS) works to advance and promote the University’s expertise in the emerging field of superdiversity. It is the first institute in the UK and one of the first in the world to focus on superdiversity. IRiS focuses on some of the most important social issues of our time and is at the forefront of new ways of thinking that have helped influence public policy and impact service delivery with supportive models more efficient.

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Democratic disagreements jeopardize Biden agenda as shutdown looms

WASHINGTON, Sept.29 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s program was at risk of being undermined by divisions among his own Democrats, as moderates expressed anger on Wednesday at the prospect of delaying an infrastructure bill for $ 1,000 billion before a critical vote to prevent a government shut down.

The White House said discussions on twin bills that would revitalize the country’s roads and airports and fund social programs and climate change measures were at a “precarious” point as moderates and progressives alike were disagreed on the size of some $ 4 trillion in spending.

Congress, which Democrats control with a very small margin, is due to vote on a bipartisan resolution to fund federal operations until early December before funding expires at midnight Thursday.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday on a $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill already passed by the Senate, although some party leaders have warned the vote could be delayed again – which would dismay moderates.

Representative Stephanie Murphy, a moderate Democrat who supports the infrastructure bill, warned against defeating or delaying the legislation.

“If the vote were to fail tomorrow or be delayed, there would be a significant breach of confidence which would slow the momentum to move forward with the implementation of the Biden agenda,” she told reporters Wednesday.

With House progressives warning they would vote against the infrastructure bill until a deal is reached on the separate multibillion-dollar plan focused on social spending and climate, the vote n was not guaranteed.

“The only way the vote is going (Thursday) is if we have the votes to pass the bill,” Representative Dan Kildee, Deputy Chief Whip of the House Democrats, told reporters.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer went to the White House on Wednesday afternoon to meet with Biden, a former senator himself, who canceled a trip to Chicago to conduct negotiations with Congress.

“We are obviously at a precarious and important time,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday.

A White House staff member met with moderate Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema on Capitol Hill, who has expressed deep concern about the size of Biden’s plans and has the power to block them due to Democrats’ tight control over the Senate .

If the resolution to fund the government passes the Senate, the House could vote quickly to send the measure to Biden to enact legislation, thus avoiding a partial government shutdown amid a national health crisis. Biden Democrats campaigned on a platform of responsible government after Republican Donald Trump’s four turbulent years in office.

US Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) rubs his eyes as he rides the Senate subway following a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, September 29, 2021. REUTERS / Tom Brenner

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Republican Senator John Cornyn expressed his optimism on Wednesday.

“Democrats don’t want to shut down government. Republicans don’t want to shut down government. This will deliver the result we all expect, which is to keep the lights on,” he said at a press conference .

Senate Democrats have attempted to pass a law that both funds the government and avert a potentially catastrophic federal default by raising the country’s $ 28.4 trillion debt ceiling. But they have been thwarted by Republicans who want Democrats to use a parliamentary maneuver to act on their own on the debt ceiling problem.

The government will hit the cap around October 18, an event that could trigger a historic default with lasting economic fallout and implications for financial markets.

Schumer demanded bipartisan cooperation on the issue, arguing that it is tackling debts accumulated under the Democratic and Republican administrations.

The House on Wednesday passed a bill suspending the limit until December 2022, by a majority partisan vote. He is now going to the Senate, where he should again be blocked by Republicans.

Investment bank Goldman Sachs this month described the standoff as “the riskiest debt limit deadline in a decade.”


Several senior Democrats have said the $ 3.5 trillion “reconciliation” bill – so called because it is being developed as part of a budget process to avoid Senate rules requiring 60 votes out of 100 members. to be adopted – will have to be revised downwards to be adopted.

Moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said he believes it will take weeks to reach a deal.

“I cannot – and will not support – trillions of spending or an all-or-nothing approach that ignores the brutal fiscal reality facing our country,” he said in a lengthy statement on Wednesday afterward. -midday.

“There is a better way and I think we can find it if we are willing to continue negotiating in good faith.”

He didn’t say what he could support, however.

House Democrats have urged Manchin and Sinema to say what they want publicly.

“They have to come up with their counter-offer, and then we sit down and negotiate from there,” said Representative Pramila Jayapal, chair of the House Progressive Caucus.

Reporting by David Morgan, Steve Holland, Richard Cowan, Susan Cornwell, Jarrett Renshaw and Alexandra Alper; Written by Andy Sullivan and Sonya Hepinstall; Editing by Scott Malone, Cynthia Osterman and Peter Cooney

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Native American filmmaker and journalist Myron Dewey dies

CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) – Myron Dewey, a filmmaker and journalist who has helped bring worldwide attention to concerns of Native Americans fighting an oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, has passed away.

Dewey, a citizen of the Walker River Paiute tribe, died Sunday when his car crashed in the Nevada countryside, the Nye County Sheriff said. The 49-year-old had posted images on Twitter a day earlier of a military installation in central Nevada where he and other members of local tribes have long protested against plans to expand a bombing field of the US Navy.

Dewey has been acclaimed for his live footage of the 2016 protests on the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation, which straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. His images of Native Americans sprayed with water cannons in freezing weather have been seen by hundreds of thousands after appearing online and in the news.

He then co-directed the documentary “Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock”, which described the motivations of the protesters – to preserve the environment and to fight for clean water.

Friends and relatives said they would remember Dewey for his commitment to standing up for Native Americans, for being a dedicated friend and family member, and for the authenticity of his work.

“He was able to show a perspective and a point of view that was simply ignored due to the systemic oppression our people have suffered since we have been here,” said Dewey’s cousin Lance West. “It was his story to tell, and only someone like him could share it in a way that really spoke to us.”

Dewey was among a group of Indigenous journalists arrested during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests when he filmed company employees constructing the pipeline. The Morton County Sheriff accused him of tracking down private security officers using a drone video recorder, but prosecutors ultimately dropped the charges.

His images of the front lines of combat were one episode in a long career chronicling Indigenous and environmental issues across North America.

Dewey founded media production company Digital Smoke Signals, which has produced work on schools on reserved lands in Nevada and on tribal land management practices in the Pacific Northwest.

In recent months, he has participated in protests against a proposed lithium mine near the Nevada-Oregon border and the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation. Environmentalists and local Native Americans oppose the project, saying it would desecrate land that the northern Paiute and western Shoshone consider sacred and have negative environmental impacts on residents of the area.

Dewey, who resided primarily in Schurz, Nevada on the Walker River Paiute Reservation, began his career as a wildland firefighter in Nevada. He has also worked as a professor, teaching courses in film at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and in digital media at Northwest Indian College in Washington State. He leaves behind a wife, five children and a nephew whom he considered to be a son.


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