Groups, businesses, government agencies and others are choosing a different week of the year for their employees to conduct “kindness surges.” Lt. Kris Sell hatched the idea in a partnership with the global kindness advocate, Random Acts, and multiple local entities. She says the goal is to measure the impact of kindness on such areas as crimes and emergency calls. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Police in Alaska’s capital city are responding to a year of deadly confrontations between police and citizens across the country with a local campaign to turn 2017 into a year of kindness. Juneau police will kick off the effort with public potlucks on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to encourage locals to commit daily acts of kindness and to reach out weekly to individuals outside their usual circles.
The Liberia Football Association, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, (SDC), yesterday unveiled a little over USD10, 000.00 worth of anti Ebola stigma message at the 12th Street Bus Stop in Sinkor, Monrovia.The Liberia Football Association’s vice president for Administration, Musa Shannon said the project is part of the on-going efforts by the association to encourage Liberians to do away with all forms of stigmatization as they relate to those who have survived the deadly Ebola virus disease.“Stigma in every form is what the LFA is against,” Shannon said, “we want to encourage all Liberians to become aware of the dangers of it.” He said the LFA is aware of the danger that goes along when one is stigmatized and is unable to rejoin his community.“We have here our former soccer stars,” he said, “including Kelvin Sebwe, Christopher Wleh, Oliver Markor and James Debbah who are all involved in the campaign against the Ebola stigma.”He said despite the massive decline of the Ebola infections in the country, “Ebola is still around until we can get rid of it completely.”“It is another first by the Liberia Football Association,” Shannon said, “for we were the first to suspend all activities to redirect attention to the fight against the deadly disease.”The national chairperson of the National Survivors Network, Patrick S. Farley expressed appreciation to the Liberia Football Association for identifying with the struggle to defeat Ebola and its stigma on survivors.Farley, an Ebola survivor, whose organization was initiated by the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare and inducted into office a couple of weeks ago in Monrovia, said Liberians must make a determined effort to defeat Ebola and its attendant stigma.“Fighting Ebola and its stigma is a national responsibility,” Farley said, and appealed to Liberians to welcome and embrace their fellow brothers and sisters who survived the deadly disease.Representing the Swiss (Switzerland) Agency for Development & Cooperation, Mr. Darciba Christian said supporting the drive to restore Ebola survivors to their families and into their communities is a worthy cause.“We decided to assist the Liberia Football Association to let its former professionals deliver messages of restoration and hope as well as unveiling these messages at vantage points to help Liberians gets involved in the fight,” he said.Former international footballers present at yesterday’s unveiling at the 12th Street Bus Stop, included Kelvin Sebwe, Dionysius Sebwe, Oliver Makor, Christopher Wreh, LFA Sec. Gen. B. Alphonso Armah, Amputee Sports Association president Cooper Melvin Gotten and Prince Forfor of the LFA.In a brief demonstration, Kelvin, Shannon, Wreh and Makor hand-delivered several tee shirts bearing anti-Ebola stigma messages to passengers in passing vehicles.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A local business owner and others were arrested late Wednesday evening following an ongoing drug investigation by the Macon County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit. Methamphetamine and Marijuana were seized following a traffic stop and subsequent execution of a search warrant. Owner of a local business that legally sells drug paraphernalia called “PipeLine” was arrested. Owner Michelle Phillips is being held on a $200,000 bond and the two others arrested are being held on $180,000 bonds. Multiple charges against each have been filed which include Intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine. One officer was treated for injuries at the scene by Macon County EMS but refused to go to hospital. He was later treated at Angel Hospital and received several stitches for a laceration to his hand.Sheriff Robert Holland states, “This investigation and others does not end with these arrests. We will continue to work diligently to gather information and target those we know are associated with the drug business. I have men and women who work tirelessly that are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our community. Each give their absolute all on a daily basis and like nothing more than to arrest drug dealers and see people who are poisoning & killing our young people go to jail.”The investigation continues.
Game rescheduled for June 20For the City TimesWISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters’ (10-8) June 15 game against the Green Bay Booyah (10-8) was postponed due to weather and rescheduled for June 20.The Rafters will play a doubleheader against the Booyah Thursday, with the first game starting at 4:05 p.m. and both games consisting of seven innings. Game two will start approximately 30 minutes after the completion of game one.This is the Rafters’ second rain out of their 10th anniversary season and the team will use the unexpected off day to prepare for a two-game set with divisional opponent Madison.
26 September 2005Black South Africans who lost their lives in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902 are finally to be honoured. This is part of a memorandum of understanding signed by the British and South African governments to renovate and maintain the graves of some 25 000 Commonwealth soldiers who died in the war. The deal was signed in Tshwane on Friday.Supported by the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand High Commissioners, responsibility for the upkeep of the graves was officially handed over to the South African government at Heroes Acre Cemetery in Tshwane. The memorandum was signed by Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan and British high commissioner to South Africa Paul Boateng.According to the deal, over 200 cemeteries throughout South Africa will be renovated, with the UK government and private sponsors providing the £800 000 (R9.05-million) required over the next four years. A further £150 000 (R1.7-million) will be made available every year for maintenance.While black South Africans largely played a noncombatant role in the Anglo-Boer War – also known as the South African War because it involved more than the British and Boers – their contribution has largely been ignored.Jordan hailed the memorandum as a step towards finally honouring their role. He said their graves will be located and proper tombstones erected, and a monument built for those whose graves cannot be identified.“There is no memorial to blacks who lost their lives in the concentration camps,” he said. “That’s going to be one of the first big steps to commemorate them.”Norvalspont concentration camp, one of the notoriouscamps set up by the British in the Anglo-Boer War(Image: Anglo-Boer War Museum)Boateng described the signing as a historic occasion to give fallen heroes the respect and dignity they deserve.“We welcome the support of the South African government in continuing the restoration and maintenance of Commonwealth war graves in South Africa,” he said. “It is important that we do not forget all those of many lands and all races who have lost their lives in the fight for freedom and democracy.”Personal sacrifice and courageThe deal follows a 2003 report by the UK Ministry of Defence and the South African Department of Arts and Culture that revealed a need to recognise and honour those who died in the war.Boateng said there would also be an exchange programme between UK and South African schools to educate youngsters about historic wars and conflicts, and the importance of their commemoration.“The significant aspect is for children and young people in the UK and South Africa to be able to understand the story that lies behind these graves – a story of personal sacrifice and courage,” he said.Although both the British and Boers initially agreed that black people were not to be used in a combatant role in the war, at least 15 000 blacks were armed by the British and served in mobile columns to track down Boer commandos. A further 25 000 served as armed blockhouse guards.Black South Africans were also used on the Imperial Military Railway system, and served as scouts, agterryers and wagon drivers. They also became refugees of the war, had their homes and livelihoods destroyed in the British scorched earth policy, and were interned in the notorious British concentration camps.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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180 teams from across Queensland took to the fields at Hervey Bay Sports Complex last weekend to compete in the 2012 Queensland Junior State Cup. The Gold Coast was rewarded for its strong performances on the field, winning the Eggers Moles affiliate championship, making three of the 10 finals at the event. At the event it was also announced that Hervey Bay will host the championships for the next five years. Congratulations to the following teams on their respective wins at the event:10’s Girls Caboolture 2 defeated Toowoomba 1 Player of the Final – Chloe Sawtell (Caboolture)10’s Boys Palm Beach 2 defeated Redlands 1Player of the Final – Branden Taylor (Palm Beach)12’s GirlsBrisbane Metropolitan 3 defeated Gold Coast 2Player of the Final – Shante Phillips (Brisbane Metropolitan)12’s BoysIpswich 7 defeated Gold Coast 1Player of the Final – Paul Karaitiana (Ipswich)14’s GirlsRedlands 3 defeated Toowoomba 2Player of the Final – Jo Miller (Redlands)14’s BoysGold Coast 5 defeated Ipswich 2Player of the Final – AJ Brimson (Gold Coast)16’s Girls Rockhampton 3 defeated Ipswich/First Contact 2Player of the Final – Tamika Upton (Rockhampton)16’s BoysRedlands 5 defeated Ipswich 4Player of the Final – Corey Russell (Redlands)18’s GirlsCaboolture 5 defeated Toowoomba 1Player of the Final – Paige Parker (Caboolture)18’s Boys BMTA/First Contact 7 defeated Labrador 2Player of the Final – Ash Taylor (BMTA/First Contact)Related LinksJunior State Cup
zoomIllustration; Image by Navingo Containership charter owner Global Ship Lease has agreed five-year charters with French liner company CMA CGM for two 2015-built booxships.The deal involves 6,882 TEU containerships UASC Bubiyan and UASC Yas, and comes on the back of similar charters the company inked with CMA CGM in November for four ships. The wide-beam containerships were acquired through GSL’s recent merger with Poseidon Containers.“In addition to the substantial value of the merger as originally announced, our subsequent chartering activity related to Poseidon legacy vessels continues to produce the incremental value that we anticipated, having now added more than USD 280 million of incremental contracted revenue and over USD 200 million of incremental EBITDA, while increasing our weighted average remaining charter term beyond that of the GSL legacy fleet and bringing our charter-attached NAV to over USD 500 million as of September 30, 2018.“In this way, we are once again significantly improving GSL’s earnings profile and long-term cashflow visibility as we clearly benefit from the substantial value brought to the table by Poseidon Containers,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, said.GSL said that the charters will commence upon the expiry of the current charters during the second quarter of 2019, are for a period of five years. The company scored hire rates for the duo standing at USD 25,910 per day, up from USD 20,000 per day under the current charters.Global Ship Lease owns 38 vessels, of which nine are Post-Panamax new-design eco wide beam, with an average age of 10.7 years.
Young people must stand alongside older generations in honouring those who made wartime sacrifices for Britain, The Duke of Cambridge has said.Prince William Talks To School children from WatfordCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgSpeaking at a gala dinner in London to mark the 10th anniversary of the charity SkillForce, The Duke of Cambridge said Remembrance “must never become the preserve or responsibility of one generation”.He added: “I was privileged to be able to visit the poppy installation at the Tower of London in its early days.“Even then, before it was as famous as it is now, the people observing the poppies came from every generation.“The young there were just as moved as the old. Their grief and thanksgiving for the sacrifice of previous generations was just as real.”He was speaking three days after joining The Queen to lay wreaths of poppies at the Cenotaph in London’s Whitehall to commemorate those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.Since 2009, The Duke has been Patron of SkillForce, which matches former servicemen and women with youngsters – often from troubled backgrounds – to offer them encouragement and inspiration.He attended the function at the Imperial War Museum to celebrate the launch earlier this year of the organisation’s Junior Prince’s Award, a programme to help primary-age children prepare for the step up to secondary school through character-building projects and activities.The Duke of Cambridge met youngsters who were taking part in the scheme and was shown their First World War Remembrance projects.“It was clear that they, like those children who gather at the Tower of London or at Remembrance Day parades, are grasping something that will instil hopefulness and commitment about a better future in themselves and in their generation,” he said. “This is no small achievement.”“Only by pointing to all that Remembrance means can we have any chance of making our society a better place and giving these young people hope, which is the fuel for all the work they will need to do to fulfil their potential.”Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.org
Sophie-Claude MillerAPTN NewsCaroline Monnet enjoys working with various mediums, cinema, visual arts, sculpture, painting but she says it herself, video is her first love.The artist’s work is one of the two artists from Canada selected for the Whitney Museum’s Biennial exhibition.Three of her videos will be presented in the course of the exhibition.“They are important videos for me because they have a lot of energy in the video and I think that’s where were at right now,” Monnet says. “We want to put positive images in the world. We want to break away from, you know, preconceptions.“And so it’s very interesting to put images of Indigenous people on the screen.Sky Hopinka, an Indigenous movie director from the Ho-Chunk Nation in the U.S., selected Monnet’s work for the biennial exhibition.He had met her at the Sundance Festival in 2015 while they were both presenting.“I have seen some of her earlier works, some of her recent work and there is always this attention to detail and care, which I’m really drawn to and which, you know, compliments obviously a bunch of other works that I have been thinking about, especially as far as what it means to be an indigenous experimental film maker,” says Hopinka.(Caroline Monnet in her workshop, “When you use humor I think you can talk about a lot of things.” Photo: Sophie-Claude Miller/APTN)At 33, the Algonquin- French and self-taught multi-disciplinary artist already has been programmed in exhibitions and festivals all around the world:The Cannes Film Festival, Sundance, the Quebec Museum of Fine Arts, the National Art Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Montreal to name a few.APTN News met her in her studio where she was working on future creations.Monnet studied sociology in university and it’s easy to see it in all her work.She uses geometrical shapes that are inspired by birch bark biting patterns and the Algonquin embroidery and beadwork, usually in a contemporary treatment.Her late mother-in-law is the one that passed patterns to her.As was a way of honouring and keeping her memory alive, Monnet started drawing them and did paintings. She enjoys exploring these as traditional Anishinabe designs that she can revisit from a contemporary perspective.Monnet says she inspires herself from tradition and then transposing into her own reality, using the computer and having kind of the digital being in relationship with tradition.“I became obsessed with these patterns and designs when my mother-in-law passed away and I did an entire exhibition in memory of her,” says Monnet.For the artist, the patterns are like subliminal messages, microchips, or even city maps.She feels like there is always a message in them.In Anishinabe tradition, each family has their own designs and she finds it very interesting to explore. Her creativity with these patterns is a way for her to reconnect with that part of her identity both as an artist and as an individual.Her early work in all mediums usually was in black and white and it’s recent that she adds colors to it.‘’Maybe the topic is very heavy, and has a lot of things to it and but then with the color it makes it more accessible a little bit more fun. When you use humor I think you can talk about a lot of things, ’’ Monnet says.The Whitney Museum of American Art’s Biennial exhibition will be presented from May 17 to September 22 in New York [email protected]@SophieClaude