Join Stream Team For Tree Planting Along Allen Creek On November…

first_imgSubmitted by Stream TeamStream Team invites volunteers to plant native trees and shrubs along Allen Creek on Saturday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Scott Lake area of Olympia.  Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs to help stabilize the bank and create habitat for wildlife.The planting occurs rain or shine. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes or boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Stream Team will provide gloves, tools and refreshments.  Youth under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.Allen Creek is a fish bearing stream.  Trees protect the health of streams and fish by providing shade, food and habitat and by reducing stormwater runoff and streambank erosion.  The planting site is located downstream of the Scott Lake Community Center. For directions, please contact Ann Marie Pearce at 360-754-3355 ext. 6857 or visit Stream Team’s website at Team is a volunteer-based program that helps protect and enhance local streams, creeks, rivers and other water resources in Thurston County. The program is sponsored by the storm and surface water utilities of Thurston County, Tumwater, Lacey and Olympia. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

South African invention helps North Darfur women

first_imgA woman in El Fasher, North Darfur, usesa Hippo water roller, a device for easilyand efficiently carrying water. The Hippo,with its large drum capacity, frees womenand children from having to spend a largeportion of every day dedicated tocollecting water for their households.(Image: Albert Gonzalez, Irin Photo)MEDIA CONTACTS • Ben ParkerDirector, Irin News+254 733 860082RELATED ARTICLES• Sudan vote boosts airline industry• Tapping into ingenuity• Zuma supports referendum results• Pure water in a jiffy• Unesco lauds SA literacy projectSource: Irin NewsA water project supported by the UN-African Union peacekeeping force (Unamid) in eight villages of North Darfur will not only facilitate residents’ access to water, but will also help to reduce sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the region, local residents and Unamid officials said.“For years we have been afraid of being attacked while fetching water and collecting firewood; it is not always possible to move in groups and we are often escorted by men or Unamid peacekeepers,” a resident of Kuma Garadayat village, who declined to be named, told Irin News.Kuma Garadayat, 60km from El Fasher in North Darfur, is one of the villages where the water project was launched on 26 April. The eight villages host at least 3 000 returnees.About 30 000 rolling water containers, with a capacity of 75 litres each, the equivalent of four jerry cans, were distributed to women in the villages, all with poor access to water and severely affected by drought during the dry season.“I hope through the water carriers, things will become easier for us; we’ll be less exposed,” the anonymous villager added.According to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), most SGBV cases in Darfur still occur during water and firewood collection.Because of generally poor access to justice, a sense of impunity, and the social stigmas attached to SBGV, the international community in Darfur has launched several prevention, protection and response activities, including firewood patrols.Hippo helping communitiesThe water project is one of a number of broader Unamid-backed recovery projects, which include training midwives and helping to improve health and education in villages.Several thousand water hippos will be dispatched over the next two weeks, mainly to women heads of households, the vulnerable and people living far from water points, says Unamid.The Hippo water roller, a South African invention, is a durable barrel-shaped polyethylene container that holds water and is rolled along the ground instead of being carried. A steel roller attached to the drum allows it to be pushed or pulled even over bumpy ground.The Hippo roller was developed in 1992 by South African engineers Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker. According to manufacturer Imvubu Projects, because the weight of the water is carried on the ground, even children and the elderly can manage a full roller, allowing for collection of five times more water with less effort.Former president Nelson Mandela has personally endorsed the product.“One of the major sources of conflict in Darfur is access to water,” said Unamid head Ibrahim Gambari in a statement.“This project will make life easier and safer for women, and will also serve to underscore the fact that water hasn’t only been a source of conflict, it is also the solution,” he said.“It is our hope that their [the barrels’] use will not only support former displaced persons but also help protect civilians as they return to resume their lives.”last_img read more

Reading spreads ripples to a brighter future

first_imgThrough its literacy programme, Ripple Reading hopes to make a significant and lasting difference to the learners they work with. (Image: Brand South Africa)Nelson Mandela once said: “Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president.”It is with this in mind that Ripple Reading, a Johannesburg NGO, works to improve the reading skills and overall literacy of young South Africans in poor communities.“Imagine if you couldn’t read, what quality of life would you have?” asks Riana Robinson, the founder of Ripple Reading.PROGRAMMESRipple Reading works with schools in disadvantaged areas around the country by giving literacy training to children who are reading below the level appropriate for their age.Their literacy programme is research-based and includes a scientific assessment of reading difficulties. It works with children from early childhood to high school level.The Ripple Reading Leadership Development Programme equips learners with academic, sporting and leadership skills in their high school years.The programme places these promising learners in private and well-run public schools through a bursary-like process. The learners are also mentored through high school to bring out their full potential.A fair share of the learners enrolled in the literacy and leadership programmes come from underprivileged households.With this in mind, the facilitators at Ripple Reading created the Social Upliftment Programme, through which they provide stationary, school uniforms, shoes and sports equipment to help learners get the most out of their education.Watch this video and learn more about Ripple Reading’s Leadership Programme:GET INVOLVEDAccording to Robinson, Ripple Reading has helped change the lives of over 400 children since 2013, and aims to expand all over South Africa. She is now calling on all South Africans to help the NGO.If the Ripple Reading cause resonates with you, then play your part and help them continue to make a difference in the lives of children in underprivileged schools.There are a number of ways you can get involved. You can volunteer or make a donation to help them cover their running costs. Have a look at the “how you can help” section on their website for more details.PLAY YOUR PARTEveryone can make a positive difference in their own way. How are you working to support the development of those less fortunate?Are you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through your everyday actions? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to uplift their community?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

2012 NTL Photos

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8 days agoLeeds owner Andrea Radrizzani eases sale claims

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani eases sale claimsby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has eased recent comments made about a possible club sale.The Italian businessman revealed in an interview that he had been approached ‘by more than 20 parties’ and that three of them were of particular interest.In response to the article, published on Monday, Radrizzani has issued a further statement, claiming he is not actively seeking investment at this moment.”Because of the job we have done in the last two or three years, we have attracted a lot of interest,” said Radrizzani, who will be heavily involved in the club’s centenary celebrations on Thursday.”Obviously the club has modernised on a lot of levels, which is shown by our revenues, which have increased a lot to close to £50million.”Our attendance is the top of the league, the club has modernised the media (department), we have partnerships with Amazon, Wish and Deliveroo – big corporate companies are starting to work with Leeds and before my arrival this was impossible even to think.”We have to be proud of the club and the fact we are attractive to potential investors.”When and if we will open discussions is completely is another story.”It depends on the right moment, a moment where I believe we need support to build the club bigger than what we could do with our own resources.” last_img read more

Paul McCartney Launches PETAs List Of Top 10 Most VeganFriendly Cities

first_imgJust before taking the stage last Friday at Portland’s Moda Center during his “One on One” tour, Paul McCartney presented a special PETA award to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales: Most Vegan-Friendly City in the U.S.Paul McCartney with Charlie Hales and Dan MathewsPETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” — scoured restaurant menus and reviews across the country to compile a list of the Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities in the U.S., which, among other cities, includes perennial honorees New York and Los Angeles, alongside newcomers Nashville, Tennessee, and Honolulu.“American cities are doing more than ever to meet the skyrocketing hunger for hearty meat-free burgers, deliciously decadent dairy-free desserts, and other plant-based fare,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Every vegan-friendly city on PETA’s list is making the world a better place for animals, the environment, and diners’ health.”Portland nabbed the list’s top spot, thanks to its prevalence of vegan-friendly eateries. Roughly one in six Oregon restaurants is vegan, according to a Yelp comparative analysis, which tracked trending terms such as “vegan strip mall,” “vegan cheese shop,” and “vegan bakeries.” First runner-up Los Angeles, by comparison, boasts more than 600 vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and other businesses, including Crossroads, a celebrity favorite. And New York, in third place, is known for its fine vegan-dining options (such as Blossom and Candle 79) and its quick counter-service eateries (such as by CHLOE and Terri).Rounding out the top five vegan-friendly cities on PETA’s list are the fourth-place Detroit, where the urban-farming and food-justice movement is in full swing (at establishments like Detroit Vegan Soul), and Nashville, in fifth place, thanks to all-vegan eateries (such as Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery, Avo, and Coco Greens Vegan Café). San Diego, in sixth place, isn’t far behind (check out vegan death-metal cocktail bar Kindred), while Honolulu, where the vegan scene is hopping (with restaurants such as Simple Joy Vegetarian Cuisine and Greens & Vines), is number seven. Austin, Texas, comes in at number eight, thanks to its numerous vegan food trucks (such as the delicious BBQ Revolution), and Seattle—home of the country’s first vegan pizza place, Pizza Pi Vegan—follows at number nine. Richmond, Virginia, with its hip and vegan-friendly hangouts (such as Strange Matter), completes PETA’s list at number 10.last_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Female Voice:Emilie-Claire Barlow as Courtney in Total DramaRama, “Sharing is Caring” (Fresh TV)Lilly Bartlam as Gwen in Total DramaRama, “Aquarium for a Dream” (Fresh TV)Julie Lemieux as Grandma Steak in Cupcake & Dino: General Services, “Mozoko” (Cupcake and Dinosaur Productions Inc.)Bryn McAuley as Shirley Squirrley in Top Wing, “Shirley’s Sleepover Adventure” (9 Story Media Group)Ana Sani as Piper Willowbrook in Mysticons, “The Edge of Two Morrows” (Corus Entertainment) Seán Cullen Cory Doran Mark Forward Mark Little Joseph Motiki Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Male Voice:Seán Cullen as Mayor Shelbourne in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, “Now You See Him” (DHX Media)Cory Doran as Captain Dilly in Top Wing, “Cap’n Dilly’s Dance Party” (9 Story Media Group)Mark Forward as Hugo in Cupcake & Dino: General Services, “Hu’s the Boss” (Cupcake and Dinosaur Productions Inc.)Mark Little as Dino in Cupcake & Dino: General Services, “My Life in Radio (Stinks!)” (Cupcake and Dinosaur Productions Inc.)Joseph Motiki as Pedro in Hotel Transylvania, “Bandages of Brothers” (Corus Entertainment) Anne with an E Baroness Von Sketch Show Kim’s Convenience Schitt’s Creek Workin’ Moms Advertisement Nominees for the Members’ Choice Series Ensemble award:Anne with an E (Northwood Anne)Baroness Von Sketch Show (Frantic Films)Kim’s Convenience (Thunderbird Entertainment)Schitt’s Creek (Not a Real Company)Workin’ Moms (Workin’ Moms Productions) Rick Parker Sue Parker ACTRA Toronto Stunt Awards will be presented to stunt performers and animal wranglers Rick Parker and Sue Parker.Jayne EastwoodThe sketch troupe Women Fully Clothed will present their fellow member Jayne Eastwood with the 2019 Award of Excellence. Sugith Varughese Sean Jones The show will be written by Sugith Varughese and feature Juno Award-winning soul singer Sean Jones as well as onstage DJ hey! dw.“It is fitting, during this extraordinary time when women’s voices are fighting to be heard, that ACTRA Toronto is splitting the voice award into female and male categories,” says President Theresa Tova. “Voice Co-Chair Linda Ballantyne was a powerful advocate for this change. It’s only fair to give female voice performers more recognition.” Tova further notes, “It is wonderful to see repeat nominees: Emilie-Claire Barlow, Lilly Bartlam, Seán Cullen, Cory Doran, Julie Lemieux, Bryn McAuley and Gord Rand.”ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing over 15,000 of Canada’s 25,000 professional performers working in recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers. Advertisementcenter_img TORONTO – ACTRA Toronto is excited to announce the nominees for the 17th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto. The ACTRA Awards in Toronto will take place at The Carlu on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Tantoo Cardinal Katie Douglas Deborah Kimmett Amybeth McNulty Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Female:Tantoo Cardinal as Mary Birchbark in Falls Around Her (Baswewe Films)Katie Douglas as Lisa in Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey (Cineflix)Deborah Kimmett as Patty in Keep Coming Back! (The Company You Keep)Amybeth McNulty as Anne in Anne with an E, “The Determining Acts of Her Life” (Northwood Anne)Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah as Millicent in Maternal (Off2Kali Productions) Dalmar Abuzeid Vladimir Cubrt Jeremy Ferdman Stephen McHattie Gord Rand Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Male: Dalmar Abuzeid as Sebastian ‘Bash’ Lacroix in Anne with an E, “Struggling Against the Perception of Facts” (Northwood Anne)Vladimir Cubrt as Donnie Marchuk in Luba (Purple Pants Productions)Jeremy Ferdman as Richie in Robbery (Pagemaster Entertainment)Stephen McHattie as Gus Power in Crown and Anchor (Crown and Anchor Films)Gord Rand as Jim in Man Running (Man Running Ltd.) Emilie-Claire Barlow Lilly Bartlam Julie Lemieux Bryn McAuley Ana Sani Advertisement Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Ranveer trolls himself with toilet cleaner meme

first_imgMumbai: Ranveer Singh knows how to laugh at himself. The actor, who is popular for his wacky fashion choices, played along with social media trollers and shared a meme comparing his clothing to a toilet cleaner. Known as Bollywood’s livewire star, Ranveer on Thursday took to his Instagram stories to post a meme making fun of his dressing sense. It shows various versions of toilet cleaner bottles Harpic. His red and blue tracksuit perfectly matched the red and blue bottle of the cleaner. Alongside the meme, Ranveer wrote: “These Harpic bottles look lit as f***.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka He added a GIF in which Ranveer is seen pointing out a finger and laughing away. This is not the first time Ranveer has trolled himself. A couple of months ago, he had shared another meme on his dressing sense. It showed how his fashion choices change from quirky to classy when he steps out with his actress-wife Deepika Padukone. On the work front, Ranveer is currently prepping to portray the role of former Indian cricket team captain Kapil Dev in his upcoming film “’83”. Presented by Reliance Entertainment and directed by Kabir Khan, the film about India’s 1983 cricket World Cup victory will release on April 10, 2020.last_img read more

Signing Day Was Big For Unheralded Prep Footballers Too

All the attention and adulation for last week’s National Signing Day went to the country’s top players, like Robert Nkemdiche of Georgia, who chose Mississippi.But for Kris Smith of Flowery Branch High School near Atlanta, who has signed with Indiana University, the occasion was just as important and exciting, despite there being no ESPN cameras or significant gathering of media.The 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker Smith gave up football after the eighth grade to focus on basketball. But the urge was too great to not return to the field, and he resumed his football career in his junior year. In just two seasons, he flourished enough to earn a scholarship, making last Wednesday a special day.“I just can’t wait to play football when I get to Indiana,” Smith said.Smith’s father, Sean Smith, credits Rodrick Clark — a former assistant coach at Stephenson High School near Atlanta who co-founded Athletic Trust Advisers with Cosey Coleman and Tim Mason — for his son landing a Division I scholarship.Clark’s and Coleman’s company helps parents and young athletes navigate college options.“We were lost,” Sean Smith said. “We were a little behind. (Clark) told us what we needed to do as far as training, education and eating right. Kids had been getting letters since their sophomore year. I didn’t know that kids had to be registered to be recruited through the NCAA Clearinghouse.”Kris Smith was surprised at how much he learned from Clark about training and diet and that Clark was as committed as he was in the recruitment process.“It’s a blessing,” Sean Smith said when he learned his son was being offered scholarships. “We give God the credit and he orchestrated Coach Clark in our life.”William Koen Jr., a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman, signed his letter to play with Bethune Cookman University, a small school in Daytona Beach, Fla., that plays in the MEAC. For Koen, it was like he signed with Alabama.Coming out of Mt. View High, he earned looks from some Division I and I-AA schools. But offers were not coming in. Koen and his family were hooked up with Athletic Trust Advisers. There was some skepticism by William Koen Sr. — until Clark provided examples of others he had mentored.“Their family went 110 percent no matter what,” Clark said. “They trusted the process.”The family celebrated when  they received word that their son would be receive a scholarship from Bethune Cookman.“It was a weight lifted off my shoulders,” Koen Sr. said. “One of the best things that could have happened to me. Me and my wife (Tracey) danced around the house and gave each other high fives.”It was similar for Archer High corner back Trevellous Cheek and his family. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound Cheek is expected to sign with California. Clark said Cheek’s work ethic has been his strength.“He would go 110 percent on anything,” Clark said. “Grades, working out. He would call and ask questions and was eager to learn. He wanted to be the best on and off the field, to the point where he would be drained.”“He not only encouraged, he kept my son reaching,” Leon Cheek said of Clark. “That guy is a blessing to me, my family and so many other families. He helped us build this young man.”Trevellous Cheek added, “I learned small things about what wide receivers don’t like, such as to be touched. Especially, if you keep (hands) on them all the way through five yards.”Cheek’s teammate Deondre Singleton, who played corner back and safety, signed with Duke. And the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Singleton said aside from football, he learned from Clark the importance of dressing properly and speaking clearly and with authority to coaches and the media.“I had to learn how to work on my body language,” Singleton said. “No matter what school it was, I had to show the same body language.”For Archer defensive end Antonio Riles, who signed with Florida, Clark’s work was more about helping him raise his grade point average to meet admission qualifications, which he did.Some other local Atlanta recruits who will be attending college in the fall on a football scholarship are: Ernest Alexander of Archer High (going to Navy), Sean Fowler of Archer (Shorter College), Jaypee Philbert of Archer (Alabama State), Brandon Goodson of Dacula (Wofford), Chris Palmer of Collins Hill (Navy), Kyle Simmons of Druid Hills (Stetson University), Jay Turner of Parkview (Coastal Carolina), Detavius Long and Demetrius McClendon of Tri-Cities (West Georgia Tech).Each player that Clark has helped has vowed to come back and be a testimony to other high school football players, but William Koen Jr. summed it up best as far the collective sentiments they had for Athletic Trust Advisers.“Without coach Clark’s help I wouldn’t be anywhere,” Keon Jr. said. “Without his help I would not be getting a scholarship to college. If you’re a good football player, with coach Clark’s help he will make you a great football player.” read more

NCAA suspends Posey 5 more games AD Smith calls penalty harsh

Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey has been suspended five games by the NCAA beginning with Saturday’s game at Nebraska, the NCAA announced Friday. Posey must also pay back $720 he received for work he didn’t do from former booster Robert DiGeronimo. The NCAA’s ruling comes after OSU athletic director Gene Smith announced Monday that Posey, along with Dan Herron and Marcus Hall, would be suspended for Saturday’s game at Nebraska, also for being paid for work they didn’t do. “I am extremely disappointed with the NCAA’s decision regarding Devier Posey,” Smith said in a statement released Friday. “This penalty is harsh considering the nature of the violation and the five game suspension already served by this student athlete.” Larry James, Posey’s lawyer, said the NCAA ignored documentation that showed Posey worked proper hours, but said the NCAA had made up its mind, according to a tweet from Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I believe they think he was dirtied by Terrelle Pryor,” he said. “That’s the only thing that could make sense.” Attempts to reach James by phone and email were unsuccessful. Posey’s suspension follows a prior five game suspension for improper benefits in the form of free tattoos. He was scheduled to make his return at Nebraska this weekend prior to the new suspension. The suspension means Posey won’t be eligible to return until OSU hosts Penn State on Nov. 19. The team will finish the regular season by traveling to Michigan the next week, and then could play in the Big Ten Championship and a bowl game afterward, if necessary. DiGeronimo overpaid Posey by $720, being paid for 70 hours of work, despite actually working only 21.5 hours. He also received $102 in impermissible benefits for a round of golf. Herron was overpaid $292.50. He was paid for 104 hours of work, even though he only worked 84.5 hours. Hall was overpaid by $225. He was paid for 66.5 hours of work, despite only working 51 hours. Melvin Fellows and Etienne Sabino were also involved, though Fellows is no longer playing due to a career-ending injury and Sabino has already been reinstated. DiGeronimo has since been disassociated from the university. read more