80 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis82 Good causes have until 18th September to apply to become one of this year’s featured charities in The Times Christmas Appeal.All charities are eligible, and submissions should include brief background information about the charity as well as more detailed information on specific projects and case studies that illustrate their work. This should include any analysis of the success of these programmes in terms of their outcomes.The Times commits to running a story featuring the work of its chosen charities each day where possible during December and early January and so if keen to receive applications that contain eight or so distinct story ideas that illustrate the work of the charity and, in particular, provide a wide variety of individual human interest stories and illustrated reports from the field. The Times is also interested in ideas for video content, such as a short video to introduce the charity or cause and very short subsequent films on aspect of its work. Melanie May | 7 July 2017 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis82 79 total views, 1 views today Last year The Times supported Care International UK, Dogs for Good and the Royal Voluntary Service, and says its readers ‘have shown a clear preference for practical and innovative charities that find simple solutions for tough humanitarian challenges.’Applications should be submitted by 18th September and addressed to Craig Tregurtha, Managing Editor, The Times, 1 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9GF. The decision will be made by mid-October. The Times seeks charities to benefit from Christmas Appeal Tagged with: christmas media About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
Toni Morrison knew the power of words decades before her own changed the face of American literature.In her first Charles Eliot Norton Lecture Wednesday before a rapt audience at Sanders Theatre, the Nobel Prize winner and distinguished novelist set a powerful tone on the themes of belonging and “others,” beginning with an early memory of a visit from her great-grandmother Millicent MacTeer, a “tall, straight-backed” matriarch with “tar black” skin, who thought less of Morrison and her sister’s lighter brown complexion.“Your children have been tampered with,” Morrison recalled MacTeer telling her mother.That idea of separating identities has been a cornerstone of Morrison’s writing career (“The Bluest Eye,” “Beloved”), but on Wednesday she went deeper, examining literary text (“Uncle Tom’s Cabin”) side by side with a slave owner’s diary and a journal of scientific racism. The Mahindra Humanities Center is hosting the Norton talks, titled “The Literature of Belonging: The Origin of Others.” Director Homi K. Bhabha, who is also the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, welcomed Morrison with gravitas.“Never before have I felt the profound need for her presence as today,” he said, pointing to election rhetoric, immigration impasse, and police killings of young African-Americans. “I take comfort from the fact that it is this very darkness — of racism, inequality, violence, totalitarian power — to which Toni Morrison has, for so many years, brought light and life and understanding.”The 85-year-old, who this week was awarded the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Lifetime Achievement, enjoyed a sustained standing ovation before beginning to lecture. Speaking from a wheelchair, she described her return to Harvard as “comforting,” then launched into the human tendency “to separate and judge those not in our pact.”She took aim at Samuel Cartwright, a doctor who, in the early half of the 1800s, invented “drapetomania” as a disorder of slaves who desired to flee servitude. This desire for power and control, which found its way into the New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal, illustrated the need “to identify an outsider in order to define oneself,” Morrison said.But her contrast of Thomas Thistlewood’s diary with Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was most dramatic. In the upper-class English slave owner’s personal writings, she read straightforward records of his daily life. There were purchases of sugar and there were weather reports recanted with the same directness as his sexual relations with slaves.Translating Thistlewood’s Latin text, Morrison read: “Sup. lect. for on the bed, sup terr. for on the ground, in silva for in the woods … not satisfied, sed non bene.”The directness was cutting, and Morrison followed immediately with Stowe’s flowery, over-the-top description of Uncle Tom and Aunt Chloe’s humble home and a visit from Master George. Calling it “literary protectionism,” Morrison said “the natural beauty Stowe takes pains to describe is cultivated, welcoming, seductive, and excessive.”Even more astonishing, Morrison argued, was the meal where Uncle Tom and Aunt Chloe watched as Master George tossed food toward Mose and Pete.“For Stowe, slavery is sexually and romantically sanitized and perfumed,” she contended. “Food is thrown on the floor, on a dirt floor for their children to scramble for. It’s an odd scene designed, I think, to amuse and reassure the reader that everything in this atmosphere is safe.”Stowe’s work provided the title of this first lecture, “Romancing Slavery,” but Morrison, the 58th scholar named to the Charles Eliot Norton Professorship of Poetry, ended by teasing themes from the novel she is currently working on.“How does one move from a non-racial womb to the womb of racism?”Morrison’s remaining Charles Eliot Norton lectures are: “Being and Becoming the Stranger” (March 8), “The Color Fetish” (March 9), “Configurations of Blackness” (March 22), “Narrating the Other” (April 11), and “The Foreigner’s Home” (April 16). Starting always at 4 p.m., the lectures are free, but require a ticket. Tickets are available at noon the day of the lecture at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St. (or online with a processing fee).
Chairman of Edo State Football Association, Frank Ilaboya has given a pat on the back to the state governor, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy Rt. Hon Philip Shaibu over the promotion of Bendel Insurance to the elite class of the nation’s domestic league.An excited Ilaboya who spoke after Insurance beat arch rivals 3SC to confirm their NPFL qualification in the Aba Super 8 play off said the return of Insurance was clearly a fall out of the massive support the club enjoyed from Gov Obaseki.“The support for Insurance from the state government was total. The players got all that they needed to perform from the governor. Gov Obaseki rebranded the club and I m so excited that after over a decade Insurance are back to where they rightly belong. Bendel Insurance “The Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu has equally been wonderful. He not only motivated the players but even stepped unto the pitch to play making history as the first sitting deputy governor to lace boots in the Nigerian league. As FA chairman, I m happy this is happening in our time,” Ilaboya said.Ilaboya who is Owan West Local G,overnment chairman said soccer fans should watch out for Insurance this season as they would make their return in grand style insisting that the target of the club would be to do well and possibly pick a continental ticket.“As we speak, the government is working on the Ogbe Stadium which would be used to host the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival. We would also want the arena to host continental football and with the kind of wonderful attention sports is receiving in the state, Insurance would go continental,” Ilaboya said.He further disclosed that the state’s female team, Edo Queens would also get the same kind of treatment Insurance are getting.“Gov Obaseki is also planning big for Edo Queens. The female team would soon be rebranded and just like Insurance we want to see Edo Queens climb to the top of female football in the country.“On the whole, the state government has total package for sports. It is not just the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium that is being reconstructed. The government is building 20 mini stadiums in all the local government areas across the state. Sports in this state has never had it so good,” Ilaboya concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Asante Kotoko’s board have been granted audience with club owner Otumfour Osei Tutu II.A meeting between the Asantehene and the board is scheduled for 13:00 GMT at the Manhyia Palace on Friday according to Metro941.com.The board is expected to bring the owner up to speed with recent developments in the club.The board is also expected to present to the Otumfour their plans for the new season.What is however unclear is whether the owner will be making sweeping changes to the club’s administration.Many are already speculating the Ashanti King will use the opportunity to dissolve the board and appoint a new one. But indications gathers so far by Metro941.com shows the board’s dissolution is unlikely though some changes and new directives of the future of the club could possibly be issued.The Asantehene per a trend analysis does not often sack or dissolve key institutions on a working day – he usually does it on a weekend – making the prospect of the board’s dissolution even more unlikely.The board also has its support for the several infrastructural developments in the club to show as their work done over their almost three-year period in office.The camp of the Ghana Premier League champions has been unstable since the resignation of Executive chairman Dr. Desmond Sarpong.A lot of administrative processes have grinded to a halt with the club through into a huge state of uncertainty. All 10 remaining board members including Alhaji Ahmed Bandoh and Ricky Boakye who refused to work under the chairmanship of Dr. Sarpong are expected to be present at this meeting on Friday.The board members include; Mr Kabral Blay-Amihere, Mr Paul Adu-Gyamfi, Mr Ricky Boakye Yiadom, Alhaji Ahmed Bando and Mr Mike Twum Barimah.The rest are Alhaji Abu Lamin, Mrs Agnes Osei-Peters, Mr Kofi Duah Adonten, Bernard Akwasi Ziel and Wilberforce Mfum.
Facebook11Tweet0Pin0 The first draft of this weekend’s summary centered around the Apple Cup and the miserable failure of my beloved Huskies to pull out a win. Despite the fact that I lost two bets (no money, just pride), I just can’t fill two paragraphs with my laments over Friday’s game. Plus, besides being a central game for college football fans, there really is no “tie-in” to ThurstonTalk.So, let’s talk about shopping instead. Because, in all reality, half the population was likely shopping on Friday afternoon instead of being glued to their television set.Shop Downtown Olympia Merchants On Small Business SaturdaySmall Business Saturday, a national movement to support small businesses during Thanksgiving weekend, has passed, but there are still many shopping days remaining. Turn to this article for some great gift ideas as well as planning a shopping day in downtown Olympia, supporting your favorite local merchants. Watch for another article, coming soon, about non-material gifts you can give.The Salvation Army’s Iconic Slogan “Soup, Soap, and Salvation” Continues To Instill Hope In Thurston CountyWhile you were out this weekend, you likely came into contact with one of the Salvation Army’s bell ringers. Read about how the organization serves our community and understand more about the bell ringers role in making a difference. Then, drop a few coins into the pot.Providence St. Peter Foundation Celebrates Its 25th Christmas ForestAnd, now that you are truly ready for the holiday spirit, make plans to visit the Providence Christmas Forest next week. Preparations are being completed in advance of the opening event on Wednesday. All funds raised support vital healthcare resources in our community.Finally, a quick reminder that there are loads of activities happening in downtown Olympia today (Sunday). Here is the event schedule for the Downtown for the Holidays celebration.I saw Coug fans around downtown yesterday and I promise that I did not trip them or berate their win. I will let our sports writer, Tom Rohrer, have a few minutes next week to gloat about the win. But, then I will remind him of the Apple Cup series history (there is a lot more purple on that chart) and make a casual mention that Dawg fans will be back next year for revenge.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia. If you have a suggestion for a story, send us a note at submit[email protected] For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.
Advertisement 5ntNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsc14vWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec6evcf92( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 23m7qWould you ever consider trying this?😱cgm43Can your students do this? 🌚5fwvnRoller skating! Powered by Firework The ladies did it! On Saturday, the Indian women’s hockey team confirmed their place in next year’s Olympic Games at Tokyo. In a tight contest against USA, the team came out on top as 6-5 winners on aggregate, despite losing the second fixture by 1-4 in the double-legged FIH Qualifiers in Bhubaneswar.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesThe first leg of the tie which was played on Friday, saw India produce a fantastic performance, thrashing the USA ladies by 5-1. However, the Indian girls looked out of touch from the very first minute of the game today, as USA quickly took a massive 4-0 lead during the first half. Striker Amanda Magadan scored twice in the 5th and 28th minutes, while skipper Kathleen Sharkey (14th) and Alyssa Parker (20th) added another two, equalising the aggregate score to 5-5.India on the other hand, had to find a reply and in the third minute of the second half, Rani Rampal scored the crucial goal. Fortunately for the Indians, the American women were unable to find a winner by the end of the game.Advertisement The Indian women’s team first participated in the world’s biggest sporting stage at the 1980 Moscow Olympics but failed to qualify for the next 35 years. They were back in the tournament last term and qualified for Rio in 2015.Advertisement Advertisement
By Jim McConvilleMONMOUTH BEACH _ There are two lights on either side of Bill Marsh’s driveway that are unlike any others on the street. They may not be illuminated every night, but when he flicks them on from a switch in his living room, a smile unfolds across his face. The lights are warm with history, and their soft light ignites the clearest of memories.A natural storyteller, Marsh glows with excitement as he recounts the tale of his more than 50-year residence in the same house, 70 years as a firefighter and decades of dedication to his family and community.“While I was in service, I saved up $400,” he said. “I wanted a motorcycle but my father didn’t want that for me, so he took it to the borough hall and bought this lot. I tore down two old houses and started building this one in 1950.”Marsh went to Long Branch High School but left early to join the Navy. Returning in 1946, he joined the borough’s fire department, a company he was active in even before leaving for military service.“A lot of the original firefighters left and they let the kids help,” he said. “I started when I was about 12. It was quite a thing to get mixed up with the fire company years ago. Close to a hundred members when I first started.”Honored last month for 70 years of service in the Monmouth Beach Fire Department (MBFD), Marsh has dedicated his life to the community. He became fire chief in 1960 and began serving as the borough electrician in 1965, two positions his father, Herbert Marsh, also held.ill Marsh, bottom row, center, with a group of fellow Monmouth Beach firefighters on Sept. 13, 1947, helping the Red Bank Fire Department celebrate its 75th anniversary. Back row, from left: James R. Maney, Harry West, Chief Walter Roe, Robert Burns. Middle row: Walter Mihm, Ira Miller Jr. and Andrew Nilsen.Marsh’s work as an electrician and firefighter became a family affair. His late wife, Myrtle, would often drive the dump truck while Marsh would haul out a stepladder to climb and replace the burned out bulbs in the streetlights on Ocean Avenue. His son-in-law, Kevin Keeshan, and grandsons, Brian and Kevin, Jr., are also members of the MBFD. In fact, the Monmouth Beach Fire Department roster is dotted with Marsh names.Marsh recounts tales of rescues during massive house fires and harrowing floods as if they were just another day at the office. When asked about his proudest moment as a firefighter, he modestly struggles to talk about himself. He settles on autumn 1960, when Hurricane Donna had flooded most of the town.“Johnny Peterson lived on Johnson Street, and he was handicapped,” Marsh said. “I picked him up from his bed, carried him out and got him in the rowboat. I rowed him back to the fire department.”Even when discussing the fire department and his life in Monmouth Beach, Marsh can’t help but credit the others who helped to shape the town, as well as his beloved, “Myrt.” The two met in North Long Branch School; she was a Girl Scout and he was a Boy Scout. She started the Lady’s Fire Auxiliary in Monmouth Beach. Once, when a meeting was delayed because the trucks had not been pulled out, Myrtle got into the truck and pulled it out of the garage herself. To this day, she is the only woman to ever drive a MBFD truck.Marsh describes the difficulties of fighting fires years ago in a small town. “The water mains weren’t as big as they are now,” he said. “We had to lay out how we were going to attack if we had fires. The fire at the Monmouth Beach Inn we pumped out of the river and used the main on Riverdale Avenue.”He became an instrumental member of the truck committee that secured the department’s first 100-foot tower truck.Now, a month before his 90th birthday, Marsh is optimistic about the future of his hometown department.“You gotta be young,” he said. “We still have kids that are active. They play ball in the summer. We’ve got a good team.”When asked what it meant to serve the community for so long, he answered without hesitation.“I never looked at it like that,” he said. “I just did my job. When the whistle blew, you’d go.”The lamps on either side of Marsh’s driveway offer a dusty glow in the blue winter afternoon, a reminder of the duty they once accomplished. When turned on, they shine the same golden light they once shined over Ocean Avenue. They are the same lamps that Marsh once stood on a stepladder to replace, while Myrtle kept the dump truck running below.
29 April 2011There are huge opportunities for banks to get involved in the transformation of South Africa’s agricultural sector by providing finance to small-holder farmers and farm workers, and advice to established farmers seeking black economic empowerment (BEE) partners.This is according to Standard Bank, which foresees an increase in BEE activity in the country’s agricultural sector in the medium term as large-scale farmers come under more pressure to comply with transformation requirements.“[The] government’s Agri-BEE policy includes a target that calls for 50% of South Africa’s agricultural produce sold by retailers to be procured from previously disadvantaged producers, partly as a means of improving market access for previously disadvantaged producers,” Standard Bank’s Diale Mokgojwa said in a statement this month.“Most big farmers produce for the local market, especially large retailers, who are now insisting on their suppliers being more compliant with BEE requirements.”He said Standard Bank was considering financing farm worker equity stakes, especially in the Western Cape province, where “there is a huge appetite” among existing large-scale farmers to have black equity partners.Ring-fenced credit linesMokgojwa added that the bank was on track to advance the R500-million ring-fenced credit line it announced last year as part of its strategy to assist small-holder farmers, with a number of funding projects nearing completion.The fund forms part of the bank’s strategy to empower black farmers to become part of mainstream agriculture, and its broader transformation plan.“We aim to be a leading bank in the transformation of agriculture,” he said. “But no single sector or organisation can achieve transformation in agriculture on its own.“It’s critical that sector partners such as [the] government, commercial farmers, suppliers and communities work together with each doing what they’re best at.”Standard Bank has under consideration projects in the sugar, citrus, livestock and grain production sectors, and should have more news on some of these projects over the rest of 2011.“The overarching goal with the ring-fenced credit line is to make finance accessible to the right entrepreneurs,” Mokgojwa said. “We are hoping to provide banking services and financing to more black farmers or black consortiums buying stakes in existing entities.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
As many as 27 FIRs have been lodged against Samajwadi Party leader and Lok Sabha MP Azam Khan in the last one month on the allegation that he grabbed farmers’ land for his university in Rampur, police said. Khan, who was a cabinet minister in Uttar Pradesh during the Akhilesh Yadav-led regime, is the founder and Chancellor of the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University which came into being in 2006.“Since July 11, over two dozen farmers have approached the police with allegations of encroachment of their land for the university. We have registered 27 FIRs in these cases and investigations are underway,” Superintendent of Police, Rampur, Ajay Pal Sharma told PTI. Largely, he said, these cases have been registered under Indian Penal Code sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 342 (wrongful confinement), 447 (criminal trespass), 389 (putting a person in fear of accusation of offence, in order to commit extortion), 506 (criminal intimidation).“Some farmers have claimed of land grab of one bigha, some two, some much more. Altogether, so far, complaint for 0.349 hectare land encroachment has been lodged and necessary action is being taken,” Sharma said.“Punishment in these cases could be arrest and imprisonment up to 10 years besides monetary penalty,” the officer said. The Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, which has enrolled over 3,000 students, is spread over an area of 121 hectares, according to its website. Besides the land grab FIRs, the Rampur Police had lodged a criminal case against university authorities on June 16 on a complaint by the principal of the 250-year-old Rampur-based Oriental College, earlier known as Madrasa Aliya, that over 9,000 books were stolen and taken to the library of the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University.