Rev. Torli Krua, pastor of the Boston-based Ziah Mission Baptist Church, spoke of an under-reported consequence of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library in early November.The status of thousands of citizens from West Africa stranded in the United States with no support due to flight cancellations, border closures and other extraordinary circumstances that Krua spoke of has changed.As of Nov. 21, the Department of Homeland Security has granted temporary protective status to citizens of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia who have been stuck in the U.S. due to the Ebola epidemic. The change in immigration status will enable citizens from those countries to work in the U.S. for a period of 18 months.”I feel great,” Krua told The Lincoln County News. “The problem of being stranded in winter in a foreign country is no small problem. I’ve been getting a lot of phone calls from people. Everyone is very happy.”Alfrida Barr, a Liberian, joined Krua at the Boothbay Harbor lecture Nov. 8 to speak about her experience. Barr has been stuck in New England since August with her 2-year-old daughter, Pearl. She was unable to return home and, until recently, she was unable to work in the U.S. to support herself and her daughter.Krua was actively raising awareness about the plight of stranded West African citizens like Barr through petitions, media advocacy and contact with legislators. He was attempting to have those individuals granted temporary protective status. His efforts were successful.”This is what democracy is all about,” Krua said. “If you see a need, you can’t just sit and wait for the government to do something. The people need to stand up and do it.” Jason Schlosser, of Southport, was an early signatory to a petition for temporary protective status circulated by Krua. “I was moved to sign the petition because of the relationships I have with refugees here in New England,” Schlosser said.”The issue became much different for me after interacting with them and seeing their path as displaced persons. Meeting Alfrida and Pearl, knowing that they were homeless, was the reason alone I was moved to sign the petition.”Noting the divisiveness caused by immigration policy, Schlosser said he was pleased to learn that temporary protective status was granted to citizens from the Ebola-ravaged nations of West Africa. But he wished it was something that brought people together rather than tore them apart.”I was happy for Alfrida and Pearl,” Schlosser said. “But I was heavy-hearted about some of the division that the petition caused on the political level. We as people seem to be so easily divided.”The immigration debate has been the subject of heated discourse on Capitol Hill and in local communities. Temporary protective status is not a pathway to citizenship in the U.S. It is a temporary immigration status change extended to foreign nationals under extreme circumstances. It gives them the opportunity to find legal employment in the United States for a limited period of time.The change in immigration status for the approximately 8,000 individuals from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia stranded in the U.S. will generate revenue for the US government, Krua said. According to him, the fee to apply for temporary protective status is USD518 and the U.S. government will collect taxes on the legal employment of those individuals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
GBTI staff partaking in the blood drive exerciseThe Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI), Water Street Branch on Thursday conducted its seventh annual blood drive, where employees and customers were given an opportunity to save lives.World Blood Donor Day 2019 is marked for celebration on Friday, honouring persons who have made blood contributions in the past.As such, GBTI partnered with the National Blood Transfusion Service and took the responsibility of facilitating the exercise as part of their corporate responsibility.Acting Branch Manager, Raymond Ford explained that employees were willingly taking up the mantle of assisting in whatever way they could.“This activity, while it is initiated by the staff at Water Street, we are positive that we have the full support of staff across the entire network and even customers come in and give us the support. We can say with all certainty that we will continue to host this activity on a yearly basis. Employees are donating blood.”He emphasised that donating blood is very important, hence the decision to continue this venture.“We’re very pleased to know that at GBTI Water Street, we are in support of this very worthy cause whereby we can actually marshal people together in aid of people who might be in need of blood. It’s a very worthwhile venture because it can be your daughter, child or friend who might be in need of blood.One of the staff members of the National Blood Transfusion Service, Staunza Bamfield, expressed that they have been partnering with small and large companies to acquire the much-needed units of blood.She added that the response at GBTI was overwhelming.“GBTI is one of our collaborators. We’re proud to be here and this initiative is wonderful. The staff is great and the response is tremendous. Once you call us, we’re happy to respond,” she explained.Throughout the day, many persons would have contributed to the cause and they were able to raise a significant amount of units. While this is a usual activity at the bank, they are also planning a health fair, which will be executed during the latter part of this year.In January, a total of 30 units were raised through a similar exercise at the Water Street Branch. The Blood Bank is always in need of blood, given the constant demand from patients across the country. In some occasions, the organisation also face shortages.
As part of our build up to the new year, we have been revealing the most popular content on talkSPORT.com for every month of 2015. Today, on New Year’s Eve, we look back on the final month of the year…BEST OF TALKSPORT.COM: DECEMBER 2015MOST READ – THE 10 BIGGEST STARS FREE TO TALK TO NEW CLUBS IN JANUARYThe transfer window is about to open, so check out this list of big name players who can talk to clubs in the coming month.MOST POPULAR FEATURE – FOOTBALL MANAGER 2016: 30 WONDERKIDS YOU MUST SIGNCheck them out, here.MOST POPULAR INTERVIEW – ‘SICKNOTE STURRIDGE A LUXURY LIVERPOOL CAN’T AFFORD’A Champions League winner with Liverpool told talkSPORT the Reds simply can’t rely on the England striker. Check out the interview, here.TALKSPORT.COM PICK OF THE MONTHThe new Stamford Bridge looks like… THIS! Zlatan Ibrahimovic 1
Danielle and Honey enjoying the snow in Glenties. Photo by Charlie Boyle.This snowman has no time for water meters. Picture taken by Philip McFadden.Junior Cert Students from Colaiste Ailigh Letterkenny taking a few minutes out from studying.Little Georgina Platt from Newtown enjoying the snow for the first time.Tiffany Marley and her snowman in Killygordon.What a COOL dude this snowman is. 🙂Gaoth Dobhair covered in a blanket of snow. Picture taken by Patsy Ferry.Patsy Ferry took these snaps from Gaoth Dobhair earlier this afternoon.Heavy Snow in Drumkeen. Picture taken by Erin O’Donnell.Stunning picture in Ramelton. Picture taken by Eilish Gallagher.These little kids are enjoying building snowmen. Picture by Denise McDaid.Picture by Cathal Casey of Scoil Rann na Feirste closed following the snow today.Shirley Quigley took this beautiful picture in Inishowen.Ballymacool Park in Letterkenny. Picture by Chris Campbell.Beautiful picture taken in the outskirts of Letterkenny. Paula O’Connor.Muckish Mountain. Photo by Neil Mc Teague.Stunning picture of Rathmullan House.Snow at The Market Square in Letterkenny. Photo by Martin Connaghan.Picture Special: Above are a selection of simply stunning images taken in various parts of Donegal today following a heavy overnight falling of snow. The snow continued to fall throughout the day and that forced many schools and businesses across Donegal to close.Kids across Donegal couldn’t wait to get home and build those snowmen, or start those epic snowball fights.Even the adults enjoy the snowball fights, as the kid in everyone of us returns when the snow starts falling.With more snow expected overnight there’s a good chance many schools will be forced to close again as road conditions may be deemed to dangerous to undertake. If that happens we all know what that means…… SNOWFIGHT!!!! 🙂If you’ve got any images of the snow that you want to send in then please do so.Send your images in to email@example.com MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTY IN IRELAND: STUNNING PICTURE SPECIAL OF DONEGAL IN THE SNOW was last modified: January 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Featuresnewspicture specialsnow
Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Golovin scored a sensational free-kick in the opening game of the World Cup 1 “In addition to Chelsea, Golovin also claimed Juventus had interest. However, our main competitor was Chelsea.“I believe that Monaco offered more favourable conditions for the club and a more understandable project for the player.”It was understood CSKA Moscow had accepted a £27 million bid, but Golovin was keen to bide his time and wait for the best offer.And now it appears Maurizio Sarri’s side have lost the race. RANKED LIVING THE DREAM Latest Transfer stories from talkSPORT.COM Aleksandr Golovin is set to snub Chelsea and sign for Monaco, according to reports.The CSKA Moscow man was linked with a move to the Blues after a stellar season which saw him play an integral part in Russia reaching the World Cup quarter-finals. targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED IN DEMAND However, a move to Ligue 1 seems the most likely destination after a five-year deal was agreed.According to Russian publication Sport Express, the French side’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev confirmed the 22-year-old waited until the last-minute to choose his destination.Vasiliev revealed: “Monaco and CSKA Moscow today agreed on the transfer of Golovin on a five-year contract.“Honestly, until the last moment I was not sure that I would be able to co-ordinate this transfer. LATEST
Irish band Director have been announced as one of the many bands playing at the 2011 Blue Jean Country Queen Festival.The award winning rock quartet will take to the stage on Saturday 4th June in the small town of Athboy, Co. Meath where the annual event takes place.Coupled with the fact that award winning production company ‘Mind the Gap Films’ will be filming this years festival for a TV3 documentary, there is great excitement surrounding what promises to one of the better summer festivals. Siobhan Coyle is Donegal’s representative in the 2011 Festival, the twenty fourth to date organised by Meath Macra na Feirme.Siobhan and the other thirty-one expected Queens are guaranteed a fun-filled, action packed weekend. From Friday 3rd June when they are interviewed on Stage in the Old Darnley Lodge Hotel, to the final music session on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, they have a hectic schedule.Saturday afternoon sees Siobhan and the other Queens taking to the streets for a carnival which guarantees fun and frolics for all the family. While on Sunday the Queens will change from fancy dress to modelling dress to formal dress all within twelve hours!Among the top national artists on this year’s programme are DIRECTOR, who along with Navan band THE MYTH play in the Festival marquee on Saturday 4th June, and LEBOWSKI who play on Sunday 5th June. The presence of Matt Leavy, Buck Mulligan’s Nite Club and Old Stagecoach on the itinerary ensure that all tastes are catered for. Siobhan herself is a 31 year old member of Mevagh branch of Macra na Feirme and is a Research Student. Her hobbies include Jujitsu, Dancing, Community activism and of course Macra.Although fun is the name of the game Siobhan and the other Queens will be competing for some wonderful prizes. First prize sponsored by Farrelly Brothers Agricultural Contractors is €1500 and the title of Blue Jean Country Queen 2011. The runner-up will receive €750 sponsored by Stephens Cooke & Co, while the winner of third prize receives €350 sponsored by Gilsenan Brothers.The winner of 2011 Blue Jean Country Queen title will be announced at midnight on Sunday 5th June and will be crowned by reigning queen, Meath’s Celine Smyth. This year they will also receive a specially commissioned tiara sponsored by goldsmith Sara Hunter.Tickets can be bought online at www.bluejeanfest.com and can also be bought on the door but banquet tickets must be booked in advance. For Ticket Sales and Enquiries call 087-2154729.DONEGAL’S SIOBHAN BIDS TO BE BLUE JEAN COUNTRY QUEEN was last modified: May 30th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:blue jean country queenmevaghsoibhan coyle
Drake heads into the final month of the season with a pair of home games, hosting defending PFL champions San Diego (Nov. 3) and Marist (Nov. 10) in its home finale. 2018 Drake Football ScheduleDate Opponent Time (CST)Sept. 1 William Jewell 6 p.m.Sept. 8 at Montana TBASept. 15 Missouri S&T 1 p.m.Sept. 29 at Jacksonville 12 p.m.Oct. 6 Butler 1 p.m.Oct. 13 Stetson 1 p.m. Oct. 20 at Dayton 12 p.m. Oct. 27 at Valparaiso 1 p.m. Nov. 3 San Diego 1 p.m.Nov. 10 Marist 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at Morehead State TBA The Bulldogs kick off Pioneer Football League action with a road trip to Jacksonville on Sept. 29. Drake opens the 2018 campaign at home versus NCAA Division II William Jewell on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. in Drake Stadium for the second time in the last four years. The Bulldogs topped the Cardinals in their 2015 season opener. Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – Fifth-year head coach Rick Fox unveiled the Drake University football team’s 2018 schedule on Friday, which features six games at Drake Stadium and a road game at Montana. The Bulldogs head to Missoula, Mont. on Sept. 8 to take on the Montana Grizzlies. The Grizzlies have made 23 playoff appearances, including seven FCS Championship games. 2018 Schedule Print Friendly Version “We are excited to have the opportunity to play the Montana Grizzlies in one of the premier stadiums in the nation and against a perennial FCS power,” said Fox. The team follows up the two-game home stand with consecutive road contests at Dayton (Oct. 20) and Valparaiso (Oct. 27), respectively. Drake closes out its non-conference schedule on Sept. 15 when it hosts Missouri S&T for the first time since 2011. The Bulldogs close out the regular season at Morehead State on Nov. 17. “Our six home games give our fans a tremendous opportunity to see their Bulldogs in Des Moines,” said Fox. “The Bulldogs cannot wait for Sept. 1 and to get back on the field and play the greatest game on the planet.” Drake returns to Drake Stadium for back-to-back home games, welcoming Butler (Oct. 6) and Stetson (Oct. 13) to open the month of October.
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17 July 2015The General Council of the Bar of South Africa will bestow the Sydney and Felicia Kentridge Award on Thuli Madonsela, the public protector, at its annual general meeting in Cape Town on 18 July 2015.The tribute is given to people or institutions that have made an outstanding contribution to law in southern Africa worthy of public recognition.“I am deeply honoured by the award‚” Madonsela said.“The greatest value in these awards is the recognition and affirmation of the public protector as an institution,” the advocate said. “They also inspire interest in the institution as an important avenue for access to justice in the area of administrative law and public accountability as an essential for strengthening constitutional democracy.”The awardThe award is named after Sydney Kentridge‚ who was the counsel for the defence in major South Africa political trials‚ and his late wife‚ Felicia‚ who was also a human rights advocate.Lady Kentridge‚ who died last month‚ was a co-founder of the Legal Resources Centre.Previous recipients of the award include late chief justices Arthur Chaskalson and Pius Langa; Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke; Justice Yvonne Mokgoro; senior counsel George Bizos; and human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa from Zimbabwe.Office of the Public ProtectorMadonsela has been the public protector since October 2009 following a unanimous vote in parliament. She is the first woman to hold the position.“Since Advocate Madonsela took office, the Public Protector as a constitutional institution has tackled tough questions and has received unprecedented national and international recognition,” reads her profile on the Office’s website, “which has included her being recognised by Time magazine as one of the world’s most influential people in 2014.”The main job of her office is to investigate abuses of power and maladministration of state affairs, mediate administrative disputes, and advise on possible solutions through recommendations and reports.SAinfo reporter
As the country celebrates 25 years of democracy, South Africans are encouraged to reflect on how the country has, for decades, been at the forefront of the struggle for human rights. Political freedom came when the struggle against apartheid, resulted in democratic rule. South Africa has continuously played a significant role in the economic development and progress of a democracy gained through open, inclusive dialogue with the spirit of Ubuntu.The country’s values as reflected in the constitution, entrench the rights of all its people, affirming respect for human dignity, equality and freedom. The recent attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu Natal are in contradiction of what we fought against and are a threat to who we are as a nation.Brand South Africa condemns these attacks and appeals to citizens to play their part in fighting against any form of violence against humanity, understanding the impact of these actions on the reputation of the country. This country has become home to many foreign nationals, this is why we are known to be a warm and welcoming nation. President Ramaphosa said “Xenophobia has no place in our democracy and we must do everything to root it out. As South Africans, we owe our freedom to the solidarity and support given to our liberation struggle by people across our continent and around the world”.In the true spirit of Ubuntu, South Africa’s largest disaster response NGO; Gift of the Givers has responded to the attacks by providing, amongst others, food, blankets, sanitary pads, disposable nappies, and hygiene packs to the displaced foreign nationals.Dr Imitiaz Sooliman, Founder of the NGO said: “Never must it be said that South Africans, in general, did not lend a helping hand or remained silent when fellow humans were suffering.”It is to this end that Brand South Africa calls on all citizens to take a stand against these violent attacks. “Whilst we make a call on all South Africans to support our initiative to show that we are a nation that cares, we also call on government, community and religious leaders to sit down and finally resolve this untenable state of circumstances permanently,” adds Sooliman. South Africa is also assisting hundreds of thousands of people affected in the wake of Cyclone Idai, in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Collaborative Relief efforts from the South African National Defense Force, South African Police Services and the Department of Health, offering defence helicopters to airlift people from flooded areas, trained dogs and their handlers to assist with the search and rescue efforts and humanitarian relief.The President of South Africa and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation have called on individuals and organisations, locally and internationally, to donate non-perishable foodstuff, blankets, clean water, medical supplies and financial aid to assist. Citizens are encouraged to play their part and assist their time, money, skills and may reach out to Gift of the Givers; http://www.giftofthegivers.org/contribute