A woman of fortitude – Albertina Sisulu

first_imgAs we bid farewell women’s month, let us reflect on this year’s centenarian Mama Sisulu’s strength and resilience, and how young women are taking up the baton to stand against gender-based issues, evident in the #TotalShutDown march.Young women continue the legacy left behind by the great women of the 1956 Women’s march and amplifying the centenary theme for Mama Sisulu “A woman of fortitude”. The appreciation of women and their hard work in holding up and building this country is a continuous acknowledgement.Albertina Sisulu was a fearless champion of democracy and human rights. The centenary celebrations have been marked by a series of commemorative events.One of this, is Brand South Africa nationwide outdoor campaign which has over 23 branded trucks with Mama Sisulu’s image captioned “Be driven by the spirit of giving”, a clear reminder to all citizens to be the legacy, thus echoing the theme for the centenary in recognition of her courage, selflessness, integrity and love for her country.Another significant acknowledgement of Mama Sisulu’s centenary is the renaming of a very rare orchid which grows in the hills just above the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden. The special Orchid is renamed Albertina Sisulu Orchid by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). The botanical name of the critically endangered orchid, Brachycorythis conica subsp. Transvaalensis, grows a mere 2.5 km.Some Facts About the Albertina Sisulu Orchid:The orchid was first discovered in 1918 – same year that Mama Sisulu was bornSince 1918 it has been recorded 16 times mostly from GautengThe orchid was only given its botanical name in 1955 – the year that Mama Sisulu joined the African National Congress Women’s LeagueThe orchid was last seen a year later in 1956 – the year that Mama Sisulu joined over 20 000 women, to march against the apartheid pass laws to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.The orchid was not seen again or recorded again for 51 years until 2007 – just four years before the passing of Mama SisuluThe plant occurs partly on Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden property. It was important to give it an African name that reflects its value as a uniquely South African natural heritage which can be found nowhere else in the world.Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #MaSisulu100 #GetInvolved @PlayYourPartSASource: http://pza.sanbi.org/brachycorythis-conica-subsp-transvaalensislast_img read more

Ohio hosts American Dairy Goat Association national show

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Dairy Goat Association‘s 2018 National Show has been running this week at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, continuing through Saturday. Ohio Ag Net’s Lea Kimley caught up with the ADGA president Robin Saum from Fairfield County and Kirt Schnipke, of Ober-Boerd Dairy Goats, (who had the Reserve Grand Champion Oberhasli at the competition) to talk about the unique aspects of the dairy goat world. This among the largest national dairy goat shows ever with over 3,200 animals pre-registered and nine breeds represented.last_img

Glenn Maxwell boasts of highest strike rate among players with 1000 IPL runs

first_imgWith great power comes great responsibility. Glenn Maxwell seems to be enjoying his captaincy as the Australian all-rounder delighted the home crowd with yet another majestic display of batting against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Holkar stadium in Indore. (Match Highlights | Scorecard)Maxwell hammered 43 off only 22 balls and was involved in an unbeaten 72-run stand for the third wicket with Hashim Amla (58* off 38 balls) to script an eight-wicket win over Bangalore.Chasing a paltry 149 for victory, KXIP reached the target in 14.3 overs to register their second win on the trot.Maxwell’s thunderous knock was studded with three fours and four sixes and he also became the 51st player to complete 1000 IPL runs in the process. Maxwell also has the highest strike rate and has so far struck six half-centuries in the cash-rich T20 league. (De Villiers returns to show what RCB were missing)He has played 45 matches and now has 1005 runs at a strike rate of 164.75.The 28-year-old credited his team’s bowlers after the win.”Feeling good. It’s been a great start for us. The bowlers set it up for us. To keep it to 23 in the powerplay was a great effort. Our bowlers seemed to get something out of this wicket when there was something there. The boys have been adaptable, I can’t ask for more than that,” Maxwell said at the post match presentation ceremony.The ‘Big Show’, in the KXIP’s first match, had played a captain’s knock of 44 off 20 balls against Rising Pune Supergiant to start his IPL captaincy debut with a win.advertisement”It’s nice to be comfortable. Feel like I can control. Nice to have the leadership and it’s giving me the extra bit of responsibility. Hopefully, we keep the winning form,” Maxwell had said.KXIP, who had finished at the bottom of the table in 2016, have looked in good form this season.last_img read more

13 days agoCiaran Clark pondered quitting Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ciaran Clark pondered quitting Newcastleby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Ciaran Clark sought talks with manager Steve Bruce over his future in the summer.The Evening Chronicle says the centre-back spoke to Bruce after interest was shown in the Ireland defender. Crystal Palace were among the sides who looked at Clark, who made his first start of the season on Sunday against Manchester United. But Bruce told he that he wanted to “assess” his options, and utilised Clark – who has been “waiting for his chance”. last_img

Ed Asner To Host Poker Tournament And Celebrity Casino Night For Autism

first_imgEd Asner and Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, presents the 4th Annual Ed Asner & Friends Poker Tournament and Celebrity Casino Night on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM, on the 30th Floor of the USC Tower Steelcase WorkLife Center/City View Penthouse in Downtown Los Angeles (1150 South Olive St).Asner leads a long list of celebrities, sponsors and top movie studio execs who have teamed up on behalf of Autism Speaks. More than 300 guests are expected at this year’s event, sponsored by Steelcase.“The Annual Texas Hold ’Em Tournament is always a memorable and rewarding opportunity for us to bring friends and members of the industry together to raise funds for Autism Speaks,” said Asner, who has a son and grandson on the spectrum. “Our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.”In addition to the Celebrity Poker Tournament, guests will enjoy a Casino Night including Blackjack, Craps and Roulette; dinner buffet catered by Patina; cocktails and silent/live Auctions. Casino Night Prizes will be awarded as well as Poker Prizes for the top three winners. Past celebrities who attended include Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Evan Handler, Max Burkholder, Ed Begley Jr. and Michael McKean.Now in its fourth year, the poker tournament is expecting to raise over $100,000 to support Autism Speaks mission to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to fund research into the causes, prevention and treatment of autism, and to advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, which now affects 1 out of every 68 people in the United States.For questions about ticketing, please contact Brandon Adachi at: [email protected] or (323) 297- 4731. For tickets, go to autismspeaks.print2d.com.2016 Sponsors include: Venue Sponsor – Steelcase. Full House Sponsors – Kamus + Kamus + Keller Interiors | Architecture; Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; Tangram; Turelk; Howard Building Corporation. Poker Sponsor – Environetics. Media Sponsors – Warbasse Media; TekWorks.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement WHY YVR AIRPORT DESPERATELY WANTS TO FIND RYAN REYNOLDSVancouver Airport president and CEO Craig Richmond is obsessed with finding Ryan Reynolds – and he needs some help.Richmond took some time away from running Canada’s second busiest airport to show off his sketch comedy chops in the airport’s latest social media campaign, #FindingRyan, posted on YVR’s Twitter page. READ MOREYVR WANTS RYAN REYNOLDS TO BE ITS NEW CELEBRITY AMBASSADOR (VIDEO)“We need some help.”It’s a phrase you might not expect from the CEO of an airport that was voted #1 in North America, recently, but it’s exactly what comes out of YVR CEO Craig Richmond’s mouth in the opening sequence of a new video, released by the organization this week. READ MOREVANCOUVER AIRPORT IS TRYING TO MAKE RYAN REYNOLDS THEIR CELEBRITY AMBASSADOR IN HILARIOUS NEW CAMPAIGN (VIDEO)Their video is hilarious!Ryan Reynolds has done some pretty random things over the years and the Vancouver International Airport is now trying to use that to their advantage. One of Canada’s largest airports has been trying to gain the attention of Reynolds in order to offer him a position with their company. Specifically, the Vancouver International Airport wants Ryan Reynolds to be their celebrity ambassador. READ MORE Advertisement It’s been 24 hours and still no sign of Ryan Reynolds… Quote tweet this and tag @VancityReynolds and be entered to win a $2500 travel voucher. Help us spread the word – YVR is a community-based, not-for-profit organization! #FindingRyan pic.twitter.com/JuiM1WD0sk— Vancouver Airport (@yvrairport) July 16, 2019 Login/Register With: Ryan Reynolds (Photo by MATTHEW BROOKES) #FINDINGRYAN: VANCOUVER AIRPORT WANTS RYAN REYNOLDS TO BE ITS AMBASSADORThe Vancouver airport’s CEO says YVR’s brand needs some star power and insists there’s only one person who’s right for the job.A nearly three-minute clip posted to Twitter shows https://twitter.com/yvrairport/status/1151212973043544064 airport CEO Craig Richmond in a meeting with staff called “YVR Celebrity Ambassador.”“We need star power. We need a celebrity ambassador, somebody who can get our message out,” Richmond says in the video. READ MORElast_img read more

Accidental shot from colleague kills lady Home Guard in Krishnanagar

first_imgKolkata: A lady Home Guard of Nadia District Police died after a bullet was fired ‘accidentally’ from another Home Guard’s pistol while cleaning the weapon. The deceased, identified as Debashree Ghosh (35), was posted at the police line in Krishnanagar.However, Biplab Ghosh, the elder brother of Debashree, filed a complaint on Thursday, alleging that she was murdered and her death was not accidental as three bullets wounds were found on her body. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to sources, Ghosh was performing duty along with another Home Guard identified as Mithun Mir on Wednesday morning at the armory of Nadia District police lines in Krishnanagar. At around 8 am, her colleague was cleaning his service pistol. While doing so, Mir’s finger pressed the trigger accidentally and a shot was fired. The bullet hit a wooden bench and then pierced Ghosh’s abdomen. Immediately, she was rushed to the Krishnanagar District Hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead. Ghosh, a resident of Shantipur, had joined the police force approximately a year ago. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe was posted at the police lines just a month ago after being transferred from Chopra police station which was her first posting. Before losing consciousness, Ghosh had requested her colleagues to look after her 11-month-old son. Later, her family members arrived at the hospital and demanded an inquiry into the incident. “We heard that a bullet had hit her accidentally. We want a proper investigation on this,” said one of her relatives. Sources informed that the Superintendent of Police (SP), Nadia has already ordered a probe in this regard. Questions have arose on whether Mir was trained enough to operate a firearm. Also, while cleaning a firearm, the magazine is detached to avoid any accident, which was not followed in this case. Mir is currently being interrogated.last_img read more

Yasin Malikled JKLF banned under antiterror law

first_imgNew Delhi: The Yasin Malik-led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) was banned by the Centre under anti-terror law on Friday, officials said. The outfit has been banned for alleged promotion of secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, they said. They said the organisation has been banned under various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Its chief Yasin Malik is under arrest and at present lodged in Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail. This is the second organisation in Jammu and Kashmir which has been banned this month. Earlier, the Centre had banned the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir.last_img

Youth held for rape attempt

first_imgKolkata: A youth was arrested by the officers of Magrahat police station for allegedly trying to rape a minor girl.The accused also attacked the girl with a sharp object. The victim has been admitted at the Diamond Harbour Hospital. On Saturday night when the girl was alone in her house, the accused tried to rape her. Hearing her scream, some local residents ran to the house and caught the accused and later handed over to police.last_img

Killing of MLA in Arunachal an attempt to disturb peace in Northeast

first_imgNew Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday expressed anguish over the killing of an MLA, his son and nine others in Arunachal Pradesh by suspected NSCN rebels and termed it as an “outrageous attempt” to disturb peace in the Northeast. His deputy Kiren Rijiju also demanded strongest possible action against those responsible for the dastardly attack. “Shocked and anguished by the killing of MLA Tirong Aboh ji, his family and others in Arunachal Pradesh. It is an outrageous attempt to disturb peace and normalcy in the North East. The perpetrators of this heinous crime will not be spared. My condolences to the bereaved families,” Singh said in a tweet. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Rijiju said he was shocked and saddened by the brutal attack and tragic killing of Aboh, his family members and others. “Strongest possible action will be taken against those responsible for such dastardly attack,” he tweeted. Suspected Naga militants on Tuesday gunned down Aboh, a sitting MLA from Khonsa West constituency, and 10 others, including his son and security personnel, in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh. The MLA was also seeking re-election from the same constituency on a ticket of the National People’s Party, headed by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma. Aboh was on his way from Assam to his constituency, along with his family members, three police personnel and a poll agent, when suspected NSCN-IM rebels opened fire at their vehicles around 11.30am.last_img read more