Observing World Hello Day today

first_imgToday (November 21, 2017) is the occasion of the 45th annual World Hello Day.  The objective of the occasion is to say hello to at least 10 people during the day. The message is for world leaders to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts.For many persons, World Hello Day may sound extremely basic, as it encourages us to take the opportunity to simply greet people, and to recognise how important simple communication is in our daily lives. The story of how it came to be, however, is a long and interesting one.World Hello Day was founded in 1973 by Brian McCormack, a PhD graduate of Arizona State University, and Michael McCormack, a graduate of Harvard University, in response to the Yom Kippur War. The McCormack brothers mailed 1360 letters, in seven languages, to Government leaders worldwide to encourage participation in the first World Hello Day. Since that time, World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries.Any person can participate in World Hello Day simply by greeting 10 people or more. This demonstrates the importance of personal communication for preserving peace, and is supposed to send a message of openness and goodwill to others. The observance began in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the fall of 1973. People around the world use the occasion as an opportunity to express their concern for world peace. Beginning with a simple greeting on World Hello Day, their activities send a message to leaders, encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts. In its first year, World Hello Day gained the support of 15 countries. As a global event, World Hello Day joins local participation in a global expression of peace.Thirty-one winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are among the people who have noted World Hello Day’s value as an instrument for preserving peace and as an occasion that makes it possible for anyone in the world to contribute to the process of creating peace. Among other supporters are almost 100 authors, entertainers, and world leaders.The creators of the holiday hoped this small gesture alone would demonstrate how communication can be instrumental in resolving disputes and preventing conflicts.Many take it a step further; they use it as a time to reflect on someone important they have lost touch with, for one reason or another. This may be an important person in their lives they have fallen out with over something that is perhaps not quite worth it. Time tends to be a great healer, so if enough time has passed from the conflict, they would be able to analyse the situation and all of its aspects, seeing their own faults and wrongdoings as well as those of the other party, and maybe it’s time to put the conflict to rest?Many people do not know how good it actually feels to admit that they were in the wrong and say sorry – instead, they see such behaviour as a display of weakness, when it is actually a display of strength and confidence. People also often make the mistake of thinking that the other person will lose respect if they apologise to them, and this too is incorrect. Most people tend to give more respect for being able to admit the wrong, than if you decide to stubbornly hold on to your convictions after being proven incorrect.It may seem a bit daunting at first, but if the person or situation is important enough, it will always be worth the struggle to make the first move and extend a hand in a gesture of peace.Given the existing tensions in our own country Guyana, it would be remiss of the citizens not to see the significance of this day, even if it appears trivial. The message is universal. Why not use this day and those that follow as a catalyst for improving national communication as well?last_img read more

‘Encourage Roles for Women in Agriculture’

first_imgThe vice president for Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) has underscored the role women play in agriculture in most developing countries.As such, Ms. Sheryl Cowan has urged the Liberian government to empower women so they too can contribute to the enhancement of the country’s food security.Ms. Cowan made the statement yesterday when she served as guest speaker at a program marking the 2016 Medium Small Micro Enterprise (MSME) conference in Monrovia. The occasion was attended by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Commerce Minister Axel Addy, and other distinguished personalities.CNFA is an international agricultural organization working with several countries to create opportunities to improve on food security. In Liberia, the entity implements the Liberia Agri-business Development Activity (LADA), a US$20 million agriculture project sponsored by the U. S government under the Feed the Future Global Food Security Initiative.This year’s MSME conference highlights the promotion of Liberian female entrepreneurs for economic empowerment, and is held under the theme, “From Vision to Implementation; Buying Liberian and Building Liberia.”“Majority of farmers in Liberia are women who represent more than 50 percent of the country’s farming population. They serve as farmers, processors and entrepreneurs who have reportedly produced more than 60 percent of Liberia’s agricultural output. “Therefore, C Ms. Cowan said.She said considering the significant role women are playing in agriculture, the Liberia agri-business project will ensure that more female farmers are recruited as beneficiaries. The project is implemented by CNFA.“To understand the need of women to actively participate in agriculture production in the country, we have shaped our approach where LADA will increase private sector investment in the agricultural input system; engage both males and females with particular emphasis on women’s participation in the agro-dealers input sector. This, I believe, will improve the income of women as the sector has limited women for entrepreneurship,” Ms Cowan added. She said LADA will build the capacity of females to become more knowledgeable and experienced agro-input dealers, adding, “We have already started the training of agro-dealers who will serve as extension officers,” Cowan said.She said to further increase private sector investment in the area of postharvest handling, storage, packaging, transportation, and auxiliary services, both males and females will become beneficiaries. “We are targeting more female beneficiaries as they often lack access to information in these areas, thereby making it difficult to make informed decisions as well as learn new opportunities. We have set up a US$3 million co-investment fund as a matching grant to increase the assets of smallholder farmers,” Ms Cowan said.She used the opportunity to announce the launch of the Agro-Business Investment Network –a medium to highlight issues such as taxes and tariffs that could hinder the growth of entrepreneurs in Liberia’s agriculture sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“To Sir, With Love” author dies at 104

first_imgE R Braithwaite, the Guyanese author, educator and diplomat, whose years teaching in the slums of London’s East End inspired the international bestseller “To Sir, With Love” and the popular Sidney Poitier movie of the same name, has died at age 104.The late ER BraithwaiteBraithwaite’s companion, Ginette Ast, said that he became ill Monday and died at the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville, Maryland.Schooled in Guyana, the US and Britain, Braithwaite wrote several fiction and nonfiction books, often focusing on racism and class and the contrast between first world and colonial cultures. He was regarded as an early and overlooked chronicler of Britain from a non-white’s perspective, his admirers including the authors Hanif Kureishi and Caryl Phillips.He also served in the 1960s as the newly independent Guyana’s first representative at the United Nations and later was Ambassador to Venezuela. Upon his 100th birthday, he received an honorary medal from his native country for lifetime achievement.“To Sir, With Love”, his first and most famous book, was published in 1959. The autobiographical tale about how a West Indian of patrician manner scolded, encouraged and befriended a rowdy, mostly white class of East End teens, who in turn softened him, was an immediate success and a natural for film. Poitier played Braithwaite (renamed Thackeray) in the 1967 release and the pop star Lulu was featured as one of the students. The title song, performed on screen and on record by Lulu, became a Number One hit.last_img read more

Leopards, Gor derby brought forward to Saturday

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, September 18- The much anticipated Tusker Premier League (TPL) derby between AFC Leopards and rivals Gor Mahia has been brought forward to Saturday owing to security concerns from the Football Kenya Federation. Speaking to Capital Sport on Tuesday, Kenyan Premier League CEO Jack Oguda confirmed the federation sought the change from Sunday due to availability of adequate security personnel to take charge of the potentially volatile match. “The federation was concerned that having the derby on the same day as the final of the Safaricom 7s would not guarantee enough security for the match.“In view of the seriousness of the tie, we communicated the same to the two teams who were in agreement about the changes and the match will now be held on Saturday at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani,” said Oguda.During the first leg encounter in March at the Nyayo Stadium, the game was halted for a couple of minutes in the second half after a section of Gor fans protested a referee decision to send off midfielder Victor Ali following a harsh tackle on Ingwe’s defender Ammon Muchiri. The issue resulted to the banning of Gor by the Sports Stadia Management Board from their facilities delaying the playing of the Top 8 quarter final tie in April between the two sides.The top of the table clash billed as the biggest game of the season will see the bitter rivals face off in what could shape the destiny of the TPL title.AFC Leopards are second on the log after they were dislodged by champions Tusker on Monday following their 2-0 won over KCB at the City Stadium while Gor are two points adrift in third.A win for K’Ogalo would take them to the top of the standings on 46 and give them a true reflection on their title charge which Croat coach Zdravko Logarusic has played down in the recent days.With six matches remaining, the stakes are getting higher for the title chasers who also include Thika United on 42, 2009 winners Sofapaka and 2010 champions Ulinzi tied at 40 points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Family Information Liaison Units aiming to assist families of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls

first_img“We had actually planned on having them, I had been speaking with them regarding it, and basically it just kind of happened. We had thought about changing them coming because of what had occurred (in Moberly Lake) and the family said that they would like to speak with them so please don’t cancel.”She says the group will also help communicate between families in a time of tragedy.“In cases where the family of a loved one is estranged or they’re not on speaking terms or they aren’t close, that way both sides of the family are respected and get the right information out there. The FILU doesn’t intend on just ‘barging in’ and saying ‘well, we are going to help you’ but they have made themselves available.”Tragedy does strike and Greyeyes says that the families just want to have answers and a better understanding of situations involving loved ones.“You can understand how frustrating it is for the families to know that incidentshappen but not know or why or the circumstances that they happened under and all you have is your thoughts of what could have possibly happened.”Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – When anyone faces a tragedy or death of a loved one, they are understandably trying to come to terms with what has happened and naturally, they will be seeking answers as to what happened to lead to a tragedy or death.The B.C. government is now creating a unit that will assist families of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls.The Department of Justice made funding available to create ‘Family Information Liaison Units’ during 2016.- Advertisement -Connie Greyeyes has been involved in the process here in Fort St. John and attended meetings that were held last Wednesday.“What they are wanting is, they want to talk to families about anything that the Family Information Liaison Unit would be supporting families in.”Greyeyes says that families came and spoke about the experiences that they had with police as well as other organizations such as the coroners office.Advertisement The FILU is something Greyeyes hopes can bring answers to those who are desperatly searching for them when it comes to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.center_img “When we had families come and speak, they talked about how the police were with them, whether they felt that they were given information, how readily they were able to find out about things about the case.”She says with the tragic events that occurred in Moberly Lake last month and personal instances, information wasn’t given because of a BC Coroners Office ‘policy review’. This was one of the situations that was brought up to officials that visited Fort St. John last week.The FILU won’t necessarily help get the major, specific details about a case but there are resources that families can access including funding for grief counselling, trauma treatment and other resources.Greyeyes says that she had been working with the representatives from the Department of Justice to hold a meeting before the tragic incident in Moberly Lake.Advertisementlast_img read more

KICKING & SCREAMING

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A teary-eyed Paris Hilton was returned Friday to county jail, her cries and wails falling on the deaf ears of the judge angered that she’d received special treatment by her premature release. “Oh, no!” a distraught Hilton cried, moments after Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ordered her to serve the rest of her 45-day sentence behind bars instead of under house arrest. “Mom! Mom, it’s not right!” the blond socialite called to her mother, Kathy, sitting just feet away in the second row of the spectators gallery. “Mom, it’s not right!” “My God! She’s my baby!” Kathy Hilton wailed, hugging her husband, Rick, who is head of the Hilton Hotel dynasty. Back in custody, Hilton was reissued the standard orange jail garb in exchange for the dark pants and gray cashmere sweater she wore to court. The electronic monitoring device affixed to Hilton’s ankle when she was released before dawn Thursday was removed. Hilton’s release after serving just three days of her 45-day sentence for violating probation in a reckless-driving case sparked a public outcry and renewed allegations that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department gave preferential treatment to celebrity suspects. Sheriff Lee Baca ducked two public appearances Thursday amid the groundswell of criticism, but called a news conference Friday afternoon at Sheriff’s Department headquarters in Monterey Park. He defended his earlier decision to release Hilton early because of an undisclosed medical condition. He said she’d be incarcerated Friday at a medical ward in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles, which he described as “a better facility, one that has a more intense form of medical support and will watch her behavior so that there isn’t anything that is harmfully done to herself by herself.” Baca said he had learned that Hilton had not taken prescription medication during her three days in jail, which aggravated what he called “severe medical problems” that puzzled county psychiatrists. “This lady has some severe problems,” Baca said. Baca also maintained that Hilton received a more severe sentence than normal, which he said would have been either no time in jail or being directly placed in home confinement with electronic monitoring. “The only thing I can detect as special treatment is the amount of her sentence.” But he said he would not try again to overrule the judge’s decision. “The criminal justice system should not create a football out of Ms. Hilton’s status,” the sheriff said. The hearing was supposed to start at 9 a.m., but was delayed about two hours because Hilton, 26, had originally planned to participate by phone from her Hollywood Hills house. Once he learned that, however, Sauer ordered the Sheriff’s Department to send a patrol car to pick her up and bring her to court. The normally polished Hilton was disheveled when she arrived at the courtroom, in handcuffs and weeping. Her body shook constantly as she dabbed at her eyes. Several times she turned to her parents who were seated behind her in the courtroom and mouthed the words, “I love you.” During the hearing, Hilton’s attorney, Richard Hutton, asked Sauer to hold a closed-door hearing on Hilton’s medical condition or to conduct an independent assessment. Sauer denied both requests and ordered Hilton back behind bars. “The defendant is remanded to L.A. County Jail,” he said. “The order is final and forthwith.” The hearing had been requested by the City Attorney’s Office, which had prosecuted Hilton and wanted Baca held in contempt of court for releasing the heiress despite Sauer’s handwritten order that she not be given house arrest. “This decision sends the message that no individual, no matter how wealthy or powerful, is above the law,” City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said in a statement after the ruling. “Today, justice was served.” tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761last_img read more

Gaza fighting traps Palestinians in tunnel

first_imgEREZ CROSSING, Gaza Strip – Trapped by Israeli tanks and Hamas gunmen, hundreds of terrified Palestinians holed up in a stench-filled concrete tunnel at a border crossing Tuesday, desperate to flee the Islamic militants now ruling the Gaza Strip. Israel took in two people hit by Hamas gunfire, 24 hours after they were wounded in an assault on the tunnel, but officials remained steadfast in rejecting pleas to throw open the border. Three people wounded in the Gaza fighting last week also were allowed into Israel. Israeli officials permitted a food shipment into Gaza for the first time since Hamas seized control in five days of fighting with the Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. That eased concerns about a humanitarian crisis in the impoverished coastal territory. The crowd at the Erez crossing included dozens of Fatah fighters, who Israeli officials feared could destabilize the West Bank, which is separated from Gaza by about 30 miles of Israeli territory. Officials said most of those seeking to cross were not in danger. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As the standoff stretched on, the scene inside the 900-foot-long tunnel grew increasingly desperate. Women, children and young men sat between two high concrete walls forming a corridor about 30 feet across, looking tired and grimy. Suitcases and trash were strewn about. Some people sat on mats, others on bare asphalt, including several men with bloody bandages on their legs. A breeze barely stirred in the passage, which is lighted on the Israeli side. The tunnel has no toilets, and reeked of urine and sweat. “It’s disgusting. People are using the walls as toilets. The women are suffering,” said one man, refusing to be identified out of fear for his safety. He said people were on edge and fighting over food. last_img read more

Without Harry Kane, will this Tottenham XI beat Manchester United?

first_img 11 33. Ben Davies (left-back) 11 24. Serge Aurier (right-back) 11 4. Toby Alderweireld (centre-back) 29. Harry Winks (central midfield) 11 11 11 11 7. Son Heung-min (striker) 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – click the right arrow above to see our predicted Tottenham XI, in squad number order… 15. Eric Dier (central midfield) 20. Dele Alli (attacking midfield) 6. Davinson Sanchez (centre-back) 5. Jan Vertonghen (centre-back) 11 11 23. Christian Eriksen (attacking midfield) 11 11 Tottenham will be looking to maintain their perfect away record in the Premier League when they face Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United on Saturday.Spurs have collected maximum points on the road this season after beating Newcastle, Everton, West Ham and Huddersfield.Victory for the north Londoners will lift them above their opponents into second place and within two points of league leaders Manchester City.Mauricio Pochettino will have to make do without star striker Harry Kane, who picked up a hamstring strain in the closing stages of his side’s 4-1 win over Liverpool at Wembley last weekend.So who will Pochettino pick? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted XI, in squad number order…last_img read more

Living wage aid to workers, others

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! `S? se puede” (Yes, we can) chanted the hotel workers in a recent meeting at the Los Angeles City Council. Workers were applauding the council’s vote that will require hotels near Los Angeles International Airport to pay a “living wage” of at least $10.64 an hour. These hotels benefit from the presence of the airport, which is a public facility, and therefore the city government can exert influence on business activities, including wages. More than 120 American cities have passed living-wage laws, often to force companies with government contracts to pay decent salaries. But in some cases, these living-wage laws have also applied to companies which have no government contracts. Typically, this occurred in union-friendly, liberal cities such as San Francisco, Berkeley and Washington, D.C. Business owners hate these laws because they see the government telling them what to do. Executives in Los Angeles claim that many hotel workers already make the living wage, between salaries and tips. In addition, business is concerned that this kind of legislation may apply to other services, such as restaurants and stores. The impact of these living-wage laws penetrates other salaries. So it’s not just the people at the very bottom that benefit. Business is concerned that other employees who now make $10 an hour will also ask for raises. Of course, raising wages increases the cost of doing business, and corporations are concerned that in the long run, money will be lost to other cities which do not have living wages. The other reason why businesses oppose living-wage laws is that they are typically pushed by unions and are perceived as victories for organized labor. Yet these laws are necessary because the cost of living in many American cities, especially Los Angeles, is so high that without a living wage, it’s impossible to make ends meet, particularly when you consider that the minimum wage hovers around $6 an hour. It’s particularly difficult when many low-wage jobs don’t even include health benefits. Union officials claim that as many as 60 percent of hotel workers make less than $10 an hour. The L.A. City Council vote was a victory for hotel workers, but to some extent also for the unions which have been trying to organize workers. In the case of hotel workers near LAX, unions have been trying to organize workers, but so far have had limited success. The passage of the living-wage law may help them. In fact, unions have some close allies on the Los Angeles City Council. Two of them were arrested along with several hundred other demonstrators when they participated in a civil-disobedience demonstration which aimed to highlight the plight of hotel workers. Hotels affected may not be taking the City Council action standing down. There is some talk about collecting signatures and putting the matter in the hands of voters. If enough signatures are collected, the ordinance would not take effect until after the result of the election. The midterm 2006 election, which gave Democrats majorities in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, is another indication that workers will receive some help from legislators in the coming year. One of the items in the Democratic agenda is raising the federal minimum wage, which is currently $5.15 an hour, a figure which is lower than that of many European countries. In addition, someone making the minimum wage in the U.S. does not typically receive health benefits, which is not the case in Europe. The ordinance passed by the Los Angeles City Council is a positive step, since it means people may have a chance at more reasonable life through a living wage. It also means that raises people might get will be spent, generating more economic activity, which will in turn benefit business – the same business that always opposes raises for their workers. Domenico Maceri teaches foreign languages at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. Contact him through his Web site, languageblogger.blogspot.com.last_img

In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of January 26, 2018

first_imgIn Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Le Creuset Mickey Mouse 90th Birthday Celebration Cast-Iron Round Oven and send it to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line. Share This!Have you had a crazy week this week too? The good news is that for me, my weekend is ending with a trip to the Disney Store in Times Square for the first time ever! What?! I’m super excited! So let me know what I shouldn’t miss!There were a lot of interesting articles this week including a new travel warning for somewhere Disney Cruise Line travels, a couple of remakes that I can’t believe are in the works, and more.In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors Some interesting details came out this week about the upcoming gondola system. What do you find most interesting?Want to see the latest birds eye views of both Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Take a look at the progress!An article this week suggested that Disney has actually become a lifestyle brand, which is why pricing can keep increasing and we’ll just keep paying it. What do you think about that concept? Oh my goodness! This is ADORABLE!!!! Watch what happens as this service dog meets his favorite dog.This week, it was announced that Disney will join the list of companies who will be giving their employees a $1000 bonus to 125,000 employees, as well as new education funding.The Walt Disney Company has once again placed on Fortune’s list of “World’s Most Admired Companies,” ranking No. 1 in the entertainment industry and No. 6 overall for 2018.We lost another great this week. Chef Paul Bocuse, who helped bring to life Chefs de France and Monsieur Paul at Epcot’s France Pavilion passed away at the age of 91.This place just fascinates me because it’s somewhere I’ll never likely get to visit, but it’s really where the food magic within Disney happens.A new warning has been issued for those who may be traveling to Jamaica. Those visiting the island are urged to excercise extreme caution.It’s not often you see a Disney park with snow, but it happened in Tokyo Disneyland. Isn’t it beautiful!The Walt Disney Company did pretty well with this year’s Oscar nominations. What do you think were they snubbed for though?This just got interesting. Redbox is pushing back against Disney’s attempt to stop it from renting multi-packs of movies individually.Twitch has partnered with Disney Digital Network for content. This is certainly an interesting development.Three ChEARS for Minnie Mouse! She got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week. And I think I speak for all of us when I say it’s about time!Quack, Quack, Quack….a television series based off the Mighty Ducks (yep…the movie from the 90s) may be in the works. Do you think this is a good idea?Speaking of remakes, The Sword and the Stone remake may have its director. Wondering where they are planning for this one to go.Universal announced their earnings for the fourth quarter and once again, the theme parks division saw large gains.last_img read more