Montgomery honors Parks

first_imgMONTGOMERY, Ala. – Hundreds of people slowly filed past the body of civil rights icon Rosa Parks on Saturday, just miles from the downtown street where she made history by refusing to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man. Most paying respects paused for a moment to quietly look at Parks’ body in an open casket at St. Paul AME Church. The strength that allowed Parks to defy Montgomery’s segregation laws nearly 50 years ago was still showing in her face, said actress Cicely Tyson, who played Parks’ mother in the 2002 TV movie “The Rosa Parks Story.” “You can see that strength in that chin,” Tyson said. “It’s the same strength that allowed her to just sit there on that bus. That same strength is in her face. Even in death, it is there.” The viewing was to continue until at least midnight, said the Rev. Joseph Rembert. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and civil rights leaders Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton were expected to attend a memorial service this morning. Later today and Monday, Parks will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, becoming the first woman to do so. After Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat, she turned to her minister, the Rev. Martin Luther King, for aid. King led a 381-day boycott of the city’s bus system that helped initiate the modern civil rights movement. “If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be able to go to the school I go to or do the things that I do now,” said 13-year-old Boy Scout Micah Jones, who helped unload Parks’ casket at the church. Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright told the Boy Scouts to learn from Parks’ life. “She changed the world and she never fired a shot,” he said. “She never raised an arm in anger against anyone.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Parks was wearing the uniform of a deaconess in the AME church, Tyson said, including an intricate white blouse with bows around the collar and a black cap. Her hands were covered by a pink ornate fabric. The body of the 92-year-old Parks, who died Monday at her home in Detroit, was brought to Montgomery on a chartered jet flown by Lou Freeman, the first black man to become a chief pilot for a U.S. carrier, according to Southwest Airlines. “It makes you want to tear up and cry when you think of what she did and what she accomplished,” said Freeman, 53. “She told us all to stand up for our rights.” After a brief ceremony at the airport, a hearse drove her body through the streets of Montgomery. About a block and a half from St. Paul, the casket was loaded into a horse-drawn carriage, which was followed by about 100 people holding hands as it slowly made its way to the church. “Today we know this country has changed forever because this one great unselfish woman kept her seat to defend all her rights,” NAACP President Bruce Gordon said. last_img read more


first_imgTHE VICTORIOUS Donegal Senior Ladies footballers are due to arrive back in the county later.Fans wishing to greet them can do so in Lifford at 8pm approximately (get those flags out for the newly-crowned Ulster Champions).Davy McLaughlin’s team are expected to arrive at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny at 8.30pm. Today’s victory over Monaghan heralded Donegal’s first Ulster senior title success. VICTORIOUS DONEGAL LADIES HOMECOMING DETAILS was last modified: July 26th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegaldonegal ladiesHOMECOMINGletterkennyLiffordlast_img

Naomi Ruele: Botswana’s Olympic medal swimming hopeful

first_img15 July 2016Meet Naomi Ruele, #Botswana’s first Olympic swimmer #TeamBotswana #Rio2016 ??— Botswana (@Botswana) July 13, 2016Botswana is going Olympics-mad over its new swimming sensation, Naomi Ruele. The 19-year-old is the first swimmer from Botswana to qualify for the Olympics.Ruele, who currently swims for Florida International University in the US, qualified for the Rio Games in March this year, setting a personal best of 26.07 seconds in the 50m freestyle qualifier.During her time in the US, Ruele has won seven gold medals at the most recent C-USA Championships, the country’s top collegiate swimming competition. She set two records and was the top swimmer of the event.Ruele was recently named the Junior Female Sportsperson of the Year by the Botswana National Sports Council. It noted her remarkable achievements in the pool as well inspiring young Batswana to take an interest in the sport.Swimming Sensation Naomi Ruele Bags 7 Medals! –> #BotswanaYouthMagazine— Botswana Youth Mag (@BotswanaYouth) March 17, 2016She will join the rest of the Botswana Olympic team made up of current African Games 400m champion Isaac Makwala and London Olympics 2012 800m silver medallist Nijel Amos.For the first time Botswana will have more than one female in their Olympic team. Track athletes Lydia Jele and Christine Botlogetswe will also join Ruele in Rio de Janeiro. Until now, 400m sprinter Amantle Montsho had been the only female Batswana Olympian, competing at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games.Heats for the Rio 2016 50m freestyle event begin on 11 August 2016 at the Barra da TijucaAquatics Stadium.Source: This is AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using materiallast_img read more

Celeb Sighting Bingo! CES 2013’s Zany Celebrity Lineup Grab Bag

first_imgtaylor hatmaker Chris “Ludacris” BridgesSOUL Electronics / 10pm, Thursday, January 10, TAO Nightclub Rapper turned actor Ludacris seems like a nice dude. I count this as a real celeb.Dr. Sanjay GuptaDigital Health Summitt (LVCC, North Hall, Room N250) / 9-10:15am, Wednesday, January 9 CNN’s overexposed rockstar doctor guy. If he had accepted the job as Surgeon General, that would be one thing.Dr. OzDigital Health Summitt (LVCC, North Hall, Room N250) / 10-10:50am, Thursday, January 10 Maybe Dr. Oz can tell you what that weird growth is on your foot. If not, try Sanjay Gupta.Carrot TopGibson Guitar Corp. (LVCC, CES Central Plaza, CP-30) We all know that the obnoxious comedian Carrot Top is just hanging out here in Vegas anyway. I don’t know what he brings to Gibson’s brand, but now that CES celebs are like trading cards, you might as well collect ’em all. Danny DeVitoPanasonic (LVCC, Central Hall, Booth #9406) / 2:30pm, Wednesday, January 9 Okay, Danny DeVito is actually kind of awesome. If he’s anything like his character on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, I’d like to commit a misdemeanor or drink stale beer with him. Ryan VogelsongJVC Americas Corp. (LVCC, North Hall, Booth #1810) / 11am and 2pm, Wednesday, January 9 A pitcher for the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. Who let all these athletes in here?! Brian SingerPrivate Event, Parnassus Group / 5:30-7:30pm, Thursday, January 10, Cili’s at Bali Hai Singer directed the first two X-Men movies, which were awesome. But I’m still mad that he bailed on the trilogy to make a Superman movie. If you see him, ask him about that.Want to track down even more weirdo celebs? Check out the full list. As the annual Consumer Electronics Show grows away from its humble roots as, you know, a consumer electronics show, its focus increasingly turns to things altogether unrelated to technology – like celebrities!Last year I recall spending three hours chasing down Justin Bieber with my telephoto lens – he made a brief, grumpy appearance promoting some entirely forgettable robotics company that I have since entirely forgotten. This year, the celeb safari is back on.  Here’s who is showing up to CES this year and why you should – or shouldn’t – care.Get your bingo cards ready. No really… why not make a bingo card? Fill one up, find me and I’ll buy you a shot. (Just don’t blame me for knowing more about smartphones than pop culture – this is who I think these people are, anyway.)   Felicia DayThis year’s “CES Celebrity Ambassador,” you might know Felicia day from the World of Warcraft spoof web series The Guild, or just from being generally cool and having preternaturally perfect skin. She tends to appear at every geek-adjacent event known to man, and we imagine that she’ll spend most of the week in a cocktail lounge in an ivory tower somewhere in the South Hall. She’s the CES celeb bingo equivalent of a doubleword score.Maroon 5Qualcomm Incoporated Preshow Keynote / 6:30-7:30pm, Monday, January 7, The Venetian, Palazzo Ballroom This is a band, I think. I’m honesty not totally sure. It sounds like a racecar. Or a craft beer.will.i.amThe Next Generation of Innovators Keynote / 11am-12pm, Tuesday, January 8, LVH Theater This dude is from The Black Eyed Peas and has the cojones to downstyle his name like an Apple product. He’s A+ in my book.Curtis “50 Cent” JacksonSMS Audio (LVCC, South Hall 1, #20206) / 3pm, Wednesday, January 9 Isn’t this guy blatantly sexist and homophobic? Surprise! He’s at CES 2013 representing SMS Audio, a brand that I will now ardently choose to not give a shit about. Travis BarkerPioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. (LVCC, North Hall Booth #1101) / 12-1pm and 1:30-2:30pm, Tuesday, January 8 The Blink 182 dude? Really? Don’t make me make the “what’s my age again” joke.Dana CohenHaier America (LVCC, Central Hall, #10939) I have zero idea who this woman is, but apparently she was dubbed the “Scallop Queen” on season 10 of Hell’s Kitchen, which is the best title I’ve ever heard of. All hail the bivalve queen! 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#CES 2013#events#Events Guide#film#humor#music#social#television center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts I Fight DragonsBém Wireless / 7pm, Wednesday, January 9, Luxor, Flight LoungeThis is probably an indie band. Okay, yeah, I looked it up and it is definitely an indie band. I hated them at first based on their name alone, but apparently they are into the chiptune retro video game sound thing, so now I’m totally into it.Lil TwistNikura (LVCC, South Hall 4, #37134) / 1pm, Thursday, January 10 A young rapper of sorts, I imagine. And apparently Justin Bieber’s BFF.LL Cool JCNET (LVCC, South Hall 3, CNET Booth) / 4:30pm, Tuesday, January 8 This guy is kind of actually famous! All these years and he never changed his name to something more pretentious or with fewer vowels – props to you, Mr. J.Rohan MarleyHouse of Marley (LVCC, Central Hall, #10544) / 11am-3pm, Tuesday, January 8 – Thursday, January 9 Bob Marley’s son is here every year with his crazy bamboo headphones and a big smile on his face. He’s a super nice guy and he’ll take a picture with you and you can almost pretend you met the “real” Marley instead of Lauryn Hill’s ex boyfriend.Nicole “Snooki” PolizziZeikos/iHip (LVCC, South Hall 1, #21142) / 1-3pm, Wednesday, January 9 Yep, Snooki.Tim TebowSOUL Electronics (Venetian Tower, #31-234) / 9am, Thursday, January 10Isn’t this that sanctimonious football player guy who never actually gets to play? We geeks come to these events to get away from you people. Whatever. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Ontario court upholds stay of legal proceedings against 3 tobacco companies

first_imgTORONTO — An Ontario court has upheld an order that suspended legal proceedings against three major tobacco companies, rejecting arguments from lawyers representing Quebec smokers.Ontario Superior Court Justice Thomas McEwen issued his decision Wednesday but did not lay out his reasons, saying those would be released at a later date.The companies — JTI-Macdonald Corp., Rothmans, Benson & Hedges and Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. — were granted the stay last month as part of the creditor protection process.They obtained the protection shortly after Quebec’s highest court upheld a landmark decision that ordered them to pay more than $15 billion to smokers in two class-action lawsuits.The companies have said they had no choice but to seek the stay so they could continue to operate as they try to negotiate a global settlement with all those who have claims against them, including the class-action members and several provincial governments.But lawyers representing the class members argued the stay in their case should be revoked if the tobacco companies plan to appeal the Quebec ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada.At a hearing earlier this month, they said the companies cannot negotiate a settlement in good faith while also challenging the findings of the court.The lawyers said if the companies plan to seek leave to appeal, the matter should be sent back to the Quebec court so it halt the implementation of its ruling until the appeal process is complete.In his decision, McEwen said the stay order would require parties to seek the court’s permission before launching new proceedings involving the companies, including any applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.The judge had previously extended the order to June 28, with a hearing to be held a few days earlier.The Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health, which was behind the class-action suits, said it would hold off commenting on the ruling until the judge’s reasons were released. Lawyers representing several provincial governments had opposed the Quebec lawyers’ application, saying one group of claimants should not be prioritized over others.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Heaving Down Rock Revitalization Project

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 3, 2017 – Providenciales – In an ongoing effort to inform the general public of the revitalization of Heaving Down Rock historic site, the National Trust wish to provide update at this point on the progress of the project.A panel has been posted at the site which provides a general outline of the revitalization project, listing the sponsors, Windward Development Company Ltd., and contractor, McIntosh Construction. The overall goal of the project is to provide security through the construction of a security booth and gate, restrooms, paved parking, landscaping, lighting and sheltered waiting area for ferry passengers.To date, the construction of the security building has been completed with restrooms and office space. A gazebo which provides shelter from the elements for passengers awaiting the arrival or departure of the ferry has also been erected.   Next phases to consist of preparation of paved parking, landscaping and sheet piling.The Trust realizes that Heaving Down Rock is a pivotal point connecting the family islands to Providenciales. It is an equally significant historic and cultural site which must be maintained and managed for wholesome use by the people of these islands. To this end the organization would like to appeal to the public to respect the significance of the site and partner with the Trust in keeping the maintenance and management costs at a minimum.For further information please contact 649-941-5710 or send an email to [email protected] Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more

Why Investors Are Banking on This App to Curb Childhood Obesity

3 min read Joanna Strober didn’t want to play food police with her son, who was having issues with his weight. Nor did she want to put him on a restrictive diet. She researched various tools, such as Weight Watchers and MyFitnessPal, but found they were geared toward adults. So Strober, who spent two decades in venture capital and investment banking, decided to build a kid-friendly app and weight-management program to combat obesity and emphasize healthy lifestyle choices. She called her concept Kurbo Health.“We worked hard to make Kurbo exciting, interesting and stigma-free,” says the Palo Alto, Calif.-based entrepreneur.Since launching in 2013, the pediatric weight-management platform has raised $5.8 million in two rounds of funding from Signia Venture Partners, Data Collective and others. The app has been downloaded more than 10,000 times. Despite the much-reported epidemic of childhood obesity, Kurbo is a rare kid-focused alternative. Most weight-control programs for children are run at hospitals and require on-site visits, which can be an expensive and time-consuming option that many families can’t afford.“Why can’t I do this on a remote basis?” wondered Strober, Kurbo’s CEO. The company secured a coveted spot in San Francisco digital healthcare accelerator Rock Health in January 2014, one of the few pediatric-focused startups to be accepted. Joanna Strober of Kurbo Health.Photo (C) Tin Can PhotoThe Kurbo iOS and Android app uses behavior-modification science, based on research from Stanford’s Pediatric Weight Control Program, to help kids track and classify their food intake and exercise over a 12-week period. The app features game-style challenges that allow users to compete against one another to meet healthful goals. In addition to the app, which is free to download, members can opt to check in with a personal coach by text or email for $25 per month, or by phone or video for $75 per month. Kurbo reports that more than 80 percent of users who followed the program lost weight and/or lowered their body mass index. So far, 1,000 young people have enrolled in coaching.YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki was an early believer in Kurbo’s child-friendly program. “It’s extremely rare for me to invest in any startup,” says Wojcicki, who backed the July 2014 Series A round. “But with Kurbo, there was an opportunity to help solve one of the world’s biggest problems—childhood obesity—using mobile technology. As a mom with four kids, I’ve experienced firsthand how difficult it can be to get kids to understand and adopt healthy eating habits. Kurbo actually makes the process fun.”Strober’s plan is to partner with healthcare providers to make the platform “affordable to everyone.” A pilot program through a Medicaid provider launches later this year. “We are hoping over time that the providers will pay for Kurbo for the families in their health plans,” she says.But Kurbo isn’t intended to replace parental input, and Strober stresses the need for frank discussion with children about their health goals. “Parents say they’re going to hurt their child’s self-esteem if they talk about weight,” she says. “Anorexia is terrible, but talking to kids about their weight is not going to give them an eating disorder.”  Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 25, 2015 This story appears in the April 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. read more

Help Astronauts Poop in Space

first_imgNovember 29, 2016 Everyone poops. But not everyone must do so while wearing a spacesuit in a complete vacuum.The NASA Tournament Lab (NTL) has launched a competition to crowdsource ideas for how astronauts can safely defecate inside a pressure suit.On the International Space Station, two toilets use a fan-driven suction system, which collects and stores solid waste until it can be disposed of. In case of emergency, crew members may be relegated to their suits, which provide clean air, shelter, water and enough nutrients to survive short-term (up to 6 days).This isn’t much of an issue, as the ISS operates only 250 miles above Earth — a three-hour-or-less trip home. But as NASA sets its sights on interstellar missions, new refuse tech is needed.”As humans push beyond low-earth orbit to travel to the moon and Mars, we will have many problems to solve — most of them very complex, technical problems,” NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio said in a video. “But some are as simple as ‘How do we go to the bathroom in space?'”The old standby solution — an absorbent diaper — works for liquid waste, but makes for an uncomfortable space walk if you have to go number two; given enough time, infection or sepsis can set in, harming or even killing astronauts.NASA last month launched its Space Poop Challenge on open prize platform Hero X, encouraging folks to design an in-suit system that collects human waste and routes it away from the body, hands-free. The solution will be incorporated into the orange Modified Advanced Crew Escape Suit (MACES), adapted for long-term missions of up to six days.”It isn’t glamorous, but it is necessary for survival,” Mastracchio said.Interested inventors have 21 days to enter for a chance to win $30,000 and bragging rights. The competition closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 20; winners will be announced on Jan. 31.”Even though this technology is being developed for space flight, like many NASA technologies, it will have applications here on Earth,” Mastracchio said. “Your ideas may not only save a crew of astronauts, but many people here on Earth.” 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more