Nyan Win told the Assembly’s annual general debate that the country can draw from “its ample experiences and lessons learned in holding multi-party general elections in the past” to stage the ballot on 7 November.“Whatever the challenges facing us, we are committed to do our best for the successful holding of the free and fair general elections for the best interest of the country and its people,” he said.Mr. Win described his country as being at “the critical phase of its political transformation process,” with the polls serving as the fifth step in the Government-designed political roadmap.He said 37 political parties, including some representing different ethnic groups, will take part in the elections, with more than 3,000 candidates contesting 1,171 seats spread across the Peoples’ Parliament, the National Parliament and state or regional parliaments.“Such a large participation made it crystal clear that the elections become virtually inclusive. Political parties have already started their campaign activities. The people will exercise their democratic right to elect the representatives of their own choice who can serve their interest better.”The Foreign Minister addressed the Assembly a day after the Group of Friends on Myanmar met at United Nations Headquarters in New York to discuss ways to help the country’s people and Government transition to a credible civilian and democratic government.The Group of Friends stressed that the November elections must be as inclusive, participatory and transparent as possible, and they called on authorities to take steps to release all political detainees, including the prominent opposition figure and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.“This is essential for the elections to be seen as credible and to contribute to Myanmar’s stability and development,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told journalists after the meeting.“At this critical stage in Myanmar’s transition, it is all the more important that the Group, and especially Myanmar’s neighbours, encourages Myanmar to engage meaningfully with my good offices. The Group encourages the Government of Myanmar to adopt a more constructive and forward-looking approach in its response to the international community’s call for engagement.”Formed in 2007, the Group of more than a dozen nations and regional blocs is designed to serve as a consultative forum for developing a shared approach in support of the Secretary-General’s good offices mandate on Myanmar. 28 September 2010Myanmar is confident that upcoming elections, the first to be staged in the country in two decades, will be orderly and successful, the nation’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today.
Halton police is asking the public for help in locating a missing Oakville man.42- year-old Michael Rame was last seen in the area of Dorval Dr. and the North Service Rd. on the evening of May 6th.He left on foot and family members are concerned for his well being.Michael is described as, white, 6’0″, blonde/brown hair, medium build, wearing a black parka with fur trim, blue and grey long sleeve shirt, black Nike pants, grey and brown shoes and is in possession of a black wheeled suitcase.Anyone who may have any information is asked to call Halton police at 905-825-4747 Ext 2216.
Companies in this story: (TSX:AIM)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Aimia Inc. is suing its former president in a U.S. court after Nathaniel Felsher allegedly emailed trade secrets to his father, a New York-based investment adviser.The lawsuit claims Felsher sent emails that included confidential drafts of a bid from a potential buyer to his father last October, after Aimia announced a tentative deal to sell its flagship Aeroplan rewards program to Air Canada.The Felshers deny claims of misappropriation in the lawsuit, which was filed in March and has not been proven.Aimia dismissed its former president last year after he was in the position for less than three months.The two defendants acknowledge that Nathaniel sent the emails containing the bid, but argue the Aimia executive had the right to use confidential information as he saw fit, and that no trade secrets were used.Aimia is asking the New York court for damages. The Felshers have demanded the judge dismiss the case.
To observe this programme, more than a dozen American and European journalists have been visiting affected communities in a country where malaria is the leading cause of death. Some 100,000 people, mainly children and pregnant women, die from the disease annually in Tanzania, which also records 14 million to 19 million cases afflicting the country’s 37 million people. The disease is the leading cause of outpatient hospital visits and drains 3.4 per cent from Tanzania’s annual gross domestic product, according to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. One of the Millennium Development Goals for all 191 members of the UN is reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other such diseases by 2015.The delegates, from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), reporters from the European media and UN Radio/Geneva, visited both the mainland Arusha region and Zanzibar. They assessed the impact of the disease and looked at how the Ministry of Information, Culture and Sports is alerting sport fans during soccer matches to use protective bed nets to ward off malaria-carrying mosquitoes. The group also toured small-scale Arusha farms growing Artemisia annua, a plant providing new and more effective anti-malarial therapies. They also went to the first factory in Africa to produce insecticide-treated bed nets through a technology transfer arranged by Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical, the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other organizations.“Malaria interrupts daily life – keeping adults away from work, children away from school and sports people out of training – and at worst, it is a killer,” Restituta Joseph Kemi, a malaria survivor and 10,000-metre runner, told them. He has joined another malaria survivor, Tanzanian marathoner Fokasi Wilborad Fullah, as well as athletes from Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa, who are highlighting their support for WHO’s Roll Back Malaria campaign. In the meantime, two Tanzanian youth leaders, Angela Damas and Dimitri Furaha, are kicking off the UN Office of Sport for Development and Peace’s Pan-African Youth Leadership Partnership against Malaria. Regional summits will culminate in the UN’s Global Youth Leadership Summit in New York at the end of October.The American journalists said their visit to Africa, which began on 8 May and wraps up tomorrow, in memory of 23-year-old Akilah Amapindi, an NABJ student member who suddenly died at the NABJ annual convention last year from malaria contracted during a radio internship in Namibia.Djibril Diallo of the UN’s New York Office of Sport for Development and Peace organized the trip in cooperation with the NABJ, the UN Information Service in Geneva, the UN Information Centre in Dar es Salaam, and the UN country team in Tanzania.
by crystalladeras Posted Sep 6, 2016 9:22 am MDT Last Updated Sep 6, 2016 at 9:22 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh Suncor Energy is bringing in a northern Alberta aboriginal band as partner in a $1-billion storage facility being built to serve its Fort Hills oilsands project.The Calgary-based company says the Fort McKay First Nation will pay about $350 million when its new tank farm becomes operational next spring in return for a 34 per cent interest.Chief Jim Boucher says the band expects long-term benefits from the investment. Closing is dependent on Fort McKay obtaining financing.Suncor (TSX:SU) is to own and operate the tank farm on behalf of the Fort Hills partnership, which includes Suncor, Total E&P Canada and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B).The $13.5-billion Fort Hills project is scheduled to produce first oil in late 2017 and achieve 90 per cent of its plannedproduction capacity of 180,000 barrels per day within 12 months.The tank farm will consist of bitumen storage, blending and cooling facilities and connections to third-party pipelines. Fort McKay First Nation to put $350 million into oilsands tank farm project
“Especially in a region and in a world marked by increasing tension, they must not let this historic opportunity slip,” said Mr. Ban, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson. Providing an updated on about the outcome of the talks that took place earlier this month between the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akýncý, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Nicos Anastasiades, in Switzerland’s Mont Pèlerin. The talks did not yield the desired results regarding agreement on the criteria for territorial adjustment and the two leaders decided that they would return to Cyprus to reflect on the way forward. Also, on the night of 21 November, thousands of people from both communities had gathered in the buffer zone in Nicosia in support of the leaders’ shared vision of a united homeland. “The Secretary-General is confident of the leaders’ continued desire to deliver on these expectations with a mutually beneficial solution. Cypriots deserve nothing less,” added the statement, noting that significant progress was made across chapters over the past eighteen months. “They should continue to build upon their substantial achievements,” said Mr. Ban. Also in the statement, Mr. Ban reiterated his full support as well as of the UN’s commitment to assist the two leaders in reaching their shared goal, while respecting that the future of Cyprus will be determined by Cypriots, for all Cypriots. He added that he will be in contact with both leaders soon to discuss the next steps. The UN chief also urged all interested parties to avoid any statements and actions that would make the resumption of talks more difficult and reminded them that “temporary set-backs are not uncommon in peace processes as talks approach a final stage.” Mr. Ban also called upon all interested parties, especially the guarantor powers Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom, to do their utmost to support the two leaders during the coming days and weeks, which, he said “will be crucial for the negotiations and the future of Cyprus.”Later in the day, the Secretary-General spoke separately by phone with the two leaders, calling on both to reflect on the situation following the impasse they had reached and to carefully consider the next steps in order to bring the process back on track. According to a readout of the phone calls, the Secretary-General emphasized that it was not uncommon for peace processes to be confronted with crises, particularly at the last difficult stretch. Mr. Ban encouraged Mr. Anastasiades and Mr. Akýncý to rise above the mounting pressures and be courageous in overcoming the challenges.The Secretary-General, according to the readout, recalled the common determination and vision both leaders shared when he met them at the opening of the first round of the talks at Mont Pelerin, Switzerland on 7 November. He encouraged Mr. Anastasiades and Mr. Akýncý to continue the negotiations and strive to achieve an agreement this year for the sake of future generations.The Secretary-General offered his good offices to assist in any way the two leaders wish in order to move the peace process forward.
Crucially, most animals would benefit from a supply of water or a damp area in the garden.A pile of dead, damp wood is also appealing for amphibians, especially if left in the shade, and the logs are a “five star” option for a range of invertebrates including hoverflies, woodlice, spiders and beetles. Gardeners will be excited to tend their gardens this weekend, if it rains as promised – but they have been told to be sparing with their shears in order to save the lives of animals blighted by the heatwave.The Royal Horticultural Society has asked gardeners not to make their gardens too tidy, as this reduces the amount of hiding places for toads, birds and hedgehogs.Gardeners should leave wildflower and meadow grasses uncut, increase log piles, and leave in place plants that have gone to seed, as various animals love to shelter there.Birds need plants that have gone to seed for their nests, while the seeds are highly prized by goldfinches.The RHS has also warned gardeners to dig gingerly; many toads will have burrowed to escape the heat. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Helen Bostock, Senior Horticultural Advisor at the RHS said: “The UK’s gardens are a haven for wildlife with many gardeners plumping for plants and features that support their numbers.”Instigating some small changes this long, hot summer could bring major benefits for the many insects, amphibians, mammals and birds that call our plots, pots and baskets home.”Weeding should also not be done too thoroughly, the society warned, as they can provide important food for wildlife such as dandelions which are a larval food plant for a number of moths, rich source of nectar and pollen for bees and butterflies and seed source for goldfinches. Other changes the RHS urged gardeners to make include leaving food in shady spots for hedgehogs, who suffer without moist soil, in which they usually dig for worms. Don’t dig too hard! Toads will be burrowing to escape the heatCredit:AP Photo/Mark Baker, Files
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Rockstar has not announced or released a version of GTA V for PC. That is clear to most gamers who have bothered to visit a reputable gaming website in the past few weeks or to simply go to Rockstar’s own site. But “most” isn’t all, and someone has decided to take advantage of that fact by producing a malware-riddled torrent called “GTA V for PC.”The torrent is 18GB in size, which just makes it look more legitimate because GTA V is a big game. What’s worse is the fact the installation process looks quite legitimate for the most part, however, while those stupid enough to download it think they are getting the game, instead their machine is being infected.The dream of playing GTA V on PC falls apart when the installation reaches the registration page. A key is required that’s located on a web page the user has to visit. When they do, they are presented with lots of surveys to fill out and inevitably no registration key to use. You can be sure some people filled out every survey that was presented though, in their desperate attempt to play the game on a platform it doesn’t exists on (yet).For the moment the torrent is apparently not flagged as being fake and ranks quite highly on certain search engines. Because of this, the torrent has been downloaded thousands of times, making this quite a successful project for whoever created the fake game installer in the first place.There’s clearly a lot of demand for GTA V to see a release on PC, and if you believe Intel it’s definitely happening. If and when it does, we can expect the same fake torrents claiming to be the game to reappear and get popular again.
Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 7:38 AM By Michelle Hennessy Share24 Tweet Email2 Police called to canteen brawl at Tyrone secondary school Police said no serious injuries were reported following the altercation. POLICE HAD TO be called to a secondary school in Co Tyrone yesterday afternoon after a brawl broke out in the canteen at lunchtime.The altercation broke out at Holy Cross College in Strabane, which has over 1,500 pupils and 90 members of staff. The Strabane Chronicle reported a number of people, including students and teachers, were injured in a ‘mass brawl’.The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) confirmed officers were called to the school at 12.40pm yesterday. They said no serious injuries were reported and all parents had been contacted.“One male was arrested but was later released into the care of his parents,” a spokesperson said.“I’m afraid – what are we bringing our children into? I’m afraid that it’s going to kick all off again,” one mother told Highland radio when she came to the school to collect her sons.“I’ve had my two sons texting me and them terrified. They’re being locked in their classrooms and escorted everywhere.”The school’s prinicpal Maria Doherty told the Belfast Telegraph that 600 students were in the canteen at the time the fight broke out and police were called because of “the potential this situation had to escalate”.Read: Police question 40-year-old in connection with prison officer’s murder in Belfast> Image: Google Street View Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3228357 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 19 Comments Feb 8th 2017, 7:38 AM 19,884 Views Image: Google Street View
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An exclusive night of food and wine will be held in the glorious surrounds of Nicholson museum in Sydney. Sydney Friends of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens and the Friends of the Nicholson Museum will have the opportunity to eat noted chef, David Tsirekas’ excellent food at this food and wine event, while learning more about the ancient world. David Tsirekas, Executive Chef of recently “hatted” Xanthi Bar and Restaurant in Sydney, will create a culinary journey through the ancient world. His menu features five tasting courses themed to specific regions of the Hellenic world including Greece, Sicily and Egypt. Each course will be matched to a unique Greek Wine. Xanthi Bar and Restaurant has recently been awarded a “Chef’s Hat” by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. The night will start with three short talks: Dionysos – God of a Good Night Out, by Michael Turner, Senior Curator of the Nicholson Museum, The Influence of Greek Food in the Ancient World, by Ted Robinson, University of Sydney Department of Archaeology, and The Rise and Rise of Greek Wines Today, by Angie Giannakodakis, Greek wine specialist and Sommelier. Date: Monday 15 October Time: 6:30pm for 7:00pm Place: Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney Contact: email bookings to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 9351 4759.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With an interesting final lecture given by University of Melbourne professor Nikos Papastergiadis, on the meaning of friendship, the series of GOCMV Greek History and Culture Seminars for 2013 was completed last Thursday. The lecture that explored the contemporary phenomenon of ‘liking’ and ‘making’ friends in the age of social networking, while mapping out the complex history of the concept of friendship in philosophy, political theory and aesthetics; was followed by the cocktail reception to mark the completion of the 2013 History and Cultural Seminar Series. In the presence of hundreds of community members and friends, certificates of participation were presented during the course of the evening to those who attended the majority of seminars.The GOCMV president Bill Papastergiadis thanked the lecturers for their contribution to Community Seminars, and community members who attended. A special thanks was given to the members of the Seminars’ Organising Committee, for their efforts and successful organisation. Once more, Mr Papastergiadis thanked Mr Kyriakos Amanatides, on whose initiative the Greek Community Seminars Series took off. Offered by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, more than 1000 people attended seminars during last three years. Only in 2013, 36 lectures were given – a number that even high educational institutions can be proud of. The aim of the seminars, presented by notable academics and experts in their diverse fields, is the promotion of Greek history and culture not only to Greek community but to wider Australian audience.
Udinese midfielder Rolando Mandragora has received a one-match ban for “blasphemous expressions”.The Lega Serie A has today confirmed it had reviewed the conduct of Rolando Mandragora, camera footages, and has found the player guilty of using ‘blasphemous expressions’ in the second half of Udinese’s match against Sampdoria.The Italian football body concluded that while Mandragora was “cursing without addressing any of those present” he was also “clearly caught on camera using blasphemous expressions, identifiable beyond a reasonable doubt by lip reading”.Mandragora was therefore given a one-match ban. Football Italia reports.Sassuolo’s Marlon Santos Da Silva was also banned for one match for his red card at the weekend.Karsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.Napoli were given a fine of €12,000 after their fans launched a firecracker at Milan fans, and also onto the pitch.AC Milan fans were caught singing anti-Neapolitan songs, and the club was fined €10,000.Parma got a €2,000 fine after their fans ignited a smoke bomb in their own sector.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 21, 2017 – Nassau – Wailing relatives could be seen at the construction site after getting news that their relative was shot dead; the newest murder is a man in his 40s who Police say was specifically targeted by a lone gunman who came to the site on Tonique Williams Darling Highway, killed the construction worker and then ran off. Police say the murdered man had been in and out of trouble with the law. The shooting happened around 2pm and no other employee working on the new post office was troubled.Just hours before, the country learned the identities of those two young teenage boys, gunned down, execution style in Yellow Elder Gardens. The horrific situation begged the question, what could have inspired a person or people to take the lives of 13 year old KeishonWilliams of Plantol Street and 15 year old Davonte Lindsay of Knowles Drive.The boys were found on a track road off Graham Drive on Sunday morning by residents, who called Police.#MagneticMediaNews#mankilledatconstructionsite#teenboysfoundshottodeath#KeishonWilliams#DavonteLindsay Related Items:#DavonteLindsay, #KeishonWilliams, #magneticmedianews, #mankilledatconstructionsite, #teenboysfoundshottodeath
Jan Jones Blackhurst to leave executive role, join Caesars Board of Directors MGM has been awarded the PATA Gold Award in CSR category and two accolades at the 7th Cross-Strait-Four-Region Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Awards organized by the Mirror Post of Hong Kong.The company won the PATA Gold Award in the CSR category with its “Making Great Moment to the Community” program, acknowledging for its on-going commitment to the local community, its employees and shareholders and the environment. Organized by Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and supported by the Macao Government Tourism Office since 1995, the PATA Gold Award attracted 200 entries from 87 organizations and individuals worldwide this year. RelatedPosts Analysts see long-term opportunity in undervalued Macau stock prices Load More Melco wins Gold Award at Asia Recruitment Awards 2019 for Best Mass Recruitment On the same day, MGM was also awarded the “Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Award” and the “Ambassadors of Corporate Social Responsibility” by the Mirror Post of Hong Kong at the 7th Cross-Strait-Four-Region Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Award. It marks the second time the Company has received the Award.“The PATA Gold Award recognized that our efforts and commitment to CSR have been widely endorsed by prominent travel professionals worldwide who believe that we are working towards a more responsible travel and tourism industry in the Asia Pacific region,” said MGM China CEO and Executive Director Grant Bowie.“All these accolades highlight our commitment to the community of Macau, our team members and the environment. While we are actively supporting Macau into a World Center of Tourism and Leisure, we will continue to be inspired by these awards and strive to contribute to Macau’s better tomorrow today.”
Less than two-thirds (64%) of respondents in Canada feel their employer supports their physical health, according to research by Sun Life Financial.Its 2016 Sun Life Canadian health index, which surveyed 2,402 Canadians aged between 18 and 80, also found that 58% of respondents feel that their employer supports their mental and emotional health.The research also found:46% of respondents would participate in employer-provided education programmes for mental health and stress reduction.77% of respondents feel that all Canadian employees are entitled to receive a health benefits plan sponsored by their employer.26% of respondents believe their employer provides programmes or initiatives that promote health and wellbeing in the workplace.49% of respondents would participate if their employer provided an on-site gym or fitness equipment, 48% would take part in on-site fitness activities, and 45% would utilise a subsidised gym membership.38% of respondents would make use of mental health manager training if it was provided by their employer, and 37% would use an employee assistance programme (EAP) or confidential counselling services.12% of respondents strongly agree that they would feel comfortable discussing a physical health problem with their employer, and 23% strongly disagree.8% of respondents strongly agree that they would feel comfortable talking to their employer about their mental or emotional health, and 32% of respondents strongly disagree.58% of respondents would participate if their employer provided incentives for fitness or healthy behaviour, and 52% would participate in employer-provided education programmes.Brigitte Parent, senior vice president, group benefits at Sun Life Financial Canada, said: “Workplace health benefits play an essential part in our healthcare system because they help Canadians pay for medical expenses that aren’t typically covered by their provincial plan, covering nearly $30 billion per year in healthcare expenditures. Canadians and their families have come to depend on these health benefits [because] they provide tremendous support towards their physical, mental and financial wellbeing.“Although employees are at different stages of their life, what they want, need and value from a group benefits plan is, in many cases, quite similar. With growing diversity in the workplace and increasing expectations of personalisation, flexibility and customisation are key to ensuring employees are getting what they want and need from their benefits package.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, December 10, 2018:#1) WCTV Fundraiser at Red Heat TavernWant some good food while supporting a great cause? Wilmington Community Television (WCTV) is hosting a fundraiser at Red Heat Tavern (300 Lowell Street) from 4pm to 10pm. All you need to do is bring the flyer below (print it out or show it on your phone) and 10% of your check will go to WCTV. This is for dine-in or take-out. It’s an easy and delicious way to support the station.#2) Family Holiday SingalongThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a holiday sing-along on Monday, December 10 at 6:30pm! David Polansky, an award-winning singer, musician and composer, will present a repertoire of classic holiday songs and original compositions that will encompass Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa! All ages. Register HERE.#3) Wilmington Board of Selectmen MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. (Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:30pm.) The North Wilmington Train Station, Butters Row Bridge Replacement, the Woburn Street/Lowell Street Intersection, Russell Disposal, and more are on the agenda. Read the full agenda HERE. The meeting is open to the public.#4) Wilmington Housing Authority Meeting MeetingThe Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. The Capital Improvement Plan and Vacant Land With Development Potential are on the agenda. Read the full agenda HERE.#5) Wilmington Job Seekers Network MeetingThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meeting of its networking group at 10am. Find out what the new tax code is all about and how it may affect you. Beth Logan is an Enrolled Agent with a tax practice and business consulting in Chelmsford. She teaches classes on taxes to laypersons and other Enrolled Agents. She is a nationally published author including articles and two books on taxes. She has an MBA from the University of Maryland and two engineering degrees. Register HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, September 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, September 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Share In the months following the shooting at Santa Fe High School, administrators at a nearby Houston school district are cautiously preparing for a new year.After a school shooting occurs somewhere in the country, it’s become regular procedure at Aldine ISD to review their safety measures and protocols, according to the district’s Assistant Superintendent of Administration Kenneth Knippel. While the Santa Fe shooting happened close to home, he says their increased attention on school safety was initially sparked by the shooting at Sandy Hook in 2012. Angeline AbreraThis story was reported by Angeline Abrera, a 2018 PBS NewsHour Gwen Ifill Legacy Fellow. She and two other high school students from around the country were selected this year, granting them hands-on learning experiences at their local PBS stations.The fellowship was created in honor of the late Gwen Ifill, an award winning journalist who passed away in November 2016.
In the beginnings of the Revolutionary War, messengers on horseback were extremely important. Famous riders like Paul Revere were tasked with traveling across the colonies, giving warning that the British troops were on the move. Indeed, the famous poem The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, by Longfellow, gave credence to the daring exploits of a man willing to risk life and limb, traveling long and far to alarm the country about incoming danger.Paul RevereYet, Paul Revere was not the only messenger who alarmed colonists of the movement of the British soldiers. While he is certainly the most famous, due to the poem that was written about him, his work was not unique. There were others who served their country by riding horseback to give a warning about approaching soldiers. One such story was about the young Sybil Ludington.As the tale goes, Sybil, born in Fredericksburg, New York, in 1761, was only 16-years-old when word reached her that British soldiers were on the march. Their aim was to attack a supply depot in Danbury, Connecticut. Her father, the leader of a nearby militia, would need to be alarmed of such an attack. And so, the lone teenage girl climbed atop her horse and rode to warn the city of Danbury.Sybil Ludington commemorative stampOne story about her exploits was that when on her journey, she was accosted by several highwaymen who intended to rob her. Taking a large stick in her hand, she waylaid the bandits and continued on her journey, holding the stick in case she ran into trouble again.20th century depiction of Paul Revere’s Midnight RideThis story, while a bit fantastical, rooted itself into the legend of Sybil to the point where many depictions of her, such as in statues, show her riding her horse, wielding the wooden stick above her head.Sybil Ludington statue at the Offner Museum, Brookgreen Gardens, Myrtle Beach, SC. Photo by Doug Coldwell CC BY-SA 3.0Her journey was a long one, in fact, she traveled twice as far as Paul Revere, riding her horse a total of 40 miles through the night. On the horse named Star, Sybil rode through Putnam County and warned her father and his 400 men about the attack.Tyneham Village By DroneThe soldiers took heed of her warning and immediately began to mobilize, making their way to Danbury. While they were unable to reach the city in time to prevent the British attack, they were able to provide aid to those embroiled in the fight. In the end, the battle would be a success for the British, but such an attack would end up stirring up the Americans in Connecticut to fight back.Close-up of smaller version of statue by Anna Hyatt Huntington. Offner Museum, Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.As for Sybil, her life became enshrouded in a combination of myth and reality. While her story, riding 40 miles in the black of night to warn about an attack, is quite incredible, there are those who argue that it never happened at all.Even though she played an important role in warning the soldiers, she wasn’t mentioned in any historical records until 1880. A book, written by Martha Lamb, drew upon many records in order to provide an account of Sybil’s life and her famous ride. Yet Martha did not provide any sources for her documentation, making the information impossible to verify.Grave of Sybil Ludington, bearing a spelling variation of her first name. Photo by Anthony22 CC BY SA 3.0So, the question remains, did a woman like Sybil Ludington really exist? Did she make a midnight ride that was twice the distance as Paul Revere at the age of 16? Or is this simply a piece of folklore, a story meant to inspire people to greatness, yet with no basis in reality? It is unclear.Read another story from us: Myths of History: Was Napoleon Bonaparte Short?The only historical evidence of this tale that we have was written by a woman who provided no sources for her conclusions. Without accurate historical records and with a startling lack of any mention in other historical sources, it’s hard to conclude that Sybil really went upon such a legendary journey.But this doesn’t stop people from taking inspiration from such a story, a tale about a young woman who knew her duty and rose up to protect her country, despite the obstacles facing her.Andrew Pourciaux is a novelist hailing from sunny Sarasota, Florida, where he spends the majority of his time writing and podcasting.
Colin was shocked when he tuned in to watch the Lakers beat the Rockets in their first post-Kobe game under new head coach Luke Walton. It’s not a coincidence that all the young stars had smiles on their faces now that a diminished Kobe isn’t dominating the ball and looming over them. The Lakers appear they might finally have a direction and identity going forward now that Kobe is out of the picture. It’s about ball movement and spacing, not Kobe. Don’t get confused, the Lakers will probably win 30 games, but at least it’s entertaining.“When I watch the Lakers last night. Ball movement. Spacing. It’s not anti-Kobe, it’s a referendum against his style.”Colin is sick of people romanticizing the past in sports. Sports today has never been better. People complain just to complain. The NBA is more exciting because teams score more than 80 points. The NFL is more competitive than ever. Even the bottom feeders are relatively competitive. And sports coverage isn’t limited to just highlights, there’s more variety than ever. Opinions, debate, more networks and coverage. Stop whining.“Remember that Spike Lee, Pacers/Knicks series. ‘Oh, that was unbelievable!’ That was pro wrestling with free throws.”Colin doesn’t like the World Series format of 2-3-2, he thinks it’s a disadvantage for the team that has to play 3 home games in a row and play Game 1 of a series on the road . During this election season, Colin is proposing Prop1-2-2-2 to resolve the problem. It’s a fair deal for all Americans and needs to be passed into law by the MLB.He also thinks the World Series is going to be incredible starting in Game 3 on Friday, because of the added atmosphere that come with Wrigley Field. There are very few stadiums that really pop on television, and Wrigley is one of them.Colin thinks the idiot fan in Philly that harassed Russell Westbrook last night is an embarrassment, and a product of a social media society that is full of people who have “Loving father of three” in their Twitter profiles, but don’t hesitate to spew a constant river of toxic hate at athletes because they think it’s their right as fans.Colin has been critical of Aaron Rodgers this year, but the more he watches Green Bay, it’s clear Rodgers isn’t the problem. He doesn’t have the talent around him. The Packers have had two generationally transcendent quarterbacks with Favre and Rodgers and only have 2 Super Bowls to show for it in more than 20 years.“The question is, ‘What’s happened to Aaron Rodgers?’ Let me defend him . I don’t think Green Bay’s got the players anymore.”Surprise! Colin is releasing his NFL Week 8 Blazin’ 5 on a Thursday. He had to kick off the party a day early after going 4-1 last week.Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio talking about the different feel around the Lakers under Luke Walton, his take on the Russell Westbrook fan confrontation, why he thinks Joel Embiid could revolutionize the Center position, why Simmons and Embiid could be a dynamic combo, the word out of Golden State that the biggest concern with this team is effort, and why getting drilled by the Spurs is a good thing.Greg Cosell – Senior Producer for NFL Films and NFL Matchup stops by for his weekly visit to break down the game film from NFL Week 7, including what the film says about the Cardinals/Seahawks 6-6 tie, Andrew Luck’s recent play, Derek Carr’s areas for improvement, and what the Cowboys and Eagles need to do to get their young quarterbacks rolling on Sunday night.Nick Wright – FS1 host is in-studio to discuss the Philly fan who went over the line with Russell Westbrook, the limits on fan behavior, and why he’s officially turned against a Warriors team that he once loved.