Ray MaotaAdd this green ribbon to your Facebook profile image to show your support for organ donation. Organ donation and transplantation is represented internationally with a symbolic green ribbon. (Image: Flickr)August is Women’s Month as well as Organ Donation Awareness Month and the awesome foursome of Love Life; Gift Life are on a mission to combine both elements in their newest campaign.Fawn Rogers, Siobhan Scallan, Shaylene Perry and Alice Voigt founded Love Life; Gift Life to heighten the level of organ donor awareness in South Africa.On 7 July, the foursome led the Save 7 Lives campaign on International Save 7 Lives Day to much success on social media. The campaign trended globally on Twitter.ORGust CampaignTheir recent campaign, aptly named the #ORGust Campaign, is about the stories of unsung heroes of organ transplantation – specifically, stories of the women making a real impact.These are the stories of nurses, transplant coordinators, surgeons, doctors, psychologists, specialists, physiotherapists, academics and activists.Perry said the campaign will recognise the efforts made by these healthcare professionals in involved in organ transplants. “No transplant patient would be here today, if it were not for the extensive team of people, so often behind the scenes, making miracles happen.”Besides showcasing women working in transplantation, Perry said the organisation hopes all South Africans can show their support for Organ Donation Awareness Month.Love Life, Gift Life is encouraging South Africans to add a green ribbon – an international symbol for organ donation and transplantation – to their Facebook profile image this month.“We are all well aware of the reach social media has,” said Perry. “And after our successful #Save7Lives campaign went viral, we are optimistic that this campaign will also have a great impact within the online community.“By showing their support with the green ribbon, people are not only creating awareness for the cause but will undoubtedly give much needed hope to the thousands of disheartened patients awaiting a lifesaving transplant.”To show your support click HERE and add a green ribbon to your profile.Personal journeysThe four women who founded Love Life; Gift Life needed lung transplants for various reasons. Getting donor lungs and starting recovery has been a joyful experience.Fawn Rogers (Bi-lateral Lung Transplant Recipient- top left); Shaylene Perry (Single Lung Transplant Recipient- top right); Alice Vogt (Bi-lateral Lung Transplant Recipient- bottom left); and, Siobhan Scallan (Bi-lateral Lung Transplant Recipient- bottom right) are the founders of Love Life; Gift Life. (Image: Love Life; Gift Life)Rogers was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at a young age and had not been able to live a normal life until she got a donor in 2013.“The recovery was difficult but since I’ve been out I’ve had a completely new life. I have gone from being bedridden with tubes, relying on my mom, to working full-time,” she said.“I enjoy mundane things like going out for coffee and relaxing with friends and family. They also seem very happy to be able to do that with me.”Perry, who fell ill when she was 27, said: “My joy comes from now being able to be a mother and wife. There were years that going up the stairs was a mission and my daughter always knew mommy as being sick. Now I can be a mother to her.”
It’s the largest and hottest province in South Africa, taking up a full third of the country’s land area. But the Northern Cape is also wild and empty, mostly desert and semi-desert. Under 2% of South Africa’s people live there.The 60-metre Augrabies Falls on the Orange River. The original Khoikhoi inhabitants named the falls “Ankoerebis”, or “place of big noises”. Later Afrikaner settlers then derived the name “Augrabies”. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Mary AlexanderIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”.To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.The vast wilderness of the Nortern Cape holds weird lunar landscapes, exotic plants and animals, the Richtersveld World Heritage site and the Big Hole diamond mine, possibly the largest hand-dug excavation in the world.In early spring the barren Namaqualand sees a sudden, brief and brilliant bloom of flowers carpeting the landscape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Sister Januar outside the Catholic Cathedral in the Northern Cape town of Pella. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Arri Raats, a member of the Khomani San Bushmen, at Boesmansrus camp in the Kalahari. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Canoeing on the Orange River at sunset in Vioolsdrift, in the Richtersveld region of the Northern Cape. The Orange is the longest river in South Africa, rising in the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho and flowing westwards to empty in the Atlantic Ocean. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Brilliantly coloured Augrabies flat lizards are endemic to the Northern Cape, and common on the granite walls of Augrabies Falls National Park. In summer they delight tourists with their acrobatic leaps to catch black flies swarming near the falls. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A seal colony on the rocky shores of the Namaqua National Park. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Crafts for sale at a tourist market in Pofadder, Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Donkey cart drivers in Andriesvale in the Kalahari. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Arnie Braam in Klein Pella, Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Desert dunes in Witsand – “white sands” – Nature Reserve near Postmasburg in the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A farm in Vioolsdrift. Irrigation from the great Orange River and from groundwater allows farmers to produce crops in the desert. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Quiver trees – kokerboom in Afrikaans – in the Kalahari. San Bushman hunter-gatherers used the trees to make quivers for their arrows. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Sutherland Observatory on a starry night. There is little light pollution in the remote Northern Cape, making the province ideal for major international astronomy initiatives such as the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and the Square Kilometre Array, or SKA. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Meerkats in the desert of the Kalahari Red Dune Route in the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)An old shipwreck rusts into the shore of the Namaqua National Park on the West Coast. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Inside the McGregor Museum, an important cultural and natural history research institute, in Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Palm trees against the late afternoon sun in Klein Pella, on the banks of the Orange River. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The mountainous desert landscape of the Richtersveld. The region is the only arid biodiversity hotspot on earth, with an amazing variety of plant, bird and animal life. The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape is a Unesco World Heritage site. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Big Hole in Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape, is thought to be the largest hand-dug excavation in the world. Once an open-pit diamond mine, some three metric tons of diamonds were extracted from the hole – displacing 22-million tons of earth – between 1872 and 1914. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A massive communal sociable weaver bird’s nest envelops an acacia tree in the Kgalakgadi Transfrontier Park in the north of the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Steenbok amid indigenous desert vegetation in the Namaqua National Park. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The local maritime museum in the West Coast town of Port Nolloth. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A dog sits with its driver as they make their way through Vioolsdrift in the Richtersveld. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)
Teams from around the country are invited to nominate for the richest Touch Football prizemoney purse in Australia, $20,000, to be shared across various men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. Register Now!Entries for the inaugural Bundaberg Cup are now open and interested teams can nominate by visiting www.qldtouch.com.au. In addition to providing a wonderful prizemoney knockout opportunity for players, officials and volunteers in regional Queensland, the Bundaberg Cup also promises to provide a major boost to the region’s tourism industry.International, inter (Queensland) and intra-State teams will compete for the prizemoney in a carnival atmosphere at the Greg Duncan Fields, Bundaberg on 14-15 November (Saturday and Sunday). Queensland Touch Football CEO, Jamie O’Connor, said he was looking forward to working with Touch Football Australia to deliver a landmark event. “The inception of the Bundaberg Cup provides a significant addition to the wider Touch Football events calendar,” he said.“More importantly, it provides another significant regional opportunity to boost the profile and leverage the sport to increase tourism and participation numbers to key destinations, such as Bundaberg.”Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire added: “Touch Football is a quintessential Australian sport and Bundaberg has one of the strongest local associations in the country. We are delighted to partner with Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), Queensland Touch Football and Bundaberg Touch Association to help deliver a fantastic regional sporting and economic opportunity.” The Bundaberg Cup is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with the Bundaberg Regional Council, Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism and promoted as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland event calendar.Related Files150818_2015_bundaberg_cup_launch_media_release_v1-0-pdf2015_bundaberg_cup_poster-pdfRelated Links2015 Bundaberg Cup
When I was a kid, I hated the Pittsburgh Steelers. I still do to a certain extent. They always seem to beat the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns, sometimes in the most heartbreaking ways imaginable. I remember when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger came very close to losing his own life in June of 2006 when he was involved in an ugly motorcycle accident. Luckily, Roethlisberger survived the crash, but I was not about to send my condolences to the quarterback of the Steelers. I was mad that he didn’t die that day. I thought with Roethlisberger out of the picture, maybe the Bengals and the Browns could finally break through and win a championship. I realize now that comments such as those are insensitive. Wishing death upon someone is cold and heartless. I could use the “excuse” that I was young and didn’t know any better, but, nevertheless, I accept the fact that I used a very poor choice of words. Apparently, I’m not the only one who wishes death to well-known athletes. Last weekend, Scott Torgerson, host of the popular sports talk radio show “Common Man and the Torg” here in Columbus, made a similar comment. Torgerson, who professes his Buckeye fandom on a daily basis, along with his extreme distaste for everything involving the Michigan Wolverines, tweeted this about former Heisman trophy winner and current ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard: “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch Gameday again.” Now, I know that Ohioans, fans of the Scarlet and Gray, are bred to hate that School up North. Lord knows that image of Howard striking the Heisman pose against the Buckeyes makes any Ohio State fan cringe. However, there is a fine line between being passionate and letting that passion overtake you. That is what happened to Torgerson. He deleted the tweet and apologized for his comment, tweeting, “My Desmond Howard tweet was a joke. I think if you listen to the show you know that. My apologies to those who took it seriously. Total Joke.” My question to Torgerson is this: How is wishing someone would die a joke? I recently went to the funeral of the brother of one of my best friends from high school. Believe me, death is no laughing matter. Since this infamous tweet, Torgerson has been suspended from the airwaves indefinitely. The lesson to take from this is do not let your fandom cloud your overall judgment as a human being. There is more to life than spending every waking moment hating someone just because they beat your favorite team. I learned this lesson when I was young. Unfortunately, there are some people in this world like Torgerson who didn’t get the message until it was too late. Think before you say it. Think before you tweet it. Think before it is too late to fix.
Former England international Jamie Carragher has backed Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks to start in place of Jordan Henderson when the team plays Spain on Monday.The Three Lions travel to Seville to play Luis Enrique’s side on Monday in their third group game of the UEFA Nations League without Henderson who is suspended for the game.The Liverpool captain picked up his second yellow card in two Nations League games and will sit out the clash against La Furia Roja and Carragher believes Winks should take his place in the starting line-up.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“In midfield, maybe Harry Winks. He played really well for Spurs against Barcelona in the Champions League, against a similar type of players. Again, it won’t be easy, but I think in Seville on Monday night, we are going to have to do as well as we can to keep the ball against Spain. Winks is as good as anyone who can come in for Jordan Henderson in terms of technical ability,” Carragher said to Sky Sports.Winks has an impressive form for Spurs this season and put in a decent display in the team’s UEFA Champions League loss to Barcelona at Wembley earlier this month and carried that form during the victory against Cardiff City.The 22-year-old was a standout performer for Mauricio Pochettino’s side against the La Liga champions star-studded midfield and his club manager has previously likened him to one Barcelona’s greatest player Andres Iniesta because of his ability to dictate play.
President Trump’s desire to trim spending across the government is forcing the Pentagon to prepare an alternative fiscal 2020 budget request for $700 billion, a sizeable cut from its original draft proposing $733 billion in total federal spending on national security. The $700 billion figure represents a 2.2 percent reduction from current year spending. The cut would not last for just one year and, instead, will mark the starting point of a five-year budget projection calling for defense spending to remain relatively constant, Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters Friday. Officials will now develop two parallel budget requests and use the higher one to show likely tradeoffs from scaling back the request, reported Defense News.Shanahan said modernization would likely absorb a significant cut in the new budget draft. “The way I would think a about those two budgets and the approach, there are certain things that you can’t change. There are just near-term costs that we’re going to spend in the next year that are on contract, and for all intents and purposes are fixed. Then there are other investments we would make in science and technology and procurement, where we have [options] in terms of timing,” he said.Photo courtesy of DOD Dan Cohen AUTHOR
AP PhotoMrs. George Bush walking on New York’s Park Avenue, April 13, 1971. (AP Photo)With the news of Barbara Bush’s death at 92 on Tuesday, Houston Public Media asked locals about their memory of the former first lady. We went out along a trail at Memorial Park, where the former First Lady and former President George H. W. Bush used to jog.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18102136/Bars-2018-04-18-at-10.19am.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“It’s a sad day, she was a great first lady, I think she brought a lot to the White House, I think she brought a lot to the nation, particularly in terms of what she did with education and literacy. And, you know, she’s an icon and an example for everyone I think,” said Bob Kalin. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18102628/Brigett.mp400:0000:0000:19Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I think she was one who kind of spoke her mind. You know what I mean? She didn’t really… I don’t want to say conform, but she kind of paved her own way as First Lady. But yeah she gave me empowerment as a woman to believe that I can do anything, regardless of race, color, creed,” said Bridgett Joe. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18102933/Eric.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I think that when we look at where we are politically today, I think we need another family like that, another leader like that, another leader of families to step up and lead the country. I think she was definitely a leader in that family and the sons pulled those leadership qualities from her, no question. She led by example,” said Eric Justason. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18103307/Bars-2018-04-18-at-8.20am.mp400:0000:0000:29Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“At the office — I was cleaning the office — and I wanted to throw out a newspaper and they said “Oh, no, hold on! This has a picture of Barbara Bush!” And my boss said he wanted to keep it,” said Gaza Badasz. Share
By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterA group of concerned parents, and staff from Duke Ellington School of the Arts sat behind a small wooden desk during the State Board of Education (SBOE) public meeting Dec. 19 with one purpose – to get answers.“This was a good opportunity for us to educate them [SBOE]”, said Duke Ellington parent Greg Smith, “about the larger picture of what’s going on. I hope this’ll be the beginning of more.”Duke Ellington School of the Arts parent Winston Clarke(left) and the school’s CEO Tia Powell Harris (center) at the State of Board of Education on Dec. 19 meeting following last school year’s allegations that two-thirds of the student body were not District residents.Smith and parents like him have spent a lot of time in meetings, press conferences and even court rooms as of late.In May 2018 the Office of the State Superintendent Of Education (OSSE) revealed a Report on Residency Investigation at Duke Ellington High School stating in part that:“OSSE’s investigation revealed significant and systemic issues of non-compliance with the requirements of residency verification at Ellington. Based on this investigation, OSSE has deemed a total of 164 of the 570 investigated students to be non-residents, without tuition agreements in place,” the report wrote. “A total of 56 students remain under investigation, as the information obtained about their actual place of residence is thus far inconclusive. An additional 46 students were found to be non-residents with existing tuition agreements with the District. A total of 304 students were confirmed as D.C. residents.”Letters were sent out to some 220 families alleging of residency fraud. Some parents including Smith, who as an attorney represented them, pushed back filing a lawsuit against OSSE. During a press conference, it was discovered that OSSE attorney’s withdrew the letters sent to parents, this according to reporting done by the AFRO.“I mean any time a D.C. agency accuses hundred of people of fraud and is wrong two thirds of the time or more I think that that is a serious problem,” Smith said, “and worth the City Council investigating. So I hope they will.”Smith said in a statement that OSSE admitted that two-thirds of their allegations were incorrect.Tia Powell Harris, CEO at Duke Ellington was at the helm and rode out the storm of false allegations and the tsunami of effects it had on the school- from funding issues, to weathering a media storm and, most hurtful, students missing school while residency challenges were sorted out.“I think the motivating factor for all of us was that this never happen again,” Powell Harris said after offering her testimony. “So our goal to bring light to the inadequacies of the system and the process and the people putting it forward so that no one again has to be unjustly accused. And secondly, that a school that a school doesn’t get bashed by a governmental agency.”“We need to say out loud and for the record that this can’t be left up to insinuation,” Powell Harris told the AFRO. “Somebody in charge needs to say these things out loud. We look forward to the future and to bring attention to the fact that we have indeed been vindicated.”Powell-Harrised added that the school, or parents have yet to receive an apology, or any information regarding the students’ residency.The Board sat and listened and offered apologies, yet it was apparent that the room was missing key people.“I am incredibly disappointed that the superintendent is not here to hear your testimony this evening nor is her chief of staff whom I’ve spoken to on multiple occasions,” said Jack Jacobson of the SBOE, referring to Superintendent Hanseul Kang. “This is just another attack on the arts in D.C.”“It breaks my heart when these families and children, who have to opportunity to do something great, and the system does not work on their behalf. That’s a big problem.”Winston Clarke who was one of the early parents to receive letters regarding his son, showed in the end for the parents who couldn’t be there.“So I think it’s a bigger issue that I don’t know how much things are going to get done,” Clarke said. “We’re talking about a process that’s obviously flawed. They have to fix the communication.”“I needed to show up to have that voice for a lot of parents that can’t speak in front of people- are afraid about their own personal situation. I wanted to be consistent and show other families I am on aboard with them.”A representative from OSSE, or the D.C. Council could not be reached for comment.
Kolkata: Byomkesh-actor Abir Chatterjee will now don the hat of a treasure hunter in ‘Guptodhoner Sondhane’, which is claimed to be the first big Bengali film on treasure hunt, will be released this month. Eminent Bengali directors Goutam Ghosh, Kamaleswar Mukherjee and Arindam Sil are part of the team as the director Dhrubo Banerjee said they were here to enhance the quality of the film.Popular Bengali hero Abir Chatterjee said neither Sil, nor Ghosh nor Mukherjee carried the baggage of a film maker during the film’s shoot but did not divulge how their role unfolded in the film. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”All the three portray very interesting and important characters but how that will be a surprise. All I can say they brought more layers to the film,” the director said.Chatterjee, who had also portrayed the character of iconic Bengali sleuth ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’ in a string of Bengali films, said, “Bengalis are losing the spirit of going on exploration for treasure hunt. The film aims at fostering that spirit of adventures in every Bengali. To my knowledge it is the first big Bengali production on embarking on adventure for hidden treasure.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedChatterjee had been cast as Byomkesh in several films including Byomkesh Pawrbo, Har Har Byomkesh, Byomkesh Phire Elo, Badshahi Angti (featuring iconic sleuth Feluda) among others.Asked if his image as Byomkesh or Feluda will not come in the way of establishing the new role of a treasure-hunter history professor, visiting the country after seven years, Chatterjee said, “We are actors first and portray the role as demanded by the script. The audience is mature enough.” He said the film had references to the history of Bengal.”Instead of past instances of films based on literary works, here the films will be followed by novels in print and graphic novels. We intend to start a franchise,” he said.About casting Chatterjee in the lead role, he said, “I did not seek to find similarities between his portrayal as Feluda or Byomkesh. But I liked his smart and intelligent look which can be moulded in a different way than the previous characters.”Sonada aka Subarno Sen, the protagonist in his film, may give a break from the monotony of iconic characters of Feluda and Byomkesh to the Bengali audience, he said.’Guptodhoner Sondhane’ is the first instalment of a brand new franchise being introduced by SVF, Srikant Mohta said on behalf of the producers.
India’s biggest theatre extravaganza, is finally heading towards its finale. The festival saw some prominent groups and artists presenting the best of their plays. In its last phase, a couple of other fabulous performances, which can be enjoyed by theatre lovers include:FridayADHE ADHUREWriter: Mohan RakeshDirector: Robin DasGroup: Individual Performance, New DelhiLanguage: HindiDuration: 1 hr 40 minsTime: 2 pmLocation: Bahumukh/ Sammukh, NSD LOKA SHAKUNTALA Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWriter: K.V. Subbanna Director: CR JambeGroup: Antharanga Havyasi Nataka Thanda, Shimoga Language: KannadDuration: 1 hr 50 minsTime: 6:30 pmLocation: Kamani SaturdayTHE HOUSE OF USERWriter: Edgar Allan PoeDirector: Goge BamGroup: NSD Diploma Production, New DelhiLanguage: HindiDuration: 1 hr 15 minsTime: 2 pmLocation: Bahumukh/ Sammukh AKA-NANDUNWriter & Director: Bhawani Bashir YasirGroup: Ensemble Kashmir Theatre (EKTA), J & KLanguage: KashmirDuration: 1 hr 25 minsTime: 5 pm Location: Shri Ram CentreA STRAIGHT PROPOSALWriter & Director: Happy Ranjit Group: Unicorn Actors Studio, DelhiLanguage: HindiDuration: 2 hrsTime: 8:30 pmLocation: Abhimanch, NSD