News story: Rededication and burial services for first world war soldiers

Burial service for soldier of the first world warA burial service will be held in the morning of Tuesday 27 March at Bailleul Road East Cemetery, France for 1 soldier of the first world war.The remains of a soldier of the Royal Scots were discovered by a team of workmen near to Athiens. Given the location of where the remains were found it is a possibility that this soldier was killed during the Battle of Arras in April 1917. However there are still too many soldiers of the Royal Scots missing from that battle to identify this soldier.The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by British Defence Staff, regimental representatives from The Royal Regiment of Scotland and local dignitaries. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will be providing the headstone.Rededication service for Serjeant John MacKenzie MMA rededication service will be held in the afternoon of Tuesday 27 March at Anneux British Cemetery, France for Serjeant John Mackenzie MM.Serjeant John MacKenzie MM was just 21 years old when he died on 25 March 1918, a few days after the start of the German Spring Offensive. Having been wounded he was taken prisoner and died of his wounds in Inchy-en-Artois. Until recently the location of Serjeant MacKenzie’s grave remained unknown and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. However research has shown that he is in fact buried in Anneux British Cemetery.The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by British Defence Staff, members of the family, regimental representatives from The Royal Regiment of Scotland and local dignitaries. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will be providing the headstone.Burial service for soldiers of the first world warA burial service will be held on in the morning of Wednesday 28 March at Orchard Dump Cemetery, France, for soldiers of the first world war.The remains of two soldiers of the Royal Scots were discovered by a farmer near to Haisnes. The location of where the remains were found makes it possible that these soldiers were killed during the Battle of Loos in September 1915. However there are still too many soldiers of the Royal Scots missing from that battle to identify these soldiers.These 2 members of the Royal Scots will be buried alongside an unknown soldier of an unknown regiment. His remains were found by a farmer near to the former Hohenzollern Redoubt, a German defensive position which was fought over several times.The remains of a soldier of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were discovered by a farmer in Cuinchy. Again, given the location of where the remains were found it is a possibility that this soldier was killed during the Battle of Loos in September 1915. However there are still too many soldiers of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders missing from that battle to identify this soldier.A burial service will be held on in the afternoon of Wednesday 28 March at Worburn Abbey Cemetery, France, for a soldier of the First World War.The services have been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by British Defence Staff, members of the family, regimental representatives from The Royal Regiment of Scotland and local dignitaries. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will be providing the headstones. read more

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Driving program support

first_imgState Farm Insurance Company has donated $10,000 to the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences in support of the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute.GTIPI, a Conyers-based UGA Extension program housed in the FACS department of human development and family science, will use the funds to expand the Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) program.P.R.I.D.E. is a free, two-hour course that focuses on seat belts, crash dynamics, Georgia’s teen driving law, parental influence and peer pressure. It is designed to help parents and new teen drivers manage the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time required by law.Roughly 200 PRIDE instructors in Georgia teach an average of 25 parent-teen classes each month. Since the PRIDE program was launched in 2003, more than 13,000 teens have been reached. Students are also informed about State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive program, which provides support and incentives for communities to support safer teen driving.This award will enable GTIPI to expand its outreach to more communities interested in offering proven teen driving training.“This is a natural partnership,” said Don Bower, UGA Extension specialist and FACS professor emeritus. “State Farm is a leader in all kinds of support for safer driving. Their acclaimed “Celebrate My Drive” initiative complements the UGA P.R.I.D.E. program to provide key elements of a comprehensive local teen driver education effort.”For more information, contact GTIPI at (800) 342-9819.last_img read more

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Millennial roundtable: Mobile technology

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Quimson Jennifer Quimson is the Marketing Coordinator at Bluepoint Solutions and oversees the company’s customer communications including newsletters, email campaigns, social media channels, and resource development. Quimson holds a master’… Web: www.bluepointsolutions.com Details Millennials will soon make up the majority of the work force in the United States and are prime candidates for financial institutions looking to gain long-term members. Providing this generation with the resources, tools and technology it needs to prosper financially will prove to be an invaluable investment for credit unions.Credit unions that deploy a mobile-first strategy are ideally positioned to serve this generation. Mobile banking is already a staple technology in the banking realm, typically including features such as account balance transfers, remote deposit capture, and transaction reporting. According to a 2014 report by the Nielsen Company, 67% of Millennials are interested in their financial institution providing tools and services which help them create and monitor a budget. Taking the mobile channel a step further and providing an integrated tool to track spending habits and issue alerts for potential overspending or fraudulent activity would be valuable to Millennials, helping them stay on track with their financial goals.Bluepoint recently held a roundtable discussion with credit union partners to gather from-the-field perspectives. Learn about mobile- and technology-based strategies your peers have in place to meet the needs of younger members.Damaris Gonzalez, Marketing Manager of Central Credit Union of Florida, discusses the value of providing traditional banking services through the mobile channel:“If we want to attract the younger generations and build lifelong relationships with them, we need to have the solutions and features they’re looking for and be able to provide those features where they spend the majority of their time — their mobile phones. These members aren’t likely to need direct deposit for their income yet, and being able to offer them the ability to deposit their checks through their mobile phones adds a huge convenience factor.”Mary Isaacs, Executive VP, CFO of Altra Federal Credit Union, speaks about the importance of building long-term relationships with Millennials and how technology plays a role in these efforts:“We definitely have a focus on Millennials and have tailored our product offerings to better serve this group. Millennials are at the right age to borrow and they have a reputation for being on the leading edge of technology. Proving them with the ability to conduct all of their transactions via their smartphones or from their laptops will allow us to gain their loyalty and build long-term profitable relationships.”Mindy Peep, Marketing Communication Manager at Warren Federal Credit Union, highlights the importance of tailoring products and services to meet specific demographic needs:“Generation Y is our largest and fastest growing segment, and the transfer of wealth will dictate this generation as the future stakeholders at Warren. We can’t afford to be complacent and hope we gain the loyalty of this generation [later] when they are making more money. The time is now… it’s up to us to gain their trust now. We don’t dictate to them that they need technology or mobile apps. Instead, we analyze their needs and develop products and services based on that response.”Sam Whitehurst, CEO of Summit Credit Union, discusses the role technology plays in helping credit unions compete with big banks and outside-industry competitors:“Our goal is to create world-class technology where members can get that ‘big bank’ type of technology, but still enjoy that small credit union community service feel- that unprecedented standard of service and convenience. Combining high customer service with outstanding technology is the sweet spot that allows us to compete with the large national banks and bring products and services to increase member convenience and attractiveness for younger members.”Millennials are entering the workforce further behind financially and embarking on significant life events such as buying homes, leasing vehicles, and getting married later than previous generations. In fact, the Pew Research Center found that 69% of Millennials delay marriage due to concerns about financial stability, deeming a solid economic foundation as a necessary prerequisite for marriage. Providing the tools and technology they need to become and remain financially secure and able will allow credit unions to gain their loyalty and long-term membership.For more insights into millennial preferences and the best ways to reach this generation, read “Millennial Roundtable: Financial Education” and “Capturing the Heart of Millennials: How Community-Focused is Your Institution?”last_img read more

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Men, united, can help stop abuse

first_img28 November 2007As South Africans are being called on to help stop violence against women and children in the country, two local organisations are striving to nurture a stronger and wiser generation of South African men.This year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign was launched on Sunday, with several men’s marches taking place in cities throughout the country.The campaign challenges South African men to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, to make it a permanent one.Daniel Leshike and Dumisani Rebombo are already doing this. They are among a number of men who are leading men in the fight against gender violence on a daily basis.Men as PartnersAt the age of 15, Rebombo raped a girl along with a friend. “I did it as an act of masculinity,” admits the man who is now 46 years old. He married at a young age and went on to use religion to maintain superiority over his wife.“I insisted that she had to listen to everything I said because that was what God wanted,” he says.Rebombo is now completely reformed, a change which he attributes to education. As the EngenderHealth Men as Partners South African programme manager, he has worked with thousands of men from around the country over the past seven years.Addressing Parliament this month, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on South African men to “take ownership” of the issue of violence perpetrated against women.The only way there can be a change in the behaviour of men in the country, Mlambo-Ngcuka said, is to increase their level of understanding of the issues around abuse against women and children.This is exactly what Rebombo does as he counsels men and facilitates workshops where men, young and old, are encouraged to change abusive social patterns to help reduce the abuse, rape and murder of women and children in their communities.“I started volunteering when I worked for Rand Water, and after leaving the company I decided to get more involved,” says Rebombo.Helping men to adaptDaniel Leshike (29), co-ordinator of the Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training (Adapt) men’s programme, dedicated his social work career to empowering men in Alexandra, a township in Johannesburg, after training as a counsellor following his university years.Adapt facilitates a forum with a membership of around 26 men, aged from 16 upwards, who host a number of discussion groups in the community aimed at raising awareness of issues surrounding abuse, gender stereotypes and equality.“Our main objectives are to include men as part of the solution to gender-based violence and to empower men to take control of their lives,” says Leshike.Adapt trains forum members in trauma counselling and gender sensitivity and runs several parallel programmes with a youth division in order to promote good fathering in the Alexandra community.In a novel bid to break the silence surrounding abuse, Adapt has a formed a relationship with the Alexandra Liquor Traders Association, and forum members visit taverns regularly, creating impromptu discussions with patrons on topics related to gender violence.“Some men tell us that it is their culture to be in control or abuse a woman because ‘a woman is a woman’,” says Leshike. “But we tell them that in African culture a woman is a flower.”Good men – who remain silentWith over 7 000 men seeking assistance from his organisation annually, Rebombo believes his work is contributing to the eradication of gender violence in the country.He says there are many good men out there – “I believe, and research says so” – but that most of these men remain silent when abuse takes place.Leshike agrees, saying that there are men who would make good role models but they need to stand up and be heard in order to make a difference in the country.Both men agree that many challenges exist in South Africa regarding the education of men in the eradication of gender-based violence. Among these challenges are a lack of sufficient funding, the abundance of stereotypes, and misinterpretation of religion and culture.Most challenging of all in the battle being fought by counsellors such as these, however, is the reluctance of men to work with men – a battle that still needs to be won.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Cape Town ‘needs Afcon 2013 matches’

first_img17 April 2012The Cape Chamber of Commerce has urged the City of Cape Town to host African Cup of Nations matches next year, saying football is good for business, it was reported on Tuesday.Chamber chairman Michael Bagraim told the Cape Times it would benefit the city in the long run.“Soccer is good for the city,” Bagraim said. “It puts us on the map, brings tourists from Africa especially, and brings money into the coffers of even the smallest businesses.”The city missed the deadline for the signing of host city agreements last Friday, saying the costs were too high and uncertain as the estimated R27-million could balloon to R40-million.It suggested that the organisers pay 25 percent of the costs and the National Treasury guarantee 50 percent.The city and the Western Cape government would cover the remaining 25 percent.Mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing, Grant Pascoe, told the newspaper the city was still interested in hosting matches.The South African Football Association is due make announce its decision on the host cities for the continental football showpiece on Thursday.Sapalast_img read more

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Seven arrested in ‘witch-hunt’ case in Odisha

first_imgPolice arrested seven persons in Sundargarh district in Odisha on Sunday in connection with a ‘witch-hunt’ murder of a mother-daughter duo. Suspecting one Gangi Kerketta, 28, and her 5-year-old daughter Sibani of practising sorcery in Ravan Jhula village under Chandiposh police station limit, some fellow villagers brutally killed the two on September 9 and threw them into the Brahmani River to erase evidence. After the completion of preliminary investigation, Abakas Routray, sub-divisional police officer, Bonai, said the villagers dragged both the woman and the kid and tied them to a pole. They beat them brutally despite the two pleading for mercy, and hacked them to death. While Gangi’s body was recovered four days after the murder, Sibani’s body is yet to be traced. “Gangi had been branded as a witch. A migrant labourer from the village died due to illness one month after his return from Kerala. Villagers suspected Gangi’s role in the death. On September 9, villagers conducted a Sarna Puja (a tribal worship) and also convened a village meeting,” said Mr. Routray. At the village meeting, they decided to eliminate the mother and daughter as well as Birsa Kerketta, Gangi’s husband. Around 8.30 pm, Birsa Kerketta, who was outside at the time, saw the neigbours entering his house. Instead of rescuing his family, he fled to the forest.last_img read more

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Another athlete slams testosterone rules, refuses medication

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Without medication or surgery, some female runners won’t be allowed to compete at anymore international meetings this season, including this year’s world championships.“It’s wrong of (the) IAAF to ask us to take medicine to alter our natural body function,” Wambui said Tuesday, speaking Swahili in an interview in Kenya.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsShe said she was unsure what side effects any medication or treatment might have on her.The 23-year-old Wambui, the world junior champion in the 800 in 2014, compared the regulations to “losing your job.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ That has been criticized as unethical by the World Medical Association, which has advised doctors not to prescribe the medication or treatment if it’s not requested and there is no medical need and it’s solely for athletic purposes. The contraceptive pills and hormone-blocking injections would have negative side effects.Wambui said she received a letter from the IAAF about a week ago informing her that her testosterone levels were higher than the allowed level. Athletes wanting to compete at the world championships in Doha, Qatar, in September and October had to start lowering their testosterone by May 8 to be eligible.“My family is very disappointed by this decision by (the) IAAF,” she said. “After I received the letter I went back home and spent a week with my mother trying to make her understand what’s happening.”Wambui’s decision to publicly declare she is affected by the rules means all three medalists in the 800-meter race at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have said they have a condition that causes high levels of natural testosterone.Semenya and silver medalist Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi have also said they are affected. Niyonsaba was highly critical of the rules, while Semenya was adamant that she won’t take medication when she ran at a Diamond League meet at the beginning of the month.Wambui said she is considering switching to the 100 and 200 meters, events not affected by the rules. Semenya has entered a 3,000-meter race in the United States in June.But there’s also still a chance of an appeal against the IAAF rules.Semenya’s lawyers say they are considering that, while the South African government has announced there will be an appeal on behalf of the country’s national track federation.An appeal against the CAS decision must be lodged by May 31. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “This ruling is very unfair,” she said. “I have grown up knowing that I want to do athletics as a career and achieve a lot through it. Why wait for me to establish myself as an 800-meter athlete then tell me that I need to take medication to compete in the same event?“The ruling has affected me greatly because you are not sure of what to train for … this season I was focusing on the world championships and Diamond League races but all that effort has gone to waste.”Semenya, a two-time Olympic 800-meter champion, lost her case against the IAAF at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, allowing track’s governing body to implement testosterone limits in races from 400 meters to one mile.Female athletes who have one of a specific set of conditions that cause testosterone levels higher than the typical female range now have to lower those levels to be eligible to compete at international events.The IAAF provides three options to lower the hormone levels: Daily contraceptive pills, a monthly hormone-blocking injection or surgery.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Friday, April 13, 2018 file photo, Women’s 800m silver medal winner Kenya’s Margaret Nyairera Wambui, left, shakes hands with gold medla winner South Africa’s Caster Semenya on the podium at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Margaret Nyairera Wambui has criticized the IAAF’s testosterone regulations and is refusing to take hormone-reducing medication. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)NAIROBI, Kenya — Another Olympic medalist has criticized the IAAF’s testosterone regulations and said she will refuse to take hormone-reducing medication.Margaret Wambui of Kenya, who won bronze in the 800 meters behind Caster Semenya at the 2016 Olympics, said she is affected by the new rules but won’t take “any type of medication” to lower her natural testosterone.ADVERTISEMENT Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup: Gilas women’s stays unscathed after win over Taipei Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

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9 months agoBarcelona winger Malcom wanted by Tottenham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona winger Malcom wanted by Tottenhamby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona winger Malcom is a target for Tottenham.The Daily Star says Spurs are short of firepower with Heung-Min Son joining up with South Korea at the Asian Cup yesterday.He will miss Tottenham’s next five matches if his country goes all the way to the final.Spurs are currently scouring the market for reinforcements up front and are ready to revive their interest in Nou Camp outcast Malcom.The Brazilian, who can play anywhere in a front three, was on their radar last summer before he joined Barca from Bordeaux.But his £36.5m transfer has not worked out and the Spanish giants are willing to let him go this month. last_img read more

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Ohio State fans in awkward situation with Michigan in Final 4

With Ohio State’s basketball season coming to an unexpected end Saturday night in the Elite Eight matchup against Wichita State at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, many Buckeyes are still trying to get over it. Junior guard Aaron Craft said he’s going into the offseason with big expectations for next year. “It’s tough right now. It’s crazy to think I’m down to one year left,” Craft said after the game. “We have to understand there’s a sense of urgency now. Ohio State is one of the best places in the country to be and we need to make the most of it.” Just a year ago, OSU students and fans from all over the country were preparing their trips to New Orleans for the Final Four. Unfortunately this year’s team couldn’t make it back. The Buckeyes haven’t made consecutive Final Four appearances since the 1960s, when they went to the Final Four three straight years (1960-1962). The four teams that will be playing in the Final Four are No. 1-seed Louisville, No. 9-seed Wichita State, No. 4-seed Syracuse and No. 4-seed Michigan. Heading into the NCAA Tournament, some analysts, like former NBA superstar Charles Barkley, felt the Big Ten conference was overrated despite having seven teams in the tournament. Now, Michigan is the only remaining Big Ten team, putting many OSU fans in an awkward position. Allison Roda, a fourth-year in marketing and strategic communication, said she isn’t happy that Michigan is in the Final Four and OSU is not. “I’m definitely upset about it,” Roda said. “It just sucks and I don’t really care that there’s a Big Ten representative, I’d just rather it had been us.” Although there are quite a few Buckeye fans that feel the same way as Roda, there are also some fans that think Michigan making it to Atlanta for the Final Four reflects well on OSU. Tyler Shebeck, a first-year in business, is one of those fans with a positive attitude. “I’m happy Michigan is in the Final Four,” he said. “It’s a bummer we’re not, but at the same time, you have to look at it as a team representing the Big Ten, not as a rival. Plus it helps my bracket.” Whether you like it or not, Michigan will be playing in the Final Four and has a legitimate shot at a national championship. If you want to root against them, be my guest, but I can tell you right now whenever there is a chance to make the Big Ten look good and not appear to be a purely football conference, I will jump on that bandwagon. Michigan is set to face Syracuse Saturday at 8:49 p.m. at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Coverage will be on CBS. read more

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