Taking literacy to market women has been one of the successful innovations of Alfalit Liberia. Two projects proved the effectiveness of teaching market women right at their market tables how to read, write and apply numbers. The Sirleaf Market Women’s Literacy Project and the Omega Market Women’s Literacy Project are the two separate literacy programs in the market for three years. This innovation was first tested through concerted efforts from Development Education Network of Liberia (DEN-L and Alfalit Liberia, funded by Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund (SMWF). In 2009, five hundred (500) market women in six (6) counties benefited from the Sirleaf Market Women’s Literacy Project. It covered eleven (11) market sites; namely: Nancy B. Doe Market in Sinkor, ELWA Junction Market, Duala Market in Montserrado County, Grand Gedeh Central Market in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Seclepea Market in Nimba County, Bopolu Market in Gbarpolu Conty, Totota Market in Bong and John’s Town Market in Lofa County.The uniqueness of the joint implementation efforts from Alfalit and Den-L is the fact that these two organizations come from two different teaching methods. Alfalit uses the Frank Labach Way of Reading, best described as a progressive learning approach that drills adults through pictures and sounds that they may already know. In summary, adult learns to see and recognize the picture of a house. The new thing to learn is how to spell a house. On the other hand, Den-L specializes in what is known as REFLECT METHOD which dwells on a common discussion point of interest to learners. As the discussion progresses, key words associated with the discussion would be a learning highlight for adult learners. Both participatory teaching methods stimulate adult learners; therefore they were both successfully used to facilitate learning activities among market women at the eleven (11) market sites. Another successful market women’s literacy project is the Omega Market Women’s Literacy Project solely implemented. The SEGAL Foundation funded project targeted congested Red Light Market in Paynesville, ready for relocation to the newly constructed Omega Market in the vicinity of the demolished US owned Omega communication towel. The project recruited more than one hundred fifty-five market women who needed to keep the value and commitment to their business, yet had time to acquire literacy skills to improve or safeguard their businesses. The project established three centers: Gogbarchop Market, Main Red Light Market and Cow Field Market for the purpose of keeping a smooth interaction between learners and facilitators. Again these projects are at standstill basically due to funding crisis. Nevertheless, they both have impacted the lives of these market women who are using numbers and simple words to keep records of their businesses and transact with banking institutions; something they could not have done by themselves without these literacy interventions. Thanks to Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her passion for market women’s empowerment initiative. The Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund, as a charity intervention for market women, had played significant role leading these market women to the light of literacy. This could only reinforce their vigor to the education of their children. The contributions of market women to the education of their children, some of whom have served Liberia with distinction, cannot be overlooked. Adding literacy skills to women in Liberia helps them not to only sponsor their children in school, but it also helps them to evaluate the performances of their children. Literacy skill is always advantageous to mothers who have a heart for the development of their children. To make Liberia a highly literate society in a decade, the efforts of government, religious institutions and the society in general must identify means of individual and collective contributions to the cause. The government needs to prioritize literacy programs at all levels of society. Literacy opportunity at the disposal of market women, concessions and government employees will place Liberia among serious nations that value literacy as empowerment endeavor to all citizens.Finally, reactivating market women’s literacy program and expanding literacy classes at the disposal of many Liberians are among heart-strain tasks of Alfalit to be embraced and supported by private and public sectors of Liberia. For market women’s education, Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund and SEGAL Foundation set the pace. We all can only join Alfalit to continue the initial efforts in moving forward. Market women’s literacy education is another milestone that Alfalit Liberia can proudly point to as part of its ten (10) years of literacy intervention across Liberia. Congratulations to Alfalit and all of its partners for empowering grassroots Liberians. Happy 10th Anniversary!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Although Government recently announced plans to implement a system to collect tolls from vehicle owners to help fund maintenance of several roads in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) is still to be consulted on this proposal.GGDMA President Terrence AdamsPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had made the announcement following a visit to the Region in mid-April. He said that the strategy would aid in the maintenance and sustainability of infrastructure.“Soon we will be finished upgrading the roads. I would hope that we can work along with the Region on this,” he said after inspecting the hinterland projects, the Department of Public Information (DPI) reported. Patterson visited the Region to assess the two main crossings which link both Mahdia and Bartica.During the visit, it was observed that work needed to be done on the Amaila Falls road which is heavily traversed, especially by trucks from the gold company. Patterson said the tolls collected would go directly to the Region for the proper maintenance and care of the roads.GGDMA President Terrence Adams told Guyana Times on Sunday that a committee set up to deal with issues pertaining to infrastructure at the organisation has not received any formal information about these plans. The last meeting that committee had with Government was close to two months ago.“Usually, they would come to us, but they haven’t. Most times, they don’t want to increase anything and we oppose it, so they would usually consult. Nobody hasn’t really mentioned anything to me, and I have my office in Bartica and they haven’t told me that I’ll have to pay an increase in toll,” Adams explained.Giving his personal take on the matter, the miner said he would support the tolls initiative once the authorities take responsibility for regular maintenance and upkeep. “For me, I had always wanted the GGMC (Guyana Geology and Mines Commission) to adopt that particular part of that road because that road miners are using it to go into the interior. I don’t have a problem…If you have to pay a small toll, but that is a personal opinion.”Asked whether the idea of having tolls for the area would be a problem for any of the road users, Adams said, “I don’t think people would mind, because it will be cheaper for them…because the cost they will have to pay to repair their vehicles that will help a lot. I don’t think people will want to oppose it.”Region Seven Chairman Gordon Bradford has thrown his support behind the idea, stating that the Regional Democratic Council would welcome the idea of tolls on the roads. He explained that in previous years the strategy was used in the Region and aided in the preservation of several roads leading to Mahdia.Bartica Mayor Gifford Marshall, who is also in support of the idea, said that the Ministry would have to be the implementing body. However, he noted that it was something that his municipality has discussed before. The Town Council will play a major part in crafting the new plan along with Government.But Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has already stated his objection to this plan, and noted that the productive sector was already under pressure from the harmful policies imposed by Government since it took office in May 2015. Ordinary Guyanese, he added, are also facing increasing hardship, with more taxes.“These things harm our people; it is as if specific groups of people are being targeted…as if the Government has no care for the struggles of our people and it harms us economically,” he said.Region Seven is home to hundreds of persons involved in mining, and the mining sector is already under strain from adverse polices implemented since May 2015.Only recently, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan had approved the payment of 18 different categories of tolls to the Linden Town Council (LTC) for the use of its roads.In response to that, Jagdeo said people should not be surprised if traffic into the mining town decreased and the cost of transportation increased, along with the cost of living.In light of these added expenses to the general public, he noted that these outcomes were inevitable and would only result in the continued hardship of the ordinary man to sustain a livelihood.Jagdeo remarked that this was yet another of the many counterproductive policies of the Government which only resulted in additional suffering for the Guyanese public.
The expenses are just a few among millions of detailed items that make up a $6.8 billion budget the City Council is set to approve this week. The massive budget needed to keep the nation’s second-largest city operating translates into enough money to buy four NASA space shuttles at about $1.7 billion a pop. And after spending plans are adopted next month by departments that are run like proprietary businesses – including the port, Los Angeles World Airports and the Department of Water and Power – the citywide budget will top $17.9 billion. But while big-ticket items like expanding the Los Angeles Police Department get the most attention, tens of millions of dollars are spent each year on myriad little things that keep the wheels of government turning. Take $109,000 for portable toilets for a variety of work and construction sites. Printing and binding city reports: $6 million. Calligraphers to decorate proclamations and honors: $550,000. Pet food for animal shelters: $529,000. The cost of running Los Angeles city government: pricey. Or $130,000 for book binding by the library. Or $10 million for uniforms and at least $48,000 for uniform-cleaning services. “If you are less familiar with the way the city operates, some of this stuff seems odd. But operationally you need to fund this stuff to make the city run,” said Councilman Bernard Parks. Parks heads the council’s Budget and Finance Committee and has overseen more than 50 hours of budget hearings in the last month. “If you fund just police and fire operations, you don’t have a city. You need the cultural programs, the education programs, the small-business assistance programs.” Running a city that is larger than some nations is no easy – or cheap – task. The city of Los Angeles has more than 37,000 employees, and two-thirds of the $6.79 billion budget is dedicated to salaries and benefits. Add in the port, airport and DWP, and there are 50,000 employees citywide. That’s more people than the population of Olympia, the capital of Washington state. Cast of thousands As the city’s largest department with a $1.2 billion allocation, the LAPD has 14,245 employees budgeted, including badge-carrying officers and nonsworn personnel. But also among the LAPD’s ranks are four gardeners and two cabinetmakers, and a nutritionist will soon be hired. The LAPD’s chief psychologist, Kevin Jablonski, sought the new position to help improve the fitness of all police employees – but particularly recruits who are a little chubbier than their predecessors. “We’ve got more recruits coming in who are overweight, and I want this person to work diligently to get them on track. We call it lifetime fitness,” Jablonski said. Meanwhile, over at City Hall, there is a little-noticed team of expert calligraphers. City Clerk Frank Martinez has a staff of nine in the creative-services group: four calligraphers, four clerks and the team’s chief, who is also a calligrapher. Together, they decorate more than 28,000 resolutions, proclamations and commendations a year. Staffing costs $550,000 a year, with the mayor and council members, who request the honors, picking up the tab for supplies from their own budgets. “Our stuff is well known throughout the country for the quality,” Martinez said, proudly. “I’ve seen resolutions from the state and from the county. We think ours are the very best as far as impressiveness of artwork and calligraphy.” Safety first This year’s proposed budget will leave Los Angeles residents spending about 80 percent of every city-tax dollar on police, fire protection, wastewater treatment and other public safety and infrastructure services. Cultural and educational programs make up 2 percent of the budget, with programs to fund book fairs and film festivals. This year, the city is budgeting $100,000 for the Latino and Pan African film festivals, $290,000 for artists in residence and $350,000 for festivities celebrating Asian Pacific Islander and other heritage months. Taxpayer groups question the necessity of funding such programs, particularly in a tight budget year that includes fee increases and cuts to basic city services like street repairs. “A lot of the spending priorities are driven by special interest and not by the public at large. If you put a lot of these things to the voters, I think a lot would be voted down,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “A lot of city spending is feel-good spending. I know it feels good to help people – but not on the expense of taxpayers.” But city leaders said funding cultural and educational programs helps enliven Los Angeles and make it a more appealing place to residents and visitors. “Delivery of services is important, but we also spend to make this a great city so tourists visit and spend money and we get the tax money to fix the streets and trim the trees,” said Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who is on the city’s budget committee. “The details matter in the city. Half a million here and a million dollars there make a big difference in how the city operates.” firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Stanislav Cherchesov’s Russia, who reached the World Cup quarter-finals on home soil last year, only had to avoid defeat in Nicosia to follow Belgium in qualifying from Group I.Valencia winger Denis Cheryshev fired in a ninth-minute opener for the visitors, before Magomed Ozdoev, who scored a fabulous long-range strike on Thursday against Scotland, made it two midway through the first half.Any thoughts of a Cyprus comeback were ended in just the 28th minute when Kostas Laifis was dismissed for a nasty lunge on Russian full-back Sergei Petrov.Striker Artem Dzyuba scored his third goal in two games in the 79th minute, before Aleksandr Golovin and Cheryshev’s second completed the rout late on.Russia will attempt to overtake Belgium, who beat Kazakhstan 2-0 earlier on Sunday, at the summit when they host the world’s number one side on November 16.The European Championship finals, which start on June 12 next year, are being held at 12 different venues across the continent, including Saint Petersburg in Russia.Poland went into their game against North Macedonia knowing victory would punch their ticket for the Euros.They were forced to be patient by the visitors, who could qualify through the playoffs after winning their Nations League group if they fail to do so automatically.Chicago Fire player Przemyslaw Frankowski (L) made the crucial breakthrough for Poland © AFP / Lukasz SZELAGBut Przemyslaw Frankowski prodded home less than 60 seconds after coming on as a substitute in the 74th minute, before Akardiusz Milik made the points safe.Poland remain three points clear of Austria, who won 1-0 in Slovenia, at the top of Group G, with North Macedonia and Slovenia five points further adrift.– Dutch see off Belarus –Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands remained at the top of Group C ahead of Germany on head-to-head record with a nervy 2-1 win over Belarus in Minsk.The Dutch lead third-placed Northern Ireland by three points after beating Michael O’Neill’s side 3-1 on Thursday.Georginio Wijnaldum headed the away team in front in the 32nd minute, shortly after Denis Laptev had spurned a golden chance to give Belarus a shock lead.The Liverpool midfielder doubled the advantage before the break with a wonderful 25-yard strike into the top corner, and although Stanislav Dragun gave Belarus hope early in the second half, the Netherlands held on with relative comfort.Georginio Wijnaldum heads in the opening goal © AFP / Sergei GAPON“We have to do better than we did in the second half, although in the end we had things under control,” Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk told television channel NOS.“We are now very close to qualifying for the finals, and ultimately that’s what counts.”Victory in Belfast over the Northern Irish next month would secure the Oranje a first appearance at a major tournament since finishing third at the 2014 World Cup.Germany eased to a 3-0 victory in Estonia despite seeing Emre Can sent off in the 14th minute.Ilkay Gundogan, who along with Can before kickoff ‘unliked’ a controversial Instagram post by Turkey forward Cenk Tosun, scored twice, with Timo Werner also finding the net.Joachim Loew’s side host Northern Ireland in their final game, which could decide second place.“We had to regroup after the red card, the team did well after the break, we did not concede and scored three goals,” said Loew.– Wales hold up Croatia –Gareth Bale scored as Wales held Croatia to a 1-1 draw © AFP / GEOFF CADDICKCroatia were made to wait to qualify, as Gareth Bale’s strike in first-half injury time proved enough to grab a 1-1 draw for Wales in Cardiff.Nikola Vlasic fired a low ninth-minute shot in off the post to put Croatia on course for qualification, before Bale’s fine goal secured Wales a point in a bad-tempered affair.Last year’s World Cup runners-up Croatia will qualify if they avoid defeat against Slovakia in their final match on November 16, while Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales could join them with two closing wins, as long as Slovakia do not beat the Croatians.“We’ve got to win both games and rely on others. But we’re in it. I wanted to be in it after these games,” Wales manager Ryan Giggs told Sky Sports.0Shares0000(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Magomed Ozdoev scored for the second time in four days as Russia qualified for Euro 2020 © AFPParis, France, Oct 13 – Poland and Russia secured their places at Euro 2020 on Sunday with victories over North Macedonia and Cyprus respectively, while Germany and the Netherlands boosted their hopes of reaching the finals.Russia eased to a 5-0 thrashing of 10-man Cyprus, with Poland joining them, Belgium and Italy in qualifying this week by seeing off North Macedonia 2-0.
Thierry Henry continues to wait for his first win as a manager with Monaco beaten for the third time since his reign began.Henry, the Arsenal legend, has now taken charge of five matches since being appointed the Ligue 1 club’s new boss last month, succeeding the sacked Leonardo Jardim. latest SORRY Henry had absolutely no business getting a job like Monaco. Absolutely delighted to see this fraud getting exposed.— Eric (@EMcLean1982) November 6, 2018 Henry began his playing career at Monaco and returned to the club as manager LMFAO HENRY YOU BALD FRAUD pic.twitter.com/SFI1Mzhnz4— Öß (@HaritSZN) November 6, 2018 However, he has yet to taste victory with Monaco drawing two and losing two of their fixtures heading into Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Club Brugge.And things went from bad to worse for Henry when the Belgians rocked up in Monaco and ran riot. BEST OF Henry’s Monaco already 3 goals down. See how they are dealing with someone’s legend— T O L U A Y E N I (@TolulopeAyeni) November 6, 2018 2 How’s Thierry Henry getting on at Monaco?Oh….— Baz Devine (@baz_devine) November 6, 2018 Henry watched on with despair as Brugge ran riot against his side The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Henry has finished monaco fah. Now y’all know it’s something to play and another to coach.— Indigo (@taddei_llb) November 6, 2018 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Henry needs to just leave Monaco u know lol they shambles— Aabahaaa u sheeg (@game_Aabahaa) November 6, 2018 2 whoops Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion If anybody could’ve got Monaco out of this problem it was Jardim, hiring Henry was a joke https://t.co/hlSpyA24qX— Bäs! (@edem_gonne) November 6, 2018 I think we can now all agree that Thierry Henry is a fraud.— Abdul Haleem (@lim_jnr) November 6, 2018 Henry is a legend, but as a coach its not been a smooth start at Monaco. https://t.co/OsVmR763xT— Hlazo Mkandawire (@hlazotj) November 6, 2018 LATEST revealed Hans Vanaken netted twice inside the first 20 minutes to put the visitors in a commanding position, with Wesley adding a third for Brugge before the 25 minute mark.After the break the goals slowed down, but Ruud Vormer capped off Brugge’s performance by netting his side’s fourth with five minutes remaining. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update These AS Monaco players want to get the king Thierry Henry sacked 😔— M (@ilCapoSoprano) November 6, 2018 Football fans could not believe what they were seeing at the Stade Louis II, and social media was abuzz with comments about Henry. scrap Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Most Read In Football Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ tense RANKED Henry is gonna regret choosing Monaco over Aston Villa sooner rather later— Matarr Njie (@BlackTempah) November 6, 2018
Finn Harps have announced that defender James Doherty has left the club by mutual consent due to work and personal commitments.The Kilmacrenann native, who was in and out of the first team, made his first team debut in a 2-0 victory over Kilkenny City in October 2006 and subsequently went on to make 116 first team appearances in Harps colours.Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan said: “James approached me and was typically very honest about his current situation and his problem giving the time and commitment required for senior football. “He is a very popular figure around the club and the lad is Harps through and through. So of course we accept his decision and wish him the best for the future.”Doherty said that after so many years at the club he is disappointed to be leaving, but felt he to be honest with himself and the club.“I am a player who likes to give 100% dedication and my work and personal situation doesn’t allow for that at the moment. I would like to thank everyone at Finn Harps for the great experience I have, and I intend to be a regular visitor at Finn Park when I can.“I would also like to say that I feel Ollie & James and staff have put together the most professional training and preparation regime I have seen at the club, and I hope everyone will give them their backing over the coming seasons.” Everyone at Finn Harps would like to thank James for his services both as a player and as a schools coach and wish him well in his future endeavours. SURPRISE AS HARPS DEFENDER JAMES DOHERTY LEAVES THE CLUB was last modified: May 20th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalfinn harpsJames Doherty
DES MOINES, Iowa – Valparaiso rallied back from a two-set deficit the steal a 3-2 win over the Drake University volleyball team Friday night at the Knapp Center.Drake won the first two sets, 25-22, 25-15 before Valparaiso stormed back in the next three by scores of 25-23, 25-18, 15-12. The Crusaders earned payback for the teams’ first meeting this season in which the Bulldogs erased a similar deficit and held off five-straight set points to win in five sets at Valpo.Drake (9-21, 3-14 MVC) was led by 15 kills, 18 digs and six blocks from Emily Plock. Her 15 kills give her 446 kills this season, the fourth-most in a single season in Drake history. She enters Saturday’s season finale needing 17 kills to equal the school record.Gillian Gergen added 14 kills for the Bulldogs and Michele Rabbitt tacked on 11 kills. In the middle, Riley Dolphin equaled a career high with nine blocks while Elle Tubbs added six. Valparaiso (13-18, 8-9 MVC) was paced by Peyton McCarthy’s 18 kills on 38 attempts. Jillie Grant and Jaclyn Bulmahn added 15 each. Brittany Anderson directed that attack with 55 assists. The Bulldogs return to the Knapp Center court Saturday evening to close out their 2019 season against Loyola. First serve is set for 5 p.m. Following the match, the team will honor its two seniors, Paige Aspinwall and Elle Tubbs. ESPN+ Next Game: Print Friendly Version Story Links Box Score (PDF) Watch Live Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Full Schedule Roster Loyola 11/23/2019 – 5 p.m.
Owner Jimmy McLaughlin is offering his pub free for six months.A businessman is giving away his pub rent-free for six months in a bid to get customers back.Up until March of this year Mary Deeney’s Bar in Muff was a thriving business.But the tenant landlord left and the bar was due to close it’s doors for a few weeks. Mary Deeneys was once a landmark bar in Inishowen.However owner Jim McLaughlin said it has been impossible to find someone to lease the bar which is located on the outskirts of the village of the Inishowen village.Now the 50 year old businessman is offering the bar and restaurant rent-free for six months to the new tenant.He told Donegal Daily “I have always been known for doing things a little differently and I’m hoping this will give someone a good start.“We have to agree a deal on a lease but the offer of six months free rent is a great bonus I think. “This was a landmark pub and there is no reason why the right person couldn’t return it to its former glory,” he said.The well-known father-of-five said the bar employed 14 people when it closed.The landmark bar has a traditional thatched roof and stone façade and is also noticeable by its 150ft steel Christmas tree which is lit up each festive season.“That’s fourteen people who could be taken off the dole if we can get the bar rented and up and running again,” added Jim.In its heyday the bar was a hive of activity. Jim was also part and parcel of the social fabric of Donegal and raised €100,000 for the Donegal Hospice through events surrounding the bar in the 1990s.At Christmas he often got celebrities including Johnny Briggs (Coronation Street’s Mike Baldwin) to turn on the Christmas lights.But, like many other landlords, Jim says the smoking ban was a huge blow to pub culture in Co Donegal.“When the smoking ban was introduced people began to go to off-licenses and realised they could get their drink much cheaper. “But the off-licenses do not have the overheads that a bar has.“The Government might have thought they were doing good but they have cost thousands of jobs and thorn the life out of a major part of Irish life,” he said.Jim added that since putting up a sign outside his bar offering it rent-free for six months, he has had a number of enquiries.He said he has yet to fix a price on a possible lease but is will to be flexible to get the bar open again with the right tenant.“I am due to meet a number of people who are prepared to give it a go.“I will give them as much support as they need. If they take a chance on me then I will take a chance on them.“Mary Deeney’s Bar was a thriving business and there’s no reason why it can’t be again.“We did great food and had a great atmosphere and that can all return.“I’m taking a chance but if someone is prepared to take a chance in return then we can make it work again,” he said.DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN OFFERS HIS PUB RENT-FREE TO BRING BACK CUSTOMERS was last modified: August 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Jim McLaughlinMary Deeney’s Barmuffrent free
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseOnce again this year, the day after Veteran’s Day, 100 Christmas trees were packed up and shipped off to military units overseas through a partnership between the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Ohio Christmas Tree Association for the Operation Evergreen Program. Christmas tree growers from around Ohio donate the trees and deliver them to the ODA where nursery inspectors certify they are free from pests and disease. Both groups come together at ODA to wrap, load up and send the trees to military members stationed overseas. This is the 24th year for the program that got its start in Ohio. The trees cost $150 a tree for shipping and the expenses are covered through donations.“This year we are sending the trees overseas to Kuwait. They leave and get to Kuwait in two weeks and then they get dispersed to the bases in the area,” said Valarie Graham with the Ohio Christmas Tree Association. “It is always great to participate in this program. They appreciate what we are doing. When they get these packages from the United States from Ohio it is so touching. This is a great service project.”Students at Cory-Rawson Elementary in the classes of Mrs. Warren and Mrs. Wagner made some ornaments and included a note with an email address to send with the Operation Evergreen trees. Mrs. Warren recently received this email: Mrs. Warren and all of the First Graders,I just wanted to express my gratitude on behalf of all of Alpha Company, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Theater Sustainment Command for the Christmas decorations. It is always nice to have a little bit of home all the way out here in Kuwait. Please give my thanks to the First Graders and have a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season. V/R,Aaron D. CarpenterCPT, LGAlpha Company CommanderSpecial Troops Battalion1st Theater Sustainment CommandCamp Arifjan, Kuwait Mrs. Wagner got this one:Mrs. Wagner,I’d like to extend our sincerest THANK YOU to you and your class for the Christmas ornaments. Although we all believe we’re brothers and sisters in the military, the holidays are definitely a little different around here as, for many of us, this is our first Christmas away from home.To give you the back story on how we got your ornaments: On 28 Nov we celebrated Thanksgiving in the chow hall with a massive spread of turkey, stuffing, and everything else we would normally have back home. I was sitting with my team and we were discussing how we’d be celebrating Christmas together. To help get into the spirit, we stopped by one of the organizations on base that was giving out Christmas trees but we weren’t sure how we’d acquire ornaments. When we opened the box that the tree came in, your class’ ornaments were there! You and your class have definitely made a difference for all of us out here and my team and we appreciate you very much. I would love to send a picture of the tree. However, we work in a secure compound where cameras/phones aren’t allowed. You’ll just have to trust that it looks perfect.We sat down and discussed what information from out here would be important to pass back to 1st Graders. Here’s what we came up with:-Kuwait, where we are, is a small country off the Arabian/Persian Gulf. During the summer, it gets up to 120 degrees and during the winter it can get as cold as 50 degrees.-My team validates and coordinates all logistical requirements in CENTCOM… which is a fancy way of saying we move everything from the smallest people to the largest military vehicles.-There is ice cream at the chow hall!-We miss our families very much but we get to FaceTime every day, so we at least get to see each other (which is way better than the old days when we used to have to stand in line for a 15 minute phone call home!).-In Kuwait, it’s 8 hours ahead of your time. We start our work day at midnight (Kuwait time) which is 4pm your time, probably shortly after the kids go home from school.If there’s any other questions your class needs answered, please don’t hesitate to reach out!Again, thank you very much. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!Joe Flescher, Capt, USAFTGSAC-K LEADCENTCOM Deployment and Distribution Operations CenterCamp Arifjan, Kuwait What a lesson for these elementary students in service to others! Doing a little good has a way of multiplying, especially, it seems, when it is mixed in with just a bit of holiday magic.Proverbs 3:27: Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts We have added a couple of interesting events to our guide this time. This guide is a weekly feature here on ReadWriteWeb. We publish it every weekend, as good a time as any to review your conference plans.Know of an event taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.21 July 2009: Palo Alto, California, and 23 July 2009: Los Angeles, and 11 August 2009: New York CitySilicon Valley Angel & Venture Conference and SoCal Angel & Venture Conference and NYC Angel & Venture ConferenceFundingPost has hosted 150+ sold-out venture events in 17 cities over the past 7 years. At these next two events, the panel of investors will focus on early-stage venture investing: how to meet investors, pitch them, and what it really takes to get them to write you a check! We will be discussing trends in early-stage investing, hot sectors, sectors that these angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention, additional advice for entrepreneurs, and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other investors. There will be plenty of time for networking with the investor panelists, both before the panel and after the panel at the cocktail party! 24 August 2009: Charlotte, North CarolineSocial FreshSocial Fresh is a 1 day Social Media Conference with speakers from Best Buy, Rubbermaid, IBM, and Keynote Speaker David Armano (@Armano). Social Fresh content is focused on the tangible social media successes of today and the technology that will drive those successes tomorrow. Think less concept and more real case studies and examples directly from businesses and developers who are using the social web successfully. 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Joint exhibition combining social networking and mobile social networking formatsEvening networking receptionDiscount for early booking (expires August 21st)Free pass for exhibition only andrew lobo Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 4 – 5 November 2009: Raleigh, North CarolinaInternet Summit 2009Internet Summit ’09 will feature over 75 speakers, including representatives of major Internet brands such as Twitter, Pandora, Google, Salesforce.com, Digg, Technorati, CBS Interactive, Huffington Post, Blogger, Tree.com, and many more.Topics will include social media, blogging, real time, mobile, video, search, online advertising, e-commerce, analytics, the cloud, and more.Join over 1200 entrepreneurs, senior marketers, and executives in the conversation about the future of the industry and how to capitalize on the shifting dynamics of the Internet and tap into its unlimited business potential.9 – 10 November 2009: Santa Clara, CaliforniaSocial Networking World Forum — CaliforniaThis event taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center actually consists of three conferences: two days dedicated to social networking, one day dedicated to enterprise social media, and one day dedicated to social TV. Key speakers include social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. 1 – 3 December 2009: London, EnglandOnline Information & IMS 2009Online Information and IMS together create the largest event dedicated to the information industry. Consisting of an exhibition delivering over 9,000 visitors from 70 countries, a conference and a show-floor seminar program, the event provides an annual meeting place for the global information industry.Online Information is once again set to play host to thousands of information professionals, information end-users and publishers from around the globe, meeting suppliers of online content, e-publishing, and library management solutions. IMS provides a forum for IT, business, and information management professionals to find unlimited, relevant advice, educational content and compare solutions under one roof. Attend IMS and meet suppliers of content management, search solutions, and Web 2.0 technologies15 – 16 March 2010: London2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams: Tags:#Events Guide#web Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only 10 – 13 November 2009: Las VegasPubCon VegasPubCon Las Vegas is a multi-track educational conference hosted by SearchEngineWorld & WebmasterWorld. PubCon events are for thought leaders and professionals in search engine and Internet marketing to gather and to share best practices in the design, development, promotion and marketing of their Internet businesses and brands. PubCon London 2009 is a social networking event. Joint exhibition combining social networking and enterprise social media formatsPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesDiscount for early booking (expires September 25th)Free pass for exhibition only 10 September 2009: San FranciscoMobilize 09GigaOM’s Mobile Web Conference is a one-day conference that brings together thought leaders of the next generation mobile Web for talk, demonstrations, and debate.Participants will examine what it means to have wireless broadband speeds at the Gigabit scale and how the explosion of platforms creates new opportunities beyond the traditional handset for entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers. Over 50 speakers and 500 delegates will be there.ReadWriteWeb readers save $200 on the regular ticket price up until July 24th. Register here with the code “RWW”.21 – 23 September: San Diego, CaliforniaDEMOfall 09 ConferenceDEMOfall 09 promises to showcase the most comprehensive portfolio of credible emerging technologies, vetted by VentureBeat founder Matt Marshall and leading technology analyst Chris Shipley. Alpha Pitch, a new DEMO program, puts you in front of the most promising entrepreneurs with products in the alpha, prototype, and development stages of their life cycles. These are pre-revenue companies that have no more than one round of seed funding and are ready for your investment dollars.DEMO is the launch pad of emerging technology and a true market performer for visionary investors, entrepreneurs, and industry influencers alike.ReadWriteWeb readers pay only $1996. Save $500 off the standard fee by registering before August 15th.22 – 23 September 2009: SingaporeSocial Networking World Forum — AsiaThis two-day conference hosted by the Social Networking World Forum – Asia features key speakers from social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 11 – 12 November 2009: Denver, ColoradoDefrag 2009 Conference — Denver, ColoradoAs online data is growing and fragmenting at an exponential pace, individuals, groups and organizations are struggling to discover, assemble, organize, act on and gather feedback from that data. 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