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January 20, 2020

Brown set to thrill at Tryall Tennis Classic

first_img The players will also be participating in a series of activities ranging from tennis clinics to exhibition matches. Brown, popularly known as Dreddy, is a Jamaican-German tennis player. As a youngster, he trained in Jamaica and benefited from Tryall’s tennis programme. He rose to fame after beating Rafael Nadal in the 2014 Halle Open and Wimbledon 2015, and is known for his aggressive and flashy playing style. Brown competes mainly on the ATP Challenger Tour, both in singles and doubles. He reached his highest ATP singles ranking of world No. 64 in October 2016. The day’s events will get underway with a clinic where tennis students will get a chance to meet and participate in exercises with the pros. The highlight of the day, however, will be the tennis classic which begins at 4 p.m. These matches will feature men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles matches and promise to be highly exciting. The Tryall Club has had a long and rich history in the growth of junior tennis in western Jamaica. Its annual summer programme has contributed to the early career of the likes of Winfried Weinbeer and Dustin Brown. In 2012, the Tryall Club in partnership with the National Commercial Bank, hosted Venus and Serena Williams who participated in a tennis clinic for about 50 students. VARIOUS ACTIVITIES Highly celebrated Jamaica-connected tennis professional Dustin Brown is set to take the court along with other popular stars in western Jamaica today, when the renowned Tryall Club host the thrilling Tryall Thanksgiving Tennis Classic. This year’s event is aimed at strengthening the club’s legacy as it relates to the development of tennis among youth in western Jamaica. “We are committed to the development of youth here at Tryall. Having Dustin perform at this year’s match is a special honour, as many of his formative training years were spent here at the Tryall Club,” remarked Richard Ferdinand, director of guest services at the Tryall Club. Among the stars set to shine in the exhibition matches are Jan-Michael Charles Gambill, who has a career high WTA ranking of number 14, Michael Russell who has played 115 Main Draw Singles ATP events, Arantxa Parra Santonja a member of the 2012 London Olympic team who has ranked 46 at her highest career singles title and Irina Falconi who had her highest WTA ranking at number 63.last_img read more

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January 12, 2020

EBD gang charged for breaking and entering attorney’s home

first_imgA group of men, who were arrested after Police busted the gang that has been breaking into new homes on the East Bank of Demerara, have been charged.The four men appeared at the Providence Magistrate’s Court on Friday and were placed on $200,000 bail each after denying the charge of breaking and entering the Providence, EBD home of an attorney-at-law.Charged were Nigel Clarke, 50, a security guard residing at Plantation, Providence; Shawn Chung, 36, a taxi driver of Herstelling, East Bank Demerara; Avinash Wright, 25, a labourer of Herstelling, East Bank Demerara and Raul Poulis, 40, a shopkeeper of Craig Village, East Bank Demerara. They were all arrested last Tuesday.The four men appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce on Friday.They were slapped with the breaking and entering charge, which stated that they broke into the home of Laurian Bancroft, 38, a lawyer of Plantation, Providence, East Bank Demerara sometime between June 20 and 24.The prosecution is contending that the men stole 20 sacks of Mortar Skill Sets worth $40,000 and three toilet bowl sets worth $180,000. They are also accused of stealing one welding plant valued $20,000, a cone drill press valued $100,000 and one chop saw valued $50,000, property of Roy Singh, a contractor of Craig Street, Campbellville, Georgetown.More charges are expected to be filed against the men shortly. The case will continue on July 30, 2019.last_img read more

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1 dead in Port Mourant accident

first_imgDead: Michael Anthony LeitchA Rose Hall man is now dead after he reportedly crashed into a horse before losing control of his motorcycle at Port Mourant, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Dead is Michael Anthony Leitch, 28, of Lot 55 Beharry Street, Rose Hall Town, Berbice.According to reports reaching Guyana Times, the father of one had borrowed his friend’s motorcycle on Thursday evening to go to purchase food a short distance from where he lives. This newspaper was told however that Leitch reportedly made a stop at a popular hangout bar in the area known as “Wash Bay” where he met up with friends and was allegedly seen imbedding.Reports indicate that a woman identified as “Soldier”, who had been among the group of friends, requested Leitch to take her on a “ride”. It was during the joy ride that he met his demise.The now dead man was reportedly speeding when he collided with the horse. His female companion was pitched a few feet away from the point of collision but escaped with minor injuries.Leitch was then taken to the Port Mourant Hospital moments after the accident where he was pronounced dead on arrival. According to the dead man’s mother, Sandra Bascom, her son suffered severe injuries.“When I see my son, his head was beat in, his chest part was short, one of his hands twist up and behind his head was dented in,” the emotional traumatised woman related.last_img read more

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Govt formalises tax waivers for oil giant, partners

first_imgSeventeen years after the first oil exploration agreement was signed with Esso Exploration and Production and partners, Government has formalised all applicable tax waivers from which the entity and its partners will be benefiting.This was obtained when Finance Minister Winston Jordan presented for the House, the Order for affirmation by Members of the National Assembly.Finance Minister Winston JordanThe Order formalising the waivers relate to the relevant corporation, property, corporation and other taxes.Jordan, in presenting the motion to the House for a vote, said it was nothing new or isolated to the current Administration and pointed to previous similar orders issued in relation to other exploration companies such as CGX Resources.Speaking to the importance of, and the need for, the tax waivers to be granted to the oil giant and its partners, Minister Jordan pointed out that oil exploration is an expensive business, requiring significant levels of investments before any returns could be had.He said, in order to encourage companies to remain engaged in oil exploration in Guyana, concessions were given over time and companies have been seeing promising results.Jordan drew reference to the more than 1.4 billion barrels of crude oil estimated to be found in the reserves. According to Jordan, the discovery of oil “has created excitement at home and abroad.”He posited that everyone recognises that once managed with prudence, “the financial windfall will create the fiscal space we crave for the rapid development.”As such, the Order formalising the tax waivers are important to provide investors with the necessary comfort required by its shareholders and directors that the agreement with the Guyana Government remains unaltered.“We will continue to do our part to improve the business climate,” he said.He pointed to the fact that the oil company has secured an extension of its exploratory permits warranting the need for the formalising of the tax waivers as provided for under Guyana’s Petroleum Laws.The motion was eventually unanimously supported by all members of the House, but not before some Opposition speakers expressed reservations about the process used to bring the motion to the House.Chairperson of the Standing Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Natural Resources, Odinga Lumumba, informed the House that he was unaware of the motion being brought to the House for approval.He told the House while oil could serve as a significant boost for the Guyanese economy, it could also be equally detrimental and as such, “we can’t carry on like this in this country… we have to be careful, we have to work together… what is the problem; why the secrecy?”Lumumba said the relative secrecy with which the motion was brought to the House “makes us feel as if there is a hidden agenda.” “We cannot embrace the future of our country in secrecy, in darkness, we have to do it in the light,” he noted.Oil, he reminded, can lead to destruction, “it has destroyed several countries, and therefore we have to work together.” Substantive Minister for the oil sector, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, sought to assure the House that there were no sinister motives afoot.In fact, Trotman told the House there was no disrespect meant to members of the House or the public at large and that there is “an entitlement to know what is happening.”He used the opportunity in his presentation to update the House on a number of bilateral engagements with the US Government, the European Union and the Canadian and Mexican administration, among others.These engagements, he said, have led to outreaches such as the provision of scholarships for Guyanese students wanting to study in that field, in addition to the establishment of the Sovereign Wealth Fund.He said too that the Norwegian Government has also expressed an interest in assisting Guyana in addition to pledged assistance from the Commonwealth Secretariat.Minister Trotman informed the House too that the University of the West Indies (UWI) has also been engaged.In calling for the support of the House, Minister Trotman recalled that ever since the agreement was first signed in 1999, this is the first time the order formalising the tax waivers has been brought to the House and is in fact, “many years overdue.”Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, in her contribution to the short debate, told the House that while they are eagerly awaiting the realisation of the prospects of oil but the Opposition would have wanted to be privy to the Order at an earlier time, since it would have liked to been more prepared for such an important debate.She told the House that the Opposition was essentially being asked to support tax waivers, but there was no indication as to how long or even the quantum of waivers that would be applicable.The motion was nonetheless approved by all members of the House.The tax waivers addressed in the Order, as presented by Minister Jordan, relates to the applicable section of the Income Tax Act, the Income Tax in Aid of Industry Act, and laws relevant to Corporation and Property taxes.last_img read more

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January 11, 2020

Judge nixes prisoner transfers

first_img“Our prison system is in desperate need of repair, and the transferring of inmates out of state is a prudent alternative to the risk of court-ordered early release of felons,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement. “Public safety and the interest of all Californians should prevail and this challenge to sound public policy must be defeated.” Schwarzenegger, who called Ohanesian’s decision a “disappointing ruling,” maintained that his proclamation “complied fully” with the state’s Emergency Services Act. But Ohanesian, who wrote that prison overcrowding was “a crisis creating conditions of extreme peril,” stated that the act, which is most commonly used before and after a natural disaster, is intended to allow a governor to quickly get involved in providing assistance for a local emergency. The emergency in question, she wrote, is due to circumstances ordinarily under the control of the state government, “namely, the lack of sufficient prison facilities to keep pace with the growing number of people sentenced to prison.” In other words, the act doesn’t apply to prison overcrowding. SACRAMENTO – A major piece of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s solution to relieve prison overcrowding was rejected Tuesday by a judge who ruled that the governor’s decision to ship inmates out of state exceeds his authority. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Gail D. Ohanesian said Schwarzenegger’s Oct. 4 Prison Overcrowding State of Emergency declaration was “unlawful,” and that the state is not allowed to contract for services that are usually performed by civil-service employees within California. The ruling comes as the prison population surges to dangerously high levels and Schwarzenegger and the Legislature scramble for solutions before the federal court decides whether inmates should be released before completing their sentences. The Schwarzenegger administration has already sent some 400 inmates who volunteered to go out of state and wants an additional 5,000 to be sent against their will. Schwarzenegger vowed to appeal the judge’s decision. “Many, many states are leery of providing governors and executives unchecked power to do things,” said Bruce Bikle, an assistant professor of criminal justice at California State University, Sacramento, and a former jail administrator in Santa Clara County. “The judge gave the governor a civics lesson today.” Some 174,000 inmates are jammed into California’s 33 prisons, some of which house inmates in gyms where bunks are triple-stacked. The contracts recently signed with out-of-state prisons also would have saved the state an estimated $8 per inmate per day. The legal challenge was initiated by the powerful prison guards union, known as the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, and the Service Employees International Union, which sued the Schwarzenegger administration demanding that the court halt the transfer of inmates. egarcia@mercurynews.com (916) 441-4651160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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December 30, 2019

Just send an IM if you can’t say it face to face

first_imgWASHINGTON – Sure, instant messaging is fast and efficient. For many teenagers, it’s also a great way to avoid those OMG moments – that’s “omigod” – of mortifying face-to-face confrontations.More than four in 10 teens, or 43 percent, who instant message use it for things they wouldn’t say in person, according to an Associated Press-AOL poll released Thursday. Twenty-two percent use IMs to ask people out on dates or accept them, and 13 percent use them to break up.“If they freak out or something, you don’t see it,” said Cassy Hobert, 17, a high school senior from Frenchburg, Ky., and avid IMer who has used it to arrange dates. “And if I freak out, they don’t have to see it.”Overall, nearly half of teens ages 13 to 18 said they use instant messaging, those staccato, Internet-borne strings of real-time chatter often coupled with enough frenzied multitasking to fry the typical adult brain. Only about one in five adults said they use IMs – though usually with less technological aplomb or hormone-driven social drama. Danny Hitt, 34, a real estate agent in Riverside, says he has chatted with four or five IM buddies at once – a number some teens would consider embarrassingly low. He prefers the telephone for important communications.“To me, a significant conversation takes a phone call,” Hitt said. “The inflection in the voice, you lose that” with instant messages.Instant messaging’s lack of physical proximity is exactly the point for those determined to avoid cringe-inducing episodes. Self-protection Take Lewis Grove, 19, a college sophomore from Heath, Ohio, who said he has used instant messages for both ends of the dating cycle. “Fear of rejection – if you’re face to face, you can’t close out the window and disappear if you’ve been rejected” like you could if you were instant messaging, he said.Grove said the IM breakup has its advantages, too.“I’ve had some crazy ex-girlfriends. Saying that in person would probably not be the best idea for my physical safety,” he said.Among teenagers, about half of girls and more than one-third of boys said they have used instant messages for things they wouldn’t say in person.Teens do not have sole rights to using instant messages for their personal lives. About eight in 10 adults who IM use it to send personal messages from work. About half of adult IMers say they log on to IM at least daily – slightly below the percentage of teens who do so that often.Yet comparing the use and technical sophistication of instant messaging by teens and adults, while not quite like comparing Einstein to a walnut, is pretty one-sided. Teens dominate Teens are far more likely to use many of the bells and whistles that have pushed IM programs well beyond the simple text message. They are at least twice as likely as adults to send IMs to a friend’s phone, and to use them to share music or video files or to listen to music.They also are more likely than adults to use IM to chat with more than one person at a time, and to send photos or document files. And while three-fourths of adults say they send more e-mails than instant messages, nearly that many teens say they send more IMs.Teens also dominate when it comes to high usage. Ten percent say they spend three hours or more a day instant messaging, about double the adult rate. Nearly one-fifth, or 17percent, send more than 100 IMs daily, about triple the number for adults.“I could be practicing my viola or riding my bike,” said Traci Laichter, 14, of Henderson, Nev., reciting her parents’ efforts to wean her from her four hours of IMing per day. “I guess it makes sense, but, oh well, I’d rather talk to my friends.”Nearly six in 10 teens say they research homework while IMing – a percentage many parents might find suspiciously low. Large numbers of people check e-mail and search the Internet while instant messaging, while one-third to half of teens say that while IMing they also upload photographs, download music or videos, listen to online radio or update their blogs or social networking profiles.Adults outdo teens in only one activity while instant messaging – online shopping.The poll also found less than one-fifth of people use IM’s abilities to have audio chats or view streaming video of the person they are messaging. Over half say they have received unsolicited IMs from somebody they don’t know, while about one-third say they sometimes message people they’ve never met.AOL, Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have the most popular instant messaging programs, which collectively handle several billion IMs daily.People reported IMing slightly less than they did in a similar AP-AOL survey last year. Industry analysts said they believe IM usage is growing, and said people could be confused about whether to include IMs sent from cell phones and Web sites.The online survey of 410 teens and 836 adults was conducted Oct. 25-Nov. 5 by Knowledge Networks. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 6 percentage points for teens and 4.3 points for adults.— — WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? IM — Instant Message AFAIK — As Far As I Know BTW — By The Way BRB — Be Right Back FYEO — For Your Eyes Only GGP — Got to Go Pee IMHO — In My Humble Opinion JK — Just Kidding LOL — Laughing Out Loud POTS — Parent Over The Shoulder ( as in “I can’t type right now, POTS.”) ROTFL — Rolling On The Floor Laughing SSIF — So Stupid It’s Funny TBC — To Be Continued160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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December 25, 2019

HOT WEATHER ALERT – DON’T MENTION THE CURLEW TO MICKEY THE WEATHERMAN!

first_imgIreland’s most-famous amateur weatherman says he hopes the curlew doesn’t bring an end to the country’s hot weather spell.Mickey doesn’t want to hear the curlew!Michael Gallagher says he fears the appearance of the iconic bird may mean an end to our roasting summer.The Donegal postman took his own holidays two weeks ago at the start of the good spell. And although he says he thinks we are still going to have a good summer, he fears more torrential rain and thunderstorms.“I haven’t heard the curlew’s call at all this summer and that’s a really good sign.“I don’t care if I don’t hear him because his call has always been a sign of rain.“I think overall we’ll have a good summer with plenty of bright, sunny days. “There is a new moon this month and that will hopefully help the weather to remain settled.Michael wouldn’t mind seeing more of Georgia Salpa!“However we have to be careful with those thunderstorms as they could swing the weather either way,” he said.The postman, who learned his weather-forecasting skills from old people in the hills around Glenfin, says the good weather is giving everyone a lift.“Everyone is in great form and it’s down to the weather.“Yes, many people are still getting it tight because of the recession but the weather is free and people can go out for a walk in lovely sunshine and make the most of all we have in this wonderful country and it’s absolutely free,” he added. HOT WEATHER ALERT – DON’T MENTION THE CURLEW TO MICKEY THE WEATHERMAN! was last modified: July 25th, 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:CurlewdonegalMichael Gallaghersummerlast_img read more

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December 21, 2019

HSU announces new soccer coach

first_imgThe Times-StandardThe Humboldt State men’s soccer program announced the addition of Brian Bianucci as its new first assistant coach.Bianucci will work alongside Head Coach Fred Jungemann on various aspects of the soccer program including recruiting, warm ups, training, as well as travel for away games. He has a combined 25 years of playing/coaching expertise and will bring a level of relatable experience to the program. Bianucci comes from Sonoma State where he served as second assistant for …last_img

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December 18, 2019

Africa ‘will benefit from SA in BRICS’

first_img19 April 2011South Africa’s inclusion in BRICS, the powerful emerging market group comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and now SA, has given the continent of Africa new geopolitical significance, says International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.Briefing journalists in Pretoria on Monday following last week’s BRICS Leaders Meeting in Sanya, China, Nkoana-Mashabane said the group was gaining muscle among global investors, and Africa would benefit both from this and through deeper cooperation in various areas.“Our fortunes [as African countries] are intertwined,” Nkoana-Mashabane said. “As much as we didn’t go to the African Union to seek a mandate to join BRICS, nonetheless South African diplomats speak for the wellbeing of SA and the African continent as a whole.”Nkoana-Mashabane said with the continent recognised as a growing region, Africa could expect to benefit economically in areas such as agriculture, infrastructure and IT.Africa also stood to benefit from BRICS’ push for the reform of global institutions of governance such as the UN, IMF and World Bank.The three-day BRICS summit, which ended on Friday, resulted in a statement elaborating the group’s vision for common development and shared prosperity.The group also called for the speedy achievement of the targets for the reform of the International Monetary Fund agreed to at the recent G20 summit, reiterating that the governing structure of the international financing institution should reflect the changes in the world economy.The leaders vowed to support the reform and improvement in international monetary systems for the establishment of a stable, reliable and broad-based international reserve currency system.The five BRICS nations also decided to hold a meeting of high-level representatives in China in the latter part the year to discuss security issues, engage in joint research on economic and trade issues, encourage cooperation in sports and promote cooperation in scientific, technological and innovation cooperation.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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10 Incredible ways to get involved with charities this Mandela Day to Play Your Part

first_imgHere’s how you can get involved with different charities this Mandela DaySouth Africa – The idea of Mandela Day (67 minutes) was inspired by Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 when he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.The celebration of this day aims to serve as a global call to action for people to “recognise their individual power to make an imprint and help change the world around them for the better”, says the Nelson Mandela Foundation.“Nelson Mandela has been making an imprint on the world for 67 years, beginning in 1942 when he first started to campaign for the human rights of every South African. His life has been an inspiration to the world,” the foundation said.By playing your part and devoting 67 minutes of your time – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.We encourage people to do more than just 67 minutes on one day, and we encourage you to support causes that really need it. Last year we shared an opinion piece about Mandela Day and doing more than just one day of good, you can read it here.Here are ten charities that are hosting Mandela Day activities that have long termbenefits for all.Cart Horse Protection AssociationThe Cart Horse Protection Association in Epping, Cape Town, is inviting the public to help them rebuild stable yards of cart horse owners. This is a long term fix for the horses and owners.If you would like to get involved, you can find their event information on Facebook here.Jedi Tedi FoundationThe Jedi Tedi Foundation was formed after Jed was diagnosed with a very rare disease. He now helps other children cope through the creation of little teddies. The foundation has joined the Mensch Network to host a teddy making session at the Gardens Community Centre from 11 am to 1 pm on Sunday 21 July. This event is part of the Mensch Mandela Day – Family & Friends Day of Action!The teddies will be donated to children who need support and hope along their journeys and for them to know that they are not alone.If you would like to get involved, you can find their event information onFacebook here.Support an animal charityThere are thousands of animal charities in need of assistance throughout the year; if you would like to get involved, you can select an animal charity close to your heart.As there are so many, instead of listing each one, we have decided to list ways you can help your chosen animal charity alternatively.Collect food and blankets, old towels, toys and any animal related items to drop off on the day.Go spend the day walking dogs, loving cats or playing with the animals who need love. Help wash kennels, animals or repair items in need of fixing.If you need more ideas, call the charity to see what they need help with.Rare Diseases South Africa (RDSA)Help children battling rare diseases by packing a ‘Be Brave Box’ this Mandela Day. RDSA have started a project that will help the children with rare diseases cope better when they have to go to the hospital. They have created the “Be Brave Box”. A box filled with useful goodies to make life a little more comfortable in the hospital.You can find out more by reading our previous post on the initiative here.Organ and Blood DonationSave lives by registering as an organ donor or go to your local blood donation centre and give blood. Both of these methods are quick and easy and will help save lives.Find out how to be an organ donor here or a blood donor here.Donate your skillsForgood is a platform that links registered charities with people who wish to donate funds, goods or skills. This Mandela Day, you can donate your skills to a charity in need.If you check the Forgood platform, you will see many are in need of business skills, bookkeeping, social media, handyman, and so much more. If you have a valuable skill, you can donate it to a worthy cause. If you cannot find a charity in need of your skills, you can create an offer post and charities can respond to you directly.You can find out more about how to donate your skills here.Feed the hungryThe Angel Network is running a food drive this year. They are collecting non-perishable foods which they will distribute to people in need. They have four drop off zones and have also given their banking details for those who cannot get to the drop off zones.If you would like to get involved, you can find their event information on Facebook here.Help develop the future sporting stars of South AfricaPlay It Forward Jozi uses their platform to collect used sporting goods and deliver them to sporting teams in need. Their goal is that every child has an equal opportunity to achieve greatness on the sporting field.If you have any unwanted sports clothing and equipment, contact the organisation here to arrange a drop off of your items.Protect the oceanSeveral charities will be hosting beach cleanups for Mandela Day. You can join them or just wander along the beach yourself and collect all the plastic and trash you find.The Cape Town Beach Cleanup is doing an event during the evening where participants are required to do 6700 steps on the beach. To get their medal, they need to hand in a minimum of 3 pieces of litter.Find out more about the event on Facebook here.Join the Knit-witsThe Knit-wits are a group who knit blankets and scarves all year around but take special care to spread their creations further on Mandela Day. If you love knitting, this is the group to join.You can find out more about how to get involved in our latest post here.All these charities accept assistance and donations throughout the year. So be sure to help them out every chance you get and not just this one day a year. Let us know what you are doing for Mandela Day this year in the comment section; we would love to see how you plan to spend your 67 minutes.Press Release: GoodThingsGuy.comlast_img read more

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