Fellow South Africans,I am greatly saddened to announce that 67 South Africans died and scores of others sustained injuries, after a building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed on Friday, 12 September 2014, in Lagos, in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.This is a particularly difficult time for South Africa. Not in the recent history of our country have we had this large number of our people die in one incident outside the country.Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues that have lost their loved ones in this heartbreaking tragedy. The whole nation shares the pain of the mothers, fathers, daughters and sons who have lost their loved ones. We are all in grief.As we mourn this sudden and tragic death of our fellow compatriots, I have directed the relevant government departments and entities to act with the utmost urgency to ensure that we facilitate the movement of relevant family members to Nigeria to identify the bodies of their loved ones and to ensure that we repatriate the remains as soon as possible under the circumstances.I would like to take this opportunity also to thank all family members and friends who have provided information to government, which has assisted the South African High Commission in Nigeria in its efforts to locate our fellow citizens.I would also like to commend all affected families for their patience and resolve during this very painful period.On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, I would like to thank the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for its support during this difficult time. We also send our sincere condolences to the people of Nigeria and all other nations affected by this tragedy.I would like to assure all affected families that the Government will provide all the necessary support.Government will keep the public informed of developments around this tragedy.May the souls of the departed compatriots rest in peace.I thank you.Related links:http://www.southafrica.info/global/reconnectsouthafrica/
Throughout 2017 we provided many webinars to support caregivers, families with special needs and service providers working with those families. Let’s take a look back at all of our free online professional development opportunities provided in 2017.Caregiver Support and InformationMany Needs, One Source: Navigating Military OneSource for Caregiver SupportMilitary OneSource is a 24/7 call center and website that provides information, answers and support on every aspect of military life. This webinar discussed how the military community can access Military OneSource’s high-tech and high-touch support that address a wide range of needs.Hidden Heroes: Caregiver Stress and What to Do About ItThis webinar addressed family caregiving: its role in society, the stress associated with it and the impact caregiving stress can have on a person. The conclusion of this program also covered how military helping professionals can assist family caregivers.The Caregiver in the Room: Considerations for Providers Working with FamiliesIn this training, Dr. Leanne Knobloch examined interpersonal communication skills and strategies for providers collaborating with family caregivers. Throughout the webinar Dr. Knobloch examined the core challenge of how to respect the autonomy of the client while also communicating with his or her family caregiver. Specific topics included protecting face, offering support, and providing comfort.Chronic Illness: Empowering Families in the Journey (2 Parts)Throughout this two-part collaborative series, presenter Dr. Tai Mendenhall discussed stressors associated with chronic illness and its impact on health and wellness of individuals and families. During part two of the series participants explored ways to help military families harness resources, utilize resilience, and provide support to promote effective management of chronic illness.*This webinar series was a collaboration between MFLN Family Transitions, Family Development, Military Caregiving and Nutrition and Wellness.Special Needs Support and InformationEstate Planning for Families with Special NeedsThis session explored the importance of estate planning and decision making, as well as considerations across the life cycle for families with special needs. Throughout the webinar we discussed documents such as powers of attorney and trusts, including a revocable living trust and a special needs trust. Needs-based public benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid were also discussed.Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: What resources are available to you?This webinar addressed the question “How can helping professionals ensure that all students succeed in reaching their transitions goals?” Throughout the webinar best practices for working with Individualized Education Program (IEP) Committees on transitions plans, career and technical education programs of study and state agencies that provide support for students in transition were discussed.Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: Advocating for Universal Design for Learning in ClassroomsIn a follow-up to the session above, Dr. Lakshmi Mahadevan explored the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles for instruction, employability skills that can be taught using UDL principles, and provided suggestions for ways in which parent/guardians and students can self-advocate for UDL to be incorporated in classrooms.Health Care Program – InformationMedicaid: Taking Stock of an Essential Program in Uncertain TimesMilitary caregivers and their families may find themselves interacting with Medicaid in cases where TRICARE and ECHO coverage is not enough or when family members are not eligible for TRICARE and/or ECHO coverage. This webinar provided an overview of the Medicaid program and why it might be important for military families, discussed the relationship between Medicaid and TRICARE, as well as identified resources for military support personnel, caregivers, and families to learn more about Medicaid.Medicare 2017 & What it Means for YouThis session provided a broad overview of the Medicare program’s coordination of benefits with other programs such as Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance, TRICARE for Life and VA Benefits, among others.2017 Virtual Conference – Learning Through ChangeThe MFLN Military Caregiving team participated in and attended the 2017 MFLN Virtual Conference – Learning Through Change. This free four-day virtual learning and networking experience brought together professionals working with military service members and their families to discuss “Learning Through Change”.You can now view the 2017 MFLN Virtual Conference archive to learn how to ADAPT to change, GROW your understanding of your capacity for change, and THRIVE as you learn from speakers and participants discussing common and not-so-common challenges. We would like to invite you to join us in 2018 for more webinars!Rebalancing Work and Life: Be the ModelJanuary 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. EasternThis workshop provides you with a framework for identifying and rebalancing your work and life priorities. The tools you will gain in this workshop will help you see how the choices you make every day can bring more energy, happiness and appreciation to yourself and the people you are close with at work and at home. This allows you to model your ‘best’ self as you create your successful work-life balance. How Providers Can Support Advocacy & Leadership in Parents of Children with DisabilitiesFebruary 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. EasternIn this this interactive webinar tailored to providers who work with parents of children with disabilities, Sarah will share insights from her research on advocacy with over 300 parents of children with disabilities as well as her personal experiences in advocating for her 11-year-old son with fragile X syndrome. Participants will learn about the advocacy strategies parents use in successful advocacy efforts as well as how the parenting and advocacy journey shifts as children grow. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on December 29, 2017.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 20, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis officially welcomed the SLS Brand to The Bahamas during the Official Opening of the SLS Baha Mar, Friday night. SLS adds to the collection of global brands at Baha Mar, including the Grand Hyatt and Rosewood brands, in addition to the presence of 30 luxury retail outlets. Approximately 300 Bahamians are employed at the hotel, “with many more to come on stream at Baha Mar.”Prime Minister Minnis said he looked forward to more Bahamians advancing at the resort in various areas — including management — through mentoring, ongoing training and other opportunities for advancement. The Prime Minister also took the time to applaud officials at Baha Mar for the launch of its global marketing campaign “Life Spectacular” in early November (2017).“Baha Mar is getting set to welcome the world to a new Cable Beach,” Prime Minister Minnis said.The Opening of SLS Baha Mar is another major milestone for the Baha Mar brand in The Bahamas. The resort is expected to celebrate its Grand Opening next spring with the opening of the Rosewood Baha Mar which, when combined with the rooms available at Melia resort, will give Bah Mar a room capacity of 3,100.“Today, we celebrate the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar, a signature world-class destination that will welcome luxury travellers to The Bahamas to enjoy our natural and cultural heritage as part of their visitor experience,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“We welcome their presence in The Bahamas as they blend their hospitality and visitor experience vision with the Bahamian experience at Baha Mar. On behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, I congratulate all those involved in today’s opening.“I wish to recognize Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited and all others instrumental in making today possible, including Baha Mar President, Graeme Davis, his management team and the staff at the resort. I also recognize Sam Nazarian, the CEO and Founder of the global brand and leading lifestyle hospitality company, SBE Entertainment Group, which is committed to the principles of extraordinary service, world-class cuisine and design,” Prime Minister Minnis added.(SBE manages and operates hotels, residences, restaurants and nightclubs around the world. SLS Baha Mar was realized through Dakota Development, a real estate development of SBE.)The SLS Brand has been a leader and pioneer in luxury lifestyle hospitality for more than a decade. The brand seeks to create spaces and experiences that offer “enchantment, delight and elegance.”Prime Minister Minnis said the government is committed to doing its part to improve the visitor experience to The Bahamas.“This includes improvements and signage for our Heritage sites, many of which need to be made more visitor friendly in terms of amenities. Many of you will already notice various efforts, including better maintenance of public spaces like parks, roadways and verges. New signs have been placed at popular beaches.”Prime Minister Minnis said the Government hopes to build a Native Food Market “in time” to further advance the Bahamian experience.“A Native Food Market will welcome scores of Bahamians and tourists and provide business opportunities for many Bahamians to sell their goods and products. The Native Food Market will have a variety of foods and products for sale from ice cream to potato and cassava breads, tamarind sauce and other Bahamian treats,” Prime Minister Minnis added.By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption: Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis and Mrs. Minnis (centre) celebrate the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar with the cutting of the ribbon, November 17, 2017. From left: Mrs. Nazarian and SBE/SLS Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian; Prime Minister and Mrs. Minnis; Baha Mar President Graeme Davis; and Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar and Mrs. D’Aguilar.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items:
No other changes were made in addition to the new name, a Miller spokesperson said.Miller Magazines was founded in 1962 by Jim and Jill Miller. The company publishes Digital Photographer, Rock & Gem and COINage magazines. Ventura, California-based magazine publisher Miller Magazines Inc. has changed its name to JMiller Media.According to general manager Thomas Trimbach, the new name reflects the publisher’s desire to shift its focus to emerging markets while “honoring its connection” to traditional publishing. “Our print titles are now complemented by online media and a strong Web presence,” Trimbach said in a statement. “And while print publishing remains at our core, it’s is only part of our offering.”
WILMINGTON, MA — This summer, the Buzzell Senior Center has had some students and teachers helping them out with Home Delivered Meals, but with the end of summer, they will all be returning to school. As a result, the Center is in need of individuals who would be interested in delivering meals.Their need is for Mondays. They pay a stipend and travel. Hours are 9:30am to about 1:00pm depending on how long it takes to deliver the meals.Anyone interested can contact Terri Marciello (email@example.com) or Laura Pickett (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Senior Center. Either of them would be happy to speak to you about the opportunity.(NOTE: The above announcement is from We’re One Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedIT’S OUR TURN: Wilmington Seniors Speak Out In Favor Of A New Senior CenterIn “Government”Wilmington Senior Center To Hold Pasta & Meatball Dinner With Live Music On August 12In “Community”State Rep. Dave Robertson Announces June Office HoursIn “Government”
All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Urban landscaping gets smart. Chris Monroe/CNET A windowless Las Vegas ballroom is perhaps the last place you might expect to find upon a leafy bower. But that’s exactly what happened to me at CES 2019 on Sunday.The green and pleasant oasis I encountered amid a sea of plastic and metal electronics was a downsized version of French startup Urban Canopee’s vision for making our cities greener — both in color and in terms of environmental impact.With the threat of climate change and global warming becoming increasingly urgent, more solutions are needed to help reduce temperatures and improve air quality. Trees and plants can help with both of these things, as well assisting with restoring urban biodiversity and improving quality of life. And as our cities become smarter and more connected thanks to the deployment of sensors and 5G, there are even more opportunities to ensure plants and trees are playing their role in the best and most efficient way.Any city dweller knows how dearly-appreciated green spaces in urban environments are, but it’s not always convenient or possible to plant trees in city streets. Urban Canopee wants instead to retrofit cities with plants by growing them over the roofs of buildings or other spaces.Canopies of climbing plants are grown over lightweight, adaptable and flexible frames, which either stand alone or can be placed together in modules to allow the plants to weave together to form a leafy ceiling. Sensors within the frames and the plant pots allow the hydration levels of the plants and the temperature under the canopy to monitored remotely via an app. A solar kit and an intelligent, connected irrigation system operate autonomously to water the plants.Urban Canopee currently has a test project underway in the French city of Toulouse, and two patents pending for the technology. The long-term goal is to make cities more resilient against climate change as well as allowing them to meet new green regulations and support the wider fight against climate change. 85 Photos CES Products CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Tags Post a comment Share your voice CES 2019 Sci-Tech 0
20 Photos Tags Share your voice This seagull tried to snatch my shrimp in Illinois. Amanda Kooser/CNET A pleasant meal beside a scenic body of water can quickly turn into an Alfred Hitchcock movie if you’re not careful. Seagulls are notorious for strolling right up to people and stealing their lunches. But the good news is you might be able to battle this avian crime wave with a simple tool: your eyes.Researchers at the University of Exeter in the UK wanted to know if staring at seagulls might dissuade them from abducting your dinner, so they headed to coastal towns in Cornwall.The team put a bag of chips (that’s fries for us US folks) on the ground and monitored how long it took the gulls to approach the food. “On average, gulls took 21 seconds longer to approach the food with a human staring at them,” the university said in a release on Tuesday.The researchers initially tried to test 74 herring gulls, but most of them weren’t interested in sticking around or stealing food, so only 19 gulls were usable for the study. 1 Comment Watch a leviathan of a shark nibble on a sub’s speargun Oh snap! Weird ocean worms make a racket when they rumble Cool critters “Gulls are often seen as aggressive and willing to take food from humans, so it was interesting to find that most wouldn’t even come near during our tests,” said Madeleine Goumas, lead author of the study Herring gulls respond to human gaze direction, published in the journal Biology Letters.The researchers found that individual gulls behaved very differently from each other. Goumas suggested “a couple of very bold gulls might ruin the reputation of the rest.”The study had a small sample size, so your gull-staring mileage may vary. It’s worth a shot, though. If you want to protect your food and still enjoy your time at the seaside, then it may just be a matter of playing stare down with the local birds. A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in amber Sci-Tech
Realty firm Supertech on Friday claimed to offer a free add-on studio apartment with the purchase of a luxury flat, in an unbelievable discount offer to beat slowdown blues. But ‘conditions apply’.The scheme is valid only for top-floor flats, which costs around Rs 1.38 crore, while the ‘free’ studio apartment is located several kilometres away at another project and comes at a price of Rs 22 lakh.In an effort to lure buyers in a sluggish market, the current endeavour beats all other freebie initiatives of cars, ACs and other household item offers by real estate companies, reports First Post.Under the scheme, a customer is entitled to a free studio apartment of 500 sq ft worth Rs 22 lakh in the Golf Village project on Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida, if he/she buys a 2,300 sq ft top floor flat worth Rs 1.38 crore in the Capetown project near Noida City Centre.Supertech expects the scheme to improve its cash flow apart from boosting the sales volume.”In order to boost sales, Supertech announces buy one get one free offer on one of its residential project Capetown located in Noida. The offer is available only for the top-floor apartment buyers in ‘Cape Crown’ of Capetown Project,” the company’s press release stated.Supertech’s prospective customers will also receive free Flipkart gift vouchers worth Rs one lakh.The company also said that the customers can avail the benefit of ‘no EMI’ till possession.”The offer is indeed a value for money for prospective customers. The possession of our Capetown project has already started since Diwali and this scheme is well suited for the customers who are looking for ready-to-move-in flats,” said Supertech Chairman RK Arora.”We are happy to offer this scheme as it will not only increase our cash flows but also boost the sales volume significantly,” he added.The ‘Capetown’ project comprises 7,000 housing units and is spread over 50 acres.Supertech has a presence in Noida, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Haridwar, Meerut, Moradabad, Rudrapur and Bangalore.
UNICEF goodwill ambassador, actress Priyanka ChopraReutersPakistani official demanded the removal of Indian actress Priyanka Chopra as United Nation’s goodwill ambassador over her encouraging nuclear war between the armed neighbouring countries.Human Rights Minister of Pakistan, Shireen Mazari, in a letter address to UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore, accused the actress of supporting the Indian government’s decision of abrogating Section 370 that gave Jammu and Kashmir special status as per the constitution.”Her jingoism and support for violations by the Modi government of international conventions and UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir, as well as support for war, including a nuclear war, undermines the credibility of the UN position to which she been elevated,” the letter read.Sent letter to UNICEF chief regarding UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace Ms Chopra pic.twitter.com/PQ3vwYjTVz— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) August 21, 2019The 37-year old actress who was appointed as the goodwill ambassador in 2016 was criticised over her tweet hailing Indian Army amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan. She made headlines after a US citizen of Pakistani origin, Ayesha Malik, condemned her views at a cosmetics event in Los Angeles last week.Priyanka Chopra tweeted during a time when we were this ?? close to sending nukes to one another. Instead of advocating for peace she tweeted in support of the Indian army pic.twitter.com/LhbMkOW59v— Ayesha Malik (@Spishaa) August 11, 2019The former Miss World’s tweet on February 26 following the Balakot airstrike where Indian Air Force crossed over the border and bombed the headquarter of Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammad, was cited by Malik as an example of Chopra’s “nationalism” that contrasts her representation as a peace advocate.Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces ?? ??— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 26, 2019Chopra responded to Malik’s remarks and reasoned that she was “patriotic.””I’m sorry if I hurt sentiments to people who do love me and have loved me, but I think that all of us have a sort of middle ground that we all have to walk, just like you probably do as well,” Chopra said.The actress was recently supported by actor colleague Kangana Ranaut who sympathised with Chopra and said that the situation was that of being stuck between “duty and emotions.””It’s not an easy choice to make… when you are stuck between your duty and your emotions, being a UNICEF goodwill ambassador sure you can’t limit your identity to one nation, but how many of us choose heart over mind every day,” Kangana said in a statement.Lyricist Javed Akhtar also supported the actress and said that her view will “obviously be an Indian point of view.””If there is some kind of a controversy and difference in point of view between an average Indian citizen (like Priyanka Chopra) and the Pakistani establishment, obviously her point of view will be an Indian point of view,” he said at the sidelines of a literary event in Kolkata.The United Nations Security Council has echoed India’s claim of Kashmir issue being an internal matter according to the 1972 Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration of 1999.
Police recovered the severed body of an unidentified youth from near a rail track at Koktara in Panchbibi upazila on Sunday evening.Farid Hossain, officer-in-charge of Panchbibi police station said that locals spotted the body of the youth, aged around 30, beside the rail track around 6:00pm and informed police.On information, police recovered the body.Police suspected that the young man might have been crushed under train.