Mandela is an inspiration: Obama

first_img18 July 2012 US President Barack Obama joined millions of people around the world in wishing former South African president Nelson Mandela well on his 94th birthday on Wednesday. “Mandela’s extraordinary life and steadfast commitment to the principles of democracy and reconciliation continues to be a beacon for people of all backgrounds who strive for dignity, justice, and freedom,” Obama said in a statement. He described Mandela’s personal story as one of “unbreakable will, unwavering integrity, and abiding humility. “On a personal note, our family has been inspired by Madiba’s example, and has deeply appreciated the time we have spent with him, and his wisdom, grace and generosity of spirit,” Obama said. “By any measure, Nelson Mandela has changed the arc of history, transforming his country, continent, and the world.” In 2009, the United States joined 192 United Nations member states in the creation of Nelson Mandela International Day. On this day, people honour Madiba’s commitment to service and the betterment of communities. People across South African and around the world have honoured the call to spend 67 minutes of their time on Mandela’s birthday to better their communities and help the poor. “There is no more fitting tribute to a man who has demonstrated to the world the extraordinary power of non-violence, of tolerance, and of unwavering service to our fellow men and women,” Obama said. Meanwhile, Mandela’s home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape was a hive of activity on Wednesday with festivities lined up to celebrate the statesman’s birthday. Mandela’s longtime friend, former US president Bill Clinton, was in Qunu on Tuesday to wish Mandela well. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Rock Chalk’s 2019 geocaching goals

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community”5 Tricks of the Trade for Geocaching with KidsApril 29, 2014In “Community”The Geocaching Vlogger — InterviewSeptember 20, 2018In “Community” Chris (Rock Chalk) has worked at Geocaching HQ since 2014. He loves climbing and paddling for geocaches, and has gone caching in 14 countries and every U.S. state.One of the best things about geocaching is there are so many ways to play the game. It’s the same with geocaching goal setting. Goals can vary widely depending on your experience level, specific interests, and other factors. Like many geocachers, when I first began playing, I was attracted to the Fizzy Grid and 365-Day Challenge, as well as the Jasmer. Those challenges kept me motivated (and busy) for quite awhile. But if you play the game for a long time, you may find yourself searching for new goals to help direct your caching.Here are a few of the things that keep geocaching fun, fresh, and exciting for me:Challenge cachesA challenge cache requires seekers to find an associated physical cache, and to find an additional set of geocaches as defined by the challenge owner. As of this month, there are nearly 25,000 challenge caches in the world waiting to be found! I keep a lengthy list of the many challenges I’m working on, as well as bookmark lists of caches that will help me qualify for those challenges. This helps me decide which caches to attempt both in my home area and when traveling. Tools such as GSAK and Project-GC are invaluable for keeping track of progress on challenge caches.Visiting new regionsYou know how they say geocaching takes you to places you may never have visited? It’s really true when you start “collecting” countries, provinces, states, counties, and other regions. Here’s an example: while driving through California, I realized I had not found a cache in a county “near” our driving route. By “near,” I mean we only had to detour for an hour, and then hike for 20 minutes to find the cache along a desolate creek! I certainly never would have seen that place without geocaching. You will probably have similar moments if you experiment with finding caches in new regions.Achievements I’ve dreamed up for myselfDon’t let yourself be constrained by the “usual” geocaching goals. What may seem crazy to someone else might be tons of fun for you. For example, when I was working on completing my Fizzy Grid, I met someone who had completed the Fizzy Grid more than 50 times. That is, he had found at least 50 caches for all 81 fizzy grid squares. I thought that was sheer madness. Who could be so crazy to do such a thing? Well, after I completed the Fizzy Grid, I decided to keep going and try to find at least 2 caches for each grid square. Then 3. And then it just got out of hand. Today, I’m four caches away from completing the grid 50 times. Madness? Maybe. But it’s a lot of fun for me because I enjoy the Fizzy Grid. There are so many aspects of geocaching that your imagination is the only limitation to creating a goal that is especially meaningful to you!And now that you’ve learned what will motivate me in 2019, I’d love to hear about the goals that direct your geocaching!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

NYK Line Sells Ore Carrier Gaia Pegasus

first_imgzoom Japan’s shipping major Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) has reached an agreement to sell its 2004-built Ore Carrier Gaia Pegasus to a Greek shipowner, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The 229,200 dwt Capesize vessel was purchased by Samos Steamship for a price of USD 12.7 million.With a length of 319 meters and a width of 54 meters, the bulker was built by Japan’s Namura Shipbuilding.According to AIS data provided by MarineTraffic, Gaia Pegasus is currently moored at Australian Port of Hedland, one of the world’s largest bulk export ports, where it arrived today from China’s Jingtang port.NYK Line’s latest sale comes on the back of the previously agreed disposal of the 2007-built bulker Ocean Crescent earlier in October. The 174,200 dwt vessel was sold for USD 12.1 million to Greece-based New Shipping Ltd.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Public Forecast for The Bahamas and the Turks Caicos Islands December 27

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 27, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS THE BAHAMAS PUBLIC FORECAST FOR THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT WEDNESDAY 27TH DECEMBER 2017GENERAL SITUATION:  THE REMNANTS OF A STATIONARY FRONT IN THE VICINITY OF THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS WILL LIFT NORTHWARDS AS A WEAK WARM FRONT WHILE A HIGH PRESSURE EXTENDS ACROSS THE AREA MOONRISE:    1:09PMMOONSET:     1:54AM THUR Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp HIGH TIDE:     2:10PM             2:57AM THURLOW TIDE:      8:33PM             9:17AM THUR FOR ALL AREAS FORECASTER: ORSON NIXON/rs SEAS:  2 TO 4 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS OVER THE OCEAN.center_img DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE            82°F       28°C      OVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE           66°F       19°C       WEATHER: MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS MAINLY ACROSS THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS THIS AFTERNOON. TURNING FAIR TONIGHT. WINDS:  NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS OVER OPEN WATERS. SUNSET:          5:29PMSUNRISE:         6:54AM THUR WEATHER OUTLOOK: HIGH PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE WEATHER THROUGH THURSDAY AS A WEAK COLD FRONT PUSH INTO THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS BEFORE SHIFTING EAST OF THE AREA BY FRIDAY. Related Items:last_img read more

Robert Guth Becomes Readers Digest Associations Third CEO in 2011

first_imgGuth joined the RDA Board of Directors in April 2011. He takes the helm of the company at a turbulent time. In July, Reader’s Digest was supposedly put on the block; The Wall Street Journal cited the price tag to be worth at least $1 billion. Parent company RDA Holding Corp. announced a 6.2 percent drop in revenue to $409.4 million in the second quarter of 2011. Revenue for the RDA’s U.S. business managed to stay basically flat in Q2 2011 at $176.7 million, as compared to Q2 2010’s $177.1 million. Operating profit for the company fell 15.1 percent to $33.1 million in the second quarter, which was attributed to a “decrease in advertising at Rachael Ray and higher agent commissions” in financial statements. Every Day with Rachael Ray, which debuted a redesign in May 2011 under editor-in-chief Liz Vaccariello’s tutelage, saw ad pages fall 16.8 percent in first half 2011 from first half 2010, according to FOLIO: sister publication minonline. However, Reader’s Digest is saw a decent first half 2011, as ad pages were up 4.4 percent according to Publishers’ Information Bureau.More on this topic Revenue Up, EBITDA Down For Reader’s Digest In Third Quarter Former RDA CEO’s Severance Package Set at $500,000 Reader’s Digest Holding Co. Files for Bankruptcy for a Second Time Meredith Finalizes Acquisition of Every Day With Rachael Ray RDA Bankruptcy Plan Approved by Court Behind RDA’s Chapter 11 FilingJust In TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & NotesPowered by In another turn of events in Reader Digest Association’s executive saga, Robert Guth, former CEO of telecommunications company TelCove, is named president and CEO. Guth replaces Tom Williams (who occupied the CEO seat after Mary Berner left the company), as he exits the company. According to Adweek, Guth, in an in-house email to staff, “…gave a blunt assessment of RDA, acknowledging frustration with the recurring leadership changes and pessimism in the ranks.” Guth said the company has an “unbelievably strong core business” but that it wasn’t “performing to its potential” and that he was put in place to enact “significant changes.”Williams stepped up from his role of CFO to act as both CEO and president of RDA after Berner’s departure in April. She left in the week following RDA’s naming of a new board of directors, which originally included her in the roster. After Berner’s departure, CEO of telecommunications company DELTACOM, Inc. Randall Curran became chairman of the board. In May, RDA tapped Paul Tomkins, former vice president controller of AT&T Business Solutions, as CFO and executive vice president in Williams’ place.last_img read more

Communal forces enemies of the nation

first_imgAwami League’s general secretary Obaidul Quader speaks at a rally at Palashi intersection in Dhaka on Friday, 23 August, 2019. Photo: UNBRuling Awami League’s general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said the enemies of the country’s Hindu community are also the enemies of the nation, reports UNB. “Those who are your (the Hindu community) enemies and hostile to you are communal forces … They’re the enemies of the state,” he told a rally at Palashi intersection in the city on the occasion of Janmashtami. Quder, also the road transport and bridges minister, said there is no reason for the Hindus to worry about their safety as long as the incumbent government, under leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, is in power. He said the Bangladesh-India bilateral relationship is at an all-time best. “We’re enjoying the best relation with India,” he said. He mentioned that the prime minister will visit Delhi in October to meet her Indian counterpart.last_img read more