New Health Plan legislation to go public this month say Bahamas Govt

first_img Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Jan 2015 – The Bahamas Government in a move to close the gap between who has and does not have health insurance announced that is has come up with an initiative designed to take care of that 70% of the population without automatic care.The National Health Insurance concept in the Bahamas saw legislation passed in the House of Assembly last week to support its start up this month. The programme is dubbed, “NHI Bahamas” and according to official it will make health care throughout the archipelago modern, affordable, and accessible. Over this month that legislation will be released for public and stakeholder comments. As the government aims to get a national health insurance plan established, there are promises to shore up the current health care system which from time to time comes under fire. “Government continues Health System Strengthening (“HSS”) and has allocated $40 Million to upgrading facilities and systems. The HSS thrust is ongoing and includes extending clinic hours and opening more well equipped and staffed clinics throughout the country. HSS also includes plans for complete upgrade of the Princess Margaret Hospital and the Rand Memorial Hospital and opening mini hospitals in Islands such as Eleuthera and Exuma.” Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:bahamas, NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE, Princess Margaret Hospital Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegationlast_img read more

Turks and Caicos leads with Women in Parliament

first_img Related Items:#CommonwealthParliamentaryAssociationseminar, #magneticmedianews, #TCIleadswithwomeninparliament, #TCIwomeninParliament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 8, 2017 – Grand Turk – At the Opening of a two day Commonwealth Parliamentary Association seminar in Grand Turk, special guest from London and Secretary General of the CPA, Akbar Khan commended the Turks and Caicos for the recent General Election and for its showing of women in Parliament.    Mr. Khan called the feat for the TCI, which this past polling season elected for the first time a woman to serve as Premier in the person of Hon Sharlene Robinson, inspirational.  With 40% of its parliamentarians being women, the Turks and Caicos is a stand out democracy and the Secretary General highlighted that wider gender equality often equates to more efficient strides.  The Turks and Caicos, with 81% voter turn-out at the December 16 polls, has doubled the average of CPA parliaments female make up and contributes to the 9,000 female parliamentarians globally among Commonwealth countries.  Presenters at the Post Election Seminar, being held at the House of Assembly include House Speakers and Clerk from Monsterrat, Trinidad and Tobago and Canada.  It is hosted by our own Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Dwayne Taylor, who is also president of the Turks and Caicos branch of the CPA.  #MagneticMediaNews#TCIwomeninParliament#TCIleadswithwomeninparliament #CommonwealthParliamentaryAssociationseminarlast_img read more

The Nebula Mars II portable projector hits its lowest price yet 330

first_img Tags 2:33 The versatile Nebula Mars II is a fully self-contained 720p projector with great speakers and a 4-hour battery. Anker Got wall? Cool. Let’s turn it into a home theater.Today only, and while supplies last, the Anker-made Nebula Mars II portable projector is on sale for $330 . That’s $30 less than the last time I wrote about it and the lowest price to date. (It normally runs $500.)See it at AmazonThe Mars II (sequel to the popular, but slightly flawed, Mars Portable Cinema) offers full 720p resolution, 10-watt speakers, a 4-hour battery, auto-focus and Android 7.1.That OS allows you to run just about any streaming app (Amazon Video and Netflix come preloaded), and the companion Nebula app turns your phone or tablet into a much-needed remote for those apps. That said, this thing would be downright incredible with a Fire TV or Roku UI.You can plug any source into the projector’s HDMI port, but obviously that source’s power requirements may limit overall portability.In my brief and informal product tests, I was impressed by image brightness and quality and the loudness of the speakers. Auto-focus could be a little slow when moving the projector around. But once it’s parked, it’s all good.Speaking of parking, the main appeal of the Mars II is its portability. It can run pretty much anywhere there’s Wi-Fi for streaming, though if you plug in a movie-filled USB drive, you don’t even need that. Indeed, this would be just about the perfect projector for those AtmosFX Halloween animations. Your thoughts?Read more: The best home theater projectors for 2019 Share your voice 0 Now playing: Watch this: Six things to know about home theater projectors Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Post a comment The Cheapskate CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Projectors Amazonlast_img read more

Fords F150 XLT trim can now be had with a diesel engine

first_img The 2019 Ford F-150 gets more power with its luxurious Limited trim Even more ‘Murica: 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor 4:08 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ 6 7 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Ford Raptor review: The off-road truck that does it all More From Roadshow Comments Share your voice Ford 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Enlarge ImageUntil now, you could only get Ford’s six-cylinder Powerstroke on the F-150’s more luxe trims. Emme Hall/Roadshow When Ford announced that it was going to put a brand-new diesel engine in its F-150 line in its F-150 line, we were excited, as probably were most of you. We got less excited when we found out that this torque-monster of an engine, ideal for doing real work, would only be available in the top Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trim models.Ford, however, didn’t get to be one of the biggest car companies on Earth by being a bunch of dummies, so it decided to take customer criticism to heart and announced on Thursday that it would add the PowerStroke diesel to the list of available engines on the best-selling XLT trim F-150.”Customers and dealers told us they wanted the diesel on XLT, so we decided to expand the offering,” Dawn McKenzie, truck communications manager for Ford, told Roadshow. “Now, the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel will be available on 75% of our offerings, including XLT, which is our most popular series.”What does that mean from a real-dollars standpoint? Well, the base XLT starts at $34,160 while the Lariat trim, before options, goes for $41,700. The King Ranch goes for over $52,000. So it’s a massive reduction in price for someone to get into an F-150 diesel. If you want one, order books are open now. Trucks Diesel Cars Ford Tagslast_img read more

Shah Rukh Khan opens up about his next movie says My next

first_imgShah Rukh KhanBen Pruchnie/Getty ImagesAfter the failure of Shah Rukh Khan’s last film Zero, fans are curious to know about SRK’s next movie. Although there has not been any declaration on those lines, the superstar has now spoken about his upcoming project.Shah Rukh during a recent interview after being honoured with a doctorate degree from the University of Law in London, made an interesting statement when asked about his next film.A video from the interview has been doing the rounds on social media that shows Shah Rukh saying that his next role will be “as sexy as you want” to be.”My next role will be as sexy as my last one. So you want me to be a sexy father, a sexy hero, sexy whatever you want me to be. My next role will be as sexy as you want me to be,” SRK told BBC.The actor during the same interview spoke about the progressive changes that have come for women in the industry in the current time. He appreciated the changing “attitude” of people for women at the workplace.”The roles of women and the kind of attitude you have at the workplace for women is changing for positive. There will be discrepancies and ups and downs too. There were times when I was working in the ’90s that if a lady got married, she normally did not have the opportunity to come back and act in a film but now all of them are acting in films and its so seamless and nice, so I think lots of positive stuff for female actors in the film industry,” he said.Shah Rukh has been having a dull phase since at the box office since quite some time. Zero was a highly anticipated film, and its failure has not only disappointed his fans but apparently affected SRK too. However, the actor appears to have moved on from the debacle and is now all set to surprise fans with a new project.”I want to make ppl happy now personally and change their lives” This beaming face adds more attraction to his wizard, appealing charisma@iamsrk ❤ and his interview for @bbcasiannetwork after receiving his 4th doctorate speaking about #MeToo movement#UniversityOfLawHonoursSRK pic.twitter.com/MF9gcTni4o— ѕαмα мσнαмє∂?? (@samagenedy) April 5, 2019last_img read more

Tata Sons Gets Rs 11000 Crore Dividend Boost From TCS

first_imgA massive dividend announced by India’s second largest software firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for fiscal year ending March 2015 seems to give much needed financial cushion for the parent company, Tata Sons.The record dividend payment will help Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry to fulfil financial obligations in cash-strapped units of the $103-billion conglomerate.The Mumbai-based software major TCS handed out a dividend of ₹15,474 crore to its shareholders last fiscal year, replacing state-owned miner Coal India as the highest dividend payer in the country.Coal India, which has been the top dividend payer for many years in the past, slipped to second place doling out ₹13,075 crore dividend in the fiscal year 2014-15.Last fiscal year, Tata Sons, which has a stake of 74% stake TCS, was given a dividend ₹11,450 crore, more than twice it earned in the previous fiscal year, 2013-14. The dividend was also slightly more than revenues earned by pharma giant Cipla in FY15.”A significant part of the dividend income earned by Tata Sons gets re-invested in group companies,” a Tata executive told The Economic Times.The dividend payout is expected to give the much-needed financial boost to Tata Sons, as its big units such as Tata Motors and Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) struggle with losses and fail to pay any dividends.Consolidated debt of Tata Motors stood at ₹73,610 crore last fiscal year, the highest among the group companies. Tata Steel has a debt of ₹69,000 crore followed Tata Teleservices with ₹35,000 crore.”Then there are other financial commitments to make, like in Tata Teleservices and Tata Singapore Airlines,” the Tata executive added.With the help of TCS’ dividend, Tata Sons will be able to acquire Docomo’s share in Tata Teleservices. Tata Sons, which is currently embroiled in legal tussle with Japanese Docomo, may require fresh funds worth about ₹12,000 crore to accomplish business needs in the telecom unit.Tata’s new domestic airline Vistara, formed as a result of joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, is yet to make an impact and it also needs funds to better position itself in the intensifying competition in the aviation industry.”Although TCS has been the cash cow for Tata Sons, such high dividend (Rs 79 per share) which includes special dividend (of Rs 40) may not come every year,” said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, head (fundamental research), Karvy Stock Broking.last_img read more

2 youths jailed for stalking schoolgirls

first_imgThe mobile court on Friday sentenced two young men to two months jail for stalking two schoolgirls in Nabinagar upazila of Brahmanbaria.The convicted youths are – Faisal Ahmed Topu, 22, son of one late Abdur Rahim, a resident of Uttar Para area, and Musa, 25, son of Helal Miah, a resident of Gangkul Hati village of adjoining Bhairab upazila of Kishoreganj district.The mobile court sources said that the young men used to stalk two schoolgirls for long.Later, the guardians of the girls complained to police station.Accordingly, police arrested Faisal in front of local girls’ school and Musa from Jalla area in the afternoon while they were stalking the girls.Later, they were produced before the mobile court led by Moushumi Bain Hira, executive magistrate and also assistant commissioner (land) of Nabinagar upazila which sentenced them to two months of jail to each.last_img read more

2 killed in separate road accidents

first_imgRoad Accident logoTwo persons were killed and three others injured in separate road accidents at Ashulia in Savar on the outskirts of the capital on Friday, reports UNB. The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.Police said a truck collided head-on with another truck at Moragang on Bipile-Abdullahpur Highway in Ashulia in the morning, leaving a youth dead on the spot and three others injured.Besides, a truck crushed a motorcyclist on a road in Jamgora Chaitala area, leaving him dead on the spot, police added.The bodies were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for autopsies.Ashulia police station officer-in-charge Abdul Awal confirmed the matters.last_img read more

EC to consider taking video or photograph of voting rooms as offence

first_imgElection commission building. File PhotoTaking video or photograph of voting rooms in the upcoming general elections would be considered as criminal offences, an official of election commission (EC) said on Friday.EC joint secretary Md Qamrul Hasan told a function for trainees on parliamentary election at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital’s Agargaon area.“At first voters have to mention their identities after entering voting rooms. Presiding and other officials concerned will conduct voting process as per the electoral code of conduct for ensuring free, fair and neutral election,” he said.Qamrul said presiding officers would prevent any unfair practices in the voting rooms of the upcoming national election.The presiding officers in the polling centre would hand over the fake voters to the law enforcement personnel, he said adding fake voters will be given punishment through mobile courts.Highlighting electoral of code of conduct, he said, “Election observers would not stay in a polling centre for a long time. Presiding officers cannot give interview to the observers.”last_img read more

4th JS session to begin 8 Sept

first_imgParliament FILE PHOTOThe fourth session of the 11th parliament will begin on 8 September next after a 59-day recess in the proceedings of the Jatiya Sangsad, reports UNB. President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday summoned the fourth session of the 11th parliament, said a Parliament Secretariat media release. Before the House goes into the session at 5:00pm on 8 September, the business advisory committee of parliament is likely to sit at a meeting to fix the duration and businesses of the session. On 11 July last, the third session (budget session) of the 11th parliament was prorogued, which passed the national budget for 2019-20 fiscal year, supplementary budget for 2018-19 and 7 bills, including Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Bill, 2019, during its 21 working days.last_img read more

TexasBased Charter School Network Wins National Prize

first_img 00:00 /01:18 IDEA Public Schools’ Facebook PageFor three years in a row, IDEA Public Schools reached the final round in the competition. The third time was the charm.IDEA Public Schools won the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools Monday.It enrolls 24,000 students at campuses in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio and Austin. Almost 90 percent of its students are low-income and most are Hispanic.Tom Torkelson, founder and CEO of IDEA, accepted the prize at a charter school conference in Nashville. He took the moment to advocate for IDEA students.“We have tens of thousands of students at IDEA Public Schools who are undocumented. We have thousands of students who want nothing more than to be embraced by our leaders, our politicians and our policy makers,” he said. IDEA will receive $250,000 in prize money for scholarships, college visits and other efforts to prepare its students for higher education. Torkelson said that they will share that money with the other two finalists, including YES Prep Public Schools in Houston, to help more undocumented students. Since 2012, the award highlights nonprofit charter groups that are closing achievement gaps between low-income students of color and their high income peers.It’s funded by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Health Fair with Doc McStuffins

first_imgCome out and meet Doc McStuffins at the Howard County NAACP Youth Council’s family health fair on August 29 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The health fair will be at the Ridgley Run Community Center, 8400 Mission road, Jessup, Maryland. Contact soulq10@gmail.com for more information.last_img

Bens Chili Bowl Unveils New Mural

first_imgBen’s Chili Bowl is revamping its well-known mural wall.Like the old mural, the new mural honors various heroes and influences of Black history. Ben’s Chili Bowl teamed up with artist and Washingtonian Aniekan Udofia, and accompanied by his Art Director Mia DuVall, unveiled the newest and — what is intended to be the last — mural on June 21.The new mural on D.C. institution Ben’s Chili Bowl features Barack Obama, Chuck Brown and Harriet Tubman, among others. (Photo by Lindi Vilakazi)Udofia created his first Ben’s Chili Bowl mural in 2012, which featured portraits of Bill Cosby, Barack Obama, Chuck Brown, and Donnie Simpson. This year, the mural will showcase 16 portraits, including Harriett Tubman, Prince, Taraji P. Henson, Donnie Simpson, Chuck Brown, Wale, Barack Obama and others.“I’ve heard a lot of mixed feelings, like most people are like claiming, oh well Prince is not from D.C. It’s not a D.C. wall. It’s a wall that starts with Harriet Tubman and shows you where we’ve come from and where we’re headed and what we’ve achieved. So, I kind of see it like the hero’s journey in a way. Because these people are my heroes,” Udofia told the AFRO.As a native of D.C., Udofia, who has Nigerian roots, said he grew up with a genuine knowledge and understanding of the District’s culture and influences.The new mural on D.C. institution Ben’s Chili Bowl features Barack Obama, Chuck Brown and Harriet Tubman, among others. (Photo by Lindi Vilakazi)“So with this particular piece, I think to date this has probably been the most challenging project,” DuVall said. “Only because they’re 16 portraits, and I think whether the folks on the wall are living or are not with us anymore, there are many, many, many, many people who are invested in their images. So, you know it’s like you want to create something, especially when you just get a list of names, you want to create something that resonates with the people who are actually here. But at the same time with the people who care about the people that are here and the people who have passed on.”While Udofia and his team worked on the mural for two weeks. They made the final touches to the artwork called “The Torch.”“As you can see the flag is kind of breaking off of Harriet Tubman’s cape and wrapping around Obama, who happens to be the first Black president. So, her carrying the torch and you see like the whole thing resonating. There is a frequency connecting these people to those people over there,” Udofia said.Pedestrians and Ben’s Chili Bowl customers have constantly stopped to view the mural and take pictures throughout the process.“I like it. I think it encompasses African American culture. You have artist like Chuck Brown, Taraji, Wale. I think it’s a good representation of what D.C. is in terms of current artists, but at the same time it reflects our history,” D.C. resident Tamika Gittens told the AFRO.last_img read more

Swisscom has made its TV 20 experience initially

first_imgSwisscom has made its TV 2.0 experience, initially launched this spring, available in all packages by adding the Vivo light, XS and S packages to its Vivo range.Swisscom said that 130,000 users had signed up for its TV 2.0 offering in the five months since it was launched and that surveys showed the choice on offer and enhanced options including cloud-based recordings and seven-day catch-up are the features that are most valued by customers. The figure shows strong growth of the offering since June, when the Swiss telco reported 77,000 TV 2.0 custtomers.According to Swisscom, customers with a Vivo 2 or Vivo 3 package can now benefit from upgrading to Vivo XS or S, as they will receive more channels and options for the same price.Customers who don’t wish to sign up for a catch-up service can opt for a TV 2.0 light offering, which features about 85 channels includincg 40 in HD.last_img read more

Spanish cable operator R which is based in the Ga

first_imgSpanish cable operator R, which is based in the Galicia region, has signed a deal with technology provider Arris for Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) technology to to improve bandwidth provisioning, increase efficiency across its network and ensure legacy infrastructure can be expanded with fiber-to-the-premises RFoG extensions.The technology will be implemented from November 2014 by Arris reseller bcSistemas, which was selected as the systems integrator following a trial earlier this year. R has selected a range of Arris solutions including optical network units, optical transmitters, optical receivers for RFoG, optical amplifiers, multiplexers and passives to build their offering.RFoG enables cable operators to deploy fibre to new areas while reusing legacy DOCSIS equipment in the headend and in subscribers’ homes.“Arris’s RFoG technology will enable us to deliver fibre to more of our network. This means our commercial and residential customers will see a dramatic improvement in service and overall experience,” said Julio Sánchez Agrelo, director of the network division at R.“We are excited about this technology and its potential to reduce our operating costs and maximize our HFC infrastructure investment over the coming years, even as technology advances.”last_img read more

BTs ad campaign for BT Sport The English Premier

first_imgBT’s ad campaign for BT SportThe English Premier League opened bidding for TV rights to the three seasons from 2016 by sending out its tender to broadcasters at the end of last week. The new tender adds 14 games per season to the number that can be televised, taking the total to 168 per season. One package will include up to 10 games to be played on Friday nights for the first time, adding to the live matches currently aired on Saturday lunchtimes and evenings, Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings.There are no plans to open Saturday afternoon games to television.The 168 games will be split into seven packages, including five of 28 matches and two of 14 matches. No single buyer will be allowed to buy the rights to more than five packages or 126 matches.The rights, which will be awarded in February, are likely to be hotly contested by Sky and BT Sports. The former currently holds the rights to 116 live matches, with rights to 38 games held by BT, which also holds exclusive live rights to Champions League and Europa League matches. Discovery, owner of Eurosport, and Al Jazeera could also potentially emerge as rival bidders. Sky and BT together paid just over £3 billion (€3.8 billion) for the last set of Premier League rights, a figure that some analysts have estimated could grow by up to 50%.The Premier League is also auctioning a free-to-air highlights package, currently held by the BBC, that is expected to be contested by commercial broadcaster ITV, which will lose its rights to Champions League matches from next season.The Premier League’s sale of rights is currently under investigation by Ofcom, following a complaint by Virgin Media, which has said that fewer games are aired live in England than in other EU territories, while the price charged to subscribers is higher.last_img read more

International movie channel provider Eurocinemas

first_imgInternational movie channel provider Eurocinema’s founders Sebastien and Jacques Perioche have unveiled a new mobile-focused short-form content app, Flixsnip, which will launch on December.Sebastien PeriocheSpeaking to DTVE at MIPCOM, Sebastien Perioche said that the service, which will be available globally, would offer a mix of family-focused entertainment, with 30 new hours of content added each month. Flixsnip will focus on one-off short movies rather than episodic series, he said.Perioche said Flixsnip would be “a service for people that have busy lifestyles” but would be interested in viewing short-form content on the move or at home on a range of devices. The service will be offered in partnership with telecom operators and other distributors such as social media platforms and streaming device providers.Perioche said that the 30 hours added to the service each month would be curated and offered in a way that makes it easy for users to find content, with a range of genre categories providing guidance.Perioche said that Flixsnip would offer a global content line-up with English subtitles and localisation options available. He said he expected the service to be offered as part of a mobile or multi-play bundle rather than sold à la carte. Consumers will be able to download the app on their phone or other device and create a user name and password to access the content.He said the target market for the app would be 30-plus adults with families rather than the millennial audience targeted by other short-form initiatives such as Vivendi’s Studio+ or Black Pills.Perioche said he was in talks with about 10-15 potential distribution partners.An earlier version of this story said Flixsnip would add 30 titles each month. This has now been corrected.last_img read more

Nordic subscription videoondemand service Viapla

first_imgNordic subscription video-on-demand service Viaplay saw viewing time increase by 25% during 2017, according to stats released by parent company MTG.Alexander BastinCustomers spent an average of 32 hours per month streaming Viaplay last year, while the number of started streams rose 40.5% between 2016 and 2017.Over the same period, MTG said the total number of Viaplay customers grew by 21%, with Viaplay original productions among most viewed new series in each Nordic country in 2017.Among Viaplay’s original output, Hassel was the service’s most-watched new series in Sweden and Finland; Veni Vidi Vici was the second most-watched new-series in Demark; and Occupied season two was the second most-watched new series in Norway.Overall eight Viaplay original productions premiered during 2017. MTG said that Viaplay also streamed 50,000 hours of live sport in 2017, including Premier League and UEFA Champions League football.In terms of viewing habits, MTG said that viewing on TVs or projectors surpassed mobile devices for the first time since Viaplay launched in 2011, with a user base of 64% compared to 61% for mobile as of December 2017.“More than one hour every day tells its own story – Viaplay is truly creating moments that matter,” said Anders Jensen, MTG executive vice-president and chairman of Nordic Entertainment.“In just a few years, we’ve become a Nordic drama powerhouse producing amazing original content that’s captivating audiences across the region and beyond. On big screens and small, our stories have never been more relevant.”Alexander Bastin, head of Viaplay, said: “Viaplay is rapidly attracting more customers, and they are watching more than ever before. In parallel, the app for Viafree, our free streaming service in the Nordic region, has been downloaded close to 2.6 million times. It just shows what’s possible when fantastic stories meet the most advanced and accessible platforms in the business.”The news comes shortly after MTG’s plan to sell MTG Studios and Nordic Entertainment – divisions that include Viaplay, Viafree and its entire production output – fell through.MTG announced earlier this month that it had agreed to sell its Nordic broadcasting and entertainment businesses to Danish telco TDC in a deal that valued the assets at SEK19.55 billion (€2.0 billion).However, TDC pulled out of the deal after it accepted a €5.4 billion takeover offer from a consortium of bidders. The offer was contingent on the MTG-TDC deal not proceeding.last_img read more

By WVUA 23 Web Writer Rebecca Griesbach Christ Epi

first_imgBy WVUA 23 Web Writer Rebecca GriesbachChrist Episcopal Church held their annual pet blessing Sunday evening to show their appreciation for their pets.Dogs, cats and their owners gathered in the church’s courtyard to receive a blessing in honor of the feast of St. Francis.Rev. Catherine Collier said it is important to show all pets the same unconditional love they show us every day.“We have animals of all kinds,” she said. “We bless cats and dogs and the occasional hedgehog.  Whatever anybody brings, we will give a blessing tonight.”Around 75 people came out to get their pets blessed. Also in attendance were pets from The Humane Society of West Alabama and Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter, in an effort to find them permanent homes with a loving family.The event, held near St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) each year, is open to all animals and owners.last_img read more