With election season heating up, non-profit organization HeadCount is stepping up their efforts to help register concertgoers to vote. In a new video, a plethora of our favorite artists have stepped up to support the cause, encouraging viewers to “Be A HeadCount Volunteer” in the interest of democracy.It’s something of a who’s who of artists in the video, including Bob Weir, Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits), Jon Fishman (Phish), Grace Potter, Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn, Al Jardine (Beach Boys), and Tom Hamilton (American Babies/Joe Russo’s Almost Dead). All of them have the same message: Be A HeadCount Volunteer.Watch the clip below:But seriously, why wouldn’t you volunteer for HeadCount. Aside from doing some really important work, HeadCount volunteers get to attend concerts and festivals, while also interacting with some of the great people who sign up for such a noble cause. With the craziness of the 2016 election, don’t miss out on an opportunity to truly make a difference.Register to be a volunteer for HeadCount by following this link.
Cohutta 100Ducktown, Tenn., April 26Begin at the Ocoee Whitewater Center in Tennessee and head south for 100 miles through some of the most beautifully remote fire roads and singletrack in the Southeast. From Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest through the Cohutta Wilderness in Georgia and back, the course has a 40/60 ratio of singletrack to gravel roads, making it a great race for skilled riders just beginning to race 100-milers. trailheadoutdoors.orgThe Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike EpicState College, Penn., May 25-31How would you like to take off life for a week and go mountain biking in the scenic mountains of central Pennsylvania? Sound too good to be true? If you’re prepared to take on the country’s longest mountain bike stage race, then this dream can be a reality. Every year, hundreds of cyclists gather to take on the trails for a good cause. The event serves as the annual fundraiser for the non-profit The Outdoor Experience Organization, a program whose goal is to better serve and improve upon the trails in Pennsylvania. tsepic.comIron Mountain 100KDamascus, Va., June 29An up-and-coming race that is sure to gain attention for its difficulty is this 54-miler, based out of Trail Town, U.S.A. The Iron Mountain Trail is known for its big drops and long smooth sections. Pair that up with some Forest Service road connectors to climb and technical track that’s rooty, rocky, and steep, and that about sums up the race. With only 8,500 feet of elevation change, this race is often mistaken as “easier” than some of the other big events, but give it a try and let that very first climb make the decision for you. mtntouring.comOff-Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell (ORAMM)Old Fort, N.C., July 20At 6,684 feet, Mount Mitchell in North Carolina stands as the tallest peak east of the Mississippi. This 63-mile off-road route will literally feel like an assault on the mountain, climbing 11,000 feet and weaving in and out of North Carolina’s Forest Service roads and singletrack. Try to beat the 4:33-hour time record for the ORAMM, set in 2012 by pro rider Jeremiah Bishop. blueridgeadventures.net/orammThe Wilderness 101Coburn, Penn., July 26Often cited as the original East Coast epic, this dirty century (+1) has it all: 10,000 feet of elevation gain, jagged rocks and roots clogging the harrowing descents, cold creek crossings, windy singletrack, and loose gravel fire roads. Yet this adventurous undertaking attracts cyclists from every walk of life, whether it’s the weekend warrior with the goal of simply finishing or the road century rider looking for a different challenge. Before and after the race, the laid back camp scene is always bustling with mingling racers who enjoy the opportunity to meet new people, eat, drink, and be merry. mtntouring.comBringing the HeatFormer Trek/Volkswagen pro-rider Sue Haywood knows the Shenandoah Mountain 100 like the back of her hand. One of a number of top cyclists who reside in Harrisonburg, Va., Haywood typically joins the mountain biking community every year in Stokesville for the SM100.“It’s on the bucket list of cool experiences for any avid cyclist or fitness junkie,” Haywood says, making reference not just to the race itself but the atmosphere in general. “If we could capture all the watts and energy flowing at the race we could easily power the town of Stokesville!”Although Haywood has stood atop the podium at the SM100 a number of times and even set a course record in 2007, placing not just first in the women’s division but 8th overall, she still remembers how difficult her first SM100 experience was.“I had never done that kind of distance on a mountain bike,” Haywood says. “Spending almost 11 hours on the bike, climbing big mountains and not really knowing how to fuel and hydrate made it epic.”Haywood pushed on and finished, inspired by her fellow riders and the race volunteers’ supportive attitudes. Although Haywood has raced around the world, she says there is a certain vibe about the SM100 that, combined with the challenge of the course, keeps her coming back for more.“Right after it’s done, I say never again and then I realize that riding my bike all day with other like-minded people is exactly what I want to do,” she says. “Good fitness is essential for this race, but honestly training to be tough mentally is more important.”Haywood’s other favorite regional races include Revenge of the Rattlesnake in Davis, W.Va., and the Massanutten HooHa in Keezletown, Va.Best of the RestSnake Creek Gap Time TrialsDalton, Ga., Feb. 1, March 1 • snake.nwgasorba.orgDragon’s TaleNew Castle, Va., April 6 • mtntouring.comBig Frog 65Ocoee Whitewater Center, Tenn., April 26 • trailheadoutdoors.orgBlankets Creek Cross Country RaceCanton, Ga., May 10 • mountaingoatadventures.comKarl’s Kaleidoscope Mountain Bike RaceMarion, Va., May 17 • active.comPisgah 111KBrevard, N.C., May • pisgahprouctions.comBump N’ GrindOak Mountain State Park, Ala., May 31–June 1 • bumpngrindrace.comMassanutten Hoo-HaMassanutten Resort, Va., June 7–8 • massresort.comGran Fondo Alleghany HighlandsCovington, Va., July 12 • sport-vista.comSix Hour Race to SunsetCanton, Ga., August 9 • mountaingoatadventures.comShenandoah Mountain 100Stokesville, Va., August 31 • mtntouring.comChomolungma ChallengeSnowshoe Mountain, W.Va., August • snowshoemtn.com/bikeFontana Dam JamFontana Dam, N.C., August • goneriding.comPisgah Stage RaceBrevard, N.C., September • blueridgeadventures.net_______________Check Out Our Other Race Ahead GuidesTrail RunningRoad RunningRoad BikingMountain BikingClimbingPaddlingMultisportsSnowsports
In fact, they’re rushing to jam the thing through before Doug Jones can be certified, in a stunning act of hypocrisy from the same people who demanded that Obamacare wait until Scott Brown was seated and held up a Supreme Court seat for a year.It’s outrageous.But it also looks like really bad politics, especially given what we know is coming: calls next year for cuts in popular social programs, because of a deficit Republicans just voted to explode.So what are they thinking?I don’t know for sure, but I’d suggest three possible factors in this mad rush.First, Republicans may be suffering from an officeholder’s version of the Pundit’s Fallacy: “belief that what a politician needs to do to improve his or her political standing is do what the pundit wants substantively.”For example, “Obama can win the midterms by endorsing Bowles-Simpson,” which the vast majority of voters never heard of. Today’s Republicans are apparatchiks, who have spent their whole lives inside an intellectual bubble in which cutting taxes on corporations and the rich is always objective No. 1.Their party used to know that it won elections despite its economic program, not because of it — that the whole game was to win by playing on social issues, national security, and above all on racial antagonism, then use the win to push fundamentally unpopular economic policies.But over the years the party has seemed increasingly out of touch with that reality, imagining that if only it preaches the gospel of supply-side economics loudly enough voters will be won over.Second, the GOP may also be engaged in the fallacy of points on the board thinking — I’m taking the phrase from Rahm Emanuel, who believed that Obama could gain electoral capital simply by racking up legislative victories.The idea is that voters are impressed by your record of wins, or conversely that they’ll turn away if you don’t win enough.The truth is that this strategy didn’t work at all for Obama, who won a lot of stuff in his first two years then got shellacked in the midterms.And think about the things that have been going wrong for Republicans in special elections: desertions by highly educated suburban voters, massive African-American turnout, weak turnout by rural whites. Categories: Editorial, OpinionSo, it seems that Republicans are responding to the devastating defeat in Alabama — which is part of a sustained pattern of underperformance in special elections, demonstrating that bad polls reflect reality, not bad polling, by … doubling down on a massively unpopular tax plan, whose main focus is on cutting corporate taxes. Which of these is likely to be improved by a massive, unpopular corporate tax cut?Still, the idea that you have to win something seems to have a grip on the GOP, and of course especially on our childlike president.Finally, for some significant number of Republicans we may be seeing what I’d call the “K Street end game.”Suppose you’re a GOP Congresscritter representing an only moderately Republican district, say in New York or California — and you see growing evidence of a huge Democratic wave next year, with election results so far suggesting something like a 15-point swing.What do you do?Well, you could say, “Gee, I’d better buck the party line and show my independence to win over swing voters.”But how likely is that to work? How many people even know how their representative votes?Or you could say, “Well, I guess I’ll be looking for a lobbying job/think tank position/commentator role on Fox News in 2019” — in which case your mission in what remains of your congressional career is to keep donors and the party machine happy, never mind the voters.Now, all of these stories work better at explaining the House than at explaining senators like John McCain or Susan Collins, who are working quickly to destroy all the good will they won by taking a stand on health care.Still, I think it makes sense to tell these stories about what the Republican Party is doing in general on taxes.And while Democrats should and will fight this attempt to ram tax cuts through with the vote of a lame-duck senator, if I were a Democratic strategist looking toward next November I’d be looking at current Republican moves and thinking, “Make my day.”Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize-winning economist and a coljumnist with The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
By Tracy McCue, Sumner NewscowÂ â€” The list of garage sales for Oct. 11-13, 2013 are listed below. If you have a garage sale not listed just place it on comment section below:Happy bargain selling and hunting! Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (9) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 357 weeks ago OK, gang, this is all you have to do. Write up your garage sale and submit it as a comment. Write as much as you like and you won’t pay one cent! Example: Joe Blow at 100 North New York Avenue is having a garage sale for the Wellington Citywide. We will start the sale at 6 a.m. and run through noon Saturday. We will be offering a variety of stuff including clothes, furniture and a beautiful hand-woven rug. We will also be giving out free lemonade. Call us at 888-888-8888 if your have any questions. Hope to see you there! Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Sandell’s · 357 weeks ago LOTS of ANTIQUES, COLLECTIBLES, PRIMITIVES, HANDMADE CRAFTS & SUPPLIES!!! After collecting for over 30 years it’s time to downsize. Many of you have gone to Hickety Pickety Home Parties over the years, shopped at Hickety Pickety Antique Booths and here’s your chance to once again get some unique hard to find items! NO clothing, NO household items….ALL COLLECTIBLES, FURNITURE, HANDMADES & MORE!! This ONE DAY ONLY SALE will be held at the Sandell Storage Units located at 217 South C Street, Wellington, Ks. SATURDAY, Oct. 12th, 9:00am to 2:00pm Rain or Shine we WILL be having the sale!!!!! ~~~CASH ONLY~~~ Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down alda · 357 weeks ago Wellington Humane Society Fundraiser-Garage Sale … Saturday, October 12, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wellington Memorial Auditorium. Residents wishing to donate items to the Humane Society Garage Sale may drop them off at the Memorial Auditorium, each night this week, from 5 until 7 p.m. Also … NEW Wellington Humane Society T-shirts for sale! Report Reply 1 reply · active 356 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Paula Mortimer · 356 weeks ago OK Wellington this is a HUGE sale!!!!! We have been fortunate enough to have received from our local residents a little of everything. The Memorial Auditorium is packed!!! We have everything priced to sell. Come see us! Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Metzen’s · 357 weeks ago Jannie Metzen at 1004 N. Olive (16th St and Olive) is having a garage sale for Wellington Citywide. There are a lot of baby supplies from toys to clothes and everything you need. There will also be household items along with Men’s and Women’s clothes. This sale will be Friday, Oct 11th all day (8a-5p) and again on Sat 12th from 8am until 12pm. Hope to see you all there!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Sharon · 357 weeks ago Garage sale at 305 N Jefferson………..Sat., Oct 12th, 8 AM to 4 PM lots of clothes, purses, books, artwork, lots of misc………………. Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Brenda Nelson · 357 weeks ago Nelson’s garage sale at 1404 N. Plum, Wellington. Friday only 8:00 am till ?. Air Hockey table, girls 24 inch bike (like new) Halloween items, dance shoes and clothes, kids large keyboard,games, puzzles, lots of miscellaneous . Inside if rain. Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Eugenia Johnston · 357 weeks ago Garage Sale 11 West Grandview (between Sunset and Crestview (Oil Field Road) Friday – NOON until ? Saturday – 8:00 a.m. until ? Eddie Bauer Travel Play Pen, Child’s wooden rocker, 4 Bentwood chairs, glass top coffee table, 2 end tables, 1 Chest of Drawers, 1 large exterior wooden door, 1 wooden table, mirrors, 4 chrome rims, large assortment of old records, new golf shoes (8M), Sketchers (men/boy, 8M), ladies shoes (8 1/2), large assortment of kitchen items, baskets, men’s jeans and dress pants (34-38 W/30L), men’s jackets, ladies clothes, curtains, bedding, books, 1 L metal dog pen. Please no early sells. Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Cirissa Hughes · 357 weeks ago Huge multi family yard sale 716 E. Lincoln. (The corner of Lincoln and Douglas) In Wellington Saturday Oct 12th 8am – ? Lots of kids and baby clothes, maternity and women’s clothes, toys, baby items, furniture and lots more! Priced to sell! Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Online Wagering Provider Introduces Financial Stimulus Package for Horseplayers September 27, 2016 (Washington, PA) – This Election Season, leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, is reminding all Americans about our nation’s great history with the sport of horse racing. In doing so, Xpressbet has introduced a Financial Stimulus Package for Horseplayers that includes discounted past performances, lucrative wagering bonuses and an industry-leading Sign Up Bonus for new customers. This Stimulus Package is earmarked for the millions of Americans who enjoy the thrill and excitement of a day betting the races. Xpressbet’s steadfast commitment to horse racing is evident in its Make America Bet Again Manifesto, a public declaration of intent to do everything possible to make horse racing one of the country’s most popular sports again. It reminds us that America’s forefathers, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Ulysses S. Grant, loved to watch, bet and participate in horse racing. Xpressbet has set up a website, www.MakeAmericaBetAgain.com, where horseplayers and fans can read the Manifesto and declare their support for the sport by sharing the Manifesto on social media. That belief is at the core of Xpressbet’s Financial Stimulus Package for Horseplayers, which includes: “Xpressbet believes in horse racing. This is the sport we love, and the sport we work tirelessly to grow, support and promote,” said Xpressbet President, Ron Luniewski. “While we don’t have a stake in the Election, we do have a stake in the future of horse racing and we think all Americans can agree that a day betting the races is a day well spent.” ‘Double Your Deposit’ Sign Up Bonus: Sign Up for an account using promo code VOTEXB and earn up to a $500 Bonus.Great 40 Million Points Giveaway: Customers can win 1 Million Bonus XB Rewards Points every day from October 1 – November 8.50% Off Past Performances: DRF Classic (TB) and TrackMaster Platinum Plus (HRN) Past Performances are 50% off. About XpressbetXpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States. It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device. Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing. Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Rosecroft Raceway, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness Stakes. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management, horse racing’s leading simulcast purchase and sales agent.
Olympiakos beat Panionios to extend record ATHENS, Greece (AP): Olympiakos continued their perfect start in the Greek league by beating Panionios 3-1 away yesterday, extending their record run of consecutive wins to 16. Alejandro Dominguez, Felipe Pardo and Brown Ideye all scored in the second half for Olympiakos. Spyros Risvanis scored a short-lived equaliser for Panionios. Czech Republic beat Hewitt, Australia team BRISBANE, Australia (AP): Lleyton Hewitt lost just weeks away from his retirement as Czech Republic beat the Australia Gold team at the Hopman Cup mixed-teams event yesterday. Jiri Vesely defeated Hewitt, who will retire after the Australian Open, 6-3, 6-7 (1) 6-4, before Karolina Pliskova came from 3-1 down in the second set to beat Jarmila Wolfe Gajdosova 7-5, 6-3 at Perth, Western Australia. The Czech team won the later mixed doubles 6-2, 7-5 to sweep the match 3-0. Sub Simons hits brace in 7-1 rout LONDON (CMC): Bermudian teenager Rai Simons struck twice as Chesterfield won their first English League One match since late October by crushing fellow strugglers Shrewsbury Town 7-1 at the Proact Stadium on Saturday. Striker Simons, who turns 20 in nine days’ time, came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute with his side 3-1 up and got on the scoresheet a minute later when he punished some poor defending to notch his fourth goal of the season with a right-footed shot from 18 yards. Simons added to his tally when he struck again in the 88th minute after Shrewsbury had been reduced to 10 men when Junior Brown was sent off in the 81st minute for two yellow cards.
The Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday received survey supplies worth an estimated $30 million from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to commence the country’s latest round of the Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey, this April.This was highlighted by UNICEF’s Country Representative to Guyana and Suriname, Sylvie Fouet, at the official handing over ceremony held at the Bureau of Statistics boardroom.Fouet explained that this programme aims to collect and compile data on the situation of children and women, to be used for nationwide decision-making. Fouet also noted the use of new modules, while going paperless.From left: UNICEF’s Country Representative to Guyana and Suriname, Sylvie Fouet, handing the survey supplies to Deputy Chief Statistician, Ian Manifold (DPI photo)“Guyana is ahead of the curb in the Region – they did in Suriname and Costa Rica, but they did not use the full module – so, Guyana is top three in the Region to embark on this type of survey this new methodology and going digital,” the UNICEF Country representative is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.According to Fouet, three-week capacity building exercises will commence at the end of March and 21 teams will be launched simultaneously across the country to conduct the survey.Deputy Chief Statistician Ian Manifold expressed his gratitude to the UNICEF for providing the necessary tools to conduct the survey, noting that going digital will accelerate the institution’s progress. He explained that during the last census, it was highlighted that the process needed to be conducted in a timely manner.“We would like our public to understand the collection of the mixed data is very beneficial to the development of Guyana. It is going to speak to how we develop policies and how we push our development… so, I would really like the general public to continue to give us their cooperation over the years,” Manifold said.He disclosed that officers will be properly attired so that persons can easily recognise the organisation and the nature of their business.Currently, the Bureau is also conducting the continuous labor force and household budget and living conditions surveys.This international survey is conducted every five years.
Chase’s take took a similar bent: “Gangsters are out there taking their kids to college and putting food on their family’s tables. “Hell, let’s face it, if this world was run by gangsters …” He paused. “Well, probably not.” “The Sopranos” also won trophies for Chase’s scripting and Alan Taylor’s direction. The cast also received a standing ovation midceremony during a tribute to the series featuring the cast of the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys.” The Emmy censors got a run for their money when Ray Romano, Katherine Heigl and Field sent them scrambling for their bleeping buttons. By David Kronke TELEVISION WRITER “The Sopranos” went out on a triumphant note, garroting the competition to win its second Outstanding Drama Series Emmy at the 59th annual Emmy Awards Sunday evening at the Shrine Auditorium. In accepting the prize, series creator David Chase riffed off of Sally Field’s acceptance speech earlier in the evening. Field paid tribute to mothers, before taking on a political and profane edge. The Fox network censored Field’s acceptance speech, cutting her off after she declared, “If mothers ran the world …” Romano joked about his former “Everybody Loves Raymond” wife, Patricia Heaton, “screwing” her new “Back to You” co-star Kelsey Grammer, which prompted Fox to black out the show for a few seconds. Heigl mouthed an expletive after winning for her role on “Grey’s Anatomy.” And Field was bleeped during her acceptance speech for Lead Actress in a Drama. She praised mothers but also let her anti-war sentiments surface. “If mothers ran the world, there would be no goddamn wars in the first place,” Field said. The critically admired but low-rated sitcom “30 Rock” was named Best Comedy Series. Among others, creator/star Tina Fey thanked “our dozens and dozens of viewers.” Fey and her cast and crew probably enjoyed the moment while it lasted, understanding that an Emmy win is no guarantee for better ratings. America Ferrera won the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Comedy for “Ugly Betty.” The show also won an Emmy for Richard Shepard’s direction. The evening’s biggest surprise came in the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, which went to Ricky Gervais for “Extras.” James Spader’s third Emmy win, for Lead Actor in a Drama for “Boston Public,” was also unexpected, as he beat out favorite James Gandolfini of the “The Sopranos.” For the first time, the ceremony was presented in the round, which left a large portion of the audience with lousy views of only the backside of the action. During his acceptance speech, Spader, one of those with a seat behind the presenters, said, “I’ve been to thousands and thousands of concerts in my life and I can tell you these are the worst seats I’ve ever had.” Al Gore added an Emmy to his Best Documentary Oscar, winning a trophy for Creative Achievement in Interactive Television for the cable network he co-founded, Current TV. Katherine Heigl won her first Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for “Grey’s Anatomy.” “My own mother told me I didn’t have a shot in hell of winning tonight,” she quipped. Jaime Pressly won her first Emmy in two tries for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for “My Name is Earl.” Terry O’Quinn won his first Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for “Lost.” Jeremy Piven won his second Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for “Entourage.” “The Office’s” Greg Daniels won the Writing for a Comedy Emmy. AMC’s “Broken Trail” was named Outstanding Miniseries and also took Emmys for Lead Actor and Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, as Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church, respectively, each won a first Emmy. Helen Mirren won her fourth Emmy for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for “Prime Suspect: The Final Act.” “Prime Suspect” also took home trophies for Philip Martin’s direction and Frank Keasy’s script. Judy Davis was named Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for “The Starter Wife.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
4 March 2016The first global forum for science on African soil will take place in Dakar, Senegal, from 8 to 10 March 2016, and the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has launched a global call for support for Africa’s scientific and technological emergence.Its video asks the question: “Can the next Einstein come from Africa?”. It calls on game changers from Africa and around the world to support Africa’s scientific renaissance.Watch the video “Can the next Einstein come from Africa?”:The Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2016, the African global science and technology forum, is convened by the NEF, a global platform that brings together leaders in industry, policy, science, and technology. The first edition of this biennial event will set the stage for a conversation on transforming Africa and the world through a renewed and increased focus on science, technology and innovation.Scientific talentThe NEF is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung.“At more than 700 participants from 80 countries already registered, 52% of them young people and 40% women, we are expecting a truly global forum that discusses opportunities, innovations, and solutions,” said Thierry Zomahoun, the NEF chair and president and chief executive of AIMS.“The NEF Global Gathering will unveil Africa’s global contributions to science and technology and as the forum opens on International Women’s Day, we will specifically acknowledge the contributions and address the challenges faced by female scientists.”The NEF Global Gathering 2016 will showcase the innovations and contributions of the NEF’s 15 Fellows – some of Africa’s brightest young scientists who are on the frontline of Africa’s science renaissance. Flying under the radar, these scientists have been tackling some the continent’s most urgent technological and development challenges – from big data and cybersecurity to hypertension, heart disease, immunology and public health.“A great idea can come from anywhere in the world, and there is no doubt that new and novel scientific ideas to solve global health challenges will come from Africa,” said Seema Kumar, the vice-president of innovation, global health and science policy at Johnson & Johnson and a member of the NEF International Steering Committee. Johnson & Johnson is sponsor of the gathering.“The scientific talent in Africa is outstanding with the potential to produce the next Einstein, Pasteur or Madame Curie. The world needs the best science from across the globe to solve the medical challenges of our lifetime like HIV, TB, and other infectious diseases like Ebola and Zika virus, and non-communicable diseases like hypertension and diabetes.”Continent-wide initiativesIn addition, for the first time in history, all 54 African countries will come together to talk science and technology, each represented by NEF ambassadors who will work to raise awareness about science and technology in their countries.With a programme that focuses on advances in basic and applied science and technology as well as an innovation pitching competition, a presidential panel with President Macky Sall of Senegal and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and sessions with ground-breaking scientists and inventors, the NEF Global Gathering 2016 will be live-streamed to a global audience through the Next Einstein Forum.Supporters of science, innovation and technology as drivers of growth in Africa can join the NEF movement by pledging their signature at I Am Einstein.Source: APO-Africa Newsroom
In the few days since Nelson Mandela died, emotional video tributes to the man – from global leaders such as Barack Obama to activists like Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, major media organisations such as the Guardian and New York Times, and very ordinary people – have flooded the internet. We bring you a selection.The Guardian – 9 December 2013The UK newspaper brings together tributes and condolences, framed with rare historical footage, from South African President Jacob Zuma, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, US secretary of state John Kerry, US President Barack Obama, UK prime minister David Cameron, Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi – and ordinary people on the street.Amnesty International – 5 December 2013“Mandela, a human rights legend.” Amnesty International, the independent global human rights watchdog, documents activists across the world explaining their understanding of Nelson Mandela’s gift to the world: a march towards freedom, human dignity, compassion and forgiveness.US President Barack Obama – 5 December 2013Speaking on the day Mandela died – the news came through just as the US was waking up – Barack Obama said Nelson Mandela’s journey from a prisoner to president embodied the promise that human beings, and countries, can change for the better. He asked that the world give thanks for the fact that Mandela lived – a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.The Elders – 6 December 2013The Elders are a group of retired and independent global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela. In this video released the day after Mandela’s death, former US president Jimmy Carter, South Africa’s Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson, and Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India, express their often visible sadness at his passing.Former US president Bill Clinton – 6 December 2013“When you were around him, you wanted to be a bigger person. You knew you could be better than you were.” President Bill Clinton shares memories and reflections in his first interview since the death of his close friend.South African rugby Springboks – 6 December 2013A tribute from South African Rugby, showing the massive impact Nelson Mandela had on the world, South Africa – and rugby. “We will always play for you, Madiba.”BBC News – 5 December 2013“His story is one of the most remarkable of any world leader. Few in history have endured oppression with such little rancour, or overcome the oppressor with such little bloodshed.”The New York Times – 5 December 2013“Mandela’s quest for freedom led from the court of tribal royalty to the liberation underground, to a prison rock quarry and, finally, to the presidential suite of Africa’s wealthiest country.”Musician Peter Gabriel – 6 December 2013“To come out of 27 years in jail and immediately set about building a rainbow nation with your sworn enemy is a unique and extraordinary example of courage and forgiveness. Mandela had seen many of his people beaten, imprisoned and murdered, yet he was still willing to trust the humanity and idealism of those who had been the oppressors. There is no other example of such inspirational leadership in my lifetime.”The Guardian – 6 December 2013“For many he was saint-like. But in fact he was a canny politician.” The UK Guardian newspaper’s video obituary, published the day after Mandela died.Two backpacking US tourists – 6 December 2013Caught unawares and “offline”, as they describe it, on the day after Mandela’s death, two young US backpackers on their way to a tour of Robben Island react emotionally to the news. Slideshow image and video courtesy of News 24. READ MORE • Mandela on Media Club South Africa • Nelson Mandela: the world mourns • Nelson Mandela – a timeline • Barack Obama’s tribute to Mandela • Watch: World reacts to Mandela’s death • Infographic: Mandela family tree • Nelson Mandela’s words of wisdom • The women in Madiba’s life • Tutu leads memorial at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory • High-res photos: In 2010, Nelson Mandela wishes World Cup good luck to Bafana Bafana