APTN National NewsThe Canadian Human Rights Tribunal is hearing a case Monday that alleges Ottawa discriminates against First Nation children through its inadequate funding of family services.The tribunal began in the morning and is hearing from various groups with standing including the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations, the two organizations that filed the complaint.Cindy Blackstock, the executive director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada will be the first witness.It was Blackstock who first filed the complaint with the tribunal in 2007.She also alleges the federal government retaliated for the complaint.Aboriginal Affairs officials posed as “friends” to access Blackstock’s Facebook page, the tribunal has heard so far.“For far too long there have been two villages in this nation,” said Blackstock. “The time for talking is over, the time for justice for children is now.”APTN fought successfully in Federal Court for the right to have our cameras inside the tribunal and we will be airing stories during our nightly broadcast.The tribunal is expected to last up to 14 weeks.APTN National News reporter Jorge Barrera is providing live updates through his Twitter account @jorgebarrera.More to come throughout the day.
A group of women in Batticaloa are attempting to use the Right To Information (RTI) Act to locate their loves ones, The Hindu newspaper reported.After years of petitioning government offices and testifying to innumerable commissions, they decided to use the brand new Act, to seek information about their missing relatives. “We are not asking them to find our relatives immediately. But just give us some information.” (Colombo Gazette) Most of the government officials were not aware of the Act, let alone be prepared to receive applications, the women said. For the women, who have been running from pillar to post hoping for some clue about their relatives, Friday’s effort was yet another attempt. But it did not make them optimistic.“It was like all our previous efforts — yielding no convincing response,” said Ms. Deepa, who has been searching for her husband since 2009.Ironically, the small group of women ended up educating officials on the Act passed by the government, said A. Amalanayaki, who has also been looking for her husband. The very same day, nearly 15 women went by foot to the District Secretariat, the provincial and district police headquarters, the Human Rights Commission and the prisons department to submit applications asking for details on their disappeared family members. They walked around the town in the blazing sun, skipping lunch and fighting pessimism.The Eastern Province witnessed some of the most brutal aspects of the island’s protracted civil war — tens of thousands lost their lives, and thousands were abducted reportedly by the Sri Lankan armed forces and, in some cases, the LTTE. Enforced disappearances remains a key concern for many families in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority North and East. “We set out at eight in the morning, and went from one office to the other until 5.45 p.m.,” P. Deepa told The Hindu over telephone. Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilake has said that since the Act was new to the country, they can’t be 100 per cent right just as yet.The women understand that teething troubles are likely in any such intervention. However, it is the now-familiar insensitivity in government offices that makes women like Ms. Amalanayaki feel dejected. A few officials were courteous, but many others were insensitive, the women said.“One officer asked us ‘you have waited for eight years; can’t you wait another few days?’ Clearly, they do not realise what we go through without any information on our loved ones,” she said. In June 2016, Sri Lanka’s Parliament unanimously adopted the Right to Information (RTI) law, inspiring hope among sections pushing for greater transparency and accountability in Sri Lanka. The Act came into effect on February 3.
Ohio State graduate transfer Andrew Dakich (13) attempts a three pointer in the first half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Ohio State won 91-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team could not miss from beyond the arc Thursday night against Maryland.After what was beginning to look like a tough game for the Buckeyes, they quickly turned things around when redshirt senior Andrew Dakich, a pass-first point guard, began knocking down 3s. Ohio State shot its season high from 3-point range, making 17-of-29 shots and shooting 58.6 percent from distance.The Buckeyes’ 17 3-pointers against Maryland tied for second in program history for most triples in a game, marked the most against a Big Ten opponent and the most ever at home. Eight different players contributed to the team’s 3-pointers, even former walk-on guard Joey Lane. Most remarkably was Dakich, who is not a high-volume shooter, yet scored a career-high 11 points against the Terrapins.Dakich scored all 11 of his points during his team’s 31-12 run to end the first half that put the Buckeyes back on top of the Terrapins after trailing early. He provided the Buckeyes with an offensive spark, and was his team’s second-leading scorer heading into halftime. Head coach Chris Holtmann said he was looking for this kind of performance from Dakich.“I was talking to a really close coaching friend on the way home from Michigan State and he said to me … ‘You know Dakich is going to have to step up in a conference game and make a few open 3s. You know he’s just going to have to do that,’” Holtmann said. “I think we kind of encouraged him the last couple of days just to be ready because of how teams are going to play him, and low and behold, he was right.”Dakich, who scored just three points in the Buckeyes upset win against No. 1 Michigan State from a half-court shot to end the first half, wanted to take a different approach in this game after hearing Holtmann wanted and needed him to shoot more.“I actually saw that interview and for him to answer those questions, like alright now I really have to start shooting,” Dakich said. “My dad is always like, ‘Dude just shoot the ball sometimes.’ But [redshirt junior forward] Keita [Bates-Diop], [senior forward Jae’Sean Tate], I try to get those guys the ball, and I try to be efficient with the ball and putting it in the right positions. Tonight, I was open and fortunate enough to knock them down.”Ohio State’s finished with its second-highest assist total of the season with 25, while turning the ball over just nine times. That passing allowed Bates-Diop to shoot 6-for-8 from 3-point range. Both guards C.J. Jackson and Kam Williams finished the game with two makes from beyond the arc. Despite another convincing win against a notable Big Ten competitor from Ohio State, Holtmann said he does not think performances like Thursday’s should be the expectation for the Buckeyes in their remaining conference games.“I don’t think we can ever expect to make 17 3s in a game, I guess that’s what I mean. I think that’s unrealistic,” Holtmann said. “We made some shots tonight that on an average night we’re probably not going to make.”
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC told the gang: “The extent and gravity of your offending far exceeds anything which I have previously encountered. It was a very significant campaign of rape and other sexual abuse.”Children’s lives have been ruined and families profoundly affected by seeing their children, over months and years, out of control, having been groomed by you and other members of your gang.” Throughout the three trials, jurors were told how the men – who used nicknames including Beastie and Dracula – had plied their victims with drink and drugs before sexually abusing them.The girls, who were all considered vulnerable, described how they initially thought they were being shown genuine affection before the abuse began. In at least one case the victim later attempted suicide, another had an abortion and two of the victims had learning disabilities.The abuse, which took place in car parks, hotels, takeaways and snooker halls across West Yorkshire, was largely aimed at white girls.The first of the trials began in January this year and saw eight men, including Dhaliwal, convicted of a range of offences including rape and other sex offences.Dhaliwal, who has children of his own, was convicted of 54 separate counts, including 22 rapes, involving 11 girls. The second trial, which began in April this year, also saw eight defendants convicted and the third trial, featuring four defendants ended on October 8.Speaking at the conclusion of the first trial, Judge Marson said: “The way you treated these girls defies understanding; this abuse was vile and wicked.”As cases of sexual abuse with which the courts have to deal, this case comes at the top of the scale. None of you has expressed any remorse for what you did.”He added: “The sentences I pass on you are severe and are intended to be so. They are intended to deter others from behaving in this way.”The second trial, which ended in June, saw eight men given jail sentences of between five and 18 years.Four more men were found guilty of a range of offences earlier this month following the third trial and will be sentenced on November 1.The pattern of large-scale exploitation of mainly white girls by groups of men of mainly Pakistani heritage uncovered by West Yorkshire Police in Huddersfield mirrors what has happened in a number of other towns including Rotherham, Rochdale and Telford. The gang was jailed after three trials earlier this year Tommy Robinson was jailed after almost derailing one of the trials A series of trials that were almost derailed by the English Defence League founder, Tommy Robinson, have ended with 20 members of an Asian grooming gang being convicted of a catalogue of rape and abuse against girls as young as 11.The gang members, who were mainly of Pakistani heritage and came from the Huddersfield area, were convicted after a court heard how they passed victims around like “commodities” and used them for their own “sexual gratification”.Ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life earlier this year and told he must serve a minimum of 18 years in prison by a judge who described his treatment of the girls as “inhuman”.The abuse took place between 2004 and 2011 and involved victims aged between 11 and 17.Details of the case and the three trials can only now be disclosed after a judge agreed to lift reporting restrictions following a challenge from the media.But the second trial almost collapsed in May when far right campaigner, Robinson, was arrested for allegedly breaching reporting restrictions by filming outside the court. The abuse took place in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire He was jailed for contempt of court but his conviction was later quashed and the case is due to be heard again at the Old Bailey next week. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Comment les insectes détectent et évitent les répulsifsDes chercheurs américains ont découvert les récepteurs olfactifs des insectes qui sont sensibles au DEET, un répulsif très largement utilisé, notamment contre les moustiques. Ils ont ainsi compris comment les insectes l’évitaient mais aussi comment y trouver des alternatives.Le DEET ou diéthyltoluamide est un composé chimique présent dans de nombreux répulsifs destinés à éloigner les insectes. Ce produit est particulièrement utile pour éviter les maladies transmises par les moustiques au premier rang desquelles se trouvent le paludisme, le chikungunya ou la dengue. Néanmoins, le DEET présente plusieurs inconvénients. D’une part, il peut dissoudre certains matériaux plastiques et est donc susceptible de causer des dommages lors de son application (par exemple sur des vêtements synthétiques, des branches de lunettes…). De plus, c’est un neurotoxique pour les mammifères tandis que les moustiques y développent peu à peu une résistance. Enfin, ce produit est cher et il n’est donc pas adapté pour les pays pauvres, notamment en Afrique, où il y en aurait pourtant bien besoin.Des récepteurs dans les antennes Malgré tout ce que l’on sait sur ce produit “jusqu’à présent, personne n’avait la moindre idée des récepteurs olfactifs utilisés par les insectes pour éviter le DEET”, indique l’entomologiste Anandasankar Ray cité par l’AFP. Avec son équipe de l’université de Californie, ce chercheur est parvenu à identifié les récepteurs olfactifs des insectes sensibles au DEET. Dans l’étude publiée par la revue Nature, il explique comment des recherches ont été menées sur la drosophile (mouche du vinaigre). À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au cours de ces travaux, les scientifiques ont modifié génétiquement la mouche pour que les neurones activés par le DEET deviennent vert fluorescent. De cette façon, il a pu être découvert que les récepteurs impliqués dans la réaction au DEET, appelés Ir40a, se situaient à l’intérieur d’une région peu étudiée de l’antenne de l’insecte, le sacculus. Plus intéressant encore : les chercheurs ont également identifié de nouveaux composés chimiques qui agissent sur les mêmes récepteurs et qui pourraient servir d’alternative au DEET. De nouveaux répulsifs Ainsi, “nos découvertes pourraient déboucher sur une nouvelle génération de répulsifs bon marché qui pourraient protéger les hommes, les animaux et aussi, dans le futur, les récoltes”, souligne Anandasankar Ray. Huit substituts potentiels au DEET ont été testés et 50% d’entre eux se sont révélés efficaces contre le moustique-tigre (Aedes albopictus), vecteur de la dengue et du chikungunya. Trois sont des agents de saveur et de parfum déjà autorisés par les autorités américaines comme additifs alimentaires, souligne l’AFP. Pour le Pr Ray, ces produits “sont très sûrs pour l’homme, ne dissolvent pas les plastiques et sont très efficaces comme répulsifs anti-insectes”. Reste la question du coût. “Notre rêve est qu’ils soient suffisamment abordables pour être utilisés pour la prévention en Afrique, en Asie, en Amérique latine”, espère l’entomologiste. En effet ce sont “des régions du monde qui souffrent énormément de maladies transmises par les moustiques et autres insectes et où le DEET n’est pas utilisé parce que trop cher”.Le 6 octobre 2013 à 09:55 • Maxime Lambert
• The Vancouver Lake Half Marathon is the major annual event for the Clark County Running Club.• The race is a major source of funds for the CCRC’s scholarship program, which gives $10,000 each year to college students affiliated with the club.Until Sunday, Kevin McMahon had never raced in a half-marathon.By midday, he’d never lost one.A sophomore on the University of Portland track and field team, McMahon took the lead about five miles in and cruised to victory in the 23rd-annual Vancouver Lake Half Marathon. The 19-year-old completed the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 10 minutes, and 43 seconds.Like many among the more than 400 runners and walkers who gathered at Vancouver Lake Park, McMahon said he entered the mid-winter race just to find out about his fitness level.What he found surprised him.“This has given me quite a bit of confidence,” McMahon said. “I didn’t think I would run that fast.”That refrain was common on a Sunday that delivered perfect conditions for a race. Temperatures in the mid-40s — with no wind and rain that held off until about two hours after the 10 a.m. start — made this one of the more pleasant Vancouver Lake Half Marathons in recent memory.Shannon Porter remembers snow on the ground in 2009, the last time she ran in the Vancouver Lake Half Marathon. Sunday’s conditions were a vast improvement, and so was her result. In her first significant race in months and her third time in this race, Porter was the women’s champion in 1:19:58, a personal-record for the half-marathon.
What: A residential community for independent adults with developmental disabilities.Where: 501 S.E. Ellsworth Road, Vancouver.Developer: Vancouver-based Wayne D. Kuni & Joan E. Kuni Foundation, which supports housing and socialization for developmentally disabled adults and clinical cancer research.Web: stephensplace.orgAfter months of planning, an apartment complex for adults with developmental disabilities is under construction off East Mill Plain Boulevard and Interstate 205 in Vancouver.The complex will be called Stephen’s Place, named after a member of the Kuni family, which is financing the $12 million project through its Wayne D. Kuni & Joan E. Kuni Foundation. Already, there’s a waiting list of people hoping to live in the approximately 45 units, according to Jacki Gallo, the foundation’s executive director.The strong interest is no surprise, Gallo said, since there are few facilities in the country like Stephen’s Place.“Our target resident will be someone who has the ability to live somewhat independently,” she said.The demographic faces a widening housing gap across the nation, according to Gallo, who said it’s a concern for aging parents of adult children with disabilities. “As the parents age, there’s no one to take care of the adult children,” she said, other than home-care options in which caregivers visit the home. The option is less than ideal for social interaction, Gallo said.“This (Stephen’s Place) will provide the community feel,” she said.The foundation is aiming for a March 2014 opening for the two-story, U-shaped building, situated south of Mill Plain at 501 S.E. Ellsworth Road. It will feature two stories of approximately 45 studio- and one-bedroom apartments. It also will include an eating and commons area, a large exercise room, an activity center and computer room.
Law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has reported a 19% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2017.The organisation has reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.The median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay is 38.8% as at 5 April 2017.The mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the year to 5 April 2017 is 30%, and the median gender pay gap for bonus pay is 10.4%. Over this period, 77% of female employees received a bonus payment, compared to 71% of male employees.Less than half (49%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at Herbert Smith Freehills are women, compared to 52% in the second quartile, 68% in the third quartile, and 79% in the lowest pay quartile. In addition, 62% of the organisation’s overall workforce are women, compared with 38% of men.Herbert Smith Freehills has attributed its gender pay gap to the distribution of men and women within different types of roles. For example, 22% of female employees at the law firm are employed in secretarial roles. The organisation’s additional analysis shows that if secretarial roles are excluded from the gender pay gap reporting, Herbert Smith Freehills’ mean gender pay gap reduces to 8.8%, and its median gender pay gap falls to 13.6%. The law firm further concluded that although its female employees were more likely to receive a bonus than male employees, the bonus payment awarded was more likely to be lower due to the nature of women’s job roles.The organisation’s 2014 targets included to have 30% of women in its global partnership business by 2019, with an interim 2017 target of 25%. To date, 22.5% of partners globally are women, compared to 17.5% in 2014. The majority of Herbert Smith Freehills’ global practice groups and regions have met the interim target. For the firm’s business services division, the set target was that neither gender would represent more than 60% or fewer than 40% of senior roles. As at 2017, 54% of female employees are in senior business services roles.To mitigate its gender pay gap, Herbert Smith Freehills will continue to monitor and review its reward processes, as well as work to attract a diverse pool of candidates to all types of job role. The law firm has also reviewed its partner promotions process in order to reduce unconscious bias, adding a new e-learning suite on this subject to ensure all staff and senior leaders recognise unconscious bias.In addition, the organisation will continue its initiatives focused on targeted career development, coaching, mentoring and sponsorship, as well as continue to operate women’s networks to encourage professional networking and personal development. This includes its women lawyers’ network, women trainee lawyers’ network, and the women in business services network. These groups also support Herbert Smith Freehills’ overall diversity and inclusion strategy.Benefits such as the organisation’s agile working policy, childcare assistance and maternity coaching are also aimed to help support the reduction of Herbert Smith Freehills’ gender pay gap.Ian Cox, regional managing partner, UK, US and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Herbert Smith Freehills, said: “We welcome the introduction of gender pay gap reporting as an important contributor to transparency, and we are committed to working to reduce or eliminate any gap that exists.“We are committed to gender diversity and the attraction, promotion and retention of women across all levels of the firm, and we will continue to ensure we attract a diverse pool of candidates to all types of job roles. As part of our ongoing work to foster gender balance across the firm, we monitor the gender impact of our reward processes, and we run a wide variety of initiatives aimed at helping all our employees reach their full potential. The work we do to support all of our people is aligned with the aims of gender pay legislation. We are committed to continuing and enhancing these activities.”
BILLERICA, MA –The Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association has announced the upcoming following class reunions:Class of 1999 — 10 Year ReunionSaturday, September 14, 2019, 3pmEmerald Rose, Billerica, MAFacebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/567743496965710Class of 1984 — 35 Year ReunionSaturday, November 16, 2019Details TBDClass of 1979 — 40 Year ReunionSaturday, November 2, 2019Tewksbury Knights of Columbus HallDetails TBD(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association’s Facebook page.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech Alumni Association Announces 5 Class ReunionsIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech To Hold Swimming Lessons For Kids On Saturdays This FallIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association Announces 3 Class ReunionsIn “Education”
Hong Kong: Hong Kong democracy activists kicked off a weekend of fresh protests on Saturday in a major test for the movement following criticism over an airport protest earlier this week — and as concerns mount over Beijing’s next move. Ten weeks of demonstrations have plunged the international finance hub into crisis, with the communist-ruled mainland taking an increasingly hardline tone, including labelling the more violent protester actions “terrorist-like”. Activists are billing two planned rallies on Saturday and Sunday as a way to show Beijing and the city’s unelected leaders that their movement still enjoys broad public support, despite increasingly violent tactics deployed by a minority of hardcore protesters that have cast a shadow. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us On Tuesday, protesters blocked passengers from boarding flights at the city’s airport and later assaulted two men they accused of being Chinese spies. The images damaged a movement that until then had largely only targeted the police or government institutions, and prompted some soul-searching among protesters. China’s propaganda apparatus seized on the violence, with state media churning out a deluge of damning articles, pictures and videos. State media also ran images of military personnel and armoured personnel carriers across the border in Shenzhen, prompting the United States to warn Beijing against sending in troops, which analysts say would be a reputational and economic disaster for China. Saturday’s rallies began with thousands of teachers marching through torrential rain in support of the largely youth-led protests. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us In the afternoon crowds also began gathering for a march in Hung Hom and To Kwa Wan, two harbourside districts popular with mainland tourists. “The government has yet to respond to a single demand and has escalated force through the police to suppress the people’s voices,” a 25-year-old protester, who gave his first name Mars, told AFP. “If we don’t come out, our future, our next generation will face even more suppression,” he added. The biggest rally is expected to take place on Sunday on the main island. Billed as a “rational, non-violent” protest, it is being organised by the Civil Human Rights Front, a group that eschews confrontations with police and was the driving force behind record-breaking rallies in June and July that saw hundreds of thousands of people hit the streets. Advertise With Us Police initially banned Saturday’s rally but relented after the route was changed. For Sunday’s rally protesters have been permitted to gather in a park but banned from marching through the streets. The protests were sparked by opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the mainland, but have since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city. Millions of people have hit the streets while clashes have broken out between police and small groups of hardcore protesters. Battles between police firing tear gas and rubber bullets — and hardcore protesters using rocks, molotovs and slingshots — have since become routine in an international finance hub once renowned for stability. Beyond suspending the extradition bill, Beijing and city leader Carrie Lam have shown no desire to meet key demands such as an inquiry into police violence, the complete withdrawal of the bill and an amnesty. But protesters remain unbowed, despite the arrests of more than 700 people and eleven consecutive weekends of rallies that have won few concessions. “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed… our hopes for justice and freedom will never come to an end,” protester Brian Leung, who fled Hong Kong after participating in a June occupation of the city’s parliament, told a crowd on Friday night via a video message. Beijing has turned the screws on Hong Kong’s businesses, pressuring them to toe the line and condemn the protesters. On Friday, Cathay Pacific announced the shock resignation of its CEO Rupert Hogg after the carrier was excoriated by Beijing because some staff supported the pro-democracy protests. On Saturday, the “Big Four” accountancy firms scrambled to distance themselves from a purported advert placed in a newspaper by employers saying they supported the protests. Deloitte and PwC posted statements on their websites saying the ad does not represent their positions and expressing opposition to violent or illegal behaviour. In statements quoted by Chinese state news agency Xinhua, KPMG and EY also expressed opposition to violence and illegal acts. In an illustration of the ideological divides now coursing through Hong Kong, pro-government protesters also began rallying on Saturday in a park outside the city’s parliament.
X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how it all might affect Houston and Texas. We discuss everything from the indictments in the Mueller investigation, to the GOP tax plan, to who might be interested in succeeded Joe Straus as Texas House Speaker, to early voting in Harris County.Also this hour: In the latest installment of The Full Menu, our group of Houston food writers discusses the increased phenomenon of eating out on (or around) Thanksgiving Day, and they discuss special meals being served at area restaurants. Plus Alexandra Zapruder talks about her book Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film, detailing her family’s connection to the Kennedy assassination. 00:00 /50:48 We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Share
By Valerie Fraling, Special to the AFRO“I don’t know about tomorrow; I just live from day to day.I don’t borrow from its sunshine for its skies may turn to gray. I don’t worry o’er the future, for I know what Jesus said. And today I’ll walk beside Him, for He knows what is ahead. Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand. But, I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand. Every step is getting brighter as the golden stairs I climb; every burden’s getting lighter, every cloud is silver-lined. There the sun is always shining, there no tear will dim the eye; at the ending of the rainbow where the mountains touch the sky. Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand. But, I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand. I don’t know about tomorrow; it may bring me poverty. But, the one who feeds the sparrow, is the one who stands by me. And the path that is my portion may be through the flame or flood; but His presence goes before me and I’m covered with His blood. Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand. But, I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand…” Leann Rimes“Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.” Washington IrvingThe Christmas season was full with many parties and celebrations and an opportunity to meet and greet old and new friends in festive settings. The Modern Grannies (MG) celebration at the Hopkins Club was a benefit for Roberta’s House founded by Annette March-Grier and the March family. Guests donated gift cards for the children of Roberta’s House. My hostess MG Brenda Baker and I joined guests and MG members Mildred Harris, Victor and Lola March and their children Carmelita and Victor, Jean Mann, Anne Davis, Carolyn Chissell, Aldonna Wylie, Lynn Porter, Ellen Howard, Blanche Beckham, Marguerite Walker, Jim Haynes, Mattie and Dr. William Mumby, who was celebrating his birthday.Loud laughter erupted when they asked Dr. Mumby how old he was; with a twinkle in his eye he said,“I’m 185 years old.” Many of us remember Dr. Mumby and his sense of humor when we were students at Coppin State. He was one of the most gracious administrators on campus.The Moles hosted their holiday birthday celebration at North Oaks clubhouse celebrating December birthdays. My host Mole Dr. Charlene Cooper- Boston was one of the attendees celebrating her birthday. Stanley and Wendy Dukes catered the delicious luncheon buffet with assorted meats, salads and desserts. The rainy Saturday afternoon did not put a damper on the festive mood as guests enjoyed dancing and mingling throughout the afternoon. Among the guests were: Goldie Woods and her son and daughter Judson and June, Delores Baden, Jake Oliver, Barbara Armstrong, Jackie Golden, Edi Green, Mildred Harris, Roslyn Smith, The Hon. Angela Gibson, Charles Thomas, Terry and Deborah Owens, Andrea Amprey, Tyrone Qualls, Reggie Haysbert, Pam and Stuart Beckham, Blanche Beckham and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Skinner.I fell in love with Patti LaBelle as a teenager when she sang, “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman.” So, naturally when my Maryland Live Casino VIP host informed me that Patti LaBelle would be appearing at the new event center I immediately said yes.“Say my name Patti Patti.” Imagine my surprise when I was in the VIP room checking into the hotel; standing next to me was, you guessed it Patti LaBelle. After I recovered from the unexpected shock, she smiled and in a voice that I didn’t recognize I said hello Ms. Labelle. Later that evening she gave an outstanding 90 minute performance in true Patti fashion showing why at the age of 74, she is the simply the best.“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm XSending congratulations to Helen Farrar, granddaughter of Tim and Rita Horsley Johnson, on her induction into the University of Baltimore Honor Society and to Jill Owens on receiving her Master’s degree from the University of Baltimore during the winter graduation.Happy 65th birthday to the Hon. Sheila Dixon, Paul Beckham, AFRO CEO Toni Draper, Dr. Charlene Cooper Boston, Tyrone Qualls, Walter Hill and Patrick Johnson.Sending dozens of poinsettias to Sarah Holley, James “Dickey” Harris, Bernice McDaniel, Mildred Harris and Dr. Donald Atkinson“When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” Khalil GibranWe anticipate the joy of a new year; never thinking of the sorrow, it will bring. The loss of my mother Rev Pauline Wilkins in 2018 brought me sorrow, but the love we shared for almost 7 decades brought joy. We lost many friends in 2018. As we move into the New Year 2019, we will once again enter it with joy.We should live each day as if it may be our last. Don’t put off eating that dessert because of a few pounds. I wonder how many women passed up the delicious desserts on the Titanic. Don’t wait to call the friend or relative until another day, or taking a vacation because you want to wait until you retire. Live the best of your life now because we don’t know about tomorrow, but we know WHO holds tomorrow.“For all we know we may never meet again before you go make this moment sweet again. We won’t say good night until the last minute I’ll hold out my hand and my heart will be in it…” Nat King ColeLet’s toast it up to 2019! Happy New Year and remember Aleut a Continua (the struggle continues).
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