Bulgarian TV broadcaster censors political cartoons

first_img February 11, 2021 Find out more News BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regards the removal of 90 political cartoons by the well-known Bulgarian cartoonist Chavdar Nikolov from the Nova TV website as an unacceptable act of censorship. Owned by Swedish media group MTG and run by a Frenchman, Didier Stoessel, Sofia-based Nova TV removed all the cartoons and an interview with Nikolov from its website on 14 April. Nova TV said they were removed because its contract with Nikolov had ended but it seems to be a case of political censorship, coming as it did just days after the latest cartoon mocked Prime Minister Boyko Borisov for publicly supporting a group of criminals who hunt down migrants in order to send them back to Turkey.“A media outlet’s management has a duty to maintain the editorial independence of the journalists who work for it,” RSF said. “Didier Stoessel’s claim that the cartoonist’s contract had simply ended is grotesque. The media must participate in the democratic debate, which includes this kind of cartoon. Media freedom is not a trite formula. It is incredible that media outlets must be reminded of their duty to respect it. All of Nikolov’s cartoons must be restored to the website.”Nova TV’s censorship has sparked an outcry in Bulgaria and was immediately denounced on social networks. A demonstration was held yesterday in Sofia. News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom March 10, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Bulgaria Help by sharing this information Organisation April 16, 2016 Bulgarian TV broadcaster censors political cartoons Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expression News to go further Receive email alerts News RSF_en December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more


first_imgJANUARY 20, 2019 Working Title: Advertised Salary: Hiring Department(s): Carter [email protected] Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS:800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for furtherinformation. ) WI medical licensure; BC in pediatric cardiology orequivalent To begin the application process, please click on the “” button.You will be asked to upload a CV and statement of interest withinthe application process.The deadline for assuring full consideration is January 15, 2019,however the position will remain open and applications may beconsidered until the position is filled. N/A Position Vacancy ID: Instructions to Applicants: Anticipated Begin Date: PROFESSOR(C20NN) or ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR(C30NN) or ASSISTANTPROFESSOR(C40NN) 50% – 100% Faculty FTE: Position Summary: Official Title: Additional Information: The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity andAffirmative Action Employer.The Annual Security and FireSafety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinarypolicies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, andon-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statisticsfor the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a papercopy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin PoliceDepartment .center_img Minimum of 4-7 years as practicing pediatric cardiologist,preferably in an academic setting. Interest in developing orexpanding an independent research program also preferred. Degree and area of specialization: A536751-MEDICAL SCHOOL/PEDIATRICS/CARDIOLOGY M.D. or equivalent, completion of U.S. pediatric residency andpediatric cardiology fellowship programs Minimum number of years and type of relevant workexperience: Employment Class: Job no: 96963-FAWork type: Faculty Full or Part Time, Faculty-Full Time,Faculty-Part TimeDepartment: SMPHPEDIATRICSCARDIOLOGYLocation: MadisonCategories: Health Care, Medical, Social Services Pediatric Cardiologist to provide inpatient and outpatient clinicalcare, teaching, research and scholarly activities.The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profoundcommitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as avaluable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, westrongly encourage applications from candidates who foster andpromote the values of diversity and inclusion. Pediatric Cardiologist Candidates for associate or full professor rank must meet criteriafor appointment at rank per UW School of Medicine and Public Healthguidelines for appointment and promotion on the tenure track. Contact: Minimum $80,000 ANNUAL (12 months)Plus UW Medical Foundation Term: 96963-FA Additional Link:Full Position Details License or Certificate: Applications Open: Dec 13 2018 Central Standard TimeApplications Close:last_img read more

Robbie Savage urges Arsenal to sign Thomas Partey plus defender this summer

first_img Comment Savage believes Partey would be a ‘good signing’ for the Gunners (Picture: BT Sport)Last month, Rio Ferdinand named Partey as one of three central midfielders Manchester United should be looking at this summer, along with Saul Niguez and Wilfred Ndidi.‘I’d maybe go get Partey from Atletico Madrid or Ndidi from Leicester,’ the ex-United defender told The Beautiful Game podcast.‘I like Saul Niguez. He’s a very, very good player in midfield.’ Advertisement FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/fifa-team-five-ways-tackle-spread-coronavirus-2131812/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Former Ghana international Nii Lamptey has warned Partey that a move to England could be ‘suicidal’ for his career and told his fellow countryman to stay on with Atletico Madrid.‘There are numerous offers coming for Thomas Partey but his career will take a nosedive if he doesn’t choose his next move well,’ Lamptey told Ocean 1 TV.‘The country and league he will pick will determine his future. I will advise him to stay in Spain rather than going to England or Italy. ‘He can move within Spain and join another top club rather than focusing on the financial gains to move out of the country because that can be suicidal.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Sometimes, decision making can destroy your career. My move to England was a wrong one for me. ‘Aston Villa was a wrong move because their style of play was not going to suit me. If I had gone to France or Spain at that time, it would have helped my career more than going to England.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Lionel Messi undergoes coronavirus test at Barcelona training as La Liga stars prepare for season restartMORE: Mikel Arteta tips Kieran Tierney to become ‘special’ at Arsenal Thomas Partey is firmly on Arsenal’s radar ahead of the summer transfer window (Picture: Getty)Robbie Savage believes Arsenal need to strengthen defensively this summer and has urged the club to complete a move for Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey.Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has reassured fans that he has multiple plans up his sleeve for the summer transfer window despite the coronavirus pandemic halting the season and creating financial uncertainty across world football. Atleti defensive midfielder Partey has been heavily linked with the Gunners in recent weeks and the Ghanaian’s father recently fuelled these rumours when he appeared to confirm talks were in place over a move to the Emirates. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 6 May 2020 11:11 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kShares Advertisement Robbie Savage urges Arsenal to sign Thomas Partey plus defender this summer Mikel Arteta insists he has multiple transfer plans in place (Picture: Getty)Atletico Madrid, intent on fending off interest from the Premier League, are preparing to offer Partey a contract which would increase his release clause from €50 million (£47m) to €100m (£93m).AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Partey has reportedly told close friends that he’s keen to complete a switch to Arsenal and the Ghana international is hopeful an agreement can be reached between all parties.Asked where the north London club need to improve, ex-Blackburn and Wales midfielder Savage told BT Sport: ‘I think Arsenal defensively… will they go for a strong midfield player?‘I know Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid has been talked about. I think he would be a good signing.‘And a defender, whoever that may be.’last_img read more

LA Clippers’ Jeff Green’s debut anything but smashing

first_imgForward Jeff Green did not have a terrific debut for the L.A. Clippers in Saturday’s 115-112 loss to the high-flying Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Green played just under 20 minutes, scored five points on just 2-of-7 shooting, grabbed two rebounds, had one assist and three turnovers.Coach Doc Rivers put some of the blame for that on himself.“(It was) Jeff’s first game,” said Rivers, whose team will play host to the Phoenix Suns on Monday night at 7:30 at Staples Center. “He didn’t really know what to do. We didn’t know what to do with him at times. He’s such a great passer, and I thought we put him in the post a lot to be a scorer, which I thought was just not great offense from us.”Green, who was acquired from Memphis on Thursday for Lance Stephenson and a future draft pick, seemed calm. But he understandably appeared a bit lost at times. Clippers kept fightingWith the Warriors (49-5) coming off a shocking 32-point loss Friday at Portland, it appeared they might blow out the Clippers (36-19) when they jumped out to a 13-point cushion (33-20) after one quarter.But the Clippers didn’t go quietly. After twice trailing by as many as 15 points, they were within five (89-84) near the end of the third quarter. The Clippers were behind by as many as 18 with 5:20 to play and by 16 with just 2:27 left before the Clippers’ reserves nearly pulled a rabbit out of the hat.Rivers isn’t one for moral victories, but he appreciated his team’s mettle.“One thing I liked was that we didn’t flinch when they jumped out to an early lead,” he said. “We just kept playing. I think that’s how you have to play against the Warriors. They are a team of runs and they are going to make runs. But we are, too.”The Clippers are 0-3 against the Warriors. The losses were by four, seven and three points.This and thatSuns point guard Eric Bledsoe (20.4 points, 6.1 assists) has not played since sustaining a knee injury on Dec. 26, so the Clippers won’t have to face Phoenix’s best player, who is out for the season. … The Suns took a record of 14-41 into their game Sunday against San Antonio. … The Clippers’ J.J. Redick and Chris Paul both took technical fouls in Saturday’s loss. Redick clapped his hands hard toward referee Bill Spooner after a no-call, and Paul beefed about a foul called on him by referee J.T. Orr. … The Clippers are 19-6 without Blake Griffin. … After Monday, the Clippers will complete this four-game homestand with a game Wednesday against Denver. Even though Green played parts of two seasons for Rivers when Rivers was the head coach at Boston, Green said he realizes reaching a comfort level with the team won’t come right away.“It is going to take time, but how much time I do not know,” Green said after Saturday’s game. “My job is to study and get in the playbook and take this time to try and figure out my spots. It is not going to come overnight, but as long as I continue to work on it, it will come.”Green also seems to understand the pressure the Clippers are under to make franchise history. It was only this past May when the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals, falling 4-3 to the Houston Rockets.The Clippers have never made it past that round.“I want to give this team whatever it needs,” he said. “Whether it be on the offensive or defensive end, I want to win. Being around these guys, I know it is important, I know it is big for everybody, and I want to do whatever it takes to win.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Heisler: Alex Caruso and the Lakers are acing chemistry

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHappily for what legitimacy the NBA’s selection process retains, Caruso dropped off the leaderboard in the final voting.Nevertheless, it was a huge compliment for a 25-year-old journeyman with a look all his own (thinning hair, white headband) … a South Bay Laker a year ago who wasn’t on the NBA roster to stay until March.He wasn’t even a star in the G League, No. 7 in scoring on the team behind journeymen Scott Machado, Travis Wear, Johnathan Williams and Spencer Hawes, as well as NBA roster players Svi Mykhailiuk and Moe Wagner … and, worse for a new-era point guard, making only 27 percent of his 3-point attempts.Making a quantum leap into Lakers lore, the Bald Mamba now plays an efficient 19 minutes per game, making 36 percent of his 3-point tries … and is No. 2 in the entire NBA in points allowed per possession, suggesting he knows where he’s supposed to be in Coach Frank Vogel’s defensive scheme and plays alongside teammates who do, too.(LeBron James is No. 1 in points allowed per possession, suggesting he wasn’t really kidding when he was caught on camera joking with a referee about going back to defending.) Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs So much for Alex Caruso, All-Star.The voting was fun while it lasted for Laker fans and Caruso, aka The Bald Mamba, who found himself No. 4 among Western Conference guards going into last week’s final tabulation.No, really. That was No. 4 in the entire conference, ahead of stars like Russell Westbrook and Devin Booker.Light-hearted as it was, it was an authentic folk movement, as opposed to the modern practice of teams getting out the vote. The Lakers have never bothered to do that as one of the least-active marketing organizations with star-studded teams that have long sold themselves.center_img Of the five, only Bradley, at 26 percent, is shooting below 35 percent on 3-pointers, and he’s a career 36 percent shooter from the arc.Not that it’s hard to see when cohesion goes out the window, like a team president who says he’s not having fun.For years after Bryant blew out his Achilles, the Lakers weren’t good enough to make the playoffs. Last season they were but melted down.Embattled Lakers GM Rob Pelinka just got a new contract for bringing in the right guys as well as Davis, after the horrors of last spring when the departing Magic Johnson repeatedly bashed him as a backstabber.Even as Johnson railed at Pelinka, Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss posted a picture of her and Magic at dinner … presumably to reassure Laker fans, but actually suggesting she didn’t know whom to turn to.So much for the bad old days, at least for the moment.In the biggest surprise of all, with the players, coaches and front office all fitting, it’s a new, cohesive day in Lakerdom. Of course, it’s not Caruso’s quiet contribution that excited blasé Lakers fans into voting for him, but his where-did-that-come-from dunks.The excitement isn’t the point. The efficiency is, not just Caruso’s but the entire roster’s.Unlike last season, which looked promising but fell flat with James and a young, talented supporting cast of Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, these newly assembled Lakers featured a new coaching staff and nine new players as the consensus No. 5 pick in the West. But they were cohesive from the start.The teams picked ahead of them all looked more cohesive, none more than the Clippers, who upgraded from Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George and already had Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell – the top scoring bench duo in NBA history – in their current roles, along with Patrick Beverley, Ivica Zubac, Landry Shamet and JaMychal Green.Showing you never can really tell, the Clippers are now in the midst of a crisis, with Harrell earlier this month ripping unnamed teammates … which insiders took as a complaint about Leonard and George getting preferential treatment … and Coach Doc Rivers ripping Trez the next day for telling so much to the press.Then there were the Lakers.“It would probably be irresponsible to think it’s all going to happen overnight and that we’re going to start the season with great cohesiveness,” Vogel said in training camp.“There are going to be bumps in the road, there are nights where it might be ugly and guys are getting to know each other on both ends of the floor … figuring out what their role is going to be on this team.”Surprise!Their stars meshed, predictable as that was with bigs and perimeter players a natural fit, and especially these two.James, a dominating perimeter player, had never played alongside a big the caliber of Davis.Davis, the most versatile of bigs … and a close friend of LeBron, who had convinced A.D. to come … had never played alongside a perimeter player like LeBron.The surprise was how the role players slipped seamlessly into place … with most signed off the waiver wire … none for more than two seasons as the team set up its salary cap for 2021 (Giannis Antetokounmpo, anyone?).The division of duties turned out to be natural, too.Stars: Whether your players fit or not, you’ve got to be good enough. These are the players who decide that … and have. James and Davis do everything, starting with the 6-foot-9, 250-pound LeBron playing point guard and leading the NBA at 10.8 assists per game.Bigs: JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard aren’t all-around players, but they are big, physical shot-blockers. With A.D., they’re perfect for Vogel’s protect-the-rim scheme that has them No. 1 in blocks and No. 4 in defensive rating.Bench scorer: That’s Kuzma, in the one part that hasn’t worked so well.Kuzma has been great in six starts, averaging 20 points in 32 minutes … but averages just 12 points with 0.8 assists in 23 minutes when he comes off the bench.Nor do metrics suggest he’s a great defender. Of the 10 Lakers playing 15 minutes or more, he’s No. 9 in points allowed per possession.More minutes would help. Of course, so would better defense.Everyone else: The other five Lakers averaging 15 minutes – Caruso, Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo – are all-around role players, solid one-on-one defenders who carry out their assignments. None of them is J.J. Redick, but they move the ball and knock down enough of the open shots James and Davis create for them.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more

Carlos Correa injury update: Astros star (back) pulled from game vs. Tigers, sent home to rest

first_imgSince being activated from the IL in late July after his rib injury, Correa has batted .241 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs. He’s slashing .279/.359/.588 this season with 19 homers and 56 RBIs in 71 games for the AL West-leading Astros (80-46).He hasn’t played more than 110 games in the regular season since 2016 — his second season in the majors.Jack Mayfield shifted to shortstop Monday after Correa’s exit, but it’s unlikely he’ll take over the position if Correa misses extended time as Alex Bregman shifted over from third base for the majority of Correa’s previous IL stint. Corey Kluber injury update: Indians ace (broken arm) suffers potential setback in rehab start Braves claim speedster Billy Hamilton off waivers after Ender Inciarte’s injury Related News Red Sox ace Chris Sale avoids Tommy John surgery “I don’t like it at all,” Hinch said after the 5-4 win. “It’s not comfortable, but hopefully we’ll hope for the best.”AJ Hinch on Carlos Correa who left the game with back discomfort: “I don’t like it at all. It’s not comfortable..We’ll hope for the best.” #Astros pic.twitter.com/pQ8kQsSSR3— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) August 20, 2019Correa missed 50 games earlier this season with a fractured rib, but this latest hiccup is worrisome because he has a history of back issues. The 24-year-old missed a month of last season with back issues before adopting a new postgame routine (which includes a foam roller and hot/cold-water tub dunks) to help loosen his back. Carlos Correa’s disappointing 2019 season took another unfortunate turn Monday when he was pulled from a game against the Tigers with discomfort in his back.After striking out in the first inning, Correa was taken out of the game and sent home to rest. Astros manager AJ Hinch said his shortstop is day to day and would be evaluated Tuesday.last_img read more

Club 4-Life gives new life to 35-year-old Connie Hawkins League

first_img‘TEAM HAWK’—From left: John Krchmar, Terry Smith, Munz Abdulla, Devante Goudy, Bill Neal, B B Flenory, Kevin Corlew, and Karlton Griffin. For many years, the league’s games were played outside in various Pittsburgh neighborhoods.“In 1975, I was the program director at the Homewood Brushton YMCA and we wanted to do something to help out the area because Homewood was down after the burnout from the rioting after the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Bill Neal, the league’s co-organizer and president and CEO of Champion Enterprises. “The great Connie Hawkins was working out at the YMCA and I asked him could we use his name to introduce a new league and he said just don’t mess up my name.”Hawkins is an NBA Hall of Famer and voted one of the NBA 50 all-time greatest players. Better known as the “Hawk,” he led the Pittsburgh Pipers to a world championship in the ABA.This seem like a odd matchup: Hawkins a famous NBA veteran from the mean streets of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Neal the young college graduate who grew up in the posh suburbs of the Lincoln Park section of Penn Hills.“Back in the ’70s the area’s most successful league was the 5th Avenue League run by Dew Brown and for some reason in 1975 the league didn’t run on the Hill and all their players came and played in the Connie Hawkins League,” said Neal. “It all started with Connie Hawkins. His name meant everything, but in 1976 we would not have been able to survive if it wasn’t for Jose Champagne, Eddie Jefferies and the Rankin Gangsters. Jose and Eddie said that they were going to play in the Connie Hawkins league and everybody followed.”Neal is a real champion for the people; his workingman’s approach to basketball and work ethic carries over into the league. From 1975 to 1979 Homewood averaged 500 people per night and from 1980 to 1990 the league moved to East Hills and averaged 1,000 fans per night.“We outgrew East Hills. The buses couldn’t run, no place to park. Fans were parking on the grass standing on top of their cars trying to watch the games,” said Neal. “In 1991 we moved to Penley Park in East Liberty and they renamed the park Champions Park and redesigned the court especially for the Connie Hawkins games.”The league is best known for matching NCAA, NBA and NFL players with lawyers, businessmen and the average Joe. The league welcomes the area’s premier Division I players from Pitt, Duquesne and Robert Morris.“I played basketball and football all my life,” said Todd Thomas, former All-State basketball player from Beaver Falls High School. “I’m playing receiver for the Pitt football team and playing in the Connie Hawkins gives me a chance to continuing playing basketball at the highest level.”Players in the league range from those heading into their senior year in high school to recent high school graduates, players in college and former professional players, such as Pittsburgh natives Myron Brown and Armon Gilliam, who earned millions of dollars during his 14-year NBA career.League Director Debra Coleman said the league is pretty competitive, with talented players from colleges such as California University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock, Edinboro, Geneva, Seton Hill, Bethany and Penn State-Greater Allegheny.In 2007, the league decided to move from outside to inside “The House.” The league went through renovations and in an “Extreme Makeover: Connie Hawkins Edition—a retooled league found new life at the Club 4-life in Monroeville better known as God’s country.The indoor facility provides a more controlled environment and a surface that wouldn’t take its toll on the players’ knees. Pittsburgh playground legend and former Duquesne University superstar Bryant McAllister is drawing oohs and ahhs from the crowd on a nightly basis.“It’s a great privilege for us to come and play our games here. It’s a chance for people to come down and watch some great basketball and check out what The Club has offer,” said Neal. “What we are most proud about is in 35 years we never had a major injury to anybody. No broken leg, no concussion. We never had a major incident of any kind and it speaks to the quality of the program. We have assisted over 350 kids get into college.“We had 50 go to the NBA and over 100 play professionally overseas.” After being served up lemons after 2006, Neal went about the business of turning them into lemonade! Neal has not missed a game in 35 years and it is this kind of enthusiasm and love for the game that have turned the Connie Hawkins into one of the best in the world.The Club 4-life, Monroeville, Bill Neal and the Connie Hawkins League is a match made in heaven. The basketball gods were shining on the Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League as it returned to the indoor facilities of The Club 4-life in Monroeville to celebrate its 35th anniversary. For nearly four decades the league was the gold standard in which Pittsburgh’s great basketball players were tested. The league has been nationally recognized and was once named one of the top 10 best summer leagues by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It is the fifth-longest running league in the country.last_img read more

Mater Dei Prep Grateful for Quality Coverage

first_imgTo The Editor:Thank you. We at Mater Dei are grateful for TRT casting a positive light on our situation. We live in a time where the media looks for the negative aspect of events. TRT and its staff have shown the entire nation what good, quality reporting is all about. It’s responsible reporting like this that make me proud to live in this wonderful part of New Jersey.Joseph Buzzanco Middletownlast_img

Jersey Shore Steps Up To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

first_imgBy Jay Cook |RED BANK – Jersey Shore residents have been glued to TV screens over the past few days, painfully watching Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Houston, Texas, and its surrounding communities.It’s a scene New Jerseyans have come to know all too well – from the historic rainfall and flooding, to the loss of homes and memories in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. And because of those unfortunate experiences, many locals haven’t thought twice about helping their fellow Americans.Proactive residents across the Bayshore are coordinating in myriad ways to assist those affected by Harvey, from planning day-long drives to the greater Houston area, to organizing local drop-off sites for collected goods.In Union Beach, which became the face of Sandy after the “half house” photograph made national rounds, a local restaurateur is in the midst of collecting gift cards for Harvey victims.And along the Navesink in Red Bank, a Texas transplant now living locally is doing her part to help the Texans she grew up with.Chemayne Myers spent years with her family in George West, Texas, a few hours west of Houston. Both her parents still live there. Now a member of Red Bank Elks Lodge #233 and a Red Bank resident, Myers hatched the idea to gather donated goods at the West Front Street lodge after seeing her family’s personal struggle.“My sister lost her house, my brother lost his house, and three of my cousins lost their houses,” Myers said. “I wanted to find a way to help.”On Tuesday evening, she watched in appreciation as numerous people pulled up in the pouring rain to donate cases of ramen noodles, diapers, and miscellaneous kitchen supplies for delivery to Houston.Ellen Gillis, a Red Bank Catholic Class of ’77 graduate, stopped by the lodge at around 7:30 p.m. on Monday. She currently lives in Seabrook, Texas, located in southeast Houston on Galveston Bay, with her husband, Jeff, and daughter, Katie.But Gillis has been in Middletown the past two weeks tending to her mother who suffered a fall. It’s unlikely she’ll be home before next week, she said.Since Harvey hit, Gillis was scanning local Facebook pages, looking for donation drop sites for hurricane victims. She has been looking to coordinate donations from Rumson Country Day school to send about 200 desks and chairs to schools in the greater Houston area.“I think people up here are amazingly sympathetic and very empathetic to what we’re going through,” Gillis said.“This is unprecedented,” she continued. “The opportunity is there to see people reach out. That’s what we want the world to see.”On Sept. 1, Elks from the Red Bank and Marlton lodges will pack an RV to the brim with any donated goods gathered during this week, and will trek down south to give the goods to Houstonians in need.In Union Beach, Gigi Dorr, co-owner of JakeaBob’s Bay restaurant, has begun collecting prepaid debit and gift cards to send down to Houston.Those cards are “easier to transport, and can get right into the hands of the people that need it,” Dorr said.After Sandy hit, Dorr said Texas parishes drove to New Jersey and helped with the Sandy recovery efforts. Now, she’s coordinating with Southside Church of Christ, Fort Worth, to be their point of contact for the Harvey recovery.“If you were in Sandy and directly affected by Sandy, and you got the help, it’s not even a question,” Dorr said, about paying it back. “You know who came and helped you. That’s just humanity. It has to be done.”Plans are in place for Bob Parcells, a retired Union Beach code enforcer, to drive to Houston and hand the cards out to anyone in need.When asked about any advice she would provide to someone in Houston, Dorr kept her answer simple.“Pray,” she said.Harvey’s pounding damage upon southeastern Texas has been unprecedented. According to the National Weather Service, the storm dumped a continental United States record amount of rainfall, totaling over 51 inches.Accuweather, a commercial weather forecasting service, estimates Hurricane Harvey will cause more than $160 billion in damage. That figure is similar to the combined costs of both Hurricane Katrina and Sandy, Accuweather officials have said.Other local organizations and charities are doing their part to gather goods for Harvey’s victims, with more school-community based efforts expected to start up when children return to classes. Here are a few local efforts:IMA Urgent Care facilities in Shrewsbury, Middletown, and Hazlet are collecting personal hygiene items for Harvey victims. Everything collected by Sept. 4 will be shipped to Bay Area Church in League City, Texas. A post on the Shrewsbury location’s Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon said they already have over $5000 worth of donated goods.All seven Windmill Hot Dogs locations have partnered with Convoy of Hope, a children’s feeding initiative; Deal Police Department; SeaCoast Chevrolet; and Taste The Cakes and Ice Cream ice cream shop to gather strictly new merchandise to send to Houston. That includes any clothing, dry food, cleaning supplies, and hygienic products. Windmill announced on Wednesday afternoon a tractor trailer of supplies will be packed within 10 days for delivery to Texas.The boroughs of Sea Bright, Keansburg, and Union Beach, among others, have set up donation drops at their respective borough halls.The Salvation Army New Jersey Division is accepting donations for Harvey relief. To make a donation, visit helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or text STORM to 51555.The American Red Cross has a crew of 19 New Jersey disaster workers in Houston currently helping with relief efforts. To donate, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.This article was first published in the Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

New library to be opened in Northern Cape

first_imgKwaito star and Play Your Part ambassador, Kabelo Mabalane, will be in the Northern Cape to unveil a new school library Shout SA had built. (Image: Shout SA)Play Your Part, the Brand South Africa campaign that promotes active citizenship, will be in the Northern Cape next week to open up a library in an underprivileged school.TT Lekalake Primary School in the village of Bathlaros near Kuruman will receive the library, which was built by non-governmental organisation Shout SA. The activation comes in time for the new school year. Play Your Part aims to motivate and inspire learners by creating excitement around reading and the importance of education.Shout SA was founded in 2007 by singer Danny K and kwaito star Kabelo Mabalane, both of whom will be in Kuruman for the library opening, to find ways of making the country safer for all. Now, the NGO is focusing on education for children.The new Shout SA song, Smile, encourages children to get educated, and particularly to read. The campaign, centred on the song, is looking to build up to 10 libraries in schools around the country. Funds for the libraries come from the online sales of the song. So far, the NGO has garnered enough money to build three school libraries.Watch the music video:Smile was written by Mi Casa, Mabalane and Danny K and produced by Danny K. It features a host of top local musicians, celebrities and influencers lending their talents to the track and accompanying music video.Brand South Africa has worked with Shout SA previously and the calibre of its artists has helped drive awareness of Play Your Part.The activation is part of Play Your Part’s second phase of its awareness campaign, which aims to bring the programme to the attention of all South Africans. The first phase was the television series, which ran on SABC 2 in 2014. Mabalane is a Play Your Part ambassador and hosted the series.ABOUT SHOUT SOUTH AFRICAShout SA is known for bringing South Africans together to play their part in moving the country forward since its launch in 2007. For the past eight years the organisation has been hard at work using the funds raised from its first two tracks, Shout and You’re the Voice, to help fight crime by donating to a variety of crime-focused NGOs and initiatives.Smile is available as a full track download. SMS the word “Smile” to 40388 to donate R20 to get the track.Take a look behind the scenes at the video shoot:For more information, visit the Shout SA website or visit Shout’s social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.Join Shout SA co-founder and Play Your Part ambassador Danny K @dannykmusic for a live Twitter chat about how we can all play our part to boost education in South Africa on Wednesday 27 January at 11am. #EducateSA #PlayYourPartAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more