10 months ago​Arsenal midfielder Torreira overjoyed with Vieira chant

first_img​Arsenal midfielder Torreira overjoyed with Vieira chantby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has spoken about his delight at chants comparing him to Patrick Vieira.The Uruguayan has been a sensation in midfield for the Gunners, scoring important goals and providing a physical presence they have been missing for years.A recent chant from Gunners fans has compared him to legendary French midfielder Vieira.And Torreira could not be more pleased.”It’s incredible. Every time I hear it, I feel so proud,” the 22-year-old told Arsenal’s website. “It gives me a real energy boost and that strength to go after every ball.”I can only really say thank you to the fans. They’re incredible and fill out every stadium, whether it’s home or away.”They’re singing for the whole 90 minutes and that’s massive for the team because it makes us feel that we have their support.”When we’re out there playing, we want to do our best to entertain them.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Education Ministry Invites Proposals for School Feeding Projects

first_imgThe Ministry of Education is inviting small community enterprises to submit proposals for school feeding projects that will support the Government’s efforts to fulfill the nutritional needs of students.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, in his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in Gordon House on May 15, said the initiative “should open up huge opportunities for farmers, small community enterprises and voluntary inputs”.“Communities need to come forward with credible projects to feed school children using local products wherever possible. We will consider giving them money to help,” he stated.“All the Ministry of Education wants to know is that the nutrition is adequate, that no needy child is denied and there is accountability for the money,” he pointed out.Minister Thwaites appealed to Members of Parliament from rural constituencies to support the initiative, pointing to a school feeding experiment in North West St. Elizabeth that is doing well.“It is feeding the children, largely using local produce and weaning them from the diet of fried chicken and rice every day,” he stated.The Minister informed that there is just over $4 billion available this year to feed the nation’s school children, including students under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).“Right, now we are offering 136,000 units of bulla and bag juice daily. In addition, we spend nearly $3 billion buying foreign dry goods. We feel we must do much better,” he stated.He informed that Nutrition Products Limited will increase its volumes and diversify its offerings to include, for example, muffins with sweet potato, carrot or banana. “We have also made provision to use local eggs instead of imported butter oil,” he noted.“We must use local fruits in increasing proportions to manufacture a nutritious drink. Can you imagine having to import juice concentrate from Vietnam and Indonesia? This is a small business opportunity,” the Minister pointed out further.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

Air Baltic to buy up to 60 C Series while Bombardier unveils

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier Inc. shares hit a new 52-week high Monday after its aerospace division got a boost from new deal for up to 60 C Series planes and unveiled two secretly developed business jets.Air Baltic Corp. will become the largest European customer of the C Series and second-biggest worldwide after it moves to a common fleet by agreeing to 30 CS300 aircraft with options and purchase rights for 30 more. That’s on top of the 20 planes it has already ordered and eight currently in operation.Based on the list price, the firm order is valued at about $3.8 billion, rising to $7.7 billion if the additional planes are orders. However, high-volume customers typically receive large discounts.Bombardier shares closed up 4.3 per cent to $4.56 in Monday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the Montreal-based company also disclosed at a Geneva air show that it has secretly been developing two business jets. The new Global 5500 and 6500 will fly farther and cheaper than its existing Global 5000 and 6000s.The planes to be delivered next year will contain patented Nuage seats, updated wings and new Rolls-Royce engines.“We have to keep all our customers and get new ones. To do that you need a portfolio that is competitive or the best so for the Global aircraft there’s no question but not to have the best,” said spokesman Mark Masluch.The new planes have 500 and 600 nautical miles of additional range respectively and burn up to 13 per cent less fuel. The list prices are US$46 million and US$56 million.Flight testing of the new planes took place secretly last February in Wichita, Kan.The new business jets are largely a response to stay competitive with products from rival business jet manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace, said David Tyerman of Cormark Securities.“Whether they have improved their position to be able to generate a lot more business or we’re just in a competitive arms race between the various players and this is just the cost of staying in the arms race, I’m not entirely clear,” he said in an interview.The new planes are already factored into Bombardier’s guidance for deliveries through 2020 and demonstrate the company’s optimism about the improving business jet market, said Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets.“We believe this will enable Bombardier to remain ahead of its competitors in the business jet segment,” he wrote in a report.“In our view, the new aircraft launches represent a nice opportunity for Bombardier to leverage its past investments in the Global 7000 and the expertise gained with the CS100’s steep approach certification to increase its product offering and boost overall pricing.”At the same time, Bombardier renamed its largest business jet the Global 7500, from 7000, to keep in line with the other family of new planes.Meanwhile, Bombardier declined to confirm that the AirBaltic order stems from the letter of intention it announced in November coming from an undisclosed customer.Deliveries are scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2019.AirBaltic plans to expand its fleet to 80 CS300 aircraft by phasing out other aircraft types over the next three years, said the airline’s CEO Martin Gauss.The largest investment in Latvia’s history will help the national carrier to expand its routes after recording its most successful year in 2017, added Latvian Transport Minister Uldis Augulis.The order is a testament to the attractiveness of having Airbus as the majority partner of the C Series program, added Tyerman.“To me it’s indicative of the value of bringing Airbus into the story,” he said.Bombardier is nearing the finalization of an agreement in which Airbus will gain a 50.01 per cent control over the commercial jet program, with Bombardier and the Quebec government owning the rest.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State preparing to take on juggernaut Maryland in Big

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun attempts a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Minnesota in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament on March 3, 2018. Ohio State won 90-88 to advance to the championship. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — The Ohio State women’s basketball team claimed an outright Big Ten regular-season championship and now it has its sights on winning the conference tournament for the first time since 2011.In order to achieve that goal, the Buckeyes would have to knock off Maryland, which has won the past three Big Ten championship games by a combined margin of 29 points. The two teams met in the championship in 2015, and the Terrapins won 77-74.On Jan. 22 in College Park, Maryland, Ohio State fell 99-69 to Maryland in its largest loss of the season despite all five starters scoring in double-figures. The top-seeded Buckeyes will have their shot at revenge in the Big Ten championship when they take on the second-seeded Terrapins at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis at 7 p.m. Sunday.Projected StartersOhio State:G — Kelsey Mitchell — Senior, 5-foot-8, 24.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 apgG — Linnae Harper — Redshirt senior, 5-foot-8, 14.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.5 apgG — Sierra Calhoun — Redshirt junior, 6-foot, 11.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Alexa Hart — Senior, 6-foot-3, 5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Stephanie Mavunga — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-3, 16.5 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 0.7 apgMaryland: G — Channise Lewis — Freshman, 5-foot-8, 5.4 ppg, 2 rpg, 4.8 apgG — Kristen Confroy — Senior, 5-foot-9, 9.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.8 apgG/F — Eleanna Christinaki — Junior, 6-foot, 12.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.5 apgG — Kaila Charles — Sophomore, 6-foot-1, 18.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.2 apgF — Stephanie Jones — Sophomore, 6-foot-2, 11.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.9 apgScouting MarylandIn the first meeting between Ohio State and Maryland this season, the Terrapins had their way. They shot 54.9 percent from the field and hit 11-of-18 3-pointers to bury the Buckeyes, who fell behind by double-digits less than five minutes into the game and never recovered.In that game, junior guard/forward Eleanna Christinaki and guard Kalia Charles powered the Terrapins just as they have in most games. Christinaki dropped 26 points, went 6-for-11 from deep and grabbed eight rebounds while Charles had a game-high 32 points, making 12-of-16 shots from the field and 7-of-8 free throws.The combination of defense, rebounding and a diverse scoring attack gave the Buckeyes major problems and figures to be a substantial challenge again.The Terrapins hold opponents to 38.8 percent shooting from the field and hit 39 percent of their 3-pointers. They start senior guard Kristen Confroy, who averages the fourth-most points of the projected starters, but shoots a Big-Ten best of 44.2 percent from beyond the arc.Though Maryland does not have any interior player as dominant as Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga — who picked up the first 20-point, 20-rebound game in Big Ten tournament history on Saturday — it maintains the second-best rebounding margin in the conference of plus-eight rebounds. The Terrapins showed that edge with a 47-32 rebounding advantage in the season’s first matchup against the Buckeyes.Maryland (plus-17.1) and Ohio State (plus-14.1)  have the top scoring margins in the Big Ten, having blown out many teams this season. But they ended the season with different trajectories.On Jan. 26, Maryland sat in first in the conference by two games after Ohio State lost three-straight games, including the 30-point defeat by the Terrapins. But the Buckeyes won eight of their final nine regular-season games and won the first two games of the conference tournament as well. Maryland, however, lost three of its final four regular-season games to Purdue, Minnesota and Michigan to slip into second place and give Ohio State an opportunity to pounce on the regular-season title. It lost the three games by a combined margin of 35 points.Regardless of how the Terrapins finished, they pose more challenges to the Buckeyes than any other team in the Big Ten. If Ohio State can control the pace, keep Maryland off the offensive glass and keep Charles and Christinaki from getting hot, it has a chance to claim the championship. But that is a tall task for a team sans a starter that fell to the Terrapins by 30 points less than two months ago.Still not tired?The day before the Buckeyes opened the Big Ten tournament with a win against Rutgers, senior guard Asia Doss learned she would not play due to a sprained right ankle suffered in the regular-season finale. The loss of her squeezed Ohio State’s already-lacking depth even more.In the quarterfinals, the Buckeyes took an early lead — and some key players got into foul trouble — which allowed them to give ample rest, playing seven core players between 18 and 33 minutes. But the next day against Minnesota, guards Kelsey Mitchell, Sierra Calhoun and Linnae Harper and forward Stephanie Mavunga played at least 34 minutes. Mitchell did not sit out a single minute.With less than 24 hours between the end of that contest and the tip-off of the Buckeyes’ game against Maryland, fatigue would seem to be a struggle. But Mitchell and Mavunga don’t see that as an option.“Well, if we want to win, and I think everybody wants to do that, we’re going to be okay,” Mitchell said. “We don’t have a choice.”Mavunga quickly chimed in: “Coach McGuff said we’ll rest on Monday.”Mitchell went so far as to say she enjoys the feeling of playing multiple games in subsequent days, which reminds her of AAU games with higher stakes.“It feels good, like it feels good to be able to play games back to back and you don’t know who is going to win,” she said. read more

Womens Hockey No 4 Ohio State faces second straight ranked opponent in

Ohio State freshman defenseman Madison Bizal makes a move against a Minnesota State defender on Oct. 12. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorOhio State freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli made headlines for the second straight week after she was named WCHA Goaltender of the Week for her performance against No. 3 Minnesota. Braendli and the No. 4 Ohio State women’s hockey team took on the Gophers in a top-five matchup last week. After losing the first game 3-0, the Buckeyes came away with a strong road victory by a score of 3-2 in Game 2. Now, Ohio State (6-2-0, 3-1-0-0 WCHA) will attempt to ride that wave of momentum this week when it continues its road stretch and travels to Canton, New York, to face No. 10 St. Lawrence (3-4-1). “That’s what you need to do, you need to build momentum and learn from some of the mistakes we made throughout the weekend,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “We need to build off the good we created. Taking three points from a No. 3 team in the country was huge at their rank nonetheless.” While the Saints are not as highly ranked as Minnesota, the Buckeyes will still be faced with another tough opponent. The Saints are fresh off a win against No. 2 Clarkson, the defending national champion and the team that beat Ohio State in the Frozen Four last season. “What’s nice is there is parity in the country right now,” Muzerall said. “Every team is putting up a good battle and is making the league and the NCAA fun to watch. We just need to focus on the things that we do very well and drive a little more offensively and then buckle down defensively and be more intelligent.” The team defensively has little to worry about with Braendli stepping in and making a name for herself only five games into her college career, winning WCHA Rookie of the Week two weeks ago and now Goaltender of the Week. In her five games played, Braendli leads the WCHA with a .950 save percentage. “It’s really awesome having someone as solid as her backing the net,” redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne said. “She got the chance to play and capitalized on the opportunity. She’s done amazing and we’re lucky to have her.” Offensively, Ohio State has a little bit of work to do. St. Lawrence allows 1.88 goals per game, and the key to victory for the Buckeyes will be a fast and aggressive offense to create scoring opportunities. But St. Lawrence scores the fifth-fewest goals per game in the NCAA at 1.50 per game. Ohio State sophomore forward Emma Maltais has as many points as the Saint have goals all season.“Defensively, St. Lawrence is a very good team,” Dunne said. “The challenge is on us to create offense and to score off the opportunities we make and continue to capitalize on the chances we get.”The Buckeyes travel to play against St. Lawrence at 6 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Official Guaita signs for Crystal Palace

first_imgCrystal Palace have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Vicente Guaita on a free transfer with his contract at Getafe set to expire at the end of the monthThe 31-year-old becomes Roy Hodgson’s first signing of the summer and will officially join the Premer League side on a three-year deal on July 1.Before joining Getafe in 2014, Guaita played over 100 games for La Liga giants Valencia.“We are delighted to sign one of La Liga’s best goalkeepers and pleased that we beat off the competition for his signature,” Palace chairman Steve Parish told the club website.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“We very much look forward to Vicente joining in pre-season training and helping us push on in the Premier League.”The Spaniard kept 12 clean sheets for Getafe last season as the side finished eighth in their first season back in La Liga.Los Azulones have since announced the signing of Joel Robles from Everton on a free transfer.last_img read more

Sprocati Deiola join Parma

first_imgParma have officially completed the signing of Mattia Sprocati from SS Lazio.The midfielder will join up with the newly promoted Serie A side on loan but the club have option to make the deal a permanent one. Sprocati signed a new five-year deal with the eternal city club back in June, after spending time on loan with Salernitana, which also owned by current Lazio president Claudio Lotito.“S.S Lazio announces it has sold the player Mattia Sprocati to Parma Calcio 1913 on loan with an option to buy,” a brief statement on the Aquile’s website confirms, as quoted by Football Italia.Parma’s coach is delighted after Sunday’s win Manuel R. Medina – September 2, 2019 According to Parma manager, Roberto D’Aversa, the team played well even after having so many difficulties in the first half of the match.Sprocati was on Parma’s books from 2012 to 2015, but he never made an appearance and was released when the club went bankrupt. The Ducali also confirmed the signing of Alessandro Deiola from Cagliari on a straight loan deal.Parma are back in the top tier of Italian football after suffering relegation to the Serie C, the third-tier of Italian football after the club went into administration due to bankruptcy.last_img read more

Report Galatasaray eye a move for Gary Cahill

first_imgGalatasaray are reportedly keen on the prospect of making a January bid for Chelsea captain Gary CahillThe 32-year-old defender finds himself out of favour at Stamford Bridge under new manager Maurizio Sarri.Cahill has made just three appearances for Chelsea this season with one of those coming in the Premier League.The England international’s current deal at Chelsea will expire at the end of this season and it’s understood that he’s considering his options for 2019.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.West Ham United have been touted as a potential destination for Cahill.But Turkish-Football claims that Galatasaray have made Cahill their number one January target.The Turkish giants feel that Cahill’s experience will be a great asset to them at Istanbul.Since arriving in 2011 from Bolton Wanderers, Cahill has made 285 appearances for Chelsea and he’s won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and the Champions League.last_img read more

DollarADish campaign benefiting the Food Banks Food 4 Kids Backpack Program

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN SIEGO (KUSI) – During the month of August, more than 60 restaurants from around the county are participating in the Dollar-A-Dish campaign which benefits the San Diego Food Bank‘s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program.The Food 4 Kids Backpack program provides weekend backpacks filled with nutritious food to elementary school children living in poverty.The goal of this annual campaign is to raise awareness about the program and to raise much needed funds for the program.Dine at a participating restaurant, order the restaurant’s designated Dollar-A-Dish menu item, and $1 will be donated to the San Diego Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack program. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 12, 2019 Dollar-A-Dish campaign benefiting the Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program KUSI Newsroom, August 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Game of Thrones finale Emilia Clarke addresses Daenerys ending

first_img 2 Share your voice The 38 most gut-wrenching Game of Thrones deaths, ranked TV and Movies Warning: Game of Thrones finale spoilers ahead. Game of Thrones has ended its watch, but we’re still reeling from the aftermath of the series finale. One of the coolest shots from the episode. HBO The episode, called The Iron Throne, aired Sunday on HBO. It evoked Lord of The Rings ending vibes (George R.R. Martin is a huge fan after all), with Arya and Jon going off on further adventures, though it retained its trademark emotional bullets, specifically the killing of Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen at the hand of Jon Snow. Clarke spoke to Entertainment Weekly in detail about the lead-up to her character’s end, and why it makes total sense. The internet’s sentiment toward Dany’s progression has been split, with many acknowledging the foreshadowing of her descent into madness, but deploring how quickly it happened in the final season. Jon Snow is partly to blame In the lead-up to Dany’s annihilation of King’s Landing, she suffers her best friend’s death, the death of one of her dragons, betrayal by Varys and a general isolation from the people of the North. Most significantly, her love with Jon Snow is tarnished by both the reveal that he’s her nephew and as such has a greater claim to the Iron Throne. game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-4-jon-dany-hsJon rejects Dany’s affections. Helen Sloan/HBO Clarke detailed the changes Dany’s mindset underwent during this emotionally and mentally scarring period. “She genuinely starts with the best intentions,” she said.The Starks’ coldness toward Dany hits her hard after everything she’s been through. “There’s so much she’s taken on in her duty in life to rectify, so much she’s seen and witnessed and been through and lost and suffered and hurt,” Clarke said. “Suddenly these people are turning around and saying, ‘We don’t accept you.'” And Dany couldn’t recover from it. “She’s killed so many people already,” Clarke said. “I can’t turn this ship around.”In episode 5, Jon rejects a kiss from Dany. Without his love or the love of the people of Westeros, this leads to her new mindset to rule by fear. “There’s this boy. And she thinks, ‘He loves me, and I think that’s enough.’ But is it enough? Is it? And it’s just that hope and wishing that finally there is someone who accepts her for everything she is and … he f—king doesn’t,” Clarke said. game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-4-missandei-face-the-mountainSeconds before Dany’s best friend Missandei meets her demise. HBO Losing Missandei The death of Dany’s best friend Missandei was one of the major factors in Dany’s arc. “There’s a number of turning points you see for Daenerys in the season, but that’s the biggest break,” Clarke said.  Dany being killed by Jon Snow In the Great Hall of the Red Keep, Dany finally has her moment to touch the Iron Throne. Soon after, Jon Snow joins her, and after a tearful encounter, he makes his decision to slide a dagger through her chest. “Um, he just doesn’t like women does he?” Clarke said. “He keeps f—king killing them.” Clarke addressed Jon’s decision to follow Tyrion’s wishes and kill Dany before she could attempt to “break the wheel” and free every single person in Westeros and beyond from oppressors. Drogon destroys the throne after seeing his mother is dead. HBO “No. If I were to put myself in his shoes I’m not sure what else he could have done aside from… oh, I dunno, maybe having a discussion with me about it?” Clarke said. Still, Dany’s death gave a glimpse of the more innocent Dany from earlier seasons.”Hopefully, what you’ll see in that last moment as she’s dying is: There’s the vulnerability — there’s the little girl you met in season 1.” Dany’s actions were ‘logical’ On whether Dany’s actions make sense, Clarke is in the positive camp.”I stand by Daenerys … I stand by her. I can’t not.” Head to EW to read the entire interview. Tags Comments 38 Photos Game of Throneslast_img read more

Italy says France Malta agreed to host 50 rescued migrants each

first_imgMigrants intercepted aboard three dinghies off the coast in the Strait of Gibraltar, are led by Spanish civil guards after arriving on a rescue boat at the port of Tarifa, southern Spain on 14 July 2018. Photo: ReutersFrance and Malta have agreed to host 50 people each, responding to a request for help sent by Italy after it took part in the rescue of 450 migrants from an overcrowded ship in the Mediterranean, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said.Other European countries will also take some of the asylum seekers, Conte added in a message posted on his official Facebook profile on Saturday.”This is the first important result obtained after a day of phone calls and written exchanges I have had with all 27 European leaders,” Conte said.Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat confirmed that his tiny Mediterranean island would accept 50 people. “Malta not only demands but offers solidarity,” he tweeted.French officials could not immediately be reached for comment.Earlier on Saturday a ship operated by EU border agency Frontex and a vessel owned by Italy’s tax police picked up some 450 migrants near the Italian island of Linosa and more than 100 nautical miles from Malta. Valletta had rejected pressure from Rome on Friday to rescue them.Conte posted the text of two separate letters he sent to European heads of state and government and to the presidents of the European Commission and the European Council.”We have to act together with urgency to face this complex and very sensitive situation,” Conte wrote in one letter.Conte also called for further measures to tackle illegal immigration, including pan-EU rules for private boats rescuing migrants, a strengthening of Frontex and talks with the United Nations on centres for asylum seekers outside Europe.BURDEN SHARINGConte said Italy would take some of the rescued migrants if other countries also agreed to share the burden.Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who is leading a high-profile campaign to exclude humanitarian rescue ships from Italian ports, had insisted earlier on Saturday that the migrants could not land in Italy.Eight of the migrants who needed medical assistance were taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa for treatment.Salvini and Conte agreed by phone on Saturday there were three possible options, a source at the premier’s office said.”The migrants could be distributed immediately among European countries, or Italy would contact Libya to send them back to where they came from,” the source said.A third option would be to leave the migrants on the ships temporarily while their asylum requests are considered, the source added.Libyan officials ruled out helping Rome on the matter.”No, we will not accept any illegal migrants after they are rescued by rescue ships…,” the spokesman of Libya’s coastguard, Ayob Qassem, told Reuters.Under international law, refugees cannot be returned to a place where their lives are in danger. Both the United Nations and EU have ruled that Libya is not safe, though Salvini this week asked EU interior ministers to change that status. German, Austrian and French ministers agreed it could be done, Salvini said.last_img read more

Calling all Volunteers

first_imgDreams Girls Mentoring Program is recruiting for their fundraising, events, outreach, and program development committees. Volunteers may come 9:30 a.m. to noon, March 28 at the Towson Library, 320 York Road, to join the team.  For more information, email dreamgirls@gmail.com.last_img

What to Do During the Government Shutdown

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan AFRO, Staff WriterThe devastation of the 24 day old (at this reporting) government shutdown is growing and resources are dwindling for many D.C. residents. Fortune reported that the shutdown is costing the country about $3.7 billion. More than 800,000 people are affected personally with no income coming in to date.And with no funds coming in, it makes finding a little distraction even more crucial to survival. However, one of the the District’s best features was the National Mall and their pletera of free museums and events, which are closed until the shutdown ends.Thankfully there are a few places that offer a temporary, free or low cost respite for Washingtonians looking for an outing.Library Of Congress 101 Independence Ave, S.E.Washington, D.C. 20540-1600Remarkably one of the oldest buildings in D.C. is federal, and is still open to the public. It has a list of events and exhibitions available to the public. For instance, there are hour-long walking tours, and gallery talks like the “Pan-African Congress of 1919” a discussion led from 11 a.m. to noon by Ryan Reft about this unique Congress led by NAACP founder W.E.B Du Bois. There are a ton of online and in person events to keep audiences engaged.DC Public LibrariesSpeaking of Libraries, they are still open and offer up a smorgasbord of events. The AFRO covered the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. events. For more information please go to the libraries website https://www.dclibrary.org.The US CapitolYes, we understand the irony of visiting this building. But there is a lot of history, and opportunities to witness democracy at work. There are individual and family tours available where you can write letters to soldiers currently serving in the army and learn about Veterans Day. Also there is a current exhibition about Congress and the separation of powers running through March 2019.United States Botanic Garden100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001Thankfully for the public, the US Botanic Gardens are funded for the year so it’s business as usual for the space which is normally open 7 days a week.  If you are looking for something for the kids try the Garden’s Night Adventure at the US Gardens. This event is intended for children between 9-12 years of age. You can take flashlight tours and do science experiments.Politics and ProseThankfully not run by the government, Politics and Prose has a few locations and several events and book signings to keep you and your children occupied. There are some costs associated with the events, however there is no cost to browse.Phillips Collection1600 21st Street NW Washington DCThough it is a private museum this space offers a suggested donation admission Tuesday – Friday. The Museum has a variety of exhibitions on display as well as tours available. Currently on display is Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series. The exhibit is a collection of 60 painting, showcasing the migration of African Americans from the south to Northern states. Lawrence was one of the first Black artists to be displayed in a major gallery in New York.last_img read more