first_imgFriday, November 8, 2019, 2:50 p.m. Westglades Middle School11000 Holmberg RoadParkland, FL 33076Westglades Middle School is hosting a Veterans Day special assembly for community veterans and active-duty military personnel. It will include a military musical medley by the school’s band recognizing veterans by their military branches, and a special presentation on the origin of Veterans Day. Students will show their appreciation for the dedication and sacrifice made by veterans, service members and their families.All BCPS schools and administrative offices will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2019, in observance of Veterans Day. BROWARD COUNTY – On Monday, November 11, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) joins the rest of the US in observing Veterans Day, honoring those who have served in the United States Armed Forces and expressing gratitude for their great sacrifices to preserve our freedom. District schools have a rich history of participating in Veterans Day activities and recognizing those who have served. Following are a few of many observances taking place this week:Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 8:30 a.m.Pompano Beach High School600 NE 13th AvenuePompano Beach, FL 33060Pompano Beach High School Army JROTC will host its annual Fallen Heroes Ceremony and flag posting ceremony for each service member lost since the beginning of the War on Terrorism. More than 6,970 service members are being honored. Family members of the fallen service members, veterans and current service members will also be recognized and honored. This event is open to the public, and veterans and family members are encouraged to attend for recognition. Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 8 a.m. Sawgrass Elementary School12655 NW 8th StreetSunrise, FL 33325Sawgrass Elementary School is hosting its annual Military Appreciation event to honor veterans of all branches of the armed forces and their Sawgrass Elementary families. The special celebration includes complimentary breakfast and expressions of appreciation by students to veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice, followed by a parade honoring the military families.last_img read more

first_imgThe Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw (Centre) Inspects the shipment of mangoes destine for the US along with member of his ministry at the Norman Manley International Airport on Monday, June 08, 2020. He also said that the mangoes were earlier scheduled to be shipped to the US at the beginning of the mango season in April; however, due to the closure of the borders and the temporary suspension of export the shipment was delay; hence, the mango farmers in Jamaica were left to only rely on the local markets to sell their produce. Mr. Wills said that Jamaica Direct Distributing Company is committed to supplying produce to the US markets it serves and hopes that the delivery of these mangoes would “bring some delight and a sense of home” in their difficult times to the Jamaican communities in the New York City region. Managing Director of Jamaica Direct Distributing Company Byron Wills, said the decision to import the mangoes is the result of a bid to help Jamaican farmers experiencing a drastic downturn in sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for Jamaican mangoes in the US. He added that the partnership imported over 20,000 pounds of the Julie and East Indian varieties of mangoes in 2019 that were sold to a select group of Caribbean-affiliated stores in the New York and metropolitan Washington DC areas, and also in the South Florida territory.center_img He said that as commercial airlines were not back in flight as yet, Season Fresh Farm make the decision to charter a cargo plane to transport the mangoes to the USA. The precious cargo left Jamaica on Monday, June 8, 2020, with the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw, on hand to witness the departure of the mangoes to the USA.Mr. Wills pointed out that partnering with American importer Nicholas Bernal, who owns Season Farm Fresh Inc., both companies were instrumental in working with the Jamaican Government and farming community to bring the mangoes to the North Eastern United States, primarily the New York City and Metropolitan Washington DC markets in 2019. The delectable fruit will be sold to the mango lovers of the Jamaican and Caribbean communities in New York’s Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens boroughs on Saturday, June 13, 2020. The Washington DC-based Jamaica Direct Distributing Company joined forces with Miami-based US importer Season Farm Fresh, Inc. and their Jamaican export partners to bring mangoes from Jamaica to the United States — specifically, over 4,500 pounds of St. Julian (Julie) and East Indian mangoes targeted for the New York market.last_img read more

first_imgNigerian security forces are bracing for a possible attack during the holy month of Ramadan.They’ve stepped up patrols around mosques. Boko Haram militants are known to strike during Ramadan.An Islamic group, the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisation (NACOMYO), Wednesday, called on the militant sect, Boko Haram, to shelve its attacks, in the spirit of Ramadan.The group made the appeal in a statement issued in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, to mark the Ramadan period; stressing that the violent organization should henceforth apply a non-violent option.A few weeks ago the Nigerian Defence Headquarters said it had uncovered plots by sect to bomb locations in Nigeria during the forthcoming Ramadan fast.“Information available to this Headquarters indicated plans by terrorists to use the Ramadan periods which usually attracts gathering of large number of persons during morning and evening worships and prayers to carryout large scale bombings,” Rabe Abubakar, Nigeria’s director of military information said in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday.Mr. Abubakar, a brigadier general, said, “Against this background, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) wishes to once again advice the general public to be watchful of strange persons and objects in their localities particularly, around places of worships and to promptly report same to security agencie.last_img read more

first_imgUnited Nations investigators have found 10 mass graves in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s violence-hit Kasai region, UN human rights officer Barbara Matasconi has said, AFP news agency reports.Speaking to reporters, Matasconi said that the government had been informed of the presence of seven mass graves in the town of Demba … and three mass graves in Tshimbulu.The remote region has been hit by violence since August when government forces killed a traditional ruler and militia leader, Kamwina Nsapu, who had rebelled against the central government of President Joseph Kabila.Matasconi said her office has received “very serious” allegations of other mass graves but they have not been “confirmed”.The United Nations has nearly 19,000 troops deployed in the DR Congo, its largest and costliest peacekeeping mission, with about 100 of those troops in the Kasai region.Source: AFPlast_img read more

first_imgLindani Mjezu, a young South African entrepreneur has launched the township’s first television mobile station.Eyam Nawe TV channel, available on the web and mobile phones, has steadily garnered a network of followers in Tembisa Township and opened the door for many to showcase their broadcasting skills.CGTN’s Julie Scheier met with Mjeru and filled this report.With the logo of his internet TV station in the background, Lindani Mjezu energetically casts young talent from Tembisa Township.Eyam Nawe TV – tells local stories by local talent.“We have different content on Eyam Nawe Tv such as movies, drama, anything which affects young people and South Africans. Our main aim and objective is to educate everyone and give them hope. Even those who are HIV and have lost hope, we want to give them a platform and educate everyone about every content that we are doing.” Mjezu said.Mjezu, an actor and director by profession saw a gap in the market and a need to create a platform for young rising stars.“Here in South Africa we have few chances for young people especially who are unknown to make it through the mainstream so this mobile tv channel is giving a platform for everyone.” He noted.And its here where Mjeru carries out the castings for his mobile television and these youngsters truly believe that it can make a difference in their careers.“Yes its going to change my life, just being on a mobile TV, everyone will be watching so it will open many opportunities for me.  In SA it is so difficult to get a job, especially if you come from the township because you don’t know where to start.” Nokubonga Makhathini , a model said.Many are seizing the chance to leap into cyberspace stardom. And the exposure clearly pays off.“Now I am starting to get bookings because of Eyam Nawe TV, and what’s good about it is Lindani doesn’t ask for qualifications you don’t need to have experience, even if you don’t know how to act he teaches you, so for me he is creating a lot of employment for the youth out there. And I am happy to be a part of that.” Thokozani Mnguni an actor said.A smartphone – a mobile app – and real stories is what Mjezu is betting on.“The viewership from TV channels is decreasing day by day because everyone now has a smartphone and the advantage for Eyam Nawe and to be part of the International Mobile Channel, is we are increasing a lot of viewership. Eyam Nawe exists, whether you are in London or in Africa we are broadcasting Live.” Mjeru said.Mjezu’s Project is still in its infancy but it wants to be the immediate and most popular way to broadcast what’s happening in Tembisa Township.last_img read more

first_imgMiss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters waves after being crowned Miss Universe during the 66th Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. November 26, 2017. REUTERS/Steve Marcus Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters waves after being crowned Miss Universe during the 66th Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. November 26, 2017. REUTERSMiss South Africa was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday at the pageant held in Las Vegas, with Miss Colombia and Miss Jamaica also making it to the final three.Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 22, comes from Western Cape Province and recently earned a business management degree from North-West University.Nel-Peters helps train women in self-defense after she was hijacked and held at gunpoint about a month after winning Miss South Africa tittle.In a video on the Miss Universe website, she said that her passion is self defense which was reinforced after the incident.The runner-up was actress Laura Gonzalez of Colombia, who was followed by second runner-up Davina Bennett of Jamaica.Gonzalez has been preparing to be an actress since the age of 16. After graduating from a performing arts school, she moved to Bogotá to build her career.Davina Bennett, 21 is a model pursuing a degree in marketing at the University of the West Indies.last_img read more

first_imgNigeria President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo-Reuters]Nigeria’s government is in talks with Islamist militant group Boko Haram about a possible ceasefire, with the ultimate aim of securing a permanent cessation of hostilities, Information Minister Lai Mohammed said on Sunday.It is the first time in years the government has said it is talking to Boko Haram about a ceasefire in an insurgency that has killed tens of thousands of people and ravaged the northeast of a country that has Africa’s biggest economy.President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has, however, repeatedly said it is willing to hold talks with the group.Boko Haram launched its insurgency in 2009, aiming to create an Islamic state. Its campaign has spread to the neighboring countries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger but it has been severely weakened in the last few years due to regional military pressure, and has lost most of the territory it once held.More than 2 million people have been displaced and the group has abducted thousands of others, including around 270 girls from a school in Chibok, Borno state, in 2014. The mass kidnapping sparked global outrage and a campaign to bring the girls back.Mohammed made his statement in an email to Reuters outlining the background to the release of more than 100 schoolgirls freed last week by the group after being kidnapped on Feb. 19 from the northeastern town of Dapchi.It was the biggest mass abduction since Chibok. Boko Haram fighters stunned Dapchi’s residents on Wednesday when they drove into the town and released the girls, who said five of their group had died in captivity and one had not been freed.“Unknown to many, we have been in wider cessation-of-hostility talks with the insurgents for some time now,” said Mohammed. “We were able to leverage on the wider talks when the Dapchi girls were abducted.”“The ultimate aim is the permanent cessation of hostilities,” he later told Reuters by telephone.Mohammed said a week-long ceasefire, starting on March 19, had been agreed to enable the group to drop off the girls. Mohammed said 111 girls were taken from the school – one more than previously thought – and six remained unaccounted for.Security is a political issue ahead of an election next February. Buhari, a 75-year-old former military ruler, has in the last few weeks toured areas hit by security problems, but has not said if he will seek re-election.last_img read more

first_imgLibyan navy rescues 379 illegal immigrants off western coast Picture showing the shipwreck of an overcrowded boat of migrants off the Libyan coast (Getty Images)Libya’s eastern-based army confirmed that it arrested more than 100 illegal immigrants in the northeastern city of Tobruk.A total of 43 immigrants were arrested in southern Tubrok during a patrol, the army said, adding that another patrol discovered 60 more of them. Tubruk is located near the Egyptian border, a smuggling hotspot.In October last year, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said that there were more than 600,000 illegal immigrants in Libya, from 41 different nationalities.“In July and August 2018, IOM identified at least 669,176 migrants in Libya. Migrants were identified in 100 municipalities, within 554 communities,” IOM said.The top five nationalities of the immigrants were identified to be from; Niger, Egypt, Chad and Nigeria.Libya has become a preferred departure point for illegal migrants hoping to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe due to insecurity and chaos in the North African country following the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi.Improved weather conditions have increased flows of illegal immigrants recently.Related Libyan coast guards rescue 44 illegal immigrantscenter_img South Africa arrests 1,600 illegal immigrants in controversial crackdownlast_img read more

first_img12 killed in fuel tanker explosion in Nigeria (Image: Twitter @Mcebisco) 12 killed in fuel tanker explosion in Nigeria (Image: Twitter @Mcebisco)Dozens of people were feared killed following an explosion from a fuel tanker which flipped near a village in north-central Nigeria, according to local officials and witnesses on Tuesday.At least 10 charred bodies were earlier recovered from the scene, while at least 50 others were confirmed to have been wounded following the incident in Ahumbe village in the northern state of Benue on Monday, the local road safety police said.However, witnesses said no fewer than 50 persons were killed as the fire spread across the ever-busy Makurdi-Aliade highway in the state, igniting nearby shops.Most of the victims were people who attempted to scoop fuel from the fallen tanker, said Aliu Baba, head of the local road safety in Benue.According to Baba, the fuel tanker had skidded as the driver avoided a pothole in the area. The vehicle flipped and caused the damage.“Unfortunately, the tanker fell in a neighborhood that has shops. They all lost their goods to the fire,” Baba said.One witness said it was while residents were scooping the fuel that an 18-seater bus rammed into the fuel tanker, causing the explosion.Local police said they have launched an investigation into the incident.Related Dozens feared dead in Nigeria oil tanker fire 10 killed in tanker explosion in Nigeria southwestern state of Osuncenter_img Nigeria fuel shortage trends on social medialast_img read more

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