Residents at the Bakers’ Benevolent Society have enjoyed a Christmas party at the charity’s sheltered housing project.More than 40 residents from the baking industry and affiliated trades enjoyed seasonal treats, including mince pies donated by local bakeriesChairman of trustees Chris Tomkins and his wife Gillian attended the event at Bakers’ Villas in Epping, Essex, which included a rendition of Galway Bay, sung by Dennis Hume of Hume’s Bakery, Halstead.Since 1832, the society has been providing sheltered housing for retired members of industry and allied trades and continues to provide independent living at Bakers’ Villas.Financial support for numerous infrastructure projects is required by the society, and anyone interested in helping, either with their time or financially, should visit www.bakersbenevolent.co.uk, to register how they would like to support.
India’s ambassador to the United States discussed developments in the Middle East last Thursday, saying that the region’s peoples should determine how they’re governed, that Israel should have secure borders, and that Iranian oil will continue to flow into India despite international sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program.The ambassador, Nirupama Rao, said India supports Iran’s right to develop peaceful nuclear power but opposes any clandestine move to develop nuclear weapons. Though India shares international concern about a possible weapons program, she suggested that India cannot simply disengage economically from Iran. That’s because India gets about 10 percent of its oil from that country. Though the percentage has been falling in recent years, it would be impossible to halt imports immediately.“Continued oil imports from Iran, albeit at reduced levels, are … tied to sustenance and survival of millions of our people,” Rao said.Rao spoke amid rising international tensions concerning Iran’s nuclear program. Earlier this month, the United States tightened its existing sanctions, freezing U.S. assets of the Iranian government, the Central Bank of Iran, and other Iranian financial institutions. Even as the United States and other nations have imposed sanctions, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this week showed off new nuclear technology and announced that his nation would begin producing yellowcake uranium, from which enriched uranium is made.Rao’s comments came during a session of the Middle East Seminar, sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Lenore Martin, a research associate at both centers, introduced the ambassador during the event in Harvard’s Knafel Building.Ties between Iran and India date far into the past, long before the discovery of oil and development of the modern energy economy, Rao said. She labeled as false reports that India is paying Iran in gold for its oil and that India is amidst a major re-engagement with Iran.Beyond India’s own oil needs, Rao said, there are practical reasons for India to remain engaged with Iran. With Pakistan barring Indian transit to Afghanistan, Iran is the only land route through which Indian aid — which totals $2 billion — can reach war-torn country.Rao said any military conflict involving Iran would be disastrous for the region. She also addressed the ongoing turmoil from the Arab Spring popular democratic uprisings. She said India believes that the region’s peoples have the right to determine how they’re governed and that change should not be imposed militarily from outside.She said it is unclear how recent developments will change the region, and the path toward a new normal may be a long one. It is critical, she said, that extremists not hijack popular movements and step into the vacuum left by fallen regimes.India also has strong ties to Israel, she said, with the two nations recently marking 20 years of diplomatic relations. A comprehensive settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian question is essential to the region’s future, she said.Rao said that India has significant interests in the Middle East that are likely to grow. India’s bilateral trade with nations in the region totals $130 billion. India gets 70 percent of its energy from Middle Eastern nations. India’s response to developments there are influenced by the well-being of its own people, including some six million Indians who work in the region and send $20 billion home to their families each year.“India has a deep and abiding interest in this region,” Rao said.
Bearded irises: multiply by dividing. Photo: UGA Georgia Experiment Station Research & Education Garden Walter Reeves On this week’s “Gardening in Georgia,” host Walter Reeves shows how to dig, separate and replant irises and takes time to show some of his favorite “toys” — digging tools.The show will be aired on Wednesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Television. If you miss that show, it will be rebroadcast on Saturday, July 21, at 12:30 p.m.Reeves shows how simple it is to lift the clump of irises with a spading fork, then slice the roots apart to leave a healthy fan of leaves on each section.Favorite New ‘Toy’He uses the opportunity, too, to show one of his new “toys,” a U-Bar digger from Lee Valley Tools. As he works, he describes the flowers of different irises: bearded, Dutch, Japanese and others. He finishes his job by replanting the divided irises in a well-drained bed that gets full sun. Reeves demonstrates other digging tools, too, including the round-point flat and trenching shovel, spading fork and others. And he reveals how to choose the best tool for the job at hand.Guest Dan Suiter, an entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, describes the life cycle of the smoky brown cockroach (Periplaneta fuliginosa). It often lives in tree hollows in your landscape. Suiter shows Reeves how to use a gel bait to control these nasty, large pests.Sack Lunches in TreesUGA entomologist Beverly Sparks shows that the spindle-shaped sacks hanging on your trees probably contain bagworms (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis). These caterpillars continuously build the bag, using it for shelter as they move about the plant, stripping it of its leaves.Looking for a low-maintenance annual that’s a nonstop bloomer for the landscape, planter or hanging basket? The New Wonder Blue Fan Flower (Scaevola aemula ‘New Wonder’) may be the answer. UGA horticulturist Jim Midcap describes this 1997 Georgia Gold Medal Winner.”Gardening in Georgia” airs every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on GPTV. The show is produced specifically for Georgia gardeners by the UGA CAES and GPTV. To learn more, visit the show’s Web site. UGA CAES File Photo
“It was confirmed that Gerard has suffered a soft tissue injury in his right hamstring,” the Toffees boss said. “Obviously we now need to make sure he recovers well. We don’t think he’s going to be out for too long, probably the best part of five weeks. “But, knowing Gerard, he’s a sprinter and we need to make sure he’s fully fit. “Gerard is happy. Obviously he was disappointed, but we were probably a little bit fearful that it could have been a bit more than (it is), so we’re pleased that it’s an injury that we know exactly what it is and that it’s not going to bring any more problems in the future. “But we need to treat it right because those sorts of injuries cannot be underestimated.” Deulofeu is on a season-long loan from the Catalans and will return to his parent club later this week so they can also assess the extent of the injury. Martinez said Everton would be liaising with Barcelona over the player’s rehabilitation. “We’re working with the two medical departments,” he told evertontv. “They’re working together because, as you can imagine, there are many things to take into consideration and it’s important they have a look as well. “From there, we’re going to use the best possible route to treat the player. “Gerard has got a good feeling about him and all he wants is to get back as quick as he can. “I think this is going to refresh him and it’s going to make him a real impact player when he comes back, so we’re excited about that.” Scans on the hamstring injury the teenager sustained in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Fulham suggest the forward will be out for up to five weeks. On Monday the club confirmed the 19-year-old would be sidelined for some time but Martinez has been more specific on the timeframe to get Deulofeu back. Everton manager Roberto Martinez does not expect to have on-loan Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu available again until late January. Press Association
The 1933 book ‘The Mighty Kick: Romance, History and Humor of Football’already pointed out that Wanderers “They were the first Englishmen to play in most major European cities, although their exceptional task was to visit small towns, where their name was barely known.” A milestone coming from the country where football was invented. They were so superior to most of their rivals that, in their beginnings, they established the norm of stopping if they scored nine goals; in case someone marked the tenth, he paid “drinks and evening entertainment.” And yet, they lost against him Spanish. And for a 5-0 that this Thursday would be worth the parakeets to work the miracle of accessing the round of 16 of the Europa League. A hopeful precedent of not being because those Wanderers were not of Wolverhamptonbut of Middlesex, just 200 kilometers away. Disciple of ‘Staples’, as Gibert was famous, Ricardo Zamora It was precisely one of the highlights in that double confrontation between the parrots and the Wanderers that was lived on May 23 and 24, 1925 in Sarrià. Espanyol was coming from a horrific year at the game level, but in the first of the commitments he was already imposed by a lonely 1-0, who scored three minutes from the end Martí Ventolrà, in one of his initial appearances with the parakeet club, and taking advantage of a goalkeeper’s rejection Roberts. At five in the afternoon of the next day, and with popular prices of one and two pesetas, exactly the same alignments met again. But this time the Espanyol had taken the registration to the Wanderers, until turning the equality of the first day into an absolute overflow. And in a blunt 5-0 that opened Ventolrà again, to the center of Crescent Olariaga, who gained weight with a hat-trick (one of them, on penalty) José Luis Zabala and that culminated Theodore Mauri, in a collective play with Pere Colls and the aforementioned Olariaga. A 5-0 from another era against a wandering team, the other Wanderers. Proof of this is what happened on April 17, 1914. 11 years before measuring with Espanyol, the Wanderers visited the Barcelona, in a series of four friendlies in 14 days. In the third of them, the whole team was short of troops because three of their players, who were students, did not receive permission from their teachers. So the Barça with three Espanyol players: Santiago Massana, Emili Sampere Y Pere Gibert. The latter was tried to sign after the game, but he replied like this: “No. in Espanyol I started and in Espanyol I will finish”. Founded in 1905 in a town that was located northwest of London and that decades later it was already absorbed by the big city, it was an exhibition team, of an ‘amateur’ character in a time, not in vain, where professionalism was not abundant but the trade, experience and sport simply for love .
A group of Liberians residing in the US have established the Benjamin Karmon Sehkar Foundation Incorporated (BKS).The BKS Foundation, as it is affectionately known, has been established in memory of the late Benjamin K. Sehkar. Benjamin was a broadcast journalist, who in 1990 and at the height of the Liberian Civil War was killed by Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) soldiers during a popular uprising against the Samuel Kanyon Doe government. BKS will be headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia.The Foundation was established with a focus on providing tuition assistance to disadvantaged and underprivileged children as well as students from the rural parts of Liberia; with Nimba County being the primary target.The idea grew out of the heartbroken and scary news in Liberia relatives to the deaths of those who have succumbed to the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).“All of us then realized the scary and truth of the EVD killer virus hitting close to home—Nimba County with reference to the Town of Nyor-Butuo, near the Buutuo Headquarters; just a stone throw from the Liberia/Ivorian border towns of Douhuba and Benhouwen. Knowing how poor our hometown is, and fearing the worst; our family in the USA and Liberia went scrambling, trying to come up with solutions, thereby establishing the BKS Foundation, Inc through which most of the assistance would come,” G. Alvin Sehkar, a senior founding member disclosed in a dispatch.Meanwhile, as the fight to contain the Ebola virus continues, the BKS Foundation in collaboration with its partners has decided to take the fight to Ebola.Based on that, the BKS Foundation has for the past few weeks, successfully completed the training of 50 individuals in the Buu-Yao District, Nimba County as part of the fight.The training, the dispatch said, was mainly conducted in the local dialect thus attracting the participants to the messages.There are future prudent projects we are considering. One of those projects would include the provision of BKS scholarships to students at all the major universities in and around Liberia.BKS Foundation mission is to provide the means and access to good, reasonable and quality education for children of underprivileged and disadvantage communities in Liberia.To that, each founding member is therefore committed to providing educational opportunities to every child in Liberia regardless the constraints while teaching them the word of God.The vision is to one day realize a Liberia in which children from all over the country, have equal access to quality education in this era of global competitiveness. The members are envision a Liberia in which children from these disadvantage and underprivileged parts of our society would receive quality education in a safe, constructive, and well-staffed educational facilities. The vision is based Ecclesiastes 7:12, “For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.”We carefully monitor and review programs and costs, use donations and grants for their intended purposes, and look for ways to leverage funds for maximum impact. Stewardship is an integral part of everything we do — because we recognize that every resource entrusted to us can transform real children’s lives. All of our executives are educated, trustworthy, and many of them own their businesses.The BKS Foundation, Inc. will be providing scholarships to qualified and selected to students to all major universities and colleges in Liberia next academic school year. About Benjamin Karmon Sehkar Born and raised in Nyor Butuo, Nimba County, the North-Central portion of Liberia, Benjamin Sehkar served as a reporter at the ELWA radio station from 1983 to 1990 rising to the position of Assistant Gio (Dan) Program Director. His passion and love for education was exceptional with a dream to help the underprivileged children in his home town and region with access to affordable and quality education.After his untimely death, his dream was temporarily delayed. Alvin Sehkar, a son of Benjamin Sehkar, decided to further his father’s legacy by founding the BKS Foundation, Inc. in 2013. The BKS Foundation is currently in the process of obtaining the 501c (3) Tax exempt status in the USA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)