Plans Revealed For Human Rights Memorial Honoring Nelson Mandela

first_imgThe Nelson Mandela Foundation, in partnership with NorthStar Memorial Group and the California chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), have announced the launch of a multifaceted effort to support the late-2016 unveiling of a human rights memorial honoring the life and legacy of civil rights icon, Nelson Mandela.Rendering of the winning human rights memorial honoring the late Nelson MandelaThe 15-foot-tall monument is under construction at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo. People can support the construction efforts by either 1) purchasing one of 1,000 personalized granite bricks which forms the walkway leading up to the memorial or 2) donating to a crowdfunding campaign. NorthStar will match all funds raised before May 31, up to $100,000.Click here to watch a video about the campaign to help raise funds for the monument.“Everyone has heard of Mandela, but many younger people don’t know why he’s such an iconic figure – or even that he has strong ties to the Bay Area,” said Alice A. Huffman, president of the California NAACP. “We hope this campaign, as well as the memorial itself, will further human rights conversations.”Granite Pavers Benefit Mandela Memorial Plus Charity
NorthStar is forming the monument’s walkway with granite pavers that can be purchased and personalized with anything from inspirational messages to memorial tributes. Each paver costs $500; $200 of that goes directly to a charity such as the Nelson Mandela Foundation or the California NAACP, while $300 directly benefits the memorial’s construction efforts. To reserve a granite paver, visit www.nelsonmandelamemorial.com.Mandela Memorial Crowdfunding Campaign
Those who wish to further support the memorial may also contribute to a crowdfunding campaign. The goal is to raise $100,000; NorthStar is matching all funds raised through the campaign by May 31. To participate, please visit www.nelsonmandelamemorial.causevox.com.last_img read more

Water main failure causes closure of 100th Street until further notice

first_imgHarvey said that water to the area around 100 Street and 100 Avenue will remain shut off until the repairs are complete, and that there may be additional temporary water shut-offs in other areas while the repairs are completed. At this time, the City does not have an estimated time when the repairs will be completed, but that updates will be posted to the City of Fort St. John Facebook page.Residents are reminded to slow down around workers, obey all traffic signs, and avoid the area completely if possible. UPDATE: The City of Fort St. John has fixed the water main and the intersection of 100th St. North and 100th Avenue is now open.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The failure of a water main has been confirmed as having caused the closure of 100th St. north of the intersection with 100th Ave. The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that the water main broke on Thursday afternoon causing to be closed between 100th and 101st Avenues until the emergency repairs are complete. He said that city crews began repairs last night and will remain on site until the break is repaired. last_img read more

Dissension among Council as 5 out of 7 in favour of pay

first_imgAs of January 1, 2019, the Federal Government has a removed a 33% tax exemption for election officials.  With the removal of the tax exemption, municipally elected officials will now receive less take-home pay.With the approval, the Mayor’s salary will increase to $89,130 compared to $83,430.  Each Councillor would see their income change from $31,286 to $32,850.Councillor Trevor Bolin expressed “My thoughts are doing it without a surplus and making it apart of the budget in 2020/2023 and holding the line because we are a little behind the gun by doing this last year based on this January and not doing it back,”The additional $18,525 to fund the pay raise could be found in the operating budget shared the City Manager as a way to reallocate some funds. By adjusting the operating budget, what is being asked of the taxpayer, holding off until the 2020 budget or using the surplus funds were the available options for Council.“It’s the fact we should have been doing this a year ago, we should have been prepped, and aware changes were coming and worked it into the budget,” said Councillor BolinThe vote took place, and five were in favour of the recommendation that Council members should not be penalized by receiving less remuneration in 2019 than they did in 2018 due to changes at the Federal level. Also, the recommendation includes the COLA increase that is included in the Council’s current policy that ensures that the Council’sremuneration does not fall behind the cost of living increases. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With Federal legislation passing in 2017 that eliminated a 1/3 tax exemption for elected officials effective January 1, 2019, Council passed a recommendation to increase Council’s remuneration.Councillor Becky Grimsrud and Councillor Trevor Bolin expressed concerns drawing the funds from the budgets surplus account to make up the difference when Council had time to set this in place yet had waited.“I’m concerned with the additional cost of this,” said Councillor Grimsrud, “I know it was forced upon us by the Federal Government, a lot of taxpayers have had a lot of additional costs due to different previous things, such as tax rebates being taken away from them and and has not been made up by their jobs,” Councillor Grimsrud goes on to say “Looking at additional staff for the festival plaza and how much of this can be put into another employee.”last_img read more

Ministry of Health PHO need to do more to ensure safety of

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia has released a report that looks at the safety of the Province’s drinking water.According to Auditor General Carol Bellringer, the report, titled ‘The Protection of Drinking Water: An Independent Audit’, concludes that the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer are not sufficiently protecting drinking water for all British Columbians.“We undertook this audit because of the considerable importance of safe drinking water and because the risks to drinking water are increasing. We found that overall, the Ministry of Health and the PHO’s accountability to ensure drinking water was protected is concerning.” Bellringer says while the Ministry has taken some action to mitigate risks to drinking water, more needs to be done as they have not developed a strategy to address which water systems are at risk.Bellringer also says B.C. has not had a known outbreak of a waterborne illness since 2004, but if a single event that contaminates drinking water were to happen, it could cause serious health impacts for numerous people.The full report is available on the Auditor General’s website.last_img read more

Mens Hockey Ohio State relies on bounceback opportunities

Ohio State’s student section looks on toward senior goalkeeper Sean Romeo (30) during a game break in the second period of Ohio State’s game against UMass on Oct. 19. Ohio State lost 6-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternAfter splitting its home series against Michigan, Ohio State remained the No. 4 team in the country in the USCHO.com poll released Monday.The unranked Wolverines stole the first game of the series in a 2-1 win behind 22 saves from Michigan junior goaltender Hayden Lavigne.The defeat seemed like an upset for Ohio State, who fell to 12-5-4 before coming back and winning the second game of the series 4-2.This is a pattern the Buckeyes have maintained all season long.Ohio State is 5-4-2 in the first game of its series this season, scoring 32 goals while allowing 32 goals in the 11 games.In the 12 games to close series, the Buckeyes are 8-1-2, outscoring opponents 35-16.“We bounced back for sure, like we always do,” junior forward Ronnie Hein said on Wednesday. “We do a good job of that, we saw that at the very beginning of the season and we did it again against Michigan State.”Before the series against Michigan, Ohio State gave up a 7-4 lead late in the third period during the first game against Michigan State, leading to a 7-7 tie, which the Buckeyes lost in overtime, costing them a point in the Big Ten standings.“I don’t think anybody was too happy about the result on Friday,” head coach Steve Rohlik said about the series against the Spartans. “Certainly wasn’t the prettiest of ties for us, and I think we were just more detailed the next day, but again I attribute that to our seniors and our leadership group.”The key difference between the first and second games comes at the back end. Redshirt senior goalie Sean Romeo has started the first game of every series, while sophomore goalie Tommy Nappier has started the following night.Romeo has a .904 save percentage, while allowing 2.63 goals per game.Nappier, on the other hand, is boasting a .945 save percentage and allowing 1.58 goals per game, both No. 2 in the NCAA.But Rohlik won’t blame his goaltenders. Instead, he said it has to do with the rest of the players in front of him, regardless of the outcome.“It’s never a goalie’s fault. It’s a team’s fault, and certainly we gotta be five-man connected with our goaltender instead of sometimes leaving him out to dry,” Rohlik said. “I think it has a lot to do with our team and our focus and our detail.”Senior forward Mason Jobst leads the team with 13 goals and 25 points. Seven of his 13 goals came in the second game of Ohio State’s series.Jobst said the tie against Michigan State was “unacceptable,” and that the focus in the next game was the reason for success.“I think everyone was on the same page.We were all focused,” Jobst said. “It wasn’t like we’re on a five-game skid or anything like that, it was just let’s nip it in the bud right now before things get out of hand.”Things haven’t gotten out of hand for the Buckeyes all season, but the team has yet to figure out how to consistently win when in front of Romeo.Nappier’s stats outshine the redshirt senior goaltender, and Romeo has regressed from his previous year, in which he ended with 2.06 goals against and a .927 save percentage.Still, Rohlik doesn’t see it as a problem with the guy in goal.Ohio State’s head coach is looking to his leaders, to his captains, Jobst and senior defenseman Sasha Larocque.And for all the struggles the Buckeyes have had in their first games this season, they have not lost consecutive games this season.“It’s the culture of this group. No one wants to lose a hockey game and especially doesn’t want to lose two in a row,” Rohlik said. “We want to turn things around on Fridays. Certainly the resilience of this group, the guys have been around a long time, we’ve got a great leadership group. They’re just determined not to let it happen back-to-back.” read more

AC Milan are keen on Champions League return Scaroni

first_imgMilan President Paolo Scaroni wants the club to make a swift return to the Champions League suggesting this is where they belong.Milan is one of the most successful European clubs and Scaroni made it clear nothing had changed in that respect, despite the Rossoneri going four years without Champions League football.“It’s not easy to say what we’re missing because, in modern football, the sporting part must go hand in hand with the economic one,” he told Football Italia via Gazzetta dello Sport.“Of course, a team like ours should always be in the Champions League. To Agnelli, I say that I prefer three consecutive participations in the Champions League to one Scudetto.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Higuain’s always tense. He was even more so at Juve, but he apologised and didn’t insult anyone. At 30, however, he must learn to restrain himself.“Gattuso staying for a long time depends on his results, which so far have been positive. He’s doing better than those who preceded him.“The team have their own ‘grinta’. even if I was sad after Milan-Betis.”last_img read more

Paribartan is inevitable and not a bad thing Sharbari Datta

first_imgIt was a bleak and boring world of stripes and checks that Sharbari Datta  gate- crashed into in 1991 with her first show of luxurious, ethnic menswear. In a world where the silk tie was perhaps the only fashion statement for urban men, Sharbari -with her coloured dhoti and well cut and embellished men’s kurtas, angarakhas, sherwanis- made a huge fashion statement that changed Indian menswear forever.   Older men initially felt inhibited but the younger ones, mindful of the mirror, took to Sharbari with the zeal of a convert. They were followed by the older generation; who were slow to shed conventions. In 1998, she was awarded by Vijay Mallya of the UB Group for significant contribution to Indian clothing design. In 1999, she was awarded with the “Bharat Nirman” for the best person in the field of fashion in Kolkata. An exhibition and fashion show at Sheraton Hotel, Dhaka, Bangladesh saw an overwhelming reaction both from the press and public.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTwenty five years down the line, Sharbari has dressed celebrities like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev, Leander Paes, Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, late Jagjit Singh, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, late RD Burman, Vijay Mallya, Sanjeev.  Artists like MF Husain, Ganesh Pyne, Manjeet Bawa and Paresh Maity have bought from her and her client list includes some of India’s most powerful women like Mamata Banerjee, Shubha Mudgal, Shobha De, Ila Arun and Aparna Sen. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSharbari’s quick popularity indicated that Indians, both men and women, were fond of dressing up. The elaborate styles of a bygone era of leisure and pleasure were coming back with a vengeance in her clothes. Cave and folk art, Egyptian mural, calligraphy of West and East Asia, Pop art and Picasso, miniatures, Hindu Mythology were sources of inspiration for her leading many to describe her garments as ‘artwear’. Then, in 2001, Sharbari ventured into the realm of male accessory design and in a show sponsored by World Gold Council, she showcased her range of exquisite gold jewellery for men, breaking all pre-defined notions about masculinity. Sharbari, the designer for men, never looked back.  What was your childhood like?My father, late Ajit Datta, belonged to a zamindar family near Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was an outstanding scholar, a literary person, a well known professor, and above all, a famous poet in the post-Tagorean era. I grew up in a truly intellectual cauldron. I completed my formal education from Presidency College with MA in Philosophy.My childhood and my formal education exposed me to the world of literature, arts, philosophy, music and mysticism. I was attracted to the cultural side of Indian tradition. My love for tradition and aspiration to serve the cause of our pre-existing culture, gave birth to the idea of designing Indian traditional attire for men. Tell us about your first break…My first exhibition was in 1991 at the Conclave Gallery in Kolkata. The exhibition was informal and without any commercial aspiration. The exhibition was successful in the sense that all the pieces were sold out. I got some confidence and did my second exhibition the next year. The press was invited for the same, garnering public recognition for me. You have dressed many a celebrity. Who are your best male clients?My client list would include, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev, Leander Paes, Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Jagjit Singh, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, RD Burman, Mamata Banerjee, Shubha Mudgal, Shobha De, Ila Arun, Aparna Sen, Vijay Mallya, Sanjeev Goenka, amongst others. However MF Husain buying from me is a memory I have personally come to cherish over the years along with Ganesh Pyne, Manjeet Bawa, Paresh Maity.Any celebrities who surprised you by visiting your studio?Yes. My jaw dropped when the iconic film director Ismail Merchant dropped by one day to our studio. This was sometime in the 90s. He was visiting Kolkata on the occasion of the annual Kolkata film festival.  He sat in the studio, had chai and sandesh. He ordered a kurta and churidar from my collection. I still can’t get over his visit. Another prized guest was Aishwarya Rai’s mother, Brinda Rai. She was visiting Kolkata when her daughter was shooting for Rituparno Ghose’s film, Chokher Bali. I kept asking her who had recommended me but she said that she had read about me. “Don’t underestimate yourself”, she said.  I think she bought a few men’s kurtas as gifts. Aishwarya and Abhishek married four years after that visit. Rai ordered clothes for the bridegroom’s family from me. On another occasion I believe, a big steel tycoon from India purchased a kurta pyjama from me for the former US Vice President,  Al Gore. Also, someone told me that a stole made by me displaying a motif from the Old Testament was displayed at the Vatican in Rome. A Cardinal who was visiting the St Xavier’s, Kolkata had carried it back to Rome. What challenges did you face while becoming Sharbari the brand?Regarding challenges, I must mention that I really didn’t face any. I was fortunate enough to taste success from the very beginning. I never retailed and sold my menswear privately, from my residence-cum-studio. I never advertised. Have you designed for women? I design women’s clothing on request – but my true and serious collection is always for men. I design exclusively for men, and to my knowledge, remain the only one. What are your other interests? How do you relax?My other interests include cooking, gardening, reading, art and music. I’m a voracious reader, I visit art galleries and I have also grown my own garden. Who are your fashion icons?My fashion icons would include MS Subbalakshmi, Rekha and Hrithik Roshan.Why did you choose to live and work in Kolkata?I was born and brought up in Kolkata. I have never even entertained the thought of moving to another city. I also like London but not as much as I adore Kolkata. Actually we grew up in the heart of South Kolkata and studied in Presidency College which is a distinguished institution of the city. I’m most comfortable in this city and my family has struck roots here. Would you ever ask Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen why they wanted to live in Kolkata?Do you think the city has changed? If so then how much?Yes, it has. But paribartan is inevitable and not a bad thing. You cannot expect the Gariahat crossing to be what it was like 30 years ago. The older generation doesn’t like change but it is best to adjust yourself and take it easy. I can keep day dreaming about the old  neighbourhood we grew in or the pipul tree that raised its head in the garden. But the landscape and the skyscape has changed. Kolkata is now a city of highrises and flyovers. Life is lived in the fast lane and we shop no longer in local markets but in malls. My grandchildren think differently and I no longer have the energy of a 25 year old. How has the Trinamool Congress led State Government performed? Mamata Banerjee is serving her second term in office…I used to admire Mamata Banerjee from the beginning, even before she became the Chief Minister of West Bengal. But after she came to power I sometimes harboured doubts about the people surrounding her. But her struggle and effort to do good for Bengal is above question. She has also created a designer’s hub as part of ‘Vishwa Bangla’ and I have been given a stall there. Mamata also buys my kurtas as gifts for state guests who come for the Kolkata International film festival every year. I believe my kurtas have been gifted to stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Irfaan Khan, Prosenjit and Biswajit.Who are the best Indian models? Also, who are your favourite designers?I like Ritu Kumar’s designs and I even bought outfits from her at one point of time. When movie star John Abraham used to walk the ramp, I loved his looks and he has showcased my clothes with great aplomb. Top male models like Milind Soman, Zulfikar Syed and Shayan Munshi have also walked for me. They are all excellent in their work. You do have a factory, don’t you? You don’t retail at all?My daughter-in-law Kanaklata and son Amalin manage finances and look after day to day operations of the business. My factory is small but it is about 25 years old. I design all my clothes. I have never retailed and by God’s grace, my clothes are booked five months in advance. My label is sold in private, it is exclusive and I meet my clients by appointment only. You cannot get a copy of a Sharbari Dutta outfit or buy the same garment twice.last_img read more