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JSIF supports Break The Silence campaign to protect childrenJSIF supports Break The Silence campaign to protect children

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, January 27, 2017 – The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has provided support to the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) ‘Break the Silence’ campaign in the sum of $11.9 million through the Basic Needs Trust Fund.The Break the Silence campaign is an initiative with a multi-pronged approach to protect children against abuse.   It aims to reach victims and their families with a message to speak out and denounce child abuse and break the stigma of shame that surrounds the issue of child sexual abuse as a first step to help.  It was developed after an island wide survey showed that for every 10 adults who admitted that they knew about cases of child abuse, only one was willing to come forward to make a report.Project Manager of the Basic Needs Trust Fund, Celia Dillon, tells JIS News that the JSIF is assisting the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, under which the campaign falls, to inform persons on the importance of reporting instances of child abuse.  She informs that the JSIF funded the extension of the campaign last year at a cost of $4.8 million, with an additional $7.1 million towards the production of a storybook, which is to come on stream. There is also a training segment to be undertaken. “We assisted the OCR directly in their school tours, focusing mainly on (six) of our schools targeted under the Basic Needs Trust Fund… teaching the students how to report, identify and respond to instances of abuse against children,” Ms. Dillon explains.  The extended ‘Break the Silence’ campaign ran from June to December 2016 and included radio and television advertisements, and information posted on social media platforms.The six schools were: Mandeville Primary, Christiana Moravian Primary and Infant, Old Harbour Primary, Ocho Rios Primary, Discovery Bay All-Age, and Brown’s Hall Primary.  The school tours took the form of open day discussions with representatives from the OCR, Office of the Children’s Advocate and the Child Development Agency.  “Guidance Counsellors in those schools have informed that there has been an increase in cases reported to them. On one side that is sad to hear, but on the other side, the school tours worked and the kids felt comfortable in going to their guidance counsellors to let them know what has been happening to them,” Ms. Dillon says.She notes that the local television and radio aspect of the campaign is finished and efforts are being made to get more funding.  “We are constantly trying to see if we can get additional partners to help us along this journey. We see how relevant it is…we are seeing too much of it in our papers now and our children absolutely need help,” the Project Manager adds.Meanwhile, training workshops are to be held with Ministry of Education Regional Officers, principals, teachers, and Parent-Teacher Association Executives on how to conduct readings with students using the storybook.  Ms. Dillon tells JIS News it is hoped that the book will be released and launched by April this year. The book has received approval from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and will be added to the Family Life curriculum.The Storybook package will include: a full colour illustrated storybook, accompanying DVD with illustrations, narration, sign language translation, music and an accompanying teacher’s guide. The message of identifying, responding and reporting abuse is appropriately packaged into a story to suit the target audience of children eight to 12 years old.  There will also be 60 Braille copies of the book, as requested by the Ministry’s Special Education Unit, for distribution in schools.  “This book is targeting vulnerable groups, so it is extremely important that when we are getting this message out there, it gets to all persons who may be affected by cases of child abuse,” Ms. Dillon says.  A mandatory parents’ forum is to be held in each school one to three months after principals and staff have been engaged.The Break the Silence campaign was first launched during the period 2015-16 and it featured several prominent celebrities and business leaders encouraging persons to report physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children.  The programme, supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), was a direct response to the ‘Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices’ survey on child maltreatment in Jamaica, which the OCR commissioned with technical and financial support from UNICEF.  The OCR received more than 44,000 reports of child abuse for the period 2007-2014.Persons can make a report of child abuse to the OCR by sending an email to: report@ocr.gov.jm; or by visiting the four OCR offices located in Kingston, Manchester, St. Mary and Westmoreland.  Persons can also call the OCR toll free at: 1-888- PROTECT (776-8328) (Flow) Tel: 908-2132, 908-2143 (Flow); 618-5888 (Digicel landline); 754-9133 (Flow); 631-8933 (Flow); 631-8908 (Flow); Cell: 822-7031 (Flow) 878-2882 (Digicel); and Fax: 908-2579. 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Mountain Climbing Magazine with Cult Following Sold for 71K via Live PhoneMountain Climbing Magazine with Cult Following Sold for 71K via Live Phone

first_imgAlpinist, a 9,000-circulation quarterly about alpine-style mountain climbing which ceased publication in October, has been sold. According to a source, the six-year-old, high-gloss, high production-value magazine with a small but passionate community of climbers, was sold via a “live phone auction” for—wait for it—$71,000.The buyer is Height of Land Publications, Vermont-based publisher of Backcountry magazine. The seller, Marc Ewing, had pumped at least $2 million into Alpinist, but failed to bring it to profitability. The magazine launched in 2002.What Height of Land plans to do with Alpinist remains unclear. In 2007, the company bought a competing title, Couloir, and folded it into Backcountry. Publisher Jon Howard said the deal has yet to be finalized and would likely close this week. The Alpinist businesses include the magazine, its Web site (which had about 50,000 unique visitors a month) and the annual Alpinist Film Festival.That a magazine with a passionate fanbase and multiple (albeit not yet profitable) platforms is sold for less than six figures—and does so over the phone—is scary, and says more about the state of print than many publishers would care to admit.Sure, it’s just a quarterly climbing magazine. But, at least these days, to borrow an old skier vs. snowboarder cliché, it’s all the same mountain.last_img read more

LIBRARY LINEUP Family Concert with Steve Blunt on July 23 Author LouiseLIBRARY LINEUP Family Concert with Steve Blunt on July 23 Author Louise

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsBoston Business Journal in Your Job Search *RRMonday, July 23, 10:00 amElizabeth Toner from the Boston Business Journal, the leading business publication covering regional business, will offer tips and suggestions on how to incorporate this valuable tool into your job search.Poetry Circle *RRMonday, July 23, 7 pmLove poetry? The poetry circle is a great opportunity to meet other poets and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials in advance. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.Creative Writing Skill Group *RRTuesday, July 24, 7 pmLearn and apply creative writing tips, tools, and techniques shared by published authors and other writing experts. Open to all who want to improve their creative writing skills and get their work published. Led by local writing enthusiast Barbara Alevras.Well Read Wednesday Book Group *RRWednesday, July 25, 10 amFeatured Book: The City Baker’s Guide to Country Livingby Louise Miller“Miller elevates the story by turning it into a Pinterest fantasy of rural America. . . [Her] visions of bucolic Vermont landscapes, cinnamon-scented kitchens and small-town friendliness make this reverie of country life an appealing one.” –The New York Times Book Review.  Join Library Director Tina Stewart to discuss this book and then come to meet the author on Monday August 2 at 7 pm.Google: More Than Just Search *RRWednesday, August 1, 7 pmGoogle may have started out as just a search engine, but it’s now so much more; email, calendars, and docs are just three of the offerings from the tech giant. Join Technology Librarian, Brad McKenna, for an introduction to the World of Google. Author Talk – Louise Miller *RRThursday, August 2, 7 pmLouise Miller is a writer and pastry chef who lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the author of The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living and the recently released title The Late Bloomers’ Club, a delightful novel about two headstrong sisters, a small town’s efforts to do right by the community, and the power of a lost dog to conjure up true love.Kids & TeensToddler Dance Party *RRFriday, July 20, 10 amLet’s Dance! We’ll do the hokey-pokey, the bunny hop, the chicken dance, and more! Ages 1-2Drop-in Rock Band Fridays, July 20, 3 pmIt’s a battle of the (air) rock bands! Pick guitar, bass, or drums, and compete against your friends. Grades 4-8Rockin’ Sing Along with Steve Blunt *RRMonday, July 23, 6:30 pmAward-winning children’s musician, Steve Blunt, delivers a little rock ‘n’ roll and a whole lot of fun! Steve Blunt sings and plays guitar, harmonica, djembe drum, low brass horn and much more in this fun, upbeat musical celebration for the whole family. All ages.Preschool Storytime: SwimmingTuesday, July 24, 10 amThis storytime on swimming includes books, rhymes, music and a fun craft. Parents and caregivers accompany the child and participate in the activities. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Ages 3-5Travel Club Musical Road Trip: Nashville *RRTuesday, July 24, 3 pmJoin us as we explore Nashville! We’ll learn about the city, play games, make crafts, and listen to country music! Grades 1-30Drop-in Teen MovieTuesday, July 24, 6:30 pmWatch the newly released Love, Simonmovie and enjoy refreshments. Grades 6+Rockin’ the Spotlight *RRWednesday, July 25, 9:30-10:30 amJoin us as we bring a storybook tale to life using creative dramatics and guided play; start with a fun drama game, and then will rock the spotlight in a narrative-guided performance! Be a star without the rehearsals or stress–but with all the fun!  Grades 1-5Rockin’ the Musical *RRWednesday, July 25, 10:30 am-12:30 pmExplore the art of storytelling through a musical in this fast-paced, improv-based workshop. We’ll rock some timeless musical theatre dance steps, and powerhouse our way through a vocal number.  This “triple threat” workshop will have you toe-tappin’ your way to the spotlight! Grades 6-12(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Summer Bash On August 15; Coffee With A Cop On August 21In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Wildwood Cemetery Stroll Set For September 21In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Buzz Lightyear To Visit On July 29; Boston Globe’s Meredith Goldstein Talks On Aug. 1In “Community”last_img read more

Parrot Anafi Thermal ultracompact drone does live thermal and 4K video forParrot Anafi Thermal ultracompact drone does live thermal and 4K video for

first_img Post a comment Tags 0 Dronescenter_img European drone maker Parrot is giving its little folding 4K camera drone a new job. The Anafi Thermal is a slightly smaller, lighter version of the Anafi it launched last June, but its single camera is replaced with a module with both a 4K camera and a Flir thermal camera that can see a temperature range of 14 to 752 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to 400 degrees C), with three-axis stabilization. The Thermal follows the release of the Anafi Work, a professional package announced in September to create 3D models of all types of buildings with the included one-year subscription to Pix4D drone mapping and modeling software. Though developed as a drone platform, the original Anafi was for prosumer, enthusiast and professional camera drone pilots. While the consumer camera drone market continues to shrink, commercial growth is strong by comparison. Parrot’s FreeFlight 6 app makes it easy to see just what you want from the two cameras.  Josh Goldman/CNET Views from both the 4K and with a 160×120-pixel thermal cameras are streamed to Parrot’s FreeFlight 6 app. You’re able to quickly adjust the temperature ranges seen and assign colors to them. In the image above, for example, it was set to Spot mode, which displays just the hottest and coldest areas it sees. There’s also a Relative mode to see a gradient-color scale with the range of coldest to hottest temperatures in a scene, and Absolute, which lets you manually choose a temperature range and color gradient. Ranges can be widened and narrowed on the fly, as can colors, so you can show just what you want. 810a4568-53e8-45c6-9f42-33fe1a7892d3 Josh Goldman/CNET The Anafi’s design and camera mount makes it uniquely suited for building, bridge and other structure inspections. With its camera out in front and unobstructed, it can be aimed straight down and straight up, so it can be flown under a bridge, for instance. Add its high-resolution HDR photo and video capture, and the Anafi has the potential to see things other drones simply can’t. The drone’s other benefits — from its compact design and 11-ounce (310-gram) weight, to its 3-second start up and 26-minute flight time — should make it ideal for a variety of professionals, including search and rescue, public works and security. The Parrot Anafi Thermal will be available in May for $1,900 (approximately £1,450 or AU$2,650). It comes with the drone, controller, three batteries for up to 78 minutes of cumulative flight and a carrying case.   Share your voicelast_img read more

Star Wars Resistance fans treated to season 2s first episode at CelebrationStar Wars Resistance fans treated to season 2s first episode at Celebration

first_img Share your voice Tam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath) is also seen apparently embracing her role in the First Order, whom she joined in the season 1 finale.During the panel, which was hosted by sound engineer David Collins, the cast and crew discussed their favorite moments.Christopher Sean, who plays main character Kazuda Xiono’s (AKA Kaz), cited the destruction of Hosnian Prime in the penultimate episode (mirroring a moment in The Force Awakens)  and recalled watching it at home.”My son was tearing up and I’m like, ‘It’s OK bud, it’s OK,'” he said.Suzi McGrath, who plays Tam and highlighted Synara’s Score as her favorite episode, spoke about how the “tremendous emotional journey” her character went on in season 1. It culminated in her decision to join the First Order, and recording that scene was particularly intense.”It was like really being there, getting to that point was explosive,” she said. 0 TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: Tags 7 Photos Bobby Moynihan said the shorts that aired on YouTube during the midseason break were his favorite episodes, since his character Orka and partner Flix (Jim Rash) got the spotlight.”That’s my Star Wars character — I look at it every day and I smile.”The fan convention, which ran Thursday to Monday, already saw the reveal of Episode 9’s title and first trailer, more details about the Galaxy’s Edge Disney Parks attraction, our first glimpses of live action show The Mandalorian and The Clone Wars season 7 (both of which are coming to the Disney Plus streaming service) and a reunion of the cast and crew of The Phantom Menace on its 20th anniversary.If you want to catch up or revisit the saga check out our guide to watching all the movies online in chronological order.center_img Post a comment 2:04 Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker trailer tees… Star Wars Celebration Chicago mural reveals the entire saga The cast and crew of Star Wars Resistance talk greet the crowd at a Celebration Chicago panel Monday.  Sean Keane/CNET Star Wars: Resistance will rise again.Fans of the CGI-animated series got a major sneak peek at season 2 Monday, the last day of Star Wars Celebration Chicago.During a panel featuring the cast and crew, supervising director and executive producer Justin Ridge revealed that the second season will begin right where the finale of the first left off — with the Colossus hurtling through hyperspace to an unknown destination.He then surprised the panel’s audience by skipping the usual trailer and showing the whole season 2 premiere. We won’t go into spoilery detail here, but the episode sees the Colossus coming out of hyperspace and problems with artificial gravity creating chaos on board. In the midst of all this, we discover there’s a First Order spy on board. Disney Star Warslast_img read more

Myth Buster Things that do not affect your credit scoreMyth Buster Things that do not affect your credit score

first_imgReuters fileCredit score is an important aspect that you need to take care of to keep your financial credibility positive in the long term. If you go to a bank and ask for even a small amount loan, then the first thing that banks will do is to check your Credit Score! You may have seen a number of articles on the internet talking about the importance of credit scores for quick loan approvals.A credit report with no errors and a score of 750 or above can help you fetch a good loan smoothly. However, people are often confused about what they should do to maintain a good credit score. As a result, they don’t pay much heed to what can actually affect their credit score. On the other hand, there are some people who pay so much attention to their credit score that they are often left disillusioned.There are few things which can impact your credit score negatively, but if you suspect on everything to negatively impact your score, then you are wrong.In this article, we take a look at some financial matters and habits, which has no connection with your credit score and so bust myths related to it.Income level and job type has no connection to your credit scoreSome people have the misconception that an individual with low or average income have below average credit score and therefore they have less chance of getting a loan from the banks. In reality, income has nothing to do with the credit score. Banks check income level to ascertain the repayment capacity of the applicant and if it finds out that the applicant won’t be able to repay the loan based on the existing income, then it may reject the Loan application. There is no connection between credit score and income level for loan eligibility.Similarly, your nature of the job doesn’t impact your credit score. Whether you are in a job, business or self-employed, it does not have any influence on your credit score. Creative CommonsAmount In Your Bank AccountIt is a good habit to maintain some liquidity in your bank account, but if you do not keep enough balance in your account, then you need not worry as it has no impact on your credit score. Sometimes banks penalise the customer for non-maintenance of monthly average balance (MAB) or keeping less money than the required minimum balance, but such charges have no consequence on the credit score.The way you manage your savings bank account has nothing to do with your credit score, but you must manage your bank accounts properly to avoid unnecessary charges. The way you manage your bank account reflects how financially disciplined you are.Debit/ATM Card Or A Prepaid Card UsageSome people confuse between the Debit Card and the Credit Card and therefore they have the misconception that using the debit card can impact the credit score. It is important to understand here that a credit card is a spending tool and it is very much like a recurrent Personal Loan instrument which is unsecured in nature, therefore, delay in payment of the utilized amount or a high utilization ratio can negatively impact your credit score. On the other hand, when you use the Debit Card, you can spend only that much amount from such card which is already available in your account. So, debit card or a prepaid card is not a credit instrument, therefore it doesn’t impact your credit score in any way.Impact Of Spouse’s Credit ScoreSome people have the misconception that financial indiscipline by wife or husband can impact the credit score of each other. In actuality, there is no link between the credit score of two individuals. So, the credit report of spouses is independent of each other’s financial activity. However, if you are looking to raise a loan as a co-borrower with your spouse, then the credit score of both the applicant is checked individually. The bank may reject the loan if it is not satisfied with the credit score of any of the co-borrower.Apart from above-mentioned points, your credit score will not get affected by buying or selling an asset, living in a rented home or late repayment of a debt taken from your relative.Things that may impact your credit score are unsecured loan repayment history, credit utilisation ratio, number of inquiry for unsecured loan and settlement of an unpaid loan.So, you should be careful about the things that can really impact your credit score and do not bother unnecessarily about things which have no influence on it.(The author is the CEO of BankBazaar. Views expressed in the article are personal.)last_img read more

Social media platforms in arms race for democracySocial media platforms in arms race for democracy

first_imgMark ZuckerbergFacebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said late Tuesday that the leading social network and other internet firms are in an arms race to defend democracy.Zuckerberg’s Washington Post op-ed came on the eve of hearings during which lawmakers are expected to grill top executives from Facebook and Twitter.Google’s potential participation is unclear.The hearings come with online firms facing intense scrutiny for allowing the propagation of misinformation and hate speech, and amid allegations of political bias from the president and his allies.“Companies such as Facebook face sophisticated, well-funded adversaries who are getting smarter over time, too,” Zuckerberg said in an op-ed piece outlining progress being made on the front by the leading social network.“It’s an arms race, and it will take the combined forces of the US private and public sectors to protect America’s democracy from outside interference.”After days of vitriol from President Donald Trump, big Silicon Valley firms face lawmakers with a chance to burnish their image—or face a fresh bashing.Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg were set to appear at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday.Lawmakers were seeking a top executive from Google or its parent Alphabet, but it remained unclear if the search giant would be represented.Sources familiar with the matter said Google offered chief legal officer Kent Walker, who the company said is most knowledgeable on foreign interference, but that senators had asked for the participation of CEO Sundar Pichai or Alphabet CEO Larry Page.Dorsey testifies later in the day at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on online “transparency and accountability.”The tech giants are likely to face a cool reception at best from members of Congress, said Roslyn Layton, an American Enterprise Institute visiting scholar specializing in telecom and internet issues.“The Democrats are upset about the spread of misinformation in the 2016 election, and the Republicans over the perception of bias,” Layton said.“They are equally angry, but for different reasons.”Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a University of Pennsylvania professor and author of an upcoming book on Russia’s role in election hacking, said the hearings could give the companies a platform to explain how they operate.“Hearings are an opportunity as well as a liability,” she said.“These companies have put in place fixes (on foreign manipulation) but they have done it incrementally, and they have not communicated that to a national audience.”last_img read more

Gunmen on motorcycles kill 34 villagers in NigeriaGunmen on motorcycles kill 34 villagers in Nigeria

first_imgMap of Nigeria locating attacks in Shinkafi district, Zamfara State. Photo: AFPGunmen have killed 34 people in Nigeria’s northern Zamfara state where criminal gangs have been terrorising remote villages, police said Sunday.Armed bandits on motorcycles stormed into neighbouring Tungar Kafau and Gidan Wawa villages in Shinkafi district late Friday and shot dead 34 people, state police spokesman Mohammed Shehu said in a statement.”Normalcy has been restored in Tungar Kafau and Gidan Wawa… following attack by armed bandits… where 34 people were killed,” Shehu said.He said the victims of the attacks were buried on Saturday, adding police were on the trail of the killers.Local residents put the death toll higher, at 35.The bandits were said to have opened fire on farmers on their fields outside the villages and also pursued those who fled.”The bandits killed 35 people in the attacks,” said Lawwali Madattai, a resident.Rural communities in Zamfara state have for years been terrorised by criminal gangs who raid villages, stealing cattle, kidnapping for ransom and burning homes after looting food supplies.The bandits are known to hide in camps in Rugu forest which straddles Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Niger states from where they launch attacks on communities in the area.Last week, at least 40 people were killed and dozens injured in raids in eight remote villages in Niger state.last_img read more

LIVING FOR THE WEEKENDLIVING FOR THE WEEKEND

first_imgBy Valerie Fraling, Special to the AFROWhat the world needs now is love, sweet love it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. What the world needs now is love, sweet love. No, not just for some, but for everyone. Look, we don’t need another mountain; there are oceans and rivers enough to cross, enough to last until the end of time. Lord, we don’t need another meadow; there are corn fields and wheat fields enough to grow. There are sun beams and moon beams enough to shine…” Burt Bacharach“In this world of ordinary people, extraordinary people I’m glad there is you.” Sarah Vaughn and Clifford BrownWe celebrate February as Black History month and the month of Love. So, what better time to recognize Black love? Black love has been the backbone of the African American community. The following couples have shown us what Black Love looks like in our community. Their marriages represent from 60 plus years to one month, talking about love.Monica and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, Vera and James Newton, Mildred and James Harris, Brenda and Ralph Wright, Dana and Ralph Moore, Lisa and Gregory Packer, Deanna and Herb Brown, Gladys and Rob Rice, Candes and Dante Daniels, Del and Dan Henson, Dr. Marcia and Frank Coakley, Helen and Adolph McDonald, Mildred and William Harper, Dr. Toni and Andre Draper, Bishop Walter and Patricia Thomas ,Gloria and James Bogan, Marsha and Charles Owens, Sharon and Roland Campbell, Marietta and Donald Thom, Joyce and Gen. William “Kip” Ward, Blanche and Paul Beckham, Beulah and James Brown.“If a picture paints a thousand words, then why can’t I paint you? The words will never show the you I’ve come to know. If a face could launch a thousand ships, then where am I to go? There’s no one home but you, you’re all that’s left me too. And when my love for life is running dry, you come and pour yourself on me. If I could be two places at one time, I’d be with you. Tomorrow and today, beside you all the way. If the world should stop revolving spinning slowly down to die, I’d spend the end with you. And when the world was through, then one by one the stars would all go out, then you and I would simply fly away.” Telly SavalasBarbara and Dwight Pettit, Andrea and Zach McDaniel, Shelonda and Phil Stokes, Pam and Stewart Beckham, Gwen and Thurman Pinder, Rosemary and Rev Donald Atkinson, Diane and Frank Hocker, Marcine and James Britton, Bishop Josephine and Tommy Ridgley, Dr. Francine and William Billy Hayes, Ann and Barrington Branch, Sadie and Eugene Smalley, Tessa and Andre Sheffield, Joan and Alex Brown, Deleanora and Cordell Boone, Virgie and Arnold Williams.“I found love in you and I’ve learned to love me too. Never have I felt that I could be all that you see. It’s like our hearts have intertwined and to the perfect harmony. This is why I love you, ooh this is why I love you. Because you love me you love me…I found love in you and no other love will do. Every moment that you smile chases all of the pain away. Forever and a while in my heart is where you’ll stay.” MajorDr. Patricia and Kurt Schmoke, Linda and Ken “Stromie” James, Janet and Harry “Sterling” Johnson, Russell and Ernestine Jolivet, Ann and Ray Butler, Wayne and Pat Frazier, Tarsha and Damon Hughes, Sen. Delores and Russell Kelly, Patricia and Howard Jessamy and State’s Attorney Marilyn and Del. Nick Mosby.“The look of love is in your eyes. A look your smile can’t disguise. The look of love, it’s saying so much more than just words could ever say. …I can hardly wait to hold you, feel my arms around you.” Diana KrallSenator Nathaniel and Rachel McFadden, Lawrence and Vera Hall, Judge Jan and Kathy Alexander, Dr, Guy and Joslyn Alexander, Eddie and Sylvia Brown, Novella and Kevin Carter, Ryan and Lisa McNeil, Dr. Vallen and Michele Emery, Errol and Debbie Taylor, Delegate Ben and Teresa Brooks, Chandra and Ellsworth Jackson, James and Jo Evelyn Lewis, Rita and Elvard Cooper, Donald and Judy Rainey, Marguerite and James Walker, Lora and Milton Mayo, Keith and Freehold Lee, Ollie and Mildred Johnson, Zoey and John Sheff and Burnell and Sarah Hurt.Those of us whose love has gone due to death “Tis better to have loved and lost. Than never to have loved at all.” Alfred Lord Tennyson“I am who I am because of you…I will always be yours.” Nicholas Sparks, The NotebookOn the coldest evening of 2019, I witnessed the marriage of Dr. Ashlee and Ryan Turner at the magnificent Grand. The old world and nouveau décor were the picture-perfect venue for the 210 guests at the Black-Tie ceremony. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour before the formal dinner served by white gloved staff passing hors d’oeuvre, of finger foods, including lambchops, champagne and mixed drinks. The sit-down dinner had guests mesmerized at the beautiful decorated dining room with gold and white décor featuring candle lit tables and assorted huge white floral bouquets. Family and friends came from New Orleans, Atlanta, West Chester New York and Charlotte North Carolina. Ryan a graduate of Mt. St Joe, Bowie and Stevenson University is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Turner. Ashlee a graduate of Grambling State, Central and Boston’s Northwestern earning her PhD is the daughter of Dr. Audrey Freeman of Pikesville.Happy birthday Murnell Cooper, Reggie “Rod “Thomas, Melvine Turlington, Art Peterson, and Gwen Pinder.Keeping my sister columnist Rosa Pryor and her family in prayer as she funeralizes her brother Joseph Joe Pryor and to Rudy Dillard and family on the death of his sister Joyce Dillard.What’s happening?February 13, 3PM Put on your red dress for Galentine’s Day at Colin’s 3653 Offutt Roadlast_img read more