OTTAWA HILLS, OH (WTOL) – For the next two weeks, Ottawa Hills Elementary students will be collecting books and money donations to give to kids in Liberia. “There’s one person over there who wishes they had a book, and you know that you’re going to help them soon and they’re going to get that book,” said Will Berschback, 6th grader and student council co-president. Over the years the 4th, 5th and 6th grade student council members have used the school’s book fair as a way to collect books to send to kids in other countries. First it was Guatemala; then Haiti. And this year it’s Liberia. This week and next week they’re asking people to donate new or gently used books for any and all ages. They’re also accepting money donations to help with the shipping costs. Each 55 pound barrel can hold up to about 100 books, but it costs $150 per barrel to send them. The student council members say they were upset when they found out that a lot of students in Liberia don’t have books to read. But this book drive is changing all that. “It’s important because I think that all kids should be able to read. And that maybe they want to do something, but they don’t have the information to know how to do it or how to become someone that they want to. And I think if we give them books, they can fulfill what they want to do,” said Teddy Perozek, 6th grader and student council co-president. (Source http://world.einnews.com)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
SAN JOSE – For the third time in nearly three decades, iPod maker Apple Inc. has resolved a bitter trademark dispute with The Beatles’ guardian Apple Corps Ltd. over use of the iconic apple logo and name. But while the truce announced Monday appeared to finally bury the long-simmering animosity, music lovers will still need to wait for the right to buy such songs as “Love Me Do” or “Hey Jude” on Apple Inc.’s iTunes online store. The announcement – made jointly by one of the world’s largest music sellers and one of history’s most beloved bands – was silent on whether the catalog of Beatles songs will become available for download any time soon. The Beatles have so far been the most prominent holdout from iTunes and other online music services, and Apple’s overtures to put the music online have been stymied by the ongoing litigation. It’s no secret that Steve Jobs – Apple Inc.’s chief executive officer and a huge Beatles fan – has wanted the British band’s music on iTunes, which has sold more than 2 billion songs worldwide and has catapulted Apple into the top ranks of music sellers. Jobs even cued up some Beatles music and album art in unveiling the company’s highly anticipated iPhone gadget at the Macworld Conference and Expo last month, setting off rampant speculation that some type of deal might be in the works. However, decades of legal disputes between the two companies have thus far made any partnership all but impossible. “We love the Beatles, and it has been painful being at odds with them over these trademarks,” Jobs said in a statement. “It feels great to resolve this in a positive manner, and in a way that should remove the potential of further disagreements in the future.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The settlement gives Cupertino-based Apple Inc. ownership of the name and logo in return for agreeing to license some of those trademarks back to London-based Apple Corps – guardian of The Beatles’ commercial interests – for their continued use. It ends the ongoing trademark lawsuit between the two companies, with each side paying its own legal costs. Other terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Industry analysts said a resolution on putting The Beatles’ music online is likely already in the works. “It goes from impossible to a lock that it’s going to happen – it’s a function of time at this point,” said Gene Munster, senior research analyst with investment bank Piper Jaffray & Co. “I bet they move pretty fast. For Apple, it was critical that they got this taken care of.” Jaffray estimates that Apple Inc. paid The Beatles $50 million to $100 million for the rights to the Apple name. That would come on top of more than $26.5 million Apple paid to settle past disputes with Apple Corps.