first_imgToday marks the centennial day of Nelson Mandela and a day widely known as Mandela Day –  which calls on us all, to make the world a better place for all whilst celebrating Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change. Brand South Africa took to Alexandra(Alex)township to Mandela’s first home, in support of Gift of the Givers and Cake Masters to hand out food parcels, hot meals, wheelchairs and participate in a tour at the Heritage Site. The elders of Alex opened up the event in song and prayer, a way of showing gratitude and a reminder that all is well as the song sung Hayo mathata, Modimo ali teng (There are no problems, when God is present) reflected the mood for the day.  This was followed by the unveiling of an 8-meter-long cake baked by Cake Masters that captured milestones of Mandela’s life. “We wanted to encourage the community of Alex to stand up and make a difference, to be reminded of Mandela’s history and journey. That Alex was once home to Mandela and we must be proud”, said Mr Doctor Mokwena, founder of Cake Masters.Cake Masters is a company run and owned by two young men from Alex, they approached Gift of the Givers to propose the idea of baking a cake for Mandela Day and share it with the people of Alex. This was best fitting as every year Gift of the Givers spends Mandela day with the community of Alex. “Gift of the Givers has been at this house for the past 8 years on Mandela Day we’ve been feeding over 300 people in Alex, said founder of Gift of the Givers, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Dr Sooliman further adds, that “we are here today to highlight the skills of the people of Alex, we believe there are great opportunities for this place and when we were approached by the two gentlemen it created a catalyst to create something special”. The elders were entertained throughout the day and given food and a slice of the Mandela cake and parcels to take home. “I love Alex because this community has great potential for positive change and I think it is important that we celebrate Mandela Day by taking care of each other and working to see the change we want Alex”, said Gogo Mangi Follow the link to see the video of Mandela Day in Alex the conversation:Facebook: PlayYourPart Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgThe affable coach appreciated how invested the UP alumni are in the the performance of the Maroons, who are a game behind fourth place Far Eastern U in the Final four race.“When we weren’t winning, nobody cared, it was like ‘that’s how it is. Good luck guys.’ But now, this is something really new. That’s why I told the team that it’s fine that the alumni are angry because in a way, they are now involved.”Against Adamson, the UP faithful were loud in expressing their displeasure over what they felt were a badly officiated ball game, chanting “luto” during the second half as Adamson slowly pulled away in the third period, 69-50.That frustration was magnified when a UP student, seen wearing a media ID and sitting at courtside, threw the halftime stat sheet to the court in exasperation during the quarter break. That led to the Smart Araneta Coliseum bouncers escorting the student out of the venue.The numbers were indeed tilted against UP with with the Soaring Falcons shooting 25-of-28  from the freethrow line while the Fighting Maroons went 8-of-10.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments But Perasol knows the Fighting Maroons need to put their loss to the Soaring Falcons behind them if they want to score the upset and give Ateneo its first loss in UAAP Season 80 on Wednesday.“Looking forward, it’s my job to keep their spirits up. Although we accepted the fact that the effort we had wasn’t enough, we just have to find a way how we can compete against a team like Ateneo,” said Perasol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Fighting Maroons will have their loyal and vocal alumni behind them again as they make a last ditch rally for the Final Four, which Perasol is welcoming with open arms.“They [the fans] are passionate about winning, and it’s a positive sign that a community cares,” he said. “It gives pressure to the team to deliver and for them to not be passive…You’re in a competition, you’re supposed to win. You’re not going to win all the time, but with whatever you have, you make sure that you’re going to use that to have an advantage.”center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games But the disparity shouldn’t come as surprise given how Papi Sarr made minced meat of the UP defense and racked  up 25 points and 17 rebounds on a 7-of-9 shooting from the charity stripe.“The effort was there. I was happy about the effort of playing, but in the details, the quality it wasn’t there. I think we got overplayed by Papi Sarr,” lamented Perasol, whose side was called for 25 fouls. “Also, I saw that they attempted 28 free throws against our 10 and it may say a lot about how bad we defended, because we had a lot of fouls.”This frustrated most of the UP fanbase, but Perasol opted to take the high road when dealing with the head-scratching calls.“It’s kind of frustrating but I also have to keep my players (calm). There’s no other way to deal with it. If they want to call it, they will call it. What would be our chances if we start a fight? Nothing’s going to chance with the calls,” said Perasol. LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith University of the Philippines fighting for its life, coach Bo Perasol knows that there’s no sense crying over spilled milk following its crucial 86-70 defeat to Adamson last Sunday.Sitting at 5-7, UP is in a must-win situation if it wants to keep its Final Four hopes alive.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Batang Pier eye Amer, Newsome for Romeo John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG to discuss Everton asking price for Idrissa Gueyeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are ready to discuss the asking price of Everton for Idrissa Gueye.Everton had believed they’d successfully fought off the attentions of PSG last week for the midfielder.However, Telefoot says PSG chief Antero Henrique is now prepared to get closer to Everton’s €45m valuation.Henrique is confident he will strike personal terms with Gueye as early as today.And it’s suggested PSG will then move to thrash out a fee with Everton for the player’s transfer. last_img read more

first_imgTom Arnold claps for Iowa football.Twitter/@frzachk After a number of middling years recently, Hawkeyes fandom is paying off for the thousands of diehards that pack Kinnick Stadium every week. Iowa is 10-0, and just wins over sub-.500 Purdue and Nebraska teams away from heading into the post-season with an unblemished record. Iowa fans have plenty to be proud of, and one of the most notable—actor Tom Arnold—hopped on with ESPN‘s Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell to discuss how he became an Iowa fan, and his thoughts on the season. VIDEO: @TomArnold talks about his love for @TheIowaHawkeyes— Russillo and Kanell (@RussilloKanell) November 20, 2015Most Iowa fans can probably relate to how he’s feeling right now.[ESPN, Saturday Tradition]last_img read more

On Saturday, as thousands of protesters, dissatisfied with the results of the presidential election, were marching from Union Square to Trump Tower, just a few miles north, the two grandmasters sat down in the spaceship to play again. Game 2, with Karjakin handling the white pieces, began with the all-too-familiar Ruy Lopez opening, a staple of chess for 500 years. The rest of the game was an equally uncreative and plodding affair. One prominent grandmaster on Twitter called certain passages “flaccid.” After just under three hours, and not much else to speak of, they arrived at a second draw. (The computer chess engine Stockfish was in full agreement, seeing both games as nothing but deadlocked.) The actor and chess fan Woody Harrelson was on hand for Game 1. The star of “True Detective” brought to my mind that show’s oft-quoted line, bastardized from Nietzsche: “Time is a flat circle.” In chess, and at this championship, what’s old is new again, and moves and characters are strangely familiar. Donald Trump made the ceremonial first move at a qualifying event for that 1995 New York championship, at Trump Tower. And Rudy Giuliani, then the mayor and now rumored to be high on the list to be Trump’s attorney general, made the ceremonial first move in those finals. (Giuliani was late — and made the wrong move.)Carlsen remains the heavy favorite, although his chances according to my Elo-based simulations have dipped from 88 percent at the start to 84 percent now, as Karjakin has held serve.1I simulated 10,000 iterations of the remainder of the match using the players’ current Elo ratings and assumed that they draw half their games, as grandmasters historically tend to do. The players seemed to sense that the large crowds were getting a bit restless. “I ask you for your understanding that this is a long match,” Carlsen said at Saturday’s postgame press conference. “Not every game will be a firework.”Game 3 begins Monday afternoon. I’ll be covering the rest of the match here and on Twitter. The last time the World Chess Championship was held in New York City, titleholder Garry Kasparov met challenger Viswanathan Anand on the 107th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center. They played their first game on Sept. 11, 1995.That tower is now gone, a new one stands nearby, and the grandest board in chess is again set in lower Manhattan. This year, the venue is the new Fulton Market Building in the South Street Seaport, an area of the city that was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was rebuilt and has been thriving in recent years.The players are different, too. Magnus Carlsen of Norway, ranked No. 1 in the world, is defending his title against Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin, ranked No. 9. The first weekend of their best-of-12 match is in the books, and after two games — and two draws — the score is level at 1-1.This year’s chess venue is sparse and sleek, heavy on concrete and hypermodern black-and-white branding. Large flat-screen televisions dot the open floor, providing live views of the tense and slowly unfolding games. The sellout crowd mills around, stealing meaningful-looking glances at the game on TV, listening to live commentary on headphones, eating sandwiches and playing their own games of speed chess in the cafe’s Eames-style dining chairs.The two grandmasters play alone in a separate room, accompanied only by two stoic match arbiters. On the inside, the room resembles the bridge of a sci-fi spaceship. To the spectators on the outside, though, it evokes a reptile house in a zoo. You enter the dark, hot and humid viewing gallery through thick black curtains. You’re hushed as you enter and reminded to silence your phone. The lights inside are dimmed, and an eerie purple light glows from behind the thick glass of the one-way mirror. You can see Carlsen and Karjakin, leaning in close to each other over the board in deep thought. They can’t see you.In Game 1, Carlsen, playing with the white pieces, chose an unusual opening called the Trompowsky Attack. The joke around the Fulton Market Building on Friday was that he played it as a homophonic nod to the new president-elect. There was truth to the joke. Asked after the game whether his choice had anything to do with Donald Trump, Carlsen replied: “A little bit.”“I’m a big fan of Donald Trump,” Carlsen told Norway’s TV2 in March (in Norwegian). “Trump is incredibly good at finding opponents’ weaknesses. He speaks only about that the other candidates are stupid or smelly. There should be more of this in chess, too.” Carlsen then offered a Trumpism of his own: “Karjakin is incredibly boring!” Karjakin, for his political part, is an avowed supporter of Vladimir Putin.By the end of that first game, each side had pushed its wooden army as far as it’d go — two phalanxes scrumming at the center of the board. No further blood was drawn, however, and the players agreed to a draw after the 42nd move and just under four hours of play. (Draws are quite common in championship chess.) read more

first_imgNR Narayana Murthy, co-founder of IT giant Infosys Ltd is gearing up to set foot into the e-commerce business in India in collaboration with global giant Amazon. The joint venture will be carried out through Murthy’s investment firm Catamaran Ventures, which will 51 percent stake in the business.”Catamaran is partnering with Amazon Asia to offer services that help offline seller and SMBs in India to get online and to take advantage of the fast-growing online customer base in the country,” Arjun Ramegowda Narayanswamy, who heads Catamaran Ventures told the Economic Times. “NRN does not have a board role at any of our investments.””Catamaran Ventures’s partnership with Amazon Asia will target small and medium-sized firms Narayanswamy, added in an email to Reuters on Friday.Murthy, the Indian IT industrialist, set up Catamaran Management Services Pvt Ltd, a venture capital fund in 2010. It made its debut investment in SKS Microfinance at 1.3 percent stake for ₹ 28.1 crore and later invested ₹ 200crore in Manipal Universal. However, the deal was called off after sometime.The VC firm has been known to invest in diverse sectors such as energy drink, healthcare and e-commerce. Bigshoebaazar India,, Healthspring, Kaizen Private Equity LLC, Hector Beverages Pvt. Ltd., Ace Creative Learning Pvt Ltd., NRB Bearings Ltd. are a few firms which boast of investments from the firm.Catamaran and Accel Partners, a venture firm, together invested ₹ 5crore in Bangalore-based Ace Creative Learning Pvt Ltd. in 2010, which provides education support services to schools and colleges. A similar amount was invested in NRB Bearings as well for 1.39 percent stake.In 2011, Catamaran along with Bangalore-based FootPrint Ventures invested ₹6 crore in Gurgaon-based Hector Beverages Pvt. Ltd., which is a rival of Red Bull. Murthy’s venture firm bought Bigshoebazaar, an online wholesaler and retailer of shoes, bags, accessories and gift items, at 13 percent stake for ₹26 crore in the same year.Catamaran, Ace Creative and Accel Partners also invested in Kaizen Private Equity LLC, India’s first educational focused PE fund, in 2012.Murthy who took Infosys into one of India’s top outsourcing service companies, stepped down as executive chairman earlier this monthlast_img read more

first_imgA house is seen on fire in Gawduthar village, Maungdaw township, in the north of Rakhine state, Myanmar September 7, 2017. Picture taken September 7, 2017. REUTERSPressure on Myanmar soared as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the violence against Rohingya Muslims “unacceptable” and rights group Amnesty said on Friday it has evidence of the military’s “systematic” torching of villages.The increasingly harsh global condemnation comes as the number of Rohingya who have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state for Bangladesh to escape ethnic unrest hit 389,000, and the United Nations warned of a looming “worst case scenario” with all of the Muslim minority group trying to leave.The number of refugees was up 10,000 in just 24 hours, as the three-week old crisis deepens.“We need to support Aung San Suu Kyi and her leadership but also be very clear and unequivocal to the military power sharing in that government that this is unacceptable,” Tillerson said Thursday of Myanmar’s first civilian leader in decades.“This violence must stop. This persecution must stop. It has been characterised by many as ethnic cleansing. That must stop,” he said during a visit to London, speaking alongside British counterpart Boris Johnson.Johnson also called on Myanmar’s de facto leader to use her “moral capital” to highlight the plight of the Rohingyas.A house is seen on fire in Gawduthar village, Maungdaw township, in the north of Rakhine state, Myanmar September 7, 2017. Picture taken September 7, 2017. REUTERSSuu Kyi, a Nobel laureate and long-time human rights champion, has been condemned for a lack of moral leadership and compassion in resolving the crisis.She has no control over the powerful military, which ran the country for 50 years.UN chief Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said the mass displacement of Rohingya amounted to ethnic cleansing.Amnesty International released fresh satellite images Friday of burned villages in Rakhine state, alleging Myanmar’s security forces have led “systematic” clearances of Rohingya Muslim settlements over the last three weeks.At least 26 villages had been hit by arson attacks in the Rohingya-majority region, the rights group said, with patches of grey ash picked up in photos marking the spots where homes had once stood.Backing up the pictures, Amnesty said fire sensors also deployed on satellites had detected 80 large-scale blazes across northern Rakhine state since August 25, when the army launched “clearance operations”.“Rakhine state is on fire,” said Olof Blomqvist, a researcher with Amnesty International, in a “clear campaign of ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar security forces”.The group quoted Rohingya witnesses who described security officers and vigilantes using petrol or shoulder-fired rocket launchers to set homes alight, before firing on villagers as they fled.“It’s very difficult to conclude that it is anything other than a deliberate effort by the Myanmar military to drive Rohingya out of their own country by any means necessary,” Blomqvist added.‘Worst case scenario’Relief workers are struggling to contain the humanitarian disaster unfolding around the Bangladesh border town of Cox’s Bazar with 10,000-20,000 people crossing over each day—far more than the UN and other agencies had expected.“We have to estimate the worst case scenario” where all Rohingya flee Rakhine, said Mohammed Abdiker Mohamud, a director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN’s migration agency.“We cannot just put our heads in sand (and) say that everything will be OK,” he added.“Unless a political solution is found there is a possibility that the entire Rohingya community may come to Bangladesh.”ap of Myanmar`s Rakhine State showing areas where fires were detected by satellites, according to Amnesty International. AFPThere were previously an estimated 1.1 million Rohingya in Rakhine state, who have endured decades of persecution in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar.At least 300,000 had fled to Bangladesh before the latest crackdown started on August 25, following attacks by Rohingya militants on police targets.The exodus since has taken the overall figure of those who have quit Myanmar to at least 700,000.Even before arriving to safety in Bangladesh, refugees who have trekked through jungles for days to reach the border are being targeted by profiteering boat operators who have hiked prices 200 times to cross the river separating Myanmar and Bangladesh.An AFP correspondent at the Naf river said boat owners were charging refugees up to $100 for a 10-30 minute trip that would normally cost less than 50 cents.“The boatmen threatened to throw us into the sea if we refused to give them our valuables,” said Nadera Banu, 19, who got married only last year but is already a widow.“I gave up the final memento of my husband, a gold locket given on my wedding day, to escape.”Bangladeshi magistrates operating mobile courts in Cox’s Bazar and nearby districts have now started sentencing boat owners and local villagers to terms of up to six months in prison, officials said Thursday.Once in Bangladesh, refugees—with UNICEF saying 60 percent of new arrivals are children—are faced with desperate conditions in already overstretched camps around Cox’s Bazar. UN agencies have warned the country is struggling to cope.Smoke is seen on Myanmar`s side of border as a boat carrying Rohingya refugees arrives on shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip. Reuters“There are acute shortages of everything, most critically shelter, food and clean water,” UNICEF’s representative in Bangladesh Edouard Beigbeder said in a statement.“Conditions on the ground place children at risk of high risk of water-borne disease. We have a monumental task ahead of us to protect these extremely vulnerable children.”last_img

first_img 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 10, 2005 Hopefully by now, you’ve learned how to protect your business from such internet dangers as viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other dastardly computer infections. But many of you may be totally unaware of the latest and greatest Internet plague known as “phishing.”Phishing is the deceptive practice that involves a scam artist-known as a “phisher”-sending out legitimate-looking e-mail messages that appear to be sent by well-known banks, credit card companies, online retailers and even internet service providers. The point is to trick unsuspecting people and businesses into giving out confidential financial data such as passwords, social security numbers and even bank account numbers.Here’s how a typical “phishing expedition” works:You receive an e-mail that contains a “serious looking” subject line like these:”Warning: You Must Update Your Account Information Immediately”or”Notice: Your Account Will Be Suspended”The subject line may even contain the name of a real bank, credit card company or other legitimate business. Once you open the e-mail, you notice that it contains official-looking logos, graphics and other indications that the e-mail is legitimate and has been sent from the actual company named in the e-mail.The phishing message will then tell you there’s a problem with your account or service that requires you to verify certain information such as your password, account code, federal tax ID number or social security number. Or the message will ask you to click over to a website that again contains very official-looking logos and graphics. The text on the website page will similarly ask you to provide confidential information to “verify” your account information.If you respond to the phishing e-mail or website as requested, you or your business-being the “phish”-will have swallowed the bait. The phisher now has you hooked and can immediately use your confidential information to loot your bank account, run up tremendous charges on your credit cards and, in some cases, engage in complete identity theft.Before you think that phishing isn’t that big a deal, know this: Experts believe phishers are able to dupe as many as 5 percent of the people they send e-mails to, people who fully respond and give up their valuable and confidential information without a moment’s hesitation.So what can you do to prevent phishers from hooking you and your employees?1. Be sure to alert all your employees who have internet access to be on the lookout for phishing messages. Your employees shouldn’t even open the suspect e-mail but rather should immediately report it to the person in charge of technology for your company for further handling.2. Company policy should require that none of your employees be authorized to give out any confidential or financial information over the internet without first receiving approval from you or someone you’ve assigned this task to. This policy would cover any “nonroutine” online banking, account or credit card inquiries or transactions that your business may make. Remember, phishers routinely hijack the names of well-known banks and credit card companies to lure people into responding, so employees should suspect even legitimate-looking e-mails.3. Make sure your internet browser software, your internet security software, your anti-virus software and your anti-spam software is up to date at all times. One particularly nasty phishing expedition occurs when a phisher uses a virus or Trojan horse to install a “key logger” program on your computer which allows the phisher even easier access to your confidential information.4. Have the person who reviews your bank, credit card and debit statements be on the lookout for any unusual transactions that may be the result of a successful phishing expedition.If you find out too late that your business was hooked by a phisher, here are some of the actions you should consider taking at once:1. Immediately contact all your credit and debit card companies, banks and other financial institutions and, if necessary, cancel your existing accounts and open new ones. Remember that your liability for unauthorized use of your credit cards, bank accounts and other financial accounts can depend on how quickly you report the fraud.2. Depending on just what type of information was given to the phisher, consider contacting the three major credit reporting companies:Experian,Equifax and TransUnion Corporation to explore your options. These may include placing a fraud alert on your file and requesting a free copy of your credit report to check for any unauthorized transactions or accounts.3. Carefully review all your current account statements and then fax or e-mail a detailed explanation of any suspicious or fraudulent activity to the vendor, bank or credit card company involved.4. If you know or believe that the fraud is extensive, you should consider contacting local law enforcement to file a criminal report as well as the FBI’s Internet Fraud Complaint Center.Unfortunately, reports of phishing expeditions are on the rise and continue to be a real problem for many banks, credit card companies, online vendors and internet service providers, not to mention their customers. It goes without saying that you and your business should take these and other precautions to be ahead of the curve regarding this latest internet plague.To paraphrase a once-popular ad, when a phisher drops his well-baited hook in front of your business, you should be prepared to simply say, “Sorry, Charlie.”Note: The information in this column is provided by the author, not All answers are general in nature, not legal advice and not warranted or guaranteed. Readers are cautioned not to rely on this information. Because laws change over time and in different jurisdictions, it is imperative that you consult an attorney in your area regarding legal matters and an accountant regarding tax matters. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgWhat to do if you’re involved in a collision What to do in a collision Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:02/0:59Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:Carol and Kate ShanahanCarol and Kate ShanahanUP NEXT: Click for Sound The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Watch again Video will play in  The stretch of road affected by the accident (Image: Inrix) Click to playTap to playcenter_img Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch Next We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comA road was partially blocked following an accident near Stafford this afternoon. The accident took place on the A5013 Creswell Grove, resulting in traffic moving slowly in the area. Traffic data company INRIX reports the accident has taken place between the M6 J14 / A34 / A5013 (Stafford North) and B5405 Newport Road. The accident is reported to have happened near to Creswell Farm at around 4pm today – and the road reopened at around 6.30pm. This was affecting traffic between Great Bridgeford and Creswell. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed firefighters from Stone had freed a casualty from a vehicle. We will bring you updates on this accident as we get them on the live feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Share this video Read MoreLive: News, traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire & South Cheshire on Wednesday April 18 Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire.18:38Accident clearedThe accident has now been cleared, INRIX has confirmed.17:20Casualty freed from vehicleStaffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed they have freed a casualty from the vehicle following the accident.16:50What we knowCreswell Grove is partially blocked due to the accidentThe accident took place at around 4pmTraffic between Great Bridgeford and Creswell is affectedlast_img read more

first_imgU.S. President Barack Obama issued a statement Sunday to mark Costa Rica’s 193rd anniversary of its independence, along with the rest of Central America. In his message, Obama highlighted Costa Rica’s “strong partnership” with the United States, a relationship he said is based on the shared goals of “protecting human rights, freedom of expression, and our environment, especially our oceans.”Obama called Costa Rica “one of Central America’s most stable and prosperous nations,” adding that the Central American country’s “longtime commitment to investing in health, education, environmental protection, and sustainable development should be admired and emulated.”While Obama’s message was diplomatically cordial, a similar statement last Friday by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made him sound almost Tico.“Just as schoolchildren will parade down the streets, shining their faroles in the night, so Costa Rica has been a beacon of light in the world for peace and democracy,” Kerry wrote. He even mentioned – in Spanish – Costa Rica’s National Anthem: “Vivan siempre el trabajo y la paz!”Following are the two letters. First, Obama’s:Dear Mr. President:The American people join me in extending our best wishes to you and the people of Costa Rica as you celebrate the 193rd anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Costa Rica on September 15.The United States and Costa Rica have built a strong partnership based on shared democratic values, including protecting human rights, freedom of expression, and ourenvironment, especially our oceans.  I look forward to working with you to continue to advocate for democratic freedoms throughout the Americas and around the world.Costa Rica is one of Central America’s most stable and prosperous nations, and your longtime commitment to investing in health, education, environmental protection, and sustainable development should be admired and emulated.  The United States stands with you in your efforts to expand trade and grow your high technology economy, so that your people can continue to prosper and thrive.  Your efforts to increase cooperation and integration among Central American nations is an example of the kind of leadership for which Costa Rica is admired.I offer my congratulations to you, your government, and all Costa Ricans as you celebrate your country’s independence.Sincerely,Barack ObamaAnd Kerry’s:On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to the people of Costa Rica as you celebrate 193 years of independence on September 15.The United States and Costa Rica are natural partners rooted in our long history of democracy. We congratulate you on the recent presidential elections, another in a string of peaceful transfers of power. We look forward to continuing our work with President Solis and his administration.Just as schoolchildren will parade down the streets, shining their faroles in the night, so Costa Rica has been a beacon of light in the world for peace and democracy.As the concluding line of your anthem says, “Vivan siempre el trabajo y la paz!”Happy Independence Day, Costa Rica! Facebook Comments Related posts:Independence day and social democracy PHOTOS: Costa Rica Celebrates 193 Years of Independence PHOTOS: Lantern parade and torch kick off Costa Rica Independence Day festivities PHOTOS: Snapshots of Costa Rica’s Independence Day Paradelast_img read more