Man vs. Tree: Fear isn’t a bad thing

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here December 14, 2016 at 11:22 am Inspiration: Charles TowneSplendid, I enjoy Mr. Towne’s look on life. I climbed that tree, or at least one like it. Made me feel like I was Queen, I could see forever. That is, until I started down. I climbed a lot of trees in my childhood but never again that one. Thank you Mr. Towne for showing a window into my childhood and what we all go through to get where we are. I will look forward to reading more.Sincerely, L. Atwell TAGSCharles TowneFearInspirationTrees Previous articleBeautiful weather, large crowds highlight Apopka Christmas ParadeNext articleA Gift that Keeps on Giving Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 3 COMMENTS Lorita Atwell Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Trees are still a passion of mine but at 82 I do a tad better with my feet on the ground. Thanks lots, Chaz Charles Towne Anonymous Please enter your comment!center_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Reply December 12, 2016 at 10:25 am December 11, 2016 at 5:01 pm Please enter your name here Reply I do so enjoy Charles Towne’s articles! They are so down to earth and practical,full of faith and love to God and fellow men and women. Seems to have a great love of mom, America and apple pie, especially mom’s. Please continue these articles from Charles Towne. They are so inspirational. Thanks again for this type of interesting articles! InspirationBy Charles TowneThe hounds of knowledge always send the lions of fear running.I like that idea.I have had enough animal encounters, not just a few of which were enough to raise the hackles of fear on my scrawny little neck. I was no bigger than a wart on a toad’s behind when I climbed a tree the first time. It was one of those strange moments in life when curiosity overruled common sense, and soon, quite mysteriously, I found myself Waaay up there.Now “Waaay up there is not a bad place to be until you look down. I looked down. “Yikes, how did I get Waaay up here? What if I fall! What if I break my arm, my leg, my neck? Boy, I am going to get a good switching if I break my neck.” I’m sure I originated the term, “tree hugger.” I’m also sure I left little boy nail prints in the skin of that tree.Charles Towne is a longtime Apopka resident, member of Insp!re Church and a published author.Scared? Me scared? I wasn’t scared, Terrified maybe, but not scared.I knew that some time way in the future they would find a little fossilized boy wearing a fear induced grimace, way up there in that tree. And speaking of starving to death it must be getting close to dinnertime!Oh dear God, I was going to miss dinner, and mama had baked an apple pie! My fear of missing out on the apple pie was incentive enough. Inch by inch I worked myself closer and closer to the ground, until…? I never knew standing on the ground could feel so good!And then I broke my toe when I kicked the tree.I went home and was in plenty of time for dinner, and in spite of the fact that my toe hurt like blazes I ate a big piece of apple pie, and do you know what? I went back the next day and climbed that tree again, and I went through the same agony, the same fear, all over again.   Eventually I learned to love that old tree. By God’s grace, as we face our fears they become much less threatening, and just perhaps they even add spice to our lives. Boy, do I miss mama’s apple pie.Live fully,Love openly,And make a difference, today LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

“Pillar Of Defence” or information war

first_img News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Follow the news on Palestine PalestineMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en 19 November 2012 – Two more Palestinian journalists injuredRead in Arabic (بالعربية)Israeli warplanes again fired missiles this afternoon at the Al-Shuruk media building in the west Gaza City district of Rimal, injuring two more journalists – Al-Arabiya cameraman Ahmed Al-Ridi and Ahmed Al-Achkar, a cameraman with Houna Al-Quds TV, a local station.Doctors at Gaza City’s Al-Shifa Hospital said the two journalists had sustained light injuries and were allowed to go home two hours after being admitted.A spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces said the target was Ramez Harb, head of media for Saraya Al-Quds, the armed wing of the Gaza-based group Islamic Jihad, who was killed in the airstrike.The building nonetheless houses the offices of several foreign and local media and today’s airstrike damaged the Al-Arabiya and Houna Al-Quds bureauxIn an interview yesterday for Al-Jazeera, Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said the IDF could not treat Al-Aqsa TV employees as “legitimate journalists” like BBC or Al-Jazeera English journalists.Reporters Without Borders condemns Regev’s position and points out that news media enjoy the same rights as civilians under humanitarian law and their offices cannot be regarded as military targets.Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire yesterday said that support for Hamas could not be used as grounds for attacking a news organization. “Attacks on civilian targets are war crimes and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions,” Deloire said. “Those responsible must be identified.”Read Reporters Without Borders’ previous statement: RWB condemns air strikes on news media in Gaza city November 19, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Pillar Of Defence” or information war PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information May 16, 2021 Find out more Organisation Related documents 121120_pilier_de_defense_ar.pdfPDF – 32.23 KB Receive email alerts News News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists to go furtherlast_img read more

RSF calls for effective release of all journalists detained in Ethiopia

first_img May 18, 2021 Find out more EthiopiaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsCovid19ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentNobel PrizeViolence Amid armed clashes in Ethiopia that are almost impossible for the media to cover, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the country’s authorities to immediately release all detained journalists, one of whom has just caught Covid-19 in prison. Follow the news on Ethiopia May 21, 2021 Find out more Prime minister Abiy Ahmed on World Press Freedom Day in Addis Abeba, May 3rd, 2019. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP Abiy’s installation as prime minister in 2018 brought major improvements in press freedom. Many imprisoned journalists were released and more than 250 previously banned media outlets were allowed to operate. RSF_en A court in Addis Ababa, the capital, yesterday approved the provisional release of Medihane and three journalists with the Ethiopian Press Agency (EPA) – Haftu Gebreegziabher, Tsegaye Hadush and Abreha Hagos – who were also arrested on 10 November. “The current context does not justify censorship or reprisals against journalists. Abiy was given the prize as a reward for measures taken to end such a repressive and destructive scenario. Disillusionment is now on a par with the hopes originally raised. We ask the authorities to free the imprisoned journalists and allow the media to work.” News Help by sharing this information News But the court’s decision does not guarantee their immediate release. The police has appealed against this decision and a new hearing is going to take place this morning in Addis Abeba. The four journalists must each first pay bail that is equivalent to 217 euros. Addis Standard editor-in-chief Tsedale Lema told RSF she would be in suspense until Medihane was finally released because, “it’s become a pattern that police are constantly undermining the judiciary as of late.” December 2, 2020 – Updated on December 3, 2020 RSF calls for effective release of all journalists detained in Ethiopia Since 2018, Ethiopia has risen 51 places in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index, going from 150th out of 180 countries to 99th.center_img Unfortunately, no significant improvements to the draconian media laws were made and, in recent months, RSF has received reports of several violations of the freedom to inform that have fuelled concern about a regression that would endanger the remarkable progress of the past two years. News Held since 10 November, Medihane Ekubamichael – the editor of the Addis Standard, one of Ethiopia’s most important English-language newspapers – has just tested positive to the coronavirus. His lawyer, Wubshet Kassaw, told RSF that Medihane’s main symptom so far was problems with his sense of smell. He was trying to arrange his release on bail, he added. Organisation News to go further RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia Fighting in recent weeks between federal forces and regional forces controlled by the northern Tigray region’s ruling party has caused thousands of deaths and displaced tens of thousands of civilians. The federal authorities have not issued any official figures, and the prime minister says the military operations are now over. But Tigray is completely cut off from the rest of the country and it is virtually impossible for journalists to access the region and provide independent coverage of what is happening there. “One year after receiving the Nobel peace prize, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed heads a country that prevents journalists from working, detains some journalists and exposes them to the Covid-19 epidemic,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation EthiopiaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsCovid19ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentNobel PrizeViolence Receive email alerts Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home February 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Couple who allegedly kept kids in cages charged with felony child neglect, endangerment

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(MADISON, Wisconsin) — A Wisconsin couple was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, child neglect and false imprisonment after authorities said they kept their children in cages.Travis Lanier Headrick, 46, and Amy Michelle Headrick, 39, were charged by Monroe County authorities on nine felony counts and ordered not to have contact with the children.On Monday afternoon, authorities searched the couple’s home in the village of Melvina after they received a complaint about children being locked in cages and a horse trough in a residence, according to the criminal complaint. Authorities also received a photo of small boy in a horse trough with metal fencing as the cover, secured with zip ties. They said they were informed that five children were in the house, four of whom were adopted and one who was a biological child. Three detectives searched the home and one described what he saw in the complaint.“I noticed a child in a horse trough with metal fencing over the top of the trough secured with zip ties,” Detective John Brose of Monroe County said. “There was also a child in a locked cage on what appeared to be a double stacked cage.” The children had soiled themselves in these cages, the complaint said, and almost all of the doors of the house had alarm systems. The children were allegedly not allowed to leave the house other than on Sunday for church.A deputy said he had to cut the zip ties off the horse trough to free one of the children.When authorities questioned Amy Headrick, according to the complaint, she asserted she was a good mother and was trying to protect her children.She told authorities, the complaint said, that the child in the horse trough had been put there because he smeared his feces on walls and furniture, which had been attracting maggots, and she was “creating a membrane that is washable.” “I didn’t want to put him in a bathtub and make him sleep in the bathroom,” the complaint quoted her as saying, “so I thought this was something I could wash and take out for him.”A babysitter who said she had been working with the couple since March 2018, Monday through Friday, described the conditions to detectives, the complaint said.Brose said in the complaint that the babysitter told him she was instructed to unlock the cages in the morning and to put the children back in the cages later. He said the babysitter expressed fear that the couple’s daughter would report her to the mother, Amy Headrick, if she didn’t do as she was told and that the former babysitter had “quit because she was fed up with it.”The couple were arrested and a $20,000 bond was set on Monday. A trial is scheduled to begin on Sept. 6. If convicted, the couple faces up to 10 years and $25,000 in fines for each of the seven reckless endangerment and neglect charges and up to six years and $10,000 for each of the two false imprisonment charges.The Headricks had attorneys present at their bond hearings, according to the Monroe County Clerks Office, but it is unclear whether they have retained attorneys to represent them.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Call for standards on child labour

first_imgCall for standards on child labourOn 22 May 2001 in Personnel Today HRshould be involved in drawing up companies’ standards of engagement to avoidusing child labour in their supply chain, claims a leading HR academic.DrDiana Winstanley, senior lecturer in HR management at Imperial College, is callingfor employers to have clear specifications on child labour when using overseassuppliers.Winstanley’sreport, Approaches to child labour in the supply chain, urges companies to workin partnership with other employers to combat child labour.Shesaid, “Ignorance and indifference are no longer options for companiesfaced with human rights abuses further down the supply chain, yet to sticktheir heads above the parapet and take action often invites more criticalattention.”Winstanleysays the cost of addressing child labour is equivalent to 5 per cent of companyprofits.Industriessuch as sportswear, football stitching and carpet manufacturers have come underthe spotlight for using child labour in developing countries. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

MoD defends its actions over Dr David Kelly

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. MoD defends its actions over Dr David KellyOn 23 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The director of personnel at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has defended hisdepartment’s treatment of Dr David Kelly, describing the support offered to theweapons expert as “outstanding”. Richard Hatfield told the Hutton Inquiry that the ministry had handled theaffair properly, despite Kelly’s suicide after being identified as the sourceof a BBC story. Hatfield said there was no reason why he should have told Kelly that the MoDwas planning to confirm his name to journalists. Kelly was named as the source for Andrew Gilligan’s controversial story,which accused the Government of ‘sexing-up’ the dossier used to justify theIraq war. Hatfield told the inquiry he would probably have suspended Kelly when askedwhether he would have handled the situation any differently with hindsight. He went on to play down the levels of stress that Kelly was under, and addedthat he was enduring similar pressure in his current position. last_img read more

Tracing particle paths in the Antarctic ice sheet

first_imgA layer of moraine within the Antarctic ice sheet has been detected in the course of airborne radar ice soundings. The moraine was injected at the margin of the ice and can serve as a tracer to pick out a particle path within the ice. When combined with surface measurements, the ability to trace particle paths should allow detailed modelling of the dynamic behaviour in limited areas.last_img

Estate agents earn £4,770 per sale, claims zero-fee hybrid agent

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Estate agents earn £4,770 per sale, claims zero-fee hybrid agent previous nextAgencies & PeopleEstate agents earn £4,770 per sale, claims zero-fee hybrid agentStrike, formerly known as HouseSimple, says its research shows traditional agents are charging too much.Nigel Lewis26th November 20204 Comments633 Views Estate agents have earned £4,770 per property sale on average in the UK over the past decade, it has been claimed.The figure has been published by hybrid estate agency Strike, formerly HouseSimple, which is currently rolling out its free home selling service across the UK.The agency, which generates its revenue from recommending third-party services such as mortgages and conveyancing to clients, has completed the research in an attempt to highlight how much vendors pay on average to sell a property.It also says that 11% of vendors payed more than £10,000 to sell their home.But the figures do reveal the huge variation in fees earned by agents across the UK.London – £6,573Birmingham – £5,622Southampton – £5,481Bristol – £5,316Belfast – £4,667Norwich – £4,338Liverpool – £4,221Edinburgh – £3,690Sheffield – £3,405Glasgow – £3,273Manchester – £3,265Cardiff – £3,255Newcastle – £3,167Leeds – £3,000Nottingham – £2,854Also, Strike says more than two in five (44%) of UK sellers were unhappy with the service provided by their estate agents, peaking at 58% in Belfast.And it claims that the level of agency fee charged depends on a range of factors including gender (men appear to get better deals than women) and age group (Millennials seem to be happy not to haggle on fee).Sam Mitchell, CEO at Strike, said: “Estate agent fees are often the most significant expense when moving to a new house, especially with the current stamp duty relief, and it’s really interesting to see which factors affect how much people pay.Earlier this year Rightmove put the average fees at £ agent commission strike HouseSimple online agent sam mitchell November 26, 2020Nigel Lewis4 commentsColin Bury, Duckworths Estate Agents Duckworths Estate Agents 26th November 2020 at 12:06 pmWell Sam your research figures for the area of Lancashire that I work in are well of the Mark and that’s a fact and not based on a set of figures pulled together multiplied then divided to make an averageMost estate agents are above average in their professional capacity and it’s the let’s reinvent the wheel brigade that on average probably get most complaints and give the rest a bad nameWhen will you learn that the majority of people are prepared to pay for a good estate agency service and don’t trust the we don’t charge commission or fees brigade !Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 26th November 2020 at 9:00 amThats because we work hard to earn them. !!!!As any of my clients many of whom return time after time to instruct meJust read our reviewsThis is a more recent one from a lawyer!“Daniel GinsburyPartner at Ingram Winter Green LLP SolicitorsGlad to have taken a complex high-value residential disposal through to completion today, under the steady co-ordinating hand of Murray Lee of Dreamview, expertly pulling all the component strands together.Looking forward to working with you again soon Sir !”And was echoed by his clientWe also receive no fees if we dont sell. Where else do you find that?And we also try to make sure we achieve the best prices for our vendors working hard to cover the fee element of the sale priceLets focus on the positives6 out of 10 were happy with their agents (60%!)Better rating than many other businessesLog in to ReplyJames Gibbs, Gibbs Gillespie Gibbs Gillespie 26th November 2020 at 8:54 amI can imagine the wonderful service that the public will receive at Strike and then complain about Estate Agents. The sooner these cheap and nasty brands fold the better. Give great service and charge accordingly.Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 26th November 2020 at 9:01 am100% agree Mr Gibbs !Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Warburtons opens learning centre

first_imgWarburtons staff in Blackpool are getting a career boost after the company and Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union forked out for a learning centre.They have invested £5,000 in the new facility, which staff can use during their breaks and production shut-downs.More than 20 staff in Marton are already using new computers to improve their IT skills and take up business-related training in computers, health and safety, finance, touch typing, and online skills for life. Courses for literacy and numeracy will also be introduced soon.Jason Hall, unit manager at Warburtons, said: “We already have around a third of our staff working to gain better qualifications and more sign up almost every day. The new centre will give employees the opportunity to further their skills and qualifications in an accessible way.”last_img read more

Happy Opening to Neil Patrick Harris & Hedwig

first_img About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. To celebrate the musical’s opening night, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson created this portrait of Harris as Hedwig and Lena Hall as Yitzhak, Hedwig’s husband and backup singer, rocking out to Stephen Trask’s score and John Cameron Mitchell’s book. View Comments Lena Hall wishes Harris, Hall and everyone at Hedwig a happy opening! You can spit beer in our face, yell at us, whatever. We’ll just beg for more. Star Files Neil Patrick Harris Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 The cat’s out of the bag, or rather, the wig’s out of the box! The much-anticipated Great White Way debut of Hedwig and the Angry Inch opens on April 22 at the Belasco Theatre, with Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris donning the transgender rock star’s wig, fishnets and heels. Tony winner Michael Mayer directs the new production of the cult favorite. Hedwig and the Angry Inch Related Showslast_img read more