Boxes of Smiles Initiative Lights up the Season for Childrens Emergency Hostel

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 15, 2018 – Nassau – Kayley Simon and her classmates packed a whole lot of love into a single shoe box and what started out as an idea to give gifts to others less fortunate instead of exchanging with classmates turned into a class project that taught the true meaning of the season.   Kayley, 11, is a sixth grade student at Windsor Preparatory School in western New Providence.   Shortly before the holidays, Kayley wrote to her teacher, Mrs. Courtnee Romer, sharing her excitement about the holidays, telling her she could “hardly wait to see the bright lights and the awesome Christmas trees all beautifully decorated.”She confessed she was especially excited about opening her presents and then she stole her teacher’s heart with these words: “As we at Windsor prepare to have our Christmas celebrations, I can’t help but think of all those children who are less fortunate than I.   That’s why this year, I would like to share an idea for a Christmas initiative called ‘A Box of Smiles.’   This year, I would like to invite my class to help me give to the children at The Children’s Emergency Hostel.   It would be nice to help put a smile on their faces.   Instead of exchanging gifts, we can use the money ($25-$30) to buy small items that can fit into a box, the size of a shoe box.   Some of the items can be coloring books, boxes of crayons, card games, pencils, pens, erasers, small toys etc.   Each student will decorate and fill their own box personalized for one child at the Hostel.”She also asked if each student in the class could make a Christmas card with a note to the recipient and include it in the box.   She offered to decorate a drop box and with the teacher’s permission, she would start the collection process.“All of us have so much to be thankful for and I believe that it would be so beautiful to make this Christmas a very special one for these children,” Kayley wrote and her teacher’s approval was instant.Over 20 shoe boxes from just about all of her classmates came pouring in along with cards and gifts and on December 18, one week before Kayley would be opening her own presents in a family home with a mother, father and two siblings.   Kayley and her mom delivered the gifts to children who would not be spending that special day of the year like the Simons but would know that someone – many someones – remembered them and cared.   They would know that the season meant love.Press Release: DPA News Related Items:last_img read more

Gmail Google Drive hit with global outage

first_imgGoogle confirmed the outage to CNET. It was widespread and appeared to cover North and South America, Europe and Asia, though not all users we impacted. (Gmail was working for CNET staff in New York and Australia but not for one of our reporters in San Francisco.)Either way, you might have an excuse for not already having sent that annoying email reply.   First published, March 12 at 8:12 p.m. PT.Update, 9:20 p.m. PT: Adds update from Google. Correction, March 13 at 5:30 a.m. PT:  Fixes the time of Google’s initial notification of the outage. Update, March 13 at 5:59 a.m. PT: Notes that the outage is over.  Internet Online Happy birthday internet, @gmail is taking the day off— Slice Penala (@SlicePenala) March 13, 2019 Gmail is having issues since 10:08 PM EST if it’s down for you as well #gmaildown— Outage.Report (@ReportOutage) March 13, 2019 Google Drive for Android Gmail is back. Google Gmail and Google Drive are back up after an hours-long outage affecting people around the world.”The problem with Gmail should be resolved,” reads a message  posted at 11:13 p.m. PT Tuesday on Google’s GSuite Status Dashboard. “We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.”Google had a similar status message for Google Drive, posted at the same time.Gmail users flooded social media on Tuesday evening to complain about problems sending emails. Some also reported issues with Google Drive, including spotty performance and certain file types not opening.According to an initial message posted on Google’s GSuite Status Dashboard at 7:53 p.m. PT Tuesday, both Gmail and Google Drive were experiencing what it described as a “service disruption.”So what do you do when you’re email isn’t working? Send out a tweet! Tags 11center_img Gmail going down globally— Urthboy (@urthboy) March 13, 2019 Share your voice Help! Gmail is down and I’m being forced to chill out!— Chris Sacca (@sacca) March 13, 2019 Review • Google Drive for Android gets a bit more powerful Comments Gmail Google Drive Googlelast_img read more

Baltimore Residents Raise Awareness About Government Malfeasance with Wear Red Fridays

first_imgA group of concerned Baltimore City residents, inspired by a recent initiative out of Ghana, has created a campaign to raise awareness about malfeasance in local government. The group, known collectively as the Kitchen Table Politicians (KTP), is asking area residents to wear red on Fridays to draw attention to a number of issues they feel the city working on to insure desirable outcomes for its citizens.KTP, with a membership of five to 10 people, was founded four years ago by Morning Sunday, a resident of northeast Baltimore’s Waverly neighborhood. The group, which meets every two weeks to discuss local issues over lunch, is made up of the demographic most likely to vote in local Baltimore elections, older Black women. “I thought, if we need someone to discuss the politics [of the city] and what’s really happening, we need to have the women who are voters discussing that,” said Sunday.Earlier this summer, a group out of Ghana called Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance, launched the Red Friday campaign, asking fellow Ghanaians to wear a red item on Fridays as a way of demanding responsible governance in their country, regardless of who is in power. Morning Sunday, who told the AFRO that she follows news in Ghana, South Africa, and Nigeria, saw in the initiative a model that could be reproduced in Baltimore, a city where many residents feel that the local government could be more in touch with their concerns.Thus Wear Red Fridays was born. The campaign began Aug. 15, and KTP is now selling red t-shirts to anyone interested in participating in the campaign but without an adequate red garment. The group plans to put on some street theater style puppet shows to help raise awareness about various issues affecting the city and related to local governance, such as minority set-asides for city projects, the confiscation and sale of homes over unpaid utility bills, environmental issues such as air quality, and the city’s unsolved homicide rate.For Sunday, this is about advocating on behalf of the city’s residents and shedding light on issues that often can be addressed with the simple enforcement existing laws. “These are not things you have to do something special for,” Said Sunday. “Minority set-asides is a law. Taking care of the children, that’s a law. Making landlords fix their properties up, those laws are on the books. We’re not asking them to make new laws, we’re asking them to enforce the laws that are already on the books.”Dale Hargrave is a contractor and member of KTP who joined the Wear Red Fridays campaign to raise awareness about how minority contractors are often left at a disadvantage when the city fails to enforce e-verify requirements for those employed under city contracts. E-Verify is a free, online system developed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, that allows employers to determine the legal eligibility of their employees to work in the U.S. “The issue is that, me as a contractor, if I’m bidding on a contract, and I have to compete with individuals that are using undocumented labor, they have an unfair competitive advantage,” said Hargrave.“We [have to]compete with people that are crunching the numbers, and the reason they can make the low bids work is because they’re using undocumented labor, and many times they are not in compliance with the wages they’re supposed to be paying,” added Hargrave.Sunday has been in touch with groups in Ferguson, Mo., and in Chicago, Ill. where she is working to expand the Wear Red Friday effort. Those interested in purchasing a t-shirt should email KTP at The first run of 100 t-shirts, Sunday said, has already sold out.last_img read more