Alabama loses a treasure

first_img Published 11:00 pm Monday, June 13, 2011 Kathryn Tucker Windham recites a tell during one of her last visits to Pike County. Windham was a popular participant in the We Piddle Around storytelling events. (Photo/Jaine Treadwell)\An old, red pickup truck carried Kathryn Tucker Windham to her final resting place on a hot, sunny June Monday morning.“Miss Kathryn’s” handmade pine coffin was gently and lovingly placed at the gravesite where family and friends had gathered for the early morning service.The minister said kind words about the legendary Alabama storyteller but, then, there is nothing but kind words to be said. He talked about the things that “Miss Kathryn” held in highest regard – relationships with family and friends – and the two things that we all have in common – life and death.“Miss Kathryn,” he said, didn’t fear death. She viewed it as a new, exciting adventure and “lived into it.”As the coffin was lowered into the ground, family and friends played “I’ll Fly Away” on combs as, “Miss Kathryn” requested. Then, they took turns with shovels and closed the grave of one whose legacy will live forever. Email the author Latest Stories Skip The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Sponsored Content “She said she could make a good down payment on a car for what they were asking for a casket,” Adams said. “So, she had one handcrafted and stored it in her garage until it was needed.”It was needed on June 12, 2011. Windham passed away at age 93 at her home in Selma on Sunday and was buried on Monday at New Live Oak Cemetery.“The burial was just as Kathryn wanted it, and it was a beautiful service for a most wonderful and amazing woman,” Adams said.Windham is no stranger to the people of Pike County. Although many have known her over the years as the “Ghost Lady” and/or the author of “13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey,” in recent years, she has been a favorite storyteller at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge, as she was at storytelling events all across the country.Lawrence Bowden, president of Brundidge Historical Society sponsor of the storytelling events, said Windham helped bring storytelling to the forefront in the Pike County area.“Kathryn Tucker Windham was not only a great storyteller,” she was an outstanding person,” he said. “She had a tremendous impact as a storyteller and as a personality. Once you heard her, you wanted to hear her again and again. She also inspired people to go and tell their stories. There will never be another like her.”Melissa Scarbrough of Troy had a rare opportunity to eat “supper” with Windham. Scarbrough was a volunteer at the Chili Country Christmas storytelling at the We Piddle Around Theater in December 2009 and was invited to “sit down” with Windham.“Kathryn Windham’s stories went straight from her heart to yours,” Scarbrough said. “She was real and honest. There was nothing pretentious about her. She was a master storyteller. She would have the audience sitting on the edge of their seats hanging on her every word. It was such an honor for me to get to know her. It’s something I will always treasure.”Scarbrough said that Kathryn Windham was greatly loved and will greatly missed, but “the party in heaven has begun.” “Kathryn always said that nothing last forever except love and the love for her will live on through her stories and the thousands of stories she inspired in others,” said Charles Adams of Troy, a longtime friend of Windham.“It was important for me to attend Kathryn’s burial,” Adams said. “I met her in 1968 at the ‘Horse Pens 40’ arts and crafts show. She was working for the Birmingham News at the time and we’ve been friends ever since. I just had to be there.“Kathryn was a legend in her own time but more importantly, she was a good friend to me, my wife, Mary, and all of our children for a long, long time.”Mary Adams said that anyone who has heard Windham on stage probably heard her tell about how she went to a Selma funeral home to make arrangements for her own burial. Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By The Penny Hoarder Alabama loses a treasure Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like Riddle honored and remembered after passing Troy State University players carry coach Chase Riddle off the field following a game. (Photo courtesy Troy University) Troy University… read more Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. 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Christine Riordan: Setting Adelphi Apart

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dr. Christine Riordan made history in 2014 when she was named the first female president of Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university, Adelphi University in Garden City. She recently caught up with us to share her thoughts on Adelphi’s impact on the community, how giving back is part of the mission and why personalized education is their hallmark. Our conversation was edited and condensed.Long Island Press: What is your vision for the university?Christine Riordan: Two years ago, we went through a comprehensive process and laid out the mission and our vision. In a nutshell, we’re striving to personalize higher education in a way that’s meaningful and purposeful for each student.LIP: What sets Adelphi apart from other colleges and universities?CR: The quality of the programs, hands-on learning, small classes, and our personalized approach toward education are really hallmarks for us.LIP: The Bridges to Adelphi Program has been praised as a national model for helping students with autism continue their higher education. Are there plans to expand it to meet growing demand?CR: I’m really proud of all of our pathway programs. I think it speaks to our core strength, which is helping all our students succeed regardless of learning differences. We do pay attention to the demand for that program as well as another program that we have called The Learning Resource Program, for students with any kind of learning need. We try to scale as much as we can. I’m really excited about The Bridges program because we start it in high school, so students can come the summer before college starts to help with that transition. And then we take them through the college experience with mentoring and tutoring and social support. We also now have a partnership with a nonprofit that’s helping place our students in employment situations.LIP: Adelphi recently got a $1 million pledge to fund its new Faculty Leadership Fellows initiative that prepares faculty for careers as college administrators. Why is this important?CR: The Viret Family Faculty Leadership Fellows Program was implemented to help faculty members who are interested in going into leadership at university really start to understand how a university operates. We began this program two years ago and the faculty members go through pretty extensive professional development for a semester. They meet with every single one of the executives in all the different functional units to learn about everything from the budget to alumni relations to fundraising to academic operations to how facilities operate. It has gone exceedingly well.LIP: Is there anything I should have asked but didn’t?CR: One of the things that’s pretty important to understand is the impact that Adelphi has on our community. There are four big areas where we’re going to continue to emphasize. One is giving back. We have the Carnegie Foundation classification for community engagement, which means our students are extraordinarily involved in the  broader community through volunteer activities. One of our trustees also gave a gift to begin what we call the Jaggaer Community Fellows program that places about 150 students in nonprofits every summer for internships. The second thing is we have over 500 strategic partnerships with various organizations throughout the state focusing on education, research and employment opportunities, and that’s going to be a major initiative for us going forward. The third thing that a lot of people don’t know is we provide a lot of services to the community. We provide an audiology clinic, as an example, that will help people with their hearing aids or do hearing assessments. We have a lot of community services. And then the last thing is we generate over half a billion dollars of economic activity in the community. All told, our economic impact on the community is pretty great and Adelphi is really focused a lot on developing strong relationships as we move forward.Adelphi at A GlanceStudent population: 7,978Faculty: 349Student to Faculty ratio: 10:1Undergraduate tuition: $37,170Graduate tuition: $36,370 – $45,940Undergraduates receiving institutional scholarship award: 86%Percent receiving financial aid: 92.9%last_img read more

Rio Olympic head Nuzman formally charged with corruption

first_imgFILE – In this Oct. 5, 2017 file photo, Carlos Nuzman, president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, is escorted by federal police officers after being taken into custody at his home, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nuzman was charged by Brazilian prosecutors Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, with corruption, money laundering, tax evasion, and running a criminal organization. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)RIO DE JANEIRO — Carlos Nuzman, the head of last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, has been charged by Brazilian federal prosecutors with corruption, money laundering, tax evasion and running a criminal organization.Brazilian prosecutors announced the formal charges on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Alejandro lauds teammates’ fighting spirit despite loss to Ateneo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Papa Massata Diack, Lamine Diack, former Rio governor Sergio Cabral, and businessman Arthur Cesar deMenezes Soares Filho were also charged in the filing.Nuzman resigned last week as the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee. He has denied any wrongdoingand wrote in his resignation letter that he was “unjustly implicated.”The filing says Nuzman has undeclared assets in Switzerland, including 16, 1-kilo gold bars.“While Olympic medalists chased their dreams of gold medals, leaders of the Brazilian Olympic Committee stashed their gold in Switzerland,” prosecutor Fabiana Schenider said when Nuzman was arrested.The day after the Olympics ended, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach presented Nuzman, and former Mayor Eduardo Paes, gold “Olympic Orders” for their role in running the Rio Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “These were marvelous Olympic Games,” Bach said. “The Olympic Games Rio 2016 have shown the best of the Cariocas (Rio residents) and Brazilians to the world.”Prosecutors wrote in court documents that “There is robust evidence that Carlos Nuzman, as head of Brazil’s Olympic Committee and Rio 2016 organizing committee, had an increase in his total assets that is incompatible with his declared assets. On the other side, there are elements that suggest there was embezzlement of taxpayer money that was destined to the referred Olympic entities.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 75-year-old Nuzman was arrested two weeks ago and is being held in prison.Prosecutors also filed corruption charges against Nuzman’s right-hand man at the Rio Olympic organizing committee, Leonardo Gryner.In the filing, prosecutors said the two “promoted, formed, financed, and integrated a criminal organization aimed at committing the crimes of corruption and embezzlement in detriment of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Olympic Committee and the organizing committee of the Rio 2016 Olympics.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBrazilian and French authorities say Nuzman helped pay $2 million to Papa Massata Diack to win votes to stage the 2016 Olympics.In the vote in 2009 to pick the host city, Lamine Diack, Papa Massata’s father, was a powerful IOC member from Senegal with sway over the African voting bloc. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Tight security in place for BRICS Summit

first_img25 March 2013A comprehensive security strategy has been developed by the South African government to ensure the safety of delegates attending the 5th BRICS Summit starting in Durban on Tuesday.Addressing the media in Pretoria on Monday, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said that “uncompromising security measures” had been implemented for the summit.These include VIP safety, route, venue and accommodation security, crowd management, port of entry deployments, traffic control, and rapid-response teams ready to deal with any contingency.“Law enforcement agencies will be everywhere, ready for any eventuality,” Mthethwa said. “We shall be deploying approximately 1 900 SA Police Service members and 1 100 designated officers drawn from other agencies, including from Metro Police and Defence.“In total, we shall have a capacity of 3 000 law enforcement officers, and these are members who have acquired vast experience in policing major international events.”As with other special events successfully hosted by South Africa in the past, Mthethwa said all security-related operations around the BRICS Summit were being coordinated through a National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (Natjoints).Established in order to plan, implement, execute and monitor all inter-departmental and cross-provincial operations affecting safety, security and stability in the country, the Natjoints has seen South Africa gain an international reputation as a leader in major event security.Mthethwa said the safety of law-abiding South Africans would in no way be compromised by the BRICS operation. “Whilst the local and global attention may be in Durban, normal policing will continue unhindered.”He added that the police would also use the summit as an opportunity to engage their counterparts on security matters.“The hosting of this important gathering provides the South African government with an opportunity of sharing of experiences, tactics and mechanisms with all BRICS countries on crime and fighting corruption.“We shall also tap into possible cooperation on various issues such as training in different areas of public safety.”Source: read more

Colorado MLS Listings to Get Greener

first_imgThe “green fields” in Colorado’s Multiple Listing Service are expanding, a change that will make it easier for real estate agents and home buyers to find energy-efficient properties.As reported on the website of the Residential Energy Services Network, the Colorado Energy Office has been working on the expanded MLS listings so they will include:The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index scoreEnergy Star homesLEED certificationCertification under the National Green Building StandardBoth buyers and sellers will benefit, RESNET said. Buyers will be able to find homes that use less energy and may benefit from loan programs related to energy efficiency upgrades. Sellers benefit because energy-efficient houses get higher sales prices.RESNET praised the move as a “significant push to the mainstreaming of the HERS Index Score,” and said efforts to make energy efficiency information also were underway in other markets, including Portland, Oregon, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area.last_img read more

The Reimagination of Publishing

first_imgLast Friday I did a presentation at The Project [R]evolution conference in Auckland, New Zealand. I presented on a topic I’ve been writing a lot about recently: the reimagination of publishing. I haven’t been this excited about innovation in Web publishing since the early, experimental days of blogging, when I started ReadWriteWeb circa 2002-03. In particular, three new products have captured my imagination:, Medium and Branch. It’s too early to tell if any of those three products will be successful, but I like them because they are doing something different – and as a result, shaking things up.Although it’s Web publishing that has fired up my neurons, I have also been tracking developments in digital books and magazines. I mentioned two iPad apps that have impressed me a lot over the past year: The Atavist and Citia. Neither aims to replace paper. The beauty of both The Atavist and Citia is that they complement traditional magazines and books (respectively).The Atavist releases multimedia enhanced magazine stories for about $3 a pop. Citia creates digital versions of non-fiction books, using cards and stacks to condense each book into its essential ideas – a concept which fans of 1980s product HyperCard, for Apple Macintosh, will remember fondly. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market What’s intriguing about these new products isn’t that they have a decent chance of becoming as massive as Twitter, Facebook, WordPress or Tumblr. Indeed, I will be surprised if any of the new era become even half as popular. What’s of most interest to me is that each of these new products is challenging the “old” guard (if you can call services born in the mid-to-late 2000s as old!) is a direct challenge to Twitter’s business model – especially now that Twitter is in the midst of tightening access to its API. Medium is, in a way, trying to make a categorized Tumblr (in other words, make a better Tumblr). Branch is trying to reimagine discussions, which strikes at both Facebook and Twitter. Svbtle is encroaching on the terrain of WordPress, with its elite blog network and minimalist design.These are exciting times for Web publishers! Here is the whole of my presentation, via Slideshare: Tags:#Publishing Services#web Next I talked about the transition from the first big wave of Web publishing, which I characterized as the Geocities era of the mid to late 90s – to the latest wave of 2012 (, Medium, Branch, Svbtle). The Clipart-addled Geocities was the third biggest website on the Web in 1999, its peak. Nowadays, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and Tumblr rule. Summarizing where I think digital magazines and books are going, I listed some of the key drivers. But note the fifth point: people still love paper magazines and books (this author included). The digital publishing products that fascinate me the most are ones that complement paper magazines and books – they don’t aim to replace them. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The Reimagination of Publishing from Richard MacManus Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… But things may be shaken up, again, if two of Twitter’s founders and a bolshy Twitter competitor have anything to do with it. I’ve identified five reasons why Web publishing is undergoing a sea change (see presentation embedded below for all five). richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Sania celebrates 24th birthday with hope for the future

first_imgSania Mirza decided to celebrate her 24th birthday near the tennis courts at the Aoti sports complex on Monday. For one who likes to keep the media at a distance, this was a day when Sania mixed freely with all as she cut the cake and offered it to several people.With husband Shoaib Malik flying down for the special moment, the Indian tennis star was all smiles. “My husband has come down and it also happens to be my mother’s birthday. Above all, India has won a medal in tennis and I am very happy,” Sania told Mail Today.Reflecting on the year gone by, Sania was frank in her assessment. “No doubt this has been an eventful year for me. Getting married to Shoaib was a big decision and having to spend five months at home because of injury, I thought I would quit tennis. Yes, Allah has been kind to me,” she said.Currently on antibiotics for a severe ear infection, where the Indian star says she could hear “tennis balls popping in my ears”, Sania is aware of the challenges ahead. “I had to miss the team event but I am ready for the open events now. As I can take part in only two events, I will play singles and mixed doubles with Vishnu Vardhan,” said Sania. “I have seen his game. He serves and volleys well and has a good backhand.”This was a day when Sania was ready to reflect on her first medal at the Busan Asian Games in 2002. “I was just 15 then and these eight years have gone by fast. I think the Doha Asiad was very good for me but what makes me happy today is I am still enjoying my tennis,” she said.advertisementHaving been with Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi and now being part of a contingent with youngsters, Sania feels the next generation is ready to take over. “Look at it, we don’t have Leander or Mahesh or Rohan and we still win a medal in men’s tennis. This is a superb start,” she said.Sania is pleased to see the progress of Indian sport. “We had a good run at the Commonwealth Games and we started winning medals. I wasn’t able to see Pankaj Advani’s match or Gagan Narang win silver. But I think we will keep the momentum going,” she said.On her fitness, injuries and overall life, Sania was very clear. “I am actually feeling no pain in my right wrist, which had been bothering me. I think after marriage I have got what I wanted and Shoaib is a very nice husband. Most often, I am travelling during my birthday. Tonight, it should be a quiet dinner with my family and friends,” she said.For his part, Shoaib prefers not to talk too much. “Yes I came all the way for Sania’s birthday and will be flying back on the 18th. I did play the Super Sixes in Hong Kong and I hope Sania can do well here,” he told Mail Today.last_img read more

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS a head turner on road

first_imgBajaj Pulsar 200NS is a definite head turner on the road since it was launched in January 2012. Weighing 145kg, this machine from the Bajaj Auto has most of its mass concentrated at the centre presenting the bike with superb handling and cornering abilites.The new Pulsar NS is priced at Rs 85,000 (ex-show room, Delhi).According to reports, the motor pumps out 23.52PS of power at 9,500rpm and 18.3Nm of torque at 8000rpm. The new Pulsar, with a large 33mm carburetor and new 6-speed gearbox, is capable of reaching 100km/h from a standstill in less than 10 seconds and can reach speeds in excess of 140km/h.The 200 NS is fitted with petal disc brakes on both front and rear (280mm front and 230mm rear with floating callipers). The Bybre (Brembo’s proprietary brakes for bikes under 600cc) brakes are very efficient and can bring the heavy bike (145kgs at the kerb) to a standstill from higher speeds.  The perimeter frame and its twin steel spars, side-cowls and knee-recesses incorporate the same muscular design philosophy, with neat cuts and sharp lines. The rear is the same old tapering design with the two LED-strip tail lamps. The Pulsar sports a Nitrox Mono Suspension at the rear (with a piggy-back Nitrox canister usually seen on older Pulsars rear shocks). The wide tyres give the Pulsar 200NS a further aggressive look. With Agency inputslast_img read more

Fire Warning for Holiday Season

first_imgStory Highlights He was speaking to JIS News about ways in which Jamaicans can protect their lives and property from fires this Christmas. Public Relations Officer at the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Emeleo Ebanks, said that cases of residential fire tend to be higher during the Christmas period, “due to holiday-related activities that increase our vulnerability to fires”. The entire family has a role to play in residential fire prevention this Christmas season. The entire family has a role to play in residential fire prevention this Christmas season.Public Relations Officer at the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Emeleo Ebanks, said that cases of residential fire tend to be higher during the Christmas period, “due to holiday-related activities that increase our vulnerability to fires”.He was speaking to JIS News about ways in which Jamaicans can protect their lives and property from fires this Christmas.“At this time of the year…children are at home, we are decorating, we are doing more cooking, we are baking, we are putting up lights, and that leaves us more susceptible to the things that will start fires,” he said.Noting that most residential fires are electrically related, Mr. Ebanks urges all residents to have the wiring of their homes checked annually by a certified electrician to ensure their homes can manage the boost in electricity at this time.Additionally, he believes there are precautions both adults and children can take during the holiday period.Children under the age of 12 and those who are unable to properly reach a stove top are not advised to cook. Children are also discouraged from plugging electrical appliances in and out at will, and are warned against playing with fires.Mr. Ebanks also advises that you must never leave cooking unattended, and to outfit your home with affordable safety items, such as extinguishers, battery-operated smoke detectors in each room and a heat detector in the kitchen.In keeping with the tradition of decorating the home and yard for Christmas, the JFB has shared several tips, including checking for the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) quality and safety mark on electrical items.“Ensure the lights, decorations and extension cords are UL-rated. Make sure outdoor lights are all-weather lights than can work on the outside. Inspect lights and other decoration for wear or damage to the insulation. Unplug lights when going to bed and when leaving the home as the heat from the lights can melt plastic Christmas trees and cause sparks on live trees,” Mr. Ebanks said.He advises that live trees should be watered daily and positioned at least three feet away from all heat sources, such as television sets and other household appliances.“If your lights, your cords, your plugs are damaged, do not repair and put some electrical tape over it. Replace them. It is easier, and you will find that it is more cost-effective than to replace a house,” Mr. Ebanks said.“Those bags that you will be getting… the Christmas wrappers, throw them out. Those things, including curtains and dish towels, add to the fire load in your house. A normal-sized room takes three minutes to be engulfed in flames. When you add to the ‘fire load’, what you are doing is enabling that fire to spread much faster and, unfortunately, at 3:00 a.m. when everyone is sleeping, you are setting yourself up in what we call a death trap from that kind of situation,” he warned.Jamaicans are reminded that they can visit any fire station across the island to receive fire-safety tips and also the Jamaica Fire Brigade’s social media pages where they will be posted.last_img read more