Diggin’ a hole to China, and for ourselves

first_img What we didn’t know was that Pink, who lived down the pig trail from the peach orchard, sometimes took a short cut through the orchard at night.Pink was an old man and his eyes weren’t all that good and it was a cloudy night, so that’s how it happened that he fell into the hole to China and thought the ground had swallowed him up.Lucky for him – and us – the hole was only about four feet deep and the tarpaulin kind of broke his fall — like he had been dropped in a sack.Pink was a good, kind man. He didn’t tell our mamas and daddies. But he gave us a good talking to. Published 3:00 am Saturday, May 6, 2017 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Skip Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Tornados prove costly for area April is the peak of the Southeast spring tornado season.  Alabama avoided any major tornadoes, but two events in Pike… read more Mama was the one who told me stories about the “boogie man” in order to get me to go to sleep at night and about how Gypsies would take little girls off and their mamas would never see them again to keep me from wandering off. And, Mama said if you dug a hole deep enough, you could go all the way to China — to deter me from digging up the back yard.That bit of information about China fascinated me. And, it made a lot of sense, too. China was on the other side of the world so it stood to reason that, if you dug deep enough, you could reach China.The summer of our tenth year, Betty Kay and I decided that it was time for us to put that theory into practice. We mapped out a place on the backside of my grandmother’s peach orchard, got all the digging tools we needed – scoops, a hoe and “table” spoons — and drug up what remained of an old tarpaulin – “tarp” they are called these days. Why we have to abbreviate every word with more than six letters or initial things, I don’t understand. I don’t shop at places with initials. I swore off that finger-licking good Kentucky Fried Chicken as soon as it went to KFC. That took my appetite. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “Y’all had better get out there and fill up that hole ’fore somebody else falls in it,” he said. “Then, get on and find ya’self something better to do and quit that foolishness about diggin’ all the way to China.“You can’t dig to China no way. Y’all outta know China’s at the bottom of the well.” Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… By Jaine Treadwell Print Article Email the author Latest Stories Every day, Julia Faye and I dedicated time to digging to China. It was more difficult than we had thought. The ground was hard and the sun was hot but we had to keep digging so we could get to China before school started back in the fall.Every night, we would cover the hole with the tarpaulin and disguise it with weeds and bush branches. We got the know-how from Saturday picture shows where booby traps were made in the jungle to catch animals. Lions and tigers would come running through the jungle and not see the trap because it had been boobied and fall right in.Betty Kay and I weren’t setting a booby trap. We were just disguising the hole so nobody would know that we were digging our way to China. Diggin’ a hole to China, and for ourselves By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave 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 HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe 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. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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China: Ex-Soviet Aircraft Carrier Kiev Gets Five Star Makeover

first_img Share this article View post tag: Carrier August 16, 2011 View post tag: Kiev China: Ex-Soviet Aircraft Carrier Kiev Gets Five Star Makeover View post tag: Soviet View post tag: Navy View post tag: Ex View post tag: STAR View post tag: Makeovercenter_img View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today China: Ex-Soviet Aircraft Carrier Kiev Gets Five Star Makeover Training & Education View post tag: Aircraft View post tag: News by topic View post tag: five China opens a luxury hotel which originally is refitted ex-Soviet aircraft carrier Kiev. According to South China Morning Post, EUR 9.6 mln was spent to refit the ship.Since 2004 the ship was a part of military-oriented theme park in Tianjin; there were models of combat aircraft on the ship’s deck. “Previously, China had no aircraft carriers, and people find them mysterious and curious objects. Although the first Chinese carrier has started sea trials, public will be unlikely allowed to board it. So, people can visit Kiev to satisfy their curiosity”, says marketing manager Liu Chang.Designers shifted from standard navy-style decorations towards more luxury materials. Each suit is furnished with a huge circle bed, silver curtains, and a carpet on the floor. The interior design means that the visitors would be wealthy people. However, prices have not been set so far.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, August 16, 2011; View post tag: getslast_img read more

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Djokovic tests positive to covid-19 regrets Adria tour

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Novak Djokovic’s disastrous Adria Tour project went from bad to worse Tuesday when the world number one himself announced he had tested positive for Coronavirus. The 33 year-old Serbian, who has revealed he is an anti-vaxxer, stated that he did not have symptoms but that he had become sixth direct participant in his exhibition series to catch the virus. It comes after two events, in Belgrade and Zadar, where there was a near total lack of social distancing measures, with players repeatedly getting up close in everything from fun football kickabouts to escapades in nightclubs. Other players who have tested positive are Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki. There have also been positive tests for Djokovic’s fitness trainer Marco Panichi and Dimitrov’s coach Christian Groh. The highest profile player of them all tested positive after he returned to Belgrade, having declined to be tested with everyone else at the second event in Croatia. Djokovic’s wife Jelena has also tested positive, although their children have not. World number one Novak Djokovic and others recently meet in a club without observing social distancingAdvertisement Loading…center_img ‘The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested,’ he said, before going on to state his good intentions in arranging the exhibition series. ‘Everything we did in in the past month we did with a pure heart. Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region. ‘It was all born with a philanthropic idea, to direct all raised funds towards people in need and it warmed my heart to see how everybody strongly responded to this. We organised the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the tour had been met. Read AlsoDjokovic may dump tennis over compulsory vaccination talks Djokovic hosted a Facebook Live event back in April and revealed he is against having vaccinations. ‘Personally I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel,’ Djokovic saidlast_img read more

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U-17: Mali defeat South Africa to win African Youth Championships

first_imgCAF U17 Championship FinalResult: South Africa 0-2 MaliDate: 1 March 2015Venue: General Seyni Kountche StadiumMali beat South Africa 2-0 in Niamey on Sunday to become the new U-17 champions of Africa.Second half goals from Siaka Bagayoko and Aly Malle decided the tie and earned the Eaglets their first ever triumph in the competition. Neither of the two finalists had won the competition before, but Mali had been knocking on the door after finishing second once and third twice, while South Africa’s best showing before now was a fourth-placed finish ten years ago.Both teams were unbeaten coming into this game though the Malians boasted a better record, with three wins and a draw to South Africa’s two wins and two draws.When both met in the group phase Mali blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2, but this time the Amajimbos had no answer for the all-conquering Eaglets.Bagayoko opened scoring in the 64th minute and Malle made sure of the win in the 77th minute.Third place match  Guinea came from behind to beat Nigeria 3-1 for bronze.Victor Osimhen got the opening goal for the Nigerians, but the junior Syli hit back through Aboubacar Toure and Abdoulaye Keita to take a 2-1 lead into the break. Keita then sealed the win in the second half with his second goal of the game.All four teams have however qualified to represent Africa at the World Cup in October in Chile.–last_img read more

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CR outfielder Tyler Keil signs NLI to play at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

first_imgEUREKA >> Tyler Keil is all up for making a bit of history.And he’s going to get that chance come next spring out in the Rocky Mountains.Keil, an Arcata native and College of the Redwoods’ speedy sophomore outfielder, signed a letter of intent Friday afternoon to further his baseball career at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. The Mountain Lions, who are at the Division II level and play in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, will field a baseball team for the first time in …last_img read more

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Struggle heroes for children

first_img30 May 2003A series of books for children on 10 of South Africa’s prominent freedom fighters is not only a wonderful classroom resource but a good place to start for anyone in search of introductory information on the struggle against apartheid. Freedom Fighters, from the Learning African History series, documents the lives of 10 legendary activists – Albert Luthuli, Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Seretse Khama, Desmond Tutu, Chris Hani, Helen Joseph, Thabo Mbeki and Steve Biko.Pitched at 9- to 10-year-old English first language speakers and 11- to 13-year-old English second language speakers, and written by award-winning children’s book writer Chris van Wyk, the series colourfully documents the lives of 10 extraordinary people.The books are written in a crisp and direct way, and easily hold the interest of the reader. What attracts the young reader in particular is their colourful packaging and captivating original pictures (many of the photographs have never been published before).Using individuals as the vehicle to describe the country’s journey from apartheid to democracy is a clever one: it sustains the interest of the reader and allows him or her to identify with each of the individuals’ very different stories as well as absorb the historical context in which their struggles were played out. Although the series includes individuals with vastly different backgrounds – from Helen Joseph, a party-loving socialite from Durban, to Seretse Khama, chief of the Bangwato people in Botswana at the age of four! – what is apparent is the extent to which so many of the country’s political activists overcame obstacles like poverty and rural isolation to get their school and university education and pursue their goals.The early lives of these “struggle heroes’ will be of interest to young readers. Such as how Chris or Tembisile (his real first name) Hani got teased for doing “women’s work’ – helping his mother collect water and firewood – when he was small; or how Winnie Madikizela-Mandela had to leave school for six months at the age of eight and milk cows and look after sheep and goats; or how Desmond Tutu was born so tiny he was not expected to live.The realities of apartheid – the “whites-only’ areas, the struggle for education, the indignity of passes – are clearly described and will help convey to the younger generation, whose understanding of apartheid is largely theoretical, what life was like for their parents and grandparents.The lives of the activists are painted in broad brushstrokes, with the more complex and controversial aspects of “the struggle’, and those surrounding some of the individuals themselves, usually omitted. The controversies that have dogged Madikizela-Mandela are hinted at with the sentence: “Some people do not like Winnie Mandela, but many admire her for her courage and her strength and for her role during the struggle.’The death of Stompie Sepei and subsequent conviction of Mandela on kidnapping charges are briefly mentioned without much explanation. No mention is made of Steve Biko’s relationship with Mamphele Ramphele and the child that was born from it, for example. Although the imperative to keep the books simple and brief enough for young minds to absorb clearly places constraints on the extent to which the author can delve into the complexities, I believe these details are important.It could be argued that young minds are not sophisticated enough to deal with complex subjects without losing the general thrust of the series – celebrating the lives of brave and remarkable people who helped bring about the downfall of apartheid.However, the “rosy-tinted treatment’ is a weakness. Painting the heroes as flawless individuals makes them seem less real – even to young minds – and gives the series a whiff of dogma. It also patronises children who are in fact old enough to question and debate.The “Freedom Fighters’ series was tested on a Britney Spears/ Eminem-obsessed nine-year-old, Alice. Far from needing a preparatory sermon to fuel her interest in the books, she was immediately drawn to them and spent a long time poring over the pages. She particularly liked the one on Winnie Mandela, who for all age groups is a fascinating figure, whether one likes her or not. This is what Alice had to say: “Generally I like the books. They teach us about racism and apartheid. The one on Thabo Mbeki is interesting because it tells you things about him you didn’t know. The one on Nelson Mandela isn’t that interesting because everyone knows that stuff about him already.“I don’t know if I would read all of them. They would be great to have in the school library for school projects, but I don’t know if someone would just go and read them. They prefer Sweet Valley High and other books like that.’The 10-book boxed set is published by Awareness Publishing and costs R975.20. Tel: (011) 403-3008; fax: (011) 403-1150.last_img read more

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Photo library: Buildings and structures 17

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Buildings & Structures contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Inside the Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Inside the Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Inside the Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Inside the Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES 17: {loadposition bd}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

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The President’s Award boosts the role of the youth

first_imgMore than 50,000 young South Africans have enrolled in The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment over the past decade. It requires participants to make an impact in their communities.Says Nicola Stevenson, Grade 11: “The most challenging part of the President’s Award for me was to put myself out of my comfort zone. Basically I just saw the world a little differently, from a new perspective, one I was glad about and I will try to keep.” Seen here are award winners, The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment organisers, and former Miss South Africa, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene at an awards ceremony in Mpumalanga in March 2017. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanOver the past decade, more than 19,000 young South Africans have completed all the levels required in The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment (TPA) programme. They received gold, silver or bronze certificates for completing it.A total of 1,555 young people have received their gold certificate.The certificate, which shows that a participant has completed the TPA levels, can be used as a reference in a curriculum vitae. The certificate can also be used to apply for bursaries.An awards ceremony was held earlier this month at Penryn College in Nelspruit. At the event, 61 people from eight award units in Mpumalanga received bronze and silver awards. Of these, 49 were bronze and 12 were silver. Both these levels took a minimum of six months to complete.An international accoladeThe TPA programme is affiliated to The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People. Both programmes are open to all people between the ages of 14 and 24.The TPA is a full member of the International Award Foundation. It oversees the award programme in more than 140 countries, of which 25 are in Africa. There are more than one million active participants internationally.At each level of The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment, participants have to undertake an adventurous journey. Pictured is a group on their way to a hiking expedition. (Image supplied)The programmeIn the past 10 years, 56,000 people have enrolled in the programme.It was established as The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People in 1956 in the United Kingdom by Prince Phillip. It was introduced in South Africa in 1983 as the Gold Shield Award, and was re-launched as The President’s Award in 1994, with Nelson Mandela as its founding patron in chief.The TPA offers 14- to 24-year-olds an opportunity to develop character, discover their purpose and determine their future in building a better South Africa, says Nkagare Makhudu, head of the programme.“It is a balanced, non-competitive challenge for young people implemented in schools, institutions of higher learning, community youth facilities, residential child care centres including homes and secure care centres, as well as correctional centres.”It provides a framework for non-formal education and experiential learning opportunities to help youth discover talents that do not necessarily show up in a classroom, he says.The TPA also encourages:Personal discovery and growth;Self-reliance;Discipline;Responsibility;Service to the community.“We have more than 600 adult volunteer leaders, known as award leaders, who serve as coaches or mentors to participants in various award units.”The Mpumalanga awardsThe awards programme is run throughout the country. At the Mpumalanga ceremony the awardees were from a number of schools:Bronze awardees:Penryn College – 1Sitintile Secondary – 19Sabane Secondary – 10Mthombo Secondary – 7Lowveld High – 2Mamkhulu.org – 5Fundinjobo – 5Silver awardees:Penryn College – 1Mamkhulu.org – 9Uplands College – 2Each of them received a badge and a certificate signed by President Jacob Zuma, who is the present patron in chief, and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.The certificates were handed out by Chris Erasmus, the Penryn College headmaster; Miss South Africa, Ntandoyenkosi (Nthando) Kunene; the TPA’s Makhudu; and Dineo Matsheka, the TPA programme manager for Mpumalanga.Programme criteriaParticipants must complete four sections at each level to achieve their bronze, silver or gold awards. The four sections are community service, skills development, physical recreation and adventurous journey within a group. At gold level, participants complete a residential project as well.Community service, for example, would be to visit people in need and deliver a domestic task.Participants can only be awarded once they fulfil all the requirements for that particular level; they must submit a signed portfolio of evidence.Donors or sponsors are needed for sustainability, says Makhudu. “Partnerships are crucial for creating shared value.“To administer implementation of the award programme is costly as it requires programme managers to travel from one region to another or conduct site or unit visits, to organise training of award leaders, and to take participants on adventurous journeys.”Other costs include printing and issuing of certificates and badges.Participants pay to be on the programme. “However, we have participants from under-resourced organisations or schools who normally don’t pay or pay a very little amount they can afford.“It costs The President’s Award between R1,000 and R1,500 to administer the involvement of each participant.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Kobe sees dominant performance by Gilas Cadets in Kuala Lumpur meet

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Photo from Fiba.comNineteen-year-old basketball sensation Kobe Paras said Gilas Pilipinas will be a dominant force in the coming Southeast Asian Games and doesn’t mind taking a reduced role in the team’s gold-medal bid.“You can see the lineup, this is the best I’ve been part of,” said Paras, who has played in the US NCAA Division I, during a sendoff for Team Philippines Thursday night. “My teammates, when I was in high school, these guys are the ones I looked up to.”ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Gilas Pilipinas routs Iraq, stays unscathed in Fiba Asia Cup Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Paras, whose father Benjie also won for the country a SEA Games gold, added that he will be taking on whatever role the coach requires of him.“You know I’m not selfish,” he said. “I won’t walk in and be like I wanna be the main scorer or anything like that. If coach tells me to defend, I’ll defend the best player out there. If he tells me to rebound, I’m gonna do it as much as I can.”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 shutout View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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