first_imgBy Darragh Doiron The News staff writer It’s okay that Shirley Dement talks about herself in third person. All three sound pretty nice. “I guess Shirley is a people person,” Dement said. Her daughter calls her something else. “Mom is a ball of fire,” said Brooks Cima, Dement’s daughter. “She has been a ‘professional volunteer’ on the local scene for over 20 years, with most of that spent in service with the United Board of Missions.” At this past week’s UBM open house to promote office renovations, Dement proudly showed offices where area needy can get help with paying utilities and prescriptions, food and clothing. She’s gearing up for the holiday Share-A-Toy. Now president of the board, Dement said a church member asked her to attend a UBM meeting years ago. “I was just amazed at what the people were doing,” she recalled. Gentle nudges got her active in other UBM projects and now she finds the work rewarding. Talking to clients, such as grandmothers raising grandchildren, is emotional, she said. “When jobs are hard to find, that’s when United Board of Missions is needed,” Dement said. When grandmothers come in and humbly ask for a toy, Dement wants to help. “If it were up to me, I’d give them the whole building,” she said. In addition to her UBM work, Shirley has an active church life at the First United Methodist Church in Groves where she is in the choir and serves on the worship committee. “Her family is very important to her. She and my father will celebrate 54 years of marriage in May of 2008,” Cima said Cima said her mother is active in the lives of her grandchildren: Mindy, recently married and doing post-graduate work at the University of St. Thomas; Erin, a prospective May graduate from University of St. Andrews; Caitlin, a recent graduate from Baylor University now serving in the U.S. Air Force; and Derrick, a freshman engineering major at Louisiana State University. Contact this reporter at [email protected] Next Uplast_img read more

Posted in svmkhfch

first_imgLibyans celebrate 6th anniversary of revolution Tunisia celebrates anniversary of revolution DRC President promises democratic vote despite tensionscenter_img Followers of moderate islamist party Ennahdha march to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the democratic uprising in Tunis, Monday, Jan.14, 2019. Tunisia is marking eight years since its democratic uprising amid deepening economic troubles and simmering anger at the revolution’s unfulfilled promises. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi) A gagged Tunisian walks with an empty basket and a red card with a poster reading “Red card to all politicians without exception” during a demonstration to mark the eighth anniversary of the democratic uprising in Tunis, Monday, Jan.14, 2019. Tunisia is marking eight years since its democratic uprising amid deepening economic troubles and simmering anger at the revolution’s unfulfilled promises. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)Thousands gathered Monday in Tunisia’s capital as the country marked eight years since a democratic uprising ousted its long-time strongman. The rally came amid deepening economic troubles in the North African nation and resurgent anger at the revolution’s unfulfilled promises.Unions, political parties and other civil society groups came together in Tunis to celebrate the 2011 revolution and keep up pressure on the government to improve economic opportunity in the impoverished nation.State workers who want an end to a salary freeze plan a general strike Thursday that could disrupt airports, ports and the Mediterranean nation’s vital tourism industry. Union leader Mohamed Ali Boughdiri warned of possible violence, saying workers’ “patience is running out.”Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi opened an exhibit Monday on the revolution at the country’s leading museum and urged all parties to work together to solve their differences. He summoned key political players and union leaders last week to press them to avoid unrest.The president warned of the danger that a general strike posed to the nation’s fragile economy but conceded that “unemployment and poverty still persist and interior regions remain marginalized.”“A democracy cannot be built in eight years,” he said. “Tangible results need time.”Tensions resurfaced last month after a Tunisian journalist set himself on fire and killed himself last month in the impoverished Kasserine region to protest unemployment, corruption and lack of opportunity. The journalist’s death prompted several days of rioting and the government promised aid for neglected regions in response.That desperate act echoed a vendor’s self-immolation that sparked Tunisia’s 2011 revolution. The uprising led to the ouster of a longtime strongman and unleashed Arab Spring revolts around the region. Tunisia is the only country to have emerged from the upheaval with a sustained democracy.“There is no alternative to consensual politics according to electoral law,” said Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, which is part of Tunisia’s governing coalition. “Tunisia’s winning card is the success of its democratic transition. We should not lose this card.”But it’s been a troubled path.Prime Minister Youssef Chahed is struggling to find a path between union pressure for higher salaries for public servants and the austerity demands of the International Monetary Fund. Tunisia’s economy has been dependent on IMF loans that are tied to government cost-cutting — including a salary freeze for the country’s 60,000 public servants.Chahed defied the IMF demands in negotiations with unions and agreed to a small raise, but unions have rejected the move as “crumbs.”Tunisia has had nine governments since the 2011 uprising, and each one has failed to respond to the revolutionaries’ concerns about high unemployment and poverty — especially among educated youth, 30 percent of whom are jobless.Meanwhile, Tunisia’s currency has been sinking and inflation has hit a record 7.5 percent. The country has also struggled against Islamic extremism, after attacks that killed dozens and damaged its reputation among foreign tourists.Relatedlast_img read more

Posted in orcpgudc

first_imgRuben Dias’ wish to stay at Benfica for one more year has been reported by the Portuguese media this week, and Jornal de Notícias comes up with a new story about it today. The newspaper says the player feels he isn’t ready to move to a new league, and since Benfica don’t want him gone at all, he should stay where he is.Speaking of the clubs who could sign him, Jornal de Notícias claims there are two who have shown interest: Manchester City and Manchester United.And what’s stopping them from going for Dias would be the price. The defender is protected by a release clause of €66m, and City and United reportedly consider the amount to be too high.Embed from Getty ImagesRuben Dias’ release clause could get even bigger now, since Benfica are negotiating a new deal with him.When he returned from vacation, a contract with a €88m release clause was ready to be signed. But given the interest of other clubs, he thought he deserved a bigger pay raise, and that’s why it must be negotiated again.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undolast_img read more

Posted in xyybvouo

first_imgOne of the players mentioned in the article was Ugurcan Cakir, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool in the past few months.There have been claims the Premier League side have been sending scouts to Turkey to get a lowdown on the 23 year old.The Turkish newspaper claim Karadeniz Firtinasi have rejected a €24m bid from Liverpool for the young goalkeeper as they are determined to keep him in their squad until the end of the season. They find themselves in the mix for the Super Lig title and subsequently they don’t want to lose any key players before today’s transfer deadline.However, Sabah also report the Turkish club are getting ready for a massive summer sale, and he could be one of the players that will leave.Liverpool don’t need a goalkeeper, so there’s a chance the Reds are being used to hype the player.Cakir has made 25 appearances for Trabzonspor in all competitions this season and is under contract with the club until June 2024.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoCosmoHealthyMagTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoHealthyMagUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo Sabah have reported on some of Trabzonspor’s academy graduates and the offers which have come for them.last_img read more

Posted in oohiwmwh