Two Pilots Spent Their Savings on a Plane to Rescue Migrants at Sea

first_imgBenavente is no stranger to humanitarian efforts – for 25 years, he’s worked for the Red Cross and witnessed the challenges faced by Syrian migrants. Micolon, who first met Benavente in 2006 when they were earning their pilots’ licenses, became interested in the cause after his friend described firsthand the refugee crisis.LOOK: 13 Truckers Use Their Vehicles to Prevent Suicide Attempt From Ending a LifeEvery year, thousands of refugees pile into boats as a means of reaching safety in Europe. Unfortunately, many of those vessels don’t make it to dry land.“It is very difficult to locate these small boats, sometimes carrying hundreds of people, and often the vessels ready to help them arrive too late,” says the pilots’ website. “We refuse to accept this fact as a fatality and we want to act to save more lives. Our mission is to provide air support, thanks to our aircraft adapted to search at sea.”WATCH: When Man Suddenly Collapses, People Line Up For 96-Minute CPR Marathon to Save HimAfter buying the plane in January, Benavente and Micolon launched their maiden flight over the Mediterranean to search for boats earlier this month. By partnering with several regional nonprofits and charities to coordinate rescue efforts, the dynamic duo is now able to spot lifeboats from the air and direct rescue ships towards their location.The industrious little plane is named “Hummingbird” after a Native American story about a hummingbird that attempts to stop a forest fire by scooping up drops of water with its beak and dropping it on the flames. When the other animals ask what the hummingbird is doing, it says: “I’m doing what I can.”If you would like to donate to the Pilotes Volontaires, you can visit their website.Fly This Inspiring Story To Your Friends And Share To Social Media – Photo by Pilotes VolontairesAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo pilots have spent their combined life savings for the sole purpose of saving refugees from the perils of sailing across the Mediterranean Sea.José Benavente and Benoit Micolon are the French altruists behind the volunteer rescue group Pilotes Volontaires. The two men launched the effort after they pooled their hard-earned money to purchase a $150,000 plane to be used for rescuing migrants at sea.“José and I bought the plane with our own personal money because otherwise we would have wasted too much time searching for financing,” Micolon told NBC News.last_img read more

Saved by a Kind Driver in a Foreign Land: A Story of True Heroism and Kindness

first_imgThe driver, Afolabi, somehow managed to steer the car onto a nearby street before he went off to find a mechanic. As soon as he left, at least 7 to 8 people (“area boys” in the native language) emerged from the deep dark of the night and surrounded our car, demanding me to hand over whatever money I had.MORE: When I Was Alone at the Hospital at 4AM, a Lyft Driver Restored My Faith in HumanityTo my relief, however, Afolabi returned to the car so he could intervene and scare them away. Though he was well-built, even in the darkness of the night, people will not generally fight to save their own possessions.The boys could have been carrying weapons with them, but this loyal driver did not think of any “ifs” or “buts”. His main objective was to save me from getting robbed. He was so concerned for my safety, he even rolled up the car windows so that the boys could not harm me.Initially, he tried to quietly reason with them to make them understand. When that didn’t work, he raised his voice and ultimately showed that he was ready for a fist fight.LOOK: Fearless Uber Driver Stops Mid-Trip to Scoop Up Injured Hawk and Save It From the HighwayHis bold gestures and muscular frame ultimately forced the boys to abandon their intentions and they finally ran away into the same darkness from where they came; but those few moments were enough to register the driver’s kindness into the deepest corner of my heart—and it was even more emotional to me since he was a native of Nigeria and I was a foreigner from India.So here he was, fighting with his countrymen just to save me, a “foreigner,” solely because of the one common bond that we all share: humanity!Hats off to Afolabi, the compassionate driver who helped me.Jitendra left his career as a sales manager to enjoy a calm life in Jaipur doing what he loves most—writing as a freelance creative and technical writer.Be Sure And Share The Inspiring Story Of Kindness With Your Friends On Social Media – File photo by Joy Agyepong, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis blog was submitted to GNN by Jitendra Bhojwani. If you have any positive stories of your own that you would like to share with our audience, check out our submission page to learn more.Sometimes in life, a small event can make us realize that kindness still rules the world – and I had an opportunity to experience the kindness of people from a total stranger: a driver named Afolabi.In October 2007, I was working as a sales manager with a distributor in Lagos, Nigeria that provided me with a company driver to take me home at night. One night when he was returning me to my house, the car broke down on the highway.last_img read more

Rain or not, parades will roll

first_imgBy Ken [email protected] She was among sparse and sporadically positioned parade patrons on Procter Street, an hour before parade time. Rain loomed; would crowds come?For Cathy Cooper, Krewe de Cameaux, it didn’t matter. Her dad was with the Sertoma Club, a parade founder, and she raised her daughter, Kendra, in the Carnival tradition.A little rain wouldn’t scare her. She’s weathered sleet and heat and downpours to ride floats over the years.Barbara Phillips of Valero, high above the lead float, said employees still love to participate as they have for 26 years. The company float rides all three days; perhaps 240 employees and guests ride in a typical year. This year, she said, managers and employees are “stepping up” to take part. Jeanette Wehmeier of Topeka, Kansas was simply “stoked” as she awaited the start of the Golf Cart and ATV and Valero Krewe of Krewes parades Friday evening.She’s in Port Arthur with the Lutheran church, doing disaster relief work, and she’d never experienced a Carnival season or Mardi Gras parade.“I even got my nails done,” she said, extending fingers that displayed multicolored, festive work. Better that than the sheetrock that usually marks her hands at the end of hard day.center_img As an inspector, Mike Aguiler used to check for safety on Mardi Gras floats. Retired three years, he and wife Heather formed the Krewe of Borrachos, which has grown from 28 members to more than 40 to this year’s 50. Their krewe touts service to community: They adopted two miles of road from Nederland to Beaumont to keep clean, volunteer at a food bank and Friday morning visited Oak Grove Nursing Home, taking beads and King cake to residents.About 25 students and staff from Lamar State College Port Arthur rode float No. 2, a collection of folks that included Student Government Association leaders and staff.Brian Esquivel, director of student activities, said riding on the float would satisfy a lifetime wish.“I’ve always wanted to be up there,” he said.last_img read more

Blues beat Hurricanes 30-20 in front of 41,000 fans

first_img Written By Last Updated: 14th June, 2020 12:57 IST Blues Beat Hurricanes 30-20 In Front Of 41,000 Fans The Auckland-based Blues held on to beat the Wellington-based Hurricanes 30-20 in a Super Rugby Aotearoa match played in front of 41,000 fans Sunday, the largest crowd in 15 years for a Super Rugby match at Auckland’s Eden Park WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US LIVE TVcenter_img First Published: 14th June, 2020 12:57 IST Associated Press Television News COMMENT The Auckland-based Blues held on to beat the Wellington-based Hurricanes 30-20 in a Super Rugby Aotearoa match played in front of 41,000 fans Sunday, the largest crowd in 15 years for a Super Rugby match at Auckland’s Eden Park.The drawcard for fans was not only the opportunity to attend live rugby again, without limitations on crowd size or requirements to social distance or wear masks. Many turned out to see the debut for the Blues of All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett, who previously played all of his 120 Super Rugby matches for the Hurricanes.Barrett started at fullback on Sunday but spent some of his time at first receiver, doubling in that role with flyhalf Otere Black who helped the Blues win five of seven matches in the full Super Rugby tournament before the five-nation competition was abandoned because of the coronavirus outbreak.Sunday’s match was another joyous celebration of the return of live rugby, following Saturday’s opening match in Dunedin between home team the Highlanders and the Hamilton-based Chiefs, which drew a capacity crowd of 22,000.That was the first major professional rugby match to be played in front of a crowd since the Covid-19 outbreak forced the suspension of most sports in mid-March. Sunday’s match went one step further and brought twice as many fans to the larger Eden Park, the biggest Super Rugby crowd at the central Auckland stadium since 2005 when Tana Umaga, now a Blues assistant coach, played his 100th match for the Hurricanes.“I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who came out. I know we’ve been through tough times and to have a crowd like this for a Super Rugby game is pretty special,” Blues captain Patrick Tuipulotu said.The Blues and Hurricanes have the best backlines among New Zealand’s five Super Rugby teams who, in Super Rugby Aotearoa, meet each other home and away in a tournament stretched over five weeks. The tournament was devised to allow Super Rugby to return while border restrictions continue to make international travel impractical.The crowd was treated to an outstanding match in which both teams demonstrated touch and skill; more than would have been expected after players have gone three months since their last game.The first half was fast-paced and exciting, ending with the Blues leading by a point at 14-13.The second half was less so but the Blues built a convincing lead with a try to back rower Dalton Papali’i and a series of penalties to Black who kept a flawless kicking record.The Hurricanes were on the wrong end of a heavy penalty count as referees again took a strict line at breakdowns. There were more than 30 penalties in the match between the Highlanders and Chiefs and a high number again Sunday, making continuity difficult.The Hurricanes repeatedly were penalized for offside play or for leaving their feet at breakdowns. With poor lineout execution that allowed the Blues to take charge of the match and move atop the Super Rugby Aotearoa table after the first round.The Blues scored the first try of the match through winger Caleb Clark who stepped infield after a sharp break by Rieko Ioane.The Hurricanes hit back with a try to All Blacks hooker Dane Coles who was found unmarked out wide and ran the ball in like a winger at the right corner.Tries to T.J. Faiane for the Blues and winger Ben Lam for the Hurricanes left the game evenly poised at halftime.Papali’i’s try from a Faiane through-kick split the teams in the second half and Black opened the gap with a series of penalties.A try to Jamie Booth for the Hurricanes came too late to rescue a bonus point. last_img read more

Kelly’s Mountain Top to welcome Circle K with grand opening party

first_imgKelly’s Mountain Top is hosting a day of celebrations on Friday 5th October for the official opening of the Circle K forecourt.The popular service station has undergone a stylish new rebrand to join the global Circle K network. The network brings many benefits to customers include the cutting-edge miles fuel that takes you miles further.The Circle K grand opening will be held at Kelly’s from 12noon to 6pm on Friday 5th October. There are many fun activities in store for customers on the day, including food tastings, face painting and goodies for the kids and free Circle K accessory gifts for the adults.Don’t miss the Circle K special Spinning Wheel competition where players can win up to €1,000 worth in prizes!There will be family fun activities for all ages to enjoy and many more prizes to be won from Circle K staff at Kelly’s, including a luxury Centra Inspired range hamper to the value of €150. The most popular draw of Circle K has been the new and improved quality fuel, Miles.Miles reduces the cost of fuel by up to 3% and saves you up to 4c per litre. The fuel contains unique additives to help clean the engine, so your car will thank you too!Miles fuels benefits:Improve fuel consumption – takes you up to 3% furtherClean and protect your engineEnhance engine efficiency and improve reliabilityReduce harmful exhaust emissionsThe Kelly’s Centra store is staying the same to offer the same great service, value and variety that their customers love.Kelly’s Centra has won the National Centra Convenience Store of the year and has been in the final every year for the past 7 years.They recently set about increasing the space at the front of store making it much easier to shop and added extra space to fresh fruit n veg, fresh homemade takeaway meals not to mention a whole new section given over to fresh world breads, from Polish to Romanian to Italian style bread all delivered fresh instore daily. Kellys has seen a lot of requests over the last 6 months or so from consumers to improve the range for vegetarians and vegans, with this in mind they’ve really increased the range to accommodate these requests.On top of this they added a new self service hot food unit with a range of tasty products including cooked chickens, chicken strips, bbq ribs and BBQ chicken wings to name just a few.The Centra BEAT THE QUEUE app is another way to help the time strapped customer. This is an app for ordering your lunch in advance via your phone or from your computer and than simply collect at store. Get the app here: Centra ‘Beat the Queue’Come and see it all for yourself at the Circle K Grand Opening next Friday, which promises to be packed with fantastic offers, fun giveaways and exciting entertainment. For all the details check out Kelly’s Centra of Mountain Top’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kellys.centramountaintopSponsored PostKelly’s Mountain Top to welcome Circle K with grand opening party was last modified: October 4th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:circle kgrand openingkelly’s mountain toplast_img read more

Help with research & homework

first_imgYenza! – online guide to using the Internet for research and teaching in the humanities and social sciences.Science in Africa – Africa’s first online science magazine.SA HealthInfo – the South African Health Knowledge Network, a single entry point for quality-controlled, evidence-based health information and resources.Archives, libraries, databasesNeed facts and figures for a school project or a thesis? Statistics SA offers services to scholars and researchers, including library and inquiry services.South African Data Archive – a broker between a range of data providers and the research community.Online research databasesAccess and search the National Archives onlineContact any National Archives office (click “contact information” or “contact us electronically”)National Film, Video and Sound Archives Genealogical researchNational Library of South Africa: servicesUniversity and technikon librariesFree State: Department of Library, Information and Technology ServicesFree State Library and Information ConsortiumGauteng and Environs Library ConsortiumWestern Cape Provincial Library ServicesWebPals – web access to the Western Cape Library System.Cape Library CollectiveMuseumsMuseums Online South AfricaSouth African MuseumIziko Museums of Cape TownScience Councils. South Africa has eight statutory science councils, through which the government is able to commission research to support science and technology development in the interest of the country. Each has its own web site, offering a huge range of science-, technology- and industry-related information, archives, databases, services, products, funding and other facilities.Agricultural Research Council – promotes agriculture and related sectors through research, technology development and technology transfer.Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – the largest scientific and technological research, development and implementation organisation in Africa.Council for Geosciences – provides geoscience information and services for the benefit of the people of South Africa.National Research Foundation – promotes research through funding, human resource development and the provision of research facilities, in order to facilitate knowledge creation, innovation and development in all areas of science and technology.Human Sciences Research Council – facilitates problem-solving and enhances decision-making through research excellence in the human sciences.Medical Research Council – improves South Africans’ health status and quality of life through relevant and excellent health research.Mintek – one of the world’s leading technology providers, specialising in mineral processing, extractive metallurgy and related fields.South African Bureau of Standards – responsible for the development and publication of standards for products and services.last_img read more

Technology: OS Rules Java Application Servers

first_imgOpen Source Java Application Servers are dominating the market for Java Application Servers. While proprietary vendors like IBM, Oracle and BEA have wide acceptance, Open Source projects like Apache Tomcat, JBoss, Sun Java Enterprise System and Glassfish make up a significant chunk of the usage. Those are the findings of BZ Research, a division of BZ Media from a survey of Java developers.Eclipse has a commanding lead among the IDEs that are used at 62.7%, followed by NetBeans with 24.4%, Oracle’s JDeveloper with 20.4% and IBM Rational Application Developer at 19.4%. Here again, Eclipse and Netbeans, the leaders are both Open Source, and Oracle’s JDeveloper is a free download.The survey found that 74.1% of the developers were using Java to build server-side components, 51.8% said that they were using Java on client-side desktops and notebooks, 17.8% were bulding Java mobile applications, and 10.1% were using for embedded apps.last_img read more

Bahamas Education Minister addresses Nation on eve of Back to School

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 4th 2017 – Nassau –  Over eleven million dollars was spent to get the 170 institutions nationwide ready for students.  The Education Minister last night addressed the nation on the eve of a new school year kicking into high gear with all but three public schools starting the 2017-2018 academic session today. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#BackToSchool, #magneticmedianews The Minister explained that the government will do its part with a drastic overhaul of the curriculum, modernizing it and the reformation is to start this school year. center_img Minister Jeffrey Lloyd called the job of better educating our children a joint effort, the Ministry and the Community together making sure it happens and he is convinced that not enough students are exiting school ready for the world.  A National Address also came from Road Traffic minister, Frankie Campbell announced that a Back to School road safety campaign would be launched; the initiative will begin at Gerald Cash and Garvin Tynes primary schools in Nassau.By Deandrea Hamiltonlast_img read more

Veterans Would Receive Free Public Education under Massachusetts Bill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Legislation introduced in the Massachusetts House would eliminate any gaps in federal G.I. benefits allowing veterans to attend public colleges in the state for free.The bill, sponsored by Rep. James Arciero, is supported by dozens of lawmakers, but there are still questions about how much the proposal would cost the state. The bill would provide full coverage of all tuition and fees for any veteran who has served 90 days of active duty, reported the Lowell Sun.“I am proud that Massachusetts leads the nation in providing for veterans and their families and offers the most generous veterans’ benefits of any of the 50 states,” Arciero said in a statement. “We need to continue to strengthen our ability to care for our veterans and ensure all veterans in Massachusetts receive free public higher education.”The G.I. bill covers tuition and fees for Massachusetts veterans at colleges and universities, but time restrictions on when the benefits must be used and a sliding scale for the cost of education depending on how many years the veteran served leave gaps in coverage, according to Arciero.“While the G.I. bills lift the financial burden of the cost of higher education from most veterans, my legislation will ensure that no veteran will ever slip through the cracks,” Arciero said.A spokesman for the state Executive Office for Administration and Finance said it is too early to determine if it would be feasible to fund the bill in the state’s budget, according to the story.Last month Arciero testified before the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs to support a favorable recommendation from the panel, which would move the bill to the Ways & Means Committee.last_img read more