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Comments Off on Back to back gold for China’s Xue and Xia

The 2013 Durban Open podium: silver medallists Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude (GER), gold medallists Chen Xue/Xinyi Xia (CHN) and bronze medallists Whitney Pavlik/Jennifer Kessy (USA) Durban, South Africa, December 13, 2013 – After winning the Phuket Open in November new pair Chen Xue and Xinyi Xia claimed their second gold medal in a row on Saturday at Durban’s New Beach. The Chinese defeated Germany’s Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude 2-0 (21-18 21-18) in the final of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Durban Open. In the first set both teams played point by point with the Germans targeting young Xia, but the 16-year old stood her ground. From 15-15 the Chinese took the lead. After winning the first set Xia grew in confidence and set the audience on fire with some amazing digs. Laboureur and Sude started making too many unforced errors. At their first match point Xue claimed the gold with a […]

Comments Off on Reeyot Alemu: Ethiopia’s Jailed Truth Teller

Reeyot Alemu. (Getty; IWMF) Apr 18, 2013 3:26 pm – by Nina Strochlic The winner of UNESCO’s press freedom prize has been jailed for speaking out against her government—but even behind bars, her name has not been forgotten. She’s spent the last 669 days languishing behind the bars of a notoriously brutal prison, but Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu has not been forgotten. On Tuesday, the 32-year-old female dissident was honored with the 2013 UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. In announcing the prize, the jury hailed her “exceptional courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression.” But no amount of international awards and public outcry have succeeded in gaining her freedom—and her medical condition is reportedly deteriorating. After recently undergoing surgery for a breast tumor, she was immediately sent back to the Kality Prison with no downtime for recovery, according to reports. Last year, the International Women’s Media Foundation bestowed […]

Comments Off on Tofino Profiles – Gisele Martin

by Shirley Langer I’ve always admired Gisele Martin—for years. She’s pretty, she’s hip, she can sing; she can dance—there has always been something special about her. Now, at age 26, she still exudes that specialness. She and life partner, Doug Wright, are entering their third business season of Tlaook Cultural Adventures, touring people around Clayoquot Sound in traditional Nuu-cha-nulth canoes crafted by her father and uncles. A new canoe for seven persons, the third in the fleet, is in the garage, soon to be formally named and launched with a blessing ceremony. The canoe they started with, The Hummingbird, carrying eleven, is a replica of one used to lead the one-time Nu-cha-nulth whaling fleet. Canoe number two, named Tsawalk—Everything Is One—holds five. Shaking her head in wonder, she tells me, “I never really attended high school, having dropped out half way through grade nine, yet here I am, a businesswoman, […]

Comments Off on BILL OF RIGHTS 1689

An Act Declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject and Settling the Succession of the Crown Whereas the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons assembled at Westminster, lawfully, fully and freely representing all the estates of the people of this realm, did upon the thirteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred eighty-eight [old style date] present unto their Majesties, then called and known by the names and style of William and Mary, prince and princess of Orange, being present in their proper persons, a certain declaration in writing made by the said Lords and Commons in the words following, viz.: • Whereas the late King James the Second, by the assistance of divers evil counsellors, judges and ministers employed by him, did endeavour to subvert and extirpate the Protestant religion and the laws and liberties of this kingdom; • By assuming and […]

Comments Off on Coronation Oath, 2 June 1953

In the Coronation ceremony of 2 June 1953, one of the highlights was when The Queen made her Coronation Oath (taken from the Order of Service for the Coronation). The Queen having returned to her Chair, (her Majesty having already on Tuesday, the 4th day of November, 1952, in the presence of the two Houses of Parliament, made and signed the Declaration prescribed by Act of Parliament), the Archbishop standing before her shall administer the Coronation Oath, first asking the Queen, Madam, is your Majesty willing to take the Oath? And the Queen answering, I am willing. The Archbishop shall minister these questions; and The Queen, having a book in her hands, shall answer each question severally as follows: Archbishop. Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the Peoples of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, Pakistan, […]