Family brings in ‘09 with fire

first_imgLatest Stories You Might Like Some looking to restore historical homes Now that the Troy City Council has allowed more time for home owners to restore eight dilapidated houses in the… read more Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf 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. 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits When the Hendersons of the Josie community “throw” a New Year’s celebration party, they “throw” a party like none other.On Friday night, people of all ages came from near and far to celebrate New Year’s the old-fashioned way with a fireball throw at Henderson “field.”Barbara Henderson Currie has been making fireballs for the “throw” for more years than she cares to say. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The steady stream of car lights along the rural road was assurance that the crowd would continue to grow as the night grew longer.Currie said fireball throwing is a tradition that has almost flickered out but it is one she and her brothers and their families are committed to continuing.“It’s a lot of fun and it gives people a chance to do something different – a unique way to celebrate New Year’s,” she said.Almost as soon as the last fireball goes out, Currie is busy getting balls ready for the next year. By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 12:02 am Sunday, January 4, 2009 Email the author Family brings in ‘09 with fire The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Sponsored Content “Fireball throwing is a tradition with our family,” she said. “Fireballs were the only fireworks that our parents had and we grew up with the tradition. When Harold and I had children and my brothers had children we wanted to keep the tradition going.”So, sometime around New Year’s Day, depending on family commitments and the weather, the Hendersons – Dennis, Durwood, Dwight and David and their sister, Barbara, invited everyone out to a huge field just beyond Enon Baptist Church to throw fireballs and enjoy the food and fellowship between tosses.“We usually have a huge crowd and they come early and stay late but this year the crowd was down a little,” Currie said. “I think it was because we had to cancel last year because of the weather. That was the first time we’d had to do that. And, too, we were a little unsure about tonight because of the weather. But it’s a good crowd and growing.” “I start each ball with a cotton sock and then wind cotton string around and around it,” she said.At some point, she stops winding and starts stitching.“If you don’t sew the balls together some, they’ll fall apart when they start burning,” she said.Currie makes around 20 balls or more and then soaks them for several months in kerosene.“You have to soak them for a long time or they’ll burn out,” she said.The balls can be tossed with the bare hands of the brave-hearted or with gloved hands for the faint of heart.“You just keep the balls moving,” said Kevin Phillips. “Toss it fast and it won’t burn your hand. Even the kids can do it. It’s a lot of fun for everybody.”The fireballs light up the night sky as they woosh from hand to hand.Dennis Henderson smiled with obvious pride in carrying on an old family tradition.“It’s just what we do out here to celebrate the New Year and we invite anybody that wants to come to come.” Print Article Book Nook to reopenlast_img read more

Speech: Reaffirming UK commitment to a two-state solution which ends the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

first_imgThank you Mr President,Thank you to the Secretary General and Mr Mladenov as well.I’d like to welcome President Abbas and thank him for his address to the Council. I welcome his stated commitment to non-violence, and to engage constructively towards a two-state solution.The United Kingdom remains committed to a two-state solution which ends the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and we will support all and any efforts to that end.Our long-standing goal is a negotiated peace settlement that leads to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, with secure and recognised borders and with Jerusalem as a shared capital of both States.US leadership on this issue is indispensable to achieving a solution that meets the aspirations of both parties, and we look forward to the announcement of peace proposals when the US Administration judges them to be ready. US efforts offer a significant opportunity to deliver peace and they should be supported and encouraged by all. We stand ready to provide political and practical support to help achieve a viable agreement.We encourage the parties to make a public commitment to renewed peace negotiations, on the basis of a two-state solution. In order to move forward, it is important that they reaffirm their commitment to all previous diplomatic agreements which have taken us closer to peace. These agreements remain an important basis for renewed talks. We welcome the Palestinian Authority’s continued recognition of the State of Israel, and the parties’ continuing security cooperation.Mr President, if a peace process is to succeed, it needs to be conducted in an atmosphere free from violence. We regret that too many people continue to undermine efforts to achieve peace. We condemn the detonation of an Improvised Explosive Device along the Gaza border with Israel on Saturday, wounding four Israeli soldiers, including two seriously. We also condemn the recent terrorist attack in the West Bank settlement of Ariel. There is never an excuse for terror, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim, as they are with all those who have been affected by violence. Every Israeli and Palestinian has the right to live in peace and security. There is also a right to dignity and we condemn kidnappings as well as acts that prevent families from being able to properly grieve for their loved ones.We will continue to press all sides to refrain from engaging in, or encouraging, incitement, hateful action or language. This only serves to stir up prejudice, and takes us further from the goal of achieving peace.In that regard it is unacceptable for anyone to deny the legitimacy of the connection of either the Jewish or Palestinian peoples to the land. Inflammatory and unhelpful rhetoric on both sides weakens trust, corrodes mutual respect, and undermines prospects for peace. We call on both parties to act with restraint, and to show bold leadership. Only when both parties reject violence and work together to ensure calm and stability can peace have a chance to flourish.We are concerned by the Israeli Government’s recent decision to establish a settlement deep in the West Bank – the second in twelve months. These plans have also raised the possibility of the retroactive ‘legalisation’ of the illegal outpost of Havat Gilad. And there have been renewed threats from Israel to demolish structures in Susiya, in the occupied West Bank.We call on Israel to immediately reverse its policies of settlement expansion and demolitions. They undermine the physical viability of the two-state solution and they call into question Israel’s own commitment to peace.Mr President, the lack of Palestinian unity continues to be an impediment to achieving peace. We therefore support reconciliation efforts which lead to the full return of the Palestinian Authority to Gaza.As Special Coordinator Mladenov informed us last week, conditions in the Gaza Strip are dire. Further deterioration of the humanitarian situation would not only continue to put lives at risk but would represent a threat to stability in the region. It is essential that all parties work urgently to improve the situation, and we call for an easing of access controls for people and goods into, and out of, Gaza.The United Kingdom remains a committed supporter of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). It must be able to continue its vital work to improve the lives of Palestinian refugees, and to help maintain stability across the region. It needs appropriate funding to do so.Mr President, all United Nations Member States have a role to play in nurturing peace and rejecting violence.We are therefore concerned by incursions across Israel’s border with Syria earlier this month. Our commitment to Israel’s security is unwavering, and we support Israel’s right to defend itself.Mr President,The United Kingdom’s position on an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement has not changed. It should be based on the lines as they stood on June 4, 1967 with equal land swaps to reflect the national, security, and religious interests of the Jewish and Palestinian peoples. Jerusalem should be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states, and its status must be determined through a final status agreement. A just, fair, agreed and realistic settlement for refugees is needed that is demographically compatible with the principle of two states for two peoples.To conclude Mr President, like all in this Council, the United Kingdom strongly supports peace. We want to see renewed peace negotiations, supported by the international community, which lead to a safe and secure Israel, the homeland for the Jewish People, living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, the homeland for the Palestinian people.Let us all work together to lay the groundwork for peace.Thank you Mr President.last_img read more

Chilean Army to Remove Mines in Patagonia

first_imgBy Dialogo September 25, 2012 The Chilean Army will remove anti-tank land mines planted during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), near the road that leads to a national park located in Patagonia, southern Chile, according to a military source. “There are five minefields that pose considerable danger to those who travel the road, so we aim at minimizing the risks for tourists,” said Luis Zegpi, the Army 5th Division’s Commander-in-Chief, on September 23. The mines were positioned in the late 70s, near the road leading to Torres del Paine National Park, 1,864 miles south of Santiago, near the border with Argentina. Torres del Paine is the most visited park in the country, with over 150,000 visitors per year. “We are working to respond to a very urgent need,” added Zegpi, since this destination is very popular among tourists, and the only precaution to avoid accidents are signs that state “Danger, Minefield”. In Chile, more than 180,000 mines were buried in the northern and southern borders of the country during Pinochet’s dictatorship, and so far, about 50,000 mines have been eradicated, according to the Ministry of Defense. Last February, the Chilean-Peruvian border was closed due to a heavy storm that caused a land mine slide into the area, and in May, a Peruvian citizen died in a land mine explosion while he was trying to cross the international border illegally. In August, Chile and Peru agreed to delegate the removal of border mines to the humanitarian organization Norwegian People’s Aid.last_img read more