Pupils from Larne and Carrickfergus Grammar schools were among 250 participants at Titanic Belfast’s annual International Women’s Day celebrations. This is the sixth time Titanic Belfast has hosted ‘Inspire’ celebrations which aimed to inspire young women to advance. This year, pupils were introduced to UTV’s Denise Watson, Titanic Belfast CEO Judith Owens, story “crafter”, Bethany Dawson and voluntary and community sector stalwart, Denny Elliot.The event was supported by women from business, community and creativity, including companies Titanic Belfast, the Survitec Group, Trócaire, Turas, Tradecraft, Young Enterprise and Titanic Foundation Limited, who hosted the young women and were their mentors for the day. Larne FC gets behind new business start-up drive … [Read more...] about Larne and Carrick pupils join Women’s Day celebrations
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The Lini Day celebration on Thursday, February 21 will focus on the importance of nationalism, says committee Chairman, Charles Lini.The 2019 commemoration will mark 20 years when Vanuatu’s First Prime Minister, Father Walter Hadye Lini passed away in Port Vila and a committee was established headed by the son of late Fr Walter Lini, Charles to organize the 21st celebration.“Since then, memorial services have always been organized by the Anglican Church in Port Vila or families,” he said.“It is now 20 years, and we thought it should be an open celebration by everyone and the significance of representing nationalism.”Mr Lini said that it will be a 2-day event, beginning with a parade on February 20th from Independence Park to the celebration venue at Saralana.“The theme of the celebration is ‘Celebrating Lini Legacy with wisdom in Kastom, Church and Politics’ so the activities during the event revolves around the theme,” he … [Read more...] about Lini Day Celebration to Focus on Nationalism
Footprints of Sussex is preparing for a summer party to remember, as the South Downs Way Annual Walk celebrates its 40th anniversary. Organisers Keith McKenna and Sally Dench have ordered the balloons, chosen the cake and booked the hall, and more than 100 guests have already said they are attending. They say the nine-day event in June is all set to be a special occasion and they are well into the planning, especially for the end-of-walk party.Sally said: “We are a team of ten who wear these bright red shirts and walk the trail along with everyone else. To us, each of the nine days is a party in itself, we just love walking the trail and meeting new people every year and, of course, this should be a very special one.”The annual walk along the full 100-mile length of the South Downs Way was started in 1980 by West Sussex County Council as a one-off event to celebrate an anniversary of walking charity The Ramblers. It was so popular, it simply kept going and has taken place … [Read more...] about South Downs Way Annual Walk celebrates 40th anniversary
IF you have any friends from Down Under, you may have heard them chatting about Australia Day. January 26 is Australia's national day, and a huge celebration - but the event is much more than barbecues and fireworks. Here's what you need to know. When is Australia Day? This year, Australia Day, also referred to as Straya Day, is being celebrated on Saturday January 26. It is a public holiday, and is about national pride and achievements. The holiday is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve (January 25), the Australia Day Honours list, and speeches from the Governor-General and Prime Minister. In 2017, Perth's annual fireworks display, which normally attracts crowds of 300,000 people, had to be cancelled after a plane plunged into the Swan River - killing both the pilot and his passenger. In the capital of Australia, Canberra, the day is marked by a family-friendly Great Aussie breakfast and National Flag Raising and Citizenship … [Read more...] about Happy Australia Day 2019! What’s the capital of Australia and how is ‘Straya Day’ celebrated in the UK?
Today (Friday January 4) marks the 17th annual World Braille Day, celebrating Frenchman Louis Braille, inventor of the 200-year-old method that enables blind people to read. Braille is a global method, and is used by people in over 147 countries worldwide, according to Valentin Haüy, the association for the blind and visually impaired.The braille alphabet, which uses raised dots that blind people can “read” with their fingertips, was first invented at the then-Institution Royale des Jeunes Aveugles (Royal Institute for Blind Youth, now the National Institute) in Paris.Louis Braille - blind after an accident at the age of three - became a scholar at the Institute, itself founded in 1786 by philanthropist Valentin Haüy.Over the course of his studies, Mr Braille decided to develop his own reading system, named after himself. He presented his method in 1827, at the age of 18.Initially, braille was not used widely in France, and was only adopted by the Institute … [Read more...] about World Braille Day celebrates Frenchman Louis Braille