first_imgProfessional storyteller Anne Glover will tour the province during July and August, performing at 29 public libraries, from Digby to Liverpool and all the way to Sydney. “We are really lucky to have Anne visiting us from Vancouver Island. She has wowed audiences across Canada and around the world, but it’s her first time in Nova Scotia,” said Angela Reynolds, community engagement co-ordinator with the Annapolis Valley Regional Library. “Ms. Glover has just been awarded the 2016 Storykeeper Award by the Storytellers of Canada for her outstanding work. I think the kids will love her.” The Storyteller Tour is part of the public libraries summer reading campaign, to engage kids with library programs and activities all summer long. The shows are for ages four and up. “I am really excited to be visiting Nova Scotia, meeting people and taking in some of the province’s natural beauty,” said Ms. Glover. “Nova Scotia has a strong storytelling tradition, I am looking forward to taking in some of its rich history and culture.” Storytelling as an art form is both entertaining and acts as an educational tool. Historically, cultures have always told tales as a way of passing down beliefs, history and traditions. Storytelling stimulates children’s imaginations and develops an appreciation of stories and reading. Ms. Glover will also be offering two professional development workshops for library youth services staff. The tour is organized by the Council of Youth Services, which includes youth services staff from all nine public library regions in Nova Scotia, with funding provided by the Nova Scotia Provincial Library, the Department of Communities Culture and Heritage and the Nova Scotia Library Association. More information is available at local public libraries. To find them go to http://library.novascotia.ca/map .last_img read more

The star-studded event brought together 48 prominent personalities from the worlds of art, film, music, sports, literature and public affairs – who are known as UN Goodwill Ambassadors and Messengers of Peace. They participated in workshops, shared information on the priorities of the UN system and discussed ways for lending greater impetus to the Millennium Development Goals.Speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters, film star Ms. Jolie said that working with refugees as an Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had changed her life. She explained that she was attending the meeting to learn about the other parts of the UN and how best to work with the other UN Goodwill Ambassadors.For his part, actor Danny Glover, a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said his decision to become involved with the agency was because of his keen interest in community development and how nations and communities used resources to further advance their particular objectives.Mechai Viravaidya, a senator from Thailand and a Goodwill Ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), said he worked in Asia to convince governments there that the biggest AIDS problem would soon be in that continent and not in Africa. His role was to convince governments to stop denying the problem and instead, to make political and financial commitments to addressing HIV/AIDS.Introducing himself as “Moore,” “Roger Moore,” the British actor and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Ambassador said the role of a Goodwill Ambassador could be summarized by the two words: good and will. “What is ‘good’ about a Goodwill Ambassador,” he explained to assembled media, “is the good we try to do and one good thing is that you’re here to listen to us.” The “will” was the will to do something for the world, he added.Joining the others at the press conference was Belgian television personality Goedele Liekens, an Ambassador on behalf of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). She said she attended the meeting because it was important for Goodwill Ambassadors to learn how the UN works and important for her to know how to address UN-related topics to the public. During the event, Ms. Liekens said, she had learned much about the UN and would use her experience in Belgium to “tell the world to keep up this good work.” read more

“This is an important development that should help prevent human rights abuses and contribute to the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Nepal,” said a statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman.The Memorandum of Understanding was signed Monday by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and Foreign Minister Ramesh Nath Pandey and will be implemented immediately. It provides for field offices to be set up at the regional level to ensure rapid responses to reports of violations.

Ottis Gibson is to remain with the England squad throughout the Test series against West Indies.While Gibson, the England bowling coach, is expected to be unveiled as South Africa’s new head coach within days – possibly by the end of this week – he will not start his new role until after the end of the third Test, which starts on September 7.Although Gibson is contracted to the ECB until the end of the 2018 season, it is understood that the ECB and CSA have now agreed a compensation package which allows him to leave early.Gisbon and CSA are still negotiating his own contract details, though it is not anticipated that there will any change of heart from either party at this stage.With Gibson expected to have left the ECB ahead of the limited-overs matches against West Indies – there are five ODIs and a T20I scheduled before the end of September – England may need to appoint an interim bowling coach.In the longer-term, the likes of Richard Johnson (currently with Middlesex) and Graeme Welch (currently with Leicestershire) are front-runners for the role. ESPNcricinfo revealed last week that Darren Gough, who recently worked with England Under-19s, could gain some sort of consultancy role working with the white-ball teams. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGibson set to be named as South Africa coachAugust 11, 2017In “latest news”Ottis Gibson confirmed as South Africa’s head coachAugust 30, 2017In “latest news”Gibson sacked as West Indies Coach with immediate effectAugust 19, 2014In “Sports” read more