28th AU Summit: AU delegates raise their concerns over Trump ban Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie waves as she arrives for the African Union summit in JohannesburgThe AU Summit in Johannesburg had a special visitor on Friday as the Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, actress Angelina Jolie, was part of a high level panel that included AU commission chair Dlamini Zuma.The actress spoke about rape as a weapon of warfare and asked African representatives to support women’s rightsFifty million people have been displaced by war today, more than half of whom are women and children, she said.In Africa, sexual violence is being treated as a lesser crime with greater levels of impunity, as armed groups on the continent use it as a weapon of war, Jolie noted.Sexual crimes against women are becoming the weapon of choice for armed groups all over the world because these often happen without punishment, she said.“The near total impunity that exists worldwide for crimes against women in conflict zones in particular means women and girls are bearing the brunt of extremists that revel in treating them barbarically,” Jolie said.Although there is much more awareness of women’s rights today and much good work, progress is slow, she noted.The AU Commission Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said women should play their role in efforts to end conflicts.Women must be at the negotiating table when countries seek to resolve civil conflicts, Dlamini-Zuma said.Women’s voice must be heard and taken into account in efforts to achieve true peace and stability, she added.This year’s AU Summit, under the theme “Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”, started on June 7 and will end on June 15.Related AU summit delegate robbed in Johannesburg AU Summit: Africa’s war on corruption
BUCKSPORT — Bucksport football won big at the Little Ten Conference awards ceremony Sunday night with two players receiving major honors following the team’s impressive 2018 season.Senior Carter Tolmasoff was named Player of the Year in the conference following his prolific season on the ground. Tolmasoff finished with 1,661 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns for Bucksport, which went 8-2 on the year and finished conference runner-up to Foxcroft.Tolmasoff’s win marked the second straight year the award has gone to a Bucksport player. Former quarterback Chase Carmichael was a co-recipient of the 2017 award along with Foxcroft’s Nick Clawson.Gross missed the first few games of the season as he took time to recover from an injury, but the junior was dominant on Bucksport’s offensive and defensive lines upon his return. His play on the offensive side of the ball fortified a line that was already one of the league’s best and played a big role in pacing the Golden Bucks to an average of 48 points per game.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textElsewhere, Ellsworth/Sumner senior Javon Williams received the David Silvernail Award, a $2,000 scholarship that goes to an athlete who maintains a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrates strong leadership qualities and community involvement. Williams had 12 rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown this year.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich.-Meet Alex, Kennedy, and Paige these are the Chmura sisters taking over Alpena Community College.Their unique story started all the back in a small town of Omer, Michigan traveling to the North Pole in Alaska, then landing them in Alpena all for a chance to study nursing; and yes I did say the North Pole.24-Year- Old Alex is a 2015 Registered Nurse graduate, and now works in Carson City, Nevada, 21–year–old Paige earned her nursing pin this week, and baby Kennedy is the youngest at 20- years old following behind her sister’s footsteps.As a nurse, it’s tradition to pin a fellow nurse during their graduation ceremony. Wednesday night the crowd witness that honor by the Chmura sisters. The girl’s mother said she would trust her daughters with any medical emergency. As for as working in the same hospital this trio already has that figured out. But one thing will remain the same, their nurse nickname.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Greenbush man charged for stealing unlocked car at Alpena gas stationNext Insurance agents fill up struggling food bank before the holidays