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Centum Investment Limited (CTUM.ke) 2017 Annual Report

first_imgCentum Investment Limited (CTUM.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Centum Investment Limited (CTUM.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Centum Investment Limited (CTUM.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Centum Investment Limited (CTUM.ke)  2017 annual report.Company ProfileCentum Investment Limited is an equity firm specialising in investing in areas of growth, developmental capital and buyouts and seek to make equity investments between US$2 and US$20 million. The company invests in enterprises in the agricultural, education, healthcare, energy, financial services, insurance, information and communication technology, food and beverages, catering, automotive, publishing, real estate, power and FMCG sectors. In the beverage sector, it invests in businesses manufacturing alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and carbonated soft drinks. These companies operate in and serve the needs of domestic markets in Africa sub-regions. In most private equity investments, it prefers to acquire a controlling and significant minor stake in the company. The head office of Centum Investment Company is in Nairobi, Kenya. Centum Investment Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Granja Viana House / Gui Paoliello Arquiteto

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/953004/granja-viana-house-gui-paoliello-arquiteto Clipboard 2018 Area:  5381 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Granja Viana House / Gui Paoliello Arquiteto “COPY” Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Polytec, REKA, ArtEstação, Basthi, Ensaios e Modelos, Portobello, Trimble Navigation, Yziplas Granja Viana House / Gui Paoliello ArquitetoSave this projectSaveGranja Viana House / Gui Paoliello Arquiteto ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/953004/granja-viana-house-gui-paoliello-arquiteto Clipboard Photographs:  Manuel Sá Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyHouses, Extension•Granja Viana, Brazil Projects Architects: Gui Paoliello Arquiteto Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Lead Architect: Year:  “COPY” CopyAbout this officeGui Paoliello ArquitetoOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionGranja VianaBrazilPublished on December 10, 2020Cite: “Granja Viana House / Gui Paoliello Arquiteto” [Casa Granja Viana / Gui Paoliello Arquiteto] 10 Dec 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – LogisVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteCupa PizarrasVentilated Facade – CUPACLAD UprightGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60ConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight Skylights in ExperimentariumMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Copper FinishesStonesFranken-SchotterWall Covering & CladdingWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusSwingsStudio StirlingHanging Chair – BasketWallcovering / CladdingArrigoni WoodsWood Cladding – AcousticMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Granja Viana私宅扩建 / Gui Paoliello Arquiteto是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Brazil Project Team:Helena Trancoso, Raquel Gonçalves, Thiago Benucci, Victória MenezesWooden Structure Engineering:Ita Construtora – engenharia Hélio OlgaElectrical And Hydraulic Engineering:R2 Projetos e InstalaçõesConstruction Management:OCA Engenharia – engenheiros Ricardo Troster e Bruno Kim MartinoLandscape:Jardim Paulistano PaisagismoCity:Granja VianaCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Manuel SáRecommended ProductsWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityText description provided by the architects. Located at a densely wooded lot in the Granja Viana neighborhood, on the outskirts of São Paulo, the project consists of renovating and adapting an existing building, at the bottom of the lot, and inserting a new volume at the front, taking advantage of the existing clearing and hosting the social functions of the house.Save this picture!© Manuel SáSave this picture!Section BBSave this picture!© Manuel SáThe backyard construction, a traditional, single-storey building, supported by masonry walls with a gabled roof with wooden structure, had its internal masonry partitions rearranged in order to house the functional parts of the residence – bedrooms, guest apartments, office and laundry. And the new construction, also in wood, configures a covered access and a garage space on the pilotis, and on the upper floor, aligned with the existing building, all living areas – kitchen, dining and living room; externally there is a solarium and a small pool.Save this picture!© Manuel SáSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Manuel SáThe new construction consists of an arched structure of glued laminated timber, supported on wooden pillars and locked by horizontal wooden struts. This structure is based on a concrete slab elevated from the ground, that crates a level floor, as an extension of the floor of the existing building. This new volume, fits to the terrain through natural slopes and small gabion walls. Its roof, above the laminated wood core and following the curvature of the arches, consists of wooden plank lining (like flooring) and is covered by an insulating layer and evalon waterproofing membrane.Save this picture!© Manuel SáInside the new social space, the ambience, which is totally open and integrated, can be transformed by the sliding wooden panels of the kitchen, that can be closed, splitting the space into two independent areas.Save this picture!© Manuel SáSave this picture!Section AASave this picture!© Manuel SáThe two volumes, old and new, are connected by a passage covered by wood and glass panels, made by the reuse and adaptation of old door frames of the of the existing building.Save this picture!© Manuel SáProject gallerySee allShow lessTiny Houses Comarca Contuy / Utreras ArquitectosSelected ProjectsPracticeopolis: Stories from the Architectural ProfessionArchitecture Books Share ArchDaily Houses Save this picture!© Manuel Sá+ 25Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Guilherme Paoliellolast_img read more

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Law firm calls on other law firms to introduce payroll giving

first_img European law firm Taylor Wessing has taken up Workplace Giving UK’s call to “Celebrate 20 Years of Payroll Giving” by writing to 20 other law firms to encourage them to introduce the scheme if they do not already have it in place, or to promote their existing scheme more effectively.Taylor Wessing says that it has “the most successful Payroll Giving scheme in the legal sector” with 27% of employees taking part.Director of Human Resources at Taylor Wessing, Jonathan Croucher, said: “The scheme is simple to operate, gives our employees the choice of who they wish to support and adds to our CSR initiatives within the business.” Advertisement  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Law firm calls on other law firms to introduce payroll giving Howard Lake | 13 April 2007 | News “We are delighted to join Workplace Giving UK’s campaign to encourage others to take part in the scheme.” Workplace Giving UK says that it is the UK’s largest payroll giving fundraising organisation. It promotes and raises awareness of payroll giving in the workplace. This year, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the introduction of payroll giving, the company is running a special campaign to increase awareness and participation. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Two journalists arrested and expelled for covering a Greenpeace protest

first_img November 19, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information August 21, 2020 Find out more Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua Follow the news on Indonesia RSF_en August 12, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabiacenter_img to go further Reporters Without Borders today condemned the expulsion yesterday of Indian journalist Kumkum Dasgupta, of the Hindustan Times and Italian reporter Raimondo Bultrini of the newspaper L’Espresso, who were arrested covering a deforestation protest in Sumatra. The immigration services said the two had violated the terms of their visas, which were in fact in order. The authorities also expelled 13 Greenpeace activists during the week.———–17/11/2009Reporters Without Borders deplores yesterday’s arrest of two foreign journalists – Kumkum Dasgupta of India and Raimondo Bultrini of Italy – while covering a Greenpeace protest against uncontrolled deforestation in Pelalawan district in the province of Riau, on Sumatra island. After being held by the police, they were handed over to the immigration authorities.“These arbitrary arrests of accredited journalists are unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Do we have to point out that the police are not supposed to take their orders from industrial conglomerates?” The press freedom organisation added: “The French journalist Cyril Payen was already arrested in July by security guards and handed over to the police while investigating illegal logging by a leading Indonesian industrial group. The authorities should guarantee the right of Indonesian and foreign journalists to freely cover the crucial issue of deforestation.”Dasgupta is senior assistant editor with the Delhi-based Hindustan Times while Bultrini reports for the Italian newspaper L’Espresso. They were forcibly taken away by members of the Pelalawan police yesterday “for questioning about their activities” while following members of the environmental NGO Greenpeace, which is making a documentary about the company Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper and illegal deforestation in Indonesia. Thirty Greenpeace activists have also been arrested.Although they have Indonesian government press accreditation, they were held for several hours by the police without being told what they were charged with. They were then transferred to the headquarters of the immigration department in Pekanbaru, the provincial capital, where they face the possibility of deportation for violating the foreign ministry’s immigration procedures for foreign journalists. The procedures require foreign journalists to obtain a total of 10 documents as well as a visa.Sumatra is being deforested as fast as almost anywhere in the world. Reporters Without Borders issued a report in September (http://www.rsf.org/IMG/rapport_en_md.pdf) that highlighted the difficulties and dangers to which journalists are exposed when they try to cover environmental disasters in countries all over the world, including Indonesia. News Organisation News November 19, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists arrested and expelled for covering a Greenpeace protest IndonesiaAsia – Pacific IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Newslast_img read more

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Fitch Rates Pasadena’s Electric System Revenue Bonds ‘AA,’ Outlook Stable

first_img Top of the News Subscribe Fitch Ratings has assigned a AA rating to approximately $120 million in electric revenue refunding bonds issued by the City of Pasadena on behalf of Pasadena Water and Power.The rating is a step below AAA, which characterizes bonds with virtually no chance of a default. AA describes quality companies although presenting a bit higher risk than AAA.Proceeds from the PWP bonds will be used to fund approximately $30 million of the system’s capital needs, refund an estimated $47 million in outstanding 2008 bonds for savings, refinance a $60 million line of credit and pay costs of issuance. Bonds are expected to price via competitive sale on November 7, 2016.In addition, Fitch has also affirmed its ‘AA’ rating on PWP’s outstanding parity bonds: its $186.9 million electric revenue pre-refunding bonds. The rating outlook means the bond is stable, secured by a first lien on net revenues of the Pasadena electric system.Fitch took note of the PWP’s serving a mature service area, its strong financial performance, the utility’s adaptive rate structure, the capacity to adapt to required power supply conversion, its limited capital and low debt, and increasing transfers to the City’s general fund as key drivers for the favorable rating.PWP provides retail electric service to 65,318 customers within the city of Pasadena. The service area is located within the greater Los Angeles region and exhibits strong economic indicators and ongoing in-fill development.Fitch also noted that PWP should maintain strong financial margins and liquidity especially between 2018 and 2022 in order to keep its rating at a comfortable level. During that period, debt servicing and transfer to the city’s general fund are expected to increase, impacting the utility’s financial balance.The majority of PWP’s energy sales are derived from residential, and commercial and industrial customers, which account for 30 percent and 69 percent, respectively.Historical energy sales exhibit an average annual decline over the past five years of 1 percent as a result of industry advances in energy efficiency and Pasadena’s own programs that promote conservation. More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Instagram Girls Women Obsess OverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Secrets That Eastern Women Swear By To Stay Young LongerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Government Fitch Rates Pasadena’s Electric System Revenue Bonds ‘AA,’ Outlook Stable Published on Monday, October 24, 2016 | 4:47 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community Newslast_img read more

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Three injured in Lifford/Letterkenny road RTC

first_imgNewsx Adverts Pinterest WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Facebook Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North center_img Pinterest Three people were taken to hospital today following a collision at Ballyholey Crossroads on the Lifford to Letterkenny road.There were traffic disruption for a time in the area, but gardai say the road is now clear.The three people taken to hospital are said to be suffering from minor injuries. Three injured in Lifford/Letterkenny road RTC WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire By News Highland – November 8, 2011 Twitter Facebook Previous articleJobs boost for Kilcar as 10 new jobs are confirmed at local companyNext articleInquest hears details of young boys tragic death News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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No new deaths and 147 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed today

first_img By News Highland – August 24, 2020 Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic “We all have a role to play in keeping this virus at low levels – this is key to protecting our education system over the coming weeks.”Dr. Cillian DeGascun, Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, said: “We know that children can get multiple respiratory tract infections over the winter period and as a result could require repeated swab tests. Therefore, NPHET, HSE and NVRL are continuing to assess alternative testing methods for children.”Dr Siobhán Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and Integrated Care Lead HSE, said; “There will be cases in school aged children just as there have been throughout the pandemic. When these occur, our public health teams will lead the response to limit further transmission- as has been the case in other settings throughout this pandemic.”Dr. Mary Favier, President of the Irish College of General Practitioners, said; “Parents should remain vigilant around symptoms and keep their children isolated at home if they are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, flu like symptoms, loss of taste or smell. Parents should also remain aware of asymptomatic transmission – like some adults, children may not present symptoms but can still carry the virus. If you have vulnerable people in your limited network, ensure physical distancing is adhered to and encourage regular hand washing habits with your child.” Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest No new deaths and 147 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed today WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleEvening News, Sport, and Obituaries on Monday August 24thNext articleDL Debate – The Championship 24/08/20 News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 147 new Covid-19 cases have been confirmed today, with no further deaths recorded. At least one of the new cases was in Donegal.The National Public Health Emergency Team says there’s been a total of 1,777 Covid-19 related deaths in the Republic, and 28,116 confirmed cases.10 new cases of Covid-19 were reported North of the border, with no more deaths.The total number of cases confirmed in Northern Ireland is now 6,776, the death toll remains at 559.*************************Monday 24th August 2020Statement from the National Public Health Emergency TeamThere have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.There has now been a total of 1,777 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of midnight Sunday 23rd August, the HPSC has been notified of 147 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 28,116 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today;80 are men / 67 are women71% are under 45 years of age60 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case14 cases have been identified as community transmission73 in Dublin, 17 in Kildare, 12 in Offaly, 11 in Wicklow, 9 in Limerick and the remaining 25 cases are in Carlow, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Laois, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Tipperary and Wexford.The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Evidence from the ECDC and international experience to date suggests that children do not commonly transmit COVID-19 to other children or adults in school settings. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Homepage BannerNews “Internationally, where schools have been reopened, schools have not been a significant driver of community transmission.last_img read more

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Supreme Court won’t hear landfill appeal

first_imgLatest Stories You Might Like Guess Who? Charles Henderson High School is celebrating Homecoming 2016 this week with the theme “Games.” Each school day has been assigned… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article The landfill has been open intermittently since the court proceedings began in 2012.The Messenger was unable to reach Coffee County Commissioner Rod Morgan for comment on Friday afternoon. Email the author Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 3:00 am Saturday, September 17, 2016 Supreme Court won’t hear landfill appeal Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave 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 HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe 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 By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell The Alabama Supreme Court won’t hear the City of Brundidge’s appeal in the ongoing legal battle over the public landfill.The city has been embroiled in legal battles for nearly four years in its efforts to prevent Brundidge Acquisitions and the Coffee County Commission from operating a Subtitle D landfill within the city limits of Brundidge.City officials were notified Friday that the Supreme Court of Alabama has denied the city’s petition for writ of certiorari. Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas city officials will meet with the city’s attorneys next week to discuss the judgment and what avenue, if any, the city might still have available. The struggle for control of the Brundidge Landfill began on October 17, 2012, when the Coffee County Commission passed a resolution authorizing a $6 million expenditure to acquire the landfill located in Brundidge.The landfill at the time was owned and operated by Transload America and was in bankruptcy proceedings.In response, the City of Brundidge and the City of Brundidge Solid Waste Disposal Authority filed a complaint for a legal determination and legal remedy with the Circuit Court of Pike County on Oct. 30, 2012. In an earlier interview with The Messenger, Thomas said provisions of state law forbid a county from acquiring property within the boundaries of a municipality and would, therefore, forbid what the Coffee County Commission planned to do.Thomas said the city believed that, if the Coffee County Commission acquired control of the landfill, the commission would either close the landfill or severely limit the landfill’s operations in order to steer landfill customers to the landfill in Coffee County that the commission operates. Thomas also said the Brundidge landfill is an essential part of the city’s long-range plans for waste disposal and industrial recruitment.last_img read more

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Cargo plane that crashed on Georgia highway had just undergone maintenance, officials say

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(SAVANNAH, Ga.) — An Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane that crashed on a Georgia highway and killed nine crew members had just undergone maintenance and was headed to Arizona when disaster struck, a military official said Thursday morning.The crash occurred about 11:30 a.m., shortly after taking off from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, officials said.Those killed were all members of the 156th Air Wing of Puerto Rico’s Air National Guard, according to Col. Pete Boone, director of air operations and vice commander of the Savannah-based 165th Airlift Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard.Boone said the cargo plane was manufactured in the late 1970s and had been in Savannah for routine maintenance. He said it was headed to Arizona on a “routine mission” when it plummeted onto busy Highway 21, which remained completely closed in the area Thursday morning.Earlier reports indicated the plane was 60 years old and was headed to Arizona to be decommissioned, but Boone said he could not confirm those reports.He said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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‘Peace Day’ declared in honor of young poet who delivered inspirational messages before his death

first_imgABC News(ROCKVILLE, Md.) — At a Peace Day celebration today in Rockville, Maryland, Mattie T. J. Stepanek was remembered.The memory of the boy, who died when he was 13 years old in 2004 of a rare form of muscular dystrophy, was honored Saturday by State Sen. Cheryl Kagan with a proclamation. It declared that Tuesday, July 17, would be considered “Peace Day” across the state of Maryland.The date was selected because Mattie — who wrote several books of inspirational poetry and was an advocate of peace — would have turned 28 Tuesday.The Office of the Governor of MarylandKagan, who has pushed for “Peace Day” at the local and county level since Mattie’s death, presented the award to the boy’s mother. Jeni Stepanek has set out a goal to make the day a national holiday.“This is exciting, as it has pushed the holiday to the next level, across the state,” Jeni Stepanek said.In the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Mattie appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Good Morning America” to spread his joyful and positive message on humanity, love and life-inspired to millions of readers and television viewers.Mattie, who wrote seven best-selling books of poetry and openly discussed struggling with his illness, spent most of the last two years of his life in a hospital.On December 4, 2001, Mattie appeared on Good Morning America — one his many appearances — to discuss one of his books. Charlie Gibson, who was the anchor of the show then, surprised him by bringing out his favorite peacemaker, former President Jimmy Carter.“You had but to see his face when we brought his hero, President Carter, in to meet him,” Gibson said Saturday.But the meeting seemed just as emotional for Carter, who seemed moved to tears when he met Mattie.Gibson added that it wasn’t just the former president who was touched by the boy’s story.“I can only wonder from whence Mattie drew such reserves of happiness, but it made him an inspiration to all of us fortunate enough to know him,” he added.That reach seemed to endure, as more than 600 people attended the proclamation ceremony in honor of Mattie.The Mattie J. T. Stepanek Foundation has been founded in his memory. Jeni Stepanek, who is a senior faculty specialist at the University of Maryland, leads the foundation.On its website, it reads that it exists “to further Mattie’s message of hope and peace.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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