Consumers rue bad experience with cargo company
December 25th was Christmas Day for many but not so for Jennifer Nwankwo and her younger siblings. 18-year-old Jennifer and her two brothers have been waiting for their Christmas wears since the 21st of December last year.Though Christmas has come and gone, the parcel containing their fancy wears which was taken to ABC transport office, Ogui Road, Enugu, since December 21st, over one month, is yet to reach them.For Jennifer and her brothers, there was no Christmas. There were no new dresses, shirts nor trousers. From the first day their aunty, Mrs. Chioma Iwu, gave hint of the Christmas wears,...
In Ethiopia, Christmas is in January
The Karamara is a popular but smoky nite Club in the Bole area of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. About 30 minutes drive from the Sheraton Hotel, its mud wall and thatched roof building gives it an exquisite traditional appearance which makes the Club a favourite of tourists. It was to this delightful “watering hole” that Fekadu, our amiable taxi driver and guide took our group of Parliamentarians and Civil Rights Leaders that cold December evening a few years ago.Having been stuck at the “Sheraton Addis” for the past few days over deliberations on Human Rights and Good Governance, we wanted to air our...
School fired me over $20 Christmas candy misunderstanding, custodian says in suit
A custodian who worked at a Hunterdon County school until 2017 when he was fired after being accused of stealing a gift-wrapped box of candy around Christmas in what he described as a misunderstanding, has filed a lawsuit against the district.Peter A. Marro, 58, of Flemington, said in the suit he thought the wrapped boxes he came across in December 2017 in the maintenance room at Readington Middle School were meant as “a year-end thank you” to the crew from staff.“I chose one and put it in my car. I was happy to be thought of by the staff,” he wrote in the lawsuit, filed last month in Hunterdo...
Filipino SEA Games athletes to finally get overdue Christmas bonus
Filipino SEA Games athletes to finally get overdue Christmas bonusJoey Villar(Philstar.com) – January 18, 2020 – 2:35pmMANILA, Philippines — Better late than never.After a monthlong wait, Filipino national athletes, including those who didn’t medal last December’s 30th Southeast Asian Games will receive their P25,000 Christmas bonus promised by Philippine Sports Commission chairman William “Butch” Ramirez when the government sports-funding agency celebrates its 30th founding anniversary on January 24.The PSC recently approved bonuses amounting to P25 million and will be available to athletes a...
How was Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s Christmas without Star City?
How was Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s Christmas without Star City?Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo(Philstar.com) – January 16, 2020 – 10:15amMANILA, Philippines — Since it opened in 1991, amusement park Star City Complex has attracted around 1.5 million revelers a year, with visitor arrivals peaking every Christmas season.Thus, when the park was destroyed by fire last October, the complex did not open last Christmas. Many were devastated, most especially, Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and her ballet company Ballet Manila, who have made Star City and its adjacent Aliw Theater their home.“Of cours...
Sabah Umno Youth lodges report over Christmas function
KIMANIS POLLS | Sabah Umno Youth has lodged a police report over allegations that a Christmas and New Year celebration in Membakut on Saturday broke election laws.Beaufort Umno Youth chief Mohd Fadzli Miskeh lodged the report this morning.He accused Warisan of distributing hampers and other lucky draw prizes during an official function."I believe there has been a breach of regulations under the Election Offences Act 1954," Mohd Fadzli said after lodging the report at Beaufort district police station."I urge the police to investigate and take action with no special treatment, as per the rule of...
Mariah Carey first to score #1 hit in four different decades
New York (AFP) - Pop diva Mariah Carey has had a long list of hits over the years, but her classic holiday song has helped her make history as the first artist to top the Billboard charts in four separate decades."All I Want For Christmas Is You" is number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week dated January 4, 2020, based on sales, radio airplay and streaming data -- its third week atop the rankings.That means Carey has had a number one single in the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s.The bubbly, ubiquitous holiday tune was first released in 1994 and gained new fame after its inclusion on the s...
Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church receives a steeple for Christmas
After a fire tore through Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Millville in April of 2016, the church finally became whole again when a steeple was installed on Christmas Eve.“After four years, it feels wonderful,” said the Rev. John Mitchell. “In the last five months we were able to construct a new front entrance with handicap access and a new stairway. It was quite a project.”The fire started early Sunday morning on April 3 after power lines struck the church when a tree came crashing down. The sanctuary as well as the steeple were destroyed.During the rebuilding process, Mitchell went ...
Debra-Lynn B. Hook: If the best parts of Christmas lasted all year long
If the best parts of Christmas lasted all year long, we would always say nice things to the weary clerks at department stores instead of just on Christmas Eve.We would read poetry to each other at the dinner table year-round, and sing together by candlelight in May and June and September.If the best parts of Christmas lasted all year long, we would always be saturating our social media pages with calming seasonal poems, photos of our families and inspirational memes instead of blood-pressure-raising diatribe.We would spend intentional time all the time with the people we love best.We would fre...
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Who has ruined Christmas peace and joy in Hong Kong?
“Be water shopping” in a shopping mall in Shatin district. By 朝雲. Photo used under content partnership agreement with Stand News.Hong Kong’s Christmas was neither peaceful nor joyful as riot police charged major shopping districts with anti-riot weapons to disperse flash mob protests. By December 28, a total of 336 peoplewere arrested.Thanks to the police, Hong Kong has its own version of ‘white Christmas':Guess what? We have a white Christmas Eve in #HK. Tear gas in Tst, right in front of a hotel. I hope Police won’t make this Christmas Eve a bloody one. #PoliceBrutalitypic.twitter.com/Sx9gfK...