Wash Their Feet

first_imgThe founder of the Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation (ATDMF), Mrs. Saya Doe Sio, along with her husband, Francis K. Sio and others, has shown the love of Jesus Christ to kids in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, by washing their feet with warm water as Christ did in the Bible. After washing each of the 150 children’s feet with soap and water, the Sios and others slipped on the pupils’ feet new pairs of white socks and shoes.Mrs. Sio stated that the washing of the kids’ feet symbolizes “humility.” According to Sio, who is chairman of the ATDMF, the shoes were donated to her foundation by Samaritan’s Feet, a US-based Christian organization, which brings the Gospel of Jesus Christ along with new pairs of socks and shoes.Speaking with the Daily Observer over the weekend, she stated that her foundation is Christian-based and as such was doing what the Lord Jesus Christ had taught His followers to do. In the 13th chapter of St. John, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and told them to do so for each other. Mrs. Sio stated that the founder of Samaritan’s Feet gave her foundation 250 pairs of shoes for the kids in Liberia.The ATDMF founder further said that the foundation’s goal is to expand the distribution of the shoes until every boy and girl can have a new pair of shoes.She started with kids of the ATDM Academy, which is a semi-elementary school, which her foundation owns and operates in the port city of Buchanan.The ATDM Academy is a free-of-charge primary school for kids in Buchanan. The school now runs from nursery to grade 2. It supplies students with uniforms, text and note books, pencils and pens and book bags. The staff and teachers of the academy are paid from donations received by the Sios. Mrs. Sio told the Daily Observer that her foundation’s mission is to empower today’s generation for a better tomorrow by providing free primary Christian-based education to underserved and marginalized communities in Liberia.“Every Child deserves the right to a sound education. Our goal is to stop the epidemic of high illiteracy rates among children in marginalized communities by providing free primary Christian education to over 200 young Liberians from Pre K through 6th grade,” she explained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taapsee Pannu would love to do Mithali Raj biopic

first_imgMumbai, Jul 30 (PTI) Actor Taapsee Pannu says she would love to do the biopic on Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj, but believes it is too early to talk about the project.Viacom18 Motion Pictures has acquired the rights for the biopic on Mithali, who is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and the only woman cricketer to surpass the 6,000 run-mark in ODIs.It was reported that the makers were keen to get Taapsee on board for the project.”The script is not in place so it’s too early to talk about it. Right now, they are collecting material and the script has not been written yet. If they offer me, I will be very happy. I really want to do a sports biopic,” Taapsee said when asked whether she is a part of the biopic.There is buzz that she is also a part of Anurag Kashyap’s “Womaniya”, a film based on real-life women sharpshooters.Taapsee says she has read the script but is currently waiting for everything to fall in place.”I am still waiting for them to package the film. The entire cast and crew need to fall in place. I am waiting for that to happen. If that happens, then there will be an official announcement but yes I have read the script,” she said.Taapsee will be next seen on the big screen in Anubhav Sinha’s court-room drama “Mulk”.”This is a very critical film for me. So many people had told me ‘Why do you want to do this film, let it go’. So this is a test of my gut feeling, especially this year, the films I am doing, it is going to be a judgement of my script selection,” she said.advertisementThe film, staring Rishi Kapoor, Neena Gupta, Rajat Kapoor among others centres around a Muslim family caught in a terror plot. “Mulk” is scheduled to be released on August 3. PTI JUR BKBKlast_img read more

It’s a bird… it’s a train… China pigeon racers cause flap with rail ruse

first_imgShanghai, Aug 30 (AFP) Cheating to win is as old as sport itself but two Chinese pigeon racers took it to modern-day extremes when they hid the birds in milk cartons and hopped on a bullet train.It was no surprise then when their homing pigeons scooped the first four places in the race and total prize money of more than one million yuan (USD 150,000).But the pigeons’ rapid times soon raised suspicions and Shanghai race organisers turned the men in when the scale of the ruse emerged, the state-run Legal Daily reported.The two men, surnamed Gong and Zhang, attempted to conceal their crime by killing the birds and giving up the prize money, the state newspaper said.But it was too late and a Shanghai court handed the duo suspended sentences of three years for fraud.The court also fined Gong 30,000 yuan and Zhang 20,000 yuan, Legal Daily said, adding that they also broke competition rules by using older pigeons instead of one-year-olds.The two men went to great lengths to beat the opposition in the race in April 2017 from the city of Shangqiu in the province of Henan to Shanghai on China’s east coast, a distance of about 750 kilometres (450 miles).Gong and Zhang began their nefarious plan a year in advance, raising the pigeons at two feeding points, in Henan and Shanghai, to familiarise the birds with the locations.After handing the pigeons over to organisers in Henan, rather than flying straight to Shanghai, the birds went to the feeding point elsewhere in the province.advertisementThere, they were concealed in milk cartons for the bullet-train ride to Shanghai, where they were released to the finish line and first place.Gong and Zhang will not serve jail time unless they commit more wrongdoing — forgoing the prize money saved them from time behind bars.Pigeon racing is popular among older people in China and Shanghai is considered the modern-day home of the sport.Speeds vary depending on distance, but racing pigeons can fly about 150 kilometres per hour — fast, but not as fast as a bullet train. (AFP) SCYSCYlast_img read more