Our Lady, mother of Jesus

Assumption of Our Lady

Wow! she didn’t expect that

A young and humble lady

A lesson in humility

But strong in character

Knew how to make a decision

Phew! A negotiator and motivator

What a miracle has followed her since.

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SIWO Global News 11th May 2018 # 25

Knowledge is Wealth

Expanding Grammar Schools

Theresa May announced the expansion of Grammar schools because parents want it for their children.  She is allocating  £50 million, so the Grammar schools can create more places for disadvantaged children.  King Edward VI  Grammar School in Birmingham has been using this method.  The Head of the Grammar Schools Association and Head for Rugby School, Charlotte Marten hopes it is a method that will be replicated in other schools.

Ban on Junk food  adverts on London Transport

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has put out for consultation a ban on junk food adverts on tubes, buses and Overground trains run by TFL.  This is  because  40% of 10 to 11 year olds are overweight. It is to target foods that are high in fats, salt and sugar.  The are the foods responsible for childhood obesity and it predisposes in later life to diseases such as heart attacks, high blood pressure and Type II Diabetes.  Jamie Oliver was happy at the news because he has been campaigning for better nutrition in school meals and Take-away shops.

UN Report on Post-Brexit Racism

After Brexit the verbal and physical racist attacks in London rose drastically. U.N. Special Rapporteur on Racism assessed the situation and Ms T. Achiume wrote,

“The harsh reality is race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, status and related categories all continue  to determine  the life chances and well-being of people in Britain in ways that are unacceptable and in many cases unlawful.”

Theresa May allows more experts on Grenfell panel

Two more experts are to be appointed by the Prime Minister Theresa May to join Judge Sir Martin Moore-Bicks.  The news was welcomed by groups calling  for this move for a better investigation of the Grenfell fire.

Eurovision song contest in Portugal

The Eurovision song contest is on in Portugal this Saturday. Over 200 million people will watch it. Viewers as far as China and Australia will see it.  A Scientist fom Imperial College has found that the song contest makes nation happy.

Inspirational Story

A woman is making a difference to the lives of women and girls around the world.  Her name is Dayle Haddon, founder and CEO of WomenOne.  It helps them access quality education.  Her work has been applauded in Kenya where girls were at risk and in Syria refugee girls at Zaatari camp, Dayle created a media and leadership workshop.

By educating the girls, HIV was reduced and also the survival age of a child was up past 5 years of age, when born to an educated woman.  Centres of Worth was set up to help adolescent girls stay in school, provided social, emotional, academic, counselling, health, education, financial and digital literacy training. Dayle Haddon received the UN Humanitarian Award.

SIWO GNEWS #25

Content from BBC news, Channel 5, readersdigest.com

SIWO Reporter:  Susanna Dziworshie

Be careful Be joyful Be peaceful

The Black Panther – an Assay Test for Vibranium or Black People?

From the time I saw the promos of the Black Panther film, I was excited to watch it and for sure my family and I were there to see it in 3D.  I confess, I don’t think I have heard of it as a comic, but I love Marvel and Sci-fi films so my introduction to it as a movie just blew me away.  The message of a strong and empowered black African women warriors of the Kingdom of Wakanga was great.  The King and most of the Royal family were dealing responsibly with choices they made regarding the ownership of Vibranium.  With such a hi-tech laboratory and a clever Princess who was a scientist, the mountain ore’s assay test must have been a welcome asset. The consequences therefore of such a valuable mineral resonated a timely wake-up call to this wholesome and hidden country being pulled on to the international stage.

No story is complete without the relationships elements of family, nations, social conscience and equality.

The film oozes QUALITY, in fiction meets real life, in scratching the African and African-American and Afro-Caribbean relationship dialogue.  Who are we to each other? What’s stopping us being connected?  Is this the test?

I applaud MARVEL the makers of this film and the actors for a superb job.  It was exemplary in the story line, the quality of the acting, directors and the producers, the sets, the locations, the costumes, the music, the sound effects, the financiers and everyone involved.  I sound like I have just received an Oscar for watching it and I am thanking everyone.

Go see Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther, Michael B Jordan as Eric Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira and many others.   I am going to watch it again and again.

 

The family journey

Greatly anticipate the joy of a newborn,

The family increases, ties are bonded,

Echoes of joyful youthful sounds,

Create laughter amid the tears,

That come with disagreements.

 

Greately steer them into adulthood,

The family looks up to them,

Rashness of teenage voices

Calmed by listening ears,

Brings  wisdom that stands like monuments.

By Susanna Dziworshie

(Copyright 2017)

A jolt, a song and a Birthday breakfast.

Jolt

I felt the jolt, as I was in deep sleep I thought it was a dream.  Then came another and another, so it wasn’t a dream after all.  I distinctively heard children’s voices singing “Happy Birthday to you Mum, Happy Birthday to you Mum ” and they added their own verse, “Wake up and eat your breakfast”.  At this point I started yawning and stretching, with the aroma of a delicious English Breakfast and the children’s happy faces, I didn’t need any convincing.  I thanked, hugged and kissed each of them and winked at my husband who had supervised their morning endeavours.