WilliamSherman/iStock(PIERRE, S.D.) — Students in South Dakota can expect to see a new message on their school walls this upcoming school year: the national motto “In God We Trust.”A new bill signed by Gov. Kristi Noem took effect this month, requiring all public schools in the state to display the motto.The display must be located in “a prominent location” in each school, such as the school entryway, cafeteria, or other common areas, according to a summary of the bill. It also must be “easily readable” and not smaller than twelve inches wide by twelve inches high.The style of the display will be left up to the school principal and can range from a mounted plaque to student artwork.The bill also adds that if a lawsuit or complaint is filed against the school as a result of the display, the “attorney general shall provide legal representation at no cost.”Concerns about the bill have already sprung up in the state’s second-largest city, where an official said the school district has heard talk of a legal challenge.“We are a conservative area so [support for the bill is] probably about half and half,” Rapid City Area Schools district spokeswoman Katy Urban told ABC News. “We have a lot of community members who are very supportive of it, but we’ve also had a number of people, staff members included, who are very uncomfortable with it.”In May, a group of students from the district’s Stevens High School proposed to the school board an alternate version of the motto that included the names of Buddha, Yahweh and Allah, as well as the term “spirit,” Urban said. The group noted that the bill seemingly favored Christianity over other religions.“That conversation didn’t go any further,” she said. “The board didn’t have any conversation about alternative versions.”When asked why, Urban said that was a question for the school board.The Rapid City Area Schools district has completed the stenciling of “In God We Trust” on the wall of its 23 public schools. The work cost the district a total of $2,800, according to Urban.President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a law officially declaring “In God We Trust” to the nation’s official motto in 1956. The phrase was then placed on United States coins largely because of the “increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War,” according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Bermuda-headquartered owner and operator of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers Golar LNG has signed a 20-year tolling contract with Ophir Energy for the floating liquefaction and storage vessel GoFLNG Gimi, scheduled to start operations offshore Equatorial Guinea in the first half of 2019. Golar and Ophir have signed a binding heads of terms agreement for a midstream chartering and operating services. Golar will operate and maintain GoFLNG Gimi and facilities at Ophir’s operated Fortuna floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project in Block R, Equatorial Guinea.GEPetrol, Ophir’s partner in Block R in Equatorial Guinea, will formally ratify the agreement next week.At full production, Gimi will have a contracted capacity of 2.2 mtpa of LNG, to be marketed by Ophir and GEPetrol.The project is expected to deliver an EBITDA for Golar in the first full year of operation in the region of USD 350M.Golar, with its partners Keppel Shipyard and Black and Veatch, have previously committed to the Gimi FLNG conversion in December 2014.The integrated Ophir/GEPetrol/Golar project is expected to take FID during the first half of 2016 following completion of the upstream FEED study.“Our new approach to developing LNG projects is stimulating significant interest today. Accordingly, Golar has now, based on its framework agreement with Keppel Shipyard, commenced negotiations for the company’s third GoFLNG vessel,” Golar’s CEO Gary Smith said.Gimi will be Golar’s second GoFLNG vessel following Hilli, which is scheduled to commence commercial operations in Cameroon during the first half of 2017. read more
Share Dominica – A Different Adventure (Dominica Film Challenge 2018 video)At the halfway point already! The momentum has been building and it’s sure to come to a crescendo when you view this fantastic new video as part of the 2018 Dominica Film Challenge! Produced by Sheldon Casimir and @Norris Francois Jr. , this film ‘Dominica – A Different Adventure’ gives a thrilling peek into the varied adventures you can enjoy when you come visit to #ReDiscoverDominica! Plunge into a river pool, lounge on the beach, tube down a river, view whales year round, ride a horse through a forest trail, participate in cultural and entertainment activities; these are just a few of the countless fun experiences featured! Remember to view, like and SHARE, and tune in for the next video premiere on Friday! #ReDiscoverDominica #DominicaChallenge #NatureIsland. Thrilled to come visit? Get great deals here: http://discoverdominica.com/spring2018/index.htmlPosted by Discover Dominica on Wednesday, August 8, 2018The other competitors who participated in the film are Armani Augustine and Garvin Leblanc (‘Nature Island Rejuvenation’), Galon and Margaret Gajek (‘Hiking an Island Reborn by Derek’), Marica Honeychurch and Arnaud Chabert (‘You and me’), Tridel Edwin and Elias Dupuis (‘Waitukubuli a Love Letter’), and Kreig Harris and Ericson Joseph (‘Dominica From Past to Promise’). Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 263 Views no discussions Share Dominica: From Past to Promise (Dominica Film Challenge 2018 Video)Our final video of the Dominica Film Challenge 2018, but was it saving the best for last? You tell us! This video is based on the theme ‘History and Culture’ and was produced by @Kreig Harris and Gremo Joseph.Named ‘Dominica: From past to promise,’ this video is set to a captivating and inspiring soundtrack which is sure to keep your attention through out this journey into Dominica’s unique and authentic culture! Remember to view, like and SHARE all the videos, and tune in for the announcement of the winning video next Wednesday! #ReDiscoverDominica #DominicaChallenge #NatureIsland. Thrilled to come visit? Get great deals here: http://discoverdominica.com/spring2018/index.htmlKAHZ Media ProductionsPosted by Discover Dominica on Wednesday, August 15, 2018Chief Executive Officer Discover Dominica Authority Collin Piper explained that “the aim of the film competition is to focus on Dominican talent, by giving support to individuals, to help produce and showcase a great product”.Kreig Harris and Ericson Joseph place second with their film ‘Dominica From Past to Promise’ while Social Media winners were Derek Galon and Margaret Gajek, with their film ‘Hiking an Island Reborn’. Discover DominicaLocalNews ‘Dominica a Different Adventure’ wins Dominica Film Challenge by: Dominica Vibes News – August 29, 2018 Sheldon Casimir and Norris Francois Jr.Sheldon Casimir and Norris Francois Jr. have emerged winners of the 2018 Dominica Film Challenge with their film entitled ‘Dominica, A Different Adventure’.The 2018 Dominica Film Challenge was organized by the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) where six local teams were chosen to participate.The award ceremony was held at the Prevost Cinemall conference room on Wednesday August 29, 2018. ‘Hiking an Island Reborn’ Dominica Film Challenge VideoStill many more exciting films coming your way as part of the 2018 Dominica Film Challenge! Today it’s all about team 2 led by Derek Galon with the short film ‘Hiking an Island Reborn’. This film is centered around the theme ‘Hiking’ and gives fascinating insight into the versatile hiking experience available right now in the #NatureIsland! From leisurely strolls along trails through the quickly-renewing forest vegetation, or exploring seascapes, to canyoning adventures down cliffs and gorges! Remember to view, like and SHARE, and tune in for the third video on Wednesday! #ReDiscoverDominica #DominicaChallenge Ozone Zone BooksPosted by Discover Dominica on Monday, August 6, 2018 read more