Shakira talked about the importance of education, described the nature of her charity work and outlined plans for the future in a speech delivered to the packed chamber in the Oxford Union today.The 32-year-old Colombian singer started by apologetically admitting that there will be no “singing or hip-shaking” and went on to describe her strong belief in the “democratisation of education” as a tool to break the cycle of poverty.She said, “I cannot subscribe to the idea that the older days were better days. I strongly believe that the best is yet to come. With the universal access to education to feed our collective intelligence with our commitment to lead and organise in places like this with students like you…we can be so close to create a network of intellect, enormous think-tank.”The two-time Grammy Award winner explained that this conviction stems from her own experience.“When I was eight years old I saw my parents undergo bankruptcy. I remember it as if it was yesterday. We returned home, all of our furniture had gone, the big colour TV was now a small black and white one, our cars were gone. I couldn’t understand why it was happening.”She added that in order to gain perspective her father showed her orphans sniffing glue in the park. This experience was a catalyst in setting up the Barefoot Foundation at the age of 18, when Shakira first achieved international success.The foundation funds the building of schools and community centres, as well as providing food, because “nobody can learn on an empty stomach”.Shakira also stressed her strong belief in a better future and emphasised that she likes “to make things happen”.She said, “So tell me, how many things that are inconceivable today will be obvious tomorrow? How will society be structured? Will it still be organised in couples or communities or governments, presidents and prime ministers….? Will we eat junk food without gaining weight….I’d love that! “We have achieved so much due to one concept: the democratisation of education.”The singer also talked about the importance of Millennium Development Goals.“Nine years ago as part of Millennium Development Goals, governments from around the world made a pledge so that every child has access to primary school by the year 2015.“Sadly, their promises have not been met with actions. Sadly, with the current pace of change we will not have access to universal education in a 100 years, let alone 5.“That is unacceptable.”She added, “We have the the resources to feed the people several times over, but why are children starving? We need to find more ways to distribute food. And education is our ticket.”When questioned by Cherwell, Shakira described how her career provides a vehicle for her charity work. “I can make music for fun,” she admitted, adding that due to her career she meets journalists and politicians who listen to her views. She also added that although she has seen “very little” of Oxford she finds it “beautiful” and is privileged to address such “smart people”.Lou Stoppard, the Union’s Secretary, commented, “It was amazing…I thought it was nice that she addressed something serious…she was very passionate.”Hannah Cusworth, Guest Liaison Officer added, “What I find most upsetting is that she is a multi-million selling artist but she is more eloquent than I am.”James Dray, Oxford Union’s President commented, “As someone who has spent many happy nights dancing to Shakira’s music, I’m delighted Shakira could come to the Union and give such an inspiring talk on how we in Oxford can make a difference to the lives of the poorest. The Oxford Union has a proud history of hosting some of the most revered musicians in the world, and I’m delighted to be able to add Shakira to that list.”He added, “Her warmth and compassion towards children in her home country, without access to the education which we take for granted, evidently struck a chord with the hundreds of young audience members who gathered to hear her speak. We wish her the very best for her future fundraising and activism, and of course all her musical collaborations to come.”
Mayor Jay Gillian The weather forecast looks great for the weekend, and the beaches, boardwalk and streets will be busy. As I have a couple of times already this summer, I want to remind everybody to respect the laws that keep everybody safe.Drivers must stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, and pedestrians should never walk out into traffic without first making eye contact with drivers. Bicyclists should heed all stop signs and red lights, and follow the same rules as cars. Drinking alcohol on the beach or anywhere in public is prohibited. This law will be strictly enforced. Dogs are not allowed on the beach at any time of day between May 1 and Sept. 30.Because some towns have outlawed them, many people have asked if the 10 x10 canopies that you see more and more on the beach are legal in Ocean City. The city does not yet have an ordinance governing them, but with so many people sharing limited space, please be respectful of other beachgoers. If it’s windy, do not set up a canopy. They can easily become a hazard to others.Please respect the power of the ocean and swim only at beaches protected by the Ocean City Beach Patrol. The patrol has started its extended evening hours at beaches throughout the island. You can see the locations and hours here.The city will hold its annual Bicycle Auction 10 a.m. to noon Monday (July 17) at the Shelter Road Recycling Center. Anybody can bid on bicycles that the police have determined to be abandoned or unclaimed, and it’s a chance to get some pretty great bargains. The auction is always popular, so get there early. Registration opens at 9 a.m. See more information here.Night in Venice is next weekend, and we’re expecting another great night for our 63rd annual boat parade. This year’s theme is “Rockin’ Through the Decades,” and the weekend celebration will include a Friday night (July 21) concert by the 2000s boy band O-Town with Ryan Cabrera and a Sunday night (July 23) performance by 1970s icon Gloria Gaynor. Tickets are available for both shows at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.I hope you all have a great weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor
One exhibit stood head and shoulders above the others at BIE – literally.Stopping a few people, whose heads were craned upwards, I asked what it was.”Never seen anything like it,” came the reply.After three such responses, it was time to get closer.It was certainly striking, but its rather odd, chimney-like appearance didn’t give any clues to its function.”Welcome to the Magnatech Cooler,” boomed the friendly voice of Antoon Vanoutryve on the stand.Magnatech is owned by Wyn Jones, former boss of Swansea-based Mono Equipment who is also on the stand demonstrating how the new cooler works. Says Wyn: “Only rarely does a piece of bakery equipment come along that can be described as ground-breaking, but the Magnacooler is one of the best innovations I’ve seen in over 30 years in the business. Like all great inventions it’s brilliant in its simplicity but it brings a bunch of benefits to the baker.””Do any UK bakers have one?” I ask.”David Powell of Rich Bakery Products has seven,” replies Wyn. “What he particularly likes about the Magnacooler is that cooling time doesn’t take any longer than the baking time, while products have better flavour and extended shelf life.”And apparently, George McKay of SM Baynes, near Edinburgh, says its the best piece of bakery equipment he’s ever bought.At this point two Irish ladies and their family joined in the conversation from the aisle. “We’ve got one,” they said. So with no disrespect to Antoon and Wyn, I decided I would like to hear from bakers who actually have a Magnacooler about what it does, then they could explain how it works.Siobhan and Maura Kearney run Kearney’s Home Baking in Ballyhahill, Co Limerick. They formed their scratch bakery in 1992, after achieving diplomas in bakery production and management at the National Bakery School in Dublin.Now they supply many of the leading convenience stores and foodservice providers. They were among the first customers to buy a Magnatech Cooler.Siobhan explains: “We first saw the Magnacooler at IBA in Germany six years ago, then again at the last IBA bakery show. Before we bought one, we used to cool the bakery products down with fans, transferring them from baking trays to cooling racks, like most bakers do. But now the racks go straight from the oven to the Magnacooler, where filtered cool air is brought in from outside the bakery and mixed with the air in the cooler. As the cool air mixes with the warm moist air coming from the products, it prevents any more moisture migrating from the products, giving better and more moist goods with a naturally longer shelf life of approximately 20%.”We don’t use preservatives, mould inhibitors or artificial colours,” says Siobhan. “If our breads, tarts, scones and porter cake lasted 5-8 days before we had the Magnacooler, we now gain an extra day or two.”Another advantage pointed out by the Kearneys is that, as moisture is not released from the product, it can be scaled at a lower weight at least 2% lower. There are also fewer bacteria, and cooling complies with HACCP standards.Other benefits, according to Siobhan’s sister Maura, are a better flavour and texture, while using the Magnacooler also saves on labour, space and cleaning and you can slice and pack the goods faster. So an item that might usually be ready in 16 minutes is actually ready in six when you have a cooler. If the baker is using a deck oven, then the trays should be placed on a cooling rack and wheeled into the Magnacooler.Antoon adds that the Magnacooler works as well in Seville, Spain where the ambient temperature can be +47°C, as it does in Helsinki, Finland, where it might be -42°C.Says Wyn: “The Magnacooler is a mighty piece of equipment and comes in different sizes for different bakeries. It doesn’t come cheap, but it pays its way, it boosts competitiveness and profits and, like all the best equipment, will last a lifetime.”More information: [http://www.magnatech.be]Email: [email protected]: +32 59 30 30 09Or call: Wyn Jones on 07970 002342—-=== How it all works ===Air is taken from outside (blue arrows), goes through inlet filters and is then compressed. This forced air is blown over the product, taking the heat, humidity and aroma from the product (red arrows). This air is filtered again in the outlet filters (cleaned discharge to HACCP) and goes outside. A part of the heated air is reused (orange arrows) by opening valves and a bypass section. By reusing this air, the incoming air has a perfect mixture of temperature and humidity. This air also brings the aroma back to the product.
Time is Money: PCMag.com Names the Fastest ISPs in AmericaVermont ranked fourth slowestNew York, NY (December 2, 2008)-In a world where time equals money, slow Internet connections have real-life business and quality-of-life implications. Fiber optic connections have proven themselves the fastest way online, but they’re still rare-and expensive. Which Internet service providers (ISPs) offer the fastest broadband? And in which state? After conducting over 200,000 individual tests as part of its third annual study, PCMag.com found that Verizon’s FiOS fiber-optic connections are indeed the fastest overall service, and Cablevision’s Optimum Online proved itself the fastest cable ISP in the United States. Likewise, Nevada, Virginia, and Pennsylvania are home to the fastest surf speeds-the full state ranking is below. PCMag.com’s “Best ISPs in America” list hits PCMag.com on December 2.To uncover the nation’s best ISPs, PCMag utilized the custom-designed SurfSpeed application (a utility that grabs pages from several popular Web sites to measure actual Internet surfing speed) and pored through data from over 17,000 profiles (that is, unique IP addresses).Cable vs. DSL: DSL and cable lines were for a time synonymous in people’s minds, but cable has clearly taken off in terms of sheer speed. Cable connections are 47 percent faster than DSLs. Cablevision’s Optimum Online tops the list, with an average nationwide SurfSpeed of 839 Kbps. And 61 percent of users declared themselves satisfied with the service. Even the slowest cable service provider (Earthlink, averaging 565 Kbps) was faster than some DSL providers, from CenturyTel at 520 Kbps down to Alltell’s measly 357. FrontierNet is the fastest DSL provider in the nation, averaging SufSpeeds of 724 Kbps. And, perhaps most importantly, just 27 percent of DSL users reported themselves satisfied.State by State: Analyzing regions offers insight and challenges, but the region with the fastest Internet service-the West-is just 14 Kbps faster than the slowest, the South at 551 Kbps. The difference between states, on the other hand, is shocking, with No. 1 Nevada offering residents Internet more than twice as fast as bottom-ranked New Mexico.The PCMag Fastest ISPs in America 2008 – State Ranking:RankingStateSurfSpeed (Kbps)1Nevada7812Virginia7653Pennsylvania7474New Jersey7275Connecticut7166New York7147Nebraska7078Oklahoma6959Massachusetts69510Maryland69111Illinois68112Georgia67913California66614Oregon66515Delaware64616Washington62517New Hampshire61518Minnesota60919Texas60520Ohio60021North Dakota59322Colorado56423Florida56224South Dakota56025Alabama55626Kentucky54727Michigan54428Missouri53929North Carolina53430Kansas52831Indiana52432Utah51733Rhode Island51634Arizona50535Tennessee47436Louisiana47037Idaho46138South Carolina45739Montana45540Maine42741West Virginia41742Mississippi41343Alaska40244Arkansas40245Wisconsin40246Iowa39847Vermont39148Wyoming37949Hawaii37850New Mexico322National avg557About the PCMag Digital NetworkThe PCMag Digital Network (www.PCMag.com(link is external)) is one of the world’s best-known publishers of leading technology-based digital content products. Its flagship property, PCMag.com, delivers comprehensive labs-based product reviews and the world-renowned PCMag Editors’ Choice Awards, the most trusted buying recommendations for technology products and services across the globe.Reaching more than seven million highly engaged technology buyers and influencers, PCMag Digital Network provides contextual marketing solutions that drive results. Brands within the Network also include ExtremeTech, Gearlog, Appscout, Smart Device Central, GoodCleanTech, DL.TV, Cranky Geeks, and PCMagCast. The Network’s content is delivered worldwide to readers across a multiple platform of Web sites, e-newsletters, Webcasts, broadband video, software downloads and RSS feeds to users in more than 20 countries.# # #
No winner has been declared in the race because thousands of absentee ballots have not been counted. The Broome County Board of Elections said there are more than 17,000 ballots that have not yet been counted. The 22nd Congressional District consists of multiple counties ranging from the New York/Pennsylvania state border to the southern shores of Lake Ontario. Tenney is trying to unseat democratic incumbent Rep. Anthony Brindisi, who won the election in 2018. Tenney leads the current race by more than 28,000 votes, but there are more than 50,000 absentee ballots, according to WKTV. OSWEGO (WBNG) — Claudia Tenney, republican candidate running for the 22nd Congressional District position, has filed a motion that would, if approved, keep all ballots cast in the race secure, according to a WKTV report. The report cites Tenney spokesperson Sean Kennedy, who said the campaign filed a motion in Oswego County Supreme Court. The motion would keep ballots in legal custody, to “ensure a fair counting of all outstanding ballots”.
Since Roche is the only manufacturer of the drug, generic Tamiflu doesn’t exist, said David Elder, head of the Food and Drug Adminstration’s Office of Enforcement, as quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP). Information on the packages was in Chinese, but it was unclear where the drugs came from, Elder reported. Asian suppliers sent them to individuals who ordered them online, Roxanne Hercules of US Customs and Border Protection told the AP. He added, “There’s been so much excitement about stockpiling of antivirals, that this is going to be the silver bullet, this is going to be the solution to the whole problem. There are uncertainties we have to start communicating, and we haven’t done that.” Stohr said studies show the drug protects about 70% of people from the flu if they take it before being infected, but only about 40% benefit it they take the drug within 48 hours after infection. Nations are investing far more in stockpiling Tamiflu than in developing vaccines that might offer protection from a pandemic virus, Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO’s global influenza program, told Bloomberg in an interview in Washington, DC. “These are people who are trying to profit from heightened concerns about bird flu in this country,” Elder said. Customs officials said the first package was intercepted Nov 26 at a mail facility near San Francisco International Airport, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Agents have seized 51 more packages since then, each containing up to 50 counterfeit capsules labeled as “generic Tamiflu,” the report said. Dec 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) US customs agents have seized more than 50 shipments of fake oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the antiviral drug being stockpiled in preparation for a possible influenza pandemic, according to reports published yesterday. “Globally it’s unbalanced,” Stohr said. “There would be more bang for the buck if more were invested globally in pandemic vaccine development.” The capsules contained none of oseltamivir’s active ingredients, and officials were running tests to learn what they did contain, the AP reported. Elder said initial tests pointed to vitamin C. In related news, the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) top flu expert warned Dec 16 that governments are counting too heavily on Tamiflu to protect their populations from a flu pandemic, according to Bloomberg News. “At this point, we haven’t found anything harmful,” Elder told AFP. “The harm comes from people believing they are being protected from the flu. They are not getting the benefit they expect.” In November President Bush asked Congress for $1 billion to spend on antiviral drugs, as part of his $7.1 billion request for pandemic preparedness. This week the House voted to appropriate $3.8 billion for pandemic preparations, but left it to the administration to decide how much of that to spend on antivirals. The House-passed bill was awaiting action by the Senate.
Feb 8, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Chinese officials today reported the country’s 11th human case of H5N1 avian influenza, in a 26-year-old woman from an area where no poultry outbreaks have been reported, according to news services.The woman, surnamed Lin, is from Zhangpu County in Fujian province, according to an Agence France-Presse report today. She tested positive for the virus after being hospitalized Jan 10 with fever and pneumonia, AFP reported, citing the Chinese news service Xinhua as its source.In addition, China announced its first new poultry outbreak in a month has occurred in the northern province of Shanxi, Bloomberg News reported today. The deaths of about 15,000 chickens on Feb 2 and 3 led to culling of 187,000, the Associated Press (AP) reported. The Chinese government told the AP it has killed about 22.5 million birds in the past year in efforts to stop the H5N1 virus.In Iraq, meanwhile, a World Health Organization (WHO) team is investigating the situation in the north, where one human case has been confirmed and more are suspected, and a possible human case has been reported in the south.A 15-year-old girl who died Jan 17 had the country’s first confirmed case. Samples from her 39-year-old uncle, who died Jan 27, tested positive in a local laboratory, and confirmatory test results are awaited.In an update yesterday, the WHO said its team in northern Iraq was seeking ways to strengthen local capacity to test for H5N1 and to hasten sample shipment to WHO labs, because transporting patient samples to outside labs has proved difficult. In addition, biosafety standards in local and national laboratories must be improved, the agency said.Major poultry culling efforts were under way in the outbreak region. Culling teams traveled from house to house in the Kurdish north, “chasing chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys around backyards and stuffing them into bags as villagers looked on,” Reuters news service reported yesterday.The WHO said more capacity for poultry testing is needed in order to focus the culling. Training is under way to improve veterinary labs and surveillance.Authorities who initially thought the H5N1 outbreak might be confined to Kurdish northern Iraq are facing the possibility of a human case in Omara in southern Iraq. A 13-year-old boy fell ill on Feb 1 and died Feb 5 of severe pneumonia, the WHO said. No poultry deaths have been reported in the area, but pet birds in the victim’s home died around the time the boy fell ill.Reports about the suspected case conflicted. An AP report published yesterday described the victim as a 14-year-old named Muhannad Radhi Zaouri, but a Reuters report listed him as a 24-year-old.Police cars and ambulances traversed Omara today, and people used loudspeakers to notify residents to kill their birds, Reuters reported. In addition, mosques were issuing warnings to residents to cull their poultry.In Hong Kong today, authorities banned the raising of chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons, and quail in backyards, in an effort to prevent the spread of H5N1, Bloomberg News reported. Residents will be fined up to US $12,900 for violating the rule, which takes effect Feb 13. The decision came in the wake of news that a fifth bird had tested positive for the H5N1 virus in Hong Kong.See also: WHO statement on Iraq investigationhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_02_07/en/index.html
To access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletters
CHINESE buyers losing faith in their own property market are looking to Brisbane for a safer investment — and they have expensive taste.Singapore might be the home of ‘Crazy, Rich Asians’, but new data reveals some of the Queensland capital’s most exclusive suburbs are attracting the attention of deep-pocketed investors from China with money to burn.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe most viewed properties of 201800:41The research by Chinese international real estate website, Juwai.com, shows Kangaroo Point had the highest number of inquiries from Chinese investors in the first half of 2018, followed by Newstead, Sunnybank, South Brisbane, Indooroopilly and Ascot.That’s in contrast to Chinese demand for property in Brisbane in the first half of 2017 when the outer suburbs of Calamvale, Park Ridge and Rochedale were the most popular.Kangaroo Point is the most in-demand Brisbane suburb among Chinese buyers.Juwai.com chief executive Carrie Law said the top suburbs list revealed the importance of new development, education, and convenience to Chinese buyers.“Brisbane is attractive due to its easy lifestyle, beautiful water views, and quality English language educational institutions,’ Ms Law said.“If you have a moderate, high-rise apartment in Brisbane, you can generally snap a beautiful selfie at the window or on the balcony with gorgeous water or district views in the background to show off to your friends at home in China.”Ms Law said suburbs with new developments or large numbers of new house and land packages for sale were also in demand.“Because of foreign investment rules, offshore buyers are pushed into new property to support the construction of new housing,” she said.“That explains why Newstead and Kangaroo Point are on the list. There is plenty of new development underway and our buyers are curious about it.“It is a revelation for Chinese buyers that they can obtain a new house on its own land in Brisbane for about half the price of an inner-city apartment in Shanghai or Beijing.”Chinese buyers have changed their suburb preferences when it comes to property in Brisbane. Photo: AP/Ng Han Guan.Last week, protesters ransacked a number of new apartment sales offices in China angry their investments were being sold for much less than they paid for them.The unrest is a further sign China’s property market is beginning to cool, prompting investors to turn to places like Brisbane.“Brisbane feels like a safe, desirable place to live,” Ms Law said.“It often starts with a property purchase for sending a child to study or work in Brisbane. “Over time that can lead to additional investments, starting local businesses, and eventually the whole family moving to live in Brisbane.“These buyers look for established homes with land and relatively new or like-new construction in areas with good schools for proximity to good private schools or universities.”Brisbane is the third most popular city in Australia among Chinese property buyers.Brisbane is the third most popular city in Australia among Chinese property buyers. Image: AAP/Darren England.It ranks just below Melbourne and Sydney and just above Adelaide and the Gold Coast.Chinese buyer demand for Australian property remains strong, increasing 10.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2018 and 4.4 per cent in the second.But it’s a more sustainable growth rate than what the country experienced in 2016 when there was a massive run-up in Chinese demand for Australian property.Zhen Luo and his fiancee, Yihan Lin, have just bought their first home in Brisbane. The couple from China had been looking for about six months, but eventually settled on a townhouse with the help of Belle Property Calamvale.Mr Luo said that while he still had faith in the Chinese market, he thought Australia, particularly Brisbane, was a safe place to invest.He liked his suburb because of its convenience, its proximity to shopping centres and the school catchment.The crowd at a recent auction in Sunnybank Hills. Picture: Tara Croser.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoIn Bardon — one of Brisbane’s most desirable suburbs — one of two architect-designed homes dubbed the Minka Twins has just sold for $1.888 million — 8 being the luckiest number in Chinese numerology.Sold to an Asian family, the house is one of two still under construction in the suburb.Marketing agent Di Anderson of Position Property said the new owners had two young children attending Brisbane Grammar, and were keen on securing a home that would suit Brisbane’s subtropical climate.“They were keen to purchase prior to completion to ensure they secured the property,” Ms Anderson said.“As a result, the developer agreed to a small discount for buying during construction.”TOP BRISBANE SUBURBS FOR CHINESE BUYERS IN H1 20181. Kangaroo Point2. Newstead3. Sunnybank4. South Brisbane/West End5. Indooroopilly6. Ascot7. Sunnybank Hills8. St Lucia(Source: Juwai.com, ranked by number of purchasing inquiries)TOP BRISBANE SUBURBS FOR CHINESE BUYERS IN H1 20171. Fortitude Valley2. Calamvale3. Macgregor4. Hamilton5. Park Ridge6. Rochedale7. East Brisbane8. Russell Island(Source: Juwai.com, ranked by number of purchasing inquiries)
Ruby Marie (Weist) Godfrey, of Milan, was born May 10, 1927, the only child of John and Erma (Bidner) Weist. Ruby was born and grew up on the Manchester, Indiana, farm that had been in the Bidner, Weist, and Godfrey family for close to 100 years. While attending Manchester Township School, Ruby participated in the local 4-H program. She was a very active member and claimed the Grand Champion award in Dress Review for two consecutive years. Ruby also showed a talent for music at an early age, learning to play the piano, the accordion, and electric organ.Besides the Manchester farming community, Ruby was also an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church. It was here that she was baptized on May 29, 1927, and later confirmed on June 1, 1941. She shared her musical talents with her church as a part-time organist for Sunday church services and was a teacher during the Sunday School hour. Ruby also donated her time to the community as a den mother for the local Cub Scout troop.After graduating from Aurora High School in 1945, Ruby went to work for the Aurora State Bank, followed by Stedman Foundry. She was one of the first employee’s hired for the American Electric Power’s Tanners Creek Power Plant during its start up in 1951. Ruby was a dedicated employee of the company for 44 years, seeing them grow and transition to Indiana and Michigan Power. After retiring from I&M, she continued working at Tom Tepe Auto Center and later, the Argosy Riverboat Casino. During these later years, Ruby moved from her beloved community of Manchester, to Lawrenceburg, and recently to Ripley Crossing in Milan. She quietly passed away in the early morning hours of April 29, 2017.Ruby’s memory will be cherished by her son, John Kenneth Godfrey, and his wife, Claudia Burgess Godfrey, of Incline Village, Nevada. Ruby was preceded in death by her beloved parents.Friends may visit with Ruby’s family at Zion Lutheran Church, 10629 State Rd 48, Manchester, on Wednesday, May 3, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will continue until the time of service at 11:30 a.m. Pastor Susan Socha of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Milan, will officiate the funeral service. Following the service, Ruby will be laid to rest beside her parents in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.Memorial donations can be directed to the Zion Lutheran Church or the Zion Cemetery Association. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ruby Godfrey.