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Mary Ann Warnken

first_imgMary Ann Warnken age 82 of Osgood, Indiana passed away today, Thursday, December 1, 2016 at The Waters in Batesville, Indiana. She was born on March 3, 1934 to the late Wm R. and Mildred Inman Sigrist at Kansas City, Missouri. She married Roy A. Warnken on August 22, 1953 at Warrensburg, Missouri and later due to his job with the US Shoe Company, they moved to the Osgood location of US Shoe where they would remain the rest of their lives. Roy preceded her in death on February 16, 1994.Mary Ann was a member of the Osgood UN Methodist Church, a 60 year plus member of the Osgood Versailles Eastern Star and a past member of the Ripley County Red Hatters! She had worked for Ripley County Farm Bureau Insurance Company in Osgood, Security Insurance Company which had been located in Napoleon, Indiana and later served as secretary of the St. John’s Catholic Church of Osgood.She was a very dedicated and loyal member of the Ripley County Democrats where she had served as secretary. Along with this interest, she had served as precinct committeeman for Center Township for over 40 years along with working at election time on the absentee board at the Ripley County Court House.In her later years, she was able to enjoy her grandchildren and great grandchildren plus also loved to dog set their dogs! She was a loving mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family.Survivors include one daughter, Melinda K. Hunger (companion Rick Mittendorf) of Versailles, Indiana one brother, Charles Sigrist of Boise, Idaho; two grandchildren April (Matt) Jones of Nashville, Tennessee and Adam (Cassie) Hunger of Versailles. Two great grandchildren also survive, Madelynn and Addison Hunger both of Versailles.Services will be all in one day, Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Neal’s Funeral Home. Visitation from 10:00 am -12:00 noon with funeral at 12:00 noon. Burial, Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison, Indiana. Memorial donations may go to Osgood Fire Department c/o funeral home.Arrangements by, Neal’s Funeral Homewww.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Five Cueball thoughts: The election that is coming up…

first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue — Five Cueball – GO SHOCKS! – thoughts for March 31, 2013…1. Election Tuesday…Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We can also celebrate the fact another election will be two days behind us. While 15 candidates is a noble number for those running for the Wellington City Council, it makes for way too many candidate’s forum. I thought I might have to stab someone if I had to do one more candidate feature by the end of the week. I wasn’t the only one suffering from candidate forum fatigue. By the end of the week the city candidate forums were getting less than half the hits from Sumner Newscow readers as the ones featured earlier in the week.Still, the forums are vital especially if you are in a bit of a quandary on who to vote for, the political forums. Two candidates chose not to do political forums: Noah List and Russell Rains. Lynne Tompkins bowed out of the race. The rest of the forums are listed here:Kim Woodrow is here.Vince Wetta is here.Chase Weber is here.Jim Valentine is here.John Tracy is here.Lannon Taylor is here.Larry Shimer is here.Terry Nunemaker is here.Jarod Nance is here.Jan Korte is here.Kelly Green is here.John Brand is here. 4. School board at large…Local citizen J.P. Buellesfeld should again get praise for initiating the new “at large” city council system. It will indeed be interesting to see the results. Sumner Newscow will be having live results Tuesday night with a blog.Wellington School District, USD 353, should adopt a similar format for school board candidate elections in the future.This year is a classic example of why the school would benefit from “at large” positions. In one district there are three candidates, while in another district Jason Newberry is going unopposed. It would make more sense that all seven candidates were running together for three open positions.One reader wanted me to note that every voter in the USD353 district will be voting for all school board candidates, not just the one’s in their district.There are a lot of things to vote for this Tuesday. Hope to see you there. But try to cast an informed vote. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (7) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Mary Hunt · 384 weeks ago Oh my gosh! GO SHOCKS! I am one pumped-up Shocker fan!! I LOVED my years at WSU and am so proud to be an alum of this great university! And not afraid to show it! Back “in the day”, we slept in our cars over night waiting in line to get the very few student basketball tickets that were offered at that time at Henry Levitt. It was a great time — the era of Antoine, Cliff, Aubrey and X. I’ll never forget sitting talking to X in the commons, saying “hey” to Cliff with his big grin walking across campus. They were really still just kids…kids responsible for bringing so much basketball enjoyment to so many people. And it’s a family affair as my parents and siblings all graduated from WSU. I don’t know this team personally, but I will be wishing them well in the Final Four! “Rip ’em up, tear ’em up… Give ’em hell, Shocks!” Report Reply 0 replies · active 384 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down birdfan · 384 weeks ago a new tax ? wasn’t the casino going to line all the streets with gold and let us sit around sipping champagne? Report Reply 0 replies · active 384 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down birdfan · 384 weeks ago And yes a great shoutout to the shockers Report Reply 0 replies · active 384 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JustME · 384 weeks ago Any information on just how much a 1/2% sales tax would generate? Maybe if we wouldn’t notice it art the register, the mooches that take it won’t notice it not coming in. Report Reply 0 replies · active 384 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Concerned · 384 weeks ago No new tax. 1/2% doesn’t sound like much until you add the 8+%. We had the tax for the jail, it should have stopped there. The appraisal value has increased 63 million dollars and with the casino money,that should be enough. The jail should be operating at a profit according to the hype before it’s building. Enough is enough. Report Reply 0 replies · active 384 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Glen · 384 weeks ago Did Sumner County lose its County Clerk? The Sumner County Clerk website is almost never updated. Under Legal Notices it shows the next election is the August Primary. There is no information of an April election. Is there a legal requirement that the County Clerk provide election information? I have been looking on the website for information for a few weeks and can’t find out anything there. What is the problem? If we don’t have a County Clerk any more, then maybe we should get one? Report Reply 1 reply · active 384 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 384 weeks ago The data transmission requirements to update the web site, would cost too much. We would need another 3/4% tax increase to fund it. Of course, this would only be for 4 years, then it would expire….unless the find something else to fund with it. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 2. Sales tax issue…The Sumner County Commissioners are asking voters to retain a half-cent sales tax for funding of Futures Unlimited, Sumner Mental Health Department and the rural ambulance services (see story here). This is a county-wide sales tax.While it appears that Wellington has a higher than average sales tax rate at 8.5 percent, especially when you compare it to Wichita at 7.14 percent, keep in mind that even with $100 worth of groceries, you are only paying slightly more than a $1 here. Heck, you can lose that in pocket change at the Turnpike gate driving up to Wichita to get groceries.I have never voted against a sales tax proposal, because it is the fairest of all taxes and ones that few people notice. Everyone is paying for items purchased. I’ll probably get lynched for saying this, but I’ve venture to say you could add an additional dime of sales tax on any item sold and few people will notice (except the really big ticket items like a car). The cost of goods sold has always been a negotiable item anyway.Commissioners say that if the sales tax doesn’t pass, they will implement a mill levy increase. Voters, especially property owners, should be wary of any possible increase to our property taxes. With Governor Sam Brownback’s ill-fated quest to eliminate the state’s income tax, property tax owners are at peril as local governments attempt to make up for budgetary shortfalls.Retaining the half-cent sales tax seems like a no-brainer. I voted yes on my advanced ballot.center_img 5. Shout out of the week…How can you not give this week’s shout out of the week to the Wichita State Shockers? The last time a Missouri Valley Conference team made it to the Final Four was when Larry Bird led Indiana State in 1979. WSU hasn’t been here since 1965. I was 1 at the time.In fact, WSU is just one of four teams from a mid major to make it to the Final Four. Enjoy it for all its worth Shocker fans. You might not see the Shockers again in the Final Four for another 48 years. Chances are a lot of us won’t be around in 48 years. 3. Things to remember…Please remember Wellington city voters when going to the polls Tuesday that the list of city council candidates are on two pages of your electronic ballot. Twelve candidates are on the first page, and three on the second ballot. The school board races are featured thereafter. In the end, the electronic ballot will ask you to recheck your ballots.I advanced voted on Friday at the Sumner County Clerk’s office. I wasn’t confused. The ballot seemed very straight forward to me. As the old cliche states: “When in doubt, read the directions.”last_img read more

Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping

first_imgAttention will quickly turn to see if football’s world governing body FIFA allows the scandal-tainted ally of President Vladimir Putin to retain his senior World Cup role.In a statement, FIFA said it had “taken note” of the IOC decision but it had “no impact on the preparations” for Russia 2018. Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP | Russia was banned Tuesday from the 2018 Winter Games by the International Olympic Committee over its state-orchestrated doping programme, but clean Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under an Olympic flag.The sanction was the toughest ever levelled by the IOC for drug cheating and was delivered just 65 days ahead of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.In announcing the decision, IOC president Thomas Bach accused Russia of “perpetrating an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport”.An explosive report by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and two subsequent IOC investigations have confirmed that Russian athletes took part in an elaborate drug cheating programme which peaked during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.Mounting evidence has indicated that the scheme involved senior government officials, including from the sports ministry, with help from secret state agents.The IOC also banned Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko — who was sports minister during the Sochi Games — for life.Mutko is currently the head of the organising committee for the 2018 World Cup, which Russia is hosting.last_img read more

Fourth US win for Bronte Law

first_img English women’s champion Bronte Law has just scored her fourth win on the US college circuit, with a back-to-back victory. Law, from Bramhall in Cheshire, won the Stanford Intercollegiate hosted by Condoleezza Rice for the second year in a row. She won both titles with a score of eight-under par, signing off this year with a three-under 68 and a three shot winning margin. She scored 67, 70 in the first two rounds. Law, a student at UCLA (image © Leaderboard Photography), had six birdies in her final round with three bogeys. She led the field with 16 birdies and was a tournament-best 5-under on the par fours. The 20-year-old has just helped England win the women’s silver medal at the Spirit International Amateur Championship. Law, who is currently ranked seventh in the world, is and England and GB&I international who has played in two Curtis Cup teams. She successfully defended her English women’s amateur title this summer, winning by 16 shots, and tied fourth in the European amateur. Last year she won the individual women’s bronze medal at the World Amateur Team Championship. 21 Oct 2015 Fourth US win for Bronte Law last_img read more

2020 1st Half Property Taxes Due June 1

first_imgFacebook67Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyThe deadline for Thurston County residents to pay their 2020 first half property taxes is Monday, June 1, 2020. This due date is different than what is printed on 2020 property tax statements, which were mailed before the current health crisis affected daily routines in our community.Treasurer Jeff Gadman exercised his emergency authority under RCW 84.56.020(10) and extended the due date for 2020 first half property tax payments to provide some relief to taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 virus. Because so many of the service providers vital to responding to the health crisis rely on timely property tax payments for a significant portion of their funding, there will be no further changes to the due date.With the courthouse currently closed to the public, taxpayers have three options for paying their property taxes:Online: Residents can pay online at www.thurstoncountywa.gov/treasurer. There is no additional charge for the electronic check payment option online, but there is a 2.35% transaction fee for a major credit card payment and a flat fee of $3.95 for a VISA debit card payment.Drop Off: Payments can be dropped in the secure courthouse parking lot drop box – located at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502.Mail: Check or money order payments can be mailed to the Thurston County Treasurer, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502. Payments made by mail must be postmarked by June 1, 2020.Treasurer staff remain available to answer your questions by phone or email between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 360-786-5550 or email [email protected] As required by Washington State law, interest will be charged for those who do not make their payments on time.Property owners can also sign up for paperless property tax bills so they can receive future property tax bills electronically, saving paper and postage. For those who create an account, it comes with the option to schedule your tax payment in advance of the due date, and email payment reminders will be sent ahead of the due date. To learn more or sign up for this service please visit our website at www.thurstoncountywa.gov/treasurer.last_img read more


first_imgSHERMAN, HOLLENDORFER & BAFFERT COLLIDE IN MUCH-ANTICIPATED FOLLOW-UP TO B.C. CLASSIC; SAN ANTONIO TO BE PART OF ‘JOCKEY CLUB TOUR’ AND BE BROADCAST LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2015)–Three of the nation’s most highly regarded 4-year-olds, Horse of the Year California Chrome, 2013 Eclipse Champion 2-year-old Male Shared Belief and recent San Pasqual Stakes winner Hoppertunity head a dynamic field of nine older horses in Saturday’s Grade II, $500,000 San Antonio Invitational, to be run at 1 1/8 miles this Saturday at Santa Anita.California Chrome, trained by Art Sherman, and Shared Belief, conditioned by Jerry Hollendorfer, will meet for the first time since Bob Baffert’s Bayern orchestrated a controversial gate to wire win in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Although Bayern has yet to make his 2015 debut, Baffert will be represented by Hoppertunity, and thus, all three trainers are again front and center in what no-doubt shapes up as the biggest race of the New Year.A winner of last year’s Grade I Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, California-bred California Chrome was third, beaten a neck in the Classic and he followed that with a two length win in the Grade I Hollywood Derby at 1 1/8 miles on turf Nov. 29–thus giving him four Grade I victories on the year.Although he had no apparent excuses in the Classic, “Chrome” was voted Horse of the Year as well as Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Male, in what many observers viewed as a partial rebuke to Bayern’s Classic triumph, which was tainted by the fact he bore in sharply leaving the gate, fouling Shared Belief and others.Owned by his breeders, Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, California Chrome is by Lucky Pulpit and is out of Love the Chase, a mare that won just once, an $8,000 maiden claimer at Golden Gate Fields. America’s most recognizable horse, chestnut hued California Chrome is blessed with outstanding tactical speed and the ability to carry it classic distances. In his quest to become racing’s first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, California Chrome came up 1 ¾ lengths short in the Belmont, as he ran fourth, which also snapped a six-race winning streak.In addition to the Santa Anita Derby, California Chrome also won the California Cup Derby and the Grade II San Felipe at Santa Anita last year and is three for five lifetime in Arcadia. With nine wins, a second and a third from 16 overall starts, he has $4,222,650 in earnings. Based at Los Alamitos, he vanned to Santa Anita on Tuesday and will be ridden for the 11th consecutive time by Victor Espinoza.Undefeated in seven starts going into the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Shared Belief was the 5-2 post time favorite but in the opinion of many, lost all chance at victory when he was knocked sideways leaving the gate, causing him to take up shortly thereafter and losing early position. Although the rancorous aftermath of the Classic still hangs in the air, the Candy Ride gelding gained a measure of redemption by taking the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu Stakes on Santa Anita’s opening day, Dec. 26.Owned by Jim and Janet Rome’s Jungle Racing Stable, LLC, Hollendorfer, George Todaro, Jason Litt and Alex Solis II, Shared Belief twice defeated older horses last year, in the Grade I, 1 ¼ miles Pacific Classic on Aug. 24, and three starts back, in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita Sept. 27.Like California Chrome, Shared Belief has plenty of natural speed and he’s a proven warrior when the real running commences. Favored in seven out of his nine career starts, Shared Belief is two for three at Santa Anita and has eight overall victories, resulting in earnings of $2,032,200. Headquartered at Golden Gate Fields, he’ll again be ridden by Mike Smith, who has guided him to four wins in his last five starts.Hollendorfer will also saddle longshot Tonito M., who comes off a close fourth place finish to Hoppertunity in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 10. A winner of six out of his first seven starts in Puerto Rico, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Rock Hard Ten won the Grade III Oklahoma Derby three starts back, his lone win in eight stateside starts for Hollendorfer. He is 15-7-3-2 overall with earnings of $503,812.A winner of last year’s Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Rebel Stakes, Hoppertunity was subsequently second to California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby, after which he went to the sidelines. Following a close second in a seven furlong allowance at Santa Anita Oct. 29, the Kentucky-bred colt by Any Given Saturday then pressed the pace en route to a half length win in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28.In his 4-year-old debut Jan. 10, Hoppertunity was an impressive 1 ¾ length winner of the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Pasqual on Jan. 10. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Hoppertunity has two wins and two seconds from five starts at Santa Anita and is 8-4-2-0 overall with earnings of $1,070,675.A well beaten 15th in Japan’s Group I, 1 1/8 miles Champions Cup on Dec. 7, trainer George Papaprodromou’s Imperative was one of several horses who were negatively impacted at the start of the Breeders’ Cup Classic two starts back on Nov. 1. A sharp second from off the pace in last year’s San Antonio, the 5-year-old Bernardini gelding will hope for a fast pace. A miraculous $50,000 claim 12 starts back in December, 2013, Imperative made over $1.2 million last year. Owned by KM Racing Enterprise, he is 21-3-4-3 overall, with lifetime earnings of $1,320,870.Although well beaten in the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course on Jan. 25, veteran Clubhouse Ride has proven he can act with top horses on dirt and will try to make his presence felt from off the pace. Trained by Craig Lewis and owned by Six-S Racing Stable and Nikolas Petralia, the 7-year-old horse by Candy Ride was a winner of Santa Anita’s Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Californian last June and has amassed $1,321,132 in earnings from an overall mark of 42-5-9-10.A Group I winner in his native Chile, trainer Neil Drysdale’s Bronzo was sixth, beaten 4 ¾ lengths by Hoppertunity in his second U.S. start, the San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 10. A 6-year-old gelding by Fusaichi Pegasus, Bronzo could well improve with a race under his belt and will hope to be flying late in the colors of his owner, Don Alberto Stable. He is 21-11-1-4 overall with earnings of $273,002.The complete field for the San Antonio, to be televised live on Fox Sports 1 and carded as the eighth race on a nine-card, with jockeys, weights and morning line in post position order: Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia, 123, 4-1; Tonito M., Rafael Bejarano, 120, 15-1; You Know I Know, Drayden Van Dyke, 118, 30-1; Imperative, Flavien Prat, 120, 20-1; Shared Belief, Mike Smith, 123, 7-5; Clubhouse Ride, Aaron Gryder, 120, 30-1; Bronzo, Gary Stevens, 120, 20-1; California Chrome, Victor Espinoza, 123, 6-5, and Alfa Bird, Tyler Baze, 118, 30-1.                First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2016)–Santa Anita Park, in partnership with the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) and the California Art Club (CAC), will host a fine art exhibit celebrating The Great Race Place beginning this Friday, Sept. 30 through Saturday, Oct. 22 in the west entrance to the track’s Club House Mezzanine.Entitled “The Majesty of The Great Race Place,” the exhibit will include plein air pieces created by CAC artists who visited Santa Anita during this year’s Spring Meet. The exhibit will be on public display from Friday through Sunday, Oct. 16 and all items will be available for purchase, with 20 percent of the proceeds allocated to CARMA-sponsored Thoroughbred aftercare initiatives.The exhibit will then shift locales as Santa Anita will host a special reception in the elegant Chandelier Room throughout the racing day on Saturday, Oct. 22. Those works of art that have not been sold by Oct. 16 will be available for purchase to attendees on Oct. 22.Fans may pre-purchase tickets to the reception on Oct. 22 for $75 each online at santaanita.com/events.Tickets include:–Admission to the Chandelier Room–Entry to the Art Exhibit–Club House Admission–Buffet-style Gourmet fare–Valet Parking–Racing ProgramFor inquiries regarding artwork, please visit californiaartclub.org, or call (626) 583-9009.last_img read more

In Guinea, Wild Chimps Caught Drinking Palm Wine

first_imgA community of chimps in West Africa is partial to the occasional alcoholic beverage. There are “behavioral signs of inebriation (intoxication, excitement),” note researchers, according to The Guardian.In Bossou in southeast Guinea, villagers tap into the trunks of raffia palms to drain off the sap into plastic containers fitted to the trees. These sugary fluid ferments, result in a lightly alcoholic “palm wine” that is collected and consumed. But when the humans are away, the local chimps will occasionally come in for a tipple, using leaves to scoop up tasters of the beverage. “When I first observed the behavior it immediately sparked my interest,” says Kimberley Hockings, a behavioral ecologist at Oxford Brookes University in the UK. But as she’d only seen the chimps sampling the palm wine on a few occasions, she approached others who’ve worked on this community over the past 20 years and got them to dig into their notebooks for similar records. The result is a collaborative paper published today in the Royal Society’s open-access journal Open Science based on 51 wine-drinking events.With an average ethanol content of three percent, the palm wine is of similar strength to a weak beer. “When the sap is fresh, it’s quite sweet and tastes very pleasant,” says Hockings. But it ferments very quickly. “After 24 hours it turns very acidic and vinegary and from my perspective is undrinkable,” she says. The strongest sample collected by the researchers came in at almost 7 percent alcohol by volume, which would presumably pack quite a punch for an animal that’s half the size of a human. Hockings and her colleagues estimate that the leafy receptacles probably convey between 10 and 50 ml at a time and the chimps make a dip every 6 or 7 seconds. So in a swift session of about minute, a chimp would consume around 100 ml of palm wine or 3 ml of ethanol. But the longest recorded binge lasted more than 30 minutes, during which time the chimp might have taken on as much as 3 liters of wine and 90 ml of ethanol. Even by the most excessive of human standards, this is a serious bender. Combing through the supplemental data, I notice that it was this same chimp – a male known affectionately as FF – that was responsible for approximately one-third of the 51 drinking events. I asked Hockings if he might have a drink problem, but she is careful not to cast aspersions. “I don’t think it’s an addiction, as he drinks it rarely,” she says. “But, anecdotally, he always drinks palm wine when it is available and is often the first to climb the raffia.”In the discussion to the paper, Hockings and her colleagues touch on what everyone will be wondering. “Some of the chimpanzees at Bossou consumed significant quantities of ethanol and displayed behavioral signs of inebriation,” they write. When I read this, I pictured a whole load of debauched chimps, slurring their pant-hoots and tumbling out of trees, but Hockings’ stories are disappointingly sober. On one occasion, she saw several chimps conclude a drinking session by having a rest. On another, an adult male was not his usual self after a drink. “Whilst other chimpanzees were making and settling into their night nests, he spent an additional hour moving from tree to tree in an agitated manner,” she says.All of this is more than just a description of a few wayward animals. The occasional boozing of Bossou chimps supports molecular evidence that the ability to metabolize alcohol appeared in the common ancestor of humans and chimps about 10 million years ago. So chimps have a grasp of cooking and can drink quite considerable quantities of alcohol. “What chimp-based surprise will I be writing about next week, I wonder?” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Killer Bean’ Buses Grounded in Protest, or Fear?

first_imgAngry mob of motorcyclists wasted no time to destroy the ‘Killer Bean’ bus by fire.According to opinions gathered by the Daily Observer, the failure of the justice system to be seen as capable of delivering justice (due process) may be responsible for the increase in mob violence, after a 97-seater bus was set on fire on Battery Factory Road in Monrovia on Monday, July 3rd.The yellow American school bus, popularly known as ‘Killer Bean,’ with license plate number TB83010, struck and killed Victor Morris, whose motorbike ran into the bus’ path that fateful day.Mr. Amos Tomah, who owns a sign-writing shop on Battery Factory Road, said he was sitting at his shop at about 4:00 pm when he saw the yellow bus speeding towards him and stopping just a few feet away.“I saw the driver and a female police officer,” he said. “The officer was trying to calm him down because the driver was trembling. When both got down from the bus, the driver attempted to run through Battery Factory, but an alarm was raised; and after some minutes, he was caught and returned to the officer.”Tomah said during the melee, the bus’ engine, which was idling, shut down. “Then another young man came around and jumped into the driver’s seat. He tried to start the engine but it would not start,” he said.“For nearly 30 minutes they tried to restart the bus without success and then I saw a large group of young men, all of them motorcycle riders, who came looking for the driver. By now the driver had left the scene and the situation was growing tense,” he said, adding that he advised his brother to close the shop and leave the scene. Ten minutes later, he said, the angry men, believed to be commercial motorcycle riders, set the bus on fire.The scenario harkened back to 2015 when angry commercial motorcyclists were accused of setting two such buses on fire for killing one of their own on Somalia Drive.Meanwhile, the Liberia National Police reacted to Monday’s incident by sending a contingent of officers from its Emergency Response Unit (ERU) to secure the area to ensure that there was no further violence.Owing to the incident, since Monday the LNP has not allowed commercial motorcyclists to operate from Battery Factory, Topoe’s Village, New Georgia, Gardnersville up to Chicken Soup Factory, and there are reports that several arrests have been made. Also, in response to the destruction of the bus, almost all ‘Killer Bean’ buses have been grounded either out of caution or in protest, since Monday night.Meanwhile, this reporter put the question “Why has the government been unable to prevent mob violence?” to several residents of Battery Factory.“Lack of justice,” said a young man who identified himself as Joe. “For example, the young man who was killed in the accident, what would his parents receive for his death? There is no insurance benefit for the family so some people take the law into their own hands because of injustice.”Another resident, Mrs. Joyce Williams, said while the situation is regrettable, “the fact is when you take such a case to the police and then to court, the law will run you around until you regret sending your case to court. If people were receiving what they expect in the court of law, people would not engage in such violence, I believe so.” Another resident, Samson, said “I condemn the commercial motorcyclists for their action but we need to get real. I heard recently that the government asked every car, including buses, to get third party insurance. If the third party insurance can provide benefits to those who are killed in accidents, then we will be going somewhere, otherwise we will be going around in circles.”Others said the government should encourage community associations to create awareness in their areas about the dangers of mob violence, while at the same time the government should also ensure that victims receive just compensation, either through out-of-court negotiations or through the court of law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Proof’ Infrastructure Ministry tampering with contracts

first_img…has a track record and I am giving the evidence of it – JagdeoThe Public Infrastructure Ministry under the helm of Minister David Patterson, is accused of deliberately tampering with the procurement process in order to ensure contracts are handed out to favoured contractors.Former President Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday met with members of the localOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeopress corps at his Church Street Office and provided documentation to this effect.Jagdeo told reporters the Ministry has adopted a strategy where it advertises and invites persons to bid for projects but at the last minute, annul the process. The Ministry would then go on to negotiate a contract with a chosen ‘cronies’, according to Jagdeo.As he sought to outline the Administration’s penchant for annulling the process and then opting to negotiate with favoured contractors, the Opposition Leader said this does not obtain only in the case of the well-publicised Feasibility Report for thePublic Infrastructure Minister David Pattersonnew Demerara River bridge.The Opposition Leader supplied media operatives with a paper trail for other contracts which clearly shows the Ministry annulling the process before going on to select favoured contractors.One such project involved the multimillion-dollar reconstruction of the Administrative Blocks for the Georgetown prison – being undertaken by the Public Infrastructure Ministry and not the Public Security Ministry.A total of 20 companies had been shortlisted from a prequalification process and were invited by the Permanent Secretary, Geoffrey Vaughn.According to documentation seen by Guyana Times, the Permanent SecretaryPermanent Secretary Geoffrey Vaughninvited the 20 companies to conduct a site visit on July 27, 2017 and were to respond by the following day on whether or not they would be submitting a bid for the project.The visit was the following day rescheduled by the Ministry’s Work Services Group Manager, for Procurement and Contracts, Philip Bryan.The procurement manager, by way of email, a copy of which was seen by this publication, indicated that the site visit for the project was rescheduled for the following day, Friday, July 27, 2017.On July 28, 2017, Permanent Secretary Vaughn wrote again to the bidders saying, “the Ministry regrets to inform you that a decision was taken by the executing agency to annul this bid.”Vaughn, in giving reason, points to its clause which speaks to the “Employer’s right to accept any bid and to reject any or all bids.”Another such project for which Jagdeo presented documentation in defence of his claims related to the pedestrian overpasses being constructed along the East Bank corridors.In January of this year, bids were opened at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) at which point it was determined that 16 companies had submitted their bids.In March, the Permanent Secretary wrote to the companies informing them that the contract had been awarded to B&J Civil Works.Vaughn, in his missive to bidders, noted “accordingly, please be advised that your Bid Bon is released and accordingly, you are released from any performance under this bid.”The Permanent Secretary three days later wrote to the company indicating that the process had been annulled.According to Jagdeo, “they annul the bid process after they award the contract… another set of corruption in the same Ministry.”The Opposition Leader was adamant too that the Ministry needs to come clean and explain what was currently happening with the feasibility study for the Wismar/Mackenzie Bridge in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).He recalled that Minister Patterson’s web of lies had entangled this project too since he had claimed that it was being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) but this turned out not to be the case.Patterson had also erroneously claimed that the IDB was also funding the feasibility report for the new Demerara River bridge.Jagdeo told reporters that ever since November last year the tenders had been opened for the feasibility study for the Wismar/Mackenzie Bridge.“How come from November 30, 2016, to now they have not awarded this contract for the Wismar Bridge,” the Opposition Leader questioned.The former President was adamant, “we are getting a bunch of lies and corruption, unbelievable levels of corruption in this Ministry.”He told media operatives the Administration has developed a modus operandi where it has a penchant for annulling tenders, “when the desired person doesn’t get the bid, win the bid, one of their cronies.”Jagdeo recalled too that the same practice obtained by the David Patterson run Ministry for the multibillion-dollar Sherriff Street upgrade.The Opposition Leader told media operatives this practice is also employed by the Administration for a range of other projects, such as a recent award for a contract for a water treatment plant, and projects at the Guyana Power and Light Inc, among others.With regards the sudden cancellation of the Vehicular Overpass that was announced, Jagdeo suggested that none of the favoured bidders had been successful and this was why the project was scrapped and that it had nothing to do with the reasons offered.The Ministry recently indicated that the land earmarked for the project had in fact been sold in a private arrangement.Jagdeo is, however, not buying the argument and questioned why Government was not simply going to buy back the land as was the case with the new Demerara River brisge.“Assuming it’s sold, why did you not check that before you went out to tender, and secondly what’s wrong with acquiring the land now…this’s another excuse for annulling that tender,” Jagdeo questioned.The Opposition Leader charged too that the roundabout being constructed by that Ministry in the vicinity of the Kitty seawall is another project tainted by corruption under Patterson.According to Jagdeo, this project being executed to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars was also not subject to public tender.“This Ministry has a track record and I am giving the evidence of it; we have shown several bids now, I am not just talking off the top of my head…you have at least 10 cases of tampering with the bidding process, at least 10 cases before you now,” Jagdeo charged, adding that his references were but a mere sampling of such documented cases.“This is not an exhaustive list. It is just indicative of the corruption at the Ministry of the Public Infrastructure… the Ministry is spending money in a reckless way. It does not know what it is doing. It is corrupt to the core,” he said.last_img read more

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