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Ex-sugar worker conquers adversity

first_imgIn light of facing adversity, a laid off sugar worker has utilized the resources present around him in order to create a new livelihood for himself and his family. Afzal Deendial, a former GUYSUCO worker, had served the institution with hard work and dedication for some 21 years before he was laid off when the Enmore estate was abruptly closed. Instead of allowing this disappointment to burden or frustrate him, Deendial took it upon himself to find a new means of income.In an effort to maintain his economic viability, Deendial ventured into the fields of barbering and farming. He established the ‘Classy Touch Barber Shop’, which isMs Genevieve Allen and Afzal Deendial (center) surrounded by memebers of the RDClocated at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara where he lives with his family. His cash crop farm is also located in this area. “I was disappointed when the estate closed as I had 21 long years working there. However, I refuse to give up as I have a family to care and feed and I can’t allow that situation to get me weak,” the ambitious man stated.However, Deendial did not stop at that, the laid off sugar worker has been pursuing ways in which he can improve and expand his businesses. The man had heard about the Self Reliance Business Workshops for women and as such approached the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Region Four with hopes to join the workshops. He made a simple request of being allowed to take part in the workshop so as to attain knowledge and benefit from some business related training. He noted that all he wanted was the little ‘know how’ on how to get started officially and tips on running the business.Deendial humble request was granted and he elatedly expressed gratitude to not only the First Lady of Guyana Mrs. Sandra Granger, but also to the Regional Chairman, Ms. Genevieve Allen for initiating the workshops and allowing him to be a part of it. “I will use this training to further grow my barber shop and cash crop farm as hopefully it may even create employment for others,” a thankful Deendial stated.last_img read more

ERC investigating Govt Ministers’ inciting statements

first_imgComments by senior Government officials to initiate “street protests” and “war break” in a bid to lobby for house-to-house registration are currently under the microscope of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC), after Opposition Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira penned concerns on the outcome of such statements.Chairman of the Commission, Reverend John Smith explained on Thursday that the body is in receipt of the letter and it was forwarded to the Investigation Unit. After the evaluation is completed, Commissioners will make their input to determine the final outcome.Asked whether the Commission has expressed concerns over the series of events, Smith noted that it is too early to determine since the letter was sent just a couple of days ago.“We have received them. There is a system that we do that we send them over to the Investigation Unit so it is gone and they will deal with it from there…At the end of the investigation, it comes to the Commissioners so it is early days. The speech was on Monday and today is Thursday. We’re here two days,” he stated.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had written both the Commissioner of Police and the ERC over the comments made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo just after the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling.Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira in the letters to the Police Commissioner and ERC Head referenced media reports quoting the two officials while on a Government- sponsored outreach in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).In this letter, she called on Smith and Leslie James to intercede with the President and his Ministers, in keeping with the Commission’s constitutional mandate to promote peace and harmony.“Reports in the media emanating from the President and Ministers are cause for concern. These statements in response to the rulings of the highest court of Guyana, the Caribbean Court of Justice, have been unsettling and disturbing. These statements and declarations should no doubt also be cause for profound concern by Ethnic Relations Commission and the entire citizenry,” Teixeira noted in her letter.She added that these statements are inciting and a threat to public order and safety, and are in contempt of the Caribbean Court of Justice rulings of June 18, 2019. “I, therefore, call on the ERC to carry out its constitutional mandate vigorously to promote peace and harmony and to stand publicly in defence of the rule of law and the Constitution. I urge you to register with the President and his Ministers that the CCJ ruling must be complied with in spirit and intent,” Teixeira also wrote.She referenced Jordan’s calls for citizens to be ready to protest for house-to-house registration and uttering “war break” as he called for street protests.Another reference was made to Jordan saying that regardless of the CCJ ruling, house-to-house registration must be carried out. Meanwhile, she referenced quotes attributed to Nagamootoo in which he warned of “trouble” if house-to-house registration was not completed.In her letter to Police Commissioner Leslie James, she reminded him of his calls on March 21 for Guyanese to remain calm and keep the peace. She also reminded him that he had warned at the time that persons breaching the law would be held accountable. According to Teixeira, these statements are inciting and a threat to public order and safety.“Your statement of March 21, 2019, is more relevant now than then, as we have now the rulings of the Caribbean Court of Justice, the highest court, and we are all, therefore, expected to abide by the CCJ rulings that the No-Confidence Motion is valid and elections must be held within the shortest time. I, therefore, call on you as Commissioner and the custodian of public safety and order to carry out your mandate vigorously and to publicly defend, preserve, and protect the rule of law and the Guyana Constitution in our nation,” the letter read.Last Tuesday, the CCJ gave its final judgment that Government was defeated in the No-Confidence Motion case. The court also ruled that GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson, was unconstitutionally appointed.last_img read more

Green Bandwagon Rolls on at 2010 Remodeling Show

first_imgI attended the Remodeling Show in Baltimore recently, and although I did not spend as much time perusing the exhibits on the show floor as they deserved, while roaming the floor with my fellow green policeman Michael Anschel, I ran across some cool new products, some blatant examples of greenwashing, and a few things that looked interesting but that I have not yet come to conclusions on. There were some excellent educational sessions, good times with old and new friends, and even an Orioles game thrown in for good measure.Really green or just greenwashing?Reflectix radiant barrier insulation was back misleading the public about the performance of its product. It seems like a fine radiant barrier, but the company has an almost unintelligible brochure, printed in three languages, that implies R-values of as much as 15.6 (however, when you check the fine print, this particular application includes the fiberglass insulation as part of the assembly). Reflectix includes duct wrap, water heater, basement walls, and just about any other surface in a house as potential applications.Close by the Reflectix booth was Enerflex, an attic radiant barrier that comes in friction-fit panels for 16-inch and 24-inch rafter spacing. At first glance, this looked much easier to install than the staple-on foil alternatives, although I am concerned about how well it works in the real world with varying rafter widths, blocking, and other obstructions.As the show was combined with the annual Deck Expo, there were almost too many decking products to see. They ranged from solid virgin PVC, which I am not a fan of; to recycled milk jugs combined with mineral fiber by LumbeRock, which looked interesting; to thermally modified wood, which I like very much.OSI displayed its WinteQ window installations system, which the company told us was AAMA approved. The system looked comprehensive, although it deserves some additional study to determine if it conflicts with any window manufacturer’s instructions and what impact that might have. Another sealant company, Geocel,rather amusingly, stated in one of their promotional posters, “It’s Green and It Works.” What’s the alternative? “It’s Green and It Sucks”?National Gypsum showed its DustTech dust-reducing drywall compounds, which claim to cause sanding dust to fall straight to the floor instead of becoming fully airborne. The compound is also touted as lighter and Greenguard certified.Perhaps the most puzzling use of green as a marketing strategy belonged to the Propane Education Research Council, whose display board said: “Where Can I Learn How to Integrate Green Into My Remodeling Business?….PROPANE ANSWERS.” It appeared that the company was marketing supposedly “green” oriented classes for remodelers, focusing mostly on tankless water heaters and the like, but the display just left us confused.Just plain greenwashing?The most blatant examples of straight-up greenwashing were electric heaters. Eco-Heater, a European-style wall-mounted flat heater plate, claimed to be “Effective, Efficient, and Economical,” and claimed that it only uses 27% of the energy that a typical 1500-watt heater uses—not surprising since it is a 400-watt heater. I guess Eco-Heater got an A in math: 400 divided by 1500 is about 27%.Finally, an electric radiant floor heating system was exhibited as a “green” product. I don’t have a problem installing this system in select locations, such as a bathroom, particularly when it is used sparingly and cuts down on the use of central heat—but to call it a green product is just pushing greenwashing a little too far for my taste. I suppose if you powered it with solar panels, then you might be able to call it green.Stay tuned for moreI will follow up with additional reports from the show in the next few weeks. In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed, as the historic commission hearing for my new house is on September 21st. I am cautiously optimistic this time around, but I have learned not to get my hopes up. If you hear anguished cries coming from the southeastern U.S. on Tuesday and Wednesday, it might just mean that I didn’t get my approval.last_img read more

Signposts

first_imgEdwin KipyegoWON The Delhi Half Marathon, by Kenyan Edwin Kipyego, on September 30. It took him 1 hour, 55 seconds to cover 21 km. DIEDBrajesh Mishra, India’s first national security adviser, on September 28. Mishra, who was suffering from a heart ailment, died at his Delhi home. He was 83.,Edwin KipyegoWON The Delhi Half Marathon, by Kenyan Edwin Kipyego, on September 30. It took him 1 hour, 55 seconds to cover 21 km.DIEDBrajesh Mishra, India’s first national security adviser, on September 28. Mishra, who was suffering from a heart ailment, died at his Delhi home. He was 83.ATTACKED Lt-Gen Kuldip Singh Brar, who commanded Operation Bluestar, in central London on September 30. Brar said it was an assassination attempt.DIED Eric Hobsbawm, the distinguished British Marxist historian who had a profound influence on the Indian Left, on October 1. He was 95.Sunil ChhetriDEBUTED Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri, in the Portuguese second division league for his side Sporting Clube de Portugal against SC Freamunde on October 2.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd open talks with Fiorentina for Nikola Milenkovic

first_imgMan Utd open talks with Fiorentina for Nikola Milenkovicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are in talks with Fiorentina for Nikola Milenkovic.La Repubblica says former manager Jose Mourinho appeared to have identified the 21-year-old centre-back as the man to solve his defensive woes at Old Trafford.And despite Mourinho’s sacking, United are still pressing ahead to complete a deal.And it goes on to state officials have been locked in talks with Milenkovic’s agent throughout the Christmas period in order to get the transfer over the line.United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward wants to bring in reinforcements to help boost interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s quest to secure a top four spot.But the club are not expected to spend too heavily once the window re-opens, preferring instead to get the majority of funds for their next permanent boss. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4 days agoTrippier: What Diego Costa calls me at Atletico Madrid

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Trippier: What Diego Costa calls me at Atletico Madridby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKieran Trippier has revealed a nickname Atletico Madrid teammate Diego Costa has given him.The England full-back completed his move from Tottenham to the Spanish club in the summer, where Costa is also currently plying his trade.And the ex-Chelsea striker has wasted no time in giving Trippier plenty of banter, naming him after Man Utd and England legend Wayne Rooney.Costa has a reputation for being hot-headed with a fiery temper, but Trippier explained his other persona as the joker of the dressing room is more accurate.“He calls me Rooney ten times a day!” Trippier told Marca. “He’s like that all the time and it makes me laugh. But it’s Diego. I don’t mind. We all find it fun.“I like him to make jokes every day. I knew him from the Premier League and he’s the funniest player I’ve ever played with.“There’s a great atmosphere on the team, joking with each other, but Costa is the funniest. He also says I look like a boxer – but I don’t think so!“It’s been easy to adapt here. The weather is nice. The food is incredible, better than in England. People welcome me and make my family smile. It makes it easier for me.” last_img read more

Jeff Gordon Fined 100000 For Intentional Crash

Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon was fined $100,000 and docked 25 points for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer at the Phoenix International Raceway, touching off a melee in the garage after the race.Gordon was not suspended, but he was fined placed on probation Dec. 31. But he’ll be allowed to close out the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway despite his actions in Sunday’s race and the ensuing fight in the garage area between the two drivers’ crews.”I take responsibility for my actions on the racetrack,” Gordon said in a statement. ”I accept NASCAR’s decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead.”The penalty drops Gordon to 11th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with one race remaining. He’s now four points behind Martin Truex Jr. for 10th, and only the top-10 drivers have formal roles in the season-ending awards ceremony in Las Vegas.Rick Hendrick also was docked 25 car owner points, and crew chief Alan Gustafson was placed on probation through the end of the year.”I’ve always respected Jeff for standing his ground,” said Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. ”We also respect that NASCAR needs to police the sport and send a message when situations like this occur. It’s been a great year, and we’re going to put our focus on finishing in a positive way this weekend.”Gordon intentionally slowed his car and waited for Bowyer on the track Sunday to wreck him on what was scheduled to be the final lap. There had been contact between the two a few laps earlier, and Gordon viewed it as the final straw in an apparently escalating on-track feud with Bowyer.He said after the incident he was ”fed up” with Bowyer, and had to take a stand Sunday and would wait to see how NASCAR responded.”They’ve got to do what they’ve got to do, and I guess I had to do what I had to do,” he said.The accident collected Joey Logano and Aric Almirola, and happened right in front of championship contender  Brad Keselowski, who had to weave his way around the carnage.It also led to the brawl in the garage that began when Gordon appeared to be jumped from behind by a Michael Waltrip Racing team member. Gordon was grabbed by a Hendrick Motorsports crew member and pulled out of the fracas and into his team hauler.Bowyer, bewildered to find his stall empty when his burning race car came to a stop on pit road, saw the fight on the infield big screen and sprinted over the wall and through the garage to back up his guys. He was held back by NASCAR officials from entering Gordon’s hauler.Bowyer crew chief Brian Pattie was fined $25,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year for failing to maintain control of the crew.NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton considered the matter closed after issuing the penalties.”There’s no doubt that a unique set of circumstances combined with a championship battle on the line resulted in raw emotions coming into play,” he said. ”We consider the penalties appropriate and those involved understand our decision and we expect them to abide by them.” read more

Pryor uses arm legs to dismantle Hoosier defense

Fans had been waiting all season for Terrelle Pryor to become the dual threat many saw him as coming out of high school and that he showed glimpses of last year. Saturday night against Indiana, their wishes were fulfilled, as Pryor picked apart the Indiana defense with both his legs and his arm.He finished the game with four touchdowns, three through the air and one on the ground. For Pryor, it was the type of performance that he and the rest of the passing game had been trying to put together all season.“We’re always on a mission,” he said. “Sometimes it might not show out there, but I mean not every offense in the country is perfect.”Pryor was near perfect when it came to spreading the ball Saturday. He completed passes to eight different receivers, including two of his three touchdowns to freshmen Duron Carter and Zach Boren.“It’s a great feeling,” Boren said. “Terrelle gave me a great ball that I could just catch and go right into the end zone.”“It was a great experience for my first road game,” Carter said. “I was the second read, and Terrelle trusted me with the ball, and I jumped up and caught it.”But Carter was actually more excited about a devastating block he put on an IU defender.“Football is a contact sport,” he said. “If you don’t like contact you shouldn’t be playing.”When it was all said and done, Pryor finished with a career-high 27 attempts as the coaching staff continued to put the offense in his hands.“He was glued in,” coach Jim Tressel said.Defense doesn’t miss a beat without ColemanIt’s not easy to replace a team captain, three-year starter, and All-Big Ten performer and not have a drop off.But with Anderson Russell filling the shoes of suspended safety Kurt Coleman, the Buckeyes did exactly that.OSU held the Hoosiers to 14 points, with seven of those coming in the last 10 seconds of the game against the second and third string. Coming into the game, the Hoosiers were averaging 28 points per game.“We didn’t give up any home runs. We seemed to tackle well. With Kurt not there and Jermale [Hines] limping around there for a minute, we were awfully young,” Tressel said. “But they kept everything in front of them … and I thought they were solid.”Russell started the first two games of the season before being replaced in the lineup by Hines. He showed no signs of rust as he intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble during Saturday’s game.“He’s a guy that has never changed who he is just because we changed the rotation,” Tressel said. “He works like crazy, studies film all the time. He’s a smart young man on the field and off the field.”Increased workload for ‘Zoom’ doesn’t slow down running gameAlthough it was known that the defense would be without Coleman coming into Saturday’s game, the status of junior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron was uncertain.“Boom in a real pinch could have played tonight, but I’m not sure he’d have been 100 percent,” Tressel said.Luckily for OSU, a less-than-100-percent Herron would not be needed, as Brandon Saine efficiently stepped into the starting running back role. His 113 yards were a large part of OSU’s 219-18 yard advantage on the ground.“I’ve been excited since Thursday when I found out I was going to be starting and that I’d be a captain,” Saine said. “I had a lot of fun out there, and I’m glad we were able to come out with a win. I’m definitely really grateful for the opportunity I had today.”Although Saine, a track star in high school, is known more for his speed, he has quickly established himself as a power back as well.“Brandon Saine is 220 pounds, and he’s moving those pounds fast,” Tressel said. “We always say, ‘Whoever wins the battles in the trenches is going to win the game.’”Buckeyes hit by fluIn addition to a suspension and injuries, OSU is now having to deal with the issue of the flu. Junior offensive tackle Andrew Miller was prohibited from traveling with the team after exhibiting flu-like symptoms. He wasn’t the only Buckeye that was affected.“We had three or four guys miss practice during the week,” Tressel said.Tressel named sophomore starting center Mike Brewster and sophomore defensive lineman Solomon Thomas among those who missed multiple practices with flu symptoms. He couldn’t recall which other players were affected by the flu but acknowledged there were more.OSU isn’t the first team to have to deal with the flu this year. Georgia starting quarterback Joe Cox was unable to travel with the rest of the team prior to the Bulldogs’ season opener, and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was plagued by flu-like symptoms in the Gators’ game against Kentucky. read more

Luke Shaw set for England recall

first_imgManchester United left-back Luke Shaw looks set to replace teammate Ashley Young in the England squad for the upcoming friendliesYoung’s impressive performances at United last season earned him a spot in England’s World Cup squad this summer at the expensive of Shaw.But the Daily Mirror reports now the 33-year-old’s spot in the Three Lions’ team is under threat with manager Gareth Southgate keen to incorporate more youth into the national side.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.This will likely put the 23-year-old Shaw back into Southgate’s plans.Shaw has been United boss Jose Mourinho’s first-choice left back in their 2018-19 campaign and the Portuguese coach is “very, very happy” with his progress at Old Trafford.The England team for the upcoming friendly games against Spain and Switzerland will be named at 2 pm today (BST time).last_img read more

Pochettino backs WalkerPeters to be a key man for Spurs

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino predicts a bright future for Kyle Walker-Peters after his impressive display against BournemouthThe 21-year-old defender made three assists for Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura to hand Spurs a three-goal lead at Wembley.Harry Kane and another strike from Son sealed a 5-0 win for Pochettino’s side, who move up to second in the Premier League.Now the Argentine is expecting more from Walker-Peters, who bounced back from a mistake against Barcelona to star in his first league start of this season.The youngster’s error at Camp Nou this month led to Ousmane Dembele scoring the opening goal in a critical Champions League game.“It’s no surprise to me,” said Pochettino, according to Evening Standard.“I told you after the match in Barcelona that we really believe in him and he has amazing quality and only needs time to mature and show his quality.“I’m so pleased, so happy, because I think his quality is going to help the team this season and for the future he’s going to be a very important player for Tottenham.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Did I have to speak to him after the mistake? Not really, because this type of thing happens in football.“The first person who knows that very well is the players, to come in after and try to make sure that that situation meant a lot to you there is no point.“I think the most important thing is not to talk to too much about this type of situation afterwards and not only a young player but a senior player too.“It’s for us a mistake that is part of the game. When a player makes a mistake it’s not important for us.“What’s important is that you try afterwards. If you try and you play and you don’t think about the mistake you make, that’s the most important thing for us.“The problem is when you make a mistake and you are thinking about that mistake and you don’t play the football in the game.“That is the way we need to work with the players. For us they need to make the mistake because football is about making mistakes. That is the way we try to manage the squad and the players.”Spurs will next host Wolves at Wembley on Saturday.last_img read more

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