He’s baaack!

first_imgSatiricus was happy his leader Nagga Man was back in Guyana, all “fit”. He knew the fellas at the Back Street Bar didn’t think him “proper,” or had him high on their hit parade. But Satiricus admired Nagga Man, if for no other reason than he’d imbibed in every rum shop – before they were called “bars” — in Guyana. To do that and still remain “fit” deserved respect!“Budday, is de cuttas Nagga Man like fuh eat w’en ya drink!” volunteered Cappo, after Satiricus had expressed his opinion upon joining them.“Yes, me hear Nagga Man too like ‘e fry po’k, when ya drink,” confirmed Bungi.“So how does that work?” inquired Hari with interest.“Well, de po’k ile does line ‘e stomick,” explained Cappo, “and de likker cyaan eat ‘e livva out.”“So how come YOU don’t eat pork cutters?” Satiricus wanted to know. “You only eat fried Banga Mary!”“Me relig’on na mek me eat po’k,” said Cappo, with a virtuous look on his face.“But Sato, tell me something,” said Hari. “What the Chronic got against Nagga Man?”“What you mean?” answered Satiricus. “He’s their boss!”“Well their headline announcing his return, was ‘He’s back’!!” ” said Hari, as both Cappo and Bungi guffawed loudly when he stretched out the “baaack”.“What’s wrong with that?” asked Satiricus in confusion.“Budday you na bin see all dem friken pitcha wid Freddy Krueger?” asked Cappo.“And wid ev’ry new pitcha, dem does announce, ‘He’s baaack!!’ fu fri’ken abee mo’!” interjected Bungi with glee. “Da man face prappa swingy an’ ugly!!”“They even had a song for Freddy,” said Hari, as he belted it out, “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you/ Three, four, Better lock your door/ Five, six, grab a crucifix/ Seven, eight, You better stay awake/ Nine, ten, HE’S BACK AGAIN!!!”“So you think those fellas at Chronic mocking Nagga Man?” asked Satiricus in concern. “His face isn’t THAT swingy.”“Me t’ink ‘e days done, an’ even dem Chranic bais na respeck Nagga Man now,” said Cappo.“’E jus’ a wan C’rismuss blow-blow now!” concluded Bungi.last_img read more

Draconian laws urgently needed for alcohol consumption

first_imgDear Editor,I am happy to read of the comments by leading consumer advocate Mr Pat Dial in regard to the promulgation of recently enacted legislation to curb tobacco consumption in Guyana. He is right on the money, and I hope the public education process would be intensified by Government and other relevant agencies, to bring the desired effect.However, in my view — and I am sure there are many others with my perspective — alcohol consumption is a much bigger public health issue than tobacco; it results in murders, suicides, accidents etc, which are generally not associated with tobacco consumption. I therefore call on Mr Dial and the Consumers Association, and other concerned bodies and persons, to bring pressure to bear on the Government — and indeed, all Parliamentarians — to bring urgent legislation in this year to have draconian laws enacted with a view to curbing consumption of alcohol, which has reached worse than epidemic proportion.These measures should include, but not be limited to, maintaining early closure of night clubs and places that sell alcohol; enforcing laws in relation to who can buy alcohol; increasing taxes on alcohol to make it more costly and prohibitive for persons to buy; enforcing rigidly drink-and-drive laws; giving incentives to companies manufacturing alcoholic beverages to go into alternative endeavours; carrying out massive public education programs on dangers of excessive alcohol consumption, and including this in a meaningful way for all schools; placing warning labels on all containers/vessels that alcohol is sold in a manner similar to warnings on cigarette packs; restricting advertisements that can be placed at school events etc, and even on public television, unless the health warning is aired prominently either at the beginning or end of advertisements.Yours sincerelyAshok Ramnauthlast_img read more

GVL Senior Staff Ends Seminar in Sinoe

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) A three-day Golden Veroleum Liberia sponsored management-training course has ended in Greenville, Sinoe County with over 30 company senior managers participating in leadership, management, supervisory skills and techniques, managing performance, among others.  Managers in attendance ranged from vice presidents to assistant managers, a press release said yesterday.Mariama Kamara, lead facilitator and trainer, stressed that staff development remains an effective system to inspire professional improvement in any work environment. “Developing employees to perform a variety of roles also makes good business sense,” Kamara said.She added that her team remains prepared to provide more training, if requested, to build an effective and efficient management.  GVL Vice President for Administration and Personal Development, V. Ramakrishna commended the trainers and encouraged his fellow managers to advance on what they learned. “Effective management is crucial to the success of any company. One of the best ways to maintain staff and cultivate employee skills is to constantly promote professional development activities,” he said. “Encouraging professional growth is crucial to employee progress because it motivates and strengthens their capacity and increases their loyalty. This is our dream and this is what GVL stands for.” Acknowledging the training, McDonald Wlemus, manager of community affairs and social sustainability, applauded GVL for implementing the training and called on his colleagues to apply what they have learned.  “We who are trained today, owe it to our over 3,600 employees,” Wlemus stressed. “Those of us who are Liberians have a duty to pass on the knowledge we have acquired; this will help also develop our careers while advancing community development, our local people and the company.”last_img read more

Cooperation needed among Hindus in Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,It is not without notice that this year’s Phagwah celebration was once more tainted by confusion regarding the date and auspicious timings for which the festival is to be celebrated.It is, in my opinion Editor, that this confusion will continue to take place whenever a Hindu festival has to be observed at the national level, since the Hindu leaders of this country have little or no cooperation among themselves and are all concerned with making a name for themselves even if it’s at the expense of Hindu unity and oneness. These leaders should learn to put aside their differences whether politically or ideologically and work towards the propagation of unity and peace, not discord and disdain for each other.It is very sad, Editor, that many of these organisations which are now arguing over which date is wrong and which date is right, are otherwise very silent about the real issues that are affecting Hindus and Indo-Guyanese throughout Guyana. Where are these organisations when issues such as suicide and poverty wreak havoc in the homes of the Hindu? Or when domestic violence and alcoholism continuw to destroy homes of the Indo Guyanese? Why are they not so vocal when proselytism continues to eat away the fabric of our religion? These are the things that Pandits and Hindu leaders should seek to resolve and attack at the forefront! Not use their knowledge and position as Pandits to bring each other to disrepute! It is a ghastly thing to do!Finally, Editor, I would like to state that although the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha (GHDS) is one of the leading organisations involved in the date fiasco and is also possibly the one responsible for all this confusion, this organisation and its leader, Dr Vindhya Persaud, should be given credit for the many things that they are doing for both Hindus and Indo Guyanese. This organisation continues to promote Hinduism through its various and consistent cultural programmes and promote awareness of the contributions of East Indians to the Guyanese society. The Sabha also successfully runs an orphanage located at Ankerville, Port Mourant, Berbice and over the past years would have carried out several workshops and seminars aimed at suicide awareness and alcoholism. This, dear Editor, is how you truly help Hindus, not by propagating division and hatred for each other.In conclusion, I would like to pose a question to all those leaders and organisations that would have vehemently argued about this date and that date: What have you and your organisation done to improve the lives of Hindus in Guyana? “It is time we give jack he jacket.”Yours faithfully,Yogeshwar Mathoo, B.sc, Soc.last_img read more

Recht Door Zee residents renew their plea for road repairs

first_imgNow that the May-June rainy season is here, residents of Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, particularly the Recht Door Zee community, are renewing their calls for the relevant authorities to begin urgently-needed repairs to the community’s road network.The Parfaite Harmonie Housing Scheme is one of the largest housing developments in Guyana and is home to thousands of residents, thus properA section of the street laced with flooded potholesroads are of paramount importance, according to residents.The residents complained of not being able to access the roads during the rainy season owing to potholes becoming inundated and sometimes harbouring reptiles.“We have the holes in the road so big there is hardly any space at the side to walk and when you are dressed for work, how can you walk in the mud to go get a bus?” resident Bibi Ally complained.She added that the bushes at the side of the roads were also a problem, since they serve as a haven for reptiles and sometimes criminal elements who ambush residents walking the road at nights.The residents are more concerned since Chief Hydrometeorological Officer, Dr Garvin Cummings advised that citizens should be prepared for an above-normal period of rainfall. He advised that they should take precautionary measures, since above-normal rainfall could result in severe flooding along the coastland.ElectricityThe residents are also complaining about the quality of electricity they receive,A parent, in the background, fetches his daughter on his head to avoid soiling her shoes on the pothole-plagued roadnoting that many of their appliances were being damaged on account of load shedding. “Every day, we have low voltage or blackout and a lot of the appliances does get damage and nobody will give you back any money to buy it back,” James Stewart said.He told Guyana Times that he have been living in the area for more than five years and many of his electrical appliances have been damaged as a result of the unreliable power supply. “Sometimes you go to work and come back and your fridge not working, the TV won’t come on, or the bulbs blow,” he added.The residents are pleading with the authorities to bring them some temporary relief as it relates to the condition of the road. They complained that they were unable to access goods and services, since the delivery trucks and taxis were refusing to traverse the roads.The housing scheme has not been handed over to the Regional Administration as yet, and is still under the control of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA). However, several attempts to contact CH&PA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lelon Saul were unsuccessful.last_img read more

New Zealand double World Cup winner Franks to join Northampton

first_img0Shares0000New Saint: New Zealand’s Owen Franks will join brother Ben at English club Northampton next season © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 14 – The All Blacks’ double World Cup-winning prop Owen Franks will join Northampton next season, the English Premiership club and New Zealand Rugby both announced Thursday.His move will see the 31-year-old Canterbury Crusaders tighthead linking up at the Saints with brother Ben, already on Northampton’s books. Franks, who will be based outside of New Zealand for the first time in his career, is now set to end his Test career at this year’s World Cup in Japan before joining the East Midlands club.Franks has been capped 106 times by the All Blacks but New Zealand have a longstanding policy of not selecting overseas-based players for Test duty.“The Crusaders, All Blacks and Canterbury Rugby have been a big part of my life, and my family’s lives, for more than a decade now, and I’m grateful for every opportunity I’ve had to live my dream in those jerseys,” Franks said in a NZR statement.“New Zealand will always be home, but Northampton presents a great opportunity for me to test myself in a new rugby environment, and reconnect with family there,” he added.“While I know I’ll look back at the end of my time in New Zealand with an immense amount of pride, I still have a lot I want to achieve this year and some big goals to tick off before I leave.”And in a statement issued by Northampton, Franks explained his reasons for moving to England by saying: “I’ve always taken a keen interest in northern hemisphere rugby so I’m looking forward to coming to the UK and proving myself, while the prospect of playing at Franklin’s Gardens in front of Northampton’s passionate supporters is hugely exciting for me and my family.”He also played in all three Tests of a dramatic drawn series against the British and Irish Lions in 2017, where future Saints team-mate Courtney Lawes was an opponent.Meanwhile NZR chief executive Steve Tew said Franks “will leave our shores as an All Blacks legend” while head coach Steve Hansen added: “Owie is one of the most professional players I’ve had the privilege of coaching.“The standards he sets for himself — and others — are exemplary.”Northampton are currently ninth in the 12-team Premiership but only six points adrift of the top four who will contest the title-deciding play-offs.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘I’m on top of the world’

first_imgLooking every bit like a kid on Christmas morning, Jimmy Rohan emerged from the home dugout Friday at Dodger Stadium with the willing smile of a 21-year-old rookie enjoying his very first taste of Major League Baseball. It was one of those dream moments that every Little Leaguer fantasizes about, but for Rohan it’s come true. The former Valencia High infielder was undrafted out of high school – Rohan thought his best sport was football and only played baseball during high school because his mother offered him $20 a week to do so – yet the baby-faced youngster has found a home with the Dodgers quicker than anyone would have expected. “I’m on top of the world right now. This feels good,” said Rohan, preparing to take batting practice a few moments before the Freeway Series opener against the Angels. “I’m pretty much just trying not to get too nervous and to approach this game like it was any other game. But that’s tough to do because I grew up watching the Dodgers. It’s quite an experience.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Tom Lasorda, Steve Garvey, Rick Monday and other legendary figures stood a few feet away. “I guess a kid like Jimmy Rohan dreams that one day he’ll play for the Dodgers and make it to Dodger Stadium, and this time it became a reality,” Lasorda said. “It’s got to be the greatest day of his life.” The Dodgers trim their roster after the Freeway Series, and perhaps Rohan will be back in the minor leagues for the season opener. But for now, he was soaking up the moment. His father Jim, his mother Erica Cuellar, his 12-year-old brother Jason and his high school coach Jared Snyder were in the stands lending support – they wouldn’t miss it for the world – and Rohan was doing his best not to jump out of his shiny new cleats. “If this team needs me, I’m going be there for them. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I could make it to the big leagues,” Rohan said. Rohan has made the most of his opportunities, and that’s why he’s still around. He’s batting .444 with two RBIs in nine at-bats – enough for the Dodgers’ second-youngest player to catch the eye of manager Grady Little. “Jimmy Rohan is a kid we like an awful lot. He got into some games during spring training, and he plays a lot of positions, so we told him to come on this trip,” Little said. “He’s a talented kid and he’s versatile. It’s got to be a great thrill for him to be here. When we drove up to Dodger Stadium on the bus, I kind of wondered what the young kids on the team were thinking.” Assistant coach Manny Mota can relate. As he watched Rohan take infield grounders, Mota thought back to his first major league season four decades ago – a treasured moment that still feels like yesterday. “It’s just a great experience to play at Dodger Stadium, especially when you’re surrounded by all these Hall of Fame players,” Mota said. “It’s a great feeling. I know it was a great thrill for me in 1962. Jimmy Rohan plays hard, he’s got a good swing, and he’s hungry. I like that. He’s got good work habits and he’s willing to learn. He’s a great kid.” In the eighth inning with rain beginning to fall, Rohan finally got his chance, entering as a third baseman. Sure enough, on the first pitch Michael Napoli drilled a sharp grounder his way. Rohan fielded it cleanly, hesitated for just a moment, then fired to first for the out. “It looked a little bit like I bobbled it but I just wanted to make sure I got a good grip,” Rohan said afterward. “The weird thing was I just had a gut feeling the ball was going to come my way.” Rohan was the next batter due up in the bottom of the inning, but the rain persisted and the umpires stopped the game to force a 6-6 tie. “Oh, I wanted an at-bat so I didn’t want the game to get called, but I was just happy to be here. I was trying to live it up as much as possible,” he said. “I’ve worked really hard, and when I got into the game, that was the payoff.” Growing up in North Hollywood, Rohan never imagined this dream would really happen. He was a solid but unspectacular player at Sherman Oaks Little League before breaking out for the first time as a 14-year-old, when he hit five home runs during a five-game Pony tournament at Mid-Valley. After moving to Valencia, the plan was to concentrate on football. But prodded by his mother’s weekly cash incentive, Rohan joined the frosh baseball team, then quickly moved up to JV and then varsity during his first season. “I didn’t even think I would make the frosh team, but there I was on the varsity in ninth grade,” he said. His baseball career steadily gained momentum. During his senior year in 2002, Rohan batted .500 with nine home runs and 42 RBIs – all school single-season records at the time – earning first-team All Southern Section honors. Two months later, he signed with the Dodgers as an undrafted free agent, batting .268 in 41 at-bats during his rookie season in the Gulf Coast League. Through four seasons, he’s played in Florida, Ohio, Florida again, and most recently Las Vegas. In 841 career at-bats in the minors, Rohan is batting .273 with five home runs and 90 RBIs. The plan now is for Rohan to live his life as a Major League Baseball player. He might take a while, but the kid got his first taste Friday. And oh, how sweet is was. gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Green Party candidate apologizing for confusion over abortion issue

first_imgThe candidacy of Mark Vercouteren, the Green Party candidate for Chatham-Kent––Leamington, is being re-vetted by the party after a 2014 survey response he gave regarding abortion was publicized.Vercouteren, a three-time provincial Green Party candidate now running federally for a second time, apologized Saturday for the confusion over a pro-life answer he gave.“I strongly believe in a woman’s right to a safe, legal abortion,” Vercouteren responded in an email Saturday. “In 2014, I said on a Campaign Life Coalition survey that I am pro-life. I meant that I believe in the sanctity of all life, but that this does not override a woman’s right to choose.“I regret the confusion caused by my answers in 2014, and am sorry.”Vercouteren added he believes the coalition “re-used” his answers from 2014 in its 2018 survey without his permission.He has also come under fire not disclosing his answers to the Green Party of Canada when selected as a candidate.Vercouteren said he didn’t make any disclosure “because I agree with the party’s policies on this issue.”He added this includes support for abortion access, preventative measures such as comprehensive sex education, access to contraception, and expanded support for low-income mothers.The Green Party of Canada has not yet responded to a request for comment.Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, however, did indicate anyone who disagreed with a woman’s right to choose would not be welcome as a candidate.“If someone doesn’t hold firmly to the view that woman have the right to a safe and legal abortion, then they will not be a Green Party candidate,” May said during a Friday appearance on CBC’s Power & Politics.After confirming Vercouteren’s candidacy was being re-vetted, May said a Green Party team member had assured her “they are talking with him to try to figure out how it could happen that he doesn’t remember something as recent as 2018.”She added this re-examination is ongoing, saying she is not satisfied with the answers she’s received so far.“But we do give people a chance to explain themselves,” May told the CBC.According to the Campaign Life Coalition, a lobby group that pushes for socially conservative values, Vercouteren indicated in both its 2014 and 2018 surveys – conducted before provincial elections – that he would support measures preventing taxpayer-funded abortions.A Green Party media release issued in late May announcing Vercouteren as the party’s federal candidate in the riding he had a “high level of experience to present Green ideas” through his previous election experience.eshreve@postmedia.com@Chathamnewslast_img read more

Universal Orlando Preview — Week of February 17, 2018

first_imgUpcoming Events & HighlightsLoews Sapphire Falls is offering a new Despicable Me character breakfast every Saturday at the outdoor Cayman Court. Guests mingle with characters as guests partake in an American-style breakfast buffet. Cost is $34.99 per adult plus tax and $20.99 per child plus tax with seating times at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. Tickets are required from the Loews ticketing site. A free digital download photo is offered per group.Universal’s Mardi Gras returns nightly February 3 through April 7. Catch a nightly Mardi Gras parade with Greek mythology-themed floats and a New Orleans carnival with food carts and a brass band. On select weekend nights the Music Plaza Stage will be host to major musical acts like The Beach Boys, Sean Paul, Macklemore, Fitz and the Tantrums, 311, Fifth Harmony, and more. Admission to Mardi Gras is included with standard admission to the parks.That is all for this week. See you next week and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag! Winter weather around the United States will affect travel plans. Keep an eye out for delayed and canceled flights. Park Hours and AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.Single-day park tickets are at Anytime pricing on Friday, February 16 through Monday, February 19. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure will run you $124 per adult and $119 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $179 per adult and $174 per child (plus tax).Single-day park tickets are at Value pricing Tuesday, February 20 through Friday, February 23. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure will run you $115 per adult and $110 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $170 per adult and $165 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing  at $67 per adult and $62 per child (plus tax). Mail BagMail bag returns next week after a small hiatus. Leave a question in the comments or on the Touring Plans Forum. Share This!Toss the paczki but keep the beads out as Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration continues with a Kelsea Ballerini performing Saturday. Finish your po’ boy and lets get to the parks!Weekly Crowd LevelsSchool holidays and a long weekend leads to a massive spike in crowds as guests take their first post 2017 holiday trip. As a reminder arrive early at park opening and use customized touring plans to avoid waits.Detailed crowd level information can be found here.Weather Reportlast_img read more

Universal Orlando News — Week of April 20, 2019

first_img The cuddly Blast-Ended Skrewt Share This!Prepare for a battle in Universal’s latest Halloween Horror Nights house and catch a glimpse of some Magical Creatures in this week’s Universal Orlando news roundup. Devil’s Snare Fluffy, the three headed guard dog Centaurs in the Mist Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is opening in under two months and Universal is previewing some of those creatures. Along the ride path guests will expect to come face to face with a massive three-headed Fluffy moving figure, dozens of mischievous Cornish Pixies, the thorny Devil’s Snare, protective Centaurs, or fiery Blast-Ended Skrewts.Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens at Islands of Adventure on June 13, 2019.Weekly Crowd Levels Detailed crowd level information can be found here.Weather Report Operating Hours & Early Park AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. daily, with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.AdmissionAdmission prices have increased yet again at Universal Orlando. Single day tickets have increased $1 – $6 per ticket in price depending on time of visit. Two-day, two-park hopper tickets have increased $10 per ticket.Two-day, two-park tickets are $284.99 per adult and $274.99 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).Showtimes and RefurbishmentsUniversal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration ShowtimesApril 20: 9:15 p.m.April 21 – 23: 9:00 p.m.April 24: No ShowApril 25: 9:00 p.m.April 26: No ShowUniversal’s Superstar ParadeApril 20: 7:00 p.m.April 21 – 25: 5:00 p.m.April 26: 2:00 p.m.The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts CastleApril 20 – April 25: Ongoing from dusk till park closeApril 26: No ShowComplete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.RefurbishmentsUniversal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration: April 29 – May 8Hogwarts Express: May 7Royal Pacific Resort Lobby Enhancements: March 1 – October 31 (phased)Upcoming EventsThe Psychedelic Furs are playing this week at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Velvet Sessions. Regular tickets cost $39 plus tax and include valet parking, specialty cocktails, finger foods, and the concert. $1 of each ticket purchased will go to the Hard Rock Heals Foundation. Tickets can be purchased online.See you next week, and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag! Cornish Pixies Nightingales: Blood PitOur first “original” house of Halloween Horror Nights has been announced and we are seeing a return of the fan favorite original monsters: the Nightingales. These evil creatures pop up throughout human history during times of war, famine, and drought to devour their victims. This time they are in Ancient Rome where the worst drought in centuries continues. To satiate the gods the Emperor has demanded that gladiators fight non-stop until the rains return. In this maze you will be caught between gladiators and nightingales as they fight and feast.Halloween Horror Nights returns September 6 – November 2, 2019. You can now buy a flex night plus one night free ticket, which lets you attend two nights for the price of one, or a vacation package.The Magical Creatures of Hagrid’s New Coasterlast_img read more