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#JaVotes2016: Political loyalty as strong as 50-year marriage

first_imgLucy Lindo wanted to make one thing clear after she and her husband of nearly 50 years, Joseph, exited a polling station together in Gordon Town, St Andrew East Rural. They acknowledged voting for the same political party, but Lucy insists that it was her choice to vote like her husband. “Him can’t tell me who fi vote fah. A me waan vote dah way deh,” she insisted, with her smiling husband standing nearby. Explaining his decision to vote, Lindo said he wanted to support a political party that would make things right for all Jamaicans. The Jamaica Labour Party’s Juliet Holness is challenging the People’s National Party’s Imani Duncan-Price to become the parliamentary representative for the constituencylast_img read more

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The Revenge of an Angry Dwarf (Part One)

first_imgDwarfs are said to be very undersized persons, unusually small and stunted. They live not among people in city, towns and villages but in deep and dark forests. In a certain county, in the days of old, there once lived many dwarfs in various hills, forests and mountains. Because of their presence in these hills, forests and mountains, the inhabitants of towns and villages surrounding where they lived, dared not venture to hunt or undertake other domestic transactions that could sustain them.  Accordingly, the dwarfs took to their heads in different directions in the south, north, east and west, respectively to fetch their daily food and other essentials for their survival. One of the dwarfs who had bowed legs, two strings of curly hair attached to his baldhead resting on his hunchback, black in complexion, with wide nose, big red eyes, took great pleasure in choosing to travel throughout the western part of the country.  The route in which the dwarf journeyed passed through a village named Yeapolu that was erected by a number of tribes. The dwarf’s journey continued for some time through the village which brought fear to the inhabitants. Yeapolu was built beneath a hill near one of the largest rivers in the land, with the population of over two hundred persons, including adults and children.  From decade to decade, the dwarf journeyed through Yeapolu without adding more fuel to his flaming anger against dwellers in the village. But the children of Yeapolu grew arrogant and did design, employ and exhibit methods to laugh and mock the dwarf whenever he was en route on his weekly routine every Friday.   Whenever the dwarf passed through the village on Friday, he would return the next Friday and at this time the children would sit waiting for his arrival in the village only to laugh at him. While enroute one bright Friday morning, the dwarf keenly looked at the surface of Yeapolu village and observed a wave of green grass that nearly engulfed its fabric as though no man lived in the village with cutlass to brush the high grass from around for a decent face-lift.  He also spotted children, ages from three upward, playing different kinds of traditional games. Sometimes when the hustle was unsuccessful beyond his expectation, the dwarf would spend the week  tirelessly hunting for his livestock before returning home on that Friday, with the little foodstuff in his kinjah he placed on his bony humpback.  While approaching the village about a few yards away, upon his return one day, with little foodstuff, the dwarf took a deep breath and landed the kinjah on the ground hurriedly with a flush of anger. He later backed his kinjah and took off for home. As soon as he passed through the village, the children who had earlier set an ambush for the dwarf’s return quickly saw him coming with the kinjah on his big humpback and bald head shinning like a star.  Mockery and laughter flew from the haughty children to hit the dwarf like a strayed arrow. Despite the children’s action the dwarf quickly entered the village without causing any stir, but he staggered backward in astonishment. He breathed hard, looked on the earth and in the sky and then controlled his anger and departed for home.The dwarf had several occasions plucked enough patience and told the parents of their children’s behavior.  “Please advise your children to desist from laughing and making mockery of me. They are seeking for future trouble when trouble doesn’t look for them,” he told the parents, but his advice fell on deaf ears. He looked in the faces of the parents and their children with anger and nodded impatiently and left the village. On another occasion, returning home from his journey at mid-day on Friday, the breeze blew wide across the surface of the village. The dwarf met with the haughty children’s parents and other inhabitants. He again acquainted them with the arrogant behavior of the children of the village against him. As soon as he landed with his talks, the parents and the inhabitants present didn’t respond, but rather the children looked at the dwarf and burst out laughing. “What! The children must be getting out of their senses by constantly laughing at me!” he exclaimed, “This is an evil behavior!” Unfortunately, the parents had no fear of what danger the dwarf could cause the the village, especially its children. None of them had any idea that one day a great   evil would befall them. However, the wind bore the dwarf like a leaf until his anger vanished into the looming clouds and he began his journey again.Thereafter, on another Friday, the dwarf walked for hours hunting for foodstuff but to no avail. As warm sweat rolled down his giant-side chest, he wiped it off with the palm of his hand.   Fortunately, he heard a rustling sound of a deer hunting for food in a nearby creek that ran into a large river.  Not wasting a second, he silently crept towards the deer and as strong as he was, grabbed the right leg and knocked it severely on the ground until it was killed.  Returning home with happiness, the dwarf’s weariness drove away from him like a clock, but he did not forget about the haughty children of Yeapolu village who constantly made mockery   of him whenever he passed through the village.  He arrived at a village and looked curiously at himself. He then laughed and immediately shook his head saying, “One day to come those who laughed at me would be roasted in a burning fire, as every long road has an end.”“It’ll be too late for the laughing children to repent when the right trump blows over the wrong they continue to do to me,” he said.   “I’m tired and can no longer sit idly and see the children laughing and making mockery of me,” he said in disgust.Finally, the anger of the dwarf broke loose and he called for all kinds of roaring, of beasts of the earth and fowls of the air in the forest and by the scores they, without much delay, answered to dwarf’s    serious call.  “It pains my heart and soul more than hot iron for the little untrained children of Yeapolu village to constantly laugh and make mockery of me when I avoid their company,” he informed the fowls and beasts he had called to hear his story.  “Go to Yeapolu village about three miles from here to the western region of this land and crush to death all children from three to sixteen years,” the dwarf ordered the beasts and fowls. Quickly, the beasts and fowls rushed to the village, as the earth shook like an earthquake which filled the ears of the parents, the children and other inhabitants. They could not  suspect the hungry fowls and beasts that rushed suddenly on them.  They attacked the children according to the dwarf’s order and clawed and killed them while their parents and other dwellers ran here and there. After the children received the wrath, the beasts and fowls returned with victory to the forest and reported their accomplishment to the dwarf.  “Thank you all very much for the job well done! The haughty children have gone to the dust of the earth from where God made them. There are no more mouths to laugh at me!” The dwarf lauded the beasts and fowls, and they departed for their respective locations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Dr. Sawyer’s Adult Literacy Initiative

first_imgAs he approached his 70th birthday, which he celebrated on Sunday and Monday, June 15 and 16, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, his wife Comfort and their many friends and associates wondered what they should do that could have a lasting impact on other people. After all, the good Lord had blessed Sawyer to achieve the biblical promise of three scores and ten, and he thought it would be proper to do something special for God and people. So during the Thanksgiving Service at Sawyer’s church, St. Stephen Episcopal, he and his friends announced that to commemorate his 70th they would organize an adult literacy program to empower illiterate and semi-illiterate people in the immediate St. Stephen community in reading, writing and numbers. The crowded St. Stephen parish responded to this selfless gesture with thunderous applause. They felt that Dr. Sawyer was doing the most appropriate thing on his birthday, by focusing not just on himself, but on his fellow human beings, for “that was the way the Master [Jesus] went.” Jesus’ Heavenly Father had empowered Him in spectacular and unique ways, so He “went about doing good” to anyone He could find—the blind, hungry, lame, the poor, imprisoned and marginalized, the lepers, sick, possessed and even the dead, to whom He restored life again. Above all, He paid the supreme sacrifice by dying on the cross to redeem us from our sins and reunite us with God.Yes, Jesus used power for good. See how many of us whom God has blessed with some power use it to put other people down, to sideline them, to humiliate them, to mean them with the things we don’t even want or need anymore, to crush, persecute and even kill.In yesterday’s Editorial we mentioned, as we often do, some of such African leaders who use their God-given power not for good, but for evil against their own people, forcing survivors into exile in the very countries that once colonized them, or elsewhere. How ironic, how sad, how heartbreaking!Well, Amos Sawyer, too, felt that the good Lord had blessed him in many special ways—making him a highly successful student, teacher and political scientist who rose to national leadership—Chairman of the Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU), and international recognition. Just last month he was in Nigeria presiding over the team of international observers in Nigeria’s presidential elections. At home, he has presided over the Governance Commission and steered the nation through a process that will share the enormous power of the presidency with the people, so that Liberians will, at long last, experience for real that first line in their Constitution—“All power is inherent in the people.” We pray that soon the Legislature will take the necessary action to make this dream a reality. So, in the thinking of the Psalmist, Sawyer asked himself, “What shall I render to the Lord for all his goodness and loving kindness toward me? “I will,” he responded, “take up the cup of salvation . . . and pay my vows to God now, in the presence of all his people . . .”Part of that vow, Sawyer said last Sunday, is helping empower the powerless—those who suffer the disadvantage, indignity and pain of being unlettered (illiterate).One of Sawyer’s fellow St. Stephen parishioners, who chairs the Board of Alfalit, Liberia’s leading adult literacy provider, arranged a meeting with himself, Alfalit Executive Director, Rev. Emmanuel Giddings and Dr. Sawyer, to see how Alfalit could help. Alfalit has taught reading, writing and numbers to tens of thousands in all 15 counties and aims at making Liberia one day 100% literate.Dr. Sawyer happily welcomed the Alfalit team and pledged to connect them with his own team to bring “synergy” (combined action or mutually advantageous cooperation) to the cause and expand it beyond the ninth, 10th, 11th and 12 Streets, Sinkor, St Stephen’s immediate neighborhood, where thousands of unlettered people live. We pray that all people of goodwill will join this noble cause and help promote the unrelenting advance of adult literacy throughout Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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13 more touts arrested, charged for soliciting passengers

first_imgA total of 13 touts who engaged in activities at the Routes 40, 41, 42, 44, 45 and 47 minibus parks were arrested and charged on Friday as the Police continue their campaign to restore order and civility at those parks.The operation was led by Sergeant Michael Ramdass, along with other ranks of Traffic Headquarters.This particular Police initiative was started in March of this year, and will be ongoing until the desired results are achieved.In May, a total of 42 touts were arrested, charged, and placed before the courts. Those who pleaded guilty were fined, while others who pleaded not guilty were released on bail.The traffic team at Brickdam took the opportunity to educate them on the recently-released Code of Conduct for Minibus Operators and other personnel by the Department of Consumer Affairs.They were also briefed on breaches of the Traffic and Road Safety Regulations, such as obligation to carry passengers; speeding; loud music; and failing to adhere to traffic light signals, road markings and signs.Traffic Chief, Senior Superintendent Linden Isles had stated that through the ongoing campaign and determination of the traffic ranks, notable progress has been made to address issues being faced by commuters.last_img read more

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RCMP seeking witness of single vehicle crash

first_imgThe RCMP say they’ve become aware of a possible witness, operating a white pick up truck at the time of the crash.Investigators are looking to identify and speak to the occupant of the pick up truck.If you were in the area and witnessed the incident, contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250 784 3700. A blue 2003 Mitsubishi 2 door car failed to stop at a stop sign while travelling eastbound on 96th Avenue, at which point, the vehicle arched into a parking lot where it hit a post and a pallet of cinder blocks before crashing through a chain link fence.The two males in the car were injured and transported to the Dawson Creek Hospital.The driver, a 29 year old male, suffered head trauma and remains in hospital.- Advertisement -The passenger, a 19 year old male, was treated and released from hospital with minor injuries.The incident remains under investigation, but the RCMP say they believe speed was a factor.The use of seatbelts and deployment of air bags in the vehicle are both credited with minimizing the injuries sustained by the driver and passenger.Advertisementlast_img read more

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REFLECTIONS OF GLENVEAGH – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgA view up the lake from the boathouse at Glenveagh Castle.A stunning November day at GlenveaghA view from the nature cabin up the lakeRounding the bend towards the castle and thinking of hot chocolate in the tea rooms!The lake is so calm that it’s difficult to even see the water unless you look closely.Another view from the boathouse up the lakeREFLECTIONS OF GLENVEAGH – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: November 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:glenveagh national parkpic speciallast_img read more

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Valley schools capture state honors

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “Our staff really deserved the recognition,” said Alan O’Hara, principal at Nesle Avenue Elementary school in Tarzana. “They worked really hard to get where the kids need to be. We have a very collegial, very tight group of staff here.We’re like a little community.” The 377 awardees for this year represent the largest number of elementary schools ever selected. In 2004, there were 11 LAUSD schools selected, including five from the Valley. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A record 32 Los Angeles Unified elementary schools, including 18 in the San Fernando Valley, were named today as California Distinguished Schools by the state Department of Education. The Los Angeles campuses were among 377 tapped statwide for high academic achievement and strong leadership. “These schools are the best of the best,” said Jack O’Connell, state superintendent of public instruction. “They share a vision of excellence and they have brought that vision to life.” Schools across the Valley prepared celebrations, including ice cream at lunch, and murals that display the honor on building walls. To the delight of dozens of principals, O’Connell called each school personally.last_img read more

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TD PRINGLE LOSES COSTLY EUROPEAN COURT CASE

first_imgDONEGAL TD Thomas Pringle has lost an expensive legal battle with the Irish Government in the European courts.The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg approved the EU’s permanent bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism.The court found EU law does not preclude the conclusion and ratification of the treaty, despite legal arguments from Deputy Pringle. Speaking after the ruling, Mr Pringle said: “I am extremely disappointed with the outcome of the case but I am satisfied that this has now been legally contested.“There is an issue of costs and I am concerned about that. The Supreme Court will take a view and we will see what happens but it was important to take this case.”The case is expected to be returned to the courts for costs in the coming weeks.All 27 judges of the European Court of Justice participated in an oral hearing in the Pringle case.Senior Counsel for Mr Pringle, John Rogers, argued that EU institutions and member states had engaged in mis- characterisation and distortion when creating the ESM and breached EU law.Senior Counsel for Ireland Michael Cush rejected this, claiming the decisions creating the ESM were fully compatible with EU treaties.This contention was supported by other member states, such as Germany, and the European Commission.TD PRINGLE LOSES COSTLY EUROPEAN COURT CASE was last modified: November 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:TD PRINGLE LOSES COSTLY EUROPEAN COURT CASElast_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: THE GOOD, THE BRAD…..AND THE UGLY!

first_imgONE Donegal businessman is making his feelings known before Sunday’s Croke Park showdown between Donegal and Kerry.Peter McLaughlin from Donegal Signs has come up with this masterpiece for the big occasion.Wonder what Mr Spillane thinks?  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: THE GOOD, THE BRAD…..AND THE UGLY! was last modified: August 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: THE GOODTHE BAD…..AND THE UGLY!last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY REGISTRATION NIGHT ON FEBRUARY 8TH

first_imgGLENSWILLY GAA CLUB NOTESRegistration nightThe club’s registration night will take place next Sunday evening, February 8th from 6-8pm in the clubhouse. All players who intend to play for the club this season must register before they can train.The adult registration cost €40 while the juvenile (U18s) costs €15.Meeting A meeting of the ladies team and the minor team will take place in the clubhouse on Sunday next, February 8th, at 5pm to discuss a number of issues.CongratsCongratulations to Glenswilly U14 player Blanaith Gallagher who has been selected to play for the Donegal Development County team this year.The squad will play Tyrone, Cavan and Fermanagh in the Ulster U14 Development League in April and May.Garda vettingAny members who received a Garda vetting certificate from the GAA last year, could they please forward it to George Simmons who can be contacted on 087 7789804. BingoThe bingo in the hall has been a huge success since it was launched just a few short weeks ago. It continues each week on Wednesday nights starting at 9pm.Club notesAnybody who would like to include an item in the notes should email it to stephenwmaguire@gmail.com before 9pm on Monday evening. GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY REGISTRATION NIGHT ON FEBRUARY 8TH was last modified: February 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

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