first_imgDear Editor,Many are lobbying for Guyana to welcome with open arms the impoverished, unfortunate Venezuelans running from lives of misery in their homeland, but our country has been unable to get its act together to improve the lives of its very own people.I can point to our dire crime situation or our stores bending over backwards for foreign buyers. I can focus on our ramshackle markets, even our inability to provide potable water and reliable electricity for ourselves after 52 years of Independence.But the unbridled wild beast that our public transportation has become might be the defining issue that crystallises all the trials and tribulations our people face.The public transportation system is now in the clutches of minibus operators and it seems to be totally unregulated. It has become a sad reflection of our culture, which over the years became liberally veined with lawlessness, low levels of tolerance, uncouth behaviour, lack of empathy, fearfulness and an ‘anything-goes-just-make-money’ approach.Of course, like anything else, not all minibus operators are like this; but it seems to me that the majority who are, taint the ones who aren’t.On any given day, we can see a multitude of minibuses, some garishly coloured in avid and dangerous competition with each other, despite the obvious risks to the lives of travellers and pedestrians. I speculate that in many cases passengers do not protest because rides within Georgetown are usually just short ones.On any given day, speeding overcrowded minibuses put the lives of people’s children, wives, husbands, brothers and sisters in grave danger. It’s all about the money. In the typical bus operator’s mind, passengers’ safety is a minor consideration, most likely such thoughts are a nuisance.I remember witnessing two minibus drivers jostling to get a single passenger and grazing the sides of each other’s vehicles in their recklessness. And I don’t need to regurgitate the details of many serious accidents involving minibuses when torsos, arms, legs etc were violently separated from their counterparts on human bodies and bloodied remains were strewn everywhere.On any given day, we can see ragamuffin-looking touts for minibuses grabbing and groping prospective passengers, trying to force them to board specific buses.On any given day, we can see minibuses and other vehicles for that matter, racing to beat traffic lights, which, ironically, were erected to control traffic and prevent accidents. We can see them forming extra lanes on busy roadways to beat the lights and be a few seconds ahead of other buses in the jostle for passengers.On any given day, we can encounter rude, aggressive hoodlum-type characters functioning as minibus conductors and drivers, some making passes at schoolgirls.On any given day, we can honestly mistake some minibuses for moving dance halls blasting music with the filthiest lyrics that would make any conscious parent cringe while travelling with a child.I have actually witnessed minibus drivers and conductors openly buying bottles of Guinness stout to drink while operating their vehicles with paying passengers on board.Sincerely,Concerned citizenlast_img read more

first_img18 July 2014 Cricket South Africa (CSA) commemorated Nelson Mandela Day by making a contribution to the education of young children at SOS Children’s Villages South Africa’s Mamelodi branch on Friday. The organisation turned an unused storage container into a mobile library to be used by the children of the Village and the surrounding Mamelodi East community outside Pretoria. CSA enlisted the help of publishing house Pearson South Africa to fill the library with reading and exercise books for the primary-school-aged children of the Village. “Mandela Day should remind us of the many blessings we have enjoyed over the past 20 years and also of the enormous gratitude we owe to Madiba, the father of our nation,” CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement. “It should also serve to remind us of the many challenges that we must still tackle and resolve to ensure a better future for all.” CSA ensured that the Home was given a proper introduction to the game, recruiting the full CSA National Academy of both men and women cricketers to conduct a coaching clinic with the SOS children and staff. They were joined by KFC Mini-Cricket players from the area for a fun and action-filled mini-cricket festival. The CSA staff, along with the National Academy and members of the media, then spent their 67 minutes painting and decorating the outside of the library. “SOS Children’s Village Mamelodi is proud to welcome Cricket South Africa as part of a large family,” SOS Children’s Villages spokesperson Lizo Tom said. “We are very pleased with the new mobile library CSA have donated to us. We want to develop a new strategy around literacy and the love of books, and our children in the community will benefit a lot from the new library.” A number of partners and sponsors supported CSA to do their bit on Nelson Mandela Day. Sedgars Sport, for the fourth year running, donated two sets of full cricket kit valued at R10 000, as well as 50 KFC Mini-Cricket T-shirts to the SOS Children’s Village. KFC provided 200 kiddies meals for the children of the Village and for the KFC Mini-Cricket players, while Momentum Health added their own donation of children’s reading books for the library. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The small business sector in Ohio is vital to many stakeholders. The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation sponsored the Ohio Signature Food Contest which showcases many new, innovative products ready to take that next step — actual product development.CIFT President & CEO, Rebecca Singer announced the winners selected in recognition of their product concepts: Sarah Steinbrunner and Taylor Crooks of Sandusky, Ohio with their Bean Nut Butter: A delicious non-GMO and vegan nut butter that is free of the top eight allergens. Uniquely incorporates garbanzo beans which are high in protein and fiber, but lack high calorie and fat content association with regular nuts. Tina Smith and Nate Bissell of Jefferson, Ohio with their Sweet and Spicy Maple BBQ Sauce: A unique, all-natural barbecue sauce made with a kick of hot peppers but offering a special ingredient – the sweetness of pure Ohio maple syrup. Following a review of written applications and presentations by food entrepreneurs and chefs to a panel of judges, the highest scoring concepts were selected based on the viability of the product, commercialization potential, business strategy, and overall appeal to the marketplace.As a result of the award, technical assistance from CIFT will be provided to the startup businesses ranging from business planning, product/process development, shelf stability testing, labeling review, regulatory assistance, and batch product preparations for sampling. Later, production will take place at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK) in Bowling Green, Ohio. The NOCK is a commercially-licensed kitchen that educates and provides technical assistance to new and growing food businesses.last_img read more

first_imgEditor’s Note: This video contains graphic content. View at your own risk.A little reminder… Your Brain has no muscles to protect it.. Keep your head safe all the time. Avoid getting hit on your thinking machine pic.twitter.com/LT1BKXILMrADVERTISEMENT The South African bodybuilding magazine Muscle Evolution, meanwhile, extended its sympathies for the family of the deceased and said the bodybuilding community was “shocked and saddened” by his unfortunate passing.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: Enraged body builder slaps judge after losing contestSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next According to the New York Post, the South-Africa native tried to perform a back flip but failed to rotate enough mid-jump and landed on his head, breaking his neck in the process.The harrowing accident was caught on film, showing the muscle-clad athlete hyping the crowd and encouraging spectators to cheer him on.Instead of loud cheers, the arena fell into utter silence after Thabete failed and lay motionless on the canvas.Several officials came to his aid and rushed him to the hospital, where he passed away due to head trauma.Adding insult to injury, Thabete’s clip went viral and was mocked online, before the severity of his injury was announced to the public.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Bato has high regard for PNP chief’s character, willing to “bet his neck” for him02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Mega Builders force rubber match for PVL men’s crown NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments — Renzo_Gracie_BJJ (@RenzoGracieBJJ) August 9, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAthletes from different sports are known to play to the crowd from time to time, but one bodybuilder paid the ultimate price after trying to show off for the audience.Sifiso Lungelo Thabete passed away after suffering injuries from a botched backflip attempt during a body building tourney. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

first_imgPakistani officials say a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children who spent five years in captivity have left Pakistan.Two security officials say Joshua Boyle, Caitlan Coleman and their children left by plane from Islamabad, but did not say where the family was headed.The BBC was reporting early Friday that the family was headed to London, England.The couple was kidnapped in Afghanistan in October 2012 while on a backpacking trip. All three of their children were born in captivity.Pakistan said Thursday that it had rescued the family after their captors moved them across the border from Afghanistan.Boyle’s parents, who live in Smiths Falls, Ont., said Thursday evening that their son and his family intend to come to Canada.Patrick Boyle said the family was safe “but exhausted.”Related stories:Pakistan rescues Canadian man and family held by TalibanTimeline: Captivity of Joshua Boyle and his familyForeign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who has met with the Boyle family in the past, said Thursday that they had endured an “absolutely horrible ordeal.”Freeland refused to describe the circumstances of the release, citing security reasons but said Canada had been working with the U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan, whom she thanked.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking in Mexico City, thanked U.S. and Pakistani officials for their efforts in freeing the captives.“We’re pleased that the ordeal they’ve been through over these past years has finally come to an end,” Trudeau said Thursday night during a news conference.With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — The Bloc Quebecois is taking its defence of the provincial government’s secularism bill to English Canada with a billboard along an Ottawa highway.The message in English reads, “Quebec knows what’s right for Quebec. Thank you.”Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet said the move is in anticipation of what he expects will be federal involvement in an eventual challenge of Quebec’s Bill 21.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken out against the bill, which would prohibit public sector workers in positions of authority, including teachers, from wearing religious symbols.At a press conference in Ottawa this morning, Blanchet called on Trudeau to confirm that Ottawa will not spend a cent supporting a court challenge of the law.He said the debate concerns Quebec only, and Trudeau should not get involved.“It’s already a problem for him to come barging in with his highly debatable moral authority,” Blanchet said. “And if he also took money from Quebec taxpayers against the will of the Quebec national assembly, that would frankly become ridiculous.”Blanchet has also written a letter in English to fellow MPs vaunting the merits of Bill 21, which he says will ensure the secularism of the Quebec state.“Quebecers want to move forward and complete this project,” the letter says. “Members of Parliament in Ottawa must stay out of their way.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more