Tender Soul

first_imgMade of all but little bones for a frameall soft like a roll of neat white tissueTucked and packed like a postcardMailed to a distant land for a dear oneBeneath all of this is the cracked shellAll broken and covered in flow of tearsTender SoulNear to my inner core the tear felt mostIt is natural to be feeble when it all rocksBreathe out the rivers of sac emotionsMake room to dry patch for new growthForget the pretense that clouds the skiesLook forward through changed seasonsTender SoulEntreat the shames to valleys but rise upBang the shots of naked hatred about youCover the menacing tug of riots with wordsPlacid as streams in nature attract grandeurHumbly the persistence for better enlargesPulse at every leaf sway enjoy the intricacyTender SoulShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hague Convention Conference participants treated to cultural extravaganza

first_imgLegal luminaries from the Caribbean region and further afield participated in the Hague Convention Conference on International Family Law, Legal Cooperation and Commerce held in Guyana from July 13 through 16.Indigenous Wedding DanceThe conference which was hosted by Guyana in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) culminated with a cultural reception for participants at the Umana Yana.All the performances by the artistes depicted Guyanese culture – a diverse culture of a country with many ethnicities and religions.Some of the Attorney Generals that participated in the Conference are: Hon Adriel Brathwaite of Barbados, Hon Vanessa Retreage of Belize; Hon Fernilia Felix of Dominica; Hon Anthony Hood of Grenada; H.E. Dr Jennifer Van Dijk Silos of Suriname; Hon Marlene Malahoo Forte Q.C. of Jamaica; and Hon. Judith Morgan of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.Chief Justices and other Judges who participated include: Hon Sir Charles Dennis Byron- President of the Caribbean Court of Justice; Justice Lorraine Williams and Justice Gertel Thom, Representatives of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court; Hon. Justice Carolyn Tie, Puisne Judge of Jamaica; Hon. Winston Anderson of the Caribbean Court of Justice; Justice Allyson Ramkerrysingh of Trinidad and Tobago and Justice Dinesh Sewratan of Suriname.last_img read more

John B.S. Davies Takes Helm at WABA

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Meanwhile, the Guinean Central Bank Governor, Dr. Lounceny Nabe, who made remarks at the closing, urged WABA member institutions to position themselves to work with the West African Monetary Agency (WAMA), the West Africa Monetary Institute (WAMI) and central banks to ensure the implementation of the single currency project which is anticipated to enhance economic development and improve cross border trade in the region. John B. S. Davies (2nd from left) celebrates with colleagues after being announced president-elect of WABA. The President of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. John B. S. Davies, III, has recently been elected President of the West African Bankers Association (WABA).WABA is a professional association of banking and financial services and institutions in West Africa with the objective conceived for the establishment of the Association. It also provides support and promotes the West African Clearing House (WACH) as a means of enhancing intra-regional trade.According to a release, Mr. Davies, who is also President of the Liberia Bankers Association (LBA), was elected over the weekend at WABA’s 73rd General Assembly held in the Guinean capital, Conakry.He replaces Rev. Ifeanychhukwu Nwade, President of the Nigerian Export Bank (Nexim) & President of the Nigerian Bankers Association who completed his second and final two-year term. Also elected were Messrs Thierno S. Nourou, Senegal, 1st Vice President, and Idrissa Kamara, Sierra Leon, 2nd Vice President respectively.last_img read more

3 arrested after high-speed Police chase

first_imgAfter almost an hour of chasing a suspicious car with fake registration plates, the Police took three men, including an ex-Guyana Police Force (GPF) officer, into custody on Monday morning.One of the suspects being escorted by PoliceDuring interrogations, two of the men gave their identities as Eloy Livan, 28, of Lot 47 Richards Town, Lusignan, East Coast Demerara and Devon Chase, 30, of Hill Street, Albouystown. The third suspect refused to cooperate with the Police.Reports are Police ranks observed a heavily tinted motor car with a suspected fake number plate on Regent Street, Georgetown and approached it. However, upon recognising the Police, the occupants of the motor car drove away and the ranks gave chase.After driving through several streets in Georgetown, the driver of the tinted vehicle lost control and ended up in a ditch.The real registration number was covered by a fake registration numberThe Police have since recovered a 9mm pistol and 10 live rounds of ammunition. Police are trying to ascertain the owner of the vehicle, and will also conduct a ballistic test on the gun to determine if it was used to commit any crimes.last_img read more

Rally organizers seek LAPD reform

first_imgAnd Bratton also announced he was promoting Cmdr. Sergio Diaz, a 30-year LAPD veteran, to replace Deputy Chief Caylor “Lee” Carter at the 1,700-member Central Division. “I will do the best job possible for all the people who live and work at Central Bureau, as well as all of the officers and personnel there,” said Diaz, whose previous assignments have included Internal Affairs and Special Operations. Carter, who was the senior officer in MacArthur Park when violence broke out, was demoted Monday to commander and indefinitely assigned to home duty earlier this week. Cmdr. Louis Gray, Carter’s second-in-command, was reassigned to the Operations Bureau. Also Tuesday, civil-rights attorney Steven Yagman announced that he’d filed a federal civil and class-action suit accusing the LAPD of engaging in racketeering during the May 1 event and seeking $10 million in damages. He claims his client, Geoffrey Baker, suffered a broken jaw when he was struck by police as they tried to clear the park of demonstrators. A week after an immigration rally erupted in violence, organizers called Tuesday for reform within the LAPD and Chief William Bratton announced a replacement for the deputy chief who was in charge during the May 1 clash. The Police Commission hearing was the first opportunity for the civilian panel to question Bratton about the melee at MacArthur Park. But Los Angeles Police Department critics and immigration advocates packed the chambers, blasting the department and renewing their concerns about police brutality. “If the LAPD acts like this in broad daylight, what do they do at night?” asked Georgina Lopez, drawing loud applause from a packed audience. But LAPD and Police Commission officials repeated previous promises to conduct thorough and unbiased investigations of the altercation, which capped a day of peaceful demonstrations for immigrants’ rights. The Police Commission hearing had originally been scheduled to hear Bratton’s bid for a second, five-year term, but last week’s clash knocked it off the agenda. In fact, several critics said during the hearing that Bratton should be fired. “I am sorry, chief, it is time for you to go,” said Lenore Solis, a member of the LAPD Hispanic Forum, who accused Bratton of being insensitive to the city’s growing Latino community. Meanwhile members of several immigrant-rights groups that planned the morning May Day rally are organizing a June 24 rally at Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street to show they are not intimidated by police and will refocus on immigration reform. “All of us are united in expressing in the clearest voice possible that our community will not be intimidated into inaction,” said Jose Gutierrez of Latino Movement USA. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741last_img read more

Lewis loan deal finally ends Blackpool’s goalkeeper search

first_imgBlackpool have finally signed a goalkeeper, four days before they start the new Championship campaign, with Cardiff ‘s Joe Lewis joining the Tangerines on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.The club have been without a keeper for the whole of pre-season after number one Matt Gilks left for Premier League side Burnley.Lewis told the club’s official website: “I was sat at Cardiff for the last two seasons behind David Marshall, who has done outstanding.“I’ve had to make do with a couple of cup games and the odd league game here and there, and it was pretty frustrating really. I knew that I had to get out and play some regular football.“It’s great to come to a club like Blackpool and hopefully make the number one position my own.”The 26-year-old has a wealth of experience, with over 200 appearances since coming through the academy at Norwich. He has since played for Stockport, Morecambe and Peterborough, before transferring to the Bluebirds in 2012 for £400,000.The Lancashire outfit have made a flurry of signings in recent weeks after just eight professionals turned up to pre-season training, with more than 20 players leaving the club.Jose Riga’s men begin their Championship campaign at the weekend against Nottingham Forest. On-loan Blackpool goalkeeper Joe Lewis 1last_img read more

Express offering 15% off discount

first_imgFUNNY PLATES: One of the things I love about Los Angeles is all the fantastic vanity plates you see driving around. A rare perk of the highway. Now, instead of snickering to myself, I’m going to share them with you. It’s a free laugh, right? Please send in your favorites! My first one: a bright red Mini Cooper with the plates PRE SHRK. Save a buck in the Valley at www.insidesocal.com/bargain.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EXPRESS 15% OFF: Through Tuesday, Sept. 11, get 15 percent off at Express stores, including the men’s store. Print the coupon from www.insidesocal.com/bargain. Express locations at www.expressfashion.com. Caveats: not good on jewelry, hair accessories or “redlined” merchandise. Whatever that means. BOILING HOT: Linens-n-Things has a 12-quart stock pot for $6 (originally $30) after a 20 percent coupon code (194712697488) and $10 rebate coupon at www.insidesocal.com/bargain. Act quickly cuz these won’t last. Act quickly. LINCOLN LUNCH KABOBS: Never fear being called for jury duty in Van Nuys. A few doors down from the courthouse is the Hot Flaming Grill, a great lunch spot with lots of fiver options. You remember Lincoln is on the five dollar bill, right? I ordered the $4.50 Chicken Lula Kabob sandwich and was not disappointed. What came was a ground chicken kabob surrounded by shredded cabbage, lettuce and carrots that was dressed in a tangy lemon vinagrette mixed with Armenian spices. It was wrapped in Armenian lavash flat bread, which is similar to a flour tortilla but drier. Delish. Plenty of other $5 wrap sandwiches on the menu, which had these oddities: slurpees ($1.50 or $2 depending on size) and Russian borsch soup for $3. My only complaint was the wrap took almost 20 minutes to come. But the service was friendly, the restaurant clean and the food tasty. Worth a repeat. Mention their Web site and get 10 percent off. Visit them at 6322 Van Nuys Blvd. (818) 997-9769. Or in Santa Clarita at 19433 Soledad Canyon Road (661) 298-0115. AAARDVARK’S ODD ARK: I was impressed with how organized all the clothing was at the Canoga Park Aaardvark’s Odd Ark (yes, the extra A is intentional). The smallish but well-air-conditioned shop had plenty to offer. Straight leg Levi’s: $15; bootcut jeans: $20. Men’s work shirts ran $2 to $23; suspenders were $12. A kitschy red plaid apron was $3 (I was tempted, but it begged to be paired with black patent leather heels and I do not do heels). Silky Asian-inspired robes were $8 to $30. A cotton summer dress by Fire was $10. I could not resist an Adidas warm-up jacket that fit me perfectly for $8. Cash or credit. No returns. Locations in Canoga Park at 21434 Sherman Way, or in Pasadena, Hollywood and Venice. GAP JEANS $10 OFF: Until Sept. 12, Gap has a coupon for $10 off a pair of regular-priced jeans. Use your Gap Card for free shipping on orders of $50 or more with the code FREESHIP. Get the coupon at www.insidesocal.com/bargain. Caveats: coupon not good at GapKids, Gap Outlet or babyGap. DESIGNER PURSE DISCOUNTS: A friend recommended Overstock.com as a good place to get high-quality handbags at steep discounts. The Web site does not have a purse category, but a search for handbags yields a good selection. I saw a Celine bag for $1,000 (originally $1,900), a Prada bag for $800 (originally $1,360) and other bags by Chloe, Tod’s and Burberry. My taste is a bit cheaper (can you really justify carrying someone’s rent on your shoulder?), such as a tan shoulder bag from Via Spiga for $130 (originally $250). BUFFALO EXCHANGE: The used threads at Buffalo Exchange in Sherman Oaks jumped off the rack. An Abercrombie & Fitch salmon-colored tube top was $13.50, and a pair of Seychelles red peep-toe heels with tiny bronze studs was $14. Kenneth Cole Reaction grey flats with a silver buckle were $22, and maroon platform heels by Michael Antonio were $29. Cute print T-shirts were $6 to $14. The store buys used clothes, and the staff is friendly. Proceeds go to Access Books, which provides books to inner-city libraries. UCLA students get 10 percent off Sept. 15 to Sept. 22 at the Westwood store with an ID. Proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club of L.A. Visit the Sherman Oaks store at 14621 Ventura Blvd. just west of Van Nuys Blvd. (818) 783-3420. last_img read more

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

Warriors 121, Hornets 110: Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins makes more progress

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Even as he fights through layers of rust and imposing offenses, DeMarcus Cousins has proven one thing. He still remains one of the NBA’s best centers.In the Warriors’ 121-110 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, Cousins had season-highs in points (24) and playing time (31 minutes) while shooting 9-of-15 from the field. It marked a breakthrough after Cousins both had sluggish performances …last_img read more

South Africa pours millions into sanitation

first_img2 June 2015Growing up in Evaton, in Gauteng, Themba Msukwini had to use a bucket system. Like many in Evaton, Msukwini he had no access to basic sanitation services and as a result struggled to live a dignified life.But much has changed for Msukwini since those days. He now owns a home with a flush toilet inside his house, thanks to a multibillion-rand project the government has introduced to help people like him.The Sedibeng Regional Sewer Scheme (SRSS), a project expected to cost about R4.2-billion, is set to change many lives in the municipal area of Sedibeng.It was identified by the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission (PICC) and approved as a Strategic Infrastructure Project (SIP). There are 18 SIPs across the country devised to solve issues such as raw sewage spillage, as well as unlock job opportunities and improve service delivery. Upgrading Sedibeng’s sewerage system will not only improve the state of sanitation and human settlements in the district municipality, but will also serve as a source of employment and poverty alleviation.Job creationAbout 6 000 jobs are also expected to during construction. The job opportunities include the appointment of suitable local sub-contractors, local people and helping unemployed youth qualified in the relevant engineering fields by giving them relevant work experience. The project is expected to be completed in the next three years.Msukwini is impressed by the SRSS project because not only will it create jobs for the community but there will also be skills development.“The most exciting part about this project is that people will also be trained in various skills like plumbing,” he says. “This will benefit the community since we have a huge problem of leakages due to old water pipes, which were installed early in the 1970s.“The project will further fast track the building of low-cost houses because you can’t build houses without a sewer system. The sooner the sewer system is installed, [the sooner] houses will be built and people will finally have houses with basic needs.”Decent basic sanitationMsukwini acknowledges the strides already made to ensure that people have decent sanitation, but cautions that it is important to monitor that the money is well- managed when it is allocated from national to provincial government. People with the appropriate skills to deliver quality work should be employed to do the job, he says.“This will help the government to avoid unnecessary spending on repairs due to shoddy work.”The Department of Water and Sanitation declared May Sanitation and Hygiene Month to remind South Africans about the importance of decent sanitation and good hygiene practices. This year, the theme was “It’s not all about flushing”.The aim was to raise awareness and the public profile of sanitation and to encourage local governments to prioritise sanitation, health and hygiene as key issues to build a healthy nation.South Africa achieved the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of the population without basic sanitation before the target of 2015. In the 2014/15 financial year alone, it eradicated 20 560 bucket systems.Ending the bucket systemWater and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says the department intends to conclude the eradication of the bucket system programme in formal areas by December 2015. However, she acknowledges that the challenge of access to water and sanitation continues to characterise the daily life of many people.Statistics show that the country has been increasing access to sanitation. But the pace of delivery remains a concern. According to the 2012 National Report on the Status of Sanitation Services, approximately 11% of South African households do not have adequate sanitation services.Some of the challenges in sanitation can be traced to urban migration and the proliferation of unplanned informal settlements. Mokonyane says the country has committed to join the world in enhancing and fast-tracking programmes and developments to fulfil the international commitment to eradicate sanitation backlogs by 2015.“In response to the global sanitation-related challenges, the South African government has set out higher targets and committed itself to ensuring that all buckets in formal established settlements will be eradicated as soon as possible.”Saving drinking waterThe current methods of disposing human waste through flushing toilets that use drinking-quality water are unwise and unsustainable, she adds. Her department is looking at numerous technologies that will help to eliminate the use of clean, drinkable water to dispose of human waste.“We are determined to introduce low-water and no-water solutions as part of our efforts to deliver sanitation. Dry sanitation solutions must become the reality we work towards in both low- and high-income households going forward.’Working with the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs and National Treasury, her department has adopted the Back-to-Basics programme aimed at supporting municipalities with resources accompanied by capacity to bolster performance in the delivery of water and sanitation.Through this programme, 27 district municipalities and the Nelson Mandela Metro have been identified as areas in need of interventions. Bold interventions have also been made in areas including Makana Local Municipality in Eastern Cape, Ngaka Modiri Molema District in North West Province, Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga, Sedibeng in Gauteng and Jozini in KwaZulu-Natal.Partnering with provincial governments through premiers, her department has put in place community-based initiatives as part of a people-centred approach to ensure communities are involved in work in their respective areas.The establishment of community water forums is a direct result of the interventions her department has undertaken and the affirmation given to communities and their leaders as partners in the department’s programmes.It has also initiated the Adopt a River programme, which has been launched in a number of provinces as a community-driven initiative.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more