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Guyanese mothers

first_imgWith the contrived and commercialised sentimentality of “Mother’s Day” behind us, maybe we can look a bit more dispassionately at the status of mothers in Guyana today. How much has changed from the days of slavery, when planters actually ‘bred’ African women with anonymous African men to be mothers of children who could be slaves who could be more productive on the plantations? How different was motherhood to those women than to those in the present who are “child mothers” to men who enjoy ‘visiting relationships”, but accept no responsibilities for rearing those children?How much has changed from the days of indentureship, when the ratio of men to women in the best of times was an average of three to one? Because of the competition to secure a wife, “wife murders” became rampant, and more than traces remain into the present. After then initial imbalance, mothers in particular were socialised into the responsibility of keeping their families together.This reality is being brought home with a vengeance in the sugar belt, where 5700 workers were fired by GuySuCo and another 2000 were made redundant with a cutback in cane production from private cane farmers. With a typical family of six, there would be almost 50,000 persons affected. Many of the workers were mothers, and the remainder have wives who are mothers. With no employment in sight either from the promised leasing land to the workers to engage in cash crop production or from private businesses, it will be left to these mothers to eke out a living for their families by any means necessary. It has always been so, and will be so in the foreseeable future.We can look back at the circumstances of the old Burnhamite dictatorship, when a similar challenge was presented with employment and underemployment endemic from the mid-seventies onwards. Mothers flooded the neighbouring countries, looking for all and any possible source of earning an income to keep their children alive. Some became traders who became a stable feature at regional airports, importuning travellers to “help them out with extra weight”. Many of them were sexually abused for these favours, not only by travellers, but by officials at transit points. In every neighbouring country, Guyanese — some mothers — also had to become prostitutes when there was no other avenue for ensuring the survival of their families “back home”.Even when avenues became available with emigration to Canada and the US, families often times were separated, as the men departed legally or illegally and left wives and children “home”. Oftentimes these men struck up other relationships abroad, and the mothers left behind had to fend for themselves. And this is that reality that is staring at mothers in the sugar belt today, the day after “Mother’s Day”.It is incredible that more groups are not up in arms protesting the callous action of the Government through GuySuCo that so adversely affects all 50,000 persons in the families of the fired sugar workers – but mostly the mothers, who were extolled yesterday in so many superlatives. In the present, we have become too hypnotised by the marketing of the superficialities that pass for caring for our fellow man and woman. It is past time we remember that governments are formed to take care of disasters that may befall the citizenry; that is why we pay them the huge salaries and all the perks of office. They are not paid to create disasters – especially for the most valued segment of our population – our mothers. It is said that the future of a nation is in the hands of the youths. But the future of those youths is in the hands of their mothers. The citizens of this country have become sensitised over the past few years to “violence against women,” and this is a positive step. We now have to look more granularly at the psychic violence against the mothers of our country by offering them no choice to fulfil their duty with dignity.last_img read more

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Sprint Nextel, Google are joining on WiMax network

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – Two titans of technology – Google and Sprint Nextel – announced Thursday that they will team up to develop a portal to let consumers search the Internet and tie into social networks over cell phones and mobile devices. Sprint said the deal is a “milestone” in its $3 billion plan to build out a so-called WiMax network, a supercharged version of the Wi-Fi networks that enable Web surfers to connect to the Internet at Starbucks and other so-called hot spots. The big difference is that WiMax has a range of up to 10 miles, while Wi-Fi is limited to about 150 feet. Sprint’s goal is to blanket entire cities with WiMax coverage – and the deal with Google could give consumers something to use on such a network. For starters, that could include high-speed Web searches, music and video streaming and applications such as GMail. The deal brings together Google, the top Internet-search company, with Sprint, the third-biggest U.S. mobile-phone company. Last August, Sprint announced it would invest up to $3 billion to deploy its WiMax network, hoping to make it available to more than 100 million people by the end of next year. Sprint’s strategy is a break from much of the wireless industry, in which carriers traditionally control what data a mobile user can see. If they do offer Internet service, it isn’t necessarily as instantaneous, cheap or reliable as WiMax is expected to be. WiMax represents a potential threat to cell-phone carriers because it could enable upstarts to offer low-cost phone service via a WiMax network. Sprint plans to test its WiMax service in Chicago, Baltimore and Washington this year, with commercial service to begin in several markets starting next April.last_img read more

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Video: 19 years ago today…England thrashed the Netherlands at Wembley

first_imgNineteen years ago today, football came home to Wembley at Euro 1996.Two goals apiece from Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham propelled England to an exhilarating 4-1 victory over the Netherlands to secure progress to the knockout stages.Aside from the 5-1 in Munich, have we seen a better Three Lions performance in the last 20 years?last_img

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American Indian culture celebrated at powwow

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsBoth absorbed the flavor of the colorful event, the rhythmic drumming, singing and chanting and changing streams of dancers young and old. The powwow is being held for the 14th year at William S. Hart Park. Apache drummer Joe Mancha said the American Indian community members must assimilate into modern society in their everyday life, but the special gatherings give them a place to celebrate their ancestral roots and connections. The annual event is a place to go, and at the same time, to “be at home.” “The drum is the first instrument God gave to man,” Mancha said. “It’s the heartbeat of the animal the (drum) skins come from. It’s basically the first way man sang out to God – you sing out from your heart.” Walter Graywolf, a purveyor of contemporary and vintage craft items, was watching the clock for the arrival of actress and singer Irene Bedard, an American Indian who has appeared in many films and was the model for Pocahontas in Disney’s film of the same name. The two are members of a band, which was due to perform. Graywolf’s company re-created Lakota artifacts for the film “Hidalgo” and carved the Chumash deer-bone hairpin oddly worn in the braided hair of actor Johnny Depp in both “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – Angeles Pena would be normally decked out in full Navajo tribal regalia as he performed traditional dances at the annual Native American Heritage Pow-Wow. But this year, the U.S. Forest Service wildland arson investigator was dressed in his work uniform – albeit with a vintage turquoise and silver belt buckle – updating tribe members about the Day Fire that has consumed more than 117,000 acres in the Los Padres and Angeles national forests. The two-day event was not all work for Pena, who planned to don his tribal garb later in the day – or at least in time for today’s festivities. “I’ve always looked at (regalia) as clothing worn in battle,” he said of his work clothes. “This would have to be my everyday regalia.” Pena was accompanied by Pete Crowheart, a tribal relations program manager for the Forest Service and liaison for the Chumash tribe. Crowheart is monitoring rock paintings and sacred tribal sites in the forest to make sure they are protected from accidental damage by crews digging fire lines. last_img read more

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Taiwanese teachers shadow special education instructors

first_imgTsuey-shiang Lin, a principal, said most special education students in Taiwan attend programs that separate them from others. “Here, we can’t distinguish general education students from special education students,” Lin said. The delegation will use what they have learned to improve Taiwan’s special education system. Li said he wants Taiwan’s schools to mirror those at Los Altos. “Most important is building cooperation between special education and regular teachers if we want to put special education students with general education students,” Li said. sg-intern@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2669160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe educators’ two-day tour also stopped at Los Altos High School on Sept. 19 and Newton Middle School the next day. Faculty from the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District briefed the delegation about their ongoing responsibility to special education students. “Our biggest message is to make students with disabilities as much a part of the integrated school community as possible,” said Beth Nishida, director of education for the district. Special education students mix with the general population at Los Altos. They learn together and are held to the same educational standards, Nishida said. Each class has two teachers: one to teach the class and one to aid special education students. Students at Los Altos scribbled in their notebooks during English class, occasionally glancing toward a group of Taiwanese educators snapping pictures with digital cameras. The foreign educators listened and observed the class intently, absorbing everything there was to know about the high school’s method of teaching special education, U.S. style. “We want to know know what is different between special education here and Taiwan,” said Yung-Chang Li, a professor from the National Kaohsiung Normal University. Li was one of 20 principals and special education teachers who comprised the delegation from Kaohsiung, a city about 150 miles south of Taipei. last_img read more

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Extended Hours For Scott County HIV Clinic

first_img“I urge anyone who is engaging in high-risk behaviors but hasn’t been tested recently to take advantage of the extended hours this week to ensure that they know their HIV status,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. “While the rate of new HIV infections in Scott County has slowed dramatically, it’s important to remain vigilant and ensure that those at risk are taking the steps necessary to protect themselves and their community.”HIV can take up to three months to diagnose, depending on the test that is used and how long it takes the virus to multiply in a person’s body.Individuals who have engaged in high-risk behavior such as needle sharing and unprotected sex are advised to get tested and then retested every two to three months as long as they are engaging in those behaviors.Anyone who is tested for HIV will receive education about the disease and information about where to obtain preventive treatment. In addition to testing, the One-Stop Shop offers assistance to residents who need state-issued ID cards and birth certificates, want to enroll in the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0, are seeking immunizations or are in need of referrals for substance abuse treatment.To prevent HIV infection, avoid injection drug use, sharing or re-using needles or works, engaging in unprotected sex and engaging in sex with commercial sex workers.Individuals seeking help with substance abuse should call the national 24-hour addiction hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). This hotline provides confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mentalhealth and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.To learn more about the link between HIV infection and drug abuse, visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse at http://hiv.drugabuse.gov/index.html.Visit the Indiana State Department of Health at www.StateHealth.in.gov for important health and safety information, or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1. Hoosiers who do not have health care coverage or access to a doctor are encouraged to check availability for the new Healthy Indiana Plan–HIP 2.0–by visiting www.HIP.IN.gov or calling 1-877-GET-HIP-9. The Indiana State Department of Health is assisting the Scott County Health Department in offering extended hours for HIV testing and other services Friday, April 29, at the One-Stop Shop in Austin.The outreach center located at 825 N. Hwy 31 in Austin will be open from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday in addition to its normal hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. The extended hours are part of a periodic retesting effort designed to ensure that Scott County residents know their HIV status and can receive appropriate medical care.Since early 2015, 191 people have tested positive for HIV in an outbreak traced to injection drug users who shared needles. Of those individuals, 93 percent are co-infected with hepatitis C.last_img read more

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Throw-in times confirmed for Qualifier ties

first_imgThe fixtures have been confirmed for Donegal and Sligo’s round two Qualifier ties.The games on Saturday week will start within an hour of each other.Donegal’s home game against Longford will throw-in in Ballybofey’s Mac Cumhaill Park, with Sligo’s trip to face Meath taking place in Navan’s Pairc Tailteann at 6pm.last_img

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Is NC Ready for Launch of Hurricane Season?

first_imgWhile Tropical Depression Alberto prompted the extreme flooding experienced by North Carolina this week, hurricane season is officially beginning Friday.Eight major flood-related disasters costing more than $410 million in public assistance have impacted the state since 2010. What’s complicating this season is what happened last season, according to Gavin Smith, who researches hazard mitigation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.“The communities are still in the midst of recovering from Hurricane Matthew, and that’s going to add additional challenges to not only preparedness, but just the fact that they are in the midst of recovering, which makes them vulnerable in some ways to future damages,” says Smith.The flood insurance program is set to expire July 31, and Smith and others are calling on Congress to reauthorize and update the program. The National Flood Insurance Program paid out more than $640 million dollars for damages related to Hurricane Matthew, and there are 134,000 NFIP policies in the state.After Hurricanes Fran and Floyd, North Carolina purchased 5,000 homes and cleared land along the coast to reduce damage from future storms. Craig Fugate is a former administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and says massive storms in the 1990s prompted the state to be proactive, but there’s a vulnerability that remains.“North Carolina has been very progressive to get better information and better data for their maps, but it still comes down to too many people in North Carolina are told they don’t live in a flood zone, yet they still have a flood risk,” says Fugate.Homeowners are able to purchase flood insurance no matter where they live, but are not required to if they don’t live in a designated flood zone. Smith says the NFIP program is in serious need of an update.“The flood insurance program is in financial trouble, in the sense that because of these major hurricanes, one striking after another, the expected payout from the flood insurance program is quite large and so Congress has actually had to appropriate additional funding,” says Smith.The insurance program is beginning the 2019 season at least $15 billion in debt. While some argue that private insurers can step in to offer coverage to homeowners, others say the private sector isn’t big enough to take on the NFIP’s five million policies.Support for this reporting was provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts.last_img read more

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A Study Finds You Actually Shouldn’t Follow Your Passion

first_img3.  When someone’s following their passion and they stumble or run into difficulty, it makes them EXTRA depressed.  And that can make them give up and quit. A new study out of Stanford University found that obsessively following your passion ISN’T the recipe for success.  In most cases, it’s actually the opposite.  And here’s why. The researchers say you should DEVELOP your passion, not follow it completely.  That means you should work at it and stick with it . . . but don’t focus so hard that it winds up backfiring. Hey, here’s some good news for all of us who gave up on achieving our dreams a long time ago and are now just kinda running out the clock:  We’re the smart ones. 2.  And they also don’t learn about new subjects or try new things . . . that they might find they like MORE.center_img 1.  People who only focus on their passion narrow their interests too much, which keeps them from having creative ideas or coming up with new innovations. 4.  And finally, when those people DO quit, they’re completely lost and directionless. So what should you do instead of laser focusing on one thing?last_img read more

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Universal Orlando News — Week of November 16, 2019

first_img Seating for quick service with a groan worthy pun. Winter weather patterns routinely come as far south as Orlando, so pack for the weather. Volcano Bay could experience a delayed opening or closure when highs are in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Refer to Universal Orlando’s Twitter account for the latest operating information.Operating Hours & Early Park AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. daily, with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.AdmissionTwo-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 ShowtimesNo ShowsUniversal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’sNovember 16 – 18: 5:300 p.m.November 19: 5:15 p.m.November 20 – 22: 5:30 p.m.The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts CastleNovember 16 – November 22: Ongoing from dusk till park closeComplete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.Refurbishments & ClosuresPopeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges: September 3 – December 22Me Ship, The Olive: September 3 – December 22Events & FestivalsDeck the halls at Universal Orlando Resort November 16, 2019 – January 5, 2020 with their annual Holiday festivities. Join The Grinch in Seuss Landing and see a live performance of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, celebrate in Universal Studios Florida with Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, or visit the Wizarding World decked out in Christmas decorations.See you next week, and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag! Lounge and bar area. Bar appears to have a large tap selection. The midwest and northeast just received our first snowstorm of the season, but in Orlando it is always perpetual vacation. The next phase of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort opens in March when the first of two towers opens at Dockside. The sister resort to Endless Summer – Surfside, Dockside is located across Universal Boulevard on the old Wet’n’Wild parking lot.Dockside’s theme takes inspiration from the piers and beachfront properties in Florida. The 2,050 hotel rooms will open in phases with the resort completed later in 2020. Amenities include a lounge with large tap selection, two pools, fitness center, arcade, on-site quick-service dining, transportation to the parks, package delivery, and Early Admission to the parks.Endless Summer – Dockside room rates start at $85 a night and are available for booking now.Weekly Crowd LevelsDetailed crowd level information can be found here.Weathercenter_img Quick service location. Share This!This week Universal begins their holiday festivities and announces the opening date for their next value resort. All this and more in this week’s Universal Orlando news roundup.Endless Summer – Dockside Opening March 17, 2020last_img read more

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