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I don’t pay much attention to my birthday. Some people I know demand a major production, relishing the fact they are the center of attention. Me? I’m under the belief birthdays are nothing to celebrate. Let’s face it; every day is another day closer to death.Though I’ve convinced myself I don’t need the attention a birthday brings, most people who have the displeasure of knowing me long ago concluded I’m such a freaking baby I demand to be the center of attention every day, and thus they have nothing left to give when my Special Day finally does arrive.I’m not going to try and stave off age. I would never dream of coloring my hair, for example, thinking if it does turn grayer I might finally be considered distinguished-looking and gain a small modicum of respect from my lawless staffers at the newspaper who usually ignore me.Nor would I ever have my face lifted. The way I figure it, the sags cover the acne, and that’s a good thing. I would never get a tummy tuck, because then none of my pants or belts would fit and I’d have to get new stuff. Besides, I’d have to clean the lint out of my belly button.Speaking of my wardrobe, it had drawn criticism from a lot of circles. I do the hippie/jock/1967 Catholic high school look. Lots of T-shirts, Nike sneakers, corduroy suit jackets. I still have tie dyes, but I don’t wear them. The truth is, I look silly. I look like a grotesque lump of lime green and orange and I scare children.The bad thing about being good-looking is people invariably say, “[He or she] has gotten so old!” That’s why movie stars struggle so to keep their looks — it’s more than vanity, it’s their job to look attractive.When you’re a slug like me, it’s pointless to get a nip or a tuck because no one is going to notice or care.When you reach a certain age, you begin to have doubts. “Am I becoming irrelevant?” I asked one of my buddies. “You were never relevant,” he replied. Oh.As we age, the old adage “all things in moderation” becomes useful. I’ve learned to take it easy on my body.For example, I’ve had to adjust my intake of alcohol. I’m not even allowed to drink at work anymore. What’s with that?As we get older, we have to watch what we eat. During football games, for example, I usually have a bowl of chips, some nachos, pretzels, and crudités. This year, the crudités goes.I’ve cut down on red meat and fried chicken and try to eat more bacon and sausage.Exercise is essential. When watching television, I try to lift each leg off the floor and onto the couch, and then down again later when I have to go to the bathroom. I do this several times. I also enjoy taking a nice stroll from the front door to my truck.Salt can be a killer. DO NOT put salt on pretzels, potato chips, Cheez Doodles, or beef jerky. These items are already salted. Similarly, try not to add sugar to hot fudge, Three Musketeers, Krispy Kremes, or Devil Dogs. And don’t add sugar to soda . . . unless it is diet soda, in which case, pour a lot into the can.No matter how healthy our lifestyle, as we age, parts of our bodies begin to shut down (like in my case, the bladder).This is why God made drugs. When we were younger, we took recreational drugs, harmless stuff to help us enjoy music and the camaraderie of others. They included PCP, MDMA, acid, and cocaine. Nowadays, we’re too mature to enjoy those silly diversions.I don’t want to say we tend to get selfish as we get older, but let’s just say we get set in our ways. Avoid this! Reach out to your loved ones. I’m going to try to spend more time with my dog, ummmm Duke I think it is, or whatshisface, something like that.As we get older, we have time to enjoy more leisure pursuits, wholesome activities to while away the hours.Toward that end, I’ve taken up an exciting new hobby, dreaming! I’m really good at it, but that’s because I practice a lot, especially at work.Well that’s it from the Birthday Boy. Just remember what the great Jackie Gleason said on his 50th birthday: “The 50-yard line is still the best place to watch a football game.”He died a few years later.Rick Murphy is a six-time winner of the New York Press Association Best Column award as well as the winner of first place awards from the National Newspaper Association and the Suburban Newspaper Association of America and a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee. Share
North Sea resident Greg Robins is the Republican candidate for Southampton Town supervisor. Independent/Courtesy Greg RobinsIt took a little time, but the Southampton Town Republicans now have a candidate for supervisor: Greg Robins, 69, a retired teacher and long-time North Sea fire commissioner.But the party’s lineup for the November election continued to go through changes two weeks after the nominating convention, when James Ding of North Sea said he was no longer a candidate for town board. He was replaced by retired Southampton Town police detective Charles McArdle.Robins said he sees Southampton Town’s yearly reassessments as a backdoor method to raise taxes, and it’s a driving force behind his decision to challenge incumbent Supervisor Jay Schneiderman this year.Robins was picked as the GOP candidate after current Councilwoman Christine Preston Scalera, who is reaching her two-term limit, declined to run for the position.Republican Committee Chairman David Betts said he thought Robins would be a good candidate after a discussion about his concerns last July. Robins, and now McArdle, will join Rick Martel on the Republican ticket.“The little cottages that were there for the last 40 to 50 years have been ripped down and replaced with very big houses, and as a result, not only where I live, but throughout Southampton Town, assessments are being raised based on these new houses,” Robins said. “And nothing has changed with these smaller houses, except that they have to suffer the consequences from these very expensive multi-million-dollar houses. I thought that was unfair, and in some cases, I’m sure people are even being taxed right out of their houses.”The father of two and former social studies teacher in the William Floyd School District for 38 years said it bothered him Schneiderman continues to state that tax rates are going down or staying the same — which is the case — but that he neglects to mention the fact that the town continues to raise more money because of the continual reassessments.Robins has volunteered as a fireman for 25 years and served for 20 years as a North Sea fire commissioner. He said he has worked to balance the needs of the fire department with those of the taxpayers, something he thinks will benefit him in his new role if elected.Independent/Courtesy James DingShort-lived CandidacyBefore announcing he was no longer a candidate, Ding, in an interview last week, said he was concerned about wasteful spending. “Our supervisor has increased the town’s budget by 13.3 percent. Where does this stop?” he said. ‘’In the first three years that he’s been in office, that’s over double the rate of inflation.”Ding gave no reason for why he would not be on the ballot. McArdle, at town police detective who owns a private firm, CM Security Consulting, Inc., and lives in Hampton Bays, emerged to replace him. McArdle could not be reached for comment by press time, but his LinkedIn account shows he was an NYPD officer from 1984 to 1988, and a detective with the town department from 1990 to 2005. His consulting company was formed in 2004, and he has also been president of Peoplepool Valet Service in Hampton Bays since the same year.Bigger And Better ThingsMartel, 59, a 45-year resident of Hampton Bays who is a father of two and married to his high school sweetheart, said he’s adopted the community-above-self motto, reflected in his charity work since he was 18. The co-owner of Skidmore’s Sports & Styles since 1980 is a 39-year member of the Southampton Town Kiwanis Club, six-year president of the San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons, and runs the little league and youth basketball programs in Hampton Bays.“I’ve wanted to do bigger and better things,” said Martel, who works specifically on donations to food pantries in Southampton and Hampton Bays and is part of the Kiwanis Club’s scholarship committee.Hampton Bays resident Rick Martel is running for Southampton Town Board. Independent/Courtesy Rick Martel“I’ve always been out there helping everybody. If you talk to anybody on the street that knows me, you’d know I’m one of the first people you come to whenever there’s an issue with anything — especially if it’s helping a kid or a family out. I’d like to take that attitude and bring it to Town Hall, see if we can quiet things down and just do some good,” Martel added.While he said he does not have an axe to grind, if he had a to-do list, his main objective would be tackling the cost of living. Martel said he’s concerned for those young and old living in the town, adding he’s seen family and friends forced to leave.“I enjoy the quality of life here, but if there’s anything I could do to help in that regard I would,” Martel said. “We’re losing a lot of very qualified kids that could be working in or around our town, and we’re losing them because the cost of living here is so high. I know the issues, I know the fire departments, I know the schools, obviously I know the kids. The opportunity is here for me to run now that my children are grown and my business is set. I. just want to try and help my town.”Robins, who added he’s concerned with illegal housing and traffic, said he would like to revive a tradition started years ago through past supervisors like Bob Hulse, Robert Cameron, and Tom Halsey, who he said put the people first. The North Sea resident said he believes these men stood for the Founding Fathers’ belief of serving town and country, but not making a career out of it. He said he had no game plan for taking his political career any further than supervisor.“Jay Schneiderman is a nice man, but he’s clearly interested in his own career,” Robins said. “I’m an average guy who has spent his life in Southampton, loves Southampton, and am willing to serve if elected. There’s a movement for villages, and it would seem to me that if you’re meeting the needs of the people, they wouldn’t be threatening to form more villages. I think a new approach and through a view of a different lens — of someone who is not a career politician — you might be able to accomplish more, because you’re not playing political games, you’re just trying to do what’s best for the people.”firstname.lastname@example.org Share
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Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: June 21, 2020 3:02 PM EDT Updated: June 21, 2020 3:03 PM EDT Steve Irwin’s family looks back on his life and legacy on the 14th anniversary of his death SHARE Movie theaters, other entertainment businesses reopen in SWFL ATLANTA (CNN) Black Sabbath is selling Black Lives Matter shirts and donating all the proceeds to the movement Recommended Black Sabbath is taking a stance in the fight for racial justice and equality.The rock band is selling Black Lives Matter T-shirts themed after Black Sabbath’s iconic Master Of Reality album cover. The shirts are being sold for $25, with all proceeds going to the non-profit Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, they announced on Tuesday.Fans can pre-order the shirts, which don the band’s purple logo transformed to read “Black Lives Matter.” They are expected to ship mid-July.The shirt’s design was inspired by Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, who posted an Instagram photo on June 7 wearing the shirt alongside his mother, who was holding a “Black Lives Matter” sign.“My 96 yr old mom has been a tireless advocate for Black Lives her whole life. From being a foreign student adviser at the Univ. of Illinois to teaching in Kenya and supporting the anti-colonial movement there, to teaching African Studies and bringing a radical perspective to a white conservative high school for 30 yrs. . .” Morello captioned the post.“Proud to stand with her today, as always, in solidarity in the fight for a more just and humane country & planet.”Geezer Butler, one of Black Sabbath’s four original members, noticed the post and commented, “Nice shirt & nice sentiment & awesome mum.” Fans also flooded the comment section asking where they could purchase the shirt.Protests have erupted in cities across the US over the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis in May. Other musicians — including Jason Mraz, J. Cole and Trey Songz — have also gotten involved in the movement through donations and music. Author: Alaa Elassar / CNN
NORFOLK SOUTHERN and BNSF announced jointly on March 29 that they plan to start revenue service trials later this year using electronically-controlled pneumatic brake systems. The move follows the issuing of an FRA waiver allowing ECP-equipped trainsets to run 5 600 km between inspections, which is twice the distance permitted for freight trains with conventional airbrakes. FRA Administrator Joseph H Boardman said that ‘it is time for the railroad industry to embrace new train braking technology’, indicating that FRA was looking to introduce new rules later this year that would promote widespread adoption of ECP.NS will fit ECP to 30 locomotives and 400 rapid-discharge wagons used in dedicated coal train service. BNSF plans to conduct its trials on intermodal services to and from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Jamaicans and the regional football fraternity are mourning the death of long-time president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell. Burrell, 67. Burrell died in Florida on Tuesday, June 6, following being stricken with cancer during last year’s Gold Cup in the United States. He had been receiving treatment at the John Hopkins Cancer Treatment Center in Maryland. Glowing tributes for Burrell were expressed by Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips, and former prime ministers Portia Simpson-Miller and Percival J. Patterson.Torrential rain walloped South Florida forcing authorities to extend a flood watch across the region into Wednesday as the weather is poised to drench the area for the next few days. Flooding was reported in several areas, including the parking lot at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise. Some areas of South Florida recorded record rain totals on Tuesday, with Plantation and Boca Raton reporting over 11 inches of rain while locations in Deerfield Beach and Coral Springs reporting just over 10 inches.Two Miami-Dade County public high schools received a big anonymous donation Wednesday in memory of six-year-old King Carter from Miami. Cater was killed last year in a drive-by shooting. The $1 million donation is one of the largest in Miami-Dade County Public Schools history. The gift was made in hopes of saving the lives of teenagers in memory of the young boy. The donation will fund the King Carter Academy of Trade and Logistics, which will open this fall at Miami Northwestern Senior High School. It will also help develop the current program at Miami Central Senior High School.And in Sports Canada’s Andre De Grasse has thrown down the gauntlet before the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt. De Grasse is being touted as one who could take over the reins from Bolt when the superstar retires after the London World Championships. He has stated his intention to beat Bolt before Bolt throws in his spikes and is aiming to accomplish this feat at the London games this summer.Here’s What’s Trending.2012 Olympic 400-meters champion Sanya Richards-Ross has revealed that she had an abortion the day before she left for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing , China in 2008. The Jamaican-born Richards-Ross, made the revelation in her book ‘Chasing Grace’. Recognized as one of the world’s premier middle distance runners, Richards-Ross was however defeated in the quarter mile race in China by Great Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu and Jamaica’s Shericka Williams. She attributed her defeat to a hamstring injury. However, in her much anticipated book, Richards-Ross, now pregnant again, made the startling revelation.For Tomorrow’s weather forecastIt will be mostly cloudy with showers likely in Broward and Palm Beach Counties and mostly cloudy with scattered showers in Miami-Dade, with a high of 90 and a low of 77 degrees. Today’s news is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, who wants to remind you to ask your child’s doctor about the HPV vaccine, that prevents many types of cancer, protects girls and boys, and is recommended at age 11 or 12. For more on these and other stories visit us at caribbeannationalweekly.com Make sure to pick your copy of Caribbean News weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet.
Kenya, Tanzania resolve trade row Tanzania Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Stella Manyanya A senior Tanzanian official on Wednesday described the Chinese-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a vehicle towards the industrialization drive of the east African nation.Tanzania Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Stella Manyanya“When it comes to the Belt and Road Initiative I see it as a development strategy involving infrastructure development and investments in various areas,” said Stella Manyanya, the Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment.She said the BRI was striving to improve investments and trade facilitation, removing barriers for the creation of a sound business environment.Manyanya was speaking at the Conference on Belt and Road Initiative and China-Tanzania Industrialization Cooperation jointly organized by the Chinese embassy in Tanzania and Tanzania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation among other partners in Dar es Salaam.Manyanya said most of the recently completed Chinese construction of buildings, roads, bridges and other projects in Tanzania bore the symbol of Chinese expertise, skills and hard work.“I trust that, in the process, Tanzanians have gained profoundly in expertise, experience and industrial discipline,” she told the one-day conference at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Center.Humphrey Moshi, the Director of the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam, said BRI is a platform for scaling up the cooperation aimed at provision of basic infrastructure, regional development connectivity and industrialization.The professor of economics said the road to achieving an industrial economy in Tanzania was on track in terms of policies, strategies and measures.“We are seeing railways being built, roads, ports, airports and human development reforms,” said Moshi.Stephen Bainous Kargbo, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Representative to Tanzania, Mauritius and the East African Community (EAC), said the BRI was one key area of cooperation between UNIDO and China, in particular through UNIDO’s promotion of cross-border investment among countries participating in the initiative.“We strongly believe that the Belt and Road Initiative stands to become one of the largest and most effective platforms for international cooperation of the century,” he added.Wang Ke, Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania, said Tanzania as one of Africa’s fastest growing economies has also made industrialization an important policy objective.“Ever since his assuming office, President Magufuli has made industrialization the fundamental approach and the focus of his governance to achieve the vision of becoming a middle-income country by 2025,” said Wang.The Chinese envoy added: “The positive changes that have taken place in Tanzania are visible to us all…and we are confident that with this momentum, the development of industrialization in Tanzania will have broad prospects.”Related Belt and Road: Revamping Mombasa port speeds up turnaround times INTERVIEW: Belt and Road initiative geared to support Africa’s industrialization
Share Share Tweet Share The owner of the island’s lone paper factory has proposed that government should consider imposing higher tariffs on the importation of products which are manufactured on island.The proposal made by Severin McKenzie of Nature Island Paper Products Incorporated (NIPP Inc) said this new measure will assist local manufacturers.Nature Island Paper Products Incorporated (NIPP Inc) will observe its fourth anniversary of operations with an Open House on Friday, August 29, 2014 to give its customers a greater understanding of its manufacturing process.“The problem with exporting is the fact that the product is all over the place and we would prefer to do what is referred to as export substitution, that if we could import less from the competition then this would help us to get a greater share of the Dominican public.”McKenzie says this is one of the ways in which the government can assist and encourage more citizens to purchase products which are locally manufactured.“We need to impose higher taxes, this is the way it should go,” McKenzie said.“Since the commencement of operations of Nature Island Paper Products Incorporated (NIPP Inc) in 2010, the company has made a significant contribution to the Dominican economy by reducing the flight of foreign exchange for toilet tissue by 60%, creating sustainable employment for 15 persons,” he said.According to McKenzie, the company has maintained a stable price for toilet tissue without an increase over the last four years.He says the company is now seeking to penetrate the Venezuela market where there has been a shortage of toilet paper.“From May 2013 to the present, NIPP Inc has been working assiduously to penetrate the lucrative Venezuelan market where an acute shortage of toilet paper in that country warranted the government of Venezuela to purchase 50 million rolls of toilet tissue on the international market,” he noted.The open house will take place from 9am at NIPP Inc’s factory in Canefield.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! 111 Views no discussions News Businessman proposes higher tariffs to assist manufacturers by: – August 28, 2014
249 Views no discussions Share Share Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional KFC customer burnt with oil following complaint over size of chicken by: – October 8, 2014 Tweet PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday October 8, 2014, CMC – A 32-year-old woman is being questioned by police after she allegedly threw a pot of hot oil on a 28-year-old customer on Tuesday.Police said that Shammy Gonzales argued with the un-identified cashier over the size of the chicken he received in a snack-pack.The argument was witnessed by several patrons as the customer, 28 year old Shammy Gonzales, loudly expressed his displeasure, saying the piece of chicken he received was too small.Police said as Gonzales walked out of the restaurant, the female employee retrieved a pot from the kitchen and ran behind him, following him out onto the pavement. She then threw the hot oil, burning him on the back and chest.Gonzales was taken to Port of Spain General Hospital, where he remains in stable condition.According to C NEWS TV, the KFC employee, a 32 year old woman from Sea Lots, was arrested by officers from the North Eastern Division Task Force shortly after the incident.Prestige Holdings Limited, which owns the franchise, said that it is cooperating fully with the police.