Was Millie a bilingual macaw or a bilingual parrot?

first_imgDear Editor,A historic magazine was published of Guyana’s participation at the EXPO 1967 in Canada and the ‘Forward’ was penned by one Frank Pilgrim, Public Relations Officer to the Prime Minister.It was also the event where “Mille” became world famous for swearing in both the French and English languages respectively. I will also add that in commemoration, stamps were produced in four different colours in the denominations of five and 25 cents with “Millie’s” photo attached.However, as a philatelist, avid reader and collector of historic artefacts, I stumbled on something on page 17 of the magazine mentioned above and I would like to agree with F Pilgrim’s description ‘Millie the macaw.’The stamp which was produced described “Millie” as a bilingual ‘parrot.’At first glance, I believe almost every human on earth will say or agree that “Millie” is a Macaw. However, if anyone was tasked to prepare a research paper, they will produce one saying that macaws are specie of the parrot family which is totally accurate.Did Guyana get it wrong with the description of “Millie” as a bilingual parrot instead of a bilingual macaw?Could it be considered an error on the stamps and perhaps should be included with other stamps globally in that category?I am opened to be schooled by an English major, historian, specialist on the subject of parrots and macaws, general public…Yours faithfully,T Pembertonlast_img read more

Fighting for Survival

first_imgThirteen-year-old Fernice Thomas from the Ashmun Street Community is fighting for his life at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in the Congo Town, due to “failed kidneys.”Fernice Thomas, who has had a difficult past three years since he was diagnosed with failing kidneys at the age of 11, now finds himself chronically ill, yet with the hope that someone will come to his aid and save him from the inevitable.Jessie Nyenploe, the mother of the chronically ill child, has explained that her son has been battling this sickness for years. She is now reaching out to the media in hopes of finding financial assistance to get her son treated abroad where kidney problems are better treated.“The doctors say that my son’s two kidneys are no longer good and that he needs to be sent to Ghana for them to wash the urine from his system.” She explained.According to Doctor Mahmoud, the doctor of the child, Fernice’s life span will be limited without the immediate treatment of kidney dialysis.“If he is left untreated without any medical intervention, he has less then a month to live, his kidneys are completely destroyed. As each day goes, another day has to come, and he is not guaranteed those days” he added sadly.Fernice Thomas is clearly in a lot of pain and agony as he is barley able to keep his eyes open or breathe steadily due to the excruciating pain. But despite what fate might have in store for him, the child keeps a positive outlook.“I am strong” he whispered to his mom whenever she inquired about how he felt.Mrs. Lah Lah, a relative who has shown support to Fernice’s mother throughout her hospital stay, gave her opinion on what would be necessary to get Fernice on the path to recovery until a kidney replacement can be given. “The only way we can do anything is by getting him to Kenya where they have the dialysis machines. It cost US$575 a week for such cases, and the hospital where he would have to stay during the dialysis would cost about US$175 a day”According to Mrs. Nyenploe, the family has been in the hospital for more then one week since her son fell sick yet again.“ I rushed him to the hospital last week. He had a fever and was very weak in the body; that’s then we brought him. The doctors did the test and said that he has kidney failure and that his kidneys were not functioning. Since he has been in the hospital they have been treating him, even though the Doctor says nothing can be done. They are treating him the best way possible. They say the only way to save him is to fly him out of the country. So now I am depending on the media with the grace of God.” She added tearfully.Fernice’s two kidneys are said to no longer be functional and therefore will need a special medical procedure known as dialysis that can prolong the patient’s life span until they are able to find a replacement kidney.Dialysis is a process for removing waste and excess water from the blood, and is used primarily as an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Dialysis may be used for those with an acute disturbance in kidney function“They say damage to his kidneys is what has him swollen up. His system will need to be washed out with a special machine. In fact, he took one pint of blood from his older brother. Since then he has been okay a little bit, but we need to carry the man to Ghana,” his mother repeated.If anyone has the financial hand and or heart as a parent would for their own child, you are asked to please contact 00231886631025 and 00231886531797  so that little Fernice can have an opportunity, like every child should, to live.“I am appealing to anyone to help take my son out of the country for further treatment so that he can get well. I know by Jesus’ name he will get well, because when we arrived at the hospital, the doctor said Fernice only had two days to live. Through the press and the grace of God, he is still alive. Fernice is a smart boy and very playful, his father passed away years ago from chronic infection. He is a strong kid and wants to live; he deserves to live” she cried.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Harvard gets first woman president

first_imgCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard University named historian Drew Gilpin Faust as its first female president Sunday, ending a lengthy and secretive search to find a successor to Lawrence Summers and his tumultuous five-year tenure. The seven-member Harvard Corp. elected Faust, a noted scholar of the American South and dean of Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, as the university’s 28th president. The 30-member board of overseers ratified the selection. Faust, 59, recognized the significance of her appointment. “I hope that my own appointment can be one symbol of an opening of opportunities that would have been inconceivable even a generation ago,” Faust said at a news conference on campus. But she also added, “I’m not the woman president of Harvard, I’m the president of Harvard.” With Faust’s appointment, half of the eight Ivy League schools will have a woman as president. Her selection is noteworthy given the uproar over Summers’ comments that genetic differences between the sexes might help explain the dearth of women in top science jobs. Hh prompted debates about equality at Harvard and nationwide. Faust oversaw the creation of two faculty task forces, formed in the aftermath of Summers’ remarks, to examine gender diversity at Harvard. She has been dean of Radcliffe since 2001, two years after the former women’s college was merged into the university as a research center with a mission to study gender issues. Some professors have quietly groused that – despite the growing centrality of scientific research to Harvard’s budget – the 371-year-old university is appointing a fifth consecutive president who is not a scientist. No scientist has had the top job since James Bryant Conant retired in 1953; its last four have come from the fields of classics, law, literature and economics. Faust is the first Harvard president who did not receive an undergraduate or graduate degree from the university since Charles Chauncy, an alumnus of Cambridge University in England, who died in office in 1672. She attended Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania, where she was also a professor of history. Faust pivots from managing Radcliffe, a think tank with 87 employees and a $17 million budget, to presiding over Harvard’s 11 schools and colleges, 24,000 employees and $2 billion budget. The Harvard presidency may be the most prestigious job in higher education, offering a pulpit from which remarks resonate throughout academic circles, along with unparalleled resources, including a university endowment of nearly $30 billion.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Herbold tribute set for March 31

first_imgOrganizers need anyone interested in attending to RSVP by March 20. Tickets are $30 and checks can be made payable to Tom Patterson. Those writing checks are asked to write “Tribute to John Herbold” in the memo portion. For more information, call Patterson at (562) 433-9987, Brad Peasley at (562) 424-6523, Jim George at (562) 424-1400 or Tom Lederer at (562) 867-4997. A dinner honoring longtime area baseball coach John Herbold is scheduled for March 31 at the Petrolium Club in Long Beach. Herbold coached both Poly High and Lakewood to CIF titles and won numerous Moore League titles before moving on to Cal State L.A. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Business practices can be shady

first_imgEverybody is hugging trees these days. At the Academy Awards, Leonardo DiCaprio and former Vice President Al Gore boasted that the celebrity gawk-fest purchased “carbon credits” to offset the show’s negative environmental impact. Jakks Pacific in Malibu debuted a line of recycled doggie toys, and a Calabasas realty firm promises to switch to 30percent recycled paper. But as pressure mounts to combat climate change and businesses realize consumers are often willing to pay a premium for environmentally kind products, “green” abuse is exploding. The trend has even spawned the term “greenwashing,” when brands claim to be more eco-friendly than they actually are. “A lot of companies are seeing it as an opportunity to reposition themselves,” said Daniel Hinerfeld, a spokesman at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “It’s very confusing for consumers. Not all of these claims are bona fide.” Colette Brooks, who runs a green ad agency called Big Imagination Group in Culver City, ought to know. She eco-audits clients, asking questions to determine a company’s shade of green. Are they authentically offering products and services that are sustainable? How are the products manufactured? Is the entire life cycle of the product sustainable? “Companies need to seriously look at their business practices in a holistic manner,” Brooks said. But achieving ideal greenness – zero waste and zero energy consumption – is nearly impossible, according to Business for Social Responsibility, a San Francisco-based firm that has helped Genentech Inc., Sony Corp. and The Walt Disney Co. consider their social and environmental impacts. “We have greener products,” president and CEO Aron Cramer . “I’m not sure we ever have perfectly green products.” Instead, BSR focuses on products and services that have the lowest impact on the environment. That’s much easier now that clients come to the table already convinced it is important to consider Mother Nature. For consumers, sorting out who is green and how meaningful eco-friendly claims are can be frustrating. Product labels are not always what they seem. A `cage-free’ stamp on a carton of eggs “doesn’t mean (the chickens) were outside with sun on their backs,” said Urvashi Rangan, a spokeswoman at Consumers Union, which posts reviews of dozens of labels at eco-labels.org. “It could mean they were all crammed onto a barn floor, stepping in each others’ poop.” The terms “natural,” and “biodegradable” are also suspect and not as clear-cut as consumers may think. Evaluating businesses can be even more trying. The Web site www.greenbizleaders.com reviews the business practices of U.S. and foreign companies and claims to be the only one of its kind. Every company on the list has won “credible” awards for making significant progress on its environmental record, said Joel Makower, executive editor of GreenBiz. Firms are searchable by sector and initiative type. One item cites the Palmdale facility of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. for its commitment to reduce hazardous waste and for its plans to work with local groups for land and habitat conservation. But there is no indication how meaningful the steps are and how much they reduce waste. The site only reviews about 1,000 companies, leaving a lot of guesswork for consumers. As for the Oscars, does purchasing “carbon credits” really make a difference, as DiCaprio and Gore bragged, or is it just a way for rich folks to enjoy guilt-free creature comforts? At Jakks Pacific, is the new recycled line merely a gesture tied to Earth Day, or a sign the company has turned over a green leaf? Will Sotheby’s International Realty save trees by switching to 30 percent recycled paper, or will printing new policy manuals overshadow any gains? With no official criteria for being a green business, it’s hard to tell. “What’s exciting,” Makower said, “is how many companies are doing something.” said julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Spay-neuter bill passes first legislative test

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – After undergoing several revisions, a bill requiring cats and dogs to be spayed or neutered cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday on a party-line vote. AB 1634, sponsored by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, would require most cats and dogs in California to be sterilized by 4 months of age, with their owners subject to a $500 fine for violating the law. The measure was approved 7-2 by the Assembly Business and Professions Committee after provisions were amended dealing with exemption for show dogs and police and guide dogs, as well as unaltered pets owned by out-of-state visitors. Levine said the revised bill now “contains 20 common-sense exceptions” to the law, which has been endorsed by the Los Angeles City Council and opposed by professional-breeders groups. sgeissinger@angnewspapers.com (916) 447-9302 last_img read more

North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre holding Easter Giving Tree

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre is holding their Easter Giving Tree event.The Easter Giving Tree is an opportunity for individuals, families, businesses and more to give back this Easter.According to the Pregnancy Care Centre, all proceeds will go towards helping those facing unplanned pregnancy in the community.- Advertisement -Donations can be made from now until April 23, 2019 at Braun’s Flooring, located on 96 Avenue in Fort St. John.For more information, you can call the Pregnancy Care Centre at 250-787-5584.last_img

Briefs: Red Sox, Snow finalize deal

first_imgJ.T. Snow and the Boston Red Sox reached an agrement on a $2 million, one-year contract Friday after the 37-year-old passed a physical. Snow, the former Angels first baseman who spent the last nine seasons with San Francisco, is likely to share playing time at first base with Kevin Youkilis in Boston. Serena Williams pulled out of the Champions Challenge exhibition tournament in Hong Kong with a knee injury, but said she plans to play in the upcoming Australian Open. Williams lost in straight sets to Elena Dementieva in the tournament Wednesday. Meanwhile, sister Venus Williams complained of back stiffness after losing 6-3, 6-1 to Lindsay Davenport in the Champions Challenge semifinals. Lisa Raymond and Taylor Dent defeated Michaella Krajicek and Peter Wessels 4-6, 6-2, 10-7 in Perth, Australia to give the U.S. its fourth Hopman Cup mixed tennis title in 18 years. JURISPRUDENCE: Thomas Hearns’ pretrial hearing on a charge that he struck his 13-year-old son was postponed so the former boxing champion’s lawyer could gather more information. Hearns is to return to court in Southfield, Mich., on Jan 26. BASKETBALL: Stanford junior forward Fred Washington, who moved into the starting lineup last season, will have season-ending surgery on his left knee to repair a torn patella tendon. SOCCER: Portland’s Christine Sinclair became the third college women’s player to win back-to-back MAC Hermann Trophies, the sport’s top college Player of the Year award, joining U.S. women’s national team veterans (and former North Carolina stars) Mia Hamm and Cindy Parlow. Maryland’s Jason Garey won the men’s award. Chivas USA announced that forward Francisco Palencia, a former Mexican World Cup standout, will return for the 2006 season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Justin Upton, the 18-year-old shortstop who was the top pick in the 2005 major league amateur draft, agreed to a minor-league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks that includes a $6.1 million signing bonus payable over five years. The signing bonus is the largest in a minor-league contract for a drafted player who was not a free agent. The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with relief pitcher Chris Reitsma, giving him a one-year, $2.75 million deal. The team also signed outfielder Brian Jordan and catcher Eddie Perez to minor-league deals. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Pitcher Al Leiter agreed to a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees that calls for a $1.5 million, one-year contract if the 40-year-old makes the 40-man roster. The Colorado Rockies gave pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim a one-year contract to stay with the team. TENNIS: Martina Hingis, the women’s former No. 1-ranked player trying to come back after a three-year hiatus, lost to Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 in the semifinals of an Australian hard-court tournament. After returning from foot, heel and ankle injuries, the 25-year-old Swiss star has a new ailment – a hip strain from Friday’s match. Next stop is the Sydney International. Then, beginning Jan. 16, comes the Australian Open, a major she has won three times. last_img read more

Threats targeting leading Latinos

first_imgGreen said the Lieutenant Governor’s Office typically receives about three or four similar letters every year. “We have to take these things seriously,” he said. “Unfortunately that’s a fact of life for people holding public office these days. We’re not changing anything we do. We’re not avoiding any public appearances.” Schwarzenegger’s spokeswoman, Margita Thompson, declined to elaborate on the governor’s comments. It was unclear why he chose to discuss the incidents on Monday, before signing an executive order creating a new administration position of crime-victims’ advocate. Villaraigosa has been an outspoken critic of a House bill by Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., which would require employers to verify Social Security numbers with the Department of Homeland Security, increase penalties for immigrant smuggling and stiffen penalties for undocumented immigrants who re-enter the United States after having been removed. On Sunday, Schwarzenegger gave his most detailed comments to date on a proposal to build a 700-mile wall along the border with Mexico to deter illegal immigration, which was included in legislation enacted in the U.S. House of Representatives. During an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” the Republican governor said the wall would amount to “going back to the Stone Ages.”160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“There’s not any kind of special alert about a threat or anything like that,” Lopez said. The publication La Opinion reported last week that Villaraigosa said he had received death threats because of his support of immigrants’ rights, but would not be deterred in his action. Bustamante received a threatening postcard from Pasadena about three weeks ago after he made an appearance at a rally in Los Angeles with Villaraigosa, Bustamante spokesman Steve Green said. The anonymous card used a racial epithet and said, “You and the rest of the Mexicans should go back to Mexico. The only good Mexican is a dead Mexican.” The postcard was forwarded to the California Highway Patrol for investigation. Prominent Latino elected officials, including the mayor of Los Angeles and California’s lieutenant governor, have received threats amid the heated national debate over immigration policy, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday. Schwarzenegger told reporters about the threats against Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, both Democrats, during a news conference in his office. “There’s something very important that I need to speak to my fellow Californians about,” he said. “It has come to my attention that our Lt. Gov. Bustamante and our Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa and other elected officials of Mexican heritage have received disturbing and hateful death threats.” The LAPD’s threat management unit investigates any threats against city officials, including the mayor, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said. Threats against public officials do occur, but there has been nothing out of the ordinary directed at Villaraigosa, he said. last_img read more

DONEGAL LEAGUE: LATE HANLON STRIKE SECURES VITAL WIN FOR KEADUE ROVERS

first_imgDonegal League Report : A last minute goal from Damien Hanlon ensured a crucial victory for Keadue Rovers against Lagan Harps that has blown the title-race wide open.Lagan Harps created a number of openings early-on but failed to make their dominance count and were guilty of being wasteful in the final third.Playing with a strong wind advantage in the first-half Lagan dominated proceedings and deservedly took the lead just before half-time when Kevin Kelly expertly dispatched his opportunity. As the old cliché goes in football this game was certainly a game of two-halves.Keadue equalised midway through the second-half when the influential Damien Hanlon swung in a free-kick from the left that was met by the lively Shaun ‘The Yank’ Boyle at the back post.Keadue continued to threaten while Lagan tried to hit on the counter-attack.Both teams pressed hard for the winner and just as the game looked like it was heading for a draw up popped Hanlon with a decisive winner. It’s a massive three points for Keadue Rovers and has brought James Boyle’s side right back into the title race. DONEGAL LEAGUE: LATE HANLON STRIKE SECURES VITAL WIN FOR KEADUE ROVERS was last modified: March 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Donegal LeagueNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more