England’s Stokes charged with affray

first_imgEngland cricketer Ben Stokes has been charged with affray following an incident in the city of Bristol last September, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said on Monday.Stokes, 26, and two other men are due to appear before Bristol Magistrates’ Court at a date to be fixed.The Durham all-rounder has not played for England since the incident outside a nightclub, missing out on the Ashes tour to Australia. He did play in six domestic matches in New Zealand in December.The England and Wales Cricket Board has also given Stokes permission to play in the Indian Premier League, which starts in April.The CPS said Avon and Somerset police had passed on a file of evidence on Nov. 29 in relation to the incident, which left a 27-year-old man with a fractured eye socket, and further material was received in late December.The other two men charged were named as Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26.Stokes was named last week in England’s Twenty20 squad for a Tri-series against Australia and New Zealand next month but his participation was dependent on whether he was charged.last_img read more

Solution to ocean’s plastic waste problem ‘starts with product design’

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by John Cannon Biodiversity, Birds, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Role In Conservation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporations, Ecology, Environment, Fish, Fishing, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Mammals, Microplastics, Oceans, Plastic, Pollution, Sustainability, Water Pollution, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation center_img Solutions aimed at tackling the problem of plastic in the ocean need to focus on the design of plastic products, a group of researchers said at the ESOF18 conference in Toulouse, France.Some of the proposed solutions, such as those aimed at gathering plastic rubbish at sea with nets, are “concerning,” chemist Alexandra Ter Halle said, as they could also harm marine life.Though plastics themselves do pose significant dangers to marine life, plastic products can also help to limit our environmental footprint, marine biologist Richard Thompson said, so we should find ways to make them reusable and easily recyclable. TOULOUSE, France — Solving the problem of the growing amount of plastic in the ocean requires rethinking how we use and design plastic products, a group of scientists said at the European Open Science Forum (ESOF18) on July 10.To address the issue, we need to “properly consider the product’s life and its end of life right from the beginning, from the design stage,” said Richard Thompson, a marine biologist at the University of Plymouth in the U.K.Ocean cleanups, banning unnecessary single-use products, biodegradation, even recycling — none of these solutions alone will be enough to crack the problem, the researchers concluded. Interest has surged in tackling the problem of plastic in the ocean recently, but researchers have been studying the issue for years.Microplastic particles inside a perch larva. Image by Oona M. Lönnstedt via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).Thompson said that early on in his training in marine biology, he didn’t expect that “rubbish” would be a central focus of his work. But in his explorations of the world’s oceans, he found trash, especially plastics, everywhere, and in every size.“It’s very difficult to go anywhere in the world actually in a marine environment without finding items of rubbish,” Thompson said. He and his team published an early paper on microplastics in 2004 documenting bits of plastic they found in sand that were “smaller than the diameter of a human hair.”Since then, the research community has published hundreds of papers cataloging the potential harm that castaway garbage can pose to some 700 species of marine life, from entanglement in “ghost nets” to infiltrating the diets of zooplankton. But plastics are also valuable for applications such as healthcare, food storage and manufacturing.“They bring many benefits that could reduce our human footprint on the planet,” he said.The problem is that much of the plastic generated every year is produced with “an outdated and inefficient business model,” Thompson said, one that isn’t aimed at the circular use of plastics.Plastic that washed ashore after a storm in California. Image by Kevin Krejci via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0).“Plastic in the sea is a symptom of a much wider problem about the rapid linear use of resource to waste,” Thompson said.Even though it’s where so much of the plastic ends up, “[we] all agree on the fact that the solution is not in the ocean,” said Jean-François Ghiglione, a microbiologist at the Oceanographic Observatory in Banyuls, France.Some of the proposed ideas have struck the researchers as wrong-headed. Collection initiatives using nets to collect trash from the sea are “a real concern,” said Alexandra Ter Halle, a chemist at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France. A project called Ocean Cleanup is planning to use “screens” attached to floating pipes up to 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) to skim plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.“There is no way to separate the [marine] life from the plastic,” Ter Halle said. “Fishermen need authorization to go fishing at sea. But those cleaning initiatives, they don’t need any authorization to put those big nets at sea.”Ter Halle led the 7th Continent expedition in the North Atlantic in 2015. From the team’s surveys, she and her colleagues documented, for the first time, the presence of microscopic “nano-plastic” particles in the ocean. Their data is yet more evidence of how pervasive plastics are in the environment.Accumulated garbage on a beach on Msasani Bay in Tanzania. Image by Loranchet via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0).Ghiglione has been investigating bacteria that could degrade plastic. For some, it seems to be a favorite food source.“They really love plastic,” he said.But are they plowing through the tons of rubbish in the ocean? “That’s not the case,” he said.Thompson returned to the idea that we need to think about the source of all this trash. Indeed, he said, getting rid of non-essential packaging and materials needs to happen. For example, on July 9, Starbucks announced it would stop providing plastic straws in its stores by 2020.“There are some plastics products that we didn’t need in the first place,” Thompson said. Going a step further than voluntary corporate commitments, he added, “I think we could have legislation to prohibit their use.”Plastic microfibers under a microscope. Image by M.Danny25 via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).But, he said, policy and legal changes aren’t possible for every type and use of plastic. And that proliferation of different forms of plastic, in many cases making their disposal too complex for the average person, is part of the problem, he said.We could be recycling a lot more plastic than we currently are, he said. Only about 10 percent of what’s produced gets cycled back into new products.“Why is it so low?” Thompson said.Again, it goes back to the forethought that must go into plastics before they’re produced, he said: “If they’re not being designed so that they can be recycled, we’re wasting our time.”Editor’s note: John Cannon received a fellowship from Nature Research to attend ESOF18. Nature Research had no editorial control over the selection of this story or its content.Banner image of a beach in Tanzania by Loranchet via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0).John Cannon is a Mongabay staff writer based in the Middle East. Find him on Twitter: @johnccannonCitationsGigault, J., Pedrono, B., Maxit, B., & Ter Halle, A. (2016). Marine plastic litter: the unanalyzed nano-fraction. Environmental Science: Nano, 3(2), 346-350.Thompson, R. C., Olsen, Y., Mitchell, R. P., Davis, A., Rowland, S. J., John, A. W., … & Russell, A. E. (2004). Lost at sea: where is all the plastic? Science, 304(5672), 838-838.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

Winedays – wine for everyone

first_img“There’re amazing experiences associated with popping open a bottle with friends and family.” – Michelle HowardMichelle and Keon Howard at pop-up tasting with local makeup artist Renee ChesterMichelle and Keon Howard, the owners of new startup Winedays – a wine importer, distributor, wholesaler, and online retailer intent on broadening Guyanese appreciation of wine with their mobile wine bar “Vinny”, pop-up tastings and diverse offerings – first bonded over wine.Michelle, a wine aficionado raised in Toronto but of Guyanese parentage, and Keon, who migrated in his 20s from Guyana with more familiar tastes, had their first dates in wineries in Niagara Peninsula.“It was a cheap date,” Michelle recalled with a hint of a smile in her voice. “Wineries on the Niagara Peninsula and Long Island would offer wine tastings on the weekends, four to five pours, 3.5(ounce) pours for $5 (US/CND).”One wedding – where they gave away as favours three types of wines they made, bottled and labelled themselves with the help of a winery – and two children later, wine remains an important part of the couple’s lives.“We want to offer Guyanese quality wines at affordable prices,” Michelle said.“Money is not our motivation. We love wines and are passionate about wines. We love people, and we want to share it [wines].”Offering her husband who first gravitated towards sweet wines after expressing disdain for “those sour wines”, but has now expanded his palate after sampling  a wide range of wines as an example, Michelle – who believes wine should be enjoyed at any time by anyone –  fervently declared, “There are no rules any more around drinking wines….None of this wine snobbery stuff….it’s not a rich people thing; it’s your thing; it’s a healthier choice; it’s a choice that offers explosions in your mouth.”“My philosophy is: How would you know if you like it if you have not tried it?”In democratising and popularising wine locally, the Howards’ ultimate aim is to provide a space where new wine drinkers feel comfortable and wine connoisseurs feel challenged.  Michelle noted that they have been working hard towards that goal over the past eight months. Winedays delivers chilled wines to your home or office within an hour with no delivery charge for Georgetown residents, but the mobile, full-service wine bar “Vinny” (short for vino, which is Italian for wine (“there is truth in wine”) is the signature initiative. It can be hired for weddings and other events, and comes complete with décor, two trained servers who have been rigorously background-checked who arrive one and a half hours before the event’s start time to set up and spend the same amount of time after the event cleaning up.  The company is also launching its monthly wine box subscription service, offering home delivery of bottles of wines and delicious morsels that complement them for a fixed fee.Michelle, who says her biggest influence is her entrepreneur father who taught her that you should treat everyone with decency and respect, explained that they have been very careful to ensure that they are “taking all the right steps and respecting the laws”.“It’s very scary starting a business around wine in a country that’s not open to it,” Michelle revealed, adding that she has learnt to exercise patience and not worry about things she cannot control. “I am thankful for my husband, thankful he is my partner. His favourite saying is: “Every setback is a setup for a comeback.” He says, “Don’t worry, what’s for us will be.”” The self-confessed “fiery” half of the husband-and-wife team cautioned, “You are going to get a lot of no’s, don’t take it personally.” She says the most important quality of an entrepreneur is being tenacious, because “you just can’t quit”.Questioned about what can be done to assist entrepreneurs, Michelle highlighted that financial and other institutions should make it easier for persons to start businesses by reducing the red tape.“I believe success is whatever it is for you.” And for Michelle, success is making everyone aware of the joys of everyday wines.  “The sky is the limit,” she declared. “We want to be a force to be reckoned with, that is sustainable.”Contact: T: 641-3633/697-5254; WhatsApp: 592-641-3633; cheers@winedaysgy.comlast_img read more

Minibus operators and higher standards

first_imgIt was recently reported in the media that efforts are being made to establish a Code of Conduct for minibus operators. President of the United Minibus Union (UMU) Eon Andrews had started the process and was expected to have a meeting with officials of the Business Ministry to finalise the document. It is expected that once the code is drafted, the Business Ministry in partnership with the Union, would begin to engage representatives of the various minibus routes with the aim of getting all stakeholders on board to adhere to the code.Some issues which the Code of Conduct seeks to address include the mode of dress, general conduct of drivers and conductors, overloading, loud and lewd music, driving under the influence of alcohol, the manner in which drivers and conductors speak to passengers and so on.Many are of the opinion that at present, the standards in relation to public transportation here are very poor and there is urgent need to raise those standards in keeping with what obtains in other countries. Hence, the action being taken by the authorities to bring an end to the present level of lawlessness is a step in the right direction, as it will compel operators to offer a more professional and well-run service to its customers; especially if they want to remain in business.With the booming oil and gas sector expected to come fully on stream by 2020 many more persons would come to Guyana, both to visit and work, and will certainly, at some point in time, depend on the public transport system. The transport sector is very crucial and cannot be left behind; stakeholders must therefore do what is necessary to ensure that the service provided is exceptional and could compare favourably with what obtains abroad.It is well known that Guyana has recorded very high road fatality rates over the years. The reasons for this are well known and reside partly in the minibus culture; and the way drivers and conductors are paid. Minibus drivers and conductors are expected to meet a quota for the owner, and they can keep takings over and above that. So there is a mad rush to pick up as many passengers as possible since both the driver and conductor aim to make as much money in the shortest possible time.Also, it could be recalled that in 2008, a law was passed in Parliament in relation to loud music in buses and hire cars. Initially, this law was strongly enforced, with Police taking firm action against those found to be in breach. However, at present, many public transport operators, especially minibuses, are still blasting their music and the Police seem to be turning a blind eye to this lawlessness.What is even more dangerous is that some of these drivers and conductors could be seen openly consuming alcohol while transporting passengers to their various destinations. While some passengers may speak out against such actions, others are afraid that they will be attacked.It is also widely believed that some drivers, including those for hire and private cars, have ‘bought’ their licences, and have never taken a driving test or been exposed to formal Police instruction on the Highway Code. This therefore contributes to the high level of lawlessness on the roads, and hence, the high level of fatalities.That said, as we had stated before, while there are various factors which impact on road safety, there is little doubt that the single most important in a general sense is enforcement of the traffic laws. The Government has enacted the relevant legislation in relation to driving under the influence, loud music in vehicles, overloading, speeding, etc, but if the laws are not adequately implemented, they become useless.For too long, the Guyanese public has accepted mediocre public transport services. Now that a Code of Conduct will be implemented for minibus operators, it is hoped that everyone in the sector will seriously work towards ensuring higher professional standards are established and maintained. After all, the intention of the code is meant to be of benefit to both passengers and operators.last_img read more

UK needs to do more to combat corruption

first_imgDear Editor,The UK Prime Minister David Cameron described corruption as “a greater threat to society than Islamic terrorism”. There is corruption in his country. It is one thing to speak on the effects of corruption. But it is quite another matter when it comes to take action against corruption. The UK Government has consistently refused to take action to tackle corruption in Third World countries. In fact, the UK government, as is also the US Government, has consistently protected its corrupt allies as has been the case in Guyana.Cameron claims Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Iraq are among the most corrupt states in the world. All three also happens to be Islamic states that are plagued with corruption and terror among other Islamic and non-Islamic nations; India is also facing serious corruption but Cameron did not mention it by name for fear of the consequences in trade.Modi’s two-year-old government is not corrupt.Corruption is eating away at the fabric of nations and must be addressed. Guyana is facing serious corruption. Towards this point, the UK PM must be applauded for focusing on corruption. But there is an element of hypocrisy in the PM’s sincerity in addressing corruption; Cameron slams some unfriendly countries but excused others. It has not slammed corruption in Guyana where the UK installed a racist regime in 1964.Also, Cameron failed to point out Britain’s role in promoting and/or condoning corruption in so many countries including our very own Guyana. The leaders of the countries Cameron mentioned as being among the most corrupt admit their countries have corruption.But they are urging Cameron to help them prosecute those linked to corruption and for Cameron to return stolen money that is deposited in British banks for safe-keeping. Cameron has not addressed that request or the issue of Britain’s role in facilitating theft of national funds which money has been deposited in UK banks. Britain has not been cooperative in going after the corrupt or confiscating corrupt money.It is no secret that Britain and the US installed the corrupt regimes in Iraq and Afghanistan against the wishes of the international community. They did the same in Guyana.The US and UK are, therefore, responsible for corruption in Iraq and Afghanistan. They kept financing corrupt leaders knowing fully well that billions of American dollars were being siphoned off and deposited in overseas accounts of the corrupt regimes.The corrupt leaders of Nigeria have deposited much of their stolen loot in UK banks. When requested to seize the stolen loot, Britain is silent because returning stolen money to their rightful owners could lead to collapse of British banks. The same is also true of corruption involving Guyanese leaders who were protected by Britain.Corruption is not only when leaders or officials or businesses steal money or pay bribes for contracts. There is also electoral corruption as took place in Guyana in addition to financial corruption.Britain and the US were involved in electoral fraud in many countries to keep out or prevent unfriendly democratic leaders from office. Even if the socialist leaders were very honest and never stole, the US and Britain preferred a corrupt friendly regime than a non-corrupt socialist regime.The US toppled the socialist Jagan. So Britain turns a blind eye to electoral fraud as happened in Guyana. To keep out Jagan. It also turned a blind eye on financial corruption as long as socialist leaders are or were prevented from assuming office in Guyana.It is public information that the US and Britain encouraged electoral abuse in Guyana and even racial violence to remove a democratically elected Jagan government. It is also on record that the US and Britain facilitated and condoned electoral fraud in Guyana between 1964 and 1992. Both major world powers also turned a blind eye to corruption to keep out the socialist PPP from office.If the British government were so keen in fighting corruption, it would not have funded or supported fraudulent elections in Guyana, and it would have exposed fraud in Guyana or in other countries. The US and Britain also were silent and took no action against Burnham who looted the treasury and was described as the richest Black man in the world at one time.Cameron cannot be held responsible for the corruption that took place in so many countries. But at a minimum, he should have expressed regrets for what happened under his predecessors and promise that under his administration corruption will be exposed. To reduce or prevent corruption in other countries during the reign of his predecessors, funds could have been filtered directly to NGOs and community groups or honest local governments for projects.The UK could have supported democratic organisations in Guyana instead of the corrupt PNC.It is not too late for the UK government to give funds directly to local bodies and NGOs rather than to corrupt leaders at the centre. This is one way to reduce and ultimately eliminate corruption. Britain can also extradite corrupt officials (and charge them) who stole British grants or funds given to the regimes.The UK government needs to do a lot more than merely speak about corruption. It must identify the corrupt and bring charges against those who hide their money in the UK and/or confiscate their stolen loot and return same to the home countries. And it is not too late to go after those in Guyana who looted the treasury since 1965 or who enriched themselves acquiring state lands during the PNC dictatorship.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Bowling legend says PH team good for at least 2 golds

first_imgMANILA, Philippines–The Philippine Bowling Federation has set a modest target in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games with Filipino legend Bong Coo saying that the national team “will surely give the other teams a good fight.”Coo, who won six gold medals in the 1981 edition which the country hosted, said that veterans Liza del Rosario and Frederick Ong will carry the much of the fight with teenager Merwin Tan the likely surprise package.ADVERTISEMENT NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday “We’re not promising anything but we will surely give the other teams a good fight,” said Coo, the 1979 women’s Bowling World Cup champion. “What we have is a solid and fighting team capable of winning at least two gold medals.”Ong was the last Filipino bowler to win a SEA Games gold medal after ruling the men’s singles event in 2011 in Indonesia, while Del Rosario is a seasoned competitor, with more the two decades of international experience under her belt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Tan, meanwhile, is the Asian youth champion and the 19-year-old is expected to put on a strong performance in the regional games.Coo added that playing at Coronado Lanes inside Starmall Edsa-Shaw won’t be a factor in the Games despite the venue being the team’s de-facto home court. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) “Bowling is an immeasurable sport, a lot of factors would be in play once the tournament starts,” said Coo.“Playing at home could even be a disadvantage as players tend to get conscious and nervous. But our team is ready. They have trained hard and long enough to brush off distractions and focus on winning the gold.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ SEA Games won’t extend beyond Dec. 11 despite typhoon threat Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China MOST READ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations View comments Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientistlast_img read more

A milestone for Mario’s

first_imgPICO RIVERA – As far as Mario and Celia Jimenez are concerned, the 40th anniversary party for their business will be a family event. “My parents think of our customers as extended family,” said Norma Jimenez, as she stood behind the counter Thursday at Mario’s Tacos, 9247 E. Whittier Blvd. The public is invited to a celebration featuring food, live music and prizes from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Mario, who has slowed down since being diagnosed four years ago with bone cancer, said his political and social activism is just a way of supporting his country and his community. “My brothers and sisters and I worked here after school and on weekends,” she said. “They didn’t make us, but we felt obligated.” Now, she and her brother, Mario Jr., are the only siblings in the business. They help their parents run the restaurant that was taken over by Mario after the death of his aunt, who began the restaurant in the ’50s. “I came to help out and took over in 1967,” said Mario, 66. He was a member of the Republican National Congressional Committee and pictures with former President George H.W. Bush, as well as portraits of every president, adorn the wall near the restaurant’s counter. The Jimenez family was honored in 1988 as the Hispanic Family of the Year by President Ronald Reagan. “We were thrilled to go to Washington and meet the president,” Norma said. Another Republican heavyweight, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, visited Mario’s Tacos last year. Photos from that event have not yet made it up on the wall. But what has made it and keeps going is Mario’s Tacos. The third generation is well under way with Norma’s daughter, Evelyn, 9, helping out behind the counter. “It’s running pretty good,” said Evelyn about the business. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “They feel a great need to give back to the community because they know without their support, they would not have a successful business,” Norma said. “Without them we would not have survived,” said Celia, 65. To show their appreciation, the Jimenezes will raffle off two 36-inch flat screen TVs, radios and serve certain food items at no cost and others at 40-year-old prices. There will be 50-cent French fries and $1 burritos, as well as live music and cake. Norma, 36, has worked at the restaurant since she was 7. last_img read more

Humble dustpan is symbol of quake survival

first_imgWHITTIER – The 20th anniversary of the Whittier Narrows Earthquake may have come and gone, but visitors to Battels Hardware and Tool Co. are reminded daily by the dustpan hanging above the cashier’s counter. The mustard yellow pan is a little worse for wear with dents and is a symbol of survival, said Jack Carmichael, owner of Battels Hardware, 13238 E. Whittier Blvd. “The only thing we salvaged out of the mess was the dustpan,” he said. “It’s a conversational piece,” Carmichael said. “People come in, see it, and start talking about their experience during the quake.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityCarmichael’s son and president of the company, Scott, 46, said it fell from the shelves, and a former employee took it home and painted on it “Casualty of Oct. 1, 1987 Earthquake” in bold blue and red paint. Carmichael, 80, who was at the Los Angeles County Fair setting up his store’s booth when the 5.9 temblor hit, said it cost $750,000 to rebuild the then-5,000-square- foot store. “It was hard, but we rebuilt,” he said. Now Battels is 15,000 square feet, and is going as strong as it ever has since Carmichael bought it 45 years ago from original owner Clyde Battels. “We’re the only one left,” he said of the independent hardware and tool store in the city. In the years since he has owned Battels, Carmichael said 13 stores have left because they could not compete with the big-box stores such as Orchard Supply Hardware and Home Depot. “Whenever I need something, I come to Battels,” said Montebello resident Mike Martinez, 76. “I would be very lost without them.” He remembers coming to Whittier to check out the destruction from the shaker. “I didn’t realize how much damage occurred on Whittier Boulevard,” said Martinez, who visited Uptown. Along with the 3-foot-deep mess of bolts, screws and nails, Battels sustained a shattered 50-foot-wide window front not once, but twice. “I learned the hard way not to replace a window until at least two weeks after a quake,” Carmichael said. The new window broke two days later during an aftershock. As he holds the dustpan and notices its $1.29 sticker, Carmichael remembers being the only store in town selling water heaters and other essential items for homeowners in the quake’s aftermath. “It was unreal,” he said of that day and weeks after. “But we were there for the community and still are Whittier’s hometown hardware store.” sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want 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

Newcastle United team news: Predicted XI to play Leicester in Premier League

first_img 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 7. Moussa Sissoko 25. Andros Townsend 43. Kevin Mbabu 12. Jonjo Shelvey 4. Georginio Wijnaldum – see the full possible line-up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 27. Steven Taylor 22. Daryl Janmaat 23. Rob Elliot 18. Chancel Mbemba 11 17. Ayoze Perez Newcastle take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Monday evening, with Rafa Benitez looking to pick up his first three points at Magpies manager.Take a look at our predicted Newcastle line-up, above.Here are some stats ahead of the game on Monday evening.Leicester have secured victory in the last three meetings between the two clubs, winning 3-0 in home and away fixtures in 2015. The Foxes also beat the Magpies by a 1-0 scoreline in the FA Cup last year.The Tyneside club head into the game on the back of six straight away losses in the Premier League, and new head coach Rafa Benitez will be hoping to pick up three valuable points against an excellent Leicester team.The Foxes have conceded just two goals in their last six home games, and they have lost just one of their last seven Premier League fixtures.The first game between these two sides earlier this season ended in a 3-0 win to Leicester, courtesy of goals from Jamie Vardy, Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki.The Midlands side totalled 18 shots against their struggling opponents, and Benitez will be hoping that he has build a strong defensive unit in the days since his appointment as head coach.A win for Leicester would restore their lead at the top of the table to five points, whilst Newcastle can move out of the bottom three if they emerge victorious. 11 45. Aleksandar Mitrovic 11last_img read more

Swansea and Southampton chasing French midfielde Yoric Ravet

first_img Yoric Ravet [left] in action for Young Boys Swansea and Southampton are monitoring Young Boys midfielder Yoric Ravet.The 27-year-old Frenchman has been in good form for the Swiss outfit this season and his performances have attracted the attention of numerous clubs across Europe.According to L’Equipe, Swansea and Southampton are among those keeping a close watch on the player.Ligue 1 sides Toulouse and Nice are also interested in snapping up the French midfielder and Bundesliga side Hoffenheim are also monitoring his performances with Young Boys.Ravet has been in fine form for his current club, scoring six goals and providing 14 assists this season.He has a contract until 2019 with Young Boys, who signed the player from Grasshoppers in January last year. 1last_img read more