A Garden That’s More Than Just Plants

first_imgBy John BurtonMONMOUTH BEACH – There are times when a garden is more than a garden. It can be a symbol of love and memories.Just talk to Nory Martinez of Spaulding Place.Nory Martinez (left) with her mother, Mercedes Martinez, in the bountiful garden of their Monmouth beach home.Martinez decided to fill in her in-ground pool, which took up most of her small backyard. Her four daughters were grown and she didn’t want to continue with the necessary upkeep. So she transformed the pool area into what has now become a joy for her aging mother and father who live with Martinez.“One of the things (her mother) really missed with moving into Monmouth Beach was not enough land for what she always enjoyed all of her life,” Martinez said. The space where the pool was has now been turned into the home of her mother’s garden.Mercedes Martinez, 81, who is called Mami by family members, has a place where she can grow calabaza, a Latin American root vegetable, sort of in the pumpkin or squash family. The fruit of the vine can grow as big as 75 to 100 pounds – and they have grown that heavy in her garden, Martinez said.Martinez is what she calls part of the sandwich generation. She is a baby boomer with four grown daughters and elderly parents who have moved in with her after her father Frank, “Papi,” Martinez, soon to be 91, became seriously ill in 2009.Martinez is serving as her parents’ main caretaker.The Martinez family is originally from Cuba. Frank first came to the United States in 1956 and settled in Newark, and worked a variety of jobs until he could send for his wife and two daughters in 1958.Frank and Mercedes were eventually able to save up enough money to buy a home in Car­teret in Middlesex County. It was a home with a pretty big piece of property, where Mercedes grew her calabaza and yucca, another root vegetable popular in Cuban dishes.When the aging couple relocated to Monmouth Beach, Martinez said she could tell her mother missed her garden. When Martinez decided to fill in the backyard pool, she began to see the wheels turning as her mother watched the process.The family bought their calabazas from Fine Fare supermarket in Long Branch and Mercedes started collecting the seeds until she could plant them.Martinez’s parents’ Carteret garden had vegetable vines that made their way around the house. “The most gorgeous vines you would ever want to see” with splendid harvests, Martinez said.In Monmouth Beach the plants are yielding a substantial crop. Her mother works the plot and her dad, though less able to get around, often helps out.That is a gift from God for Martinez.“I always say when God closes a door, he opens another,” she said. In this case, it opens to the Martinezes’ backyard.Martinez suspects her mother is thinking about watermelon next year; Mercedes told the family to save the seeds this summer.“She has such a green thumb that I’m sure we’re going to have watermelon,” she said.last_img read more

Sen. Kyrillos Bill Allows Investing in NJ Based Start-ups And Innovators

first_imgLegislation that will allow New Jersey residents to invest in New Jersey based companies, startups, innovators and entrepreneurs was signed into law Nov. 9th.The law was originally introduced in 2013 by Senator Joe Kyrillos. It will allow people to engage in online crowdfunding within the state and allows New Jersey-based entrepreneurs to seek up to $1 million in private investment in increments of up to $5,000 from unaccredited investors residing in New Jersey without costing taxpayers extra money.Crowdfunding is a way to fund projects by collecting small amounts of money from a large amount of people. Popular crowdfunding sites are Kickstarter, GoFundMe, and indiegogo.“At a time when conventional sources of financing are scarce, this new law will help New Jersey’s innovators seek private capital from the investing public to develop their products or services right here in our state,” said Kyrillos.“Crowdfunding will level the playing field for future employers, giving those without access to Wall Street a chance to gain startup capital quickly and grow their business with the support of the community.”Senator Kyrillos explained that more than 90 percent of New Jersey employers are small businesses owners, which accounts for more than half of the state’s private-sector workforce.“We grow jobs and opportunities for people here by eliminating opportunity-crushing regulations and antiquated roadblocks to ingenuity and economic revitalization principally driven by our state’s small businesses,” Kyrillos said. “Unaccredited investors have always been able to risk capital in the public markets and now they can as well in private companies, small businesses, and entrepreneurial start-ups.”The law, formerly S-712/A-2073, gathered bipartisan sponsorship from Senate Democrats Cruz-Perez and Lesniak, as well as Assembly Democrats Angel Fuentes and Upendra Chivukula.This legislation is part of the Senate Republican’s 36-bill package that was designed to jumpstart job creation and economic growth without costing taxpayers extra money. So far, 15 of the bills have garnered Senate Democrat sponsorship; 12 have garnered Assembly Democrat sponsorship; the Senate has advanced or fully passed 11 of them and the Assembly has advanced or passed a number of them as well.last_img read more

NSW Blues players rally around coach Laurie Daley amid uncertain future

first_imgaley is off contract at the end of this series and speculation is rife that the coach — who has been tormented by close losses to one of the greatest sides in rugby league history — is ready to walk away.With just one series win — the 2014 cliffhanger — to hang his hat on, it’s possible, perhaps even likely, that Daley would not have his contract renewed by the NSWRL should his side fail at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday.However, win and he will have a record of two series wins and three losses from five attempts, a commendable effort given the quality of the opposition.Daley was edgy at his final press conference before the game, shutting down questions about his expectations of the referees in the decider and refusing to buy into talk that Josh McGuire had riled the NSW camp.He also admitted to putting Andrew Fifita on a media ban during camp, due to the media’s focus on off-field issues.“I made that decision because I know what you guys are like and it wouldn’t be about football that you’d be asking him questions and that’s all we want to talk about when we’re in these types of camps,” Daley said.“He’s fine, he’s shaping for a big game, he knows he’s got a target on his head and he’s prepared for the game.”It was a media performance that smacked of a man feeling the strain just over 24 hours out from the biggest game of his coaching career, with a guarded Daley a million miles away from his usual laid-back, jovial self.In a way that’s no surprise given the way the Blues threw away a huge opportunity to wrap the series up in Sydney.“I think game two was our best prep and we didn’t win,” he said.“I’ve given up predicting, all I know is you’ve got to prepare well and give yourself the best chance, sometimes you won’t play well and sometimes you do play well.”If Daley was to depart after Wednesday night’s decider it would leave a big hole in a team that has been completely regenerated under his watch and now looks to be on the verge of a successful period as Queensland’s ageing champions start to retire.Skipper Boyd Cordner said Daley’s possible departure had not been discussed in camp but pleaded with one of NSW’s greatest ever champions not to walk away.“For me personally, I think he’s one of the most passionate players and blokes to have ever worn a blue jersey,” Cordner said.“For Origin that’s what you need. He wears his heart on his sleeve, just to see how he conducts himself away from footy as well.“It’s good for someone like myself to look up to, but for me, he’s helped me grow as a player and a person at clubland but also in the Origin arena, so hopefully, I guess what I’m trying to say is hopefully he’ll stay around.”Josh Dugan has been an integral member of Daley’s Blues squad since he first took the reins in 2013, even playing under him in his first representative game for Country way back in 2010.The superstar centre described the coach’s influence on him as “massive” and said the biggest compliment he could give him is that “everyone wants to play for him”.“I love coming into camp and being able to play under Loz, and just that energy and excitement that he brings about being able to play for NSW, it’s special,” Dugan said.“It would be massive to win this game. Not just for Loz but for the whole of NSW and the boys, my family, everyone else’s families.“It is a special time and we’ve got a chance to write history and that’s what we’re looking to do.”last_img read more

Automotive workshop launched at LTI

first_imgThe long-anticipated Automotive Workshop and Heavy Equipment Maintenance programme of the LindenRepresentatives of the Education Ministry and the Canadian High Commission at the ribbon cutting ceremonyTechnical Institute (LTI) was launched on Tuesday, following an official ceremony on the lawns of the institution in the presence of students, dignitaries and representatives of partnering associations.The initiative is a partnership between the Education Ministry and the LTI in partnership with College of the North Atlantic, the Marine Institute of Newfoundland Canada and MACORP.Chief Education Officer Olato Sam, in delivering his remarks before the gathering, applauded the partners in the initiative, while emphasising that it was expected that the facility would be a centre of excellence in heavy-duty equipment in the Linden community.The modern facility, situated in the compound of the LTI, initially took shape in 2006 and was officially declared open. The facility is equipped with offices as well as tool, operation, lecture and locker rooms to facilitate both students and lecturers.Referring to it as a significant community asset, Sam further encouraged the need to optimise its use, preserve and maintain it for future use as well as to ensure that the true essence of the project for education and employment was realised. The Chief Education Officer said the reality was that LTI was underutilised, which was ironic given the unemployment in the community. He stressed the need to embrace Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).Canadian High Commission Charge d’Affaires Daniel Joly, in delivering brief remarks, noted the importance of such partnerships between training institutions and industries, pointing out that it was critical to bridging the gap which existed in the Caribbean and throughout the world between skilled persons and employers seeking those skills. Further emphasising the importance, he noted that the Canadian college system had been very successful in promoting partnerships with industries and were involved in technical and vocational education. On that note, he said MACORP was visionary in establishing the link with LTI.Speaking on behalf of MACORP, Training Coordinator Miguel Oviedo said LTI was chosen as a pilot institution for the programme and praised the collaboration. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), he said, was signed between LTI and MACORP in 2013 to identify and ensure mutual relations to assist with the development of Guyanese through employment in the mining sector. Oviedo said MACORP would continue its support to LTI.Also present at the ceremony were LTI Board Chairman Gordon Gumbs, Regional Chairman Renis Morian, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland and representatives of the Education Ministry.last_img read more

LACC, LRA Sign MOU to Strengthen Fight against Corruption

first_imgThe Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a formal framework to strengthen collaboration for the effective and expeditious investigation of corruption and related crimes within the LRA, a press release said yesterday. The agreement also covers the receipt, filing and verification of all declarations of assets and interest made or to be made by members of the LRA Board of Directors, the Commissioner General and other officials and staff of the LRA. The MOU designates the LRA to investigate all acts of corruption discovered or reported to have occurred or about to occur within the LRA involving officials, employees, contractors or non-staff persons. The MOU was signed last Friday, August 12, at in the office of the LACC in Congo Town. The Executive Chairperson of the LACC, Cllr. James N. Verdier, Jr. and the Commissioner General of the LRA, Mrs. Elfrieda Stewart Tamba signed on behalf of their respective institutions. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Cllr. Verdier and Mrs. Tamba expressed optimism in the implementation of the MOU and noted that institutions can better achieve common objectives when they collaborate. In keeping with the MOU, the LRA shall investigate acts and conducts believed to constitute corruption or other violations of the tax laws of Liberia by any private individual or corporate tax payer with the complicity of LRA Employees. Notwithstanding, the LACC may directly investigate and prosecute any and all acts and conducts believed to constitute corruption by LRA officials, employees, contractors or non-staff personnel.The MOU further provides that the LRA agrees that Asset Declaration forms completed and submitted by LRA non-appointed officials and staff/individuals shall at all times be made available to the LACC for the purposes of investigation and prosecution when requested. The LRA officials appointed by the Government shall continue to submit their asset declarations directly to LACC with a copy to the Professional Ethics Division. The LACC and LRA also agreed to designate one or more contact/focal person(s) from each institution who will be responsible to coordinate all matters arising in the implementation of the MOU, including processing and following up on communications and outstanding tasks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mibicuri Police Station finally gets vehicle

first_imgBerbice crime wave…after being unable to respond to robberies in progressOne day after two daring robberies took place in Black Bush Polder, Berbice, and allegations that the police could not render assistance in one of the incidents due to the lack of transportation, the Mibicuri Police Station has been equipped with a vehicle.Davi RopnarineGuyana Times understands that less than 24 hours after one of the families told the media that they were not helped when they sought assistance from law enforcement officials, a vehicle was sent to the police station.However, Commander of B Division (Berbice), Paul Langevine, is claiming that police ranks could not have responded to the robbery which took place in Johanna North, Black Bush Polder, Berbice, on Friday last, because they were not notified about the incident.Harmond RoopnarineIn an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday, the Commander stated that allegations that his ranks failed to execute their duties are not accurate but did not address the issue of lack of transportation.“They [police] did not respond to that robbery because it was not reported. The police responded to one robbery, these two robberies were said to have occurred hours apart, they responded to one. But they could not respond to the other robber because they were not notified.”Lennox RamcharranThe Commander added that the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team that was deployed to Berbice to aid in tackling the crime wave is under his command and that he would be the one to determine where to send them.His denial of a report of the robbery comes in light of the fact that Berbicians are uncertain as to why the SWAT team that is in their region was not summoned to assist the families who were robbed on Thursday and Friday.Meanwhile, another police source told this publication that one of the gunmen in the two robberies is believed to be the suspect that has been on the run for the Old Year’s night double murder in 2018 at Bush Lot village, Corentyne, Berbice.B Division Commander Paul Langevine“We have been looking for him since then and we believe that he is involved in these robberies, probably others that happened, since the double day murders here in Berbice. Those bandits fled into the backdam area but it is not easy to go in there and find them because they are familiar with that area while we are not. But we need to do something, go in there, or so because that is where they run and hide,” the source added.Harmond Roopnarine, 40, a farmer and his wife and two children, aged 17 and 16, were at their Johanna North home about 01:20h on Friday when the man heard someone trying to break into his home.He stood up, waiting with a cutlass in his hand as they repeatedly hit the window.He then saw the bandits using a piece of wood to break open the window to enter the house.As one was making his way in from the broken window, the family began to scream while Roopnarine stood next to the window armed with a cutlass. The bandits ordered him to put down the cutlass but he did not comply. This led to them firing shots at the farmer and demanding, while still outside, that Roopnarine hand over his gold and money.He said another shot was fired in the direction of his wife and children, who were in the bedroom.The two bandits, the farmer said, were outside of his home for about ten minutes during which time several calls were made to the Mibicuri Police Station but the family was told that the police are incapable of responding because of the lack of a vehicle.Meanwhile, at Johanna South, Lennox Ramcharran, 51, a rice farmer, was beaten after gunmen went into his home at about 20:30h on Thursday.He said his son immediately called the police, informing them that they were under attack by bandits.All three of the bandits had guns, the man recalled. He said that the bandits ransacked the house after his wife gave them money and jewellery. She and her two children were also beaten.The men left with $300,000 and an undisclosed amount of jewellery. As a means of escaping without any incidents, the men grabbed the man’s 16-year-old daughter but released her after they realised that they were not being followed.Ramcharran said shortly after the incident, two police officers arrived on motorbikes.last_img read more

Lighters, scissors among prohibited items found at Mazaruni Prison

first_imgThe prohibited items found during Saturday’s raid at the Mazaruni PrisonA joint services search carried out on Saturday at the Mazaruni Prison, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), has unearthed a number of prohibited items including pepper sauce and mirrors.The search was conducted between 07:00h and 10:45h by ranks of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Prisons Service.Among the illicit items found were: 11 bottles of pepper sauce, 13 lighters, five cellular phones, two cell phone batteries, 40 razor blades, three pairs of scissors, 17 improvised weapons, seven pieces of sandpaper, 15 nails, 10 mirrors, 15 metal spoons, seven packs of playing cards and 17 smoking utensils.Back in April, a similar exercise was conducted at the Region Seven penitentiary during which a large number of prohibited items were also found.These included: 23 nails, 22 bottles of pepper sauce, six razor blades, eight lighters, two metal spoons, 14 improvised weapons, four pieces of wire, four bottles of homemade wine, one nail clip, one transformer, one knife, four pieces of rope, one sim card, one USB, one tweezer, one glass, 13 improvised smoking utensils, one earpiece, one metal fork, 24 disposable blades and one carved out bible used to hide a cellphone.Contraband smuggling has long been a perennial problem within the prison system and this is compounded by the fact that both prison and police officers are facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be a “big business”.While the authorities have been struggling to curb the illegal practice, there has been a breakthrough on the apparent network among rogue prison officers. In fact, last year several prison officers were charged and interdicted from duty.last_img read more

Hungary v Belgium: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_imgEvery Game, Every Goal, Every DayWales will be watching on with keen interest as Hungary and Belgium clash in their last 16 tie for the right to play Chris Coleman’s side on Friday in Lille.Hungary shocked Group F by finishing first ahead of Portugal, Iceland and Austria, while Belgium qualified in second position despite losing their first game of the Championship.Going into the tournament, Hungary were ranked the 22nd best side out of the 24 countries competing and were given a 400-1 chance it, but have impressed so far.The two countries have only faced each other once in the last 20 years and the Belgians dominated that game 3-0 which was in Ghent in 2009.LIVE on talkSPORT: Hungary v Belgium – click here for live commentary from the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse at 8pm (BST) on June 26, 2016.Confirmed team news:Hungary XI: Kiraly, Kadar, Guzmics, Juhasz, Lang, Nagy, Gera, Lovrencsics, Kleinheisler, Dzsudzsak, SzalaiSubstitutes: Dibusz, Korhut, Fiola, Elek, Nemeth, Bode, Pinter, Nikolic, Stieber, Priskin, Bese, GulacsiBelgium XI: Courtois, Meunier, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Nainggolan, Witsel, De Bruyne, Mertens, Romelu Lukaku, HazardSubstitutes: Mignolet, Fellaini, Carrasco, Denayer, Origi, Kabasele, Dembele, Benteke, Jordan Lukaku, Batshuayi, Ciman, Gillet 1last_img read more

GAA NEWS: KILCAR CLUB NOTES

first_imgMinor Board A.G.MThe following officers were elected at the agm held on Tues the 15th; Chairman ,John Carr ,Sec ;Aiden Gallagher,P.R.O ,Glenda Dolan;Registrar,Denise Mc Sweeney.Managers;U-8Seamus Cunningham,Stephen O Donnell,Paddy O Donnell,U-10 John O Donnell;U-12 Michael Mc Shane;U-14,Michael Molloy;U-16 Vacant, Minor Noel Mc Ginley,Paul O Donnell,Neilly Byrne. There is a minor board meeting on Thursday at 8pm in the Aislann.There is a club meeting Friday at 8pm in the Aislann, everyone welcome. ScorTá sé am Scór arís, más mian leat páirt a ghlacadh, ní fhéadfar gníomhartha san áireamh amhránaíocht aonair, grúpaí bailéad, foirne tráth na gceist, uirlise, gníomhartha nuachta, aithriseoireacht, rince céilí etc Déan teagmháil Mary Conroy ar 9738442It’s scor time again, if you would like to take part, acts can include solo singing,ballad groups, quiz teams, instrumental, novelty acts, recitation, ceili dancing etc. Please contact Mary Conroy on 9738442.Scor this year is in Glenfinn on the 15th February.10 Week Draw.Winners€1,000 Thomas Bourke Killybegs, €500 Bernard Shovlin Kilbeg, €300 Pearl Maxwell Glencolmcille, €200 Richard & Karen Rafferty, Emma McShane, Ballydevitt, Silvia Byrne Carrick.The club would like to thank everyone who sold tickets,and especially everyone who bought tickets ,your support is greatly appreciated . CoachingThe club will be holding a foundation course in mid Feb ,you can give your name to Kevin Lyons 087 8361215 to book your place.MouthgaurdsFollowing the GAA Annual congress in 2012 a new rule was introduced , that it’s mandatory to use a mouthgaurd in training and football matches from Jan 1st 2013,at all grades up to minor. Membership,Membership for 2013 is now available from Denise Mc Sweeney,Family €40, Adult €20 , Student €10.Bingo Winners;Bernadette Gallagher €150, Nollaig Gillespie €80, Bernard Shovlin €70, Ethne Byrne €70, Nora Byrne €70, Anthony Bourke €70, Annie McGinley €70.Jackpot next week €1950 on 47 numbers.Lotto;No winner of the Jackpot.Consolation prizes; Margaret O’Donnell, The Rock, Ann McGinley, Derrylaghan, Alan Erskine, Towney..Jackpot next week, €3,900.Congratulations to Colaiste na Carraige on winning the senior final last week. Well done to everyone involved.Good luck to the under 16 team who play on Monday the 21st in Glenties at 11.30am.The PRO can be contacted on ( 087) 6781789 (Michael McShane) on any Club matters relating to notes etc.GAA NEWS: KILCAR CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 21st, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Kilcar GAA noteslast_img read more

REGISTRATION GETS UNDERWAY FOR NORTHWEST 10K

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels PRO Mark McFadden signs up for the 10K.Registrations got underway for Sunday’s big North West Charity 10k last night at the Letterkenny Community Centre Clubhouse.With over 2,500 walkers and runners expected to take part the 10k organizing committee is asking as many people as possible to pre-enter this week.Pre-entries will continue at the Community Centre on Wednesday 29th April to Friday 1st May 5pm — 6.30pm & Saturday 2nd May 3pm — 6pm. The four charities who will benefit from this year’s event are the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Donegal Down Syndrome Association, Blood Bike North West and the Donegal Youth Service.Runners and walkers can still enter on-line for the North West 10k at “http://www.northwest10.com” www.northwest10.com until this Friday evening.One of the early entrants was Danny Gibbons from Letterkenny who is going to run the 10k in memory of his later father Packie who sadly passed away in February.In 2011 Packie Gibbons was given the honour of giving the signal for the walkers and runners to officially start the 14th staging of the event. Packie had walked in all of the previous 10ks since the North West commenced in 1997. Also signing on early was the Letterkenny Gaels PRO Mark McFadden pictured here with his t-shirt, race number and chip.Danny Gibbons signs up for the 10K. REGISTRATION GETS UNDERWAY FOR NORTHWEST 10K was last modified: April 29th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Northwest 10Kresgitrationlast_img read more