Tall Tina

first_imgTINA was eight feet two inches tall. She was born in a small village. Her parents were middle income earners and she was blessed with a kid brother and a ten year-old sister, three years younger than her. There was also Purfee, a little cat given to Tina by her father who was once a general in the army. The father lost his job due to a national crisis and later found himself in the village, with his family.  They lived in a two-room house that contained few chairs, two beds and some kitchen stuff. Before settling in this village, the family traveled from one place to another because her father had become an agriculturalist, always looking for good soil. It meant change of schools for Tina and getting new friends which was not something hard for Tina when the family finally settled in the new village. Majority of the parents were low to middle income earners. As a result the students did not worry about wearing expensive clothes.  So it was but for Tina she was accustomed to wearing tee-shirts, jeans and sneakers for school and was always in a hurry to tell her friends how she climbed one of the tallest trees during the day or how she went fishing with boys and caught the biggest fish.  “Honey, another great opportunity has come,” her father said to her as they ate supper one evening. “What’s it?” Tina asked. “I’ve been called back to the army and that means going back to the city.” “Really?” “Of course,” her father said, “and we are leaving a day or two from now.” Just as almost everyone, especially kids cannot wait or even sleep on Christmas Eve, so was Tina who could not wait to find herself in an environment that was full of almost all the most talked about things, (zoo, skyscrapers, parks, popular schools and others.)  The next morning, Tina asked her father, “What hour will the camp motor arrive?” “Maybe 7:00a.m.” “How big is the camp motor?” “Like a 40 feet container.” “Can it take all the big things we have here?” “Did you say big things?” her father said.  Tina replied, “Oh, I forgot, we’ve just few things here but daddy are we to forget about our garden?”SCHOOL was about to start and parents took their children for shopping. Tina’s parents too took her to shop for her usual wearing.  THE first day of school seemed to be the worse day ever in the life of ‘little’ Tina as she was always called by her father.  Entering the school’s fence, she stood and observed for a while and all she could see were girls wearing mini dresses, high heel shoes, purses and handbags, nails painted red and so on.   These were all teenagers like me, she thought. And just as everyone turned to look at Tina, who was standing above everyone, they shouted, “Tall Tina.”   Tina wondered how they knew her name.  She tried not to faint which she actually wanted to. She could not stand her blue jeans, tee-shirt; her low cut hair and flat chest that looked like a billboard as compared to those students.   Tina felt out of place and wished she could have just evaporated into thin air and not be seen anymore. No student could learn in the class that day, for she felt eyes were teasing her.   During the class introduction, Tina who wanted to lie about everything could not do it when she introduced herself and called her name. The whole class went wide with laughter.  At home she told her parents about her experience and concluded that she did not want to return to the school. However, they encouraged her. “Whatever career that is in a person is within and can only come out by the persons’ determination to make the best of herself.” Afterwards Tina realized she did not care anymore about being described as ‘Tall Tina’ or just a straight structure.  She did not care.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stabroek Market vendors say Council ignoring concerns

first_imgWhile works are being carried out around Stabroek Market to improve the aesthetics of Georgetown, City Council is failing to address the sanitary concerns of vendors within the Market. This is according to severalThe collapsing roof of the wharf is a hazard to those vendors who ply their trade therevendors who ply their trade in the Western section of the market.The vendors expressed frustrations as they related that the walkways inside the market are flooded on a daily basis due to the overflowing underground drainage systems. Several snackette owners explained that the drains are less than two feet from their stalls, and every day the clogged drains overflow, resulting in the dirty and foul-smelling water flooding the walkways. This they stated causes them to incur losses as customers do not want to purchase edibles from a snackette that is located in such an insanitary environment.“This happens on a daily basis…sometimes twice a day, and sometimes up to three times a day. One of the causes would be the dumping of garbage in the drains by other vendors at the back of the market. They dump vegetable remnants in the drains and that causes clogging,” one vendor explained.The vendors, who wished to remain anonymous, explained that they had voiced their concerns with City Hall officials several times; however, to date nothing has been done. They also revealed that after lodging several complaints about the lackadaisical approach to the issue by City officials, several stalls were shut down for one week. “We reported to the Council several times, and they always said that they would look into it but to date nothing has been done. We complained before to the Council….but in retaliation they shut down two stands for one week,” a concerned vendor stated.The vendors are imploring City Council to address the matter urgently as it is affecting them. “Something needs to be done because when it floods, people don’t want to walk through the dirty water and come buy anything. And that causes us to incur great losses,” another vendor stated.Meanwhile, the vendors located on the wharf are expressing concerns for their safety as the structure is in dire need of repairs. The roof is in a state of partial collapse while the floorboards are loose. “Yuh know how much time people come and seh that they gon repair this thing? Is years now we hearing they gon fix it but nothing ain’t happening. Look, this roof falling apart. A lil breeze and this thing gon come crashing down budday. Them need to look after this soon ‘cause it look like them gon wait ‘til it fall nd kill somebody ‘fore they mek a move,” one vendor stated.last_img read more

Champions Real held by Lloris masterclass

first_img“Hugo was fantastic, he deserves a big prize. He showed his real level,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.“Today we see why Hugo Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers of the world.“The performance was fantastic; the effort, the belief, it is important to congratulate our players.”The sides meet again with top spot in Group H on the line at Wembley on November 1.Borussia Dortmund’s 1-1 draw at APOEL Nicosia means the Germans and Cypriots remain six points adrift of the group leaders.“We can’t ever be happy not to win at home, but today there were two great goalkeepers,” said Real coach Zinedine Zidane.“Keylor (Navas) for us and Lloris for them and sometimes you have to accept it.”Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane (L) vies with Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane during their UEFA Champions League group H football match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 17, 2017 © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUAn entertaining encounter got off to a flying start as 18-year-old Achraf Hakimi — on his Champions League debut for Real — teed up Ronaldo to head off the post and Karim Benzema pulled the rebound wide with the goal gaping.After a nervous opening 10 minutes, though, Tottenham settled with Harry Kane predictably a constant threat up front.The English international’s sensational form saw him labelled a “complete player” by Zidane on the eve of the game, fuelling speculation he could follow Luka Modric and Gareth Bale’s lead in making a move to Madrid in the future.“A point at the Bernabeu, you’d take that every day of the week,” said Kane. “It shows how far we’ve come as a team.”Kane’s downward header was turned over by Navas before he broke free down the left and, from his cross, Fernando Llorente appeared to be chopped down by Casemiro inside the area, but Polish referee Szymon Marciniak was unmoved.Despite failing to get the final touch, Kane was involved once more when Spurs went in front on 28 minutes as Varane turned Serge Aurier’s cross into his own net under pressure from the striker.And Madrid’s frustrations shone through when Ronaldo was booked for a petulant slap on Jan Vertonghen.However, Real demonstrated why they have won this competition for the past two seasons by restoring order and parity before the break.A flowing team move put Toni Kroos clean through and when he was upended by Aurier, Ronaldo stepped up to bury the resulting penalty.Spurs were then bailed out by two outstanding saves from Lloris after the restart.The French captain’s outstretched leg diverted Benzema’s powerful header from point-blank range to safety, much to his former international team-mate’s dismay.And Ronaldo then couldn’t believe his eyes as Lloris leapt to turn over his rising drive which was headed for the top corner.“At this level it’s a great feeling to get a good draw,” Lloris told BT Sport.“They put a lot of pressure on. We could have buckled and conceded a second, but 1-1 at half-time was good and we kept working together until the end.”A hugely entertaining game continued to swing from end to end and it was the visitors who had the better chances to take all three points in the final 20 minutes.Kane had the best opportunity when he was picked out by Llorente’s fine pass, but Navas spread himself well to divert the ball behind.And the Costa Rican had to be alert again moments later to prevent Christian Eriksen’s drive sneaking in at the near post.“Today was a game for the ‘keepers,” said Navas.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris reacts during their UEFA Champions League group H match against Real Madrid CF at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 17, 2017 © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Oct 17 – A pair of stunning second-half saves from Hugo Lloris salvaged a precious point for Tottenham Hotspur as they held European champions Real Madrid 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.Both sides remain unbeaten in this season’s Champions League and well placed to progress to the last 16. They each have seven points after Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty cancelled out Raphael Varane’s own goal in the first period.last_img read more

Besiktas coach wounded by projectile, derby abandoned

first_imgTurkish television pictures showed Gunes clutching his head in pain and bewilderment and falling to the turf after being hit by the projectile, which has yet to be identified.Gunes, the legendary former Turkish international goalkeeper who has led Besiktas to two consecutive championship titles, was taken by his own medical staff to the changing rooms where he received five stitches to the head wound.He was later taken to hospital and pictures showed him being transferred on a stretcher. It was not immediately clear when he would be allowed to go home.At the time the match was abandoned at Fenerbahce’s stadium on the Asian side of Istanbul, the score was 0-0 (2-2 on aggregate).The incident happened after a row erupted between Fenerbahce fans and Besiktas players on the bench.Reports said that the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) would later take a decision over the outcome of the match, which may now be replayed.The match had already been halted for five minutes in the first half when projectiles where thrown at Besiktas players. Tempers had flared when Besiktas’ star Portuguese defender Pepe was sent off for an ill-judged tackle.Istanbul derbies represent some of the most intense football matches in Europe and the clash between Besiktas and Fenerbahce in September was marked by five red cards and 12 yellows.The incident adds to tensions as the Turkish league season heads to its climax, with all four big Istanbul sides — Besiktas, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Basaksehir — all in contention for the title.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hospitalised: Besiktas coach Senol Gunes holds his head after being hit by an object thrown during the Turkish Cup semi-final against Fenerbahce © AFP / STRINGERISTANBUL, Turkey, Apr 19 – Senol Gunes, the coach of Turkish top flight side Besiktas, was hospitalised on Thursday after being hit on the head by a projectile apparently thrown from the crowd in an away game at arch Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce.The match, the second leg of a Turkish Cup semi-final tie, was abandoned in chaos in the 57th minute after the incident, the latest burst of crowd trouble to hit Turkish football.last_img read more

Leicester set to re-sign defensive old boy

first_img1 Sol Bamba Leicester City could sign Sol Bamba for a second time after his contract at Trabzonspor was terminated by mutual consent.The big Ivorian defender played for Leicester during the 2011/12 season and has been linked with a return to the Premier League new boys this summer.And that task has been made easier now Bamba is without a club following his release from Trabzonspor in Turkey.The Super Lig club wanted to trim their wage bill and confirmed to the stock exchange they have agreed a settlement figure with Bamba, who is now free to join another team.last_img

San Pedro condos to be leased

first_imgBush said it is anticipated that the units will go up for sale later, after the housing market rebounds. Those with leases would have first right of refusal to buy. Some nearby residents worry the conversion will mean even more traffic for already heavily impacted Western Avenue. “If you look at traffic studies, apartments generate more traffic than condos,” said Diana Nave of the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council. Most observers chalk the move up to bad timing for condominiums that are coming online during a nationwide housing slump. “It’s a sign of what’s happening with real estate right now,” said John Greenwood, a real estate broker with ERA Golden West Realty in San Pedro. “We had a developer who worked with our office, and he did the same thing. He rented them out, and then in two or three years he sold them. It’s not an unusual thing to happen, but it’s a sign of the market.” But others say the development didn’t live up to its brochures. “It wouldn’t surprise me if people saw it and what they were asking and said, `Wait a minute,”‘ said Dan Dixon, president of the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council. “It’s a monstrosity,” Nave said. The four-story Seaport development, dubbed “The Monster” by critics because of its stacked, high-density appearance from the street, is going up on Western Avenue at Fitness Drive, just south of the proposed Ponte Vista project. Two underground stories will be used as parking. “I don’t think you can quite tell (what they’ll look like) until they’re finished,” Bush said. “We’ve done our best to follow all the requirements.” Even though the neighborhood council approved the development several years ago, Dixon said the vote would come out differently if held now that the units are under construction. The homes are being “rammed into a very small area,” he said. “It’s a foolish development in the wrong place,” he said. The Seaport units are wedged between two existing condominium projects, the 64-unit Tennis Club to the west and the 130-unit Casa Verde Estates to the east. Bob Bisno, who wants to build a 1,950-home project on nearly 62 acres directly to the north of Seaport, said the Seaport development site is better suited for apartments than condominiums. “Their development looks more like an apartment than condominiums,” Bisno said. John Long, president of the Casa Verde Homeowners Association, said his condominium has more than tripled in value since he purchased it in 1997. He said the Seaport units next door will look nice when they’re finished. “I’m pretty sure (the new condominiums) will raise the property values,” he said. Some nearby residents, however, continue to worry about the growing density and how it will affect traffic, schools and other quality-of-life issues. In a March 11 letter to the editor to the Daily Breeze, local resident April Sandell called Seaport “a poster-child for poor traffic planning and density gone wild.” The only vehicle access to all three developments built in a row is Fitness Drive, a narrow, private road off Western where there is no traffic signal. There could be as many as 400 residents in all three developments when they’re filled. There have been discussions with Bisno about building a new access road on the vacant parcel in front of Seaport that Bisno owns. Bisno’s plans for Ponte Vista, meanwhile, are still going through city planning reviews. Mark Wells, a blogger who has opposed the Ponte Vista development, fears that what happened to Seaport could be repeated at Ponte Vista, a much larger project. “If Seaport had to go with leases, what makes anyone truly believe that Ponte Vista (won’t) suffer the same fate ? ?” Wells wrote. That won’t happen, Bisno said. “Our capital structure and partners aren’t the same” as Seaport’s, Bisno said. “It would be irrational for us.” Ponte Vista also will offer a very different product than Seaport, according to Bisno spokeswoman Elise Swanson. Ponte Vista, she said, will include a resort-style design with lots of open space and park-like amenities. “I’m a dyed-in-the-wool optimist,” Bisno said. “I’m confident that by next summer we will have seen the bottom (of the real estate market slump) and we will be on the mend.” donna.littlejohn@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOUSING: Market woes and slow sales cause a major shift in the project’s direction. By Donna Littlejohn STAFF WRITER The sluggish real estate market is taking its toll on one San Pedro condominium project that’s still under construction. Seaport Homes on Western Avenue will now lease out its 136 units rather than sell them. Billed as luxury condominiums and priced from the $400,000s for the smallest one-bedroom homes, Seaport Homes reportedly sold only about 15 percent of the units in advance of the scheduled opening in January. “Mainly the market’s not good,” Seaport spokeswoman Nancy Bush said. “It’s hard for people to get a loan, so we thought we’d let people try it out on a lease with a purchase option first, to kick the tires, see how they like it.” Open house signs have come down on the property. Rents will range from $1,500 for a one-bedroom, one-bath to $2,750 for three bedrooms and three baths, according to Seaport’s Web site, www.seaport-homes.com. No information was posted about the length of leases or other terms. last_img

Crystal Palace boss Pardew commends Chelsea’s champions’ performance

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Alan Pardew was left to commend a ‘champions’ performance’ from Chelsea as the runaway leaders were finally crowned Premier League champions on Sunday.The Eagles were at their stubborn best at Stamford Bridge but were ultimately unable to spoil the hosts’ party, as the Blues recorded a slim 1-0 win.Eden Hazard’s fortunate goal, heading in on the rebound after Julian Speroni saved the PFA Player of the Year’s initial penalty kick, put Chelsea ahead on the stroke of half-time, and the Blues squeezed Palace into submission after the break to see out victory.Jose Mourinho’s side have received criticism for their ‘boring’ play in recent months, but Pardew could only admire the Portuguese coach.“That’s what champions do – they don’t let you back in when they take the lead,” Pardew said.“That’s why they continue to do the job in each game they come to. They’ve had two defeats this year, that says it all.“They’ve obviously done the job. Sometimes fantasy and flair goes out the window to do the job to win.“That’s why this guy [Mourinho] earns the money he earns, because he wins and he wins trophies.”However, Pardew did feel his side were unfortunate with the manner of defeat after a good performance, saying the penalty award – given after Hazard appeared to be tripped in the box – was ‘questionable’ and that his players might have had their own spot-kick when John Terry blocked a rasping shot from Jason Puncheon.“I do feel a little bit hard done by,” the former Newcastle boss added.“I asked the referee at half-time. The referee said it was an ‘absolute definite penalty, Alan. I don’t know what you’re asking for’.“It was a bad piece of luck, really. It was kind of questionable.“Then they get another break when he misses it and it goes straight to him.“We also felt that Punch’s shot is blocked by John Terry’s body and hand. It could’ve been a penalty for that, but it’s not about us today.”last_img read more

Hurting Bruins fall short vs. Huskies

first_img UCLA (14-3), ranked No. 11, fell to 4-2 in the Pac-10 Conference but is still in first place in the conference, and 13th-ranked Washington (14-2) improved to 3-2. But UCLA goes as its guards go. Point guard Jordan Farmar had 12 assists but was held to three points. Arron Afflalo, UCLA’s leading scorer, had 16 points. With Washington taking its first lead of the second half on an open Jamaal Williams basket inside, something that happened all too frequently, for a 61-60 lead with about 3 minutes left. On the Huskies’ next possession, Ryan Appleby made a 3-pointer from the top of the arc for a 64-60 lead. Darren Collison made a driving layup for a two-point deficit and Washington inexplicably didn’t get a shot off before the shot clock expired. After several missed shots and fouls, Bobby Jones made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left. Afflalo, wearing No. 44 because he got blood on his No. 4 jersey (while diving for a loose ball), made a 3-pointer from the right wing to pull within one on a Farmar assist. Jones made the front end of a one-and-one but missed the second and Afflalo got the rebound. As he pushed the ball upcourt, he passed it to Mbah a Moute, who was called for traveling. “I thought he was going for the basket,” Mbah a Moute said. “I didn’t think he was going to pass me the ball. I was going for the rebound. I was going too fast, I guess.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This was bound to happen sooner or later. It was a surprise that UCLA hadn’t stumbled earlier. But the incessant injury bug finally took its toll on the Bruins. The way they lost still stung. UCLA squandered a 15-point first-half lead and Washington did whatever it wanted inside to post a 69-65 win over UCLA on Saturday in front of a crowd of 10,232 at Pauley Pavilion. In typical fashion, UCLA lost another player to injury. This time it was forward Alfred Aboya. The diagnosis is a sprained right knee, the one he had surgery on in July. An MRI was scheduled for Saturday night. The frontcourt is an area where the Bruins can ill afford another setback, as they’re already too thin at center. It showed Saturday. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “I think we just missed a lot of open shots,” Afflalo said. “I was 6 for 15 and Jordan was 1 for 7. We get the bulk of the shots on this team and if we don’t knock down the open shots, we’re not going to win too much.” Washington freshman guard Michael Roll had 14 of his 17 points in the first half. He made 5 of 6 3-pointers mostly on open looks off screens but just one in the second half. Washington coach Lorenzo Romar pointed to the Huskies’ improved ball screen defense in the second half. UCLA’s defense was worse. The Bruins allowed the Huskies to shoot 64 percent from the field in the second half, much to Ben Howland’s chagrin. “Any time you allow a team to shoot 64 percent and you get outboarded (by six) and turn it over 19 times … it was disappointing,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “The five spot, rebounding-wise, we’ve got to get more from that spot.” UCLA centers combined for four rebounds, although forward Luc Mbah a Moute had a fine game with 13 points and 11 rebounds. last_img read more


first_imgFanad Lighthouse – picture by Flickr: my heimuA Donegal lighthouse has been named as the SECOND most beautiful lighthouse in the world.Fanad Lighthouse beat lighthouses from around the globe in a poll of stunning coastline structures.The building came second only to Lindau Lighthouse in Germany in the online poll carried in renowned website Mental Floss. The 90ft lighthouse was built in 1818 after a large ship sank off waters in Fanad in 1804.The lighthouse was manned by up to three lighthouse keepers and was electrified in 1975.More recently an allocation of €500,000 has been made towards the renovation of the lighthouse.It is hoped that a coffee and craft shop as well as accommodation can be provided for visitors.  DONEGAL LIGHTHOUSE NAMED SECOND MOST BEAUTIFUL IN WORLD was last modified: September 24th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgPatsy pictured with his son PadraigTHE devastated family of Donegal GAA fan Patsy McCroary say the five year sentence handed down to the drunk-driver who killed their father was “too lenient”.Paul Nicholl, 50, of Carnkenny Road, Newtownstewart, was two and a half times the drink drive limit when the Suzuki car he was driving careered into a car carrying Mr McCroary and his family. He had just come from a pub after downing two pints of beer and stopping at a shop to buy 12 tins of beer.The court heard he had been drinking the night before and had taken a diazepam tablet that morning before getting into his car.Nicholl was jailed on Tuesday at Omagh Crown Court for two-and-a half-years and will serve a further two-and-a-half years on licence on his release.He has been banned from driving for six years.Patsy McCroary was affectionately known as ‘Donegal Patsy’ as he was a huge Donegal GAA fan.He was originally from Upper Art, Castlefin but was living with his family in Castlederg, Co Tyrone.In a statement, the heartbroken McCroary family called the sentence a “real insult”.“We feel as a family we have been really let down by the justice system,” the statement said.It added: “We feel the justice system in regards to drink driving has not just failed our family but failed many families in recent times and will continue to do so until the law changes.“So how can he take my Dad’s life but have his own back after two-and-a-half years? Where is the justice in this?”The crash happened near Sion Mills, when Mr McCroary, 62, was travelling towards Strabane with his wife, son and daughter.The rest of the family- his wife Geraldine, son Padraig and daughter Samanatha – were badly injured, but survived the crash.Samantha had to be put into an induced coma after suffering a fractured skull.Nicholl was two-and-a-half-times over the drink-drive limit when he caused the crash in January 2014.The family statement concluded: “As every day goes by we miss Daddy more and more.“Paul Nicholl has caused a lot of pain and heartache to our family.“By his selfish act of drink-driving he has torn our family apart as all dad lived for was his family and GAA.”FAMILY OF ‘DONEGAL PATSY’ MCCROARY SAY SENTENCE FOR DRINK DRIVE KILLER ‘A REAL INSULT’ was last modified: May 12th, 2016 by John2Share 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:FAMILY OF ‘DONEGAL PATSY’ MCCROARY SAY SENTENCE FOR DRINK DRIVE KILLER ‘A REAL INSULT’JUDGE PAUL RAMSEY QCPAUL NICHOLLlast_img read more