Nasty Comment Inspires 11-Year-Old’s Business

first_imgBy John BurtonEleven-year-old Sarah Milne, right, holds a “Proud Old Bat” car magnet she designed in honor of her grandmother, Pat Walter. With Sarah is her grandmother, Pat Walter.ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Being called an “old bat” would make most people take offense, but for 11-year-old Sarah Milne and her grandmother, it served as inspiration.Sarah used a recent confrontation when her grandmother was called an old bat to design and sell car magnets with a drawing of – what else? – a cartoon-styled elderly bat holding a cane, proclaiming herself a “Proud Old Bat.”With the help of family members, including grandmother Pat Walter, who lives in Middletown, and Sarah’s mother Michele Walter, Sarah designed the magnet, is marketing it and has been selling her creation.The novelty item is designed to be given for birthdays and other milestones, Michele Walter said. So far, they have sold to people giving them to college pals, office co-workers, parents and significant others, “instead of the proverbial over-the-hill,” greeting card or coffee mug.Michele Walter said Sarah has sold about 40 of the items.The novelty magnet was inspired when Pat Walter was driving to a family party not too long ago. When she slowed to allow an ambulance to pass her, another driver – a young man angered by her move – yelled from his car, “you old bat” as he sped away.“When she got to the party she told us all,” Sarah remembered.“I thought it was kind of amusing,” Pat Walter said.Whenever she reaches a milestone, such as becoming eligible to collect from Social Security, Sarah now calls her 65-year-old grandmother “an old bat.”Sarah and her family have established a Facebook page and website for her Proud Old Bat creation, and she had just received notification of her copyright, according to her mother.“I think she’s learning how to run a business,” Michele Walter said of her daughter’s enterprise.“I think it’s kind of cool,” Sarah observed, especially as her effort has begun to attract some attention.Sarah acknowledged some of her friends and classmates are a little bemused by her efforts. “My friends think it’s kind of funny,” she observed. “I don’t think kids my age are interested in running a business.”Her principal at St. James Elementary School in Red Bank bought one. “He said he would stick it on his wife’s car when she’s not looking,” Sarah explained with a giggle.Sarah said she likes to draw and maybe would like to follow this up with the image on clothing items.“She wants to expand on the idea,” Michele Walter said.“She keeps talking to people about it, trying to pick their brains to find out what’s next,” Pat Walter said.And that has Pat happy. “This proud old bat is proud of her granddaughter,” she said with a broad smile.last_img read more

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Vanuatu advance Team arrives for Games

first_imgIt is headed by Chef de Mission Eileen Nangan, who said they are ready for the games and have prepared well to challenge the other Pacific Island countries.“Like all other Pacific Island countries, we all want to go back not empty handed but with pride and happiness and Team Vanuatu will be one of the teams that will be aiming for medals during this game,” she said.She said the advance  team are here to see for themselves the preparation and also get the feel of the atmosphere and the spirit of the games in the country. She has been accompanied by 5 officials. Four of them will be observing the preparation and organisation of the event as Vanuatu will be hosting the event in 2017.Ms Nangan, who is from East New Britain and married to a Vanuatu man, says out of the 28 sporting codes, they will be participating in only 13.She said the special event that will be closely monitored is the Para table tennis where two of her disabled athletes will be participating.Team Vanuatu will be taking part in cricket, beach volleyball, boxing, karate, taekwondo, netball rugby touch, rugby, athletics, table tennis and tennis.Ms Nangan told PNG Loop that a total of 156 athletes will be participating excluding the officials.In terms of the games preparation, she said PNG has been preparing well and will host the games successfully.last_img read more

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“If Enrique Cerezo rectifies, Cavani could still go to Atlético”

first_imgCavani’s mother stresses that “Edinson did not want money to be a problem, because if it had been for money he would have gone to Manchester United, Chelsea or Inter Miami (David Beckham Club), who made an important offer for the. Do not forget anyone that my son has an impeccable career, is a complete professional, and that the pressure he made to PSG with not playing to go out to Atlético is a stain in his career “. These words of the president of Atlético de Madrid have greatly angered the Cavani family and AS has wanted to know about Berta Gómez, mother of the charrúa, her version of what happened: “We did not understand why the president said such barbarity. It was out of place. It hurt a lot, because it is absolutely false that Walter (Edinson’s brother and agent) I asked for a signing bonus. This man what he should have done is tell his fans why Cavani really didn’t go to Atlético, and it’s because, first, the PSG did not want to let him out, and second, Atlético never reached what the PSG asked for when he later considered negotiating “. Berta Gómez defends at all costs not only Walter Fernando Guglielmone, brother and agent of Cavani, but, of course, Edinson: “My son did everything in his power to go to Atlético. He pressed without playing PSG to let him out and then transmitted to his brother that he was willing to lower his salary to facilitate his hiring for Atlético. He wanted to play with Cholo and he showed it at all times. “ “We did not understand why the president said such barbarity. It is false that Walter asked for a signing bonus” “The pressure that my son made to the PSG with not playing to go out to Atlético is a stain in his career” “Edinson is still thinking about being able to go to Atlético because he would like to play under Cholo” The question to the Uruguayan striker’s mother, after everything that happened, was straightforward: “Is it impossible for Cavani to go to Atlético de Madrid ?: “No, but the president of Atlético must apologize. We are not spiteful and everything can be fixed if he retracts what he said. My son is going to have offers, it is unquestionable, because he is a proven forward, as he has shown in all these years, but still thinking about being able to go to Atlético because he would like to play under Cholo “. “It is not impossible that Edinson could go to Atlético de Madrid in the summer, as long as the president rectifies what he said”. This is how Beat Gomez, mother of Cavani, told AS about the words of Enrique Cerezo when he was asked, after the derby, about the frustrated signing of the Uruguayan striker by the club rojiblanco: “The situation of some players with their representatives and their relatives. We are not here to be docked. “ Goal scorerCavani fulfills contract with the PSG on June 30. It will not continue and with 33 years (which turns this February 14) one of the best strikers in the world will be on the market: since he arrived in Europe in January 2007, from Danube, He has scored 339 goals (198, for now, with PSG, 104 with Naples and 37 with Palermo) in 549 official matches (294, so far, with PSG, 138 with Naples and 117 with Palermo).Despite the reflections of Cavani’s mother to AS, it seems clear that the situation of Atlético de Madrid will be different in summer, even within a few weeks when Diego Costa (fulfills contract in 2021) returns to play after recovering from hernia injury disc that suffered in early November. In addition, the rojiblanco club will pay 54 million euros in summer to Chelsea to acquire property from the Madrid striker, who arrived two years on loan with no compulsory purchase option. It seems difficult for Atlético to resume a second ‘Cavani operation’ if they follow the current two nines of the squad: Morata and Costa.last_img read more

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Fajardo hopes Beermen will win more titles with Standhardinger

first_imgTeammates in a few minutes? @TheSMBeermen #PBADraft2017— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) October 29, 2017Fajardo knows the acquisition of Standhardinger makes San Miguel a much more dangerous team but he doesn’t want to get too far ahead of himself and the Beermen have not done anything yet at this point.“It’s not that easy to win. You have to take it one game at a time, one conference at a time. I hope he could really help us win not only games, but also championships,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re glad that we got him. I believe that he could be a huge contributor for us to help us win games and hopefully the championships,” he said.READ: Standhardinger ‘very excited’ to play with Fajardo at SMBFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogFajardo, though, admitted that the only concern is how Standhardinger would fit in with the Beermen’s system considering that won’t suit up until midway through the conference due to his commitments with Hong Kong in the Asean Basketball League.“Of course, it’s important to him to adapt to coach’s system. We already have something set with our team and he has to find a way to fit right in,” he said. June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo may have only played a couple of minutes together with No. 1 overall pick Christian Standhardinger in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, but he’s convinced that his fellow Gilas Pilipinas mainstay will help San Miguel Beer in a lot of ways.“He’ll bring the hustle and energy. He can really help us because you already know what he’s capable of, which is high on rebounding,” Fajardo said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ NBA: 76ers rookie Fultz out indefinitely LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

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My Father’s Days

first_imgThe alarming rapidity of my heartbeat filled me with uneasiness. I wanted to vomit. My right eyelid shook incessantly. It was apparent that something was happening to me. I am from a family that prided itself with being connected to well-educated men and women. Following that tradition my father put a lot of time and money into my education.In my high school days, I was always top of my class. But what had caused my present confusion were the recent university entrance results. The results told the world my high school achievements were questionable. Like my classmate, Jason, we never expected the poor results, after the university entrance examinations.But whether we like it or not, the results claimed that I and Jason as well as many others could not pass. The authorities made things worse telling the world that all of us, more than 10,000, failed the exams. My father, a strong disciplinarian, would demand to know why I failed. I would have the most difficult job convincing him that someone might have marked the papers, in the night.That evening, I did not know what to do. My father would be home in about two hours. Getting ready to meet him, I contacted my friend Jason and we took refuge at the Intellectual Center on Benson Street, where issues were discussed. ‘Hataye’ centers had sprung up in the city. Young men congregate to discuss national events, and pour out their frustrations.“I can’t believe the mass failure,” I said, sipping a glass of hataye. “It would seem we were just having fun and not really doing what we went there to do.”Jason, at twenty four years old, was a man of steel. He did not reside under any parental control and I could not tell if that was the reason he was so calm. His situation was very much difficult than me. In spite of what had happened I could still convince my father to continue to support my education. Jason had no one, as far as I had known him in the last three years. Surprisingly, he was not too much bothered about it. He often said that things would work out themselves. It did not mean that he did not care about his future, though I had found some of his ideas very strange. In truth, Jason enjoyed life, and very often he had encouraged me to take some time from my studies and laugh at the follies of the world. He was an interesting guy and that was one of the reasons we had bonded.And my father liked him, too. Another remarkable thing about this was that Jason had sponsored himself throughout high school and was looking up for success. So when I posed the question that the mass failure could not be possible, he stared at me, and sipped his hataye, shaking his legs to a tune that was playing in his head. Jason had a way of dramatizing events to let them lose their sadness.“I know what you are thinking about,” he said, “you are a good student. You are studious and there is no way that someone could say you failed a test of that nature.” I smiled over such a positive opinion about me, and coming from a friend that I had always encouraged to spend some time on his books, it lifted my spirit.“You flatter me,” I told Jason, smiling, “in the end we are all in the same boat. I’m not saying we should resort to self-pity, like others. We did our best, but the results said otherwise.“It is either something is wrong with the system or something else happened.” I rolled my eyes, indicating several students who sat gloomily and defeated.Jason nodded with a smile, but I sensed a trace of bitterness. He was examining the issue in his mind. After some silence, he turned to me and I saw his eyes brightened.“I believe what the authorities said,” he said nonchalantly. I had known him not to be too serious on certain issues, but I knew that this one was different.“What do you mean?”“It means we have a rotten educational system.”“But that is no news.”“I know what it is, Anthony,” Jason said, “it is true the school system is in a mess.”I gave that some thought and realized that I had neglected my glass of hataye, so I made a slow motion and picked the glass, sipped from it, made a face and slowly placed it back on the table. The hataye had turned cold. I liked it with a little sugar and some peanuts. It was better to drink it warm.“I think that admission,” I said, “is clear that the fault is not totally ours as students, except there are ways to know the cause.”Jason said, “Everyone knows the system needs to be fixed and your father should know this.”“Yes,” I said with interest, “but fixing it will not mean it can be done in a rush.”Jason placed his glass on the table and said, “What bothers me now is how in the world the university could not contact the Ministry of Education to find a way out rather than telling the whole world about such a major mess.” I was not surprised to hear my friend make such a comment. He appeared more mature at that instant. It made a lot of sense to handle such a situation of national magnitude in silence than rushing to announce the national disgrace to the world.Realizing the importance of Jason’s comment, I said, “What the mass failures report to the world is that anyone outside Liberia would not believe that Liberian graduates can be trusted to handle some important jobs.”“I thought about that, too,” Jason said with a grin.“It simply places a heavy burden on Liberians whenever we face our counterparts abroad to prove our mettle,” I told Jason, who smiled and nodded. He was getting the picture clear now. With the whole world aware of the kind of rotten education system we had been laboring under, Liberians and anyone educated through the Liberian school system would have to work harder to get a job abroad. The thought was not encouraging but since we could not dwell on the issue in tears, considering the way out was the best option.It was then that Jason interrupted my thought, saying, “You’ve got a job to explain to your father about what happened.”“He is aware of the fact that lack of quality teachers, along with instructional materials…I could go on, so while I would attempt to convince him, he may likely pretend that all is well,” I said, excited about my ability to make those points clear. I was also surprised of my own confidence but knowing my father’s insistence on specifics, which sometimes humbled me in any of our past engagements, I knew my meeting with him would not really be fun.“I don’t envy your position,” Jason said to encourage me, and then picking up his glass and draining the contents, made a face. “He will screw you up if you don’t make a good presentation.”I smiled.“I will try,” I told Jason. The evening echoes began as the August rain threatened the night. It was not surprising because it was its season. I remembered then the biblical declaration that there was a time for everything. It encouraged me because when I faced my father to explain what was responsible and why I could not pass, it would also be its time. But the word failure stabbed me, and sent my conscience racing downhill. I had always prided myself on doing my best in any circumstance but that I had failed the university entrance was too much for me. My father would insist on the reason I could not pass the entrance. Perhaps fixing the educational system could be the reason my father would demand me to explain. But he would nonetheless inform me about his days and the method he employed or that his father made him to use to better himself. I would admire him, and reason with him, for his days were the good old days.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Agri Ministry invokes involuntary servitude

first_imgWales closure fallout…compels workers to break labour agreementThe Agriculture Ministry is contending that all Wales, West Bank Demerara workers who were entitled to their severance package have already been paid but the workers’ union is maintaining otherwise.The Agriculture Ministry said it is surprised by the protest action taken by sugar workers who were attached to the Wales Estate on Monday outside of the Ministry of the Presidency.The workers, who are under the employ of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), are demanding their severance payment.Agriculture Minister Noel HolderGAWU President Komal ChandFormer cane harvesters of Wales Estate protesting outside the Ministry of the Presidency on MondayBut the Agriculture Ministry contended that the workers have already been paid their severance and that there is no severance payment outstanding.“The Ministry of Agriculture wishes to make it clear that GuySuCo has advised that all workers who had been declared redundant had accepted severance following the merging of the Wales and Uitvlugt operations and have been paid their severance in full,” the Ministry said in a statement.The Ministry said the organised protest actions and demands for severance is unreasonable. The Ministry explained that extensive efforts were made to ensure continued employment of the Wales workers at Uitvlugt and this was successfully achieved.Further, it said that transportation is being fully provided to Uitvlugt from the West Bank of Demerara and back.“GuySuCo has stated that no worker is responsible for providing their own transportation. As a pertinent example, workers who have been previously assigned to work at the Skeldon Estate are now working at Albion, a much further distance to travel, and have been doing so without any issue,” the Ministry stated.It went on to say that “this purported issue of not wanting to work at Uitvlugt is disingenuous. The issue previously was being unemployed following the merger of the Wales and Uitvlugt factory operations.”“There is no option for workers who were offered alternative employment to now make demands for severance when no such offer is on the table and there is full and secure employment for them at Uitvlugt,” the Ministry stated.Union’s takeHowever, President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand posited that the workers would be “insane” to embark on a protest for their severance if they had already received it.These workers, who are cane cutters and members of the cane transport gang, were told that they must take up work at Uitvulgt but they responded with resistance because they were not paid their severance, according to the GAWU President.“There work has become redundant and according to the law, if your work has become redundant you have to [be paid] your severance pay for the service you have rendered to the employer,” Chand outlined.Further, he noted that the law states that an individual is not required to work at another location that belongs to the employer if that location is more than 10 miles away – as with the case of Wales and Uitgvult.Close to 300 cane harvesters converged at the eastern gate of the Head of State’s Office on Monday last, continuing what they started the previous Monday in the West Bank Demerara (WBD) village of Wales.According to the protesters, it would seem as if the officials of GuySuCo are forcing them to commence working at Uitvulgt Estate located on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD), which is approximately 40 miles from Wales. They say they prefer to be paid their severance and then make a decision whether or not they want to commute to Uitvulgt.last_img read more

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Trackers roster slowly taking shape after opening evaluation camp

first_imgThe Trackers will be back on the ice for another evaluation camp over the September 6 weekend before taking part in an icebreaker tournament during the third weekend of the money. The season is slated to begin on September 27. Head coach Shawn Brinsky was happy with the effort put out by the players and noted that the camp went well despite not having a few veterans take part for a variety of reasons.“It was a good camp. We had 36 participants show up,” he said. “There were some goaltenders and veterans away at junior camps down south as well as a couple of people not participating because of minor injuries that we hope to see come back for the second camp. The veterans we know what they’re about. It was a young group all things considered. The vast majority of kids demonstrated a strong work ethic and willingness to compete.”One area that stood out over the weekend was the large contingent of goalies. Brinsky said all played well and it forced some difficult decisions to be made doing forward.- Advertisement -“The competition was tough and there was very little margin between the grouping of the goaltenders,” he explained. “Tough decisions were made and some goaltenders were moved forward and others weren’t. I think all of the goaltenders there demonstrated they should be there. They all represented themselves well. Now we’ll regroup for the September 6 weekend with a short list of goalies. The September weekend there will be more decisions made regarding the roster and then we’ll consider who we bring to the icebreaker tournament the third week of September.”One of the downsides for coaching a team is letting a player know there will not be a spot for them on the roster. It’s a feeling that doesn’t become easy no matter how much you prepare for it.“It’s never a good thing,” Brinksy stated. “As a coach no matter how many times you do it you prepare yourself for it, and the time comes and it’s never easy. You see players that are disappointed. The one thing that I can speak from being a player and a parent is that quite often there is a strong reaction or an over reaction to not moving forward. It’s not a termination date for you as a hockey player. The question and goal and dream to play hockey really ends when a player chooses to make it end.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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RCMP asking Board to review pay cuts

first_imgIn a letter from Staff Sergeant Ward Johnson to City Council, Johnson notes the views on the pay cut are represented by some, but not all members of the RCMP.For more information or to sign the petition, visit The RCMP is urging the Treasury Board to reconsider a recent cut to a promised three-year pay increase. In December, the Board decided it would cut the proposed 2009 increase of 3.5 per cent to 1.5 per cent, and cut the 2010 numbers from 2 per cent to 0.5 per cent.The Board cited bad economic times as the reason for the pay cut. The RCMP is a non-unionized group.- Advertisement -A website has been set up to rally support for the officers. It says the pay cuts will have a negative effect on all communities, because the RCMP has to compete with other police forces for new recruits. The website states if the compensation is lower than other police services, new officers will be hard to recruit. In response to the Board’s decision, The Mayor of Nanaimo sent a letter to the Fort St. John City Council asking for the City’s support. Council will be looking at the issue at the regular meeting on Monday. It will then be decided whether the city will support the cause, and if the City will write a letter to the Treasury Board. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Expect flaring at Spectra Energy plant in Taylor

first_imgResidents of Taylor are reminded of periodic flaring set to begin at 8 a.m. Friday at the McMahon Gas Plant.It is in preparation, for a total shutdown of the plants for planned inspections, maintenance and upgrade.That is scheduled to occur for four days next week, beginning on Wednesday.- Advertisement -Spectra Energy has issued an advance apology for any inconvenience this may cause, and if you have any questions you’re encouraged to call the plant.The number if 250-789-6500.last_img

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District president pleads not guilty

first_imgHe did not return calls for comment Monday. Garvey officials said that they continue to support Agredano, who has been “sharing information that is appropriate,” said Virginia Peterson, the district’s superintendent. “We support him and hope that it is resolved.” she said, adding that the case is a personal matter. Bob Breusch, who serves on the board with Agredano, said parents and district staff are questioning why Agredano has refrained from making any more public statements. Agredano commented on his legal problems at a March board meeting, where he thanked his fellow board members and the public for their support. BELLFLOWER – The Garvey School District board president pleaded not guilty Monday to three misdemeanor violations, including driving under the influence. Felipe Agredano, 37, also is charged with driving with a suspended license and committing a hit-and-run. A Bellflower Courthouse hearing is scheduled for June 6 and a jury trial is set for June 11. Agredano, elected to the board in 2005 and named president in December, was arrested Jan. 20 in Lakewood and released after posting $5,000 bail. He allegedly failed to stop at the scene after his vehicle damaged some property, prosecutors said. “If it comes up in the meeting, he will address those questions that come up,” Breusch said. “But I’m not going to force him to do anything.” But Breusch is concerned that Agredano’s legal woes will deflect attention and resources away from the district’s job of educating its students. “We have made a lot of progress in the last three to four years,” Breusch said. “We are not going to let this court trial disrupt the progress we have made.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want 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

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