… says rice farmers need to be given more attentionBy Indrawattie NatramWith the troubles the rice industry is currently experiencing in the agricultural region of Pomeroon-Supenaam,The rice cereal factory in Region TwoRegion Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt is calling on Government to put the rice cereal factory, located at Anna Regina, in operation. Ramdatt made this request at the Flag Raising Ceremony held on May 25, 2016, in the region to mark Guyana’s 50th Anniversary.During his address, Ramdatt noted that unemployment is the major challenge affecting the region, coupled with the low prices offered for paddy. He therefore urged the government to put the factory in operation at the shortest possible time, adding that it will create employment for over 200 persons, and positively impact the rice industry.Ramdatt said he is clueless as to why such a beneficial project has not yet materialized even though the facility was constructed under the previous administration. The chairman said even as Guyana celebrated its 50th Jubilee Anniversary it must be recognized that the economy is struggling and Region Two must not be forgotten.He explained that a careful assessment of the rice industry and timely interventions by government of subsidies on fuel, fertilizers, pesticides, timely payment, rescheduling of loans should be given attention. He told attendees that rice farmers are crying out daily; and pointed to the over 80 per cent of Region Two population who rely on the rice industry one way or the other.“Give priority to our farmers, do not invest in parks without meaningful consultations with our people. If we cannot maintain play grounds, how are we going to sustain these parks? Evidence of deterioration at these Parks is already here with us, farmers need help” Ramdatt reiterated.The chairman further said the region over the years demonstrated to the rest of Guyana that it is a model region; a region where the people are at peace, civility and harmony. He called on government to give positive recognition to the region of 50,000 people.He noted even as Guyana attained 50 years of Independence much more needs to be done for continued progress and positive transformations such as better drainage and irrigation and improvement of roads.He also requested the establishment of a branch of the University of Guyana, a Regional Cultural Centre, implementation of a strategic and integrated approach to address social ills, child sexual abuse and suicide in particular, upgrading of sport facilities and a regional gymnasium, improved telecommunication services, expansion of the region’s tourism sector; and for the establishment of an agro/processing facility to be given priority.
Jerry Barcon – Advertisement – By Jerry BarconLaw is important for a society, for it serves as a norm of conduct for citizens. It was also made to provide for proper guidelines and order upon the behavior of all citizens and to sustain the equity on the three branches of the Liberian government. It keeps the society running. Without law, there would be chaos and it would be survival of the fittest and every man for himself.Fear of crime stalks the streets of Liberian cities. Stores in some sections close before dark. Some people carry second wallets with a small amount of money to offer a thief. For the same reason, some parents give their children “mugging money” before they go to school. Others walk near the curbs away from dark doorways. Some keep large dogs so as to frighten away burglars.Others go to karate schools to learn self-defense all out of a fear of crime. Schools, also hit by the crime epidemic, have been spending millions of dollars on security.It is not surprising that Liberians fear crime these days. In fact, crime has increased dramatically in the last half century.You might expect the total number of crime to increase as the Liberian population increases; that is, when there are more people there will be more crime. The Liberian population grew in the past decades, but in the same period the number of crime increased twice as fast as the population.There are many explanations as to why there are so many crimes in Liberia. Some believe that crimes have increased because of a breakdown in law enforcement. Those individuals suggest more police, stricter punishment for crimes committed and a speedier method of bringing criminals to trial and then sending them to prison.Crime, to other experts, is a symptom of basic problems in our society. Efforts to reduce crime must therefore concentrate on removing the causes. That is why people commit crimes in the first place.Some of the root causes given for the increase in crime in Liberia are the following:Drugs: Most law enforcement people say that illegal drug use is the most important factor to explain the high crime rate in Liberia.Cocaine, in particular crack, has been singled out in this regard. Cocaine use (including crack) reached epidemic proportions with some estimated thousands of users in Liberia; young, armed gangs dominate the crack trade.Crack addicts (heroin and other drugs addicts as well) will rob, steal and do almost anything to get money to buy drugs. Although not all criminals are drug users, a great many are. Alcohol abuse is also a factor in many crimes.Some Liberians have argued that the ease with which one can obtain guns, particularly rapid fire weapons, has contributed to the increase in crime in Liberia. No one suggests that a gun alone commits a crime.People commit crimes, but the possession of weapons encourage some individuals to take action that they might not otherwise take with weapons in hand; people may be convinced of their invincibility and power and in this frame of mind, commit crimes. The people who are tempted to commit murder or armed robbery have little difficulty finding guns to use in performing those acts.How to respond to drug abuse? Essentially, two major approaches have been proposed. One way places emphasis on curtailing the supply of drug. Another emphasizes reducing the demand for drugs.There are three ways to cut the supply of drugs. One is to eliminate or reduce drugs coming to the country/community from abroad or being sold at home. Here, the supply is cut at the source so that drug buyers will not be able to purchase drugs.A second way to cut supply is punishment; that is, make the penalty for buying or selling drugs so severe that fewer individuals would be willing to do either. A third method is drug testing.A poor or unemployed person, especially one from a rough neighborhood, is more likely to commit street crime than is a person of wealth. This is possible because some of the poor and unemployed become so desperate that they commit crimes in order to stay alive. Others just give up on “the system” and take what they believe should be theirs. Some are pressured to join gangs, in order to obtain protection or commit crimes.There is evidence that old family values have broken down. At one time, most families taught their children that one should work hard to obtain what he or she wanted. Families tended to be close-knit groups and each family member had a responsibility to one another. The community children were taught to respect their elders and the law.For many, the family has changed and so have beliefs in old values. Many of today’s children are brought up with little parental guidance. Often these children put their own gratification first, reject the idea that they have a responsibility to others, and distrust rather than respect authority. In such atmosphere, crime breeds.Three government agencies deal with crime: the police, the courts and the corrections system. The police patrol the streets and engage in a number of other activities to prevent crime/ they also arrest persons whom they suspect of having committed crimes. The courts sentenced (set a punishment for) those who are convicted.The corrections system receives the persons convicted by the courts. This system operates the prisons to which some offenders are sentenced. It also conducts programs designed to return convicted person to society.The Liberian system of criminal justice does not work well, according to its critics. That is, the three branches – police, courts and corrections, do not work closely with one another toward a command goal.As a result, our record in dealing with crime in Liberia is far from satisfactory. Consider the results: 1. Only about a small percent of all the crimes committed are reported to the police. 2. Of those crimes that are reported, fewer than one-quarter lead to an arrest. 3. Almost everyone sentenced to prison is eventually released. Nearly one-half of those released from prison are again arrested and convicted.On the one hand, one must ask whether the criminal justice system should be expected to solve the drug and crime problem that exists in Liberia today.If your answer to this question is “yes,” then the system failed. On the other hand, if one believes that the criminal justice system cannot, on its own, solve this complex problem, then we may have a different view as to its effectiveness. Given that arrests, trials, sentencing and imprisonment will not end all crime, does our system deal most effectively with crime as it exists?In trying to understand why people turn to crime, I discussed some of the contributing social and economic problems in our society today. Whatever the reason, it would appear from the large number of people in custody, that punishment alone will not eliminate crime.If we wish to reduce the crime rate in Liberia, we might start by addressing these causes of crime.Drugs are cited as a major reason for the increase in crime in Liberia. To reduce crime, therefore, it will be necessary to deal with our drug problem.Poverty, unemployment, alienation, and the breakdown in morality are often cited as cause of crime. Reducing poverty and unemployment, making sure everyone has a stake in our society and strengthening our moral values is not an easy task. Any productive approach to reduce crime must eventually come to grips with the impact of these societal and economic problem and the need to strengthen our nation’s families and moral values.In conclusion, though, we must emphasize that many people are in prison because they deserve to be. Some are individuals who assault, steal, and abuse others. Such persons should be punished; no one will deny that the laws should be enforced, that the punishment should stop the crime, and that there should be an end to the revolving door system of justice; criminals who go to prison are released, and then end up back in prison. Speedy and stiff justice will, it is expected, help reduce crime in Liberia.Crime in Liberia is a serious problem, and the number of reported crimes has increased dramatically over the decades. Among the reasons given for the high crime rate are increased drug uses, increased number of guns, alienation, declining moral values, and poverty. Many proposals have been submitted to try to reduce the crime rate, among them improving the criminal justice system.The law is important because it acts as a guideline to what is accepted in society. Without it, there would be conflicts between social groups and communities. It is pivotal that we follow them. The law allows for easy adoption to changes that occur in the society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A $300 million hotel was on Sunday opened in New Amsterdam, Berbice.The new hotel, which is located on Main Street, New Amsterdam, has 30 rooms and is equipped with an indoor swimming pool and bar, sports bar, conference hall, and restaurant.KODAK Digital Still CameraThe Leisure Inn is now one of the landmarks of New Amsterdam.Although the Inn was opened this year, its foundation is 10 years old. Co-owner Kesha Phillips explained that the family acquired another business property and the focus went to that building giving it priority.Speaking at the launching on Sunday, New Amsterdam Mayor Winifred Haywood called on other hotel owners to step up.“We cherish the hotels that were here over the years, because we recognise that they were here and they were giving us a service. We thank you for what you have been doing, but now you need to step up.”Meanwhile, Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development Association President Ryan Alexander noted that the idea to have the facility established was what he called, ‘thinking out of the box’.“Leisure Inn has started the purpose of transforming New Amsterdam’s landscape for the future and has undoubtedly raised the bar of the hospitality industry in Berbice,” he declared.The hotel is the first in Berbice to cater for differently-abled persons. Two rooms have facilities for persons who are differently abled and have the space to accommodate those persons.
Chemical plant construction…as US-based company hosts consultationGeared at answering questions and concerns of residents of Houston, Greater Georgetown who were outraged when United States-based company, Nalco Champion Inc, had commenced the construction of a chemical warehousing facility at John Fernandes Ltd, Inland Terminal at 4055 Industrial Site, Ruimveldt, Georgetown, the company on Tuesday held consultations with the residents.A section of the gathering at the consultationThe consultation is part of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) being carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure the safety of the project, where residents were given an opportunity to make submission of questions that they would like addressed.Nalco Champion Guyana’s Country Manager, Keith Hicks, and Project Manager, Willy Miller, held a 20-minute visual discourse where they attempted to alleviate concerns of the residents.The residents were shown videos of several other similar plants constructed in residential areas— one of such being in Houston, Texas. Some 12 similar chemical plants of the company are said to have been constructed in areas where people reside.“My point for sharing this information with you is because this is one of the major manufacturing facilities that we have that we blend and truly mix chemicals and then we ship ‘em to different areas in the US… there will be no blending, there will be no reactions, there will be no storage tanks as far as the permanent storage tanks, no barrel tanks, no breakers, no fumes, no reactions, no heat, no vapors, no emissions, so if there is one point I want to make clear, our intent for what we would be doing here is not like what we are doing in Sugarland (Houston, Texas facility),” Hicks shared.According to Hicks, other sites were inspected beside the John Fernandez property; however, the Ruimveldt location was the only one that met the criteria for safety.Representative from John Fernandes, Phillip Fernandes, who was present at the consultations, and who concurred with the Nalco rep, stated “we think that it is a safe enough activity, it is far away from everyone, but it is not our decision to make, we are awaiting the response from the relevant authority because we don’t want to endanger anyone, we all want the something”.Residents, however, still questioned the legality and management of the project and further questioned about risks and compensation plans should there be a chemical leak or spill.In answering the questions of legality, a Central Planning and Housing Authority (CH&PA) representative revealed that the said land was zoned in 2014 and an application was since approved for the construction of such a facility. Concerns regarding compensation was however left unanswered.Construction activities were halted at the facility amid the concerns raised by the residents.Residents have over the past week expressed fears about the project, including possible contamination of surrounding water sources.Guyana Times published a previous report where residents claimed that they were not consulted before the decision was made to set up the facility.“We are aware that Nalco has an interest in putting up a chemical facility at the John Fernandes inland terminal. We have a number of issues with respect to having a chemical facility in an area where you have residents”.“There are a number of chemicals that will be housed at that facility. You have Xylene, emulsion breaker, asphalt inhibitors among others. We don’t know the severity of these chemicals. Furthermore, they said they will have a lab there. Williams questioned what could be the purpose of a lab at the location and whether the United States-based company planned to start mixing chemicals. In addition, Williams claimed that Nalco does not have a comprehensive emergency plan. As a consequence, she said, the community at large is in danger”.The residents emphasised that not only is the plant hazardous to them, but can have a ripple effect on the whole city. Beside the danger to residents, Private Sector Commission (PSC) Executive and resident Ramesh Dookhoo noted the danger a chemical spill could pose to other businesses.The facility would service ExxonMobil’s Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel during oil production.
West Covina Youth Soccer has scheduled player sign-ups from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17 at Edgewood Middle School, 1625 W. Durness St. Registration will take place next to the track. For information visit www.wcysc.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A group of cyclists who completed a marathon trek from Glasgow to Gortahork this summer have returned to Ireland to deliver a cheque for almost €10,000 to Donegal Hospice.The cash was raised by the 18 members of the Cathcart Pedallers, most of whom had never cycled before they began training for their 220-mile trip.From the start, they decided all proceeds from their efforts – which included sponsorship and a charity night – would be split between the hospice in Letterkenny and the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow. The cheque for £8,452 was delivered to Donegal by four of the Pedallers with local connections: Seamus Ferry (Fanaboy), Tommy and Lorraine Docherty (Gortahork) and Maeve Carson (Braade).Afterwards Tommy Docherty said: “We were honoured to represent our whole group, who are just a bunch of close friends from the South Side of Glasgow.Cheque presentation, Left to right: Seamus Ferry, Tommy Docherty, Rosemary Sweeney (Donegal Hospice), Maeve Carson, Lorraine Docherty, Rena Alcorn (Donegal Hospice).“Cycling to Donegal was the experience of a lifetime for us. It was hard work in parts, especially for those who were relatively new to cycling.“I’m sure we’ll all remember the hard day’s pedal up the slope to Errigal, then the marvellous views of the Poison Glen from the top. “The welcome when we finished at the Loch Altan Hotel in Gortahork was also special.“We had great fun but the important thing is that we raised some funds to help the fantastic work being done by the people at Donegal Hospice in Letterkenny and their counterparts in Glasgow.“I’d also like to thank former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness and Glasgow’s Lord Provost Sadie Docherty for their support..”Scottish cyclists’ amazing €10K cheque for hospice was last modified: September 23rd, 2016 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:Chequecyclistsdonegaldonegal hospice
Nigel Spink with Aston Villa – Less than 10 minutes into the 1982 final, Jimmy Rimmer was forced to go off with a shoulder problem and it looked bleak for Villa. His replacement, Spink, had only one first team appearance to his name. However, he kept Bayern Munich out, as the club triumphed 1-0 in Rotterdam. He ended up playing 460 times for the club. 11 Gareth Bale with Real Madrid – Bale has won the Champions League twice with Real Madrid already and he played a decisive role in his first in 2014. His goal in the 4-1 win against rivals Atletico put his side ahead in extra-time before Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo completed the rout and secured a tenth win overall for Real. He had missed earlier chances to score, but headed in at a crucial moment and Bales goal came just a month after he had won Real the Copa del Rey thanks to his virtuoso effort against Barcelona. 11 Ryan Bertrand with Chelsea – Bertrand made his European Chelsea debut in the 2012 Champions League final. He didnt look nervous at all and when he was substituted with 17 minutes of normal time remaining the score was 0-0 and he was forced to watch from the bench as the teams both conceded. Chelsea eventually won on penalties, but Bertrand didnt even think hed feature at all. I had given away my Champions League final tickets, I told [my mum] there was no point in her coming out there, my chances of playing were none or at best slim but she was not having it. Mrs Bertrand, though, booked a flight to Munich anyway and was there to see her 22-year-old son shine. Alex Ferguson with Man United – Bayern Munich boss Ottmar Hitzfeld may lament taking off Lothar Matthaus in the 1999 final against United, but the changes from Sir Alex Ferguson in the other dugout were inspired. With Man United trailing 1-0, Fergie replaced Jesper Blomqvist and Andy Cole with Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who both scored as the club secured a 2-1 win. One of Sir Alex’s biggest strengths as a manager was his decision making during a game, Sheringham later said. 11 11 Steven Gerrard with Liverpool – It looked over for Liverpool at half-time in the 2005 final. They were 3-0 down against Milan and had been played off the park, but were urged to score early in the second by manager Rafa Benitez. It was Gerrard, the captain, who dragged the side back when he reduced the deficit to two goals nine minutes after the restart as the club eventually drew 3-3 to win on penalties. 11 George Best with Man United – Benfica had drawn level in the 1968 European Cup final at Wembley after Bobby Charltons opener, but then George Best danced his way to goal having jinked past the defence and rounded the goalkeeper. Brian Kidd, on his 19th birthday, and another from Charlton sealed the 4-1 win, but at that point in time Best was the king. He top scored with 28 goals and was crowned both the PFA and European Footballer of the Year. Those Celtic Lisbon Lions – All 11 of the starting line-up came from within 30 miles of Glasgow. Defender Tommy Gemmell and forward Steve Chalmers scored the goals in the 2-1 win against Inter in 1967, with Billy McNeill as captain. Ronnie Simpson in goal, then there was Jim Craig, John Clark, Bobby Murdoch, Jimmy Johnstone, Bobby Lennox and Willie Wallace. And lets not forget midfielder Bertie Auld who began a rendition of the Celtic song in the tunnel as the teams lined up. You should have seen the expression on the Italians faces, McNeill later recalled. I think they thought they were playing a pub team! 11 11 11 11 Steve McManaman with Real Madrid – In McManamans first season at Real Madrid the 1999/00 campaign he won the Champions League and scored a superb volley in the final against Valencia. It was a man of the match performance from McManaman, but he wasnt finished there and he won the tournament again in 2002. John Robertson with Forest – Brian Clough once described him as the Picasso of football and in 1979 John Robertsons creative talent was evident when his cross led to Trevor Francis making his European debut scoring the winner against Malmo. John McGovern, his captain, said he was like Ryan Giggs but with two good feet and it was his magical right peg which won the 1980 European Cup final against Hamburg. It is a thing of beauty. Juventus v Real Madrid is live on talkSPORT at 19:45 on Saturday 3 June here.Gareth Bale will be Great Britain’s representative in the Champions League final on 3 June where he could win the trophy for the third time in four years. His contribution in the 2014 edition was decisive and he scored his penalty in the shoot-out win in 2016.Real Madrid could also become the first side to win successive competitions since the rebranding of the European Cup in 1992.Have a look at some memorable performances and moments from Brits in the competition over the years. 11 Paul Lambert with Borussia Dortmund – Lambert became the first British player to win the competition with a non-British club when his Borussia Dortmund side saw off Juventus in 1997. The Scotland midfielder joined on a free transfer from Motherwell in 1996 and endeared himself to everyone with the culmination being his shackling of Zinedine Zidane in the final. 11 David May with Man United – What do you mean he didn’t play? Look at the photo.
Barkley has been given plenty of game time under Sarri LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE Ross Barkley is optimistic his performances for Chelsea will earn an England recall on Thursday.The 24-year-old has thrived under new Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri and hopes to be named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for this month’s matches with World Cup finalists Croatia and Spain. huge blow After a series of seasons interrupted by injury, including last term on joining Chelsea from Everton in January, Barkley believes he is improving under Sarri.“His style of play really suits mine,” Barkley added.“As the season goes on I’ll show a lot more what I’m capable of, I’ll start to score a lot more and assist a lot more.”Barkley says he is benefiting from Sarri’s attention to detail, the 59-year-old former banker meticulous in his approach and preparation.“Over the years I haven’t really been coached much. Right now I’m ready to understand every aspect of the game,” Barkley said.“You only need to be around him for half-an-hour to understand how intelligent he is.“He prepares for each game and each opponent really well. You can understand how much he loves the game.” BEST OF 2 REVEALED MONEY RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Barkley could then feature for Chelsea in Thursday night’s Europa League Group L tie with Hungarian champions Vidi at Stamford Bridge.“I’m playing a big role in the side at the minute and I believe my performances show I’m capable of being in the England squad, hopefully,” said Barkley, who missed out on England’s World Cup squad.Mateo Kovacic has been preferred to Barkley of late in the Premier League, but the England midfielder started the Europa League win at PAOK and the Carabao Cup success at Liverpool.“The amount of games I’ve played, I’m ready to be called up,” Barkley added.“I’ve just got to do what I can for Chelsea and hopefully that will take care of itself with the national team.”Southgate last month outlined his desire for a creative midfielder in the mould of Paul Gascoigne, something which might have attracted Barkley’s attention given prior comparisons made between the two players. REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Barkley has put himself in contention for an international recall silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade
MINISTER LEO VARADKAR has decided to retain coast guard services at Malin Head and Valenctia Island, Co Kerry.Here’s what he had to say:“The review of the Marine Survey Office and Irish Coast Guard Services, and relevant ongoing work by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, and Fisher Consultants I should like to thank Deputy McHugh for raising this issue. Value for Money reviews into the Coast Guard and Marine Surveying functions of my Department identified a number of issues which need to be addressed in Ireland’s maritime transport safety and marine emergency response regimes. These include:• enhancing Ireland’s pollution preparedness and response capability;• improving Coast Guard volunteer training and management;• addressing deficiencies in legislation relating to maritime safety; and • addressing various measures to promote greater efficiencies within the services.I informed the Government in July that I would consider the Fisher reviews in detail and prepare an action plan to address the deficiencies identified.When I published the reviews last July I made it clear that I wouldn’t accept or reject any of the recommendations until a full assessment of the proposals had been undertaken and actions prioritised to address the issues identified as requiring attention.In publishing the reports I emphasised that preparing the action plan provides a valuable opportunity to create more efficient and effective maritime safety regulatory arrangements and emergency response services. At the same time, it is important to recognise that resources available to the maritime services are very limited and they have to be deployed on a prioritised basis and as effectively and efficiently as possible to address the most urgent needs.The Action Plan is nearing conclusion and I expect to return to Government on this in the coming weeks. One aspect of the review which has attracted significant interest is that of the future of the co-ordination centres at Dublin, Valentia and Malin.There has been considerable interest in this matter, and I appreciate that in seeking to protect local services, passions can overflow. However, I should like to put on the record that I was disappointed at the treatment of officials from my Department at a recent meeting of the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications. While most of those in attendance, including Deputy McHugh engaged constructively on the matter, there were a small number of members whose contribution was deeply unfair and unjustified. I want to record on the record of the House my disappointment in the conduct of those members, and I am sure when they review the transcript of the meeting they will withdraw some of the comments made.In my Department’s review of the Coast Guard and Marine Survey Office services, all options have to be considered. That necessarily included looking at whether the current configuration of co-ordination centres was appropriate and whether changes to that would deliver greater efficiency. This was all within the context of the expenditure and human resources constraints that my Department operates under.However, after careful consideration of the various options available, I will be proposing that the three centres will remain open and that none will be closed. Rather, through the utilisation of the most modern communications and IT infrastructure across a single national Coast Guard network, I will be proposing that the three centres will be more closely aligned and integrated. Therefore the current structure of three Coast Guard Centres in Dublin, Malin and Valentia will continue to provide their current service but will be required to deliver new efficiencies in how these services are provided. External consultants are undertaking work on the details of this at the moment to assist in the preparation of the Action Plan.WHY I KEPT MALIN HEAD COAST GUARD STATION OPEN – BY MINISTER LEO VARADKAR was last modified: November 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:WHY I KEPT MALIN HEAD COAST GUARD STATION OPEN – BY MINISTER LEO VARADKAR
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week She’ll ride in the front car in her Army fatigues, waving to the kids and their parents along the parade route. Not a five-star general or muscular GI, but a 22-year-old Latina who stands just a shade over 5 feet tall and has the heart of a tiger. The hero of the day. “Our daughter never played with toy soldiers growing up, but she didn’t play with dolls, either,” says her dad, Robert Garcia. She played basketball and roller hockey, and rode motocross, always holding her own against the boys. She still does. “I wonder sometimes, where did my little girl go?” – Sylvia Garcia She went off to war. First to Afghanistan for 10 months, then to Iraq for a year – earning the Army Commendation Medal for combat missions with Special Forces units and the 82nd Airborne Division. And next month, Army Sgt. Christina Gecse – Valencia High Class of 2001 – will return to Iraq for a third tour of duty, this time with the 118th Military Police, protecting troop convoys traveling that country’s deadly highways. Before she goes, she has a job to do here at home: Serve as grand marshal in today’s San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade. In Tina, organizers Fred Flores and Dan Rosales know they’ve found the perfect grand marshal for this year’s parade. “She’s a young woman, a volunteer, serving in an Airborne unit,” Flores said. “People need to know more about the major role women like Christina are playing in our military today. They’re not behind the front lines anymore.” And Rosales also knows what’s going to happen today when those crowds see the grand marshal of the parade waving to them and smiling. “She’s going to win their hearts,” he said. Yeah, she is. Christina was 17 1/2 when she came home from College of the Canyons, carrying enlistment papers she needed her parents to sign because she was too young to join the Army on her own. “I really wanted to become a police officer, but the police academy wasn’t accepting applicants under 22, and I didn’t want to wait,” she recalled. She told her parents if she joined the Army and became a military police officer, it would give her a leg up getting a job with the police department, or maybe even the FBI, after she was discharged. “We tried to hang on to her,” said her mother, Sylvia Garcia. “She was so young, we didn’t want to sign the papers. “But Tina was so passionate about it. She’s always been that way growing up – independent. Once she sets her mind to do something, she doesn’t stop until it’s done.” There was nothing they could do but sign the papers, support their daughter and pray, Robert said. She was sworn into the Army on Sept. 10, 2001. The next day, terrorists hijacked four planes and launched an attack that changed America forever. “I tried not to think too much about it, but my stomach did drop a little, but it wouldn’t have stopped me from volunteering,” Tina said now. “My country needed me now more than ever, and still does. Besides, I wouldn’t have met my husband if I hadn’t enlisted.” Seth Gecse was in Christina’s military police unit, and remains in the Army today as an MP investigator. She’s proud of her service, Christina says. Proud of the 12 parachute jumps she’s made as a member of an Airborne unit, and the countless patrols she’s been on. And if there’s one thing she wants us to think about this Veterans Day, it’s the men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a few weeks, she’ll be one of them again. With that, the grand marshal of the San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade went back to practicing her wave. “How’m I doing?” she asked, smiling. Good enough to win a lot of hearts on the parade route. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!