#JaVotes2016: Young voters want jobs

first_imgThe main reason for turning up to vote in today’s elections is for more jobs, two youth electors in St. Andrew East Rural said. “Mi want the increase weh dem promise so mi a vote fi di party weh a go create the jobs dem,” 27-year-old Lorenzo Bennett, who was casting his ballot for the third time, told The Gleaner. Though 23-year-old Alicia Brown remained undecided, she also insisted she plans to hold whichever party wins, to the promise of job creation. First time candidates – the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Juliet Holness and the People’s National Party (PNP) Imani Duncan Price – are contesting the elections in the constituency  which historically has gone to the PNP eight times, with the JLP taking the reins four out of the last 12 elections since 1959. Both candidates have been in the constituency now for a year. For Brown, it was a matter of trying to decide whether “it even matter, to participate.” She laughed at the irony of her leaning against a fence, wrestling with whether to board the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) number 62 bus to head down to her community to vote. “Mi deh pon di fence. Honestly, mi nuh mek up mi mind if mi fi vote or mi nah vote because the two a dem a the same thing,” the 23-year-old said. Whichever way the ballots swing, both youth voters insisted they want more jobs from the party that makes up the next government.last_img read more

5 hospitalised after Essequibo Coast collision

first_imgFive persons are currently hospitalised at the Suddie Public Hospital, Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) after the vehicle they were travelling in crashed into a trench at La Union.The car involved in the accident ended in a trench at La UnionEyewitnesses report that three adults including the driver, and two children sustained injuries.According to information reaching Guyana Times, the car was travelling south when the driver lost control and ended up in the trench. The incident reportedly occurred around 16:00h on Monday.On hearing the loud impact, several persons living in La Union converged on the scene and rescued the persons who were then rushed to the hospital by Police.One resident alleges that the driver was speeding.“All I saw a black vehicle speeding then suddenly ended up in the trench, the children were then pulled out and sent to the hospital”, another eyewitness revealed.Police were informed and immediately responded.Investigations into the accident are ongoing.last_img read more

Danny’s 1950s TV love life

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.– Y.R.L., Youngstown, Ohio A: You are right: Each astronaut named his own spacecraft. They all added “7” to acknowledge their fellow astronauts, known as the Mercury Seven. The astronauts were Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton. Slayton was grounded in 1962 with an irregular heartbeat; his reinstatement occurred 10 years later, and he flew on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975. Q: Near Kinderhook, N.Y., is Lindenwald, the home of Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States. Where did he get the name Lindenwald? – N.D., Waco, Texas A: Although Van Buren bought the home while still president, he didn’t move in until 1841 after losing his bid for a second term. He named the estate Lindenwald, Dutch for “linden wood,” after the trees lining the roadway in front of his estate. Question: I think my folks’ favorite TV program was “Make Room for Daddy,” starring Danny Thomas. As I recall, it aired on Tuesday nights, and that evening’s activities often revolved around the show. In the early years, Thomas had a wife. He was later a widower, and then, toward the end of the show, he remarried. What happened to his first wife? – Y.E.T., Providence, R.I. Answer: The show premiered in the fall of 1953 and continued until 1964. Thomas played a nightclub entertainer named Danny Williams. His wife, Margaret (played by Jean Hagen), quit the show in 1956, and her character was killed off. The following season, Danny began dating; the 1956-1957 season ended with him proposing to a young nurse named Kathy O’Hara (Marjorie Lord). The fifth season opened with the happy couple returning from their honeymoon. Q: I have a question about the Project Mercury spaceflight program. It is my understanding that each astronaut named his spacecraft, such as Freedom 7 (Alan Shepard) or Liberty Bell 7 (Virgil Grissom). Six manned Mercury flights all contained the number seven. What does that represent? Q: I know what a boll weevil is; yet I don’t. I know it devastates cotton crops, but where did it get that name? – G.P., Brattleboro, Vt. A: A weevil is a beetle, or a particular type of beetle, that is destructive to plants. The word comes from the Old English wifel, or beetle. Boll is a part of several different plants; in this case, the cotton plant. Q: Who wrote “What mighty contests rise from trivial things”? – E.C., Troy, N.Y. A: That is one of the lines from “The Rape of the Lock” by Alexander Pope (1688-1744). Q: Where is (or was) the Gosport Shipyard? – S.L.P., Dover, Del. A: The Gosport Shipyard was founded in November 1767 on the western shore of the Elizabeth River in the Virginia Colony. During the Civil War, when Union forces recaptured the naval yard, the name was changed to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, even though it is located in Portsmouth, Va. The name Norfolk was probably chosen to avoid confusion with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard that already existed in Kittery, Maine, near Portsmouth, N.H. Send your questions to Mr. Know-It-All at gclothier@readingeagle.com or c/o United Feature Syndicate, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016 160Want 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