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By Lakhram BhagiratOne of the fondest memories of my childhood is my grandmother returning from a hard day at Bourda Market and ever so often surprises us with thin brown biscuits that were crunchy but not too crunchy, sweet but not too sweet and many years later the aroma still lingers in my nostrils.It is the aroma of the ever so nostalgic coconut biscuits. As time went by the delight slowly faded away from the market and as I grew older they became almost obsolete. However, a few years ago I was ever so surprised to see them back on the market but this time it was sophisticatedly packaged but the aroma has reignited the nostalgia.About a year ago, I was at the Women in Business Expo where I smelled a familiar smell that led me to Simone Peters’ booth. It was then I discovered Country Style Coconut Biscuits. Not only was the smell familiar but also the face, coincidentally I would have taught one of Simone’s daughter during my stint as a teacher at the Vreed en Hoop Secondary School.Simone resides at Crane on the West Coast of Demerara and has been invested in bettering her products. When most of the village is asleep, Simone is up already preparing her ingredients to have an early start.Soon, a delicious smell drifts lazily from Simone’s kitchen. Floating lightly on the early morning breeze, the inviting aroma wafts through Simone’s sleepy village, reminding her neighbours that one of their own has made a unique and delectable addition to Guyana’s cuisine.The thing that makes Simone unique is that she uses coconut in all of her products making her products authentically Guyanese.“I love to make coconut products because I am from the country as well. Everything I want to keep it at the country level, so people get that taste of home…my products will take persons back to their country roots.”Simone is a native Essequibian and grew up in a family that was about baking. Her aunt would make pastries and other delicacies which she also learned. In 2015, Peters started her business by selling coconut biscuits as a way of supplementing the income.“In life, we always have ups and downs and we find ourselves in situations that are between a rock and a hard place and we would have to find something to sustain you and take care. I tried my hands at a lot of things that I know to do and I even tried lots of 9-5 and I realized that is not me and I always want to be doing something that satisfies me and I love working with myself. When I ended up in the rock and a hard place situation I went back to what I know best and that is the baking.”For Simone, it is about making her mark and taking people back to their childhood and creating more memories for the younger generation. She is the epitome of not giving up making her role models for females across the country.“I have never known in myself that going back to where we started can bring so much joy and happiness to you and it pushes you forward. I have gained the attention of people in Guyana, the Caribbean and even further afield. We are working now to ship to those markets so that people can make those things possible,” she said.Simone is currently doing everything to develop herself and according to her she is going places and it teaches her how to be humble about her success. The mother of three is serving as the ideal role model for her two daughters and one son.She had thought about giving up a lot of times but she credits the constant calls for orders or to offer a word or encouragement as fuel to her drive. Simone is currently working on building her bakery as well as expanding her product line.“I want to keep it strictly coconut and stay true to the roots. So I am currently developing more new products and improving constantly.”
It is a good thing to assemble in the house of God this National Thanksgiving Day because we are reminded in Psalm 50:14 “Offer to God a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving and make good your vows to the Most High.” Since the passing of the dreadful Ebola virus disease, we gathered in thanking God for His divine providence as a nation and people in bringing us thus far… Amen.Our relationship with the United States over the years is manifested in our similarity of events such as independence in July, Capitol Hill, the flag, Decoration or Memorial Day, Thanksgiving where in the United States families gather in appreciating God for His divine providence and eating their traditional turkey and going for excursion. As Liberians, we pay homage to our founding fathers that set this day aside for us to give thanks to Almighty God for His guidance and protection over the years as a nation. Amen.The Israelites were to bless the Lord after eating their fill in the Promised Land. This verse is traditionally cited as the reason we say the grace before or after meals. Deuteronomy 8:10 emphasized the need for the Israelites not to forget God when their needs and wants were satisfied. Church, oftentimes we forget God when we feel that we have reached the height of success; thus, finding ourselves paying homage to our knowledge, connections, influence and status.Psalms 103:2 reminds us, “Bless the Lord O my soul and forget not all His benefits”. As we commemorate National Thanksgiving Day, let us reflect on the blessings and benefits of God that continue to uphold and sustain us as a nation and people. The benefits of God are those things that make one rich and adds no sorrows or uncertainties.In times of plenty it is easy to take credit for your prosperity and begin to feel that your own hard work, cleverness and position have made you rich or successful. Church, it is easy to get so busy collecting and managing your wealth that you soon findGod being pushed right out of your life. God is the one who blesses us with abundance and it is God who asks us to manage it for Him. Don’t forget God in your abundance, or you will eventually lose all.A friend once asked me to consider doing my graduate studies in Management but I told her it was not practical because I have been doing management throughout my life. …. As believers, we are managers of God’s creation and we must make sure of managing well what has been entrusted to us. How are we managing our nation and the resources entrusted to us??? My dear brothers and sisters, when you listen to the radio, television or read the newspapers, you get frustrated and disappointed because of the bitterness and grief in our country. We often reference this nation as being on the principles and values of Christianity; but in reality, we are miles apart from those values. How are we giving as a nation when the issue of willful corruption, injustice, concession that benefits the elites and nepotism are the complete order of the day? As we celebrate National Thanksgiving we must soberly reflect how far we have come as a nation and people, thus ensuring that we manage this nation well for the prosperity of all.Oh church, despite the complaints and arguments about the forward march of our country, I see a brighter and more prosperous Liberia where our children will not be judged by their county of origin but as Liberians. We must speak truth to power and be willing to reconcile our differences as people of one common destiny. We must stop the complaints and trust God for keeping us safe despite the tempest of Ebola, unemployment, poverty, and unequal opportunities. According to Exodus 15:22, the children of Israel complained to Moses because they couldn’t drink the water at Merah because it was bitter. The time is coming as we give thanks when the water of this nation will become sweet and drinkable for all to uphold and share. Despite the bitterness and negative thoughts, we must all work under one collective umbrella in making sure our nation becomes attractive and palatable for all.Proverbs 3:9 reminds us to honor the Lord with our possessions and with the first produce of our harvest. Don’t give God a Thanksgiving of “Cain”. We must give God our best, our utmost, our treasures, our heart and our soul. The Gospel as recorded in Matthew 6:33 reminds us to seek the Lord at all times because the most valuable thing in life is our relationship with God and eternal life. As we celebrate this national event, let us keep in mind that Thanksgiving is not only the first Thursday in November, but every day in our individual and collective activities.Remember, only what we do for God will last! God bless you …! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fournier said the case highlights the fact that there are fewer differences between full-fledged gang members and tagging crews, typically younger and known traditionally for spray-painting their monikers in the neighborhoods they live in, police said. “Taggers are just as capable of committing the same type of violence as gangs are,” he said. Anyone with information is asked to call Fournier at (818) 623-4071. After hours, call (818) 623-4016. For up-to-date news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Police today called on a suspected member of a North Hollywood tagging crew to turn himself in for questioning in connection with a shooting this month that injured a rival gang member who disrespected him. Police said Jesus Sanchez, who goes by the nicknames “Chuey” and “Chino,” is a “person of interest” in the July 7 shooting that injured a 17-year-old member of the Vanowen Street Locos gang outside Sanchez’s home in the 7000 block of Fulton Avenue, in North Hollywood, police said. The shooting victim, who police did not identify because of his age, was shot in the chest and has recovered, police said. The shooting began after the teen shooting victim disrespected Sanchez because he was in a tagging crew and not a full-fledged gang, said Los Angeles Police Detective Dan Fournier. Sanchez is a reputed member of the Mobbing All Districts tagging crew, police said. Fournier said Sanchez’s family has told police they are trying to get him to turn himself in. Fournier described Sanchez as 5-foot-4, 150 pounds, with a shaved head. He has a mole on his right cheek.
1 Alexis Sanchez in Chile training Alexis Sanchez is available for Chile’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay after returning from injury, La Roja coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has confirmed.The Arsenal striker missed last Thursday’s goalless draw in Colombia after suffering what the Chile Football Association described as a ”low-grade muscle injury” during training.Sanchez’s recovery was being monitored ahead of Tuesday’s visit of Uruguay to Santiago but, after returning to full training with his team-mates, the 27-year-old is now in line for a recall.Pizzi also said Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal are available after knocks.“Sanchez was not ready for the game in Colombia, but we knew the injury was a small one and we could have him for this match. The three of them (Sanchez, Vidal and Bravo) are available to me for tomorrow,” Pizzi told a press conference.He added of Sanchez: “It’s not that he hasn’t trained, he’s trained every day, even when we were in Colombia he did a different kind of work. Yesterday he took part in full training.”Pizzi also dismissed any suggestion the injured players’ clubs had sought to influence his selection decisions.“At no time have we received pressure from any club. My stance is that I will never use a player who is not fit or capable of playing,” he said in quotes reported by the South American media.“All of the clubs can remain calm, we are very respectful of our players. The health of our players is paramount, we will never force any player who has not got the medical all-clear.”The Sanchez news will be a boost to Arsenal, with the former Barcelona forward having scored eight goals in 15 matches for the Gunners this season.Arsenal travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the Premier League this weekend.Bravo’s Manchester City, meanwhile, go to Crystal Palace.
Where is it written that these punks have the right to terrorize entire neighborhoods, kill each other and innocent bystanders, claim sections of our city as their personal territory? How much taxpayer money has been spent on soft-centered “anti-gang programs?” One program will work: Lock ’em up.— Gary BrandnerNorthridgeAntonio’s first stepRe “ Big day’ for Antonio” (Aug. 30):The mayor wishes to do something about LAUSD. Here’s a start. Give each secondary teacher the right to begin reassignment proceedings against any student. If 75 percent of that student’s teachers agree that the student is not benefiting from his/her placement, then the student will be reassigned to a reform school. These reform schools will be decidedly more structured than regular schools. To assure attendance, students will be picked up and delivered home by school personnel. It might be an expensive first step, but it would deter many of our students whose sole problem is that they refuse to cooperate in their own education.— Dan HartMath teacherSan Fernando High SchoolWe say — expertRe “Nelson gives local panels activist push” (Aug. 28):Having had the pleasure of knowing and working with Greg Nelson through the neighborhood council system, I can attest that his overarching goal has always been our empowerment. This at times required that he appease the downtown power structure so that the vulnerable nascent neighborhood council system would continue its growth.He has contacts with neighborhood councils and community groups nationally and is an expert on local empowerment, and city politics and structure. Freed from the political obligation an L.A. city general manager has to his bosses, I would take Greg Nelson’s insight and opinion over that of any other city official, elected or appointed.— Michael N. CohenResedaBush bashing“Your Opinions” columns seems to print only Bush-bashing letters. The letter from Christopher Peak (Aug. 31) blamed only Bush for Katrina. That was an act of God. People were warned days in advance to get out. What about the responsibility of the mayor of New Orleans and the governor of Louisiana? I am surprised these liberal Democrats aren’t blaming Bush if they or their kids get colds.— Joe McMillinWest HillsNaming namesRe “Terror war harmed by mislabeling” (Their Opinions, Aug 30):In typical post-modern thinking, Trudy Rubin thinks by relabeling Islamofascism we can change the reality that there is a portion of Muslims who interpret the Quran and Muhammad’s Hadith literally. That is: They want to annihilate Christians and Jews and convert the world to Islam via the “sword.” The sooner we realize this, the sooner we will begin to make inroads against Islamofascism, or fascist Islamism or whatever we call it.— Warren ThompsonWest HillsFitting definitionRe “Terror war harmed by mislabeling” (Their Opinions, Aug 30):Trudy Rubin’s column states that Webster defines fascism as “a system of government characterized by rigid one-party dictatorship, forcible suppression of opposition, private economic enterprise under centralized government control, belligerent nationalism, racism and militarism.” Welcome to the new Republican United States of America.— James Hamilton MooreBurbank More than hateRe “Electoral system in for a change?” (Aug. 31):It must be embarrassing for the Democrats to have lost twice to a president whom they insist is dumb, is a liar and the worst president in history. What does that say about their candidates and, for all the harping on the ’06 Democratic gains in the House, Senate and, in ’08, the White House, it appears that some desperation is in the camp.Unable to win constitutionally, California (of course) Democrats resort to changing the Constitution. Here is a thought, folks: Try coming up with a message other than “we hate Bush.” It takes more than resentment and anger to run a nation.— Patrick WeirChatsworthA little toleranceRe “Masquerading cartoon” (Your Opinions, Aug. 30):Bob Deluca’s opinion is that the cartoon is “unacceptable” for a comic page. Unacceptable to whom? Not to me. For years, I have felt that all such cartoons should be on the editorial pages. But until that happens, I still might agree with him if it were not for the abundance of other cartoons that daily or periodically insert far-left “opinions” in their strips. How often does one see those “comic” strips insert political jabs either blatantly or by innuendo?Trudeau is a good example of what is printed in some comic pages … right up front for the kiddies to see. But as long as I have Mallard Fillmore to read, I’ll just try to put up with the others. — Jim AlbersGlendaleHands-on learningRe “Katrina PR” (Your Opinions, Aug. 31):Stop complaining about how Bush let New Orleans down. People left, never to return, with billions of dollars used fraudulently — Bush’s efforts unappreciated. Abandoned mobile homes now with lock problems. For a free home, I’d fix the locks and remove the debris myself to get on with my life. The news shows Mexican laborers are now arriving ready and willing to work. Unfortunately, a black man quickly complained that they’re taking away his right to get those jobs. Where has he been for a year? New Orleans citizens should fill their begging hands with tools and help themselves. I’m sure the Mexican laborers can show them how. — Cheryl JonesSunlandMallard in poor tasteRe “Mallard Fillmore” (Your Opinions, Aug. 30):Political cartoons were once a mainstay of the opinion section, but today politically charged strips have worked their way into the “comics’ pages of newspapers.Although they may occasionally be found humorous by those on the appropriate side of the party lines, Thursday’s installment of “Mallard Fillmore” with its undeniably anti-Semitic implication was simply in poor taste. Its publication was irresponsible.— Jill RubensteinBell Canyon160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Gangsters’ paradise” (Our Opinions, Aug. 30”):There was a student named DeAngelo Bolla in an English class I helped teach at Kennedy High School a few years ago. If the victim you described was the same person, I remember him as a nice boy who was respectful and nondisruptive in class and managed to do good work in spite of frequent absences. I was horrified to read he was gunned down.I agree that one reason the gangs rule the streets is because the city’s politicians are “indifferent,” but there is more involved than that. As long as the “politically correct” mind-set prevails that values criminals’ rights over victims’ rights and equates strong police action with racism, the gangs will continue to thrive. It will take generations to undo the damage to the social fabric done by this mind-set. Meanwhile, nice, young people like DeAngelo will suffer the consequences.— Patrick M. Dempsey AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Substitute teacherLos Angeles Unified School DistrictLock ’em upRe “Gangsters’ paradise” (Our Opinions, Aug. 30”):I have six words that will solve the city’s problems with these thugs: “Join a gang, go to prison.” What’s that? Their rights would be violated? Too bad.
rookie error Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ PEP TALK Mourinho made a great start to life as Tottenham boss Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane all scored before the hosts battled back in the second-half through Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna.And the Scot has predicted that Mourinho will match his predecessor’s achievement of last season and take the north London club all the way to to the Champions League final. latest on target LATEST Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ statement update Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son stalemate Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti appointed Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Andy Gray believes Jose Mourinho will lead Tottenham to the Champions League final this season.The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager landed the Spurs hot seat after the board sacked Mauricio Pochettino last Tuesday, and guided them to a 3-2 victory in his first match in charge against West Ham. Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Getty Images – Getty Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 1 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman targets LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Gray told beIN SPORTS: “I’m going to make a statement here, I wouldn’t be surprised if he [Mourinho] takes them back to the Champions League final this year. I am telling you.“If they beat Olympiacos in midweek then they can forget it till February.“When February comes around he’ll have been there for a while and this is pretty much the team that got to the final last year. With Mourinho, stranger things have happened.“We can revisit this in six months.”
“Him and his family have had an horrendous few days and it was very emotional but it shows me that the group has a tremendous togetherness and we will stay strong for him. “Whatever Kris needs, we will support. We will be there every step of the way, whatever is needed. “I have been speaking to Kris since the horrendous news and it will be left up to him, it is his decision, whether playing or training. I will be guided by him. “The best tribute to Kris, his family and his late brother, that we can go there (Dundee), put on a performance and get the win.”Midfielder Greg Kiltie could miss the next month after a hamstring injury suffered earlier this season, flared up again. Lee Clark has revealed Kris Boyd delivered an emotional speech to the Kilmarnock squad following the death of his younger brother.Scott Boyd, 27, was found dead at his home in the Ayrshire village of Auchinleck on Wednesday.Manager Clark expressed his condolences to Boyd and his family following the tragedy and says he will let the striker make his own decision over featuring against Dundee on Saturday.“It has been tough for the football club since we learned the news on Wednesday morning,” he told Press Association Sport. “Our supporters, the board and everyone connected with the football club send their deepest condolences to Kris and his family. “I addressed the players on Wednesday and Kris came in today and addressed the players. “It was emotional for everybody. It was emotional for me, the staff, for the players because we are very close.“It was a delivery of a speech from a very strong character, a very experienced man.
“The latter doesn’t work because you’ll quickly find that the away club will stop selling tickets for away matches.“I’m not sure it’s particularly fair to start punishing the home club particularly, smaller home clubs, when they have an influx of fans from larger clubs.“It may be more difficult to manage some of the unacceptable conduct that does occur.“Strict liability, where it’s been brought in, and UEFA competitions is a good example, it doesn’t work. “We’re far better I think focusing on practical measures that weed out the individuals and hold those individuals strictly accountable, strictly liable for the actions that they themselves cause.”Mr Doncaster instead believes troublemaking fans should be face stiffer punishments. He said: “We’d be wholly supportive of far harsher custodial sentences for those who do transgress.“It’s important that that small minority of individuals who do engage in unacceptable conduct that they are found, they are identified and they are prosecuted both by the club and by the full force of the law.“We support the efforts of those clubs who have very effectively done that this season.“Direct action is being taken by clubs and it is proving to be effective so we absolutely support that action. More can be done and more will be done.”After a string of unsavoury incidents this season, the Scottish Government has previously warned that it’s time for football clubs and administrators to act.SNP MSP James Dornan wants to impose strict liability on clubs and hopes to bring legislation to Holyrood before the summer.The former First Minister Henry McLeish, who authored a blueprint for the future of the Scottish game and has written extensively on the issue, warned the footballing authorities that they must take action to prevent government intervention.He said: “Scotland has moved on but at times I fear that the game is still rooted in the past.“It’s up to the football authorities, up to the football clubs to take the appropriate action and, if they do, then I don’t think the government needs to get involved.“But in the absence of positive action by the authorities then I’m afraid the government will have to step in.”Supporters group Fans Against Criminalisation believes suggestions of a problem with behaviour in Scotland has been exaggerated.Its spokeswoman Jeanette Findlay feels current laws are strong enough to deal with troublemakers.She said: “I would challenge those people to actually present the evidence because there is no evidence that there is a problem at Scottish football.” Scottish football should resist moves to make clubs responsible for fans’ behaviour, SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster has told STV.‘Strict liability’ has been floated as a solution to trouble at grounds across the country.That could lead to clubs being docked points or sections of stadiums closed following incidents.Games this season have been littered with coin and bottle throwing, seats being ripped up and fans confronting players. STV News revealed last month that legislation could soon be put before the Scottish Parliament by a backbench MSP.But Mr Doncaster believes introducing strict liability, used in UEFA competitions, is an unfair approach to dealing with the problem.He said: “Strict liability is a term that’s banded around, I’m not sure people really understand what it means.“There are two broad versions of strict liability. One is where you hold the home club responsible for everything that goes on within its stadium and the other version is where you hold a club responsible for its fans whether home or away.