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NEW GOVERNMENT: President names business executive for position of Prime Minister

first_img Tweet NewsRegional NEW GOVERNMENT: President names business executive for position of Prime Minister by: – May 21, 2011 Sharing is caring! PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Newly sworn in President, Michel Martlly, geared up for his first major political battle with the opposition dominated Parliament by naming a business executive as his choice for prime minister.Martelly formally nominated Daniel-Gerard Rouzier on Friday to replace Jean-Max Bellerive, who came to the post in November 2009 under former president Rene Preval and had expressed a desire to continue in office.The two chambers of parliament are dominated by the Inite party, who backed Mr Martelly’s rival for the presidency and as the second highest political figure in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country, Rouzier, if appointed, will play a key role in efforts to get moving with stalled reconstruction after the devastating damage of after last year’s devastating arthquake.The United States educated Rouzier is president of a private power company and owns a car dealership. He also has served on the board of a religious charity based in Coconut Creek, Florida.A member of Martelly’s cabinet said that the president had chosen Rouzier after lengthy discussions with the presidents of both chambers to ensure his candidate would receive their backing.President Martelly, a popular singer has never before held public office and has been criticised by his rivals for his lack of political experience.In his inaugural address he promised to change the country that is recovering from the earthquake on January 12 last year that killed an estimated 300,000 people and left more than a million others homeless.In addition, the new government will have to deal with an outbreak of cholera that has so far killed more than 4,000 people. Sharecenter_img Share 26 Views   one comment Sharelast_img read more

What restaurants are open Christmas?

first_imgCheck with your closest location before heading out. Some restaurant websites do not have updated holiday hours so calling ahead is suggested.Applebee’s: Not all locations will be open as the decision is made by franchisees.Benihana: Make reservations online for Christmas Day.Boston Market: Nearly all locations are open Wednesday but menu selections and hours may vary by location.Buca di Beppo: Most open regular hours.Burger King: Select locations will be open on Christmas Day.Checker’s: Most open regular hours.Chinese restaurants: It’s a tradition for Chinese restaurants to be open Christmas. Check with your favorite for hours.Dave & Buster’s: Check your closest location’s hours online.Denny’s: Open 24 hours.Dunkin’: Hours vary and not all locations will be open. Check the Dunkin’ mobile app to confirm whether your local store is open.Fleming’s Steakhouse: Select locations open Christmas.Fogo de Chão: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.IHOP: Most locations will be open regular hours Wednesday. IHOP has a limited-time Elf on the Shelf menu and kids eat free promotion through Jan. 1.Legal Sea Foods: Each location’s hours listed at www.legalseafoods.com.Macaroni Grill: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.Main Event: Check for entertainment centers’ hours online. McCormick’s & Schmick’s: The restaurant recommends making reservations.McDonald’s: Participating locations are open Wednesday, hours vary.Morton’s The Steakhouse: 2 to 9 p.m.Panda Express: Hours vary.Paris Baguette: All locations will be open Wednesday but hours vary.Ruth Chris’ Steak House: Reservations are recommended and can be made online.Starbucks: Not all locations are open and hours vary. Check with your closest location and hours will be updated on the app and website.STK Steakhouse and Kona Grill: The restaurant chains both owned by The One Group will be open Christmas. Check websites for varying hours.TGI Fridays: Some locations will be open special hours, which vary. Tony Roma’s: Hours vary.last_img read more

UDFA/GT BEER Super Sunday Night Cup football

first_imgGeorgetown blast Bartica 6-0; West Demerara beat Berbice 3-1By Joe ChapmanGEORGETOWN and West Demerara Football Association teams marked their entry into the inaugural Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA)-promoted GT Beer Super Sunday Night Cup Inter-Association eight team championship with emphatic performances Sunday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.In the Group B matches played, West Demerara dismissed the challenge of Berbice, 3-1, while Georgetown demolished Bartica 6-0, as they placed themselves in a position to be among the two qualifiers who will emerge from Group B’s round-robin preliminary play involving the four association teams.Scorers for West Demerara, from left, Morgan Denny and Jamaal Harvey.Morgan Denny began the scoring for the West Demerara side netting in the 29th minute of play and before halftime came Jamaal Harvey who got a brace. He gained his first in the 40th minute before the first session ended with the West Side ahead 2-0.As they looked like cruising towards an easy win, Akeem Bollers reduced the advantage by scoring in the 76th minute for the Berbicians; but five minutes later Harvey sealed the win with another goal for an eventual 3-1 victory.The second game saw a double from Darren Benjamin, who set the pace for a 6-0 humbling of Bartica by one of the tournament favourites Georgetown, after the Bartica side looked promising in the opening minutes of feisty play.Bartica, looking good with some nice buildups against their City rivals, were unable to finish and soon after Georgetown took the lead through a crisp shot by Hubert Pedro in the 28th minute. It was taken from outside the 18-yard box on the right side going past the Bartica goalkeeper Cleon Doris who was guarding his near post.That shot was followed by another that rushed past a dazed Doris in the 43rd minute from outside – this time by Phillip Rowley.Taking the game to a next level, Georgetown continued to dictate the pace of the game and seemed to set for shots from outside. It came in the 70th minute when Dwayne McCalman hammered in goal number three and soon after in the 79th minute Darren Benjamin lashed home another for a 4-0 lead.Before long it was 5-0 when Ryan Dowden sent Georgetown further into the lead in the 81st minute. Benjamin returned for his second goal slotting home in the 86th minute to end the game 6-0.The tournament continues on Sunday with two more matches at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.last_img read more

Ellen Meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has thanked Pope Francis and the Catholic Church for its commitment to peace and reconciliation, as well as the Church’s contribution in the fields of social welfare and education in Liberia.According to a dispatch from the Vatican in Rome, Italy, the Liberian leader made the comments during a meeting with the Holy Father at his private library in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City on Saturday, April 5.Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, in which capacity he is Bishop of Rome and absolute Sovereign of the Vatican City State.During the cordial discussion, both the President and the Pontiff discussed the cordial relations between Liberia and the Holy See and expressed satisfaction about the positive progress made in strengthening Liberia’s democratic institutions.President Sirleaf, particularly highlighted Government’s efforts for peace and reconciliation; which he encouraged. She praised the Church for its immense contribution in the fields of social welfare and education.The Liberian leader urged Pope Francis to pray for the country in order to have a sense of holiness, reconciliation, peace and that all Liberians can love one another. She also asked for the Pontiff’s prayers for courage of tolerance.They later exchanged views on current regional and international issues, with particular reference on trouble spots around the world.Later, President Sirleaf met with His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by the Secretary for Relations with States, Dominique Mamberti.During the meeting, President Sirleaf extended thanks and appreciation to the Holy See for its support to Liberia over time especially during the years of the country’s civil war. They discussed how relations can be strengthened, especially with support to social welfare, health and educational institutions.“I think for us, this is more or less a one time opportunity. I found the Pope very affable,” President Sirleaf said following the meeting, adding that she found him to be a very humble man. President Sirleaf is the first Liberian President to visit a Pope at the Vatican.President Sirleaf was later taken on a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica within the Vatican City, the largest church in the world and one of the holiest Catholic sites.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hearing impaired to get help at council meetings

first_imgIt could be in place by the second council meeting in March, according to Amy Turner, chief deputy city clerk. But she added the city hasn’t established a procedure yet on how residents can borrow and use the receivers and earbuds. The request to have hearing devices came last month from Charles Ozenghar of West Covina. Ozenghar, who owns a business in Covina, just finished jury duty where he saw the devices. “I asked why \ couldn’t have hearing aids available at council meetings,” he said. The council announced buying the system at the Feb. 6 meeting, and Ozenghar thanked them. COVINA – Residents may soon be able to borrow a receiver and an earpiece at city meetings if they need it. After a businessman’s request, Covina paid $1,300 to Agape Sight n’ Sound in Chino for a Williams Sound Assistive Listening System, which includes a rack-mounted amplification transmission unit, four battery-powered receivers, four individual earbuds and the cost of installation. “It’s a system that plugs into the sound system itself. As the voice comes into the system, it transmits it wireless through the receiver,” said Public Works Director Steve Henley. He expects the system to be delivered and installed by the end of the month. But Ozenghar might not even get to use it since he just ordered a new hearing aid. His current hearing aid has been working off and on. Ozenghar had asked council members several times before to speak into the microphones because he couldn’t hear what they were saying. “When I asked the question in the past, they’d say don’t sit in the middle but in the front row. That’s not the answer,” he said. City officials said Ozenghar’s request is the first the city received asking for special accommodation for the hearing impaired. To comply with the American with Disabilities Act, cities must accommodate the needs of people with hearing or vision impairments who want to participate in meetings, programs or other activities. Pasadena and Whittier have offered devices to the hearing impaired for years. “We have a box of them at the front desk,” said Nancy Mendez, Whittier assistant city manager. The battery-operated headsets only work in the council chambers. “And we’ve never had loss problems because they don’t work anywhere else,” she said. Mendez said the system was first installed 15 years ago. Pasadena has had the system for 15 years, according to city spokeswoman Ann Erdman. “It’s kind of like an old-fashioned Walkman. They have little earpieces. People can request it in advance or they can ask for it that evening,” Erdman said, adding that they would prefer people ask for it in advance. Not all cities have the listening systems. “Our council chambers are pretty small. There is amplification in that room which seems adequate,” said Culver Heaton, assistant city manager in Glendora. “We’ve never had a complaint.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want 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