East Harlem District leaders Peggy Morales and John Ruiz with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat say incumbent Charles Rangel has done more for Central Harlem than East Harlem.www.topix.net | 3/4/14 7:47 PM
MONDAY MAN: Sure, safe and reliable
HE MAY BE 67 YEARS OLD and retired, but Randolph Goodman’s love for tractors remains undimmed.
His years of expertise and dedicated service as a tractor operator at C.O. Williams Construction, where he began working in 1965, have not been forgotten by the company.
“I retired last year but when B’s [Bottle Depot] burned, I was asked to come back and help. I worked through the night covering the fire with mould. I would consider going back on a reduced basis,” he said.
In giving a brief history of his time at the construction company, Goodman, of Foster Hall, St Joseph, said he served under Micky Hutchinson and Roger Gooding, “two of the best general managers we ever had”.
“It’s a lot different today than when I started because there is more technology now but there are still some improvements that can be made.”
He said it had always been his dream to man a large tractor, even as a boy.
“I used to go on sites and watch the men working. I used to work as a gardener for Sir Charles’ [Williams] wife and she arranged for me to become a ‘tractor boy’ where I used to grease them. From there, the men taught me to drive and I started my career.”
Goodman said he started driving a D4 Caterpillar and kept going up until he was senior operator No. 1 driving the huge D9R1, one of the largest of its type available in Barbados.
“I have worked on Roberts Manufacturing, the Flour Mill, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, Courtesy Garage and the old BET, to name a few places. This job has taken me to Dominica, St Lucia and the Bahamas.
“All my earnings have come from C.O. Williams and I loved everything about working there. Once you got up in the morning, you had sure work,” he said.
Today, Goodman’s children are following in his footsteps. He said his oldest son is also driving a D9R1 while his other sons work at Williams Equipment and RTek.
He shares some advice to his sons and anyone looking for a career in construction.
“Always improve on your work every day; if you make a mistake today, don’t come back and make it again. You have to be a hard worker and have an open mind. Be on time and be dedicated – you will find good, honest work in construction and it is a high-paying job too but you got to be able to do the work, it ain’t easy.”
Goodman said working as a tractor operator could be dangerous. He has worked in quarries more than 100 feet deep but he never had an accident.
“Some quarries can be 150 feet deep but if you take the proper precautions you will be safe. I never had close calls,” he said, adding Barbados had some of the best operators in the Caribbean.
Today Goodman is enjoying his rest while willing to get back behind the wheel if needed. He said he has lived a good life and enjoyed his job, so he was content.
“I enjoyed my life in construction. It was exciting; it helped raise my family and now I’m retired, I don’t have any regrets.” (CA)www.nationnews.com | 3/3/14 4:02 AM
Thousands of chikungunya cases in region
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, March (CMC) – The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDPC) says there are reports of new cases of the chikungunya virus in the Caribbean.
The ECDPC said in the past week, 293 new cases of chikungunya have been reported in the region, with confirmed ones in St Martin (French), Martinique, St Barthélemy and Guadeloupe.
New cases also surfaced in Dominica and French Guyana as well as St Kitts and Nevis.
The ECDPC said as of February 21, 2014, more than 5 900 suspected cases have been reported in the region.
An outbreak of chikungunya in the Caribbean was reported from the French part of the island of St Martin on December 6. The chikungunya transmission was detected during a concomitant dengue outbreak in the Caribbean. Both diseases are transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne viral disease causing symptoms such as fever, joint pain, muscle pain, headache and nose and gum bleeding.
Chikungunya is present in parts of Africa, Southeast Asia and on the Indian subcontinent.
The most recent large outbreaks were reported in 2005–2006 from Réunion Island, Mauritius, Mayotte and several Indian states.
The first transmission within continental Europe was reported from north-eastern Italy in August 2007. Every year, imported cases among tourists are identified in several European countries.www.nationnews.com | 3/2/14 6:05 PM
Grenada’s new ID system
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Grenada has joined the Multi-Purpose Identification (MPID) system which will facilitate the easy recognition of citizens from the four Windward Islands through the use of a unique identifier which begins with the country code.
The MPID system, which is a joint initiative across Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada, will allow these countries to be able to establish agreements to utilise each other’s databases to verify the authenticity of the identification of travellers.
The countries said this would also allow for the easy integration of citizens as part of the wider Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) integration process, enabling the seamless and accurate free movement of persons to work and live across the Economic Union.
A Government statement said that Grenada’s fast and highly secure data transmission ID smartcards will be applied to a multiplicity of functions, including advanced public transportation, event ticketing, student services, and eGovernment (the provision of a wide variety of government services to the public.
The four islands have each received US$2.4 million soft loan financing from the World Bank for the implementation of the OECS Electronic Government for Regional Integration Project (EGRIP).
The US-based 3M Innovative Properties Limited was awarded a turnkey contract in December 2012 to supply, install, integrate, train, support and maintain all technologies, hardware, software and related components for the Multi-Purpose Identification (MPID) System.
The first stage of the implementation of the MPID System will be the registration of citizens at one of four established sites islandwide, with the government stating it was also looking to identify certain electoral offices for registration and the subsequent issuance of the cards that will contain basic biographical and health information, leaving room for more information and applications to be added as needs arise.www.nationnews.com | 3/2/14 12:17 PM
Musings: Searching...in a darkened room II
Musings : Searching...in a darkened room II 3/2/2014 By Jeff Cumberbatch In our figurative search in a less than well-lit room for a solution to our current woes of whatever nature, it might help somewhat if we were to get our terms right.www.topix.net | 3/2/14 3:48 AM
Hazleton Latinos Urge Unity
Victor Perez, head of the Dominican House in Hazleton, asked to have the flag of the Dominican Republic flown from outside city hall in commemoration of the Dominican Independence Day on February 27. "I would love to see my flag flying in this city, but personally I think we have more issues, more important issues, like drugs in this town, like ... (more)www.topix.net | 3/1/14 5:46 AM
Meeting friends and making connections in Dominica
Dominica is a Caribbean destination unlike any other. Located between Guadeloupe and Martinique, the "Nature Island" is the perfect place for nature lovers and hikers with some good diving options, too.www.topix.net | 2/28/14 3:13 PM
Meeting friends and making connections in Dominica
Dominica is a Caribbean destination unlike any other. Located between Guadeloupe and Martinique, the "Nature Island" is the perfect place for nature lovers and hikers with some good diving options, too.www.topix.net | 2/28/14 2:50 PM