Hunting Print E-mail
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Written by By Jamil Matar   
Friday, 09 November 2018 00:00

In Instrumentation, whenever a process variable (level, temperature, pressure, flow, pH or viscosity) fluctuates wildly above and below an operator’s set-point, the controller is said to be “hunting”. If the system is not tuned, the hunting will persist infinitely resulting in an inconsistent and sub-standard final product.

This is not a scientific opinion piece here, trust me, it is totally political and centers on the ICJ. If the Carter  and Gabb team of  Pitbulls ( when they sink their teeth into something, they refuse to let go) can dedicate a full hour each week on their anti- ICJ platform,  promoted by the Love/ Ashcroft Alliance, then please   allow me my two cents worth of opinion each week too.  First, though, my opening salvo.

About 10 months ago I introduced you to a catch-and-kill “survivor” our community has dubbed “Rogers” because of his thick white beard. Rogers was the one whom the PUP campaigners in February offered to help with half his outstanding rent, to which he countered to give them half his vote.   As most loners tend to be, my new buddy shuns talking about his past, figuring this as a weakness in his challenging living environment. Nothing that a $3.50 pint of Caña Real (a white rum imported duty free from across the Hondo) couldn’t loosen up.

Rogers claims to hail from either Mango Creek or Independence, take your pick, he says.  In school he said he used to get everything wrong when his tests papers were returned to him, even when he “copy” from the girl next to him. His lasting childhood memory is going to Sabbath school at a church named “Mount Sinai”. I told him that we have an SDA “Mount Sinai” church here in OW on Boundary Street, but he says he is definitely not from here. He recalls a poster in his church which says “preach the gospel to all the world: sometimes use words too”.   Such perception from a person who claims to have been “duncy”! Especially when I asked him about the whereabouts of his bicycle; “Burst tire”, he replied, “I bought a new #28 from the corner shop instead of going to Amparo’s”, and my mother always advised me “buy expensive, cry once”

To the point now: I bluntly asked Rogers if he was re-registered, yes he was, and if he was following the ICJ issue, again, yes he was. While his initial reaction was one of gleeful anticipation of two more months of free house rent, he told me he was tired of hearing of the Guatemalan threat and thought the international court was the best solution to this problem. He was going to vote “yes” in April if he gets to go to the polls.

Now back to the PUP’S indecision. The Leader of the Opposition (LOO) seems to be hunting for an escape from the quandary he finds himself in. On one hand he was direct on set point in supporting a YES vote to the ICJ. But after a zealous anti- Briceño faction upstaged him in the West and South, he is now echoing a resounding NO. According to the jester from Cayo South, Belize can only loose if we vote YES to the ICJ. This man does not appreciate that we will lose a lot if we vote NO. Our country will be internationally isolated and spurned if we refuse to seek a definitive legal solution to the Guatemalan claim. Will we as a nation choose to hunt for a solution for the next 100 years? The iron is hot, let us strike now and bury this blinking claim to our country!

Last Updated on Friday, 09 November 2018 15:00
Is it too early to start preparing for Christmas? Never! Print E-mail
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Written by By Thamar Jones   
Friday, 09 November 2018 00:00

The first signs of Christmas are appearing in retail stores all over town and everyone you know falls into one of two groups: the haters or the embracers but whether you’re a pre-planner who thinks about Christmas all year long, or you’re one of those do-your-shopping-on-Christmas-Eve types, there’s no denying the appeal of preparing!

So yes! Ready or not, the countdown to Christmas has begun. As of today, Christmas is only 47 days away and as my coworker reminded, that’s only four pay checks away! So while it might be too early to bake the ham and deck the halls, I’ll say, it’s definitely time to start preparing!

Start off your holiday preparations this year by Creating a Holiday Budget.

With a pen, some paper and a calculator in hand, begin by figuring how much money you have and how much you can realistically set aside for the holidays. Creating a budget is important as it will ensure that you don’t splurge on items that you cannot afford. The holidays have become a spend trap that can easily land you in big debts well into 2019. Proper planning will eliminate last minute shopping and spur of the moment purchases on things that you never really needed in the first place.

Holiday Décor

Use Pinterest, Youtube and Google to inspire ideas that you can recreate in your own home. Browse the stores to see what decorations are available and which ones you can make with a little glitter, glue and some imagination.


Make a list of all the people that you want to give presents to this Christmas and put some thought into what you’ll be giving to them. Most of my friends and family prefer thoughtful sentimental gifts so I know I can have a lot of fun creating something each of my loved ones will appreciate and cherish. This also means that I don’t have to break the bank to give them something that they will love.


Between the decorations, gifts and guests, your home will be packed this festive season. While it may be too early for that annual Christmas deep cleaning, it is the perfect time to declutter and get rid of things you haven’t used in a while. Make space where you can by decluttering. Whether it is an appliance, old kitchenware, clothes, linen…. Whatever has not been used in 6 months or more, it may be time to get rid of it.

Holiday wardrobe

Holiday parties, gatherings and activities will soon be added to your calendar. It is not too early to start pairing your party dresses with the perfect accessories and shoes. By planning your outfits now, it gives you a chance to see what accessories you need to shop for.

What about your salon appointments, Christmas music playlists, Christmas greeting cards, Christmas grocery shopping and so on? It’s not quite time to do those just yet. Although there is no harm in getting a head start if you want to!

But if your budget is made, your holiday theme has been decided, you are planning your gifts, you have decluttered and your holiday wardrobe has been planned—at least mentally, then you are doing well! And if you have not begun any Christmas planning as yet, then I urge you to! It is the best way to get the Christmas spirit flowing!