Bernita Weisbrodt Andres, 93 years old, of St. Leon, passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Bernita loved to spend time with her family as often as she could. She loved to make crafts which included making her entire family Christmas ornaments to adorn their trees. She also shared her love of baking Christmas cookies with her family as well as her love for Christmas music. She loved her Christmas tree so much that her children decided to keep her tree up year-round and decorate it for every season. Bernita also loved being outside, whether it was counting the cars go by or watching the blue birds and hummingbirds. She was also a fan of the Andy Griffith Show, the Cincinnati Reds and in the last few years became a fan of pro wrestling and enjoyed watching it on TV. She was especially a fan of AJ Styles who was her favorite wrestler. Bernita loved her sweets and coffee, and in particular she had a sweet tooth for Krispy Kreme raspberry donuts. Bernita was a former member of Ladies Auxillary Post 464, a lifelong member of All Saints and enjoyed working the St. Leon’s Fireman’s Festival every year.Bernita was married to Edgar for 53 years before he passed away in 2003. They were blessed with seven children Carol (Jim) Fox of St. Leon, Marie (Ray) Gunter of Batesville, Edgar Jr. (Connie) Andres of St. Leon, Geralyn (Urban) Brackman of Batesville, Gerard (Tonia) Andres of W. Harrison, Gerise (David) Short of Milan, and Tina Gerene (Mike) DiMeglio of New Alsace. After her third child, Bernita experienced several miscarriages and decided to devote her prayer life to St. Gerard, the Patron Saint of Pregnant Women. Miraculously, she was blessed with four more children, and in his honor named all four children after him. Bernita has left quite a legacy with 26 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her three brothers and four sisters. Bernita was blessed to always be surrounded by family and two people in particular went above and beyond to provide the care she needed. Daughter, Gerise, and granddaughter, Alisha, were Bernita’s main caregivers, dedicating the last several years to the love and support of Bernita. The family is forever grateful for your selflessness and compassion.Visitation for Bernita will be on Wednesday, October 16, from 9:00am – 11:00am at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home; Rosary will begin at 9:00. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 at St. Joseph’s Campus, All Saints Parish with burial immediately following. Memorials can be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, American Cancer Society and Masses. To sign the guestbook or offer online condolences please visit www.andres-wuestefeldfh.com.
Jamaica’s first ever female bobsleigh team to compete in a Winter Olympics finished 19th out of 20 participating countries in the bobsleigh event in Pyeongchang, Korea Wednesday.The team totalled 3:24.94 to place one spot higher than the Nigerians who were also competing in a Winter Olympics for the first time.The Jamaican team ran into difficulty last week after their coach, German Sandra Kiriasis, a 2006 bobsleigh gold medal winner, left the Jamaican setup and took the team’s only sleigh which she said belonged to her.Kiriasis resigned after being reassigned to the role of track performance analyst from driving coach.Germany’s Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz struck gold by beating USA by seven-hundredths of a second.The Germans, starting last in the final run, were behind America’s Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs in the upper sections before making up ground at the bottom to steal the title.Germany, with a cumulative winning time of 3min 22.45sec, held their fourth Olympic title in women’s bobsleigh to gain on the USA’s total of five. read more
… illegally swears in CouncillorsDespite the ruling by a High Court Judge forbidding the swearing-in of two Berbicians to head the Gibraltar-Fyrish Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne), Dr Veerasammy Ramayya ignored the court order and swore-in the NDC Chairman and Vice Chairperson.Sixteen NDC chairpersons and their deputies were sworn-in on Thursday in Region SixKerwin Crawford and Gail Thomas were sworn-in on Thursday at the REO’s Office, Vrymens Erven, New Amsterdam.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had moved to the High Court to block the selection of a Mayor and Chairmen for five Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs), after there were ties between the councillors to elect heads for those councils.The party was seeking to nullify the selection of Crawford as Chairman and Thomas as Vice Chairman of the Gibraltar-Fyrish NDC along with Audrey Thomas as Chairman of the Industry-Plaisance NDC; Peter Livingstone as Chairman and Royan Junior Thomas as Vice Chairman of the Malgre Tout-Meer Zorgen; Carol Nurse as Chairman and Wilbert Vhypius as Vice Chairman of the Woodlands-Bel Air; Gershon Clarke as Chairman of the Woodlands-Farm and the selection of Rupert Henry Smith as Mayor and Astrille Gamell as Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Mabaruma.Justice Diana Insanally ruled that the decision by Minister Bulkhan to select a Mayor and Chairmen for five NDCs was in violation of Municipal and District Councils Act Chapter 28:01 and the Local Government Act Chapter 28:02. She said the decision is in excess of and without jurisdiction, made in bad faith, is unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, based upon irrelevant and improper considerations, malicious, vindictive, unlawful, ultra vires, null, void and of no legal effect.Despite the ruling on Wednesday, Dr Ramayya on Thursday went ahead and installed Crawford and Thomas.When Local Government Elections were held both the PNC and PPP had a deadlock and had decides that each side would alternate the chairmanship each year.Meanwhile on Thursday the heads and their deputies for the other 15 NDCs were installed.The PPP has the chairmanship for 14 NDCs with the APNU/AFC coalition heading the Hogstye/Lancaster NDC. Two NDCs will be headed by women while six women are vice chairpersons.Those sworn-in are Teer Arjune and Pamela Bhadrasami for Jackson Creek/Crabwood Creek NDC, Devanand Chitram and Ahmad Rajab for Number 74 Village/Number 52 Village NDC, Swarsattie Sharif and Nagaser Sookram for Number 51 Village/Good Hope NDC, Norbat Dean and Vera France for Joppa/Macedonia NDC, Ganpat Harbance and Muneshwar Bira for Tarlogie/Maida NDC, Natasha Dwarka and Kalamudeen Mohamed for Bush Lot/Adventure NDC, Forbes Moore and Bridget Chichester for Hogstye/Lancaster NDC, Kissoolall Chitreka and Sewat Veerana for Whim/Bloomfield NDC, Imran Ali and Navendra Persaud for John/Port Mourant NDC, Haseef Yusif and Lucille Ayana for Hampshire/Kilcoy NDC, Crawford and Thomas for Fyrish/Gibraltar NDC, Basant Persaud and Raymond Mohamed for Kintyre/Borlam NDC, Steve Dasrat and Roy Jaffarally for Ordnance/Fortlands NDC, Carlos Causeway and Sherriann Beharry for Canefield/Enterprise NDC and Padaarat Sebarran and Wajid Khan for Enfield/New Doe Park NDC.Region Chairman David Armogan in congratulating the new NDC heads and deputies said their election to the office is as a result of the confidence people have put in them: “Many times what we find is that when people are sworn into respective offices instead of becoming servants of the people, they become masters of the people and that is unacceptable. We expect that every one of you here having been duly sworn will ensure that you execute your duties in accordance with the Local Government Act.There will be many problems in the community, I don’t want you to come into this work thinking that it is a walk over and it is easy, those of you who have been around before would know that it is not an easy task to serve your community.There will be many demands, many more than you will be able to meet but you will have to be able to extend your resources and stretch it to the maximum to ensure that more people can benefit from the limited resources that you have.”Ramayya informed the new NDC leaders that they will be required to work closely with the Regional Democratic Council. read more
harif, 68, had been sentenced to 10 years in jail in a corruption case by an accountability court in May this year, but the Islamabad High Court suspended the conviction in September. Nawaz Sharif was ousted as prime minister last year by the Pakistan Supreme Court over corruption. (Reuters Archive)A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Monday jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for seven years on graft charges he says were politically motivated. London best pest control The court found the three-time prime minister was unable to prove the source of income for the ownership of a steel mill in Saudi Arabia, Geo News reported.Sharif, who was removed from office last year after being disqualified from serving his third stint as prime minister was accused of possessing assets beyond his known sources of income.Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison in July over the purchase of luxury apartments in London.He appealed that sentence and was released on bail in September.This is a developing story and will be updated. read more