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Jack of All Trades (DIY) / Car stuff
« on: June 25, 2014, 09:31:19 AM »
Anybody ever change an engine mount (motor mount) in their car before.  I have to change mine but I balked at the price the mechanic them charging.  On youtube it look so easy to change.

Technical Support / Java 24 error msg
« on: July 04, 2012, 07:02:41 PM »
So i find mehself learning Java, mind you i have no background but i am determined to learn at least the basics (job and other reasons).  I started a do it yourself book yesterday but for the first two lessons when i type in the code and hit run i get an error msg:

No build target is associated with Run action. The free-form project requires a target representing the Run action to invoke in your Ant script. Select the target to invoke.

any ideas??

Football / Summer soccer in the states
« on: May 02, 2010, 06:29:34 PM »
...sorry for the title of the thread but i just wanted to vibes and see if men was going to any of the games here in the US. i check out dc united site and i see they playing ac milan in may and rangers in july.  anybody know of any other good matches this summer?

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Calypso Rose new website
« on: December 12, 2009, 06:52:23 AM »
it is magnificently done...befitting her status as a living legend.

General Discussion / Cable freedom is a click away
« on: December 11, 2009, 11:35:38 AM »

Football / Food for thought: Tim Vickery's blog this week.
« on: October 20, 2009, 06:22:07 AM »

I thought his points about Ecuador and Venezuela were very interesting...similar to what many on this board have alluded to in the past.

General Discussion / Texas DNA exonerees find prosperity after prison
« on: September 04, 2009, 09:58:18 AM »
  By JEFF CARLTON, Associated Press Writer Jeff Carlton, Associated Press Writer    1 hr 59 mins ago

DALLAS Thomas McGowan's journey from prison to prosperity is about to culminate in $1.8 million, and he knows just how to spend it: on a house with three bedrooms, stainless steel kitchen appliances and a washer and dryer.

"I'll let my girlfriend pick out the rest," said McGowan, who was exonerated last year based on DNA evidence after spending nearly 23 years in prison for rape and robbery.

He and other exonerees in Texas, which leads the nation in freeing the wrongly convicted, soon will become instant millionaires under a new state law that took effect this week.

Exonerees will get $80,000 for each year they spent behind bars. The compensation also includes lifetime annuity payments that for most of the wrongly convicted are worth between $40,000 and $50,000 a year making it by far the nation's most generous package.

"I'm nervous and excited," said McGowan, 50. "It's something I never had, this amount of money. I didn't have any money period."

His payday for his imprisonment a time he described as "a nightmare," "hell" and "slavery" should come by mid-November after the state's 45-day processing period.

Exonerees also receive an array of social services, including job training, tuition credits and access to medical and dental treatment. Though 27 other states have some form of compensation law for the wrongly convicted, none comes close to offering the social services and money Texas provides.

The annuity payments are especially popular among exonerees, who acknowledge their lack of experience in managing personal finances. A social worker who meets with the exonerees is setting them up with financial advisers and has led discussions alerting them to swindlers.

The annuities are "a way to guarantee these guys ... payments for life as long as they follow the law," said Kevin Glasheen, a Lubbock attorney representing a dozen exonerees.

Two who served about 26 years in prison for rape will receive lump sums of about $2 million apiece. Another, Steven Phillips, who spent about 24 years in prison for sexual assault and burglary, will get about $1.9 million.

The biggest compensation package will likely go to James Woodard, who spent more than 27 years in prison for a 1980 murder that DNA testing later showed he did not commit. He eventually could receive nearly $2.2 million but first needs a writ from the state's Court of Criminal Appeals or a pardon from the governor.

McGowan and the others are among 38 DNA exonerees in Texas, according to the Innocence Project, a New York legal center that specializes in overturning wrongful convictions. Dallas County alone has 21 cases in which a judge overturned guilty verdicts based on DNA evidence, though prosecutors plan to retry one of those.

Charles Chatman, who was wrongly convicted of rape, said the money will allow him some peace of mind after more than 26 years in prison.

"It will bring me some independence," he said. "Other people have had a lot of control over my life."

Chatman and other exonerees already have begun rebuilding their lives. Several plan to start businesses, saying they don't mind working but want to be their own bosses. Others, such as McGowan, don't intend to work and hope to make their money last a lifetime.

Some exonerees have gotten married and another is about to. Phillips is taking college courses. Chatman became a first-time father at 49.

"That's something I never thought I'd be able to do," he said. "No amount of money can replace the time we've lost."

The drumbeat of DNA exonerations caused lawmakers this year to increase the compensation for the wrongly convicted, which had been $50,000 for each year of prison. Glasheen, the attorney, advised his clients to drop their federal civil rights lawsuits and then led the lobbying efforts for the bill.

Besides the lump sum and the monthly annuity payments, the bill includes 120 hours of paid tuition at a public college. It also gives exonerees an additional $25,000 for each year they spent on parole or as registered sex offenders.

No other state has such a provision, according to the Innocence Project.

Exonerees who collected lump sum payments under the old compensation law are ineligible for the new lump sums but will receive the annuities. Whether the money will be subject to taxes remains unsettled, Glasheen said.

The monthly payments are expected to be a lifeline for exonerees such as Wiley Fountain, 53, who received nearly $390,000 in compensation minus federal taxes but squandered it by, as he said, "living large." He ended up homeless, spending his nights in a tattered sleeping bag behind a liquor store.

But after getting help from fellow exonerees and social workers, Fountain now lives in an apartment and soon will have a steady income.

Fountain's story is a cautionary tale for the other exonerees, who meet monthly and lately have been discussing the baggage that comes with the money.

Chatman said he's been approached by "family, friends and strangers, too."

"It takes two or three seconds before they ask me how much money, or when do I get the money," he said. "Everyone has the perfect business venture for you."

Though appropriately wary, the exonerees say they are excited about having money in the bank.

"You're locked up so long and then you get out with nothing," McGowan said. "With this, you might be able to live a normal life, knowing you don't have to worry about being out on the streets."

General Discussion / Bolivia bans all circus animals
« on: July 31, 2009, 03:35:38 PM »

they ban ALL circus animals.  i admit that i does feel ahow when i go to the zoo, just seeing the animals in cages when they should be in the wild.  the main gorilla in the zoo here does sit with his back to the glass, i sure he depressed.

General Discussion / Navas
« on: July 25, 2009, 11:14:08 AM » she like a trini Sarah Palin???   what's up with not letting her speak to the media??   

Football / Bringing girls to de sweat
« on: June 30, 2009, 02:47:46 PM »
 What is alyuh men take on this?   One time I was sweating and in the middle of the game a man wife pull up with his two kids, the man bawl out 'hey guys i wont be playing much longer". Mind you this is a lawyer we talking bout eh, not no lil teenager.   
  Would you bring your girl to the sweat?  What if she insist?  What if she could play?  Nuff times I see men bring they girl and two of them falling in the sweat normal.

General Discussion / Anybody here does buy phones on ebay?
« on: March 04, 2009, 04:31:11 PM »
  just trying to get some feedback from the board.  i see some decent phones on there, i see a brand i never hear about called cect.

General Discussion / Guatemalans take to vigilantism
« on: December 23, 2008, 06:15:28 PM »
  i wonder if this could ever occur in sweet T&T...

General Discussion / What would you do?
« on: November 09, 2008, 08:10:45 PM »
I am starting this thread with a scenario that happened to me, I will tell you guys how I reacted a bit later but I want to hear what others think.  Also, feel free to keep the thread going by adding your own scenarios etc.

Sunday morning, I in the grocery. I walking to go and check out and I see a woman I taught (used to teach in a university)  I ent sure if she see me or if she playing like she ent see me cause she walk past. Small ting, cause I know sometimes students does fraid to hail out their teacher in public.   A few minutes later, I stand up in the line, I hear the toc-toc of shoes coming towards me, (in my peripheral vision i make her out but i ent turning my head for anyting). She walk right up to my shopping cart and brap... throw she pantyhose inside and watch me in my face...   what would you do?   

Football / Gally and Tony Gray
« on: September 23, 2008, 06:11:13 PM »
listening to them fellas now... going decent

General Discussion / What card games do you play?
« on: July 14, 2008, 12:19:19 PM »
also, what is the card playing mentality like where you are?

i relearned the game called spades on saturday and although we say we playing for fun the game get competitive.

i does play the usual card games..rummy, go to pack...i can't really play all fours too good i need a refresher course.

General Discussion / So they cancel CXC
« on: May 12, 2008, 12:46:22 PM »
...why this couldn't happen when it was my turn in 95 ;D

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / A Winter Tale
« on: April 26, 2008, 08:08:49 AM »
supposedly it opens may 16...from the trailer it looks decent. sprangalang is in it, couldn't recognize any other actors.  i saw it on facebook a minute ago and i'm posting the link and hoping it works.

memphis and they blasted free throws. i real feel it for them men but kansas did what they needed to do so in the end they were worthy victors.

General Discussion / Couchsurfing...would you do it?
« on: February 22, 2008, 07:24:29 PM »
I heard about the site on NPR and the people sounded cool. checked out the site and it seems legit. of course i couldn't do it now (i ent no young whippersnapper no more, have a family) but if i was still in university i woulda give it a shot. what do u guys think?

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Heavy sound system...on a bmx
« on: November 29, 2007, 10:41:54 AM »
i read this story on the ny times today. i can't remember seeing people mounting speakers on bikes in trinidad (although there was a tractor that had some heavy pong in marabella). what do you all think of this?

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Dreaming big about acting B.I.G.
« on: October 10, 2007, 07:34:18 PM »
if this comes off i think it would be worth a look. i wonder who will play puffy tho lol

Other Sports / Shawn Marion demands to be traded
« on: September 26, 2007, 06:35:45 PM »
just saw this story on yahoo.

PHOENIX (AP) -- Phoenix Suns forward Shawn Marion, the team's highest-paid player and a four-time All-Star, says he wants to be traded after eight years with the club.

Marion said he decided to ask to leave because the team considered trading him over the summer and won't talk about a contract extension.

Marion told The Arizona Republic late Tuesday that he had informed the team of his desires and has struggled with the decision

"I'm tired of hearing my name in trades," Marion said by phone from his Chicago home. "I love my fans in Phoenix, but I think it's time for me to move on."

Marion has two years left on his contract, which will net him $16.4 million for this season and $17.8 million in 2008-2009.

Suns general manager Steve Kerr declined to comment.

Marion said the Suns' decision not to enter contract-extension talks is only part of the reason he wants to leave. He also said the team's consideration of a three-way trade that would have sent him to the Boston Celtics in a deal landing the Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Garnett in Phoenix was a factor. Garnett has since been traded to the Celtics.

"I feel they tried to force my hand to Boston with the Garnett stuff," the 29-year-old said.

"I haven't done anything wrong. I leave it on the floor night in and night out," Marion said. "Sometimes it's just time to move on."

Marion said he would report as required for training camp Monday if he is still with the team. Besides Boris Diaw, who is expected to report Wednesday, the rest of the team is already in Phoenix for voluntary workouts.

"I'll do what I've got to do," he said. "I'm a professional. I'm not bitter. I love the fans, but I've got to take care of me.

General Discussion / Anger at Kenya donkey nappy plan
« on: July 18, 2007, 04:20:32 PM »
  By Michael Kaloki
BBC News, Limuru

Kenyan donkey owner struggling to tie a nappy on his donkey
A kick is often the answer to putting a nappy on a donkey
Donkey owners in the Kenyan town of Limuru are up in arms over an order from the municipal authorities that their animals must wear nappies.

The council said the measure would come into effect on 16 July to ensure the town's streets are kept clean.

But recent press coverage and outrage from the town's residents has led the authorities to put their plans on hold.

"If we have to put nappies on our donkeys, soon they will say our cows need them too," one donkey owner said.

Limuru's mayor, James Kuria, says: "We must come up with a way to make sure that the droppings are not a nuisance."

Another donkey owner, Kimani Gathugu, who lives in the town some 50km north-west of the capital, Nairobi, says the measure is not practical and the council would do better to employ more street sweepers.

Fatal kick

Noting the vital role played by donkeys in the community, he says: "Donkeys are very important. Not many people have cars in the area and the donkeys serve as a mode of transport."

John Kinyanjui
The council itself has workers. They can do the sweeping
John Kinyanjui
Limuru resident

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Another resident, John Kinyanjui, says: "The council itself has workers. They can do the sweeping. We are paying taxes."

Water trader Simon Kamau, who uses donkeys to transport water to his clients utters: "In all the three years I have been in this business, I have never tied a nappy on a donkey.

"The problem is that the donkey can give you a fatal kick. I was once kicked by a donkey and it broke my leg.

"What the council should do is come to us traders and show us how to tie the nappies on the donkeys," Mr Kamau says

Mr Kuria though seems determined to push on with his plan.

"I have heard that in some areas where they keep donkeys, they also have nappies," he said.

"We will go to these areas and see how they do it and come back and show our people how to do it. We want the people to earn a living but at the same time we must keep our town clean."

Football / US fans 'adopt' Liberian players
« on: July 18, 2007, 04:11:00 PM »
  By Simon Reeves
BBC Sport

Players from Liberian club Mighty Barrolle
Players from Liberian club Mighty Barrolle are being adopted by fans

Players from Liberian champions Mighty Barrolle are breathing a sigh of relief after the club's fans in the USA agreed to help pay their wages.

Despite winning the championship twice in the last three years the club have found it difficult to reward its players for the success and looked on helplessly as top players left this season to join rivals, who made better offers.

But a branch of the club's supporters in New Jersey have now stepped to bring a ray of hope.

From its base in the city of Trenton the fan club, made up of some former players and officials, has asked its members to help pay the players monthly salary of around US$20.

"We felt that if each member 'adopted' a player and commit to paying this amount monthly, this could help alleviate some of the financial burden on the administration, Zoegar Wilson, the fan club's president told BBC Sport.

"To date we have 49 people signed up, including two from Rhode Island, two from Baltimore and one from Massachusetts."

Players from Liberian club Mighty Barrolle
Barrolle are the Liberian champions but are struggling financially

Wilson, a former goalkeeper for Barrolle in the 1980's, added: "For now this is just one way to help but for a long term we need to come up with other programs that will help the team."

The 'adopt-a-player' idea was conceived when Barrolle's president Garmondeh Karngar explained the club's cash problems to the fans, while he was on a recent visit to the USA.

Some of the fans see their contribution as way of paying the club back for providing them with an education and livelihood in the 19070s and 1980s when Barrolle were financially solvent.

It is not the first time that the fans have helped the club out, two years ago they sent four sets of playing kit and other equipment to Liberia and also provided Christmas bonuses for the players last year.

This year the fan's paid for Barrolle's registration in the African Champions League and helped underwrite the cost of the team's trip to neighbouring Ivory Coast to play in the opening round of the competition.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Mighty Terror just passed away
« on: March 14, 2007, 02:53:01 PM »
just heard it on WACK..will give more details are they are forthcoming

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