Dear Mahatma: What’s the hold-up finishing Kanis Road between Embassy Drive and Bowman Road? For months the south lanes have remained undone. Thanks. — Mary Save $$$ w/ EaseUS promo codes: 55 EaseUS promo codes and coupons tested and updated daily. Find the latest coupon codes and discounts for Nov 2020 on HotDeals.com.
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OPINION | DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Finish line in sight on Kanis work
Dear Mahatma: What’s the hold-up finishing Kanis Road between Embassy Drive and Bowman Road? For months the south lanes have remained undone. Thanks. — Mary
Dear Mary: No thanks to us. Thanks to Jon Honeywell, Little Rock’s director of Public Works, for whom the completion of this project must be devoutly desired. We asked him your question, and he answered in an expeditious and efficacious manner.
Honeywell tells us two factors have delayed the opening of this part of Kanis Road.
First, the traffic signal equipment for the intersection of Embassy Suites Drive and Kanis had a very long delivery time. That naturally delayed its installation and operation. It’s now in place and ready to go.
Second, the final paving of the section of Kanis from Embassy Suites Drive to Bowman was delayed by utility conflicts, Honeywell says. Those conflicts are resolved and paving should happen shortly. Once paved, good to go.
Old Road Man: The 30 Crossing project will be built — whether the citizenry wants it or not. The wealthy and the Republicans (but I repeat myself) want it and the money holders get what the money holders wish to get. — Karl
Dear Karl: 30 Crossing will remake about 7 miles of Interstate 30 through downtown Little Rock, and onto a piece of Interstate 40 in North Little Rock.
You also refer obliquely to Issue 1, which voters approved on Election Day. The issue establishes a permanent half-cent sales tax, the proceeds from which go to highway construction. The bulk goes to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department; fine chunks go to cities and counties.
Let’s look at the election returns.
According to figures published last week in this newspaper, Issue 1 had 664,647 votes for and 522,335 against. We calculate that as 56% for and 44% against. All through our long and glorious newspaper career, a landslide has been defined as 55% or more. Looks like Issue 1, the forever and ever half-cent sales tax, was a landslide win by people who care enough about roads to pay for them. Even through the nose.
Figures from the federal government show the nationwide average of miles driven per year to be about 13,500. In Arkansas, that figure is right at 15,000. Arkansas is a rural state, and folks drive longer distances to work and for other needs. It should be no wonder Arkansans voted for better roads.
Pulaski County — scene of 30 Crossing — voted no on Issue 1, 78,583 for and 82,043 against. Our reading of the returns shows Pulaski was one of two counties that disfavored Issue 1. The other was Cleburne, 5,915 for and 6,545 against.
Issue 1 and 30 Crossing were not directly connected. Had the issue failed, no doubt the project would go on. We also believe that they were connected in the minds of many voters.
Either way, the people spoke. And loudly.
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Community kitchen outreach work continues even during pandemic – LaacibOnline
When I visited the commercial kitchen at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in downtown Kitchener this past week, I found Noha Hashim in charge of a team preparing Sudanese dishes as part of the African Cultural Cooking Project, an initiative of the Community Kitchen Co-operative of Kitchener Waterloo (CKCKW).
Amid the clatter of cooking, ventilation hoods humming and instructions being shared back and forth, the chickpea falafels, with their nutty aroma, along with the rich, earthy lentil soup and its touch of cumin aromatics, were glorious.
But Hashim sang the praises of her kitchen-crew volunteers as they ladled soup and fried the batter.
“This is my team from my culture, Sudan, and we are proud to come and cook a dish of falafel and soup and give back to the community,” Hashim said. “This is the time of the year when winter comes. It’s cold and we need something to warm us up.”
Hashim along with Maha Elmahi, Raga Osman, Merat Abubakar, and several other volunteers, were putting together food packages for delivery to 25 new Canadian families in Waterloo Region, mostly from Africa.
The CKCKW is a not-for-profit “food incubator” that has a two-fold focus, says board chair Anne Ramsay.
“We bring together people to encourage social cohesion and economic development in the community. We do that by sharing cooking skills, local food and cultural dishes,” said Ramsay.
Though it has limited its reach in delivering more broadly to the community due to COVID-19, the CKCKW continues to support individuals and families from marginalized populations through food-based programs.
Running until December 10, the African Cultural Cooking Project is a new program that pops up in the certified church kitchen on Thursdays, says chef and CKCKW kitchen co-ordinator Cori Yule.
Chef and kitchen co-ordinator Cori Yule at the Community Kitchen Co-operative of Kitchener Waterloo. (Andrew Coppolino/CBC)
“We’re only one week in, but we’re delivering freshly cooked food to new Canadian families experiencing food insecurity. Our focus has always been community and trying to get people together through food and addressing food security in the process,” said Yule.
For the project, a lead cook from the African Women’s Network heads up the kitchen. This week it was Hashim; next up will see a cook with Somali background followed by a Kenyan cook in the lead.
Food, according to Hashim’s team-member Maha Elmahi, is an important part of a cultural whole that guides us.
“Culture is a cognitive map of behaviour. It’s food, it’s song, it’s dance, it’s everything. In our map of behaviour, we have falafel and we eat lentil soup. When we find any kind of dishes related to Sudan, that is our map to follow,” Elmahi said.
The co-op has other important initiatives, too, according to Ramsay: the preparation of approximately 200 to 400 meals and food packages weekly for distribution to A Better Tent City, Kitchener City Hall in partnership of Food Not Bombs, the African Women’s Alliance and Laurier’s Martin Luther Seminary, among others.
As a food incubator, and when COVID-19 allows, the CKCKW also facilitates the sharing of commercial kitchens with emerging food entrepreneurs so that they can create food businesses.
More than just the physical kitchen, the organization provides mentorship, training, help with bulk purchasing, brand creation, access to financing and developing sales markets. They also draw on local food producers. Gmach Gardens, a Cambridge farm for instance, helps by supplying produce.
The co-op is not exclusive to new Canadians, says Ramsay.
“Really, we’re looking at anybody who would like to develop a food-business idea, but [who] depends on access to commercial kitchens in the future,” she said.
They receive funding from the United Way Waterloo Region Communities, the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo and the Anglican Foundation, among others.
Two cooks from the African Cultural Cooking Project, Raja Osman (left) and Nuha Hashim stir lentil soup at the Community Kitchen Co-operative of Kitchener Waterloo (CKCKW). (Andrew Coppolino/CBC)
The non-profit also accepts membership fees from community members who want to support or volunteer.
“In the future, we will need volunteers and helpers for our community dinners and cooking workshops,” said Ramsay. “It’s about social cohesion and economic development through food and expanding understanding of what food means to different cultural groups.”
That is abundantly clear today, in both the energy and the aromas coming from the kitchen. Hashim and her team of cooks are preparing their take on Sudanese food and are hard at work because she says they recognize the impact that COVID-19 has had on everyone.
Ni’imaa Ahmed, volunteer from the African Cultural Cooking Project, packages falafel for distribution. (Andrew Coppolino/CBC)
“In my neighbourhood, there are people who don’t have family and the elderly who don’t have anybody to cook for them. It’s difficult for everybody,” she said.
“I see tears. We have each other here, but some people don’t have anybody. I appreciate this team and the effort. Since we are Canadians now, we need to give back.”
Suspension of Onsite & Online Work and of All Classes, 13-14 November 2020.
The effects of Typhoon “Ulysses” have been devastating with reports of heavy floods in Marikina, Montalban, Rodriguez and many other areas in Metro Manila. Some members of our Ateneo community and their families have had to evacuate and seek safe shelter elsewhere. And when the waters subside, they will need time to recuperate from the effects of the typhoon, including cleaning their homes.
Given this situation, we are suspending onsite and online work in all campuses, and all classes from 13th to 14th November 2020, Friday to Saturday for the safety of everyone.
Everyone is reminded again to keep safe whether in their homes, evacuation centers, or offices. The CFMO, Unit FMOs, and CSMO are enjoined to designate a skeleton crew to ensure safety, security, and order in all campuses.
Let us pray that we all pull together and help each other recover from the wrath of this typhoon.