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The Vanguard will say goodbye to 7 menu items next week – Milwaukee Record

Posted: November 29, 2020 at 5:36 am

Since opening in late 2014, The Vanguard has quickly established itself as the pinnacle of tubed meat delicacies in Milwaukee. Though their winning mix of specialty sausages, tube-less options, exceptional appetizers, and an impressive group of vegan and vegetarian offerings has earned the Bay View bar and restaurant oodles of acclaim from local diners, regional and national publications, celebrities, and television programs, The Vanguard still likes to shake things up on a somewhat regular basis.

Twice annually, The Vanguard updates its menu with a handful of new items. However, in order to keep things fresh and make room for new offerings, the restaurant must also say goodbye to some old standbys. On Tuesday, December 1, The Vanguard will have a staggering THIRTEEN new menu items available. Sadly, that means some current menu items will have to be phased out between now and Tuesday.

Today, The Vanguard is declaring last call on the following seven menu items. You can say goodbye to these favorites by placing a carryout order between Friday morning and Monday night (while supplies last). Adjust your diet and dining plans accordingly.

The PopperPanko-breaded and fried jalapeno cheddar brat with cream cheese, jalapeno, cheddar, and jalapeno jam.

Milan CevapiCoriander- and oregano-seasoned lamb/pork sausage with ajvar, tzatzitki, feta, pickled red onion, pita, and iceberg lettuce (no bun).

GiannisVenison, bacon, grilled leek, red wine, and orange sausage with zucchini and eggplant briami, manouri cheese, and oregano.

The Paddy MeltFreshly ground beef brisket and American cheese patty with house bourbon mustard, mushroom gravy, Chimay braised onions, and Swiss cheese, served on toasted marble rye.

Polish SausagePork and beef sausage with beer, white pepper, and mustard.

Chili Coconut TofuFried tofu with a sweet chili coconut glaze, Thai basil, and toasted coconut flakes.

Meatball MondayEvery Monday, The Vanguard offered a different type of meatball-based special. Monday, November 30 will be the final Meatball Monday for the foreseeable future.

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Last year the library in the town where I grew up unveiled a $20.8 million transformation project. Among the new features: a museum-quality store, an 18-foot video wall, two professional multimedia studios, an outdoor deck, an enhanced MakerSpace, and a Yamaha Disklavier piano. There were also water bottle refilling stations, extended caf hours, double the number of entrances, and fewer books.Was it true, as the bookish gossiped, that nearly a third of the librarys physical collection had been discarded? No official number was forthcoming. All we knew for certain was that the main floor, previously the home of the stacks, had become flex space, and the majority of the adult books were in tight quarters on the ground floor. Moreover, thanks to zealous weeding, some titles came and went so fast in the catalog that it was almost as if books were on loan to the library.And yet the bookish did not boycott the place. It was there, in fact, that I heard their grumbles about the reduced collection. Whenever I was in town to see my parents, I myself went to the library, and if it did not always have what I was looking for, it could be counted on to supply something oddly better: that which I didnt know I wanted. Sometimes I left the building with one pleasingly subversive sentence (Michael Gorra, from his foreword to The Daily Henry James: [N]o scholar has ever paid it much attention, and for decades it survived in the only way that forgotten books do survive: undisturbed in the stacks). More often, it was with a sense of a freshened-up self and world. Why had I never heard of X? How had I lived so long without Y? In the stacks, William H. Gass writes, such epiphanies, such enrichments of mind and changes of heart, are the stuff of every day. Which must be the reason that in final hours before the March shutdown, I visited my hometown library twice.France's Oldest Public Library is Paris' Best OasisThen I returned to the city where I now live, and where the two libraries I frequentone public, the other serving the college where I workwere also closed. Though Ive seldom gone a week of my literate life without the library, I thought Id be fine. After all, I have a makeshift home office, a regifted Kindle (never mind that I hadnt used it), access to wondrous databases, and, on my better days, a sure grasp of the word non-essential. During the first weeks of sheltering in place, I even forced myself to ask whether Id exaggerated the sense of possibility I associate with the stacks. My libraries arent exactly the Bodleian, and I am deeply familiar with huge portions of their collections. Really, how many miracles could still be in store?Throughout the spring I did my usual amount of reading, which yielded the usual number of leadsbooks I planned to borrow when the library reopened. I soon realized that no, I did not want them on a screen (my screen fatigue had reached the point where once, watching a video, I wished it were available as a book). And grateful as I was for curbside pick-up when it came along, I also realized that nothing would ever beat retrieving books myself. Shelf-shopping was what I longed for; I missed the sparks it set off in me, the accidents that happen only when you go from 027.4799 to 944.025 in under ten seconds.Almost a decade ago a state-wide library conference was held in my city. At a caf I met an attendee who provided me with statistics as memorable as her name, which was Starr LaTronica. Some studies have found that two-thirds of circulated materials are discovered serendipitously; others put the figure at 85 percent. I thought of those numbers whenever I reflected on how much my mind had been deprived of during the pandemic. This, of course, was why the library never grew stale: Though the collection didnt change all that much from day to day, I didthanks in large part to what I stumbled on there. Never quite the person Id been before the book Id most recently read, I was reliably game for something that had previously held scant interest.One would think that the glories of serendipity had already been established by writers and scholars, no small number of whom seem to have preferred the library to school. (I was made for the library, not the classroom, Ta-Nehisi Coates recalls. The classroom was a jail of other peoples interests. The library was open, unending, free.) But if a reminder was needed, students at Yale provided one last year, along with some evidence that the stacks arent just for old people. The Washington Post reported that when the university announced plans to reduce the main undergraduate librarys print holdings from 150,000 to 40,000 to make space for additional seating, Nearly 1,000 students signed up on social media to participate in a browse-in, vowing to check out everything from Shakespeares Julius Caesar to Dr. Seusss The Sneetches to show university administrators that young people still value the printed word.Its unfortunate, then, that libraries making a case for their continued relevance tend to play up everything but the magic of the stacks. A few years ago, I served on the search committee for my colleges chief librarian. We received scores of impressive applications and hired someone superb, but not a single cover letter brought up the importance of browsing. A colleague to whom I mentioned this, someone who had presumably benefited as much as I from roaming privileges, responded with a shrug. Heres my question, she said. Do we even need a library?Having existed for the better part of a year without full access to mine, I know that I dosurely not as much as those who come for computer guidance, language lessons, the internet, or peace; more, Im betting, than those drawn by bean bag chairs, quinoa tabbouleh, and library-themed onesies. No matter what lures us to the library, though, as long as there are stacks, we may wander into them and never be the same. As they try to reopen or stay open, let struggling institutions not lose sight of this fact, nor five-star libraries make light of it.In his book More Lives Than One, the naturalist Joseph Wood Krutch relates the story of a boy whose intellectual life began in the unremarkable library of a tiny Iowa town. The boy had the privilege of the stacks, and by chance he pulled down a novel and read the first sentence: All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Asked if it was a good book, the librarian, who could have declared it too old for the boy, replied, Wellits a very strong book. Krutch noted that [t]he second most important thing about the little Iowa library was a wise librarian. But the most important thing was the fact that the book was there. That library would have been justified by its fruit even though no one else had ever read its copy of Anna Karenina.As it happened, the boy became a historian who wrote several books. Id treasure that library if he had merely gone on reading them.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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Last year the library in the town where I grew up unveiled a $20.8 million transformation project. Among the new features: a museum-quality store, an 18-foot video wall, two professional multimedia studios, an outdoor deck, an enhanced MakerSpace, and a Yamaha Disklavier piano. There were also water bottle refilling stations, extended caf hours, double the number of entrances, and fewer books.Was it true, as the bookish gossiped, that nearly a third of the librarys physical collection had been discarded? No official number was forthcoming. All we knew for certain was that the main floor, previously the home of the stacks, had become flex space, and the majority of the adult books were in tight quarters on the ground floor. Moreover, thanks to zealous weeding, some titles came and went so fast in the catalog that it was almost as if books were on loan to the library.And yet the bookish did not boycott the place. It was there, in fact, that I heard their grumbles about the reduced collection. Whenever I was in town to see my parents, I myself went to the library, and if it did not always have what I was looking for, it could be counted on to supply something oddly better: that which I didnt know I wanted. Sometimes I left the building with one pleasingly subversive sentence (Michael Gorra, from his foreword to The Daily Henry James: [N]o scholar has ever paid it much attention, and for decades it survived in the only way that forgotten books do survive: undisturbed in the stacks). More often, it was with a sense of a freshened-up self and world. Why had I never heard of X? How had I lived so long without Y? In the stacks, William H. Gass writes, such epiphanies, such enrichments of mind and changes of heart, are the stuff of every day. Which must be the reason that in final hours before the March shutdown, I visited my hometown library twice.France's Oldest Public Library is Paris' Best OasisThen I returned to the city where I now live, and where the two libraries I frequentone public, the other serving the college where I workwere also closed. Though Ive seldom gone a week of my literate life without the library, I thought Id be fine. After all, I have a makeshift home office, a regifted Kindle (never mind that I hadnt used it), access to wondrous databases, and, on my better days, a sure grasp of the word non-essential. During the first weeks of sheltering in place, I even forced myself to ask whether Id exaggerated the sense of possibility I associate with the stacks. My libraries arent exactly the Bodleian, and I am deeply familiar with huge portions of their collections. Really, how many miracles could still be in store?Throughout the spring I did my usual amount of reading, which yielded the usual number of leadsbooks I planned to borrow when the library reopened. I soon realized that no, I did not want them on a screen (my screen fatigue had reached the point where once, watching a video, I wished it were available as a book). And grateful as I was for curbside pick-up when it came along, I also realized that nothing would ever beat retrieving books myself. Shelf-shopping was what I longed for; I missed the sparks it set off in me, the accidents that happen only when you go from 027.4799 to 944.025 in under ten seconds.Almost a decade ago a state-wide library conference was held in my city. At a caf I met an attendee who provided me with statistics as memorable as her name, which was Starr LaTronica. Some studies have found that two-thirds of circulated materials are discovered serendipitously; others put the figure at 85 percent. I thought of those numbers whenever I reflected on how much my mind had been deprived of during the pandemic. This, of course, was why the library never grew stale: Though the collection didnt change all that much from day to day, I didthanks in large part to what I stumbled on there. Never quite the person Id been before the book Id most recently read, I was reliably game for something that had previously held scant interest.One would think that the glories of serendipity had already been established by writers and scholars, no small number of whom seem to have preferred the library to school. (I was made for the library, not the classroom, Ta-Nehisi Coates recalls. The classroom was a jail of other peoples interests. The library was open, unending, free.) But if a reminder was needed, students at Yale provided one last year, along with some evidence that the stacks arent just for old people. The Washington Post reported that when the university announced plans to reduce the main undergraduate librarys print holdings from 150,000 to 40,000 to make space for additional seating, Nearly 1,000 students signed up on social media to participate in a browse-in, vowing to check out everything from Shakespeares Julius Caesar to Dr. Seusss The Sneetches to show university administrators that young people still value the printed word.Its unfortunate, then, that libraries making a case for their continued relevance tend to play up everything but the magic of the stacks. A few years ago, I served on the search committee for my colleges chief librarian. We received scores of impressive applications and hired someone superb, but not a single cover letter brought up the importance of browsing. A colleague to whom I mentioned this, someone who had presumably benefited as much as I from roaming privileges, responded with a shrug. Heres my question, she said. Do we even need a library?Having existed for the better part of a year without full access to mine, I know that I dosurely not as much as those who come for computer guidance, language lessons, the internet, or peace; more, Im betting, than those drawn by bean bag chairs, quinoa tabbouleh, and library-themed onesies. No matter what lures us to the library, though, as long as there are stacks, we may wander into them and never be the same. As they try to reopen or stay open, let struggling institutions not lose sight of this fact, nor five-star libraries make light of it.In his book More Lives Than One, the naturalist Joseph Wood Krutch relates the story of a boy whose intellectual life began in the unremarkable library of a tiny Iowa town. The boy had the privilege of the stacks, and by chance he pulled down a novel and read the first sentence: All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Asked if it was a good book, the librarian, who could have declared it too old for the boy, replied, Wellits a very strong book. Krutch noted that [t]he second most important thing about the little Iowa library was a wise librarian. But the most important thing was the fact that the book was there. That library would have been justified by its fruit even though no one else had ever read its copy of Anna Karenina.As it happened, the boy became a historian who wrote several books. Id treasure that library if he had merely gone on reading them.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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This Week Around The World – Psuvanguard.com

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November 16, Moldova: Pro-European Union candidate, Maia Sandu, won Moldovas presidential election against incumbent Igor Dodon with 57.7% of the vote, according to The New York Times. The loss of Dodon, who was openly endorsed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, represented a possible shift away from Russia for the former Soviet country. Sandu will be Moldovas first female president in the countrys history. We have a divided society, Sandu said in an interview with BBC. Its been further divided during this campaign by my opponent, but the short-term challenges of course are to help people go through this pandemic crisis, the sanitary crisis and the economic crisis.

November 18, France: French President Emmanuel Macron gave the French Council of the Muslim Faith 15 days to work with the interior ministry and agree to a charter of republican values in an effort to crack down on radical Islam. As part of this process, the CFCM agreed to create a National Council of Imams, which would require imams to go through an official accreditation process, according to BBC. Macron also introduced a bill that sought to prevent radicalization with measures that would include providing children with identification numbers to ensure they attend school and harsher punishments on those who intimidate public officials on religious grounds. Following the announcement, Pakistans human rights minister released a tweet that compared Macrons treatment of Muslims to Nazi treatment of Jews, which has since been deleted.

November 19, Bangkok, Thailand: Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha announced the government would crack down harder on protesters as anti-government protests continue. The situation is not improving, Chan-ocha said in a statement, as reported by Al Jazeera. There is a risk of escalation to more violence. If not addressed, it could damage the country and the beloved monarchy. The government will intensify its actions and use all laws, all articles, to take action against protesters who broke the law. Following the announcement, thousands of protestersmainly young studentstook to the streets of Bangkok on Nov. 21. Many were dressed in dinosaur costumes. We represent the meteorites crushing the dinosaurs to extinction, said 15-year-old high school student leader Benjamaporn Nivas to Reuters.

November 20, Nagorno-Karabakh: Following almost two months of violent clashes, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a Russia-brokered ceasefire agreement. According to Al Jazeera, Armenia agreed to return 1520% of the Nagorno-Karabakh territory. Azerbaijans army announced it entered the first of three districts to be returned on Friday. Armenian residents and soldiers were seen destroying buildings and burning down houses before the handoff began. The Guardian reported tens of thousands of Azerbaijanis are expected to return to the districts.

November 21, Guatemala City, Guatemala: A section of the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala was set aflame by protesters after Congress passed a controversial budget bill. The budget bill increased the stipends of Guatemalas lawmakers and cut funding for human rights programs, according to Al Jazeera. Protesters called for the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei after he refused to veto the billone of the main demands by protesters. Approximately 10,000 people protested in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City. I feel like the future is being stolen from us, said Mauricio Ramrez, a 20-year-old university student, according to AP News. We dont see any changes, this cannot continue like this.

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ECONOMIC RECOVERY: Reps mull reduction of 428 ministries, depts, agencies – Vanguard

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Our constitution review plan Kalu, spokesmanWe borrow money to augment our salariesBy Levinus Nwabughiogu

The National Assembly is contemplating a reduction in the number of federal ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the country to save cost of running government, according to Hon. Benjamin Kalu (Bende Federal Constituency of Abia State), spokesman for the House of Representatives.

There are at least 428 federal MDAs in Nigeria. Kalu spoke to Sunday Vanguard on the heels of the second economic recession in Nigeria in five years.

To be honest, some of the MDAs are mere duplications and the National Assembly is looking at them. We can consolidate on the functions of the MDAs to reduce cost, he said.

The spokesperson also speaks on how NASS will carry out constitutional amendment, the legislatures budget of N128billion, lawmakers jumbo salaries, the backlash against protesters involved in #EndSARS and the role federal lawmakers will play in rebuilding states where properties were destroyed by hoodlums in the course of the protests among other issues. Excerpts:

Whats your assessment of the 2021 budget defense sessions? Do you entertain any misgiving?

I must commend the executive for taking the budget presentation and defense seriously the same way the head of government took it seriously and kept to the calendar of presenting it early enough for us to work on it and get it back to the public at the beginning of next year and I am impressed that they took a cue from there and they have been coming. We just met with the Minister of Agriculture who did not send his perm sec to us. He came himself. The other day we met with Works and Housing Minister Fashola who did not send anybody but came himself and I can go on and on. The Minister of Health was with us the other day. All hands appear to be on deck to reverse the budget calendar from what it used to be to January to December in 2021 which is healthy for our economy.

On the other side, what I have not observed so well is the impact of what COVID-19 brought on the budget. I have not seen the MDAs integrating the innovations introduced by COVID-19 in their budgets which include the use of technology to reduce cost especially on virtual meetings to reduce trips and travels. If you put the amounts in the MDAs together and the amount appropriated yearly on local travels and international travels, you will see that it is very huge and with technology we can save 50% of the amount we are currently spending on local trips and the rest of them. I have also not seen reductions in international travels. Most of the universities across the world, Harvard, Oxford, have gone online for their trainings, it doesnt reduce their credibility, it doesnt reduce the efficiency of the work they are doing with their students and so why are we not adopting that approach to training?

I have also seen that some people come to us not prepared. They come with the mindset that the National Assembly dont know what to look out for, they are not as thorough as they ought to be and so they will do any garbage in, garbage out and they expect us to accept it, the numbers are not adding up, their extra budgetary expenses, we dont do that; we call them to order and make sure those things are taken care of. So, generally, there is a big cooperation between the National Assembly and the executive in this budget defense.

There are four hundred and something agencies. In the course of this budget presentation, was there any thoughts by law makers to tinker with the number?

To be honest, some of the agencies are mere duplications and the National Assembly is looking at them. We can consolidate on the functions of the agencies to reduce cost. The present economic leadership philosophy is to block leakages of revenue and reduce cost of governance and also finish up projects that are ongoing as against getting involved in brand new ones. Now based on that, it calls for restructuring where necessary to achieve cost reduction expectations of this government.

There are two or three agencies that could come under one, it is one of the things the House is going to look at through motions and resolutions or the Acts that established some of the agencies and see how we can collapse them by repealing or amending the Acts for the sake of better control, efficient work and higher productivity as well as reducing cost and that is the yearning of Nigerians because we have so many petitions telling us that we have too many agencies doing similar jobs. But you know, it takes time and the situation was not created by this government.

The budget of the Presidency; of the President and his Vice on travels is still high as it used to be in previous years. So talking about cost reduction, would you want to reduce that as a parliament or leave it as it used to be?

Our job as the National Assembly is to be the watchdog and we have oversight functions. Our job is to look at the numbers before us, it doesnt have to be the President and the Vice President or the agencies of government, nevertheless, we deal with the judiciary as well as the executive, we look at the numbers that they are bringing to us and see how workable those numbers are in view of the challenging times and, if they are workable, we allow it, but if they are not sustainable, we say no to them and I am sure that is why the electorate elected us and this is for the interest of the people. It is not an attack, or to create acrimony or rancor; no, it is for the interest of the tax payers who have given us that confidence of overseeing, looking after their hard earned money.

Constitutional amendment is here again and many Nigerians feel that the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference which many think may have the solution to the clamor for restructuring should be adopted. How is this constitutional amendment going to incorporate some of these yearnings as put together in the 2014 National Conference?

In amending a Constitution, so many things come into play and information is harnessed to educate the framers of the Constitution, to educate the drafters of the Constitution, to educate the people amending the Constitution or reviewers of the Constitution. Constitution review is not something you just do, there is a template. It is a matter of understanding the wishes of the people. How do you harvest the desires of the people? It is by going into what has happened before that was documented. So, the report of the Constitutional Conference, if need be, would be called into use, the opinion of the public, if need be, would be called into use. Remember, people are going to send in memoranda and they will be collated, analyzed and incorporated into the process. So, no stone is going to be left unturned during this constitutional amendment. This constitutional review committee which I am a member of will reflect that.

The #EndSARS protests that erupted recently in parts of the country rattled the National Assembly and the Presidency, and the Federal Government appears poised to prosecute some of the promoters. Does that sit well with the House?

I dont think you got the Federal Government right. The Federal Government will never prosecute those who are expressing their rights constitutionally. There is a difference between those who protested and those who were vandals. There is a difference between those who protested and the honour of what they believe in for there to be change and as citizens they own that right; freedom of expression, freedom of association as allowed by the Constitution. Nobody can deny them that right. But if in the expression of that right, you stepped on the toes of the law, the limitation of your right is the commencement of the right of the other person. Therefore in exercising your freedom of association or freedom of expression you must have at the back of your mind the dictates of the law.

So the National Assembly will never support any attempt to silence those expressing their rights under the Constitution, no. But the National Assembly will support every move against hoodlums. The real protesters did not destroy properties, the real protesters did not burn down houses, the real protesters did not cause havoc but those ones who came and infiltrated the camp and started destroying cars, houses and all the rest of them, they should be prosecuted and the National Assembly will support their prosecution.

In rebuilding the worst hit states, what role will the House play?

It is taking interventions that will enable the executive to have the backing of the law to specially intervene where was greatly impacted. So any collaboration that the executive may demand from the House, we are willing to do it to make sure we rebuild our nation.

How much does an average lawmaker in National Assembly take home as salary?

I am not the institution. The institution is sitting on a tripod; the Senate, the Management and the House of Representatives. My answer will be different from the answer of a senator and the answer of the person that is working in Management. The Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission; these things are tabled there. Go to the Management, the Clerk of the National Assembly is here and request for it and it will be given to you.

But suffice to say it is very painful that Nigerians are not asking the right questions. We are known all over the world as very smart people and how come when it comes to this topic we pretend unintelligent? Why do we have this question coming up over and over again because of N128billion allocated to an arm of government, not a ministry, not a department of government, not an agency of government, a full arm of government? The budget of Nigeria, if shared to the three arms of government, do you think the National Assembly will be getting N128billion? This arm is the same as the executive arm and the judiciary.

They are at the same level, on the same platform. None is greater than the other and Nigerians have not deemed it right to look at the percentage representation of their money, where it is going to and they are focusing on N128billion out of N13trillion. N128billion is about 0.8% of the entire national budget. Now tell me, you are looking for your money and you leave 99.02% of the money and you are spending two, three years looking at 0.8%? Nigerians should start asking the right questions. They should ask what is happening to the 99.02% which is with the executive and these agencies that you mentioned.

Do you know that law makers borrow money to add to what they get here to be able to solve the needs in their various constituencies because the expectations are high and the resources are low?

Nigeria should support us to use less than 1% to oversight them. By Sections 88 and 89 of the Constitution, you are giving me a job to follow your money, audit your money, go after the money and make sure that the money we appropriated, N13trillion, is used for the right thing; which consultant will charge you less than 1% to oversee your project of 13trillion? The least they will charge you is about 10% and if you are taking about 10%, if the National Assembly were a private consultant, it should be about N1.3trillion. The budget of the National Assembly was 5% of the entire national budget before, it went down to 4%, from there to 3% and, today, it is at 0.8%, less than 1%; the Budget Office will tell you this and it has not changed and yet foreign exchange is going up whereas the purchasing power of the money that you are paying House of Reps members it is the same place.

The same amount of money that was paid to the 4th Assembly, 5th Assembly, 6th Assembly and 7th Assembly is a far cry from what National Assembly members are earning now. Now granted but not conceding that National Assembly members are earning all the money people claim they are earning, which of these arms of government is closer to the masses? I am a lawyer by training and I have friends in the judiciary, it is my immediate constituency. You dont see any judge interacting with people in the rural area with people coming for school fees, hospital bills, coming for burial, coming for my house has fallen down or I need to buy fertilizer, I need to do this and that, no judge will be seen. If a judge takes salary, its for him and his family.

How many ministers are being seen close to the rural people, that they can knock on their doors and they open and they saw that it is problem of I dont have clothes to go to school, I cannot pay my school fees? They dont see that? How many governors in your own village, how many times have your villagers had time to sit with their governor or minister? Zero! They only see them in public functions but we eat with these people. It is only the National Assembly that represents this government. The (President) Buhari they see is Benjamin Kalu when I am in the village.

The governor that they see is Benjamin Kalu when I am in the village and so if there is any problem that they have as long as they have seen me who represents government, they will table it and there is no excuse that you can give them, it is from that your salary, no matter how little it is, that you attend to their needs. It is from there you pay school fees, house rent, hospital bills, pay this and that. And what has that got to do with government? It reduces poverty, it reduces pain; it reduces the agitation that would have been activated by hunger. The little we share with our constituents keeps them calm not to carry arms.

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Longtime Mayor of West Sacramento Defeated by Martha Guerrero – The Peoples Vanguard of Davis

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By David M. Greenwald

Christopher Cabaldon has been Mayor of West Sacramento for the better part of two decades, having been first elected in 2004 and become one of the defining figures of his city as well as the region, leading the way toward massive redevelopment of West Sacramento as well a high profile gay elected official in the area.

But last week, in a tightly fought challenge by first term City Councilmember Martha Guerrero, he conceded defeat, having fallen behind by nearly 500 votes in the tally.

Im humbled by the fact that the people have voted me in to be their mayor, Guerrero told the Vanguard on Tuesday.

She stressed the need to protect infrastructure particularly during the pandemic, prioritizing services to the people, which she said was something that the voters expressed concerns for.

With the pandemic, its really brought to their attention whats important, she said. Quality of life is extremely important here in West Sacramento.

She said, Having a councilmember and someone in leadership who is tuned in to what their interests are I think is clear now to everyone that thats important.

Guerrero talked about the support she has had over the years which included an unsuccessful council run in 2016 and a successful one in 2018 firefighters she mentioned as a big group supporting her. Labor in general, always adversarial with Cabaldon, also played a big role.

A lot of citizens in the community have been interested in getting their needs met, in getting their views heard on city council, she said. I stated I was an independent voice and demonstrated that on council. She called it a campaign promise that was fulfilled.

Guerrero noted that the election in 2018 involving the mayor was relatively close. The two candidates challenging Cabaldon at that time made it a relatively close race. Cabaldon won just 53 percent of the vote in 2018. Joe DeAnda received 40 percent of the vote while Esther Moskalets won about 7.

In retrospect, that was a warning sign to Cabaldon.

That indicated to me that somethings not working, Guerrero said. There was a significant majority of people in West Sacramento had something more to say and was interested in doing something different.

But 2020 was still challenging with the pandemic and more limited ways to reach out to the public.

I was interested in seeing if I could help bridge any concerns that the community had with the council and with the administration, she said.

Still, she said, I was just a little surprised. The other factor was that the turnout in this election like it was in most places -was very high. Much higher than in 2018.

This wasnt a growth issue. I was supportive of seeing continued growth in our city, she said. But she said, I think we needed to be more inclusive of what their interests were and broaden how we provide direct services to people and families, especially during a pandemic.

Guerrero feels that the council is receptive to the type of changes she is looking to make. I know that councilmembers are plugged into whats going on in the community and have been engaged.

I think theyre hearing it too, she said. And will be receptive to the changes Im looking to bring as Mayor.

The biggest change, she said, is transparency.

She said, I had a hard time even as a councilmember understanding fiscally where the money was going and how we can adjust and pivot to the change in demand for service for example, public transportation.

She is also looking at investments in infrastructure will be more of a priority than what Ive observed in the last 20 to 24 years. She said, There has been a resonating concern that that was not a priority.

The issue of policing looms large. The last police chief was suddenly terminated and filed suit against the city. Concerns have been raised over an officer-involved shooting.

Weve had an interim police chief at a time when we needed a police chief, someone who is going to be representing the police department, she said. I have not been supportive of that situation.

She said, It gives us an opportunity with police reform to bring in a police chief who is going to help ensure that there is accountability within the police department.

Under Cabaldon they had transferred police officer positions into community outreach. She is looking at doing the Mental Health Services plan to do the community outreach but under the umbrella of the health and human services agency.

She is concerned that half the department has under five years of experience.

Thats not a good track record to keep, she said. We have situations that require police officers with experience to ensure that public safety is well served.

She noted a lack of interest in the profession and the high level of competition for trained and experienced police officers.

Guerrero also noted her experience working with the NAACP who have come forward with a set of recommendations for a reform agenda.

She said her workshops and outreach will be: transparent, open, with broad participation.

I just want to thank the public for their support and I look forward to working with them, she said.

David M. Greenwald reporting

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Why ASUU agreed to call off strike Investigation – Vanguard

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Though what the Federal Government offered striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, fell beyond the lecturers expectations, they agreed to suspend their eight months industrial action because of the economic situation in the country and pressures from some stakehoders.

The decision was not based on the negotiating ability of the government team which the union has not been comfortable with, checks by Vanguard have revealed.

As ASUU and FG teams met penultimate Friday, the National Bureau of Statistics announced that Nigeria had gone into another round of economic recession, as the Gross Domestic Products, GDP, shrank for the second consecutive quarter.

The fact was corroborated by the World Bank which described the recession as the worst in over 30 years.A leader of ASUU, who spoke to our correspondent in confidence, said if the union was to consider governments handling of the issue, the strike could go on for a very long time.

Though the government tried to paint us as the aggressor and engaged on futile propaganda, we wont be deterred. Yes, we all know the poor state of the economy now, but even when everything was going on well, what did the government do with the revenue? What are they doing now to make things better?

Many well-meaning Nigerians and groups have been in contact with us, appealing to us too. We are ready to soft-pedal on some conditions which we hope the government will not bungle, the source said.

With the government adding N5 billion to the N65 billion it promised paying for the revitalisation of the system and for the payment of Earned Academic Allowances and also promising to clear the withheld salaries of lecturers before the end of the year, the coast is now clear for universities to resume.

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Trump says he will leave office if Bidens victory is confirmed – Vanguard

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US President, Donald Trump, said Thursday for the first time that he would leave the White House if Joe Biden is officially confirmed the winner of the US election, even as he railed against the rigged vote.

Trump has made an unprecedented attempt to defy the results of the election by refusing to concede, spreading wild theories about stolen ballots and launching baseless legal challenges that have been thrown out by courts.

Answering his first questions from reporters since the November 3 vote, the president moved closer to accepting that he would serve only one term in office before Biden is inaugurated on January 20.

When asked if he would leave the White House if the Electoral College confirmed Bidens victory, Trump said, Certainly I will. And you know that.

But if they do, they made a mistake, he said, adding, Its going to be a very hard thing to concede.

I think that there will be a lot of things happening between now and (January) 20th, he said.

The Electoral College, which determines the White House winner, will meet on December 14 to certify Bidens victory, with Biden receiving 306 votes to Trumps 232.

This election was a fraud, Trump said, again without providing any evidence during his remarks to reporters at the White House after he spoke to military personnel via video-link on the Thanksgiving holiday.

He described the US voting infrastructure as like a third-world country.

Earlier in the day he tweeted that this was a 100% RIGGED ELECTION, while on Wednesday he called on his Republican supporters to turn the election over.

President-elect Biden has said that Americans wont stand for attempts to derail the vote outcome, and urged for Americans to unite to fight the worsening pandemic.

More than 260,000 people have died in the US from Covid-19, with daily death tolls surging to 2,000 on recent days.

Trumps refusal to concede the election to Biden has added to the countless norms he has torn up during his four years in power.

Supporters suggest he is already eyeing a run for president in 2024.

Trump, 74, is alleging among other conspiracy theories that voting machines deliberately deleted millions of his votes, though the government election security agency declared it the most secure election in US history.

Under pressure from some senior Republicans, Trump this week ended his blockade of government assistance to ease Bidens preparation for assuming the presidency.

Trump said Thursday he would soon travel to Georgia to campaign ahead of two key runoff elections that will decide which party controls the Senate.

Biden, 78, this week introduced a slate of veteran diplomats and policy-makers who will make up his national security and foreign policy team, saying: America is back, ready to lead the world.

He said that in his first 100 days in office, he would tackle the Covid crisis, scrap Trump policies damaging the environment and push legislation offering millions of undocumented US residents a route to citizenship.

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The age, average woman hits her sexual peak – Vanguard

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Current research revealed that at the age of 34, the average woman should be having the time of her life. At that age, it revealed 34 as the age when women are at their happiest as they tick off some of lifes most important boxes, like settling down, establishing a career and buying a home. In case youre wondering when are the other milestones, Tanith Carey, a sociologists gives the ultimate time line of a womans life from teens to retirement:

12 The average age at which a girl becomes a woman is 12 years and seven months although the exact timing of her first period will follow that of her mother, according to scientists at the University of London. They found that genes play the dominating role in the onset of menstruation, along with physical and environmental factors.

14 Forget the terrible twos. With hormones kicking in, a girl is at her most tricky to deal with at the age of 14. Parents of teens interviewed for one study claimed that sulkiness and tantrums hit their peak at this age, due to conflicts over boys, make-up and drinking.

16 A year after her first kiss, at an average age of 15, the next important landmark for a girl will be losing her virginity. It seems that the age of consent is still relevant, because for most girls, its still 16 a year after the average age for boys.

18 Having lost her virginity two years earlier, by the age of 18 a young woman is by now sexually experienced enough to enjoy her first orgasm with a partner.

20 Even though the average girl today has been sexually active for four years by this stage, ideally she should have waited until 20 for the best chance of happy future relationships. Researchers at the University of Texas found those who waited to have their first lover were better educated, went on to have better paid jobs and enjoyed more satisfying marriages.

22 The bland foods we liked as children are no longer enough to suit a womans more adventurous palette. Taste-buds stop regenerating as quickly at this age, enabling us to find stronger flavours, more palatable.

25 Is the lowest point for a womans sexual confidence, due to worries about not having the perfect body and comparisons with how other women perform in bed.

27 Women will fall in love on average four times during a lifetime and most will settle down at the age of 27 with a third being lucky enough to stick with their first love.

28 Although many women are in long-term relationships by this age, it seems the desire to play the field is still strong. This is the point when they are most likely to cheat on their partners.

29 The best age for a woman to snap up a property with her partner. This gives her time to upgrade to a bigger home when babies come along, and also means shell be mortgage-free by 61.

30 Its not always clear which comes first these days but as well as 30 being the most common age for a woman to marry in the UK, official statistics say its now also the average age for a woman to have her first baby. Slightly different here in the country though some young women now get married late.

32 After years of chopping and changing, its at 32 that women finally achieve their perfect hairstyle.

34 This is the best possible age at which to give birth. Sociologists looking at the birth experiences of 3,000 women for the Journal of Health and Social Bahaviour found that those who delayed having a child until now had fewer complications (before the risks start to rise again with age), and were also more emotionally mature and financially secure.

35 As they juggle work and parenthood, this is the age when women feel most stressed. If a woman hasnt become a parent now after trying, its also at this age that she is most likely to start IVF, reports the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

38 After getting their feet under the desk, 38 is the prime age to take a career break or go travelling. Researchers found that by now women feel financially stable and sufficiently well-established to take a break without their career paying the price.

39 The average woman will be getting her highest salary now, but over a lifetime in work, she will earn 20 per cent less than a man in the same role, according to EU statistics.

40 Life has to begin (again) at 40 for many women because this is the average age at which she is most likely to divorce, according to the Office for National Statistics. Men will be 43 at the time of their first marital break-up.

47 Is the oldest age that most women feel comfortable in a bikini going for one-pieces on their next birthday. It is also the age when women believe their looks begin fading fast.

49 Its time to slip back into baby mode for many women at this age. This is the birthday when you are most likely to become a grandmother for the first time, report researchers at the Future Foundation. During her lifetime, the average granny will go on to have 4.07 grandchildren.

50 There are mixed blessings for women at 50. the good news is that its the average age when women become debt free, due to a combination of rising salaries and being left an inheritance. But visible signs of old age are advancing fast. While men tend to start going grey at the temples, women are also likely to be greying at their partings. A study published by the British Journal of Dermatology found that by 50, between 63 and 78 per cent had some grey hair.

51- This is the age at which most women finally stop having periods. It may not be a coincidence that this is the also the age when women believe they become invisible to men, who stop giving them appreciative smiles or open-doors for them.

52 There may be a good reason that, at this age, actress Demi Moore looks so youthful, Saga magazine found that this is the moment when women are most prepared to entertain the idea of plastic surgery, with eyelid lifts being the most common procedure, followed by face-lifts and dermabrasion.

55 At this stage in her life, a woman most feels like the filling in lifes sandwich.

A University of London study which followed the lives of more than 17,000 women born in the same week found that 55-year-old women take on the lions share of caring responsibilities for younger and older relatives. On the upside, 55 is also the average age of British millionaires, around 40 per cent of whom are women.

58 It may have been a long time coming, but it turns out that 58 is the age women feel they have finally got that elusive work-life balance under control. A study found this is when we start to take proper lunch breaks at work, cut back on overtime and also get the right amount of leisure to enjoy our lives.

60 With more time to relax and no worries about pregnancy, it seems making love continues to be a popular pastime in the later years. Thirty-seven per cent of married people over 60 make love once a week or more, and 16 per cent make love several times a week, according to research.

63 Sixty-three years and one month is the age when women finally start to take things easy and retire if they are still working, according to the Department for Work and Pensions. Men keep earning until they are 64 and seven months.

65 It seems we never lose hope in love. A study by Age UK found that almost one in ten single people over 65 are keen to embark on a new sexual relationship. If they are already in a relationship, one in eight 12 per cent said they would like to try new things in bed with their partner.

82 Average female life expectancy is now up to 82.9 years a rise of nearly 12 months compared to 2007 and nearly four years more than men.

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Calendar Events for the Three Rivers Edition Area – Arkansas Online

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Editors note: Many events have been canceled or postponed due to concern about the coronavirus.

Winter Wonderland Ferris Wheel Rides

BATESVILLE The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host the White River Wonderland Ferris Wheel from 4-9 p.m. today through Thursday in Riverside Park. The fee to ride the Ferris wheel is $5 for ages 2 and older. Online reservations are required by visiting https://experience-independence-merchandise.myshopify.com/collections/experiences/products/winter-wonderland-ferris-wheel-ride.

American Legion Riders Meeting

CABOT The American Legion Riders, a group for veterans who ride motorcycles, will meet at 7 p.m. at Criswell-Robinson American Legion Post 71, 114 N. First St. Because of COVID-19, health practices and guidelines will be followed. For more information, call Post 71 at (501) 203-5715.

Virtual Tree-Lighting Ceremony

BEEBE Arkansas State University-Beebe invites the community to view its Virtual Tree-Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. on the ASU-Beebe website, http://www.asub.edu. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event was changed to an online ceremony. The event will include holiday greetings from Jennifer Methvin, ASU-Beebe chancellor; ASUB mascot Van Vanguard; and Santa Claus. The Leyland cypress tree has an estimated height of 25 feet and is decorated with thousands of blue and white lights.

Basic Life Support CPR Class

BATESVILLE The University of Arkansas Community College of Batesville Community Education will offer a Basic Life Support CPR course from 5-9 p.m. The class fee is $49. This course meets the requirements for health care professionals. Register at uaccb.coursestorm.com or call (870) 612-2082.

Old-Fashioned Christmas

BATESVILLE Main Street Batesvilles Old-Fashioned Christmas will take place at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The event will include a winter market, live music, carolers, pop-up shops, kids activities and more. for more information, call Main Street Batesville at (844) 462-4482.

Batesville Christmas Parade

BATESVILLE The Batesville Kiwanis Christmas Parade, with the theme An Old-Fashioned Christmas, will begin at 6 p.m. on Main and College streets. Line-up will begin at 4 p.m. at the Town Plaza for all floats. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, everyone who normally walks in the parade must be either in a vehicle, be pulled by a vehicle or be in the back of a vehicle. No candy will be thrown from vehicles. Floats to be judged must be entered in the parade in advance. All entries are asked to not incorporate a Santa on any float or vehicle. To register for the parade, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfD5uq3mn4Sb4NWcFqdhZ6h6UqqF9iZscY4slK_t8tz_0bcPg/formResponse.

Cabot Public Library

CABOT The Cabot Public Library, 909 W. Main St., is now open for browsing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with a limited capacity. Library services provided from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday include curbside pickup; copies, prints and faxes; online card sign-up; e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines; over-the-phone book selections; renewals; a newspaper station; take-home kits; virtual programming; and computer use. For more information, call the library at (855) 572-6657.

The Living Nativity

SEARCY Searcy First Assembly of God, 101 Benton Ave., will present The Living Nativity 2020 on Friday through Dec. 6 and Dec. 11-13. Hours are 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturdays and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call Searcy First Assembly at (501) 268-3289.

White River Wonderland Light Display

BATESVILLE The White River Wonderland Light Display is open for viewing from 5 p.m. to midnight seven days a week through Jan. 3 at Riverside Park.

Poetry Out Loud Registration

The Arkansas Arts Council is accepting registrations from public, charter and private schools, as well as home-school groups, to participate in the 2021 Arkansas Poetry Out Loud competition. The registration deadline is Dec. 18.

Students compete at the school level for a chance to become the Arkansas champion. The state winner will compete for $20,000 at the national level next spring. The Arkansas Arts Council provides all materials needed, including coaches. Virtual workshops are also being planned. For more information or to register, contact Drekkia Morning, Arts in Education programs manager, at drekkia.morning@arkansas.gov.

Harding University Holiday Lighting

SEARCY Guests are invited to view the holiday light display at Harding University through New Years. The universitys physical resources department has hung lights and Christmas wreaths across campus. All Arkansans are encouraged to add the campus to their lists of light displays to visit this year. The display is also featured in the city of Searcys Holiday of Lights, a guide to seasonal events that take place all over town during December.

Arkansas Governors School Applications

Applications are being taken for the 42nd Arkansas Governors School, set for July 5-31 and hosted by Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. Eligible students need to inquire about the nomination process with their school counselor. AGS serves approximately 400 selected students from around the state during the summer before their senior year in high school. Information and instructions for applying are available at http://www.atu.edu/ags, and the deadline to apply is Jan. 20. For more information, email ags@atu.edu or call (479) 968-0391.

Painting Classes

BATESVILLE Two continuing painting classes take place at Gallery 246, 246 E. Main St. A watercolor class, taught by Aline McCracken, meets from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. The fee is $10, with all supplies provided. Acrylic: Paint With Panach, taught by Jim Tindall, meets from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays. The fee is $45, with all supplies provided. To register, call (870) 262-8066, visit the gallery, or see its Facebook page. COVID-19 precautions are observed in the gallery.

Bald Knob VFW Free Coffee

BALD KNOB The community is invited to get a free cup of coffee from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Bald Knob Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10007, 3012 Highway Ave. The VFW recognizes the sacrifices and efforts of all veterans and understands the importance of rallying community support for them. Volunteering to serve coffee are Will Ace Marler, a Purple Heart recipient and post quartermaster; Bill Rhino Morton, a veteran service officer; and Savannah Breaux, commander of VFW Post 10007.

Searcy Chamber Virtual Awards Show

SEARCY The Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce will present its Virtual Awards Show, with the theme Christmas Vacation, airing at noon Dec. 11, along with on-location Watch Parties. The virtual event will include an overview of the years business successes and announcements of the 2020 Business Awards, including Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Emerging Business of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. A variety of sponsorships are available. For more information, call the chamber at (501) 268-2458.

Cabot Annual Christmas Parade

CABOT The Cabot Annual Christmas Parade, with the theme The Twelve Days of Christmas is set for 5 p.m. Dec. 12. Parade entries are needed from businesses and groups in five categories: school/civic, church, business, animal/equestrian and general/personal. Get entry forms, parade rules and route maps at the Veterans Park Community Center, the Cabot Chamber of Commerce Office or http://www.cabotparks.com. The entry deadline is Dec. 7. Mail forms and a $10 entry fee to Cabot Christmas Parade, P.O. Box 1101, Cabot, AR 72023. For more information, all (501) 920-2122 or email cabotbeautiful@yahoo.com.

To submit an item for the Calendar of Events, mail information to Calendar of Events, Three Rivers Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; send faxes to (501) 378-3500; or email trnews@arkansasonline.com. The deadline for calendar-item submissions is noon Tuesday.

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