Mother of 3 shot during armed robbery

first_imgA mother of three was admitted to the Suddie Public Hospital after she was shot to the left leg during a robbery at her home at Onderneeming Hill Top, Essequibo Coast on Friday evening.The woman, 44-year-old Menawattie Fernandez was listed in stable condition after the doctors successfully removed the bullet that was lodged in her leg.Based on reports received, the woman, along with her husband, 56-year-old Arthur Fernandez and their three children were returning home from church when an armed man pounced on them as they were about to open the main door to their home.The armed man held them at gunpoint and ordered theThe home belonging to the Fernandez familym into the house, where he started to demand cash and gold. Speaking with Guyana Times at the Suddie Hospital, the still shaken man explained that after the men asked for cash and gold, he related that he did not have any, since the money that he came out of the interior with was used up.The bandit, he stated, then removed the gun from his head, pointed it into the air and discharged a round. Fernandez, however, managed to jump through a window and as he made his way into the bushes, he saw a second gunman keeping guard in front of his house.His main aim was to reach his relatives to get help. As he ran, he recalled hearing three gunshots followed by loud screams coming from his wife and children. He, nevertheless, informed his relatives and they went back to his house.“When we reached back, the men were gone … I see my wife bleeding and the house was ransacked,” he told Guyana Times. The Police were contacted and he proceeded to take his injured wife to seek medical attention.However, residents slammed the Police for slothfulness, since it took them more than one hour to arrive at the scene. By this time, the armed bandits had already made good their escape.“The Police just come and drive off… they said that they will return but this never happen,” one man stated.A neighbour has called on the Police to provide some sort of protection, since they are living in fear that the armed men would return to the area.About two weeks ago, Vickram Boodram was shot and robbed of his gold band in the area. Residents believe that the bandits are living and operating in the area with the assistance of relatives and friends.last_img read more

Teacher unions supply big money

first_imgAnd it’s why the teacher unions are the only regular group that gives in school board elections, he said. In the Whittier area, Montebello Unified School District incumbent Marcella Calderon has received $9,000. David Vela, a challenger in the district, was given $4,000. The Whittier Union High School District’s teacher union gave $2,000 to incumbent Ralph Pacheco and challenger Tim Schneider. The East Whittier School District’s teacher union gave $3,000 to challenger Dimitri Elbling. Some might say the donations are a conflict of interest when it comes to contract negotiations, but Elbling doesn’t see it as a problem. NORWALK – Whittier-area teacher unions again are the top source for campaign money in the Nov. 6 school board elections. So far, local unions have donated a total of $21,000 to five candidates running in three separate elections, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office. That’s nothing new, said Whittier Councilman Owen Newcomer, also a retired professor of political science from Rio Hondo College. “The teachers have a direct personal, professional and economic interest in school board policy,” Newcomer said. “They’re close to it as classroom teachers.” “The board does approve (the contract), but it is worked out between the district and the teachers,” Elbling said. Some say the endorsement by the teacher unions is as important as they money provided. “When you’re a long-term incumbent, it’s tantamount to getting the Good Housekeeping seal of approval,” said Pacheco. “It shows that teachers respect the work you’re doing.” But the money is nice to get, Pacheco said. “There were no tear stains on that check,” he said. Candidates who don’t get that endorsement or money can still win, said La Mirada Councilman Hal Malkin who has observed many school elections. “Definitely, there can be a backlash,” Malkin said, referring to concerns about too strong of a presence by the union. Harry Jacobs, another contender for the Whittier Union High School District board who didn’t receive teacher union money, agrees with Malkin. “I have a growing base of support outside of that particular interest group,” said Jacobs, who has raised nearly as much money as Pacheco and three times as much as Schneider in the race. Jacobs said he isn’t bothered he didn’t receive the teacher union endorsement, and said if elected he wouldn’t hold it against teachers. “There will be no ill feelings,” he said. “When I get elected, I’ll work with the board. What happened in the campaign happened in the campaign.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Derry duo seek third walking buddy for incredible charity walk to Cork

first_imgDerry duo Fergal Barr and Keith Adair will be taking on the mammoth task of walking 300 miles from Derry to Crosshaven in Cork in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, and they are seeking a third walking buddy to join them.A regular attendee of the Crosshaven Irish Redhead Convention which is held annually in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, Fergal decided to launch his own fundraiser for the national cancer charity after the Irish Redhead Convention announced that they are taking a hiatus this summer.And thus, Redhead300 was born! Fergal will be joined by kidney cancer survivor Keith Adair for the trek to Cork. The pair hope to raise €5,000, and have already raised €1,000 since announcing the project.However, Fergal and Keith are looking for someone else to join them! They are seeking someone who can join for the full two weeks, or two people who will complete a week each.Fergal says “We are currently searching for the final member of our team, someone who will give up two weeks to walk with us or two people who will complete a week each.“We are also looking for two ‘Guest Walkers’ to join us for each stage of the walk and for those who a full day might seem too much we are also looking for ‘RedVoluntionaries’ who will pick a point on the journey and join us and contribute €5 for each kilometre they walk.” Keith says that his motivation to complete the walk is because he would like to support others affected by cancer.“I’m a cancer survivor and I want to give something back to a charity funding important cancer research and supports to help other people affected by cancer.“Most people have been affected in one way or another by cancer, either you’ve been unfortunate enough to have had cancer or a close friend or family member has suffered at the hands of it. I’m in remission now and as I emerge from that journey I’m undertaking another one – all 300 miles of it of course!”Their incredible journey begins on August 5th and will take them through Ballybofey, Donegal Town, Bundoran, Sligo, Boyle, Roscommon, Athlone, Birr, Roscrea, Thurles, Fermoy and Cork, with the goal of reaching Crosshaven on August 18th.Fancy joining Fergal and Keith? Drop them a line at redhead300walk@hotmail.com (don’t be shy, non-red heads are welcome too!) To donate, you can visit their Go Fund Me page.Derry duo seek third walking buddy for incredible charity walk to Cork was last modified: June 20th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CorkDerryfundraiserIrish Cancer Societyredhead300last_img read more

How Conte could replace Mourinho after ruling himself out of Real Madrid job

first_imgAntonio Conte has reportedly ruled himself out of contention for the vacant manager’s position at Real Madrid.The Italian was heavily linked to take over after the club dismissed Julen Lopetegui on Monday following their poor start to the season – the final straw being a 5-1 pummelling at Barcelona last weekend. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card getty Roberto Martinez has emerged as the shock frontrunner to land the Bernabeu job after senior Madrid players were reportedly opposed to Conte becoming the manager.However, according to Sky Sports, Conte has ruled himself out of contention.Italian publication Gazetta dello Sport, though, claim Jose Mourinho is actually Real Madrid’s top target, something former Real chief Ramon Calderon told talkSPORT earlier in the week. RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF Senior players at Real Madrid reportedly objected to Conte becoming the new manager Latest Football News Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED no dice MONEY center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? With Santiago Solari in temporary charge at Real, Conte knows there could well be a vacancy for one of football’s elite coaches at Old Trafford if the Spanish club do firm up their interest in Mourinho next summer.Playing the waiting game may even suit Conte, who lost his job at Chelsea before the start of the season and, according to The Times, is entitled to receive his £9.5m salary for a year, or until he takes another job. REVEALED If Mourinho, who is under pressure at United, does get the Bernabeu job for a second time, then this could pave the way for Conte to succeed the Portuguese at Old Trafford and potentially upstage his nemesis again.Conte, 49, became Chelsea boss in July 2016, seven months after Mourinho was given the chop following a dreadful start to the 2015/16 season.In contrast, the former Juventus and Italy boss completely turned things around, won the Premier League in his first season and frequently took the opportunity to criticise the work Mourinho had done at Stamford Bridge the year before. ADVICE 2 huge blow 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Mourinho and Conte have had a number of disputes in person and through the media last_img read more

DONEGAL SFC REPORT: OLD RIVALS NAOMH CONAILL AND ARDARA CAN’T BE SEPARATED IN CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIC

first_imgA late foul on Paddy McGrath earned Ardara the crucial free they needed to level their Donegal SFC match with Naomh Conaill at Tir Chonaill Park this afternoon.Naomh Conaill and Ardara couldn’t be separated after sixty minutes of an hugely intense and highly exciting Donegal SFC quarter-final.The two sides will have to meet again in a replay on Wednesday night at Mac Cumhaill Park.Naomh Conaill did trail by five points at one stage in the second-half, but showed fantastic character to power back and lead with just two minutes of normal time left to play. However, a great move involving the inspirational Kenneth Doherty, Stephen McHugh and CJ Molloy ended with a foul on Donegal star Paddy McGrath.Brendan McNelis duly dispatched the free to level the match and take the game to a replay.Naomh Conaill had a late chance to win it, but Anthony Thompson’s effort drifted wide.Anthony Thompson had a great game for Paddy Campbell’s side and he was ably assisted by Dermot ‘The Brick’ Molloy who kicked six points. Points from Dermot Molloy, Leon Thompson, Leo McLoone and Brendan McDyer ensured Naomh Conaill led by two points at half-time, in what was an incredibly defensive opening period.Scores were at premium and Ardara struggled to penetrate the Naomh Conaill rear-guard, Brendan McNelis, Gareth Concarr and Tomas Boyle all posted scores for Ardara.Half-time score Naomh Conaill 0-05 Ardara 0-03However, a goal from Ryan Melly swung the game in Ardara’s favour in complete and when Melly and Kieran Breslin pointed for Ardara they lead by five points.Naomh Conaill powered back though, and scores from Brendan McDyer, Dermot Molloy (3) and Marty Boyle levelled matters. When Anthony Thompson pointed with two minutes to go, it looked like he had snatched victory for Naomh Conaill.However, Ardara had different ideas, and a fast flowing move ended in the concession of a free after a foul was committed on Paddy McGrath.Up stepped McNelis to ensure the two old foes do it all over again mid-week.Final score Naomh Conaill 0-12 Ardara 1-09. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter later for coverage on the second Donegal SFC quarter-final today between St Eunan’s and Four Masters.DONEGAL SFC REPORT: OLD RIVALS NAOMH CONAILL AND ARDARA CAN’T BE SEPARATED IN CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIC was last modified: October 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ArdaraDonegal SFCDonegal SFC ReportdrawGAANaomh ConaillnewsReplaySportlast_img read more

Women’s Tennis Opens MVC Play On Saturday

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake women’s tennis team opens Missouri Valley Conference play on Saturday when the Bulldogs host Northern Iowa at 3 p.m. at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Prior to the match against UNI, the Bulldogs will square off against Upper Iowa at 10 a.m. Drake enters the weekend with a 8-7 record. The Bulldogs last played on March 12 and defeated Northern Illinois in a 4-3 decision. Senior Maddie Johnson leads the team with an 8-3 dual match singles record and is on a four-match winning streak. Johnson and freshman Joely Lomas lead the team with a 6-1 doubles record. UNI hosts Upper Iowa on Friday before coming to Des Moines. Heading into the weekend, the Panthers have dropped six of their last seven matches. UNI is led by Elvira Lopez and Jieke Stroobant, who each have five dual match singles wins. Lopez and Stroobant are the team’s top doubles pair, holding a 6-5 record. Upper Iowa has lost four of its last five matches and are coming off a dominating win over Winona State. The Peacocks have four players with eight dual match wins, Kelly Jachymowski, Saki Kawabata, Anna Okolot and Isabella Sella. Jackymowski and Kawabata are the team’s best doubles team, posting a 7-1 record. Following the Bulldogs’ matches this weekend, Drake will host Iowa for a midweek match on Wednesday, March 30.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Ja’Quan Gardner scores four touchdowns, Humboldt State thumps Simon Fraser

first_imgIt took all of one play for Ja’Quan Gardner to add to his school-record rushing total.Gardner — who became the Jacks’ all-time leading rusher last Saturday night at the Redwood Bowl — took his first carry of Saturday night’s game 87 yards to the house and the No. 25-nationally ranked Humboldt State football team never looked back in a 56-24 win over Simon Fraser in Burnaby, British Columbia.“Give credit to our players for not looking at records, dealing with a long trip and coming out right …last_img read more

Creationism as “Contamination”

first_imgSome evolutionists see anything less than 100% pure Darwinism as a kind of contamination, like unpasteurized milk, a threat to public health.Andy Coghlan wrote for New Scientist, “Texas Creationism Showdown May ‘Contaminate’ Textbook.”  It appears that the only changes proposed by the textbook committee are to “cast doubt on the scientific validity of evolution.”  Coghlan is worried, however, that a decision by the 15-member Texas State Board of Education “may contain creationist arguments.”  He did not provide any examples.Dan Quinn of the Texas Freedom Network originated the contamination metaphor: “Texas could contaminate the education products sold in the rest of the country,” he said.  He threw in a wild-west metaphor speaking of the publishers: “Will they stick to their scientific guns or put the junk in, that’s the question.”Coghlan’s only hope is that Texas will adopt the Next Generation Science Standards in time.  As Evolution News & Views reported, the NGSS mandates teaching of evolution dogmatically, free of critical thinking and contrary facts.  John West at Evolution News & Views tried to set the record straight about the Texas Board of Education standards.Don’t fear the DODO‘s guns; the barrels are pointed backwards.  So, what junk would they like to keep in the textbooks?  The junk about Haeckel’s fraudulent embryo drawings?  The junk about the early-man march of progress?  The junk about peppered moths and finch beaks?  The junk about partridge chicks mimicking dinosaurs running up slopes and taking off like birds?  The junk about junk DNA?  The textbooks are already contaminated.  Creationists would like to clean them up.  Isn’t it just like the Saul Alinsky DODO radicals to call the clean-up crew the purveyors of contamination?  Let’s give Darwinism a Dennett-brand acid bath and watch it eat itself. (Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

A Mother and Son Geocaching Bond

first_imgHow did you discover geocaching?I discovered it when a couple of my Facebook friends posted about going geocaching last summer. I Googled it instead of asking! I originally didn’t even think to include Brian (CoolGuy84’s real name—and BTW he made up his own geo-name), my younger son and his gf had heard of it before and had been wanting to try it, so the 3 of us set out one evening and only found 2 of the 5 we looked for, but were hooked none the less.What attracted you to geocaching as a mother and son activity?We live in a small Missouri town (suburb of KC) and were surprised to find so many geocaches in Raytown—Brian eventually joined us for a few adventures as the others of us got the hang of caching. My other son and his girlfriend lost the fever somewhat between work and life, but Brian was hooked. Its kind of a long story, but in the previous year and a half my family had quite a few losses. We had evolved into sad depressed lumps. Once we discovered geocaching suddenly we were out almost everyday. We went hiking on the trails; we ran up and down hills; climbed rocks and got fresh air and sunshine! I know it sounds sappy but it was kind of a miracle in our lives.What’s your advice about geocaching to others with family members who have Down Syndrome?Brian searching for a geocacheThe only advice I have is to not hesitate to include them! Depending on their age there are a variety of ways they can participate. Younger kids can just enjoy the family time and the exercise and fresh air (and eventually become experts). Kids with Down Syndrome tend to be very sedate in nature and would be happy sitting; but then tend to be overweight also. There’s all kinds of therapeutic benefits too—it’s a gross motor activity, fine motor activity (getting to the containers; opening containers; digging through the swag and picking out what you want), it’s a cognitive activity—putting the pieces of the puzzle together to locate the cache. And it also has all the same benefits for them as with typical kids—learning about nature (we saw 2 deer in the woods closeup last weekend and Brian was in awe); traveling, learning geography, history (we’ve done several mystery caches that have taught both of us some interesting history facts). With older kids/adults like Brian it gives them quite a sense of accomplishment, pride and self-confidence.  He is SO excited about all of them whether they are quick Park and Grab geocaches (P&Gs) (which he does love and doesn’t usually need my help at all) or if we’re hiking through the woods. Most of all its just plain fun for everyone and can help build a close family bond and hobby.You describe “CoolGuy84” as a freak for geocaching. What excites him so much about the activity? He just gets excited when he figures out where the caches are; he actually does better than me at actually finding the containers. I can read the maps/GPS like a champ and I can drive us there, but I find that he doesn’t have preconceived ideas about what a container should look like or where it should be hidden so he just looks everywhere! Even if I say “ehhh no its probably not there, I don’t know how they could hide one there” then BAM he has it found. He’s always so proud of himself and takes ALL the credit for finding it. Here is our caching chant: ME: “I drive the car, I read the map, you find the cache!! What do we call that?” BRIAN: “ TEAMWORK!!!” ————————A special thanks to Peggy for sharing the story from all of us at Geocaching HQ. Leave a comment for Peggy and Brian below.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Employee Spotlight: Tom, Veep of Marketing & MerchApril 10, 2016In “Community”The Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community”Geocaching Employee Spotlight: Product Owner & Avid Geocacher, Ben HewittMarch 13, 2016In “Community”center_img Brian and Peggy on a geocache runThe post on the Geocaching Facebook page started with “My 28 yr old son (who has Down Syndrome) is my best geo-buddy!” The post from Peggy Caton, PeGC56, instantly struck the heart of geocaching buddies sharing an adventure. They search for ‘hidden-treasure’ only find the real treasure right next to them the whole way.Peggy answers a few questions about geocaching, and about her best bud and son Brian who goes by the geocaching name CoolGuy84.last_img read more

Usain Bolt’s 19-ball 45 sinks Yuvraj & co in friendly cricket tie

first_imgUsain Bolt blasted his way to a 19-ball 45 with five sixes including three off YuvrajSprint superstar Usain Bolt today wowed his Indian fans in his trademark style in a brief exhibition cricket contest against Yuvraj Singh in his maiden trip to the country.Bolt showcased his cricketing talent in front of an enthusiastic 6000-odd crowd who turned up at the Chinnaswamy Stadium to have a glimpse of the ‘fastest man on earth’ as his team beat Yuvraj-led side in seven-a-side cricket match.Team Bolt clinched a thrilling last-ball victory over Team Yuvraj in the match which had four overs for each team.The Jamaican, the first man to win six Olympic sprint gold medals, blasted his way to a 19-ball 45, studded with five sixes including three off Yuvraj, as his team chased down the 59-run target in the last ball off the match.Though the crowd was small by the standard of a Bolt event, the spectators showed their enthusiasm as they cheered at every shot the showman from Jamaica made, though the contest was meant for entertainment and not for any cricketing ability.Yuvraj Singh jokingly pushes Usain Bolt to win the 100-meter friendly raceYuvraj though had his ‘sweet revenge’ as he ‘defeated’ Bolt in the 100 meter sprint on the track, which culminated the spectacular event which was played in an electrifying atmosphere.Bolt, who holds both the world records of 100m and 200m, ‘allowed’ Yuvraj to win the race. As he went past the finishing line, Yuvraj celebrated the ‘victory’ in mobot-style which Bolt had done during 2012 London Olympics by imitating celebrated British long distance runner Mo Farah.advertisementTeam Bolt comprised his best friend Nugent Walker Junior and Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh among others while India’s 2011 Cricket World Cup winning hero Yuvraj had Aditya Tare (rpt Aditya Tare) among others in his team for the face-off titled ‘Bolt and Yuvi ? Battle of the Legends’.Team Bolt required 10 runs off the last two balls and the very first ball Bolt hammered part-time off-spinner Aditya Tare for a six straight over his head.With four runs required off the last ball, Bolt tried a massive heave but missed. Just when Yuvraj and his team started to celebrate, Ajay Jadeja, who hosted the match, played his part to the script of the entertainment value of the contest.Usain Bolt greets Yuvraj Singh during the friendly cricket match in BangaloreHe called a no-ball much to the delight of Bolt, who did not lose the opportunity to whack the free-hit out of the park for a six, helping his side pull off a win in the contest organised by sportswear giant PUMA. Both Bolt and Yuvraj are PUMA ambassadors.Batting first, Team Yuvraj made 58 in the stipulated four overs with Yuvraj and Tare scoring 24 off 14 balls and 30 off 11 balls respectively.Yuvraj blasted four boundaries and one six and Tare five fours and a six. Though Yuvraj was stumped early on, he continued to bat, courtesy the format where captains of the sides were allowed to play throughout their respective overs.Earlier, in the bowl-out contest, both Team Yuvraj and Team Bolt, drew each other, gaining three points each. But Bolt prevailed over Yuvraj in big six contest, clearing a good 70 meters mark, much to the delight of the Jamaican who could not believe to have beaten one of the biggest six hitters in cricket.last_img read more