Father drowns while trying to save children

first_imgA father died on Friday while attempting to save his two children from a watery grave, as the boat in which they were travelling capsized in the Kamarang River in Region Seven.This dead father has been identified as 43-year-old Larchman Benjie, a farmer of Waramadong Village in Region Seven.Based on reports reaching Guyana Times, the farmer and his two children, aged two and three, were returning from the family’s farm when their small canoe capsized midway across the river.The father of five managed to push his two daughters to safety, but fell victim to the rough waters of the Kamarang. His body was recovered on Saturday morning.The Benjie family had reportedly relocated to Waramadong from Jawalla so that the children could have access to education.When contacted, Divisional Commander, Senior Superintendent Kevin Adonis, confirmed occurrence of the tragic accident, while noting that a team of Police ranks had travelled up to the area to investigate the attending circumstances. The commander noted that getting to the area will take some time because of the terrain.Guyana Times understands that after Benjie’s body had been retrieved on Saturday morning, the farmer was thereafter laid to rest.last_img read more

Liard Fire update

first_imgThe Liard River fire is now estimated cover 23,000 hectares, as crews continue to battle the inferno’s western front. Prince George Fire Information Officer Jillian Chimko says rain has helped slow the rate of growth over the past couple of days, though the fire remains only 15 per cent contained. Chimko says additional crews have now arrived from Ontario, to provide assistance and relief to those already on scene, including both front-line and management personnel. – Advertisement -She says residents of several small communities, including Fireside, Coal River, and Muddy River Indian Reserve #1, are still in their homes, and are hoping that will remain the case as the battle continues. [asset|aid=1507|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3e07099187192c7b9aaa3ffd80b3ef38-Jill-Evacs_1_Pub.mp3] As for the Alaska Highway… [asset|aid=1508|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3e07099187192c7b9aaa3ffd80b3ef38-Jill-HWY_1_Pub.mp3] Motorists are still advised to consult drivebc.ca before traveling in the area. Advertisement The Lightning-caused fire was discovered on June 1st.last_img read more

Finance Minister positive about energy industry

first_imgThe Provincial finance minister is convinced better times lie ahead when it comes to government revenue from the energy industry.Finance Minister Colin Hansen concedes natural gas revenues are down dramtically from their pre-recession levels but he also says…- Advertisement -[asset|aid=3390|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=4ab806abf954cdf5fb450fdfb2256c9f-Hansen-1_9_Pub.mp3] That noted, he believes the appetite by industrial users for enviromentally friendly natural gas will increase.[asset|aid=3391|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=4ab806abf954cdf5fb450fdfb2256c9f-Hansen-2_7_Pub.mp3] Last year the government took in less than $900 million from the sale of natural gas and petroleum rights, for the second consecutive year, after setting a record in 2008, of over $2.6 billion.Advertisementlast_img read more

Narbonne looks like a playoff team in easy victory

first_img – Earl Williams South Gate 49, L.A. Jordan 44 Junior guard Monique Puentes scored 25 points, and junior forward Brittany Acosta had 11 as the Rams (4-12, 3-8) defeated the host Bulldogs in an Eastern League game. Junior forward Natalie Aguilar made three free throws in the final minute to seal the win. Boys basketball Before the Narbonne High girls basketball team hit the floor against Gardena, Gauchos coach Tim Barnes said that his players are going to play like they are the best team in the CIF L.A. City Section. Against the Panthers on Wednesday, the Gauchos got balanced scoring from Ify Ibekwe (12 points), Gabrielle Clark (11), Amber Scruggs (11) and others as they led by 20 points at halftime and went on to soundly defeat the visitors 76-22 in a Marine League matchup. “Our last game will probably be against Washington on Friday,” said Ibekwe. “We’ve worked so hard individually and as a team to get where we are. We deserve to be in the playoffs. But if we don’t get in, no one can take away our pride. We are 25-3. You can’t take it away from us.” With the win, Narbonne improved to 10-0 in league. If the Gauchos can’t get a court order to intervene with a CIF ruling that keeps them out of the playoffs, their season will end at home against Washington at 7 p.m. on Friday. center_img St. Anthony 74, St. Genevieve 59 Senior center Howard Douglas scored 27 points, and senior forward Michael Cotton had 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Saints (23-3, 8-0) ended the regular season by beating the visiting Valiants (3-4 league) in a Santa Fe League game. Jon Carcamo also scored 10 points for St. Anthony, which won a league championship for the first time in 19 years. The Saints captured the Santa Fe League title last Friday with a win over Salesian. Avalon 53, Tarbut V’Torah 47 Senior center Nick Radde and senior guard Cesar Ocampo each had 15 points to lead the Lancers (12-5, 4-4) past the host Lions in a San Joaquin League game. Chaz Delehant also scored 14 points for Avalon, which will play at Torah again today at 10 a.m. King-Drew 59, Washington 47 Senior guard Aaron Hill scored 24 of his 29 points in the second half to help the Golden Eagles (22-6, 12-0) beat the host Generals (14-8, 7-4) in the final Marine League game of the season. Timothy Thompson also had 10 points and 10 rebounds for King-Drew, which will play again in the first round of the L.A. City Section playoffs on Tuesday. The seedings come out 11 a.m. Saturday. Boys soccer Jordan 2, Compton 1 Jesse Castaneda and Danny Vazquez each scored for the Panthers (12-6-2, 6-4-2), who closed their Moore League schedule with three consecutive victories. Millikan 6, Lakewood 2 Senior midfielder Gerardo Garcia had three assists to set a school record with 35 for his career in a Moore League victory. Millikan (25-1-3 overall) finished league play at 8-1-3 and in second place. Senior forward Noe Medina and junior midfielder Salvador Melendrez each scored two goals for the Rams. Gahr 4, Downey 0 Sophomore forward Gerardo Navarro recorded a hat trick, and senior goalkeeper Eder Garcia made three saves to record the shutout as the Gladiators (8-5-6, 2-4-4) defeated the visiting Vikings in a San Gabriel Valley League game. Girls water polo Los Alamitos 6, Edison 3 Kaylee Miller scored four goals and Allie Taylor made five saves for the visiting Griffins (4-1) in Sunset League play. Los Alamitos hosts Wilson on Friday in a nonleague game at the Joint Forces Training Base. 160Want 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

Conservatives, liberals find agreement

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Think back to 2004, the “Year of the Values Voter.” The religious right claimed credit for Bush’s re-election and grabbed the word “values” the way they’d grabbed the word “life.” Headlines pronounced, “Faith, Values Fuel Win” and “Moral Values Drove Bush Victory.” It was the morals, stupid. It was the culture wars, dummy. This notion was driven by exit polls that let voters pick Iraq, the economy or moral values as their No. 1 issue. Anyone who considered war to be a moral issue was ignored. Anyone who wasn’t a member of the anti-abortion, anti-gay, fundamentalist right was, literally, de-valued. Two years later, despair over the war and dismay about scandals had widened the morals agenda. And Democrats had narrowed the so-called God gap. But at the Family Research Council gathering, Dobson’s famous child-raising book, Dare to Discipline, must have been required reading. This was a gathering of emeriti from Eagle Forum’s Phyllis Schlafly to Virtue Gambler Bill Bennett to Spurned Justice Bob Bork. They were grooving to the oldies, from abortion to gay marriage. From the sound of the panels – “The Impact of the Homosexual Agenda” – and the look of the T-shirts – “Pet Your Dog, Not Your Date” – you would think that nothing was changing among social conservatives. But many conservatives are taking steps across old borders. In retrospect, it was probably not the best way to reassure the faithful. When James Dobson, child psychologist turned political kingmaker, rose to speak at the Values Voter Summit dinner, he first complained about media reports that the religious right was dead. Then he cheerily announced, “Welcome to the morgue.” Yes, well, not yet. The much-reported news from last weekend’s gathering was that the honchos of the religious right are still wanted – dead or alive – by the Republican candidates. The candidates came, they saw, they pandered, though they didn’t exactly conquer. Mitt Romney flashed his family credentials so brightly you could hardly see his flip-flop footwear. Fred Thompson promised his first hour in the Oval Office would be spent praying. Mike Huckabee claimed, “You are my roots.” And even Rudy Giuliani offered the lame reassurance that “you have absolutely nothing to fear from me.” If the summit-goers did not meet in a morgue, they left in mourning for a candidate to call their own. But you don’t have to be a political pathologist to see the real message from the meeting. There are signs of ideological rigor mortis among the old guard. Step One: The Environment. Never mind that Dobson once described global warming worries as a vast distraction from the great moral issues. For the past several years, evangelicals have sounded more like environmentalists. Last summer, five prominent religious leaders, including Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals, and five scientists, including James McCarthy of Harvard, toured Alaska together. As Cizik said, “We dare to imagine a world in which science and religion cooperate – minimizing our differences about how creation got started, to work together to reverse its degradation.” Step Two: Family. The “values voters” applauded the presidential veto against extending children’s health care. A pamphlet explaining where the candidates stand on “Issues that Matter Most to Your Family” listed exactly two issues: abortion and gay marriage. But on family matters, there are some unusual connections between former untouchables such as Roberta Combs, head of the Christian Coalition, and Joan Blades of both MoveOn.org and MomsRising. “At the end of the day, it’s all about family,” says Combs, who favors paid family medical leave, an idea that was once anathema to conservatives. Step Three: Liberty. At the summit, OB-GYN and congressman Ron Paul put forth his most strident anti-abortion views. But on questions about overreaching government from torture to surveillance, this maverick reads like a chapter from progressive Naomi Wolf’s dire book, The End of America. The right’s American Freedom Agenda and the left’s American Freedom Campaign sound as similar as their names in alarm over assaults on the Constitution. I’m not suggesting that social conservatives and liberals are going to be singing in the same choir or chorus. The left got a three-year head start on the search for common ground. Now some on the right are moving onto this terrain. This leaves the “values voters” leadership boogieing like they did in 2004, stuck on their elevated summit far above the madding crowd ? of voters. The only thing that seemed to rouse their pre-Halloween spirits was the specter of that wicked witch, Hillary Clinton. The big laugh line of the weekend? “We put our `Run, Hillary, Run’ bumper stickers on the front of our cars.” Come to think of it, this is starting to look like a cold case. Ellen Goodman’s e-mail address is ellengoodman@globe.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

West Ham chief reveals Tevez has turned down stunning £150,000-a-week deal

first_img Carlos Tevez West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has revealed the club have failed in a bid to lure Carlos Tevez back to the club.Tevez was offered a staggering £150,000-a-week deal, plus bonuses, to become the Hammers’ highest-paid player in their history.But Sullivan says the 32-year-old demanded £250,000 per week to leave Boca Juniors and return to London.Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said: “We tried to get Tevez but he wanted £250,000 a week. In his last year at Juventus he was great, but 250 grand a week?“He’ll probably stay where he is now, but he doesn’t pay a lot of tax down there.”Tevez spent the 2006/07 season with West Ham and secured hero status with the Hammers’ fans after helping them avoid relegation.The forward went on to enjoy spells with Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus before moving back to his homeland and signing for Boca last summer.He has always spoken fondly of his time at West Ham, but Sullivan has questioned his affection for the club given his stunning salary demands.Sullivan said: “All this business ‘I love West Ham’. Well, it’s ‘I love West Ham if they give me 250 grand a week.’ So how much love is that for West Ham?“I actually offered him 150 grand a week to come back plus bonuses.“I thought that was an incredible offer for someone who loves West Ham. It wasn’t a publicity stunt, I saw him being our No.1 striker.“I was hoping he would reproduce what he did at Juventus a year ago. He was a fantastic player. But where do you draw the line with what you are prepared to pay?” 1last_img read more

INQUEST TO BE HELD INTO DONEGAL AID WORKER KILLED IN AFRICA 11 YEARS AGO

first_imgJoyceAN inquest will be finally held next month into the death of a young Co Donegal woman who died in Africa 11 years ago.Aid worker Joyce Campbell died when she was involved in a tragic car crash in Ethiopia in 2005. An inquest into Ms Campbell’s death was adjourned yesterday at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court but only after Coroner Denis McCauley told the hearing that he had now set a date for the hearing on July 20.Previous hearings in the case had found that Ethiopian police were not co-operating with Interpol, who had been instructed to investigate the death.Joyce’s mother Irene Campbell, from Meenmore, Dungloe, has campaigned tirelessly to find out how her daughter died.Joyce had just celebrated her 25th birthday when she died while working for the Vincentian Lay Missioners.She was only in Ethiopia for three weeks as part of a four month stay when the tragedy happened.Two other Irishmen in the car were also injured in the crash in Welyta, about nine hours north of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on August 8th.She was a graduate of Development, Health and Disaster Management and she also had a Masters in Humanitarian Assistance.The dead woman’s father Paddy died four years ago, still not knowing what had happened to his youngest child.Mrs Campbell revealed she did not even have a death certificate for her daughter but just a piece of paper from the Ethiopian authorities.She had said she does not believe there was anything suspicious about the manner of her daughter’s death.“I accept it was an accident. I’m told a herd of goats came out onto the road and Joyce died as a result of her injuries when the land cruiser in which she was traveling crashed,” she said.However, the family have been left with several unanswered questions about their daughter’s death.Now two other Irish aid workers in the vehicle – one of whom lives abroad – have told Dr McCauley they will give evidence on July 20 in Letterkenny.Irene has said that her daughter was a “good person” who wanted to help others.“She knew she was privileged – she had a good education and she came from a good background. She was very grounded and she was just a good person. She just wanted to help others,” she said.INQUEST TO BE HELD INTO DONEGAL AID WORKER KILLED IN AFRICA 11 YEARS AGO was last modified: June 9th, 2016 by John2Share 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:aid workercar crashdungloeETHIOPIAJoyce Campbelllast_img read more

Leave long waiting lists behind and avail of the EU Cross Border scheme at NWIH

first_imgDonegal residents in need of orthopaedic treatments are increasingly crossing the border for care under an EU Cross Border directive.Orthopaedic care covers a wide range of injuries, diseases and conditions, including arthritis, requiring specialist care for individual needs.The EU Cross Border scheme allows thousands of in and out-patients currently on hospital waiting lists in ROI to access more immediate hospital treatments in Northern Ireland. The HSE is obliged to fund the treatments under the scheme on receipt of an invoice, covering the same amount of costs as the patient would receive in their own country for the same type of healthcare.The private North West Independent Hospital in Ballykelly, Co. Derry provides ENT, Orthopaedics, Urology, Gynaecology and more treatments, encouraging those on waiting lists to view the full treatment directory here: www.nwih.co.uk/treatment-directoryOrthopaedic excellence at NWIH: The orthopaedic consultants at North West Independent Hospital specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of injuries and diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system.This is the system that enables the body to physically move, and is one that can come under attack from a large number of ailments and conditions.The good news is that NWIH have the facilities and expertise to provide patients with individualised care.The team works towards giving patients relief and respite from any condition they may be experiencing, whether this is in the form of medication, physiotherapy or surgery.NWIH treat every patient as an individual and will personalise their care to suit their exact needs.Trauma and orthopaedic surgeons diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions of the musculoskeletal system.This includes bones and joints and their associated structures that enable movement – ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. The experienced team at NWIH offer consultations and treatments for a wide range of Orthopaedic conditions, including:ArthritisBack PainCarpal Tunnel SyndromeUpper Limb Conditions/InjuriesLower Limb Conditions/InjuriesGanglionFoot and Ankle Conditions/InjuriesSports InjuriesNWIH can facilitate a wide range of surgeries and treatments, including:Anterior Cruciate Ligament ReconstructionArthroscopy/MeniscectomyCarpal TunnelHip ReplacementKnee ReplacementRotator CuffSub-Acromial DecompressionDiscectomyBunionectomyGanglionFacet and Nerve Root Injections“Whether you have experienced an injury, have been referred for further diagnosis and treatment or you are experiencing pain with a disease such as arthritis, our orthopaedic specialists can give you the care you need to recover, heal and get relief from the pain,” a spokesperson said.To book a consultation or for more information, contact the North West Independent Hospital on 048 777 63090 or visit www.nwih.co.uk For further queries contact 048 777 23504 and for appointments e-mail: appointments@nwih.co.ukNorth West Independent Hospital Church Hill House, Ballykelly BT49 9HSFor information about accessing healthcare under the CBD: www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/1/schemes/cbd/acchealthcareabroad/Accessing_Healthcare_Abroad_under_CBD.htmlContact the HSE Helpline: 056-7784546 to gain authorization for treatments at NWIH under the EU Cross Border Directive.Sponsored PostLeave long waiting lists behind and avail of the EU Cross Border scheme at NWIH was last modified: April 5th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:cross border initiativedonegalHealthcarenwihwaiting listslast_img read more

Warriors report: Warriors want to beat New Orleans for Boogie’s sake

first_imgOAKLAND — Below are some takeaways from the Warriors’ morning shootaround before Golden State (7-1) hosts the New Orleans Pelicans (4-2) on Wednesday at Oracle Arena.The Warriors want to beat the Pelicans on DeMarcus Cousins’ behalf.Will Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant or Klay Thompson have another dominating scoring performance? The Warriors anticipate it, but something else might fuel them against the Pelicans. They are facing Cousins’ former team.“We definitely want to win for him,” Green …last_img read more

Jump from space makes Felix Baumgartner world’s first supersonic skydiver

first_imgFelix Baumgartner stood alone at the edge of space, poised in the open doorway of a capsule suspended above Earth and wondering if he would make it back alive. Twenty four miles below him, millions of people were right there with him, watching on the Internet and marveling at the wonder of the moment.A second later, he stepped off the capsule and barreled toward the New Mexico desert as a tiny white speck against a darkly-tinted sky. Millions watched him breathlessly as he shattered the sound barrier and then landed safely about nine minutes later, becoming the world’s first supersonic skydiver.”When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data,” Baumgartner said after the jump. “The only thing you want is to come back alive.”The tightly-orchestrated jump meant primarily to entertain became much more than that in the dizzying, breathtaking moment – a collectively shared cross between Neil Armstrong’s moon landing and Evel Knievel’s famed motorcycle jumps on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports.”It was part scientific wonder, part daredevil reality show, with the live-streamed event instantly capturing the world’s attention on a sleepy Sunday at the same time seven NFL football games were being played. It proved, once again, the power of the Internet in a world where news travels as fast as Twitter.The event happened without a network broadcast in the United States, though organizers said more than 40 television stations in 50 countries – including cable’s Discovery Channel in the US – carried the live feed. Instead, millions flocked online, drawing more than 8 million simultaneous views to a YouTube live stream at its peak, YouTube officials said.More than 130 digital outlets carried the live feed, organizers said.It was a last hurrah for what some have billed as a dying Space Age, as NASA’s shuttle program ends and the ways humans explore space is dramatically changing. As the jump unfolded, the space shuttle Endeavor crept toward a Los Angeles museum, where it will become nothing more than an exhibit.Baumgartner, a 43-year-old Austrian, hit Mach 1.24, or 833.9 mph, according to preliminary data, and became the first person to reach supersonic speed without traveling in a jet or a spacecraft. The capsule he jumped from had reached an altitude of 128,100 feet above Earth, carried by a 55-story ultra-thin helium balloon.Landing on his feet in the desert, the man known as “Fearless Felix” lifted his arms in victory to the cheers of jubilant friends and spectators who closely followed at a command center. Among them was his mother, Eva Baumgartner, who was overcome with emotion, crying.”Sometimes we have to get really high to see how small we are,” an exuberant Baumgartner told reporters outside mission control after the jump.About half of Baumgartner’s nine-minute descent was a free fall of 119,846 feet, according to Brian Utley, a jump observer from the FAI, an international group that works to determine and maintain the integrity of aviation records.During the first part of Baumgartner’s free fall, anxious onlookers at the command center held their breath as he appeared to spin uncontrollably.”When I was spinning first 10, 20 seconds, I never thought I was going to lose my life but I was disappointed because I’m going to lose my record. I put seven years of my life into this,” he said.He added: “In that situation, when you spin around, it’s like hell and you don’t know if you can get out of that spin or not. Of course, it was terrifying. I was fighting all the way down because I knew that there must be a moment where I can handle it.”Baumgartner said traveling faster than sound is “hard to describe because you don’t feel it.” The pressurized suit prevented him from feeling the rushing air or even the loud noise he made when breaking the sound barrier.With no reference points, “you don’t know how fast you travel,” he said.Coincidentally, Baumgartner’s accomplishment came on the 65th anniversary of the day that U.S. test pilot Chuck Yeager became the first man to officially break the sound barrier in a jet. Yeager, in fact, commemorated that feat on Sunday, flying in the back seat of an F-15 Eagle as it broke the sound barrier at more than 30,000 feet above California’s Mojave Desert.At Baumgartner’s insistence, some 30 cameras recorded his stunt. Shortly after launch early Sunday, screens at mission control showed the capsule, dangling from the massive balloon, as it rose gracefully above the New Mexico desert. Baumgartner could be seen on video, calmly checking instruments inside the capsule.The dive was more than just a stunt. NASA is eager to improve its blueprints for future spacesuits.Baumgartner’s team included Joe Kittinger, who first tried to break the sound barrier from 19.5 miles up in 1960, reaching speeds of 614 mph. With Kittinger inside mission control, the two men could be heard going over technical details during the ascension.”Our guardian angel will take care of you,” Kittinger radioed to Baumgartner around the 100,000-foot mark.After Baumgartner landed, his sponsor, Red Bull, posted a picture to Facebook of him kneeling on the ground. It generated nearly 216,000 likes, 10,000 comments and more than 29,000 shares in less than 40 minutes.On Twitter, half the worldwide trending topics had something to do with the jump, pushing past seven NFL football games. Among them was this tweet from NASA: “Congratulations to Felix Baumgartner and RedBull Stratos on record-breaking leap from the edge of space!”This attempt marked the end of a long road for Baumgartner, a record-setting high-altitude jumper. He already made two preparation jumps in the area, one from 15 miles high and another from 18 miles high. He has said that this was his final jump.Red Bull has never said how much the long-running, complex project cost.Although he broke the sound barrier, the highest manned-balloon flight record and became the man to jump from the highest altitude, he failed to break Kittinger’s 5 minute and 35 second longest free fall record. Baumgartner’s was timed at 4 minutes and 20 seconds in free fall.He said he opened his parachute at 5,000 feet because that was the plan.”I was putting everything out there, and hope for the best and if we left one record for Joe – hey it’s fine,” he said when asked if he intentionally left the record for Kittinger to hold. “We needed Joe Kittinger to help us break his own record, and that tells the story of how difficult it was and how smart they were in the 60’s. He is 84 years old, and he is still so bright and intelligent and enthusiastic”.Baumgartner has said he plans to settle down with his girlfriend and fly helicopters on mountain rescue and firefighting missions in the U.S. and Austria.Before that, though, he said, “I’ll go back to LA to chill out for a few days.”advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more