first_imgDear Editor,In observance of International Men’s Day, which was celebrated globally on November 19, 2017, the Social Protection Ministry, in collaboration with the National Community Policing Executive, hosted a “Salute to Men”, which was a historic and enlightening event that the undersigned was pleased to attend. This experience at the Guyana Police Force Training College, coordinated by Pastor Diego Alphonso under the auspices of Minister Amna Ally, was a most colourful, inspiring and excellent programme that has left an impression on the hearts of hundreds of Guyanese, especially the boys and men who gathered. From the dancing of the young men from the Outreach Ministries International Winners’ Cathedral to the motivational men talk to the extent of the presentation by the ‘good’ soldier, the programme was filled with energy and vitality. Surprisingly, even yours truly did a song for the crowd, Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” and received most favourable applause with audience participation. It was an exhibition of the talents, skills and abilities that men possess.Editor, it was an honour to see the dynamism and passion of Pastor Diego and to witness in the audience, Minister Ally totally absorbed in the event ,staying through from 3pm until after 7pm when the event was finished. Prior to this, there was also a television recording at NCN where my fellow panellists: Dr Mark Constantine and Kester Deane and I discussed fatherhood, responsibility of men to family, society and the universe. It was a clarion call to the fathers who left to return and care for their children. We also highlighted the importance of men in raising their children and how it is downplayed many times. We reminded them that they chose by their “free will” to make the child and that they should counsel, guide and teach their children even if they are not around, to be an example and a bastion of strength. The television programme, which was hosted by Pastor Alphonso, was conducted most professionally. This writer is pleased to have been invited to participate, and take this opportunity to offer my support to any similar agency or NGO like the Gender Affairs Bureau; anything that is positive for our country and our youths. I volunteer my time for any such activity in the future by any government in power.I wish once again to compliment the Minister for her timely remarks and interest in social protection and for highlighting the importance of men and women in upbringing children. International Men’s Day like International Women’s Day should be celebrated every day for a better society and a wonderful world tomorrow.Yours sincerely,Hajji Roshan KhanNational ChairmanUniversal PeaceFederation GuyanaChapterlast_img read more

first_imgOne witness said it sounded like someone was trying to escape from the burning garage, Channels said. A distraught young woman said it was her friend’s mother, trapped inside. “Once the fire was out, they found a dead body inside the garage,” said Lt. Tom Bryski of the county sheriff’s station in Santa Clarita. Officials are investigating the cause of the fire. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – Firefighters found the charred remains of someone who became trapped Wednesday in a burning garage at an apartment complex, authorities said. Firefighters arrived at the blaze in the 21200 block of Bottletree Lane about 6:30 p.m. and found the burning garage stuffed with boxes and other objects, Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Brendon Peart said. Before firefighters arrived, neighbors tried frantically to put the blaze out with garden hoses and fire extinguishers. “It was way beyond” extinguishing with such implements, said neighbor Michael Channels of Newhall. He said the flames reached about 20 feet high. last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIt turns out the original calculator had been slightly underestimating risk for black women 45 and older – and slightly overestimating risk for younger black women, NCI researchers reported Tuesday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Mitchell Gail and colleagues reexamined the records of 20,000 black women who were screened for a government study comparing cancer-protective drugs. To qualify, women had to have at least a 1.66 percent risk of breast cancer in the next five years. The NCI will have its online risk calculator – at – updated with the new statistics for black women by spring, Gail said. WASHINGTON – A widely used tool for predicting a woman’s risk of breast cancer is getting an update – to better reflect black women’s risk. At issue is the National Cancer Institute’s online risk calculator. Answer a few questions – such as current age, age when your first child was born, family history of breast cancer – and learn your odds of getting breast cancer in the next five years. But the calculator has a caveat: It was created using studies of breast cancer in white women. A warning flashes telling non-white women that the answer they’re about to get comes with some uncertainty. Now scientists are updating the calculations to reflect newer data on black women and cancer. last_img read more

first_imgThomas Christiansen has warned that there will be difficult times ahead for his Leeds side.The Dane has enjoyed a successful start to life in the Championship but, speaking exclusively to Jim White, he pleaded with fans to manage their expectations.Christiansen said: “We have to be realistic that this season will be very tough, very long and it has just begun.“Until now it has been positive, but I know that bad moments will come.” The Whites suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend at the hands of Millwall, but responded by knocking Burnley out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night. Christiansen added: “After a bad game, we had the opportunity to forget about that and concentrate on an important game against a Premier League side.“It was almost a new team because I made ten changes. They made it fantastic and that was the response that I expected.”Leeds face an Ipswich side at Elland Road on Saturday who have also made a strong start to the season. Christiansen is approaching the game with caution: “The worst thing is that they [the fans] have got used to wins and good games. “I will remind them through the radio and through my press conference that it will be a tough game.”last_img read more

first_img“Why don’t you two guys go (home)? It’s too hot,” said Darrell Allen of Allen Construction, speaking to workers in wide-brimmed hats at the future site of the Warner Court condominiums. “On this deck,” he said, “it’s about 20 to 25 degrees hotter. It’s gotta be a buck-and-a-quarter here. That means, go home early, but we keep staying, ’cause we’re not smart.” For Los Angeles County mountains other than the Santa Monicas, an excessive heat warning was issued Wednesday, with some spots expected to hit 105. By late afternoon, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported nearly 4,000 Los Angeles residents were without power, compared with 11,000 earlier in the day. Southern California Edison reported 3,300 residents without power. But some residents say they’re learning to take the heat in stride. “I like it,” said Vincent Montegna, 47, riding his scooter in Woodland Hills. “If you’ve lived in Florida, you can live anywhere.” “I’m overdosing on AC,” added Dawna Shuman, 53, of Sherman Oaks. “I’ve been breathing in Freon 24 hours a day for weeks. … I’m simply silly. What’s a girl to do?” (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! How do you spell relief on the 21st day of a triple-digit heat wave? “O-N-L-Y 1-0-5 D-E-G-R-E-E-S” in the west San Fernando Valley on Wednesday. Temperatures plummeted from an all-time Los Angeles County high of 119 degrees in Woodland Hills on Saturday and were expected to drop below the century mark today. But many residents said they still must suffer the Houston-like humidity. “Compared to 119, it’s cool, but still humid,” said Daniel Johnson, 31, of Canoga Park, whose car window exploded Saturday from the heat. “It’s bearable in the shade.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesWhile temperatures reached 105 in Woodland Hills and Chatsworth, the mercury dropped to 97 in Van Nuys and 96 in Burbank and downtown Los Angeles. For Woodland Hills, the Valley’s hot spot, temperatures were expected to slide between highs of 99 today to a relatively cool 93 by Saturday, according to forecasts. “This Bud’s for you,” said Bill Hoffer, a weather specialist for the National Weather Service in Oxnard, in a mock toast to the Valley. “We have no heat index in your forecast, so it’s a big relief, because the high temperatures have come down.” Hoffer said the massive high-pressure zone lurking over Las Vegas and drawing tropical moisture from Mexico into California is slowly moving east. As a result, temperatures should cool throughout California. Wednesday was the 21st day in a row on which temperatures reached or exceeded 100 degrees in Woodland Hills, a record, according to the NWS. This month, temperatures in Woodland Hills have reached or topped 100 degrees on 25 nonconsecutive days, breaking the record of 20 days set in July 1985. For 15 carpenters framing condominiums atop a concrete slab in Woodland Hills, 105 meant little relief from the searing afternoon sun. last_img read more

first_img 2 Manchester United are tracking Galatasaray centre-back Ozan Kabak ahead of the Janaury transfer window, according to reports.Manager Jose Mourinho is desperate to strengthen his defensive options and Turkish starlet Kabak has impressed for the Super Lig side. It is also claimed Galatasaray want to extend Kabak’s deal and increase his buyout to more than £30m, as they look capitalise on the new interest in their starlet.Mourinho has suffered a defensive crisis this season with a number of injuries to his key men.Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly have all suffered setbacks and Luke Shaw has also struggled to stay fit. Galatasaray centre-back Ozan Kabak is a target for Manchester United 2 Kabak has been in great form in Turkey this season The 18-year-old has been watched by United scouts this season, and they have returned with glowing reports.According to The Sun, Kabak has impressed the Red Devils with his ability in the air at such a young age, and they are now considering a bid.Galatasaray are said to value the defender at around £20million, but there are rumours of a £7m buyout clause for clubs outside Turkey.And United aren’t the only club interested, with Premier League rivals Arsenal plus Italian clubs Roma and Inter Milan also keen.last_img read more

first_imgMyers is the great-granddaughter of company founder Carrie Myers and the daughter of the corporation’s chief executive officer, Gary Myers. Polar Pops are coming to Salem!The number of Circle K stores around Southern Indiana are growing today as the company has purchased Seymour-based Fast Max stores. The store is Salem is being converted beginning today.The sale of the 14 stores, including one in Salem, Seymour and one in Brownstown, was announced Wednesday morning by Andrea Myers, president of Kocolene Development Corp. Fast Max Convenience Stores was a division of the corporation before the sale.last_img read more

first_img• Mainspring Conservation Trust received $1.24 million to help buy a perpetual conservation easement on 104 acres of cropland in Cherokee County.• Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy received grants for two properties in Haywood County. A $210,000 grant will help purchase a perpetual conservation easement on 215 acres of cropland and forestland, while a $125,000 grant will help buy a perpetual conservation easement on 155 acres of cropland and forestland.In addition, the N.C. Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation received $114,000 to assist with purchase of equipment and supplies for a statewide program to improve pasture management, ensure farms are drought-resilient and provide conservation equipment to soil and water conservation districts. Three Western North Carolina properties are among those to be protected through $3.28 million in grants recently awarded by the N.C. Agriculture Development and Farmland Preservation Trust.last_img read more

first_imgShare This!The super-popular Free Dining promotion is now available for Disney vacations during the following check-in dates:August 20 – September 29November 24 – 27December 7 – 23Qualifying vacations must be booked by July 7, 2018 and must include both a Disney resort hotel (exclusions below) and a Park Hopper ticket. Value and Moderate Resort stays include the Quick Service Dining Plan; Deluxe and Deluxe Villa stays include the Standard Dining Plan.As always, the Free Dining Plan promotion can not be combined with any other discount. So that means the hotel must be purchased at full price (a.k.a. rack rate).This promotion excludes the following room types and Disney Resort hotels: Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, and Little Mermaid rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.Contact Disney or a qualified Travel Agent to reserve.last_img read more

first_img Hey, all of you Philly-fashionistas and stylish guys – things are about to get haute! Philly Fashion Week returns for another season of hot fashions from all around the world. We’re talking about the world’s top designers showcasing their latest collections, as Philly induldges on its passion for all things new and couture. So, pick out your best pumps, and put your best foot forward for this celebration of style, fashion and Philly!  You can get more information here.   Event Details Philly Fashion Week  February 21 – 23, 2013 Click here for times and location details. Philly Fashion Week(Courtesy of Philly Fashion Week)last_img read more