2 chopped during Corentyne brawl

first_imgThirty-eight-year-old Rajindra Balkaran, called ‘Gomes’, and his uncle Vishnu Gopaul, called ‘Strokeman’ and ‘Balbala’, a pork vendor at the Port Mourant Market, traded chops on Monday afternoon at Kitten Dam, Portuguese Quarters, Port Mourant Corentyne; and are now both hospitalized at the New Amsterdam Public Hospital, with Gopaul being listed in critical condition.Injured: Vishnu GopaulReports reaching this newspaper detail that Balkaran was under the influence of alcohol when he accused his uncle of being a “cochore”. After hurling several expletives at his uncle, Balkaran walked over to Gopaul’s donkey cart and pushed it into a nearby drain.At that, Gopaul ran out of his yard with a cutlass. “Is the same cutlass he does use fuh cut meat,” one eyewitness said.“The two of dem start to argue, and ‘Gomes’ (Balkaran) telling he that he is a cochore and Gopaul cussing he (Gomes),” an eyewitness offered.The argument intensified, and Gopaul reportedly chopped his nephew several times to the upper body. Balkaran received chop wounds to his hands and neck, but was able to overpower and disarm his uncle, and he turned the weapon on the pork vendor. Gopaul received chops to the face, neck, chest and hands, and is reportedly in a critical condition at the New Amsterdam Hospital.The donkey cart that was pushed into the drainWhen the Police arrived, Gopaul was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Port Mourant Hospital, from whence he was transferred to the New Amsterdam facility. Balkaran has also been admitted a patient at the hospital.Police are investigating the incident.last_img read more

Hull v Chelsea: Luis starts for Blues

first_imgFilipe Luis gets the nod for Chelsea at left-back against Hull, with Cesar Azpilicueta among the Blues substitutes along with youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Ramires also starts. Hull are without the injured Nikica Jelavic and the suspended Tom Huddlestone.Hull: McGregor, Dawson, Bruce, McShane, Elmohamady, Robertson, Meyler, Livermore, Ramírez, Hernández, N’Doye.Subs: Harper, Rosenior, Davies, Quinn, Brady, Sagbo, Aluko. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Fabregas, Matic; Ramires, Willian, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Cuadrado, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Pupils benefit from couple’s calling

first_imgLeisure outings are part of the life-enriching experience brought by Theoand Angie Krynauw to Quayiya Secondary School. Current junior mayor of the municipalityof Overstrand, young Lungisa Qenduhopes to complete a civil engineeringdegree after school.(Images: Theo de Wet) MEDIA CONTACTS • Theo and Angie Krynauw  +27 82 654 4924 • Theo de Wet  Enlighten Education Trust  +27 28 313 0974RELATED ARTICLES • Creating chances for SA youngsters • Career guidance initiative launched • Primary schools get a helping hand • Denel helps maths, science pupils • SA businesses urged to adopt schoolsEmily van RijswijckRather than settle down to a sedate retirement, a couple from Hermanus in the Western Cape has pitched in to change the lives of pupils at a school in an informal settlement and, in so doing, has helped the school to double its matric pass rate in just one year.Last year, matriculants at Quayiya Secondary School in the informal settlement of Zwelihle, outside Hermanus, notched up a 66% pass rate – an impressive achievement , because just a year before the school had been classified by the Department of Basic Education as dysfunctional, with more than two-thirds of its pupils failing the all-important Grade 12.Zwelihle is an isiXhosa-speaking settlement of some 30 000 inhabitants, most of whom are unemployed.This remarkable success is largely the result of the dedicated investment of time and interest by Theo and Angie Krynauw, and the partnership they have built with Quayiya’s principal, Nkosilungile Lolwana.“It has been the most thrilling and fulfilling year of our lives,” says Theo Krynauw.Their work recently attracted sponsorship from insurance group MiWay, which supports the Krynauws’ outreach programme with a car and petrol and mobile costs.Getting involved in the communityWhen the Krynauws moved down to the coast from Pretoria in February 2011 they felt they had a calling, and had their hearts set on becoming involved in the broader community.The couple was touched by the plight of Quayiya, which had such a negative public image that nobody wanted to become involved with it.“It was as if people had given up on it and couldn’t be bothered any more,” says Krynauw.With a matric pass rate of 32% in 2010, the school had been classified as dysfunctional and seemed to be beyond saving. This was just the challenge the Krynauws were looking for.“We went up to the school and told them ‘we are here, we are available, how can we help’,” Krynauw recalls.At first they would speak to the pupils every Monday during assembly. The couple would arrive at the school with a borrowed public address system and talk to the 1 200 pupils about living a spiritual and motivated life.“Our focus is not on religion but rather on raising the values of the children in general,” says Krynauw. “If a person feels they have value, they start to do valuable things.”Out and aboutThe first few assembly meetings were soon followed by more practical exercises and now, each week a different group of ten pupils is taken on an excursion to expose the youngsters to something totally outside of their limited life experience.“We take them to art galleries, farms, radio stations, nature walks, and even crazy beach parties. Often experts in the field of interest accompany us.”Two pupils are chosen from the weekly group and are brought in to spend one night with the Krynauws at home.“This is where we really move beyond the surface and get to know the children. This is where we learn about their hopes and dreams and aspirations.”Ivy Ngoqi and Lungisa Qendu are two such pupils. Familiar with the hard knocks of life, they now believe they have a future.Life has been very difficult for Ivy since her mother died in December, says Theo Krynauw. But she dreams of becoming a paramedic and, with the couple’s help, is working hard towards that goal.An exceptionally pretty girl, Ivy could also very easily be a Face of Africa model, the Krynauws believe. To help get her modelling career off the ground, which could ultimately help her to achieve her dream of becoming a paramedic, the Krynauws will take her to Cape Town later this year to build a professional modelling portfolio.Lungisa is junior mayor of the Overstrand Municipality, where Hermanus is situated. Krynauw refers to him as a “remarkable boy” with leadership qualities that have helped him develop into one of the best junior mayors the area has ever produced, according to Theo de Wet, manager of the Overstrand junior council.De Wet was instrumental in launching the junior council eight years ago, and says that in its history Lungisa stands out as the best to date – quite an achievement considering that some junior mayors came from far more privileged and well-educated backgrounds.The junior council is racially representative with the 35 members selected from five schools in the area.“Some members, such as Lungisa, live in shacks while others come from rich families who travel overseas once a year,” says De Wet.Junior council members have to undertake at least eight community service delivery projects during their one year term.De Wet is also the founder of the Enlighten Education Trust which works with youngsters between the ages of 15 and 25 in the Overstrand area. A non-profit organisation which focuses on life skills, life enrichment and leadership, De Wet makes it clear that Enlighten is not an upliftment programme.“There are thousands of youth trapped in townships with limited life experience or with experiences only moulded by township life,” he says. “We look at those young people with potential and through our three interventions aim to expose them to other experiences and the bigger world outside.”Lungisa, who excels in maths, hopes to further his studies after matric. If all goes well, and with the help of the Krynauws, he will qualify for a R75 000 (US$9 700) bursary from engineering group Aurecon, to offset the costs of a civil engineering degree.Medical helpThe medical needs of the children are not ignored. The Krynauws have negotiated with general practitioners, dentists, optometrists and audiologists in the area to give their time and professional help in the case of emergencies.The real thrill they receive from their work is seeing the way the children are beginning to believe in themselves and how they start to visualise their own future, full of hope, says Theo Krynauw.“It is so rewarding to find children with such potential and then to somehow or other connect them with a source to meet their practical needs, be it medicine or bursary money for further studies.”He adds: “For as long as they want us to be involved we will be involved in this school.”last_img read more

Geocaching family wins Hurtigruten photo contest and sets sail on a cruise to Norway

first_imgGeocaching can take you to amazing places all over the world. For one geocacher, it took her on a Hurtigruten cruise to Norway where she saw northern lights and quaint coastal towns.In July 2017, Hurtigruten expedition cruises released 3,000 polar bear and penguin trackables for an epic adventure to geocachers in the United States. Geocachers showed how they “connected with their inner explorer” on social media for a chance to receive a seven-day expedition cruise in Norway for two. The photo contest winner, Sarah (@myruggy89), shared with us the story of her trip.Sør-Trøndelag, Norway GC34WJDSarah, her husband David, their 12- month-old daughter, and another little one on the way live in New Jersey. Sarah started geocaching in March 2013. She later met her husband who wasn’t an active geocacher at the time, but had geocached before she ever had.Sarah and her family in Ålesund, NorwayGeocaching: What’s the story behind your winning photo? Sarah: I received the Hurtigruten trackable just days before our family vacation, so I knew I wanted to take advantage of the beautiful clear water at Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire near our vacation spot. I told my husband, patches46, that I had a crazy idea, but it involved putting his cell phone underwater. I was soon holding my breath and he was taking the shots! @myruggy89’s winning photo taken August 2017 at  Lake Sunapee, New HampshireGC: What was your favorite find from your trip?S: My favorite find would have to be Bryggen i Bergen (GC25BXH) as it was hidden amongst the remains of an ancient wharf, which is now a World Heritage site. In additional to taking in the beautiful sights of the Norwegian coastline during our cruise, we only planned to walk the towns at each port with the goal of finding at least one geocache, which we did. Not only did I bring trackables to drop off in Norway, I also picked up a few to help their goals of gaining mileage and exploring the world.Bryggen i Bergen (GC25BXH)GC: What were the trip highlights? S: We had a beautiful display of the northern lights one night; that was definitely a major highlight for me. Other highlights include crossing the arctic circle, enjoying local cuisine on the ship, and earning my Norway souvenir.GC: What makes a Hurtigruten Cruise unique?S: This was the first cruise that I had ever been on so it’s hard to make a comparison of the uniqueness of this cruise to others. However, based only on what I have heard from others, this cruise definitely provided an eyeful of beautiful sights that many others cruises can’t provide. Hurtigruten took us to unique and exciting locations every day!GC1V4PY in Finnmark, NorwayGC: Anything else you want to tell us?I started a new trackable (Blue Dolphin – TB8GB8H) of my own and dropped it off in Norway to commemorate the Hurtigruten trip that I won. We found a few geocaches and I was able to start a brand new trackable whose goal is to make it back home to me in the USA.Check out Sarah’s Instagram account, @myruggy89, for more awe-inspiring photos from her Hurtigruten Cruise and other geocaching adventures!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedWin a Hurtigruten trackable + Expedition Cruise for Two in NorwayJune 20, 2017In “Trackable Items”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar postThrough Twist of Geocaching Fate, #PSNoBoundaries Photo Contest Brings International Space Station Travel Bug to Geocaching Block PartyJuly 8, 2015In “Community”last_img read more

Social media helps ease policewoman’s burden

first_imgFor any police personnel, there is no running away from stress. But if we add to that the pressure and responsibilities that come along with motherhood, day-to-day routine becomes even more demanding.This was true for Archana Jain, a woman constable in the Uttar Pradesh Police. However, on Sunday life took a positive turn for her, primarily due to the power of social media.Posted at the Kotwali police station in Jhansi, Ms. Jain was transferred closer home to Agra after her story reached higher officials. The two cities are separated by over 230 kms.Ms. Jain caught the attention of her seniors after photos of her working at her desk with her six-month-old daughter sleeping on the table were widely shared on social media.As there was nobody else to take care of the child in Jhansi, where she lives in a rented apartment, the constable was forced to carry the infant to her workplace daily. “This child is dependent on me. She is only six-months-old and requires breastfeeding,” said Ms. Jain, whose husband works in a private firm near Delhi.Elder daughterShe also has an elder daughter, who studies in Class IV and lives with her grandparents in Agra. Taking cognisance of her case, U.P. Director General of Police O.P. Singh promptly ordered her transfer and even spoke to her. Mr. Singh said Ms. Jain’s situation had inspired the force to “explore creche options at every police line” .“The quintessential 21st Century woman, an ace at any responsibility she is trusted with!” the top cop tweeted about her.DIG Jhansi Range Subhash Singh Baghel acknowledged Ms. Jain’s dedication to her duty and child, and announced a cash reward of ₹1,000.“She has carried out her duties as a mother very well and at the same time not allowed it to affect her duties as a police personnel which she has been carrying out with similar dedication,” Mr. Baghel said.last_img read more

Derrick Pumaren unsure of return to UE

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “That’s why I am saying right now, UE has to revisit what direction they want to go. That is one thing also that I have to think about. We already have a disadvantage without an import and we have a hard time recruiting local guys, so that makes the job more difficult,” Pumaren said. “Sometimes I envy other teams like UST and UP which have their own imports. We don’t. It’s so hard to get a 6-7, 6-8 Filipino now, and where will we find him? Unless we go for a Fil-Am, but the budget is still another story.”Pumaren said being on the same page with the stakeholders in terms of enhancing the basketball program through better recruitment will be integral in bringing the Red Warriors back to contender status.“That’s why I said I don’t know what’s the direction. Of course, they’re looking for a win, but they have to give me also what I need,” he said. “We can’t go to war without anything to offer. When I recruit, it’s just my basketball program that I offer. It’s just like when I was able to recruit Alvin, teams were offering him big incentives, but I was just able to convince his mother. But it’s not like that every day. You’ll be lucky to get one, but it’s not enough.”“I might have a good program, but still, I have to also to have the materials. We can’t just be participants here.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors PLAY LIST 02:56UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Pumaren was named UE head coach in 2014 but has yet to bring the Red Warriors back to the semifinals, and though UE showed a lot of promise in UAAP Season 80, it still finished with the second-worst record in the league at 3-11.“As I’ve told the team in the dugout, I think we could have done a lot better if we played consistently, both individually and as a team. I think that was the problem this season, that we were not playing consistent ball throughout,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe lack of success the past four seasons played a part in Pumaren expressing his doubts of coming back next year plus other matters that he hopes to discuss with the UE management.“I’m still thinking if I’m going to renew for next year because it depends on where they want the team’s direction to go to. Imagine, we don’t have an import, but when it comes to recruitment and getting the local guys, I would say that we’re far compared to the other teams, maybe even last,” he said. Read Next UE head coach Derrick Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDerrick Pumaren is uncertain whether he would return to University of the East for another season after the Red Warriors failed to make the Final Four for the eighth consecutive year.“I don’t know, really. I still have to see what’s the direction of the UE management for next season and I have to think about that,” Pumaren said after his team fell to University of Santo Tomas, 85-88, on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UST dominates UAAP judo anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Video: Ohio State Strength Team Dresses As Santa And Elves, Surprises Urban Meyer With Gift

first_imgSanta surprises Urban Meyer at the OSU facility.santa surprises urban meyerLast year, Ohio State’s strength and conditioning team dressed up as Santa and his elves to greet head coach Urban Meyer as he made his way to the locker room a few days before Christmas. Apparently, it’s now a tradition. Monday morning, Meyer was surprised by a similar scene, and was even given a present. No word on what was in the box.Ohio State is currently preparing for the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day. But there’s still apparently time for a little Christmas cheer.last_img

Ezekiel Elliott Welcomes “Brother” Jaylon Smith To The Dallas Cowboys

first_imgEzekiel Elliott celebrating after an Ohio State touchdown.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (left) celebrates his second quarter touchdown with running back Jalin Marshall #7 (right) during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Dallas Cowboys just made the most beloved pick of the NFL Draft, taking injured Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith with the No. 34 overall selection. Smith injured his knee in the Fiesta Bowl and likely won’t play at all during the 2016 season. One of the players he faced in that Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, is now his teammate. Elliott welcomed Smith to the team on Twitter. Welcome to the family brother @thejaylonsmith— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) April 29, 2016The Cowboys have drafted two of college football’s most-likable players in Elliott and Smith. The NFL Draft is being televised on ESPN and the NFL Network.last_img read more

Hydroponic Farm Donated to St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre

first_img The St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre has benefitted from the donation of a hydroponic farming facility from the College of Agriculture, Science and Education, which will aid in the rehabilitation of inmates.Hydroponic is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water, without soil.The farming system was officially handed over by State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. at an opening ceremony held recently at the Correctional Facility.In his address, Mr. Charles noted that the initiative is an essential tool in the rehabilitation of the inmates.He also highlighted that the programme will contribute towards ensuring food security within the country.“The collaboration between our correctional officers and the 19 inmates who are participants in this project, will serve to increase our capacity, while providing training and skills that will be useful to have when they are released,” he shared.Senator Charles argued it was important that initiatives like this continue, as the country seeks to work towards reducing recidivism.“Rehabilitation for purposeful reintegration will only occur through a continuation of these efforts.” the State Minister added.For her part, Commissioner of Corrections at the Department of Correctional Service, Ina Hunter shared her appreciation of the investment in the inmates.She also noted that the project will transform inmates into productive and self-sufficient citizens.The hydroponic farm was dedicated to deceased Correctional Officer, Kalwayne Gordon. Story Highlights The St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre has benefitted from the donation of a hydroponic farming facility from the College of Agriculture, Science and Education, which will aid in the rehabilitation of inmates. The farming system was officially handed over by State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. at an opening ceremony held recently at the Correctional Facility. Senator Charles argued it was important that initiatives like this continue, as the country seeks to work towards reducing recidivism.last_img read more

Three years after damning report on death of Phoenix Sinclair changes still

first_imgThe Canadian PressMost of the recommendations from a public inquiry three years ago into the death of a five-year-old Manitoba girl in government care have not been implemented, the province’s children’s advocate said Thursday.“We were very surprised,” Darlene MacDonald said on the finding that less than one-third of the recommendations from the inquiry into Phoenix Sinclair’s death have been enacted. “Basically, the only reason I was given was some of them would take time, and with the processes that they were going through, they felt that some would take longer than others.”Phoenix was repeatedly neglected, abused and finally beaten to death in 2005 by her mother and her mother’s boyfriend after she fell through the cracks in government care. The inquiry found social workers frequently lost track of her and closed her file without checking on her.The inquiry report by retired judge Ted Hughes recommended a new central database to better track children in care, lower caseloads and better training for social workers. He also recommended more power for MacDonald’s office, an independent body, to investigate and report on problems.Hughes said the province would have to address the fact that the vast majority of kids in care are Indigenous.The province has acted on 29 per cent of the recommendations, including better training of and education for child-welfare workers, MacDonald said.Half the recommendations are still works in progress, including reducing caseloads and setting up the information database. Social workers are still using an old system from the early 1990s.“My understanding is there was some fine-tweaking done … but it’s still very cumbersome to use,” MacDonald said.Caseloads will only be reduced when the province finds a way to reduce the number of kids in care, MacDonald said. Manitoba has roughly 10,000 children in the system – one of the highest per-capita rates in Canada.It apprehends an average of one newborn baby a day.Another 21 per cent of the recommendations have yet to be addressed. They all relate to expanded powers for MacDonald’s office. The former NDP government introduced legislation to enact the changes, but failed to get it approved in the legislature before the provincial election in April.The new Progressive Conservative government has promised to reintroduce the bill in the coming months.news@aptn.calast_img read more