Gunmen escape with empty bag in attempted NA robbery

first_imgPolice are on the hunt for two gunmen who attempted to rob a grocery store in New Amsterdam, Berbice and who broke into a car and escaped with a bag.Bob and Sons grocery StoreThe car window that was smashedA bullet hole on the buildingThe attempted robbery occurred at approximately 19:30h at the Bob and Sons Variety Store situated at Strand and Chapel Streets New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) on Monday evening.Reports are that five employees of the store were outside after the business place closed, while several others were inside when two masked men pounced on them.Speaking with Guyana Times, one of the employees said that he saw two masked men running towards them. He said one of the men started firing shots in the air.He told this publication that one of the gunmen fired a shot in his direction but he was not hit and immediately retrieved to the side of the building. According to the employee, upon seeing the gunmen, they rushed into the building. Realising that they could not enter the store, one of the bandits used his gun to smash the window of the owner’s car which was parked outside. The man then grabbed a bag from the vehicle and escaped. However, this newspaper was told that the bag contained personal belongings of a staff member but no cash.Only two days ago, the owners of the variety store opened a supermarket. It is believed that the bandits thought that the day’s sales from the new supermarket were in the car. Police in Berbice have since launched a manhunt for the two gunmen.last_img read more

Van Dyk wins Laureus Award

first_img23 May 2006South African wheelchair racing athlete Ernst van Dyk won the Laureus Sportsperson of the Year Award for an athlete with a disability at a gala function in Barcelona on Monday.The “Oscars of sport” are awarded annually, chosen by 42 sporting greats who make up the Laureus World Sports Academy.Van Dyk won the title ahead of five other nominees: German swimmer Kirsten Bruhn; Hungarian fencer Zsuzsanna Krajnyak; Finland’s Leo-Pekka Tahti, a previous winner and also a wheelchair racer; wheelchair tennis player Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands; and Kenyan athlete Henry Wanyoike.Magnificent yearThe award put the seal on a magnificent year for South Africa’s Disabled Sportman of the Year 2005. During the course of the year, he won the Boston Marathon wheelchair race for an unprecedented fifth year in succession, as well as the New York, Paris, Seoul and Oita Marathons.He also showed himself to be versatile by winning the 400 and 800 metres in Atlanta’s Meet in the Heat.In handcycling, he won the South African Championships, the Argus Cycle Tour, the EHC Circuit Race at Spijkernisse and the Saddlers Ultra Challenge in Alaska. He also finished runner-up at the European Championship road race and time trial.Van Dyk holds the world record for the marathon. He became the first person in history to crack the magical one hour 20 minute barrier when he won the Boston Marathon in 2004.He also represented South Africa as a swimmer at the Barcelona Paralympics way back in 1992.Greatest achievementDespite this, Van Dyk rates earning a degree in sports science from the University of Stellenbosch as his number one achievement, because it made him the first disabled sportsperson to graduate with it.Van Dyk was born with congenital birth defects which resulted in him having a double amputation from the knee down.SA’s sport laureatesTwo other South Africans have won Laureus awards. The first, extreme adventurer Mike Horn, was named Laureus World Alternative Sportsperson of the Year in 2001.Horn made history in 2000 by completing the landmark Latitude 0° project, making a solo circle of the globe at the Equator without the help of motor power – covering 8 400 kilometres on foot and mountain bike and 16 142 nautical miles by trimaran for a combined total of 40 000km.Gary Player, one of the greatest golfers of all time and one of only five professionals to have won golf’s grand slam of all four major championships, became SA’s second Laureus award winner in 2003 when he was presented with a Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award.And in 2004, disabled swimmer Natalie du Toit was a Laureus nominee in the Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability category.Du Toit, whose left leg was amputated below the knee in 2001, holds disability world records for the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley.Perhaps her greatest achievement, however, has been bridging the gap between able-bodied and disabled athletes.At the 2003 All-Africa Games, competing against able-bodied swimmers, Du Toit won gold in the 800 metres freestyle. At the Afro-Asian Games in the same year, up against able-bodied swimmers once more, she took silver in the 800 metres freestyle and bronze in the 400 metres freestyle.In the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, 18 years old at the time, she qualified for the 800 metres freestyle final – the first time in history that an athlete with disability had qualified for the final of an able-bodied event.Laureus Sport for Good projectsThe Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in South Africa is headed up by former Springbok rugby captain and Rugby World Cup winning manager Morne du Plessis. It is a proactive body that works in a funding and consultative capacity with other organisations.In South Africa, the Foundation is involved in a number of projects, including the Helderberg Partnership Project in Cape Town, Starfish Sport in Gauteng, Playing for Peace in Kwazulu-Natal, Project Sozo in Paarl, and the Little Champs Academy in Gauteng.The Helderberg Partnership Project, established in 1999, is a joint initiative of the Helderberg Sports Academy and Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse in Helderberg.Children between 10 and 18 receive sports coaching at the Helderberg Sports Academy, irrespective of their ability to pay, while social workers use the opportunity to raise awareness of the problem of juvenile sexual abuse.Playing for Peace’s focus is combating problems of racism and discord. The message of the project is: “Children who learn to play together can learn to live together.”Philosophy of the FoundationThis fits in perfectly with the philosophy of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which holds that people’s attitudes and prejudices can be changed by the power of sport.Starfish Sport provides holistic care for children who are orphaned as a result of HIV/Aids, with Laureus taking responsibility, along with Discovery, for funding.Project Sozo aims to counter problems of gangsterism in Paarl by providing children with an alternative source of excitement and stimulation by focusing their attention on sport.The Little Champs Academy is a national project that began in 2000 to teach children from a young age basic sporting skills and at the same time improve their learning skills.Du Plessis and Gary Player are members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, which includes some of the greatest sports personalities ever to grace the playing arenas of the world – among them Franz Beckenbauer, Sergey Bubka, Ian Botham, Sean Fitzpatrick, Miguel Indurain, Jack Nicklaus, Martina Navratilova, Edwin Moses, Jack Nicklaus, Tony Hawk, Dan Marino and Viv Richards. 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Memories of Mandela

first_imgNelson Mandela, a towering figure who was revered by many, touched an incredible number of lives. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) • Sello Hatang CEO Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory +27 11 547 5600 www.nelsonmandela.org • The world pays tribute to a great man • On this day 50 years ago: Mandela arrives at Robben Island • Nelson Mandela’s life on the run, captured • Liliesleaf remembered 50 years on • Nelson Mandela: A final goodbye before life goes onMelissa Jane CookNelson Mandela, a towering figure who was revered by many, touched an incredible number of lives. When he died the world went into mourning and there was a dreaded sense that one of the last men who stood for peace, justice and equality had been returned to the Earth.Condolences poured in from around the world. Dignitaries and diplomats, prime ministers and presidents, kings and queens, domestic worked and teachers, lawyers and children came together to grieve and pay respects for one of the most loved of all world leaders of the 20th century.Rick Stengel, former managing editor of Time and collaborator with Mandela on the latter’s 1993 autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, wrote: “[Mandela]… has become a kind of fairy tale: he is the last noble man, a figure of heroic achievement.”What is most notably remembered by many was his generosity of his time with people. Everyone wanted to meet him, even for just a snatch of conversation or a handshake. Many sought a philosophical conversation or a stirring debate. And he unstintingly gave attention to many, leading to many stories told after his death.In December 2013, Time Magazine published anecdotes from people who knew him best. Jessie Duarte is today the deputy secretary-general of the African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party, but she was Mandela’s personal assistant between 1990 and 1994, before he entered parliament.“He always made his own bed, no matter where we travelled,” she recalled. “I remember we were in Shanghai, in a very fancy hotel, and the Chinese hospitality requires that the person who cleans your room and provides you with your food, does exactly that. If you do it for yourself, it could even be regarded as an insult. So in Shanghai I tried to say to him, ‘Please don’t make your own bed, because there’s this custom here.’ And he said, ‘Call them, bring them to me.’“So I did. I asked the hotel manager to bring the ladies who would be cleaning the room, so that he could explain why he himself has to make his own bed, and that they not feel insulted. He didn’t ever want to hurt people’s feelings. He never really cared about what great big people [thought] of him, but he did care about what small people thought of him,” she said.Watch Jessie Duarte speak about Nelson MandelaHumanitarian heartSouth African photographer Steve Bloom, whose father Harry Bloom was a political activist, remembered: “During the 1950s my parents, who were anti-apartheid activists, knew Nelson Mandela. I remember the story he told them about the occasion he saw a white woman standing next to her broken car in Johannesburg. He approached her and offered to help. After fiddling with the engine he fixed the car. Thankful for his help, she offered to pay him sixpence. ‘Oh no, that’s not necessary,’ he said, ‘I am only too happy to help.’ ‘But why else would you, a black man, have done that if you did not want money?’ she asked quizzically. ‘Because you were stranded at the side of the road,’ he replied.”Neville Alexander, a political activist who spent 10 years imprisoned on Robben Island alongside Mandela, described his first meeting with the leader: “I was impressed mainly by the warmth and the genuine interest, which was a feature that, subsequently I discovered, is very much part of the man and something which I also must admit now, I learned from him… to give your full attention to your interlocutor, and really take notice of what people are saying, listen to them carefully. In his case, there was a spontaneous, charismatic exuding of warmth. That’s probably the most important, most vivid memory I have of our first meeting.”In hidingWolfie Kodesh, who hid Mandela for nearly eight weeks in 1961 in his flat in a white suburb of Johannesburg, also spoke of his memories: “We had a discussion and an argument about who [was] going to sleep where. I had a tiny flat… and I had a bed and I had a camp stretcher in a cupboard. So when I brought out the camp stretcher, I said to him, ‘Well, I’ll sleep on the camp stretcher. You sleep on the bed because you are six-foot something, I am five-foot something. So the stretcher is just right for me.’ No, he wasn’t going to have that. He hadn’t come there to put me out, and we had a bit of a talk about that and… it was arranged, and I would sleep on the bed.”Stengel, who spent almost two years with Mandela working on Long Walk to Freedom, said: “In 1994, during the presidential election campaign, Mandela got on a tiny propeller plane to fly down to the killing fields of [KwaZulu-Natal] and give a speech to his Zulu supporters. I agreed to meet him at the airport, where we would continue our work after his speech. When the plane was 20 minutes from landing, one of its engines failed. Some on the plane began to panic.“The only thing that calmed them was looking at Mandela, who quietly read his newspaper as if he were a commuter on his morning train to the office. The airport prepared for an emergency landing, and the pilot managed to land the plane safely. When Mandela and I got in the backseat of his bulletproof BMW that would take us to the rally, he turned to me and said, ‘Man, I was terrified up there!’”last_img read more

Gehlot ‘sonrise’ in the offing?

first_imgWith the Congress about to announce its first list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, speculation about electoral debut of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav Gehlot is gaining ground. Vaibhav Gehlot, currently a State unit general secretary, is likely to be fielded from his home turf Jodhpur or Jalore-Sirohi Lok Sabha constituency as the respective district Congress committees have received proposals supporting his candidature, party insiders said.Favourable seat Another favourable seat could be the Tonk-Swai Madhopur parliamentary constituency from where Vaibhav Gehlot’s name was floated during the 2009 Lok Sabha election. If Ashok Gehlot’s statement made at a recent public meeting in Sirohi is anything to go by, Vaibhav can be fielded from Jalore-Sirohi seat. During his visit to Sirohi, the Chief Minister had said, “I know that Vaibhav’s name is doing the rounds. It was my wish five years ago that he contests from Jalore-Sirohi. But he could not get a ticket due to some reason… We had campaigned and I had also come to Jalore.” However, he went on to clarify that the final decision on ticket distribution would be taken by the Congress high command. “We are loyal soldiers of the Congress. If Rahul Gandhi picks some other candidate, then you see Vaibhav Gehlot in him,” he had said. Later, at a press conference, Mr. Gehlot said if it was in his hands, he would have given Vaibhav Gehlot the opportunity to contest elections 10 years ago.Pilot’s ‘support’At one time, even Rajasthan Congress chief and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot appeared to support Vaibhav Gehlot’s candidature. Earlier in January, Mr. Pilot had said, “Vaibhav Gehlot is active in the party for a long time. He may not have got the opportunity (to contest elections) due to some reasons in the past. But it will be our endeavour that candidates like him get a chance to come forward.” However, on March 5, he said the Congress was of the opinion that it would be better to find candidates other than sitting MPs, MLAs, those who lost elections in the past and family members of party leaders.last_img read more

Go for Gold halts two-game skid, turns back Perpetual Help

first_imgQuarters: 23-19, 42-37, 59-55, 81-69. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Senegalese big man Clement Leutcheu tallied 14 markers and eight boards, while Jerwin Gaco and Justin Gutang got 11 points apiece with the win.“I think we’re slowly getting the team that we want a bit, but there’s still some room for improvement,” said Go for Gold coach Charles Tiu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGo for Gold’s defense allowed it to establish a 59-47 lead, but turnovers allowed the Altas to get back into the game, 59-55, at the end of the third frame.Luckily for the Scratchers, Alejandro was there to restore order and a 10-2 blast to open the fourth period kept the Altas at bay for good. PBA IMAGESJ-Jay Alejandro showed the way as Go for Gold snapped its two-game skid after an 81-69 victory over University of Perpetual Help Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.The former NU Bulldog fired nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, while also collecting five rebounds and four assists for the Scratchers, who evened their record at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Dog show’s young handlers take a grown-up sport in stride AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES “Today, we still can’t be happy because we’ve already built big leads but we turn the ball over too much and that allows our opponents to come back,” said Tiu, who was shaking his head after his side gobbled the ball up 30 times.Rey Anthony Peralta led Perpetual (1-2) with 18 points and two rebounds, while Kim Aurin got 17 markers and four boards in the defeat.The Scores:GO FOR GOLD 81 — Alejandro 23, Leutcheu 14, Gaco 11, Gutang 11, Dixon 8, Haruna 8, Casiño 3, Domingo 3, Naboa 0, Pasturan 0, Pili 0, Salem 0, Young 0.PERPETUAL 69 — Peralta 18, Aurin 17, Coronel 8, Charcos 7, Eze 6, Mangalino 5, Antonio 4, Villanueva 4, Tamayo 0, Tiburcio 0.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextlast_img read more

Play time with yoga

first_imgI remember my school days-we used to wait eagerly for our games period. Gone are the days when kids would wait impatiently for playtime in the evening. The reality for today’s children seem to be different. They hardly play which is essential in the growing up years! Fun yoga can be a good way to get them started. Parents are always confused as to what the right age is to start their children off with yoga. Children in the age group of 6-11 years can start doing yoga but only fun yoga. When I talk about fun yoga I mean a yoga class that is happy and musical, where yoga is taught in the form of little games, stories and animal postures. These improve their flexibility, concentration power, mental strength and stamina.How yoga helpsYoga will help kids keep their muscles supple and flexible, aiding their physical performance in sports. The balancing poses can increase their mental focus and concentration and awaken their creativity. Regular yoga can also control and soothe their emotions, letting them rest and sleep soundly.Get her startedHere are a few fun poses that your child will love to strike. Instruct her with these steps. Make sure they start with 5-10 minutes of warm-up.Jiggle up (warm-up) Stand on your mat and move your wrists to loosen them, walk in place lifting your knees high in place, try to touch your knees to your chest. Stretch one foot out and rotate the foot, then repeat with the other foot. Keep moving until you feel warm.advertisementCamel pose Start from a kneeling position on your mat. Lift your body up so that you are balancing on your knees. Place your knees hip-width apart and touch your toes. Lift up your chest into the shape of a camel’s hump and look back. Reach right back and take hold of each ankle with your hand. Keep arching your back, lifting your chest and gently pushing your hips forward. Hold this stretch for a few seconds and then support your lower back into your normal position. The camel pose massages all the abdominal muscles and makes the back flexible.Boat Pose (with a partner) Sit on a mat placed on the floor facing your partner, with your knees bent, your toes touching and your hands holding. Lean back slightly, until your feet lift off the floor and you’re balancing on your buttocks. Then touch the soles of your feet together and straighten your legs. Hold there for some time and then release. When in pose, you and your partner could sing the nursery rhyme Row your boat.Happy child Pose Lie flat on your back on a mat with your feet together. Inhale and raise both legs. Bend your knees, holding the soles of your feet towards you and extend your knees towards the floor beside each armpit.Gently roll from side to side touching the soles of your feet together. Pull your feet towards your head. Lift your head and gently try touching your feet.Frog pose Stand with your feet hip-width apart, balancing on your mat. Squat and reach towards the floor. Bring your hands into a namaste position (see picture) in front of your chest. You can press your knees out to the sides with your elbows to increase the stretch in your hips. Hold there for a short time. Jump as high in the air as you can, like a frog. This pose tones the abdominal organs and relieves backaches.last_img read more

X-ray- skeleton

first_imgDefinitionA skeletal x-ray is an imaging test used to look at the bones. It is used to detect fractures, tumors, or conditions that cause wearing away (degeneration) of the bone.Alternative NamesSkeletal surveyHow the test is performedThe test isdone in a hospital radiology department or in the health care provider’s office by an x-ray technologist.You will lie on a table or stand in front of the x-ray machine, depending on the bone that is injured. You may be asked to change position so that different x-ray views can be taken.The x-ray particles pass through the body. A computer or special film records the images.Structures that are dense (such as bone) will block most of the x-ray particles. These areas will appear white. Metal and contrast media (special dye used to highlight areas of the body) will also appear white. Structures containing air will be black. Muscle, fat, and fluid will appear as shades of gray.How to prepare for the testTell the health care provider if you are pregnant. You must remove all jewelry before the x-ray.How the test will feelThe x-rays are painless. Changing positions andmoving the injured area for different x-ray views may be uncomfortable. If the whole skeleton is being imaged, the test usually takes 1 hour or more.Why the test is performedThis test is used to look for:Fractures or broken boneCancer that has spread to other areas of the bodyOsteomyelitisBone damage due to trauma (such as an auto accident) or degenerative conditionsWhat abnormal results meanadvertisementAbnormal findings include:FracturesBone tumorsDegenerative bone conditionsOsteomyelitis (inflammation of the bone caused by an infection)What the risks areThere is low radiation exposure. X-rays machines are set to provide thesmallest amount of radiation exposure needed to produce the image. Most experts feel that the risk is low compared with the benefits.Pregnant women and children are more sensitive to the risks of the x-ray. A protective shield may be worn over areas not being scanned.ReferencesClement J. Basic imaging techniques in the adult. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 13, section A.Clement J. Imaging consideration in the skeletally immature patient. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 13, section B.Renner JB. Conventional radiography in musculoskeletal imaging. Radiol Clin North Am. 2009 May;47(3):357-72.Review Date:4/14/2013Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more