Waitress shot during attempted robbery

first_imgA waitress is now nursing a gunshot injury to her chin at the Georgetown Public Hospital after she was shot by a lone gunman who attempted to rob an East Coast Demerara Chinese Restaurant.The injured woman was identified as Onica Luke, 16, of Vryheid’s Lust, ECD and an employee of Lucky Star Restaurant in Better Hope, ECD. According to information, at about 22:45h on Friday, the waitress was at the counter of the restaurant when the gunman entered and ordered a food.As he was paying the young lady, he held onto her hands through the grilled counter, whipped out the gun and demanded cash. The brave young waitress reportedly put up a fight but the bandit discharged a round hitting her to the chin.After he realizing the waitress had collapsed, he quickly escaped. The young lady was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she was admitted.Hospital sources told Guyana Times that the young lady is in a stable but serious condition. It was explained that the waitress is suffering from severe shock due to the bullet being fired at close range. She remains traumatized and is slipping in and out of consciousness.The Police have since launched an investigation into the matter.last_img read more

Trudeau’s cabinet includes first Aboriginal woman to be Justice Minister

first_imgHigh praise for Prime Minister Trudeau in BC, following the appointment of three metro Vancouver MPs to his 30 member cabinet this week, which includes an equal number of men and women.Premier Clark was at the front of a long line of provincial officials claiming BC will have a strong voice in the new Liberal government.#SwearingIn: Introducing Justin Trudeau’s new cabinet: #cdnpoli https://t.co/KsKggFICQk pic.twitter.com/0Cn44MiRxR— Maclean’s Magazine (@macleans) November 5, 2015- Advertisement -Included in the BC trio was former Paralympic and World Champion medalist, and human rights attorney, Carla Qualtrough, who is the new Sports Minister.Meantime, Harjit Sajjan a Bosnian and Afghanistan combat veteran, and decorated Lieutenant-Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces, will serve as the Countries first Sikh Defence Minister.Advertisement This is Grand Chief Ed John. And, in another first-ever cabinet appointment Jody Wilson Raybould was the Prime Minister’s choice as Justice Minister and Attorney-General.That’s former BC Attorney-General Wally Oppal, who was also the Commissioner of the Missing Women’s Inquiry.He’s optimistic that the appointment of the former regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations will lead to meaningful terms of reference for a national inquiry into the long-standing Highway of Tears case.The Liberals have committed to ‘immediately’ launch a $40 million inquiry, and BC First Nations leaders are also confident Mr. Trudeau will deliver on the campaign promise.Advertisementlast_img read more

Aubameyang shines as Arsenal spank Spurs

first_img0Shares0000Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring Arsenal’s equaliser in their thrilling win over Tottenham © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 2 – Unai Emery hailed Arsenal’s explosive 4-2 win over bitter rivals Tottenham as a statement of intent from his revitalised side.Emery’s team extended their unbeaten run to 19 matches in all competitions after fighting back from 2-1 down in arguably the Premier League’s game of the season so far. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty had put Arsenal ahead before Eric Dier’s header and a Harry Kane spot-kick gave Tottenham the lead at half-time at the Emirates Stadium.Dier’s gloating celebration had triggered a touchline brawl involving Arsenal substitutes.But the fireworks were far from over as Aubameyang’s superb long-range equaliser sparked a second half surge from the Gunners.Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to put Arsenal ahead and Lucas Torreira sealed the points with his first goal for the club.Capping a miserable day for Jan Vertonghen, the Tottenham defender was sent off in the closing stages after earlier giving away Arsenal’s penalty.“It is a very big match for our confidence. Now we have to continue our process,” Emery said.“It is a very big victory. We give this to our supporters because it’s a very special match against Tottenham.”It was only Arsenal’s second win in the last nine league north London derbies and, while stealing local bragging rights is always sweet, this felt like a significant moment for Emery’s team in the bigger picture.Emery has revived Arsenal since the depressing final years of Arsene Wenger’s reign.But losses to Manchester City and Chelsea and a draw with Liverpool had raised questions about Arsenal’s ability to compete for a top four finish.This stirring comeback was exactly the kind of statement Arsenal needed as they moved above Tottenham into fourth place on goal difference.Ending their hated neighbours’ six-match winning run showed Arsenal aren’t content to let the balance of power in north London remain with Tottenham.But Emery warned his side not to get carried away with another big test looming at Manchester United on Wednesday.“We are happy and enjoying. But Tottenham beat Chelsea but then they lost to us. That is a big example for us as we think about the Manchester United match,” Emery said.“We know it is very difficult in Manchester. We are going to prepare as best we can. It is a big challenge for us.”Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted his players suffered mentally and physically at the end of a draining week that included vital victories over Chelsea and Inter Milan.“It was complicated from the beginning of the game. After the third goal it was tough to come back mentally, to find the energy to go again,” he said.“We started to feel the effort we made in the Champions League and the Chelsea game. It was a big week.”Biting into challenges and harrying Tottenham into panicked mistakes, Arsenal made a blistering start and their relentless tempo paid dividends in the 10th minute.Vertonghen jumped with Shkodran Mustafi as they challenged for a corner and the Belgian’s raised arm clearly made contact with the ball as he tried to block the Arsenal defender’s header.– Fever pitch –Referee Mike Dean awarded a penalty and Aubameyang sent Hugo Lloris the wrong way from the spot for his 11th goal of the season.Tottenham snatched a 30th minute equaliser as the derby reached fever pitch.Christian Eriksen’s inswinging free-kick caught Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka flat-footed and Dier nipped in to head past Bernd Leno’s weak attempted save.Dier celebrated by holding his finger to his mouth to indicate the Arsenal fans should keep quiet.Arsenal substitutes Stephan Lichtsteiner and Aaron Ramsey took exception to Dier’s taunting, prompting a bout of pushing and shoving.Son Heung-Min’s pace was too much for Arsenal to handle and Rob Holding responded by making a rash sliding challenge on the South Korean four minutes later.Alexandre Lacazette’s shot deflected off Eric Dier to restore Arsenal’s lead © AFP / Adrian DENNISKane lashed home the resulting penalty for a record-equalling eighth Premier League goal in north London derbies.Arsenal’s sense of injustice spurred them on and Emery responded by sending on Ramsey and Lacazette, back from a groin injury, at half-time.They proved inspired moves as Gabon forward Aubameyang conjured a majestic equaliser in the 56th minute.Tottenham had reverted to their earlier timid performance and Arsenal went ahead in the 74th minute when Lacazette’s shot deflected in off Dier.Torreira delivered the knockout blow three minutes later and there was still time for Vertonghen to see red in the 85th minute.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal fire Emery after worst run in decades

first_img0Shares0000Unai Emery’s troubled tenure in charge of Arsenal ended with the sack with the club presently on its worst run since 1992 of seven matches without a winLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 29 – Unai Emery was sacked as Arsenal manager on Friday after less than two years in charge and with the club without a win in seven games, their worst run since 1992.The 48-year-old Spaniard was fired following the 2-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in Thursday’s Europa League match. His assistant Freddie Ljungberg takes over as interim manager during the search for a permanent replacement.Arsenal fans had demanded “decisive action” from directors with the club’s run of five draws and two defeats just one match off equalling George Graham’s run of eight without a win in 1992.Club directors responded by axing the man appointed in May 2018 to revive a club stagnating after two decades under Frenchman Arsene Wenger.“We announce today that the decision has been taken to part company with our head coach Unai Emery and his coaching team,” read the statement.“We have asked Freddie Ljungberg to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach.“The search for a new head coach is underway and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.”Ljungberg will be the first Swedish manager to take charge of a Premier League game since Sven-Goran Eriksson, whose last game in the competition came in May 2008 in charge of Manchester City.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has won 11 trophies with Juventus in five seasons.Among those in the mix for the permanent job include former Gunners star Mikel Arteta, Pep Guardiola’s assistant at champions Manchester City, ex-Juventus handler Massimiliano Allegri — Sky Sports reported there had been contact between the two parties — and Portuguese manager Nuno Espirito Santo, who is at Wolves.Napoli’s coach Carlo Ancelotti is another name that has entered the reckoning — he won the domestic double in the 2009/10 campaign when in charge of Chelsea — but Nuno is the early bookies favourite at 11/10.However, Nuno, 45, has had two spells in charge of relatively high profile clubs at Valencia and Porto and did not enjoy success. – ‘Rejuvenation’ – Emery’s cause has not been helped by the controversy over Granit Xhaka. The Swiss international swore at Gunners fans when Emery took him off against Crystal Palace last month. Emery responded by stripping Xhaka of the captaincy.Pepe, Arsenal’s record signing, has been a huge disappointment since his £72 million ($93 million) move from French Ligue 1 outfit Lille in the close season. Under Emery the club has spent at least £200 million.An animated Unai Emery saw his Arsenal side stretch their winless streak to more than a month with defeat to Eintrach FrankfurtEmery’s position had looked shaky enough when north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur sacked Mauricio Pochettino last week only months after he took Spurs to the Champions League final.Emery’s first season ended in disappointment. Arsenal blew two chances for a return to the Champions League, winning just one of their last five games to finish fifth in the Premier League and then losing the Europa League final 4-1 to Chelsea.“Our most sincere thanks go to Unai and his colleagues who were unrelenting in their efforts to get the club back to competing at the level we all expect and demand,” read the club statement.“We wish Unai and his team nothing but future success.“The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.”Supporters see the board, and especially unpopular American owner Stan Kroenke as part of the problem.The influential Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, the official supporters’ club, issued a statement welcoming the departure of Emery but calling for further radical changes.“Emery’s departure is the easy part,” read their statement.“The more difficult challenge is to recruit a suitable successor.“We are far from certain that Arsenal has the right personnel to lead this process.“If Arsenal are to genuinely move forward from today it requires not only a new head coach appointment but also a rejuvenation of the boardroom.”0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man found with bag of cocaine in hospital

first_imgA man admitted to Letterkenny University Hospital was found with a bag of cocaine on him.Sean White, of Drenan, Ballybofey appeared at Letterkenny District Court. The court was told that WHite was found with the cocaine in the Emergency Department of the Hospital on February 27th, 2017.Garda Inspector Barry Doyle told the court that White had one previous conviction for possessing drugs.The value of the cocaine found on White in the hospital was between €20 and €30.Judge Paul Kelly found White guilty and fined him €200.Man found with bag of cocaine in hospital was last modified: March 18th, 2018 by StephenShare 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:BallybofeycocainecourthospitalSean Whitelast_img read more

GAA NEWS: MILFORD ARE NORTHERN DIVISIONAL MINOR CHAMPIONS AFTER VICTORY OVER CLOUGHANEELY

first_img*Minor Northern Final*CLG BnaG 1-12 Cloughaneely 1-8Na Galloglaigh emerged from this encounter with Cloughaneely as Northern Champions after a hard fought win in Downings. Playing against a stiff breeze the boys started brightly and almost got off to a dream start when man of the match Connor Gormley found himself clean through and bearing down on goal. His effort was well saved by the keeper however Ryan Mcmahon was on hand to tap the rebound over the bar. McMahon added another point seconds later before Gormley added two points of his own to leave the score 0-4 to no score after 6 minutes, a great start considering they were against the breeze. These scores were needed as Cloughaneely began to get back into the game and in the space of a minute scored 1-1 to leave the game all square after 10 minutes. Points from Ryan Spike Flood and Adam Serrinha put Na Galloglaigh ahead again but Cloughaneely responded with two of their own. In the final 10 minutes of the half Gormley (2) and McMahon scored before one last Cloughaneely point to put some breathing room between the sides at half time. The boys would have been delighted to be leading 0-9 to 1-4 at the break considering they would have the advantage of a strong wind for the second period. It didn’t work out that way however as Cloughaneely came back with all guns blazing to score 4 unanswered points in the first ten minutes of the half, and Na Galloglaigh looked all at sea. Na Galloglaighs first score of the half came through Serrinha after 43 minutes to leave the boys just a point behind, and a free from Gormley on 52 levelled the game up again. Na Galloglaigh began to regain their composure and after some great work from McMahon and substitute Ryan Toye down the left hand side, full back Kieran Sheridan popped up to put the blues ahead in the 53rd minute. The final insurance score came with five minutes remaining when Na Galloglaigh were awarded a fairly fortuitous penalty. The excellent Martin Doyle went to win a long ball as a Cloughaneely player put the foot out and the referee awarded the penalty which Gormley coolly dispatched. Serrinha had another great goal chance as the game entered injury time but his effort went just wide of the post. As the final whistle went the boys will feel relieved to have gotten over the line after a relatively disappointing second half, although they deserved it on the balance of play throughout the 60 minutes and have been working extremely hard all year. They made hard work of it but nevertheless never stopped and they got their reward. They will feel tonight is only a stepping stone however as they advance to the County Semi Final where they will no doubt be seeking retribution against Bundoran for the loss in the County League Final a few months ago. Time, date and venue for this match to be announced. Team: Gavin McFadden, Patrick Ferry, Kieran Sheridan (0-1), Shay Durning, Cormac Toland, Ronan Docherty, Odhrán Coll, Ryan McMahon (0-3), Luke Trearty, Conor Mc Hugh, Adam Serrinha (0-2), Ryan Flood (0-1), Martin Doyle, Connor Gormley (1-5), Gavin Grier. Subs: Ryan Toye for McHugh (52m), Dane Dunworth for Flood (55m), Peter Curran for Ferry (56m), Paddy Mc Carron for Doyle (60m), James Mc Callum, Jamie-Lee Blaney*Intermediate Championship*CLG BnaG v Naomh BridMoyle Park, Saturday @ 5 & 6.30pmIt is do or die for our Seniors in the Intermediate Championship this weekend as they take on Naomh Brid at home. Having beaten Burt at the weekend the boys now have 2 points in the group, the same as Naomh Brid who also defeated Burt but were defeated by Bundoran. The Reserves also need a win and also for other results to go their way as they also take on Naomh Brid at home. Throw in times are 5pm for the Reserves and 6.30pm for the Seniors. *Ladies All Ireland Quarter Final*Hard luck to Amber Barrett and the rest of the Donegal team and management who were defeated by Armagh in the All Ireland Quarter Final on Saturday by 2-13 to 2-11. Amber started in full forward for Donegal as the newly crowned Ulster Champions were pipped at the post again by Armagh. Hard luck to all involved but well done on a great year which saw a historic first Ulster title for Donegal Ladies.*Chicago Championship*Well done to Caoimhe Barrett who was part of the Aisling Gaels side that defeated St Bridgets in the Final of the Chicago Championship at the weekend. Caoimhe scored 1-4 from centre half forward for the Gaels as they won 6-7 to 1-10 to advance to the North American Finals in a few weeks time.*Seniors*Burt 1-7 CLG BnaG 2-8Our Seniors left Hibernian Park tonight with two vital Championship points after a high intensity clash with Burt. Na Galloglaigh got off to a good start with points from Pauric Curley and Luke Barrett putting them two points clear after 2 minutes however Burt responded with two frees from Mark Coyle. It was a hard hitting and physical encounter throughout the 60 minutes but wasn’t necessarily rough with referee Shane Toolan letting the game flow. Cathal Mc Gettigan landed a great 45 to edge Na Galloglaighs noses in front again after 17 minutes but Coyle once again equalised with 10 minutes to go, in what transpired to be Burts last score of the half. Two more points from McGettigan and another from Curley saw the lads in a good position going into the break before Joey Cullen pounced for a goal right at the end of the half. A high ball in from Luke Barrett was well won by Cullen and he kept his cool to slide the ball under the Burt keeper and into the back of the net. The second half brought more of the same intensity from both sides and it took 5 minutes for the scoreboard to move again, McGettigan with another free. Conor Harkin scored a free a minute afterwards and seconds after that Harkin had the ball in the net with a very similar finish to Cullens. This just left two between the sides with Burt coming more and more into the game. The defence did well dealing with the majority of what Burt threw at them and especially under some high balls. With 10 minutes to go Luke Barrett added another point but yet again Burt came back with a score from Coyle. With 9 minutes left on the clock Gavin Grier received a black card for a pull back which saw the introduction of Kieran Mc Laughlin in his place. A score from the Burt full back Georgie Kelly with 3 minutes left put the minimum between the sides and made for a nervy finale as the boys knew there was going to be a lot of injury time. A bad injury to Enda McDermott early in the half saw 5 minutes of injury time added to the clock and just before the game entered injury time Na Galloglaigh got a crucial score. Pauric Curley did brilliantly to intercept a short Burt kickout and saw himself and Christopher Barrett two on one with the keeper, with Curley unselfishly passing to Barrett who finished into an open net to put 4 between the sides again. Joe Boyle received a black card in injury time for Burt for a rather cynical sliding tackle from behind on Cullen but it mattered not as the game finished 1-7 to 2-8 to Na Galloglaigh with a hard fought and hard earned win. WIth 1 win from 2 in their Championship match the boys now have a huge game against Naomh Brid in the final match of the group stage at home next Sunday. Team: Sean Gallagher, Kieran Sheridan, Sean Black, Gary Merritt, Tj Evesson, Enda McHugh, Gavin Grier, Joey Cullen (1-0), Jonny Logue, Pauric Curley (0-2), Luke Barrett (0-2), Kyle Black, Christopher Barrett (1-0), Cathal McGettigan (0-4), Paddy Peoples. Subs: Kieran McLaughlin for Grier (51m, BC), Adam Serrinha for K. Black (56m), Gavin McFadden, Barry McNulty, Dean Burgess, Shay Durning, Paul Grier*Reserves*Burt 0-12 CLG BnaG 1-6Na Galloglaigh will feel they left this game behind them this evening yet on the flip side Burt will probably feel they should have won by more having squandered numerous scoring opportunities. Indeed the majority of these chances were handed to them on a proverbial plate through bad passes and poor play from Na Galloglaigh. They were confident going at half time a point ahead thanks to an Adam Serrinha knowing that theu hadn’t really got started yet and that there was a lot more in them, but it just never got going in the second half either, and ultimately were defeated by 3 points. The focus for the Reserves now turns back to the league campaign with them sitting top of the Division 3 Reserve league and highly reluctant to relinquish that position. Before that however the boys will be in Championship action again next Sunday when they take on Naomh Brid at home in the final group game. Team: Gavin McFadden, Shay Durning, Barry McNulty, Gearoid Horkan, Conor McNulty, Paul Grier (0-1), Dean Burgess (0-2), Kieran Gorman, Anthony Fisher, Luke Trearty, Paul Fisher, Emmet Conaghan, Ciaran McHugh (0-1), Adam Serrinha (1-1), Hugh Mc Menamin (0-1). Subs: Paul Sweeney for Conaghan (21m), Cormac Friel for C. McNulty (40m), James Whelan for McMenamin (53m), Paddy Mc Carron for Trearty (55m), Eddie Boyce, Connor Jason Meakin *Minor Championship Semi Final*CLG BnaG v BundoranTBC, Wednesday 2nd, Sept @ TBCOur Minors will be out to avenge the County League Final defeat to Bundoran in May when they take them on in the Division 2 Championship Semi Final on Wednesday week. Time and venue for this match are yet to be confirmed so keep an eye on the Clubs social media for updates*Minor Ladies County Semi Final*CLG BnaG 4-4 Naomh Conaill 5-12Hard luck to our Minor Ladies who were defeated by Naomh Conaill in the County Semi Final yesterday in Convoy. This is a very young Minor team with only three of the girls Minor age, the rest made up of U14s & U16s so this squad has a bright future and this result should hold them in good stead for years to come.*8 & U10 Training Resumes*U8 and U10 training will resume from this Friday the 28th. U8s will train from 6-7 with the U10s afterwards from 7-8*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 6-9-11-13. No jackpot winner, 4 match 3 winners, win €20 each. Paul Doherty, Robert Hay, Denis McBride and Wayne McKeown. Next weeks Jackpot is €940. Don’t forget you can enter the lotto from the comfort of your own home by playing through our own FREE Club App. Usual rules apply, pick 4 numbers per box, €2 and €5 options available. Numbers must be entered before 10pm or else they roll over to the next week. Perfect way for our many supporters and exiles overseas who would like to continue to support their Club.*Training Schedules*Seniors – Tues & Thurs @ 7pm (Pitch)Senior Ladies – Mon & Wed @ 7pm, Sat @ 10am (Pitch)Minors – Fri @ 8pm, Sun @ 10am (Pitch)U16s – Fridays @ 7pm (Pitch)U16 Ladies – Mon & Wed @ 7pm, Sat @ 10am (Pitch)U14 Ladies – Mon @ 5pm (Pitch).U12 Mixed – Wed @ 6pm (Convent Gym)*Underage Coaching*Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169 *Lotto Database*Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2015 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:– Full family membership for 2015 included– Entered into every draw every week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw*Lotto Sellers Required*The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Contact Us*For all information and queries contact MilfordDonegalGAA@Gmail.com, follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.clgbnag.com *CLG BnaG Club Gear*A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751GAA NEWS: MILFORD ARE NORTHERN DIVISIONAL MINOR CHAMPIONS AFTER VICTORY OVER CLOUGHANEELY was last modified: August 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASportlast_img read more

Faith and the environment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RESEDA – Amid growing environmental concerns and challenges, congregations and religious leaders are increasingly reflecting on their role – and the role faith plays – in preserving and protecting nature. “In Zen Buddhism, it’s very important to be very aware, very conscious of what we do,” said Woodland Hills resident Pat “Singetsu” Guzy, a Zen Buddhist priest from the Zen Center of Los Angeles. “We think about what we can do to clean up the environment as we walk down the street. We are not separate from nature. I think, for example, that Hurricane Katrina has affected all of us. It’s important to make your eyes open up to the environment.” Guzy is one of four panelists taking part Sunday in a Valley Interfaith Council presentation, “What My Faith Tradition Tells Me About Protecting the Environment.” Guzy noted that environmental awareness is seen throughout Zen, including a teaching to not throw away things that are still useful. Even when Zen followers are eating, said Guzy, they attempt to be mindful of how all the elements of their meal came to be on their plate. Growing up in Toronto, Canada, and living in an apartment complex that used recycling bins, Amir Hussain was amazed when he moved to the United States in 1997 and found that his San Fernando Valley apartment complex didn’t recycle. The round-the-clock office lighting policy at California State University, Northridge, where Hussain was a professor, also took some getting used to for someone coming from energy-conscious Canada. “The words of the Koran speak about respect for the natural world and of the world as a gift from God,” said Hussain, who will offer the Muslim point of view on the environment Sunday. “Human beings have been given the Earth as a trust. If you’ve been entrusted, you have to take care of it.” For Saran Kirschbaum, a docent at Ballona Creek, seeing a river of Styrofoam in the Ballona Wetlands was heart-wrenching. “Judaism talks about how actions are important,” said Kirschbaum, a member of the board of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life of Southern California. Kirschbaum said some people say they feel overwhelmed by all of the environmental problems. “(When I give talks), they ask me, ‘Do I matter?’ I tell them to take one step at a time. Everything starts with one.” Kirschbaum recommends making a game of conservation. Her family, for example, collects shower water in a bucket to water plants, and they take their own containers for meal leftovers when they go out to restaurants. “For me, the Earth is sacred,” said the Rev. Al Cohen, executive director of the Southern California Ecumenical Council, who will present the Christian point of view on the Sunday panel. “God has called me to do whatever I can to protect the Earth from an industrial civilization that’s running roughshod over it. Part of the challenge, however, is to get out there and preach in the street, not to the choir who are already interested in the environment. “Two biggest problems we have is that world population is out of control and no one wants to deal with it – it’s going to sink us – and war. “We have to knock this off,” Cohen said. “Imagine what is happening to the Earth. A No. 1 on my checklist for electing politicians is who supports the environment. It’s really important who we vote for.” Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 holly.andres@dailynews.com “What My Faith Tradition Tells Me About Protecting the Environment” will be held 7-9 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 18120 Saticoy St., Reseda. Call (818) 718-6460, Ext. 3001.last_img read more

Governor brings in McCain

first_imgWith his popularity at an all-time low, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger turned on Monday to another political star, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, to help sell his November ballot proposals to a skeptical public. During joint appearances in Burbank and Oakland, the governor and the Republican senator, a former presidential candidate, urged California voters to support the four initiatives backed by Schwarzenegger on the special-election ballot. They depicted the measures as important steps to make government more accountable. “I have campaigned for reform efforts all over the country,” McCain said at the Burbank Hilton. “What happens in California has significant effect in states like mine that are nearby. It’s just a reality.” Schwarzenegger is pushing a quartet of proposals that he has described as medicine for a sickly government. They would strip political clout from public-employee unions, give the governor a tighter grip on state spending, toughen tenure requirements for teachers and deny legislators the power to draw their own district boundaries. “The ones that are fighting us the most are the politicians,” Schwarzenegger told the Oakland audience about the redistricting measure. “They’re trying to scare the people, saying it’s a right-wing plot or a left-wing plot. It’s not a plot at all. It’s a plot for the people.” McCain’s visit came at a crucial time for Schwarzenegger. With the election less than a month away, three of the four initiatives he supports are trailing in polls, and many Californians have turned cold about his leadership. Once a politician without peer in the state, Schwarzenegger lost popularity after months of squabbling with firefighters, nurses and teachers who oppose his policies and ballot initiatives. Recent polls have found approval of Schwarzenegger’s performance from only one voter in three, and he is broadly unpopular within some key voter groups, including independents and Hispanics. McCain defended Schwarzenegger enthusiastically, calling him a “marvelous governor.” In Burbank, about two dozen union members and other activists protested outside the hotel. About 100 protesters stood outside the Oakland gathering. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The election has created a showdown between the Republican governor and the unions, with both sides raising millions of dollars for the campaign. McCain was particularly critical of officeholders having a hand in how districts are created, saying the current system has given “permanent incumbency status” to members of Congress and state legislators. The proposal backed by the governor would designate a panel of retired judges to carve out districts, a change that supporters say would create a more moderate, less gridlock-prone California Legislature. “We need more competitive races,” McCain said in Burbank. “We need the voice of moderation.” Known nationally for his efforts to retool the campaign-finance system, McCain again emphasized his support for Proposition 77, the redistricting initiative, in Oakland later in the day. He and Schwarzenegger, speaking at a hotel near Oakland International Airport, fielded questions about the initiatives, illegal immigration and other issues. last_img read more

John Paul II ‘miracle’ in France investigated

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROME – Krakow’s Roman Catholic archbishop spoke Tuesday of a possible miracle performed by Pope John Paul II in France that a church tribunal will focus on as the Vatican pursues its case for beatification. Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was personal secretary to John Paul, told reporters in Rome that “there are no problems with miracles because there are many, but they have picked one because they don’t need more.” Pressed further, Dziwisz added: “Maybe this I can say: They have picked (one in) France.” The Vatican needs proof of a miracle before it can proclaim John Paul eligible for sainthood, and a church tribunal from the archdiocese of Krakow, Poland, has been gathering evidence from witnesses. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Dziwisz said the process is “proceeding very well” and could be over as soon as March, the ANSA news agency reported. “There are many testimonies; we must choose the most accurate ones to show the personality of John Paul II,” Dziwisz was quoted as saying. Pope Benedict XVI paved the way for the swift opening of the process for the much-loved pontiff when he waived the customary five-year waiting period after John Paul’s death on April 2. Dziwisz said Poles are looking forward to Benedict’s planned visit to Poland next year. last_img read more

Family hit hard by Hurricane Rita given shelter

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – When Cynthia and Henry Navarro fled Hurricane Rita as it headed toward their apartment in Tyler, Texas, they met a hurricane of a different kind in Santa Clarita. The good kind. They and their two children moved Nov. 29 into a Canyon Country apartment amid a bustle of community activity. Their rent is paid for a year. Their apartment is fully furnished. Their refrigerator, cupboards and closets are full. And they still haven’t met everyone who made it possible. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Everybody loves Elmo,” she said, as 2-year-old Anthony Navarro pulled a bouncy red Sesame Street figure from the box. “We were able to completely furnish the apartment, provide clothing and food for the family and set up a great kid’s room and crib for the newborn,” Kennedy said. “It was a joy to be part of this process.” Help also came from local Girl Scout troops, mailbox companies, psychologists and a volunteer who personalized handmade afghans for each family member. More than 40 real estate agents have pledged to cover the rent; utilities have been covered by other donors. “We saw on the news that Hurricane Rita was at Category 3 and headed for Tyler,” Cynthia, 19, said as she poured a glass of juice. “There were two more hurricanes lining up behind it, and we saw how Katrina destroyed New Orleans. We just wanted to get out of there.” Nearly two years ago, the Navarros left downtown Los Angeles to start a new life in Texas where real estate was affordable and they could raise a family in a safe environment. But on Sept. 21, as the hurricane bore down on their home, they packed their 1992 Toyota Tercel with as many belongings as they could, buckled Anthony into his car seat and fled, heading back to the city where Cynthia grew up and her mother still lives in a low-income housing complex. Needing more room, especially since Cynthia was eight months pregnant, the Navarros moved into the Operation Angel Island shelter in the city of Bell. Daughter Amber was born 30 days after they arrived. The Navarros couldn’t believe their luck when Kennedy and Hoffman visited the shelter and selected them. “They are so friendly,” Cynthia said, as Henry calmed Amber, fussy after her morning nap. “To think about other people they don’t even know, that is so wonderful. This community is so beautiful.” The help doesn’t end at the apartment. Henry, 25, a lube technician back in Texas, has been promised a job as a porter at a Valencia Acura. A financial planner is on board to help the young couple and college assistance is being offered to both Cynthia, who wants to study nursing, and Henry, who wants to become an electrician. “We don’t want to go back,” Cynthia said. “This is much nicer than L.A. and much different from Texas. We want to make it here.” For information on Project Town Angels, call (661) 310-2900 or check www.townangels.org. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The family was adopted by Project Town Angels, a grass-roots effort by community members to help victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Following a simple 20-point program created by local therapist and project founder Shauna Hoffman, a small group of people asked their friends to do some hands-on helping. Jami Kennedy, one of the project’s organizers, said that the response had been overwhelming. “We wanted to make it so they could move in and not worry about anything for a little while,” Kennedy said. Walking through the small apartment, she pointed out furniture, appliances and toys donated by various sources. Some were gently used, some were brand new. Cathy Harlan, head chef of Dream Dinners, stopped by to deliver several packaged meals, bringing along her two children to carry a box of toys and gift bags for the Navarro children. last_img read more