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First Lady frustrated, angered over impersonators


first_imgAlthough one person has already been charged in relation to the impersonation of First Lady Sandra Granger, she has related that she has now reached the point where she is frustrated and angry.Granger’s comment on the issue comes at a time where only recently a video surfaced on social media, which indicated that although someone has already been charged for impersonating her, the issue continues.“I have already reported it to the Police. The Police carried out one investigation where a guy was found guilty and this continues because people are gullible,” the First Lady said on Wednesday.According to her, several press statements were issued in relation to the matter and even social media posts to say she is not offering lands or scholarships to persons.“I don’t know what else I can do but I can just say if you know somebody (is calling you to tell you these things) just publish the phone number so that the people will understand that you are on to them,” she added.The wife of the Head of State David Granger, pointed out that a number of personsFirst Lady Sandra Grangerhave already turned up at her office, as they were told to do so by the impersonator for interviews.In April of this year, several men were charged for the offence.Two men, who were each jailed for the offence of murder and are incarcerated at the Mazaruni prison, were on Friday charged for impersonating First Lady Sandra Granger.Also charged for obtaining money by false pretence, the men appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The men are Paul Lo-Hing, serving 83 years in jail for the murder of his girlfriend Shoala Gilgeous in 2012; and 30-year-old Wazim Mohammed, currently serving a 10-year jail sentence for the murder of his friend Russell Nelson, 62, of Fyrish, Corentyne, Berbice on September 27, 2005. They pleaded not guilty to the charges read to them.It is alleged that between April 1 and April 30, 2017, Lo-Hing obtained $30,000 in phone cards from Basmattie Singh under the pretence of being First Lady Sandra Granger and being in a position to grant a scholarship.Mohammed also obtained $30,000 in phone cards from Beverly Harris during April 2017 at Mahdia by pretending he was the First Lady, and reportedly promising to offer Harris a scholarship if given the money.Also, back in December last year, a man who was identified as Mohammed Ali returned to face Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, before whom he claimed to be suffering from a mental illness for which he is undergoing treatment at the “Berbice mad house”.Ali has been convicted on several fraud and simple larceny charges, and was serving time at the New Amsterdam Prison when the allegations were made. Between April 1 and April 30, 2017, by falsely pretending to be the First Lady and being in a position to offer scholarships to his victims, he allegedly obtained 12 pennyweight of gold (valued at $139,000) from Beverly Harris at Mahaica, East Coast Demerara; $30,000 worth of phone cards from a person at Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo; and $30,000 in cash from another victim. These transactions were reportedly executed over the telephone.The accused had initially denied the charges laid against him. However, he admitted to inducing several persons to send sums of money to his phone, but not to the extent to which he was charged. In what seemed to be an acceptance of fate, the accused then expressed his desire to meet the First Lady as he faced the possibly of a lengthy penalty sentence.last_img read more


Samaritan rebel returns to roots


first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A pop album is an unlikely place to encounter an ancient tongue known to a total of 705 people in the Holy Land. But tucked between the smooth chords and Hebrew vocals on Israeli singer Sofi Tsedaka’s debut CD, listeners can hear the lilting language of the Samaritans. Tsedaka, well known in Israel as a striking red-headed star of soap operas and children’s TV shows, calls her new album a gesture of reconciliation with the Samaritans, the tiny religious sect she was born into and which she abandoned in anger a decade ago. “Erasing what’s past, not afraid to walk on a street I haven’t crossed for a long time,” Tsedaka sings on the title track, “Barashet,” the word for “Genesis” in the Samaritan language. In the song, Tsedaka intones the first passages of the Book of Genesis in the Samaritan tongue. Other tracks sample the unique rhythms and whooping chants of Samaritan prayers and songs. “I’m not a great singer – I’m not Whitney Houston,” Tsedaka, 31, told The Associated Press. “What makes this album special for me is that I’m touching places I’ve never been willing to touch before.” The Samaritans have lived in the Holy Land for thousands of years, and are probably best known for the parable of the Good Samaritan in the New Testament Book of Luke. – Associated Presslast_img read more


New school, new friends and, of course, a jar of mayo


first_imgIt was the night following our first day of classes and there I was – standing in the boys’ bathroom, smearing thick, white swirls of mayonnaise into the hair of a boy I had only known for four days. But before I go on, let me backtrack. Upon moving into Kenyon, I was as the acorn that, having always been attached to the tree, was suddenly swept by the wind and was now trembling, spiraling to the unfamiliar terrain below, plunging toward ambiguity and uncertainty. Everything and everyone was new and terrifying, and the mere act of so much as glancing at a stranger made my stomach flip and sloppily land again in the pit of my abdomen. I had to begin all over again, and thoughts of hiding and curling into a lump circulated through my brain. I was leaving behind the familiar sights and streets, leaving behind the only people I had ever loved, leaving behind comfort and safety and security. “Who will care for me now?” I thought. My fingers shook and my throat swelled with the effort of fighting back tears as I unpacked my luggage, anticipating the unknown future that lay ahead. Suddenly, a face appeared in the doorway of my new abode. With a kind smile, this intimidating stranger introduced himself and offered his assistance in the process of my unloading. Then, again, a new face appeared, and again and again, until I had met everyone in my hall. The shaky, sickly feeling of impending doom slowly vacated and was replaced with joy and eagerness to form bonds with the incredible and friendly people around me. Maybe here, in the plush comfort of the earth below, this acorn could realize its potential to grow into a tree. Flash forward to the first Monday of classes and the boys’ bathroom. My hallmate had lice, and we were smothering the suckers to death with globules of mayonnaise. (Like me, he had been a camp counselor over the summer, and to pursue such an occupation is to risk such hazards – it’s the nature of the job.) Now, having lice is bad enough as it is, but having them in the first week of attending an entirely new school completely exacerbates an already inauspicious situation. Or so one would normally think. But here, here in the middle of nowhere, here in Gambier, Ohio, at Kenyon College, it was an opportunity to bond and laugh and turn an utterly mortifying situation into a cherished memory. Because that’s how it is here. Everyone watches out for everyone else, to scratch one another’s backs, so to speak. Or in this case, to coat one another’s hair. With mayonnaise. Patti Sponaugle is a Torrance High School graduate writing about her freshman year at Kenyon College. She can be reached at sponauglep@kenyon.edu.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: With the start of the new school year comes the start of a new Freshman column. This time around, we’re following two students as they go through the ups and downs, excitement and anxiety, of their first year of college. This week, Patti Sponaugle, a Torrance High School graduate, introduces readers to Kenyon College in Ohio. Whenever the name Kenyon College popped up in past conversations, people would often recognize it for its excellent swim team, or for its prestigious reputation in the field of creative writing. Or, more likely, their eyes would widen with surprise as they blurted out, “You’re going to Africa?” (For the record, Kenyon is nowhere near Uganda, although Ohio may seem equally obscure.) The thing, however, that I believe Kenyon College should be most renowned for is its sense of community. Here’s what I mean: last_img read more


Warriors-Suns cheatsheet: Young Phoenix core could test inconsistent champs


first_imgThe Suns (9-28) have been near the bottom of the league’s standings all season. However, with a young promising core, Phoenix could provide a test for the inconsistent Warriors (24-13).Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, 6 p.m. (NBCSBA)Suns projected starters: De’Anthony Melton, TJ Warren, Mikal Bridges, DeAndre Ayton, De’Anthony Melton, Devin Booker Suns Stock Report: For the fourth consecutive campaign, Phoenix has started …last_img


invisibobble Power Hair Ring – Good for thick, heavy hair


first_imgFor any person who claims they extend- sure, they do but all you have to do is set them in a cup with boiling h2o, and within just two seconded they are back again to their original tightness.I pre-ordered these when i stumbled on the merchandise when looking to invest in far more of the common kinds a pair of months back. They failed to disappoint – my hair is extensive and thick, creating it pretty major. It is also straight, which can make most other hair bands difficult to continue to keep on (they slide reduced and decrease all through the working day). These are even superior than the first ones, but if your hair is not significantly thick or heavy it likely will not include considerably value. A tad expensive, but considering that i have not dropped one particular yet i can dwell with the value.I was sceptical but this keep my thick hair firmly. I was sceptical but this hold my thick hair firmly, really don’t pull it out and just about do not leave a line in it. The line it leaves drops out quickly so i can last but not least go out with my hair up for function and have on it down later on.Good for thick, heavy hairit’s a nice little accessory to have with you whenever you want When I got these I was expecting great things, I have a lot of medium thickness Holds my hair in place but is really stretched and I was sceptical but this hold my thick hair firmly When they stretch. Put them in boiling water! Holds my hair in place but is definitely stretched and. Retains my hair in position but is actually stretched and out of condition so appears to be foolish when i have it round my wrist (which also be honest is the reason i bought them as i often go away the home with my hair loose and a hair tie round my wrist for afterwards so desired something a bit cuter than a normal hair tie).I am so amazed with these bobbles, although i’d listened to a lot about them i was continue to sceptical as to irrespective of whether they’d actually be any great or any unique to a standard hair tie but i actually like these and they do make a big difference.Features of invisibobble Power Hair Ring, Crystal Clearinvisibobble POWER – the strong grip hair ringNo kink.Less headachesStrong hold.Puts an end to all hair tying problems.Considerably superior grip that the standard invisibobble. Also seems to keep their form greater. Won’t pull hair and holds properly.When i received these i was expecting wonderful issues, i have a whole lot of medium thickness. When i bought these i was anticipating good points, i have a good deal of medium thickness wavy hair and it was down to my ribs and was for good coming out of the ponytail or bun though i danced. These held, but not much much better than my normal elastic ones. I did get bumps just after use and they stretched into a ineffective dimension quite shortly. I have reduce all my hair to shoulder length given that, but no enhancement, in fact they slip much more. They’re wonderful for about a week though.It really is a wonderful minimal accessory to have with you any time you want. I bought this product or service owing to the problems i get after carrying bobbles, tight or unfastened, for an hour or two. Nonetheless, soon after sporting them a few of times now, my complications nonetheless seem – it is not a headache as this sort of, but a ache on my head that feels reduction when the bobble is removed despite the fact that i can have on it for a pair of several hours longer than a typical bobble. They also point out that they reduce kinks in your hair, which they do. Sometimes there is certainly a smaller kink, but it’s hardly there. And, in spite of the product not undertaking exactly what i was anticipating, it can be a nice tiny accent to have with you when you want to toss up your hair.Will not make your hair kink immediately after having it in.These are fantastic, don’t pull on your hair or leave a kink like conventional hair bands.last_img read more


Strategies for Building Parent-Child Relationships During Deployment


first_imgUSS John C. Stennis homecoming by DVIDSHUB CC by 2.0On Nov. 3, the Family Development Early Intervention team held a webinar in which we discussed how professionals could work with families to promote parent-child interactions. A recording of that webinar can be found here. During the webinar, questions arose regarding how a professional might help strengthen the parent-child relationship when that parent is deployed. Here are a few strategies to consider:Build A Stuffed Animal That Talks!When my husband was preparing to deploy when our daughter was four, he recorded a message for her on a device that we tucked inside a teddy bear she made. This was something she treasured throughout that deployment and even still today, seven years later! There are commercial stores where one can buy the recorders and even make the teddy bears. However, the supplies also can be purchased through online retailers.Use Instant Technology!During my husband’s most recent absence we used technology that allowed me to quickly send him pictures and videos of our children. He was able to access these items in almost real time. The kids loved hearing me read back their dad’s responses to whatever funny thing they had just done.Child Directed Videos!If children are old enough, give them access to your phone or digital recording device and allow them to create a video diary for their deployed parent. Some older children can be savvy enough to produce really impressive videos!Read Together!Make use of the program United Through Reading (UTR), through which service members can create a video of themselves reading a book for their child. Find out how UTR works and how to participate today!Make Use of the Moon and Stars!For young children it can be hard to understand how far away their parent is during a deployment. Some children may feel like they are worlds or planets away! With my children, they always felt very connected to their dad when they would focus on the moon or the stars at night. When one of them was having a particularly sad night and really missing him, we would look out the window or even go outside and stare at the sky. We would talk about how bright a star looked or the shape of the moon and I would remind them that their dad was looking at the same stars and moon. It helped to shrink that distance for them and they felt more connected to him even though they couldn’t see or touch him.Celebrate!When possible celebrate holiday or birthday moments together with the deployed parent ‘present’ via online videos. Sometimes this can be done live, but at other times deployed parents can record themselves singing happy birthday to their children. ‘Snail mail’ also will do the trick in helping children connect with their deployed parents. My children really enjoyed receiving gifts and cards from their dad when he was gone. Some years he asked me to buy the kids something very specific and give it to them for Christmas — just from him. I would make a very big deal out of that gift being specifically from their dad. The kids never knew (nor asked) if I had bought it or if he had sent it but they treasured whatever it was because it was from him.This is not an exhaustive list, but rather a few simple ways you can encourage your families to remain connected despite geographical separations. What other ideas do you have? What have you recommended or seen? What has worked? What hasn’t worked? We’d love to hear from you in the comments box below!This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.last_img read more


Trinamool leader killed in Bhangar


first_imgFresh violence erupted in Bhangar in South 24 Paraganas district of West Bengal after a local Trinamool Congress leader was allegedly shot dead in the Natunhat market area on Sunday. Locals said the deceased, Ashikur Rehman was a panchayat samiti member and a close aide of former Trinamool MLA Arabul Islam. Contradictory versions were given by locals on the incident. “Trinamool goons have been gathering in the area for the last few days to foil our mega rally [against the proposed power grid in the area]. Mr. Rehman died after being hit by a stray bullet accidentally fired by a Trinamool worker,” a member of the Committee for Protection of Land, Livelihood, Ecology and Environment told The Hindu. However, a section of the residents said the incident was an “outcome of the faction feud in Trinamool.” “Armed Trinamool cadres of several factions had gathered at Natunhat and violence broke out among them,” said a resident. Bhangar has been tense for the last couple of months over the setting up of a power grid.last_img read more


Dale Steyn asks fans to respect AB de Villiers’s decision to retire


first_imgSouth African fast bowler Dale Steyn has asked the fans to respect AB de Villiers’ decision to retire from international cricket.De Villiers retired from international cricket in May this year citing unbearable pressure as the reason behind the decision.”I believe AB doesn’t deserve to get a bad rap. Even though we both made our Test debuts in 2004, him and I are in two completely different boats. He is married with children and I only have dogs. Family time is a big pull for him right now. We spend on average 220 days of the year out of the country. Its a long time to be away from your family especially when your children are growing up,” Steyn told Sport24.”The pleasing aspect is the Proteas have managed to win without him. Its nice that the circle (of talent) is getting bigger and there is hope for the future. Calling time on his international career has also given AB time to recover from a physical point of view. His back had been giving him trouble for so many years. Through sheer pride of representing South Africa he pushed on,” Steyn said.The pacer also added that he wishes to win a World Cup trophy for his side.”I would love to win a trophy for South Africa in white ball cricket. A number of cricketers who have played before me – Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and Graeme Smith are legends of the game, but weren’t fortunate enough to win an ICC event during their playing careers. I might join those names, but hopefully I will still be around in 2019 to play in the next World Cup and have a crack at winning the trophy in the UK,” Steyn saidadvertisement”However, I have got to earn my way back into the Proteas ODI team,” he added.Praising the current generation of South African bowlers, Steyn said that they are performing quite well and he would be happy to sit out of the team and watch them shine. He, however, asserted that he is still capable of making a useful contribution to the national side.”Our fast bowlers are doing quite well of late and, if they are in-form and performing, I don’t mind sitting aside and watching them shine. However, I still believe I can deliver the goods and hopefully I can represent my country for a couple more years,” Steyn said.”Hopefully I can get some white-ball games this year and put my hand up for the spot in that World Cup team next year,” he added.The pacer, who made his ODI debut in 2005, played his last one-day match against Australia in 2016.Steyn has played a total of 116 ODIs and has taken 180 wickets with an economy rate of 4.94 while in Tests, he has snared 421 wickets with an economy rate of 3.23 in 88 matches.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more


NSWTA Award Finalists Announced


first_imgThe NSWTA have released the Finalists for the NSWTA Awards. The winners will be announced and presented at the Blues Dinner held in conjuction with the NSWTA State Conference on Saturday July 26. The nominees are:- Affiliate of the Year Six regional winners and one State winner.Suns Wagga TA Kiama Juniors TA (Stingrays) Albion Park TARebelsEast’s TAUNSW TABankstown Juniors TA MetsPenrith TALower Blue Mountains TABlacktown TA ScorpionsManly TARyde Eastwood TANorth’s TA HornetsPeninsula TAParkes TAWallsend TA EaglesGlen Innes TATamworth TAInverell Juniors TA Administrator of the YearJohn Ryan East’s TAJulie Andrews Wallsend TAElijah Van Der Kwast UNSW TALinda Bruce Glen Innes TA Region of the YearSunsHornetsMets Rod Wise Medal- Volunteer of the YearKellie Johnston Wallsend TAChris Dollahenty Wagga TAGary Brickell Wollongong TA Coach of the YearAndrew Hawkins Wallsend TAPeter Forrester Canterbury TAMick McDonald Wests TAAnnette Mounsey Wollongong TA Selector of the YearCraig May Taren Point TABob Monkley Yass TAMel McMah Easts TATim Kitchingham Penrith TA Male Player of the YearJoel Willoughby Canterbury TAGary Sonda Canterbury TAJason Stanton Wests TASteve Roberts Canterbury TA Female Player of the YearKristy Judd Easts TAClare Winchester Canterbury TANola Campbell Wests TALouise Winchester Canterbury TA Junior Male Player of the YearBen Moylan Penrith TAMichael Singh Wests TANick Good Penrith TA Junior Female Player of the YearNicky Albury Wests TAAmy Regal Wollongong TAStephanie Halpin Tamworth TA Also presented on the evening will be the prestigious BLUES AWARDS for individual volunteer recognition from their peers. Tickets for the gala evening, the Blues Dinner, celebrating 40 years of Touch will be available from the office of the NSW Touch Association. Further information and updates will be posted on the NSWTA website.last_img read more