Single mother prays for miracle

first_img…as she seeks help to support her paralysed sonBy Davina RamdassWhile most children are preparing to write their end of term examinations as they eagerly await the moment when they are free from school to enjoy their summer vacation, an eight-year-old boy remains bedridden and most likely anxious to run and play the way he once did.The dashing young man before the life changing accidentLittle Matthew Zaman was a pupil of the La Bonne Intention (LBI) Primary School before he met with an accident just in front of his home, which left him paralysed from his neck down. The child has not been able to utter a word since his accident and is unable to do anything for himself; something his mother, Bibi Shanaz Khan said he always loved doing.He was struck by a minibus outside their Lot 20 Felicity, Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara home on December 18, 2017, while he was playing.The mother, who was almost brought to tears as she recalled the incident, said she was at work when she heard about her son’s tragedy and immediately rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital. She said to her horror, when she arrived there, her son was motionless.Little Matthew sustained a fractured skull which resulted in swelling in the brain, damage to his lungs and injury to his spine which hinders his mobility. At just eight years old, the child’s life has come to a drastic point where he is unable to function like a normal child his age.Breathing only with the help of tubes, due to the damage to his lungs, and feeding only through tubes as well, little Matthew has met a cruel fate. Recognising this, his mother said she quit her job as a domestic worker to care of her baby. Khan, a mother of eight, said she had no other option but to leave her job.The child’s mother said this phase of their lives has become very challenging. Matthew’s dad does not play a role in his life after his parents separated when he was just two years old, so his mother is left to grapple with all the expenses of raising her children and caring for Matthew. Khan said she has a 26-year-old daughter, who assists her.She said the driver of the minibus, who is scheduled for court, has offered help on several occasions as well.The frustrated mother said after her son’s accident, she did not know what to do and had no idea how she would have managed. While little Matthew was still hospitalised, she said she tried to take a photograph of him so that his relatives could have seen his condition, but was instructed not to by the hospital’s staffers. She said she even had to go to the Hospital’s Public Relations Officer to sign a document saying that she would not publish the child’s picture while he was hospitalised for approximately two months at the nation’s premier medical facility.After this phase, while still uncertain about who to turn to for help, the boy’s mother said she went to the Imam from a nearby Mosque who later sent someone to her home, whose heart immediately went out to her son.Members of the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana has played a critical role in giving her a voice to get assistance for her son. As a result of the help she has received from the religious organisation, she said persons have been coming to her home, calling and messaging to give whatever support they can.The distraught woman however said at this time of the year it aches her the most because her son would usually get decked out for the mosque in observance of Ramadan. “It tears my heart because sometimes I would sit down right by my window and see the little children passing going to church and it reminds me of how I used to dress him up too”. Almost in tears while still reflecting on her son’s active moments, she told Guyana Times that little Matthew used to suck his fingers and sometimes, with tears streaming down her face, she would put his fingers in his mouth just to get that glimpse of her active child again. Her son, she added, used to talk a lot and was very loving.While he was still attending school, she explained that he used to sometimes come home without his lunch bag and pencils. She admitted that he was not fond of writing, but had an impressive memory with the undoubtable ability to learn. “I remember sometimes I would tell he a phone number and then like two or three days after if I ask him he can tell me. Even at the shop, he would go and would walk all the aisles to make sure he brings exactly what I told him I wanted,” Khan revisited.The tired and emotional mother said she is unwilling to give up her fight and is hoping that the faith that she has can be enough to bring back her little boy. She said as she watches him every day, she prays for a miracle so that he can have a normal life again.She said sometimes her baby does not sleep and just out of concern, she stays awake with him to ensure that he is taken care of properly. The tubes, she said, have to be monitored, since he can become infected by them; as such little Matthew is still being monitored by the Georgetown Public Hospital and being treated with the hope of becoming active again.The child’s mother is seeking the public’s assistance as she continues the struggle to maintain her child. Persons who are desirous of donating whatever they can to the child’s mother can do so by contacting her on telephone number 659-6766.last_img read more

RCMP looking for stolen truck used in a break and enter

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP is seeking public assistance in locating a stolen truck, used in a break, enter and theft last week.The Ford F-350, bearing license plate number, 405-9KT was stolen overnight last Wednesday, from Alpha Controls. It was then seen on surveillance, at about 3 o’clock in the morning, driving through the locked gate, of the Generic Towing Compound at 9319  91st avenue.A Caucasian male then used the vehicle, to make off with a black, U-built, flat deck trailer with two-foot plywood sides. The trailer, bearing licence plate number UDR-11Y, was carrying a camouflage colored Yamaha Grizzly 700 ATV.- Advertisement -Police are taking public information assistance calls, at the 250-787-8140 or 1-800-222-8477.last_img

Handling of evacuations defended by L.A. County officials

first_img“What it will do is automatically allow us to generate calls to your land line or cell phone,” Melendez said. “It could go to your e-mail. “And it will consistently send out telephone messages to your land line and cell phone until you pick it up. It can recognize whether it goes to voice-mail or not, too.” Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Ron Haralson said the county’s current system was very effective this week. “The important thing is for residents to heed the call of the warning, whatever the means of the warning is,” Haralson said. “That’s the biggest issue.” County Chief Executive Officer Bill Fujioka said he toured the Santa Clarita area during the fires and that officials there said better communication systems are needed. “Supervisor Antonovich has asked me to hold an after-fire incident session so we can go through the lessons learned and see what we can improve,” Fujioka said. “At the shelter, evacuees had no idea what happened to their homes and property. We need to provide that communication.” In Santa Clarita, Communications Manager Gail Ortiz said the region used its Reverse 911 system to send evacuation messages to about 5,500 homes. “It worked out great,” Ortiz said. “We created a one-minute message, blasted it out and within an hour were able to get verified information from the city about their evacuation.” (213) 974-8985 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We are (evaluating the reverse 911 system) not because we feel our system failed, but because this is a more efficient way of notifying residents. But that doesn’t mean you still won’t have law enforcement officers going out and notifying people.” In San Diego County, the Reverse 911 Emergency Notification System allowed the city to send telephone notifications to thousands of homes and businesses to tell them to evacuate. An operator using the system can identify the affected neighborhoods or regions, record a message that describes the situation and automatically calls listed and unlisted phone numbers. In 2003, wildfires in San Diego claimed 16 lives. Since installing the new system recently – although the fires are still burning – officials say just six deaths are associated with the blazes. Gregory Melendez, deputy chief information officer for Los Angeles County, said the new system is expensive but will be a vast improvement over the current system. Even as San Diego County touts its use of a “Reverse 911” system to send out automated evacuation phone calls to thousands of residents, Los Angeles County relied on personal evacuation notices by hundreds of sheriff’s deputies and other officials. That’s because Los Angeles County hasn’t purchased the new system yet, although officials say requests for proposals have been issued and they are evaluating the bids. But while some are questioning why Los Angeles County hasn’t taken better advantage of new technologies, county officials are defending their handling of the evacuations. “We feel the Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Department did a tremendous job in terms of spreading the word in terms of voluntary and mandatory evacuations,” said Kathryn Leibrich, chief of staff to Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. last_img read more

Inspirational woman starting one million step trek in Donegal

first_imgLiz Lambert is about to begin a walk in Donegal tomorrow. A long one! The Canadian adventurer is planning to walk the length of Ireland – from Malin to Mizen – to raise funds for global school feeding charity Mary’s Meals. Liz and a partner Chris Howell will start off their 650km journey from Malin Head on Friday 30th August. They’ll head in the direction of Quigley’s Point and Derry on their route down to Cork.  This epic fundraiser is being held to raise money to provide meals in Habitat Primary School in Mzuzu, Malawi.Liz is used to lengthy trips. In 2018 she swam the distance from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shoreline to raise funds for the school in Malawi.She’s hoping to complete the walk in around 17 days to finish on September 15th, walking at least 10 hours a day through the Irish countryside. To prepare, she’s spent weekends walking around 30 to 50 kilometres to gain stamina. “It’s not going to be a leisurely stroll,” said Liz.“The epic trek from Malin to Mizen will take almost 1 million steps!  However, my challenges are minor compared to the kids at Habitat Primary,” she said.Mary’s Meals provides life change meals to impoverished children in some of the poorest communities in the world. It announced in August that it is now feeding an amazing 1,504,471 children every day in 2,358 schools in 18 countries around the globe. Mary’s Meals works in partnership with thousands of local volunteers to provide the meals. The average cost to feed a child with Mary’s Meals for a whole school year is just €15.60. The promise of a nutritious meal encourages children – who may otherwise be forced to work, beg or scavenge for food – to come to school and gain an education that can provide an escape route from poverty.Liz will walk through the following towns: Malin Head, Quigley’s Point, Derry, Strabane, Omagh, Enniskillen, Ballinamore, Mohill, Longford, Athlone, Birr, Nenagh, Limerick, Charleville, Millstreet, Ballingeary, Bantry, Mizen Head. If you wish to donate to Liz’s appeal, visit: woman starting one million step trek in Donegal was last modified: August 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Mary’s Mealslast_img read more


first_imgTHE Donegal Sports Partnership is organising two summer outdoor pursuit sessions for children with physical disabilities, their friends, siblings and parents.Said Thérèse Laverty, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO): “If anyone is interested in participating they need to complete the attached form and return with the appropriate payment to Donegal Sports Partnership preferably by 30th of June. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on 074 9116078.To see more and to download forms click here: Gartan Flyer and Booking Form Email: sidoactivedonegal@gmail.comWeb: www.disability.activedonegal.comSUMMER OUTDOOR PURSUITS FOR CHILDREN WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES was last modified: June 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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:gartan outdoor activities for disabled childrenlast_img read more


first_imgWhen it comes to being man’s best friend, Fly is one sheepdog who ‘delivers’!The black and white collie has been given her owner’s stamp of approval after learning how to collect the post and deliver it each morning.Fly waits patiently for the sound of the postman’s horn at her Milford home before excitedly rushing out for the mail before delivering it at owner Rodney Roulston’s feet. But the letter-loving mongrel has sacks of other tricks in her kennel.As well as collecting the mail, she also finds Rodney’s lost keys, hat and shoes, and can even manage to open and close all the doors in the house by herself.All Rodney has to do is to say the word and his loveable companion jumps to attention.And the amazing thing is that nobody ever taught her to do all the things that make her master’s life so much easier. “I don’t believe in trying to make dogs do things they don’t want to do.“They have a mind of their own and they instinctively want to help out.“I have always just suggested little things to the dog and she has eventually picked up on them,” said Rodney.The pair are never seen out of eachother’s company after she wandered into his house one day a few years back and even has her own seat at the kitchen table.“She can’t just make the tea yet but she certainly drinks plenty of it,” laughed Rodney. Electronic enthusiast Rodney has even put up You Tube videos of his loveable rogue up on the internet.He says his favourite trick is the fact that Fly can collect the letters from the postman.“I can’t really remember how that happened. But now the postman will beep his horn and she will be out like a shot to get them.“All I need to do now is to suggest to her not to take the bills when they arrive,” he laughed. Ends‘FLY’ DELIVERS FOR HER OWNER AND THIS IS NO SHAGGY DOG STORY! was last modified: August 14th, 2011 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:DOGFLYMilfordRODNEY ROULSTONlast_img read more


first_imgStarlight Music and Drama Group to reunite for One Night Only!All roads lead to Killybegs this Friday night, where the popular Starlight Music and Drama Group based in St. Catherine’s Vocational School will reunite to perform hits from some of the greatest musicals including some of the successful musicals previously performed by the group over the years.The group is well known for their successful musical productions including Teenage Hairspray, Hey Mamma, Grease, Guys & Dolls and The Boy Friend, which saw 1000s attend over the years. Oliver, another successful and memorable musical that was held in the school many years ago will also be remembered on the night.Members of the group have been involved in numerous productions in the town and beyond; where they were finalists for TV3 The Morning Show’s “Get Your glee On!” competition”, chosen to take part in an RTE series, “Stereoswipes” and winners of Our School’s Got Talent.Numerous past members of the group will be appearing on the night to recreate many memorable scenes.Doors for the production, which is for One Night Only, will open at 7.30 and admission is €8 for adults and €5 for children/students.  HEY MAMMA, LET’S GO SEE THE GUYS & DOLLS FROM STARLIGHT! was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

Support the annual RNLI flag day in Letterkenny today

first_imgThe RNLI’s Annual Flag Day will take place in Letterkenny today, Friday 4th August and your continued support would be greatly appreciated. The bucket collectors will be in the Letterkenny Shopping Centre, some supermarkets, as well as around the streets of Letterkenny.Collectors will be easily recognisable as they will be wearing a bright yellow Tabbard with Lifeboats written on them, and in return for your donation, you will receive a sticker. Today is also the Annual Flag Day in Dunfanaghy and your support there would also be welcomed.The Madge Carr Mulroy Bay Swim which takes place on Saturday 5th August has had to be changed from a morning start to a later time, due to a local bereavement.Registration will now take place at 3.30 in the Community Centre, Cranford with the Swim commencing at 5pm. The BBQ in Logues Bar later remains unchanged.Further details available by contacting Helen Carr on 086 1902506. We have all heard recently of the plight of many people in and around our coastal waters, and of the heroic work of the Lifeboat crews, so thank you in advance for your generosity.The Lifeboat crew members give their time for free, but they need training, well-maintained equipment, lifeboats and shore facilities. Your contribution will help train the Lifeboat Volunteers and you too will be a Lifesaver.Remember, Respect the Water at all times as it remains an unpredictable environment that can catch people out, especially now during the Bank holiday weekend and holiday period.Support the annual RNLI flag day in Letterkenny today was last modified: August 3rd, 2017 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:donegalflag dayletterkennyRNLIlast_img read more

“Utmost Precision” Found in DNA Repair Enzyme

first_imgThe cell has many helper enzymes that can repair DNA damage.  One such enzyme, named MutY, has been described in the Feb. 12 issue of Nature.1  Reviewer Tomas Lindahl sets the stage: “Damaged DNA must be removed with the utmost precision, as mistakes are costly.  The structure of a repair enzyme bound to its substrate provides a welcome clue to how this is achieved.”    This particular enzyme is able to recognize its particular error target, an adenine incorrectly paired to an oxidized guanine, because of “extensive and precise contacts” it makes with that specific erroneous pair.  These contacts prevent it from mistakenly removing a correct pair.  In a paper in the same issue, Fromme et al.2 describe “an ingenious way by which this specificity is achieved” through these multiple, precise contacts.    Lindahl describes how this enzyme works.  Details of the jargon are not essential for appreciating the precision of this molecular machine’s lifesaving activity:MutY belongs to a group of enzymes known as DNA glycosylases, which recognize altered bases in DNA and help to remove them.  Like other DNA glycosylases, it generates a sharp bend in the DNA at the site of the mismatch.  The new structural data provide a suitable explanation for why – as is desired – MutY doesn’t recognize and remove an adenine opposite its normal base partner, thymine (T): the extensive and precise contacts between MutY and an A•xoG pair are entirely absent in a normal AT pair.  Similarly, the enzyme’s active site does not accommodate a cytosine opposite an oxoG; for coding reasons, it is important that the oxidized base rather than the normal base is repaired in this partnership.Lindahl notes that mutations in this enzyme put humans at risk of colorectal cancer.  Other oxygen-altered bases, if not repaired, are implicated in tissue degeneration and ageing.1Tomas Lindahl, “Molecular Biology: Ensuring error-free DNA repair,” Nature 427, 598 (12 February 2004); doi:10.1038/427598a.2Fromme et al., Nature Feb 12, 2004, p. 652.How does a blind molecule do this?  Notice how specific the contacts are: some parts first allow the enzyme to contact the specific error-bound pair, and if and only if a match is found, other parts of this machine are designed to bend the DNA strand so that the bad base can be cut out.  (He didn’t go into this, but other machines are on hand to ferry in and insert the correct base.)  All these extensive and precise contacts exist because another section of DNA that codes for this enzyme contains bases that are also extensive and precise.  This underscores the principle that enzymes, to work, are not indiscriminately mutatable.  They have to be precise to work.    It also underscores the evolutionary conundrum that DNA needs repair enzymes to prevent catastrophic errors, but the repair enzymes themselves are coded by DNA.  How could a DNA strand without the error-correction mechanisms survive beyond a few copies?  Evolutionists know that accurate copying is essential to prevent “error catastrophe” yet they expect us to believe that these marvelous high-precision error-correction systems (and there are many, many parts of the DNA Damage Repair team), somehow came into being via accidents.  Give me a break.  (On second thought, don’t–broken DNA is deadly.)  Not surprising that there is no mention at all of evolution in this article.    For more on the wonder of enzymes and their precision, see our online book, Evolution: Possible or Impossible?  Though written years ago, the book’s thesis that chance is utterly incapable of producing such incredible precision of function is only amplified by discoveries like this.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

IPL 2011: Senior players protest fee cut if teams fail to end in Top 3

first_imgTop Indian cricketers, who have been part of different teams of Indian Premier League (IPL), have objected to a clause in their contract with the respective franchises that denies them 20 per cent of their fees in case their team fails to finish among the top three.Gautam Gambhir was bought by Kolkata IPL team for Rs 11.04 cr. APThe clause has been introduced for season IV. As per the rule, if the teams fail to qualify for the Champions League (top three IPL teams make it to the international league), the players would get only 80 per cent of their fees.The players of the 10 IPL teams read the newly-introduced fine print in their contracts only after the January 8-9 auction. They collectively approached Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar with their complaint last week.At the meeting, the players said that the clause was unfair, and a breach of their trust. Manohar assured them that the matter would be discussed at the IPL governing council meeting on February 4.However, the team owners insisted there was nothing unfair in the clause as the players’ payment was meant to be for both the IPL and the Champions League.The clause was part of the contract of only those players whose names figured during the auction. Uncapped players would get full payment regardless of how their teams do.last_img read more