first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESKENT DESORMEAUX, RYE, WINNER: “He is one of my favorite horses to ride, and that’s exactly why, when you’re driving a Ferrari and you press the gas, you can get to those pockets that create themselves there for a few seconds, he got in there in a couple of strides, full credit to this guy right here (Bill Money) he brought him with his eyes burning red and he just gave me a great ride.“The harrowing moment was at the quarter pole, where the horse that was second in flight in front of me (Accountability, with Joe Talamo). I wanted to go around him and just as I went to go around him he…(Accountability) went to go around the leader so I literally jumped heels there with Rye, and he did it and he didn’t clip heels but his feet hit the ground, he saw the pocket and he just dove for it.“I think it was a tremendous effort and all of the credit goes to Bill because the horse got a little sour some time ago, probably the last ride that I rode him, he just took me for a gallop. He didn’t race at all. Bill brought him back breathing fire today.”ABOUT HIS 5,999 WINS: “Thinking about it tremendously and I’ll have more to say then.”PETER EURTON, ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, SECOND: “He didn’t get away well, if he’s laying right off the horse that’s on the lead where he should have been, but if you watch the break he just kind of got caught up. I don’t know exactly what happened.“It’s all good though, he’s honest, he still wants to do it.  That’s the main thing, can’t take nothing away from the winner, they ran a respectable time.”TRAINER QUOTESWILLIAM E. MOREY, OWNER/TRAINER OF RYE, WINNER: “We turned him out and gave him some time (off) up north.  We did that last year too with him, and this year we were only able to get one prep race in him but I like the idea of getting the prep race up there on the synthetic and just keeping him happy and fresh for this race and there are a lot of horses in here that maybe weren’t quite as fresh as we were and it worked.“It worked out perfectly. I told my rider (at Golden Gate Fields) that we wanted him to finish well and that if it was safe to gallop on out and he did.  He is getting older. I’d like to spot his races wisely so I had some options but I decided to wait and really get him cranked up for this race.  This is one horse that I can say I really know pretty well and I let him tell me.”NOTES: The winning owner is the Joseph P. Morey, Jr. Revocable Trustlast_img read more

Journalists Accreditation for Rio Olympics

first_imgJournalists interested to attend the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil must be accredited and it is open until April 29, according to a Brazilian embassy official in Monrovia.A partnership between the Federal Government and the city government of Rio de Janeiro, the Media Center will assist journalists from around the world, accredited or not by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by providing work facilities, up-to-date information and a diversified agenda of events.Interested journalists must check for further information at: www.riomediacenter.com.br/en/.The Rio Media Center is the reference center for those accredited or not by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to cover the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.Meanwhile, according to Brazilian Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Luiz dos Santos, any Liberian traveling to Brazil must ensure that he has a round trip ticket, and must have purchased a ticket for at least one of the games.Journalists with credentials for the Rio Media Center will have access to vast journalistic and cultural program. The venue will host press conferences with authorities and athletes, operational briefings, presentations and workshops, movie sessions, cultural events and press tours.The two steps are as follows: register at the Rio Media Center website, and then enter the accreditation environment. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fort St. John City Budget short-fall options

first_imgCity staff and Fort St. John City Council have come up with a way to make up for the Operating Budget short-fall.The current 2009 Operating Budget has a short-fall of just under $1.3 million. The plan which will be present for formal approval on Monday, includes more money being transferred from Fair Share, money from the 2008 surplus and a cut to new city hires.Originally, under the guidance of City Manger Diane Hunter, the Council had planed to reduce the amount of money taken from the Provincial Fair Share agreement and added to the operational budget. That money is supposed to be used for capital projects. Original the City had planned to take $331,607, they now propose to take $847,465. Council still says even with this years increase, they plan on removing all Fair Share money from the Operating Budget by 2011.- Advertisement -City staff have also agree to cut a number of positions that would have expanded city staffing levels. In total just over $200,000 will be saved by not hiring six new people in various city departments. The only catch, if council approves, is staff would like to be able to fill these positions as of January 2010 and not have to wait until the 2010 budget has been approved.Council will also take $577,400 from the 2008 surplus with the remainder of the surplus being put into a new proposed budget stabilization policy.It’s important to point out even with a balanced budget, taxes rates may still need to adjusted. Council requested a review of the City’s current tax ratios, and this report will be given next week. Some property classes may see a tax rate increase, while others may see a decrease or there could be no changes at all. The report was requested in order to make the tax rates between different property classes more equitable.Advertisementlast_img read more

Saucedo changing the way they play Panther volleyball

first_img So what was it exactly about new coach Linda Saucedo that had the duo and the rest of Panthers excited about the upcoming season? “Coach was willing to do all the drills with us,” Fang said. “It wasn’t like she was sitting on the bench and telling us to practice, she was actually there practicing with us.” “I would like to have a .500 season,” she said. “I should say, we would like to have a winning season, but .500 is better than having a losing year.” Bugarin couldn’t agree more. Having played on three consecutive losing teams, the senior would like to experience just one winning season. “We haven’t won around here since 2001,” Bugarin said. “Everybody from that team is gone. It would be nice to get back to that point.” While getting back to the playoffs is important, Saucedo is well aware that her Panthers must learn how to play before they can learn how to compete. “I just decided to start all over with the team,” she said. “I have to let them know that it’s not going to be like last year around here. The girls are responsible for how they play. They have to learn how to play like a team.” Part of the instruction process was having the girls practice together. “Last year, we all practiced individually,” Fang said. “This year coach had us doing all the drills together so we can practice as a team.” While the practices have been longer and harder this year, nobody on the team seems to mind. “The practices have been like an hour longer but they seem to go faster,” Fang said. “Coach has been working on everything with us, from teaching how to play every position to learning how to communicate.” But Saucedo communicates much more to the team than instructions. The 26-year-old brings an intensity that was lacking — an intensity that only comes with winning. “Before we started the first practice, I realized that a lot of girls didn’t have much confidence,” Saucedo said. “It doesn’t make sense to me why they lost so many games. I think nobody ever told them that they were good.” But for as many pats on the back as the young coach can give her team, she realizes that confidence will come with victories. “This is such a talented group,” Saucedo said. “I know they can do better.” The Panthers first scrimmage of the season, a 27-25 loss to Montebello on Monday, put Rosemead in an unfamiliar position. “We almost won,” Bugarin said. “I know it was a scrimmage, but last year I think we only scored three points on them.” The loss also put the Panthers in another awkward position. “I think we’re starting to trust coach and trust that we can win,” Bugarin said. “I don’t think anyone thought that was possible.” 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 While the kudos sound small, Saucedo will take them as she tries to gain the trust of a veteran team that has seen other coaches come and go. “I want to get them to believe in me,” Saucedo said. “If I can get them to trust me then they will begin to trust in themselves. It’s going to be a learning process this whole year.” Part of the learning process came upon the coach’s acceptance of the job. “I guess they weren’t too used to winning,” Saucedo said of inheriting a team that had only won five matches in the last two years. “I intend to change that.” Yet, rather than making bold predictions of winning a Mission Valley League title or talking playoffs, the former Cal State Los Angeles player was more inclined to take baby steps. center_img ROSEMEAD — The arrival of a another coach was nothing new to seniors Jessica Bugarin and Connie Fang. The three-year starters from Rosemead High School’s volleyball team had practiced and trained under two other coaches in their brief tenure. last_img read more


first_img “We would sleep in the car and wouldn’t eat for a day. There were times when things were rough. It was like, ‘Man, this is a reality check,’ ” Harwell said. “Now, I’m living it up. Living on my own, in a dorm. It’s great, but back then, I look back and I didn’t know if I was going to eat one day, or sleep or shower.” Harwell said he and his brothers showered at friends’ houses, and went to the library after school to do homework because there was no light in the car at night. The state got word of the situation, and declared Ruby an unfit mother, Harwell said. According to Williams, who is 34, Ruby suffers from “mental issues.” Harwell’s father, David, lives in Fort Wayne, Ind. The older siblings were out of high school, some in college. Brigham, Brent and Byron were placed in foster care. Williams visited regularly, and planned to become their guardian. But he and his wife, Jamila, who have four kids, were raising their own family, and the resources weren’t in place to add. So Harwell went to foster care for most of seventh and eighth grades. “Foster care is not nice,” Harwell said. “From sixth grade through high school, I can name so many friends, and their parents, that helped me out. I love the Rodgers (Bill and Sheri). I played on their basketball team and every summer they took me to Palm Springs and paid for everything – clothes, food, a place to stay.” Harwell said he didn’t see his younger brothers much, but that started to change when Williams, a bank manager, gained custody of Brigham before his freshman year at Los Altos High of Hacienda Heights. The Williamses gave Harwell a structured family unit. Joe said Brigham did whatever it took to chip in. He would cut grass in the summer to earn money, and was a baby-sitter for his now 5-year-old nephew, Jeremey, who is autistic. But after two years at Los Altos, the Williamses moved into a bigger home in Chino Hills. Harwell, though, was fitting in at Los Altos, and didn’t want to transfer. That’s when a neighbor, who worked in the Hacienda Heights area, stepped in. The neighbor made the one-hour drive each day to drop off and pick up Harwell at Los Altos. Through all of this, Harwell, who said he had very little contact with his parents during high school, never was in trouble, and maintained a B average in school. “I’m so proud of him,” Williams said. “You’re not going to find a guy that is as humble as him, and as genuinely a good person. … I can’t remember having to ever tell Brigham, ‘Did you get your homework done?’ He worked so hard, and that’s why I’m so proud of him.” Harwell also turned into a tremendous football player. Conquerors coach Greg Gano said Harwell, who played defensive end, finished his career one-half sack shy of former USC standout Shaun Cody’s school record. As a senior, Harwell had 22 sacks. “We could have given the sack to get the record, but Brigham would never have taken it,” Gano said. “Everything he gets, and everything he got at Los Altos, he deserves. He’s a very loving kid. When he comes back, you don’t shake his hand, you give him a big hug.” Harwell played defensive end as a freshman at UCLA, but in the spring was asked to move to defensive tackle, a position he did not want to play coming out of high school. Although Harwell was willing to make the move, Williams stepped in and met with Bruins coach Karl Dorrell. Harwell also sought advice from several of his high school coaches, and chatted with Cody online. A transfer was contemplated, which Williams said he initiated, but Harwell, maintaining UCLA was the right place for him, stayed. He has 14 tackles for the Bruins this season, and leads UCLA’s defensive linemen with five tackles for loss. “There’s two things that attracted us to him,” Dorrell said. “One, he’s a great person. And two, for his background, for all the things that he’s had to endure, and for him to be as good a student as he was, and keep focus on being as good a football player as a student, those are things that were really, really intriguing, and special, about him. He takes a lot of pride in everything he does.” Things are falling into place for Harwell. The Williamses became guardians of younger brothers Brent and Byron, now 16 and 15, respectively. Harwell’s dad attended the Sept. 10 game against Rice. Also, after being out of contact with his mom for a while, Harwell got her phone number about a month ago, and the two talk every weekend. “She watches every game on TV, and I talk to her and let her know everything is good,” Harwell said. “My mom, she’s my hero. Even though she has problems, she cared for us really well, no matter what. … It got to a point where we got older and she couldn’t do it anymore.” Ruby is living in a hotel in Arcadia, and the family remains fond of her. “We still love our mom, but right now there’s nothing we can do,” Williams said. “Brigham says, ‘That motivates me to do something, to help my mom.’ “ But all is not perfect. Harwell said his 26-year-old brother, Daydrain, “is messed up on drugs,” and the family has been unable to locate him. “(Brigham) could have felt sorry for himself and folded it up, and he didn’t do that. He never made his family situation a deterrent,” Gano said. “Of any kid I coached, I think Brigham had the most fun on the football field. I think it was his outlet.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Growing up was not easy for Harwell, nor his family, but UCLA’s starting sophomore defensive tackle shows no signs of bitterness or resentment for what he had to overcome. He is a superb student, a star in the making on the football field, humble and quiet. But he believes he did not miss out on much growing up, and one day hopes to care for a mother deemed unfit to care for him. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I think about where I’m at now, and I can’t even describe it. It’s a long time coming,” Harwell said. “I don’t know how I made it. It’s help from family and friends. Without my brother, Joe, I believe I wouldn’t be here right now.” Harwell sprained his right ankle last Saturday against Cal, but expects to play this weekend. It is no surprise Harwell rebounded so quickly, because he has been doing it for many of his 20 years. “Sometimes I listen to the stuff he’s told me about, and I’m like, ‘Wow, I’d be crying like a little girl,’ ” said UCLA defensive tackle Kenneth Lombard, one of Harwell’s best friends. “What I admire about him is, he doesn’t complain about those things. One thing you never hear from Brigham, and I mean never, is ‘Woe is me.’ “ It was difficult, Harwell recalls, because his parents divorced when he was in the fourth grade. He has six brothers and two sisters, and remembers his mother, Ruby, exhausting every option to provide for the family. But the expenses became too high, the burden too expansive. Harwell said by the time he was in sixth grade, his mom couldn’t afford to pay the rent, so Brigham, younger brothers Brent and Byron, and his mom began living in the car. center_img The family car was cramped, but Brigham Harwell, his two younger brothers and his mom called it home for a bit. Later, the foster home provided shelter and food, but being detached from his family caused mental anguish for Harwell until his older brother, Joe Williams, stepped in and became his legal guardian. last_img read more

48th International Pan Celtic Festival to return this month to Letterkenny

first_imgLetterkenny is set to be the centre of Celtic music, song, language and dance later this month as the 48th International Pan Celtic Festival gets underway.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill and Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr Ian McGarvey jointly unveiled this year’s festival programme at an event earlier today in An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny.The festival which will take place from 23rd to 28th April will bring together the Celtic nations of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man for what promises to be another unique celebration of the Celtic culture bearing witness to majestic displays of Celtic dancing, pipe band performances, choral performances and even Celtic rock and pop music in all of the Celtic languages. The festival programme sets out details on what’s on over the course of the festival. There will be many highlights during the week but one of the most colourful will be the carnival street parade in Letterkenny on Friday 26 April.Other highlights include the concert showcase from the Celtic countries during the official opening in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Tuesday 23 April, the International Song Contest in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday 25 April and the Choral Concert in An Grianan Theatre on Friday 26 April.Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill believes that the International Pan Celtic Festival is a great opportunity to experience our rich Celtic history and is encouraging visitors to call Letterkenny home for the week of the festival.“We value a time to pause and focus on the small comforts afforded by good music, language, good friends and good times. In so doing, we strengthen the threads which connect us in this wonderful tapestry of six Celtic Nations.” Cllr. Ian McGarvey acknowledged that great programme of events planned for Letterkenny during the week saying “great work has been done both by the Council and by many other cultural organisations in organising this festival. They have laid out a programme that will keep us all entertained and busy over the days of the festival.”Cathaoirleach of Comhairle Idirnáisiúnta Pan-Cheilteach Máirín Nic Dhonnchadha is looking forward to returning to Letterkenny saying “it is with great joy and enthusiasm that the Pan Celtic delegations from Alba, Breizh, Cymru, Éirinn, Mannin and Kernow return to Leitir Ceanainn to celebrate the 48th International Pan Celtic Festival while the highlights of last year’s festival are still fresh in our minds. We look forward to this trip to reconnecting with friends, creating new cultural experiences and renewing our commitment to our shared Celtic heritage”.Pick up a copy of the festival programme in many outlets in Letterkenny including the Tourist Information Office, An Grianan Theatre, Council Office and the library. It is also available online at www.panceltic.ie48th International Pan Celtic Festival to return this month to Letterkenny was last modified: April 7th, 2019 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:letterkennyPan Celtic Festivallast_img read more

Wuiyepo Women 100 Pcs / lot Candy Color Ribbon Ponytail Holder Elastic Band / Hair Ties Girl Hair Accessories : It’s true you get this amount for that price.

first_img Good quality and beautiful colours. It’s true you get this amount for that price. . Unbelievable amount for the price. It’s true you really do get this amount for that price. Pros:large variety of colours within the bandslots of themcolourfuldon’t snag the hairelasticity is goodcons:slightly different sized loopsmessy ends that stick out when hair is put upcurl upif used on wet hair they remain wet for a long time. Fast service, great selection of colours. Super value for money, these will keep me going for a while even with my daughter helping herself to them. These are great, especially if you have a habit of losing hairbands, there are so many. My package had a great assortment of colours and the hair ties all work great. Great price and great mixture of colours. These are absolutely brilliant. I’m in love , really worth the money and every one at school wants one , they’re really popular now. Great value for money, very happy. . I used to shell out lots of money for an identical product from a brand sounding similar to shmopband. These are the same quality and are sooooo much cheaper. They come in at 6p per band instead of the other ones at £1. The sellers must have listened to customer feedback because the colour selection i got was excellent and very close to the advertised image (see photo attached). They are pretty colours as well, intense and bright. Sure there are some i’m not too keen on but that was to be expected. The only negative i can think of is that the edges are cut a bit roughly, but if i really wanted to i could redo that myself. I wish they came in black too but i love all the colours i got. The selection i received did not include all the colours on the picture, i got a lot of each colour but only about 6 different ones. The product is what i expected and i think the price is super for what you get. Buy these and not “goodies”. I got a great assortment of colours and they are just as high quality as name brands you buy at an extortionate price in beauty shops / pharmacies. No problem here and i will definitely be ordering more when needed. Great variety and good quality. I didn’t get the full colour selection like in the picture but can’t complain at that price. A little bit smaller than the more expensive versions i’ve had in the past. I didn’t get the full colour selection like in the picture but can’t complain at that price. Great big bag of all different colours great value. Great value for money, very happy.Buy these and not “goodies”Great value for priceIt’s true you get this amount for that price.Great value hair tiesI didn’t get the full colour selection like in the picture but can’t complain at that priceWuiyepo Women 100 Pcs / lot Candy Color Ribbon Ponytail Holder Elastic Band / Hair Ties Girl Hair Accessories▤Gentle on your hair these no crease hair ties don’t pull and dent your hair like the traditional ponytail holders.▤You can also wear these hair accessories as bracelets or anklets.▤Material : Elastic Fabric(Elastic)▤100pcs / lot,mixing, candy-colored▤Can fight DIY bow,Adjust the length of the hair band.last_img read more

Intersect 2.0 — Geocache of the Week

first_imgLocation:Western Cape, South AfricaS 34° 11.630 E 018° 26.196 Difficulty:2.5Terrain:1.5 Multi-CacheGC548HPby family Behrens the perfect cache?A multi-cache that leads you to a semi-secret spot in an old library rife with history, at which the first stage is an adorably disguised puzzle and the final is a hand-crafted tech-themed gadget cache with storage for as many trackable as one could ever need and a low chance of being muggled. Sound unreal?It’s very real. In fact, it’s Geocache of the Week!Near stage 1 of Intersect 2.0Located inside a library in a city outside of Cape Town, South Africa, “Intersect 2.0” is the epitome of a fun gadget multi-cache. The geocache was crafted by family Behrens and blends history with technology. Just as the Cache Owner was inspired to design this cache by another he’d previously found, finders of GC548HP are likely to come away with the itch to build their own super-cool gadget cache.Stage 1Visitors to the brick-walled reading garden of the Simon’s Town Library will find a quiet and picturesque place to read in solitude—or so they think.Tucked discretely in a corner of the garden is a gnome pulling a cart full of pebbles…also known as stage one. The geocacher who spots the gnome will discover within a few seconds that his cart bears a load much more exciting than stones.A gnome wearily bears the burden of stage 1Contained within the cart are all the tools the geocacher will need to discover the code for stage two of the cache…but it won’t be easy. Inside the lock-n-lock is a block containing a series of wires. Touching the correct two wires together turns on a light on the block, indicating the correct code for stage two. Geocachers beware! Touching the wrong two wires together more than six times will lead to significant frustration.The contents of the gnome’s cartStage 2 (Final)The final is inside of the Simon’s Town Library with permission from the library. The top drawer of the cupboard (which, by the way, was built by the cache owner by hand) can be unlocked using the code from Stage 1.Inside is a working laptop with a set of detailed instructions explaining what the geocacher needs to do in order to unlock the code for the next drawer.The final puzzle of Intersect 2.0Finally, the second drawer can be opened and its contents revealed. In addition to a shelf dedicated to swag and special hangers for trackables, there’s a second laptop. But, mysteriously, no logbook yet. The cacher will need to do a bit of exploring to find the logbook itself.The final – completely openAs far as maintaining this cache goes, the Cache Owner says that’s the easy part: “The only maintenance I have done is to replace the batteries in the cache. […] The fact that the cache is placed in a secure location and well locked up helps. I think as far as maintenance goes this one has been my easiest cache to maintain.”At 43 favorite points, this cache has a 100% favorite point ratio—in other words, every Premium member who has visited this cache has awarded it a favorite point!Words from the Cache Owner:I would like to say a big thank you to the geocaching community for making our life full of smiles. Since we started geocaching life has become fun and as a family we love caching and getting out there finding caches and new experiences, that without geocaching we would not have done.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedJanuary’s Geocacher of the MonthFebruary 27, 2015In “Community”Line of Sight — In the Distance (GC4JZTK) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 19, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”The British Library — Geocache of the WeekJune 28, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

We can talk, but can we communicate?

first_imgby Joyce Serido, PhD, MBAA practitioner walks up to a researcher at a conference and says, “How can I use your research in my practice?”As a financial behavior researcher, I am excited to teach people about the new and interesting findings in my field. Many practitioners, and most people, are less enthusiastic – I can tell from the blank stares and glazed expressions I get when I talk about my research. My spouse is more direct. “Why do I care about this”? “What does it mean for me”? “How can I use this information”? To be fair, I respond the same way when he talks about healthcare.It isn’t because we think the information has no value to us. After all both topics are important everyday issues for most people. And it isn’t because we don’t appreciate the other’s expertise. We have different ways of looking at the issue and using the information. That’s the communication barrier.But my research has a direct bearing on the work of practitioners. And I see value in bridging the research-practice gap. Yet our perspectives about financial behavior differ in three key ways:First, practitioners want to know what works; researchers want to know    why things work. Second, practitioners want information that will help them serve their clients; researchers want to discover new knowledge. Third, practitioners want to know how to apply the information; researchers offer general implications for practice.How can I, and other researchers, communicate our findings in ways that are useful to practitioners?Many of the journals where we publish our research now require implications for practice. Unless researchers collaborate with practitioners, or have practiced, the implications are often vague. If you look at the AFCPE® How to Read Research Articles | Worksheet, the last step directs the practitioner to translate research implications into tools they can use in their practice. Unless you collaborate with researchers, or have conducted research yourself, I am guessing that this is a high hurdle to clear.The point is, neither practitioners nor researchers working independently can bridge the gap. And it doesn’t require every researcher and practitioner to collaborate. But we have to start the conversation.A practitioner walks up to a researcher at a conference and says, “I want to work with you to translate your research into tools I can use”…. Dr. Joyce Serido, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.Dr. Serido studies financial behavior at the intersection of family and personal well-being. She received a PhD in family studies and human development from the University of Arizona and an MBA in finance from Seton Hall University. She is the principal investigator of Arizona Pathways to Life Success for University Students (APLUS), a longitudinal study of young adults and their finances. As an Extension Specialist and AFCPE® board member liaison for the Bridging the Gap Working Group, she works with educators and practitioners to develop materials on the connections between finances and young adult well-being.last_img read more

25 CRPF men killed in Maoist attack

first_imgIn one of the deadliest attacks on security forces, Maoists killed 25 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and injured seven in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh on Monday. In retaliatory fire, 10 to 12 Maoists were shot dead.The attack took place when a team of around 100 men, belonging to the 74th battalion of the CRPF, based at the Burkapal camp on the Dornapal-Jagargunda road in south Sukma, was out to provide protection for road construction work in the area.According to the Anti-Naxal Operations unit of the Chhattisgarh police, the Maoists ambushed the CRPF team at about 12.55 p.m. near Burkapal.“Firing lasted about three hours but the seven injured jawans were rescued using a bullet proof vehicle when the firing was going on,” said Chhattisgarh’s Director General of Police A.N. Upadhyay.Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, who was in New Delhi, immediately rushed back to Raipur and convened an emergency meeting of his Cabinet.Jawan Sheikh Mohammad, injured in the attack, told reporters in Raipur that over 300 Maoists, including some dressed in “black uniform” were involved in the attack.According to him, the Maoists first sent some local villagers to check the location of the CRPF team.“Our unit was on road construction duty. Many villagers were also carrying weapons and women Maoists were also present,” Mr. Sheikh said.“They were carrying automatic weapons such as AK-47, SLR, and INSAS but we returned fire,”he said.Mr. Sheikh, who was injured in the legs, claimed that 10 to 12 Maoists were killed in the CRPF retaliation, a claim backed by Mr. Upadhyay and the Chief Minister.“I shot dead three Maoists,”  he said.A challenge: RajnathHome Minister Rajnath Singh said the government had taken the attack as a “challenge” and described the incident as “sad and unfortunate.”This is the second Maoist attack in the last 50 days in Sukma. Twelve CRPF men were killed in March this year near Bhejji village.The site of Monday’s attack is hardly a few km from Tadmetla, a village where the Maoists had killed 76 CRPF men in 2010.This area has repeatedly witnessed heavy casualties on the part of the CRPF since 2009.Monday’s attack was led by Hidma, head of PLGA Battalion 1. The battalion is said to be one of the deadliest armed cadre of the Maoists and during the ambush they carried sophisticated weapons. The group also included many women cadre, an official said.Hidma is also said to be involved in the Tadmetla attack. On Monday, the CRPF jawans were attacked when they had gone to secure a patch of under-construction road. The jawans, who were more than 90 in number, came under heavy fire from Maoists who had taken position in the thick forests.An official said the modus operandi was similar to the March 11 incident, when CRPF jawans who had gone to secure a road-construction party were ambushed.Another official said that several attempts in the past to catch Hidma have yielded no result.“He always moves around with a large number of men, more than 100 armed cadres and the proximity to the Andhra Pradesh-Orissa border has always helped them escape the radar of the security agencies,” said the official.The CRPF said that it took them more than five hours to locate the bodies of the jawans as the encounter took place in thick forested area. While 11 bodies were retrieved at the scene of encounter, 12 were found after an intense combing operation.An official said that so far they had not located the body of any killed Maoist cadre.(With inputs from Vijaita Singh)last_img read more