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Father of 9 Month-old Flees after Being Accused of Rape

first_imgSusan Kamara, who gave birth to her only child at the young age of 15, is committing the most hardhearted act: she is refusing to take care of her baby.Susan says she is unaware where the father of her 9-month-old son is and that’s because he was driven away when Susan’s pregnancy came to light.“My community ran his father away because they said he had raped me, but since he left, the same community people have turned their backs on me and this baby,” she added.Never acknowledging the child by name, nor holding him when he is in need of care, Susan says it’s not her duty to care for a child whose father has been chased away.“I don’t have any feeling for the child, at least not now. When I was pregnant with him, I did a lot of singing to him because I liked him deeply then. I guess now I realize that life is hard already and now I have to take care of a child too,” she added.According to relatives living in the yard, whenever Susan’s child Anthony moans with hunger and is given food by family members, Susan throws a fit of anger.“She doesn’t want anyone helping her with this baby and it’s sorrowful. Everyday we all want to take the child and hide him from his mother, but Susan can’t give us a chance,” lamented Ma Dabbah, the child’s aunt.Our reporter saw Anthony sitting stiffly on the ground in silence in front of an apparently empty house. He seemed hungry. When asked where the child spends his entire day, his mother says he sits on the ground in the same spot everyday, crying.“He was a sickly child and is unable to crawl or anything like that now. Plus, I took him off breast milk when he was 5 months old. I just don’t want to waste my time. I already told my people they can have the baby, but they shouldn’t carry him away.  He should always be where I can see him,” Susan added.Dressed in a skirt that was too small and wearing a shirt that exposed her breast cleavage, Susan says she knows that she is not a good mother because she’s not ready to take care of children.“For now, I have no (other) children.  I’m only letting him stay here because I know maybe one day his father will come back and he needs to know that his son is still alive. I don’t care what people are saying behind me, but none of them are helping me.  So, let the boy sit down there. He’ll be able to walk away one day,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Troyer Toy Drive Photos- Day 2

first_imgThe Under 12 Soccer Team all got together to donate toys to the Troyer Toy Drive located at the Totem Mall.                                                                                                        Picture: Amber DavyAll the kids from the Under 12 Soccer Team help to fill up Santa’s sleigh with unwrapped toys. All of the donated toys will go to the Salvation Army.                                                        Picture: Amber DavyCapt. Isobel Lippers stands between Bruce Lantz and Chris from City Hall. The City of Fort St. John donated over 350 bags of gifts as well as a check for $1400 to the Troyer Toy Drive.                                                                                                               Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement –By the end of the day, Santa’s sleigh is absolutley packed with donated gifts. Thank you to everyone who has generously donated to the Troyer Toy Drive.                     Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

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Gulevich wins another science prize

first_imgBy staff Fort St. John’s Kimberly Gulevich has won another major award, for her scientific research.- Advertisement -The grade 12 student at North Peace Secondary School has won the Ontario Science Centre’s 2010 Weston Youth Innovation Award, for using science and techonology to create solutions to real-world problems.Gulevich’s winning project, entitled “Got Gas?” explored the use of methane capture as a way to provide energy to small rural households that use sewage lagoons. She reportedly discovered that methane capture is a viable technology, but would be better suited to larger municipal and agricultural sewage lagoons.She will officially receive her national award at a ceremony at the Ontario Science Centre on Friday.As well as earning a $2,000 prize, Gulevich will be congratulated by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. She will then work with a multimedia team to create a short animation showcasing her project, which will be displayed at the Weston Family Innovation Centre, in Toronto.Advertisement Gulevich’s project earned acclaim at the recent Peace Region Science Fair, and will also be showcased at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair from May 9 – 15 in San Jose, California.last_img read more

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Things To Do

first_imgTesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Fun in the Sun Chili Cook-off will honor the Law Enforcement Torch Run and benefit local Special Olympics, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at Jack Bones Equestrian Center at pitchess Detention Center, 29310 The Old Road, Castaic. Admission: $5 adults, $3 children. Call Stephanie Wilke at (661) 295-8812. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “Beauty and the Beast” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be presented by the Santa Clarita Ballet, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 251-6844 for tickets. Raising the Bar gymnastics spectacular, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Waller’s GymJam Academy, 26515 Ruether Ave., Canyon Country. Tickets: $15-$25. Call (661) 251-3390. Crazy Hat & Crazy Shirt Bingo Night for individuals with disabilities, 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Lifestyle Enrichment Center, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia. Call (661) 702-8555. By the Light of the Silvery Moon hike, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Wendy Langhans at (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Live Bird of Prey presentation, 11 a.m. today at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. “Wartime Romance” will be presented, 2 and 7 p.m. today at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in Room 120 at City Hall. Call (661) 251-7870 or visit “Arsenic and Old Lace” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 2 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Don’t Dress For Dinner” will be presented, 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 17 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. “The World of Beauty and the Beast” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through July 2 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. Reverend Bill & the Soul Believers will perform, 7-9:30 Friday at the Jazz & Blues Concert Series on Town Center Drive adjacent to the Hyatt in Valencia. Call Barbara Myler at (661) 290-2911. Moonlight hike, 8 p.m. Friday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. last_img read more

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Honors for essay contest winners

first_imgARTESIA – After reading “Heart of a Champion,” the autobiography of figure-skating standout Michelle Kwan, 15-year- old Jacqueline Ho was inspired to write an essay. That essay earned first- place honors for the Fountain Valley resident at the high school level of “The Pursuit of Excellence” essay and drawing contest, which drew more than 1,400 entries and was presented by the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group and Sing Tao Daily. Ho, along with the other top finishers, had the chance to meet Kwan, who participated in the contest’s awards presentation Sunday at the East West Ice Palace in Artesia. “I’m very excited,” said Ho after receiving her accolades and then having Kwan autograph her book. “I’m a big fan of hers. I got my inspiration from her.” “That was cool,” Jong said. “I’m honored to be part of this,” Kwan said. “When I first heard about it, I loved the concept because the pursuit of excellence has been with me all my life. “I truly feel this contest will make a difference in so many young people’s lives.” Other top finishers Sunday were high school students Brittany Angarola (second) and Harrison Liu (third); middle school students Jenny Zheng (second) and Mercedes Lakatos (third) and Kelsey Lee (second) and Ariel Lu (third) at the elementary level. “We generated over 1,400 entries and the quality was phenomenal,” said Ron L. Wood, group publisher for the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group. “If there were any concerns about the next generation, all one has to do is take a look at these entries and see that we’re in good shape.” Peter Ho, general manager for Sing Tao Daily, congratulated the winners and their parents. He added that trying was fundamental to success. Dominic Ng, chairman and chief executive officer of East West Bank, said this competition counters the negativity about youths that’s out there. “This puts a focus on the positive that young kids can accomplish,” he said. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2110160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Middle and high school participants wrote essays with the theme “The Pursuit of Excellence.” Elementary school students created an illustration themed, “What I want to be when I grow up.” East West Bank, title sponsor of the contest, awarded cash prizes totaling $10,000 to the top three at each level. Other winners were Debbie Jong at the middle school level and Vicky Wu in the elementary division. “I didn’t expect to win because I didn’t think my essay was good enough,” said Jong, 13, who attends Dana Middle School in Arcadia. “I got the call and I was shocked and very happy.” Her thoughts on meeting Kwan, the nine-time U.S. figure skating champion, five-time world champion and three-time Olympian? last_img read more

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The Startup Toolkit: A Canvas For You to Sketch Your Business Framework

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#tips When Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey spoke at the 99% Conference in April, he shared some tips that he found key to the successful development of his own business ideas. One of Dorsey’s suggestions was to “draw it out” – to commit your ideas to paper well before you start to worry about committing those ideas to code.This impulse to “draw it out” lies behind the Startup Toolkit, a project started by Rob Fitzpatrick. The Startup Toolkit is an web-based collaboration tool, where founders can write, revise, and share their business plans and ideas.Worksheets for StartupsThe Startup Toolkit is based on the worksheets that fill Steve Blank‘s book The Four Steps to Epiphany. A proponent of Blank’s ideas, Fitzpatrick found that as he worked through these worksheets, it was sometimes difficult to track and revise information. He says, “Going through his documentation process was eye opening, but I found it very difficult to keep the documents updated. I mean, there are nearly 50 pages of them. And when you’re learning fast and changing beliefs all over the place, it’s hard to stay on top of the implications of those changes for your business.”Visualizing Your Business HypothesesThe Startup Toolkit then takes these worksheet questions and answers and arranges them in a spatial canvas. This method provides both an overview and a visualization for progress. Snapshots of the canvas can be saved, and there’s an offline PDF version as well.“As founders, we get stuck in the day-to-day details and lose sight of the big picture,” says Fitzpatrick. “My core belief for the product is that by writing down your business hypotheses (or leaps of faith or risks or whatever you call them), you focus yourself on the correct questions, which is how to validate the big mysteries as quickly and cheaply as possible. That with just that tiny touch of scaffolding, we can make smarter decisions and be more successful.”Fitzpatrick hopes that the toolkit will help translate dense business texts into an accessible format, so that startup teams can work through some of these frameworks together and can easily report on their progress to investors. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Get 9 Hours of DSLR Battery Life for Less than $100

first_imgExpand your DSLR battery life to over 9 hours with this awesome trick.Athough DSLRSs were not initially created to shoot video, over the last decade they’ve slowly become go-to cameras for low to medium budget film productions. But the small DSLR batteries run out of juice incredibly fast. The quick and easy fix to this is to buy a bunch of cheap knockoff batteries off the Internet, but these batteries often fail and bring about many headaches on set.We might have found a solution, Chris Winter of has created a video that shows his quick fix that allows users to get over 9 hours of continual shooting. The basics are buying an external 10000 mAh battery and a dummy battery from Amazon. Once you plug in the dummy battery into your camera you can use the larger external battery to power the camera. He also suggests using a cheese-plate so you can mount it to the hot shoe on the top of the camera.We haven’t tried this solution ourselves but it seems like it is a viable way to expand your battery life without having to use an overly complicated rig.Where to BuyYou can buy the external battery, the dummy battery and the cheese-plate from Amazon. We also highly recommend buying some velcro while you are there, not only to attach to the battery to the cheese-plate but also as a useful tool on set. This solution works for both Canon and Nikon cameras.Have any other mods that expand battery life? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Chemists can now be fined

first_imgThe Maharashtra Cabinet on Tuesday cleared the amendment to the Drug and Cosmetic Act, 1940 by giving officials the right to fine drug manufacturers, chemists, blood banks and certified pathological laboratories.The State has 76,800 chemist shops and over 4,000 manufacturing units. Since the officials had no power to fine till date, any violation of the rule, even minor ones, has led to suspension or cancellation of the licence. In case of serious violations, the matter is taken to court.“Administrative action on the one hand as well as judicial action increase the number of pending cases. As a result of the lack of human resource, the time taken to reach a conclusion increases manifold,” said an official. A total of 6,000 cases of appeal against the administrative action are pending with the government while 2,200 cases are pending in the courts. “Due to this prolonged process, the violators are left with no action. As a result, the State government has decided to introduce a fine on violators,” said the official from the State Food and Drug Administration department. As per the rules framed in 1945, the licensing authority only had the power to suspend or cancel the licence and not impose a fine. Tuesday’s amendment will ensure officials can do so. The violations where a fine can be imposed include, not showcasing the licence; no mention of ‘chemist & druggist’ or ‘drug store’; not informing the licensing authority regarding change in the authorised pharmacist; not discarding expired medicines, etc. For manufacturers, the violations include inadequate information about the manufacturing process; not following the approved plan regarding raw material; not informing the licensing officer about a change in capable technicians; changing the certified work culture; changing the validation process and changing responsibilities.“Giving the authority to fine will lead to a decrease in the number of pending cases. The cases will not go on in courts for years and action will be taken against the violators. It will also reduce the burden on the administration,” said the official.last_img read more

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Moto E5 set to launch in India soon: Specs, features and expected price

first_imgWhile Motorola hasn’t confirmed it yet, Amazon India has listed the Moto E5, suggesting that the phone is next in line to launch in India. The Moto E5 will come following the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play that was launched in India earlier this month. The 5th generation Moto E5 was launched in Brazil back in April alongside the Moto E5 Play and Moto E5 Plus. While the Moto E5 was spotted on Amazon India, we did not find any mention of the Moto E5 Plus or E5 Play, so it looks like Motorola is keeping them for a later date. As is the case with past Moto E phones, the Moto E5 is also expected to come with a budget price tag.The Moto E5 brings some basic hardware specs but what makes it stand out from the crowd is its design. Motorola is making sure its 2018 phone look and feel like they belong in 2018, which means like the Moto G6, the Moto E5 also gets rid of those chunky bezels of old to fit in a large full-screen display. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming Moto E5.Moto E5 specs and key featuresUnlike past Moto E phones, the Moto E5 brings an 18:9 display with narrow bezels all around. The handset sports a 5.7-inch HD+ (720×1440) Max Vision display and is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The memory variant will be paired with 16GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. There is no word yet on whether the company plans to offer a higher configuration.advertisementThe other big highlight apart from the 18:9 display is that the Moto E5 houses a 4,000mAh battery, which should be big enough to carry you through the day and then some. Motorola will bundle a 10W fast charger with the phone that should juice up the phone quickly. The device will also run Android 8.0 Oreo when it ships to consumers.On the back of the Moto E5, you’ll notice a dial-like circular camera setup that looks similar to the Moto X4 and the recent Moto G6. This setup houses a single 13-megapixel sensor with an LED flash just below. Up front, the phone bears a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture. Motorola has also embedded a fingerprint sensor within the Moto logo on the back.Additionally, the Moto E5 comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and support for 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC, among others. You can also expect some Motorola-specific features such as Moto Actions and Moto Display.Moto E5 price in IndiaAccording to the Amazon India listing, the Moto E5 will be priced at Rs 10,990. This seems about right since the phone has been launched outside at 149 euros (approx Rs 11,850). Since the dual-SIM smartphone is expected to slot below the Moto G6, which starts at Rs 13,999 in India.That being said, competition is tough right now with Xiaomi’s latest Redmi phone being priced extremely competitively, which means Motorola will need to price the Moto E5 right if it wants a fighting chance. Given the budget specs of the Moto E5, a pricing under Rs 10,000 will be more ideal than anything over the benchmark. To recall, Motorola launched the Moto E4 last year starting at Rs 8,999.ALSO READ: Moto E5 is coming soon to India, suggests Amazon India listinglast_img read more

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