Facing former coach just another game for Melecio, Baltazar

first_imgDe La Salle head coach Louie Gonzales was quick to shrug off any potential storyline when his team faced Aldin Ayo for the first time after the muscular tactician’s transfer to University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT Gonzales said facing Ayo, who was the Green Archers’ head coach from 2016 until 2017, was just another day in the office for him and that he approached the game like he would against any other team in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.“If it’s Aldin or any other coach I will treat it the same way I approached the other games, and that is to compete,” said Gonzales in Filipino after their 99-72 win over UST Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: UAAP: La Salle destroys UST in first game against Ayo Gonzales players’ also seemed to have followed up on their coach’s sentiments. MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “I think I just wanted to show coach Aldin how much I’ve improved and my coaches had a good game plan today,” said Baltazar. “My teammates just continued to give me the ball in the post.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aljun Melecio, who was an integral part of Ayo’s 2016 title-winning Green Archers, said they didn’t talk about anything related to their former head coach rather they went into the game just trying to win.“It’s not really about playing against coach Aldin rather bouncing back after our loss to UP [University of the Philippines,” said Melecio, whose team lost to the Fighting Maroons 67-61, in Filipino.READ: ‘Coaching is like politics’: No exchange of pleasantries between Ayo, GonzalesMelecio had 19 points and eight rebounds against the Growling Tigers but it was the soft-spoken Justine Baltazar who did the most damage with 22 points, a career-high, and 10 boards.Baltazar was a rarely-used center during Ayo’s La Sallian tenure with the lanky 6-foot-7 big man playing behind two-time MVP Ben Mbala.ADVERTISEMENT Travis gets shoutout from ‘brother’ LeBron after big game for Magnolia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

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Top Cop tells Essequibo Coast about reformation plans

first_imgPolice Commissioner, Leslie James, continued his country-wide Divisional tour, this time heading to the ‘Cinderlla County’ of Essequibo which falls under ‘G’ Division (Essequibo Coast & Islands).The Top Cop was accompanied by his four Deputy Commissioners on Wednesday as they carried out a Notified Inspection at the Anna Regina Police Station.The visit to the Division by such high ranking Officers is being viewed as historic, since the last time a Police Commissioner visited on inspection, was in 2013.Commissioner James was welcomed by Divisional Commander, Superintendent Khalil Pareshram, at Supenaam and convoyed to Anna Regina, where the Top Cop inspected a smartly turned-out parade comprised of several units including Scouts, Neighborhood Police and Police Recruits from the Richard Faikal PoliceCommissioner Leslie James, his four Deputies and Divisional Commander Khalil Pareshram along with the five ranks who were promotedCollege.Very much impressed with the turnout and bearings, Commissioner James promoted five ranks on-the-spot and recognized three very junior ranks on their deportment.These promoted were: Corporal 21937 Jason McAlmont of the Richard Faikal Police College, who was elevated to Sergeant; Detective Corporal 17221 Benet Felix of Anna Regina Station to Sergeant; Constable 23100 Shemar Doris of Anna Regina Police Station Traffic Department to Lance Corporal; Woman Special Constable 13649I Indranie Phillips of the Commander ‘s Registry to Lance Corporal, and Constable 23167 Andwell McDonald of Charity Police Station Taffic Department to Lance Corporal.During his address to a sizable turnout, including representatives of civil society, the Commissioner highlighted among others, the reformation plan for the Police Force as outlined during his previous visits to the other six Policing Divisions.During the interaction session, issues and concerns raised by those in attendance were assured of being addressed without delay.last_img read more

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Chaffey, SBVC teams ready for playoff runs

first_imgBut the Panthers have some momentum after upsetting Antelope Valley on Saturday. “It was that big win you want to give you some momentum going into the playoffs,” Chaffey coach Gary Plunkett said. “They had beaten us by 23 at their place and we were down by 19 in the first half on Saturday. It was a great win over a team that has been the powerhouse in our conference forever.” All the other local teams will play on Saturday. The SBVC women (19-9) will have to travel to Orange Empire champion Orange Coast (28-3). On the men’s side, both Foothill Conference champion SBVC (26-6) and runner-up Chaffey (28-6) will host play-in winners at 7 p.m. on Saturday with No. 4 seed Chaffey entertaining the winner of Wednesday’s Compton (19-9)/Palomar (17-12) matchup and No. 3 SBVC taking on the winner of the Citrus/Cuesta contest. For Plunkett and SBVC counterpart Sue Crebbin, the season has been a success no matter how far their teams go. Both were hired late in the summer of 2005, giving them no chance to recruit that year. Chaffey went 7-22 while Valley, which posted a 2-21 record the previous year, went 4-23. So both have tripled their win total. “We’re finally playing with some confidence. To get this far is rewarding when you look at where we started,” Crebbin said. “This will be a tough game because they score a lot, but we have shut other teams down before.” The way the draw falls, both SBVC and Chaffey could make the eight-team men’s draw for the state tournament which will be held at Selland Arena in Fresno next month. SBVC has won eight straight games and looked to be a strong candidate for the No. 2 seed awarded to traditional power Ventura (24-6) which has lost its last two games. SBVC interim coach Gerry Wright thought his team deserved the No. 2 seed. A more impartial authority, Chaffey coach Jeff Klein, agreed. But the Wolverines aren’t dwelling on that. “I thought we deserved it. But we’re just going to go out and play whoever shows up,” said Wright, recently selected the Foothill Conference’s Coach of the Year. No. 14 Citrus would seem to be favored over No. 19 Cuesta which would set up an interesting rematch with the Wolverines. SBVC lost to Citrus in December at the Riverside tournament but that was in the midst of some turmoil with previous coach Derick Pugh dismissed just as the team was leaving for that game. Chaffey rebounded from Wednesday’s loss to SBVC with an impressive win over Antelope on Saturday. The Panthers are 9-0 at home and could have two playoff home games. “We took that game at Antelope as a true playoff game because that helped us come away with a very solid seeding,” Klein said. “That was a positive way for us to end the regular season.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The first to take the court will be the No. 16 seed Chaffey women (21-9) who will host Pacific Coast Conference champion Imperial Valley (19-11), the No. 17 seed, on Wednesday. Chaffey might have avoided a play-in game had Los Angeles Pierce not forfeited 15 games, a factor that wreaked havoc with the RPI of school’s on its schedule including Chaffey. center_img For the men’s basketball teams of Chaffey and San Bernardino Valley College, playoff appearances are nothing new. But this year those perennial powers will be joined by their women’s teams, both of whom have had breakthrough seasons. Playoff pairings for the Southern California Regionals were announced Monday. Defending state champion Mt. SAC (32-1) heads the women’s field while Citrus (20-12) is also in on the men’s side. last_img read more

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Ballon d’Or: Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City stars on shortlist but Gareth Bale the only Briton

first_imgGareth Bale is the only British player included in FIFA’s 23-man Ballon d’Or shortlist for the third successive year.The Welshman is one of 11 players from Spain’s Primera Division to make the list, with the Premier League and Bundesliga each contributing five.Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure have been shortlisted alongside Chelsea winger Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez, who backed up his Arsenal form by helping his country Chile to Copa America success in 2015.But it is once again Real Madrid and Barcelona who dominate the list, from which one player will be voted as the year’s best footballer at a ceremony in Zurich on January 11, 2016.Bale is joined by 2014 winner Cristiano Ronaldo and fellow Real team-mates Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, while Lionel Messi has Barcelona quartet Neymar, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic for company, Bayern Munich are represented by Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben and Arturo Vidal, while Paul Pogba of Juventus and Paris St Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic complete the list.Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho are both on a 10-man shortlist for the coach of the year award, alongside Barcelona’s Champions League-winning coach Luis Enrique and Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola.Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli is the only national team coach on the list, which also includes Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, Sevilla’s Unai Emery, Laurent Blanc of PSG, Atletico Madrid chief Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti, who left Real Madrid in the summer.England women’s coach Mark Sampson is on the coach of the year for women’s football shortlist, alongside Englishmen Colin Bell (Frankfurt) and John Herdman (Canada), but there are no British footballers on the women’s player of the year list.BALLON D’OR SHORTLIST: Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/Paris St Germain), Andres Iniesta (Spain/Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Poland/Bayern Munich), Javier Mascherano (Argentina/Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Germany/Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Germany/Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil/Barcelona), Paul Pogba (France/Juventus), Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/Barcelona), Arjen Robben (Holland/Bayern Munich), James Rodriguez (Colombia/Real Madrid), Alexis Sanchez (Chile/Arsenal), Luis Suarez (Uruguay/Barcelona), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast/Manchester City), Arturo Vidal (Chile/Bayern Munich).COACH OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST: Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Carlo Ancelotti (Formerly of Real Madrid), Laurent Blanc (Paris St Germain), Unai Emery (Sevilla), Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich), Luis Enrique (Barcelona), Jose Mourinho (Chelsea), Jorge Sampaoli (Chile), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid), Arsene Wenger (Arsenal). Gareth Bale 1last_img read more

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Merck rests its case in Vioxx trial

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Merck & Co. rested its defense Thursday in a closely watched trial aimed at determining whether the company’s now-withdrawn arthritis drug Vioxx caused the heart attacks of two New Jersey men. Closing arguments are set for Monday. The once-popular painkiller was pulled off the market in September 2004 after a study showed it doubled the risk of heart attacks and strokes after 18 months’ use. The company faces about 9,650 Vioxx-related suits. Experts say the case could be a bellwether for thousands of others because it is the first involving plaintiffs who claim long-term use. So far, Merck has won two court cases and lost one. The latest New Jersey trial, which began March 6, combined the cases of Thomas Cona, 59, of Cherry Hill, and John McDarby, 77, of Park Ridge. The two blame Vioxx for their heart attacks and say Merck failed to warn consumers about the risks of the drug, which hit the shelves in 1999 and made $2.5 billion in sales in one year alone. The Whitehouse Station-based company called only five witnesses: two company scientists, two cardiologists and Cona’s psychiatrist. The company asserted that it acted responsibly in testing the drug and that the men’s pre-existing medical conditions were to blame, not Vioxx. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘Paul Pogba is poison’ – Man United star slammed by talkSPORT host

first_img“United’s next two games will be interesting – will Pogba sulk in training and just stroll about?“Or will he roll his sleeves up, get on with it and say: ‘I want to play, I’ll prove everyone wrong, I’m a World Cup winner, it’s not me’?” 🥚 “Jose Mourinho has realised Paul Pogba is a bad egg…☠️ …He is a great player, a World Cup winner but he is POISON!”🗣️ Alan Brazil says #MUFC should look to get Paul Pogba out at the earliest opportunity!Do you agree with Alan? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/xo2xSM3iip— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) September 26, 2018 Pogba is seen by many as a disruptive figure in the Man United dressing room 3 The United boss was unhappy with Pogba’s performance in United’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Wolves at the weekend, and raged at the £89million signing in the dressing room after the game.And he confirmed following Tuesday night’s shock EFL Cup defeat to Derby County that the player – who was left out of the squad – is no longer United’s vice-captain.And, despite Mourinho once again insisting there is no problem with the player, Sports Breakfast host Brazil believes Pogba is a ‘bad egg’ and needs to leave.“If Fergie was still manager now, Pogba would not be there – not a hope in hell,” he said on Wednesday’s Sports Breakfast show.“Fergie would not trust someone with that reputation, even if he is a World Cup winner, he just wouldn’t.“I think Jose has been patient, but I think his patience has run out now. “I think he realises this man is a bad egg. A great player and a World Cup winner, but poison.”Latest transfer reports claim United are ready to sell Pogba when the transfer window reopens, but will demand £200million from any interested club.Barcelona were strongly linked with an interest in the Frenchman over the summer, with Pogba not really doing anything to dispel the rumours.Brazil added: “If someone comes in with a massive offer I think Jose will be saying, ‘I’ve made a mistake with this guy, I can’t control him, so I suggest we take the money’.“But he’s got to make that decision before January, because he’ll have to replace him.center_img Stripping Pogba of the captain’s armband will not help his and Mourinho’s apparently frosty relationship 3 Paul Pogba has been branded ‘POISON’ by talkSPORT host Alan Brazil, who has urged Manchester United to sell the World Cup winner as soon as possible.The speculation surrounding the French midfielder’s future at Old Trafford is perhaps at an all-time high after he was told by Jose Mourinho he will never captain the club again. 3last_img read more

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Fifteen amazing facts about MeerKAT and the Square Kilometre Array

first_imgThe first MeerKAT antenna being wheeled out of its hangar, ready to be positioned at the telescope’s site near Carnarvon in the Northern Cape. Click for a larger view. (Image: SKA South Africa)• SKA South Africa3rd Floor, The Park, Park Road, Pinelands, Cape Town+27 21 506 7300enquiries@ska.ac.zaMathiba MolefeThe first of the 64 huge antennae making up MeerKAT, South Africa’s main component of the colossal Square Kilometre Array telescope, was unveiled by science and technology minister Derek Hanekom on Thursday 27 March.This was an important step towards the international SKA project which, when completed, will be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope. We bring you 15 astonishing facts about the naming, size, complexity and astronomical accuracy of MeerKAT.1. Originally called the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT), the project’s name was changed to MeerKAT after the South African government increased the budget to allow for 64 antennae to be built, 44 antennae more than the original 20 the developers had planned.2. A meerkat, meaning “more of cat”, is a small mammal that lives in the Karoo desert – where MeerKAT is located. Meerkats are extremely smart and social. Timone, a character from the animated movie The Lion King, was a meerkat.3. Each of the 64 antennae, known as “receptors”, will be 19.5 metres – about five storeys – high, and weigh 42 metric tons. Together, all 64 receptors will weigh 2 688 tons.4. Once complete, MeerKAT will be sensitive enough to pick up a cell phone signal from as far away as Saturn.5. A total of 170 kilometres of buried fibre optic cable will connect the antennae to the underground control room.The antenna being transported to its site in the Karoo desert. Click for a larger view. (Image: SKA South Africa)6. Each antenna will generate more than four gigabytes of data every second.7. Altogether, MeerKAT will generate enough data to fill 4.5-million DVDs every single day.8. Forty-eight of the 64 receptors will be grouped in an area one kilometre in diameter, with the other 16 distributed more sparsely outside this area.9. The largest space between any two antennae – a distance known as the baseline – will be eight kilometres.10. Special positioners on each antenna will allow them to all point at the same part of the sky, or to move independently.The antenna being erected by a massive crane. Click for a larger view. (Image: SKA South Africa)11. These positioners will make the antennae incredibly accurate, allowing them to be pointed to within 1.4-thousandths of a degree in favourable conditions.12. The main reflector on each antennae has a diameter of 13.3 metres, more than three times the length of a medium-sized sedan.13. Cryogenic receivers will be cooled to -203°C, more than three times as cold as the lowest temperature recorded in Antarctica, making for increased sensitivity that will allow the antennae to register the faintest objects.14. Nearly 5 000 cubic metres of concrete and just over 570 metric tons of steel were used to construct the antennae’s foundations.15. MeerKAT has more than 150 000 internal sensors that monitor everything from electronic component temperatures to weather conditions and power consumption.last_img read more

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A perfect fit

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dylan was sitting in the tractor seat scrolling through photos of beautiful Courtney on his phone and reviewing her text messages.He had gotten this job at the Christmas tree farm as a favor from the farm owner to his father. At 17-years-old, Dylan didn’t listen to his parents. He didn’t care about his schoolwork. He was sort of interested in football and track, but mostly he didn’t care for much of anything — except for Courtney, and he was supposed to meet her after work that day.His dad thought Dylan would learn a thing or two about hard work and respect for others with some time spent employed at the Christmas tree farm. So far, though, Dylan’s lackluster work ethic and self-centered nature clearly demonstrated that he was not really interested in this job either.His thoughts of Courtney were interrupted when the farm owner yelled out from the barn, “Dylan, can you please get off your phone and help Mr. Walters with his tree?”Dylan looked up and saw an elderly man with a cane slowly walking to the back corner of the field where the biggest trees stood. Dylan rolled his eyes, groaned and hopped off the tractor after sending a quick text to Courtney “See you soon : ).”By the time he caught up with Mr. Walters, the old man was standing at the base of the tallest tree and looking up to the top that towered 14 feet off the ground.“Hey buddy that’s a tall tree. How tall are your ceilings?” Dylan said.“Eight feet,” Mr. Walters said with a pleasant smile.“Uhh, that tree is like 14 or 15 feet tall.”“I know,” Mr. Walters said. “It’s a perfect fit.”“You know we charge by the foot don’t you. You’re going to cut half of it off to fit it in your house. Hang on.”Dylan left the clearly delusional old man looking up peacefully at the tree and called the farm owner.“Hey, this crazy old guy — I think he is like 90 — wants a 14-foot-tall tree to put in his eight-foot-tall room. What should I do?”“I think he is 93. Dylan, just do want he wants. The customer is always right you know. And, rumor has it you have a hot date tonight. Why don’t you deliver the tree to Mr. Walters and then you can cut out a little early today. Sound good?”“Finally, some good news,” Dylan said.Dylan rolled his eyes and groaned as he hung up his phone and walked back over to Mr. Walters. The tree was cut, baled up and loaded in the truck. Dylan waited while Mr. Walters took what seemed like an hour to greet the entire staff of the farm and hand out candy to all of the children. Dylan impatiently drummed his fingers on the steering wheel and re-read the texts from Courtney. He wasn’t going to get anywhere early if that old man didn’t hurry up.Mr. Walters finally strolled over to his car and got in. Dylan followed him. After making what seemed like the longest drive of his life, they finally arrived at Mr. Walters’ small but tidy home right at the edge of town. Dylan about rear-ended the old car as it slowed because he was staring at a new photo of Courtney on his phone.Dylan jumped out of the truck and grabbed the massive tree and started to carry it to the front door.“Wait, wait young man. Could you please set the tree down right there?”“Uh, OK. Whatever,” Dylan muttered with another groan.Dylan checked the time on his phone as the old man disappeared into his garage. He could hear Mr. Walters rustling around in there for what seemed like an eternity.“Sorry I will b late. CRAZY old man for this delivery. B there soon” he texted Courtney.Finally Mr. Walters walked out holding an old saw and a tape measure.“Could you hold this end please,” Mr. Walters said to Dylan as he handed him one end of the tape measure at the base of the tree.Dylan watched in impatient agony as Mr. Walters slowly pulled the tape measure out to seven feet eight inches up from the base and started cutting the tree with the saw.“Here Mr. Walters, let me help with that. See I told you it would have to be cut in half. You paid for half of this tree that is just going to be wasted.”Dylan’s phone lit up with another picture of a smiling Courtney and the message “Coming soon? Some of the girls want to go out.”“I’ll catch up” Dylan replied with a grimace.He grabbed the now much smaller top of the tree and quickly carried it to the door.“Oh, no not that one. This is the tree for my house,” Mr. Walters said pointing to the bottom half of the tree. “It’s a perfect fit. Wait just a moment while I get the stand.”By the time Mr. Walters had retrieved the tree stand from the garage, twilight had settled in and a light snow began falling, swirling around through the glow of the front porch light. The old man carefully walked up the icy steps and opened the front door. Dylan followed, practically running over him with the bushy bottom of the formerly tall tree. He put it in the stand and stood it up. The tree looked ridiculous, like a giant Christmas bush from floor to ceiling. There wasn’t even a place for the angel.“Mrs. Walters always loved tall trees like that,” said Mr. Walters, who admired the unusual Christmas tree now taking up the majority of his living room. “But I could never afford to get her a big house to hold one. So, ever since she died a few years back, I get the biggest tree I can find.”With that, Mr. Walters turned and walked to the door and went outside. By the time Dylan got outside, Mr. Walters was trying to pick up the very shapely top of the Christmas tree.“What are you doing now?” Dylan asked and ran to help Mr. Walters pick up the tree.“Well, now I have to make a delivery, so I need to get the tree in my car.”Dylan looked at the tree, and looked at the car. Though it was much smaller now, there was still no way the tree would fit in the car.Dylan’s pants vibrated with the arrival of a new picture of a frowning, pouting Courtney: “Where r u?”“Let me get it,” Dylan said with a groan as he grabbed the tree and put it in the back of his truck.By the time the tree was loaded, Mr. Walters was already in the passenger seat. For a slow old man, Mr. Walters was proving surprisingly spry when he needed to be.Except for an occasional, “Turn here,” from Mr. Walters they rode silently in the truck with the snow falling harder in the headlight beams. They drove all the way through the small town to the outskirts of the other side before Mr. Walters signaled to stop at a tiny house in poor condition. A shutter was falling off on the front and the yard was a mess. One of the two front porch lights was burnt out and the other sort of flickered.“OK, what next?”“You’ve come all this way. Why don’t you take the tree in young man.”Dylan knocked on the front door and it was opened by a tired woman. She did not look that old but there were deep lines and rings under her exhausted, empty eyes. Her hair was a mess and she was wearing an old ratty sweatshirt. She gave Dylan a weary smile when Dylan explained his purpose, “Oh that is so nice. She’ll love it. Just bring it right in here.”Dylan stomped the snow off his feet and carried the tree into the chilly house. His pocket vibrated, but he ignored it. He noticed a little tag on the tree as he set it up that read, “From Mrs. Walters.” Dylan stepped back to admire his work. It was indeed a beautiful tree and it went right up to the ceiling.He turned to say goodbye to the woman when instead he saw a frail little girl in a threadbare nightgown wearing a stocking cap standing behind him. Her large eyes twinkled with glee and her broad smile lit up the otherwise gloomy room. Her mother walked in and set down a box of homemade ornaments. The little girl bent down to pick one up and the stocking cap fell off of her hairless head.The frail girl handed Dylan a beautiful antique ornament. He hung it on the tree. She warmly hugged his leg and looked up at him with big, innocent eyes beaming the pure Christmas joy of a child. She was so happy about this simple gift. Dylan’s stomach sort of dropped and he suddenly felt the sting of a tear in his eye. The sweet, but very sick, girl giggled, which seemed so out of place with the heavy sadness hanging over the little house.“Why is everybody always crying? Thanks for the pretty tree mister. I knew you’d be coming soon because Christmas is almost here. And look, it’s a perfect fit.”This is one of three stories in Matt Reese’s book “Christmas Anthology” that can be purchased at lulu.com.last_img read more

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Judge recuses from Ryan bail case

first_imgThe Punjab and Haryana High Court judge, Justice A.B. Chaudhari, on Tuesday recused himself from hearing the anticipatory bail application of three trustees of Ryan International School in connection with the FIR registered in the seven-year- old student’s murder in the Gurugram school. The matter will now come up before a separate Bench of the High Court.The trustees — Augustine. F. Pinto, Grace Pinto and Ryan Pinto — filed an application for anticipatory bail on September 16. However, the application was filed again after removal of certain objections raised by the court registry in the matter. A bail application of the trustees was rejected by the Bombay High Court earlier this week.last_img read more

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Fugitive soldier of Bangladesh Army arrested in Agartala

first_imgPolice on Wednesday night arrested a fugitive soldier of the Bangladesh Army who was hiding in Agartala with fake credentials. They said they arrested the man from South Ramnagar locality where he rented a house.Senior police officials and sleuths of intelligence agencies were interrogating him at West Agartala Police Station. Investigators recovered some Indian identity documents from his possession suggesting that he managed to procure them to ensure his safe stay here.“In the papers his name is written as Raju Chouhdury, but he confessed his real name is Azam Khan. He was staying in Agartala for almost a year”, a security official told The Hindu.The Bangladesh government would be approached through its Assistant High Commission following the arrest. Bangladesh had earlier reportedly alerted India about a fugitive soldier who was supposedly hiding in Northeast India.last_img read more

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