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first_imgMy back was to him when I heard his first words: “Don’t be alarmed.” That, by itself, was alarming. He was a small man, thin, middle-age, wearing blue jeans too big for him, a pullover and, despite the warmth of the day, a windbreaker. And he looked scared, and embarrassed. He said his mother had told him to go find someone with a kind face who might help a stranger. Now, I figured, this is a liar. I am not a man panhandlers approach. I do not look like a container of the milk of human kindness. “Don’t be afraid,” he said in a gentle but agitated voice. “I have AIDS. I am a homosexual and I have AIDS, but you don’t have to be afraid of me. You can’t catch it by just talking with me.” “I was home alone,” he said. “And I started bleeding. I do have AIDS.” He pulled the neck of his shirt down to one side, baring his shoulder. There was a mean-looking rash disappearing over this shoulder and down his back. He made a sort of half-sob and said, “I started bleeding rectally again and I’m afraid I’ll bleed out. My mother said soak a towel in saline solution and tuck it down into my pants and go out quickly and find someone to help you.” He started to pull down his pants to show me the towel. I stopped him quickly. He said if I would print my name and phone number on his envelope, his mother would call me immediately and pay me back. She was on her way to help him now but she was in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the 5 Freeway. He pulled out a prescription and said it was for a suppository that would stop the bleeding. I looked at the prescription. It even had a price on it – $36.40. So … there we were. I didn’t even know his name. He was a small, thin, cleanly dressed homosexual with AIDS who was also African-American and bleeding rectally in a Latino part of the Valley. “So you need $37,” I said. He nodded. We looked at each other. He blinked a few times. As I pulled out my wallet, I suddenly was aware of traffic on Victory Boulevard, as if all the cars had stopped while I thought. Now that I had made a commitment, I felt I was invested in his welfare and I should see it through. I offered him a ride to the pharmacy. Now as I opened the car door to let him in, I suddenly realized that a small, thin man – who was bleeding rectally – was about to sit down on the front seat of my almost-brand-new Prius. But there was a newspaper on the back seat and I shifted it to the front seat. He told me I needn’t worry, the towel in the seat of his pants would protect my car. I said I’d rather be sure. I dropped him off at the apartment of a friend of his who was in his AIDS support group. He had thanked me all the drive over, and I was glad to have him out of the car because even former Downeast men are embarrassed by overt gratitude. Then I began thinking. What if this was an elaborate scam? How many prescriptions have you seen with the cost written on them? Why did he have me drop him off at his friend’s apartment rather than take him to the pharmacy? I had the same thoughts in the quiet moment between his nodding and my reaching for my wallet. Then I thought, if you knew absolutely that he was telling the truth, would you give him $40? Yes. And except for asking him to pull down his pants and checking the towel, there was no way to know absolutely. And I wasn’t going to do that. He had had enough indignities. So he got the $40 and a ride and I got my doubts – his mother hasn’t called yet – but we both came away with our self-respect … I think. Michael Tetreault is the Daily News letters editor and sometimes-writer. E-mail him at mike.tetreault@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I … am not a pushover. I was raised in Downeast Maine at a time when suspicion and an exaggerated sense of privacy mingled to produce a people who are skeptics. I am not an easy mark, a patsy … I think. He came up behind me as I was standing in the doorway of my car outside Starbucks, putting the two cups of coffee into the cup holders. last_img read more


first_imgThat noted, Mr. Moore encouraged more municipal leaders to get outside their jurisdictions to other parts of the province for a better understanding of the civic government challenges and opportunities. He went on to note the similarities in the challenges facing local governments, whether rural or urban, go far beyond health care.“In Fort St. John, they are telling us they don’t have their full complement for the RCMP. It’s the same thing in Port Coquitlam. We’re understaffed,” said Moore.“As well as infrastructure. The federal government comes out with infrastructure funding, but, it’s not enough to meet the needs of growing communities like Fort St. John.“And our three communities are also growing. We grow by about 38,000 people a year. We have a lot of growth pressures similar to Fort St. John and Dawson Creek that are also growing at a quite rapid pace.” Moore said.Advertisement Anyone thinking about a move to the Lower Mainland as a remedy for medical service ailments may be surprised to learn that, in some respects, things are worse there than they are here.That was the qualified message put forward by Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore — who along with his counterparts from Port Moody and Coquitlam — recently toured the Peace Region.“In the three communities that we’re from in the Tri-Cities of Metro Vancouver, we have the lowest, or worst, doctor per capita in the province,” Moore said in a recent interview.- Advertisement -“The difference though is I don’t have to go to a doctor in Port Coquitlam. I can go to a doctor in Burnaby or Vancouver. There’s walk-in clinics, there’s a lot more hospitals around.“Whereas in a place, whether you’re in Dawson Creek or in Fort St. John, you can’t go drive to Prince George to go to a walk-in clinic or something else,” Moore said.“The ratios might not be a great example because of the rural aspect of these communities. But, I think the underlying point is we, across the province, don’t have enough health care practitioners.”Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Manchester United will offer Real Madrid £65m plus David De Gea in exchange for Gareth Bale in a last-ditch bid to lure the former Tottenham star to Old Trafford. (Daily Star)And Louis van Gaal has refused to rule out the possibility of more ins and outs at Manchester United before Tuesday’s transfer deadline. United have been linked with late moves for Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben, Gareth Bale and Felipe Anderson. (Daily Mirror)Paul Pogba wants a contract worth an astonishing £82.5million over five years from Chelsea. And the Stamford Bridge club are set to have to pay a mammoth £72m if they are to bring the French international to Chelsea before Tuesday’s transfer deadline – which would mean an outlay of some £154.5m. (Daily Express)Chelsea are set to give up their attempt to sign John Stones after Everton turned down their latest £38m bid and plan to instead take Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour in a deal worth £15million. (Daily Mail)Celtic manager Ronny Deila is set to land Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett on a season-long loan on Saturday. And the Norwegian looks set to add a second name to his squad before the transfer window closes after a £500,000 bid for Inverness Caley’s attacking midfielder Ryan Christie was tabled on Friday night. (Daily Mail)Bayern Munich have beaten Arsenal and Liverpool to the signing of young winger Kingsley Coman from Juventus. (Daily Express)Newcastle remain interested in signing £10m-rated Wolves striker Benik Afobe – despite Steve McClaren denying his interest in the former Arsenal youngster. (Daily Mail)Emmanuel Adebayor will hold talks over a loan move to West Ham with boss Slaven Bilic this weekend. The out-of-favour Tottenham striker, 31, has been holding out for a move to Upton Park following his aborted switch back in January. (Daily Mirror)Desperate Dick Advocaat is considering a move for ex-Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan. Sunderland boss Advocaat is keen to bolster his squad and 33-year-old Nolan is a free agent after being released by West Ham. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…‘I think you’ve got to let him go’ – Joey Barton tells talkSPORT Everton should let John Stones join ChelseaChelsea transfer news: Chinese Sergio Ramos reveals he is on verge of Stamford Bridge switchWest Brom agree fee with Manchester United for Jonny Evans as Joleon Lescott nears Aston Villa moveManchester United launch £22m move for Felipe Anderson but Lazio will fight to keep star manDeal done! Tottenham complete £22m signing of Bayer Leverkusen forward Son Heung MinExclusive: Everton reject Seamus Coleman bid from Paris Saint-GermainEverton transfer news: Ukraine star confirms Toffee interest but rules out move this summerConfirmed! Swedish forward Ola Toivonen joins Sunderland on season-long loanFabio Borini latest: Watford lining up late deal for Liverpool outcastExclusive: Kevin Nolan going to stay in London following West Ham exitAston Villa rival Sampdoria for Serbian midfield star Adem LjajicSunderland snubbed as Dutch midfielder closes in on £5m Bournemouth moveSunderland striker target Moussa Sow set to make £12.5m Middle East moveWatford hoping to hijack Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic’s Fenerbahce loan‘His mentality isn’t right’ – Leeds owner Massimo Cellino calls deal off for Watford’s Fernando Transfer rumours and paper review 1last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S first dedicated 24/7 news website is launched in the county today.With more than ten correspondents across the county, the website will aim to inform and update Donegal people at home and abroad on all the latest news from the county.There are also dedicated sport, business, features and courts sections. Editor Stephen Maguire said today: “There is a massive demand across the county for an online news site which reports all the major developments each day in County Donegal.“We’ve been inundated with messages of support in the last few weeks from people and businesses seeking a dedicated site for the county.“And we welcome contributions from people throughout Donegal who want to have a voice for their communities online.”Anyone who wants to get in touch can do so by emailing stephen@donegaldaily.com. DONEGALDAILY.COM LAUNCHED! was last modified: November 29th, 2010 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)last_img read more


first_img‘Ronaldo and Bale are about to get quite a lot of room service!’Noel Gallagher revealed to talkSPORT on Monday night his plans to sabotage Real Madrid preperation ahead of their Champions League semi-final against his beloved Manchester City.The Blues host Real at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night in the first leg of their last-four clash.And, coincidently, Gallagher has found himself staying in the same hotel as the Spanish side.Currently on tour his High Flying Birds troop, huge City fan Gallagher joined the Sports Bar on Monday night following a gig in Liverpool to preview the game.And he revealed he had some tricks up his sleeve to give some of the Real stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, and sleepless night.Speaking to the Sports Bar from the said hotel, rock star Gallagher joked: “I’m in the same hotel. I’m going to have a quick drink here and then we’re going to find out if we can evacuate this hotel a couple of times!“Mr Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are about to receive quite a lot of room service during the night.“I can see Ronaldo getting an ironing board at quarter to four, and Bale might be getting a hairdryer at about five o’clock.”When presenter Andy Goldstein remarked that it sounded like something he probably would do, the former Oasis star added: “I would, if I thought we would benefit from it, for sure!“I might see where everyone is going for breakfast as well and see if we can’t slip them all something.”Listen to Noel Gallagher’s preview of Man City v Real Madrid IN FULL above!last_img read more


first_imgThe voice of Donegal sport Charlie Collins has released another great online interview – this time with Donegal GAA star Eamon McGee.Filmed by Wallace Media, Eamon talks about a range of topics including the senior championship and also the upcoming Ulster Final with Monaghan. Simply click to play.  DDTV – CHARLIE COLLINS TALKS SPORT WITH GAA STAR EAMON MCGEE was last modified: July 12th, 2013 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:Charlie CollinsEamon McGeeTalking Sportwallace medialast_img read more


first_imgA MALE snowy owl has made Arranmore Island its home – in a rare sighting for a bird more at home in Iceland.The bird was first seen on Wednesday, but was still present today.Ornithologists from north and south of the Border are travelling to the island today hoping to see the owl. Similar sightings on Arranmore in 1993 and on Tory on 2010 had twitchers all in a flap!The Snowy Owl is an extremely rare bird in Ireland and this is the 13th confirmed record but only the third in the last 50 years.A rare snowy owl has birdwatchers flocking from across the country to a remote island off the coast of Co Donegal.The bird was spotted in recent days on Arranmore Island and is believed to have come from either Greenland or Iceland. Dick Coombes of Birdwatch Ireland, said there is no way to know how long the bird will stay on the island for.He warned about the difficulty is posting the bird despite the fact that it is almost as large as a sheep and almost completely white.“Arranmore is a large island and the bird could easily bend into the area.“I know first hand how difficult it is as I tried to spot a Snowy Owl on Arranmore a number of years ago. Various rocks and even polythene bags could be mistaken for the bird,” he said.One person who has been lucky enough to have watched the bird for more than 30 minutes is Gerry Griffin. Mr Griffin, who is from Co Clare, but has a holiday home on the Donegal island, even managed to get a couple of its feathers.“At first I thought it was a sheep and then I noticed it moving and realised it was a snowy owl.“I watched it for more than half an hour and it was fantastic. I even managed to get a couple of its feathers from where it was roosting and I have put them in a frame,” he revealed.Mr Griffin spotted the bird in an area known as the Twin Lakes on Saturday last. The bird is understood to be a young male, perhaps between two and three years old and still has some black patches because it is not fully matured.Dick Coombes of Birdwatch Ireland says the owl, which is rare because it hunts during daylight hours, will survive on rabbits.He reveled there has only ever been one recorded attempt by snowy owls to breathe in Ireland and that was also in the hills of Co Donegal more than a decade ago.“In coming to Ireland these birds are at the very edge of their range – they much prefer places like Greenland and Canada closer to the Arctic Circle.“There is another snowy owl which regularly visits Belmullet. It would be fantastic if it mated with the Donegal owl but it is unlikely,” he said.* This picture was taken by Mike Glynn.SNOWY OWL HAS TWITCHERS FLOCKING TO ARRANMORE ISLAND was last modified: July 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “I don’t think any one of us played better than we did that day,” said Cassie Strange, who recorded two of the biggest victories of her career against Michelle Sulahian and Alison Wagner. “All of us seniors wanted to leave here with something to look back on, and you can’t ever see results unless you want it. “That should’ve been the final. It was just an incredible feeling.” Valencia lost 10-8 to Brentwood in the championship match at the Claremont Club and finished with a 21-3 record. Cassie Strange, who won the Foothill League singles title and advanced to the third round of the Southern Section individual tournament, finished with a 55-7 set record. “We showed that Valencia is a force to be reckoned with, and we gained the respect we all deserved,” Strange said. “But the thing that sticks out in my mind the most is how we became so close. We were like family.” DOUBLES TEAM OF THE YEAR Kristin Anderson, Sr./Monique Palmera, Jr. Valencia DAILY NEWS ALL-SANTA CLARITA VALLEY Singles Michelle Stock, Jr., Valencia Alexa Strange, Sr., Valencia Thalia Wilczynski, Fr., Saugus !bold!Doubles!off! Carissa Eisler, Sr., and Alessandra Horii, Sr., Valencia Heather Kerschen, Sr., and Lehren MacKay, Soph., Valencia Elizabeth Tang, Jr., and Isabella Tang, Jr., Hart PLAYER OF THE YEAR Cassie Strange, Sr., Valencia When Cassie Strange and her twin sister, Alexa, arrived in the Santa Clarita Valley from El Paso, Texas, they were just hoping to meet some nice girls and play on a competitive high school tennis team. During three years at Valencia High, they wound up making several friends and elevating the Vikings to one of the area’s elite girls’ tennis teams and one of the top programs in Southern Section Div. III. “I really have Cassie and Alexa to thank, as we never would have gotten as far as we did the last few years without them,” Valencia coach Annie Kellogg said. “They are such fabulous girls, players and people. I have always felt truly blessed that they came here to Valencia.” With Alexa, the team’s No. 2 singles player during the regular season, limited to doubles in the playoffs because of an ankle injury, Cassie Strange elevated her game to lead the Vikings to their first appearance in a division final. Valencia’s historic run included a dramatic 11-7 semifinal victory over two-time defending champion Campbell Hall of North Hollywood. 160Want 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


first_imgMinister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin have delivered their budget for 2016.Most of the ‘goodies’ were leaked well beforehand.The biggest change is the reduction in the hate Universal Social Charge; pensions are up slightly as is child benefit. Smokers were hit again with 50c on a packet of ciggies. Here’s the latest from RTE:Universal Social ChargeEntry threshold to USC to rise from €12,012 to €13,000. The 1.5% rate reduced to 1% for first €12,012 of income, while 3.5% rate drops to 3% on increased threshold of €18,668. The top rate of 7% reduced to 5.5% for income in excess of €18,668 up to €70,044.Excise Duty on Cigarettes Excise on pack of 20 cigarettes to increase by 50c, making most cigarette packs cost €10.50 from midnight tonight.Childcare, Child Benefit and Children’s GP CareEarly Childcare and Education scheme to be extended which will see free childcare for children aged three up until they are five and half, or until they begin primary school. Child benefit to increase by €5 to €140 per month for every child. Free GP Care extended to all children under 12 years of age.PensionsPensions to increase by €3 per week for recipients aged 66 and over. Other Welfare and grants: Christmas Bonus, Fuel Allowance and Respite Care GrantChristmas bonus for people in receipt of social welfare increased to 75%; Fuel Allowance to increase by €2.50 per week; and Respite Care Grant is restored to €1,700.Carer Tax Credit, Self-employed and Small Business Owner Tax CreditCarer tax credit increased by €190 to €1,000 per year, while a €550 tax credit is introduced for small business owners and the self employed. Minimum WageMinimum wage increased from €8.65 to €9.15 per hour from 1 January 2016.Capital Acquisitions Tax and Capital Gains TaxCAT Group A tax free threshold for transfers between parents and their children raised from €225,000 to €280,000. Revised Capital Gains Tax relief from 2016 sees reduced rate of 20% for disposal in whole or part of a business up to an overall limit of €1m in chargeable gains.Teacher and Garda Recruitment2,260 new additional teaching posts, including 600 new resource teachers. Furthermore there will be an extra 610 special needs assistants.Pupil teacher ratio at primary schools to be reduced from 28 to 1 to 27 to 1, secondary level ratio to fall from 19 to 1 to 18.7 to 1.Funding announced to recruit and train an additional 600 gardaí.Pension Fund LevyThe remaining pension fund levy of 0.15% introduced in 2014 and 2015 will end this year and will not apply in 2016.ATM and Debit Card Charges12c charge to be introduced on ATM transactions as a replacement for the current €5 stamp duty on debit and ATM cards.Commercial Motor TaxThe maximum rate of commercial motor tax will be €900 per annum, down from €5,195.New Residential Housing and Emergency AccommodationNAMA to deliver a target of 20,000 residential units before the end of 2020, while 90% of the units will be in the greater Dublin area. About 75% of these units will be houses, mainly starter homes. There is also increase in the current allocation for emergency accommodation of homeless people by an additional €17m.The current allocation for social housing will be increased by €69m to €414m, while €10m to be made available from the proceeds of the sale of Bord Gáis for an affordable housing pilot scheme.Paternity LeaveIntroduction of statutory paternity leave of two weeks, to take effect in September 2016.Transfer of Farm OwnershipIncome tax credit worth up to €5,000pa for five years to be allocated to partnership and split according to profit-share agreement.BUDGET 2016: HOW IT AFFECTS YOU was last modified: October 13th, 2015 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)Tags:budget 2016last_img read more


first_img Tags: Janice Namiiro MubiruPatrick KawumaRwabushenyi Memorial Championship Action already underway at Nob View Hotel, Ntinda. (PHOTO/Courtesy)KAMPALA – Defending champion FM Patrick Kawuma will start his Rwabushenyi Memorial Championship defense against lowly rated Janice Namiiro Mubiru at Nob View Hotel, Ntinda.In the pairings that came out at 10:00am this morning, Kawuma meets the rated 1321 on board two. The two meet in the opening round of the championship on Thursday, and the FM will hope to easy his way past the youngster.Kawuma, winner of the previous two editions enters the tourney ranked second behind only IM Arthur Ssegwanyi. He will be hoping to become only the second player to win the championship three times. FM Harold Wanyama holds that record with three titles.On board one, the tournament’s top ranked player Ssegwanyi faces Vivian Namaganda, IM Elijah Emojong meets Esther Penninah Nassozi on board three while FM Haruna Nsubuga takes on Safinah Mugide on board four.In other selected games, Kenya’s CM Ben Mangana and WFM Lucy Wanjiru go head to head with Elisha Busingye and Jayson Mubiru Nsubuga respectively.WFM Penninah Nakabo, the top ranked lady in the competition will face off against youngster Marianna Namutebi while WFM Goretti Angolikin takes on Christine Nansubuga and WFM Shakira Ampaire meets Daniel Khauka.On paper, the round is without a doubt a walk in the park for the top dogs. No surprises are expected as all are paired against weak opponents. The contenders are expected to face little resistance on Thursday.Notable missesThe record winner Wanyama decided to sit the event out as he’s busy with work stuff. The FM did not also take part in the competition last year.WFM Christine Namaganda and WFM Ivy Amoko are also among the notable misses. The former travelled to Dubai with her Dove Chess Academy kids to take part in the United Arab Emirates’ 48th Annual Day Rapid Chess Championship.Comments last_img read more