Behind A Closed Classroom Door

first_imgBomi Hills- Pricilla still remembers how she lost her virginity, “It was my parents who indirectly forced me to lose it,” she shared.Holding her toddler son who appears to be a happy child, Pricilla laughs at her memories when she first felt the touch of a man.“I was 14 years old when I slept with a man I thought was my role model. A man who led me into believing that if I gave him me, he would give me a brighter future,” she added.Pricilla is one of many teenagers who admit that she has sold sex for grades and says she did it because there was no alternative.“My parents thought that when I was in the 6th grade I was too slow in learning, so they hired a teacher to tutor me after school. Every day they forced me to go to his house to be tutored, but my parents didn’t know that they were sending me there every day to lose my virginity,” she revealed.According to the talkative teen, she says her tutor first approached her for sex the day he found out that she was a student who had a hard time picking up on her lessons.“When he tried to teach me, I couldn’t focus because he was always flirting with me and it made me too uncomfortable to learn around him,” she said.Pricilla says when her tutor became frustrated with her inability to learn, he would refuse teaching her but preferred touching and teasing the teen instead.‘The first day he took my virginity, he made me feel guilty about my poor learning skills and told me that if I allowed him to secretly take my virginity, he would do all my work for me and pass me,” she added.Meanwhile, Pricilla says the sexual contact between the two of them continued and her grades became worse. As promised, her tutor began doing all of her work for her, which put Pricilla at a troubling academic level.“I became lazy in learning because every time I did things to him sexually when he wanted it and he would do all of my assignments. Almost three months after he started having me, he stopped,” she said.According to Pricilla, she became pregnant immediately after she lost her virginity and though she was in trouble with her parents for allowing it to happen, she was able to tell them the truth about who did it to her.“They believed me when I told them it was ‘teacher’ who had impregnated me. They knew that I never went anywhere else other than to his study class that was located at his house,” she said.Unfortunately for the schoolgirl, the family was torn between pressing rape charges against the man who had impregnated their daughter, and making a bad decision that could cost the unborn child its life, so they let it go.“Instead of calling the police, they told him to support me through the pregnancy, which he did. But to my surprise, as soon as I had the baby, they took it away from me and gave it to ‘teacher’ because he was already married,” Pricilla said.But, Pricilla says that after she talked her parents into forgetting that her life was ruined because of her study teacher, she talked them into bringing her infant back home. Pricilla’s son was two years old when he was returned to his mother.“I don’t have any hard feelings about how my education went. the only thing is, when I hear parents saying that they want to send their girls to study at the home of a male teacher, I make it my duty to stop them by sharing my story with them,” 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

5 in custody for murder of footballer

first_imgDead: Christopher Mansfield, also known as “Gully Bop”As investigations continue into the murder of 18-year-old Christopher Mansfield who was stabbed, chopped and shot in Albouystown, Georgetown on Sunday; five young men have been arrested and the Police are on the hunt for the sixth.A Police source told Guyana Times that the five youths who are in custody are known for their involvement in gang-related activities. The sixth however, is reportedly the ring leader.Eighteen-year-old Mansfield, also called “Gully Bop,” of Lot 66 Barr Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, was reportedly killed while playing football in the village.The dead teen reportedly left home on Sunday morning to play football, something he did on a regular basis.Police in a statement related that the murder was committed by three young men on motorcycles; one was armed with a cutlass, a knife and a gun. It was reported that the suspects approached the victim and proceeded to attack him.During the altercation, the suspect who was armed with the gun shot the teen to the right side of his abdomen, and the injured youth barely managed to seek refuge in a nearby yard before he collapsed.Mansfield was taken to Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His body is at the GPHC mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.last_img read more

No extension for use of “Parliament View Mall”

first_imgThe more than 100 vendors who are now plying their trade in the “Parliament View Mall” may soon find themselves once again without a place to sell as the man who holds the power of attorney for the property they are occupying at Lombard and Hadfield Streets, Georgetown, Hareshnarine “Chiney” Sugrim has made it clear he has no intentions of granting the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) any extension to use the land when the initial three months elapse.The vendors, who were plying their trade outside the Stabroek Market, were removed to facilitate a cleanup of the Stabroek area for the Golden Jubilee of Independence celebrations in May 2016, without an alternative vending place provided and after days of protests, the M&CC was forced to find an alternative location.But, as the initial three-month period comes to an end, Town Clerk Royston King suggested that there was likely to be a three-month extension.King had urged the Council to find a new location before November – the new deadline for the vendors to remove from the plot of land.“We are likely to get an additional three months from the owner of the plot of land south of Parliament Building where they have the vendors who were relocated from the Stabroek Square,” King was quoted as telling a statutory meeting of the Council last month.However, Sugrim, who holds the Power of Attorney for Paul Daby, the owner of the plot of land, has since made it clear that there were no discussions on any extension and he has no intentions of granting an extension.“I have not given any extension to anybody. I have not given any permission to authorise this extension,” he told Guyana Times on Sunday evening.Sugrim noted that he allowed the Council to use the land for a three-month period and that is what he will stick to.“So come the first week in August, they will have to move when the legal agreement ends,” he declared.Guyana Times was unable to contact King for a comment.However, when contacted on Sunday, City Mayor Patricia Chase Green said she was unaware of any arrangements made for the vendors, but the full Council was expected to meet on Tuesday to discuss matters relating to vendors.President David Granger, during an address to the Council last Monday, said his Administration would like to see street vendors, most of whom are poor, be properly accommodated.Leader of the Opposition and former President, Bharrat Jagdeo had also lambasted the municipality over the way it has been handling the issue of street vending.He recalled during his tenure as Head of State, his Administration paid over $300 million to Toolsie Persaud to repossess a plot of land on Water Street and gave it to vendors; it is now the Vendors Arcade.“Our approach was different…we did things in reality. We didn’t do like the President and said accommodate the vendors… he could have told City Hall this a long time ago. Jagdeo added: “He could have said clean up the place, but don’t take away people’s income!”last_img read more

Proposed fee hike spurs race for citizenship

first_imgThe U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in February proposed increasing the application fees for citizenship by more than $200. If approved, immigrants who want to become naturalized citizens would have to pay nearly $600, compared to $330 now. The fee for a background check, which is required with the application, will go up $10, to $80, officials have proposed. It would be the first major increase in the citizenship fees since 1998, federal officials said. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials say the fee increase will help the agency hire more employees. Additional workers will improve customer service, as well as reduce the waiting time for processing citizenship applications, officials said. Right now, the average wait time is about six months, said officials at the agency, which processes more than 6 million citizenship applications a year. WHITTIER – Agnes Pugo immigrated from Mexico 60 years ago, but it took a proposed hike in naturalization fees to spur the Pico Rivera resident into applying for U.S. citizenship. “I want to vote, and prices are going up, so I wanted to beat the deadline,” she said. “It’s about time, because for too many years, I let it go.” She’s not alone. Educators who conduct citizenship-preparation classes say they’re seeing a rush of new students eager to complete and submit their applications before the fees go up. If approved, the new fees could be in place by as early as June, immigration officials said. That deadline is ticking away in the minds of potential new citizens, said Elaine Yang, a citizenship instructor at Rio Hondo College. “They talk a lot about wanting to apply as soon as possible before the fee increase,” she said. Yang said her citizenship course, held biweekly at Evergreen Elementary School in Whittier, has more than doubled in size since February. She started with 11 students; last week the class was up to 25. Some critics say the fee increase will discourage qualified immigrants from seeking U.S. citizenship, particularly low-income people. “It’s going to be a difficult thing for folks – it’s a lot of money,” said Debbie Roberts, assistant principal at Whittier Adult School. The adult school has seen enrollment in naturalization classes increase by 30 percent this year, Roberts aid. Carlos Sotomayor, director of the Southern California Immigration Center in Downey, said while it likely will cost more to become a citizen, many immigrants will gladly pay up. “It is going to be expensive, but when you’re going to become a citizen of the United States, it’s very little,” he said. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want 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

Exclusive – Peter Crouch on Stoke v Liverpool: ‘It won’t be a walkover again!’

first_imgStoke City striker Peter Crouch is relishing the prospect of kicking off the new Premier League campaign against former side Liverpool, but insists the result will be more competitive than their thumping win over the Reds last season.Anfield hero Steven Gerrard endured a miserable final game in a Liverpool shirt last season before his LA Galaxy switch, with the captain netting the consolation goal in a 6-1 demolition at the Britannia Stadium on the final day.Brendan Rodgers’ side were a shambles as Stoke ran riot with five goals in the first-half, while Crouch got on the scoreline against his old club late on to complete the rout.However, following the Reds’ busy summer transfer window, the former England frontman expects a tougher challenge when they meet again on Sunday.“I’m quite sure that it’s going to closer than when we last met,” Crouch told the Sports Bar.“That hurt Liverpool, a club like that do nest get beat by six goals very often.“It was an incredible day for us, our first half performance was probably the best we played all season – everything we hit seemed to go in.“I’ve seen over the years that when big clubs come to the Britannia Stadium, they don’t relish it and we’ve turned over some big sides and taken some big scalps at home.“But Liverpool are going to be wounded from that result and they’ll come out fighting.“They’ve made some big signings this summer as well…we know it’s going to be a lot closer and a lot more difficult this year.”last_img read more

JUDGE REFUSES TO GIVE BAIL TO MAN ON KNIFE ATTACK CHARGES

first_imgA JUDGE has refused to release a man charged with a knife attack which left a 73-year-old man in hospital.Patrick McLoughlin was stabbed at his home in Convent Road in Carndonagh at the weekend.He is now in a stable condition at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry. Lee Mitchell, who is 33 and has an address at Windmill Park in Letterkenny, was also charged with a burglary at another address in Carndonagh on the same day when he appeared at a special sitting of Buncrana District Court.He was charged with assault causing harm at Convent Road in Carndonagh.He was also charged with burglary of a house a Millbrae in the Inishowen town.A bail application made by solicitor Frank Dorrian was refused on several grounds by judge Mary Devins.Judge Devins listened to Garda arguments in the case and refused bail on several grounds including the seriousness of the alleged offences, the likelihood of further more serious charges and a history of bench warrants.JUDGE REFUSES TO GIVE BAIL TO MAN ON KNIFE ATTACK CHARGES was last modified: June 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bail applicationCarndonaghLee MitchellLetterkenny Courtrefusedlast_img read more

James Milner: Liverpool’s next step must be winning trophies

first_img James Milner has helped guide Liverpool back to the Champions League Liverpool vice-captain James Milner admits qualifying for the Champions League is only a step in their development and the most important thing now is to start winning trophies.A top-four finish, which puts the Reds into an August play-off to reach Europe’s elite club competition outright, was the minimum requirement at the start of the season after only one previous appearance in the last seven years.However, Milner went through a similar process with Manchester City and while he accepts making the Champions League represents progress, he insists the biggest strides are made by winning silverware.Jurgen Klopp’s side came close twice during the 2015/16 season, losing out in the EFL and Europa League finals, and Milner believes a top-four finish should give them the platform on which to build.“It is not easy to be in the Champions League – think of the teams who are not in it now,” he said.“It’s alright saying you should be in it, get in the top four, but there are a lot of quality teams fighting for it and in and around it and we have managed to achieve that.“Personally the biggest thing for us at City was winning the FA Cup: getting that first trophy under our belt, winning something, giving you that belief.“Champions League was a step along the way. Last year we came close (to a trophy) but couldn’t get over the line. But playing in those sort of occasions and in those big games is important.“It’s exciting times for the football club and that is something I wanted to be part of when I came here.“Hopefully now we can stick a few trophies in the cabinet. That is the next step.” 1last_img read more

Bus Eireann warns Donegal customers of ‘limited availability’ for Papal visit.

first_imgBus Eireann have warned customers in Donegal to book as soon as they can for the Pope’s final mass on Sunday, August 26 in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. The company announced yesterday that they still have a limited number of seats available on their two Expressway service’s from Letterkenny, Bus Station and also from Donegal town (Abbey Hotel) via Ballyshannon on August 26.The two services’ will cost €40 for a return ticket to Dublin Busaras or €20 for a single ticket and they will both depart at 05:30am. Bus Eireann Expressway serviceThe Pontiff will touch down at Dublin Airport at 10:30am on Saturday, August 25th.Pope Francis is expected to draw significant smaller crowds than the last papal trip to Ireland by John Paul II nearly 40 years ago, which drew crowds of 2.5 million people.Pope John Paul II visited Ireland in 1979.However, the event is still supposed to be extremely crowded with a spokesperson for Iarnród Éireann said that the Cork, Kerry and Limerick trains’ to Dublin to see Pope Francis on Sunday, August 26 are now fully booked.A spokeswoman for Bus Éireann told the Independent.ie: “There is strong demand for special Expressway services from both Cork and Galway to the Dublin Phoenix Park Mass on August 26th next. “There is also strong demand from Sligo – and the surrounding areas – to Knock for Pope Francis’s visit to the Shrine.“There is still limited availability on other special services to Dublin on the 26th, including those from Limerick, Waterford, Wexford and Donegal.“Given some rail services have booked out and public transport is the recommended travel option, we are expecting these seats to sell quickly.”Meanwhile, Dublin City council have published a list of some 150 roads that will be closed in the capital on the Saturday and Sunday.Train services from Cork, Kerry and Limerick train to Dublin to see Pope Francis on Sunday, August 26 are now fully booked, while Sligo and Galway services are almost all gone. Bus Eireann warns Donegal customers of ‘limited availability’ for Papal visit. was last modified: August 18th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Ballyshannonbus eireannletterkennylast_img read more

Athletics re-claim catcher from Toronto Blue Jays

first_imgHOUSTON — The A’s were sad to see catcher Beau Taylor claimed off waivers. The Toronto Blue Jays scooped him up back on August 16, the cost of a roster move that brought Corban Joseph onto the 40-man and big league roster.Taylor was a beaming presence in the clubhouse, and clearly Oakland wanted him back. So, when the Blue Jays designated him for assignment on September 7, the A’s pounced.On Tuesday, the A’s claimed Taylor off waivers and designated catcher Chris Herrmann for assignment.Manag …last_img

What keeps stone arches from falling down?

first_imgPeople often wonder how delicate arches and finely balanced pillars of stone stand up to the stress of holding up their own immense weight. Actually, new research suggests, it’s that stress that helps pack individual grains of sand together and slows erosion of the formations. In lab experiments, scientists dropped small blocks of loosely consolidated sandstone into water—and watched them completely fall apart as the water dissolved minerals holding the grains together. But when the scientists placed weights on top of the sandstone samples before submersing them, disintegration ceased once stress in the eroding column rose to a certain threshold that packed the sand grains into a strong, rocklike material, the researchers report online today in Nature Geoscience. In other tests, weight-induced stress similarly protected samples against complete erosion from simulated rainfall. At large scale in the real world, stress transmitted through arches and pillars to their bases (in landforms such as Delicate Arch in Utah’s Arches National Park, shown) slows down—but doesn’t stop—natural sculpting due to wind and water, the researchers say. Bits of the landform that don’t bear weight are among the first to wear away, which helps explain why arches are often unusually smooth. Cracks, fissures, and soft layers in rock formations influence the shapes these natural sculptures take as they evolve.last_img read more