Big-rig driver heads convoy to beat cancer

first_imgCASTAIC — Becky Cordova’s never been the princess type. A truck driver for the past 18 years, Cordova is more accustomed to engines and over-size tires than tiaras and flowers. But after being diagnosed with breast cancer, she is willing to do and try almost anything. “When you deal with something like cancer, you enjoy every day like it’s your last,” Cordova said. “I am having fun with it.” Cordova will be one of three princesses crowned today at Circle of Hope’s third annual Walk for Hope fundraising event at Castaic Lake. Proceeds of the daylong event, starting at 8 a.m., will go to the nonprofit, which provides financial and emotional support for breast cancer patients. But Cordova’s crown carries with it more weight than most pageant headpieces. And she decided that if she didn’t get her trucker buddies to come along for her moment in the sun, they might never believe her. “I have over 50 trucks coming with me,” Cordova said. Sporting pink-ribbon decals, the big rigs will make their way from Palmdale to Castaic Lake at the break of dawn today. Cordova, who got each of the truckers to donate $100, thinks the Convoy for Hope will become a tradition at the Circle of Hope springtime fundraiser. “These men were so eager to show their support. Many of them have dealt with this disease with their sisters, mother or wives.” In addition to champion princesses and big rigs, Colleen Schaffer, founder of the Circle of Hope, said at least 65 pink-ribbon-wearing dogs will also be joining the day’s festivities, making this year the most successful year for the organization. “We have more than 500 people registered this year,” Schaffer said. “Last year, we had 310.” Schaffer, who has battled metastatic cancer for five years, said the increased support couldn’t have come at a better time. As technological advances detect breast cancer earlier and more effectively, more and more women are being diagnosed and spending longer periods of time on costly treatments and medication. Cancer experts say a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes. Schaffer said what most people don’t understand is how expensive it is for these women to beat their disease. “People will spend anywhere from $100,000 to $250,000,” Schaffer said. “Even if you are paying 10 (percent) or 20 percent of those prices, that adds up really quick and you still have insurance premiums and deductibles.” But beyond doling out financial relief for breast cancer patients, Schaffer and her helpers at Circle of Hope also provide support and comfort for women. Schaffer said crowning princesses was simply another way to have women understand that breast cancer is beatable, and they should be praised for their strength and resiliency. “We have a princess of hope, of determination and of perseverance,” Schaffer said. “Most breast cancer patients, the last thing they want to hear about is a beauty queen. But this is about the beauty within that these three women are embodying while they are fighting their disease.” Carolynn Martin, mother of two, was diagnosed with breast cancer in both her breasts in November. “It was completely overwhelming,” Martin said. “When you hear the word, cancer, you instantly think of death.” Martin, who will be joined by most of her family during the 5 kilometer walk, said being crowned princess of determination fits her well — beating the disease is her only option. “My job is to be there for my kids,” said Martin, who has a 10-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son. “I want to be there to answer their questions, that is my job.” For Schaffer, being able to help women such as Martin is what the event is all about. “Cancer doesn’t distinguish if you have money or not,” Schaffer said. “Many people think that they have enough financial support and normally underestimate how much the expense is going to be. That is where we come in; if you can’t walk, we’ll carry you … you can lean on us. — Connie Llanos (661) [email protected] 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_imgTYRONE were just a bit too good for a good Donegal side in today’s Dr McKenna Cup clash at Edendork, the Red Hand county winning by a goal – 1-13 to 0-13.The match had been switched from Omagh to Edendork with an earlier 3PM start after a pitch inspection.In a close competitive encounter – which saw a player from each side sent off – Donegal put in an impressive and brave performance, chasing down the fancied Tyrone side at every opportunity. Donegal led by a point at half time but faded slightly in the second half, scoring just three points in the second period.But Jim McGuinness will be happy that his side stood up to one of the best teams in the country and matched them man-for-man for large periods of the game.Tyrone ran out 1-13 to 0-13 winners, but it was a great performance for Donegal.Mickey Harte was in the Tyrone dugout on an emotional day for the county. A minute’s silence in memory of the Tyrone manager’s late daughter Michaela was held before the start.A Mark Donnelly goal helped Tyrone to a 1-6 to 0-2 lead but Donegal hit eight straight points to lead at the break.Colm Cavanagh was sent-off just before the break as tempers flared and Donegal’s Neil Gallagher was then dismissed before Tyrone took over.After Donnelly’s goal helped Tyrone lead by seven, Daniel McLaughlin, Dermot Molloy and Karl Lacey all contributed two points as Donegal moved ahead by the interval. It was a storming comeback.After the Donegals sending off, parity in playing numbers restored, Tyrone bossed the remainder of the contest. Dr McKenna Cup:Armagh 0-12 Antrim 1-12Derry 1-21 Monaghan 1-12Down 2-13 St. Mary’s 0-06Fermanagh 0-15 UUJ 1-12Tyrone 1-13 Donegal 0-13DR McKENNA CUP: MICHAELA REMEMBERED. TYRONE JUST TOO GOOD FOR BRAVE DONEGAL was last modified: January 23rd, 2011 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

Humboldt State running back Ja’Quan Gardner named 2017 Harlon Hill Trophy finalist

first_imgArcata >> Ever since he became Humboldt State’s starting running back three seasons ago, Ja’Quan Gardner has been one of the best in the nation.It’s earned him recognition from virtually everywhere you look over the last three years. And that means as just was the case in 2015, Gardner is still in the running for Division II football’s top individual award.It was announced Wednesday evening that Gardner, Humboldt State’s record-setting running back, was named as one of 10 finalists for the …last_img read more

TPP Coalition formed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Coalition for TPP announced an expansion in its leadership as it works to advocate for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, signed by the United States and its 11 TPP partners on Feb. 3. The expanded Coalition leadership now includes the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Business Roundtable, the Emergency Committee for American Trade, the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. These five organizations issued the following joint statement:“Our five organizations have joined together as co-leaders of the U.S. Coalition for TPP for the next phase of its efforts – pushing for the expeditious passage of the TPP. We are intensifying our broad education and advocacy efforts on the Hill and around the country as the Administration and Congressional leaders work to address the next steps that are required to secure passage of the TPP.“The TPP is a strong agreement that will eliminate barriers to U.S. exports and set in place standards that will improve American competitiveness in a region where the United States has lost market share. Industries and companies, large and small, across America know that standing on the sidelines hurts the U.S. economy and American farmers, manufacturers, services providers and workers. It is critical that America move forward as soon as possible to open markets and level the playing field with our TPP partners.”last_img read more

Huron County man indicted for stealing grain

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that a Huron County Grand Jury has indicted a Monroeville man on charges of aggravated and grand theft.Richard J. Schwan, 78, of Monroeville, was arrested Monday evening after being indicted on November 17. The indictment became public. A bond hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m.The indictment includes 41 counts, including 32 felony charges:Aggravated theft, first degree felony (seven counts)Grand theft, fourth degree felony (six counts)Theft from elderly, third degree felony (six counts)Falsification in a theft offense, third degree felony (nine counts)Insolvent handler not to accept deposits, fourth degree felony (three counts)Delayed price agreement, fifth degree felony (one count)Falsification, first degree misdemeanor (nine counts)Schwan was doing business as Schwan Grain Inc. and was registered with the Ohio Department of Agriculture as a grain handler. He is accused of selling grain on behalf of 35 farmers and keeping $3.5 million profits from the sales. He is also charged with filing several financial reports and documents with the Ohio Department of Agriculture which falsely reported and concealed his liabilities and the monies which he owed to farmers after he sold their grain and kept the proceeds.The case was investigated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Attorneys with Attorney General DeWine’s Special Prosecutions section are prosecuting the case.last_img read more

Dear (Aspiring) Geocache Hider: Earn a Souvenir

first_imgYou’ve found geocaches that leave you in awe, now unlock the secrets of making those creative geocache hides. Celebrate Maker Madness. Hundreds of Maker Madness events around the world aim to inspire geocachers. Learn the magical formula that weaves innovative containers, inspiring locations and powerful storytelling into creative geocache hides. While amazing geocaches live on and on, Maker Madness is for a limited time only. It runs from March 28 through April 7. Everyone logging an “Attended” for a Maker Madness event earns a digital “Maker” souvenir for their geocaching profile.Visit the Maker Madness Event Center to find an event near you, or find out how to create your own Maker Madness event. Now “Go Forth and Create”!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedMaker Madness: How to Register Your EventFebruary 13, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”The Madness After Maker MadnessApril 23, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”Geocache Makers Now Have Their Own MarkMarch 16, 2014In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

ODPEM, Met Service Partnering with Media to Simplify Weather and Disaster-Related Information

first_img The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), and the Meteorological Service of Jamaica (Met Service) are looking to strengthen collaborations with media partners to simplify how weather and disaster-related information is disseminated to the public.Journalists and weather practitioners shared the processes involved in their work and how they can collaborate to enable seamless information flow, during a recent workshop jointly organised by the agencies at the Courtyard Marriot Hotel, New Kingston.The event enabled the agencies to recommend the most effective ways of dealing with and reporting on weather phenomena, while allowing media representatives to share industry peculiarities and make recommendations on how to best package disaster and weather-related information for public education.Topics covered included ‘How the Weather and Tropical Systems Work’; ‘Climate Change and Influences on the Caribbean’; ‘How the Media Works and Reports on Stories; ‘Weather and Climate on Social Media’; and ‘Keeping the Public Informed – What We Really Want to Know’.ODPEM’s Director General, Major Clive Davis, who spoke at the workshop, noted the extent to which extreme weather conditions have been and are impacting Jamaica and other countries, while emphasising that “the media is the conduit through which we share life-saving information”.Consequent on this, he said it is important for the public to get the requisite information in an understandable manner that enables them to make critical decisions and take the necessary precautions.Meanwhile, Director for the Met Service, Evan Thompson, said the workshop aimed to foster a smooth relationship among the parties in an effort to better serve Jamaicans, especially in times of extreme weather and disasters.There was also input from the general public regarding concerns about how weather is reported and how this can be improved, based on the areas of focus.The workshop was a part of a public-education campaign being jointly undertaken by ODPEM and the Met Service during the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30. Journalists and weather practitioners shared the processes involved in their work and how they can collaborate to enable seamless information flow, during a recent workshop jointly organised by the agencies at the Courtyard Marriot Hotel, New Kingston. The event enabled the agencies to recommend the most effective ways of dealing with and reporting on weather phenomena, while allowing media representatives to share industry peculiarities and make recommendations on how to best package disaster and weather-related information for public education. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), and the Meteorological Service of Jamaica (Met Service) are looking to strengthen collaborations with media partners to simplify how weather and disaster-related information is disseminated to the public. Story Highlightslast_img read more

No new Zika cases for TCI country praised by Consultant

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 5, 2017 – Providenciales – Zika Communications Strategy consultant, Salorne McDonald announced there have been no new cases of Zika in the TCI for 2017.  Speaking to Magnetic Media Monday, McDonald said the 25 cases of Zika reported in 2016 was a cause for concern in a small population.  McDonald referred to the reduction in cases this year as “fantastic,” however, and credited initiatives from the Ministry of Health and other partners for this success.The Consultant, who started work with the TCI since October, said that TCI is managing the Zika issue better than many others in the region.  “TCI is doing very well. In a number of other places we’ve been in contact with, they’re still having challenges with getting communities to buy into how to dispose of large debris,” said McDonald.  He added there has been strong support for government initiatives from communities and NGOs such as the Red Cross.According to McDonald, there has not only been a decrease in cases of Zika, but a decrease in the number of larvae found in traps set by the Environmental Health division of the ministry. The next steps for the government will be to ensure that breeding sites continue to be eliminated and to continue with current community clean-up programmes.  “We have to remain vigilant and we have to continue collaborating because collaboration thus far has been the strongest weapon in the fight (against Zika).”Story by:  Zahra Gordon#MagneticMediaNews#newzikacasesforTCI#zikacasesreducedinTCI#fightagainstzika Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#fightagainstzika, #magneticmedianews, #newzikacasesforTCI, #zikacasesreducedinTCIlast_img read more

Burton gone as CEO review announced of treatment abroad policy

first_img Related Items:#BurtongoneasCEO, #magneticmedianews, #treatmentabroadpolicyreview Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 21, 2017 – Providenciales – Another termination with immediate effect as Zaneta Burton is now gone for good from the National Health Insurance Board and Dr. Nations is holding on as acting CEO.    When the Premier was asked about the shake up at NHIP, again, she said at this time, there is no comment.During that press conference Tuesday, Health Minister, Edwin Astwood revealed that there is serious consideration being given now to the treatment abroad policy.  He said that the policy as it is appears not to be working for the people of the TCI.#MagneticMediaNews#BurtongoneasCEO#treatmentabroadpolicyreview Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Chelsea interested in signing Eriksen

first_imgChelsea are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur.The Blues manager Maurizio Sarri wants to find a playmaker to help bolster the team’s midfield while also splashing the cash on a proven creative player in case Eden Hazard leaves the club for Real Madrid.A report in the Express says Eriksen fits the bill on both counts. Chelsea would are expected to receive top dollar for Hazard, even if he were to run down his contract into his final year, and Tottenham CEO Daniel Levy is expected to demand a huge fee from the West London club.It is believed that Eriksen would cost around £100million. The Denmark international is not the only playmaker to be linked with Chelsea of late either.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Real Madrid’s Isco and Barcelona’s playmaker Philippe Coutinho have also been mentioned as Chelsea look to prepare for a summer of spree.Meanwhile, Chelsea defender David Luiz is closing in on a new contract with the club.Luiz’s current deal with the Blues expires at the end of the current season, and reports suggest he’s closing in on a new one-year deal.last_img read more