The Mommy Chronicles

first_imgMy name is Krista and I am a mother of two children ages 5 and 7.  The ever-so-kind editor of this newspaper approached me at a recent wedding my family attended and asked me if I would be interested in doing a mommy blog.  I have writing experience, and 7 short years of mommy experience so I jumped at the chance to do it. The editor must have seen my two unusually well-behaved children at the wedding and assumed I had this whole parenting thing down to a science.  I didn’t want to disappoint her and tell her that I am often the mom arguing, screaming, and sometimes crying as my children push my limits on a daily basis and leave me asking why is it that I decided to have children. I can say that I thought long and hard about having children.  In fact, I was married 7 years before my husband and I decided to have children.  We never discussed having children before we got married (not something I recommend), we always just figured things out as we went along.   My husband and I enjoyed stress free ski and scuba vacations, quiet dinners, staying up late, sleeping in, going to the beach and actually sitting in a chair, reading, writing and all the other pleasures that childless adults experience. I knew of several reasons why I didn’t think I would make good parent.  I am cranky if I don’t get at least eight hours of sleep, I have limited patience, I like a neat house, and would stop to pet a cute puppy before I would reach for a baby to hold.  At least I was able to acknowledge my shortcomings, something that actually proved helpful once I became a parent. However, I was slowly becoming aware of how much children loved my husband.  At parties they gathered around him waiting in line to be tossed high in the air.  He had the ability to make the most introverted kids come out of their shell and join in a game of football.  He was the one giving piggy back rides, throwing pitches, pushing a swing, all the while looking like he was actually enjoying himself.   Still he was not pushing to have kids and neither one of us seemed able to make up our minds, so we continued to live our happy, yet childless, life.   I thought in order to know if you were ready to have children you had to be one of those people who couldn’t imagine your life without them or who stopped to look at babies in strollers or who loved to hold a newborn.  I knew that person would never be me. However, there was a part of me who thought that my husband and I did have some good things to offer to another human being.  If nothing else, we both had dark hair and blue eyes and I hated to see those genes go to waste.  So, we decided to take the plunge into parenthood.  9 months later we were rewarded with a vivacious baby girl and two and a half years after that a sweet baby boy.  And that is when life got interesting.Krista NewbertI hope you enjoy my perspective on parenthood on a variety of topics in the future.   I am going to take a nap now. Until next time…last_img read more

UEFA wants the Champions League to start on October 20

first_imgStill not knowing what will become of soccer in the short term, UEFA and LaLiga already manage different dates for the start of the 2020-21 season. The employers claim to the RFEF that it is not competent when deciding which clubs will compete in Europe and in the document that has been sent to it, the LaLiga lawyers have mentioned the starting dates that the European body has in mind: “The start of the Champions League and Europa League Group Stage is scheduled for October 20, 2020“They also include in the document when the previous round would be played, who would have to contest the sixth in LaLiga Santander or the seventh, if the Cup winner was already classified: next August 13. In this way, the body chaired by Javier Tebas explains that it is still early to determine who can get the pass and, failing that, that is not the responsibility of the Royal Spanish Football Federation. Be that as it may, UEFA’s proposal for next season could be modified if the spread of the pandemic prevents the return of the competition in the coming months. The European football regulatory organization, in fact, has always advocated for the end of the season and even has sent a notice to Belgium, after the pre-agreement of the parties involved to permanently suspend the remainder of the campaign.LaLiga, on September 12?Meanwhile, Javier Tebas and his team are considering the possibility that the new season of the national league championship will begin on September 12. LaLiga remains in calendar negotiations with UEFA and, although the future is uncertain, it already manages that option. In any case, the priority today is to be able to reach an agreement so that the 2019-20 season is completed without major setbacks and always preserving the health of all those involved.last_img read more

New patrol to cycle Fort St. John

first_imgPhoto: Lynlee, 2, and Shane Clauson, 3, were two of the first youth to get free prizes from the bike patrol for wearing their helmets while riding their bikes at the Centennial Park skate park./Kimberley Molina A new RCMP bike patrol will be taking to the streets of Fort St. John this summer.- Advertisement -The patrol will have two full-time members, with around seven part-time members, and will officially run from July 1 until Sept. 1.Constable Jackelynne Passarell says the officers will act as a safety assurance for the community, being able to patrol walking trails and park areas, as well as being able to deter vandalism and loitering.She says the benefit of having officers on bikes is that they can go into areas where a police car can’t.[asset|aid=2980|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=6a473a1f8d1d91adeee783f92a1490e4-Passareell – Bike Patrol_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement The officers have taken special training courses that included pulling over vehicles.They can hand out various tickets for offences, but will also be implementing a “Positive Ticketing Campaign”. The campaign allows the officers to give out coupons for free items to youth who they see abiding by the safety laws – such as by wearing proper safety gear when skateboarding or bicycling – so as to encourage positive, healthy behaviour.The prizes have been donated by various local sponsors, and young people who get a positive ticket can also get their names entered in a draw for a $100 gift certificate from Ferris Fast Cycles.last_img read more

TKR get sweet revenge against Tallawahs

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier LeagueTrinbago Knight Riders have bounced back from their loss against the Jamaica Tallawahs (JT) to register a four-wicket win of their own. Decision came down to the final ball of the match on Sunday.Playing at the Central Broward Park in Florida, TKR won the toss and turned the tables by giving JT first strike. Tallawahs, led by two entertaining half centuries from opener Glen Phillips and David Miller down the order, set a target of 184 for victory, with the loss of only five wickets.Contrastingly, two half centuries from Colin Munro and Darren Bravo, and a much needed cameo from skipper Dwayne Bravo, were instrumental in the chase.Imam Wasim had an eventful first two overs with the removal of Sunril Narine without scoring and Chris Lynn for two. Lynn misjudged a run and found himself far from home. TKR were in trouble at 16-2.Oshane Thomas picked up the wicket of Brendon McCullum for eight, as he mistimed a shot outside off and was caught at backward point.With the score on 28 – 3, Munro and Darren Bravo made a tremendous recovery with a 107-run partnership. Darren contributed an even 50 and got out, while Lynn had four sixes and four fours in his 51-ball stay of 67.The left-hander Bravo hit five sixes in the 35 balls he faced before being bowled by Wasim. Dwayne entered with the equation being the TKR needing 48 runs from 18 balls. Like his little brother, he slammed five maximums in his 11-ball 36.With 21 required from 12, Russell struck in the penultimate over when he bowled Munro down the leg side. Javon Searles was the new batsman, and he gave the strike to the captain, who blasted the final ball of Russell’s over over the rope for six. TKR now needed seven from the final over.Searles missed the first delivery, got a leg bye on the second, then the skipper got out going for a big shot over point and was caught by Kennar Lewis. Ball four was a dot and the fifth was a wide, decreasing the equation to five runs needed from two balls.Thomas’s second attempt at the delivery went for two, and now Tallawahs were set to secure victory with two lower order batsmen in the middle and three runs to get from one ball. Searles cut one short and wide outside the off in front of square, and that ball ran away to the boundary for the win.Earlier in the evening, bowling first seemed to work out fine from the first over for TKR, who struck through man-of-the match Khary Pierre when he trapped Lewis lbw for 1.Meanwhile, at the other end, Phillips got to work right away on his knock of 80, with Steven Taylor joining. Two overs later, Tallawahs were set back with the loss of Taylor for eight, and Pierre was having a magnificent start to his spell.Ross Taylor then entered with the score on 26 – 2, but found himself back in the dugout after putting just seven runs on the board. A full delivery on leg from Fawad Ahmed got a top edge as Ross went for a big sweep and was caught by Dwayne Bravo in first slip. JT were now 47 – 3.When Miller arrived in the middle, Tallawahs’ strike rate got a significant boost with Phillips batting aggressively at the other end. The two shared a 112-run fourth wicket partnership, the backbone of the innings.Tallawahs reached their first 50 in nine overs, gently accelerated to reach 100 in 15 overs; then demolished the Knight Riders’ attack in the remaining five overs, plundering 83 runs in the process.Phillips played a well-preserved innings, reaching the half century mark in 46 balls; while Miller, the aggressor, registered a 26-ball 50. The opener scored all around the park, even switching it up in the process. However, one too many gifted his wicket to Dwayne Bravo, who had him stumped after bowling wide to avoid the trick shot. His innings was laced with only two fours and an equal amount of sixes.Miller continued the onslaught, and was left unbeaten on 72, with 54 runs having come in boundaries – five fours and the same amount of sixes.Russell entered in the final over, but was not able to launch an attack, being dismissed for 1 by Ali Khan. Rovman Powell came to the middle, and took a single to give Miller the strike; and he finished the innings in style with a huge six back over Khan’s head.last_img read more

AC Milan faces UEFA financial fair-play penalties

first_img“After careful examination of all the documentation and explanations provided, the Chamber decided not to conclude a voluntary agreement with AC Milan,” a UEFA statement said.The key concerns focus on the takeover of the club by Chinese businessman Li Yonghong.UEFA said: “There are still uncertainties in relation to the refinancing of the loans to be paid back in October 2018 and the financial guarantees provided by the main shareholder.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Seven-time European champions Milan have run up losses of 255 million euros ($300 million) in the last three seasons © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Dec 15 – AC Milan face penalties from UEFA after European football’s governing body said on Friday it had failed to strike a deal with the Italian club over its spending.Seven-time European champions Milan have run up losses of 255 million euros ($300 million) in the last three seasons, way above the 30 million euros permitted by the rules that are designed to stop clubs from over-spending.last_img read more

Inter eye Messi to rival Ronaldo at Juventus

first_imgREAD: Inter Milan eye ‘move for Lionel Messi to rival Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus’ as club target ‘huge signing’But now Inter are said to be plotting an audacious swoop for his fierce rival, according to interesting comments made by Pirelli CEO – and Inter fan – Marco Tronchetti Provera.The quotes led to a front page story for Tuttosport on Tuesday as Tronchetti Provera suggested Suning, the club’s owners, want to make a ‘huge signing’.‘I hope that Suning, once Financial Fair Play will allow it, can make a huge signing,’ said the CEO.‘Messi? How can you say no to Messi?’Now back in the Champions League, Inter are building towards a serious assault on titles both domestically and in European competition and Messi would provide a huge boost in belief.With both players approaching the tail end of their careers, there may be a temptation for the Argentine to try his hand outside of Spain.Having lost Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain last summer for a world record deal, Barcelona will have no desires to sell their biggest star and asset and that is the biggest obstacle for the Italian side.-By Daily Mail- 0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Now back in the Champions League, Inter are building towards a serious assault on titles both domestically and in European competition and Messi would provide a huge boost in belief.LONDON, United Kingdom, July 24 – Lionel Messi has emerged as a shock target for Inter Milan as the club want the Argentine ‘to rival Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus’.Ronaldo ended his nine-year La Liga dual with Messi this summer as he swapped Madrid for Turin in a Sh11.5bn (£88mn) move.last_img read more

Public’s help sought in identifying dead man

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Los Angeles County coroner’s officials are trying to find anyone who knew a middle-age homeless man found dead last month where he had apparently been sleeping next to an Antelope Valley Freeway off-ramp. Found lying beside a tree in a landscaped area at the freeway’s southbound Avenue K on-ramp March 24, the man was determined to have died from high blood pressure and heart disease, coroner’s officials said. “According to sheriff’s deputies, he was identified as a local transient in the area,” said Craig Harvey, Los Angeles County’s chief coroner investigator. “No wallet or identification was found on him at all.” Known now only as John Doe No. 56, the man may have come to Lancaster from the Bakersfield area, officials said. About 45 to 55 years old, the man was white, about 5-foot-7 and weighed 150 pounds, with graying brown hair and brown eyes, a full beard, no upper teeth and partial lower teeth, coroner’s officials said. He had on him a bank deposit slip from a nearby Bank of America branch. He was wearing a blue plaid shirt, blue jeans, a blue denim vest and a dark green jacket with hood, as well as white sneakers and socks, officials said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Daniel Machian at the coroner’s identification unit at (323) 343-0754 or call (323) 343-0714.last_img read more

‘How about £300k and a year’s supply of dog food?’ Reaction to Sanchez reports

first_img Alexis Sanchez celebrates Arsenal’s FA Cup win 1 Arsenal may have made a huge statement of intent with the club-record signing of Alexandre Lacazette but tying down current star Alexis Sanchez is also a huge priority.According to reports the Chile international is demanding £400,000-a-week to stay at Arsenal after supposedly turning down an offer of £275,000-a-week.With just 12 months left on his contract the Gunners are desperate to sign up their main man for the long term and it could be a difficult summer as they try and negotiate a new contract.Unsurprisingly the news has generated plenty of reaction from Arsenal fans on social media.Have a look at a selection of opinions from Gooners with regards to paying out big money for their number one star.last_img read more

Funds need to be diverted to local Donegal roads – Councillor McGowan

first_imgA Donegal county councillor has pleaded with the county’s TDs to lobby for more Government funding for local roads.Cllr Patrick McGowan said if something is not done locally about the state of our roads, then we will be facing an emergency situation.He added that a small transfer of funding form national roads budgets would make a huge difference. He said “The council’s roads office is struggling to maintain the local and regional roads where surface conditions are deteriorating year by year due to the lack of Government funding.“However, I am pleased at the workmanship and standard of finish on the roads that are being surfaced including Community roads such as this.“A small transfer of funding from the National Primary and motorway roads budget would make a massive difference to our local roads fund and I would appeal to all our Oireachtas members to come together and lobby Minister Ross for sufficient local road funding.“It has to be obvious to everyone that there will a national crisis regarding local roads conditions if something isn’t done soon,” said Cllr Mcgowan. The local roads office carried out surfacing on the entrance to St Mary’s GAA Club in Convoy last week.And Cllr McGowan credited the local roads staff for a job well done and wished to pass on the members’ appreciation.A small matching contribution was made to the project by the Club.Sports clubs as well local trails and walkways are being supported by various schemes at present and hopefully more resources will be made available to develop recreation and outdoor facilities which will help tourism and contribute to health and wellbeing, added Cllr McGowan.Work is due to restart on another short section of the Trusk Road footpath from the Weavers housing scheme outwards, also on the Letterkenny road from Admiran Park out to Alan Park Dunwiley. Funds need to be diverted to local Donegal roads – Councillor McGowan was last modified: July 16th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Punjab & Haryana HC bars stating of caste in proceedings

first_imgThe Punjab and Haryana High Court has instructed Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh not to mention the caste of the accused, victims or witnesses in proceedings before the court.A Bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Kuldip Singh, while passing a ruling in a murder case where the Haryana police had mentioned the caste of the accused, witnesses and the victim during the proceedings, noted that the caste system was profoundly illogical and was also against the basic tenets of the Constitution.“…it would be pertinent to mention here that during the course of investigation, the police have used the caste of the accused, witnesses as well as of the victim. This is not permissible. Mentioning of the caste status separately in the criminal proceedings is a colonial legacy and requires to be stopped forthwith…The Constitution guarantees a casteless and classless society. All are born equal,” observed the court.The court has directed the Secretaries (Home) of the governments to issue instructions to all investigating officers not to mention the caste of the accused, victims or witnesses in recovery memos, FIRs, seizure memos, inquest papers and other forms prescribed under CrPC and Punjab Police Rules.last_img read more