Pregnant woman gets $250,000 bail on narco charge

first_imgA pregnant woman and a male friend was slapped with cannabis possession for the purpose of trafficking charge and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.Sharda Mohammed, 47, of Lot 31 B Field, Sophia, Georgetown, and Nigel Luke, of Lot 1985 Festival City, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, both denied the charge after it was read by Magistrate Judy Latchman.It is alleged that on June 15, at Nutmeg Street, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, they had 2.7kg of cannabis in their possession for trafficking.In a bail application, attorney Melvin Duke told Court that on the day of the incident Mohammed took lunch for Luke with whom she is ‘friendly’ with at his work place as she normally does on a daily basis. He said Luke works as a security guard/caretaker at a car rental business and café.According to the lawyer Police arrived at the location and conducted a search when the seeds, leaves and stems suspected to be cannabis were found in the kitchen area of the café.He noted that Police dusted for fingerprints but none matching his clients were found on the items. He requested reasonable bail on these grounds.The lawyer’s submissions were objected to by Police Prosecutor Kerry Boswick who told the Court that on the day in question Police went to the home of Luke, and they were greeted by both defendants. He noted that after conducting a search of the premises Police found the illicit drug and showed it to Luke who admitted to being the owner.The pregnant woman, who is also a mother of eight children, was granted 0,000 bail while Luke was remanded to prison.The case will continue on July 13.last_img read more

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Weah Apologizes to Liberians

first_imgCongress for Democratic Change (CDC) senatorial candidate George Weah has openly apologized for his “actions and inactions, which in one way or another, may have hurt Liberians along the way.”Weah told a gathering of predominantly current and former lawmakers at the Capitol Building yesterday that he is sorry for what he knowingly or unknowingly did to individuals or a group of people while serving the nation in his capacity as Peace Ambassador and political leader of his party.Specifically on the political wrangling that has affected the CDC, Weah again apologized, stressing; “Some of the hard decisions taken by the party at the time were intended to move the party forward.” It is not clear what the “hard decisions” are because he did not go into them.He called for unity among party officials in the ensuing election period while re-echoing his confidence to sweep the senatorial election in Montserrado County.The nation’s former Peace Ambassador assured his supporters that he would remain focused on the senatorial race, dismissing speculations that he wants to give in to Robert Sirleaf.He spoke at the Capitol Building when 17 lawmakers organized a program to pledge their support to the CDC candidate for the upcoming senatorial election.In their statement the group of lawmakers declared that: “recognizing the roles played by Amb. Weah as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and the numerous contributions he made nationally and internationally;“Acknowledging the unifying character of Amb. Weah prompting his preferment as Peace Ambassador of Liberia, we are convinced that the presence of Amb. Weah in the Liberian Senate will further strengthen the capacity to deliver to the Liberia people.”The lawmakers affirmed their confidence in Weah, adding that they believe he is capable of providing quality leadership to the people of Montserrado County in the Senate.“We now hereby resolve to endorse the candidacy of Amb. Weah as Senator of Montserrado County and call on all citizens of Montserrado County to rally support for his overwhelming election as Senator,” the lawmakers declared.Weah was endorsed by Representatives Bill Twehway, Gabriel Nyenkan, Henry Fanhbulleh, Edwin M. Snowe, Abraham V. Corneh, Edward S. Forh and William V. Dakel among others.For his part, Forh described Weah as “a symbol of Liberia” and their action represents the first of a long travel to 2017 presidential and legislative elections.In a related development, the House of Representative has extended its stay in session to the 12th of December 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LEA Voting Poll Differs From The Winning Nominees

first_imgThe 8th annual Liberian Entertainment Awards hosted in Silver Spring Maryland on March 14, 2016 was said to be a success by those who hosted and attended the vibrant show. But many Liberian entertainers and those who were nominated but did not win, have a different perspective of what went down.“I was invited and asked to help with the red carpet and it being my first time, I saw a lot of scattered things happen,” Wonnie D, a Liberian broadcaster and entertainment promoter now based in the states. “First off, 6 pm was the start time but it didn’t start on time. We can’t be in America and still doing things like back home. Back home, we don’t have enough resources but here we do. “LEA is considered to be very serious, but what I saw there will not encourage me to go back because it was so whack and some of the performances. Every artist that came on stage had the same backdrop and presenters that came to present kept taking over the stage not giving the award show any attention. The program was like a local activity, I saw selfishness and meanness,” stated Wonnie D.Also, information coming from DJ Weego Zico of HottFm shows that he received the highest community votes but lost the victory of ‘Best DJ’ to DJ Chirpz, who took home the trophy.According to Bernice Mulabah, LEA’s nominating board committee member, “50 percent of the votes come from the public while 50 percent come from the committee. The committee votes dominate who takes home the award.“Both of the DJs are hard working DJs and we admire their work, that’s why they got nominated. We’d love for them to win because they are all hard working in that category, unfortunately, DJ Weego Zico lost to committee votes, even though he won the public votes. DJ Chirpz won majority of the committee votes and few percentage of the public votes and that put him at the top,” she clarified.Elaborating on how winners are selected, Bernice also defended the LEA against all the critical things being said on her FaceBook page pertaining to the awards.“I can’t reply to what people are assuming and thinking; people have the right to think whatever they want to think and believe whatever they want to believe. I don’t have time to address everybody’s assumptions but, if its factual, ask and I’ll answer,” she stated via WhatsApp.Meanwhile, there has been an allegation that was posted on the Monrovia Times website claiming that a lawsuit was being put against Bernice and LEA on allegations of fraud and disrespect.“LEA faces lawsuit over poor organization and committee member remarks. Some members of the audience who attended the Liberia Entertainment Awards has threatened to sue the organizers of the award. The soon to be plaintiffs who spoke based on anonymity said they will sue the LEA if the organizers don’t come up with an apology within the next 24 hours for remarks made by one of the committee members Bernice Mulabah,” stated www.monroviatimesonline.comAlso, LEA is being accused of running a fraudulent business by the same plaintiffs.“IRA-1866-722-2551; the business name is not LEA, we can’t find the IRA for LEA, which means the business is fraud. They will get in deep [mess] just watch, we are 10 filling the lawsuit,” they stated during a FaceBook chat. Below is a listing of the LEA winners.LEA2016 Winners:1. Best New Artist – Eric Geso2. Best Artist – DenG3. Best Music Video – Slow it down (Benji Cavalli)4. Song of the Year – Kemah (DenG)5. Best Radio Personality – Master Queen6. Best Music Producer – Just Prince7. Best Fashion Designer – Precious Pieces8. Best Model – Amina Jajua9. Best Gospel Artist – Bernice Blackie10. Best Athlete – William Jebor11. Best Film Maker – Frank Artus12. Best Comedian – Mary Love13. Best DJ – DJ Chirpz14. Best Hipco Artist – Roland Ross15. Community Crusader – Owen Johnson Tuazama16. Best Film – Yamah in America17. Best Actor – Bobby ValentinoCongrats to all our winners. *Winners are determined by 50% Public votes and 50% Committee votes.The Liberian Entertainment Awards – “Excellence in Music, Movies, Fashion, Sports & Services”LEA2016 Winners:1. Best New Artist – Eric Geso2. Best Artist – DenG3. Best Music Video – Slow it down (Benji Cavalli)4. Song of the Year – Kemah (DenG)5. Best Radio Personality – Master Queen6. Best Music Producer – Just Prince7. Best Fashion Designer – Precious Pieces8. Best Model – Amina Jajua9. Best Gospel Artist – Bernice Blackie10. Best Athlete – William Jebor11. Best Film Maker – Frank Artus12. Best Comedian – Mary Love13. Best DJ – DJ Chirpz14. Best Hipco Artist – Roland Ross15. Community Crusader – Owen Johnson Tuazama16. Best Film – Yamah in America17. Best Actor – Bobby ValentinoCongrats to all our winners. *Winners are determined by 50% Public votes and 50% Committee votes.The Liberian Entertainment Awards – “Excellence in Music, Movies, Fashion, Sports & Services”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Private Sector assists flood victims

first_imgSeveral Private Sector entities reached out to residents of Canal Number One, West Bank Demerara, who were recently affected by the floodwaters following persistent heavy rainfall over the holidays.The entities distributed 200 hampers to the residents of the area, consisting food and other household items.Residents of the community waiting to receive their hampersThe hampers were supplied by NEW GPC INC, N&S Mattai and Co Ltd, Deodat Deokinandan National Milling Company Limited (NAMILCO); Bakewell and Beni Sankar.Prior to the distribution, members of the Private Sector did a brief walk around of the affected areas and witnessed the continuing misery being borne by the residents.According to Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram, who spearheaded the initiative, the assistance was a mere token compared with the level of suffering and the needs of the community but that the collective Private Sector wanted the people to know that their suffering and fortitude had not gone unrecognised.He also noted that from all reports received, this was a manmade disaster caused by neglect and negligence which should have been avoided.Ram thanked the donors and the members of the community who at very short notice organised the event, and the recipients for their patience, discipline and courage.Ram also announced that efforts are currently underway to organise assistance and support for the sugar workers of the closed Wales Estate whose employment was terminated last year, and their families, particularly children, whose education and future may be affected.Also in attendance were Country Manager of NAMILCO, Bertie Sukhai; Bakewell representative, Roy Vontholl; Executive Director of the Private Sector Commission, Elizabeth Alleyne and representatives from Region Three Three administration.last_img read more

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Fisherman critical after being stabbed about his body

first_imgFisherman Henry Santiago of Smith Creek, Barima River, Region One is now in critical condition at the Mabaruma Hospital after being stabbed about his body following an argument with 22-year-old Romel Marks, with whom he was said to be imbibing.This incident occurred at about 23:30hrs on Saturday, when, according to reports, the two men were consuming alcohol and Santiago took up a cutlass and chopped Marks on his right foot.Marks retaliated by breaking a bottle and stabbing Santiago to his right abdomen and to his right hand several times.Santiago was picked up and rushed to the Mabaruma hospital, while Marks has since been taken into Police custody.last_img

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The Premier League’s top 10 most clinical attackers so far this season

first_img 8. Angel Di Maria – 3.3 shots-per-goal – Click the arrow for more – Undoubtedly Man United’s player of the season thus far, Angel Di Maria has hit the ground running since his British-record transfer to Old Trafford during the summer. While he has mustered just three goals for the Red Devils, the fact that they have come from only 10 attempts is very impressive 9 9 9 =5. Sergio Aguero and Saido Berahino – 3.2 shots-per-goal – Click the arrow for more – Sergio Aguero’s haul against Tottenham took his league total for Man City to 61 in 95 Premier League appearances, but the Argentine has company in his efficiency infront of goal this season from West Brom’s Saido Berahino. The England youngster may have five goals to Aguero’s nine, but his have come from just 16 attempts, compared to 29 for his prolific counterpart. 9 =10. Alexis Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Fraizer Campbell – 3.7 shots-per-goal – Click the arrow for to see the best of the rest – We kick off with a Premier League trio who boast the exact same attacking stats this season, despite all playing different positions. Alexis Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Fraizer Campbell have all scored three Premier League goals this season, coming from just 11 attempts in total. 3. Steven Naismith – 2.5 shots-per-goal – Click the arrow for more – Perhaps one of the surprise packages of the season, Steven Naismith already has four goals to his name in the league for Everton so far. The Scottish international’s strikes have come from just 10 attempts on goal, giving him a hugely respectable conversion rate of 40 per-cent. 7. Nikica Jelavic – 3.25 shots-per-goal – Click the arrow for more – The Croatian is susceptible to fallow periods in front of goal, but he has enjoyed a good start this season, finding the net four times for Hull. Encouraging for the Tigers is that his goals have come from just 13 attempts, boasting a conversion rate of 30.8 per-cent. 9 2. Diego Costa – 2.1 shots-per-goal – Click the arrow for more – It should come as no surprise to see Diego Costa included in this list, such has been his success in front of goal for Chelsea. Nine goals in the league is a wonderful knock for this stage of the season, but equally impressive has been his shots-to-goals tally, with the Spaniard taking just 19 shots so far. 9 4. Diafra Sakho – 2.8 shots-per-goal – Click the arrow for more – It’s hard to believe that Diafra Sakho was playing in the French second division last season, such has been his strong start to life in England. Not only has the West Ham man found the net five times in the league so far, his goals have come from just 14 attempts. 9. Nacer Chadli – 3.5 shots-per-goal – Click the arrow for more – Nacer Chadli has been one of Tottenham’s busier players this season and that is perhaps reflected best in his attempts on goal (14) and his scoring tally (Four). The Belgian has had more efforts than team mate Emmanuel Adebayor (10), and boasts a conversion rate of 28.6 per-cent. 9 9 Goals win matches, but sometimes almost equally important is how effective a striker is given a chance.Attackers tend to be measured by the amount they score, but the true value of an attacker must surely be in how likely they are to find the net with the ball at their feet?Man City star Sergio Aguero took his Premier League total to 61 goals in just 95 games for the reigning champions, as he put four past Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend. According to his statistics however, the Argentine did so with 11 attempts.But just who is the most clinical attacker in the league this season? Click the arrow to find out.All statistics courtesy of Opta and correct up to and including 19 October 2014 9 1. Leonardo Ulloa – Two shots-per-goal – He may have only arrived at Leicester in the summer, but Leonardo Ulloa looks like he’s been with the Foxes for years, such has been his quick adaptation to life at the club. The Argentine has bagged a respectable five goals this season, but it is his ruthlessness in front of goal that has been most impressive, taking just 10 shots in total.last_img read more

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Liverpool team to play Stoke: signings in line up plus surprise starters

first_img 11 10. Philippe Coutinho (left-side attack) – to see a surprise starter, click right – Liverpool player of last season will be even more important now that Raheem Sterling has been sold. 11 11 17. Mamadou Sakho (centre back) – to see who may benefit from the lack of fitness of a team-mate, click right – The Frenchman faces a battle to make the starting XI, likely going head-to-head with Dejan Lovren. 12. Joe Gomez (left back) – to see who could prove the most important man in a Red shirt, click right – Another summer signing who’s impressed in pre-season, many thought Gomez would be one for the future, but the temptation is their for Rodgers to start him ahead of Alberto Moreno. 7. James Milner (centre midfield) – to see which exciting attacking summer signing should also make his full competitive Reds debut, click the arrow above, right – Possibly the bargain signing of the summer. 11 9. Christian Benteke (striker) – to see who will join the Reds’ new forward in attack, click right – Time to start justifying that hefty price tag! 14. Jordan Henderson (centre midfield) – to see who faces a fight for a first team place, click right – The new skipper is a cert for Rodgers’ starting XI. Outside the UK? Stream Stoke City v Liverpool live on talkSPORT.com, on Sunday August 9, kick off 4pm BSTLiverpool were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke City in the final game of what was a dismal 2014/15 Premier League season for the Reds, but they have the chance of almost immediate redemption when they open the new campaign at the Britannia Stadium.Much has changed at Anfield in just three months, and not just the continued redevelopment of the Main Stand.Out has gone England attacker Raheem Sterling, sold for an initial £44m fee, which has already been reinvested in £32.5m striker Christian Benteke and Brazilian attacker Roberto Firmino, signed for £22m (potentially rising to £29m) from Bundesliga club Wolfsburg.Less expensive, but with Premier League experience and promise, Danny Ings was snapped up from Burnley for a fee to be decided by tribunal.This will be the first season since the late 1990s that Liverpool have played without Steven Gerrard in the team, replaced as captain by Jordan Henderson, while James Milner has arrived to add experience and bolster the midfield.Elsewhere, Nathaniel Clyne has arrived at right back, in place of Glen Johnson, who was snapped up by Stoke after his Liverpool contract ended. And versatile Joe Gomez was brought in from Charlton Athletic to further boost Brendan Rodgers’ defensive options.With Daniel Sturridge, Joe Allen and Jon Flanagan the only players ruled out by injury, Rodgers has a strong squad to choose his starting line up from.But who will get the nod at Stoke? Take a look at our possible XI in the slideshow above, listed in squad number order, and let us know the team you would pick by leaving a comment below. 20. Adam Lallana (right side attack) – to see who will be praying they get the nod at Stoke, click right – With Roberto Firmino not up to full fitness, Rodgers may opt not to throw him into the Premier League deep end, which should see Lallana join Coutinho in supporting Benteke in attack. 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted team by leaving a comment below – The summer signing has looked impressive in pre-season and should get his full competitive debut at Stoke. Remember when the Reds played Emre Can at right-back at the Britannia Stadium? Those days are gone, thankfully, if you’re a Reds fan! 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) – to see which player is now a senior pro for the Reds, click right – The Belgian remains Liverpool’s first choice between the posts. 11 11 21. Lucas (defensive midfield) – to see who Liverpool fans will be hoping improves a lot this season, click right – Henderson and Milner are sure things in the Reds’ midfield, and with Rodgers favouring a 4-3-3 system, the third midfield spot is up for grabs. Expect Lucas and Emre Can to fight it out for the holding role. 11 11 11 37. Martin Skrtel (centre back) – what line up would you pick? Comment below – After Lucas, Skrtel is Liverpool’s next longest serving player and is now the first choice centre back.last_img read more

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Pope celebrates Mass to usher in Christmas

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For those unable to get into the midnight service there were giant screens set up in St. Peter’s Square, which was made festive with a twinkling Christmas tree and the Vatican’s Nativity scene. Officials unveiled the life-size Nativity on Monday, revealing the statues of Mary and Joseph, Jesus’ parents, in a huge house-like structure located next to the Vatican’s giant, twinkling Christmas tree. This year, the scene of Jesus’ birth was depicted in a re-creation of Joseph’s Nazareth home rather than the traditional manger in Bethlehem. Officials at the unveiling said the shift underscored the idea that Jesus was born not just in a single place, but everywhere and for everyone. Hours before Midnight Mass, Benedict briefly appeared at his studio window to light a candle as a symbol of peace, blessing the crowd with the light before leaving it on the sill. At noon today (2 a.m. PST), Benedict was to deliver his traditional Christmas Day “Urbi et Orbi” speech – Latin for “to the city and to the world” – from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, in which he often touches on current events and issues of concern to the Vatican. He then is expected to issue Christmas greetings to the faithful in more than 60 languages. VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI ushered in Christmas as he led Midnight Mass early today amid thousands of the faithful who filled St. Peter’s Basilica. Dressed in white and gold-colored robes, Benedict blessed the crowd of pilgrims, Romans and tourists as he walked in a procession up the main aisle to the central altar, which was decorated with red poinsettia flowers. As a choir sang, Benedict sprinkled incense on the altar under Bernini’s massive bronze baldachin before opening the service with the traditional wish for peace in Latin: “Pax vobis” (“Peace be with you”). The faithful responded: “Et cum spiritu tuo.” (“And also with you.”) Four children, some in native costume from their countries, brought flowers to the altar, placing them near a statue depicting baby Jesus while Benedict joined a choir in a hymn. last_img read more

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Leftover ‘Chicken’ still tasty at $32 million

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Although “Chicken” is sure to be dislodged from first place next weekend by “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” the fourth film in the series, Viane is confident that the film will continue to draw sizable audiences through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and beyond. “We will certainly hold our own,” he said. “When we come out of those holidays, we will be looking at a serious number.” Despite the great numbers for “Chicken,” the top 12 films in the marketplace took in 14.5 percent less than movies did on the same weekend a year ago, a scenario all too common during most weeks in 2005. Still, it would have been tough to match the $50 million that Disney/Pixar’s “The Incredibles” took in during its second weekend last year and the $23 million grossed by second place “The Polar Express.” But it didn’t help that none of the new releases – “Zathura,” “Derailed” and “Get Rich or Die Tryin’ ” – was able to break out big for an opening weekend, all finishing in the $12 million-to-$14 million range. “The three newcomers kind of had a rough time in this marketplace,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations Co. “We think the audiences were fragmented and sent in a lot of different directions.” Second-place “Zathura,” from Sony Pictures Entertainment, took in an estimated $14 million and suffered some by seeking the same family audiences that continued to be drawn in by “Chicken.” But the studio believes it has a hit on its hands. “I think it’s a good, solid start for us,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of domestic distribution. “The movie has been reviewed very well, people love the movie and we will have a solid film all throughout the holiday season.” “Derailed,” the first release from The Weinstein Co., emerged in third place with $12.8 million in ticket sales, barely edging out “Get Rich,” according to studio estimates. The R-rated film, starring Aniston and Clive Owen, was mostly panned by critics. Paramount Pictures’ “Get Rich” took fourth place, with an estimated weekend gross of $12.5 million. Released on Wednesday, the film has taken in $18.2 million in its first five days. It drew predominantly African-American audiences and achieved exit polls with 87 percent ratings of “definite recommend,” according to Wayne Lewellen, Paramount’s president of distribution. “The movie’s weekend numbers were on the high end of what we expected,” Lewellen said. “You have ‘Harry Potter’ next weekend, and it’s a different audience than most of the competition, so it should bode well for our film going forward.” Rounding out the top five was Universal Pictures’ military drama “Jarhead,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx. It fell from second place with a 56-percent drop in ticket sales compared with its opening weekend. “Jarhead” grossed an estimated $12.3 million and has earned $47.1 million in 10 days. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Chicken Little,” $32 million. 2. “Zathura: A Space Adventure,” $14 million. 3. “Derailed,” $12.8 million. 4. “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” $12.5 million. 5. “Jarhead,” $12.3 million. 6. “Saw II,” $9.4 million. 7. “The Legend of Zorro,” $6.6 million. 8. “Prime,” $4 million. 9. “Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story,” $3.8 million. 10. “Pride & Prejudice,” $2.8 million. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nothing could prevent Disney’s “Chicken Little” from ruling the roost at the box office for the second week in a row – not Jennifer Aniston’s thriller “Derailed,” not 50 Cent in “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” and not the board game fantasy “Zathura.” “Chicken” took in an impressive $32 million during the weekend, for a stellar 10-day total of $80.7 million, according to studio estimates released Sunday. The computer-generated animated film managed to drop just 20 percent in ticket sales from its opening weekend numbers, with its Veterans Day grosses on Friday actually exceeding its opening-day ticket sales a week earlier. “It’s clearly public word of mouth,” said Chuck Viane, president of Disney’s Buena Vista Distribution. “This is one of those weekends where you can sit back and really enjoy what we do.” last_img read more

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Teacher of the Year

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – Ruth Benner has taught at a bevy of institutions over the past two decades – a psychiatric hospital, a men’s prison, a private school for emotionally disturbed students and an Orthodox Jewish girls school.Initially, Benner says, she took those jobs because there wasn’t much available in teaching at the time.“I wanted to be a teacher since I was young, and when I first started, I was willing to try anything,” said Benner, 45, who is now a teacher at Lake Center Middle School. “You could call it foolish, but I was willing to teach in different areas.”But at each of those jobs, Benner learned something new – and she took those lessons to heart, using them to transform herself into one of the best in her profession.The seventh-grade language arts teacher is the 2005-06 Teacher of the Year for the Little Lake City School District.“She’s a really special teacher,” said Lake Center seventh-grader Jorge Anguiano. “She drops whatever she is doing and takes the time to help us.“If one person doesn’t understand, she waits until everyone understands,” he added.Benner received a bachelor’s degree in political science and her first teaching credential from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She earned her upper-education credentials at Cal State Long Beach.When she found out she’d been selected Teacher of the Year, Benner says she was “excited and honored.” But most of all, she jumped at the opportunity to bring a little positive attention to her profession.“I wanted to draw some positive light on the fact that all teachers here work hard,” she said. “I felt like I won the award to represent them as well.”Beth Cassford, a former California Teacher of the Year and a fellow Lake Center teacher, said new teachers are naturally drawn to Benner.“New teachers are not hesitant to ask her for help or advice,” Cassford said. “Rather, they are drawn to her openness and enthusiasm.“She is a constant and reliable resource to her colleagues. She is always willing to share her expertise with others,” Cassford said.What Benner loves most about her job, however, is the revelations that come from her students.“What they write is so much different from what they say,” Benner said. “Even a kid that you wouldn’t consider `above average’ – when they sit down and write, they come up with some amazing things.“I think I have the perfect job,” she added. “I’m so proud to be a teacher, so proud of this school and the other teachers here. And I’m proud to represent them.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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