first_imgUp to 100 students from across Donegal have taken a Derry school by storm – as part of a ‘lip dub’ special!It’s definitely silly season at Hollybush Primary School in Culmore, Derry where the school’s first ever “lip dub” has just been uploaded to YouTube. This short wacky film focuses on the last day of term madness at the school!While much of the business of a school is serious, this video celebrates the fun that is right at the heart of a school community.Where else would you see a teacher’s Yaris turning into a limo and a Principal asleep on the job while the deputy principal escapes from marauding pupils in a Morris Minor??There is also a short clip of Hollybush’s own Ireland, European and World karate champion, Joseph Feeney, trained by Muff native, Sean Barron. Plans for this video began back in September, but what was finally created was almost spur-of-the-moment stuff brilliantly captured by Buncrana Man Emile Rainey of Rainey Day Productions and Junk Kouture fame.What the film does show, aside from the excitement of the children and staff at the approaching summer break, is the wealth of musical and sporting talent for which the school is renowned.Plans are already afoot for a 2016 follow up with a new and exciting theme! Watch this space!!!DDTV: WATCH DONEGAL PRIMARY STUDENTS TAKE DERRY SCHOOL BY STORM IN ‘LIP DUP’ SPECIAL was last modified: July 10th, 2015 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:DDTVFeaturesnewslast_img read more

New Geocaching Souvenirs – Celebrating 2 Million Active Geocaches

first_imgGeocaching is celebrating the 2 Millionth Active Geocache by rewarding geocachers with more than a dozen previously unreleased Geocaching Souvenirs. Souvenirs are digital post cards for your profile. You earn a souvenir by finding a geocache in a specific country, like Spain. The virtual pieces of art are displayed on your Geocaching profile page, as well as on the Geocaching iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 apps.Geocaching will release five souvenirs shortly after the 2 Millionth Active Geocaches is reached. We’ll release five Geocaching Souvenirs each work day until all previously unreleased souvenirs are available to geocachers.  After all the souvenirs are released no more state or regional souvenirs are planned. Nearly a hundred souvenirs already exist! See a selection of the most popular Geocaching Souvenirs offered on Geocaching!The Geocaching Souvenirs Below were Released on February 28, 2013AustriaNew South WalesDublinSpainSwedenThe Geocaching Souvenirs Below were Released on March 1, 2013NorwayConnacht – IrelandSouth KoreaHungaryWestern Australia The Geocaching Souvenirs Below were Released on March 4, 2013QueenslandIcelandSouth AfricaJapanLienster – IrelandFranceThe Geocaching Souvenirs Below were Released on March 5, 2013BulgariaUlster – IrelandVictoriaNorthern TerritorySouth AustraliaFinlandNetherlandsNew ZealandThe Final Geocaching Souvenirs Below were Released on March 6, 2013LuxembourgMunster – IrelandAustralian Capital TerritoryTasmaniaSwitzerlandDenmarkLatviaUnited KingdomSee a selection of nearly 100 more of the most popular Geocaching Souvenirs offered by Geocaching!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedCelebrating Two Million GeocachesFebruary 27, 2013In “Community”Celebrate the evolution of geocaching with the Big Blue Switch souvenir!April 25, 2017In “Community”It’s time to get stealthy. – Atomium – stealth challenge (Expo58) (GC1EG4C) – Geocache of the WeekDecember 11, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

Erring Belga fined, suspended

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRain or Shine center Beau Belga has been slapped a P17,500 fine and a one-game suspension following his ejection on Sunday.Already charged with a technical foul early in the game, the burly big man was whistled with a flagrant foul penalty one after a skirmish with Kia center Jason Ballesteros midway through the third quarter which led to his ouster.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NCAA: Perpetual Help extends Arellano’s slide It was already Belga’s sixth flagrant foul and seventh technical foul for this season.The Sorsogon native will serve his suspension on the Elasto Painters’ game against TNT on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars View commentslast_img read more

Houston Rockets set NBA record with 26 triples in 136-118 win

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) argues with referee Scott Foster during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets were on the cusp of NBA history, just one 3-pointer away from setting the league record for most 3s in a game.The crowd chanted: “Three, Three, Three,” every time Houston got the ball and let out a collective moan after each of four straight misses as the clock ran down on Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards.ADVERTISEMENT The victory comes after the Wizards won the first meeting against Houston this season 135-131 in overtime on Nov. 26, despite a season-high 54 points from Harden.The Wizards often double-teamed Harden in the first half, leaving others open, which led to easy baskets in the lane and a 70-58 lead by the Rockets at halftime.TIP-INSWizards: Made 10 of 30 3-pointers. … John Wall added 18 points with 12 assists. … Trevor Ariza had 15 points in his second game since a trade from Phoenix.Rockets: Gordon added 18 points. … James Ennis missed his fourth straight game with a strained right hamstring. … Houston had 15 turnovers.WELCOME BACKThe Rockets played a tribute video for Ariza during a timeout in the first quarter after he spent the last four years with the team before signing with the Suns in the offseason. Ariza, who was traded to the Wizards last week, smiled and waved to the crowd as fans gave him a hearty ovation after the video.UP NEXTWizards: Host Phoenix on Saturday night.Rockets: Visit Miami on Thursday night. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Carter-Williams joked that the reserves who were on the floor at the end of the game would never have heard the end of it if they hadn’t at least tried to set the record.Harden believes they would have had a tougher time dealing with the fans.“Not even us. The crowd — the crowd would have attacked them,” he said with a laugh. “Credit to those guys, they made shots to close out the game.”A 3 by Gary Clark tied the record with 2:42 left before Carter-Williams made the record-setter. The previous record was held by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made 25 against Atlanta on March 3, 2017.Paul was happy to help Houston set the record, but didn’t realize what was going on until he heard the crowd.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments “I had no clue that we had that many until the fans started chanted: “three,” every time we got the ball,” he said. “So it’s cool to do it together as a team.”The winning streak ties their longest of the season and comes after the Rockets lost their previous three games.Houston had a comfortable lead throughout most of this one and seven straight points, capped by a dunk from Clint Capela, made it 111-94 with about nine minutes left.Tomas Satoransky and Bradley Beal made back-to-back 3-pointers for Washington after that, but Harden ended the run with a 3 that left Houston ahead 114-100.The Rockets then used a 12-3 run, with all their points coming on 3s, to make it 123-103 with about five minutes left. Harden and Gordon both made one in that span and Green capped the spurt with two, and coach Mike D’Antoni cleared the bench soon after.Beal had 28 points to lead the Wizards, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.Houston led by 12 at halftime and a basket by Paul left the Rockets up 80-64 with about nine minutes left in the third quarter. The Wizards used a 6-3 run, with four points from Wall, after that to cut the lead to 83-70.The Rockets made four quick points later in the quarter, highlighted by a nifty reverse layup by Gordon, to leave them up 91-76 with about 3½ minutes left in the quarter.Washington got within 11 late in the third quarter, but Harden scored the next five points, capped by a 3-pointer, to make it 101-85.The Wizards scored the last five points of the quarter, with three free throws, to cut the lead to 101-90 entering the fourth.center_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Eduard Folayang, Shinya Aoki meet again in stacked ONE Championship card in Japan LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Then, with just 31.1 seconds remaining, Michael Carter-Williams, who had missed two of those four, set his feet and shot his way into the record books, making Houston’s 26th 3 of the night to set the mark and help Houston to a 136-118 win.“All I was hearing were my teammates saying: ‘shoot it, shoot it,’” Carter-Williams said. “So we were just out there trying to make the last one. I had a good, clean look so I just tried to knock it down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefJames Harden scored 35 points as the Rockets won their fifth straight game. He made six 3s, Chris Paul added 5 and Gerald Green and Eric Gordon made 4 each on a night Houston attempted 55.“We knew going into the game they were going to take a lot of them,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “They were hot and they’ve been hot for a while now. They have a couple of hot players and there’s not much you can do when they’re making contested 3s.” Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Education Minister Explains PEP Mock Exam Results

first_img Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has explained the recent Primary Exit Profile (PEP) mock exam results.He is also calling on educators, parents, students and stakeholders of PEP to remain calm about the results they received, as they represent only a percentage of the total score students will receive after sitting the actual examinations as of 2019.“The mock was administered on one component of the PEP, that is, the Performance Task, which accounts for 20 per cent of the total assessment,” the Minister said.He was speaking at the Ministry’s quarterly press conference, held on Thursday (December 6) at his offices in downtown Kingston.“The Ability Test and the Curriculum-Based Test (CBT) will account for the remaining 30 per cent and 50 per cent, respectively. Therefore, it is unreasonable, premature and a knee-jerk reaction to view the June 2018 Mock Performance Task as an indication of what will happen when the actual assessments are done in 2019. It is to be noted that the Performance Task and the Curriculum Based Test are based on content/curriculum material covered in grade six,” he noted.“The same will apply where the Performance Task, to be administered in June 2019 to grade-four and -five students, is concerned. Grade-four students will be assessed on what they would have covered at grade four, while grade-five students will be assessed on the basis of content covered in grade five,” the Minister explained.He added that the Ministry and other examining bodies have no general practice or tradition of reporting on mock or pilot assessment results; therefore, there was no need to put the details of the Mock Exam, being only a per cent of the overall score, out to the public.“Just for transparency, we did so, and as it turned out we should have perhaps had a session where we explain where the grading was going to be. Rather than that, we put them out there and people have their own interpretation,” he said.The Minister also noted that the three levels or performance categories in relation to June’s Mock Performance Test, which is Standard Met, Standard Nearly Met and Standard Not Met, are not the same rubric/scoring/reporting scheme that will apply in respect of the actual examinations slated for 2019.Senior Education Officer in the Students Assessment Unit, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Maryah Ho-Young, offered more clarity on how the grades will be scored for PEP as of 2019.“In reporting the results of the Primary Exit Profile for each individual student, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has taken the decision to use what we call Scaled Scores, instead of percentage scores. For GSAT, in the Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Communication Task, the schools [and] parents would typically see a percentage score. We’re moving away from that, as we move towards a 21st century assessment,” she noted.Mrs. Ho-Young further explained that a Scaled Score is the conversion of a student’s raw scores from the various tests on to a Common Scale.“Statistics and Mathematics are involved in doing that conversion. Examples of Scaled Scores used in other jurisdictions include the Caribbean Examination Council, with a scale of grades one to six [and] for SAT, as used in the United States of America, they use a scale of 400 to 1,600,” she said.Mrs. Ho-Young said it is important for teachers, administrators and parents to understand what Scaled Scores are.“Raw scores [percentage scores] do not always present the full picture. They don’t take into account other factors, such as one test may be marked out of 20, another test may be marked out of 60, so we have to convert those different marks on to a common scale, in order for us to make a comparison,” she said.“Scaled scores are used to ensure consistency, seeing that the different tests are measuring different aspects, as well as they comprise a different number of questions,” Mrs. Ho-Young added. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has explained the recent Primary Exit Profile (PEP) mock exam results. Story Highlights He is also calling on educators, parents, students and stakeholders of PEP to remain calm about the results they received, as they represent only a percentage of the total score students will receive after sitting the actual examinations as of 2019. “The mock was administered on one component of the PEP, that is, the Performance Task, which accounts for 20 per cent of the total assessment,” the Minister said.last_img read more

Scarlett Johansson Calls For Typhoon Haiyan Aid In The Philippines

first_imgOxfam America has released a new public service announcement featuring Scarlett Johansson speaking about Oxfam’s work in the Philippines delivering emergency aid to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan and calling on viewers to help by donating at www.oxfamamerica.org/haiyan.Video: Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam Appeal to Aid Typhoon SurvivorsOxfam, an international humanitarian relief and development organization, is setting up programs that aim to reach 500,000 people affected by the crisis. Our teams are already on the ground, determining the needs and beginning distribution of critical aid. Oxfam’s goal in the first phase of the emergency is to ensure that 20,000 families – about 100,000 people – have access to food, safe water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene materials. As the people of the Philippines recover from Typhoon Haiyan, Oxfam will also help them rebuild their farming and fishing livelihoods as well as get markets up and running so that food is available in local shops.An internationally celebrated artist and Oxfam America Global Ambassador since 2005, Johansson has visited India, Sri Lanka, and Kenya helping to raise the voices of those affected by disasters, poverty and injustice.“The coming days and weeks are critical. Hundreds of thousands of people are without food, water, and shelter,” said Michael Delaney, director of humanitarian response for Oxfam America. “Families are drinking contaminated water from wells. The threat of disease and malnutrition is high. The need for life-saving emergency aid is immense.”Learn more about Oxfam’s relief work in the Philippines at www.oxfamamerica.org. Tweet @oxfamamerica using hashtag #Haiyan.last_img read more

A Place Called Home To Host Annual Celebrity Bowling And Poker Tournament

first_imgA Place Called Home (APCH) celebrates its 10th Annual STARS & STRIKES Celebrity Bowling & Poker Tournament on March 10th, 2016 from 7pm-11pm at PINZ Bowling and Entertainment Center, located in Studio City.The event is a fun-filled, celebrity-spotting benefit that raises funds and awareness for APCH’s free programs in education, the arts, athletics and vocational preparation for youth in South Central Los Angeles.
For more information click here.Over the past nine years, Stars & Strikes has raised more than $1,000,000 for APCH’s free programs. Previous years’ celebrity ambassadors and supporters have included: Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Mark Wahlberg, Chris Brown, Pete Wentz, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Jonah Hill, Howie Mandel, Penny Marshall, Nick Cannon, Keke Palmer, Jason Derulo; and many more.This year’s Stars & Strikes event will be even more exciting than years past, with the return of the bowling tournament, a larger than life poker tournament, exciting prizes and some of today’s biggest celebrities from the entertainment and sports world. Special thanks to official media sponsor iHeartRadio/KIIS-FM, official food sponsor Whole Foods Market, and major sponsors CBS, Midnight Radio (a TV and film production company) and Signature Estate and Investment Advisors, LLC.Doors open at 7pm for the general public. Bowling tournament starts at 7:30pm, poker tournament starts at 8:00pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Register now as space is limited and the tournament is expected to sell out!For ticket/sponsorships, click here.last_img read more

Helena Woods story How domestic abuse can lead to child apprehension

first_imgEditor’s note: APTN News is taking a detailed look into child welfare between Feb. 20-23. This is Part 2 of a three-part series on the story of a woman in Manitoba who blames abuse suffered at home for her daughter’s death and eventual contact with child and family services. Read Part 1 here.Brittany Hobson Karyn Pugliese APTN NewsSprawling more than 7,000 acres and home to 4,500 people the community of St. Theresa Point is an isolated wilderness. The remote community is surrounded by the several tiny islands that make up Manitoba’s Island Lake region.Homes in the community are sometimes spread a part by 20 feet of trees, bush and wildlife.It seems peaceful, but some homes here know violence. And this community is not alone.According to a 2014 Statistics Canada report Aboriginal women are three times more likely to be victimized by current or former partners than non-Aboriginal women.In St. Theresa Point some women are beginning to talk about it.On Feb. 26, 2010 Helena Wood’s 15-year-old daughter Cassandra Wood died by suicide. Her body was found a day later in a garage near the high school in the community.Helena believes witnessing 15 years of family violence overwhelmed Cassandra.“I’m not losing another daughter because of domestic violence. Never again,” Helena told APTN News from her home in Steinbach, Man.“There were lots of signs. Lots of sayings but nobody heard her. Nobody heard her. Not even her friends.”Helena is the first to admit she also failed to see the signs. It’s something that she has to live with to this day. Looking back on the events leading up to Cassandra’s death she says she was in survival mode. The well-being of her children fell by the way side.“I went straight down emotionally and physically,” she said. “Physically my beat ups caught up to me, so mentally I went straight down.”“What did I do? I drank for many years. Then I became addicted.”It’s hard for Helena to talk about the abuse, addictions and the death of Cassandra. It’s taken her eight years.Helena was born and raised in St. Theresa Point. The 39-year-old met Cassandra’s father while the two were in high school. APTN has decided not to publish his name. She became pregnant with Cassandra at the age of 16. The two married once she turned 18.Helena says the beatings started early on. She says she tried to leave multiple times often seeking solace at her parent’s house in the community, but friends and family would convince her to go back.From left to right: Cassandra Wood, Helena Wood, Rose Wood (Cassandra’s grandmother), Delia Harper (Cassandra’s great-grandmother) Photo supplied by Helena Wood.Today, the community practices both traditional spirituality and Christianity, but this wasn’t always the case. In August 1909 elders living in the area now known as St. Theresa Point signed on to the Treaty 5 adhesion. In the late 1920s and early 1930s people began to move away from the area when settlers began to occupy the land, and with them they brought different religions. In 1969 the area was separated into four communities with St. Theresa Point being the largest. Much of that area practiced Roman Catholic ideology. It remains heavily engrained in daily life today. Many believe divorce is not an option.“Everybody telling me [it’s] the Native way,” said Helena. “You have to go back to your husband. You have to.”Island Lake First Nations Family Services (ILFNFS) first intervened in December 2008 according to a special investigative report commissioned by Manitoba’s Children’s Advocate Office. Cassandra told local health workers she didn’t want to go home because of the violence.Helena and Cassandra’s father met with ILFNFS and representatives from health services and justice. Helena says the agency would never meet with her alone. She says before meetings Cassandra’s father would threaten her if she spoke out about the violence.Scared for her life, Helena remained quiet.After Cassandra’s death Helena’s husband promised to change his ways. This lasted for a month. Then the beatings started again. Shortly after her second daughter Jewel began to cut herself. She was sent to Winnipeg with Helena to see a counselor. Through the counselor Helena learned about domestic violence and the resources available for women and families.In August 2010, six months after Cassandra’s death, Helena made the decision to leave the community for Winnipeg.Waiting at the other end was her cousin Judy Klassen.Klassen says victims get to a point where violence seems normal.“You don’t feel like your life is in danger. Oh, this wasn’t so bad,” she told APTN. “It’s a weird mental start that you’re in where self-preservation just doesn’t exist.”Klassen knows this first hand. She is also a victim of domestic violence. She recalled one night she was hurt so bad she feared her partner would kill her.“I had to leave my kids and that was the hardest thing. I couldn’t run with them. I couldn’t carry myself,” she said.“It felt like my arms were broken. It felt like my legs were broken. But, it really felt like I was going to be killed if I stayed there.”She was eventually able to reach help. Child and family services safely removed the kids from the home and returned them to her.Klassen is now a Liberal MLA for the Keewatinook riding, which includes her home community of St. Theresa Point.Last November she shared her experience with the Manitoba legislature using the moment to also call for more resources for women experiencing family violence.“I was six-months pregnant when my partner hit me so hard to the ground only to be found by a patrolling RCMP a little while later,” she said. “I managed to survive that episode in my life and I proudly stand here today and speak out and speak up for women [who] still can’t speak for themselves.”Klassen isn’t the only one in her family who has experienced spousal violence. Her older sister Stephanie Wood was in a long-term relationship with a partner she says abused her physically and emotionally.She says the moment to leave her abuser came when she realized she had nothing left to give.“I’d like to say that I stood up and I said no more of this and I walked out all powerful,” Wood said. “It wasn’t like that at all. It was more I was completely broken. Everything that I had it was like I had already spent it all.”Violence in the community has been a hidden issue for many years. Some call it a ‘dirty little secret.’ Women can be seen walking with black eyes or bandaged arms and there is little nurses or mental health workers can do when people won’t talk about the problem.Illa Harper is a nurse in St. Theresa Point. She often treats victims, but says there isn’t much else she can do. For example, there are no shelters in the community.“There’s no resources like [other] homes here,” she told APTN from St. Theresa Point. “I feel scared when I send them home.”Leaving the violence often means leaving the community. This is easier talked about than done. In the summer St. Theresa Point is only accessible by plane. In the winter people can drive in and out via a winter ice road.“I can’t medivac them out because they’re [at] risk for violence,” said Harper. “So what do they do if they [want to] escape out of the community and they can’t even afford plane fare? If they have five kids and themselves that’s about $2,000.”But, Helena and her kids got out. She called a Winnipeg shelter telling them her situation. The shelter paid for transportation out of the community.“I left under the rug. I just decided like that,” Helena recalls. “I called Osborne House and just told them what my situation was. I said I need to get out.”Once Helena arrived in Winnipeg she stayed at the shelter for a couple weeks before moving to Steinbach to stay with Klassen.Klassen remembers picking up the phone one day only to hear Helena on the other line with news she had left the community with the kids and needed a place to stay. Klassen drove into the city and picked them up.“It was so heart wrenching to see my nieces and nephews bewildered faces,” she said. “Trying to offer reassurance that auntie’s going to help as much as possible. It was hard for them to trust coming from a home like that where they saw violence every day.”Helena Wood.Helena learned problems don’t just go away when women leave the community. After settling in Steinbach she continued to use booze to help cope with the death of Cassandra. She needed programs but they seemed impossible to access.Helena’s drinking strained her relationship with her two children, Jewel and Austin. The kids were still reeling from the death of their sister and Helena was struggling to adapt to life as a single mother. Child and Family Services eventually apprehended the children because of the drinking.It’s been eight years since Helena left. She is on a healing journey, but some wounds remain. She was once choked so hard that to this day she can barely swallow.In her home in Steinbach Helena fries some eggs and boils some potatoes. Once the food is cooked she throws it into a blender.“I blend my food. I puree my food like baby food,” she said.“I can’t swallow solids. I can’t push it down. It feels like it’s stuck there but I can’t push it down. I don’t have the ability to push it down.”Helena says specialists have told her there is no physical damage to her throat and equate the trouble of swallowing with a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder.Part of Helena’s healing journey includes sharing her story. She hopes shining a light on domestic violence will bring some change to her community.“Still today there is no help out there. I haven’t see any changes,” said Helena.“[The community] only acts in a crisis. If one is already too late or [there’s] a really wounded person.”Helena hopes to one day see a shelter in the St. Theresa Point, but most of all she wants women to know there are resources outside the community. And, there are people, including her, who will do their best to help women get out.“You’re not alone. There is hope. You have to get out for yourself and children. Break the silence.”[email protected]last_img read more