Hempstead House Explosion Rocks Neighborhood

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A home exploded in Hempstead on Wednesday. (Timothy Bolger/Long Island Press)A house explosion rocked a Hempstead neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, collapsing the structure on itself and damaging two homes next door.Hempstead village police and firefighters from surrounding areas responded to the scene on Perry Street near the corner of Cedar Street at about 2:30 p.m.Officials at the scene said the house appears to have been vacant at the time but are searching the rubble to be sure.“I thought a car hit my house,” said Joseph Berrouet, 65, who was awakened when he felt his home rattle a block away. “It was a terrible noise.”A National Grid spokeswoman told reporters that the initial investigation revealed no signs of a gas leak, although neighbors reportedly smelled gas in the days leading up to the blast.The Nassau County Fire Marshall’s investigators are continuing the probe while construction equipment was brought in to sift through the debris.last_img read more

Blind with eyes open (Jn. 9:1-41)

first_img 49 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! FaithLifestyle Blind with eyes open (Jn. 9:1-41) by: – April 5, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share By: Father Henry Charles Ph.dPhoto credit: riverblindness.orgSomeone once asked Helen Keller, who was blind from the age of nineteen months, if blindness was the worst thing that could befall a person. She answered that the worst thing that could happen to a person was not to lose their sight but to lose their vision.The Gospel today is focused on the blindness that Jesus cured, but the blind man cured is not the only blind figure in the passage. The Pharisees who are equally central figures are blind in another sense, not simply spiritually but wilfully. They don’t see what they don’t want to see.What confronts them is a clear instance of God’s doing – someone blind now clearly able to see – but they refuse to acknowledge this. Why? Because they’re against Jesus, the one responsible for the miracle.  Anybody with eyes can see what’s in front of them, the erstwhile blind man tells them; but they can’t bring themselves to do this. Why? Because it turns their presumptions upside down, and detracts from their standing in their own eyes. Rather than make the obvious admission, they choose to remain blind.This is wilful blindness, as I say, and we should all recognize something of it in ourselves. Often when we are confronted by some novel view, our reaction is not to examine the matter but to respond in a way that says in effect: I do not want to be disturbed by anything that upsets my universe. Why are you bringing up things like that? I was quite content, at peace till you started. Why can’t you keep your views to yourself?What we perceive as a threat not just to our standing (as with the Pharisees), but to our interpretation of the world, our basic view of things, makes us quick to remain blind and defend our blindness. It’s more comfortable to be wrong in thinking than to be at sea, not knowing what to think.How does someone who thinks they’re seeing clearly but are actually blind, come to acknowledge their true state? Hardly through persuasion. When the will stubbornly says no, reason can be quite powerless. When our insecurities are exposed, the most natural thing to do is not to listen to the person pointing this out, but to reject the bearer of bad news. We choose to remain blind.The clearest breakthrough in situations like that comes only through conversion. All conversion stories have one thing in common, when the person in the moment recognizes their true state: I was blind, but now I see. Which means that you couldn’t have convinced me otherwise, before I came to this point. I would have insisted that I saw. NOW I see that I was blind.What conversion does in other words is break through our defences. It forces the scales to fall from our eyes; it reveals our tendency to self-deception, to be selective and self-serving, to keeping truth at some distance from ourselves. Conversion brings us face to face with all of this.  It’s a humbling moment, when we see ourselves without blinders.This will happen to many people during the course of this Lent. They will go to a mission, for instance, not thinking very much about anything, and suddenly something the preacher says, or a hymn is sung at exactly the right moment, and suddenly they’re standing with all their defences exposed. What they become aware of is what was there all the time, only they didn’t see it.  They were blind with their eyes open.The next best thing to conversion is being honest in how you pray. We should keep asking for light, guidance, and wisdom. Such a prayer means that you may be in darkness, if not now, at some other time; you may need to find your way, perhaps more clearly now, and you always need the ability to discern truth from fiction in your decisions and judgements.  Perseverance in praying honestly is a sure path to genuine self-discovery. It’s a form of continual presence before God, with open hands and heart.last_img read more

Guyanese swimmers to compete at VOS Invitational Meet in Suriname

first_imgGOODWILL Swim Meet silver medallist Phillip DeNobrega, Trumaine Cole, Leon Seaton and Nikita Peters are some of the medal prospects in the Guyana team of swimmers, who will depart tomorrow for Suriname ahead of their participation at the VOS Powerade Invitational Swim Meet from December 8 to 12.According to team coach Christopher McAdam, some of the other swimmers who are expected to do well include 8-year-old Ariel Rodrigues along with Antonio Rodrigues.Twenty-six swimmers are expected to compete against swimmers from Curacao, Aruba, French Guiana and host nation, Suriname. The team have been training twice daily, six days a week at the National Aquatic Centre.Sixteen-year-old DeNobrega, who clocked a number of personal best (PB) timings throughout the season, is hoping to continue on a high note as the season winds down to a close. DeNobrega will be participating in four events in the Boys’ 18 and over category, namely the 50m and 100m freestyle, the 100m IM and the 100m breaststroke.DeNobrega, who first began participating at this meet back in 2013, is feeling particularly good about his chances in the 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle.“I’m feeling really good about it; I think I’ll bring home a medal or two. Because my times, in these events, compared to other swimmers in Suriname, in these races, are really close.”Cole, who will also be in the Boys’ 18 and over category, is also looking at his chances in the 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle. These were the events he was paying keen attention to during training. In addition to those two events Cole will also be in the 50m backstroke and 100m butterfly, as well as in the relays.Meanwhile, 11-year-old Seaton will now have to show if he can withstand increased competition and repeat his last year’s performance where he claimed four gold medals and a silver, when Guyana returned home with a total of 15 medals.However, this year has seen an increase in competition from last year when only Guyana and Suriname competed. Seaton will be in the Boys’ 11-12 category, swimming in the 50 freestyle, 100m butterfly, 100m breaststroke and the 100m IM.Overall this year’s team consists a lot of experienced swimmers, while there are also a few new faces looking to capitalise on experience as they develop on their skills.There are Ariel Rodrigues and Sarah Ramsammy in the Girls’ 7-8; and Madison Chichester in the 9-10 category. In the 11-12 age group are Nekita Peters, Krystal Brown, and Guvita Ramlakhan, while Harshannie Kundun is the only 13-14 girl and Tiffany De Moura is the lone15-17 girl.Apart from DeNobrega, Cole and Seaton the Boys’ team includes Jeremy Sookram, Jeron Sookram and Micah Chichester (7-8) Stephen Ramkhelawan (9-10). In the 11-12 group Seaton is joined by Vidjaz Mohamed, Stephon Ramkhelawan and Moses Persaud. The 13-14 boys are Jonathan Sookram, George Telford, Nikhil Ramnarine and Garvin Gayadin.Team manager is Leon Seaton. Chaperons Bisham Ramlakhan and Persaud Rampersaud and chaperones Rhonda Seaton, Shannie Rodrigues and Anita are the other officials.last_img read more