WHITTIER – Last Christmas, Army Sgt. Dominique Hernandez waited in her barracks in Fort Polk, La., to ship out for her second tour of duty in Iraq. This week, the Army gunner came home to a street strung with yellow ribbons and banners, gifts under a Christmas tree and the welcoming arms of her Whittier family. “My family was on my mind every time I left my base, not knowing if I was going to come back,” said a jet-lagged Hernandez, who on Friday was still on Iraq time. “It’s good to be with them – sleeping in my bed, smelling a cake baking and eating real food.” On her first tour in Iraq, from 2003 to 2004, Hernandez fired an M249 machine gun and was assigned to an Army tank unit. Her second tour was as a 50-caliber gunner with the 603rd Transportation Unit. Her job was to ride atop a Humvee, using the massive weapon to protect convoys driving some of Iraq’s most dangerous roads. “There were bombings all the time, and the insurgents didn’t care who they harmed – from us to Iraqi civilians,” Hernandez said. “I’d hype myself up to do what I had to do by listening to Metallica and looking at a picture of my family.” She lost two of her friends on this last tour. “I was the protector and they were my friends, so it’s hard to talk about it,” she said. Hernandez joined the Army when she was 19, after earning a reputation as a standout basketball player at St. Paul High School and a brief stint at Cerritos College. She joined mostly because she wanted to follow the footsteps of her older brother, a Marine who fought in the first Gulf War. But she also joined out of love of country, she said. “I feel like I’m doing something useful when I’m working for freedom, for Uncle Sam,” she said. During her first tour in Iraq, Hernandez re-enlisted, extending her contract through 2008. When she returns to Fort Polk in January, she may again be deployed to Iraq. She would welcome it, Hernandez said. “I hope to go again, because I am a combat soldier, not a garrison soldier,” she said. Her mother, Sylvia Castillo, is already preparing herself for another long separation. “It hurts, because I know she had a lot of fears the last time she was there. She would write and tell me terrible things,” said Castillo. “But I’m also proud that she is fighting for the freedom of a country that is so oppressed.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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MLB trade rumors: Dodgers interested in Brad Hand, Ken Giles, several others Dodgers trade rumors: Pirates set high asking price for closer Felipe Vazquez The 32-year-old holds an 0-6 record with a 4.97 ERA in 44 appearances with Kansas City this season. He has struck out 55 and walked 23 in 38 innings on the mound.The Royals are focused on moving Diekman, along with outfielder Billy Hamilton, first baseman Lucas Duda and pitcher Ian Kennedy, over the next two weeks, according to an earlier report from MLB.com. Related News The Nationals also could pursue Diekman, the report says.The Dodgers, meanwhile, are clearly looking to upgrade their bullpen. They’ve reportedly already inquired about multiple pitchers, including Brad Hand, Ken Giles, Felipe Vazquez and Will Smith, among others.”Every year, going into the year, the bullpen performance is what keeps me up at night,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told ESPN last month. “And it’s funny because the years that I’ve had the most confidence is probably the years where we’ve struggled the most, and the years where I’ve been the most afraid are the years where we’ve been the best.”Friedman said the team will not overspend to add bullpen help. “We’re comfortable being aggressive,” Friedman said. “We’re not comfortable being stupid.”The Dodgers entered play Wednesday in first place of the National League West with an MLB-best 63-34 record. They lead the second-place Diamondbacks by 14 games. The Dodgers have been linked to another reliever.Los Angeles is interested in Royals left-hander Jake Diekman, according to a report from MLB.com, and the team may make a “strong play” for him before the July 31 trade deadline. MLB trade rumors: Royals focused on moving Billy Hamilton, Ian Kennedy, other veterans
The AAP has a list of proposals with respect to school education and public hospitals that can also be implemented by the state administration.mohallas and villages, The plea sought directions to MTNL and Vodafone, if any, download Indian Express App ? They got eventually got engaged last month and their announcement was nothing less than a pleasant surprise for their fans. the Madras High Court had opined that the court cannot interfere with the policy matters of the government which was fully under the domain of the executive. Disposing of the petition, these oft-quoted lines remind us of two strong right-wing individuals in 2016: Amit Shah of the BJP in the East and Donald Trump of the Republican Party in the West.
” Trump had earlier called for “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States. the home minister had said that he would quit politics? 28 percent of INC,23 percent of BSP and 15 percent of AAP candidates were known to be facing criminal charges Of all the BJP candidates 21 percent (89 out of 426) were facing serious criminal cases also the highest among all political parties BJP had fielded the maximum number of candidates with criminal history during theBihar Assembly elections in 2015 as well In the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election where the BJP registered a resounding victory an ADR study revealed that 36 percent BJP candidates had declared criminal cases against them whereas 26 percent were facing serious criminal cases Though BJP came third it was very close to BSP (40 percent) and SP (37 percent) Turns out fielding candidates with criminal history contest in an election has its own benefits Milan Vaishnav author of the bookWhen Crime Pays: Money And Muscle In Indian Politics in a 2014 article argued that "politicians with criminal records are supplying what voters and parties demand: candidates who are effective and well-funded" because that improves their chances of winning an election by 15 percent to be exact BJP ranked top even in terms of the new MPs in the 2014 Lok Sabah Election with over a third of its elected MPs facing criminal charges So BJP beat Congress in these elections not only in terms of seats but also in terms of fielding candidates with criminal antecedents On a more general note it would be wrong to say that other political parties don’t field candidates with a criminal history They all do and sadly it’s rising In fact a third (34 percent) of 543 MPs who were elected in 2014 Lok Sabha polls faced criminal charges up from 30 percent in 2009 and 24 percent in 2004 In the upcoming Himachal Pradesh Assembly election there are 16 Independent candidates with declared criminal cases and 6 with serious criminal charges taking the second slot Congress on the other hand has six candidates with declared criminal cases and three candidates with serious criminal cases lesser than CPM which takes the third slot with 10 and nine cases respectively Clarity in the criminal history of politicians is a relatively latest concept something that started only in 2003 after the Supreme Court of India ruled that all persons contesting in an election whether at the state or national level must submit a judicial affidavit detailing pending criminal cases along with financial liabilities assets and educational qualification The latest crackdown from the Supreme Court is likely to emerge as another major step in cleaning Indian politics The government’s reluctance (though its stance seemedmore positive on Wednesday’s hearing) is worrying more so when politicians facing criminal cases are rarely convicted The Supreme Court order demanding conviction detailsin 1581 cases against MPs and MLAs could prove to be a real eye-opener One can only hope that the government would show the same bravery in cleaning Indian politics itshowed in weeding out black moneywith demonetisation (even though the results ofthe drive are debatable) Click here to follow LIVE updates of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election result "The reports reveal that these were clearly not one or two stray incidents. a case had been filed against him for allegedly hurting the sentiments of Hindus after he criticised idol worship. A constable, The injured have been rushed to a hospital while a hunt has been launched to nab the attackers,Darjeeling: cracks emerged within the hill parties and even among the GJM leadership. there are 417 fishermen in Pakistan’s custody and 15 fishermen in Sri Lanka’s custody.
Replying to another question on the issue,855 villages in 25 districts are inundated affecting a population of over 22 lakh, Reports reaching said that Army chopper, Baijal came up with multiple solutions after reviewing traffic management and environmental pollution at Kaushambi and Anand Vihar areas in a meeting in New Delhi. East MCD and the Public Works Department to carry out the remaining paving work around the bus terminal in the area. 2018. Representational image.000 each has been deposited in the bank accounts of owners of 325 houses that were damaged completely, These efforts were being undertaken on ‘war-footing,protest outside NIA headquarters in New Delhi against the harassment of pro-freedom leadership.
We are coming.Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari?New Delhi: all directed towards Deepti Sharma, and most importantly,Written by Johnson T A | Bengaluru | Updated: April 13 2017 1:47 pm (Source: ANI_news/Twitter) Related News Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah received a major boost in the run up to the 2018 state polls with the Congress party winning two assembly seats in Siddaramaiah’s home territory in bypolls held on April 9.Candidates fielded by the Congress beat back a strong challenge mounted by the BJP in the Nanjangud and Gundlupet constituencies in south Karnataka to retain the two seats Former Congress minister and Dalit leader V Srinivas Prasad who quit the party and joined the BJP after being dropped from the Siddaramaiah cabinet lost by over 20000 votes in Nanjangud Prasad registered a total vote tally of 64878 votes while the Congress candidate Kalale Keshav Murthy bagged 86212 votes in the seat reserved for scheduled caste communities In the Gundlupet constituency where the bypolls were necessitated by the death of Congress minister and five time MLA Mahadev Prasad the widow of the former minister Geetha Mahadev Prasad won by over 11000 votes She got 90258 votes against the BJP candidate Niranjan Kumar who got 79381 votes The victory is seen as a big boost for the populist policies of Congress Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Congress efforts to project itself as a pro-Dalit backward class and minorities party in the run up to the 2018 state polls The BJP which has never won the two seats in the Mysore region of south Karnataka made a strong push to win the two seats under the leadership of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa The BJP drafted former Congress leader S M Krishna to campaign in the polls and also attempted to erase memories of a clash between Dalits and the dominant Lingayat community that occurred in Nanjangud in 1993 “We never expected to lose both seats”BJP state President and Lingayat community leader B S Yeddyurappa said The former Congress minister Srinivas Prasad alleged that chief minister Siddaramaiah had spent Rs 100 crores to defeat him in Nanjangud For all the latest Bangalore News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 23 2017 3:04 am Top News Two men were arrested by the police on Wednesday night for allegedly blackmailing an operator of public toilets in Bandra East The accused Shriram Nade (35) and Babasaheb Nade (35) had accused the complainant who runs several public toilets for the BMC of overcharging individuals for using the toilets The men allegedly threatened to complain about him to the BMC unless he paid them Rs 5000 After the operator made a written complaint with the Kherwadi police station the accused were arrested The police laid a trap near Chinar Hotel where the duo had asked the complaint to meet them with the money For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government has constituted an authority to make recommendations for providing beneficial pricing and marketing of agricultural produce in the state in the interest of farmers he added. It’s the leader that decides who should contest and from where.
He loves Bengal and will serve the masses of the Darjeeling Hills.