Officer in bus park shooting on active duty

first_imgJean Rodrigues was shot in the back during a police chaseThe Police Officer, who reportedly opened fire during a chase at the Stabroek Market area, hitting and injuring a bystander, is currently on active duty as the investigation into the incident continues.This was disclosed by acting Commander of A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara), Marlon Chapman, who told reporters on Friday that the officer “is at station”.When probed further to ensure the interim Commander was not interpreted incorrectly, Chapman said “he is at station… once he is at station, he can’t play; he has to be working.”The Commander went on to inform reporters that the investigators are awaiting the results from the ballistic tests that were done on both the officer involved and the suspect in custody to determine who shot the 54-year-old woman. This is being done even though the Police did not find any weapon in the teenager’s possession.“(The ballistic tests) are being done on both parties – the Police weapon as well as the hands of both parties… The hands of the Police as well as the suspect have been swabbed for gun powder residue,” Chapman pointed out.Sometime around 17:30h on Tuesday, Jean Rodrigues, of Crane Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara, was in the vicinity of the Timehri Bus Park (Route 42) with her family when they heard screams from a Police Officer, who was in pursuit of a young man.The officer then discharged a round, which hit the woman in her back on the right side.“We were all standing and this man run past us and then the Policeman that was chasing him fire off shots and miss the man, but hit my wife,” the husband of the injured woman told this newspaper following the incident.Rodrigues was rushed to the city hospital by the Police. The publication understands that the family was told by the officer that he did not shoot the mother of 10, but rather it was the bandit he was pursuing.However, the family members said they saw what had occurred and claimed that the Officer was trying to “cover up the matter”.Moreover, the 18-year-old teenager who the Police was reportedly pursuing, was turned into Police custody the following day by his mother and denied being in possession of a firearm.The mother of the youth told reporters that her son is not involved in any criminal activities; in fact, she disclosed that her son attends Chase Academy and is a football player who has earned several awards, as she pointed to the many trophies and certificates from the school.The woman went on to explain that the teenager was at the park and was about to head into a bus, when a Police Officer fired a shot in the air and out of fear, the young man started to run.“My son started to run and when (the Police) see my son running down Parliament Building, back there; he don’t know what the boy running for… and he open fire behind my son and end up hitting a woman sitting on a bench,” the woman stated.She continued that the “They say meh son is a criminal and a thief, and how he snatch some chain and he had some bag, but they never expect that the child they shoot behind mother would have turned him in to Police.”The mother expressed her disappointment with the actions of the Police, and called on the authorities to look into the matter and stop the Police from covering up what transpired on Tuesday last.Meanwhile, the injured woman was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday morning and was only given a prescription of Ibuprofen. The woman’s daughter told this newspaper that she has been in pain ever since the incident.last_img read more

Another ‘Fake’ Lawyer Arrested for Theft, Impersonation

first_imgEmmanuel Tamba calls himself a lawyer and has been representing clients in court, though he admits that he has not been licensed because he failed the National Bar exam. Police in Gbarnga, Bong County, have arrested a 41-year-old man identified as Emmanuel Tamba and charged him with theft of property and impersonation for allegedly presenting himself as a lawyer, luring his clients into believing that he was a legal practitioner.The arrest of Tamba brings to two the number of persons who have recently posed as lawyers, misleading people seeking justice.On Thursday, October 11, while arguing a summary proceeding application for one of his clients against Magistrate Quincy A.Q. Garnett of the Bensonville Magisterial Court in Montserrado County, Judge Boima Kontoe of Criminal Court ‘B’ at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia suspected that the other imposter, Rudolph Hightower, was not a lawyer, and therefore ordered his immediate arrest.Judge Kontoe later surrendered Hightower to the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice where he was identified by others as a “fake lawyer,” and subsequently handcuffed and forwarded to the Monrovia Central Prison to await his trial for impersonation, because he could not find anyone to secure his bail to prevent him from going to jail.But in Gbarnga, according to police investigation, Tamba was charged on Monday, October 15, while impersonating a lawyer representing the legal interest of a client, identified as Jerry Ricks, at the 9th Judicial Circuit Court in Gbarnga.Police investigation earlier established that Tamba had allegedly duped Ricks of L$24,000 and a sheep as part of his legal fees since August this year.Ricks, police records said, had contacted Tamba to represent the legal interest of three of his relatives (names not disclosed), who were involved in an alleged murder case in Bobota, Sanoyea District sometime ago.Ricks also told police investigators that since then the Tamba has failed on several occasions to appear in court as per the assignment of the case.“I reliably got to know lately that Tamba is not a lawyer. Rather, he is a fake lawyer and mimic character,” Ricks said in disappointment. “My investigation also tells me that this man has been impersonating as pastor in Monrovia,” Ricks also told police in Gbarnga.When contacted at the Gbarnga Police Headquarters, Tamba denied the allegation and termed it as “character assassination.” He said that he is a lawyer by profession and a 2009 graduate of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia.He named Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor; assigned Magistrate at the Barnesville Magisterial Court, Augustine Fallah; and the Deputy County Defender for Bong, Mohammed Golafalaye, as some of his classmates.Tamba told reporters that he has practiced in the Monrovia City Court, the Barnesville Magisterial Court, the Brewerville Magisterial Court, the Paynesville City Court, and the newly established Omega Magisterial Court, all in Monrovia.Although Tamba admitted not being a licensed lawyer, he named Cllr. Sianneh Gibson of Criminal Court ‘E’ at the Temple of Justice as someone who knows him as a practicing lawyer.“I don’t have a license, because I failed the Liberia National Bar aptitude test; but I am not a mimic, so I will challenge this in court,” Tamba said in self-defense.Although all those Tamba named as his associates could not be reached for confirmation, one of them, Atty. Golafalaye, denied ever seeing Tamba anywhere until police arrested him for impersonation.Tamba told police that he received L$24,000 and a sheep from Ricks as part payment for legal fees, but the actual fee for his legal representation in the case was US$500.“The guys were charged with murder; but I was fighting to reduce the charge to manslaughter. You know legal battle requires time and patience, but Mr. Ricks lacks these attributes,” Tamba remarked.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Low maintenance, misuse of runway blamed for deterioration

first_imgBaramita AirstripFollowing a social media post by a local pilot highlighting the deteriorating condition of the recently-repaired Baramita Airstrip in Region One (Barima-Waini), the Public Infrastructure Ministry has conducted an assessment during which several issues were identified.The condition of the recently-rehabilitated Baramita AirstripOn Friday, the entity said that a team of officials from the Ministry and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), along with the project’s contractor, on Tuesday last visited the Airstrip to conduct an assessment.During that visit, a number of issues were identified, including the lack of routine maintenance of the Airstrip and misuse of the runway.As such, the Ministry noted, “A report outlining the condition of the runway and the way forward was also compiled.”In the meantime, the Ministry will undertake inspections of all other airstrips where a similar method of sealing was used, to ensure similar issues do not occur. It said it would also review the performance of maintenance contractors to ensure that projects were executed properly.“If it is discovered that same is unacceptable, immediate action will be taken since the safety of passengers is the top priority,” the Public Infrastructure Ministry posited.Furthermore, the Ministry said it would take advantage of the opportunity at the upcoming National Toshaos Council (NTC) conference to hold discussions with village leaders on usage and their responsibilities for airstrips in their villages, with the aim of working more closely with the elected councils in the future.Last Saturday, Captain Learie Barclay took to his Facebook page to express his disgust at the condition of the runway and parking area at the Baramita Airstrip, where rehabilitation works were completed less than six months ago. It was reported that the $70 million contract for the project was awarded to Mohammed Ramzan Ali Khan Construction.According to Barclay’s social media post, “… It is a deplorable condition due substandard work. The bitumen layer [which he subsequently said was actually stabilising compound sprayed on the surface] is less than a 1/4 inch thick.”Three days after his Facebook post, Captain Barclay was part of a crew that flew out the high-level team, led by GCAA Director General Egbert Field, to carry out the assessment. He said that Field had emphasised the need for maintenance and the fact that the runway belonged to the community.GCAA Director General Egbert Field during the assessment visit on TuesdayNevertheless, the following day, Barclay again took to his social media account to highlight a similar situation, this time at the Port Kaituma Airstrip.“What is NDC [Neighbourhood Democratic Council], who has a maintenance contract for the runway doing?… [I] just went in there for a medevac and was forced to dodge a large number of deep and wide potholes,” he said, while calling on those responsible to do better.The coalition Government has been placing much emphasis on developing infrastructure in the hinterland regions, including in the aviation sector. In fact, some $250 million was set aside in the 2018 Budget to improve airstrips and aerodromes across the country.last_img read more

With Harvick in pits, Kenseth rolls to win

first_imgFONTANA – Since Fontana can’t actually lay claim to having California Speedway within its city limits, perhaps the County of San Bernardino should charter a new city. Roushville or Kensethtown should be the leading candidates. NASCAR team owner Jack Roush and driver Matt Kenseth made for a winning combination yet again Sunday at the two-mile oval, going to Victory Lane in the Nextel Cup Series’ Auto Club 500 for the second straight year. What looked to be one of the closest finishes yet during a Cup race at the speedway fizzled when Kevin Harvick, running second, was forced to pit with a flat tire just before a restart with four laps to go. With Kenseth’s biggest challenger out of contention, the Ford driver beat the Chevrolets of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton and Mark Martin to earn his sixth career victory at California Speedway, along with a weekend sweep. It was the 13th win for Roush Fenway Racing at the track. “That is awesome, you guys!” Kenseth yelled on the team radio as his Carhartt-sponsored car streaked across the finish line. “Thanks to everyone – especially Robbie, if you’re listening.” “Robbie” would be crew chief Robbie Reiser, who was forced to watch the race from home thanks to a four-race suspension from a Daytona 500 infraction. Kenseth’s crew, led by interim crew chief Chip Bolin, got the driver out front on a pit stop under caution with 20laps to go. That caution – for a mysterious bit of debris that was never shown – halted 102 straight laps of green-flag racing and erased Johnson’s two-second lead. “If anyone has seen the debris, I’d like to know where it was,” Johnson said. “I didn’t see any. There was five trucks looking, and I still don’t think they ever saw it.” Kenseth got the lead out of the pits, followed by Harvick, Burton, Gordon and Johnson, who lost four spots. It seemingly set up a 20-lap shootout between Saturday night’s Busch Series winner and last week’s Daytona 500 champion, and Harvick was apparently on his way to making a run at the lead as the laps wound down. But David Reutimann’s hard crash with seven laps to go caused a 15-minute red flag and another restart – this time with four laps remaining. But just as the drivers rolled through Turn 4 and prepared to dash to the finish, Harvick turned down pit road to repair the unluckiest of flat tires. It was a stunning turn of events for a driver who was trying to become the first person since Jeff Gordon in 1997 to win the first two races of the season. “We were going to beat him,” Harvick said matter-of-factly after getting out of his car. “But shoulda, woulda, coulda. He won the race. We ran him down by a couple of seconds.” Harvick finished 17th, and Kenseth beat Gordon by 0.679seconds to win his 15thcareer Cup race. “It’s crazy how things like that happen,” Gordon said of Harvick’s misfortune. “The guy wins the Daytona 500, everything goes right last week and then something like that happens.” Prior to the eventful last 20laps, the estimated 70,000fans had an opportunity to wander around, shop for merchandise or shiver in the cold while the field ran long enough without a caution to make two green-flag stops. That was a much different story than the first half of the race, which had seven cautions – including four in the first 55laps. Some of those were caused by blown engines, including two Dale Earnhardt Inc. drivers, Martin Truex Jr. (lap 15) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (lap 121). After his fifth-place finish Sunday and well-documented runner-up effort at Daytona, Martin is atop the points standings for the first time since 2002, ahead of Burton, Gordon, Harvick and rookie David Ragan, who replaced Martin in Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 car. Roush and Martin parted ways after last season, but it’s done nothing to slow down either of their careers so far. There have been 39NASCAR events at California Speedway, and Roush has won exactly one-third of them. He’s also won seven of the past eight spring races at the track, counting all three professional series. But this story might be about Johnson, the defending series champion, if the mysterious debris hadn’t been spotted on the track late in the race. NASCAR races seem to frequently end with similar cautions, which set up close shootouts to end the races. It’s almost as if the drivers have to start planning for such debris to appear on the track. “It did seem like there was one coming, to be honest,” Johnson said. “I hate it and wish it didn’t take place, but I think we all saw it coming.” Said Gordon: “It does seem like it does happen. I really don’t know what happened, but I’m sure they have an explanation for it. You’ll have to go to the (NASCAR) truck next door and ask them that question.” Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers rounded out the top 10. Vickers earned Toyota’s first top 10 in the Cup Series. jeff.gluck@sbsun.com (909) 386-3865 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Kitchen fires the focus of Fire Prevention Week

first_imgMany of those occur in the early morning hours, around 1:30 a.m., when cooking is left unattended due to tiredness or intoxication. Some of the recommendations from the National Fire Protection Association include not using the stove or stovetop if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, staying in the kitchen while cooking, and using a timer while simmering, baking, roasting or boiling. Firefighters will be visiting schools around the Energetic City throughout the week, speaking to grade three students about cooking safety as well as making sure their family has a home escape plan.“Kids are getting to the age now where they’re helping mom and dad, so we want to educate them on how to extinguish a fire if one happens and just general safety precautions,” says Caughill. “Having an extinguisher close by, having a lid to put over the frying pan if something happens, and then burn maintenance and prevention.”- Advertisement -It’s recommended to keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother small grease fires, and to turn off the heat and keep the door closed in the case of an over fire. A poster contest will be held for the students, of which the winner will get to be Fire Chief for the Day. The Fire Chief for the Day will get a set of children’s firefighting gear, and will be taken to school in the ladder truck. At lunch they and their friends will be picked up and taken to the Fire Hall to have lunch with the mayor, the Fire Chief and the crew. After school they’ll get a tour around the city. Advertisement The Fort St. John Fire Department will be at Home Hardware on October 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to teach the public about fire prevention. There will be displays, a barbecue, the burn house, and the inflatable slide. The Charlie Lake Fire Department is also hosting an open house on Octover 12th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.last_img read more

Timbe appointed Tusker FC head coach

first_imgTimbe will be deputized by the current interim coach Francis Baraza who has been in charge of recruitment process at the 11-time Kenyan Premier League champions.Timbe who guided Sofapaka to the 2014 GOtv Shield will be tasked to reclaim glory for Tusker FC after the club finished sixth last season.Tusker has already started rebuilding for the 2018 season with the release of 19 players including senor players captain James Situma, midfielder Humphrey Mieno and winger Danson Kago among others.The Ruaraka based club has acquired the services of forward Timothy Otieno from Gor Mahia.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Timbe will be deputized by the current interim coach Francis Baraza who has been in charge of recruitment process at the 11-time Kenyan Premier League champions. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 2 – Ugandan Sam Timbe has been hired as Tusker FC head coach on a two-year contract.Timbe, a former Sofapaka head coach returns to the Kenyan Premier League for the first time since 2015 after parting ways with Batoto Ba Mungu and will now replace fellow country man George ‘Best’ Nsimbe who was fired at the end of the 2017 season after failing to defend the Premier League and GOtv Shield titles.last_img read more

DD PROPERTY: STUNNING LETTERKENNY HOME ON MARKET FOR €375,000

first_imgDD PROPERTY: THIS is an exceptional four/five bedroom (2 en-suite) detached family home with detached garage to rear is situated and is situated a few minutes outside Letterkenny in the townland of Deenystown.This lovely home has been tastefully decorated and fitted out to a high standard and has a guide price of €375,000 and is for sale through Brendan McGlynn & Associates.Measurements and detailsHall (5.80m x 4.25m max )Porcelain tile floor, oak staircase to 1st floor, recessed down lighting, curtains & blinds Living Room (5.10m x 4.74m) + Bay windowOak flooring, Stovax Riva 55 insert stove with marble surround, centre light, TV & Skypoints and blindsKitchen / Dining Area (7.35m x 4.70m)Ceramic tiled floor, eye & low level units, LG American fridge/freezer, island bar,splash back tiling, Rangemaster 110 electric double oven with, grill & gas hob,recessed lights, integrated dishwasher and Roman blindsUtility Room (3.0m x 2.75m)Tiled floor, eye & low level units, drainer sink, washing machine and tumble dryerOffice/playroom (4.75m xw 3.6m)Solid oak floor, TV & telephone points leading to W/c (3.0m x 2.75m)Floor to ceiling tiling, 2 piece white suite with wall mirrorSun Room (4.15m x 4.10m)Ceramic tiled floor, multi fuel dry stove, Venetian blinds � patio doors to rearLanding (5.75m x 3.35m) maxSolid oak floor and Venetian blindsBedroom 1 Master (4.75m x 3.65m)Solid flooring, TV point, curtains and Venetian blindsWalk-In Wardrobe (1.90m x 1.80m)Shelving and rails En-Suite (2.65m x 1.75m)Floor to ceiling tiling, 3 piece suite, mixer shower, extractor fan, mirror & heated towelrailBedroom 2 (4.75m x 3.30m)Oak flooring, TV point, roller blindsBedroom 3 (4.75m x 3.50m) maxOak flooring, TV point and Venetian blindsBedroom 4 (4.75m x 3.70m)Oak flooring, TV point, curtainsEn-Suite (2.45m x 1.20m) Floor to ceiling tiling, mixer shower and wall mirrorBathroom (3.20m x 2.95m)Fully tiled, 3 piece white suite, Whirlpool bath, mirror and large T90i electric showerGarage to rear (6m x 5m)Special Features� Beam central vac system� Alarm system� Programmable thermostatically controlled under floor heating on groundfloor with thermostatically controlled radiators on first floor� Oil fired central heating� Tarmac driveway with brick paved patio area to rear� Gardens with surrounding hedging and fencing with stone entrance� Most convenient to Letterkenny town� BER Rating � C1 – 157.76kWh/m2/yrSell YOUR home – email info@donegaldaily.com to find out how.DD PROPERTY: STUNNING LETTERKENNY HOME ON MARKET FOR €375,000 was last modified: July 9th, 2017 by John2Share 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:DD propertyDeenystownletterkennylast_img read more

GAA NEWS – MALIN STUN CHAMPIONS ST.EUNANS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgSENIOR FOOTBALLCongratulations to all involved in the Donegal SFC win over St Eunans in Buncrana on Saturday.It was a superb team effort to defeat the defending champions, a win which puts the club into its first ever SFC semi final where Killybegs will provide the opposition. Game is due to be played on Oct 6th, venue and time is yet to be decided.Massive thank you to all our supporters who helped cheer the side to victory and also to the support we received from our neighbouring clubs. It’s back to league action this weekend.Check the parish bulletin, club facebook page and twitter account for more details on this weeks fixture. UNDERAGE FOOTBALLMalin GAA Autumn Schools League that was due to take place on Sunday morning was cancelled due to the weather conditions. The league will now begin on Sunday the 22nd of September. We would like to invite ALL BOYS AND GIRLS aged 7-12 within the area to take part in Our New Autumn Schools League. Both leagues will run over three weeks with the U9 League beginning at 12:30, and the U12 Shaun Farren Leauge beginning at 10:30. We ask that the children are at the clubhouse 15 minutes before the start time. A free bus is available from National Schools for the 7-9 age group, (Ballymena @11:30, Urblereagh@11:45, Malin Head@12, Gleneely @11:30, Culdaff @11:45).This will provide an ideal opportunity for any youngsters in the area, who are not already involved in the club to get an introduction to Gaelic Games. Just bring a bottle of water & a smile.Any Questions? Contact Danny on 086 8988180 or Christina on 086 1980399.Well done & thank you to all the Boys & Girls who travelled with their coaches to Buncrana on Saturday to support the senior team.All children involved were extremely well behaved and a credit not only to their parents but to the club also. LOTTOThere was no winner of this week’s lotto jackpot of €700.The sequence drawn was 5-2-7-3-1-6-4.The winner of the 50 euro was Sally Mathews, Ballylinn, Malin, with the 20 euro sellers prize going to Ronan Mc Laughlin. Next week’s jackpot stands at  €750 and, as always, we would like to thank the local community for their continued support of our weekly lotto draw.CLUB NOTESAny items for the notes should be forwarded to Martin Doherty on 0861585880 or alternatively send an email to the new club email address pro.malin.donegal@gaa.ie at no later than 9 o clock on the Sunday evening.CLUB NEWSYou can now stay up to date with all the latest happenings within the club by checking our facebook page www.facebook.com/malingaa, by following us on twitter @malainnclg, or by sending a text to the club texting service 0868668531 to avail of club fixtures.OTHER NEWSCongratulations to the hurlers from Burt and the ladies from Buncrana who both collected County titles over the weekend.GAA NEWS – MALIN STUN CHAMPIONS ST.EUNANS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: September 16th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CLUB NOTESMalin GAAlast_img read more

Listen: Barry Doherty reflects on Kilcar defeat and the fine season they had

first_imgIt just wasn’t to be for Kilcar on the day, but manager Barry Doherty says he’s very proud of his side’s efforts.“They took their chances and that’s what matters” said Doherty.He added that he was very proud of his side for achieving what they have this year. Listen: Barry Doherty reflects on Kilcar defeat and the fine season they had was last modified: November 11th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:GAAkilcarlast_img read more

Why Hebrew Captives Had Healthier Diet Than Their Captors

first_imgA new report on dietary “pulse” shows health benefits that certain captives enjoyed 2,600 years ago in what is now Iraq.The old King James Bible account of the young men captured by the Babylonians for service in Nebuchadnezzar’s court talks about “pulse” in the diet (Daniel 1:7-16):7 Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.10 And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.11 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.13 Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.We don’t often hear the word “pulse” in nutrition these days (it means “the edible seeds of certain leguminous plants, as peas, beans, or lentils”), but the word showed up this week in Science Daily: “Eating more dietary pulses can increase fullness, may help manage weight.”  Eating these “pulses” can therefore aid your pulse (heartbeat), if you’ll pardon the pun.  Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital found more than just satiety coming from a diet that includes pulse:Pulses have a low glycemic index, reducing sugar highs.They can be used to reduce or displace animal protein.They can reduce or replace bad fats, like trans fats.They reduce bad cholesterol by 5%, reducing risk of cardiovascular disease.By providing a sense of fullness, they can help keep weight down.The satiety effect works across all age levels and body types.These results are based on a meta-analysis of 2,000 papers and 9 clinical trials involving 126 participants.But doesn’t the Bible story say that the Hebrew captives appeared “fatter in flesh” than the others?  Analysis of near-eastern linguistic idioms is necessary when interpreting statements like this.  It doesn’t mean “fat” like modern westerners think.  Fat was a good word in that culture.  The Hebrew word bariy‘ translated “fatter” can mean “fat, rank, fatfleshed, firm, fatter, fed, plenteous” — in other words, it could mean muscular, or endowed with good skin tone and firmness of flesh.  Since the official had eyes for good health, we know he judged the physical fitness of these 4 Hebrews to be superior to that of all the others.  It’s highly unlikely he was giving high marks for fat bellies!  Pulses, like we see in the report, help reduce body fat and maintain good weight.  Assuming all the captives received physical training as well as attention to diet and instruction, the Hebrew captives probably looked the healthiest to the official.We’re not going to push vegetarianism here, but this is interesting, is it not?  Daniel suggested a kind of science project, a controlled experiment, in a gracious, winsome way that let the official off the hook and removed his worry.  How did the 4 Hebrew captives know that a diet of pulse and water would make them healthier than meat and wine?  A couple of reasons: (1) They adhered to Jewish dietary laws, which abhorred drunkenness and eating blood—undoubtedly risks in the Babylonian kitchen.  (2) They trusted that God, working through their diet, would reward them for their obedience—and He did.  That’s really the point of the story.  Better eat meat and wine with obedience to God than live on pulse and water in rebellion against Him.  Notice also that it was God who put Daniel in favor with the official (v. 9).  Daniel was known for his wisdom, but God used that wisdom on the official’s heart.  This is a good example of the mysterious interaction of God’s sovereignty with man’s responsibility: we should learn to be wise like Daniel and follow his example; but without God using and blessing our wisdom (which is from Him anyway), it is vain and ineffective.Back to diet.  If you want to live on the Nebuchadnezzar diet, be our guest.  We’re not advocating torturing yourself with a diet of chickpeas and water.  Maybe, though, you might want to think about adding some pulses to your diet, considering the scientifically-measured benefits listed above.  They might even help you eat smaller portions of steak.  Considering that the Creator made plants for human food originally (even though meat was sanctioned later, even by Jesus), it would be wise to consider including a variety of plant foods in a your diet (Editor’s experience here). 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