Sing-along for Johnny Reid

first_imgMoose FM and the Holiday Inn Express in Grande Prairie, want to send two lucky people with a guest to see Johnny Reid in Grande Prairie October 7th.All you have to do is finish the lyric in a famous Johnny Reid song. If you can, you’ll qualify for one of two packages to Grande Prairie that include two tickets and one night stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Grande Prairie.- Advertisement -Tickets are still available to Johnny’s show.  You can purchase them online here or call 780-538-0387.To book your next stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Grande Prairie call 1-877-814-9336.Listen from now until October 5th, for your chance to win, from Moose FM and the Holiday Inn Express in Grande Prairie.last_img

‘Angel of Bataan’ Schmidt, POW and wartime nurse, dies

first_imgBorn Imogene Kennedy on Oct. 13, 1918, in Philadelphia, Miss., Schmidt grew up on a farm, one of eight children. She graduated with a nursing degree from the University of Tennessee in 1941, joined the Army and was one of 99 Army and Navy nurses stationed in the Philippines. After Japan attacked in 1942, they found themselves treating casualties in open-air field hospitals on the Bataan Peninsula. Few had seen combat conditions before. When the Philippines fell, they were sent to the rocky island fortress of Corregidor, where they were under nearly constant shelling while working in an underground hospital. Some nurses were able to leave before Corregidor fell in May 1942 and “we always thought we’d be going also, until the Japanese came into the tunnel,” Schmidt recalled in Diane Burke Fessler’s book “No Time for Fear: Voices of American Military Nurses in World War II.” Seventy-seven women were interned in Manila, where they refused the tea offered “because we thought they were trying to poison us,” Schmidt recalled in the book. While in the camp, they continued to treat other military and civilian prisoners while staving off starvation, sometimes by eating weeds. They were freed in 1945 when a U.S. tank crashed through the gates. “We heard a lot of rumors about the Americans coming for us but were still surprised when they did come,” Schmidt said in “No Time for Fear.” “I had begun to feel that the Americans thought we weren’t worth saving, and to look at how scrawny we were, we probably weren’t.” Schmidt later married a fellow prisoner, Richard Schmidt, and they settled in California. She continued her nursing career in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles suburb of Altadena. “She was not at all bitter about the experiences,” her daughter said. “It was just part of life and it was an important part of her life.” Her mother didn’t consider herself heroic, she added. “She simply was doing her duty,” she said. In addition to her daughter, Schmidt is survived by a son, Richard Schmidt, of Southern California; two sisters, a brother and four grandchildren.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA CAñADA FLINTRIDGE – Jean Kennedy Schmidt, one of the nurses dubbed the “Angels of Bataan” who treated U.S. troops battling Japanese forces in the Philippines during World War II and were prisoners of war for nearly three years, has died. She was 88. Schmidt died March 3 at her home due to complications from a fall, her daughter, Susan Johnson of Bemidji, Minn., said Friday. With Schmidt’s death, only three of the nurses are believed to be alive, said Elizabeth M. Norman, who wrote the 1999 book, “We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan.” “She had a wonderful spirit,” Norman said in a published report. “She loved these women she was imprisoned with, and she said she knew them as well as the back of her hand.” last_img read more

About PT Usha, India’s ‘Golden Girl’ who was so fast that she was nicknamed after a train

first_imgOne of the most iconic women athletes of track and field, PT Usha was born on June 27, 1964, to a poor family living in a village named Payyoli near Calicut, Kerala. Her full name is Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha,PT Usha did not have a privileged childhood and faced many health issues and much poverty. Her incredible drive for athletics and sports soon earned the “queen of Indian track and field” the nickname of ‘Payyoli Express’.Usha was associated with sports since the year 1976 when her aptitude and passion for sports led her to secure a Rs 250 scholarship from the Kerala state government and represent her district when it started a sports school for women in Cannore.In the same year, things took a major turn when athletics coach OM Nambiar noticed the girl at an award ceremony for the National School Games where Usha had participated.The coach was impressed with “her lean shape and fast walking style” as he told later in an Rediff.com interview and as he began coaching her, the rest is history.Usha never looked back in her career and even when she took a break of four years, she returned to clinch the silver medal at the Hisroshima Asiad. Her greatest regret and disappointment has to be the Los Angeles Olympics where the Golden Girl missed the Bronze by just 1/100th of a second.She has won as many as 101 international medals till now and is employed in the Southern Railways as an officer.Usha currently also runs a school for athletics at Koyilandi near Kozhikode, Kerala, where girls in the age group of 10-12 are recruited and trained. Among them was Tintu Lukka, who had qualified at the London 2012 Olympics for the women’s semi-final 800m event.advertisementLet us look at some of the interesting highlights from the amazing journey of Golden Girl PT Usha:Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img read more