first_imgAs the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease intensifies across the country, Liberia’s leading radio talk show hosts, Henry Costa, Darius Dillon, Frederick Anderson, along with Montserrado County senatorial hopeful Benjamin Sanvee, have donated food and non-food items to Ebola patients at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia.The items donated on Monday, September 1, by the group included rice, beddings, buckets, drums, Aluminum tubs and chlorox.Others items included paper plates, spoons, towels and brooms etc.Presenting the items to the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) at JFK, Mr. Costa, who is the general manager of Sancos Media Group Inc/Voice FM 102.7, said the donation is their own way of identifying with some Liberians who had been affected by the deadly Ebola epidemic.”It is now time that everyone galvanize their support to our people,” Costa said. “We can’t sit there and see Liberians suffering and dying from this ugly virus.  We need to help as concerned citizens of this country.”Mr. Costa, Liberia’s eminent radio talk show host, emphasize that the virus had claimed many lives and that everyone has to do what he/she can in order to kick this virus out of the country.“So, on behalf of my family and friends who gathered their minimal resources together to identify with you (Ebola patients) during this time of our health crisis, we say we are there for you no matter what happens.  We will tell them the truth,” he pledged.Also speaking, Montserrado County Senatorial hopeful, Benjamin Sanvee,  thanked the health workers for their sacrifice in ensuring that the lives of other Liberians are saved.“You are putting your life at risk and we don’t have anything to give back in return. All we have to say is thank you for your humanitarian service to our people,” Mr. Sanvee told the  health workers.For his part, Mr. Darius Dillon also acknowledged the effort of the health workers and hoped that the government will began to give more support to fight the virus.In response to the donation, a Ugandian Medical consultant hired by World Health Organization and assigned at the Ebola Treatment Unit at JFK lauded the the group for their support shown to their kinsmen and assured them the  donations would be used for their intended purposes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident who pounced on a Policeman on Friday last, robbing him of his cellphone and $240 was on Monday jailed.Darren Bailey admitted to robbing Mahendra Doognauth of the cash and phone when he appeared before city Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The charge stated that Bailey carried out the daring robbery on March 2, 2018 on Hinck Street, Georgetown. At the time of the robbery, he was armed with a pair of scissors.In court on Monday, Bailey told the Magistrate he was on the Plaisance Bus Park when he mistook the Police Officer for someone from the interior who reportedly owed him.“I pulled out my scissors to take back my goods,” he told the Court. However, Doognauth made a report and a team comprising a Cadet Officer went to the Stabroek Market area and found Bailey standing under the clock.He was taken into Police custody where he was searched and found to be in possession of the stolen phone. He later admitted to committing the act and was charged.Magistrate Latchman considered the serious nature and prevalence of the offence and sentenced Bailey to 50 months in prison.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – It was where young newlyweds first settled in Whittier in the 1950s. Over the years, as friendships formed and grew, it became the site of neighborhood dinner parties, where cocktails might be served at one home, appetizers at another, the main course across the street. For six Whittier couples, the 11100 block of El Arco Drive was even more than that: It was the nurturing ground of relationships that have lasted more than 50 years. Even today, decades after most of the group has moved away, memories of life on El Arco still draw them together. They meet several times a year to reminisce. “It was an unusual neighborhood, because we all were good friends,” said Anna Cook, 76, who along with her husband, Stanley, are the last remaining couple from the original group still living on El Arco. “We were all of different faiths, but we all got along,” she said. Bob Whittier remembers his years living on El Arco Drive as “good times” for a group of people who “all kind of grew up together.” The neighborhood was close-knit, the 78-year-old said, and the group of friends met often for parties, picnics and holiday events. “At one time, there were a few poker parties,” Whittier recalled. “The guys would start getting together to play poker, until someone started losing too much money. “But that broke up when the wives decided we shouldn’t play anymore,” he added. On Sunday, the group of friends carried on the tradition, meeting at a Marie Callender’s Restaurant in Whittier to catch up on life and talk about their expanding families. “Most of us were veterans just starting out families,” said Karl “Chuck” Freeman, who with his wife, Therese, moved to the block in 1953. “We watched our kids grow up and get married. Then the grandkids came,” he said. The Cooks moved to El Arco around the same time as the Freemans. So did Bob Whittier and his late wife Bonnie, and Donna and Al Broward, who now live in Newport Beach. Carol and Glenn Romine, who decades later moved to Temecula, and Jimmie and Chuck Hauser, now of Hemet, also moved to El Arco in the 1950s. Together, the group of friends have shared the good times and have supported each other through the bad times. Freeman recalled how the network of friends came together when his son died in 1956. “When my son died, I still had four kids at home, and I asked a couple of the gals if they could watch the kids while I went to pick up my wife,” Freeman said. “As we walked in the house, (we noticed) they put flowers in all the rooms, put fresh linens on all the beds, and where there weren’t fresh linens, they brought them from home,” he said. “And there was fried chicken and apple pie and more flowers on the dining room table.” As families grew, the El Arco neighbors began relocating to new places. Between the six original couples, there are 21 now-adult children. But their friendships, loyalty and regular reunions have continued. “When my wife of 50 years passed away, it was those people that were really there for you,” Bob Whittier said of his wife’s death in 1998. Whittier later remarried, and his new wife, Marci, has “come into the group just fine,” said Freeman. “I’ve learned that true friends are with you through thick and through thin,” said Whittier. “And you keep in touch.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024last_img read more

first_img Re: “Bus service not cut” (Your Opinions, Dec 1): Recent correspondence in your newspaper about the new Orange Line busway has drawn attention to the lack of Sunday and evening service on many bus routes in the San Fernando Valley. As a transportation commissioner for the city of Burbank, I have been conducting a study of the relative success of the routes that serve this city. In a nutshell, frequent, reliable routes with seven-day service enjoy high ridership. Routes with hourly service that stop running at 6:30 p.m., and with little or no weekend service have poor ridership. A bus service is more than just a line on the MTA map. In an urban area like ours, anything less than half hourly, 16 hours a day, seven days a week is a placebo, not a service. – Paul Dyson Transportation commissioner Burbank Wasn’t scapegoated Re: “County health chief resigns” (Nov. 30): Dr. Thomas Garthwaite hasn’t been scapegoated. Quite the opposite, the supervisors have allowed Garthwaite to misrepresent the progress of the multimillion-dollar consultants, to withhold critical information from them and to portray himself as the county’s CMO when he is not licensed to practice medicine in California, etc. If Garthwaite were the astute public servant that your reporter attempts to paint him, Garthwaite would’ve done his due diligence and known what a hornet’s nest the Health Department was. He accepted the job with its perks and risks; so let’s not shed any tears for him. His administration is defined by his glaring lack of leadership and ethics. The time is now to create a Health Authority. So let’s all roll up our sleeves and get to work. – Genevieve M. Clavreul, R.N. Pasadena It’s a quilt shop Re: “Christian food sellers in the soup” (Nov. 29): The unfortunate “Piecemakers Quilt Shop vendetta” is one that has gotten “waaay” out of control. Over the years, I have heard that one person – or maybe several – in local government has been attacking their ability to offer meals to customers. The owners are lovely Christian women, working diligently to earn a buck and share in the timeless art of quilting. The last thing on my mind when stopping to eat a homemade lunch is, “Gee, I wonder how clean the kitchen is?” Piecemakers’ owners probably have nothing to hide, but are through welcoming inspection. Because of the principle, they were forced to cease offering food to visitors, thus taking a large hit on their revenue. They are criticized for their efforts to halt inspections based on their faith; however, Christians can still get agitated by years of harassment. – Yvette Carling Calabasas160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Lose-lose Re: “Pickup truck, Orange Line bus collide” (Dec. 2): I sometimes do not understand people’s logic. They are more than willing to gamble with their lives and the lives of others just to save a minute. Rather than wait they do not think of what happens if they challenge an Orange Line bus. If they get into an accident, where is the time savings? First, they may not get there at all. They may injure other people. Now comes the time spent at the scene, time with the insurance agency, time off from work – possible court time. Most likely an increase in insurance rates. Not to mention that you will lose every time if you tangle with the bus. Oh, yes, when it’s over, what about having to find another car? Is this called in a hurry to go nowhere fast or Russian roulette? – Mike Hoblinski Burbank 7-day bus service Re: “Dueling dropout figures” (Dec. 2): The Daily News continues to espouse breaking up LAUSD into semiautonomous units, but a careful examination of another big-city school district where this breakup has been in effect for a few years (New York City) reveals that it simply does not work. A close relative of mine, who was a teacher in New York City, says that, instead of a large bureaucracy, they wound up with many smaller bureaucracies. Too many administrative jobs were filled with cronies, and many of the people making key educational decisions had never been in a classroom since they were kids. Bottom line: There was no appreciable improvement in student achievement. – Michael Wiener Encino last_img read more