PSSBC record: Bullpups bury UL five by 90 points

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil And the Bullpups did it without Batang Gilas’ 6-foot-7 center Carl Tamayo who was allowed to rest following his stellar performance against Ateneo’s Kai Sotto.With the rest of the team’s stars being used sparingly, Harold Alarcon and Renzo Abiera took the opportunity to shine, scoring 22 points each in leading the Bullpups to the biggest winning margin since the PSSBC was established seven years ago by eight Filipino-Chinese businessmen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Fun couple Kiefer Ravena, Alyssa Valdez win charity beach volleyball game Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES IronCon Builders owner Jimi Lim, Rain or Shine team manager Edison Oribiana and two-time PBA MVP James Yap (sixth to eight from left) join players from National U and University of Luzon-Dagupan at the PSSBC-ROS Cup on Sunday at SGS gym in Quezon City.National University showed its might with a 90-point demolition of University of Luzon while comebacking Xavier School eliminated reigning NCAA titlist Mapua  in the Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) Rain or Shine Cup on Sunday at SGS gym in Quezon City.The Bullpups overpowered the Golden Doves of Dagupan City, 124-34, in Group A action, a follow-up to their 78-62 stunner over reigning UAAP titlist Ateneo Eaglets the day before.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

The Ebola Breakout Coincided with UN Vaccine Campaigns

first_imgThe ebola pandemic began in late February in the former French colony of Guinea while UN agencies were conducting nationwide vaccine campaigns for three other diseases in rural districts. The simultaneous eruptions of this filovirus virus in widely separated zones strongly suggests that the virulent Zaire ebola strain (ZEBOV) was deliberately introduced to test an antidote in secret trials on unsuspecting humans.     The cross-border escape of ebola into neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia indicates something went terribly wrong during the illegal clinical trials by a major pharmaceutical company. Through the lens darkly, the release of ebola may well have been an act of biowarfare in the post-colonial struggle to control mineral-rich West Africa     Earlier this year, rural residents eagerly stood in line to receive vaccinations from foreign-funded medical programs. Since the cover-up of the initial outbreak, however, panicked West Africans rural folk are terrified of any treatment from international aid programs for fear of a rumored genocide campaign. The mass hysteria is also fueled in a region traditionally targeted by Western pedophiles by the fact that filovirus survives longer in semen than in other body fluids, a point that resulted in murderous attacks on young men believed  to be homosexuals. Ebola detonated fear and loathing, and perhaps that is exactly the intended objective of a destabilization strategy. This ongoing series of investigative journalism reports on the ebola crisis exposes how West Africans are largely justified in their distrust of the Western aid agencies that unleashed, whether by mistake or deliberate intent, the most virulent virus known to man.      Guilt Without DoubtA pair of earlier articles by this writer examined the British and American roles in developing ebola into a biological weapon and its antidotes into commercial products. This third essay examines the strange coincidence of the earliest breakout in Guinea with three major vaccine campaigns conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN children’s agency UNICEF. At least two of the vaccination programs were implemented by Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders), while some of those vaccines were produced by Sanofi Pasteur, a French pharmaceutical whose major shareholder is the Rothschild Group. This report uncovers the French connection to the African ebola pandemic.     Human Guinea PigsThe guinea pig used in laboratory testing of new drugs is neither a pig nor from Guinea, since its natural habitat is on another continent, specifically the Andes. The test subjects at the time of the very first ebola outbreaks in Guinea were not rodents or pigs; they were humans.     The mystery at the heart of the ebola outbreak is how the 1995 Zaire (ZEBOV) strain, which originated in Central Africa some 4,000 km to the east in Congolese (Zairean) provinces of Central Africa, managed to suddenly resurface now a decade later in Guinea, West Africa. Since no evidence of ebola infections in transit has been detected at airports, ports or highways, the initial infections must have come from one of either two alternative routes:       – First, the possibility of an anonymous “Patient A”, a survivor of the devastating 1995 Zaire pandemic, perhaps a doctor or medical worker who was a carrier of the dormant virus into Guinea. An example of a Patient A is Patrick Sawyer, the infected American resident of Liberia who first transmitted ebola to Nigeria. No attempt has been made by the national health ministry or international agencies to trace and identify the original ebola case in Guinea. So far, not a shred of evidence has surfaced to indicate&nbs p;the very first victim to be a foreigner or a Guinean who had traveled abroad.       – Second, the absence of a Patient A leaves the prospect of an unauthorized test in humans of a new antidote for ebola in rural Guinea, done under the cover of a vaccination program for another disease. Whether the covert clinical trial’s purpose was civilian health or military use of an antibody-based antidote cannot be determined as of yet.      The reason for suspecting a vaccine campaign rather than an individual carrier is due to the fact that the ebola contagion did not start at a single geographic center and then spread outward along the roads. Instead. simultaneous outbreaks of multiple cases occurred in widely separated parts of rural Guinea, indicating a highly organized effort to infect residents in different locations in the same time-frame.     The ebola outbreak in early March coincided with three separate vaccination campaigns countrywide: a cholera oral vaccine effort by Medicins Sans Frontieres under the WHO; and UNICEF-funded prevention programs against meningitis and polio:      – The MSF-WHO project administered the anti-cholera vaccine Shanchol. The drug producer Shanta Biotechnics in Hyderabad, India, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sanofi Pasteur based in Lyon, France. Formerly known as Sanofi Aventis, the pharmaceutical controlled by major shareholders L’Oreal and the Rothschild Group.      – The oral polio vaccine (OPV) drive funded by UNICEF was based on a pathogen seed strain developed by Sanofi Pasteur, which operates the world’s largest polio vaccine production facility.      – The meningitis vaccine MenAfrVac, was produced by the Serum Institute of India, owned by tycoon Cyrus Poonawalla, under development funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2013, a UNICEF drive in Chad with the same drug resulted in 40 child deaths from vaccine-linked symptom. MSF participated in the West African anti-meningitis project.       Medicins Sanofi Frontieres      While focused on the French role, it would be unjust not to shed light on the American chief of the UN children’s agency. UNICEF executive directory Anthony Lake has an ideal career background for the post of protector of children worldwide. Tony Lake was National Security Advisor to President Bill Clinton responsible for US military interventions, including: the Bosnia-Herzegovina war against the Yugoslav federation; the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia better known as “Blackhawk Down”; and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti. An ardent& nbsp;Zionist convert to Judaism, he is the perfect boss to dispense risky vaccines in Muslim-majority Guinea.      One of Lake’s closest international allies during the Balkans war, who shares his policy of “expansionist democracy” and “humanitarian intervention” is French-Jewish hero Bernard Kouchner. The co-founder of Medicins Sans Frontier, the leftist politician-doctor was appointed Foreign Minister under neoconservative President Nicholas Sarkozy. Before succumbing to the temptation of shouting “Physician heal thyself!”, let’s turn back to tracking ebola.     MSF, which translates into English as Doctors Without Borders, promotes itself as a brave band of selfless physicians who spend their time and own savings on helping the poor in global hot spots. Many of the volunteers, to their individual credit and moral goodness, actually exemplify the public-relations image, never realizing that MSF corporate sponsors include the Bill Gates-founded behemoth Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, AIG, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, BlackRock, Bloomberg and the French advertising giant Havas.     A rogue’s gallery of corporate predators, if ever there was, the donor list is notably absent  of major pharmaceuticals, since it would be a conflict of interest to charitably dispense vaccines from a drug company while being paid for the free advertising. To avoid appearances of ethical impropriety on a global scale, the UN through its agencies WHO and UNICEF foots the bill, the major pharms get the profits, and MSF executives with their horde of bright-eyed volunteers dispense the low-end vaccines on the suffering mass es.       Not to discourage idealist doctors from a worthy cause, there is the undeniable attraction of safari fever and Orientalist exoticism for a surgeon from Pittsburg or Strasbourg to take part in this hybrid of “Amazing Race” and Club Med. Now off with the kid gloves: While posturing as principled ethical “witnesses” to human misery, the functional role of MSF role is as a conveyor belt dumping vaccines from major pharmaceuticals onto low-income and poorly educated populations of the developing world.     Repeated dosages of potent toxins on populations with poor health, which no public-health agency in the Western world dares attempt inside its own borders, can have harmful side effects, especially on children. The casualties of vaccination have gone unreported by the media and buried under official cover-ups. Even worse, vaccine programs could well have been used to conceal human testing of antibodies that originated in biological warfare labs for the purpose of mass murder of entire nations.         Best Laid Plans      Doctors Without Frontiers (MSF), once based in Paris and now in Geneva, comes under a dark cloud of suspicion because its distribution of a two-step anti-cholera vaccine. The dosages must be taken a fortnight apart, and this repeat procedure likely provided the pretext for an ebola-testing team to insert the ebola virus into the victims’ bodies and later return to dispense the antidote of monoclonal antibodies (Mab).     (This is not to say that MSF was knowingly involved as an organization but that its “federation” style of management leaves a lot of maneuvering space for an unethical doctor to infiltrate a country program on behalf a client pharmaceutical.)     After exposure to the ebola virus, a patient shows symptoms of high fever, vomiting and diarrhea, no less than 8 days later and likelier after two weeks. Re-arriving on schedule, the covert drug-testing team administers the anti-ebola antibodies as “the second dose of cholera vaccine”. The perfect crime of illegal human testing should have gone off without a hitch.     A problem arises, however, when many of the test subjects fall sick in less than two weeks and are unable to walk dozens of kilometers to the vaccine centers. With much of the original cohort of human test subjects absent for the antidote, and ebola out of control in the hinterland, the secret clinical trial free-falls toward a pit of liability and legal action. Disappointed operations managers for the sponsoring pharmaceutical order the exfiltration of their medical agents out of Guinea, leaving hundreds of victims to die  in excruciating pain as the contagion spreads. Does anyone in Paris or Geneva really care? Don’t choke in laughter.     The Guinea outbreak was not reported by WHO until 6 weeks after the initial round of infections in February, which is quite odd considering the armies of medical workers afield in the countryside during those three vaccine campaigns. By contrast, the MSF office in next-door Senegal knew about the Guinean ebola contagion less than a month after outbreak.     Inside and Outside the Death Zones     On the map of Africa, the Republic of Guinea (not to be confused with Equatorial Guinea on the coast of Central Africa) is shaped like a reversed letter C, looping off the Atlantic shore and curving southeast into the interior. The Niger River cuts across the country from east to west; two separate regions along its banks were the centers of the initial ebola outbreak.     The earliest infections were concentrated in the inland prefectures of Guecedo and Macenta on the interior borders of Sierra Leone and Liberia. The second-most affected region was closer to the Atlantic coast in the districts of Boffa and Telimele and the nearby island-capital of Conakry. The deaths in Conakry were concentrated at Donka Hospital, the prime treatment center.     What is striking about the Red Cross-Red Crescent Society map of the outbreak zones was the lack of infections over a wide swath along the border with Senegal, where MSF keeps its regional headquarters with a 300-member staff, which includes 80 foreigners. The reason can be attributed to the drier climate of Senegal, yet to the contrary ebola infections were reported near Guinea’s northern border with arid Mali, which is in the Sahara Desert.     On first reports of the outbreak, the Pasteur Institute branch in Dakar, Senegal, dispatched a mobile microbiology laboratory to Conakry at the request of the Guinean Ministry of Health. Meanwhile, the German-funded Bernhard-Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine office in Ghana cooperated with WHO to set up a mobile lab in Gueckedou Prefecture.      MSF staffers inside Guinea cooperated with the government’s Ministry of Health effort to set up isolation rooms in local clinics and hospitals along with blood-sample collection centers. Despite assurances from WHO and CDC that ebola is not transmitted through water or air, more than 100 nurses and doctors, including Sierra Leone’s top ebola expert, have died so far. Misinformation about ebola transmission is inexcusable when the 1995 Zaire outbreak was first spread by the washing of corpses.     Turning Panic Into Profit     Another appalling surprise came in June with the “second wave” of apparently more virulent ebola infections across Sierra Leone, even after the pandemic was coming under control in Guinea. This second breakout could be related to a mutation caused by the introduction of monoclonal antibodies during the covert antidote tests. Confronted by Mab-activated immune responses in humans, the virus could be expected to adapt by increasing the velocity of its docking with unprotected human blood cells. If mutation is confirmed, then all Mab-based&n bsp;serums should be banned due to the potential emergence of the unstoppable “super-virus”, a modified strain of ebola on steroids.     News media have focused on two potential cures for ebola issued by biotech companies ZMapp and Tekmira, both of them essentially business fronts for patent-sharing consortia. Whichever company gains approval from an FDA, ready to overlook the possibility of driving mutations, will be sure to win huge supplier contracts from the WHO and the US Department of Defense.      The dark horse in the foot race to profit from the ebola panic is France-based Sanofi Pasteur. The world’s third-largest pharmaceutical, under CEO Serge Weinberg, has earned a reputation for come-from-behind success in the final rounds of clinical trials in humans. Weinberg scored a coup in wooing his new chief scientist Gary Nabel from his position as head of viral immunology research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).      The Sanofi strategy for ebola is being kept under wraps by its biotech partner Sutro Biopharma based in San Francisco. Sutro managing director John Freund, MD, is a former Morgan Stanley executive who built its health-care portfolio. The Sutro-Sanofi-Nabel monoclonal antibody (Mab) strategy, using tumor antigen Mabs, is listed for purposes “undisclosed”. The use of antibodies from abnormal or cancerous cells is the same as the cell-fusion method used by their now better-known competitor ZMapp.     For the unethical executive, it is tempting to conduct drug tests in humans without wasting years on monkey trials, as was done by wartime Japan’s Unit 731 and by Dr. Joseph Mengele. In 2008, Sanofi was accused of conducting secret trials of an untested H5N1 vaccine on 350 homeless people in Poland, killing at least 21 and causing the hospitalization of 200 others, according to the Telegraph of London.     The cold-blooded spread of a hemorrhagic fever cannot be attributed solely to corporate greed, since biodefense security is also a motive. The West African outbreak was likely linked to a dual-use experiment, for application in tropical health and as a biowarfare shield, as shown in the two earlier essays in this series.         On the List of Suspects     While a signatory of the Biological Weapons Convention, France did not sign aboard until 1984, providing sufficient time to guise its biowarfare research under civilian lab coats. The nation that produced brilliant scientists like Louis Pasteur, the pioneer discoverer of vaccines, France was one of the leading research centers in biological warfare, weaponizing anthrax, salmonella, chorela and rindepest, toxins that resonate with the French passion for cuisine.     The postwar French military had none of the ability to commandeer Germany’s formidable bioweapons technology, as did Britain, the US and Soviet Union. Instead of focusing on the German passion for “germ” warfare, French medical researchers skipped ahead by concentrating on molecular biology, in which viruses are of intense interest for their interactions with the proteins in cell membranes and nucleic acids. Due to their high-tech sophistication, it is rare for French research centers to be caught red-handed, as happened when the Pasteu r Institute in Iran was discovered to be crafting aflatoxin for the Shah’s military.      French biologists moreover have had deep experience in tropical pathogens from their own African colonies and the Belgian Congo. The nation’s most notable achievement in recent years was Luc Montagnier’s isolation of the HIV, which notably he claims was not of African origin, indicating the Pasteur Institute’s vast library of biological agents.     The French are masters of ambiguity and dissimulation, and so there is no chance for a French military attache to be seen strutting around Guinea or Sierra Leone like a Jean Reno. The CDC in Liberia, in contrast, with its 50-member forward squad marching in protective gear stands out like a sore thumb.     Therefore, don’t forget to put the Elysee Palace on the suspect list if ebola is found out to be a biowarfare attack to destabilize West Africa and redraw the geopolitical boundaries. The French Army is largest foreign force on the continent. To borrow Churchill’s metaphor of nesting dolls, antibodies are a riddle wrapped in the mystery of ebola inside an enigma of biological warfare.     The other Sanofi project in Guinea involving a polio vaccine campaign could have enabled the follow-up work of checking on the success rate of the secret antibody tests. If so, it was a miserable failure or perhaps a wild success. In either case, the pharmaceutical and biotech industries will have profited handsomely from the ebola crisis when biodefense-research generals, high civil servants and UN bureaucrats sheepishly sign multimillion-euro R&D contracts.Feverish AfricaAfter rural West Africans realized that vaccination programs coincided with the outbreak of Zaire ebola, foreign-funded medical staffers were assaulted by angry mobs and an ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone was burned to the ground. When medicine is exposed to be the problem and not a solution, the military has to be called in to quell public rebellion. The boundaries of every country in the region are now sealed by troops, and so the truth behind this epidemic will probably be buried with the victims.As for MSF, UNICEF, WHO, CDC, NIH, USAMRIID and the rest of the alphabet soup of the hypocritical oafs of pharmaco-witchcraft, the herd instinct for self-preservation prevents any honest disclosure. As each day passes and casualties mount, the onus for the crime weighs heavier. A trustworthy investigation into this fast-spreading pandemic and prosecution of the perpetrators in a court of law have all the chances of snowfall in Zaire.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trouble Brews at Ganta Hospital

first_imgHealth workers of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Nimba County have begun mounting tension on the Hospital administration for salary arrears.On Thursday, May 15, the health workers assembled at the administrative building, carrying placards and demanding their salaries for the month of April.The health workers, including nurses, cleaners, securities and those representing other departments were seen very disappointed over the failure of the administration to pay them for the month of April.Inscriptions on some of the placards read, “No pay on Friday, no job on Monday; the dry leave is falling, warning to green leaves; April is crying warning to May.”“We are tired waiting for a long time because we received patients every day.  The administration cannot tell us that there is no money,” Alphonso Genseh, vice president of the worker’s union said.“This is only awareness. The real action begins on Monday if they don’t pay us tomorrow, May 16,” he added.The demonstrators appeared distressed and disappointed.Ma Manee Moore, a cleaner said, some of them are earning “very little” and that little was not forth coming from the hospital’s administrators. She wondered how their employers expected them to support their families.The Associate Administrator of the Hospital Mr. Patrick Martor told the aggrieved workers to bear patience as the administration was doing everything to settle their arrears.“As we speak, the hospital is faced with financial constraint and what we have cannot take care of what we owed you,” he said.“Most of the institutions that owe us money are not paying, and we ourselves owed many entities.  We cannot pay them because there is no money,” he added.According to Mr. Martor, he convened a meeting with the aggrieved workers and displayed all documents including financial record about income and expenditure.Since the beginning of this year, Ganta Hospital has been facing serious financial crisis.People have over the time been complaining of poor financial management at the hospital; allegation the associate administrator denied during the time he was appealing to the aggrieved workers.He told this paper that one of their partners abroad (Global Ministry) had cut down its support to the hospital and asking the hospital to close down some departments.He didn’t name those departments that should be shut down, but added, “How can we cut down departments when we do not have the first cent to pay our staff.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cartoon: September 1, 2016

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Kids Arena allowing user groups early access

first_imgDespite delaying the new Kids Arena Fieldhouse’s grand opening, which affected a lot of the building’s user groups, the committee has decided to open the facility to its user groups by Nov. 14.After revealing the delayed grand opening, the committee was approached by the Fort St. John Soccer Club, who expressed the difficulties that would ensue with scheduling without the use of the facility.Trevor Bolin, Co-Chair of the Kids Arena Fieldhouse Committee, says the comittee and soccer club met Friday morning, and determined that the user groups will be able to use the facility for league games until the grand opening takes place on Jan. 2, 2012.- Advertisement -Bolin says the committee and the user groups agreed that this “soft opening” is a proper resolution method and could also benefit the new facility, as the user groups will provide feedback in order to help “work out all the kinks” within the newly renovated facility.Programming, public rentals and drop-ins are to be phased in during  November and December.The Arena’s grand opening is still scheduled for Jan 2, 2012, after which the facility will be open to the general public as well.Advertisementlast_img read more

25 years after his bleak beginning, adopted crack baby earns law degree

first_imgPawley smiled and told the doctors to let her worry about that. She had plans for this abandoned baby, and they all called for a lot of love and hard work. That’s what she told me back in 1998 when we stood watching her “slow” son, D.D., walk on stage to give the valedictorian speech at Osborne Christian School in Arleta as he graduated with a 3.97 grade-point average. And that’s what she told me again Friday as she watched D.D. put on his cap and gown and get ready to graduate from law school. “Honest to God, I get chills,” she said. Pawley won’t forget those first nights looking down in the crib and seeing D.D. crying and squirming, curled up tightly in a fetal position. Or the hours she massaged his body to relax his muscles and uncurl him. Or the nights she and her husband, Dale, didn’t sleep because D.D. didn’t sleep. “We’d hold D.D. all night, hold him on our chests so he could hear our heartbeats,” she said. “Nobody really knew diddly about drug-addicted babies back then. He should have been in the hospital during those withdrawals, but he wasn’t. “Dale and I read everything we could get our hands on and even went up to Stanford University to talk to doctors working with drug babies up there,” Ila Pawley said. “You know what turned out to work best? Normal parenting. Love, hugging, caring, teaching. “We started him with words and listening to classical music. We showed him colors – Legos, blocks, anything that would stimulate him. Everything but television. “By the time D.D. started kindergarten, he could already read,” she said. “He still had a sleep disorder and some motor-skill problems, but academically he was excelling.” Ila Pawley’s plans for the most challenging child she would raise were working. All it was taking was a lot of love and a ton of hard work. She can’t even imagine life without this boy, Pawley said Friday, getting ready to go to the graduation ceremony with her husband and a couple of their older children who were able to get off work to travel to Arizona with them. They all turned out great – all 11 children she and Dale adopted, and the three they had themselves in what Ila calls “the first batch.” “They’ve all stayed in touch with each other,” she said. “The first batch loves the second batch. Everybody’s doing fine.” The love this woman gave him, well, he’s almost taken that for granted by now, D.D. said. He never lived a day under her roof when he didn’t feel it. The hard work, though, that’s what really gets to him now that he’s married and a dad with two babies of his own. “I think back on how tough it must have been for her to be raising all my brothers and sisters, and then have this sick little crack baby come into her life,” D.D. said. “She was willing to sacrifice so much for me. “I know I’ve gotten my perseverance and resolve from her. She taught me you only lose if you quit and give up, and that’s something I would never do. “She’s my rock, and I love her.” With that, the kid who came into this world a crack baby with two strikes against him gave his mother a hug and kiss before walking off to receive his degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Leaving his mom standing there with tears in her eyes, and getting chills. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Not bad for a kid who came into this world 25 years ago as a drug-addicted, African-American baby found abandoned outside a Los Angeles hospital. D.D. – Dale David – was 3 days old and weighed just 4 pounds when LosAngeles County adoption workers called the Pawleys and asked the middle-aged white couple living in Arleta if they had room for one more. They had already adopted and raised three children of mixed races, in addition to three children of their own. But, sure, they had room for one more, Ila Pawley told the county. This one would be the toughest, the doctors warned her. Because of the drugs in his system at birth, he would be slow. His motor-control skills would be poor, and he would be mentally delayed. The kid came into this world with two strikes against him. Then he hit a home run. Ila Pawley became his mom. “I got lucky. So lucky,” D.D. Pawley said Friday as he slipped on his cap and gown. “If it wasn’t for her love and all the sacrifices she made for me, I wouldn’t be standing here today.” A young man with a bright future, getting his law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and starting his career in a few weeks as a deputy district attorney in Sacramento. last_img read more

Slaying probe intensifies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Investigators believe that this murder may have been committed by known local Azusa gang members,” Gonzalez said. Police were looking for Raymond Cruz Ponce, 30, of Azusa. Ponce, also known as “Bear,” is wanted for questioning in connection with the killing. SWAT officers surrounded the home and used loudspeakers on their patrol cars and from a helicopter to order Ponce out of the home. Ponce was then arrested for a parole violation, Gonzalez said. Ponce’s mother and sister were detained in the home, but not arrested. Then investigators from several law enforcement agencies set about combing the interior of the home for clues. AZUSA – Police searched a home Thursday looking for clues in the 11-month-old slaying of a mother of five. Officers converged on a home in the 500 block of Duell Street with a search warrant and a forensic team in an effort to solve the killing of Fenise Luna, 28. Investigators believe Luna was killed at the home on Dec. 29. “Over the past 11 months, numerous witnesses have come forward, additional evidence has been uncovered and information from the state and federal prison systems resulted in detectives believing that the murder of Ms. Luna occurred at (the home on) Duell,” said Azusa police Capt. Sam Gonzalez. It is not clear why Luna went to the home in the first place. Luna’s sister and brother-in-law hope some answers come out of the search. Luna was depressed around the time of her death. She also had a learning disorder and a carefree attitude toward life that sometimes let people take advantage of her, family members said. “She was hanging around the wrong crowd,” said Evelyn Bernal, the older sister who had a hand in raising Luna. The night of her killing, Luna told Bernal and her husband, Mario, that she was going out for a few hours. She never came home. “We really haven’t heard the truth yet,” Mario Bernal said. “We’ve heard that she was strangled, that she was cut, that she was beat up.” Luna’s children now live with the Bernals and are slowly returning to a normal life. jason.kosareff@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717160Want 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

OISIN’S FAMILY APPEAL: PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM

first_imgOisin pictured with his girlfriend JosephineTHE family of Oisin Merritt, the Donegal teenager in a coma in Spain after a fall, have asked people here to pray for him.The 19-year-old talented footballer, who plays with Finn Harps reserves, has been in a coma in hospital in Mallorca after a fall in the resort of Santa Ponsa two weeks ago.In a statement today his family said the Stranorlar youth had not been responding to treatment. “He is currently still in a critical condition and not responding to the treatment. We ask that we all stay positive and keep praying,” they said.“The family greatly appreciate all the prayers and support that they have received and want to thank everyone for all that they have done. Please continue to pray for Oisin.” OISIN’S FAMILY APPEAL: PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM was last modified: June 22nd, 2014 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:donegalfamilyMallorcaOisin MerrittSanta PonsaStranorlarlast_img read more

Vipers SC draws defending champions Azam FC as Kagame Cup returns after three year’s absence

first_imgKagame CECAFA CUP 2018June 29th- July 13thTanzania.The CECAFA Kagame Cup will return this year after up to three years that have seen no action.The tournament that has not be played since 2015 will take place from the 29th of June to July 13th.This year’s games will take place in Tanzania, the same nation that hosted the last championships in 2015 and will feature 12 clubs from 10 countries a cross the CECAFA region.The Azam team that won the 2015 Kagame CupThe hosts will have three representatives in Azam FC, Young Africans and 2017/18 league winners Simba Sports Club.Uganda will see current league champions, Vipers SC represent the nation this time round.Uganda Premier League champions Vipers SC will represent the country.The Venoms have been pitted in Group A along side 2015 champions Azam FC of Tanzania, Zanzibar’s JKU and South Sudan league winners Kator FC.Vipers will kick-start the tournament on opening day when they take on JKU at 02:00pm at Chamanzi Stadium.They will then take on Azam FC two days later at the same venue before sealing the group at the National Stadium against Kator FC.Vipers will be aiming to become the first Ugandan club to win the title since 2006 when Police FC win it in Tanzania.Police defeated home side Moro United 2-1in the final to win their only CACAFA title.SC Villa is Uganda’s most successful club in the competition, winning it three times (1987, 2003 and 2005).KCCA is the other Ugandan club that has ever triumphed in the competition, winning its only championship in 1978.Group B will have Kenyan Premier league winners Gor Mahia, Rwanda’s Rayon Sport, Lydia Ludic from Burundi and Djibuti outfit Ports.The last group will also see four teams tussling it out, including eternal rivals Young Africans and Simba SC both of Tanzania, plus St. George of Ethiopia and Somalia’s Deekadah.Simba SC are the record winners of the tournament with six championships despite last winning it in 2002 when they defeated Burundi’s Prince Luis 1-0 in the final.The CECAFA 2018 Groups:Group A.Azam FC (Tanzania)Vipers SC (Uganda)JKU (Zanzibar)Kator FC (South Sudan)Group B:Gor Mahia (Kenya)Rayon Sports (Rwanda)Lydia Ludic (Burundi)Ports (Djibouti)Group C:Yanga Africans (Tanzania)St. George (Ethiopia)Simba SC (Tanzania)Deekadah (Somalia)Comments Tags: Kagame CECAFA Cup 2018vipers sclast_img read more

Lack of funding for ParentStop to be raised in Dail this evening

first_imgThe threatened withdrawal of funding from ParentStop is to be raised in the Dail this evening (Tues), it has emerged. Donegal TD, Pat the Cope Gallagher, will raise the issue this evening in the capital.Speaking before the sitting, Deputy Gallagher said: “I am bringing forward a topical motion to debate the urgent need to continue funding for this project. “Funding is due to be withdrawn by the end of 2019, and services would cease thereafter. This would be a regrettable development as this organisation provides trojan work in assisting and supporting families experience separation difficulties,” added Pat the Cope.“The service needs to be placed on a statutory footing or a guaranteed funding basis from Tulsa, by this the organisation could be guaranteed funding on an annual basis and it would have long term security,” stated Pat the Cope.Pat the Cope further added: “That speaking directly with users of this service; they all vouch for its importance and any practitioner who practices Family Law in the county will be able to vouch for the valuable service provided by Parent Stop.“Not only do they help parents co-parent following separation, but they are able to speak to older children to ensure that they are coping with the separation and give advice to parents dealing with difficult situations. “The courts are unable to deal with the volume of cases in the family law court and at the moment if someone has issued family law proceedings in the Letterkenny district (seeking access or maintenance for example), they will have to wait until at least February 2020 to be given a hearing date.“Parent Stop were able to bridge that gap providing much-needed advice and support to those who most need it.   In the clear majority of cases, a final order was made by a court with no necessity for a hearing date following the party’s attendance at Parent Stop,” he added.“It is devastating news that this service is going to cease, and it defies logic as to why this is being allowed to happen- that is why I am bringing forward this motion today in order to highlight this case and to further call on the Government to support this project.“The level of funding required is approximately €100,000 per annum, as they can source other funding from various other funding agencies but what is critical; is that they maintain core funding from the Department, Tusla and Central government,” concluded Pat the Cope.Lack of funding for ParentStop to be raised in Dail this evening was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Parent Stoplast_img read more