‘Double Joy’

first_imgAs part of celebration activities marking the country’s 168th Independence Day, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Sinkor Old Road branch donated several items to at least eight mothers who had just given birth on the auspicious occasion of Liberia’s 168th independence anniversary.Pastor Majek Folorunsho, who made the donations to the baby mothers at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Medical Center in Sinkor on July 26, informed the beneficiaries that items presented to them was the church’s way of identifying with mothers who have just delivered babies at the hospital, especially during the July 26 festive season.He did not disclose value of the donated items, but said it was God that made the project realize a vision to identify with the mothers, noting that the best celebration for this day is to identify with the needy, sick and those that are afflicted.“Children are blessings from God, but being born on the birthday of their country is a double joy for the family and we are happy to share that joy also with their parents,” Pastor Folorunsho said. He said Liberians should see their country’s independence anniversary as a day to reflect upon individual life success, and the level of contribution one can make to redeem Liberia by making the country better at all times. The Items that were donated to the babies’ mothers included sanitary materials, detergents and a single set of baby-tub to the kids that were delivered first.In many cases, he said, only few people can have that immediate support to care for their newly born baby; that is why it was necessary for the church to intervene. Pastor Folorunsho called on the public to exhibit charity to their fellow Liberians that are in need, because their failure to do so would be interpreted as disregard to their plight.Pastor Folorunsho noted that his church would continue praying for peace in Liberia, asking the Heavenly Father for more blessings and prosperity. Asatu Diallo, the mother of the baby who received the tub expressed gratitude to the church leadership for the gift items, adding that the kind gesture from the church was an indication that God work in mysterious ways.Asatu said the assistance from the church was timely for the mothers and it will go a long way for some of them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Gerrard pays tribute to retiring Alonso

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso celebrates his goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match of Bayern Munich vs FC IngolstadtLONDON, United Kingdom, March 9 – Steven Gerrard has paid tribute to his former Liverpool team-mate Xabi Alonso after the Bayern Munich midfielder announced his retirement.Alonso will hang up his boots at the end of the season after a decorated career that has seen him make 690 club appearances and lift 10 major European trophies during spells at Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern. The Spaniard spent five years alongside Gerrard in Liverpool’s midfield, during which time the pair won the FA Cup, UEFA Super League and most famously, the 2004-05 Champions League.Gerrard – who retired himself in November – took to social media to congratulate Alonso on his career after the Bayern man’s announcement.“Xavi you are pure quality,” said Gerrard. “A class act on the pitch and a gentlemen off it.“It was a pleasure to play alongside you and I missed you every day from the moment you left the reds.“Congratulations on your perfect career and good luck to you and your family In the future. #legend”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Province funding 22,000 new licensed child care spaces over the next three years

first_imgCOQUITLAM, B.C. – The provincial government announced today that it will be funding 22,000 new licensed child care spaces coming over the next three years.The new spaces will be created through a $221-million investment in the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, which replaces the Child Care Major Capital Funding Program. Children and Family Development Minister Katrine Conroy said that the government will be looking to leverage existing facilities – such as those on school grounds, in churches, at recreation centres, and other public places – to expand child care for B.C. families. Creating new infant and toddler spaces will be a priority.“Parents are struggling to find quality, affordable child care, and it’s time we made the investments that are good for families, and for our economy,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development. “Creating more licensed, affordable child care spaces is a key part of our new Childcare BC plan, so parents can have the peace of mind they need and quality care they can rely on.”- Advertisement -Under the new fund, child care spaces created by child development centres or Indigenous communities remain eligible for 100 percent of the cost of their projects, up to a maximum of $500,000. Not-for-profit organizations will be supported to create new child care spaces under the new fund, with these organizations remaining eligible for up to 90 percent of the total cost of their projects, up to a maximum of $500,000. Private child care providers remain eligible for 75 percent of the total cost of their project, up to a maximum of $250,000.Conroy said that the government will adopt a streamlined application process with a continuous intake, rather than fixed application dates. Boards of education will have 100 percent eligibility of the total cost of their project up to a maximum of $500,000 for child care spaces they create.“Too many parents are dealing with a lack of good options when it comes to child care, and that’s only made worse as spaces close due to financial pressures on child care operators,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. “With our Childcare BC plan, we’re letting operators and parents know that government is on their side, and investing in their future. Creating these new spaces is the latest step in making child care more available and affordable for more families.”Advertisement More information on these changes will be available later in the coming months.last_img read more


Trent Alexander-Arnold has a big future at Liverpool, Carragher tells talkSPORT

first_imgJamie Carragher believes Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold could be the next big thing to roll off the city’s ‘conveyor belt’ of future stars.The 18-year-old full-back grabbed an assist and was named man-of-the-match in Tuesday’s 2-0 EFL Cup win over Leeds – seven years after he walked out of the tunnel as a mascot against the same opposition.And whose hand was the 11-year-old academy player holding? Anfield legend Carragher’s!Alexander-Arnold has already been singled out for praise by Steven Gerrard in his recent autobiography, and ‘Carra’ also hailed the up-and-coming defender, insisting he is has the potential to be a Reds player ‘for a long time’.“He was fantastic,” Carragher told talkSPORT host Jim White.“The young lad had a big impact on the game, he was the outstanding player for Liverpool and to get the assist was the icing on the cake.“I think the lad could be a Liverpool player for a long time.“The city of Liverpool always produces players, I just don’t believe it will ever stop. I think it’s one of the hotbeds in this county for producing players, with Steven Gerrard one of the best players over the last 20 years, and Wayne Rooney is another one from the city.“And I think Trent may be another one off the conveyor belt. He only lives a few minutes away from Melwood, so it’s great to see another local lad get his chance.“There’s a long way to go for him to get the careers of those players, but sometimes you just look at certain lads and they just look like players. They’ve got that physique, that pace, and he’s only going to get bigger and stronger.“He looks absolutely suited to the full-back position. He’s only 18, so to be able to compete in men’s football he won’t have the strength just yet and he may struggle with that at times.“But once he fills out when he gets to 21 or 22-year-old, he’ll put that together. We know he’s got the ability on the ball, we saw that against Leeds.“It looks like he’s got a great chance.”Listen to Jamie Carragher’s chat with talkSPORT IN FULL above!last_img read more


Senior Menu

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Monday: Glazed chicken, Italian vegetable blend, cauliflower. Tuesday: Salisbury steak, peas and carrots, baby lima beans. Wednesday: Shrimp creole, chopped spinach, Italian vegetable blend. Thursday: Chicken teriyaki, cauliflower, peas and carrots. Friday: Beef and broccoli, baby lima beans, chopped spinach. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Suggested donation is $5, or $2.25 for those 60 and older. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays in the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. For information, call (805) 517-6261. All meals are served with whole-grain bread, green salad, yogurt, cottage cheese or cheese stick, fruit and low-fat milk. Here is this week’s menu: last_img read more


This doctor still makes house calls

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“A lot of clients are elderly people who can’t make it into a vet’s office anymore with their pets, or the pet is too old and frail for them to take in. Other people call because they want their old, sick pet to die peacefully at home where they can be with them,” said Garcia, who received his veterinary degree from the University of Miami six years ago. “There’s also less stress, fear and trauma, which often occurs when animals are removed from familiar surroundings. They respond better treated in their own homes.” The mobile vet van was patterned, in large part, on mobile military medical transports that treat wounded troops in the field. How hot is Garcia’s traveling pet hospital? “I’ve already gotten calls from three producers who want to do a reality TV show on the business,” he said. For more information, call (818) 346-7387 or see www.pawsandclawsmobilevet.com. Last week’s column on the Department of Motor Vehicles’ new program making it easier for people to become organ donors brought an interesting response from David Undis, executive director of LifeSharers, a Nashville, Tenn., nonprofit that registers organ donors. “The California DMV deserves congratulations for making it easier to register as an organ donor, but unfortunately too many people remain unwilling to register,” Undis said. “There is a simple solution – give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die. “It will make the system fairer. About 60 percent of the organs transplanted in the United States go to people who haven’t agreed to donate their own organs when they die. “People who aren’t willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.” So, what do you think? There must be something in the water at Woodland Park West, an independent and assisted retirement living facility in Woodland Hills. Resident Bea Fine turned 100 this week and celebrated the milestone with her girlfriends – Molly Marcus, 105, Dolly Riskin, 102, and Helen Rosen, 101. “Molly still does her own laundry, Dolly plays cards and bingo, and Bea crochets for our charity groups,” said social director Ann Studikoff. And Helen? She’s busy putting the moves on her boss, Ann says, laughing. Happy birthday, girls. Don’t stop. And finally, if you’re out and around the Valley on Saturday, take the kids to show off their pets at the 2006 Pet Fair, hosted by Kiwanis Clubs in the West San Fernando Valley. Proceeds will benefit CATS – Children’s Assault Treatment Services – at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. There will be pet competitions in categories including fastest eater, best costume, mystery mutt and more. There will also be agility demonstrations, feeding and grooming clinics, obedience and veterinarian clinics. The fair will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Disabled American Veterans Hall, 6543 Corbin Ave., Tarzana. To register for competitions or for more information, call (818) 886-9128 or see www.kiwanispetfest.org. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Odds and ends from around the Valley: We mortal humans might be hard-pressed to find a doctor to make a house call when we’re too sick to make it into a medical office, but our dogs and cats? No problem. One of the busiest veterinarians in the Valley these days is Rick Garcia, whose office for the past 10 months has been a full-service medical and surgical hospital on wheels. Paws & Claws Mobile Vet has been booked solid with pet house calls stretching from Granada Hills to Santa Clarita. last_img read more


Clark and Floyd County Mosquitos Test Positive for West Nile

first_imgAs of now, officials do not believe there are any human cases of West Nile Virus infections in Clark County.West Nile was discovered in mosquitoes from two different samples taken in Floyd County, according to the health department website.No incidence of the disease have been found in samples taken in Harrison County, according to the health department.The Clark County Health Department said they will continue spraying pesticides until the first freezing temperatures reach the area.Until then, they urge residents to take precautions by using DEET and other forms of repellant, wearing long sleeve clothing or pants, and if possible, avoid being outside around dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.The Floyd County Health Department website states: “The Floyd County Health Department is utilizing a number of methods to combat the mosquito population. Those methods include the use of mosquito larvicide’s to prevent the larvae from reaching maturity, the use of mosquito pesticides and by cooperating with the community to help prevent the spread of mosquito borne illness.”Some of the symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, headache and body aches.For more information on West Nile Virus visit www.clarkhealth.net or http://www.in.gov/isdh/23592.htm for more information. A sample of mosquitoes in Floyd and Clark County, Ind., have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.They found the virus in mosquitoes while conducting seasonal sampling in Jeffersonville always had positive mosquito pools during past years.last_img read more


LISTEN BACK: Sligo minor boss David Cummins

first_imgSligo minor manager David Cummins speaks to Ocean FM’s Darragh Cox about Saturday’s All-Ireland Quarter-Final against Derry at Mac Cumhaill Park in Ballybofey. The game will be live on Ocean FM in association with Quinn Fix Garage & Car Sales, Carraroe…last_img


Preparing for return of Festival of Nations to C-K

first_imgThe return of the Festival of Nations is fewer than two weeks away, and organizers are working hard to ensure it will be a memorable Canada Day weekend in Chatham-Kent.Other than paying for food and drink – with many cultural food offerings available – the entire event is free, Festival of Nations co-chair Tracy Callaghan said.“It was important for us to bring a family-friendly event,” she said, “and we wanted it to be at no cost to the community to celebrate the many nations that are here in Chatham-Kent.”She said the free entertainment includes a performance by popular Canadian rockers Loverboy on the night of Sunday, June 30, in Chatham’s Tecumseh Park, where most of the activities will take place. She added the Celtic rockers Mudmen will be the lead-in performers for Loverboy.After a 20 year absence, the three-day event kicks off on Saturday, June 29, with the Festival of Nations Parade, which begins on Sandys Street at 11 a.m.Callaghan said the parade route goes over the Lacroix Street Bridge and then turns left on King Street passing through downtown, leading into Tecumseh Park.There’s more room for parade entries.“We’d like people to be in the parade, even if they’re walkers,” Callaghan said. “We want to demonstrate the many cultures that are in Chatham-Kent.”To enter, go online to www.festivalofnationsck.com and fill out the parade application form.“It’s only $25 for a parade application so it’s pretty easy to do,” Callaghan said.The opening day will be filled with local bands and cultural entertainment alternating on a mains stage and secondary stage.“One of the highlights is the Japanese drums, which we’re pretty excited about,” Callaghan said.Other performers with a cultural flair to be featured on Saturday include the C-K Legion Pipe Band, the Portuguese Canadian Social Club of Chatham dancers and the C-K Asian Cultural Association dancers.A Canadian citizenship ceremony is also taking place on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Chatham, which is open to the public.Events wrap up on opening day around 9:15 p.m. to give people time to get over to St. Clair College for a spectacular fireworks show, courtesy of Waste Connections Canada. The 20- to 25-minute display will begin around 10 p.m.The Sunday, June 30, festivities begins at 9 a.m., with an interfaith church service, followed by plenty of local bands and other cultural entertainment happening, leading up to the big show by Loverboy and the Mudmen.Callaghan said Monday, July 1, will feature a free pancake breakfast served up by Chatham-Kent firefighters.“Monday is more of a focus on the kids,” she said, adding some Canada Day-related craft activities are planned.The Festival of Nations will wrap early in the afternoon on Canada Day with a performance by the Canadian Cowgirls, based out of T.J. Stables, led by Terry Jenkins.Callaghan said organizers are working hard to try to build on Festival of Nations for the future.eshreve@postmedia.com @Chathamnewslast_img read more


A Guy Goes on a Zombie Shooting Spree and Almost Kills a Real Person

first_imgA 24-year-old guy named Ryan Stanislaw was walking around North St. Paul, Minnesota around 5:00 A.M. on Saturday.  He was drunk, he had his gun, and he was out hunting zombies.Literally.  His AR-15 rifle was filled with green-tipped bullets that are MARKETED as zombie killing bullets.  Their package says, quote, “[they’re] designed for zombie elimination . . . you never know when the impending zombie apocalypse will begin.”But, as far as we know, he didn’t hit any zombies.  One of his shots DID break through a random guy’s window and hit the wall RIGHT above his bed, though.  Ryan was arrested on several charges.last_img read more