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first_imgThings that cannot be known have a big attraction. No wonder that Paul Julien, as many other researchers, was fascinated by the secret societies in Liberia in particular and West Africa in general. What follows are fragments of an article in a Belgian magazine and a radio talk written after his travel through Liberia in 1932 and should not be read as necessarily factual, but as an account of what was available to Julien as a visitor to Liberia at the time. And of course it is also a testimony to the doors that stayed closed to him since he, being a strongly religious Catholic, never considered being initiated, however big his interests were.“How large the number of the different societies is cannot be stated with certainty. In Liberia and its immediate neighbors there are at least about a dozen, but probably more. Of these organizations the Porobond is the most important one. Even though the negro is extremely reluctant to talk about them to strangers, specially white people, some information about the bond has leaked, which allows us to get a general idea of it, even though no European knows it by experience. While still in Monrovia, the Catholic mission had a servant, a boy about 25 years old, if I remember correctly, member of the Bassa tribe. I knew that he was part of the Poro, or at least used to be, so I asked him: ‘Hey Grebo, you are Poroman, tell me, where was your Poro-forest and what were you doing there?’“This unexpected question unsettled the boy completely. His face went dark, his eyes scanned the environment to make sure nobody was listening in to this conversation and then hastily whispered: ‘Bad question, massa, bad question!’ And as soon as he saw the chance he walked away, scared that I would repeat it. The rest of the day he did his best not to walk into me again. It was clear that he was not willing to talk about this subject and even the missionaries who were very intimate with their servants, never got him to share something of his previous life, where it concerned the Poro society. And yet this young man had been a Christian for years, and not a bad one.”Later, when on the road Julien tries again.“When the pipe went from mouth to mouth, I asked my cook in a casual way: Tell me Moses, is there a Poro-forest in the area?”‘No Massa!’‘Moses, I am sure, because at sunset I saw the entrance in the forest. I saw twigs that were bound together over the path, I know what the entrance to a Poro-forest looks like.’ No answer. ‘Are the villages in the area holding a Poro-forest?’ No answer. ‘Is it a Sande-forest then?’ Again silence, but now I noticed that the full circle of porters was focused on what I was saying. They understood enough English to know what it was about and I saw in their eyes an expression, a strange and cynical flickering, threatening in such a way that I didn’t dare to mention another word about the subject. So what is this Porobond, which existence is covered in so much secrecy? The only proper answer to that question is: it is a community of initiated people, that most men of a tribe are part of and that first of all has an educational nature.With seven year intervals – I am now speaking of the Poro of the Kpelle tribe – the most prominent members of the society meet and decide that it is time for a Poro-forest, which means that the parents decide that their sons from about six years of age will be part of an initiation to become full members of the community. Far from the village, in the middle of the forest, trees are taken down, the place cleared and some rough huts are built for the future Poro-students and the Poro-master, who is called bush-devil by the Liberians, but under the Kpelle he is known under the name Namoe, which means something like ‘Master’.None of the children knows who the devil is. The start of the Poro-forest is preceded by a big feast that lasts for about a month. After that the boys go either voluntarily or with force into the forest, to the Namoe, the devil and his helpers.The first thing that happens in the forest is the circumcision, to which the scarification-tattoos on chest and back follow. Without a scarification–tattoo the initiation is not possible. One can tell whether an individual is part of such an organization by these scars that the Negro tries to cover if possible. With a knife a large number of carves is made in the boy’s chest and back. I estimate the number as 50 to 200 pretty deep cuts, 1.5 to 2 cm. long. Sometimes the boys will be anaesthetized, sometimes they are not, but under death threads they cannot show a sign of pain during this torturous practice. Biting medicines are rubbed into the wounds and the boys are put with their backs onto hot leaves to stimulate the healing and scarification processes, which can take months. It is certain that some children do not survive this treatment.We are not sure what happens after this in the forest. People guess that the boys are taught in the secrets and the crafts of the tribe. They learn here how to build huts, how to make leopard traps, how plant crops; they learn all the characteristics of their tribe; maybe some individuals are also taught traditional magic, but no white man has ever witnessed daily life in the forest, so nobody knows exactly what happens there. The few accounts that over the years have been published by so called eye-witnesses are either based on fiction, or on misguidance by the blacks, who noticed the presence of an outsider, and put up a fake show and this way left the observer with the idea that they experienced the Poro rituals.The boys stay in the forest for four years and cannot be seen at all by the villagers during this period. They do not see the devil without his mask; they never hear him speak; with undefined sounds from his throat he expresses his will.The family in the villages of course shows a lot of interest in the fate of the children in the forest and tries to find out whether they are still alive and how they are doing, but everything is kept secret.And then finally, when the four years are over, the young men return from the forest. On a dark, moonless night, after the rainy season, far outside of the village a long howl sounds, a warning that the devil is on his way and that all women should hide. A procession, accompanied by screaming flutes, approaches the village. The flutes sounds like people in pain, lasts for long periods and represents the pain of the Poro devil, because the people believe he suffers labor pains and is delivering the new members of the community.Under the screaming flutes the procession walks through the nightly dark village and the next morning, under the immense expectations of the villagers, specially the mothers, the announcement is made which boys stayed behind in the belly of the Namoe, meaning, which boys passed on in the Poro forest. The boys behave as though this environment is completely new to them and they do not remember it at all. The do not recognize their family members and only after a celebration, that involves excessive consuming of food and drinks, the boys return, now as full members of the community, in the daily life.Something similar happens to the girls, but it should be noted that the same area never has both a Poro and a Sande (as the female version is called) forest at the same time.The Sande forest lasts three years and is probably not as tough as the Poro, all females of the community take part in it. A girl that has not been to the Sande forest cannot marry.The rituals sketched are applicable for the tribe of the Kpelle. For other tribes there are differences, but things are more or less the same throughout the Guinea-coast, from Ivory-coast up to the Gambia-river. Where the contact between Europeans and natives gets intense the influence of this initiation diminishes.The meaning of the Poro school in the native’s lives is enormous. It creates the bond between the members of the community that cannot be torn down by an individual, and it is this connection, this invisible net of tribal rituals, of traditions dating back thousands of years, that complicates the implementation of other ideas of other people that work their way through the forests of West-Africa.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Zubin’s Debuts at Cannes: ‘The Last Face’

first_imgLiberian documentary maker Zubin Cooper has wrapped up his first Cannes Film Festival appearance, having starred in ‘The Last Face’, a movie that spans four countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and South Africa. Having joined the project as an advisor, Zubin ended up making his acting debut in the role of ‘Dr. Mousa.’Written by Erin Dignam, directed by 2-time Oscar award winner Sean Penn and shot entirely in South Africa, the story spans some 13 years, starting with the current crisis in Sudan at a U.N. mission base, where for the first time in its history, the organization allowed an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp to be contained within the base. It then flashes back to the civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia in 2003 where Dr. Miguel Leon (Javier Bardem) and Dr. Wren Petersen (Charlize Theron) first meet and fall in love, and intermingle this with Wren’s current day work at the U.N in Geneva and where they rekindle their love affair.The movie is about the intimacy of the relationship between two people, amidst the chaos and terror of what was going on at the time.“Cooper was identified as a valuable advisor to the production,” said the producers of the film. “The Liberian national had worked directly with the U.N. military mission and other international NGOs in that country during its peace transition, and later worked on the Discovery Channel’s 2003 documentary: Liberian Civil War.“Having seen the best and the worst of Liberia, Cooper was able to give a first-hand account of the war and offer the filmmakers vital guidance from accents and places, down to detail of license plates to wardrobe.”The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, France. During the press conference about the film, the cast was asked how easy it was to act surrounded by such a reality, considering that some scenes in the film were shot like a documentary. South African actress, Charlize Theron, said working with aceEnglish cinematographer Barry Ackroyd, whose ability to “melt into the environment… made it very easy for the actors. We had several cameras rolling at a time and it was strange. You never really felt like there was a camera crew or camera department… or anything like that. I felt like we were all just on this kind of hike through the jungle together and maybe that is what documentary film making is – I don’t know, I can’t say that from personal experience. But it… made for a very effortless shoot.” “It was surreal at times – it would give you flashbacks,” said Cooper, responding to the same question. “Becasue the sheer brutality, the gruesomeness, the feel of it, the atmosphere was so dark and heavy. And to see… everybody adapting to that without ever having lived that reality, it was surreal. But that’s what gives the movie the weight and tenor that makes it so haunting and realistic that, when you see it, it will touch your soul.”Zubin Cooper is a media professional and is an avid follower and proponent of African culture and its impact on new media. A self-proclaimed bon vivant, born in Monrovia, Liberia and currently living in Monrovia, Liberia, not far from the beach, Zubin has lived in the US, Spain, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and visited many other African and European nations. Zubin is currently involved in the running of omuahtee AFRICA media, an African Media company and in the execution of different projects. He’s filmed, co-produced and participated in many projects most centered on his beloved continent in the West African sub-region. He believes that media professionals, journalists and filmmakers are modern day Griots; living historians and storytellers with a duty torecord and share what they see, hear and believe.The motion picture “The Last Face” is brought to the screen by a group of filmmakers and actors who coincidentally all happen to be humanitarians in their own right and unquestionably this resonance was their motivation to work with very the difficult material.It is not a didactic documentary, or war story. At the center of this mayhem is the extraordinary love of two individuals that have made their lives a career in humanizing the human condition, and how they keep their love alive in the atrocities that their work takes them to.Well, at least that’s from the directors and producers’ point of view. Hollywood went abuzz on twitter over the weekend during the film premiere, however, dismissing the film for focusing more on the romantic aspect of the story than the real humanitarian issues that the film claimed to champion. Owen Gleiberman, Chief Film Critic of the Variety newspaper, a very influential entertainment publication in Hollyood, faulted Penn for spending so much time on the love story between Theron and Bardem. “No matter how ‘well-meaning’ a director may be,” he said, “there’s something inherently eye-rolling about being asked to care about the tragedy of African children through the POV of two lovelorn glamour pusses.”“The Last Face – Lots of powerful images, but Sean Penn cannot direct at all. So cheesy, laughably bad, utter trash. Seriously awful, awful,” said Alex Billington (@firstshowing) said on Twitter. When asked at the press conference about the poor reviews the film received, Penn said, “I stand by the film as it is, and everyone is going to be entitled to their response. I’ve finished the film so it’s not a discussion I’d be of value to,” adding, “I am surrounded at this table by performances that I’d pay to see 100 times.”Commenting on his experience shooting the film from a prepared statement, Cooper said, “To all of you who have liked, shared and otherwise embraced and expanded my joy and sense of the moment. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul. It is due to the inherent greatness and indomitable spirit of Liberia, West Africa, Africa and humanity that we can assume a common sense of accomplishment and pride. I may be a cast member of the film, ‘The Last face,’ but I stand in the gap as a representative for us all.” He also thanked “a great director and visionary filmmaker,” Mr. Sean Penn, for offering him a wonderful opportunity and being a good friend. Zubin said Penn showed faith, understanding and vision in not just casting him, but in his direction and portrayal of the story. “The testimony of which is what I believe is a film true to its subject matter in tenor and form, beautifully shot and conceived,” he added.“I also thank Ms. Charlize Theron for being what she is and doing what she does best – being arguably the greatest actress of her generation and a wonderful caring human being. Mr. Javier Bardem, a great actor, man and just an all around nice guy. Jean Reno, who I’ve idolized for so many years, an actor’s actor; a thespian of renowned and great talent.” He went on to thank the rest of the cast and crew of the film.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SARA Deputy Director clarifies remuneration

first_imgAfter it was disclosed in the National Assembly during the consideration of the estimates and expenditure for the 2019 National Budget, that the top officials of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) earn millions in salaries, the Agency’s Deputy Director has come out to defend the monies spent.Attorney General Basil Williams on Monday told the National Assembly that SARA’s Director, Professor Clive Thomas earns almost $4.7 million while its Deputy Director, Aubrey Heath-Retmeyer earns over $3 million in remuneration.During the Legal Affairs Ministry’s consideration, the sum of $285 million allocated under line item 6321, ‘subsidies and contributions to local organisations’ stood out and caused former Attorney General Anil Nandlall to pounce on it. Asked toSARA Director,Dr Clive Thomasexplain which organisation the money was going to, Williams revealed that it is earmarked for SARA. He noted that $10 million of the amount was for capital expenses, while the remaining would be for current expenditure.“The post of Director, the salary and benefits is $4.7 million per month,” Williams revealed. “The special assistant, that amount is $3.3 million; Executive Assistant, $1.86 million; Deputy Director, $3.3 million.”Williams also noted that another Executive Assistant was earning $688,000, while the Chief Administrative Officer was carrying home $2.5 million. In addition, SARA’s Legal Adviser earns $3 million, while a lawyer in the agency earns $1.4 million and an Administrative Officer, $679,000.SARA’s Director, Professor Thomas has held several posts in the coalition Government, some of which included Guyana Sugar Corporation Chairman and Presidential Advisor after the coalition Government came to office in 2015.ClarificationAt a press conference on Tuesday, SARA’s Deputy Director, Aubrey Heath-Retmeyer however clarified some of benefits included in the overall package and not monthly as was stated by the Attorney General.“The figures that were read (in Parliament by the Attorney General) included in addition to the monthly salary vacation allowances, gratuity and a number of other things which combined to give that column 6116. I am sure that some seniorSARA Deputy Director Aubrey Heath-RetmeyerMinisters do not make $4 million a month. I do not see how someone could think that the Director of SARA and his Assistant could make $4 million and $3 million respectively. Our monthly earnings are listed for the public to see… the basic salary for the Director is $1 million per month with added allowances, he moves up to $1,080,000. The Assistant is $700,000 and with some allowances he moves up to $780,000 per month,” he said.He noted that the revelations by the Attorney General about their earnings are correct but clarified by saying that “gratuity, vacation allowance and other allowances combined to give that column, it was not the monthly figure that was released.”It was just recently that audit firm Ram and McRae suggested SARA be scrapped altogether and its functions transferred to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), in its published ‘budget focus’ review of Budget 2019.The firm had listed some qualms with SARA, including the Agency’s failure to have its annual plan and Code of Practice tabled in the National Assembly. Pointing out that the $285 million the agency is set to receive in 2019 is an increase from last year’s amount, Ram and McRae was critical of this lapse.last_img read more

Eagles, Pacesetters demolish opponents

first_imgBanks DIH/GABA LeagueThe Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association/Rainforest Waters/Malta Supreme League continued on Wednesday night at the Burnham hard-court with two thrilling matchups that left the well-attended spectators stunned.Another night at the hard-court began with the Under 23 division having Pacesetters and Pepsi Sonics on show. For the Pepsi Sonics, it was a bad day at the office, as Pacesetters showcased their might, trouncing them by 45 points.On the winning side, Zion Gray and Troy Davids both netted a game high 18 points, with their teammates Shaquan Gill (15) and Kwesi Roberts (13) contributed to the mountainous score of 91.Pepsi Sonics’ Lemuel Grant (12) and Kelmar Carmichael (10) were not enough of a match, coming up short with 51 points.Speaking after his team’s win, Pacesetters Coach Clement Brush declared he was not surprised by the spectacular performance, since “Pacesetters are the biggest basketball club in the country.”His team is well poised to go all the way to the finals, since the under-23 division will have a new champion in 2018 because of Bounty Colts’ non-participation in this particular division. The Colts are, however, contesting in the first division.After soaring to a scintillating win in their previous matchup, the Eagles proved why they are among the best, as the edged past Vikings Basketball Club on Wednesday. Playing their usual well composed game, the Eagles were in control for most of the matchup, having a seven-point lead by the fourth quarter.Belgrave had a quiet night, while his teammate Sherland Gillis took over the reins. Gills netted 30 points for his team, and his dominance was clear, given that Nickosie Allicock was the closest scorer with eight points.The matchup intensified in the fourth quarter when an unexpected three-pointer from Osafa Johnson and unforced turnovers brought their opponents, Vikings, to level scores. What followed next was a movie finish:- with the scores locked and the seconds flying by, Gillis managed to pull out another brilliant shot to secure the winning points via a layup. The Eagles have now won 2 of three games.For the Vikings, Kevin Dey hooped 18 points, skipper Shayne Joseph scored 15, and Jeffrey Wilkinson netted 12 in a losing cause.The action will continue this weekend at the same venue. On Saturday evening, Eagles will come up against Kobras under-23 division at 18:30 hrs, while the first division will see reigning champs Bounty Colts challenge the Plaisance Guardians at 20:30 hrs.The following day, Plasaice Guardians will clash with Pacesetters; then, later on, Kobras and Eagles will meet again in the first division tournament.last_img read more

Some say, Send more; some, Bring ’em home

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Permanently disabled by wounds suffered in a rocket-grenade attack outside Baghdad, retired Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Bain has every right to feel bitter about the approaching fourth anniversary of the Iraq war. The Santa Clarita native spent most of the past three years undergoing surgery and rehabilitation at the troubled Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where shoddy conditions – at one point, Bain was even asked to paint his room – have led to several high-level resignations. Yet Bain remains resolutely supportive of the war in which nearly 3,200 U.S. soldiers have died since the U.S. invasion on March20,2003. And as he gears up for a run for Congress next year, he is urging even wider U.S. involvement. “I support President Bush’s push to increase troops,” says Bain, who plans to run as a Republican for the 10th Congressional District in Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife and three children. “But I don’t think 22,000 troops are enough. Maybe 22,000 support soldiers. But I think we need 100,000 to 200,000 to 220,000 combat troops over there, if we’re going to patrol the streets and fight a war against car bombs.” Bain’s hard-line position in support the war represents one extreme of sentiment among Iraq veterans and the families of those wounded or killed in action in what has become the most polarizing conflict involving Americans since Vietnam. At the other extreme is Melanie House of Simi Valley, whose husband, Petty Officer 3rd Class John D. House, died two years ago in a helicopter crash near Ar Rutbah in western Iraq. “Why did my husband die? Why are we over there? Is there an end in sight? What is the plan?” asks House, 28, who has been involved in candlelight peace vigils with anti-war movement leader Cindy Sheehan, including a protest at President George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, where she was also joined by her mother-in-law, Susan House. John House, a 1994 graduate of Moorpark High School, never got to meet his son, James, who was born Christmas Eve2004, though he was able to hear the infant’s first cries of life over a satellite phone and saw him a few days later via a video hookup. Even more strident in her opposition to the war is Jane Bright of West Hills, whose son, Army Sgt. Evan Ashcraft, an infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division, was killed in Iraq on July24,2003. “His death is a crime against humanity, and the fault lies with the war criminals who inhabit our White House,” Bright wrote in one of her letters calling for an end to the war. Today, Bright remains involved in the anti-war movement, joining Iraq war critic Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and others in protests around the country. “What is it going to take for America to pull out of this immoral war?” she asked rhetorically in an interview. “For every family to lose a child? Where’s the outrage?” Another adamant opponent of the war is Rosina Vidana of Sun Valley, whose son, Sgt. Jesus Vidana, suffered a head wound in Iraq and remains disabled despite extensive rehabilitation. “My son remains depressed and frustrated that he can’t do any of the things he used to do,” Vidana said. “My personal feeling is that this is an unjust war, an unjust invasion, that Mr. Bush was unwise in undertaking. It was a mistake, and my advice would be to please withdraw all our troops. “I would not want any other mother to suffer the way I have in seeing what happened to my son.” Jesus Vidana, who had earned a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California before his deployment to Iraq, says he is learning to cope with the lingering effects of brain damage. “Psychologically and emotionally, it’s a struggle,” says Vidana, who is studying for graduate school entrance examinations. “The amount of time it takes to process information, the ability to comprehend, processing problem solving … it’s all slower.” Even after an honorable discharge, Vidana tries to remain the good soldier. “I was in the military, and I followed orders,” he says. “I was there to do a job – to serve my nation – and I did that.” But he says he struggles with a comment by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who was responding to criticism about how U.S. troops were equipped. “He said, `We go to war with the army we have, not with the army we’d like to have,’ Vidana recalls. “I can’t help but think they’ve failed in how the returning troops have been treated … things like how they have been treated at Walter Reed.” It is something that Christopher Bain, back in Pennsylvania, says he understands personally. For a short while, during his recuperation at Walter Reed, Bain says he was moved to Building18, the substandard housing complex that became the heart of the recent scandal into Veterans Affairs’ treatment of patients at the medical center. “They tried to get me to paint the walls in my room,” says Bain, who suffered severe combat wounds to his arms and back. “I told them, `I’m going elsewhere.”‘ Bain said he moved into other housing at the medical center where he was able to locate an open bed. Bain, 35, also said he wishes there were some way he could comfort parents whose sons and daughters have made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and pledges to do so through improved VA programs and benefits if he is elected to Congress. Bain is a graduate of Hart High School, as is his twin brother, Kim, a sergeant in the California National Guard who is preparing for his second tour of duty in Iraq. Last month, Christopher Bain was honored at the 70th annual George Washington Day banquet of the American Legion Post in Newberry, Pa., near wife Misty’s hometown, which presented the couple with gifts and awards from individuals and businesses and gave him a hero’s welcome. “Being escorted like that was awesome,” Bain told the dinner crowd. “I felt like I was the president of the United States.” In between the two extremes on the war are soldiers’ parents such as Jerry Pennington of Van Nuys, who says he has opposed the war from its beginning but who supports the troops, especially 28-year-old son Wes, an Army sergeant awaiting his third deployment to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division. “The military is something he wanted to do, and as long as he’s happy about it, I’m happy about it,” Pennington says. “I support our troops 100percent.” On two occasions, Pennington’s son has received minor wounds, each time returning to action, leaving Pennington aware that there are many parents who have not been as fortunate. “When he returned the second time, I went to San Antonio to see him at Fort Sam Houston, and there I spent a couple of days visiting with wounded soldiers,” Pennington says. “It breaks my heart to see young men with arms and legs missing. “My heart goes out to any parents whose children are deployed overseas.” (818) 713-3761 last_img

Signing Balotelli is a big, big gamble by Liverpool, claims Beecroft

first_imgGraham Beecroft admits Brendan Rodgers is taking a big gamble with the signing of Mario Balotelli.Liverpool are set to take the the Italian striker to Merseyside in a £16million deal from AC Milan, and Beecroft recognises the club will getting a terrific player.And while he accepts the Anfield faithful are excited about his arrival, he confesses there is real concern about whether or not the former Manchester City star can stay out of trouble.But he believes if Rodgers can keep him on the straight and narrow, he will have done a fantastic job, and Liverpool will have signed a fantastic player.last_img read more

PREP-JC ROUNDUP Butler, Scott lead Montgomery

first_imgGirls volleyball Seini Takutau had five kills and seven aces to lead Serra to a 25-9, 25-15, 25-20 nonleague win at Firebaugh. Marielle Brosmer added seven kills and two aces for Serra (6-2). In the Delphic League … CAMS 3, Pacific Hills 0: Jessica Hernandez had nine kills in a 25-23, 25-6, 25-8 win for host CAMS (1-1). Girls golf Beverly Hills’ Clair Cho sank a hole-in-one and shot a 4-under-par 32 at The Links at Victoria Park in a 204-206 Ocean League win over North Torrance. Cho aced the par-3, 157-yard No. 8 hole. Eliana David shot a 37 for North, which set a school record for lowest team round. In the City 1 League … Deanu U shot a 44 and Debbi U shot a 49 for Narbonne at par-37 Harbor Park. Narbonne had 289 points, trailing Venice (242) and LACES (286). Michelle Park of LACES shot a 36. JC women’s volleyball Marcela Hernandez had 11 kills and five blocks to lead El Camino to a 30-28, 20-24, 30-15 nonconference victory over visiting Santa Monica. Lauren Simmons contributed 10 kills and 15 digs. Amirta Tuladhar had 26 assists and 15 digs for El Camino (11-1). Santa Monica is 4-5.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From staff reports By sweeping their sets, sophomore Danielle Butler and freshman Melanie Scott helped Bishop Montgomery earn an 11-7 nonleague girls tennis victory Wednesday at Torrance. “Both my first and second position are very strong, and they usually do sweep,” Bishop Montgomery coach Dor’e Pearson-Smyth said. “I never assume anything, but I know these two girls are very strong.” Lauren Williams won two of three sets for Bishop Montgomery (2-1). The Torrance doubles team of Diana Kim and Yen Thanh Tran swept its three doubles sets for Torrance (1-2). El Segundo 9, Santa Monica 9 (El Segundo wins on games, 80-78): Hazuki Onaga swept her three singles sets, losing just two games to lead visiting El Segundo (4-1). Amy Romeo won two of three sets for El Segundo. In other nonleague matches … West Torrance 10, Culver City 8: The doubles team of Ashley Cheng and Tiffany Lin swept their three sets to lead host West (2-5). The doubles team of Eunice Na and Sonya Park won two of three sets. Corona del Mar 13, Peninsula 5: Kiersten Steinhauer and Erin Coleman each won two of three singles sets, but Peninsula (5-2) lost at defending CIF Southern Section Division I champion Corona del Mar (6-1). last_img read more

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino reveals: ‘I’d love to manage PSG one day’

first_img1 Could Mauricio Pochettino be at PSG sooner rather than later? Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he dreams of managing Paris Saint-Germain one day.The 44-year-old spent three years with the French champions during his playing career, making over 90 appearances.And now he has admitted that he has ambitions of returning to PSG in the future as the club’s manager.“I have always said that one day it would be a pleasure to manage a big club like Paris. It’s part of my dreams,” Pochettino told RMC.“I try to watch all of their games, especially in the Champions League and sometimes I speak with [PSG assistant coach] Jean-Louis Gasset.“Return to Paris one day, why not?“The [French] championship is not very attractive because PSG is far from the other teams but I look a lot because it is a major source of players. There is talent so I have to follow Ligue 1.”last_img read more


first_imgENDA HAS X-FACTOR FOR THE NATION – JARLA’S VIEW was last modified: December 16th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Enda KennyJarlax factorlast_img read more

Patients in quandary regarding mystery of drugs, jaw malady

first_imgOver the past 10 years, millions of patients have taken a class of drugs that can prevent agonizing broken and deteriorating bones. The drugs seemed safe and have transformed life for patients with cancer and with osteoporosis. But recently, there have been reports of a new and serious side effect: death of areas of bone in the jaw. Everyone agrees that the condition, osteonecrosis of the jaw, is a rare complication and everyone agrees that its rate of incidence is not known. Among the 500,000 cancer patients who take the drugs because their disease is affecting their bones, it is estimated that 1 percent to 10 percent may develop the condition. And doctors say that the level of alarm among patients, as well as some doctors and dentists is alarming in itself. “The whole thing has spun out of control,” said Dr. Ethel Siris, director of the Toni Stabile Osteoporosis Center at Columbia University. Meanwhile, some patients who have not developed osteonecrosis decided to stop taking the drugs until more is known. “I’m giving myself a little holiday,” says Judy Langley, a 63-year old translator who lives in Anacortes, Washington. She’s been taking the one of the drugs for seven years for osteoporosis. The FDA is aware of the issue, said Laura Alvey, a spokeswoman, and has required that all bisphosphonate labels disclose the link to osteonecrosis of the jaw. The problem, though, is that bisphophonates are not easily discarded for good. Cancer patients, mostly patients with multiple myeloma and breast cancer patients whose cancer has spread to their bones, take the drugs, Zometa, or Aredia, an older drug, intravenously. The drugs, doctors say, largely prevent excruciating bone pain and fragile bones that break like kindling. Osteoporosis patients, take bisphosphonates as pills, in much lower doses. Those drugs, Fosamax, Actonel, and Boniva, reduce the risk of debilitating fractures of the spine and broken hips that can send people into a steady downward spiral. Yet even if patients stop taking the drugs, they are not free of them. Bisphosphonates remain in bone for years. And no one knows how long the osteonecrosis risk remains.160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2As for the millions of osteoporosis patients who take lower doses of the drugs, the condition seems less common but no one knows how much less. Some oral surgeons have a couple of dozen cases, but their clinics have become referral centers. Only 15 cases have been reported in the medical literature. So, for now, doctors and dentists are finding themselves in a confusing situation. Firm data are scarce to nonexistent, studies that may provide answers are only about to begin, and medical organizations and drug companies are scrambling to provide guidance, often based only on hunches and guesses. Some dentists are refusing to treat patients taking the drugs, and trial lawyers are lining up to sue the drug makers, saying they failed to adequately warn patients. Doctors say they are starting to be besieged by worried patients who are hearing about the condition. Their questions, though, have no answers. Patients want to know whether they should stop taking the drugs. They want to know whether they should have invasive dental procedures, like tooth extractions and implants, which appear to set off the condition. They want to know whether the osteonecrosis of the jaw can be treated and, if so, how likely is it that a person will recover. last_img read more