Breakthrough boosts hope for treating contagious cancer in Tasmanian devils

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Shreya Dasgupta Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Diseases, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Genetics, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Infectious Wildlife Disease, Mammals, Marsupials, Saving Species From Extinction, Tasmanian devil, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation center_img The devil facial tumor disease (DFTD) has spread across most of the Tasmanian devil’s range and has wiped out more than 80 percent of these animals in Tasmania.In a new study, researchers could successfully trigger the devil’s immune system to recognise and destroy established DFTD tumours.The findings show that a DFTD vaccine is feasible, researchers say. A type of transmissible cancer has decimated Tasmanian devil populations.First detected in 1996, the devil facial tumor disease (DFTD) has spread across most of the Tasmanian devil’s range and has wiped out more than 80 percent of these animals in Tasmania. The cancer, which spreads when the devils bite each other’s snouts, kills virtually every devil it infects.Last year, researchers found that Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) have been evolving resistance to fight the cancer. And now, scientists may have a cure that could prevent the species’ extinction.After years of laboratory work, researchers have successfully used immunotherapy to shrink and eliminate golf-ball sized tumors on Tasmanian devils. They report their findings in the journal Scientific Reports.“This is almost a Eureka moment for us because it’s the first time we can say for sure that it was the immunotherapy that was making the tumour shrink,” Professor Woods of the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania, said in a statement.Devil facial tumour disease causes tumours to form in and around the mouth, interfering with feeding and eventually leading to death by starvation. Photo by Menna Jones, Wikimedia Commons.The researchers tested four immunization protocols on nine healthy devils over a span of six years. The team immunised the devils with a variety of cell preparations and exposed them to live DFTD cancer cells, and found that they could successfully trigger the devil’s immune system to recognise and destroy established DFTD tumors.“Our research shows that a DFTD vaccine is feasible. We are focusing our efforts on developing strategies to improve the devils’ response to immunisation,” said lead author Cesar Tovar of the Menzies Institute for Medical Research.Only about 10,000 to 25,000 mature Tasmanian devils remain in the wild today, down from an estimated 150,000 individuals in the 1990s. This population collapse is largely due to the infectious cancer. This rapid decline in the devils, which are Tasmania’s top marsupial predators, has resulted in a sharp rise in the activity of feral cats and other invasive species, and a decrease in native mammals.Ever since DFTD was discovered, scientists have been striving to establish disease-free populations of Tasmanian devils in the wild, which is why the promise of a vaccine is good news for the species, researchers say. Unfortunately, most healthy Tasmanian devils occur only in breeding programs. Before these animals can be released into the wild, they need to be protected against DFTD. An effective vaccine could be the key to their successful introduction.Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii). Photo by JJ Harrison, Wikimedia Commons.Citation:Tovar, C. et al. Regression of devil facial tumour disease following immunotherapy in immunised Tasmanian devils. Sci. Rep. 7, 43827; doi: 10.1038/srep43827 (2017).last_img read more

Only in New York: McGregor takes shots, swigs ’em in return

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum McGregor (21-3) simultaneously held the featherweight and lightweight championship belts during his meteoric UFC career, but he hasn’t fought in MMA since taking the 155-pound lightweight belt from Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.Wearing a maroon plaid suit, McGregor brought props, refreshments and even had a punching bag — yes, that would be Nurmagomedov, the UFC lightweight champ — in tow for his 30-minute monologue.He raised one bottle of whiskey toward the crowd and pulled a smaller one out of the inside pocket of his suit coat (to avoid security, he joked) with him, shilling his latest business venture as much as his next fight. McGregor even offered a shot on the house to Nurmagomedov for his 30th birthday.Hey, who would pass that up!?“I don’t drink. I never drink,” Nurmagomedov said.McGregor put his own profane twist on one of George Carlin’s seven dirty words to describe Nurmagomedov’s snub and continued to brag about what would happen in October.“Stomp on his head while he’s unconscious,” McGregor said.That was the part of the presser were UFC fans would usually howl and scream and McGregor would play to the crowd. But it was eerily quiet at Radio City — so quiet you could hear every f-bomb drop — except for the trash talking.Nurmagomedov sat bemused at McGregor’s rants.“You come for money, I come for legacy,” Nurmagomedov said. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title One of McGregor’s retorts, “Murrr murrr murrr murrr murrr, shut your mouth!”“You think whiskey is going to help you,” Nurmagomedov said.Yes, at times this was about the unhappiest happy hour in New York.Leave it to McGregor to get the last word — and the last call.“Are we going to crack open this bottle,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next You’d be toast.But UFC can raise a glass to the return of the most loquacious, wicked and perhaps the pound-for-pound most bankable star in the promotion’s 25-year history. McGregor sat on the Radio City Music Hall stage — the second home for Santa Claus — and used his four-letter-word power of persuasion to make believers out of his doubters that he’s ready to shake off any rust and beat Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229 in October.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“Don’t come at the king! Don’t ever come at the king,” McGregor bellowed.Get your G-rated hyphens ready. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Conor —— McGregor is back.McGregor headlined one more time in a fitting city to hype his comeback after a two-year hiatus — he last fought in November 2016 at Madison Square Garden and it was this past April in Brooklyn where he used a dolly, chairs and guard rails in an underground rampage, with Nurmagomedov his intended target. McGregor was arrested, and was sentenced to perform five days of community service, avoiding jail time in a plea deal.The commotion was one reason UFC put the kibosh on the tradition of allowing fans at the presser.“I don’t want any problems in New York today,” UFC President Dana White said.No one can put a lid on McGregor’s mouth.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Conor McGregor participates in a news conference in New York, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. McGregor is returning to UFC after a two-year absence. He fights undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov on Oct. 6. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — Conor McGregor bellied up to his makeshift bar, plopped his dress shoes on the table and took a swig of his own Irish whiskey.Take a shot for every profanity belched out by the returning star?ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ McGregor brought two UFC championship belts with him, though he holds no title, and a bottle of his Proper No. Twelve whiskey. He saved his biggest shots for Nurmagomedov:—McGregor on his wrestling ability to Nurmagomedov: “You’re going to be wrestling my knuckle out of your orbital bone.”— McGregor on what would have happened had he got to Nurmagomedov in April: “He’d be in a box and I’d be in a cell.”— McGregor on his branded booze sponsoring the fight: “It’s on the canvas. Like his blood will be on the canvas.”McGregor and Nurmagomedov will meet on Oct. 6 in the main event of the UFC 229 pay-per-view show at T-Mobile Arena, the same spot where Floyd Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round of their one-sided prizefight.Nurmagomedov (26-0) is a formidable challenger for McGregor in a return from a 23-month break in MMA competition, but McGregor has never backed down from a challenge.McGregor was guaranteed $30 million last year in his ballyhooed boxing match against Mayweather, and White openly wondered if his star attraction would ever return to the cage.Bank on it: White is now predicting at least 2.5 million pay-per-view buys for the most anticipated main event of the year.McGregor loves the show as much as he loves a fight. He was over-the-top at times, peppered his sentences with profanity, shouted over Nurmagomedov whenever he had an opening and carried on like the boisterous entertainer he is to sell the bout at a press conference aired live in Times Square.“I came back for the love of fighting and the love of war,” McGregor said. “I’m going to truly, truly love putting a bad, bad beating on this little glass-jaw rat.” 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Federer to play doubles with Djokovic at Laver Cup Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Chelsea routed 6-0 by Man City for biggest loss in 28 years

first_imgCity regained top spot from Liverpool in its title defense as 2017 champion Chelsea ended the weekend by dropping out of the Champions League places into sixth.Raheem Sterling scored twice — City’s opener in the fourth minute and the sixth in the 80th — and Ilkay Gundogan also netted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIt was Chelsea’s third consecutive away loss in the league, following a 2-0 collapse at Arsenal and 4-0 humiliation against Bournemouth.And Sarri completing his first season in charge is now far from certain. “Something is changing,” Sarri said. “At the moment I am not able to see the reason but I have to work for this because my target is to play my football, not to change (to) another football because at the moment we are playing another football.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “I don’t know, you have to ask the club,” said Sarri, who was hired after leaving Napoli. “I am worried about my team, I am worried about the performance but my job is always at risk so I am not worried about the club — you have to ask the club.“I didn’t see my football (against City). At the beginning (of the season) it worked. So now we need only to understand the reasons why at the moment it isn’t working … It is not easy. At the beginning, we played better away than at home. Now we are playing better at home than away.”Chelsea had not lost by six goals or more since April 1991 — a year before the inception of the Premier League — when Nottingham Forest beat the west London club 7-0.Chelsea was un-picked after only four minutes at the Etihad Stadium. With a cleverly taken free kick down the right, Kevin De Bruyne released Bernardo Silva, who cut back for Sterling to strike into the net.“I think we started well then we conceded the goal after four minutes in a stupid way,” Sarri said. “In that moment, we needed to stay in the match and we were not able to because we made a lot of mistakes against the wrong opponents.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Clink, clink: Lindsey Vonn walks away with another medal Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerscenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The match also saw a mistake by Aguero.Aguero should have doubled the lead almost immediately but remarkably missed from close range. Silva had weaved through the area to set up a gilt-edged opportunity but the Argentina forward uncharacteristically poked wide.Manager Pep Guardiola sank to his knees in frustration but he was soon celebrating as Aguero made amends in sensational fashion. The striker played a one-two with Oleksandr Zinchenko outside the area and then unleashed a powerful shot that flew in from 25 yards (meters) in the 13th minute.“Out of nothing,” Sterling said, “he can put the ball in the top corner and players like this, you have got to cherish.”Aguero’s second was gifted to him six minutes later. David Luiz headed clear but Ross Barkley inexplicably headed back into the danger area. Aguero was lurking in the six-yard box and punished the former Everton midfielder with a sharp turn and shot.Chelsea hardly had time to take stock before the visitors conceded again, with Gundogan slotting home in the 25th with a neat shot from the edge after a poor clearance from Antonio Rudiger.City eased off for the remainder of the first half, and Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain even managed to test goalkeeper Ederson with a sharp volley.Although Aguero headed against the crossbar early in the second half, he only had to wait until the 56th to seal his 15th City hat trick — and a record-equaling 11th in the Premier League with Alan Shearer. Sterling was brought down in the box by Cesar Azpilicueta and Aguero stepped up and sent Kepa Arrizabalaga the wrong way from the spot.There seemed to be no let-up from City with De Bruyne firing a free kick at Arrizabalaga and Aguero shooting into the side-netting.Sterling wrapped up a brilliant afternoon’s work after substitute David Silva opened up the Chelsea defense yet again and Zinchenko picked out the winger to tap in from close range. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25P8.2 M shabu may be linked to PNP’s ‘biggest 2019 drug haul’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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring his side’s fifth goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)MANCHESTER, England — Chelsea was handed its heaviest loss in 28 years on Sunday when Manchester City routed Maurizio Sarri’s side 6-0 in the Premier League.The meeting of the last two champions was a complete mismatch as Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick for the second successive weekend.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Berbice teen killed in NYC smash-up

first_imgJust seven months after migrating to the United States, a Guyanese teenager was on Sunday morning killed following a multi-vehicle smash-up in Queens, New York.Dead is 17-year-old Akeem Grant, also known as “DJ Akeem”, formerly of Lot 46 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam.Based on reports from ABC7 New York, the accident took place around 06:30h in the vicinity of the eastbound Grand Central Parkway, Jamaica Estates.Following the collision, one person was pronounced dead at the scene while eight others were taken to Jamaica Hospital and North Shore Medical Center. Two of the injured passengers were reported to be in critical but stable condition, while the others were said to have sustained minor injuries.Among those injured was the cousin of the now deceased teenager, Gladwin Grant.last_img

Appeal Court to rule on challenge on Friday

first_imgNo-confidence MotionOne day after the coalition Government becomes illegal if an extension to its life is not granted, Guyana’s Court of Appeal is expected to hand down its ruling on all the appeals filed in relation to the No-confidence Motion cases.Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, disclosed on Wednesday that the decisions on all the appeals of the High Court’s rulings will be delivered by the appellate Judges at 15:00h.This announcement was made following hours of submissions, by the parties involved, on the issue of the validity of former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud’s vote given his dual citizenship status, which was challenged by Government supporter, Compton Reid.While these rulings will be handed down one day after the 90-day deadline would have expired, Senior Counsel Neil Boston, representing Reid in the proceedings, renewed a stay application on the no-confidence resolution.However, this was not allowed.“No stay is going be granted because the stay application would have been overtaken by the appeal itself…” Attorney Anil Nandlall explained outside the court.The lawyers representing the State’s interest in these proceedings still insists that there will be no crisis after today’s expiration of the constitutionally mandated March 21 deadline for the hosting of General and Regional Elections. But according to Nandlall, a former Attorney General who is representing Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, contended otherwise.“How is there not going to be a crisis when the constitutional life of the Government expires and the Government has not fixed a date for elections within that time. The complete Government is illegal,” Nandlall asserted.He went on to say that “The State of Guyana now has no legal and constitutional Government that will be in office after the expiration of the 90-day or three-month period, and that is the reality. They can play whatever politics they want but legally, the Government’s life has come to an end.”According to Nandlall, the Government cannot induce the Doctrine of Necessity, as being claimed by the coalition, because they are the ones who has caused the crisis in the first place by violating the law.“If that is the position then every government will stay beyond its tenure in office, invoke the Doctrine of Necessity and don’t call elections when elections are due… Responsible government and constitutional government as we know it will break down and the Doctrine of Necessity will become the refuge of despotic and inter legal government if that becomes the law. So you can’t have a dictator who ignores the Constitution, refuses to hold elections when elections are due and then invoke the Doctrine of Necessity. The law will never countenance such a position,” Nandlall further pointed out.SubmissionsNevertheless, back in the courtroom, the Appellate Judges heard submissions from the lawyers on the dual citizenship case. Acting Chief Justice Roxane George had ruled back in January that while Persaud was illegally sitting in the National Assembly because of his dual citizen status, his December 21, 2018 vote on the Opposition’s No-confidence Motion was valid since an elections petition was not filed in the stipulated time to challenge his qualification as a MP.In court, Nandlall argued that the appellant challenging the qualifications of the former AFC parliamentarian to sit in the House and the only way this can be done is through an elections petition. He outlined that having already approach the court by the wrong procedure, the time has long past for such a petition to be filed.“The law prescribed 28 days for such a challenge to be made, they came several years out of time. And in any event, Charrandas’ vote is saved by a provision in the Constitution which says that notwithstanding that person may not be qualified to sit in the Assembly but who has actually sat and participated in the proceedings, those proceedings and their validity are saved.”This position was also proffered by Attorney Sanjeev Datadin, representing Persaud, who further submitted to the court that it does not have a jurisdiction to impose any sanctions stemming from the former MP’s actions, as is being asked for by the appellant, since there is no provisions for such.The State Counsels from the Attorney General’s Chambers including Deputy Solicitor Nigel Hawke as well as Attorney Roysdale Forde, representing Minister of State Joseph Harmon, also presented arguments similar to and supporting submissions made by SC Boston.Meanwhile, Senior Counsel Rafiq Turhan Khan, representing Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, did not make any submissions, informing the court that they would be guided by whatever decision is made.Last month, Government asked the Appeal Court to set aside the judgements made by Justice the Chief Justice and filed a series of appeals.In the first case of the Attorney General (AG) v Speaker of the National Assembly and Opposition Leader, which deals with the 33 to 32 majority that was used to pass the No-confidence Motion, Williams is arguing that “there was a miscalculation of the majority of all elected members as required under Article 106 (6) of the Constitution for the Government to be defeated on a vote of no confidence”.Meanwhile, another case was AG v Christopher Ram, who had successfully sought to have the High Court validate the no-confidence resolution and have Government comply with constitutional provisions to demit office and call elections no later than March of this year.The Chief Justice had upheld both cases, ruling that the no-confidence vote was validly passed, and that Cabinet should have resigned. However, Williams in his appeal is claiming that the Chief Justice made an error in both of these rulings.In addition, Appeals were also filed by the lawyers appearing for State Minister Joseph Harmon; while a cross appeal was filed on behalf of Christopher Ram and an appeal was also filed on the dual citizenship issue.last_img read more

Morrison places second in the 5,000-metre event, prepares for 1,500-metre race on Saturday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Denny Morrison finished in second place in the 5,000-metre race on Thursday at the Long Track Team Selections in Calgary.Morrison finished the race with a time of 6:21:08 which was just under five seconds behind the winner of the event, as he tries to propel himself onto the Canadian Speed Skating team.Morrison will now prepare for the 1,500-metre event on Saturday. Based on his performances in the Four Stages of the World Cup since October he is in a position that will only be better his chance of making the Olympic team.- Advertisement -The final Canadian Speed Skating team for the Olympic Games will be announced on January 10th at noon and will be taking place at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary.Saturday’s races get underway at 5:00 p.m. and will be air live on the CBC Sports website: read more

Grooming generation of givers, $25 at a time

first_img “It’s more than just giving money,” said Ken Preston, spokesman for Countrywide Financial in Westlake Village. “It’s learning … that leads to an understanding of how to donate. “It’s got an emotional appeal with kids.” For philanthropist Bruce Miller of Sherman Oaks, Charitable Literacy creates an “echo effect” that reverberates from the donor to the student to the charity recipient – and back. And in the end, students develop a lifelong habit of giving. “They treat the $25 like it was a $25,000 gift,” said Miller, 53, who has given thousands to the program. It was Dorff, a former ABC news producer, who launched the Charity Checks concept seven years ago after hauling an armful of charity solicitations up to his New York high-rise. There ought to be a way, he thought, for people give anonymously and avoid charity mailing lists. Since then, Charity Checks giving certificates – which allow donors their tax break and recipients to send checks directly to charities they care about – have sent $500,000 to more than 800,000 charities worldwide. It was Sonne, a freelance journalist and filmmaker, who saw their potential in local schools. Students now study nonprofits. Draw up pros and cons. Write business letters. Graphs. Conduct presentations. Then sign their first checks over to charity. “We’re actually teaching them to be junior philanthropists,” Sonne said. “One person at a time can make a difference.” The 16 Wright students gave for the abused, the sick and the imperiled. They gave so that mountain trails could be preserved, for kids to attend summer camp and to further fund multiple sclerosis research. Nahim Jalal saw human suffering on TV during local wildfires and Hurricane Katrina, so he gave to the American Red Cross. “I felt sorry for all the people,” said the 13-year-old from Agoura Hills. “That they didn’t have homes, or money to buy food. “The Red Cross helps them.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 For information about the Charity Checks Charitable Literacy program, call (800) 854-5601 or see 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card By researching, choosing and giving to such charities, a generation of philanthropists is born. “I wanted to do something in music and found this,” said Kevin Meredith, 13, a guitar player from Agoura Hills who chose the Alvin & Elizabeth McKinney Foundation, which teaches music to at-risk youths. “I’ve been to Los Angeles and seen the streets and can’t imagine anyone living there.” Today, Meredith and 15 classmates at A.E. Wright Middle School will present their videos to campus and charity officials. Their advanced computer class, led by veteran teacher Ruth Kritz, is one of four such classes to give, courtesy of Charitable Literacy and a $5,000 grant from Countrywide Financial Corp. Since its founding by husband-and-wife team Victor Dorff and Lisa Sonne, Charity Checks has enabled 1,000 students from 40 classes to donate $25,000 to charity. AGOURA HILLS – A teenage boy hangs his head and hunches down by an industrial yard – the image of utter urban despair. Then comes the punch line to a moving public service announcement: “If you have no house, no money, nothing … How can you make a life for yourself? Easy. Music.” The video ad for a charity that teaches music to inner-city kids wasn’t made by Madison Avenue but by an eighth-grade student under a novel program to teach children how to give to charity. The Charitable Literacy program, launched by the nonprofit Charity Checks of Agoura Hills, is catching on in schools from Calabasas to Boston. Its premise is simple: A donor cuts a tax-deductible check, which is then divided among students in $25 checks payable only to the charities of their choice. last_img read more


first_imgSTRICTLY Judge Len Goodman has had a holiday in west Donegal – with Daniel O’Donnell.Len was on Owey Island with the singer….and filmed the trip for a TV series ‘Holiday of My Lifetime’ which will screen next week in the UK.And the incredible coincidence is that it was filmed before Strictly…and Daniel didn’t even tell Len he had been picked for the show. “Daniel’s holiday on Owey Island was so lovely. It was beautiful there – very peaceful, with amazing scenery,” said Len.“It was filmed for Holiday Of My Lifetime last summer, but Daniel didn’t tell me he would be on Strictly Come Dancing in a few months’ time.“When I asked him on Strictly Daniel said he felt he ought to adhere to the secrecy surrounding the show!”  Holiday Of My Lifetime is next Tuesday, 3.45PM, BBC1 STRICTLY JUDGE LEN SPENDS HOLIDAY IN DONEGAL – WITH DANIEL was last modified: February 6th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Reseda’s Frisky Kitty under city scrutiny

first_imgRenewing efforts to close a Reseda adult club, Councilman Dennis Zine won support today for a study to determine whether the Frisky Kitty is violating city zoning laws. The 13-0 vote ordering a report by the Department of Building and Safety came as the attorney for the club at 18454 Oxnard St. said Zine’s continued threats are “political grandstanding.” “He’s doing this only for politics,” said attorney Roger Diamond, who represents the club. “The Frisky Kitty has nine lives. It’s been open for six years now and it will continue to stay open.” Zine, who has tried to close the club since his election in 2001, said his efforts are designed to uphold city zoning laws that restrict the locations of adult entertainment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 “This is strictly a zoning matter,” Zine said. “If we don’t enforce our zoning laws, we would have chaos when it comes to planning and where certain buildings can be located.” Zine said the club is too close to a residential area and that there have been repeated crime problems associated with its operation. But Diamond and club owner Jamal Haddad said the city has changed how it measures distances, and the club has provided extra security for the area. “We are operating legally,” Haddad said. “We follow all the rules. What the city is doing is violating my constitutional rights by trying to change the rules. All they are doing is costing the taxpayers money.” Diamond said he will review the Department of Building and Safety report to the City Council and is prepared to take additional steps to block closure of the club. (213) 978-0390160Want 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


first_imgMembershipRight now we have 370 Aodh Ruadh members registered for 2016, that’s 180 short on our usual tally. The deadline for registration is this coming Thursday. There will be one further open registration session on Wednesday 30th March in the club rooms in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at the park from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Gerry Ferguson’s Jewellers can also facilitate registrations, while Betty McIntyre’s can also take registration at her house on the Mall. It is particularly pressing that players ensure they have their form and fee in by Wednesday at the latest. After that players can still register, but they will not be eligible to play for five days. We regularly have the situation where players have to sit out important early season games because they are not registered. It is unfair to put managers in the position where they have to tell players they can’t allow them to play. Make sure your manager is not put in that position. Players can download registration forms from and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. Please bear in mind you must be a club member to be in consideration for All-Ireland final tickets should Donegal reach that stage. Also, only club members have a say in club decisions and a vote at the AGM. Inaugural Easter campAodh Ruadh are preparing their first ever Easter Camp. The camp will run from Wednesday 30th March to Friday 1st April. Under 6s and under 8s will be catered for from 10am to 12.30pm. Then the under 10s and under 12s come in from 1pm to 3.30pm. It’s excellent value at just €25 for the three days. Brian Roper is organising the camp and you can contact him on 0876139065 to book a place or get further information. FootballAodh Ruadh opened the sixth attempt in their ongoing quest for promotion from division three with an encouraging away win in Portsalon. They did it the hard way though, coming from a point behind at half time to emerge nine point victors over Fanad Gaels on a scoreline of 3-14 to 1-11. They dominated the first 20 minutes of the second half to roar out into a 14 point lead, before easing off the gas coming down the home straight. David McGurrin was instrumental, bagging 2-2 while Philip Patton hit 1-2 and David Dolan registered 0-2 as the full forward lined chalked up 3-6 between them. We have a full match report and team sheet from the game up on reserves didn’t fare quite so well on the peninsula, coming out on the wrong side of the odd score in 11 against Fanad Gaels, 0-6 to 0-5 the final scoreline.The next fixtures for the adult footballers is set to be the visit of Letterkenny Gaels on Saturday, 10th April.The minors travelled to Glencolumbcille on Sunday and came away with a 5-9 to 7-19 win over Naomh Columba. That victory takes the Ernesiders level on four points with Bundoran and Saint Naul’s at the top of Division 1B. The picture at the top of the division should become a little clearer when Aodh Ruadh travel to Bundoran for the local derby this Wednesday.Under 14 boys training on Wednesday at 4.15pm sharp. We expect to have an away game this weekend. We should have further details at Wednesday training. Players are asked to ensure they have club membership paid as they cannot play if they are not registered.Some 29 members of the under 12 squad accompanied by parents and family members had a great day out on Easter Saturday. Our first two games against Cavan Gaels were battles as much as matches and both teams showed that fire in the belly makes for great games in any conditions. Ciaran Fitzpatrick and the Cavan Gaels put on welcome refreshments after which we were back on the road to Dublin heading for Erin’s Isle club in Finglas. Donegal man, Cara Mac Aodhan looks after the under 12s for Erin’s Isle. We played two games against the Dubs, recording one win and one loss. Although it rained here too the conditions were better than they had been in Cavan and the standard of football from Aodh Ruadh stepped up a notch too. A great feature of both our challenge matches was the warmth and hospitality we received in Cavan and Dublin. Soup, sandwiches, tea, buns, etc all laid on with more to take with us if we wanted. Not only this but also how happy these clubs were that we came to play them and got such quality performances out of both sets of players.We spent an hour touring the Croke Park museum and although the main event on Saturday wasn’t one of Donegal’s greatest matches it was a night that will probably stay with us when better games have been long forgotten. Another Donegal man, John Cassidy, greased the wheels to open up the backstage areas of Croker and some of Donegal’s greatest ever servants, Rory Kavanagh, Michael Murphy, Eamonn McGee, Colm McFadden, Leo McLoone, Ryan McHugh, Marty Reilly, Frank McGlynn and our own Peter Boyle chatted to the kids, signed autographs and took pictures. This, all the more commendable from them because it was not at a time when they were riding high on the joys of victory. Kevin Byrne kept us on schedule all day and was readily agreeable to late night stops for toilet breaks and refreshments even when we should all have been long  in bed. Special thanks must go to Conall Sweeny for refereeing and team management duties. Thanks also to Gabby McGloin, Mary McGinley, Paul Gillespie, Alan Sweeny, Barry Sweeny, Stephen Gallagher, John Meehan, Michael Daly, Paddy Campbell and Kevin Gallagher who carefully steered them around the crowded areas of Croke Park without one lost sheep. A big shout out too to Rory Kavanagh,  Ciaran Kelly, John Cassidy, Seamus Meade, Ciaran Fitzpatrick and Cara Mac Aodhan. Finally the day out was really all about the young club members of Aodh Ruadh who represented the club proudly on and off the field. They looked out for each other, played, sang and got over their own wee hassles. They saw how the GAA reaches out into our wider community and hopefully the answer he got wasn’t lost on him when one of our young players asked Peter Boyle there in Croke Park in the middle of his Donegal team mates if he was ever going to play for Aodh Ruadh again. “I’ll always play for Aodh Ruadh,” says Peter.Under 12 training moves outdoors from now on. Training will last an hour and 15 minutes from 5.15pm to 6.30pm and will take place on Mondays and Fridays, in Páirc Aoidh Ruadh [Munday’s]. Check out the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page for pictures from the trip, with thanks to Mary McGinley for photography.Under 10 training is back this Friday 1st April from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruadh [Munday’s].Under 8 and under 6 training is also back this Friday 1st April from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruadh. LadiesUnder 14 training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Páirc Aoidh Ruadh at 5.45pm. The first under 14 league game will be at 12 noon this Saturday, 2nd April, against Four Masters in Father Tierney Park.Under 12 training continues Thursday from 6pm to 7pm and again on Saturday from 10am to 11am.Indoor training for under 8s [2008s and 2009s] and under 10s [2006s and 2007s] will commence this Wednesday 30 March from 7pm to 8pm at the Mercy Hall. The cost is €2 and remember to bring a bottle of water. Please ensure that your child’s registration is paid before training starts though, as the deadline for that is March 31st. We will train indoors for the month of April and go out doors on Mondays from 6pm to 7pm. If you have further enquires please contact Gabby on 0872902245 or Louise on 0876388562.We would like to remind all who intend to play this year that they must ensure they are registered with the club by March 31st. Players not registered with the club are not insured and as illegal players they endanger any potential success their team might enjoy.HurlingThe senior opened their Ulster Táin League campaign against Saint Eunan’s in Father Tierney Park on Bank Holiday Easter Monday. Unfortunately, despite a battling Aodh Ruadh display, the spoils went the way of the visitors on a scoreline of 1-10 to 2-14. We have pictures from that game up on underage hurling leagues began last Thursday, and Aodh Ruadh got off to a great start with both the under 14s and minors winning.The under 14s fresh from their Féile success were worthy winners at home to Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair. Their ability to take their points was the difference as they put up a score line of 7-11 to to 5-1. They conceded a number of soft goals in the second half, which they will have to work on in training. But overall it was a good start to their campaign winning by 16 points.The minors had just the bare 15 as they made the trip to the Setanta. A number of players have made themselves unavailable this season leaving us with a very young team and seven of the starting 15 were under 16. Setanta opened the scoring with a goal, as the Aodh Ruadh lads showed a lot of rustiness earlier on. But gradually the lads clawed their way back into the game and ran out convincing winners 4-14 to 1-6. These lads have a very difficult campaign ahead of them with such a small panel, but knowing their commitment we can be assured they’ll give it their all for the season ahead.The under 14s have a bye this week while the minors are at home to a strong Carndonagh team this Thursday.On Saturday last we had a bucket collection in the town to raise funds for the under 14’s upcoming trip to Féile na nGael. Despite the awful weather, we got a great response to this fund-raiser. Thanks to all the parents who played their part on the day. Many thanks to all who contributed on the day your support is much appreciated.Training for all age groups as normal this Sunday 12 noon.In other hurling news, Father Tierney Park hosted the NHL Division 3A final with Roscommon running out 4-15 to 0-7 victors over Monaghan in an entertaining game. We have a gallery of images from the final up on footballRecreational football returns to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Saturday at 6.30pm for the warm with the game getting going at 7pm. If you haven’t pulled on the boots in a while, it’s a great opportunity to get out and active. It’s excellent value at just €3 for the session. The main rule is no touching of the hair or face, but if you need further information text or call Alan on 0868052816.Abbey Centre BingoThe March big bingo jackpot of €800 was won by Eileen Maguire of Donegal. There was no winner of the spring snowball so next week’s snowball prize will be €300 on 46 numbers or less. Bingo as usual at 9pm this Friday at the Abbey Centre. Books priced at just €10.Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €3,800. The winning numbers drawn were 2, 4, 8, 12, 16 and 17. In the lucky dip €20 went to Marie Gallagher, Erne Street; Gerry Carty, c/o McGinley’s; Frances Daly, Abbeylands; Celia Burns, Garrison; and Teresa Herron, Bishop Street. Next draw is on Sunday in Owen Roe’s Bar with a Jackpot of €3,900 on Sunday at 8.30pm.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra Saturday is: JUVENILE HURLERS.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website,, or e-mail your request to RUADH HOPE TO MAINTAIN GOOD START TO THE LEAGUE AGAINST LETTERKENNY GAELS was last modified: March 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Aodh RuadhGAASportlast_img read more