Captain’s still the man

first_img Gambling on the unknown Captain is obviously still the man. Any rushed replacement of the army veteran would be nothing short of a gamble on the unknown at this level of leadership. However, Captain needs to take heed and realise that not all the subjects in his kingdom are happy with his rule. He needs to answer some of the questions raised by Powell and others, but I never agreed with the notion of ‘getting out’ Captain just for the sake of getting him out. When it was done in 2003, I disagreed and I never agreed with it this time around. The ‘hate the Captain’ phenomenon is something that I think cuts deeper into the Jamaican psyche than mere football. It’s not the norm for a black Jamaican to be as successful as Captain Burrell, both in his private business and in terms of his rise in stature in the corridors of power in world football. Those realities, along with his proud and sometimes arrogant demeanour, will always attract detractors, especially in Jamaica’s undeniable ‘crab in the barrel’ culture. We tend to accept silly notions such as ‘giving another man a chance’, ‘Captain is there too long’, ‘he is too arrogant’, ‘he is too boasy’, etc. Performance and achievements are secondary, while the bigger picture is often rendered irrelevant when we make big decisions. What is unfolding in the football is a microcosm of the wider Jamaican society. I am not saying for one moment that Captain is indispensable or that no one else can manage the affairs of Jamaica’s football. But all things considered, his experience, track record, reputation and stature – locally and internationally – Captain Burrell is still the candidate to lead our football. The decision for Powell was not bad for football. On the contrary, it is very good for football and it would be very unfortunate if Powell and, or Mr Danny Beckford, the St Ann Football Association president who nominated Powell, were in any way victimised for their bold step. We need to get beyond that level of tribal thinking. The questions raised need answering and the issues highlighted remain unattended, plus Captain needed the wake-up call, even as he moves forward with another emphatic mandate. I would like to encourage continued unity within the football fraternity, with the understanding that Captain is still, deservedly, THE MAN, and also an appreciation that the very attempt at a challenge by Powell is democracy at work. That is something we should always cherish and never ever take for granted. With the challenge by Orville Powell for the unseating of Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President Captain Horace Burrell fizzing into an anti-climactic no-contest – with Powell embarrassingly getting just one of the required four affiliates to nominate him – it’s ample time, again, for some retrospection. Looking dispassionately at what reasonably might have been and what could have been with a change of leadership at the JFF, I ask myself one simple question. All things considered, would Powell or any another local football administrator be able to do a better job of running the affairs of Jamaica’s football than Burrell? That is the key question the delegates must have asked themselves, and subsequently answered by their overwhelming rejection of the Powell’s bid. There is no doubt that the Montego Bay United Football Club owner has good and honest intentions for local football, but his challenge was rushed and premature. A strident and fearless personality like Powell definitely has a role to play going forward. My recommendation is that he continues to establish himself more as a credible leader by continuing to ask the relevant questions and raising pertinent issues over time, earn himself some more experience, spread his wings within the fraternity and then ‘wheel and come again’.last_img read more

Supreme Court Puts Citizen Group’s Petition on Hold

first_imgJustice-in-Chambers at the Supreme Court, Cllr. Jamesetta Wolokollie, on Wednesday, February 26, told the complainants against the controversial amendment to the Central Bank of Liberia Act to wait until the bill meets all of the requirements of law.Just days after the bill was passed by the House of Representatives, the Citizens’ Solidarity Council of Liberia, represented by Cllrs. Theophilus Gould and Lavala Supuwood, brought the amendment before the Supreme Court of Liberia, seeking to nullify the bill and declare it void in line with Article 2 of the Constitution.In order for a bill to become law in Liberia, the legislature must have passed it; after the legislature has passed said bill, it must be signed by the President and printed into handbills.The Daily Observer has reliably learned that the recently amended CBL Act has not yet been signed by the President since the two houses of the legislature unanimously voted in favor of it — the Senate on February 13 (fifteen calnedar days ago) and the House of Representatives February 18 (ten calendar days ago).Constitutional experts believe that the Justice-in-Chambers’ decision requesting the Citizens’ Solidarity Council to wait for the President’s action on the bill is an indication that the case has merit, which creates a political dilemma for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The President, political analysts on Capitol Hill observed, is currently judging for herself whether she should sign the bill or not.According to our Executive Mansion sources, the Liberian leader considers the bill a bad law, but fears that vetoing it would further strain the already testy relationship between the Executive and the Legislative branches of government.A majority of the lawmakers, this paper is told, are meanwhile poised to override her veto.On the other hand, silence means consent: if the President does not act on the bill within 20 working days while she is in the country, the bill would automatically become law. It has been 8 working days (excluding weekends) since the House voted for the bill, concurring with the Senate. Wednesday, March 19, would mark the twentieth working day (weekends and holidays excluded) before the bill passes into law by default. However, President Sirleaf left the country Wednesday on ‘official visits’ to Nigeria and Chad. Her absence freezes time at only six (6) days since the Legislature passed the bill. She is expected to return over the weekend.An insider from the President’s office said Thursday that President Sirleaf is currently consulting stakeholders on what to do.The Liberian leader’s Annual Message in January is still fresh on the minds of the public.In her Annual Message, the President announced that the government of Liberia (GOL) would take stringent measures against state-owned enterprises from exercising discretionary disbursements approved by their boards.“We will implement stringent guidelines relating to state-owned enterprises which will no longer be allowed to make discretionary disbursements, approved by self-serving Boards that are not in conformity with our priorities and goals,” the President said.While it is not clear that this legislation is in line with that statement, the decision by the Liberian legislature to amend certain portions of the 1999 Financial Institution Act (FIA) establishing the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) to ban the governor, his deputies and members of the board of governors from contesting political office for three successive years after the expiration of their respective tenures, has left many Liberians wondering about the actual reason behind the lawmakers’ action.Some political pundits who perceive CBL officials, mainly the governor, as harboring political interests to contest the presidency of Liberia come 2017, accused the CBL boss of engaging in political campaigning using state resources. But the governor’s supporters, who are mostly small and medium-size business owners as well as youths and students, have denied these suggestions.They clarified that the CBL’s loan scheme with the banks and non-bank financial institutions is critical to economic growth and development and poverty alleviation. Those against the bill have described it as a witch hunt since, in fact, it does not cover all public officials occupying senior government positions, including the lawmakers themselves.As proponents of the bill try to explain that it is only intended to guarantee and protect the coffers of the CBL, others are equally pointing out that the bill, as it is, does not provide any protection for the national reserves.As the two groups debate the issue, the Citizens’ Solidarity Council of Liberia, which rushed to the Supreme Court of Liberia seeking to nullify the bill and declare it void in line with Article 2 of the Constitution, .Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Charleston Shooting: Emanuel AME Church Reopens for First Service

first_imgThe South Carolina church where nine people died in a gun attack by an alleged white supremacist less than a week ago reopened to worshippers on Sunday.Worshippers attended the first service at Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church since Wednesday, when Dylann Roof, 21, is alleged to have pulled a gun on members of a Bible study group. The church pastor, the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, a state senator, was among the nine people who were killed.Uniformed police officers were posted on both levels of the sanctuary. The service began with prayer and songs and a message of love, recovery and healing. The proceedings then became more solemn as the victims’ names were read and the music’s tempo slowed.At 10 a.m., church bells rang out across Charleston, which is known as the “Holy City”.“We still believe that prayer changes things. Can I get a witness?” the Reverend Norvel Goff asked, to which the congregated responded “Yes.”“But prayer not only changes things; it changes us,” he said.“It’s been rough,” Goff said of the days since the shooting. “Some of us have been downright angry, but through it all, God has sustained us and encouraged us. Let us not grow weary.”Goff vowed that he and others would “pursue justice and we’re going to be vigilant and we are going to hold our elected officials accountable to do the right thing.” Despite the grim circumstances the congregation had faced, the welcoming spirit Roof exploited before the shooting was still alive, church members said.On Saturday, Harold Washington, 75, said he expected the sanctuary to host many newcomers after the shooting shattered the group’s sense of peace and security.“We’re gonna have people come by that we’ve never seen before and will probably never see again, and that’s OK,” he said. “It’s a church of the Lord, you don’t turn no body down.”Also on Saturday, authorities said they were investigating a website that contained a racist manifesto apparently written by Roof, who is white. All nine people who died were black. The provenance of the website, which contained a cache of photographs of the 21-year-old in which he was seen holding a pistol or standing beside the Confederate flag, was unclear.As news of the website emerged, hundreds of people rallied at South Carolina’s state house in Columbia on Saturday night to demand that lawmakers remove the Confederate flag from its grounds.In the wake of the shooting, prominent Republicans and Democrats have called for the flag – to many, a potent symbol of America’s racist past – to be taken down. Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney added his voice to the calls on Saturday. President Barack Obama said on Friday that the flag deserved to be in a museum, not flying in the state capital.At the rally in Columbia, Stephanie Bradley, a black woman and mother of three young children, told the Guardian that because of the shooting she had to explain to her children for the first time what the Confederate flag meant.To her the flag has always immediately brought to mind racism inflicted on black people throughout the course of US history. “I see the KKK, I see burning crosses, I see burning churches, I see raping, lynching, I see all of that,” she said.On Sunday, events to show solidarity with the victims were planned throughout the city and beyond, including the synchronised ringing of church bells at 10am ET (1400 GMT). South Carolina’s governor, Nikki Haley, and her family were to attend the service at Emanuel.The investigation into the shooting was continuing. In a statement, the FBI said it was investigating the website apparently written by Roof. “Charleston police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are aware of postings on a website allegedly attributed to Dylann Roof, the suspect in the 17 June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church … We are taking steps to verify the authenticity of these postings.“Because this is an ongoing investigation, neither the Charleston police nor the Federal Bureau of Investigation is able to release further details at this time.”The site began circulating on the internet on Saturday. It contains a 2,444-word statement that, if penned by Roof, would shed light on the racist ideology that led him to the Emanuel AME church in Charleston on Wednesday.The accompanying photographs reveal that Roof toured historical sites across South Carolina that have links to the civil war era and slavery, including graveyards and plantation sites.However, data encoded into the images, which may have provided clues as to when they were taken, appears to be unreliable.The website was created in February by a registrant who listed his or her name as Dylann Roof. Under a section entitled “An Explanation”, the website appears to allude to the forthcoming massacre.“I have no choice,” it states. “I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to whites in the country.”The statement adds: “We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.”Roof’s former stepmother, meanwhile, said the 21-year-old had been affected by “internet evil”.“He was locked in his room looking up bad stuff on his computer,” Paige Mann, who is divorced from Roof’s father, told NBC News. “Something on the computer drew him in – this is internet evil.” The Associated Press contributed to this report.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NIS reserves expected to be exhausted in 2021

first_imgNIS headquarters, Brickdam, Georgetown– annual report paints worrying picture of finances…states actuaries warned about effect of deficits on future of fundAs far back as 2016, the actuary review into the finances of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) had warned that repeat deficits may bring its reserves to the brink of collapse.Chartered accountants TSD Lall and Company said in the independent auditor’s assessment for the entity’s 2016 annual report, which was recently laid in the National Assembly, that the actuaries had warned that the reserves were in danger of running dry by 2021.“Without further qualifying our opinion, we wish to emphasise that… the actuaries reported several matters of concern among which were that the present value of shortfall of the fund over the period 2012-2041 amounted to $340.1 billion and also that the cash flow deficits will continue … and reserves are expected to be exhausted in 2021,” the auditors wrote.“When forming our opinion on the Scheme’s financial statements, we were not required and did not express an opinion as to the completeness or accuracy of the long-term liabilities, as this is determined by the Scheme’s actuaries.”According to the report, the NIS fund had $32.6 billion at the beginning of the year. But with the income received amounting to $19.5 billion and expenses amounting to $19.7 billion, the fund had a deficit of $220 million.“However, when other comprehensive income of $44 million was included, a deficit of $177 million resulted, which when subtracted from the fund at the beginning of the year amount to $32.4 billion.”Providing a breakdown, the auditors stated that the Scheme has fixed assets valued at $2.6 billion and investments valued at $29.4 billion. In addition, its net current assets are valued at $386.2 million.Concern has long been expressed that unemployment rates would have an adverse effect on NIS contributions. For instance, concern has been expressed that layoffs in the sugar belt could undermine the Scheme’s position.This is particularly so if the Scheme were to pay unemployment benefits. At a previous press conference, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had said that the idea of paying out these benefits did not take into account the current financial status of the Scheme and its ability to meet its current obligations.He had noted that the last actuarial report recommended that focus be placed on building the reserves to avoid a deficit. In fact, it was disclosed in that report that the life of the Scheme should come to an end by 2022 unless strategic plans for revenue earnings and expansion of the investment portfolio were effectively implemented. Jagdeo also referenced the thousands of dismissed sugar workers.Last October, the then Chairman of the Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI), Dr Surendra Persaud, who is also the NIS Chairman, announced steep increases in tolls at the crossing. At the time Guyana Times was told that NIS, through its Chairman, was forced to push for the increase in tolls in order to protect its investment. NIS has majority voting rights on the BBCI Board of Directors.NIS had invested in Bond One of the project – $300 million. The Scheme received (not principal payments) $270 million, a 90 per cent return on the investment.NIS also invested in Bond Two, $760 million, and received $823 million in return. The company also invested $500 million for subordinate debt (loan stuck) $456 million and is now owed $207 million. Preference shares amounted to $950 million. NIS was paid back $163 million and is owed $507 million. Some $80 million was invested in common shares with zero returns so far. At the time, this newspaper was told that monies invested were performing better than what was predicated in the concession agreement.last_img read more

Vegas shows love for MVP Bryant

first_img• Photo Gallery: 02/18: NBA All-Star Game LAS VEGAS – The first time Kobe Bryant won this award, he got booed in his hometown of Philadelphia. He picked up his second Most Valuable Player trophy from the NBA All-Star game much closer to his West Coast home – and the Lakers guard got nothing but love in a city that adores its showmen. Bryant scored 31 points in the Western Conference’s 153-132 victory Sunday night, leading a dominant offensive effort as a scorer and playmaker for a roster short on point guards. Five years ago, Bryant also scored 31 points in the West’s victory in Philadelphia – but the famously crusty fans booed him every time he touched the ball, eventually roaring their disapproval when the kid from the upper-class suburbs got his MVP trophy. While declining to directly address the Philadelphia brouhaha, insisting “Philly was great,” Bryant was determined to enjoy this moment under neon lights. “To have this type of reaction here in this All-Star game is very humbling,” he said. “I just feel very blessed to be able to come out and put on a really good show.” The nine-time All-Star was easily the Vegas crowd’s favorite player, both at Saturday’s competitions and in Sunday’s showcase event. After all, southern Nevada is Lakers territory – and Bryant put on a show worthy of a game that began with a performance by Wayne Newton. “We have two preseason games here normally, and they’re extremely supportive here,” Bryant said. center_img Bryant scored 17 points in the first half, doing his best to score over Dwyane Wade whenever possible – including a dynamite 3-pointer in the Miami star’s face late in the half. He went 8 for 14, also throwing down at least one rim-shaking dunk. Bryant appeared to concentrate on playmaking in the second half, particularly when San Antonio’s Tony Parker was out of the lineup. Bryant finished with six assists, including a sweet pass for an alley-oop dunk by Shawn Marion. “Kobe, regardless of how people feel about him, he’s always going to be the fan favorite,” Denver’s Carmelo Anthony said. “He played great tonight. He deserved it.” 160Want 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

Saulteau First Nations signs agreement with B.C. Hydro

first_imgB.C. Hydro says they have reached a deal with the Saulteau First Nations on the impacts of the Site C Dam.In a release Monday morning, Hydro says the deal was approved by a community vote that included a lump sum payment, an annual payment stream, contracting opportunities, Crown land transfers and protection of the Peace Boudreau and land area of importance to Saulteau First Nations.  Specifics of the deal have not been released.This is the first agreement between B.C. Hydro and a local First Nation.- Advertisement -Saulteau is a member of Treaty 8.  Other members of Treaty 8 have taken the B.C. Hydro to court.  A decision on Provincial Court case is expected this summer.  Members of Treaty 8 have also taken the Federal Government to court, that case is expected to start next week.Hydro is still moving forward with construction of the dam, which is expected to start this month.last_img read more

Mourinho an ‘inspiration’, says Spurs boss Pochettino

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (left) describes Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as an ‘inspiration’ © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 27 – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Jose Mourinho is an inspiration despite his current frustrations at Manchester United as he prepares his side for Monday’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford.United have had a turbulent start to the new season, with Mourinho appearing to be at odds with the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and French World Cup winner Paul Pogba. Mourinho will be desperate to get United back on track after a 3-2 defeat to Brighton but the game is also important for Spurs as they look to improve on a generally poor away record against their biggest rivals under Pochettino.Despite Mourinho’s travails, his opposite number at Spurs, who has two wins out of two games so far this season, still holds the utmost respect for the man who has won multiple trophies during a glittering managerial career.Asked what he has learned from Mourinho, Pochettino said: “A lot of things. I think for every single manager that is younger than him he was the inspirational manager.“Of course he is an unbelievable manager and of course the circumstances that happen with myself and happen with different managers is always going to be up and down. He has been inspirational — but I am younger than him.”If Mourinho had had his way this summer, defender Toby Alderweireld could have been featuring for United against Spurs.But despite strong reported interest, a bid was never made and the Belgian has so far stayed at Spurs, playing 90 minutes against Fulham last week.Alderweireld’s future has been a constant source of speculation ever since he failed to agree a new deal and Pochettino did not commit to whether he will be playing at Old Trafford.“This season is a challenge, a completely different challenge for us, because it’s only three weeks that the players arrive from the World Cup and are in training,” he said.“Always you need six or seven weeks to start to compete in a normal season, that is why sometimes you need to be careful how they react after the effort of 90 minutes.“Sure I am going to do some changes, some names, sometimes I keep this formation, or we are going to play with different formation.”All eyes will be on Monday’s teamsheet to see if Hugo Lloris features after the goalkeeper and club captain was charged with drink-driving on Friday.The French World Cup winner has apologised “wholeheartedly”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Amokachi confident Morocco will land 2026 WC rights

first_img0Shares0000Former Nigerian international Daniel Amokachi left) presents the Morocco 2026 World Cup bid book to FKF president Nick Mwendwa right) at the FKF Headquarters at Goal Project on April 18, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 18- On June 13 in Moscow, Russia, FIFA delegates will head into a vote to decide who between CONCACAF and CAF will get the rights to host the 2026 World Cup in a Congress that will precede this year’s showpiece.Canada, Mexico and the United States have teamed up to carry CONCACAF’s bid while Morocco will seek to be the second African country to host the quadrennial extravaganza after South Africa in 2010. The Moroccans have been globetrotting trying to lobby votes from the 211 FIFA members as they aim to bring the World Cup to Africa.“Why did we have to wait for over 100 years before Africa hosted the World Cup? Why should we wait for another 100 years when there is an opportunity in 2026? Africa is a friendly continent with beautiful culture and tradition and we should have the whole world coming here,” former Nigerian international Daniel Amokachi, one of the Morocco 2026 bid ambassadors told Capital Sport.Former Nigerian international Daniel Amokachi speaks to Capital Sport during his visit to teh FKF Headquarters at Goal Project on April 18, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUAmokachi was in Nairobi to present the Morocco 2026 bid document to Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa in a campaign to sway more support to garner the necessary 150 minimum votes that will hand the North African country the hosting rights for the 48-team tournament.Amokachi who has played in three World Cups with Nigeria as well as winning the gold medal with the team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta believes Morocco stands a decent chance to win the rights, despite the money-lauded Americas standing in their way.“It’s looking very good; no doubt that when it comes to vote against the Americas, 100 percent Africa will get the bid if it would be fair. If the integrity that took Sepp Blatter out of office is played right, I don’t see otherwise. We will get it,” Amokachi further stated speaking to Capital Sport on the sidelines of his meeting with FKF.“When Morocco bids, wit is the continent of Africa that bids and we hope that the continent will back us,” Amokachi further added.Former Nigerian international Daniel Amokachi left) when he paid a courtesy call to FKF president Nick Mwendwa right) at the FKF Headquarters at Goal Project on April 18, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUMorocco is trying its luck to host the World Cup bidding for the fifth time. In terms of experience, CONCACAF’s three reps have amassed it all. Mexico has hosted two World Cups, one Confederations Cup, one Under-17 World Cup and one Youth Championship.The USA has hosted the Women’s World Cup twice and one men’s World Cup. Canada has hosted the Under-16 and Under-20 men’s World Cups, Under 19 and Under-20 Women’s World Cup and the 2015 Women’s World Cup.This is the sixth stop for Amokachi who was accompanied by two representatives from the Morocco bidding committee. They have already been to Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.Mwendwa has already plainly said Kenya will vote for Morocco in the congress in Moscow especially having benefited from the North Africans’ generosity over time.Former Nigerian international Daniel Amokachi when he paid a courtesy call to FKF president Nick Mwendwa at the FKF Headquarters at Goal Project on April 18, 2018. PHOTO/TIMOTHY OLOBULUJust recently, the national team Harambee Stars played two friendly matches in Marrakech with the accommodation and local logistics taken care of by the hosts. In 2016, Harambee Starlets had a 14 day training camp in Morocco as they prepared for the African Women’s Cup of Nations.“If one of us in Africa is bidding, then we have to look home first. The commitment I see is what makes me want to support them. I have spoken to them a couple of times and I am convinced they will do this. The US has not spoken to Kenya. I have never met someone from the US telling us why we should support them,” Mwendwa noted.Amokachi believes that Morocco presents the best and most comfortable host for the World Cup especially noting that this will be the second expanded World Cup with 48 teams after the tournament in Qatar in 2022.He says the country’s centrality as well as accessibility is vital to ensure that all participating teams are comfortable.“Morocco is like only 14km from Europe and also, the distance between the furthest venues is about 54okm which is a 35 minute flight. You don’t want teams and fans fighting fatigue and jet lag while playing. The government has also set up facilities and others are being put up to ensure we have the best World Cup,” Amokachi noted.He added; “We had one of the best if not the best World Cup in South Africa in 2010. Why not experience that all over again?” posed the ex-Super Eagles man nicknamed ‘The Bull’ in his heydeys donning the green and white of Nigeria.Former Nigerian international Daniel Amokachie (top left) when he paid a courtesy call to FKF president Nick Mwendwa (top right) at teh FKF Headquarters at Goal Project on April 18, 2018. PHOTO/TIMOTHY OLOBULUHe is also confident that despite all the political intrigues as well as CONCACAF’s financial muscle will not deter Morocco’s bid and has also intimated that a host of sponsors are eager to get on board once the extravaganza is confirmed to be an African affair.“Well, out of the 54 African members, we can have a minimum of 50; give and take. We are also looking at convincing the other confederations and hopefully we get the required number to have this come to the continent,” Amokachi noted.With Kenya planning to fight for a slot in the expanded World Cup, Mwendwa also believes having it in Africa would be a beautiful debut.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonJaney Jones, vice president in charge of the parties, said the group is open to everyone. “We are just really building the organization. It is only a couple of years old. Our prime purpose is to raise funds for Operation Teddy Bear, but we enjoy the sociability and friendship that comes with our parties,” Jones said. “It is so fulfilling to know you are helping underprivileged children and to see the joy that comes when you deliver the backpacks to each one,” added outgoing president Glenous Absmeier. Palos Verdes Estates resident Sharon Ryan was elected as the new president. In accepting the gavel, she said, “Even though Glenous wears only a size 6, she’s left me with big shoes to fill.” As an additional fundraiser for Operation Teddy Bear, the Volunteer Center is selling a special Palos Verdes Peninsula edition of the game Monopoly. Wearing Santa hats and carrying teddy bears symbolizing their favorite nonprofit, members of The Affinity Group gathered for their holiday meeting and party at the home of Arline and Dick Grotz. The Rancho Palos Verdes house was a virtual Christmas paradise, with masses of decorations and lights, collected by the couple for more than four decades. The occasion was one of four gatherings of the Volunteer Center’s support group, which raises funds for Operation Teddy Bear, the annual distribution of 5,600 filled backpacks to schools in underprivileged areas. These meetings, which are held in South Bay homes, are nine-parts party and one-part meeting. “Instead of railroads, it depicts the four cities on the Peninsula,” said Laila Viking, the Volunteer Center’s program coordinator. “And there are all these landmarks such as the Admiral Risty and the Red Onion.” The little playing pieces are area icons, such as the King Neptune statue and a peacock and horse. And the Chance cards all have to do with Peninsula-based nonprofits. “It’s the perfect gift for anyone who has ever lived on the Peninsula,” said Volunteer Center CEO De De Hicks, “and half of the $36 price is tax-deductible.” All proceeds will go to Operation Teddy Bear, to underwrite next year’s backpacks, which will be delivered in December. For information on the Affinity Group or Peninsula Monopoly, call the Volunteer Center at 310-212-5009. COMMUNITY HELPLINE Volunteers listen Volunteer Community Helpline listeners handled more than 6,100 calls this year to the group’s toll-free Helpline from throughout California. Callers were in crisis or simply wanted someone to talk to. A group of 120 volunteers provided more than 8,000 hours of listening time on the nonprofit’s hotline, and 88 new volunteers completed its 45-hour comprehensive training program. The Community Helpline is accepting donations to help support its toll-free telephone service, training classes, and outreach programs and literature sent to schools, libraries and other public facilities. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Community Helpline, P.O. Box 2503, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274-2503. WELLNESS COMMUNITY Caregiver award Palos Verdes Peninsula resident Michael Walachy was the recent recipient of The Wellness Community’s Star Campaign honoring an outstanding caregiver. Walachy was recognized for his devotion and care for his wife, Arlene Walachy, a three-time breast and ovarian cancer survivor. Since his wife’s first diagnosis in 1983, Walachy has arranged for and accompanied his wife to countless doctor appointments and dozens of chemotherapy sessions and supported her through five major surgeries, while maintaining a full-time job in the aerospace industry. For many years, both have volunteered with The Wellness Community-South Bay Cities in Redondo Beach. The Star Campaign reports that due to the positive attitude Arlene and her husband have maintained, her battles with ovarian and breast cancer have had positive outcomes. The Star Campaign is a Web-based effort that enables people with cancer to honor and reflect on the caregivers who support them. Nida Padilla, The Wellness Community-South Bay Cities office coordinator, said: “Arlene goes above and beyond the duties of a volunteer and we are fortunate to have her as a part of our community,” adding that she leads meetings for first-time visitors. “As a two-time ovarian and one-time breast cancer survivor, she is an inspiration to those facing cancer for the first time, and an ambassador for the Wellness Community.” Arlene Walachy continues speaking with cancer patients and their families. “It’s heartwarming to see that I can make a difference in their lives by telling my story,” she said. “I’ve been able to help facilitate more positive outlooks on life based on my own experience.” Her husband said he just followed her lead. “When we got the news of her first diagnosis, I didn’t know what to do,” he said. “I saw how upbeat she was so I knew I needed to stay positive to keep her going. She’s a fighter, and I wanted to be as supportive as I could – the best way to do that is to give your love to someone.” On the Star Campaign’s Web site, people living with and beyond cancer can honor their Stars by completing a form about themselves and the person they are honoring. All Stars are listed on the Star Walk of Fame, a place to share inspirational stories of cancer caregiving. For information, go to or call the Wellness Community-South Bay at 310-376-3550. Meredith Grenier is a freelance writer.160Want 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_imgPicture Special: Emily Kennedy, her family and Friends enjoying her 60th Birthday Party in the Dry Arch. What a wonderful Lady and everybody at The Dry Arch Inn wish her a very Happy birthday.PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE DRY ARCH INN was last modified: March 12th, 2015 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:Dry Arch InnEntertainmentFeaturespicture speciallast_img