“I’m Still Obeying My Lawyer’s Advice Not to Comment…”

first_imgDr. Wilhemina Jallah, confirmed as Minister of Health-Says Minister of Health-designate Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah as her confirmation now appears certainThe Minister of Health-Designate Dr.Wilhelmina Jallah has reminded members of the Senate Committee on Health, Gender, Social Welfare, Children & Women Affairs that she is still obeying the advice of her lawyer not to make public statements about the case between her medical center, Hope for Women International, and the family of the late Mrs. Desiree Fahnbulleh.The Committee recently suspended the confirmation hearing of Dr. Jallah’s nomination, when she refused to answer questions centered on the death of one of her patients (the late Desiree).  A doctor at Hope for Women International is reported to have performed an operation on Fahnbulleh, which resulted into her death, while Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah was in the United States.However, a member of the Committee, Margibi County Senator Jim Tornolah, raised the same haunting questions about the death of Desiree. But following consultations among members of the Committee, Senator Coleman informed her (Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah) she could comment on it if she so desired.Unlike the first time when she appeared before the Committee and received a barrage of questions, the Peter Coleman-chaired committee members adopted a more conciliatory posture by delving more into pressing national health issues and what strategies she intends to apply for improvement.In fact, Grand Gedeh County Senator G. Alphonso Gaye reminded his colleagues that the matter in hand was more about confirmation hearings, and not to delve into legal matters, which is the responsibility of another branch of the government.That aspect cleared, the Committee then brought up the feud between the National Health Workers and the Ministry of Health, a situation which has created bad blood between that Ministry and the Senate, leading to the eventual resignation of then Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale.Dr. Jallah promised that if confirmed, every avenue will be broached to ensure that she does not inherit the same problem which started when leaders of the Health Workers were dismissed and their names deleted from the payroll.The Minister of Health-designate promised to work with the leadership of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFKMC), to find solutions to its many problems, such as public outcries on fees for treatment and fees charged for keeping bodies in the Center’s morgue.On questions of reports that employees at the National Drug Service (NDS) were using donated drugs in their private medical facilities, Dr. Jallah promised that a center will be constructed for storage of NDS supplies, to be jointly monitored by her ministry and the Liberia National Police (LNP).Finally discharged by the Sergeant-at-arms, Dr. Jallah  breathed a visible sigh of relief, accompanied by a large crowd of nurses clad in white uniforms and women wearing white T-shirts. She was greeted on the grounds of the Capitol Building by an even larger crowd, with chants and the sound of drums in the background.Members of the Committee present at hearing in the jam-packed Senate Chamber included Senators Peter Coleman, G. Varney Sherman, Daniel Flomo Naatehn, Alphonso Gaye, Jim Tornolah, George Tengbeh, Dallas A. V. Gueh, and Sando Dazoe Johnson.Maryland County Senator Gbleh-Bo Brown, who raised the motion that suspended the first hearing two weeks ago, was conspicuously absent at yesterday’s hearings.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ndhiwa Queens silence Manyatta to lift Chapa Dimba Girls Nyanza title

first_img0Shares0000Dhiwa Queens from Homa Bay County thrashed home team Manyatta United 3-0 to be crowned the Nyanza Region Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Girls ChampionsKISUMU, Kenya, Feb 10 – Deadly forward Yvone Ogada continued to impress after hitting the target and providing an assist to inspire Ndhiwa Queens from Homa Bay humble home team Manyatta United 3-0 in the Nyanza Region Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Girls final staged at the Moi Stadium Kisumu on Sunday.Ogada, who finished the two-day tournament as the top scorer with seven goals, sent Ndhiwa Queens ahead when winger Emelda Akoth raced from the left flank to cross the ball that found Ogada in the penalty box and easily tap home from  cross range breaking Manyatta keeper Athmar Dodosi’s clean sheet. Ndhiwa managed to hold on the lead, heading to the interval with an advantaged 1-0 lead and put one foot in the National Finals.Ndhiwa Queens defender Zubeda Chedi passing the ball in the Nyanza Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Girls Final against ManyattaManyatta hopes of coming back in the game were dimmed after Ndhiwa doubled the lead in the 51st minute when keeper Dodosi gifted the Homa Bay side an easy goal.This is after Susan Ogidi picked the ball from her custodian Carolyne Rufa to cross the ball that was intended to find Ogada but the Manyatta shot-stopper came off the line to intersect it only to lose the grip of the ball at the end seeing helplessly the ball slowly roll at the back of the net.Manyatta United fan disappointed after seeing his team concede a third goal against Ndhiwa QueensChasing for two goals, Manyatta surged forward but Rufa stood tall in between Ndhiwa’s sticks to thwart their dreams of ruling the Nyanza title.A composed Ndhiwa side sealed the win with a brilliant goal courtesy of Asher Achieng’s low strike.This is after Ogada broke off for counter attack to find Achieng who intern returned the pass to Ogada and with the striker having an opportunity to score her brace, she did not go for glory but instead sent the ball back to Achieng who calmly smashed the ball home to see her net two goals in the tournament.Manyatta United defender Lucy Juma (right) shielding the ball against Ndhiwa Queens striker Asher AchiengThe La Liga scouts who were present will have a headache in selecting the players from Nyanza Girls tournament who will make up an All-Star team that will head to Spain’s top league La Liga for a 10-day training.With the win, Ndhiwa Queens will represent Nyanza in Natinal Finals slated for Muru County at Kinoru Stadium in June and also received Sh200,000 prize money.-Awards-All the award winners received Sh30,000 prize each.Carolyne Rufa (Ndhiwa Queens) – Best Girls Goal KeeperYvone Ogada (Ndhiwa Queens) – Top Scorer Girls (7 goals)Asher Achieng (Ndhiwa Queens) – Most Valuable Player Girls0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Hazardous behavior

first_imgTHE country will be paying close attention to the city of Calabasas in upcoming months, watching how it enforces the toughest anti-smoking law in the nation. On Friday, a ban took effect on all smoking in public, as defined by anywhere indoor or out where people can see you. No one doubts that smoking is a health hazard. In California in particular, government has taken as much action as is appropriate to curb smoking habits. The Calabasas ban, however, crosses the line of appropriate action into the land of unreasonable coercion. And that’s even more hazardous to our society’s health. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want 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

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Antelope Valley Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventKids Managing Anger Together for ages 13-17 will meet, 4:30-6 p.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite. B-1, Palmdale. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Women’s Group will deal with the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of relationship, infertility and other issues, noon-1:30 p.m. Call (661) 266-8700. Fobi-Lyte Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month to address the medical, nutritional and social ramifications of weight-loss surgery in fourth-floor Conference Room 16 at Antelope Valley Outpatient Imaging Center, 44105 15th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 723-5123. Caregivers Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center, 44421 10th St. W., Suite I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-4852. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. WEDNESDAY Emotional Freedom Technique for pain relief weekly demonstrations, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (except before three-day weekends), Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. Sweet Talkers Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Wilsona School District boardroom, 18050 E. Ave. 0, Lake Los Angeles. Call (661) 944-1216 or 944-1130. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 will serve specialty meals, or hamburger baskets, 5:30-8 p.m. at the post, 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Proceeds will benefit community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Kids Managing Anger Together for ages 13-17 will meet, 4:30-6 p.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite. B-1, Palmdale. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Women’s Group will deal with the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of relationship, infertility and other issues, noon-1:30 p.m. Call (661) 266-8700. Fobi-Lyte Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month to address the medical, nutritional and social ramifications of weight-loss surgery in fourth-floor Conference Room 16 at Antelope Valley Outpatient Imaging Center, 44105 15th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 723-5123. Caregivers Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center, 44421 10th St. W., Suite I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-4852. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Eye Opener Toastmasters Club will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call Al Moore at (661) 726-3627. Talents Unlimited Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente. Call Alan Strech at (661) 940-4640. Scrapbookers Club will meet, 5-7 p.m. at Peldyns, 27021 Twenty Mule Team Road, Boron. Free tools for use. Bring book and photos. Call (760) 608-1422. Antelope Valley Intertribal Council meeting, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 435-0423. AIDS-related death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Sudden-death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Dual Recovery Anonymous, an informal 12-step group for mental health consumers with a history of substance abuse, will meet, 3 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call (661) 947-1595. Antelope Valley Interfaith Choir will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. For adults and mature teenagers. Call Kathe Walters at (661) 285-8306. Hi-Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Don’s Restaurant, Victorville. Call (760) 240-4705. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 2 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Desert Noon Lions Club meets, noon-1 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the California Pantry, 120 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call Barbara at (661) 947-4079. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Free. For information and location, call (661) 538-1846. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose meeting room on the second floor at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. The organization is a 12-step, self-help group. Call (661) 943-5466. Little Angels, a support group for families with young children with Down syndrome, meets, 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the North Los Angeles County Regional Center, 43210 Gingham Ave., Lancaster. Call Cyndee Moore at (661) 945-6761 or e-mail cyndeem@nlacrc.com. Al-Anon discussion group will meet, 7 p.m. at 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale; Alateen at 7 p.m. at 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale, and a women’s discussion group at 7:30 p.m. at 32142 Crown Valley Road, Acton. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. A Course in Miracles discussion, 7-9 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 10 a.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Bridge Club for seniors will meet, noon-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Beginner and intermediate players welcome. Call (661) 267-5551. Blood pressure testing for seniors, 10-11:15 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Knitting and crocheting for seniors, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 704 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Bring your own supplies. Call (661) 267-5551. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale Children’s Youth Library, 38510 Sierra Highway. Call Kathy at (661) 265-1839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Multipurpose Room 2 at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 256-7064. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Women’s Eating Disorder Group will meet, 6-7:30 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. Bingo for seniors, 12:15-2:15 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Cost: 25 cents per card. Call (661) 267-5551. Talents Unlimited Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Center, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 949-7423. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.org. THURSDAY Ask and It is Given classes, 6:30-8 p.m., Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. High Desert Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at 1008 W. Ave. M-4, Palmdale. Call (661) 992-3229 or 944-1130. High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club meets, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Experimental Test Pilots Association boardroom, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. Cedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. in Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4314. The Overcomers, an emotional and educational support group for mental health consumers, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,WEDNESDAY Emotional Freedom Technique for pain relief weekly demonstrations, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (except before three-day weekends), Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. Sweet Talkers Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Wilsona School District boardroom, 18050 E. Ave. 0, Lake Los Angeles. Call (661) 944-1216 or 944-1130. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 will serve specialty meals, or hamburger baskets, 5:30-8 p.m. at the post, 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Proceeds will benefit community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Eye Opener Toastmasters Club will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call Al Moore at (661) 726-3627. Talents Unlimited Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente. Call Alan Strech at (661) 940-4640. Scrapbookers Club will meet, 5-7 p.m. at Peldyns, 27021 Twenty Mule Team Road, Boron. Free tools for use. Bring book and photos. Call (760) 608-1422. Antelope Valley Intertribal Council meeting, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 435-0423. AIDS-related death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Sudden-death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Dual Recovery Anonymous, an informal 12-step group for mental health consumers with a history of substance abuse, will meet, 3 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call (661) 947-1595. Antelope Valley Interfaith Choir will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. For adults and mature teenagers. Call Kathe Walters at (661) 285-8306. Hi-Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Don’s Restaurant, Victorville. Call (760) 240-4705. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 2 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Desert Noon Lions Club meets, noon-1 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the California Pantry, 120 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call Barbara at (661) 947-4079. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Free. For information and location, call (661) 538-1846. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose meeting room on the second floor at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. The organization is a 12-step, self-help group. Call (661) 943-5466. Little Angels, a support group for families with young children with Down syndrome, meets, 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the North Los Angeles County Regional Center, 43210 Gingham Ave., Lancaster. Call Cyndee Moore at (661) 945-6761 or e-mail cyndeem@nlacrc.com. Al-Anon discussion group will meet, 7 p.m. at 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale; Alateen at 7 p.m. at 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale, and a women’s discussion group at 7:30 p.m. at 32142 Crown Valley Road, Acton. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. A Course in Miracles discussion, 7-9 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 10 a.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Bridge Club for seniors will meet, noon-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Beginner and intermediate players welcome. Call (661) 267-5551. Blood pressure testing for seniors, 10-11:15 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Knitting and crocheting for seniors, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 704 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Bring your own supplies. Call (661) 267-5551. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale Children’s Youth Library, 38510 Sierra Highway. Call Kathy at (661) 265-1839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Multipurpose Room 2 at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 256-7064. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Women’s Eating Disorder Group will meet, 6-7:30 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. Bingo for seniors, 12:15-2:15 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Cost: 25 cents per card. Call (661) 267-5551. Talents Unlimited Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Center, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 949-7423. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.org. THURSDAY Ask and It is Given classes, 6:30-8 p.m., Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. High Desert Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at 1008 W. Ave. M-4, Palmdale. Call (661) 992-3229 or 944-1130. High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club meets, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Experimental Test Pilots Association boardroom, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. Cedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. in Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4314. The Overcomers, an emotional and educational support group for mental health consumers, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101.160Want 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

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Local Opus Dei members try to decode ‘Da Vinci’

first_img“I got in about 20 pages and I couldn’t read anymore. It was silly. I think it’s a piece of crap,” said the Rev. Paul Donlan, a Harvard-educated priest at Tilden. Donlan, a pale man with snow-white hair, has a comical – if a bit uncomfortable – bond with Silas. “Everybody pulls my leg: `Oh, you’re the albino,”‘ Donlan joked. “The nearest I got to being an assassin was when I was a chaplain in the Marine Corps.” Paul Ybarra, a Los Angeles city fire captain, had grown tired of Sunday Christians – those Catholics who serve God at Mass but not during the week. Then he stumbled upon Opus Dei. “They threw down the gauntlet to be a saint,” said the 45-year-old Valencia father of four. Ybarra learned to serve God by dedicating his firefighting to him. “Our work is our prayer,” he said. That concept also attracted Dennis Dubro, who joined in Boston as an MIT student in 1969. Seventeen years later, though, Dubro left Opus Dei embittered by what he claimed were “extremely aggressive” and “deceitful” recruitment strategies. He also said members learned to do whatever a higher-ranking official told them but to act as if it were their choice. “That’s a whole element of the brainwashing thing: You never admit you’re brainwashed,” said Dubro, a 55-year-old Bay Area engineer who remains a devout Catholic. Much speculation has been made about Opus Dei’s role in the Catholic Church and its influence in global politics. Many members choose to remain in the closet because of the undesired scrutiny of claiming membership. It is the church’s only Personal Prelature, which means local officials aren’t accountable to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles but to an official in Rome who reports to the pope. Known as numeraries, about 20 percent of Opus Dei’s members are celibate and single. Supernumeraries, comprising about 70 percent of members, are married and live with their families. They give to Opus Dei all income over household expenses. The organization has worldwide assets of about $2.8 billion and of $350 million in the United States, according to Allen’s book. That’s only a fraction of the 2001 revenue of all U.S. Catholic programs: $102 billion. Among Opus Dei’s worldwide holdings are 15 universities, seven hospitals, 11 business schools and 36 elementary and high schools, with ambiguous names such as Northridge Prep in Chicago. They operate Tilden and 59 other study centers in 19 American cities. Most are located near prestigious universities, where Opus Dei can encounter young, bright minds. Cassar was introduced to Opus Dei while attending Loyola Marymount University in the early 1980s. The group had a house in Cheviot Hills at the time, and one of Cassar’s classmates invited him to visit. He joined in 1986 and that year helped open the Tilden Study Center, where he has lived since. Every weekday morning, Cassar rises at 5:25. He prays for 30 minutes, attends Mass in Tilden’s small chapel and shares breakfast with the eight other men who live there. Throughout the day he repeats prayers such as “He must become more” when he climbs stairs and “I must become less” when he descends them. “It’s like an Internet connection. Maybe you had a flaky connection, the cord in the back of your computer wasn’t fully plugged in. But once you get it plugged in, it shoots out all this information,” Cassar said. “It’s as if my eyes are not my eyes, my nose is not my nose, my ears are not my ears. They are all Christ’s because I am fully connected. “It is basically like being in the spiritual zone.” brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Without entering the priesthood, George Cassar wanted to commit his life to the work of God. So he pledged himself to a life of celibacy, to giving God every dollar beyond what he needed and to turning his job into a 40-hour-a-week prayer. “The key is trying to do the work well, do it with human perfection as Christ would do it,” the Raytheon engineer said. Cassar, a 20-year member of Opus Dei who lives at its Tilden Study Center in Westwood, is a stark contrast to the murderous albino Silas from Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsWith a film based on the book and starring Tom Hanks opening in theaters worldwide today, the Catholic Church’s most controversial organization is bracing for renewed scrutiny. Opus Dei – Latin for “the work of God” – has been shrouded in mystery since its founding in 1928 by charismatic Spanish priest Josemaria Escriva. The group, which has about 87,000 global members, including 3,000 in the United States and 180 in Southern California, has been accused of intense recruiting, brainwashing and political puppeteering. “Think of it as the Guinness Extra Stout of the Catholic Church. It’s a strong brew, definitely an acquired taste, and clearly not for everyone,” John L. Allen Jr. wrote in the introduction of his book “Opus Dei,” published last fall to dispel the myths of Brown’s book. Allen, the Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, dedicates his book to answering the many criticisms of Opus Dei, which he argues have little merit. “The Da Vinci Code,” which Brown billed as based on previously unearthed history, claims Opus Dei exists to protect a 2,000-year-old church cover-up – that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and that their descendents are alive today. last_img
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Odds put Spurs ahead of Man United and Arsenal for World Cup finalist’s signature

first_imgSo if he ends the World Cup as a winner on 15 July – live on talkSPORT – then will he remain at Frankfurt?“I am very happy about the success of Ante Rebic with the Croatian national team,” Frankfurt’s sporting director, Fredi Bobic, told Sport1. “The players and the coaching team are watching the World Cup games together in the training camp in the USA and, of course, are especially excited about Ante.“So far, there are no offers available and we’re planning a steady season with Ante Rebic for the new season.“Of course we know that a lot can happen when a big club makes an offer.”Favourites to sign RebicTottenham 6/4Everton 3/1Man United 6/1Arsenal 9/1Odds courtesy of BetStarsSpurs’ reported interest comes five years after they first attempted to sign Rebic from RNK Split, with a £5m offer made for the then Croatia Under-21 international.No deal could be agreed and the player joined Fiorentina where he was likened to Croatia legend Alen Boksic, a comparison he was keen to play down. Tottenham Hotspur are the current favourites to sign Ante Rebic.Spurs are not alone in their interest, but had been linked with the 24-year-old Frankfurt forward before the World Cup where he has helped Croatia reach the final.Rebic combined pace and trickery to see off England in a tense semi-final, with Manchester United, Everton and Arsenal also credited with interest in the player.He scored six times in 25 Bundesliga games last season and created two goals, though he also scored twice in the German Cup final to beat Bayern Munich 3-1. Rebic scored the opening goal as Croatia defeated Argentina center_img 1last_img read more

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Man United told they won’t be able to sign star scouted by Mourinho in January

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow The Serbian has been in impressive form for Fiorentina, excelling in the heart of defence and at right-back.Manchester United have now set their sights on signing Milenkovic when the transfer window opens in JanuaryBut Fiorentina have told them there is no chance of striking a deal then.The Italian club are reluctant to sell Milenkovic then as they believe it would be almost impossible to sign a replacement. Latest Football News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Manchester United have been told by Fiorentina they will not be able to sign centre-back Nikola Milenkovic in January, according to La Nazione.The Red Devils are hot on the heels of the 21-year-old, who has been one of the star performers in Serie A this season, with Jose Mourinho reportedly scouting him in Serbia’s 2-0 win over Montenegro. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade ADVICE Interest in the defender is currently exceptionally high, with Atletico Madrid and Manchester City chasing him too.As a result, Fiorentina are hopeful they could eventually bank nearly £70million from his sale. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED MONEY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED Fiorentina star Nikola Milenkovic in action. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Getty Images 1 REPLY silverware no dice BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more

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Ex-agent pleads guilty in arms case

first_imgSAN DIEGO – A former military intelligence officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of illegally exporting military aircraft parts overseas, saying he acted on behalf of a convicted Pakistani arms dealer. George Charles Budenz II, a retired Navy commander, said he shipped engine parts for F-5 fighters, T-38 military trainers and Chinook helicopters to Malaysia and Belgium without a U.S. State Department permit. Investigators said the F-5 parts may have wound up in Iran, a country Budenz has visited. Budenz, 57, had faced a 30-year prison term, but prosecutors said they will recommend up to 6 years under a plea agreement when he is sentenced in January. Budenz surrendered his passport and was freed on $35,000 bond. Investigators have not recovered the parts Budenz shipped overseas. Matthews said his client had a stamp in his passport showing he had visited Iran, but the attorney was not sure when the trip took place and said no evidence has been presented showing Budenz had sold weapons there. Matthews described Budenz as a victim, who had been in poor health and financial trouble when Durrani “coerced” him into making the illegal shipments. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In court, Budenz admitted he made the shipments via Federal Express in December 2004 and January 2005 at the direction of Arif Ali Durrani, who pleaded not guilty last month to charges of conspiring to illegally export military aircraft engine parts to the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Belgium. Prosecutor William Cole, speaking to reporters, declined to say Budenz had agreed to cooperate with Durrani’s investigation, as did defense attorney Thomas P. Matthews. In his plea agreement, Budenz admitted he knew Durrani had been convicted in 1987 of selling guidance systems for Hawk anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. Throughout the trial, Durrani maintained that Oliver North, a former National Security Council aide, told him to make the shipments and not worry about an export license. Investigators with Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Durrani, who had been kicked out of the United States and was living in Baja California, Mexico, reached out to Budenz for help resuming his illegal military export business. “Mr. Durrani was the mastermind of this conspiracy and Mr. Budenz, he was the lieutenant or the facilitator in getting these products out of the United States,” said Serge Duarte, deputy special agent in charge of ICE’s San Diego office. While investigators have yet to determine what happened to the parts, Duarte said, “it’s conceivable these parts could have gone to Iran or other parts of the world.” last_img read more

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Lowly Plant Inspires Waterproof Glass

first_imgBy adopting the lotus position, the glass in your windshield may become so water-repellant you won’t need windshield wipers.  That’s what an Ohio State press release says: “Ohio State University engineers are designing super-slick, water-repellent surfaces that mimic the texture of lotus leaves.”  The leaves of the lotus, or water lily, are covered with microscopic bumps that resist water stains.  Soon we may have self-cleaning glass.  Everyone but the window-washing industry should be pleased.How many generations of water lilies had to drown till the right combination of lucky heritable mutations came along?  The simplest things about plants and animals are sometimes just as noteworthy as the dazzling ones.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Seedcamp Goes Global, Announces Mini Seedcamp in South Africa

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Tags:#events#start center_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The European startup incubator Seedcamp announced today the launch of Seedcamp Johannesburg, the organization’s first event in Africa. A Mini Seedcamp will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on August 11, and applications for the program are now open. Entrepreneurs from both Europe and Africa can apply to the Mini Seedcamp.In making the announcement, Seedcamp says, “We want to reach out to new locales and markets to meet the great entrepreneurs we are missing who are located beyond Europe – after all, we have seen that the underserved Eastern European markets develops great companies like Erply, Ubervu, and Brainient – some of the former Seedcamp winners. We are excited to take Seedcamp global and Africa is a great place to start.”The World Cup has certainly drawn our attention to South Africa, and the country is home to several tech companies including the website creator Yola, as well as part of the development team for the cloud computing startup Nimbula.As Inc recently wrote in an article on incubators, initiatives like Seedcamp, Y Combinator, and TechStars speed up the startup process by providing entrepreneurs with not just funding but with mentorship. Seedcamp’s venture into South Africa intends to help spread that opportunity south of the equator.last_img read more

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