Jon Bricks Donates Food Items to Orphanage

first_imgAs part of a post-Ebola recovery effort, international hipco artist Jon Bricks has made a donation of over US$500 worth of food items to Orphan Relief and Rescue, a local NGO for Francis Gaskin Rescue Home for Children, an orphanage center.Bricks said that the donation is his way of identifying with orphans, sharing with them the blessings that he has acquired over the years.  He added that the donation is the beginning of several projects that his foundation, Bricks City, is undertaking, adding that the US$500 worth of food supplies provided to the orphanage were sponsored by the organization.“We are working on plans to donate assorted food materials to a number of organizations, as well as people who have been victimized by Ebola,” he promised.Present during the delivery of the food items and with surprise and smiles on their faces, were orphans of the Francis Gaskin Rescue Home for Children. “I know how it feels to be an orphan, especially in Liberia,” Bricks said. “I decided to make these donations just to show my love and care for you all.”The donation included 15 bags of rice, two bags of onion, four sacks of bottled water and four cartons of soap, along with two dozens of tissue and two gallons of cooking-oil. A cash donation (L$10,000) was also made available.The country representative of Orphan Relief and Rescue, Mathew Cramer said, “I’m proud of Bricks, not only because of his music, but because he was able to think about these less privileged children.”He said that the donation made to Orphan Relief and Rescue will be used for the intended purpose and will benefit over 30 orphans.Pricilla Yowatee, 10, said “I’m happy that God was able to bless Bricks and in return he put food on our table.“This is a historical day for me. It takes a brave mind as a young man to give to charity; and promising about doing more shows that humanity lives in Bricks.”  Evelyn Mars, the mother of Francis Gaskin Rescue said: “We appreciate Bricks for such a kind gesture and this donation will definitely make an impact on the life of the orphans.”      She said that the donation was made in a timely manner, as the orphanage is in an urgent need of help, and hoped that Bricks will continue his good work.“Lack of clothes for these kids is a huge challenge, but we remain grateful to Bricks for this donation,” she admitted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bulldogs finally win title

first_imgANAHEIM – The hugs seemed to last forever, and then there was Pasadena High school boys basketball coach Tim Tucker, holding on to the championship trophy like someone was going to take it from him. “I waited a long time for this,” Tucker said. “This is staying with me for a while.” Senior forward Nigel Ajere scored a game-high 27 points with nine rebounds, and guard Trevon Harmon finished with 25 points and six assists as the top-ranked Bulldogs (30-2) claimed their first title since 1995. “This is my final year and this is what we came to do,” said Harmon, a four-year varsity player. “St. Bernard played well, but we weren’t going to be stopped today. This is the greatest feeling in the world, to finally celebrate with our fans after coming close so many times.” It also was special for Ajere, who transferred from Arcadia High to add the inside presence the Bulldogs needed. “I’ve been hoping for something like this my whole life,” Ajere said. “I finally came to the right team with the right players and we all came together to get this championship.” It was the fourth boys basketball title in the school’s history and first under Tucker, who led the Bulldogs to championship games in 2002 and ’05. It was vintage Bulldogs basketball, finishing the CIF-SS Division II-AA playoffs the way it started – in dominating fashion. Pasadena provided the final exclamation point by routing unseeded St. Bernard 79-63 on Saturday in the championship at Honda Center in Anaheim. center_img Tucker also won a championship as a Bulldogs player, and was delighted to win with his son Landon Tucker on the team. “The last two minutes were like an hour. I kept looking at the score and the clock and hoping it would end,” Tucker said. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 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

Ruby the elephant, 46, will retire from L.A. Zoo

first_imgAs Ruby the elephant heads off to retirement at a Northern California sanctuary, the debate continues over whether the Los Angeles Zoo should house elephants. In announcing Ruby’s retirement at a press conference not far from the zoo’s $39 million pachyderm enclosure that is under construction, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reiterated his belief that elephants should live in sanctuaries, not zoos. “But it’s still a debate, and it’s a conversation we’ve got to have,” he said. “What we’ve done here is create a balance. This is going to be a six-acre exhibit for elephants that is among the finest in the nation.” Ruby’s retirement, he added, was recommended by the zoo leaders and is not a bow to pressure from animal activists. At the sanctuary, she will join eight elephants, both Africans and Asians, on the 125 fenced acres in a swath of rolling hills, native grasses and lakes. The L.A. Zoo will cover the $20,000 transportation costs, and Ruby’s keepers will travel with her and help her get acclimated to her new digs. “Elephants rely heavily on routine and familiar surroundings, so any change is stressful while they are exploring new areas and developing relationships with new elephants and keepers,” said PAWS founder Pat Derby. Animal-rights groups are raising an estimated $600,000 for her care at PAWS, and Bob Barker, host of the game show “The Price is Right,” has pledged up to $300,000. Catherine Doyle, with the Los Angeles Alliance for Elephants, led the campaign to move Ruby to a sanctuary. Doyle was pleased that Ruby would soon be in a place with vast open space and natural conditions closer to those of wild elephants. “She’ll be with other African elephants. There are lakes. She can push over trees if she wants to and just be an elephant,” she said. “It was the first time I’d seen an elephant run. It was the most beautiful thing. And I realized I’d never seen this at a zoo because there’s no space.” When Ruby leaves, the L.A. Zoo will have only one elephant, an Asian male named Billy. But officials expect to begin a breeding program and house up to five adult Asian elephants in the new exhibit. The Pachyderm Forest will be six acres total, with 3.7 acres for the elephants’ living space. Still, Doyle and other animal-rights activists said the space is too small. “It’s a terrible waste of taxpayer money. You’re putting this huge, obscene amount of money into one animal exhibit at the zoo. And it just is not going to be big enough to meet elephants’ needs.” But other elephant-exhibit critics have backed off. Last year, Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, introduced legislation that would have required five acres for up to three elephants – more room than planned for the zoo’s new exhibit. Under pressure from zoo groups and local leaders, Levine revised his bill to allow smaller enclosures if zookeepers walk the elephants at least five miles a day. Levine spoke in support of the new exhibit Monday, saying it would “provide Billy a fantastic new enclosure with all the enrichment activities he needs.” As Levine and the mayor spoke to a line of television cameras, Ruby wandered around her temporary home – a service yard where she has been kept off public display for the past two years. In 2003, Ruby made headlines when the L.A. Zoo loaned her to the zoo in Knoxville, Tenn., where she was supposed to be an “auntie” to a breeding herd. But animal activists said Ruby was locked in solitary confinement and tossed Krispy Kreme doughnuts by visitors. Zoo officials conceded that the once-timid elephant was becoming more aggressive. Facing a lawsuit by animal-rights activists, then-Mayor James Hahn ordered Ruby returned to L.A. (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “They’re a small minority when you compare the millions who come to our zoo and are very supportive,” Villaraigosa said. “This is a positive step in the right direction, and it’s one I feel very comfortable with.” After some four decades in the public eye and 20 at the L.A. Zoo, Ruby will be relocated to an elephant sanctuary in the Sierra foothills outside Sacramento. Taken as a baby from the African wild, shuttled from a safari to a circus and finally to the zoo, Ruby, 46, has spent much of her life in the glare of the public spotlight. For the past four years, she has been at the center of the debate over whether it’s humane to confine large animals to zoo enclosures. Ruby will be trucked to her new home at the Performance Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS, sanctuary as soon as a large-animal transportation specialist can be found. last_img read more

Marseille set to beat Leicester City in race for Chile star

first_imgMarseille are hoping to beat Leicester City to the signing of Internacional star Charles Aranguiz.The midfielder is high on the Foxes’ list of transfer targets and they are reportedly ready to make a club record bid for him.However, according to L’Equipe, the Premier League side faces strong competition from Marseille in their pursuit of the Chile international.The French club are ready to stump up £6m for the 26-year-old, who is also attracting interest from Bayer Leverkusen.Marseille are hopeful they can win the race for Aranguiz, though, and have contacted his agent over a move.Internacional are reluctant to part with one of their marquee players but understand they cannot compete with offers from Europe. 1 Charles Aranguiz last_img

Finding an end to strike is in everyone’s best interest

first_imgNEITHER the Writers Guild of America nor Hollywood’s big studios have anything to gain from a protracted writers strike. Los Angeles doesn’t, either. That’s why both sides should – and, for the sake of the community they call home, must – come to a fair resolution quickly. At issue in the ongoing strike is royalties from Internet streams and downloads of Hollywood material. Clearly, online revenues are going to make up an increasing share of what the industry brings in, while broadcast TV will make up an even smaller one. It only stands to reason that the creators of the content should get some portion of the online take. Given how little money is being made now in these new platforms and how much money stands to be made over time, they ought to be able to agree on sharing profits when, and if, they come. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre And given how many small businesses, local governments and families will suffer if Los Angeles’ biggest and most important industry remains out of commission, we can only hope that all involved will come to their senses sooner rather than later. 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