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Inspired Gasol propels Spain to European basketball title

first_imgBy Zoran Milosavljevic Spain won their third European basketball championship in style after a blistering performance by the talismanic Pau Gasol inspired them to an 80-63 win over Lithuania in Sunday’s final.The Chicago Bulls centre poured 25 points and racked up 12 rebounds for the 2009 and 2011 winners.Runners-up on home court in 2007 and third in 2013, Spain forced Lithuania into submission with an electrifying display of speed, skill and lethal long-range shooting at crunch moments.The 35-year-old Gasol, a double former NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, was named the competition’s most valuable player after carrying his injury-hit team throughout the gruelling 24-nation event.Unstoppable in attack and a pillar in defence, Gasol engineered a 19-8 first quarter lead as the Spaniards turned their half of the court into a fortress.Missing five key players and having scraped through the group stage, Spain also benefited from sound performances by their backcourt players who sprung to life after struggling for much of the campaign.Dynamic playmaker Sergio Lull added 12 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Rudy Fernandez chipped in with 11 points before he limped off with an injury in the third quarter.Gasol’s Lithuanian counterpart Jonas Valanciunas, who was at the heart of their semi-final win over Serbia, was subdued this time and fouled out with 10 points and nine rebounds.Roared on by most of the fans in Lille’s soccer stadium, adapted for the tournament’s knockout rounds, the Lithuanians fought hard to stay in touch but a late Gasol three-pointer vanquished their faint hopes of a comeback.Rafa Nadal, winner of 14 grand slam tennis titles, was among the Spanish fans who treated Gasol to a standing ovation when he was substituted in the final minute.Earlier on Sunday, hosts France won the bronze medal after beating Serbia 81-68.Spain and Lithuania secured automatic berths in next year’s Olympic Games while France, Serbia, Italy, Greece and the Czech Republic will enter three intercontinental qualifying tournaments for an extra three spots.The United States beat Spain in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic finals but the European giants will hope to be at full strength for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and have another tilt at the only major trophy missing in their cabinet.last_img read more

Kane ‘ready to go’ for Champions League final

first_imgTottenham striker Harry Kane is “ready to go” for the Champions League final after returning to full training.Kane’s fitness has been the subject of much attention after he suffered a “significant” ankle ligament injury in the first leg of the quarter-final against Manchester City.The England captain, who has a track record of speedy recoveries from similar injuries, is back involved with the main group and has declared his availability for Saturday’s showpiece event against Liverpool in Madrid.“I feel good. I started to feel my way back with the team at the end of last week,” he said.“There have been no problems so far. For me this week now is to get the fitness as high as possible.“Then it’s down to the manager. Like I said, I feel good. The manager will assess it and decide whether I’m ready to go or not. But so far, I feel good and ready.“I did a lot of work on my own to get me into a good place to go back with the team.“Since I’ve been with them, I’ve been full training, doing everything.“I’m at a place now where I’m ready to go for any game but again, it’s down to the manager.”While many people have been cursing the three-week gap between the final Premier League game of the season and the Champions League final, it has actually helped Spurs as it has given Kane, Harry Winks, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez time to get fit.“Having the three-week gap after the end of the season definitely helped,” he said. “From when it happened, I could put a plan in place to be ready for this game.“We took our time with it. We’ve had longer than we had for the other ankle injuries. It’s worked out well. So I slowly took my time and now I’m in a good place.”Kane has been on the sidelines as Spurs navigated the quarter-finals and semi-finals in the most dramatic of circumstances.He watched the memorable quarter-final second leg against City at home, and promptly posted his celebration on social media, and was in Amsterdam for the famous comeback against Ajax, where he ran on to the pitch at the end of the match.Kane admits he is not the best spectator.“It’s so hard watching as a fan because you’ve got no control,” he said. “The first, the Man City game, I was watching at home with one of my friends and my dad and the emotions of that game were just crazy.“We were so up and down. When Raheem Sterling scored, one of my mates just left the room. Then all of a sudden we were crawling back. It was just crazy.“Of course for the Ajax game I was there in the stands surrounded by Ajax fans. I was in the directors’ bit. The first half was good for them.“Slowly it started to change and right at the end I said to Davinson (Sanchez), let’s go down and be with the team as it looked like the whistle was going to go.“All of a sudden we scored and we jumped down, sprinted down the tunnel to be there when the game was over. Amazing experience. It was just amazing to be there watching from the outside as normally you are involved and watching things as it happens. To be watching from the outside was amazing.”last_img read more

Enemies Within

first_imgIt has now become officially pronounced that most of the rape cases in the country, especially against teenagers and children are perpetrated by people who call themselves teachers. Others, according to Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell, are people who the victims personally know within their communities. The Liberian Government has categorized this group of people, notably male teachers, “prime molesters of children in the country,” Min. Cassell said.“These are the same people the children usually call fathers, uncles and big brothers in the homes and communities,” the Minister added.But one thing she regretted is that the molesters, many of whom are convicted and jailed, will still surface in the classrooms and communities with many people unaware of what had actually happened and who these people are. “So this is now the time to name and shame these people in their own community. This will also help the communities to know who these people are.  They are not just teachers, uncles, fathers or grandpas, but also rapists,” she stressed.Minister Cassell spoke during a two-day Cabinet Retreat held on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s farm in Julijuah, Bomi County. She gave a status update on the new Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and Post-Ebola Executive Plan by her ministry.The retreat was held on Tuesday and Wednesday. It brought together all Cabinet Members, Deputy and Assistant Ministers, Heads of State-owned Enterprises, Agencies, Commissions and Board Chairpersons, with government stressing the importance of restarting all projects that were suspended due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus epidemic.The retreat was intended to align the Cabinet with Government’s priorities and develop an agenda to drive the Administration.The Gender and Social Protection boss’ comments come as the crime of rape seems to be persistently on the rise in the country. She said her Ministry is embarking on an information strategy that would help victims get prompt medical attention. She also proposed several measures through which molesters should be brought to their knees.Min. Cassell told President Sirleaf and others present at the retreat that with support from UNICEF and Save the Children, the Ministry is embarking on a program intended to coordinate information relating to rape and other crimes against women and children. She noted that the coordination is especially needed between the police, the Ministry, health facilities and the community.“We have trained community people about how to report cases. The first place to report is the police. Once it is reported to the police, the police will inform us and then we will send social workers there. So the first information we get is from the police. When we get the information from the police, we send in social workers to handle the situation.“Once these people have been charged, I think we can still name and shame them in the communities, but they come out of jail and go back and start teaching again. Most of the perpetrators are teachers, and people the victims know. I’m sorry if you are a teacher and you are out there, but most of the cases we have with the little children are teachers who sat the children on their laps.”Minister Cassell noted that until the country can have more female teachers back in the classrooms, male teachers will continue to carry out these atrocious activities. The Minister also enumerated a several interventions being initiated by her Ministry at various boarding schools, including Ricks Institute, Bromley and others to ensure that girls are adequately protected.President Sirleaf said that the rape situation in the country, especially involving little children, is very alarming and the government and its partners need to take the situation very seriously. She recommended that one of the means through which these molesters could be brought to their knees is by printing images on billboards on the streets.“There should be big posters and billboards with the caption “Wanted for Rape” placed along all the streets of major cities and towns with the photographs and names of the perpetrators of the crime in the country. We have to do something; it is really bad and becoming very serious in our country,” the President lamented.The Minister of Justice suggested that government establish a database for child molesters with their information such as names, photos and all other particulars that are tracked for monitoring. “This is done in other countries to monitor these kinds of people. Whenever they apply for jobs or wherever they go, people or employers will try to trace their records. With this, I think we will help minimize or eradicate this menace in our country,” suggested the Justice Minister.The Liberian leader described this suggestion as very brilliant and said government would look at that critically. “I want to thank you, that is a constructive and very positive suggestion,” she responded.A brutal rape case, which is now under a  barrage of public condemnation, recently occurred in the country.  On Sunday, January 18, in the Moulton Corner Community of Brewerville, a teenage girl was raped and brutally assaulted by a man she was able to identify before she died. The alleged perpetrator is one Musa Kanneh, a resident of the community. Officers of Liberia National Police (LNP) have also been implicated for denying passage through a checkpoint of the vehicle that was carrying the victim to a health facility for immediate treatment.In another related development the government has announced that Defendant, Foday Kanneh, 39, has been found guilty of Statutory Rape of a 13 year old victimAccording to a communication from the offices of the Solicitor General of Liberia, a petit juror sitting in the case Republic of Liberia V. Foday Kanneh, in Criminal Court E, at the Temple of Justice, on Tuesday January 20th brought down a unanimous guilty verdict against Kanneh. Final judgment and sentence, are however, expected to be announced next week.Narrating how the incident occurred in her communication, the SG said the incident occurred in the Konneh Community, Senjeh District, Tubmanburg, Bomi County, on December 2nd, 2013, when the 13 year old victim was sent by her mother to take food to the wife of the Defendant, but his wife was not home.“The Defendant asked the victim to take the food inside his bedroom but the victim refused to do so. While the victim was trying to leave, he whisked her, put his hand over her mouth, and forcibly pulled her into his children’s room, had sexual intercourse with her, gave her LD50.00, and told her that if she told anyone he would kill her.”The victim went home and did not tell anyone for fear that the defendant would kill her. A few days after when the victim’s father went to use the restroom he realized that there was blood in the commode.When he asked the mother of the victim she said she did not know how the blood got there. When her mother asked the victim, she broke down in tears and told her mother what the Defendant had done to her.She was taken to the police station and then to the hospital where she was examined and it was confirmed that her hymen was broken and torn from the middle in many directions. The victim was treated for over two weeks because she continued to bleed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gilas has rougher road to next round

first_imgNo need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Filipinos are bracketed with the Italians, the Serbians and African champion Angola, and would need nothing less than two wins to make it past Group D play and entertain thoughts of making the 2020 Tokyo Olympics outright.This tournament will stake a total of seven automatic berths to the Games next year, with only one direct slot reserved for the best team in Asia.The host Chinese have an inside track on that, being in a relatively light group together with Poland, Ivory Coast and Venezuela in Group A.In fact, an AP (The Associated Press) report that came out on Thursday listed China as the only Asian country likely to advance to the next round with a projected top two finish in Group A.The AP report, however, singled out June Mar Fajardo as a talent to watch in Foshan, saying: “the name people will best know is naturalized Filipino and nine-year NBA veteran Andray Blatche, but the name they should know is June Mar Fajardo—a 6-foot-11 center with five MVP awards from his homeland’s top pro league.”ADVERTISEMENT Most powerhouses and a lot of the Fiba World Cup underdogs like Gilas Pilipinas touched down on different cities in China on Thursday as the Filipinos officially open their quest in just over 48 hours against formidable Italy in the province of Foshan.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:15Sinas: 2,500 NCRPO cops poised to support Taal eruption relief ops01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City ‘People evacuated on their own’ Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruptioncenter_img LATEST STORIES LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Gilas will play Nikola Jokic and the Serbians on Monday before winding up classification against the Angolans two days later.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Title favorite the United States also arrived via an all-night flight to Shanghai from Sydney in Australia, with the Americans hard-pressed to become the first country to win this tournament three straight times without the biggest names in the NBA.But unlike the Filipinos, the Americans debut on Sunday against the Czech Republic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSGinebra looks set for another titleWith the likes of LeBron James, Steph Curry, Anthony Davis and James Harden opting not to play, the Americans are not the overwhelming picks to win the gold here, with Spain, Serbia and Greece tipped to crowd them for the title.There will be a total of eight groups composed of four teams each, with the top two teams from each bracket advancing to the round-of-16 slated to start on Sept. 6. LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Blazers with bounce-back chance against Bombers View commentslast_img read more

Guyana must be on alert – Dr Ramsammy

first_imgNew bird flu virusThe World Health Organisation (WHO) is monitoring new outbreaks of Avian Influenza (bird flu) among poultry populations in several countries and Guyana must be on the alert, according to former Health Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy.Former Health Minister Dr Leslie RamsammySince November, the WHO has documented bird flu outbreaks in poultry and wild birds in at least 40 countries in Asia and Europe and some human deaths in China. These outbreaks have led to large scale culling of poultry in several countries.Dr Ramsammy noted that the world’s premier public health organisation is urging countries to closely monitor these outbreaks and to maintain active surveillance, whether countries are near these outbreaks or not.“Guyana must be on alert. Both the Ministries of Health and Agriculture must work together in an active surveillance programme. It is not too soon to at least think of a dual sector program,” he urged in a statement on Friday.The H7N9 avian virus has killed 87 people in China between January 1 and February 12 this year. On February 11, the first acute case of H7N9 avian flu in Beijing appeared, a certain signal of a spreading epidemic in China. The present outbreak with at least 87 deaths so far is worse than the original H7N9 flu outbreak in March 2013. For the first time, human cases of the deadly H7N9 virus have emerged in China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Macau. There are at least five other flu viruses presently circulating in China. Several others are spreading in various Asian and European countries. Two types of bird flu, H3N2 and H5N6, have claimed large numbers of chickens and domestic birds in South Korea and the United States this year, and have spread to domestic cats.“It is troubling that so many different kinds of avian virus, all with worrying virulent rates, are spreading in different countries simultaneously,” Dr Ramsammy expressed.The WHO’s “high alert” was issued on January 23, 2017. It does not require any specific action to be taken by countries such as Guyana, but it does require vigilance and an active surveillance system among wild birds and poultry.Dr Ramsammy presumed that it may also require surveillance of people coming from countries affected.In the USA, the CDC issued a health advisory for people traveling to China, and Guyana ought to do the same.The former Health Minister noted that if the outbreak worsens, the WHO will next issue a “public health emergency of international concern” advisory.He said at that time, Guyana and other countries must take specific action.“If avian flu virus enters Guyana it is likely to do so through wild birds, most likely, or through human cases entering Guyana through our air or shipping ports,” he explained.But he noted that “hopefully, none of these will reach Guyana.”In this regard, Dr Ramsammy is urging the authorities in Guyana and in Caricom to be vigilant and not to be caught by surprise.last_img read more

Stoke’s Adam punishes United

first_img0Shares0000STOKE-ON-TRENT, February 1 – Charlie Adam scored twice to secure a 2-1 win for Stoke City and further hinder Manchester United’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League on Saturday.Despite United manager David Moyes starting with Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and record signing Juan Mata together for the first time, the champions suffered their eighth Premier League defeat of the season at a windswept Britannia Stadium. Moyes could curse his luck after injuries to Jonny Evans and Phil Jones and a fortunate opener for Stoke, but another below-par display saw his side lose further ground on their top-four rivals.Van Persie led the line with Rooney behind him, flanked either side by Mata and Ashley Young, but they saw little of the ball in the opening exchanges.Stoke started promisingly, but Peter Crouch’s attempted bicycle kick failed to come off after a good cross from Jonathan Walters.Moyes opted for Chris Smalling at right-back instead of Brazilian Rafael da Silva in a move designed to help United’s defence deal with Stoke’s aerial threat, but that plan was scuppered 11 minutes into the game.Evans picked up an injury and Smalling was forced into the centre, with Rafael called on from the bench.United finally settled as Mata got his first touches and Rooney had the first real chance for the visitors when he lashed a half-volley into the ground and just wide of the post from Young’s cross.The champions started to put some pressure on the Stoke defence, but clear-cut chances were at a premium.Stoke had opportunities to create openings, but they were wasteful in the final third until they got a massive stroke of luck in the 38th minute.Adam struck a speculative free-kick from 35 yards that looked set to fly wide, only for it to hit the knee of Michael Carrick and ricochet in the opposite direction, leaving United goalkeeper David De Gea rooted to the spot.United went on the attack straight from the kick-off, but goalkeeper Asmir Begovic got down well to repel Tom Cleverley’s long-range effort.It got worse for Moyes and United before the break when Jones was carried off on a stretcher after a nasty clash of heads with Walters.United’s luck appeared to be changing shortly after the restart. Marc Wilson made a mess of a routine clearance and it fell to Mata, who coolly picked out Van Persie for the Dutchman to curl in an equaliser.But Stoke responded, and if Adam’s first goal had been fortunate, his second was anything but.Walters’s knock-down was missed by Marko Arnautovic, but Adam ran onto it to launch a powerful effort from outside the box that flew into the top-right corner.United pushed for another equaliser, but Mata hesitated in the area when presented with a chance before Arnautovic curled wide at the other end as Stoke counter-attacked.After a period of United pressure, substitute Oussama Assaidi came close to putting the game beyond doubt, but De Gea tipped his strike over.Patrice Evra headed wide late on, while Tom Cleverley lashed a rebound over the bar in stoppage time after Begovic brilliantly pushed a free-kick from Rooney onto the post.However, former United striker Mark Hughes saw his Stoke side hold on for a first victory over the men from Old Trafford since 1984.With fourth-place Liverpool visiting West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, United could now find themselves nine points outside the Champions League places with just 14 games to go before the weekend is out.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Eto’o charity match called off after attempted coup in Turkey

first_img0Shares0000A number of football stars were already in Antalya to support Eto’o, who currently plays for Turkish side AntalyasporANTALYA, Turkey, July 17- Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o announced that a charity match on Saturday in the Turkish city of Antalya – aimed at raising money for his foundation – was postponed until further notice following an attempted coup in the country.A number of football stars were already in Antalya to support Eto’o, who currently plays for Turkish side Antalyaspor, including Nigeria’s Kanu Nwankwo and Jay-Jay Okocha, Ghana’s Stephen Appiah and Michael Essien and Ivory Coast’s Kolo Toure. Ghana-born Marcel Desailly, Carles Puyol, Deco and former England manager Fabio Capello were also there for the game between a World Stars side and Turkey Stars team which had been organised to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Fundación Privada Samuel Eto’o in Turkey.Eto’o, a four-time African Footballer of the Year, took to his social media accounts to reveal the charity match had to be cancelled due to the unrest in the country.“Dear all, I am sorry to announce that for security reasons, Eto’o Charity Match, that was supposed to take place today [Saturday] at 8pm at Antalya Arena, is postponed until further notice. I thank each and everyone of you for your continuous support and count on your understanding. #Love.”As well as Lionel Messi and Didier Drogba, Luis Suarez, Diego Maradona, Neymar, Eden Hazard, Francesco Totti, Xavi, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Andres Iniesta, Demba Ba and Arda Turan were all expected to travel for the game.Established ten years ago, the Fundación Privada Samuel Eto’o charity was created as a non-profit organisation striving to raise awareness of the needs of the African continent.Its goal is the protection of children and young people, providing emergency aid and encouraging education, basic health and social inclusion for the disadvantaged in order to help them create opportunities for the future, according to its website.Eto’o, Cameroon’s 54-goal all-time leading scorer, announced his retirement from international football in August 2014.The former Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter, Chelsea and Everton player made his international debut in 1997 during a 5-0 defeat to Costa Rica.He went on to become an Olympic gold medallist at Sydney 2000, scoring in the final against Spain to take the match to extra-time and also slotting home his kick in the penalty shoot-out victory.Eto’o is the leading all-time scorer in the Nations Cup with 18 goals and he appeared at four World Cup finals – 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014 – playing in eight matches and scoring three goals.His last match for Cameroon was the 1-0 defeat by Mexico at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.By BBC0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jumper snarls traffic on Golden State, Antelope Valley freeways

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – An unemployed man jumped to his death Monday from a freeway overpass, despite an hours-long effort to return him to safety, authorities said. The man, who appeared to be in his 30s and whose identity was not immediately disclosed, left his car and walked to the ledge overhanging the interchange between the Golden State and Antelope Valley freeways, said sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Cambra of the Santa Clarita station. The man complained of personal problems and job loss, Cambra said. She said he walked onto the ledge about 11:30 a.m. and jumped about 2 p.m. A sheriff’s crisis negotiation team tried to persuade him not to jump, and firefighters set up large air bags on the ground in hope of saving him if he did jump, she said. However, the man landed a short distance from one of the air bags. “It’s a tragic event – and something where he was standing on the railing the entire time so there was really no way to get close enough to try to bring him back down,” Cambra said. “So the only thing left is try to talk him into coming closer to you.” Southbound traffic on the Golden State Freeway was backed up several miles to Calgrove Boulevard, said Officer John Lutz of the California Highway Patrol. Southbound traffic on the Antelope Valley Freeway was also backed up for miles to San Fernando Road, he said. 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

Three injured – including 11-month-old – in freeway crash

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – Three people – including an 11-month-old – were injured this morning in a three-car crash that shut down the southbound lanes of the San Diego (405) Freeway near Victory Boulevard, a firefighter said. The baby and a 30-year-old woman, possibly her mother, were taken to a local hospital after the 10:34 a.m. crash, said d’Lisa Davies, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman. A man in second car suffered minor injures and was in stable condition at a local hospital, Davies said. All southbound lanes were shut down to allow fire trucks access. The cause was unknown. “It was a good thing everybody had on their seatbelts,” Davies said.last_img read more

Fundraiser to benefit family with ailing son

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s pretty amazing, the way it makes you feel, that all these people are willing to come out and donate their time and their money,” father Darren Ramsey said. Parents Darren and Mary must leave work to take Gregory to the University of Minnesota’s treatment facility. The family, including 8-year-old brother Christopher, will leave to drive across the country on Oct. 22. On Saturday, friends and community members are hosting the breakfast at El Rancho High School’s gym from 8 a.m. to noon, which will include a raffle and an opportunity to make cash donations to the family. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and younger. Lezli Brown, a former schoolteacher of Gregory’s at Brethren Christian School, began organizing the fundraiser last week, calling friends within El Rancho Unified School District and at Pico Rivera City Hall. PICO RIVERA – When the Ramsey family leaves for Minnesota to treat their son’s rare blood disease, they will go with pancakes in their bellies and the support of their community. Gregory Ramsey, 10, has Fanconi’s syndrome, which must be treated with a bone marrow transplant. The Ramseys expected this procedure would take place in Minnesota in about a year, but when a donor match was recently found, their son’s transplant date was moved up. The date change left the Ramseys scrambling to cover medical bills and incidental living costs, so their friends and community in Pico Rivera sprung to action to organize a pancake breakfast to benefit the family. “I just knew we needed to do something for the family, and it’s been nothing but a blessing to get together with people to see how the Lord works,” Brown said. Most ingredients for the breakfast have already been donated, to eliminate overhead costs and bring in more money for the family. Mayor Ron Beilke donated eggs and sausage on behalf of his Der Wienerschnitzel, while Ralphs has donated butter and syrup, Wells Fargo kicked in pancake mix and local residents provided milk and orange juice. “It’s very second nature for us to respond when we are called,” Beilke said of Pico Rivera businesses and residents. “It’s a team effort.” Pat Carrillo, a commissioner for the city, has also been helping to organize the event by bringing Gregory’s story before the City Council. Her son is a school friend of Gregory’s and Carrillo said she found herself identifying with the Ramsey family. The response she received at the City Council meeting after her announcement encouraged her and inspired her to help the family further. “We’re going to just do this initial kickoff, this initial send-off, and then the school is going to take over to continue helping them,” Carrillo said. El Rancho Unified School Board member Rita Jo Ramirez has also participated in the planning. She said the school district, along with Brethren Christian School and the Brethren church associated with it, will continue to raise funds after the Ramseys leave for Minnesota. She said it is important for the community to give, no matter how small the donation. “A lot of people say $5 is nothing, but it is a lot,” Ramirez said. “It’s important to just reach in and give from their hearts.” For information on the fundraiser or how to donate, call Pat Carillo at (562) 942-9833 or Rita Jo Ramirez at (562) 949-1352. To make a direct donation to Gregory Ramsey’s family, go to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association Web site at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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