Mother Mary E. Thorpe Gets “Sweet Rest”

Posted On Jan 17 2020 by

first_imgLosing your loved one by the power of death is always characterized by weeping, but the children of Mother Mary E. Thorpe, including Episcopal Bishop and Archbishop, the Most Rev. Dr. Jonathan B.B. Hart, have described her death as “sweet rest.”In his sermon during funeral service of his mother at Trinity Cathedral last Saturday, Archbishop Hart said, “Today, the family of the late Mary E. Thorpe and the Episcopal Church of Liberia have gathered in this place, the official seat of our Bishop, a son of the deceased, to celebrate the life of a faithful church member, a loving mother, family member, a devoted educator, a fraternal sister and friend.”According to him, Mrs. Mary E. Thorpe, popularly called ME, spent the greater part of her early life serving as a classroom teacher and school administrator, besides her care for many children.By her work as a teacher and school administrator, she was embraced as mother by many students.Furthermore, ME is described as a devout Christian and an active Episcopalian, which she became after marrying Judge Napoleon Thorpe of Crozierville. She hailed from Arthington, the daughter of Senator Smallwood.“At our home congregation of Christ Episcopal Church in Crozierville she served on the Bishop’s committee for many years, and also in the choir, the Altar Guild, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and as Jr. Warden and Parish Treasurer,” Arcbishop Hart added.Madam Thorpe later served on the Diocesan Standing Committee and for many years, a delegate to the Diocesan Convention and also a deputy at the church’s General Convention. She is recalled to have also served as a member of the Episcopal Church of Liberia (ECL) Companion Diocese Relations Committee with the Diocese of Baltimore, Maryland, USA.“Her life was one of worship and service in the church, her family and her nation,” Dr. Hart said.Mary E. Thorpe was born November 30, 1924 and ended her life’s journey on April 12, 2016 after she had given a full life of service to her God and family.In a scriptural rhetoric, the Bishop said, “The Prophet Isaiah welcomes the faithful of our Lord to a banquet that will have the best wine and the choicest food. It is a banquet reserved for the end of the lives of God’s chosen; and at that banquet, there will be songs of praise.”In continuation of the imaginative banquet, he said, the Bible tells believers to be exceedingly happy. Salvation is deliverance from constraints; constraints from sin, death and pain.Also referencing the prophetic book of Revelation, Arch Bishop Hart said, “Those who have come to the banquet are dressed in white robes; the garments worn by overcoming believers, who wave palm branches as sign of a victory celebration.”He added that the Lord is the Shepherd who leads the faithful to living fountains of water; and the multitude will dwell in the house of the Lord forever where there will be no thirst, hunger, crying, sorrow and pain in the presence of the Lord.The archbishop reminded his family members, sympathizers and others that after Jesus announced Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial, He told His disciples not to be troubled, but to trust Him.Christ promised a mansion with many rooms to accommodate His people, assuring that this home is a permanent and secured place.“Such places have already been set aside for all of God’s children; the eternal dwelling place of God is Heaven,” the archbishop averred.Though Christians are like Peter who failed Jesus in some things, yet Christ will not fail to return for Peter and for everyone else who believes in Him.“Our mother was a woman of great faith in God. She always prayed for her children and for those who came close to her.” The archbishop concluded his sermon by recalling the encouraging words his mother always shared with them: “Pray always. Send your prayers up to the Old Man and He will send down His blessings upon you.” Hundreds turned out to pay their last respects to the fallen Mother Thorpe. The sympathizers included colorfully robed members of the Order of Eastern Star, of which Mother Thorpe was a lifelong member. The Eastern Star sisters and brothers and many others followed the cortege to the Thorpe Cemetery in Crozierville, where she was laid to rest beside her beloved husband, Traffic Judge Napoleon Thorpe.Mrs. Thorpe’s children, most of whom live in the United States, flew in for the funeral.On the day following the funeral, the whole family returned to Crozierville to join other worshippers at the mother church, Christ Episcopal, where all the Thorpe children were baptized when they were very young. Their brother, Archbishop Jonathan B.B. Hart, also preached Sunday’s sermon. The service was followed by a sumptuous lunch in the Crozierville Town Hall, where Thorpe family members and others were welcomed by a brother of the Thorpes, Jones Thorpe, Crozierville’s current Township Commissioner. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gore is tops in Dems’ straw poll

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by
first_imgThe straw poll came as the alliance sought to fire up stalwarts to gauge members’ favorites. “There are a lot of good candidates and we want people to be involved from this point forward,” said Bruce McFarland, president of the Democratic Alliance for Action. “We didn’t say, `Who do you think can win?’ we said, `Who do you think is best for the job?”‘ McFarland said many in the club were active in the 2004 race and felt Gore was robbed in 2000, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided the election in favor of George W. Bush. “They liked what (Gore’s) done since then, stayed active in environmental and political activities,” McFarland said. “He’s actually improved with age, in a way (becoming) a senior statesman for the party.” Other candidates in the club’s poll were Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Bill Richardson, Al Sharpton and Tom Vilsack. Candidates may feel pressured to announce their decision early for the 2008 race because the primary and caucus calendar could be more compact than in years past, and candidates need ample lead time to raise money and gear up campaigns. The intense media attention may wane, but McFarland said the frenzy seems six months to a year ahead of the norm. The plan to switch California’s 2008 primary from June to Feb. 5 is before the state Legislature and its passage seems likely.. “The governor really does, to some extent, want to play a big role in his party’s primary,” Bebitch Jeffe said. “He would be helped dramatically if the primary moved up to February. California is a huge state and it will come very early in the process.” Long-distance thinking may be part of the deal. “The governor wants redistricting reform and the Democrats said they would be willing to listen if he includes extending terms limits,” Bebitch Jeffe said. “If there is an election in February of 2008, and an extension of term limits goes on the ballot in February 2008 and passes, it leaves enough time for a legislator who would otherwise be termed out to file for the June primary.” (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – An effort to move up the California 2008 presidential primary is under way so the state’s voters have a greater say in their party’s nominee, but local Democrats have that beat: they’ve already voted for president. Their choices? Echoing the 2000 race, Al Gore was the top pick among 39 people at Thursday’s Democratic Alliance for Action meeting, drawing 12 votes. Other favorites in the field of 12 candidates were Barack Obama, with eight votes, Hillary Rodham Clinton, with six, and Wesley Clark, with four. “My guess is they tend to be more liberal, tend to be more environmentally sensitive,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a senior scholar in the School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California . “Gore is Mr. Environment.” last_img

DR Congo reclaim CHAN title

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgThe champions, winners of the inaugural title in 2009, dominated the match and it was not a surprise when Elia put them ahead after 29 minutes.The TP Mazembe star picked up a long ball down the left, before firing a thunderous shot past the Malian keeper.Elia doubled the lead in the 62nd minute for his fourth goal of the tournament.Mali’s best chance came in the 58th minute when substitute Kouame N’Guessan tried a long range shot which flew over the bar.Bolingi ended all hopes for the Eagles with a third goal in the 73rd minute to crown the Leopards’ dominant display.Ivory Coast took third spot after beating debutants Guinea 2-1 in the play-off. Guinea missed two penalties in the game.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000DR Congo’s Mechak Elia (R) celebrates with DR Congo’s Doxa Gikanji after scoring a goal during the African Nations Championship (CHAN) football final match between DR Congo’s Leopards and Mali’s Eagles on February 7, 2016 in Kigali.KIGALI, February 7 – DR Congo sealed their second African Nations Championships title when they defeated Mali 3-0 in a one-sided final at Kigali’s Amahoro National Stadium on Sunday.Meshack Elia scored a double and Jonathan Bolingi added a third as the Leopards overwhelmed the young Malian side under driving rain.last_img read more


Posted On Dec 29 2019 by

first_imgThis was the scene on the Back of Errigal road at today after Donegal was hit with a short blast of winter.Road conditions are said to be hazardous with driving sleet and a fresh falls make roads very slippery. Further snow and sleet falls are expected later today and tomorrow with ice warnings issued.“Saturday night will be cold with lowest temperatures of 0 to -2 degrees,” said a Met Eireann spokeswoman.“There is the risk of some wintry showers along the north and northwest coasts, some of the showers will be of sleet or snow on higher ground. As winds become very light there is also the risk of some fog forming as well as a widespread frost.“It will be a cold and frosty start to Sunday, however it will be generally dry and bright. In the north it will be cloudier with some scattered showers. Highest temperatures of only 4 to 7 degrees in light winds. It will quickly become cold once again on Sunday evening after the sun goes down, with another widespread frost expected as temperatures fall to between 0 and -2 degrees,” she added. The cold weather will clear however overnight on Sunday as cloud and rain move in from the Atlantic and those freshening southerly winds will bring higher temperatures. So on Monday there will be widespread heavy rain with fresh to strong southerly winds. Temperatures will improve and will range from 8 to 10 degrees.On Tuesday there will be more spells of rain with temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees. The wet and windy but mild weather will continue into Wednesday as well.In the North, the BBC has issued an amber warning for ice on untreated roads on Saturday night and Sunday. DRIVERS URGED TO TAKE CAUTION AS SLEET AND SNOW FALLS ACROSS COUNTY was last modified: February 19th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:ERRIGAL ROADsleetsnowlast_img read more

Berbatov: “I want to smell the grass of English football one more time”

Posted On Dec 28 2019 by

first_img1 Berbatov is a free agent after leaving Greek side PAOK Dimitar Berbatov wants to ‘smell the grass of English football again’ before his career finally comes to an end.The former Tottenham and Manchester United striker is a free agent after leaving Greek side PAOK in June and believes he can, at 36-years-old, still perform at the top level.And the Bulgarian hopes examples of Premier League elder statesmen like Gareth Barry and Zlatan Ibrahimovic can persuade a club to take him on, so he can soak up the sights, sounds and smells of English football again.He told The Times: “I don’t think anyone said that (Ibrahimovic is too old) because he is a top player at the top level where he plays, he can play for another two years, maybe more.“He has football intelligence, then of course you have Gareth Barry at Everton. I tend to watch the older players to see how they are playing and I admire them both because, at this age in football, it is very difficult to maintain a high level of performance and for both those players  to do this is worthy of admiration.”Berbatov played 102 times for Tottenham and 149 times for Manchester United before moving to Fulham and then to France with Monaco, but he grew up a Newcastle fan, idolising Alan Shearer.When asked if he would like to play under Rafa Benitez at St James’ Park, Berbatov said: “Everything is possible, just to smell the grass one more time, especially in England.”last_img read more

Flames rage out of control near lake

Posted On Dec 27 2019 by

first_imgANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – Sheriff’s deputies ordered boaters off Pyramid Lake on Wednesday as a wildfire burning deep in the Ventura County wilderness headed east toward the recreation area and darkened the skies over Santa Clarita. At the same time, U.S. Forest Service personnel made the rounds to truck stops catering to Interstate 5 traffic to warn of heavy smoke in the freeway corridor from Castaic to Gorman, forest spokesman Stanton Florea said. “It’s really smoky up here,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Roger Wallace said from his post at Pyramid Lake, a recreational reservoir at the foot of the Grapevine. “We had about 30 boaters on the lake. We asked them to leave because the fire is coming up over the ridge.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesFlames were still a mile or so away, but with temperatures above 100 degrees, humidity in the teens and gusty 30 mph winds, all bets were off. “Conditions are very dry out there and expected to get drier tonight with a low-pressure system coming,” said Brigitta Van Der Raay, a spokeswoman for Los Padres National Forest, where the fire started Monday. A command post was established at Castaic Lake, about 20 miles south, as smoke filled the skies in the Santa Clarita Valley from the Day Fire that has burned out of control since Monday. The holiday fire was so named because earlier Monday a fire near Castaic was dubbed the Labor Fire. By late Wednesday, at least 2,500 acres had burned. “It’s definitely expanding,” Van Der Raay said. No injuries or damage were reported, but the fire remained out of control, she said. It was burning toward the northeast to the Angeles National Forest and also to the southwest. The latter could prove fortunate if flames move toward an area burned by the 2003 Piru Fire because that could slow things on that front, Van Der Raay said. The fire was moving closer but was not an immediate threat to the Sespe Condor Sanctuary north of Fillmore. Florea, of the Angeles forest, said he had stopped to talk with some Castaic residents concerned about the clouds of smoke hovering over their homes. In past fire seasons, local forest officials said they were worried the parched forest area north of Castaic could ignite and spread to Los Padres, where heavy thickets haven’t burned since 1960. (661) 257-5251160Want 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

Halloween Calendar

Posted On Dec 27 2019 by

first_imgFright Fest will feature live entertainment, ghosts, goblins, mazes and plenty of spooky special effects, today through Tuesday at Six Flag California’s Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. General admission: $59.99. Parking: $15. Call (661) 255-4111. Lombardi Ranch will offer thousands of pumpkins to choose from, wagon rides, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides and Scarecrow Alley, today at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission is free, with a small fee for certain activities. Call (661) 296-8697. Fillmore & Western Railway will offer its popular Pumpkinliner excursions in a vintage train through the rural countryside of Ventura County to a pumpkin patch, 10 and 11 a.m., 12:10, 1:10 and 2:20 p.m. today departing from Central Park in Fillmore. Call (800) 773-8724 to make a reservation. Haunted Jailhouse and Carnival will feature game booths, food, clowns, bounce house, costume contests and Sheriff’s Department displays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today at the SCV Sheriff’s Station, 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 255-1121. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system “Terror By Gaslight” will be presented, 1 p.m. today at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $11-$14 for adults and $9-$11 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Molar Manor “House of the Living Dead” will provide scary entertainment, 6 p.m. today and Tuesday at 19415 Soldedad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Cost: $15 or $20 for a fast pass. Call (661) 252-7978. Halloween Celebration will feature stories, crafts, costumes, treats and a spooky cartoon, 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Newhall Library, 22704 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Trick-or-Treating, 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at Granary Square, located on the corner of McBean Parkway and Arroyo Park Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 296-3408. Haunted House will feature spooky decorations in the three-car garage, front yard and porch of a private home, 5-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at 14210 Everglades Court, Canyon Country. Admission is free, but a donation to the SCV Food Pantry is requested. Call (661) 313-4128. Harvest Party will feature games, door prizes, food, entertainment and lots of candy, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Newlife Assembly of God Church, 27053 Honby Ave., Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2770. Fall Family Carnival, “Heroes Unmasked,” will provide a safe and wholesome alternative to Halloween, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Oak Hills School, 26730 Old Rock Road, Valencia. Call (661) 257-8432. Trick-or-Treating for preschool and elementary children, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. To submit an event to the Halloween Calendar, call Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, by fax at (661) 257-5262, by e-mail at or write her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia 91355.160Want 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

Inter Milan chief Javier Zanetti dismisses Mauro Icardi transfer talk

Posted On Dec 27 2019 by

first_imgInter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti insists Mauro Icardi is ‘very happy’ at the San Siro.The striker has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the past, as well as the Gunners’ London rivals Chelsea.More recently, Real Madrid have been tracking the Argentina international ahead of the January transfer window after watching him bag 16 Serie A goals so far this term.But Zanetti, who is now the vice-president at Inter after a glittering playing career with the club, is adamant Icardi is settled where he is.“I’m very happy for Mauro,” Zanetti told Italian television show Tiki Taka.“Mauro and his family are very happy here in Milan. He cares a lot about the [captain’s] armband and wants to embark on a beautiful journey with us.“I’ve known him for a long time, he joined Inter at very young age but has always behaved like a great professional.“Now he’s showing his value, both on and off the pitch, the fans are happy and we hope he can stay with us for as long as possible.” Mauro Icardi is ‘very happy’ at the San Siro 1last_img read more

No fifth game for Condors, please

Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_img4:10 p.m. When California fell behind in Game 4 Thursday’s girls volleyball match with visting Santa Fe, it meant the Condors, leading in games, 2-1 at the time, would need to win Game 5 if they were to win the match. And Condors coach John Horwath knew that was reason for concern. Over the past two and one-half seasons, California’s matches had gone to five games on eight occasions and come out the loser in seven of them. “We don’t want to play the fifth game if we can help it,” Horwath said earlier this season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ Santa Fe went on to win Game 4 Thursday, 25-13, and then handed the Condors their eighth loss in nine five-game matches by winning the last game, 15-6. The loss broke a tie in Del Rio League play between the teams, with Santa Fe improving to 6-2 in league and California slipping to 5-3. 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

Health care changes difficult

Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_imgAs Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers seek ways to care for millions of Californians without medical insurance, a study released Wednesday says policy changes will be difficult to implement because of differences in how residents use the health care system. The 183-page report by the Public Policy Institute of California also dispels some commonly held beliefs, finding that immigrants and their children generally don’t seek care at hospitals and emergency rooms any more often than U.S.-born residents. “With the nation now approaching 12 million illegal immigrants, the issue of un- or underinsured Americans has reached critical proportions,” said PPIC President and Chief Executive Officer David W. Lyon. “Meanwhile, Californians have an interest in health insurance not only because so many regions of the state have low-wage workers but also because the cost of providing care to the uninsured inevitably rests with the county governments and taxpayers of the state.” The findings come as Schwarzenegger seeks solutions to fix the crippled health care system in California, which has 6.6 million uninsured people, more than any other state. Schwarzenegger says the average California family pays about $1,200 a year in health insurance premiums to cover the uninsured. Next year, the governor said he’d like to address this “hidden tax” and work to make health care more affordable and accessible to everyone. “These findings suggest that concerns about immigrants and their children disproportionately using hospitals and ERs may not be well-founded for Los Angeles County,” the report said. Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has long raised concerns about the impact illegal immigrants have on the county health system, saying they cost taxpayers $360million annually. A recent Rand Corp. study released last month put the price tag at $204 million. It estimated that taxpayers spend about $1.1 billion annually for undocumented immigrants ages 18 to 64. The Rand study noted that immigrants use relatively few health services, primarily because they are generally healthier than their American-born counterparts. County Department of Health Services spokesman Michael Wilson said the PPIC study is in line with the department’s view that undocumented residents are just one component – not the cause – of the county’s health care crisis. “Without providing care to a single undocumented resident, the Department of Health Services would still have more patients without health insurance coverage, the cause of the department’s chronic budget deficit,” Wilson said. “The real problem is the growing numbers of uninsured and the rising costs of health care. The study shows the need for making health care reform and broad insurance coverage a national priority.” The report found Latinos are more likely than any other group to be uninsured, noting that about 38 percent of Latino adults and 24 percent of Latino children are uninsured. (213) 974-8985160Want 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 MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeEarlier this month, state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, unveiled a proposal that would provide coverage for all uninsured working Californians, or 4.2 million people. The remaining 2million people would continue to receive care through the public health system. But some critics question whether government intervention will help or create more problems. “The best way to reduce health care costs is to inject more competition and less, not more, government interference,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “The notion that all taxpayers should pay for the health care of individuals who don’t bother to even try to get insurance themselves is morally wrong.” As lawmakers debate the issue, PPIC research fellow Marianne Bitler said the report underscores the complexities in fixing the state’s health care system. “The results of this study both challenge and support some widespread assumptions,” Bitler said. “I think that many people might be surprised to know that these immigrant adults are no more likely than U.S.-born adults, and in some cases less likely than U.S.-born adults, to have used a hospital overnight during the two years before they were interviewed.” Dispelling common myths, the study also found that children with a foreign-born parent are no more likely than children with a U.S-born parent to use an emergency room. Children with a naturalized parent are less likely to do so. last_img read more