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Bong University Students Volunteer for Ebola Fight

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Bong University Students Union (BUSU), has volunteered the services of its membership in the fight against Ebola.BUSU groups Bong County students from all universities across the country and constitutes the umbrella organization of the county’s higher education student community. It leadership has therefore expressed the hope that the county administration and Ebola Taskforce would take advantage of the students offer.“Since the outbreak of Ebola, you have not seen us as sons and daughters of this soil, but as of today, September 27, you can begin making use of our volunteerism in whatever meaningful way you want us to serve in the fight against the Ebola menace,” BUSU President, Germue Kwenah declared.According to him, the fight against the dreaded Ebola virus disease (EVD) is the responsibility of all Liberians, and henceforth, the student union decided to contribute its human resources to obtain victory over the virus.Kwenah made the statement when BUSU donated an assortment of anti-Ebola materials to the county’s Ebola Taskforce at the weekend. Items donated by the BUSU leadership included 20 kg of chlorine, two hand-washing buckets and 1,000 pieces of flyers containing anti-Ebola messages.Bong County Development Superintendent, Anthony Sheriff, who received the items, thanked the students for the donation, which he described as “a worthy gesture.”He then promised to turn over the items and convey the students’ pledge to volunteer their services to Bong County Superintendent, Selena Polson Mappy.Sheriff observed that the students would be better placed in the areas of awareness and mobilization as there continues to be Ebola-related situations that must be addressed through awareness, sensitization and mobilization.last_img read more

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Musical miracle

first_imgMONTEBELLO – A heart-stopping baritone voice wafts from a home and echoes through a quiet Montebello Hills neighborhood. Its source is not a recording but 24-year-old Anthony Reyes, who soon will release his fourth CD compilation of opera songs. He also sings solos at churches and for weddings, funerals and other occasions. But it is perhaps how Reyes began life that makes his talent extraordinary. Born three months premature and weighing 31/2 pounds at birth, Reyes seemed predestined to suffer life-long complications. Doctors told his mother he would never learn to walk or talk. “He was hooked up to a respirator machine and put into an incubator for seven weeks in the \ at Childrens Hospital,” said Millie Reyes, who is originally from the Philippines. “Doctors told me he would be completely disabled, blind and unable to walk or talk.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventWhen she was six months pregnant, Millie was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of her store in Rosemead, and the stress sent her to the hospital. Anthony was born shortly thereafter, three months before his due date. He suffered from hydrocephalus, an abnormal accumulation of cerebral fluid in the brain. Beginning when he was 15 days old, he underwent five surgeries to correct the problem. He still has two shunts implanted in his neck region which help drain the fluid. “All the hospitals gave up on me,” said Reyes. “My mother took me home with a monitor on me after seven weeks.” By the time Reyes was 22 months old, he was only able to sit up. He had not learned any words. But then, “he had a miracle,” his mother said. It happened on Easter Sunday, she recalled. “On Easter Sunday that year my sister told the children to go outside to hunt for Easter eggs,” Millie said. “Suddenly, Anthony ran outside with the kids. My sister called me saying, `I didn’t know Anthony could walk.’ I said `What?’ He had never walked.” Tall and healthy looking now, Anthony speaks and laughs in the same booming baritone voice he sings with, making it difficult to imagine he ever weighed 31/2 pounds. “I was learning-disabled all my life – except for music,” Reyes said. “I always got A’s in music, piano, voice, guitar, classical music. Academics were always hard for me.” He spent years in special-education programs until Millie decided to home-school her son when he was 14. It was then that Anthony began studying voice and guitar at the Los Angeles Music and Art School in East Los Angeles, where he continues studying opera. “I told my mom that I needed to start studying something that I can become good at,” Reyes said. “I wasn’t good at math and academics, but I was good at music.” Because he is not allowed to drive, Millie drives him everywhere he needs to go. She also helps him record background music and operate the mixers and amplifiers in their living room crowded with recording equipment, musical instruments and religious icons. “My mom is the only one who didn’t give up on me,” said Reyes. [email protected] (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

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