Private citizen launches non-profit cancer foundation

first_imgIn light of World Cancer Day 2018, a non-profit organization took the opportunity to launch its services to the general public. The Sar and B Non-profit Foundation aims to combat and reduce the effect of cancer on the Guyanese population by providing treatment and screening for citizens.Volunteerism enthusiast Bibi Sheonarine, with the help of her close relatives, friends and medical colleagues, launched the organization after experiencing first-hand the effect that cancer can have on patients and their families.Mrs Sheonarine expressed that the organization was founded in honor of her parents — Sarifan Amjad Yusuf and Mohamed Yusuf, and her mother-in-law Mangri Sheonarine, who all passed away due to varying types of cancer.Volunteerism enthusiast Bibi Sheonarine (centre) is flanked by members of the Sar&B FoundationShe explained that whilst on a volunteer mission distributing clothing to Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana, she noticed that citizens of the other two countries seemed carefree, but a lot of Guyanese citizens told stories of being affected by cancer. As a result of this, she said, she felt compelled to leave her home in California to return home and start the organization.Specifically, the Sar and B Foundation is working to provide cancer screenings, mammograms and pap smears for citizens around Guyana. The foundation has already begun doing outreaches, providing pap smears for women. At the moment the foundation has 50,000 pap kits on order, to continue this type of outreach.Speaking at the intimate gathering of the launching of this foundation, Dr Narindat Sooknandan spoke about the struggle it has been to get accessible treatment and testing for patients.“We never had radio therapy, we never had chemotherapy, now we have all this,” he said.He expressed gratitude at being part of such an initiative, where he could be of service to those in need.To date, the Sar and B Foundation, with the assistance of Dr Sooknandan has done approximately 97 pap smears in areas on the West Coast of Demerara and in Berbice; and is looking forward to working with Government, hospitals, private doctors, businesses, and like-minded entities to bring a halt to cancer in Guyana.last_img read more

1 dead, 8 injured as winds fan wildfires

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In northern Los Angeles County near Agua Dulce, a fire ran through 10,000 acres in just a few hours as about 250 firefighters tried to get a handle on the flames. Authorities said 10 buildings were destroyed, but couldn’t say how many of them were homes. Between 500 and 800 people were evacuated and three people were injured, authorities said. Meanwhile, in Malibu, about 700 firefighters worked to protect hundreds of homes in several upscale communities nestled in the hills, officials said. About 1,500 people had been evacuated, officials said. Firefighters and law enforcement officers from in and around the San Gabriel Valley went to assist in battling the fires in Malibu and Agua Dulce. Sixteen people from the Pasadena Fire Department, joined by firefighters from Glendale, Burbank and other cities, left for the blaze in Malibu early in the morning, said Pasadena fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian. Pasadena’s firefighters were initially assigned the task of protecting structures from the fire, Derderian said. MALIBU – More than a half-dozen wildfires driven by powerful Santa Ana winds spread across Southern California on Sunday, killing one person near San Diego, forcing hundreds to evacuate north of Los Angeles and destroying several homes and a church in celebrity-laden Malibu. No details were immediately available about the death in San Diego County, but four firefighters and four other people were injured and taken to hospitals, said Roxanne Provaznik, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire was among at least 10 blazes that burned more than 20,000 acres, stretching from north of Santa Barbara to San Diego, as hot weather and strong winds marked the height of the traditional wildfire season. The fire responsible for the death and eight injuries burned about 2,500 acres near a highway about 70 miles southeast of San Diego. A second charred about 8,000 acres in northern San Diego County near an area that was ravaged by a pair of wildfires in 2003 and was threatening homes near Witch Creek, authorities said. A Pasadena fire battalion chief also assisted with the fire in Agua Dulce, she said. Firefighters were also drawn from Los Angeles County Fire Department stations throughout the region, officials said. Fire Station No. 118 in Industry contributed four firefighters and two engines to the blaze in Malibu, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Robert Cormack. Other stations contributed whatever manpower and equipment could be spared, Cormack said. The sheriff’s Industry Station sent nine deputies and two sergeants to the fires, said Industry sheriff’s Lt. Liam Gallagher. Three deputies from the sheriff’s Walnut/Diamond Bar Station were at the scene as well, officials said. The Malibu blaze, which started in Malibu Canyon, had charred at least 1,200 acres and destroyed a church and several homes, one of them a landmark castle. No one was injured, Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman said. The winds carried embers across the Pacific Coast Highway, closing the popular road and setting fire to cars and trees in the parking lot of a shopping center where a supermarket, drugstore and other shops were damaged. TV footage showed several buildings in flames in the area, including clusters of beach-side homes. “This fire is zero percent contained, which means we’re at the mercy of the wind,” acting Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich said. Five homes and two commercial buildings had been confirmed lost throughout the Malibu area, Freeman said. Nine homes were damaged, he said. The fire is expected to burn for another two to three days, he said. Until the blaze is extinguished, “there will literally be thousands of homes that will be threatened at one time or another,” he said. Fire crews early Sunday found downed power lines, which may have started the fire, Capt. Mike Brown said. Late Sunday morning, palm trees bent in half and embers were carried through the air as winds gusted to 60 to 65 mph. Thick smoke obscured the sun. Susan Nuttall sat in her black Mercedes in a cul-de-sac just off the Pacific Coast Highway, saying she had fled her condo just below Pepperdine University. “We’re all scared to death, and we have nowhere to go,” said Nuttall, 51, still wearing a bathrobe and holding her Chihuahua. Flames also consumed the landmark Castle Kashan, a stately fortress-like home with turrets and arched windows, as about a dozen residents watched from across a street. Chunks of brick fell from the exterior of the burning building overlooking the coast. Erratic wind gusts hampered efforts to drop water from aircraft and pushed flames toward HRL Laboratories, a research and engineering facility jointly owned by Boeing Co. and General Motors Corp. about a mile north of Pepperdine. One outbuilding caught fire, Boeing spokeswoman Diana Ball said. Flames engulfed Malibu Presbyterian Church, which had been evacuated, said youth pastor Eric Smith. “That’s the really good news, that everyone’s out and safe,” Smith said. Faculty and staff at the 830-acre Pepperdine campus had been urged to evacuate in the morning and students were instructed to gather in the school’s cafeteria and basketball arena. But by early afternoon, the campus was “secure,” Freeman said. Flames were no longer visible in the hills around the school and that power to the campus had been restored, Pepperdine spokesman Jerry Derloshon said. About 200 homes had been evacuated in the communities of Malibu Colony, Puerco Canyon, Monte Nido and Sweetwater Canyon, Brown said. High fire danger signified by red-flag warnings is expected in the coming days throughout the Southland, said Derderian, of the Pasadena Fire Department. Officials are working to ensure there will still be enough firefighters on-hand to handle any local emergencies, she said. Other wildfires burning in Southern California included: Firefighters were focused on protecting Piru, a Ventura County town of 1,200 people across a small lake from the 1,500-acre blaze. A condor preserve was also potentially threatened. Also in Ventura County, crews mopped up a wildfire that burned 35 acres of brush in a rural area near Moorpark. One home had damage to its roof but no injuries were reported. More than 450 acres had burned five miles northeast of Los Olivos in Santa Barbara County. No homes had been destroyed or damaged, but fire officials issued a voluntary evacuation order for the Woodstock neighborhood. A blaze that burned around 25 acres was stamped out in an unpopulated canyon area in the Porter Ranch area of the San Fernando Valley. Downed power lines were found in the area, but officials didn’t know if they had caused the blaze. Correspondent Brian Day contributed to this story. 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