AND BABY MAKES THREE: It’s a beautiful baby girl for media veteran Simone Clarke-Cooper and her disc jock hubby Arif Cooper, who welcomed Aaryn Cooper to their nest close to a week-and-a-half ago. Weighing a delightful 6.5 lbs, baby Aaryn is the first child for the couple, who have been wed for five years. She is the third child for Arif, who has two sons from a previous marriage. “Naturally, they are very happy at this time,” says a friend of the Coopers. “It’s their first child together.” Simone, who is doubtlessly enjoying her first taste of mommyhood, returns to the FAME FM airwaves in January.
JOURNALISM JOURNEY: Bringing her vast wealth of knowledge and years of experience, seasoned journalist and former radio news editor Janice Budd has made the trek from the RJR Group to the Observer, taking up the position of Associate Editor (Sunday Publications). In her new post, Budd holds the responsibility of co-ordinating editorial content for the paper’s flagship publication, The Sunday Observer. Asked about making the transition from radio (and TV) to a print environment, Budd said, "I love words and I love writing, so it has been easy."