“Power Is from God, not Innocent Blood”

first_imgThe bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Liberia and archbishop of the Internal Province of West Africa, Most Rev. Jonathan B.B. Hart, has warned politicians seeking public office to avoid shedding innocent blood in ritualistic killings as they contest the ensuing senatorial elections.Making emphasis on the issue among other societal ills while delivering a sermon at the  National Intercessory Prayer at Trinity Cathedral yesterday,  Archbishop Hart said, “We still practice the killing of innocent people either for ritual practices or out of hate.”He emphatically declared that  “As people of God we cannot say we are obeying God and continue to shed innocent blood and lives.”As is usually the case, when election day is drawing closer “Heart man” activities become rampant, gripping people by fear. People avoiding walking alone on distant road or in the dark.Archbishop Hart noted that total obedience and unflinching faithfulness are what God requires and demands of Liberians as people of a nation.  “Obedience from the heart and faithfulness without pretense are virtues that we need to cultivate as leaders and citizens of Liberia if we want our nation to prosper and be blessed by God.”Speaking also on other societal ills, the West African archbishop and bishop of Liberia stressed that Liberians cannot truly profess to obey God when they continue to indulge in the practices of homosexual activities and the raping of young girls and children.The archbishop lamented that homosexuality is on the rise as though it has been legalized.  Young girls and even young boys are being raped or seduced by many of those who are wealthy.Speaking on the theme, “Obedience and faithfulness Are What God Requires of Us,” the Liberian prelate also noted that obeying God requires doing away with violence and the destruction of properties and unwarranted strikes.“We must resolve to find solutions to our problems in a more polite and civil manner,  rather than by using violence which results in the loss of human lives and properties,” he averred.On the issue of corruption, Bishop Hart indicated that this  is a sin against God and God’s people.  “The practice of corruption in our society today seems to be normal and is carried out by bosses in offices without fear.The national intercessory prayer is a part of activities that mark Liberia’s Independence Day celebration this year. The day has over the time been celebrated on a rotational basis in the counties since President Sirleaf took office in 2006; but this time it is being declared by the Protocol office that it is to be observed in homes and churches in prayer services to seek God’s intervention in the Ebola crisis facing the country.The Liberian Chief of Protocol, Rufus Neufville, during the intercessory service announced that on July 25 there will be an honoring ceremony in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while on the 26th there will be an indoor program at the Centennial Pavilion in Monrovia.According to the Chief of Protocol, all programs will have no reception or party as the case had been in the past, but will be dominated by prayers in churches and mosque.This year’s celebration was expected to be held in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties, but the Ebola crisis coupled with bad roads and other social issues led to the cancellation of the program in those counties.Meanwhile, Bishop Hart acknowledged that if Liberia can experience the favor of God and prosper as a people and nation in the midst of the Ebola crisis, they need to render absolute obedience to  and faith in God by turning away from their deceits and hypocrisy.“In order to tap into the abundance of God’s blessing as a nation, we need to turn away from our greed and all forms and manners of corruption; forget about dirty politics and see each other as brothers and sisters and Liberia as our common denominator,” Bishop Hart asserted.The service was attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, United States Ambassador Deborah Malac, Foreign Affairs Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, Gender and Development Minister Julia Duncan Cassell and few other Government officials.The intercessory prayer was expected to be well attended by Government officials; contrary to this belief, the service was poorly attended.This was most probably due to  poor advanced planning.  For example, at press time on Thursday night, the Liberian media knew nothing about an intercessory service scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 21.  Most media houses heard about it on Sunday morning, when the state broadcasting facility, ELBC, announced that its Outside Broadcast system was en route to Trinity Cathedral for a National Intercessory Prayer Service.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hindus observe Maha Shivaratri

first_imgThousands of Hindu pilgrims gathered at the Guyana Sevashram Sangha, popularly known as the Cove and John Ashram on the East Coast of Demerara, to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva as they celebrate the festival of Maha Shivaratri.Maha Shivaratri translates to “great night of Shiva,” and for 24 hours, Hindu pilgrims offer special prayers to Lord Shiva at auspicious intervals.Devotees making holy offerings into the kundhThe celebrations at the Ashram began at 05:30h on Tuesday, and following the mass Havan ceremony, Administrator of the Cove and John Ashram, Swami Shivashankarananda, explained the meaning of Maha Shivaratri.“Shivaratri means ‘the night of Shiva’, and is observed on the 13th or 14th day of every month; but once a year there is a Maha Shivaratri, or ‘great night of Shiva’ on the new moon in the month of February or March, before the arrival of spring,” he explained.Swami Shivashankarananda, in addressing the gathering of students from the Cove and John Hindu School, invitees from the Indian High Commission, and pilgrims, noted that in different parts of India, the tale of how Shivaratri came about differs, but the celebration remains the same.“It is on this day that Shiva is said to have saved the world from destruction on the condition that people worship him with great enthusiasm. Another legend said that Shiva simply named this as his favourite day when asked by the Goddess Parvati; and a third story said that a hunter was unable to find any game, so decided to rest in a wood apple tree. He threw down leaves in the hope (they) would attract a deer, but was unaware that there was a sacred worship place to Shiva beneath the tree,” the Hindu scholar related.He said religious texts explain that during the vigil night of Shiva, one is brought to the moment of internal interval between destruction and regeneration. That process symbolizes the night when one must contemplate what to grow and what to eradicate.“During Maha Shivaratri, we have to be alone with our souls, the Shiva in you; we have to look behind and before to see what evil need we have to eradicate from our hearts, and what growth of virtue we have to encourage. Shiva is not only outside of us, but within us, to unite our soul with oneself to recognize the Shiva in us,” Swami Shivashankarananda noted.The festival is solemn, and marks a remembrance of overcoming darkness and ignorance in life and the world. It is observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers, fasting, and meditating on ethics and virtues such as self-restraint, honesty, non-injury to others, forgiveness, and the discovery of Shiva.The ardent devotees keep awake all night, and would visit one of the Shiva temples or go on pilgrimage, as it is believed that Shiva appears at certain intervals throughout the night. “Om Namah Shivaya”, the sacred mantra of Shiva, is chanted throughout the day to invoke Shiva’s presence.last_img read more

Real Madrid vehemently deny reports they made approach for Juventus star

first_img1 Real Madrid have vehemently denied reports in the Italian media that they have made an approach to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.There has been speculation that Pogba will leave the Turin giants this summer even though Juve are keen to keep the 22-year-old.Italian newspaper La Stampa reported that Real were willing to offer Pogba a five-year contract, earning 10million euros net per season.A statement from the club on Thursday read: “Following reports published in Italian newspaper La Stampa concerning an alleged offer from Real Madrid for the player Paul Pogba, the club wishes to state the following: Real Madrid have had no contact either with Juventus or the player’s agent and, as a consequence, the reports published in this newspaper are completely false.”Pogba has been a big hit since arriving at Juve from Manchester United in 2012.The France international is tied to the Turin giants until June 2019.Pogba played a major role in helping Juventus clinch their third successive Scudetto last season, scoring seven goals and setting up seven more in 36 Serie A appearances for the Bianconeri.A hamstring injury has limited Pogba to 25 league appearances for the Serie A champions this season.Pogba has been strongly linked to Paris St Germain while his former club Manchester United as well as neighbours Manchester City and Premier League champions Chelsea are also reported to be interested in signing the talented midfielder.Juve, who have already lifted the Serie A and Coppa Italia trophies this season, face Real’s arch-rivals Barcelona in the Champions League final on June 6 in Berlin. Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba last_img read more

Help for those who help for a living

first_img “It’s one of my favorite things,” she said. She also likes to help officers recover immediately after witnessing a traumatic incident, such as the death of a child. Occasionally, that involves having the officers call home. “Having them call home at 2 or 3 a.m., talk to their wife and children so they understand this is not their child … I cut the connection with their own personal lives so it won’t be so stressful for them,” Beckel said. While the Glendale Police Department has Beckel as its own full-time psychologist, the Burbank Police Department and other smaller law enforcement agencies bring in a psychologist on a temporary basis when they need one. Glendale Police Chief Randy Adams said his officers trust Beckel more since she is there all the time. It helps her overcome the resistance some officers have to psychological care. “To a degree, law enforcement is always taught that in the height of a crisis or an emergency, they’re the ones who stay under control and provide calm, rational enforcement services to an otherwise chaotic situation,” Adams said. “So what follows from that is, on the heels of a very traumatic incident, there is a feeling from time to time that you just need to suck it up and deal with it, and pretend that it doesn’t affect you.” But traumatic incidents do affect the officers, Adams said, adding that they need to “vent the emotional trauma of that in order to stay emotionally well and healthy.” “Some are much more receptive to that than others,” he said. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – When Glendale police respond to a hostage situation, they have a secret weapon to help them get where they usually can’t – inside the suspect’s mind. Police psychologist Debra Beckel can eavesdrop on conversations a barricaded suspect has with officers and determine whether he’s a sociopath, a drug addict or depressed. She can then advise officers how to handle him. “I love helping my guys and I love either … assisting in getting the bad guy or helping with solving a crisis situation,” Beckel said. But helping the SWAT team resolve such situations is only a small part of what Beckel does. In fact, she’s only had to respond to one such call since she was hired by the Glendale Police Department in July 2004. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Her most important job is making sure the department’s officers are mentally healthy, that the stresses of patrolling the streets don’t invade their personal lives. So she monitors officers for behavior changes and other signs of stress and counsels them informally in the department’s hallways. She also meets with officers off-site for private counseling. “I kind of feel like the Glendale Police Department is my family and I have to make sure that everyone is OK and well taken care of,” Beckel said. When she’s not counseling officers, she oversees the department’s chaplaincy program or its Community Family Counseling Center, which offers free counseling to youths having trouble at school or with their families. She also counsels crime victims, matches rookie officers with veterans who can mentor them and helps detectives understand the psychology of their suspects. Beckel, who declined to provide her age, said she was drawn to working alongside law enforcement by the adrenaline rush that comes with dealing with crises. She loves to go out with the SWAT team, which she did dozens of times while with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. last_img read more

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY AT KELLY’S CENTRA MOUNTAIN TOP AS THEY SLASH FUEL PRICES

first_imgHAPPY HOUR: FUEL PRICES SLASHED: Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top are at it AGAIN!Management at Kelly’s Centra Topaz Mountain Top have got into the festive spirit a week early by slashing fuel prices.They’ve already done it on TWO occasions already in December, but management have yet again decided to slash fuel costs by hosting their HAPPY HOUR.The HAPPY HOUR starts again today at 4pm and lasts until 6pm. Remarkably the price of Diesel, Petrol and Kero will drop by 5c per litre.This is their way of saying Happy Christmas to their customers.So make sure and keep an eye out over the next few days as this may not be the last time prices will drop between now and Christmas.Mairtin Kelly told Donegal Daily, “We’ve had to put on extra pump attendants due to the success of the last happy hour promotion – this will help get people in and out quickly. “Christmas is an expensive time of year for many families, so we’re slashing the fuel costs to help the pocket a small bit, and to say a big THANK YOU to our loyal customers for their support throughout the year.“Checkout the signage on the roads for the most up to date HAPPY HOUR times. CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY AT KELLY’S CENTRA MOUNTAIN TOP AS THEY SLASH FUEL PRICES was last modified: December 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

THE BEST IN COUNTRY MUSIC TO PERFORM AT BANKS OF THE FOYLE MUSIC FESTIVAL

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: Some of the best acts in Country Music are set to perform at the Banks of the Foyle Music festival which gets underway tonight.A massive crowd of country music enthusiasts are expected to attend the festival which has attracted some top-class musical talent. Derek Ryan and Lisa McHugh are two of the star attractions at the festival and will draw big crowds on Friday and Sunday night respectively.However, there really is something for everyone at this superb festival.Tonight, a JIVING MASTERCLASS with kick-off proceedings with Kevin O’Kane.The festival takes place in the beautiful Greysteel area of Derry and lasts from tonight until Sunday. So make and get along to the brilliant Banks of the Foyle Music festival this weekend.THE BEST IN COUNTRY MUSIC TO PERFORM AT BANKS OF THE FOYLE MUSIC FESTIVAL was last modified: August 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

ROSSES AC ATHLETE CIARAN MCGONAGLE SELECTED ON DONEGAL TEAM FOR ALL-IRELAND NOVICE CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgCiaran McGonagle has been selected to represent Donegal at the All-Ireland Novice Championships.Rosses ACA huge congratulations to Patrick Marry, Mullach Dearg and Leah Mc Garvey, Cnoc an Stolaire, Gaoth Dobhair who competed in the All Ireland Cross Country Ch’s at Dundalk I.T. on Sunday last.Both represent the club and Donegal. Well done!!! Congratulation to Ciaran McGonagle who was selected for the Donegal team to run in the All Ireland Novice Championships in Santry Dublin on December 7th. It’s been an impressive year to date for Ciaran.A new Fit4life session started in early November in the gym RCS, Dungloe with coach Sinead Diver.Fit4life is a programme for all whether you are a complete beginner or a regular jogging/runner. The programme will help you to achieve improved levels of fitness and wellness within the club structure in a fun, sociable environment. Training sessions allow runners/walkers to train at an appropriate level. There is progression from Walking to Jogging to Running. No previous experience is needed. Fit4life group meet at Carrickfinn track on Saturday mornings at 10 am with coach Sinead Diver. New members welcome.Sportshall Athletics continues on Mondays in Gweedore from 6-7pm and in the gym RCS, Dungloe at 6.45 – 7:45pm for children born 2007 and older. For Health and Safety reasons we cannot accommodate children born 2008 or younger. Fee €2.Please feel free to come along and join the adult group who do a long run in the forestry every Sunday morning at 11am. Meet at the Blue Bridge, Arduns, Gweedore.Some upcoming events are: Dec 7th – All Ireland Even Ages and Novice C.C. Championships, Santry Dublin. Dec 4th – 5k in Letterkenny at 9:30pm. Dec 14th – Turkey Trot Letterkenny. Dec 16th – Goal Mile, Letterkenny. Dec 26th – Darren Mills Memorial 5k – Viking House.ROSSES AC ATHLETE CIARAN MCGONAGLE SELECTED ON DONEGAL TEAM FOR ALL-IRELAND NOVICE CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: November 25th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:athleticsNoticesROSSES ACSportlast_img read more

THE PULSE NITECLUB HAS 2 MORE NIGHTS OF WEEKEND FUN

first_imgTHE PULSE Nightclub in Letterkenny has two more nights of weekend FUN!There’s the brilliant MindBenders tonight (Saturday) and DJ Ahmed..guaranteed to get the crowds in.And then Sunday night sees the FREE annual disco as a big THANK YOU from the club to YOU. ENJOY!Promoted PostTHE PULSE NITECLUB HAS 2 MORE NIGHTS OF WEEKEND FUN was last modified: December 28th, 2013 by John2Share 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:The Pulselast_img read more

BOYLE CROWNED GALWAY INTERNATIONAL RALLY CHAMP AS DONEGAL SWEEP THE BOARDS!

first_imgRally winners Declan and Brian BoyleDonegal’s Declan Boyle and Brian Boyle won the Colm Quinn BMW Galway International rally today in the opening round of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Championship…on a day of success for the county.Boyle, in his Subaru WRC, finished 25.5 seconds ahead of Garry Jennings, also in a Subaru.Eugene Donnelly crashed his Mini WRC out of third place when in contention ending his involvement on the first stage. The drama continued as Jennings closed to within 0.2 of a second of Boyle, who had concerns about overheating coolant that led to the car lapsing on to three cylinders.Jennings though aquaplaned on Stage 8 and lost time but he subsequently cut the deficit to 27 seconds with three stages to go.However, Boyle withstood the pressure and took his first International win.Jennings was well ahead of the Ford Focus of Donagh Kelly, who claimed third on the final stage after Sam Moffett clipped a rock and damaged a wheel rim, he had to settle for fourth. Another Donegal duo also won today – Galway National Rally winners were Declan Gallagher and Ryan Moore.And there was a third win for Donegal competitors when Galway junior rally winners were Paul Creamer and Danny McCloskey.Colm Quinn BMW Galway International Rally –Round 1, Clonakilty Blackpuddding Irish Tarmac Championship Galway: 1. D. Boyle/B. Boyle (Subaru WRC S12B) 1h. 10m. 00.0s; 2. G. Jennings/R. Kennedy (Subaru WRC S12B) 1h. 10m. 25.5s; 3. D. Kelly/K. Flanagan (Ford Focus WRC) 1h. 11m. 28.6s; 4. S. Moffett/J. O’Reilly (Ford Fiesta WRC) 1h. 11m. 32.4s; 5. J. Moffett/J. Rowan (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 15m. 44.7s; 6. S. McCann/L. O’Dowd (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 16m. 04.0s; 7. E. Meegan/S. Whelan (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 16m. 11.5s; 8. M. Doherty/C. Foley (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 16m. 40.4s; 9. B. Cumiskey/R. O’Kane (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 17m. 30.7s; 10. P. Kirk/J. McElhinney (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 17m. 47.3s. BOYLE CROWNED GALWAY INTERNATIONAL RALLY CHAMP AS DONEGAL SWEEP THE BOARDS! was last modified: February 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Declan BoyleGalway Rallylast_img read more

WAS IT YOU? SOMEONE HAS JUST WON A MASSIVE €12,155,282!

first_imgSOMEONE in Donegal has just won an incredible €12,155,282 – that’s TWELVE MILLION EURO and a load of change.The National Lottery says the ticket was bought in the North West after weeks of rolling over.The winning numbers were 13, 14, 24, 31, 35 and 43. The bonus number – not needed in this case of course – was 21.It seems Donegal has struck lucky again in the National Lottery.Many shops in the county spoke of record sales earlier today as more people played the game hoping to win the massive jackpot.The National Lottery wouldn’t say where the winning ticket was bought just yet. The winner may not even know at this stage.So if you played for tonight’s game, get that ticket out, take a deep breath and check those numbers.And if it was you…..well done. WAS IT YOU? SOMEONE HAS JUST WON A MASSIVE €12,155,282! was last modified: June 5th, 2014 by John2Share 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:12 million eurodonegalnational lotteryNorth westwinnerlast_img read more