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On the Issue of Same Sex Marriage, Where Does Gov’t Stand?

first_imgThe resident priest of the St Kizito Catholic Church in Paynesville outside Monrovia has called on the government of Liberia to take stance on the issue of same sex marriage which is generating much debate throughout the world with Liberia being no exception.Priest Ambrose Kroma said Gov’t needs to make a definite position on the controversial global debate of same sex marriage as other African countries including Nigeria and Uganda have done.Speaking at the Easter vigil night on Saturday, April 19,2014, Priest Kroma indicated that Liberia prides itself on being built and guided by Christian principles and if this is to be true, government must therefore make anti same sex laws despite the human consequences that may be incurred.He said it is so unfortunate that the issue of same sex relationship is now openly discussed in the country and had even gain the support of certain segment of the Liberian public.It could recalled the Archbishop of the Catholic Church in Liberia, Lewis Ziegler, strongly spoke against the act of homosexuality when he delivered a touching and national spirit awaking sermon at the Providence Baptist Church. The occasion was the climax of the national fast and prayer day.Prelate Kroma also used the Easter Vigil to strongly speak against a number of critical national issues. He called on Liberians not to vote for politicians believed to be connected to ritualistic killings.He noted that such politicians used human blood and body parts for rituals, believing that they would gain power from them.Priest Kroma wondered, “When some politicians will realize that power comes from God and not from the sacrificing of human life.”He said during elections in Liberia there are usually growing speculations that some politicians practice ritualistic killings in an effort to attain power.“Mysterious dead bodies sometimes with extracted parts are also found without a determination made as to the cause of the deaths.”In another development, the Catholic prelate had called on lawmakers to make their earnings and benefits public as they are being paid by taxpayers’ money.According to him, there are growing unanswered questions and controversies surrounding lawmakers’ income as the gap between the rich and poor grows wider.He wondered why the legislature has not been audited despite the calls for more transparency and accountability from government.The Catholic priest also expressed disagreement over the proposed 73 million dollars for Direct District Impact Projects as proposed by the House of Representatives, calling on the lawmakers to first exercise responsible oversight on the County Development Funds.He described the House’s proposal as not logical, claiming that Liberians will be more skeptical of said proposal given the history surrounding the County Development Funds.Meanwhile it seems that the Liberian Churches have now resolved to get themselves engage some of the critical national issues that are impeding the progress of the country.The recent national fast and prayer day ceremony the issues of poverty and hunger, as well as immorality were highly spoken about by religious stakeholdersShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Emancipation shopping buzzes Georgetown

first_imgWith Emancipation celebrations just days away, the capital city of Georgetown was lit with brightly coloured outfits, with the scenery reaching its peak at Main Street, Georgetown, where an exhibition is being hosted.A crowded section of Main Street, lined with not only exhibitors but also excited shoppers who were delighted by the wide variety of African printsSome of the pieces created using seeds and other natural materialsEvery year, Main Street usually comes alive with exhibits for this special time of year. The scenery was quite the one expected on Tuesday afternoon when Guyana Times took a walk around the various booths which had a number of shoppers trying to secure the perfect outfit for Emancipation celebrations this Thursday.Although it rained during some parts of the day, this did not stop shopaholics from visiting the various booths and getting a glimpse of the many colours and designs available for sale at the exhibition which is held annually for locals to showcase and market their talent.Designers usually seize this opportunity to display and vend not only African clothing and footwear, but diverse and unique pieces of jewellery and even foods and drinks.One designer explained “We have caiman skins, alligator skins and snake skins as well as leather jewellery because this is nature. It’s all-natural materials, most of the stones [used to make rings and necklaces] are natural”.In addition to the materials she listed, a wide range of her exotic pieces was also fabricated with wires instead of gold to create a more natural effect.In relation to the colourful prints, she pointed out some which were made using a technique called “tie-dye” where a piece of cloth is folded, tied and dipped into paint. That exhibitor had shirts and scarves made using that design. According to her, those are more expensive than the usual pieces due to the time and dedication it takes to create those.Another vendor, Patricia Helwick, noted that she has been coming out to the Main Street exhibition for the past 15 years. She boasted that her customers usually look out for her annually due to the unique pieces she offers.She had on display clothing for men, women and children with fabric imported from Nigeria. Helwick said she takes pride, especially in head wraps among the other pieces, which include pantsuits for men, dresses, skirts and even shirts.She said she joined the exhibition on Monday but has seen a slow influx of customers in comparison to last year. While persons have been visiting her booth, she complained that persons are more interested in describing the outfits rather than purchasing, although she termed her pieces as “affordable”.Near her was Antwon Austin, who had a unique booth with wines and juices.Austin had on display and for sale wines made from natural herbs such as Sarsaparilla, which has been used for ages. He listed a few others, “aunty desmond, jamoon, passion fruit, plum and granny backbone”.According to him, those herbs are usually used for medicinal purpose such as cleansing the urinary tract to treat urinary tract infections, back and joint pain among others.last_img read more

IDB Executive Directors now official connoisseurs of El Dorado Rums

first_imgDDL Chairman Komal Samaroo and Government Affairs Advisor Wesley Kirton posed with Executive members of IDB in Capital Hill WashingtonSix key members of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are now official connoisseurs of the internationally acclaimed award-winning El Dorado Rum of Guyana.They were presented with official certificates last Thursday at a simple ceremony in the bank’s boardroom by Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) Chairman, Komal Samaroo.The Executive Directors earned their certificates as a result of their visit to the operations of DDL at Diamond, on Guyana’s East Bank of the Demerara River, during an official visit to Guyana, which is a borrowing member of the bank. While at DDL, the Directors – Eliot Pedrosa, the USA’s Director; Bosco Marti Ascencio, Director for Mexico and the Dominican Republic; Eric Madueno, Director for Canada; Malcolm Geere, Director for the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Croatia and Slovenia; Jose Guilherme Reis, Director for Brazil and Suriname and Ambassador Selwin Hart, Director for the Caribbean – participated in an organoleptic testing exercise of a range of the El Dorado and other brands of Demerara rums distilled, blended and bottled by DDL.Prior to the organoleptic testing exercise, the Directors, accompanied by IDB representative in Guyana Sophie Makonnen and DDL officials, toured the distillery, warehouses and bottling plant and were particularly impressed with the centuries-old wooden still which is among the stills currently in use at the distillery.The visitors were also brought up to date on the expansion and diversification plans currently underway at DDL including the proposed solar farm to supply energy to the Diamond Complex which is to benefit from funding from the IDB.Last week, DDL Chairman Komal Samaroo and Government Affairs Advisor Wesley Kirton were in Washington DC for the Caribbean Legislative Forum on Capitol Hill and an energy meeting at the Bank and were received by five of the six Directors in the office of the US Executive Director.The Caribbean Director, Selwin Hart, was not present since he was in Trinidad and Tobago for meetings of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).While visiting with the Bank’s directorate, Samaroo took the opportunity to further discuss DDL’s diversification and expansion programmes.last_img read more

Drogba’s 2 goals help lift Chelsea

first_imgDrogba headed in the winning goal at Millennium Stadium in the 84th minute on a cross from Arjen Robben. He also scored in the 20th, eight minutes after Theo Walcott gave the Gunners a 1-0 lead. Terry was attempting to head a corner from Robben when Diaby went for the ball with his foot. After the collision, Terry fell to the ground and appeared to be unconscious. Didier Drogba scored twogoals to help Chelsea win the League Cup final 2-1 Sunday over Arsenal in Cardiff, Wales. Chelsea captain John Terry was taken off the field on a stretcher after Arsenal defender Abou Diaby kicked him in the head in the 58th minute. The Chelsea defender was put on a stretcher with an oxygen mask placed over his mouth and a brace around his head. Play was halted for six minutes. Walcott gave Arsenal the lead after exchanging passes with Diaby and sending a rising shot into the far corner. Drogba tied the score when he took a pass from Michael Ballack and beat Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia. More violence: Soccer fans and riot police fought after a game between Belgrade, Serbia, rivals, leaving at least 13people injured and 27arrested. Red Star fans were angered by their team’s 4-2 loss to Partizan on Saturday. They built barricades with garbage bins downtown as police on horseback charged them, witnesses said. The arrests came at Red Star stadium and at later fighting that left at least 12 fans and one police officer injured, police said Sunday. center_img Criminal charges will be filed against five fans for triggering the violence. 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

YOU CAN HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT IN KILLYGORDON

first_imgALL roads lead to Killygordon this Friday where some of Donegal’s best musicians, singers and performers take to the stage for the local community variety concert.The hilarious Fergus ClearyThe event will be held in the Oaktree Community Centre, with all proceeds going towards helping Crossroads and Killygordon Enterprise (CAKE) continue their good work in the area.Earlier this year, CAKE opened a new 4,000 square foot, two-storey extension to the centre. The organisers stressed that all artists will be local, as they wanted to host the event in order to highlight the great wealth of traditional and contemporary musicians and performers in the locality.MC on the night will be one of Donegal’s best-known artists, writers and storytellers, Fergus Cleary.Fergus will also be joined by the cream of local talent including traditional group ‘Whin Bush’ who will be accompanied by renowned fiddler, Francie Kelly.Other musicians and singers include the performers from Dromore National School, Orla Noonan-Sweeney, Shelly O’Brien and Danny Sweeney, John (Simi) Doherty (fiddler), Evan Kee (recital) and Champion Irish dancer, Sophie Duffy. Doors open 8:15 pm and Dromore NS performers will be on stage at 8:45 pm Sharp, so come early as a large crowd is expected.Admission is just €10 for adults and €5 for under 16s while there will also be concessions for families.YOU CAN HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT IN KILLYGORDON was last modified: November 20th, 2013 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:CAKEconcertKillygordonlast_img read more

Indicator lag hints at slower economy

first_imgWASHINGTON – An important gauge of the country’s future economic activity dipped in April, suggesting slower growth ahead. The Conference Board, a private research group, reported Thursday that its Index of Leading Economic Indicators, fell 0.1 percent, to 138.9, last month. Economists were predicting a small rise. In March, the index climbed 0.4 percent, to 139. The index is closely watched because it predicts economic activity over the next three months to six months. Economists said the slide reinforces the Federal Reserve’s forecast that growth probably will moderate to a more sustainable pace. New applications filed for unemployment insurance shot up by a seasonally adjusted 42,000, to 367,000, for the week ending May 13. That was the highest level of claims since early October. Last week’s number, however, was inflated by layoffs related to the shutdown, now resolved, a department analyst said. If not for the flood of jobless claims filings from the shutdown, last week’s claims would have stood at a seasonally adjusted level of about 312,000 last week, the department analyst estimated. It would have been considerably closer to economists’ forecasts for claims to have come in about 318,000. Although it was difficult to divine any fresh clues about the health of the overall labor market in Thursday’s jobless claims report, another important barometer, released in early May, showed job growth slowed in April. Employers expanded payrolls by just 138,000 in April, the smallest growth since October. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.7 percent last month. The Fed boosted interest rates last week for the 16th time in two years to keep inflation from getting out of control. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke did not predict the future of interest rates, but said the once-growing housing market seems set for a safe landing.160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe economy in the first quarter of this year grew at a 4.8 percent pace, the fastest in 2 years. Analysts expect growth will slow about 3 percent to 3.5 percent in the second and third quarters – a still healthy mark. “The index is flashing not a recession but a slowing in growth, which is a welcome sign. Unfortunately, we are not seeing an accompanying moderation in inflation yet,” said Lynn Reaser, chief economist at Bank of America’s Investment Strategies Group. On Wall Street, stocks slumped. Investors could not shake Wednesday’s inflation scare, which sent the Dow Jones industrial average on its biggest one-day drop in three years. The Dow on Thursday lost 77.32 points to close at 11,128.29. The decline in the Conference Board’s index comes as the housing market is slowing, energy prices are rising and consumer confidence is sagging. April’s index reading was weighed down by a drop in building permits, a dip in consumer expectations and a rise in filings for jobless benefits. In a separate report, the Labor Department said the number of people signing up for those benefits rose sharply last week mainly due to the lingering effects of a partial government shutdown in Puerto Rico. last_img read more

RYAN GETS HIS WISH WITH A VERY SPECIAL CALL

first_imgLetterkenny lad Ryan McCrabbe saw his wish come true when he became the first person in Donegal to get his hands on the new Apple iPhone 4S.iPhone-mad Ryan was granted this very special wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation which grants wishes to children living with a life threatening illness.When Make-A- Wish contacted Francis Callaghan, the MD of Digifone O2, he did not hesitate in helping to make Ryan’s wish come true. Ryan and his friends were picked up and taken by Limo to the O2 store on Friday morning where Francis presented Ryan with a brand new iPhone.Pictured are: Ryan McCrabbe with Rob Cameron, O2 Store Manager in Letterkenny; Francis Callaghan, Franchise Principal for Donegal; and James Given, O2 Area Manager. Photo Clive Wasson.RYAN GETS HIS WISH WITH A VERY SPECIAL CALL was last modified: October 31st, 2011 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:Make A Wish FoundationRyan McCRabbelast_img read more

BOXING: ‘GOLDEN BOY’ QUIGLEY BACK IN ACTION TOMORROW NIGHT IN CALIFORNIA

first_imgJason Quigley is back in action tomorrow night in California.Jason Quigley is back in action tomorrow night, just two weeks since his stunning first-round KO of Lanny Dardar. It took Quigley just 94 seconds to pick Dardar apart before the referee called a halt to the contest.Quigley has now all FOUR of his professional bouts by KO and has made a hugely impressive start to his professional career. His explosive style has endeared himself to fight fans in the USA and is already being touted by boxing commentators to go all the way in the profession.Quigley fights for Golden Boy Promotions who are one of the biggest promoters in the fight business.The company is fronted by former World champion Oscar De La Hoya and he believes Quigley has got all the attributes to become a World champion.Quigley is keen to make is 5-0 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California tomorrow night. Quigley’s opponent has not yet been named, and it won’t be formally announced until the weigh-in which will take place later tonight.We wish Jason all the best in his quest to continue his perfect start to his professional career.BOXING: ‘GOLDEN BOY’ QUIGLEY BACK IN ACTION TOMORROW NIGHT IN CALIFORNIA was last modified: March 19th, 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:boxingCalforniaGolden Boy PromtionsHome-page SportJason Quigleynewslast_img read more

Body of an Irish woman found after Holi in Goa

first_imgThe nude body of a 25-year-old Irish woman was found at an isolated open place in South Goa, police said on Wednesday.Police has started investigating the alleged rape and murder of the Irish tourist, who had arrived at Canacona sub-district, known for its popular beaches like Palolem and Agonda, from Arambol in North Goa.According to the police, the deceased had come with a friend and celebrated Holi, before being found dead on Tuesday.“We are investigating people with whom she was playing Holi during a party here. Her friend has also given us some leads and we are questioning some suspects,” a police officer familiar with the probe told IANS on condition of anonymity.Police, who are suspecting rape, have sent the body to the Goa Medical College near Panaji for a post mortem.“The body was lying in a pool of blood without clothes and there were injuries on the head and face,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Sammy Tavares said.last_img read more

In Punjab’s Anandpur Sahib, tussle over ‘outsider’ tag

first_imgAs campaigning picks up pace for the Lok Sabha poll in Punjab’s Anandpur Sahib, sitting Shiromani Akali Dal MP Prem Singh Chandumajra and Congress candidate Manish Tewari are engaged in a fierce battle of words, tagging each other as “outsider”.The electoral battle in one of the holiest places of the Sikhs has turned into a multi-cornered contest with candidates of the Congress, the SAD, the Aam Aadmi Party and the breakaway faction of Akali Dal — the Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali) — and others in the fray.With the Congress fielding Mr. Tewari, the SAD has been attacking him for being an “outsider” to the Lok Sabha seat.“These elections are going to be a referendum on the non-performance of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. Several villages in the constituency are boycotting Mr. Chandumajra and he has realised that given the anger against him, due to his non-performance, he is going to lose badly in the election. Fearing an apparent defeat, Mr. Chandumajra and his party are calling me an ‘outsider’, which is absurd,” Mr. Tiwari told The Hindu.“I was born and brought up in Chandigarh, which is surrounded by the Anandpur Sahib parliamentary constituency from three sides, so how come I am an outsider?. In fact, Mr. Chandumajra is an outsider as he belongs to Patiala,” added Mr. Tewari.Mr. Chandumajra has been hitting out at the Congress for fielding an “outsider”, saying that it reflects that the Congress has dearth of leaders in Anandpur Sahib. Among the other candidates in the fray for the May 19 election are AAP’s Narinder Shergill and Bir Davinder Singh of the SAD (Taksali).last_img read more