The 144thSynod of the Anglican Diocese in the region got underway in Guyana. The highest decision- making forum of the Anglican Church in Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, got underway with a Grand Mass at St George’s Cathedral on Sunday.Reverend Charles Davidson in his address to the gatheringThe event is three days of debate and discussions on crucial issues in the church. Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Guyana, Reverend Charles Davidson set the tone for the rest of the session. In the Reverend’s address to the hundreds in gathering, he reiterated the importance of the responsibility of Christians make sure the body that Christ gave us continues to be vibrant and avoid the negative influences present in our everyday lives.One of the issues that will be discussed is the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Diocese of Guyana and the Ministry of Laity in the Church.Also present at the service on Sunday were Diocesan President Marin Porter, Brotherhood of St Andrew; Diocesan President Joan James, Mother’s Union; Henrietta Edwards, and the Clergy of Diocese among others.This is the first Synod since the consecration of the Right Reverend Charles Davidson as the eighth Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Guyana.
A Better Hope, East Coast Demerara, woman lost her life on Saturday, after she was stuck by a car on the Vryheid’s Lust Public Road, ECD.Dead is Shanti Singh, 30, of 75 Better Hope, who was reportedly hit by a car while running across the road. According to a Police release, the fatal accident occurred at about 19:20h.Police investigations have so far revealed that car PRR 530 was travelling along the northern side of Vryheid’s Lust Public Road when Singh, who was on the said side, attempted to run across the road but ended in the path of the car which collided with her.The woman received extensive injuries about her body and was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where doctors pronounced her dead.The driver is currently in police custody assisting with investigations.
While most Toshaos are pleased with the pledge of the President to have Cabinet deliberate on accenting to aNTC ChairmanJoel Frederickspiece of land for the National Toshao Council (NTC), many of them are against the establishment of a five-person body to assist the Council.At the closing of the National Toshao Council Conference, Guyana Times spoke to several indigenous leaders and they expressed disapproval with the President’s call for the setting up of a five-person Indigenous People’s Authority to speed up the implementation of decisions coming out of the NTC.On Monday, President David Granger had stated that it is unfair for the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs to act as “postman” in a fragmented system diffusing across the several ministries in order to access aid for health, physical infrastructure, social protection, economics, and education, Granger stated that it is applicable for such a novel establishment.He predicted that the body will implement decisions made by the NTC and the National Assembly.“We need to clothe the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs with the authority to act decisively to deal with some of these problems,” he had said, charging the Minister to recommend measures to set up the authority.However, one Toshao of Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) stated that this is a bad move since it would usurp the role of the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and the Council. “We don’t need something like that if we already have a ministry and the NTC,” he said, adding that the Government to turn their eyes at establishing ways to fix more pressing issues like mining and the social breakdown of the hinterland regions.Toshao of Isseneru, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) Darnes Larson said; “I don’t think it is a wise idea because the Ministry already has two Ministers, two advisors plus technical workers,” stressing that his opinion is not blinded by any “agents of division” or support of any political party.He stated that it is crucial for the Government to address issues such as mining, land titling, and the rights of Amerindian peoples.President Granger had stated that the authority would work under the Ministry to lend support to the NTC as a measure to better the quality of life for indigenous people.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Shadow Minister Pauline Sukhai has also openly rejected the call. She contended that the new body would undermine the work of the Ministry and the NTC, explaining that the Ministry is already staffed with technical people to manage the affairs of the people.“I notice that there is an attempt to usurp the power of the NTC now and even the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs where now you are going to propose to establish a five-man committee to implement decisions. I don’t see independence in that,” Sukhai said.“…there is need for support for empowering and support of indigenous leaders. How will you establishing a five-person committee when there is a Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs with two Ministers,” she added.However, NTC Chairman Joel Fredericks received President Granger’s announcement with elation. “I believe this is a step in the right direction and I support it but I think the NTC should be a part it,” he said.
After all is said and done, it came to one thing: give the former stars a chance to prove themselves. And for three weeks, Team Debbah went through rigorous coaching seminar recently held in Monrovia.Among the participants were the Miracle Man, James Salinsa Debbah, Joe Nagbe, Janjay Jacobs, Kervin Sebwe, Christopher Wreh Oliver Makor, and the legend himself, George Manneh Weah.“It was an incredible experience as these former soccer stars sat through the seminar day after day,” said an eye-witness. The coaches were CAF Elite instructors, Henry Browne and Francis Tamba, assisted by former national Coach J. Kaetu Smith.Among the subjects discussed included the philosophy of coaching or how to turn an ordinary player into a quality footballer. “This was important because a coach must understand how to mold and impart quality knowledge into unsung players,” said an official who was at the program for all the twenty one days.With James Debbah in the lead, the coaches asked many questions and they got answers. It was an interactive discussion as the former soccer stars posed many questions and the elite coaches provided them the required answers.The would-be coaches, in their illustrations, identified certain situations that happened when they were actively playing abroad.“It was a shocking experience as the former super stars who played across Europe examined the information given them,” said another eye-witness.A member of the coaching staff told the Daily Observer yesterday, “We were impressed that these former super stars were brainstorming and drawing up their own conclusions.” He said by allowing them to manage the various national teams as coaches does not mean that all is well with Liberian football.“At least we have begun the process and only time will show us how right our decision is,” he said, “we now have people handling the national teams who have had firsthand experience playing abroad under varied coaches and they are bringing those experiences to help those young players that they would be developing.”That the newly appointed coaches demonstrated rigid determination for a better soccer program in Liberia was the fact that they were able to, during the early interviews conducted by the technical department of the LFA, convince officials why they are the best to lead the change that Liberian football needs presently.“It will be unfair to declare that there will be absolute success to lour football program because we have former players as coaches,” one of the Elite coaches told the Daily Observer, “what we’re doing is we are moving in the right direction with people who can and are able to transform their experiences into our players for a better performance.”The Daily Observer learned that the transformation of former soccer stars into firs class coaches is a process, being developed by the LFA to ensure that there is a pool of players to help the national effort.“The LFA is impressed by the commitment of those appointed,” an official said, “and we hope the general soccer public will support the process to use former players who are able to deal with local and professional players when it is necessary.”The general deportment of the participants, their interactive involvement and the effective manner they provided answers to why they are capable for the job, convinced the LFA that the exercise is worthy.“We are satisfied that all the participating coaches understood the philosophy of the game,” an Elite coach said. “That is fundamental in successful coaching.”The process now continues on December 4, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium at 9a.m. with practical application of the knowledge so far gained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Liberia football giants Barrack Young Controller (BYC) and Fassell departed the country to their respective hunting grounds early Tuesday morning on Air Maroc to honor their respective first leg matches in the continental club tournaments.The Blues – FC BYC are in Banjul, the Gambia to lock horns with Real de Banjul on Saturday, February 14. The Soccer Missionaries — FC Fassell are in Bamako, Mali, to host Horoya FC of Guinea on Sunday, February 15.FC Fassell should have hosted the Guinean team in Monrovia but because of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) the Confederation of African Football (CAF) delocalized football activities in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia thus forcing clubs from these countries participating in CAF competitions to find neutral venues for their respective home matches.Howbeit, the Malian Football Association (MFA) agreed to serve as home ground for Liberian representatives as well as the Sierra Leonean and Guinean teams.FC Fassell is in Bamako to host Horoya FC with the return leg taking place on Friday, the 27th of February also in Bamako.The three-time Liberian courier at CAF will host Real de Banjul in Bamako on Sunday, the 1st of March.Meanwhile, the first timer at the CAF tournament, FC Fassell called up nine players to boast their team. They included Vitalis Gobeoh Sieh, Eddie Wulue, Sam Chaplay Kollie, Aloysius Simujla, and Jeremiah Jlateh Sickey.Others included Bill Gayflor, Albert Nimely, Adama Massaquoi and Terrance L. Tisdell.For BYC, the likes of Mulbah Urey, Benjamin Gbamy, Prince Jetoh, Blamoh Nimely, Sporo Somah, Francis Jalabah, Prince Saydee, Gideon Williams, Samuel Thompson, and George Duada are in the line-up, amongst others.Barrack Young Controllers are supported by Mr. Robert Sirleaf while FC Fassell is bankrolled by diamond broker Cassell F. Kouh, Jr. Both men are the chairmen of the Board of Directors of their clubs respectively.Unlike FC Fassell, which would be their debut appearance in the CAF Confederation Cu, but BYC eliminated Asante Kotoko of Ghana on a 1-0 aggregate, but were also eliminated by Sewe Sports of Cote d‘Ivoire on a 4-3 aggregate in their last appearance. lShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A week-long training for customs authorities in Anglophone West African states began in Monrovia Monday, with the Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, pledging to raise the country’s customs systems to meet modern standards.“Customs has today moved away from the traditional gatekeeper concept to an approach which meets the increasing demands of growing trade facilitation,” said Commissioner Tamba during the opening ceremonies of the World Customs Organization (WCO) – West African Customs Administrations Modernization (WACAM) Project. The LRA Commissioner further emphasized that customs operations today require the implementation of proper border procedures, the operations of border processes and setting the appropriate balance between border control and trade facilitation.“The LRA is fully committed to this process,” she assured participants at the Regional Workshop on Strategic Management.Underscoring the importance of the workshop, she declared that strategic management cannot be ignored in 21st Century customs, general revenue administration and business management, anywhere in the world.WCO representative Philip Wood said the project intends to work with a number of customs authorities in Africa to strengthen their capacities.Strengthening the capacities of these authorities is not about developing new plans but rather in building capacities that lead to developing excellent strategic plans aimed at meeting the requirements of the 21st Century and the WCO’s trade facilitation operations, among others, he said.The head of the Gambian delegation, Yankuba Darboe, and that country’s Revenue Authority Commissioner General, described the workshop as an opportunity for customs authorities to share their experiences in order to make improvements in their respective countries.He underscored the significance of strategic planning, stating, “Without a proper strategic plan, the organization cannot move (in any) direction.”Funded by the Swedish Development Agency, the WCO and WACAM Project seeks to strengthen customs organizations to perform up to global standards.-LINA Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It is a plus to the Musa Bility campaign with eminent statesman Amos Sawyer taking the lead to endorse the FIFA presidential bid of Musa Bility, sports pundits have said.In a statement issued yesterday, Dr. Amos Sawyer stated his delight over news of the acceptance of the nomination of Musa Bility for the FIFA leadership.Excerpt of the release: “I have received with tremendous joy and pride the news that Musa Bility, President of the Liberian Football Association (LFA) has been nominated as a candidate for President of FIFA…”Sawyer as one of the doyens of Liberian politics whose thoughts on issues have the effect of winning hearts and minds beyond the borders of Liberia is upbeat about the chances of Bility in passing the integrity litmus test as critical criterion for the elections of any FIFA president.While congratulating the Liberia Football Associations for making Liberians proud he said. “Mr. Bility’s achievement along with the Lone Star’s recent successes inspires us Liberians to believe in ourselves and in homegrown initiatives. Now that Bility and the LFA have been able to reach this milestone, Liberia needs to rally behind him, using all of our diplomatic resources and international connections to win further regional and global support for his candidacy. Let this be Liberia’s cause and Liberia’s glory!”This development of an esteemed statesman making the clarion call for local support and goodwill to be accorded the ‘Team Bility’ will translate in substantial gains in the coming days.“Sawyer is not an empty talker or flatterer, his gut feelings about the character of Bility has the potential of translating into support,” UL Political Science student and football enthusiasts Roland Kpadeh commented.In a recent press conference to disclose to the Liberian people the acceptance of his nomination, Bility dispelled suggestion that he is a joker. On the contrary, he promised to put up a strong fight in making all Africans proud.He thumped chest over the edge he has over other African contenders in terms of having been involved in the inner workings of the FIFA politics on firm principle, much to his victimization by reactionary forces he is poised to replace.It has been suggested that the re-ordering drive of Bility in making FIFA more responsive to local Football Associations around the world would translates into votes to astound the rest of the world.A rather confident Bility said he will not take the elections to chance but a laser effective campaign that will seek to sell his platform to those that matter, those with voting rights.In a related development Africa’s richest Football star Samuel Eto was on the BBC Focus on Africa drumming support for any of the contenders from Africa.The increasing local support base for Bility is of the view that the comment of Eto could play out in favor of their man with a better profile than the other Africans gunning for the FIFA presidency. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The central concern of this fifth article of the series centered on the family and its indispensable place in all human societies is the role of the children in the life of the family. The bible says children are a precious gift to the couple. They are from God as both a responsibility and a source of joy to the family they are born into. Children do not choose which families they should be born into. Parents cooperate with God by choosing to have children. Therefore parents have a particular responsibility to ensure that their children are given the best of opportunities to be trained, educated and enabled to make the most of life’s opportunities. But the children have the responsibility to cooperate with their parents for their good. How? We shall explore below. The fourth article of the series on the role of the wife/mother made the following points:Clearly the bible places the husband as head of his family and by implication the wife is second in command of the home. But by being second does not subordinate her to her husband. They are equal partners. The man is the head of his family in terms of responsibility and order but in terms of privilege, managing and caring for the home they are equal. Genesis 2:18 says God made the woman to be a helpmate to the man. The world helpmate means a suitable companion to him. The two collaborate and complement each other for the greater good of the whole family and home. They are not in competition.The writer of Ecclesiastes puts it beautifully like this: “Two are better off than one because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. If someone is alone and falls, it is just too bad, because there is no one to help him. If it is cold, two can sleep together and stay warm, but how can you keep warm by yourself?” (4:9-11). The central point of this passage is that husband and wife beef up each other’s efforts. They complete one another. What the father lacks the mother supplies and what the mother lacks the father supplies.Proverbs 31 speaks of the virtuous or capable wife who is not lazy and selfish but rather works very hard alongside her husband to maintain the home for the benefit of all its members. She rises early and is prudent and finds creative ways of increasing the family income. She does not give excuses but sincerely makes good use of every opportunity to provide for her family and thereby takes responsibility alongside her husband for the welfare of the whole family.Father and mother ought to share the responsibilities of the family according to the gift or ability of him/her who can do it better rather than other and not on the basis of gender (man and woman), and none should see self as better than the other or inferior to the other. Both of them are equally responsible for their family and its wellbeing. The children of the home need to realize as members of the human family (nations, communities, institutions, organizations, committees and families) they have both privileges and responsibilities. They need protection and the right environment to grow to be responsible for their actions and the greater good of their surroundings (things, situations and persons).They should learn early on to share and partake in the care and the welfare of the whole family. They must learn to do the little they can as they grow up: take care of their rooms, clean up dishes, sweep and make the house clean, and take care of their clothes. As they grow more and more in age and education they ought to take on more responsibilities for the wellbeing of the family and other institutions they belong to such as the community, school, church/place of worship.It is necessary for them to contribute and not just enjoy what others offer them. It is important for them to learn to associate hard work and achievements with some tangible rewards. The awareness should be inculcated in them that their own wellbeing is dependent on the welfare of others. Children should pray and cultivate the healthy habit of having a passion for learning the right things in life, and aiming for high standard achievements in the important things they put their hands at. They must not leave others to do the work but should rather join in. They should aim for righteous living by always striving for what is right and required rather than for convenience and popularity. All children must take their part in making the family a unified and healthy entity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
After his appointment a month ago as police chief, Col. Gregory Coleman launched a hundred day operation to rid Monrovia and its environs of criminals, drug users and wayward youth.The exercise resulted in the destruction of the notorious Turtle Base in Red-Light, Paynesville, the enclave of hardened criminals in Monrovia. Scores of delinquents, drug users, and abandoned street youths have been arrested in several police raids across Monrovia.In that direction, WATS Foundation Liberia (WAFOL), a humanitarian outfit, has embarked on a voluntary initiative to rehabilitate drug addicts, criminals and abandoned youth across the country.A year ago, Mrs. Watta Holmes, the Chief Executive Officer of WAFOL and a team of other committed Liberians started a campaign to recruit and rehabilitate drug addicts and criminals from the notorious Turtle Base and other criminal hideouts in Monrovia. According to Mrs. Holmes, the rehabilitation program set up at a camp in the Cotton Tree Community in Margibi County is intended to transform young Liberians who were being destroyed by drugs and other harmful substances into productive citizens.Early last week, WAFOL graduated 26 former drug users who underwent a six-month rehabilitation program at the Cotton Tree camp.Speaking at the program, beneficiary Julius Mator called on Liberians to stand up with one voice against people who are importing narcotics and other harmful substances into the country.Mr. Mator also called on the government to formulate harsh laws that would put a halt to the use of harmful drugs.He said the workforce of Liberia is gradually being eaten up by narcotics and noted that if nothing is done to arrest the situation the future of the country would be compromised.He urged the Liberian government to reinforce the fight against drug abuse and the importation of narcotic substances into the country.In an emotional testimony, graduate and mother of five Tina Fawaz, said she abandoned her children and lived in a ghetto for several years. “I lived on drugs and thought I was enjoying my life. But thank God I have been rehabilitated by WAFOL,” Ms. Fawaz said. She cautioned mothers whose children use drugs not to give up on them, and but continue praying for them because “there is nothing that God cannot do.”Seamus Hollywood, another reformed young man and a father of three children, said because of illicit drugs, his family abandoned him and he lost many relationships. He said he lost a lot of opportunities and his mind because of drugs.WAFOL’s Chief Executive Officer Mrs. Watta Holmes extended her gratitude to God and her family for giving her the support to assist the nation’s unfortunate, drug abusers.Mrs. Holmes said WATS Foundation Liberia (WAFOL) has the expertise to rehabilitate drug users and criminals, but noted that the institution does not have adequate financial resources to cater to more of these youths into its program. She appealed to the government and philanthropists to assist her in transforming youth throughout the country who have become drug abusers.“To run this place is not easy. Sometimes it gets so tough, but by the grace of God, my phone would ring and somebody would say, ‘I have a half bag of rice for the program,’ or ‘I have two bags,’ and so on. That’s how we are gradually making it here,” Mrs. Holmes revealed.She said, in spite of the lack of external support, WAFOL will remain committed to rehabilitating drug abusing youths in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Executive Protective Service (EPS) Director, Sam Gaye, on Monday, January 30, told Criminal Court ‘B’ at the Temple of Justice that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf dismissed Darlington George based on credible information she received about him allegedly brutalizing Esther Glain.Prior to his dismissal from the EPS, Darlington George served as the Deputy Director for Operations.Director Gaye’s testimony came when he was subpoenaed by state lawyers to produce the investigative report that led President Sirleaf to dismiss the defendant. In his testimony, Director Gaye claimed that when he took over as director, he was briefed by his office staff about defendant George’s involvement in an allegation of simple assault, for which the President dismissed him.“There was no investigation conducted by the EPS into the alleged assault that caused the President’s action,” Gaye told the court.Defendant George and another EPS officer, James Tamba, who was then assigned with Vice President Joseph Boakai, were charged with aggravated and simple assaults, and criminal facilitation in connection with the reported brutal act against Esther Glain in the Barnersville Estate Community in 2015.Further to his testimony, Gaye claimed to have received the information when the President got hint of reports that two EPS officers had allegedly assaulted a lady.“Upon hearing that, the President swiftly took the information as being credible and went straight to dismiss her two guards,” Gaye said.“President Sirleaf acted upon the allegation she had received about the incident.”Asked how the case ended up at the police, which subsequently charged the pair, Gaye answered, “I am not sure how the matter went to the police, but the matter was referred by the President.”Asked if he was aware of the case, he responded: “I did not know anything about the entire matter.”The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)