‘Churches Become Partners in Crime, When…’

first_imgAn executive committee member of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rt. Rev. Dr. Chibuzo Raphael Opoko, has challenged churches to go beyond turning people to objects of charity in their various intervention programs in hunger and poverty. He said churches must be involved in sustainable and transformative livelihood intervention projects to target individuals and groups within their community spaces through micro-credit systems among many small initiatives.“When churches keep silent on the issues of hunger and poverty, they become partners in crime and demonstrate solidarity with oppressors and oppressive systems and structures.”Rt. Rev. Opoko, who is Secretary of the Conference of Methodist Churches in Nigeria, made the statements when he delivered the keynote address at the opening session of the just ended 29th General Assembly of the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC, also known as “the church”), held at the New Water in the Desert Assembly Apostolic Pentecostal Church International in Brewerville, outside Monrovia.The Nigerian Methodist Church Bishop challenged the church to begin playing advocacy roles to question the underpinning socio-economic and political structures that hinder food production, food security and capacity building of its people. Bishop Opoko said the church must begin to hold governments and other corporate bodies and organizations accountable in the use and distribution of community and national resources and for responsible best practices in corporate organizations.In that line, he called on the church to wage war against every form of oppression, including the use of child labor for cheap profitability by some multinational companies. He said such devious activities deny children the right to education, capacity building and development.“The church,” Rev. Opoko said, “must, like the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, fulfill the biblical injunction to be in solidarity with the poor, needy, hungry and oppressed.“Our faith must be relevant to every facet of life and society. Any faith in Christ that is not relevant to the holistic needs of society equals failure. Any lack of relevance would mean complacency. Keeping silent in the face of the devastating impact of hunger and poverty that has ravished millions of people, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, is a disgrace.”The Nigerian Methodist prelate then challenged the church to be silent no more. He said they should keep awake, and rise up in solidarity with the poor so they could become responsive to the issues of hunger and poverty“The gulf between the haves and have-nots is growing significantly. Do we need research from the Food and Agricultural Organization before we see the grave impact of hunger and poverty in the land? Poverty not addressed begets more poverty,” he asserted.According to Bishop Opoko, it is pertinent to state when church members refuse to see the problems and pains of the poor; it then means they are blind. At the same time, when churches and their members refuse to stand up against unjust structures and policies that exacerbate hunger and poverty in whatever guise, it means they are without a voice. Based on this the Bishop Opoko declared, “The church must never be silent again.”Rev. Opoko reminded President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf—who attended the opening session of the three-day Assembly— that the church has roles to play in the fight against hunger and poverty, though he pointed out that some of the outlined roles are not exhaustible. “The church is at liberty to partner and associate with government and other well meaning stakeholders in the just fight against hunger and poverty.”The Nigerian Bishop concluded the lengthy address by reminding the gathering that the Lord Jesus Christ needs everyone to prosper in all things and be in health as their souls prosper, saying the Lord will judge all at the last day in accordance with Mathew 25: 35 – 40,: “For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; 36. I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you visited me”. 37. Then the righteous will answer Him saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38. When did we see you a stranger and take you in, or naked and clothe you? 39. Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you? 40. And the king will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me”.  He promised all present that they would never be judged as failures in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sawmill attendant slapped with wounding charge

first_imgA 23-year-old man, who hails from Amelia’s Ward was granted bail in the sum of $50,000 by Magistrate Annette Singh when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on a charge of unlawful wounding.Lennox Estwick, a sawmill attendant of Lot 640 Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden was charged in connection with the incident which the Court heard has left the Virtual Complainant (VC) with a three centimetre laceration on the head.The prosecution indicated that Estwick was previously convicted for a similar incident.As a condition for bail, Estwick is required to report to the Officer in Charge of the Amelia’s Ward Police outpost every Friday until the completion of his triallast_img read more

Sheffield United sign former Derby defender

first_imgSheffield United have snapped up former Derby defender Jay McEveley.The 29-year-old has been without a club since his release from Swindon Town at the end of last season but is now back in League One football.McEveley, who worked under Blades boss Nigel Clough knows during his time at Derby, has signed a one-year deal with an option for a second and could make his debut against Coventry on Saturday. 1 New Sheffield United defender Jay McEveley last_img

Feds find L.A. Fire Department violated civil rights laws

first_imgCommission President Genethia Hudley-Hayes said it would be up to management and the City Attorney’s Office to come up with a strategy for dealing with the EEOC issue. “We’re taking all of this seriously.” And while she said the board would have input into the decision, she said it was premature to comment. “I think it’s inappropriate and really dangerous to respond to anything and make statements without being prepped by the City Attorney’s Office until we’re clear about the message.” She added, “All the things that we are addressing now, this is not something that happened yesterday or six months ago. This is something that happened preceding the Personnel and Controller’s audits.” The commission is now trying to put into place programs to train people in leadership on workplace issues. Councilman Dennis Zine, who heads the City Council’s Personnel Committee, said the LAFD has cracked down on hazing and horseplay that led to some of the complaints by female and black firefighters. “This is not the same environment as it was years ago. The fire department has been clear direction that that behavior will cease,” Zine said. “If they’re still having problems then the command stil hasn’t gotten the message. If discipline or termination is needed to save taxpayers money and send a message, then maybe that’s what needs to happen.” Also on today, the City Council finalized the settlement with black firefighter Tennie Pierce, whose colleagues put dog food in his spaghetti. The city will pay $1,430,000 to settle Pierce’s racial discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, plus $60,000 in back pay so he can receive his 20-year pension. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles Fire Department has violated civil rights laws by allowing harassment and retaliation of female and African-American firefighters, federal investigators have found. In a decision released today after an investigation, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that the LAFD allowed a “pattern and practice” of different terms of employment, harassment and retaliation for a class of female and black firefighters. The investigation stems from at least two complaints filed by firefighters. The EEOC would not comment on the LAFD, but the decision triggers settlement discussions between the city and attorneys for the firefighters who filed claims. If the city does not agree to make changes in the department to resolve the civil rights issues, the EEOC could pass along the case to the Department of Justice for prosecution. LAFD Chief Douglas Barry said he received the EEOC complaint Tuesday morning, and had not had a chance to review it, but would and also would seek follow-up information. “I think it points to the reforms that we’re working on, that we’ve been talking about; it points toward the importance of getting the reforms in place,” Barry said following a fire commission meeting. The new chief earlier had announced a plan to reform the beleaguered department, including asking for between $2 million and $3 million to create a Professional Standards Division of about 20 people to improve discipline management. Currently it has two investigators for the nearly 3,600-sworn force. last_img read more

ULSTER CHAMPIONS: LETTERKENNY GOLFERS LAND PROVINCIAL CROWN

first_imgLetterkenny won their second Ulster cup in three years at Barnhill on Sunday beating Rossmore of County Monaghan.Letterkenny trailed Rossmore 5-2 from the first leg and Charlie Coughlan’s troops played some amazing golf to beat their opponents 6-1 thus securing the victory!!There were more than 100 people who came along to support and this team of Ulster cuppers will go alongside their 1987 & 2010 Ulster Cup Heroes. With 127 teams competing for this prestigious trophy, Letterkenny beat Temple, Carrickfergus, Rathmor, Ballyliffen, Foyle & Warrenpointon their way to the final. The team includes:Charlie CoughlanRoy McCroryIan McGeeverJohn DoranPaddy HanniganFergal CallanMartin DevineDanny McLaughlin,Michael Neilis, Yuel Tese,Ed Margey,Keith Spence ULSTER CHAMPIONS: LETTERKENNY GOLFERS LAND PROVINCIAL CROWN was last modified: September 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ULSTER CHAMPIONS: LETTERKENNY GOLFERS LAND PROVINCIAL CROWNlast_img read more

ALMOST 1,000 SCOUTS GATHER IN LETTERKENNY FOR FOUNDER’S BIRTHDAY

first_imgErrigal Scout Counties newest group joins the parade. Stranorlar Group Leader Martina Flanagan and Quigley’s Point Cub Scout Leader Heidi Doherty who received awards at the Errigal Scout County Founders Day celebrations in Letterkenny. Martina received the Gold Merit award and Heidi was presented with her 20 yr service award. (NWNewspix)Approximately 1000 Scouts from the age of 6 to 26 yrs plus their leaders descended on Letterkenny to celebrate the birthday of Scouting’s Founder, Robert Baden Powell.Groups from Donegal, Derry and Tyrone paraded to the Church of the Irish Martyrs to participate on an Ecumenical service concelebrated by Fr Joe O’Donnell and Rev Stewart Wright while former Letterkenny scout Jason Black related his experience in Scouting. During the ceremony two long serving adult volunteers Martina Flanagan from 6th Donegal (Stranorlar) and 15th Donegal (Quigley’s Point) Cub Scout Leader Heidi Doherty received recognition for their long service and commitment to Scouting. Martina received her Gold Merit award while Heidi was presented with her 20 yr service award.Also this weekend a number of Scouts from Donegal were presented with their Chief Scouts Award at a special ceremony in Dublin on Saturday.Lifford Venture Scout Christopher Kelly who received his Chif Scouts Award from Scouting Ireland’s Chief Scout, Michael John Shinnick at a presentation day in the O’Reilly theatre, Dublin. Christopher was one of three from Donegal to have achieved this award. Included in photo is christopher’s mentor Cathereen Wells Doherty and proud mum Grainne. (NWNewspix)Lifford Venture Scout Christopher Kelly along with Raphoe Venture Scouts Lucy Morrow and Laura Wells received their Awards from Scouting Ireland’s Chief Scout, Michael John Shinnick. The Three were also presented with their Bronze An Gaisce awards. ALMOST 1,000 SCOUTS GATHER IN LETTERKENNY FOR FOUNDER’S BIRTHDAY was last modified: February 25th, 2014 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:donegalletterkennyScoutslast_img read more

DESSIE’S WORK COLLEAGUES HEARTACHE OVER HIS DEATH

first_imgThe late Dessie Quinn.THE company Donegal man Dessie Quinn worked for before he died say they are devastated by his loss.KN Network Services, with offices in Tyrone and Dublin, also said all of its staff have now been withdrawn from Sierra Leone.The Mountcharles man had worked in the west African country at the centre of an Ebola alert. Dessie died from suspected malaria; his family do NOT believe he died from Ebola. In a statement Dessie’s employers said today: “The management and Board of KN Network Services express their deepest sympathies and sorrow to the family and friends of the late Dessie Quinn following his untimely death.“Dessie was an extremely hard working and valued member of staff and was very popular with all his colleagues and he will be missed by everybody who worked with him.“The company have offered their support to the Quinn family in Donegal.“They are also liaising with Dessie’s fellow work colleagues from Sierra Leone on an ongoing basis about the necessary supports, updates, precautions and company contacts as they await the outcome of the medical examination by the HSE in Letterkenny General Hospital later today.“We have also had ongoing contacts and discussions with HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre. The company had already returned all their staff from Sierra Leone as a precaution.” Advertisement  DESSIE’S WORK COLLEAGUES HEARTACHE OVER HIS DEATH was last modified: August 22nd, 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:Dessie QuinndonegalebolaKNNSMOUNTCHARLESlast_img read more

Chelsea banned from signing new players for next two transfer windows

first_imgSarri’s Chelsea have been breaching rules in relation to the international transfer and registration of under age players (Agency Photo)BBC Sports – Chelsea have been banned from signing new players in the next two transfer windows for breaching rules in relation to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18, Fifa has announced.They have also been fined 600,000 Swiss francs, while the Football Association has been fined 510,000 Swiss francs.The ban does not prevent the release of players and will not apply to Chelsea’s women’s and futsal teams.More to follow.Comments Tags: Chelsea FCpremier leaguelast_img read more

Play Your Part episode 15: synopsis

first_imgGet a sneak peek of episode 15 of Play Your Part, which focuses on people promoting environmental education and agriculture.Aluwani Netshia started her landscaping business in 2008. Initially designing home gardens, Greenland Landscaping Farm now produces avocados, macadamia nuts, litchis and rose geranium oil. It supplies retailers in Limpopo and in Johannesburg. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterAluwani Netshia, the owner of Greenland Landscaping Farm, is one of the guests featured on this week’s episode of the Play Your Part television series.The episode is aired on Saturday, 23 December 2017 on SABC2 at 18:00.Netshia’s agricultural business is in Thohoyandou, in Limpopo.Read more about the other guests on Play Your Part this week, episode 15 of the series:Amelia RatlhankanaAmelia RatlhankanaRatlhankana is a member of the Eco Culture Sechaba Foundation team. The social enterprise has worked in Cosmo City in Johannesburg since 2011, where it teaches people about environmental sustainability and tackles issues such as illegal dumping.Rifqah TifloenRifqah TifloenTifloen and her team on the Calabash Trust in Port Elizabeth, look at building schools as the centre of the community. Its focus is on food gardens, and the team runs a feeding scheme aimed at early childhood and youth development.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Virtual field trips to soybean farms offered to students

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Starting this spring, students who have never had a chance to investigate a soybean field will get the chance to do it — all without having to leave the comfort of their own classroom.With just an internet-connected computer, webcam and microphone, students of all ages can join their classes on a Virtual Field Trip to an Ohio Soybean Farm, and ride along with a farmer during planting and harvesting. They can see what it takes to produce one of Ohio’s most abundant and versatile crops.Using live video conferencing technology, these one-of-a-kind virtual field trips, provided through the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC), allow students to interact and have real conversations with soybean farmers while the farmer is actually working in the field.“These new trips help students learn more about soybean production: how they are planted, how they grow, what benefits they provide, and the challenges Ohio soybean farmers face and the decisions they must make,” said Tom Fontana, OSC’s director of research and education. “Classrooms participating in the program will enjoy a memorable, engaging and fun learning experience that will bring students closer to a soybean farm than ever before.”Spring virtual trips will focus on planting, with farmers slated to host live conversations with students from equipment in the fields. Elementary students will learn the basics of planting, germination and life cycles, while conversations with middle and high school students will focus on GMOs, soil health and precision agriculture.Fall virtual field trips will focus on harvesting. Elementary students will learn about combines, equipment and the storage and transportation of soybeans. Middle and high school students will learn about global trade, nutrient management and water quality.The virtual field trips are tailored to specific grade levels, with special attention toward helping teachers meet Ohio education standards.“I am excited about the opportunity to participate in these virtual field trips,” said Allen Armstrong, a Clark County soybean farmer volunteering to host virtual field trips through the program. “This is a chance to help Ohio students better understand agriculture.”Scott Metzger, a Ross County soybean farmer, will also host virtual trips to his farm. The two farmers will give students an inside look at modern agriculture and answer their questions during live question-and-answer sessions.“With budgets and safety concerns curtailing field trips at many schools, this project allows us to bring an increasingly rare form of education to a broad spectrum of students across the state,” Fontana said. “Students will have a chance to ask real questions and get real answers from an Ohio farmer.”The virtual field trips are part of a larger effort to educate both teachers and students about modern agriculture. OSC’s education website, GrowNextGen.org has classroom curriculum, e-learning courses and career videos — all designed to educate the “next generation” of consumers and generate interest in agriculture careers.For more information, or to register for a Virtual Field Trip to an Ohio Soybean Farm, visit GrowNextGen.org/virtual-field-trips, or contact Jeanne Gogolski at jeanne@educationprojects.org or 614-226-4595.last_img read more