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Ramadan: We All Have a Lot to Fast and Pray For

first_imgMuslims throughout the country and around the world last weekend began their holy month of Ramadan by gathering in their homes and mosques to fast and pray.The month is sacred because, according to tradition, that is the month in which the Prophet Mohammed received the revelation from Allah and founded the world’s third great religion, Islam, established in the name of Father Abraham. The first is Judaism, the religion of the Jews, started by Abraham, known as “a man after God’s own heart,” and enhanced by his son Isaac and grandson Jacob, father of the 12 tribes of Israel.The second Abrahamic religion is Christianity, founded over 2,000 years ago by God’s Son Jesus and proclaimed throughout the ages by His disciples, Peter, Paul, the four Gospel writers, the Popes of Rome and all the other Cardinals, bishops, priests and evangelists throughout the world.Islam is the third Abrahamic religion, founded by the Prophet Mohammed in 522 A.D. The main language of Islam is Arabic, the language of the Arab people who, according to Webster’s dictionary, were founded by Father Abraham through his son Ishmael. All of these three religions recognize Abraham as their father and forebear.Christians, too, observe a month of fast and prayer. It is called Lent, during which Christians recommit themselves to God through penance, repentance prayer and fasting, culminating in the celebration of Easter. It must be said, however, that Muslims take their month of Ramadan far more seriously than many Christians take Lent. Most devout Muslims strictly observe fast and prayer throughout the month and flock to the mosques every day, where they prostrate before Allah in humble supplication. They break their fast each day at sundown, read the Holy Koran and share with the less fortunate.Muslims and the rest of us Liberians have a lot to pray about this Ramadan Season and in the months ahead. The first thing we need to pray for is the continuation of peace in Liberia. We have all, not just the government and its officials, through our sins and other misdeeds, done much to threaten seriously the peace in our country. The issue of corruption in government is one of the primary threats to peace. In a country where most of the people live in abject poverty, one can see the restrained (somewhat controlled) anger and hopelessness on the faces of healthy, grown men and women selling Chiclets, cotton buds and other insignificant items, when they should be on the farm, or in academic or trade school learning something to lead more productive lives. The government’s mishandling of the land issue in Fendall and the many large and small concrete buildings that have been indiscriminately destroyed, is cause for alarm. So many serious investments have been suddenly lost!Admittedly, of course, did people who built in the area know that Fendall was land reserved by government to expand the nation’s highest institution of learning, the University of Liberia (UL)? The people of Fendall and others who sold the land—and the buyers, too—must have known that they were taking risks. But the whole thing is cause for trouble.There is yet the ongoing trial of top officials in the Legislative and Executive branches of government over the Global Witness (GW) allegations of bribery and corruption. According to GW, they attempted to stealthily give away to UK-based Sable Mining Lofa County’s iron ore-rich Wologozi Mountain and other valuable national assets. The case has already aroused great public anger and resentment. Liberians perceive this as yet another attempt by government officials, through their continued corruption and greed, to perpetuate the people’s poverty, by ensuring that the rich always get richer and the poor, poorer. This perception could lead to trouble.That is the main reason we submit that during this Ramadan and throughout the rest of this year and next, our Muslim brothers and sisters, indeed ALL Liberians, should remember in their prayers the forthcoming presidential and general elections. Let us work and pray so as to ensure that the ensuing elections will produce good leaders who will have the interest of the people at heart and strive hardest to lift them, at long last, out of poverty and turn Liberia into a land of development, prosperity and happiness.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weekly MP report from Jay Hill

first_imgKIP supports maintenance, repair and expansion projects to strengthen the ability of Canada’s colleges and universities to deliver advanced knowledge and skills training and attract new students.With this infusion of new funding, our government has helped to speed up project start dates at a time when our economy needs new construction activity. I also joined Ministers Bond and Bell on Thursday to highlight other federal-provincial investments to create new construction jobs and support Prince George’s economic diversification strategy. Under the Building Canada Communities Component, $15-million will ensure the Boundary Road connector provides an important link between the region’s transportation network and the Airport Logistics Park. Advertisement In all, the week brought assurance that the buzz of construction and economic activity will continue throughout our region in the coming weeks and months as Canada remains on track towards a fragile but certain economic recovery. Our forest sector received a much-needed boost last week with news that mills in Prince George-Peace River have qualified for federal credits, totalling $122.8-million, under the Government of Canada’s Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program. The program allows Canadian pulp and paper companies that produced black liquor in 2009 – a liquid by-product of the chemical pulping process used to generate renewable energy – to access a $1-billion fund. Forest companies will use that money to help finance green projects at their pulp and paper facilities. Through this program the forest industry can enhance its efficiency and sustainability while reducing carbon emissions and benefitting our environment. – Advertisement -Canfor received credits for the black liquor it produced at the Intercontinental Pulp Mill, the Prince George Pulp and Paper Mill, and the Northwood Pulp Mill. Tembec Inc. also qualified for funding credits from its Chetwynd Pulp Mill. This week, I was pleased to announce a broad range of other federal funding to boost economic activity and investment in critical infrastructure. I joined my provincial counterparts, MLAs Shirley Bond and Pat Bell, at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Technical Education Centre at the College of New Caledonia’s Prince George Campus. Through a federal-provincial partnership, the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) invested $19.7-million towards the new building, as well as renovations at the John Brink Trades and Technology Building. Advertisementcenter_img Highway 97 resurfacing between 5th Avenue and Kelly Road, through $4.5-million from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, will further support Prince George’s role as a central hub in the movement of goods in Northwestern Canada. Earlier in the week, I announced federal contributions under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RinC) program. RinC is a temporary economic stimulus measure that will help renew, upgrade and expand recreational infrastructure in Canadian communities.Tumbler Ridge will receive $1-million to support upgrades to the Tumbler Ridge Recreation Centre. A $20,200 RinC grant was also part of the funding partnership between the Government of Canada, the Village of McBride, the Province and the Rick Hanson Foundation, to provide an accessible play space at the McBride Community Park. Minister Bond and I also confirmed another federal-provincial investment of $1.38-million in McBride to support Phase 2 of the Village’s eco-sensitive solution to wastewater management. Advertisementlast_img read more

Fort St. John pharmacy now offering Naloxone kits without prescription

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Pharmacy and Wellness Centre on 101 Ave is now offering Naloxone kits for $50 dollars without a prescription.Naloxone is a drug that can reverse opioid drug overdoses. It is injected through the arm or thigh muscle. When this is done, it can quickly reverse the opioid overdose. Naloxone works as an antidote for overdoses. When Naloxone is given to someone, it pushes the opioid from the receptor to restore a normal breathing rate. A second dose may be needed if normal breathing does not return. The drug can reverse shallow breathing in 1-5 minutes, but only actually lasts for 30-90 minutes. Always be prepared to call 911 if symptoms re-appear after the first dosage, and have a second dosage handy.The package at the Fort St. John Pharmacy and Wellness Centre includes:2 syringe and needle combination set2 ampules of Naloxone2 alcohol swabs2 latex free gloves1 checklist for Naloxone Training- Advertisement -There is also a acronym to go along with opioid overdoses. ‘SAVEME’ stands for: Stimulate, Airway, Ventilate (every 5 seconds), Evaluate, Muscular injection, Evaluate (2nd dose?)last_img read more

Ozil deal was cheapest option for Arsenal – Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Mesut Ozil (left) talks to Arsene Wenger after joining Arsenal from Real Madrid in September 2013LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 3 – Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal took the cheapest option available by handing Mesut Ozil a new Sh 50mn (£350,000) a week contract at the Emirates.Ozil ended months of speculation over his future by penning a new three-year deal this week after his previous contract had been due to expire in the summer. But despite Ozil becoming the highest paid player in Arsenal’s history, Wenger believes it was still preferable to the outlay on entering the transfer market for a replacement.“When you let a player go you have to buy somebody of the same calibre and if you add the wages needed it will be similar,” he said.“On top of that we have to pay a transfer. So overall I think Mesut for us was the cheapest option.”With Ozil staying at the club and Arsenal bringing in Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January window, Wenger now has a wealth of attacking riches to use alongside striker Alexandre Lacazette.And he admits that there could be occasions when all four players are used together.Wenger added: “I will try to find a way to do it. We play so many games that everyone will get games. It’s always possible. Will I do it? Maybe. I don’t know. But I think it’s possible, yes.“You need at least two top strikers in the Premier League, because if one is injured then you have a problem.“Would I rather win 4-3? That is not the solution I like — I like the four, but I don’t like the three.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

IT WASN’T YOU! EUROMILLIONS ROLLS OVER AGAIN TO €125MILLION

first_imgIT WASN’T You – or anyone else!No-one in Europe picked up tonight’s €112,118,981 jackpot prize.The numbers were 9, 21, 28, 30, 38 Lucky Stars 1 and 8 It means Friday’s jackpot prize is set to hit at least €125 Million.    IT WASN’T YOU! EUROMILLIONS ROLLS OVER AGAIN TO €125MILLION was last modified: October 7th, 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:euro millionsjackpotlotteryNumberslast_img read more

RATHMULLAN TO BE ALIVE THIS WEEKEND FOR ANNUAL COMMUNITY FESTIVAL

first_imgRathmullan will be a hive of activity this weekend.The 17th Annual Rathmullan Community Festival takes place this weekend.This festival has now become on of the most popular festivals in Donegal.Over the weekend there are events and entertainment for everyone. Today will be a hive of activity with starting with Childrens Nature Trails,followed by the Little Miss and Prince Charing selection.From 3pm until 6pm there will be a Kite Makeing Workshop at the Resource Centre. TheFestival Parade of Floats and Official Opening takes place at 8pm.On Saturday there is a Junior Soccer Competition followed by the DenisSheridan Memorial 5 A-side soccer. There will also be an afternoon of fundand games for the kids, all located at the Flagpole Field. From 6.45pm itsmusic all the way with Paul Ward and the Humble Earthworm, Eugene Ginty andthe Keltic Kats.Activities on the Sunday begin the ever popular and hotly contestedPutting Competition. Street Entetainment begins at 2.30 with local artiststaking to the stage. These are followed by Damian Sheridan and SailorBBill. The very popular Logues and the Whistling Donkeys will rock thenight away. On the Regatta Day Lee Matthews will take to the stage, hosted andsponsored by the Festival Committee. All we need now is for the sun toshine on our beautiful location.RATHMULLAN TO BE ALIVE THIS WEEKEND FOR ANNUAL COMMUNITY FESTIVAL was last modified: July 31st, 2015 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:Rathmullan festivallast_img read more

MEN JAILED AFTER SAVAGE ATTACK ON FATHER AS HE CELEBRATED DAUGHTER’S CHRISTENING

first_imgTwo men have been jailed following a savage attack with a golf club on a man as he celebrated his daughter’s christening.Ashley Nicholl arriving in court for sentence. Pic by Northwest Newpix.Kenneth McFarland was set upon and beaten unconscious after the pair followed him in a car while he left a car off at a relative’s home. The two men, Barry Doherty and Ashley Nicholl, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday charged with numerous offences in relation to the incident.The court heard Mr McFarland, now 33, was in the Carrick Bar in Gleneely on September 22nd, 2012 having drinks with family and friends after his child’s christening.A relative wanted to leave his car home and Mr McFarland accompanied him on the journey.However, as the men drove along, they were rear-ended by Nicholl and Doherty.The men got out and an altercation occurred which resulted in Mr McFarland being attack with a golf club.He suffered serious injuries including a fractured elbow and severe bruising and had to be taken to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.Garda Seamus Lyons told the court that Nicholl, of Bocan, Culdaff struck the car window with such force that he broke the head from the golf club.The court heard that Nicholl, 23, had a total of 25 previous convictions including burglary, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified.Fell to groundThe Garda told how it was Doherty, of Dunross, Culdaff, who had struck Mr McFarland with a golf club 3 or 4 times before he fell to the ground.Nicholl’s barrister said the incident was a show rather than an act of substance and how he had ben in jail before for burglary and did not want to return.He said he did not want to return to it and was now seeking to go straight and had even secured working on a crabbing boat.The men appeared in court yesterday having pleaded guilty to the incident and the court hard that both had extensive lists of previous convictions.Garda Lyons said that the victim had not come to court or provided a victim impact statement as h was still “very nervous.”Judge John O’Hagan described the attacked as “disgraceful.”He said both men had been previously given chances by the courts.SentenceHe sentenced Nicholl, 22, to two years in prison for the possession of an offensive weapon and another two years for criminal damage with both sentences to run concurrently. He also banned him from driving for the years.He sentenced Doherty, 23, to three years in prison for assault and two years for possession of an offensive weapon to run concurrently and suspended the last six months.Judge O’Hagan, having been told that relatives of Mr McFarland were in court, also wished the victim well.MEN JAILED AFTER SAVAGE ATTACK ON FATHER AS HE CELEBRATED DAUGHTER’S CHRISTENING was last modified: July 23rd, 2015 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:Ashley Nichollattackbarry dohertychristeningGleneelygolf clubInishowenlast_img read more

REVEALED: INCREDIBLE BLUNDERS WHICH ALLOWED PAEDOPHILE FERRY TO CONTINUE WORK AT SCHOOL

first_imgMichael Ferry, right, being taken into court in Donegal Town in December.SHOCKING blunders by understaffed health service staff allowed a predatory paedophile to continue working at a school – and more victims were abused.A report by HSE staff investigated how Michael Ferry continued to work as a caretaker at the Ardscoil Mhuire building in Gaoth Dobhair despite a 2002 conviction for sex attacks on a boy there.The building – owned by the Colaiste Cholmcille Limited Company – was used for Irish language summer classes for children travelling from all over Ireland. It also housed a pre-school creche at one stage. The shocking HSE investigation will leave serious question marks hanging over the directors of that college today after it reports repeated warnings to its representatives that Ferry was a convicted paedophile and a danger to children.Despite this the HSE investigation team found that Ferry continued to work at the school until his arrest on the premises in 2010 after another brave victim came forward.The report also found that staff at the North Western Health Board which operated in Donegal in 2002 failed to properly investigate Ferry after he pleaded guilty to attacks on the boy.Instead a case file was closed. Another warning to the HSE in 2005 also saw no action being taken and no investigation carried out.In both cases, no social worker checked out Ferry’s employment history to see what other groups of young people he may have been in contact with.This was despite the fact it was well-known locally that he taught at the local secondary school and volunteered for the Order of Malta. Even family members weren’t told that Ferry was a paedophile.It wasn’t until 2010 before a proper review of the case took place after new victims came forward.But by then it was too late for the victims who had suffered years of horrific abuse. Ferry is serving 14 years of an 18-year sentence after admitting hundreds of attacks on four boys. He was given a second 7 year sentence for attacks on a fifth victim when he pleaded guilty to new charges last December in Donegal Town Circuit Court.Today’s reports on the affair will cause a new storm.Sinn Fein Deputy Pearse Doherty says he will now demand that Justice Minister Alan Shatter publish the results of the Garda investigation.Gardai had investigated college directors who had been contacted by the authorities in 2002, 2005 and 2006 about Ferry’s child sex abuse. They investigated the possibility that there had been reckless endangerment in the case. However the Director of Public Prosecutions said they had no case to answer and they have always denied any wrongdoing.Local TD and Minister Dinny McGinley couldn’t be contacted this morning for his view on the scandal in his home parish.It’s thought he may issue a statement later today.REVEALED: INCREDIBLE BLUNDERS WHICH ALLOWED PAEDOPHILE FERRY TO CONTINUE WORK AT SCHOOL was last modified: April 3rd, 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:Ardscoil Mhuirechild sex scandalcolaiste cholmcilleMichael Ferrypaedophileschool scandallast_img read more

DDTV – THE DONEGAL FANS GIVE THEIR VIEWS AFTER ‘THAT’ VICTORY!

first_imgDDTV – THE DONEGAL FANS GIVE THEIR VIEWS AFTER ‘THAT’ VICTORY! was last modified: September 1st, 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:Charlie CollinsCroke ParkdonegalDonegalTVfansfans viewlast_img read more

HISTORIC PLAQUES ERECTED AROUND LETTERKENNY

first_imgA number of historical plaques have been erected at various parts of the town by the Letterkenny Community Heritage Group which will form part of a historical walk that will be launched later in the year.Speaking to Donegal Daily, the groups Chairperson Gabriel Flood said that they have erected a number of the plaques to be in time for the Letterkenny Reunion this weekend so returning emigrants,local people and visitors to the town can enjoy this added attraction.Among the key spots where the plaques have been erected are Tinneys House on the Port Rd where the McKinney family first made their Oatfield sweets back in 1927,The Market Square,the original spot near Speers Lane where the Hiring Fairs took place, the plaque is on the Quiet Moment wall. Sentry Hill where a sign was erected on the old boys school which will add to the existing Penal Moument and the history of the area.The A.O.H. Devlin Hall and Institute on Lower Main St and one on the Station House that dates the three Bridges at Oldtown.The Courthouse and R.I.C barracks,Old Workhouse and at the entrance to Sprackburn where the Royal Artillery Garrison were based.The group intend to add more plaques which were designed by local man Barry Mackey at other locations later in the year.Cllrs Dessie Shiels and Jimmy Kavanagh have supported the group with this adventure which will be of huge benefit to everyone with a local interest in the towns heritage. HISTORIC PLAQUES ERECTED AROUND LETTERKENNY was last modified: July 29th, 2015 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)last_img read more