first_imgIt was a bitter-sweet send-off for the late Apostle Rev. Dr. John Adolphus During over the weekend. It was bitter because many will miss his profound, impactful service to Liberia and to humanity; it was sweet because, as everyone seemed to agree, he “fought the good fight, and finished the race.” So, in spite of the occasional wailing at the funeral service, the ‘joyful noise’ of music filled the atmosphere and made it a true celebration of a life well lived. Giving the funeral discourse, the General Overseer of Love Center Ministries Incorporated, Rev.Eric S. Gbogar, described the late Apostle Rev. Dr. John Adolphus During as a friend to everyone, despite his status and relationship with God.Speaking from the text of Luke 12:16-21, under the theme; “Your Here and There,” Rev. Gbogar said that Liberia is a nation where people don’t celebrate service, referencing Apostle During who served his country for over 40 years and was not appreciated, despite his contribution to humanity. “At the level of Apostle During, some people would distance themselves from others; but he made himself accessible to everyone so that even a common man would feel welcomed,” he said.“His life was to educate others, to empower others in society and to make people’s lives to shine. Apostle During shared his knowledge with others, so that people benefited from his education,” Rev. Gbogar said.The Liberian Official Gazette said, “the country has lost a dedicated public servant” and expressed appreciation for his many contributions to the Republic.“With the death Ambassador During,” said the Gazette, “the family has lost a loving and caring father and his comrades have lost a devout and faithful servant of God.” In her tribute, Apostle Ethel Taylor of the U.S.-based Faith Fellowship Ministries International, of which During’s church, the Soul Cleansing Clinic of Jesus Christ Inc. (SCCJC), is a member, described Apostle Rev. During as ‘Ambassador for Life’.“Here lies a great man,” she said, “a man of great spiritual stature, a man so kind-hearted, tender, humble, and understanding. Yes, a family man who cherished family values, who upheld the sanctity of marriage, and manifested community spirit in all he said and did. He was a plain man who had nothing to hide, a man so open and real.“When Faith Fellowship Ministries International came under the Apostolic anointing, Apostle During, along with Apostle Williams, Overseer for Africa, was elevated and Consecrated Apostle on October 19, 2008, along with his dear wife, who was Consecrated Prophetess,” she said.The Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) also appreciated the good work of the late Apostle During, describing him as a man of spiritual stature and a dedicated public servant.Apostle During wore many hats and entrepreneured many endeavors. Primarily, he was the senior pastor and General Overseer of the Soul Cleansing Clinic of Jesus Christ Incorporated Ministries International. He also founded and served as President of the new Life Bible College; Liberia Overseer, Faith Fellowship Ministries International, Incorporated, Liberia Region; Founder and Director of the Liberia Institute of Protocol and Etiquette; former Chief of Protocol, Republic of Liberia, a position he held that spanned three Liberian presidents. Held on Saturday, January 23 at his church, SCCJC, located in Chocolate City, Monrovia, the celebration of the life of Dr. During was also graced by many officials of government. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, were he worked for many years, was well represented, with the presence of Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Elias Shoniyin and Liberia’s current Chief of Protocol. Also in attendance were four former Ministers of Foreign Affairs, namely Monie Captan, George Wallace, Olubanke King Akerele and Augustine Ngafuan.The absence of people who were expected to grace the celebration of Apostle During’s home-going, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Vice President Boakai and other top officials of government was noted at the occasion. However, Mrs. Kartumu Boakai, 2nd Lady of the Republic of Liberia and a personal friend of the During family, was present. The office of VP Boakai however gave a tribute and deposited a wreath. Among the hundreds in attendance were many family members, friends, representatives of churches, as well as private, non-governmental and business institutions, witnessed and paid tributes in songs and statements of condolence. Apostle During was interred in the church yard, next to the tomb of his late mother-in-law, Henrietta V. Nesby. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe President Pro-tempore of the Senate, Armah Z. Jallah, has described as incomprehensible the recent outburst by Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee, describing him as inefficient and weak with regard to the way he is running the Senate. The Nimba County Senator who chairs the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs, Good Governance and Reconciliation, on September 27, 2016, during the 65th day sitting of the Senate caused an uproar in the Chamber when he accused the Pro Temp’s administration of sheer weakness and efficiency, and compromising issues at the Senate and allowing himself to be used by others. But in a strongly worded statement through his office, Pro Temp Jallah said he finds it incomprehensible Senator Grupee’s statement of weakness and inefficiency attributed to his administration.“Senator Grupee chairs the Committee on Internal Affairs, Good Governance and Reconciliation; we are yet to see a proposal from his committee on how the objectives of this committee can be achieved, especially when it comes to good governance at the Senate. It is unthinkable and disappointing that the Senator would choose to be severely critical of a body that he is an integral part of and should be highly involved in making it proactiveand efficient.”The outburst of the Nimba lawmaker, who until that Tuesday morning was considered one of the strong confidantes of Jallah, came about after he realized that a communication written by him and two other Senators, asking the Senate Plenary to invite Education Minister George Werner and the President of the National Teachers Association to speak on the ongoing strike actions by public school students and teachers, was not mentioned on the day’s agenda. The Pro Temp’s statement clarifies that Senator Grupee’s communication was received at 5:48 p.m. on Monday when the agenda had already been approved by the 27th Senate Session and the Pro Temp was already on his way home. What makes Senator Grupee’s utterance even more convoluting, Pro Temp Jallah noted, is his perception that when a leader is accommodating and respects democratic principles, then he/she is considered weak and or a failure.“Perhaps we all need a concise definition and/or interpretation of the clause ‘allowed to be used by others’ and delineate weakness and failure in the context of the work at the Senate and a clarification on whether achievements are accomplished at the Senate by the Pro-temp alone or jointly by the leadership and the entire Senate,” the Pro Temp’s statement continued. It then went on to recall the success story of the Pro Temp uniting a fragmented Senate among three candidates vying for the Pro Temp post and how, with the help of his colleagues, he endeavored to keep the independence of the Senate and made it a dignified body.Jallah recalled approving the first ever Senate Staff Association to be established in the Senate to seek the welfare of staffers and gave out of his personal budget US$100,000 to raise staffers’ salaries and has been giving motivations both in cash and kind on holidays to staffers.On the diplomatic scene, the Pro Temp’s statement recalled his talks with heads of diplomatic missions accredited near Monrovia, including those from the United States, Israel, Cuba, Sweden and Cote d’Ivoire, “to lift Liberia’s plight and encourage more aid to help Liberia in the areas of infrastructure… and investment in the Liberian economy, accentuating the need for collaboration with the Senate.”Meanwhile, the Gbarpolu County lawmaker has disclosed that under his administration, the Senate is now working with the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) to set up an accounting system at the Senate that will ensure internal controls are followed and respected, something that is unprecedented. “Already the IAA has conducted risk analysis to determine the strength and weakness of the financial system of the Senate, while at the same time the Chamber of the Senate has received the first electronic voting system installation,” said the Pro Temp.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgToronto and York exchanged powerplay opportunities through the second period but the penalty killers would prevail, keeping the Blues up 1-0 through 40 minutes of action. The No. 4 University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s hockey team shutout the No. 9 York Lions 2-0 on Saturday afternoon (Jan 11) at Canlan Ice Sports. With the win, Toronto passes York in the OUA standings to hold the top spot in the league. Next Game: at University of Windsor 1/17/2020 | 7:30 p.m. Fryer made 23 saves and recorded her second shutout of the season in the winning effort. Live Stats HOW IT HAPPENED: Both teams showed why they are top teams in the country early with their solid defensive play. Blues rookie forward Natasha Athanasakos came out with a lot of energy. She forced turnovers in their offensive zone with her relentless forechecking. This paid off for her when she was able to feed Mathilde De Serres in front to open up the scoring with one minute left in the first period. Matchup History The Lions applied pressure in the final period, forcing Blues second year goalie Erica Fryer to come up with big saves. The Lions pulled their goalie to try and tie the game up but Fryer stood tall. Athanasakos would bury an empty netter to put the game away for the Varsity Blues.  Print Friendly Version Watch Live Full Schedule Roster UP NEXT: The Blues head to Windsor to battle the Lancers on Friday night (Jan 17) at 7:30pm.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Job fairs will be held in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John this week.The first job fair happens today in Dawson Creek at the Encana Events Centre from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  The job fair will feature 23 employers looking to hire in the South Peace.The Dawson Creek and District Chamber of Commerce is also supporting this event by working with Northern Development Initiative Trust to host a one hour seminar geared towards business owners.- Advertisement -The seminar will showcase the programs and support NDIT can provide local businesses to help improve efficiency, get new certifications, improve HR practices, develop strategic plans, diversify and develop new markets and develop tools to increase profitability etc.  The seminar will be held at the Encana Events Centre on March 6 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and admission is free of charge.Then on Wednesday, March 8, Fort St. John will see a similar job fair hosted at the Northern Grand Hotel.  The event will run from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature 29 employers hiring in the Fort St. John region.Attendees should come prepared with a resume and be ready to meet with potential employers.Advertisement Employment Connections will also be in attendance and will showcase the services they can provide to help you find work and how they can help employers find the right employee.For more information about the Dawson Creek Job Fair, visit  For the Fort St. John Job Fair, visit www.fsjjobfair.calast_img read more

first_imgBuilt in the 1940s, the pipeline transports a form of natural gas that is an oily liquid, which is refined into fuel. Rodger Hunt, the owner of Power Run Oil, the Redondo Beach company that owns the line, did not return a phone call Tuesday. County officials said the liquid was not flammable, and its slight capacity to explode was quickly abated. The leak was one block outside of Gardena, in an unincorporated county area. The oily substance formed a pool about 12-feet wide last week, but remained close to the curb and did not affect traffic, said officials from Health Hazardous Materials Division of Los Angeles County Fire Department. Officials initially believed it was an oil leak, but eventually discovered it was natural gas from the same pipe that leaked about six months ago in that area, said a Health HazMat specialist, who asked not to be identified. “It was simmering like boiling water from the pressure,” the official said. “It came through as floating bubbles, but it dissipated. What remained was the condensate residue, the oily stuff.” Mike Duran of Gardena’s Public Works Department said the city helped with the cleanup by providing sand to soak up the liquid. An outside company later vacuumed it up. The leak seeped into soil surrounding the pipe and nearby storm drains, but did not reach the Dominguez Channel, said Greg Remick, spokesman for the state Office of Emergency Services. “There was no threat indicated to drinking water,” Remick said, adding that local agencies were able to contain and resolve the problem. County agencies oversaw companies that steam-cleaned the storm drains and removed contaminated soil under the street. There will be no long-term environmental effects from the leak, according to initial reports. On Tuesday, an area near Denker Avenue and El Segundo Boulevard was still blocked off. The street will not be repaired while the pipeline’s owner seeks county permits to stop using it altogether, a Health HazMat official said. Los Angeles County Public Works Road Maintenance officials will manage the street repair. Staff writer Kristin S. Agostoni contributed to this article.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER A week after an underground pipeline leaked oil on a street near Gardena, officials are seeking permission to shut down the line. The pipe closed Sept. 11, prompting a large cleanup that lasted four days. It was the second time this year there was a leak at the location on El Segundo Boulevard. last_img read more

first_img Roma defender Kostas Manolas Kostas Manolas is happy at Roma and not looking to leave despite interest from the Premier League, talkSPORT understands.The Greek international defender has been the subject of reported interest from Arsenal, who made contact with his agent Mino Raiola.However talkSPORT have been informed Yannis Evangelopou and Lee Anderson are Manolas’ representatives and Roma confirmed no enquiries have been made for the former Olympiacos man.Manolas, 24, moved to Rome last summer and the Italians are desperate to hold on to the sought after defender.Roma value Manolas above £30m, but Manchester United are reportedly monitoring the situation if they fail to land their number one defensive target Sergio Ramos. 1last_img read more

first_img 9. Triumphe – French fans flocked to Paris’ most famous landmarks to celebrate reaching the final. 10 8. Heaven and heartbreak – The contrast between German and French emotions is clear to see. 10 10 10 7. Griezmann at the double – Antoine Griezmann scored twice to take his finals tally to six goals and make him the toast of the host nation. 10 1. French fate? This could well be the defining image of the tournament so far, as France came together in scenes of joy, with a final now to look forward to. Take a look at another nine stunning images from the Euro 2016 semi-finals, just click the arrow above – It’s only football, but France reaching the Euro 2016 final can only help a nation that’s been rocked by problems away from the pitch in the recent past. 10 5. And proud Welsh fans – If there was one thing more impressive than Wales’ performances on the pitch, it was the support they received off it. 10. Dragons fly – This picture was actually taken after Wales’ incredible 3-1 quarter-final win over fancied Belgium, but we wanted to sign off this week’s Frozen In Time gallery with a moment that summed up the elation this Home Nation brought to the tournament. 6. Germany pay the penalty – A hero of the 2014 World Cup, Bastian Schweinsteiger was penalised for handball just before half-time, gifting France the chance to go 1-0 up. 10 Euro 2016 is approaching its climax and what a tournament it has been.There was a touch of fate in France’s progression to the Paris final, beating world champions Germany in Marseille just months after a friendly meeting between the two sides was interrupted by horrific terrorist attacks in the French capital.The host nation will now meet Portugal, who made the final two thanks to the inspirational Cristiano Ronaldo, whose magnificent headed opener put his side on the path to victory over Wales.Despite falling short in the last four, the Welsh have probably achieved more in this tournament than any other nation, including the finalists and the memorable Icelandic team.Take a look at our gallery of fantastic frozen in time pictures from the past week’s action, plus a memorable moment from Wales’ magnificent quarter-final victory. 10 4. Proud Welshman – Bale’s commitment to the Welsh cause shone through. 10 2. Giant leap forward for Portugal – Ronaldo towered above the Welsh defence to power his nation into the Euro 2016 final. 3. The Real deal – Team-mates for Madrid, rivals for Wales and Portugal, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have inspired both their teams to reach heights few expected of them before the Euros kicked off. 10last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hilton Armstrong had eight of UConn’s 16 blocked shots and Marcus Williams, making his second start since returning from an 11-game suspension due to an arrest last summer in the theft of laptops from dorms, had 14 points and 11 assists. SYRACUSE, N.Y.- Rashad Anderson scored 21 points, Josh Boone had 18 points and 10 rebounds as No. 3 Connecticut ended No. 20 Syracuse’s 12-game winning streak, 88-80 on Monday night. The Orange (15-3, 3-1 Big East) entered the Top 25 on Monday for the first time since late November, but the Huskies (15-1, 3-1) took a big early lead and pulled away. last_img read more

first_imgSACRAMENTO – California National Guard troops have been deployed to additional airports throughout the state, including Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, in an effort to beef up security after last week’s heightened terror alerts, officials said Wednesday. The expansion follows the move by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week to send 300 troops to three major airports after reports of British authorities foiling a terrorist plot to blow up U.S.-bound planes. The deployment now has grown to 600 troops covering eight airports – Los Angeles, Burbank, Ontario, Orange County, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose and Oakland. The troops were sent at the request of federal security officials at the individual airports, who said they needed assistance with baggage screening and other security measures. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“We tried to be very vocal about the fact we were going to begin random baggage inspection at the boarder gates to ensure that no beverages and liquids purchased in the sterile area were brought onto the aircraft,” said Nico Melendez, spokesman for the federal Transportation Security Administration. “That added to the workload of the TSA and we needed help to carry out that function at the airports.” One of the main functions of the troops is to assist with secondary random baggage screening of passengers before they board their flights. California Highway Patrol officers and bomb-sniffing dogs have also been sent to a number of airports to assist with security duties. Bob Hope Airport spokesman Victor Gill said the airport has had few problems, even though most fliers use it for shorter trips for which they only bring carry-on luggage. The new screening procedures that prohibit liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-ons just mean more people are now checking their baggage. “Aside from the morning of Thursday, Aug. 10, we have not seen at all the same kind of delays that were characteristic of that first day,” Gill said. Several airports said that while they are still advising passengers to arrive at least two hours before their flights, the delays caused by the additional screening measures have now subsided. Los Angeles International Airport officials are advising passengers to arrive two hours early for domestic flights and three hours for international flights. That is the same advance time the airport was recommending prior to the new terror alerts, primarily because summer is a busy time for travel, LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles said. “The screening is going very smoothly and the people are very cooperative,” Castles said. “The passengers appear to be well-informed about what they can and can’t bring on board. They’re checking more luggage and carrying on fewer items.” Castles said passengers traveling to the United Kingdom should check with their airlines before packing because some have stricter security. While 600 National Guard troops are now deployed to airports and 1,000 have been sent to the Mexican border to support Border Patrol agents, Guard leaders say they still have sufficient troops to respond to emergencies. (916) 446-6723160Want 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

first_imgFrank Lampard says serious questions need to be asked within Chelsea this summer about their transfer approach.In an exclusive interview with Hawksbee and Jacobs, the Blues legend warned his old club they risk falling behind Manchester City and Manchester United if they don’t back Antonio Conte heavily.He said: “It is very evident that in terms of strengthening, they didn’t [last summer]. They lost big players in [Nemanja] Matic and [Diego] Costa and they did buy some but I think the manager wasn’t that happy with that.“There was a downturn in performances from the players as well, which can happen having won a league, which is disappointing.“It is important for Chelsea, for continuity, to come in the top four. We are not going to win the league this year so they have to come in the top four and try to have a Champions League run.“There need to be some serious questions in the summer, to say: ‘Ok, everyone else is recruiting around us, the Manchester clubs in particular’ and you are going to have to match that to a degree to stay in the game. That’s the way football has gone.” Antonio Conte has struggled to replicate his achievements from last season 1 “Everyone else is recruiting around us….the Manchester clubs in particular”#CFC legend Frank Lampard has his say on the latest developments at the club.Catch Lampard’s full interview, on @tSHandJ from 2.30pm, only on talkSPORT.— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 26, 2018 Legends of football is one of the sport’s most prestigious charity awards and events — and this year is to induct England, Chelsea, West Ham, Manchester City and New York City legend Frank Lampard into its roll call of all-time greats. Lampard is joining the likes of John Charles, Sir Stanley Matthews, Brian Clough, Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Kenny Dalglish, Alan Shearer, Eric Cantona and last year’s recipient Steven Gerrard. Sponsored by hmv, Legends Of Football has raised over £7million for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins since its first event in 1997. The charity is dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. The event is on Monday October 8 and tickets are available from read more