Former Guyanese chutney king, Prince JP is set to release his brand new single titled “De Same Gyal” today on 89.5FM with WR Reaz and Selector Andy at 14:00h. The father of one has not let anything hamper his passion for music and will continue to record songs in the US to keep his Guyanese fans entertained.This new song was written by the young heartthrob and was produced in Professor Bounty Target Studio in Trinidad and Tobago. Apart from being released on 89.5FM, it will also be released on Fire Fest 101 Rush in Queens New York at 19:00h.The song tells the story of a boy who is always talking ill things about a girl but he ends up falling in love with her and ultimately proposes.The young man was described as immature and one with a “big mouth”. It also relates to many young guys out there who cannot keep things to themselves.In an interview with Guyana Times Entertainment, the young artiste said “If a boy gets a kiss from a girl, he has to tell everyone… if she sends him a photo, he has to show Tom, Dick and Harry”.This song will also be available on YouTube and on social media, especially on his Instagram page. Persons can follow him on to prince_jp_pharous and on Facebook.
“Personal views on why Liberia should not be declared, by law, a Christian Nation”“Personal views on why Liberia should not be declared, by law, a Christian Nation”
IntroductionThe airwaves in Liberia have been in recent times inundated with the debate on whether Liberia should be declared a Christian nation by law. This proposition, sponsored heavily by a group of church leaders during the recent Constitutional Review Conference, held recently in Gbarnga, was voted for by Christian delegates who attended the conference while the Muslim delegates boycotted the vote. There was even a shouting match between the Christian group and Muslim group, who had gathered around the Administrative Building, the venue of the conference, in order to make their voices heard. I, as a devout Christian, who had had all his elementary and secondary education in Lutheran schools before traveling abroad for college and advanced degrees, intend in this article to put across my personal views, with documentary evidences, my opposition to declaring Liberia as a Christian nation by law.Definition of a ChristianThe dictionary definition of a Christian tells me that “a Christian is one who believes in or follows the religion based on the teachings of Christ; a person who exhibits Christian qualities of kindness, fairness and decency”. This speaks volumes about Christianity. It is all embracing and full of love, and good moral attitudes as Christ himself displayed while on earth; as the hymn says, “in Christ there is no East or West.”The ArgumentsThose who are proposing that Liberia becomes a Christian nation are saying that the preamble of the 1847 Constitution of Liberia speaks of the founding fathers’ desire and intent to make Liberia a Christian nation, and because Liberians changed that path in the 1986 revised constitution, by making Liberia a secular state, Liberia was undergoing many challenges, detrimental to its progress. Being a religious nation is not a bad idea; in fact, Liberians are, by nature, a very religious people. According to a statistical research on Liberia by Patrick Johnstone and Jason Mandrigk in their 21st Century edition of Operation World, 38.33% of Liberians are Christians, with an annual growth rate of +8.6%; Muslims are 13% with an annual growth rate of +11.3%; while the traditionalists are 48.37% with an annual growth rate of 7.8% (http://www.liberia2027.com/627324). It is however, an error to assume that Liberia is, or was ever a Christian nation, or founded on Christian principles. In fact those above statistics are saying that over 60% of Liberia’s 3.5 million people are not Christians (Ibid.). Although the signing of the declaration of independence was done by Christians in the Providence Baptist Church, nowhere in the 1847 Constitution is there an article declaring Liberia as a Christian nation. In fact, based upon the definition of a Christian and seeing how Christianity is all inclusive, the definition of a Christian nation cannot fit Liberia since, based on historical facts, it was actually founded on divisive principles. Even assuming that the founding fathers had Christianity in mind, since their intentions were to civilize and Christianized the indigenes, the assumption that Liberia is a Christian nation is yet to be proven; it overlooks the fact that traditional religion practitioners and Muslims were present in this region long before 1822, when the newcomers arrived.As stated earlier, Liberia was actually founded on a divisive principle. In his book, Rise and Fall of the First Liberian Republic, George E.S. Boley (1983) mentions that the preamble of the declaration of independence spoke of a people returning to Africa from slavery in America, who claimed to have originated from America-when indeed they had earlier originated from Africa-speaking condescendingly about the land to which they were now returning. According to him, “a native or aboriginal Liberian was considered inferior to an Americo-Liberian by reason of his alleged heathenism; similarly a native… was not considered a full citizen unless he was, by the standards of the settlers, completely detribalized, or civilized…”(1983, p.28). The motto of the Republic of Liberia only speaks of “The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here” as if those met here did not matter. The late Bishop George D. Browne observed in his book, The Episcopal Church of Liberia: Under Indigenous Leadership: Reflections on a Twenty Year Episcopate: “Our constitution provided for two legal systems: for Tribal or Customary laws or Interior Regulations… meant for the ‘illiterate-Liberians’ or ‘the country-people’ who lived in the hinterlands… and other laws intended for the coastal and ‘literate’ Liberians who lived in the cities. While we were talking about ‘one nation indivisible’ we were actively sowing the seed for a divided nation” (1994, p. 150).Christianity is all inclusive based upon the teachings of Christ; in Christ there is no East or West. However, the settlers never consulted the indigenes or natives on the well-fare of Liberia as they were not considered citizens but heathens who needed to be civilized and Christianized. As pointed out by Joseph Saye Guannu, in his Short History of First Liberian Republic, the indigenes were denied citizenship of Liberia until 1904 when President Arthur Barclay granted them a blanket citizenship (2010). Even so they did not benefit from the fruits of democracy until President William V. S. Tubman created the four new counties of Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Lofa, and allowed them have representatives sit in the National Legislature (Ibid.). Again, the Liberian Constitution has never embraced the idea of having other races become citizens of Liberia except black, which, of course, is against Christian principles. Even citizens, who were forced to relocate to other areas of the world as a result of the civil war and political instability, are being denied dual-citizenship by the current constitution.The call by some Liberians for Liberia to move from being a secular state (meaning a state not affiliated with any particular church or particular faith) to being declared a Christian nation is a move in the wrong direction at this juncture in Liberian history. It will never make any individual Liberian more Christian than he or she has been, neither will it bring any more development to Liberia than exists. It is rather a monkey wrench being used by some politicians in order to derail the fragile peace that we enjoy now, as well as the reconciliation process underway. Lest we forget, history has taught us that the unwholesome collaboration of church, state, True Whig Party and the Masonic Craft in the past aided the entrenchment of corruption in Liberia. This is where the “so say one so say all” phrase originated from. The church compromised the integrity of the gospel by refusing to push for righteous life style in Liberia, as heads of state also became top cleric men of the church and secret societies; men, whose decisions could not be questioned. This collaboration helped to solidify the Americo-Liberian hegemony over the indigenous Liberians as evidenced by their 133 year-rule over the country from 1847 to 1980.From the reactions of some members of his church, as observed by the late Bishop Browne, in his book, mentioned supra, (1994, pp. 125 &134), there was a major myth that the Liberian society was built on four foundations-the church, the state, the True Whig Party and the Masons, and the only way that one would climb the ladder of success in Liberia was to become a member of the craft. Many believed that the church existed along with the state and the state was the same as the Masonic craft and the True Whig Party. Currently, it is believed that some politicians and some clerics who have churches that have grown wealthy from their charismatic/Pentecostal churches are once again trying to return to the status quo which existed in Liberia before 1980 and this is dangerous for the country.Let us Liberians beware and be wise. Mixing religion with politics is dangerous, especially at a time in Liberia when the country has just recently emerged from a prolonged period of instability-1980-2003. Relative to the mixing of politics and religion in Nigeria, Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi, of Jos, Nigeria, observed, “Religion, by its nature and content appeals not so much to reason. It is a heart matter and carries with it huge emotions” (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-31026554). It is a ‘divide and rule’ technique (like money) often used by politicians (Ibid.); so Liberians should not allow politicians to once again divide and rule them by this means. Liberians need to wake up and live in the 21st century, not in the 19th century. Liberians need to move forward, not backward. Liberians must open their eyes and see all the red flags raised around them and the world, when it comes to mixing politics with religion. It is important to take note of what Boko Haram has done in our own backyard, Nigeria – the atrocities carried out in their attempt to declare Sharia laws in claimed territories of Nigeria; what happened in Kenya recently with the indiscriminate killing of 148 non-Muslim students at Garissa University College by the militant terrorist group, al-Shabab; see Iraq, Syria and other places where the Islamic State (IS) has created havoc in their quest to create an Islamic Caliphate. Who, in his right mind, will see his neighbor’s house burning down due to fire and then will send his own children to play with fire in their living room?ConclusionLet Liberia remain a secular state (one not associated with any church or faith) in which all religions will live and worship according to their religion in peace and harmony; with no one religious sect set above the others as the 1986 constitution says. The framers of that constitution foresaw the danger far ahead. Let sleeping dog lie. Liberians have suffered enough and seen many hardships. Liberians need to heal, and we can only do this by turning our backs on those old divisive practices and prejudices that divided us in the past. Liberians should be more concerned now about stamping out corruption and other vices which have had more devastating effects on Liberia’s development. Tagging Liberia, as a Christian nation, has no direct effect on the country’s development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As it stands, suspended National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Matilda Parker and her Comptroller, Christina Kpabar-Paelay, could spend some time behind bars at the Monrovia Central Prison, if Criminal Court ‘C’ today agrees with the government that the defendants’ US$1.2 million bail is defective.The criminal appearance bond was filed on behalf of Parker and Paelay by the Family Dollar Universal Insurance to prevent the pair from going to jail, until they could exonerate themselves from a US$837,950 theft allegation levied against them by the government.Unfortunately, prosecutors are claiming that the insurance company failed to show any evidence from legal authority that it possesses assets sufficient to cover the obligation they are undertaking.They also argued that the bond does not conform to the requirement of law; therefore, it should be set aside and the defendants remanded to the Monrovia Central Prison until their bond is made sufficient to secure their appearance before court.They further argued that the insurer’s tax clearance, which was issued in March and was valid for only 90days, has expired.These are some of the issues Judge Peter Gbeneweleh will be hearing and to establish the validity of their bond.Both Parker and Paelay were accused of designing a criminal scheme whereby they awarded two sole-source contracts without the approval of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) to co-defendant Deneah M. Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise on behalf of the NPA from 2011 to 2012.The alleged contracts were for co-defendant Flomo to remove wreckage from the port of Greenville, Sinoe County, and the provision of security consultancy at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and Greenville at the agreed priced of US$500,000 and US$300,000 respectively.The accused further made fraudulent payment of funds from the NPA’s accounts to defendant Flomo for expertise, which amounted to US$837,950.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
PAPAL LEGATE APOLOGIES TO ABUSE VICTIMS AT LOUGH DERGPAPAL LEGATE APOLOGIES TO ABUSE VICTIMS AT LOUGH DERG
Papal Legate Cardinal Marc Ouellet yesterday met survivors of child abuse during his pilgrimage to Lough Derg in Co Donegal and apologised to them on behalf of the church.The cardinal, who is representing Pope Benedict XVI at the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, met male and female survivors from the Republic and Northern Ireland.The meeting lasted two hours, during which survivors spoke of their experience of abuse and its impact on their lives. He said he was “deeply moved” and would be reporting on the meeting to the pope. Cardinal Ouellet celebrated Mass in St Patrick’s Basilica on the island with about 100 Irish and international pilgrims later on Tuesday.The Catholic Communications Office released the homily yesterday but said it could not reveal who the cardinal had met as it wished to protect their privacy.“Pope Benedict XVI asked me, as his legate to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, that I would come to Lough Derg and ask God’s forgiveness for the times clerics have sexually abused children not only in Ireland but anywhere in the church,” revealed the Cardinal.He continued: “I come here with the specific intention of seeking forgiveness from God and from the victims, for the grave sin of sexual abuse of children by clerics. We have learned over the last decades how much harm and despair such abuse caused to thousands of victims. “We learned too that the response of some church authorities to these crimes was often inadequate and inefficient in stopping the crimes, in spite of clear indications in the code of canon law.”He told the congregation: “In the name of the church, I apologise once again to the victims, some of whom I have met here in Lough Derg.” He also quoted from the pope’s letter to Catholics in Ireland, expressing shame and remorse.“The tragedy of the sexual abuse of minors perpetrated by Christians, especially when done so by members of the clergy, is a source of great shame and enormous scandal,” the cardinal said.“It is a sin against which Jesus himself lashed out: ‘It would be better for him if a millstone was put around his neck and he is thrown in to the sea than for him to cause one of the little ones to stumble’,” he said, quoting from the Bible. “From the context of this international Eucharistic Congress, I reaffirm the commitment of the Catholic Church to create a safe environment for children and we pray that a new culture of respect, integrity and Christ-like love would prevail in our midst and permeate the whole society.” After the homily, prayers of intercession were offered for the church, for survivors of abuse and for “the inadequate response often given by church leaders”PAPAL LEGATE APOLOGIES TO ABUSE VICTIMS AT LOUGH DERG was last modified: June 14th, 2012 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:Lough DergPope Benedict
Batshuayi linked with shock Chelsea exit as Marseille eye loan deal for £33m manBatshuayi linked with shock Chelsea exit as Marseille eye loan deal for £33m man
Michy Batshuayi 1 Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi could return to former club Marseille on loan this January, according to reports in France.The 23-year-old only arrived at Stamford Bridge during the summer, but is yet to start a game in the Premier League.It has been reported that Batshuayi was not a signing new manager Antonio Conte had asked for and as such he has struggled to hold down a regular place in the team.Now Le 10 Sport has suggested that his former club Marseille may offer him the chance of more regular first-team football with a loan move in the new year.Batshuayi scored 26 league goals in 62 appearances for the Ligue 1 club, who banked £33.2m for selling him in July.And it has been suggested that Marseille will move quickly should they get the signal that the Belgian is available on a temporary basis.
Lukaku nets record-breaking Belgium goal to continue fine form since United exitLukaku nets record-breaking Belgium goal to continue fine form since United exit
Manchester United made the decision to sell Romelu Lukaku over the summer and the Belgium forward has been in fine fettle since departing Old Trafford.He linked up with Antonio Conte at Inter of Milan and has already scored three goals for the Serie A challenges in his first seven appearances.And while club football has currently taken a backseat, Lukaku has not – keeping the goals flowing during the international break. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Belgium booked their place at Euro 2020 on Thursday evening with a 9-0 rout of San Marino, Europe’s traditional whipping boys, with Lukaku grabbing a brace against the minnows.His first goal on the night was his 50th for Belgium, meaning Lukaku became the first player to ever reach a half-century for the Red Devils.San Marino held out for almost half-an-hour before Lukaku opened the scoring, with the floodgates then opening in Brussels. Lukaku scored twice against San Marino to extend his lead as Belgium’s all-time leading scorer 1 The striker grabbed a second later in the match, with Nacer Chadli, Toby Alderweireld, Youri Tielemans, Christian Benteke, Yari Verschaeren and Timothy Castagne also scoring. San Marino’s Cristian Brolli unfortunately scored an own goal to make his night even worse.Inter, who also signed Alexis Sanchez from Man United earlier this year, congratulated Lukaku on Twitter for his record-breaking feat. AFP or Licensors Czech Republic vs England (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Tranmere (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 LIVE on talkSPORT 🔝 | LANDMARK REACHED 8️⃣3️⃣ appearances 5️⃣1️⃣ goals 🥇 The most prolific @BelRedDevils player of all-time ✅ Qualified for @EURO2020 👏 @RomeluLukaku9 👏 https://t.co/0ZwdUpIyGr— Inter (@Inter_en) October 10, 2019Belgium’s victory ensured they were the first team to book their place at Euro 2020, and England can join them with a defeat of Czech Republic this evening – a match which you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT.
Ross believes cup final comes at perfect time for SaintsRoss believes cup final comes at perfect time for Saints
“All of the games have been entertaining, there’s been a lot of goals, so hopefully it’s the same on Saturday.” Saints will be without cup tied pair Cammy Smith and Josh Todd, while defender Harry Davis, who has impressed since joining on loan from Crewe Alexandra in January, is likely to miss the rest of the season with a dislocated kneecap. However Ross believes that his “stretched” squad will be right up for the chance to win some silverware and has urged his players to make the most of the opportunity. “We welcome the chance to repay the supporters for their loyalty this season, but I’ll only enjoy it if we win,” he added. “Most players believe that they’ll have lots of opportunities like these in their career but the reality is for some they don’t come around very often. “So all our players from the most experienced ones to the younger guys just starting out will relish the opportunity to win on Saturday. Jack Ross says his St Mirren side are in the “best frame of mind,” possible ahead of Saturday’s Irn-Bru Challenge Cup final with Dundee United. The Buddies have won four of their last six in the league as well as ten of 12 in cup competitions this season and claimed all three points over Saturday’s opponents in a 3-2 victory last midweek. It’s been a remarkable turnaround by Ross following a start to the season that saw the Paisley side go from pre-season promotion hopefuls to relegation battlers who didn’t win a league match until December.And Ross believes now is the perfect time for Saints to add silverware to their recent resurgence. “We’ve had a really demanding schedule over the past month, a lot of really important matches,” he said. “It’s a very difficult game for us, it’s probably as tough a game as you could have in this competition. “But our recent form and performances have been really good, so we come into the game in the best frame of mind we’ve had all season. “We beat them only a week ago, so we know what it takes to win against them, but they’ve beaten us twice this season.
Walk, Talk and Give Us Your Best Pitch at DreamforceWalk, Talk and Give Us Your Best Pitch at Dreamforce
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud#events Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts alex williams Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting We get so many pitches from companies at events like Dreamforce that we can never get to them all. But we do want to hear what you have to say.So why not join us for a walk tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon? We’ll walk the show floor at Dreamforce, talk and then do live streaming interviews. Want to join us? At 1 p.m we’ll meet in Moscone North at the top of the escalators. We’ll walk the show floor and then find a spot to do our interview. The interviews will start at 2 p.m. We’ll talk with people for about an hour. Watch live video from ReadWriteWeb on Justin.tvSee you tomorrow.
How a planet could survive a collision between its two sunsHow a planet could survive a collision between its two suns
While searching for Earth-like planets, NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has come across 10 that share one very un-Earth-like quality: They orbit two stars, instead of one. The worlds are aptly named “circumbinary planets” (“circum” meaning around, and “binary” referring to two objects), and in this type of binary system, the two stars orbit each other while the planet orbits the two stars (pictured above). But only the lucky binaries seem to have planets that orbit them; some stellar binaries that lack orbiting bodies have a different third party—a distant star that’s so massive, its gravitational fluxes actually change the orbit of the stellar binary, causing the two stars to shrink together in a process called orbital decay. If left uninterrupted, the stars will eventually collide together in a violent, calamitous explosion. Now, astronomers have asked a new question: What would happen if a circumbinary planet were in the mix? Naturally, one assumes its inevitable, fiery demise. But findings, published online 9 July in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveal that may not be the case. Using a combination of theoretical and numerical formulas, astronomers calculated that the planet may actually be able to survive the blast. The difference between life and death depends on that third, distant body. The researchers mathematically showed that the same mechanism that forces the binary together shifts the alignment of the circumbinary planet, potentially allowing it to sneak far enough away to escape incineration. Even so, surviving without a home base is a bit of a lonely swap.
Vasiliy Lomachenko celebrates his Junior Lightweight bout victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2017 in New York City. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFPFreddie Roach prefers Vasyl Lomachenko than Terence Crawford as Manny Pacquiao’s opponent.Roach, the Filipino boxing star’s Hall of Fame trainer, thinks fighting Crawford, who is the undisputed junior welterweight champion, would be too much for Pacquiao due to the undefeated American’s advantage in age and size.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ross: Racism is never justifiable Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ “I love the Lomachenko fight,” Roach told BoxingScene.com. “I like that better because I’ve been hearing so much about Terence Crawford lately. And Terence might be a little bit too young and a little bit too big at this point.READ: Pacquiao says in talks to fight LomachenkoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“But the other way [Lomachenko], I like that fight for Manny. All we need is one tune-up fight, and we’ll go into [the Lomachenko] fight, no problem.”Three days ago, Pacquiao had said he is already in talks with Lomachenko’s camp about a potential bout. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lomachenko is currently the WBO 135-pound champion and for a clash with Pacquiao to materialize, Roach said his prized ward will have to reduce weight and fight the hard-hitting Ukranian at 140 pounds.READ: McGregor then Lomachenko, so who’s next?The 29-year-old Lomachenko, who holds a record of 10 wins, one loss with eight knockouts, stopped Guillermo Rigondeaux on his stool after six rounds in his most recent fight last month.Pacquiao, 39, has not fought since dropping a controversial decision to Australian Jeff Horn six months ago.But Top Rank honcho Bob Arum said he is lining up Pacquiao to be part of the Crawford-Horn card scheduled in April against an opponent yet to be named.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES The winner between Crawford and Horn could end up facing Pacquiao.Whether it’s Crawford or Lomachenko, Pacquiao will have his hands full against the two, who are ranked as the top pound-for-pound fighters today.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next