The National Muslim Congress of Liberia has rejected the proposition to make Liberia a ‘Christian Nation’ for fear that it will bring division and go against the peaceful coexistence between the two religious communities.The chairman and secretary general of the National Muslim Congress, Sheik Abubakar Kamara and Sheik Omaru Kamara, in separate presentations said the longstanding relationship between the traditional people and Christians “will be threatened.”They made the statement recently during a one-day public hearing held in the House first floor conference hall at the Capitol Building.The hearing was on the 25 Propositions submitted by the Constitution Review Committee (CRC), which is under scrutiny by the Joint Committee on Good Governance & Government Reform, Election & Inauguration and Judiciary, to set the agenda for a referendum for the amendment of the 1986 Liberian Constitution.Sheik Kamara added that making Liberia a Christian state “also has the potential to divide the people of Liberia, including the traditional people, who have been living together in peace and harmony since 1847.”Former Grand Cape Mount Senator James Momo, Mohamed M. Kamara and Mohamed M. J. Manssalay of the Muslim community said the Christianization of the country would make Muslims “secondary citizens” in every sector of the government, including employment.President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is on record for having rejected the Christianization of Liberia, saying it will bring about division. “I do not concur with this view,” the President stated in her letter attached to the CRC report which she sent to the National Legislature for its review and action. “Liberia was established on a foundation of Christianity nevertheless the founders of the republic did not then put into the Constitution a declaration of Christianity as the religion of the nation.” She contended that the Constitution of Liberia has always allowed freedom of religion and freedom of worship so as to avoid seeking to prescribe one religion as an official state religion, and stressed that “to make the country a Christian state now will only create division among the people of the country who have been living together for a very long time,” despite their religious differences.She further noted that Article 14 of the Constitution clearly separates state from religion and says further that the state shall establish no official religion.Meanwhile, Rev. Arnold Hill, the head of a seven-man delegation, told the lawmakers that Liberia needs an identity like other countries.He indicated that they are advocating for the country to be a “Christian Nation,” not a “Christian State,” and explained the difference between a ‘Christian Nation’ and a ‘Christian State.’Rev. Hill said in a ‘Christian State’ both structural and economical organizations, including political and economic positions are occupied only by Christians while in a ‘Christian Nation’ that is being advocated for Liberia, appointment to positions will be based on merit and will be occupied by both Christians and non-Christians. He refuted the claim that non-Christians will be second class citizens if Liberia were to be declared as a Christian Nation.The Chairman of the House Joint Committee, Nimba County District # 8 Representative Larry P. Younquoi, thanked the religious groups for their presentations and said it would help the Committee make an informed report to Plenary for subsequent approval, and then to the Senate for concurrence.The CRC is headed by former Chief Justice Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, and was set up by the President to review the Constitution of Liberia. In March 2015, the committee, at a conference held in Gbanga, Bong County, approved 25 recommendations to set an agenda for amending the Constitution. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
With the game still up in the air, Comboy scored five answered points to stretch the Tamaraws’ lead to 11, 64-53, with 1:35 remaining.Cameroonian center Patrick Tchuente also came up big with 19 points and 11 rebounds for FEU, which hiked its record to 2-2 while dealing La Salle its third loss in four games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I’m just proud of the way we played today coming off that loss to Ateneo. It just shows the competition this season is so balanced. All the teams are capable of winning at any given moment, at any given time,” FEU head coach Olsen Racela said.“I’m just happy with the way we responded today especially coming off that loss against Ateneo.” LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chris Ross happy to play for Philippines in SEA Games if given a shot Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist The Tamaraws, who led by as much as 16, rebounded from a 63-46 blowout loss to the Ateneo Blue Eagles four days ago.The Green Archers leaned on rookie Jamie Malonzo to stay within reach in the fourth quarter. A triple by Malonzo pulled them within six before Comboy went on his personal 5-0 spurt.Malonzo recorded game-highs of 20 points and 15 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption MOST READ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University turned to Wendell Comboy late to put away De La Salle, 66-55, in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City
0Shares0000LONDON, February 6 – Per Mertesacker remains confident Arsenal can overcome north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur this weekend although Alexis Sanchez will be absent from the Gunners’ line-up. Sanchez has been ruled out of Saturday’s trip to White Hart Lane after failing to recover from the hamstring that kept him out of Arsenal’s comfortable 5-0 victory over Aston Villa last weekend.The loss of the Chile forward is a blow to Arsene Wenger’s side as they attempt to repeat their success in last season’s corresponding fixture in March.While Arsenal make the short journey to the home of their nearest neighbours and fiercest rivals full of confidence after an impressive recent run, Spurs are also heading into the game in good form.Gunners centre-back Mertesacker knows Mauricio Pochettino’s men will present a testing challenge as Wenger’s side attempt to extend their run of five straight victories.But the Germany international believes the key will be whether Arsenal can maintain their defensive solidity that has produced four clean-sheets in their last five games and left them level on points with fourth-placed Southampton heading into this weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures.“We know from recent years that defensive unity is vital especially against our north London rivals, so we have to be really cautious on the defensive front,” Mertesacker said.“We did very well last season, as we scored very early and then defended well until the end, so it’s going to be the target for this year.”Arsenal have reacted well to the New Year’s Day defeat by Southampton and their sequence of victories have moved the Emirates Stadium club back to the brink of the top four and in the fifth round of the FA Cup.Only goal difference is keeping Arsenal out of the Champions League places at present, with Tottenham one place and two points behind.The loss of Sanchez will be partly eased by the return of Danny Welbeck to the squad for the first time since the former Manchester United forward featured in the victory over West Ham in late December.Arsenal manager Wenger said: “The latest is that Alexis is not ready. He is not far away, the Leicester game is a possibility. He is of course very difficult to keep quiet! He is training but it’s light training.“Welbeck is back in the group,” the Frenchman added. “Apart from that we have the same squad available as last week.”– Adebayor uncertainty –Tottenham’s build-up to the match has been overshadowed by a row over the future of striker Emmanuel Adebayor.The Togo forward was keen to leave White Hart Lane and join West Ham United but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy refused to sanction the move.Adebayor has found himself out of Pochettino’s line-up but the manager is happy to put the uncertainty surrounding the future of the forward and a number of other fringe players behind him.“Always when the window arrives always different situations and different things happen, but now it is good because it’s finished and we all need to be focused to try to help the team,” said Spurs boss Pochettino.“The players are focused and try to help,” the Argentinian added.“I’m very happy. We have a very good squad.”The future of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid target Hugo Lloris has also been questioned but Pochettino is convinced the France goalkeeper will stay with Spurs.“Hugo is happy here with us,” he said. He is very happy. It is difficult for this type of club to get him because Hugo is happy here.“He is happy here and maybe in the future, in his mind, he is playing in the Champions League with Tottenham.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“She had a great resume,” Blecka said. “She could have ended up conceited, but nothing ended up that way. She had a special quality that was infectious, that everybody loved.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! She later starred with Elvis Presley in his 1969 film “Change of Habit” and as Poitier’s wife in the 1970 film “They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!” She found movie acting “a more rewarding kind of work than singing,” she told The Washington Post in 1969. “When I’m working in a club, I must go from one song to another rapidly and I don’t have much time to express myself emotionally. In a movie, you can concentrate on one scene at a time.” She hosted television’s “The Barbara McNair Show,” a syndicated musical and comedy program, from 1969 to 1972. McNair went to the University of California, Los Angeles. Along with Gaither, McNair is survived by her fourth husband, Charles Blecka. LOS ANGELES – Barbara McNair, the pioneering African-American singer-actress who hosted her own TV variety show and starred in Hollywood with Sidney Poitier in the early 1970s, has died. She was 72. McNair died Sunday in Los Angeles after a battle with throat cancer, her sister, Jacqueline Gaither, said. “She was very family oriented,” Gaither said. “She was more than just a star or a famous personality. She was a person of her own.” Gaining fame in the 1960s as a nightclub singer, McNair graduated to film and television as opportunities were opening up for black women late in the decade. She made her Hollywood acting debut in 1968 in the film, “If He Hollers, Let Him Go.”
He might think that the mayor’s romantic scandal has saved him from having to answer to these charges, but one day he’ll have to come clean or face the consequences when he makes his next run for public office. Ultimately, Delgadillo is wrong about the recall attempt. It isn’t an attack on public safety; it’s an attempt to restore public integrity to an office that has lost it. Like the mayor, his best chance to put this behind him is to come clean about what happened and work a lot harder to make this a better city. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CITY Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, who has been lying low since getting in trouble for misuse of city property, responded to the nascent campaign to recall him Tuesday. In a letter to the city clerk – no TV cameras summoned for this one – Delgadillo called the recall “an attack on public safety” and “misleading,” and he asked the public to take his side. But nowhere in the letter did Delgadillo address allegations that sparked the recall – that he improperly used city resources by allowing his wife to drive his city car with a suspended license and, when she wrecked it, sticking the city with the repair bill. Out of that disclosure in June came a string of others, including the revelation that Delgadillo, one of Los Angeles’ main law enforcers, had broken the law for at least a year by not insuring his personal car and that he used his city staff for personal reasons, including baby-sitting his two small sons. The recall campaign run by a former county employee has little chance of ousting the city attorney from office. You need big bucks to do that. But it’s too bad it couldn’t have at least prompted Delgadillo to fess up fully to the charges.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“Anecdotally, we’ve been hearing that it’s becoming more and more of a problem in the high schools,” she said. “A lot of celebrities are smoking cigars and it sets the trend for a lot of youth.” Cigars today come in several varieties – from thin cigarillos to cigars flavored with peaches and other fruits. Rap star 50 Cent is featured in ads for one brand of cigar, while rapper Jadakiss sells a slow-burning, natural-leaf cigar. “Our governor smokes cigars and makes no qualms about smoking cigars at the Capitol,” Aragon said. “It makes sense that young people would be following in the footsteps of those they look up to.” To counter the effects of tobacco advertisements, county health officials Wednesday launched “It’s Quitting Time, L.A!” – a campaign to get 200,000 smokers to quit by 2010. The campaign will enlist pharmacists and physicians to refer patients to anti-smoking programs and will particularly target ethnic communities, Aragon said. The Health Department study showed that smoking among all county residents is at an all-time low: Only 14.6 percent of residents light up. But Asian and Latino men are smoking twice as much as their female counterparts, the report showed. “Asian men do tend to smoke more than their non-Asian counterparts,” said Nisha Varghese, director of health programs at the San Gabriel-based Asian Youth Center. “Many of the men are immigrants from countries where smoking’s the norm.” African-American and white men are also smoking at higher rates. Nearly 27 percent of African-American men and 16.9 of white men are lighting up. “Los Angeles County has made great progress in reducing smoking rates and the health burden associated with tobacco addiction,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, acting director of the county Health Department. “But this survey tells us is that we must continue our efforts so all of our residents can avoid the disease and death caused by tobacco use.” The county spends $4.3billion a year on smoking- related health problems, most of which are preventable, said Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke. “Obviously for L.A. County, when we talk about costs, we talk about the cost of health care. We talk about the fact that we have neonatal units that care for babies that, some of those babies would not be there if their mothers had stopped smoking,” Burke said. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cynthia Torres of Pico Rivera considers herself a social cigar smoker. She said she started smoking cigars more frequently after her group of friends recently took it up. “I enjoy the experience of it, and I enjoy the socializing part that comes with it,” said Torres, 24. As the county Department of Public Health kicked off its latest anti-smoking campaign Wednesday with the release of a study showing minority men are lighting up more frequently, cigar smoking among young people seems to be on the rise, said Linda Aragon, director of the county’s Tobacco Control and Prevention program.
The San Fernando Valley’s residential real estate market continued weakening in October with home and condominium sales well under the year-ago level and prices making modest gains, a trade association said Wednesday. Last month homes sales fell an annual 22.7 percent to 771 transactions, the lowest level for the month since 642 sales in 1992, said the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. Sales have been under the year-ago level every month since last October. They made annual declines in both 2004 and last year but the 12-month totals still ranked among the best ever for the Valley. The median house price increased an annual 1.7 percent in October, or $10,000, to $610,000, a record for the month. But it was $15,000 shy of June’s all-time record of $625,000. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“I think the market has found its level,” said Jim Link, executive vice president at the Van Nuys-based association. “This is the type of solid activity we’ll see for a while, at least until spring of next year.” The median price is expected to bounce around its current level well into next year, he said. The condominium market followed a similar pattern. Sales fell 31.2 percent to 249 transactions, the lowest October since 257 sales in 1998. The median price rose 6.5 percent, or $25,000, to $410,000. The record is last February’s $415,000. Association President Steve White said October’s numbers equal about 80 percent of the past boom markets. “One of the myths out there is that prices are plunging, but they are not. In fact prices are still rising but at a reasonable pace,” he said. That means the market is likely reaching a balance point. At month’s end there were 6,791 houses and condominiums listed for sale, a 6.7-month supply at the current sales pace and up 58.7 percent from a year ago. In March 2004 inventory hit a record-low 1.7 months. The buildup means that buyers have more choice, and this has helped cool the once-hot price appreciation. “There are no panic sales, no one is losing money,” Link said. “All that has been lost is the madness and the quick profits. Those days are gone.” Neither he nor White anticipate a big price drop, big inventory increase or a return to the days of multiple offers from buyers. Daniel Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge, agrees with the association’s outlook. “That’s what we believe and that’s what the (economic) models are saying. Basically (prices) are going to be flat, but there will be up and down wiggles in the median.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United will benefit more from signing young players who are hungry to impress as oppose to bringing in established big-name stars.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning on rebuilding his squad over the summer with the club close to completing the signing of Daniel James from Swansea and linked with Crystal Palace defender Aaron wan-Bissaka. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 3 The 13-time Premier League champions, who recruited Solskjaer after sacking Jose Mourinho in December, finished sixth and failed to qualify for the Champions League.“For Ole, I think the first thing he’s got to do is try and build the squad,” Rooney told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme. Gareth Bale has been linked with a move to Old Trafford LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January LATEST gameday cracker Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star “I don’t think bringing one or two players in for over £100million is going to really help with the squad and the players who are there.“I think he needs to try and look at maybe five or six players who have got potential to be top players but you’re not spending £120, £130million on these players.“I think you spend £30million, £40million and then try to improve them, which will also give you longevity out of the players and allow you to build a squad around the five or six new players that come in, plus a few of the players who are still there. shining 3 Daniel James is set to join Manchester United 3 tense Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card deals Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REPLY Getty REAL DEAL no dice Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:45Loaded: 6.01%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Rooney, now with DC United, wants Man United to resist big name buys Getty Simon Jordan discusses Daniel James’ possible move to Manchester United United have not won the title since the final season of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign in 2013.Rooney, who scored a record 253 goals for United and now plays in the MLS for DC United, believes the club’s fans will remain patient during a transitional phase under Solskjaer.“I just think the club needs to rebuild with younger players. But they need to be good enough and allow the manager to improve them,” he said. Getty Images Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ “You could bring (Cristiano) Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and (Lionel) Messi in, or Gareth Bale for instance, and it’s going to cost you £300, £350million (for) which you’d get what? Maybe two years out of Ronaldo, a couple of years out of Ramos and then you’ve written that money off.” “And I think the Man United fans will understand that they are probably not going to compete for the Premier League next year.“So let them have that time, let Ole have that time to build a team for the next two or three years who are going to compete, not only at Premier League level, but at Champions League level.”
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a possible drowning that occurred Saturday afternoon at Hardy Lake in Scott County.Just after 4 p.m. responders were dispatched to the beach area of Hardy Lake regarding a possible drowning. Tim Nickelson, 53, of Marengo, was recovered in approximately 4 feet of water by other swimmers. Once out of the water, CPR was started before Nickelson was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital, where he was subsequently pronounced dead. Initial Investigation has revealed that Nickelson was swimming with friends and family when they noticed he was missing. Swimmers at the beach began searching the water, eventually locating Nickelson under the surface. The exact cause of death is pending an autopsy, which is scheduled for Monday.Scott County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police responded to the scene.
Ards Forest Park is one of a number of forests across Ireland to share in a capital funding package of €550,000 for Coillte.The announcenment, made by Failte Ireland, is part of a strategic partnership to boost the tourist experience at a number of the state owned forestry company’s sites and unleash their significant untapped potential for visitors.This team up with Coillte is the latest in a series of partnerships that Fáilte Ireland is developing with key State agencies and bodies which own and manage attractions and sites that are considered to be of vital importance to tourism. As part of this strategy, Fáilte Ireland is giving capital funding to projects of tourism value as well as providing its considerable expertise in tourism development and marketing.The projects to be included in the funding package for the development of project feasibility and design for six projects:Ards Forest Park, Co. DonegalAvondale Forest Park Experience, Co. Wicklow Curraghchase Forest Park, Co. LimerickWild Nephin and Ballycroy, Co. MayoCoolaney Mountain Bike Centre, Co. SligoFacilities/services for motorhomes at sites along the Wild Atlantic WaySignificant further funding to progress these projects will be announced once the projects have been designed and costed. Announcing the funding, the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD said “I am delighted to see such joined-up working between two state agencies where the strengths and assets of each are being combined to really provide us with an enhanced visitor experience. In an unpredictable trading environment, there can be no room for complacency in tourism and we have to continually go out there and battle with competing destinations to win more visitors to our shores. Partnerships like this – which will ultimately provide us with more compelling experiences on the ground – help provide the cutting edge we need to compete.”Speaking today, Fáilte Ireland’s Director of Strategic Development, Orla Carroll emphasised “We know from our own research that more and more visitors want to experience the Irish landscape up-close and personal. The wild and rugged environment of the Wild Atlantic Way and the lush, green and fertile landscapes of Ireland’s Ancient East are very strong magnets for visitors when choosing a holiday destination. These Coillte properties provide our visitors with an opportunity to really get back to nature and get in touch with Ireland. With the great potential that these sites have, this partnership will be a win-win for both agencies and provide tourism benefits for all the communities involved.”Gerard Murphy Managing Director of Coillte Forest said “Coillte is Ireland’s leading provider of outdoor recreational activities, with over 2,000km of waymarked trails, 180 recreation sites and 12 forest parks on our estate attracting 18 million visits annually.Coillte’s forests, tracks and trails are ideal for lovers of the great outdoors, nature enthusiasts and those who want to explore Ireland’s rich cultural heritage, which is woven into the fabric of the forests We believe we have the facilities and the resources to attract even more visitors and we are delighted that we have an opportunity to develop this partnership with Fáilte Ireland and to continue to grow our long-term vision of making a key contribution to tourism and local economies.” The development of strategic partnerships with state agencies and bodies in order to maximise the tourism potential of State lands and assets, is one of the deliverables set out in Fáilte Ireland’s Tourism Investment Strategy 2016-2022. Similar partnerships are also in place with a number of other State agencies and bodies, including the Office of Public Works and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.Donegal forest shares in €550M tourism investment package was last modified: December 5th, 2016 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)