Imam Krayee’s Courageous and Timely Admission

first_imgThe Chief Imam Islam in Liberia, Ali Krayee, last weekend finally broke the conspicuous (noticeable) silence of Muslims not only in Liberia but in many other places over the widespread terroristic attacks perpetrated by Islamic extremists in the name of Allah. The latest of these attacks occurred last Sunday in our sisterly Federal Republic of Nigeria, when under-aged girls, used as suicide bombers by that country’s Muslim extremists, Boko Haram,   entered crowded market places killing lots of people.But most probably the main incident that led Imam Krayee to speak out against Islamic extremists was the murder of 12 French journalists by two brothers of Algerian descent, who said they had carried out their carnage in the name of Allah, to “avenge the Prophet Mohamed.” These journalists worked for a French satirical magazine that carried cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed.That incident provoked worldwide anger and condemnation, leading to the largest demonstration in French and probably European history, when 3,000,000 people, led by President Holland and 49 other Heads of State, on Sunday marched through the streets of Paris to protest what was clearly a threat to the freedom of speech and of the press, cherished by the democracies of the West and other parts of the world.  They marched in defiance of Islamic extremism and let it be known that France would not bow to anyone’s attempt to erase the “Libertie” for which the French people bled and died during their Revolution in 1789.The Islamist extremists forgot that it was because of this cherished “Liberte” that during their Revolution the French beheaded their own King, Louis the XVI, and their Queen Marie Antoinette.   The Daily Observer has long called on Muslim leaders in Liberia to speak out on Islamic extremism and tell the world where they stand on these outrageous atrocities against innocent people.  The 200 school girls captured last April by Boko Haram from their dormitory in Nigeria was a terrible and dramatic case in point, not to speak of all the others, including the murder of one of their own, Emir Mohamed Sanusi of Kano.Imam Krayee declared firmly and unequivocally that the religion, Islam, “is under siege,” not by any other religious or political force, but by Islamist  extremists, who arrogate to themselves the “right” to commit mass murder anywhere and everywhere in the holy name of Allah and His prophet Mohamed.Of course, the Imam seized the opportunity in his sermon last Saturday to give a historical reminder of previous incidents of religious extremism.  He recalled the Crusades during which European armies, between 1095 and 1291 A.D., launched a holy war to regain   Jerusalem and the Holy Land from Islamic invaders.  As in all wars, many people were killed.The Imam also spoke of the First and Second World Wars which, though primarily political, killed millions. He also recalled the Rwandan genocide of 1994 which in the space of 100 days killed 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu sympathizers.  This, of course, was not religious but political genocide, blamed on the Tutsis or moderate Hutus who were alleged to have shot down a plane carrying both Rwanda President Habyarimana and his Burundian counterpart.But Krayee referred also to what he called the greatest of all genocides—the Atlantic Slave Trade—during which hundreds of thousands of Africans were uprooted from their homes and forcibly transported to the West as slaves.While we welcome Imam Krayee’s forthright expressions against Islamist extremism, we think talking about them is not enough.  It is a fact that this extremism, while it kills innocent people, also does great harm to the religion, because it tends to give the world, especially the non-Islamic world, a wrong impression of this great Abrahamic religion. That is why Imam Kryee rightly says Islam is “under siege.”We think the best way forward is for major Muslim nations, such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia and some of the other rich Arab nations to reach out to the extremists and try, one way or the other, to stop them, in the supreme interest of protecting the integrity of Islam.  They can begin by engaging Boko Haram and helping Nigeria to end the bloodshed and save that most populous and richest African nation from the threat of disintegrationShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Clothes vendor jailed, accomplice remanded for robbing Cubans

first_imgA clothes vendor who admitted to robbing two Cuban nationals was on Thursday sentenced to 18 months in prison while his accomplice was remanded.The duo – Akeem Morris, 27, of Laing Avenue, Georgetown, and Samuel Shepard, 24, a labourer of B Field Sophia, Georgetown – appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The first charge stated that on December 29, 2019 at Georgetown, while being armed with cutlasses, they robbed Jose Sequuea of a phone valued $40,000 and $4000 cash.The second charge detailed that on the same day and at the same location while being armed with cutlasses, they robbed Diego Bettencourt of a phone valued $25,000.Morris pleaded guilty to robbing Sequuea, but denied robbing Bettencourt while Shepard pleaded not guilty to both charges.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that on the day in question, about 08:00h, both victims were at the Stabroek Market purchasing fruits when Morris and Shepard confronted Sequuea, placed a cutlass to his neck, and relieved him of his phone and cash.The court further heard that the men attempted to escape, but were intercepted by Police on bicycle patrol.The two suspects were positively identified during an identification parade.The Magistrate sentenced Morris to 18 months behind bars while Shepard was remanded and ordered to reappear in court on January 8, 2020.last_img read more

Wenger admits timing of Arsenal exit was out of his hands

first_imgWenger announced on Friday he would be stepping down a year before the end of his contract after another failure to sustain a Premier League title challenge.The club, in sixth place in the league, are desperate to win the Europa League as a way back into the Champions League next season.Wenger, speaking to the press ahead of Thursday’s semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid, made it clear he had not been in charge of his destiny.“The timing was not really my decision,” said the Arsenal boss, who added that he did not envisage retiring from the game.“At the moment I do my job, keep my routine and focus on what I have to do every day,” added the Frenchman, who is targeting his first European trophy.“At the moment I work like ever. You are never sure you do the right thing, but life is interesting because you have to deal with different situations. People want to know what the future is about, for me that is completely normal.“I honestly don’t know what I will do. Will I take a little rest? I will continue to work, that is for sure. At the moment I’m not ready to commit to anything else.”Wenger said he would have no say as to who succeeds him but spoke highly of former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.“I don’t want to influence the next manager, but of course I have a high opinion of Luis Enrique.”Wenger, who revealed former rival Alex Ferguson called him on Tuesday, said he wanted a Hollywood-style ending for the players more than for himself.“Is there a perfect goodbye? I don’t know. I just want to do as well as I can,” said Wenger. “This group of players deserve something special and I want to do it for them, to achieve something with them.“My biggest satisfaction would be to be successful with the players we have.”Wenger will go into his final European home game as Arsenal boss with the boost of having Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Petr Cech available.The trio missed the weekend win over West Ham with minor problems but all trained on Wednesday.Wenger is also hopeful that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could recover from a knee injury to feature in the second leg in Madrid next week but Mohamed Elneny is out for the rest of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger attends a training session ahead of the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid© AFP Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 25 – Arsene Wenger admitted Wednesday that the timing of his departure from Arsenal after more than two decades as manager was not his call.The 68-year-old Frenchman — who guided the Gunners to two domestic doubles and masterminded the 2004 “Invincibles”, as well as winning a record seven FA Cups — will hand over the reins to a new manager after this season.last_img read more

Manchester United captain insists the goals will come amidst criticism

first_imgWayne Rooney has told manager Louis van Gaal he can still rely on him to deliver the goals for Manchester United this season despite a poor start to the campaign.Van Gaal has decided against signing a striker in the transfer window so far because he believes Rooney can score at least 20 goals for the club.Despite letting Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao leave over the summer, the United boss is determined to stick with Rooney, Javier Hernandez and James Wilson as his three main strikers.And despite the recent criticism of his performances, the United captain is sure he will not let his manager down this year.“I’m an honest guy. I know when I don’t play well and against Aston Villa I was below my standards,” Rooney said after United’s 3-1 win over Club Brugge on Tuesday night.“It’s not a game which I want to look back on but obviously that happens in football. You’ll have nights like that and you have to move on.“It’s early on in the season. We are just three games in. I’ve experienced this (criticism) before and the goals will come, I know that.“I understand I have to be the one who’s going to lead that line for us and try and find the goals for us.”Rooney spent part of last season in a deeper midfield role but returned to his favoured striker’s position on United’s pre-season tour, when he scored once in four matches.Rooney insists he still knows how to operate as a lone striker, despite having not occupied that position on a regular basis for three years.“My mind is clear. I know how to play the role,” said Rooney, who will start up front for United against Newcastle on Saturday.It’s just a case of getting the chances and taking them, which I’m hopefully going to do soon.“I’ve always enjoyed playing against Newcastle, so hopefully on Saturday I can open my scoring.”While Rooney failed to bag in his ninth successive match, Memphis Depay stole the show at Old Trafford on Tuesday, scoring two and setting up Marouane Fellaini for the third goal, which puts United within touching distance of the Champions League group stages.Rooney feels the presence of the powerful Dutchman will help him break his duck.“It’s important that we all chip in,” Rooney said.“Memphis managed to get off the mark this season. I’ve had one bad game this season and everyone’s all over it.“I know, I’ve had that throughout my career but hopefully at the weekend I can get off the mark.”Despite his disappointment in front of goal, Rooney still enjoyed being part of United’s first Champions League game in 16 months.The United captain has missed playing in Europe’s top club competition and does not want to see any slip-ups from the team in Wednesday’s second leg in Belgium.“The Champions League is what you want to play in,” said Rooney, who was part of the United team that lifted the trophy in 2008.“It’s a great feeling stood there before the game when the music comes on and that’s when you know how special a tournament it is.Still, there’s an important game for us next week to go and finish the job off but Tuesday was a good result for us in terms of starting well.” 1 Wayne Rooney last_img read more

GAA NEWS: HISTORIC DAY FOR URRIS NEXT WEEKEND AS THEY FACE ST PATRICK’S IN ULSTER FINAL

first_imgUrris GAA NotesULSTER JUNIOR CLUB FINAL: Saturday evening in Owenbeg, Dungiven will mark another chapter in our club’s illustrious history when our Senior men’s team take on Rock, St. Patrick’s from Tyrone in the Ulster Junior Club football final.An excellent achievement for Danny Kelly and all the lads on reaching the final and CLG Iorras wish them all the best in the final. The club thank all our supporters who have travelled in such big numbers to Breffni Park and Clones so far and hope to hear and see you all in Owenbeg in big numbers again on Saturday. The time for the match is 7.00pm but this may be subject to change, please check our facebook page for updates. Best of luck lads.  SUPPORTERS BUS: Supporters bus to Owenbeg for the Ulster Junior Club Final Iorras v Rock on Saturday, to book a seat please contact Neil Mc Laughlin on 0863871771. MATCH “N” WIN: November 20th: No jackpot winner-numbers drawn: 1,2, 20 & 23. €15 winners: Eddie Bradley, Altahalla, Des Doherty (D), Urris, Diana Toland, Rasheney, Jacob Mc Conalogue, Tirmaine and Madeline Mc Crossan, Tornabratley. Jackpot next week €1,140. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and all who support this weekly draw.  SCOR NA nOG COUNTY FINAL: Well Done to our dancers who won the County Final in Scor Na nOg on Sunday evening. The girls are through to the Uster semi final in Glenullin on December 7th. Our dancers were Tegan Long, Enya Dillon, Shanice O’Donnell, Cliona Ivers, Niamh Keogh, Caitlin Keogh and Caoimhe Mc Laughlin. Well done to Shaun Mc Daid and Janet Coyle also. BUY A BLOCK PHASE 2: Due to a successful Clubhouse Opening and renewed interest the club has decided to run “Buy a Block “phase 2 until December 31. If interested, blocks can be purchased for €10. Funds raised will be used for further development of our clubhouse . Please contact John Friel, Rose Kelly or any committee member to buy a block. NATIONAL GAA DRAW: National Club Draw tickets now on sale by all Committee members, some excellent prizes to be won. All monies raised by this draw stays with the club. Tickets are €10. U8 TRAINING: U8 traing commences on Saturday (November 29th) in the Youth Club, Clonmany at 11.00am €2 per child. AGM: The AGM takes place on Sunday December 7th in the Clubhouse at 6.00pm. All nominations or motions to be with club secretary David Hession , Roxtown, Clonmany by December 1st. UNDERAGE PRESENTATIONS: The underage presentations takes place on Friday December 5th at 6.00pm in the Ballyliffin Hotel.GAA NEWS: HISTORIC DAY FOR URRIS NEXT WEEKEND AS THEY FACE ST PATRICK’S IN ULSTER FINAL was last modified: November 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more

CAF Champions League: Eswatini officials to officiate KCCA FC vs Paradou AC, visitors already in town

first_imgPart of the Paradou contingent arriving at Entebbe Airport on Friday morning. (PHOTO/Courtesy)CAF Confederations Cup-Playoff RoundKCCA FC vs Paradou ACStarTimes Stadium, LugogoSunday, 27-10-2019 @4pmThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that four Eswatini nationals will be in charge of KCCA FC’s home game against Algeria’s Paradou AC in the Confederations Cup.The Kasasiros will host Paradou this Sunday, October 27th, in the first leg of the tie at StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.Thulani Sibandze will be the center referee and will be assisted by Sifiso Nxumalo and Petros Mzikayifani Mbingo.Thembinkosi Njabulo Dlamini also from Eswatini will be the fourth official while South Sudan’s Begi Rasas Sebit Librato Librato will be the Match Commissioner.KCCA FC initially competed in the CAF Champions League but were dropped in the Confederations Cup after losing on away goals to Angola’s Petro de Luanda.The winner between KCCA FC and Paradou over two legs will qualify for the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup while the loser will bow out of the competition.After Sunday, the two will face off in the return leg that will be played on Sunday, October 3rd in Algeria.Meanwhile, Paradou arrived in Uganda ahead on Friday.The Algerians came in bunches – the first group of 19 people arrived at Entebbe International airport on Friday morning at 7am while the second bunch is expected to check in on Saturday at 3am.A contingent of 34 people – 20 players and 14 officials – is expected to be in the country by Sunday and will reside at Lake Victoria Hotel, Entebbe.To reach this stage, Paradou eliminated Tunisian giants CS Sfaxien.Comments Tags: CAF Champions LeagueConfederation of African Football (CAF)KCCA FCParadou ACPetro de LuandaThulani Sibandzetoplast_img read more

Raiders’ top offseason addition? Mike Mayock

first_imgALAMEDA — It’d be unfair to say that there’s a new sheriff in Raider Nation.Jon Gruden, with his 10-year contract and special relationship with owner Mark Davis, is still the man with the ultimate say when it comes to football matters for the Silver and Black.But it’s evident now that new general manager Mike Mayock is no flack. In fact, he’s providing a necessary and effective foil to Gruden. It had been discussed in NFL circles since before the Combine that things had changed at …last_img

‘Solar park’ on the cards for SA

first_img12 October 2009South Africa and the US-based Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) have signed an agreement paving the way for the creation of a “solar park” to help curb the use of conventional energy in favour of solar energy.As part of the arrangement, South Africa will over the next few months, with help from the CCI, conduct a study on the development of such a park and determine where it would be best situated.The CCI is also assisting governments in India and Australia as well as some south western states in America to develop similar projects.Construction ‘in 2010’Speaking at the signing in Pretoria last week, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said the government was committed to investigating alternative energy sources and assessing the available technology options, adding that that South Africa was gifted with natural renewable energy resources that remained largely untapped – solar energy being one of them.She said the implementation of the agreement would be a key milestone in attaining the government’s 10 000 giga-watt hour (GWh) target by 2013.According to its website, the CCI focuses on carbon capture and concentrated solar power as part of its clean energy initiatives. The solar park will make use of the latter, which according to Wikipedia makes use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam.The concentrated light is then used as a heat source for a conventional power plant, or is concentrated onto photovoltaic surfaces.CCI chairman Ira Magaziner hinted that construction for the park, which would initially boast a 5 000 megawatt capacity, could start as early as 2010. “We have already done enough work and we are confident that the results will be fantastic,” he said.Copenhagen climate summitPeters told BuaNews that the initiative would show South Africa’s seriousness about global warming ahead of what is likely to be a watershed climate summit in Copenhagen in December.“As South Africa, we are committed to make sure that we can mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions and that we believe that doing nothing is actually dangerous, so this is a first of many initiatives,” Peters said.She said South Africa had resolved to put more emphasis and more efforts in implementing projects that can help to mitigate climate change effects.“Setting targets is important, but all countries need to begin to act,” Peters said, adding that the South African delegation will be going to the Copenhagen summit with the message that developed countries had a special responsibility to alleviate the effects of global warming.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Top stories of 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our web site keeps track of the stories that generate the most interest. We like to review the top stories for the year to gain insight into how to better serve readers of our web and print content and our radio listeners. Plus, it is always fun to see which story comes out on top.In addition to the top posts, other noteworthy drivers of web traffic in 2015 included the Ohio and Pro Farmer crop tours, the Ohio State Fair livestock show results, and Between the Rows. Weather challenges, unusual Ohio wildlife, all things draft horse, and farm technology also garnered major web traffic in the last 12 months.Stay tuned as we count down the top posts of 2015 over the next week. Here is the tenth most popular story of the year.#10. Not-so-scenic drive around NW OhioIn July, Ty and I got the chance to do an impromptu tour of some of the worst hit areas of Ohio after a soggy, flood-filled spring and early summer. The resulting pictures looked very bad, but still could not fully capture how awful the crops looked in some areas after some of the most challenging conditions seen in a lifetime on farms in the area.last_img read more

Create a Social Media Bumper and Lower Third for Your Videos

first_imgHow to Create Great Social Media Motion GraphicsThe number one objective when creating a social media graphic is to get your viewers to interact with those social outlets. So, you do not have to create the flashiest animation you can come up with.Try to design and animate graphics that will complement your video’s current branding style. Creating an animation that ties to the branding will allow you to focus on your design, rather than spending too much effort on something that may not work.This is what you’ll take away from our tutorial:How to design and animate a social media bumper.How to use clean design techniques to feature your social outlets.How to create an animated lower third.Need A Great Social Media AE Template?Pressed for time to create a social media package for your videos? Here is a social media pack from RocketStock.com that has everything you need.SocialiteSocialite is a fantastic social media element pack for After Effects. This template contains fourteen animated elements that you can easily edit for your own social media channels. Learn how to showcase your social media platforms using a social media bumper and lower thirds.Cover image via Shutterstock.If you are a brand manager, freelancer, or otherwise have anything to do with offering a product or service, you probably use social media as a part of your business.When you create video content to promote yourself or your business and post the video online, you may want to direct that viewership across your social media channels. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a social media bumper and a lower third for your videos in Adobe After Effects.DOWNLOAD THE FREE AE PROJECT FILEThe purpose of this tutorial is to introduce you to clean design and animation when it comes to displaying your social media outlets. Keep in mind that there are nearly an infinite ways a content creator can go about designing social media bumpers for their videos.last_img read more