‘Islam Is Under Siege’

first_imgThe Muslim community in Liberia has finally broken its silence, openly venting its anger at Muslim terrorists who it says continue to hold the world hostage for their selfish interests.According to the Acting Chief Imam of Liberia, Ali Krayee, some unscrupulous individuals are deliberately smearing the image of Islam. He claimed that these groups of individuals are doing far more harm to the world than good.“There are attempts by some individuals to deliberately smear the image of Islam. We are also not ignorant of some defiant elements that claim to be Muslims but are doing far more harm than anyone else, in the name of the religion.”Imam Krayee indicated that these terrorist-oriented Muslims are doing so much harm that it has become difficult to distinguish the authentic Islam and the Islam of the media. “Islam is a religion under siege and we have to ask ourselves again and again what is happening?”Imam Krayee made these assertions when he officially launched the first ever National Imam Council of Liberia (NICOL) nationwide Dawah (Evangelism) and training program. The ceremony was held in the auditorium of the Marvii Sonii School campus in Clara Town.Let us not forget as we watch on our television screens and monitor the radio and read the newspapers, how on a daily basis we come across violence perpetrated by Muslims in the name of Islam, said the Imam.This is not Islam“Oh Yes! We condemn terrorism and we say, in a louder tone, that this is not Islam. The Quran says he who makes one person to live as though he is saving the entire mankind and at the same time kills one innocent person is like he has killed the entire human race.“So we strongly condemn all acts of terrorism in the world because such acts do not preach peace as the Quran does,” the Muslim clergyman declared.“Islam is indeed under siege. It is under the siege of people who claim to belong to it, but are doing great disservice to the religion. Islam is under siege by those who believe that the future of the world belongs to a place where God should be absent.“So the challenge we have today is enormous,” Imam Krayee continued, telling his fellow Imams gathered in their numbers, “We have to work hand in hand to correct the moral decay that our society is currently experiencing. We are to ensure that Islam obtains its rightful place in the society.”This is the first time in recent memory that an Islamic leader has spoken out against the terrorist activities of Islamic groups around the world, notably the Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon, the murder of over a hundred children in Pakistan and the recent attack on the French satirical magazine in Paris, killing 12 persons in the magazine’s office.The Daily Observer has frequently called on Liberian Muslims to speak out one way or the other on these atrocities inflicted by innocent people in the name of Islam.  At last, Imam Krayee, Liberia’s acting chief imam, has spoken.  Peaceful Co-existenceAccording to Imam Krayee,  “Liberia bears witness to the truest Islam—a religion that preaches peace and peaceful co-existence.  It is our responsibility to work hard and make sure that the people of the country learn to know and respect Islam,” he said.Imam Krayee, who is of the Krahn tribe, reminded his audience that violence in the name of religion did not start with Islam.Christianity’s own history of violence“As we bear witness to these facts, terrorism perpetrated by “so-called Muslims”, let us not also forget that violence in the name of religion did not begin with Islam and it has not become the preoccupation of those who call themselves Muslims.”He cited the Jerusalem massacre of 1089, carried out by the Crusaders from Europe to redeem the City from Muslems.  In this, millions of Muslims perished, perpetrated by people who belonged to the Christian faith, conducting a war under the banner of the cross.He also spoke of the First and Second World Wars in which over sixty million perished. These wars, he noted, were waged by people who called themselves Christians and believed in Jesus Chris as their Lord and Savior.He spoke of the Rwandan genocide in which thousands of people were killed in a predominantly Catholic country.  TheLord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda are raping and killing countless numbers of women and children.He finally named what he considered the greatest crime in human history, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, when millions of black people were forcibly taken from their homeland and de-humanized in difficult circumstances. This, Imam Krayee noted, was carried out by people who believed in the Bible.Imam Krayee brilliantly outlined these condemnable actions in history by people notably of the Christian religion. But he did not say that these actions carried out by Christians were done in the name of their religion, as it is being done in the name of Islam today.  This is the question on which he did not enlighten his audience.The National Imam Council of Liberia was established in 1995 and is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary early next month, February.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Environmental Assessment Office and OGC to coordinate on oil and gas project reviews

first_img“Under this memorandum, the Environmental Assessment Office and the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission will work together to reduce duplication and shorten the time it takes to get an approved project up and running,” Environment Minister Mary Polak says. “At the same time, by strengthening compliance and enforcement efforts, they will maintain and even enhance environmental protection.” The two agencies will share information and coordinate their work, which also means project proponents won’t have to submit the same reports twice. Joint inspections will also be coordinated. The new process will begin immediately, and the MOU will be evaluated annually.- Advertisement –last_img

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Dalot completes United medical following Fred agreement

first_imgThe full back has completed his medical at United and is expected to sign for Jose Mourinho’s side once they pay his £17.4m release clause.Fred, meanwhile, moves from Shakhtar Donetsk for a reported £50m having completed his medical on Monday.A club statement read: “Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos (Fred).”The 25-year-old former Internacional midfielder is part of Brazil’s World Cup squad.Expected departures from Old Trafford, include Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dalot is a 19-year-old Portugal U21 international who will join United from Porto having stepped up from the club’s reserve side this past season.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, June 6 – Diogo Dalot is close to completing his move to Manchester United after the Premier League club’s signing of Brazil midfielder Fred.Dalot is a 19-year-old Portugal U21 international who will join United from Porto having stepped up from the club’s reserve side this past season.last_img read more

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Coral Daily Download – Southampton to beat Stoke and go on to win League Cup?

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks ahead to Wednesday night’s League Cup ties, with Manchester City hosting Newcastle at the Etihad, Stoke welcoming Southampton to the Britannia and Tottenham taking on Brighton at White Hart Lane.Stevens says Southampton, riding high in the Premier League, are expected to beat Stoke and claims they are serious contenders to win the competition.And he also brings the boys the latest on reports Steve Bruce could quit Hull City for Fulham.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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Right-on speculator foresees market plunge

first_imgPaul Tudor Jones II leans back in his chair and grins. The stock market is going to crash, and he knows it. “There will be some type of a decline, without a question, in the next 10, 20 months,” he says in his rich Memphis drawl. “And it will be earth-shaking; it will be saber-rattling.” Coming from a financial speculator as prominent as Jones, a man with about $19 billion of short-term trading capital at his disposal, the words might be enough to send ripples through a stock market that, apparently defying logic, has been hitting new highs each day. Except that the crash to which Jones refers occurred Oct. 19, 1987. His prognostication – brazen, and as impudent as the man himself – was made in a documentary called “Trader,” which was filmed in the year preceding that day. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Now, 20 years after the 508-point decline, several strategists are anticipating that the Earth will shake again. Valuations are stretched beyond historical comparisons. The market, ever more volatile, is reaching new highs, ignoring a buildup of bad news. Most crucially, the strategists say, the sentiment that the market’s rise is infinite seems to have taken permanent hold. “The overvaluation of stocks is more extreme than the 1929 high,” said Robert R. Prechter Jr., an independent market forecaster in Gainesville, Ga., and a well-known follower of Elliott Wave theory, which examines the extent to which investor psychology creates stock market patterns. “Which tells me the next bear market will be the biggest in many years, probably since 1929-32.” At the end of the day Oct. 19, 1987, stocks were down 22 percent – precisely the “Acapulco cliff dive” predicted by Jones in the video. The day ruined the careers of many, but it made the reputations of Jones and Prechter, whose professional relationship dates to the mid-1980s. Now, Prechter is suggesting that the country is facing not just a market crash, but also a depression. On every measure, he says, the market is more overvalued than it was in 1987 before the reversal. The price-to-book ratio of the S&P 500-stock index today is 4.04, compared with 1.73 in 1987. And measures of the bullishness of Wall Street traders confirm Prechter’s assessment of the overvaluation. To be sure, the one feature of every long-running bull market is the small clutch of market pessimists whose clamor that the end is nigh seems to rise in pitch with each successive peak. But Prechter’s gloominess may resonate, especially in light of Jones’ high regard for him. “Prechter is the best because he is the ultimate market opportunist,” Jones said in the book “Market Wizards,” a collection of interviews with successful traders compiled by Jack D. Schwager. 160Want 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

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Sniper jury acquits one, hangs on another

first_img A father of two children, Garrison was an Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Club board member as well as a youth soccer coach and referee. The shots were fired from about 80 yards away, with one bullet hitting Garrison in the temple. Other bullets hit an employee in both arms, grazed another employee on the head and hit a patron in the back. Munassar and Zomalt were arrested in December 2004, more than 2 years after the April 21, 2002, shooting. A third man, 25-year-old Brian Lewis of Lancaster, also was charged but on Friday was placed on probation after pleading no contest to being an accessory to the shooting. As part of the case settlement, Lewis agreed to testify against Zomalt and Munassar. Lewis testified that he drove Zomalt to the Schooner’s parking lot, where prosecutors say Zomalt handed the rifle to Munassar to shoot at the nightclub’s front entrance. Lewis testified tha Zomalt put the rifle up to his neck and ordered him to drive out of the parking lot after the shooting. Salzman said earlier that no evidence was presented positively identifying his client as the sniper. While the prosecution said an eyewitness identified Munassar as the shooter, Salzman said the witness did not positively identify Munassar but only said he looked similar to the gunman. Gagliardini said the eyewitness testified that Zomalt was not the shooter and that she did not see him at the shooting scene. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The trial of two Lancaster men accused in the 2002 sniper-style shooting that killed a nightclub manager and wounded three others ended Monday in an acquittal of one defendant and a mistrial for the other. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury acquitted Faiz “Tony” Munassar of all charges and hung 9-3 – with the nine favoring acquittal – on the charges against co-defendant Zamaad “Gary” Zomalt, Zomalt’s attorney said. “The (prosecutors) are going to have to take a jury that’s already leaned toward acquittal, and they are going to have to do something with the evidence that’s out there, and try to turn it around and try to create a conviction out of it,” said Zomalt’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Fred Gagliardini. “That’s a very difficult thing to do.” Deputy District Attorney Robert Foltz indicated he intends to retry Zomalt on the deadlocked counts, Gagliardini said. A court hearing in the case is scheduled for April 7 in Antelope Valley Superior Court, Gagliardini said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Munassar’s attorney, Ira Salzman, and Foltz could not be reached for comment. The jury had deliberated three days last week and all of Monday, Gagliardini said. Prosecutors contended that Zomalt handed a rifle to friend Munassar to shoot at Schooner’s because Zomalt believed his estranged wife was having an affair with someone connected with the nightclub. Ironically, Zomalt’s wife was having an affair with Munassar, according to testimony, prosecutors said. Zomalt, 32, and Munassar, 27, pleaded not guilty to charges of fatally shooting Marshall Garrison, 41, who was night manager and booked entertainment for Schooner’s, and wounding the others. last_img read more

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Mauricio Pochettino should consider Real Madrid interest, says Sam Allardyce

first_img Real Madrid are reportedly keen to make Mauricio Pochettino their new manager Sam Allardyce believes Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino should seriously consider interest from Real Madrid to become their new manager, telling talkSPORT: ‘A job like this doesn’t come around very often’. 2 Newspaper reports on Friday have claimed the Spanish giants will make another move to bring the Argentine to the Bernabeu as they look set to sack under-fire coach Julen Lopetegui.Pochettino turned down a job offer from Real in the summer, but The Sun report the Spurs boss is still the number one target for Los Blancos chiefs as they search for their new man.Spurs have made their best start to a Premier League season but, despite making no new signings over the summer, the continued delays with their new stadium and the fact the team have not won a game in the Champions League, Pochettino has not complained.There are no questions over his commitment to the club or his long-term plans for Spurs, but Allardyce believes the Real Madrid job is too big to turn down twice. Tottenham boss Pochettino has also been linked with the Manchester United job center_img 2 Speaking on Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former England boss said: “We all live on the edge as managers now because we’re only five or six games from the sack, even Mauricio.“We saw it with Juande Ramos years ago when he won a trophy and then Spurs took two points from their first six or seven games the next season and boom, he was gone, and Harry Redknapp was in.“It’s going to be the same for Mauricio, if he loses football matches then people will turn on him very quickly.“So when you’ve got an opportunity to manager Real Madrid, if he really wants to do it… but does he really want it?“[The] Real Madrid [job] doesn’t come around very often and I think if you’re an ambitious manager you have to look after yourself and your family and say, this is what I want, can I get it?” “Real Madrid doesn’t come along very often”🗞️ @MartinLipton has the latest on Pochettino pic.twitter.com/rlEfnZAps2— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) October 26, 2018last_img read more

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MINISTER TO LAUNCH DONEGAL CHILDCARE RESEARCH PROJECT

first_imgMembers of the Donegal County Childcare group viewing the research document.The Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald TD, will be launching a Donegal County Childcare research proposal called ‘Supporting Working Families – Releasing a brake on economic growth’.The research will be launched on Wednesday 4th December in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin at 11.30am.The research has been undertaken by Indecon International Economic Consultants for Donegal County Childcare and concerns the provision and affordability of childcare in Ireland. The report will put forward key policy initiatives which could be undertaken to reduce barriers to employment arising from the cost of childcare for a targeted group of families.Avril McMonagle, County Childcare Manager, is responsible for bringing the initiative forward.She said “In recent years the cost of childcare in Ireland has warranted considerable media attention, however, solutions to the problem have not come to the fore.“Therefore, Donegal County Childcare has commissioned this research as an independent examination of whether the cost of childcare represents a barrier to labour force participation. The proposal offers an examination of policy options to address childcare obstacles which may exist to increase employment’. Anyone interested in attending the launch and accessing full findings and proposals should contact Donegal County Childcare on 074 9123442. MINISTER TO LAUNCH DONEGAL CHILDCARE RESEARCH PROJECT was last modified: November 24th, 2013 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:Donegal County Childcareresearchlast_img read more

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Women’s Golf Ties For Second At MVC Preview

first_img The Drake University women’s golf team finished tied for second in the 15-team MVC Preview in Burlington, Iowa. The Bulldogs’ 54-hole total of 950 (322-307-321) was tied with Missouri State, and eight strokes behind the first-place team, UNI.”We did not play our best golf today, but to finish in the position we did, playing the way we did, says a lot about how far we’ve come as a team,” said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett-Hornbaker. “The course and conditions were very challenging and we managed both better than most of the teams.”The Bulldogs’ low-scorer in the event was SigurlaugJonsdottir who continued her solid play after a challenging first round to finish with a total of 234 (81-77-76) to finish tied for seventh. One stroke behind Jonsdottir was Aimee Gerschke who fired a third-round 80 to finish tied for ninth at 235 (78-77-80). “Having Sigurlaug and Aimee place in the top 10 is fantastic,” Pruett-Hornbaker said. “I’m proud of the way they and the team kept their heads in each round knowing that every shot mattered, regardless of how well or poorly they felt they were playing.”Sophomore Haeri Lee also recorded a third-round 80, finishing with 238 (82-76-80) in a tie for 14th.Kristen Giles and Abby Marting rounded out the Bulldogs’ scoring, finishing with 243 (81-77-85) and 258 (92-80-86), respectively. Drake also fielded three individual golfers for the event, all of whom finished between 80th and 89th. Erica Olberding was the low-scoring individual for the Bulldogs, with a final total of 261 strokes and tying for 80th. Sam Paulak and Reilly Krohe finished 87th (272) and tied for 89th (276), respectively.”This week was about learning the course and how to best manage it,” Pruett-Hornbaker added. “We now have the knowledge to improve and capitalize on in the spring and feel a championship is within reach our reach. I’m excited to keep working hard with the ladies on the team and we truly have an exciting season in front of us.” Story Links MVC PreviewFinal ResultsTeamT2. Drake – 322-307-321 – 950IndividualT7. Sigurlaug Run Jonsdottir – 81-77-76 – 234T9. Aimee Gerschke – 78-77-80 – 235T14. Haeri Lee – 82-76-80 – 238T33. Kristen Giles – 81-77-85 – 24377. Abby Marting – 92-80-86 – 258T80. Erica Olberding – 83-82-96 – 26187. Sam Paulak – 96-88-88 – 272T89. Reilly Krohe – 86-92-98 – 276 Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Final Results last_img read more

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HSE dismisses claims that beds will close at St Joseph’s Hospital

first_imgThe HSE and relatives of hospital patients have hit back at claims that beds are to close at a popular community hospital.The claims were made in calls to local radio station Highland Radio last Friday.However, the HSE said there was no truth to the claims. Among the claims being made were that dementia care beds and long term beds are being closed down at St Joseph’s in Stranorlar.In a statement, HSE said: “The Chief Officer for the HSE in the North West has confirmed that short and long stay beds, and dementia care beds, in St Joseph’s Community Hospital in Stranorlar, will be retained.“This information was confirmed to the St Joseph’s Hospital Action Group at a meeting on 22nd June 2017 and the SOS group at a meeting on the 12th July 2017.”Far from closing beds, said the HSE, they are planning a multi-million euro investment in Stranorlar Community Hospital to provide even better facilities for patients. The statement went on: “The HSE is proposing a capital investment of €3.5 million to upgrade the hospital and provide for improved facilities for patients.“The HSE confirms that there is no threat to services at the hospital.”Meanwhile a relative of a patient at the hospital has called for the St Joseph’s Action Group to close.“The claims made on radio last Friday caused huge anxiety in our family and we don’t know where the claims have come from considering the HSE has published its plans to upgrade the hospital and retain and enhance services,” said the relative.“There is far too much party politics around this issue. People must think before they speak and ask themselves ‘is what I am saying causing distress to patients and their relatives?’ and if that is the case they need to stop. “The Action Group does not represent me. It should stay silent or close.”HSE dismisses claims that beds will close at St Joseph’s Hospital was last modified: August 1st, 2017 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:bedsdonegalHSEST JOSEPHSlast_img read more

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