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Bishop Malzaire’s Christmas Message 2011

first_img Tweet Share LocalNews Bishop Malzaire’s Christmas Message 2011 by: – December 24, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img His Lordship Bishop Gabriel MalzaireDear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,Christmas represents that single moment in the history of humanity that was long awaited by generations of the Hebrew people, and therefore, the whole world by extension. The prophet Isaiah in two important texts gives insights into that Messianic event, capturing the essence of what has become the Christian faith.The first text taken from Chapter 11: 1-10, ushers in the season of Advent, stating the origin of the Messiah King and his unifying function in the order of nature. In his metaphoric style, the prophet says thus: “A shoot springs from a stock of Jesse, a scion thrusts from his root; on him the spirit of the Lord rests, a spirit of wisdom and insight, a spirit of counsel and power, a spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord …. Integrity is the loin cloth round the waist, faithfulness the belt about his hip. The wolf lives with the lamb, the panther lies down with the kid, calf and lion cub feed together with a little boy to lead them. The cow and the bear make friends, their young lie down together. The lion eats straw like the ox. The infant plays over the cobra’s hole; into the viper’s lair the young child puts his hand … That day, the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples.”The second text from Chapter 9:1-7 features at the Christmas Midnight Mass. Again, in a climactic fashion, it points to the meaning of the Christ event. It tells us: ” The people that walked in darkness has seen a great light; on those who live in a land of deep shadow a light has shone … For the footwear of battle, every cloak rolled in blood, is burnt and consumed by fire. For there is a child born to us, a son given to us, and dominion is laid on his shoulders; and this is the name given to him: Wonder-Counsellor, Mighty-God, Eternal-Father, Prince-of-Peace. Wide is his dominion in a peace that has no end.”In both texts we are being drawn into the positive vision for which Christmas stands; a vision of peace-making, a vision of concern for the integrity of the whole of created reality, a vision of improved human relationship. The cyclic nature of the calendar year and of the Church’s liturgical life, affords the constant opportunity for us to reflect on the extent to which we have, as a people and as individuals, measured up to the ideals presented by the long-awaited Messiah-King. You will agree with me, therefore, when I say that as long as there exists any crippling division between nations and peoples, among social groups and religious persuasions, between political factions and leaders, between individuals and even with the self, Christmas remains a challenge for us. As long as there exists prejudice in any of its forms, on the levels of colour, creed or class, Christmas remains a challenge for us. As long as the most basic unit of human community, the family, lacks the integrity to bring its offspring into maturity in a manner that is worthy of its vocation, Christmas remains a challenge for us.Thankfully, however, as a Christian people, we can take consolation in the fact that the spirit of Christmas brings out the best in us, as we often say. The outpouring of generosity and kindness, the display of hospitality and openness, and the demonstration of selflessness are un-bounding. We can only pray that these qualities deeply influence our modus operandi, that is, our way of being and acting, so that they progressively characterize us as a people.In that regard, therefore, we are thankful for the various people in our communities who through their professional and private lives demonstrate those qualities that can help bring enrichment to our nation. I think of His Excellency the President, the Honourable Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues, the members of the opposition, who have the responsibility of providing valuable alternative ideas to the governance of our country, the judiciary and other law enforcement agencies, our religious leaders, the health personnel and institutions, the farmers and fishermen, teachers and civil servants, the private sector, educators and students, the media and all others. May the peace that comes with Christmas penetrate every heart, may it surround every family and therefore engender a comfortable sense of wellbeing for all.A Merry Christmas to everyone.His Lordship Gabriel Malzaire Share 145 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

DLP supporters challenged to take party ‘to the next level’

first_img 37 Views   no discussions Share Share LocalNews DLP supporters challenged to take party ‘to the next level’ by: – May 21, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Party Leader & Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, urging party supporters to bring party flag in for much needed repairPolitical leader of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) and Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit has challenged his party members, supporters and activists to show a greater level of commitment towards the fifty-seven (57) year old party and take it “to the next level”.Mr. Skerrit who addressed his party’s annual delegate’s conference in St. Joseph on Sunday challenging his supporters that they ought to “do more” and show a greater level of commitment to the party.While he said “nothing will stop” the DLP from getting “a clean sweep” at the 2015 polls, he urged them to take a break from celebrating although “there is much to celebrate” and “reposition the party” and “protect our wicket”.“Looking across the Caribbean today, the off stump is being attacked, so we cannot stubbornly remain on leg. We have to adjust to the conditions and position ourselves to prevail no matter the deteriorating conditions. No bad weather, no soggy out field, no one blocking the side screen, no plane passing overhead is going to stop this party from scoring yet another century by close of play in 2015,” he said. He also noted and expressed gratitude to the many supporters who “advance arguments in defence of the stewardship of the party” but according to him, “that is not enough”.“I am not getting enough from those who benefit the most from this party being in office. The country elected eighteen labour party representatives to Parliament but by so doing it authorized over 18, 000 labour party activists and supporters to go out there and be missionaries for the party. …I want to see greater Labour Party representation on the ground, in the various communities and constituencies across Dominica.”Mr. Skerrit advised his supporters to “re-commit themselves” to the development of the party as they “cannot take the country to the next level” before taking the party itself to the next level first.“Too many Labour Party operatives walking around with their chest in the air and not pulling their reasonable weight in the service of this party, too many Labour Party operatives walking as if people do not exist and too many Labour Party operatives are behaving as if they come from a different planet”.He further challenged his supporters to “commit to flying the party’s flag higher” but to first “bring the flag in for much needed repair”.According to him the party “has been good to the country” but that they “can do better” urging them to “set new benchmarks” and make the DLP the best political party in Dominica and across the region.While Mr. Skerrit scolded his supporters and activists, he said he wants at least “2000 new members” to join the party by the end of the year.Meanwhile, DLP’s president Petter Saint Jean also urged supporters to “stand in solidarity with the party” as he claimed that they are “the only party with a plan to address issues confronting the country and its citizens”. The Tourism Minister Ian Douglas who sought to “fire up” the crowd advised them to “hold strong, keep the faith and support the only political party in Dominica”.[nggallery id =183]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Shryock, DeVries are repeat winners at Kossuth County

first_imgKelly Shryock won his second IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature of the season at Kossuth County Speedway on June 6. (Photo by Greg Grabianowski) ALGONA, Iowa (June 6) – Kelly Shryock and Kaytee DeVries both won for the for the second time this season at Kossuth County Speedway, in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Mach-1 Sport Compact divisions, on June 6. DeVries battled back to the front to regain the lead and held off Jade Lange for the win. Shryock started on the outside of the fourth row as Derek Green was the early leader in the Stock car feature. Cautions on the eighth and 10th laps brought the 17-car field back together as Shryock slowly reeled in Green. Shryock passed Green with two laps to go to park his no. 3 car in the winner’s circle for the second straight week at Algona.center_img By Greg Grabianowski Jacob Bleess was the IMCA Modified winner and 10th starting Leah Wroten topped the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main. Colby Fett was first to the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod checkers. DeVries had the early lead before an early incident that brought out the yellow flag and gave Megan Sandvig the front spot. last_img read more

Fonte commits to Saints

first_img Press Association Portuguese defender Fonte, 30, has pledged his future to the St Mary’s outfit and will remain at the south coast club until at least 2017. “We are very happy because we like to keep the good players and the experienced players,” Koeman said. Southampton defender Jose Fonte has signed a new deal with the Barclays Premier League club, manager Ronald Koeman has announced.center_img “Jose is the captain for this season on the field. We have another captain of the club – Kelvin Davis – but Jose is the captain on the pitch. “I am very pleased about his new contract, which shows our ambition and the philosophy of the club and I am happy about that.” Saints have lost the services of defenders Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers and Dejan Lovren, strikers Rickie Lambert and Dani Osvaldo and midfielder Adam Lallana this summer. Fonte, however, has chosen to remain, and said: “I’m very excited to be signing this new contract for another three years. This is where I feel at home. “I’ve been very successful at this club so it was an easy decision. “What made me sign was first we signed a very good manager, second, the fans have been great for me – they love me and I have a good relationship with them. “And third we have a lot of quality in the team and we will try to do even better than last season if we can.” last_img read more

Man Struck, Killed During Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-95

first_imgA multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in Boynton Beach Saturday morning left one person dead.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of a 2006 BMW X5 failed to maintain control of the vehicle and veered off the roadway to the right, while driving southbound near Gateway Boulevard at about 5:33 a.m.The car struck the concrete barrier wall and overturned onto its right side, landing in the outside paved travel lane and facing east.The driver of a 1997 Toyota Tacoma did not see the overturned BMW and struck its undercarriage. Following that crash, the Toyota’s driver exited his vehicle and stood in the outside center paved travel lane.That is when the driver of a 2003 Toyota Matrix struck that man.The driver of the Matrix was able to make a controlled stop on the outside paved shoulder.The victim, identified as 51-year-old Sergo Estime of West Palm Beach, was transported to Delray Medical Center, where he later died. The drivers and passenger of the other vehicles suffered minor injuries.The crash remains under investigation.last_img read more

With Southerland out Syracuse forced to adjust to compact Villanova defense

first_img Comments Related Stories Syracuse forward Southerland ineligible until further notice Published on January 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_iseman All season, James Southerland has given Syracuse a spark off the bench. Averaging 13.6 points per game and knocking down 49.4 percent of his field goals, he’s been one of the top sixth men in the country.And now the Orange has to find that production elsewhere.Southerland was ruled ineligible until further notice before Saturday’s game. The senior forward sat on Syracuse’s bench in street clothes and watched the Orange beat Villanova 72-61 despite his absence. Head coach Jim Boeheim would not expand on the reason for his ineligibility after the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The statement’s out. I can’t say anything more. That’s it,” Boeheim said. “We’ve got to play the guys we can play. That’s all we can do.”SU had several players step up in Southerland’s place. Freshman forward Jerami Grant scored 13 points off the bench.Forward C.J. Fair said when Southerland’s on the floor, he expands opposing defenses. So without him, the Wildcats packed the paint and wouldn’t let the Orange scorers drive to the basket and forced Syracuse to attempt 14 3-pointers.“James stretches the floor a lot. He gets a lot of attention from the defense, so that helps other players,” Fair said. “When he’s not in there, they were trying to force us to shoot 3s because they pack it in. Whenever somebody drives, they pack it in.”Southerland has had several big games for SU all season, including a nine 3-pointer, 35-point performance against Arkansas on Nov. 30. Without him coming off the bench, Syracuse now has to turn to its younger players to make up for his production.While Southerland is still supporting his teammates from the bench, Fair said the Orange still misses him on the floor.“He’s still a part of the team, he’s just not playing with us,” Fair said. “We’ve just got to find a way to make up all his production he made out there.” Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

BetVictor reaffirms ‘Gibraltar status’ through recruitment drive

first_img BetVictor, one of the leading online betting employers of Gibraltar, has restated its commitment to the British Overseas Territory by launching a new local recruitment campaign.Gibraltar has been home to BetVictor’s head-office and operational headquarters for the past twenty years, supported by tech hubs in London and Budapest.Issuing a market update, BetVictor leadership confirms that it has launched its recruitment drive, seeking ‘talented individuals’ to join its Gibraltar operations.Paul Louis, COO at BetVictor, said: “Spending 20 years in Gibraltar is a true success story and marks a real milestone for our company.“Opening our doors to potential new recruits demonstrates we are always striving to look ahead and see our company’s future safely in Gibraltar. We’ve grown and cemented our brand here, and we look forward to continuing our work on The Rock.”BetVictor reaffirms its commitment to Gibraltar as HQ, as a number of industry counterparts asses their operational set-ups, to mitigate likely Brexit impacts and costs.This May, bet365 leadership confirmed that it had sanctioned a multi-million £  ‘relocation project’ migrating a reported 500 staff to its new Malta offices.The bookmaker stated that the relocation of its operations was needed as part of ‘strategic and contingency plans to ensure EU market access’.Heading towards the UK’s delayed EU withdrawal date on 31 October 2019, Gibraltar’s business community is yet to gain a clear agenda on Brexit procedures.Entering 2019, the UK government assured Gibraltar financial services incumbents – including those in the gambling sector – that EU market access will be guaranteed until 2020. Share Share Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020last_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The worry about New Years question

first_imgWhat’s your biggest concern going into the New Year? My employment. My financial well being. My family. My health. My healthcare. All of the above. None of the above. Don’t worry. Be Happy. View Results  Loading … Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Kenya slams ‘illegitimate’ IAAF scrapping of 5,000m in Diamond League

first_img“The move is illegitimate and ostensibly targets African nations,” AK committee member Barnabas Korir wrote in his weekly column for the Daily Nation newspaper.“The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) must protect us from this calculated move to kill athletics on the continent in the guise of ‘tailor-making events for television’.”AK chief Jackson Tuwei told the Daily Nation the move was “totally unfair to our athletes” and he would raise the issue at the African Athletics Confederation (AAC) Congress in Abidjan next month.Jon Ridgeon, the British former sprint hurdler who has chaired a working group looking at the Diamond League reforms, aditted “change is never easy”. Share on: WhatsApp Previous 5000m favourites Cheptegei, Mo Farah and Kamworwor.Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Athletics Kenya (AK) on Thursday lambasted a decision by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to scrap the 5,000 metres from the Diamond League programme as “illegitimate”.Their protest was quickly followed by another from the Ethiopian athletics federation, that asked the IAAF to reconsider its decision.Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes have dominated the middle and long-distance running events, including the 5,000m, since the 1968 Mexico Olympic games. Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei has also played a leading role in the past two years.On Monday, the IAAF said it had approved major changes to Diamond League events in a bid to revitalise the format, including reducing the number of events.From next year, the longest distance track race in a Diamond League meeting will be 3,000m.The IAAF has also decided to scrap the men’s and women’s 10,000m and women’s 5,000m races from the 2020 IAAF World Under-20 championships to be hosted in Nairobi.last_img read more

Third-Party Disrupts Black Lives Matter Demonstration in West Palm

first_imgThe group, which consisted of 10 people, said they were demonstrating a few blocks away at the Palm Beach Courthouse.Their spokesperson said they were angry at the Black Lives Matter organizers for working with the West Palm Beach Police Department to hold their event.Rick Morris, Deputy Chief Of Police, came out of the police station and told the third-party, “This is a peaceful protest, you’re agitating, you’re going to leave.”A brief standoff ensued at that point between two West Palm Beach Police officers, Black Lives Matter, and the third-party, for nearly six minutes.After the third-party left, Morris told demonstrators, “My job is to protect everybody. I saw you guys were in trouble, and I came out to help you. I’m going to go back into the police station.”Francky Pierre Pau, one of the Black Lives Matter organizers, says he is worried that the agitators will give the public the wrong message about his mission. He goes on to say that Black Lives Matter believes in tactics that always involve peaceful protesting against law enforcement that use too much force and systemic discrimination. Black Lives Matter Alliance Palm Beach says the third-party that interrupted their demonstration on Saturday was a group of protesters who were actually leading the “March For Peace.”That “March for Peace” event was scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Courthouse in West Palm Beach.“We had met with them about a month ago to try and arrange a joint organized and peaceful demonstration,” says Black Lives Matter organizer Kyla Edme.She adds that Black Lives Matter and the March For Peace group had been in discussions to merge their events, but had different agendas.“For example, she does not want to work with police, and we have no problem working with the police. We wish her no ill will,” Edme explains.“No, we are not working with the police,” the third-party spokesperson screamed on a bullhorn as they interrupted the Black Lives Matter program that started with a prayer.last_img read more