‘I Remain Who I Am’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has promised that no amount of unjust criticisms and disrespect to her office from the public, many of whom are young people, will compel her to change her disposition and become what she is not supposed to be. She promised to uphold those principles that had make Liberia a better society for all.The Liberian leader vowed to continue to respect the rights of others and will not change her characteristics of tolerance and understanding people’s attitudes, despite the level of disrespect and barrage of profanities directed at her office.The Liberian President was speaking at the end of a national prayer service held over the weekend at the Dominion Christian Fellowship Center on Tubman Boulevard on.Several prominent Liberians,  many of whom are religious leaders, have in recent times   raised concerns about the level of disrespect shown to authorities in Liberia, something they also said are also responsible for some of the problems that the country faces.Some of these religious leaders, including Archbishop of the Catholic Church, Lewis Ziegler, United Methodist Bishop John Innis and many  others, complained about the level of insults directed at people in leadership, especially the office of the President, by Liberians on local radio talks shows.Similar feelings were also expressed during last week’s  national prayer service by the founder of the Isaac Winker Global Ministry (IWGC), Bishop Isaac Winker.  The IWGC operates the Dominion Christian Fellowship.But President Sirleaf, in her remarks, promised to remain engaged with all those who mean good for the country and no amount of disrespect to the presidency will deter her from performing her constitutional duties. “You can be assured that whatever we do, we do it for the good of this country and my own tolerance, understanding, and respect for the rights of others will never change,” she said.Despite the seriousness of the Ebola fight, she said, there were still some elements of the Liberian society playing politics with the situation. But President Sirleaf assured the congregation that with her engagement with partners, there is now enormous international support coming to Liberia and if Liberians unite in the fight, they will soon reverse the situation.She admonished all Liberians to continue to pray and at the same time observe all the anti-Ebola measures as released by health authorities and experts.“We have to follow their advice because we want to make sure that we kick this disease out of our country, region and the world, which is concerned is beginning also to  affect them,” she said.The Liberian leader’s comments were in response to a sermon delivered by Bishop Isaac Winker in which he spoke of total disrespect to the presidency especially by the young people of Liberia.Bishop Winker said young Liberians were now using the various radio talk shows to abuse free speech and called on them to have a change in attitude.“If you wish to be a national leader tomorrow, it’s time now that you gain respect from the people by equally addressing the presidency and other national leaders with respect and dignity,” Bishop Winker told the young people.According to him, Liberians accused others of being paid agents whenever they are told the truth about the need to respect the office of the President.  He said had no  regrets for saying this as he was mandated by God to tell the Liberian people.Bishop Winker, during the sermon, delivered a special prayer for Liberia against those who, he said, are bent on preaching war in the country.  God has and will always destroy their plan, he insisted. “War mongers,” the Bishop said, “are destined for self destruction as the church will continue to pray and thank God for the ten years of uninterrupted peace that the country recently celebrated since its return to the rule of law through Presidential and Legislative elections in 2005 that brought President Sirleaf to power.”The service was the seventh edition of a national tarry organized by the church of Liberia and held at the Dominion Christian Fellowship Center of the Isaac Winker Global Ministry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies, Junior Canucks to begin best of five set tonight

first_imgThe Fort St. John Huskies and the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks will drop the puck on their best of five NWJHL quarter final tonight in Dawson Creek. Tonight’s game gets underway at 8 p.m. as the Huskies will try to do something they were not able to do all regular season, which was win in Dawson Creek.Assistant coach Todd Alexander kept the final practice relatively simple as the team spent time sharpening their powerplay and hammering home further the X’s and O’s of what the team needs to do on the ice to be successful.“It wasn’t too technical of a practice. We just worked on systematical stuff. You are what you are at this point. There isn’t too much that you’re going to be able to change. You just try to stick with what you do best and run with that in the playoffs,” he said.- Advertisement -Alexander went on to say that while the team also worked on their puck possession, if the Huskies don’t match the energy from Dawson Creek the hard work will be all for not and the series will be over quick.“Our puck possession is our game,” he explained. “We want to play with the puck and give ourselves more time with it and better opportunities. We’d rather not chase it around. The power play is obviously important this time of year, it could make or break you in a tight game. Those two things are catchy parts of the game. What you really need is the nuts and bolts. If you don’t have any nuts and bolts it will be a quick series. We need to come out and match their intensity and play well when we don’t have the puck.”Travis McLean is expected to start game one tonight from the Kin Arena. Game two has the teams returning to Fort St. John at 8 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Air Force Band to play for free

first_imgThe Air Force Band is presenting a free concert for the community at 7:30p.m. Tuesday at the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center. The Concert Band, the largest performing ensemble within the Air Force Band of the Golden West, is composed of 45 musicians. It has performed for thousands of listeners, both in person and over the airwaves via its masterful recordings. It has reached millions of listeners and inspired enthusiastic critical acclaim as one of America’s premier musical organizations. Moreover, television and radio broadcasts of the Band’s highly coveted recordings have extended the visibility of the Band of the Golden West to national and, increasingly, international levels. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Touring California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nevada, the band performs for music conventions and plays just about any variety of music. Its traditional instrumentation includes woodwinds (flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons and saxophones), brasses (trumpets/cornets, trombones, French horns, euphonium and tubas), percussion (tympani, snare drum, bass drum, mallet percussion – xylophone, bells, etc. – and drum set), electric piano, electric/string bass and vocalists. The band’s repertoire includes standard concert band/wind ensemble literature, orchestral transcriptions, military marches, jazz and pop arrangements, Broadway excerpts, and, of course, patriotic songs. Its wide and varied programs offer something for everyone and is an excellent choice for family entertainment. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com.last_img read more