AME Zion Church Joins ‘Bring Our Girls Back’ Campaign

first_imgThe Board of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Zion Church worldwide has petitioned all communities of faith, who call upon the Sovereign God, to join the Church in a day of fasting and praying on May 30, 2014 for the release of 276 school girls abducted recently by the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria.The Church wants all people to use the day to petition God to visit the world with His amazing power and grace to effect the resolution of the grave insult to the humanity of the Nigerian school girls and the wretched grief of their families, and to give the world a witness that will urge upon the hearts of humankind the cessation of exploitation, abuse, and other wickedness toward disenfranchised people all over the world. In a declaration signed earlier this week by the president of the Board of Bishops of the AME Zion Church, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Seth O. Lartey and all of the bishops of the Church both active and retired, the Church condemned the terrorist act by Boko Haram and decreed Friday, May 30, 2014, a day of fasting and prayer in the name of the one God “who is in us all and above us all” in order to invite the intervention of the Almighty for the release of the Nigerian school girls.In release of the girls, the militants have demanded the release of their members detained by the Nigerian government.Boko Haram terrorist group has been raging terror against Christians and the government in Africa’s largest economy for a long period. Boko Haram, which name in the Hausa language means “Western education is bad,” is terrorizing to make northern Nigeria or the entire nation an Islamic nation.  But the recent abduction of the school girls and the bombing of churches and public institutions by the terrorist group have triggered global condemnation with the United Sates at the center.The “Bring Our Girls Back” campaign has dominated the social media including facbook and twitter, but the Boko Haram has remained adamant despite threats by the US and other western governments to join in the war to defeat the group.In their proclamation, the AME Zion Church applauded the efforts of the Obama Administration and other world leaders to lend support to the Nigerian government in their attempt to rescue the girls; but noted “our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ taught us that to dispel some evils requires more than power and might, but are not affected “except by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21).” The Church, however, called upon authorized governments and other authorities throughout the world to engage in sustained, meaningful endeavor to affect justice for the disenfranchised and to end economic exploitation of the weak and poor. The proclamation stated: “whereas, after three weeks, 276 of the girls are still missing and are reported to be suffering unconscionable abuse and denigration of body and spirit; and whereas, we feel the anguish of the parents, siblings, and friends whose loved ones have been captured; whereas, this horrific action takes place during this period of history when exploitation of women, children, the poor, and the otherwise vulnerable is accepted by many astound perspective, the justifiable use of strength, and even aligned with Christian principles.”Active bishops of the A.M.E. Zion Church who signed the proclamation are: the president of the Board of Bishops- Rt. Rev. Dr. Seth O. Lartey, senior Bishop- Rt. Rev. George E. Battle, Jr., Bishop Richard K. Thompson, and Bishop Louis Hunter, Sr., Bishop Kenneth Monroe, Bishop Darryl B. Starnes, Sr., Bishop Dennis V. Proctor, Bishop Mildred B. Hines, Bishop W. Darin Moore and Bishop Michael Angelo Frencher. The retired bishops are: Bishop Joseph Johnson, Bishop Marshall H. Strickland and Bishop Nathaniel Jarret, Bishop George W.C. Walker, Sr., Bishop S. Chucka Ekemam, Sr. and Bishop Warren M. Brown.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wheelers host Pups

first_imgI was just sitting here putting together some stats and doing then general preperation we do before a game and I thought I had better make a quick blog post. I wanted to remind Huskies fans about what happened last year when the Huskies visited GP for the first time. The two teams had already met twice at the NPA, splitting those two games, by the time Halloween rolled around.It was a scary night for former Huskies goalie Zachary Blain that night as he let in 5 goals in the first period before getting the hook. It was Vlad to the rescue though as the Huskies back-up that night came in and only allowed 2 more goals the rest of the way. That performance allowed the Huskies to mount the big time comeback. But if you remember the comeback had a few twists and turns. Jordan Shipton tied the game late in the third only for GP to respond quickly and take the lead back. At that point you thought the game might be over but Jordan Shipton had other ideas. His second goal of the period with under a minute left forced the game to overtime tied at 7. And to top it all off Jordan Shipton popped the winner to complete the hat trick in OT.Will tonight’s game be as wild as last years first trip to GP? Who knows but let’s hope so. Catch the pre-game show on Moose FM starting at 7:15 local time.- Advertisement -Mike Feeneylast_img read more

Water canon salute, red carpet welcome French World Cup winners in Paris

first_imgWorld champions France returned home with the FIFA World Cup Winner’s Trophy in Paris on Monday. France defeated Croatia on Sunday in the World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to lift their second world title.Upon their arrival from Russia, the members of France’s victorious World Cup team received a red carpet welcome. The airplane that carried the French players met with a water canon salute at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.Joyful French fans gathered at the Charles de Gaulle airport to await the return of their World Cup winning football team, who will be honoured with a parade along the Champs Elysees and a special presidential reception.The French team was impressed with the kind of reception they were given at the airport. Captain Hugo Lloris led his team holding the trophy in his hands while the rest of his teammates were all smiles after becoming world champions.Back at home… what a reception! #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/iTnm2mcLmPFrench Team (@FrenchTeam) 16 July 2018Goalie Hugo Lloris, brandishing the golden trophy from soccer’s eminent tournament, and coach Didier Deschamps led the team from the Air France plane to the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Airport personnel and French Sports Minister Laura Flessel, a former champion fencer, were the first to tell them “merci” on behalf of a grateful nation that was sorely in need of a boost.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”Eternal Happiness” read Monday’s headline in French sports daily L’Equipe, summing up the mood of many who hope the euphoria will last for months – even years.advertisementLes Bleus, @_OlivierGiroud_ and our little friend en route to the Champs Élysée. #Fiersdetrebleu pic.twitter.com/jR1m46LyPlFrench Team (@FrenchTeam) 16 July 2018The team expected to take a victory lap down the grand Champs-Elysees, the grand Paris avenue where hundreds of thousands thronged after France’s 4-2 victory Sunday over Croatia to capture the trophy.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersFor a third day in a row, the avenue was transformed into a boulevard of pride and happiness following a Bastille Day parade of French military might Saturday that, in hindsight, was a preview for the elation of France’s World Cup win.On the way to the party! #Fiersdetrebleus pic.twitter.com/ZsZoWLiBEsFrench Team (@FrenchTeam) 16 July 2018The team’s appearance on the Champs-Elysees will be followed by a reception at the presidential palace. Hundreds of guests, including people from soccer clubs connected to the French players, were invited. A club in the poor suburb where 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappe grew up is among them.Hello Paris! pic.twitter.com/2lKbxCzf4qFrench Team (@FrenchTeam) 16 July 2018France has been short of reasons to feel proud, and now is the moment.READ – Paris renames six subway stations in honour of World Cup victorySeveral Paris Metro stations were temporarily adjusting their names to honor the team and its members, the transport authority tweeted. The Champs-Elysees Clemenceau has become the Deschamps-Elysees Clemenceau to honor national team coach Didier Deschamps.The Etoile station is, for now, “On a 2 Etoiles” (We have 2 stars), to denote France’s second victory in soccer’s World Cup. The Victor Hugo station is now Victor Hugo Lloris, after France’s standout goalie and team captain. The plane carrying the French soccer team received a water cannon salute at Charles de Gaulle airport (AP Photo)Celebrations were spread across the nation, and among the still-dazed French players themselves.”We are linked for life now with this Cup,” defender Raphael Varane told BFM-TV on Monday before departing from Moscow.French President Emmanuel Macron exulted on the field in Moscow and in the locker room, hugging players as they received their medals even as the skies poured rain. Macron clearly hoped the World Cup glow would rub off on him, raising him up in the eyes of a nation where his economic reforms have drawn fierce protests.It was the players, though, who captured the French imagination. The mostly youthful, diverse team represents a generation with which traditionalists have yet to come to terms.Flessel, the sports minister, told Europe-1 radio that the World Cup victory allows France’s youth – like those in the poor suburbs where many of the players grew up – “to dare to believe in their dreams.”Joy over the win brightened the Monday morning commute in Paris, where young people in cars sang and shouted.In the eastern Paris neighborhood of Belleville, Vincent Simon said, “Both teams deserved to win. France won, and that’s good for the country. That will do us good for some months.”advertisementThe victory came at a time when many French were in need of good news.”It represents enormous things,” said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster – the French national symbol – and a shirt with Mbappe’s No. 10 number.”We’ve had lots of problems in France these past years,” he said at Sunday’s festivities, recalling deadly terror attacks. “This is good for the morale … Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that’s what feels good.”Still, celebrations in France typically end up with a spate of violence by troublemakers, and Sunday was no exception.Broken shop windows, pillage and other destruction lined a section of the Champs-Elysees, the postgame site for revelers. Riot police used water cannon and tear gas to end the violence.French media reported that authorities detained 90 people for questioning in the Paris region and some 290 around France.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more