18 Jan

Anglican Communion Shocked by Bishop Johnson’s Sudden Death

first_imgThe Anglican Communion is reeling at the sudden death of the the Primate of The Church of the Province of West Africa Tuesday.Archbishop Dr. Solomon Tilewa Johnson, 59, was also Metropolitan Archbishop of the Internal province of West Africa, and Bishop of Gambia. A popular figure both home and abroad, he died in Fajara while playing tennis–one of his favourite pastimes.The Provincial Secretary Canon Anthony Eiwuley said he had received confirmation of the Archbishop’s death from the family. He added that, in time, he planned to open a book of condolence to receive messages on behalf of the Province and the family.Shock and SadnessPeople across the Anglican Communion have already been expressing their shock at his death. In an email to the Anglican Communion’s Francophone Network, Episcopal Bishop in charge of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe Pierre Whalon said, “What a loss for the Province of West Africa, for the Anglican Communion and for us all.” The Rt Revd Zacharie Masimango Katanda Bishop of Kindu in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Province’s Primate Henri Isingoma also told Network members how they had been saddened to hear of his death.Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby today wrote to Archbishop Johnson’s wife, Priscilla, and to the Archbishop of the Internal Province of Ghana, the Most Revd Dr. Daniel Sarfo, to offer his condolences and assurance of his prayers.He wrote to Archbishop Sarfo: “I know that many will miss Archbishop Tilewa for his boundless energy and the great enthusiasm he had for his ministry, in the Church, both in Gambia, in the Province of West Africa, and in the wider Anglican Communion.“His gifts were not confined exclusively to the Church, and he had an active role within the national life of Gambia, serving as a member of a number of boards and committees. He was generous in his hospitality, and was always glad to welcome visitors to the Gambia, where he had served as Bishop since 1990.“I know that all my colleagues, the people of the Church of England, and especially those in the Diocese of Chichester with which the Diocese of the Gambia is linked, as well as your brothers and sisters across the Communion, will be holding you in prayer and love at this time.”Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Canon Kenneth Kearon said today, “Archbishop Tilewa was a big man in every sense of the word. His great height made him stand head and shoulders over others, but so did his heart. He had a great love for the church, and worked hard for the spread of the Gospel in his own country, his diocese, and more recently, the Church of the Province of West Africa, which he served with distinction as Primate. “His immense pride in being able to represent his diocese at the Lambeth Conference of 2008 was matched by his love and compassion for those in any sort of need. He was a man of justice, and served with distinction on his country’s Independent Electoral Commission. All of this was rooted in his love for his Saviour. To his wife and family, of whom he was so proud, to his church and to his country, we extend our prayers and our sincere sympathy.”Anglican Ollie Sagnia was one of those who expressed their grief on the late Archbishop’s Facebook wall, “Today we mourn but tomorrow we hope to celebrate your life and continue your work as you pass on the torch. You excelled at being a great family man and an outstanding leader, an embodiment of peace, love and humility. Your vibrancy, zeal and enthusiasm, blended with humor and wit, awed us all. You will always be our bishop.”Zambian priest and Director for Mission of the Anglican Communion Office John Kafwanka wrote, “What a shock to hear about the death of Archbishop S Tilewa Johnson. You will be fondly remembered for your service to the Lord and humanity. We prayer for your family and the Church in Gambia and the whole Province of West Africa. Rest in God’s eternal peace.”The many other posts on Archbishop Johnson’s Facebook page and elsewhere on Social Media sites expressed shock, sadness and a very personal sense of loss from people in countries including Ghana, Nigeria, the Gambia, England, Tunisia, and Sierra Leone. Several people even changed their Facebook photo to one of the Archbishop to honour his memory.A Man of FirstsDr Tilewa Johnson as the Ninth Primate and Archbishop became not only the first Gambian Bishop but also the first Gambian Archbishop and Primate.He was due to join members from across the Church of the Province of West Africa–from Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone and The Gambia–at its Synod in February. A Life of ServiceSolomon Tilewa Ethelbert Willie Johnson was born in Banjul, The Gambia, on 27 February 1954. He attended the Wesley Primary School in Gambia from 1962 to 1966 and then Gambia High School until 1972.He started his career in 1975 as a teacher at Banjul’s Gambia High School. However, after two years he applied and was admitted to Trinity Union Theological College, Umuahia, Imo State, Nigeria. In 1980 he left with a Diploma in Theology.After three years at The UK’s University of Durham (1982-1985) he obtained a BA (Hons) in Theology. Twelve years later he returned to Britain to gain a Certificate in Theology from Oxford University. In 2000 he became a graduate of the Theological Foundation of Indiana in USA with a Doctorate degree in Applied Ministries.Solomon Tilewa Johnson was a deacon from 1979 to 1980, a priest from 1980 to 1990, and was a diocesan bishop from 1990. On September 29, 2012, he was elected as the 9th Primate of the Church of the Province of West Africa as well as Metropolitan Archbishop of the Internal province of West Africa. He was enthroned on November 16, 2012.He was designated ‘Person of the Year’ 2012, by the Gambia News and Report Weekly Magazine who said his selection was because of his “election as the 9th Archbishop and Primate of the 38 member Church of the Province of West Africa (CPWA), making him the first Gambian Bishop to hold such a position.”He was involved with a range of organisations and committees both in Gambia and overseas including mission agencies; educational establishments; national bodies tackling socio-economic issues; and such ecumenical bodies such as the All Africa Conference of Churches, and the World Council of Churches and the Gambia Christian Council. Archbishop Solomon Tilewa Johnson is survived by his wife, Priscilla Gladys Johnson and three children, Njilan Johnson, Jeggan Johnson and Dado Johnson.(Story courtesy of www.anglicannews.org)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 Jan

Farmer charged for killing man with arrow and bow

first_imgA farmer who shot and killed another man with an arrow and bow at Karaudanawa Village, South Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), was on Tuesday arraigned for the murder.Munroe LawrenceFifty-year-old Munroe Lawrence of Karaudanawa Village, South Rupununi, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and was not required to plead to the indictable charge.The police stated that between August 5 and 6, 2019, at Karaudanawa Village, South Rupununi, he murdered Pius Ernest.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield in presenting the facts of the case stated that the accused got upset after he found out that his wife and Ernest were involved in a relationship.The court was told that Lawrence followed his wife to Ernest’s home and hid in a clump of bushes with an arrow and bow. Lawrence, on seeing Ernest, fired the arrow from his bow which struck the victim to the chest.The injured man fell to the ground but was picked up and taken to the Lethem Hospital where he was treated and admitted. He later succumbed and the matter was reported.The suspect was arrested and during interrogation, the suspect admitted to the crime which he was accused of.Lawrence was remanded to prison and the matter was transferred to the Lethem Magistrate’s Court for August 26, 2019.last_img read more

12 Jan

Trade unionist calls for investigation into Public Service Department

first_imgMay Day 2018A senior female trade unionist has called on Government to investigate the operations of the Department of Public Service within the Ministry of the Presidency, claiming that it is not treating workers and their unions fairly, while criticising trade union leaders on a number of issues.In a fiery address at the Labour Day rally held at the National Park on Tuesday, Head of the Women’s Advisory Committee of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), Karen Van Sluytman, said she has evidence to support her calls for an urgent investigation to be launched at the Department.Head of the GPSU’s Women Advisory Committee, Karen Van Sluytman“I believe there is an urgent need for an investigation to be launched into the operations of the Department of Public Service. The Department of Public Service ought to be functioning to the benefit of all public servants. It is not happening. It is functioning for certain public servant, friends and cronies of a few… I am asking our national leaders to please look into to that,” she stated.Sidelining womenVan Sluytman, who was passionate throughout her address to the hundreds of workers in attendance at the rally also noted that women make up close to 60 per cent of the total workforce, and stressed the need for them to be given equal opportunities like their male counterparts.“You have to take into consideration, the concerns and needs of use women workers. When we place people in authority… you have to put people of integrity and good character,” she said referring to a senior official of the Public Service Commission. The trade unionist claimed that the individual is known to have a certain agenda and does not have the best interest of public servants, particularly women, at heart.“There are many women who have committed their career as public servants in this country and 20-30 years after we are stagnated because we are being denied upward mobility by males who have been placed in positions of authority in the public service. We need to stop it. We’ve had enough of it. We have the competence, the capacity, the skills and knowledge and intellectual capacity just like the men.”Van Sluytman argued that for far too long working women have been sidelined and this must not continue to happen. The trade unionist also lashed out at the leaders of various trade unions, saying that many of them hold on to positions for decades, and it is clear that they have no intention of letting go nor making way or creating opportunities for others, especially women in the movement.“We’ve had enough of those trade union leaders who want to hold on to those unions, as though the unions belong to them, as though the property of the union belongs to them, personally. The unions belong to the membership. The property of the union belongs to the membership,” she posited. Van Sluytman was one of two trade union activists that have called for the removal of the GPSU President Patrick Yarde and some members of the union’s executive who have held on to those positions for several years.She spared no effort in criticising trade union leaders also for providing lip service to issues relating to decent work. The trade unionist says this must start at home, if leaders are to demand from employers decent conditions for workers. “You going and talk about decent work for public servants and decent work for other workers, and the people who’re working with you, you don’t have any regard for their conditions of work. You have them working overtime and not paying them…what is decent about that.”Van Sluytman captured the crowd’s attention throughout her entire speech and even offered advice to women workers to walk away and stay away from abusive relationships. She said domestic violence is becoming a major issue and women in the workforce must place their hands in the effort to combat this scourge which is taking place in many communities countrywide.The issue of sexual harassment in the work place was also discussed. She urged women to stand up to bosses who make sexual advances towards them and don’t be afraid to speak out. The trade unionist’s advice to women in these situations, is never to compromise and speak to someone.last_img read more

6 Jan

Manchester City man proving a big hit on loan at Celtic

first_imgCeltic forward Anthony Stokes has heaped praise on on-loan Manchester City striker John Guidetti after his impressive start to life in the Scottish Premiership.While the Glasgow giants may have made a stuttering start to the season – Ronny Deila’s side sit just fifth after nine games – Guidetti has hit the ground running.The Sweden international has scored four goals in his first six games for Celtic, netting two in the Scottish champions’ 5-0 win over Ross County last weekend.And fellow striker Stokes admits that the 22-year-old has been a brilliant addition to the Celtic squad.“John’s done very well since he came in, and his goal return has been excellent,” Stokes told the Celtic website.“He has added something to the squad, a major plus. But we all need to step up now and show some form.” 1 John Guidetti last_img read more

6 Jan

Exclusive – ‘We’re all behind Pearson’, insists Leicester coach Phillips

first_imgLeicester City coach Kevin Phillips has told talkSPORT the club and players are fully behind under-fire manager Nigel Pearson.The boss has been the subject of huge amounts of pressure from disgruntled fans in response to the team’s poor form so far this season.The Foxes are currently rock bottom of the Premier League following a run of 11 games without a win, having last tasted victory in September with a memorable 5-3 triumph over Manchester United.Since that remarkable result emotions have risen to boiling point at the King Power Stadium.Pearson was fined by the FA this week following an altercation with one of his own supporters – further incurring the Foxes faithful’s wrath by refusing to apologise for his actions – while the club’s displeasure with the side’s dreadful form led to the sacking of director of football Terry Robinson.Ahead of the weekend’s trip at West Ham, Upton Park chief Sam Allardyce came out in defence of his counterpart, insisting the club should show Pearson – who guided the Foxes into the Premier League – more loyalty.And Phillips, installed as striker coach in the summer, insists the manager has the dressing room’s full backing.“Nigel is his own man, you won’t change him,” the former forward told the Alan Brazil Sport Breakfast.“He believes in what he’s doing here and we’re all behind him as staff and players, that’s the vital thing.”Asked about disgruntled Foxes fans, he added: “For me, that’s gone now.“They proved that at the weekend [a narrow 1-0 defeat to defending champions Manchester City], the crowd were right behind us. They were singing Nigel’s name and singing for the players.“The fans will play a huge part if we want to stay up this season.“They’ve been excellent so far and it’s up to us as staff and players to reward them for their support of the team.”last_img read more

3 Jan

Countrywide Financial to cut 12,000 jobs

first_imgCALABASAS – Countrywide Financial Corp. said Friday that it will slash up to 12,000 jobs nationwide as it struggles to remain viable in the mounting home-loan crisis. The nation’s biggest mortgage lender, based in Calabasas, eliminated 900 jobs earlier this week, and 500 others last month. The company said the cuts are essential to its survival because it expects to make 25 percent fewer new mortgages in 2008 compared with this year’s already weak level. “We are taking decisive action to ensure that Countrywide continues to be well-positioned for further success,” said a statement from Angelo Mozilo, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. The job cuts will be made over the next three months, with no immediate word on how many of the positions will be local. The company also said fewer jobs could be lost if the outlook for interest rates and related market volume outlook improve. “They are taking the right action and the right action is, estimate how bad you think it can be and then reduce costs,” said Nancy Sidhu, senior economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. However, the elimination of 20 percent of Countrywide’s national work force raises concerns about whether the company can survive the mortgage-market meltdown. “They are trying to get out in front of this and that means there is pain, near-term. But they might survive. Certainly Bank of America thinks so,” Sidhu said. Countrywide has already tapped an $11.5 billion line of credit and received a $2.5 billion cash infusion from Bank of America. And Countrywide officials said the company intends to remain an industry leader in the U.S. residential-lending business. “While work force reductions are therefore always very difficult, these decisions are being made with the utmost attention and sensitivity to the impact they will have on our company and our people,” company President and Chief Operating Officer David Sambol said in a statement. The company said its strategy also includes: Continuing to move the residential-lending business into its federally chartered thrift entity, Countrywide Bank FSB. This is expected to enhance and strengthen the business model by delivering greater and more stable liquidity, reduced borrowing costs and greater operational efficiencies, the company said. This should be completed this month. It’s an important move because the bank can access funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. At the end of June, Countrywide was among the federal bank’s top 10 borrowers, Sidhu said. Revising product guidelines to ensure that all loans the company makes can be sold into the secondary market or are high-quality prime loans to be held in Countrywide Bank’s investment portfolio. The company recently decided not to make any more subprime loans except those that meet Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the Federal Housing Administration guidelines. Growing its residential and commercial loan investment portfolio and expanding its financial center. Growing the company’s insurance segment. But the company’s troubles could also grow before they ease, too. For example, Countrywide is having to hold in its own portfolio some of the loans it made and Sidhu said that’s a transitional issue going forward. “The only kinds of mortgages it’s going to be able to sell, near-term, are the prime conforming mortgages until the credit markets loosen up,” she said. “And it’s not clear when that will be.” greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want 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

29 Dec

‘Time to insert a £90m release clause!’ – Arsenal fans don’t want this transfer

first_img Hector Bellerin to link up with Neymar and co? Here’s what Arsenal fans think Arsenal face a battle to keep 21-year-old Hector Bellerin from Barcelona’s grasp.Dani Alves is said to be heading to Juventus meaning a replacement at right back is needed and Bellerin, who was on the books at Barca as a kid, is reportedly on the wanted list.However, having broken into the Arsenal first team in recent seasons, Gooners do not want to see another star leave for Spain following the likes of Thomas Vermaelen, Cesc Fabregas and Thierry Henry.And in addition to praying Alves remains at the Camp Nou, many fans have expressed their worry at the possible transfer on Twitter.GREAT PODCAST: BELLERIN, MIKEL ARTETA AND GAIZKA MENDIETA DISCUSS THEIR LIVES IN ENGLAND 1last_img read more

22 Dec

BBQ time! Hot and sunny day ahead

first_imgToday is the day to head to the beach, walk in the park or dust off the barbeque as the summer sun shines on Donegal.Temperatures are expected to rise and the rain is staying away for the day, so make the most of the good weather.Donegal is set to have highs of 20 degrees this Wednesday, with clear blue skies and light breezes. It will remain warm into the evening. Pollen counts are high today during this favourable weather.This glimpse of summer may not stay completely dry all week, however, as light rain is expected in Donegal on Thursday afternoon. Temperatures will remain a pleasant 15-18 degrees tomorrow.We are in for a mild and humid weekend, according to Met Eireann. Saturday and Sunday will be dry, warm and sunny. Top temperatures of 23 degrees are in store, with just a small chance of light rain in the north of Ireland.That BBQ might be put to good use this week after all! BBQ time! Hot and sunny day ahead was last modified: July 12th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:summersunshineweatherlast_img read more

22 Dec

Learner Drivers could now face jail time and heavy fines for driving unaccompanied

first_imgLearner Drivers could soon face prosecution, heavy fines, and have their vehicle seized for driving without a fully licensed driver.The clampdown on Learner Drivers is to come before the Cabinet today, with Transport Minister Shane Ross hoping to give Gardaí the right to seize vehicles driven by unaccompanied Learner Drivers.According to the Irish Independent, other proposed penalties up for discussion today include a €2,000 fine and a six-month stint in jail; although the details of such penalties would need approval from the Attorney General. The changes are being called the “Clancy amendment”, named after Noel Clancy who has campaigned for tighter restrictions on Learner Drivers after his wife Geraldine and daughter Louise Ann died following a collision with an unaccompanied Learner.Currently, the penalties for driving unaccompanied are two penalty points and a fine.The penalty points disqualification threshold of 12 points is reduced to 7 penalty points for those who obtain their first learner permit on or after 1 August 2014. It remains at the lower threshold while they drive under a learner permit and subsequently during the first two years while they drive under their first driving license.Learner Drivers could now face jail time and heavy fines for driving unaccompanied was last modified: November 8th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Department of Transportlearner driverslast_img read more

19 Dec

There’s a movement you can’t ignore…

first_img7 December 2007Heavy investment in world class infrastructure, and record levels of consumer confidence, are fuelling an economy that’s shown continuous positive growth for over a decade, in a country already rated as one of the world’s most stable and easiest with which to do business*.A recent example of this is the Industrial and commercial Bank of China, whose $5.5 billion stake in Standard Bank is not only the largest inward investment in South Africa, it’s China’s biggest financial acquisition ever*.And with our economy diversifying rapidly in preparation for the FIFA World Cup™ in 2010, we’re more than ready to compete.You see, there’s a movement here you can’t ignore. Investigate it. Invest in it. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more