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Choice is between a humble, caring man and an unbothered, aloof, uncaring dictator

first_imgMonday’s news headlines revealed stark differences between the main Presidential Candidates for the upcoming elections. One newspaper headline showed one candidate without security, embracing his people, showing them he cared. The same headline showed the other candidate violating citizens’ right to peacefully protest, separated from the citizens by Police barricades manned by heavily-armed Police, as if they were in military battle. One was embraced by citizens; the other was protested and unwelcome.There was the moving picture of the PPP’s Irfaan Ali on Sunday meeting with grieving families on the Corentyne, no security, just him consoling the families. The humble Ali did not separate himself from ordinary citizens by hiding behind heavily armed security. He was as ordinary as the people he was visiting, was one of them. In contrast, there was an “unbothered” David Granger that same Sunday, majestically driving past peaceful protestors, with a large convoy of expensive vehicles, some with heavily-armed security officers, and in the background more than 150 Police officers ensuring peaceful protestors stay far behind Police barricades. Granger, as he has been doing every time he leaves his home, feels he must hide behind well-armed security. He came into Cornelia Ida as their lord and master, King of his Fiefdom, and ordinary citizens had to be kept far away.Irfaan Ali on Sunday did what PPP leaders have been doing for decades, affirming his duty to travel to the Corentyne, showing care and support for the families of fishermen whose bodies floated ashore or who are still missing, presumed dead, after another horrendous pirate attack at sea. He went there with PPP activists to console and let the families know they were not alone as they endured unspeakable agony. Irfaan Ali, during his visit to the grieving families, called on the various government agencies to help these families. At a time when these families need support, the whole Government machinery is shamelessly missing in action. The do-nothing Government always seems two steps behind, always having to be shamed into action. Hopefully, after the pleas for help by the families themselves and by Irfaan Ali on behalf of the families, the relevant authorities will show up.But Granger, in his latest version of “unbothered”, couldn’t care less. It is uncertain he even knows that another pirate attack has murdered innocent, poor Guyanese citizens. He never seems to have a word of empathy for those who endure unspeakable agony. He always seems to be running as far away from those who are enduring tragedies. Even as news of the pirate attack was emerging last week and, even as the bodies began to float ashore last Saturday and into Sunday, Granger was too busy ordering the Police to quash any protest against him. He wanted the whole village of CI to be locked down. With all his might, Granger feared ordinary peaceful citizens.He feared black flags posted up on GPL posts by residents, ordering Police to destroy them. The black flags protested the violation of the Constitution and the assault on democracy. The residents, almost 100% of them, wanted Granger to know he was not welcomed in their community. But they projected their message peacefully. Yet, Granger sent more than 150 heavily-armed Police to keep people far from him. The Police established their perimeter, letting the peaceful protestors know where they can gather and picket. As Granger arrived, the Police pushed peaceful people further away from his sight and, in the process, moved barricades so forcefully several residents were injured. The Police even locked up two of the residents because they deemed them ring leaders. The people’s right to peacefully picket was violated because a dictator feared the peaceful voice of ordinary people.Meanwhile, Mr Ramjattan, who was the Minister of Public Security, has said not a word. He was on TV last Saturday in Berbice, he had nothing to say about the latest pirate attacks. He stands by idly as Granger uses the Police as his private security firm, removing them from their main duty – to keep citizens safe. In the last week, twelve murders and dozens of armed robberies have occurred, but the police are busy intimidating peaceful picketers. Even as the Police’s main duty now becomes stopping peaceful protests and Ramjattan disgracing himself with claims that crime is on the decrease, crime is spiralling out of control.Noel Holder, the former Minister of Agriculture, with direct responsibility for fisher-folks, was nowhere and is still nowhere to be found. No one should hold their breath, he is doing what he is best at – missing in action. But the biggest disgrace belongs to Moses Nagamootoo. The dead and missing fishermen belong to communities he claims he is a “son of the soil”. He will soon go there to beg the people for their votes. But as the families and their neighbours grieve, Moses is totally silent. What Port Mourant and CI demonstrated on Sunday was simple – people have a choice between a humble, caring young man and an aloof, unbothered, uncaring dictator.last_img read more

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Muthee delivers Treu warning

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, February 10- The national rugby sevens team sneaked back to the country Monday morning after underwhelming tours of Las Vegas and Wellington where Paul Treu’s side failed to muster a Main Cup quarters showing despite hopes of a turn-around and a strong squad.Low key homecomings have become the norm since the second leg of the 2013/14 HSBC World Series in Dubai with little to celebrate in contrast to last season where lavish welcoming parties, complete with stretch limousines were rolled out to receive the squad. After five legs of the series, Kenya are still holed in eighth with 47 points, having added 15 to their tally in Las Vegas (seven) and Wellington (eight) where the team lost the Bowl final in the former before winning the same competition in New Zealand last weekend.With murmurs against Treu’s methods gathering pace, Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) in a lengthy statement from chairman, Mwangi Muthee, reiterated support for the South African tactician although he hastened to caution him against the flailing results.“All top teams, New Zealand, Fiji, South Africa and England respect Kenya. They never underestimate us and that’s why they always come out stronger and beat us.“On our part, if we do not respect the so called ‘lower teams’ and show them the same as we do the top four, we run into trouble as has been evident too often in the just concluded tour,” Muthee added.“This is a problem the technical bench and the players must solve. In the remaining half of the World Series, everyone must declare war against everybody across the board not just among the top brass,” the KRU boss declared in his welcome message to the team on Monday.The chairman urged seasoned players to step up their game to satisfy rugby enthusiasts in the country who are yet to see desired results.“I call upon our most experienced players; Collins Injera, Humphrey Kayange, captain Andrew Amonde, Biko Adema, Horace Otieno, Oscar Ouma and Patrice Agunda to arise and have a completely new scenario in the rest of the season.“Treu and his technical bench have a lot of work to do, especially in seeing we perfect the basics of play. Sloppiness has no room in the tight matches of the World Series. It is the thin line between winning and losing games,” the Union chief delivered in a damning indictment of the team’s performances.“So far we have not lived to the expectations of our sponsors who have invested so much in us so that we can be the best. We must commit ourselves and guarantee them that we shall pull up our socks and clean up our act for the remaining rounds,” he continued.Treu’s critics point to the extended period it is taking his players to adapt his style of play in the last four HSBC Series rounds in Dubai, Port Elizabeth, Las Vegas and Wellington 7s since the former Blitzbokke tactician took charge in last November.The attacking style he favours seems to be a difficult preposition for his charges as witnessed in Las Vegas and Wellington where the handling and passing of the ball was poor.This saw them suffer 24-12 to Samoa in the opening match of pool D, before losing 24-0 to Australia, to be relegated to the Bowl competition despite thrashing Tonga 40-7.Kenyan all-time try scorer Injera, admitted they are still in the process of catching up with the new coach’s formation.“It is different this year, we just need to keep adapting and ticking the boxes. We will come a long way if we achieve that and that’s why I’m in the team, I still have the strength and speed to do it.”Inconsistency of the squad might have played a major role after his squad was affected by employment and school commitments in Dubai and South Africa legs earlier on.Veteran Kayange, winger Dennis Ombachi and Nakuru RFC’s Ouma, missed the two legs while Amonde was ruled out at the fourth and fifth rounds with a shoulder injury.The chasm compared from last season where they picked 19 points from New Zealand to place second on 56 points is yawning.With time running out in this campaign Treu has the task of ensuring Kenya seal a top four place in the 2014/15 Series to ensure they will feature in the 2016 Rio Olympics.The team heads to a break before converging for the next rounds in Japan and Hong Kong next month with the team likely to welcome injured skipper Amonde to the side. Kenya will once again meet Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas champions South Africa, Argentina and hosts Japan in a tricky Group B. Treu has not beaten his former side in three meetings in the circuit thus far.HSBC SERIES STANDINGS1. New Zealand 22 17 19 19 22 992. South Africa 15 19 22 22 19 973. Fiji 13 22 13 8 17 734. England 17 15 8 13 15 685. Australia 19 8 7 12 13 596. Samoa 10 5 17 15 10 577. Argentina 5 13 15 10 10 538. Kenya 12 10 10 7 8 479. Canada 7 5 2 17 12 4310. France 8 3 12 10 5 380Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Barcelona seek reaction to alarming slide

first_img“It is clear we are not in our best moment of the season,” said Barca defender Gerard Pique.“In the world of football perfect seasons don’t exist.“We need to keep going in the two competitions we have still in play.”Barca in particular need a reaction from their star front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, who have gone off the boil at the business end of the season.Messi hasn’t netted for five games, whilst Neymar has also failed to score from open play as Barca have won just once in their last five matches.“We need to lift ourselves because we still have two very attractive goals to obtain,” added Barca coach Luis Enrique.However, Barca’s only change from the 11 that started at the Calderon in midweek is likely to come in goal where Claudio Bravo will replace Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Valencia can also approach the game in a much more relaxed state after Alvaro Negredo’s last minute winner against Sevilla last time out moved them nine points clear of the relegation zone in Pako Ayestaran’s first home game in charge since replacing the sacked Gary Neville.The visitors also have revenge in mind having been thrashed 7-0 on their last visit to the Camp Nou during Neville’s reign in February.“Barcelona aren’t the same as when we played against them and, with our strengths, we will try to get a good result,” said defender Jose Luis Gaya.– Favourable run-in –Atletico could even draw level with Barca at the top of the table before kick-off at the Camp Nou as they host relegation threatened Granada at the Vicente Calderon.Diego Simeone’s men have the most favourable run-in with four of their remaining six games at home.However, they still need Barca to drop points in at least two games due to their inferior head-to-head record with the Catalans.Fernando Torres will return to the Atletico line-up after being suspended for the Barcelona return leg after scoring in each of his last three appearances.Real Madrid also booked their place in the last four of the Champions League in midweek thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit against Wolfsburg.And Zinedine Zidane’s men can close to within one point of Barcelona when they travel across the Spanish capital to face struggling Getafe.Former Argentine international Juan Eduardo Esnaider will take charge of Getafe for the first time as Fran Escriba was sacked on Tuesday after a 12-game winless run saw Los Azulones drop into the relegation zone.“The Real Madrid game is fundamental for us. They will arrive here euphoric fancying their chances in La Liga and the Champions League, but I want to take the game to them,” said Esnaider.At the bottom, Levante realistically have to beat Espanyol on Friday if they are to have any chance of beating the drop.Meanwhile, with Getafe and Granada facing the two Madrid giants and Rayo Vallecano hosting high-fyling Villarreal, Sporting Gijon could climb out of the relegation zone with victory at Las Palmas.Friday (all times GMT)Levante v Espanyol (1830)SaturdayGetafe v Real Madrid (1400), Las Palmas v Sporting Gijon (1615), Eibar v Real Sociedad (1830), Celta Vigo v Real Betis (2005)SundayMalaga v Athletic Bilbao (1000), Sevilla v Deportivo la Coruna (1400), Rayo Vallecano v Villarreal, Atletico Madrid v Granada (both 1615) Barcelona v Valencia (1830)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi after Barcelona’s defeat to Atletico Madrid in Champions League.MADRID, April 15 – Barcelona host Valencia on Sunday desperately in need of a win to arrest a slide of three defeats in four games and prevent losing their grip on the La Liga title race.The Catalans still lead Atletico Madrid by three points with six games remaining, but were dumped out of the Champions League by Atletico on Wednesday as their quest to deliver a second consecutive treble was killed off.last_img read more

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Fort St. John man acquitted of terrorist charges now fighting extradition

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — Fort St. John resident Othman Ayed Hamdan, who was acquitted of four terrorism-related charges last Friday in B.C. Supreme Court, is now in a court battle to determine if he will be allowed to stay in Canada.According to The Province, the 35 year-old Hamdan is being investigated by the Canadian Border Services Agency to determine whether or not he should be allowed to stay in the country. Hamdan was originally arrested in Fort St. John in July, 2015 and charged with inciting terrorist acts through posts he allegedly made on social media. He was acquitted of all charges last week.Hamdan, who is a Jordanian citizen, came to Canada from the United States in 2002 when he made a successful refugee claim. He is, according to the CBSA’s Randal Hyland, neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident. Hyland added that the burden of proof to determine whether a person is inadmissible to remain in Canada is lower than the standard used by criminal courts, where guilt of an offence must be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt.”- Advertisement -Hamdan’s detention hearing has been adjourned until next week.Story by The Province: http://theprovince.com/news/crime/acquitted-isis-supporter-fights-to-stay-in-canada/wcm/bb9151f3-a7d3-4bb6-a11b-ce232d3d11eb.last_img read more

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Mourinho claims Torres does NOT want to leave Chelsea

first_imgJose Mourinho has revealed Fernando Torres has given him no indication that he wants to leave Chelsea and the Spaniard remains a part of his plans.It has been reported that Torres could be set to leave Chelsea before Monday’s transfer deadline, with Serie A sides AC Milan and Roma both interested.However, Mourinho says Torres has not informed him of his desire to leave and that he requires the 30-year-old to mount a challenge for multiple trophies this season.“What we have clear is that we need three strikers to face the season. He is one of them. I like him as a person. I like him as a player,” said Mourinho.“If he wants to leave it is something he didn’t say to me. At the moment he is our player, nothing more than that.“If he wants to leave I believe it is because he wants to try a new life, a new club, a new league. If he wants to leave I believe it is to try and be happier than he was in the last couple of year.” Fernando Torres in action for Chelsea 1last_img read more

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Wolves striker rejoins Fleetwood Town on loan

first_img1 Wolves have sent promising striker Liam McAlinden back to Fleetwood until the end of the season.The 21-year-old impressed during a month’s loan between October and November last season, scoring twice in five outings before he was recalled by Wolves.He has since appeared six times for Kenny Jackett’s team but the Molineux chief has now decided he can do without him until the summer.So McAlinden has rejoined League One Fleetwood on loan and will hope to fire the ninth-place side closer to the play-off spots. Liam McAlinden last_img read more

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Curtain, undamaged shaft raise hope for six miners

first_img“We have no idea what that sound is, but we are going to know when we get the fourth hole down there,” Murray said. Plans for the location of a fourth borehole, to begin Thursday, had changed because of the “unusual” noise readings, both men said. Murray, who is chief of Murray Energy Corp., the co-owner and operator of the Crandall Canyon Mine, also cautioned: “Don’t read too much into this noise we picked up, but it is a sign of hope.” Still, experts say the chances of finding the men alive are slim. As crews slowly dig a path to the men’s presumed location at the Crandall Canyon Mine, the narrow drill holes sunk deep into the mountain amount to little more than educated guesses. “There are a lot of possibilities,” Stickler said. “We started with logical thinking: `If I were in this situation, what would I do?’ That has guided us in where we look.” The men could be huddled together or spread out anywhere in an underground area the size of several football fields. “There’s always a chance. You have to hang on to that chance. But realistically it is small, quite small,” said J. Davitt McAteer, former head of the MSHA and now vice president of Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. “You would have to have every single break and divine intervention to successfully extract these guys.” The Aug. 6 cave-in released low-oxygen air from sealed chambers into the working area of the mine. Downward pressure on the walls sent chunks of coal flying like bullets through the shaft. Two holes drilled into the mine have not located the men. The third drill broke through Wednesday into an area where officials say the men may have sought refuge. “We’re going to keep drilling until we find these miners,” Murray said Wednesday. Still, he cautioned that the initial blast inside the mountain may have killed the men instantly. Mining rescues after 10 or more days are not unheard of. In May 2006, two miners were rescued after being trapped for 14 days following a collapse at an Australian mine. In 1968, six miners were rescued after 10 days in West Virginia. The effort to dig out a rubble-filled tunnel was proceeding slowly Wednesday and could last another week to go more than 1,200 feet before reaching the area where the miners were believed to be working. The miners “know damn well we’re doing what we can to get to them, and we’re going to get there – no doubt about it,” Bodee Allred, the mine’s safety manager, said Wednesday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HUNTINGTON, Utah – Images from a videocamera lowered Wednesday into the mine where six men were trapped 10 days ago showed an undamaged shaft and a curtain that could mean the men, if they survived the initial blast, found breathable air, the mine’s co-owner said. Rescue officials were reviewing the images, which were the first from a camera lowered into the third borehole drilled into the mountain. The camera picked up no sign of the miners, but showed a hemp ventilation curtain that divides intake air in the mine from the exhaust air. If the miners passed through the ventilation curtain, they would be in a pocket of good air, mine co-owner Bob Murray told The Associated Press late Wednesday. “There was no damage at all. The roof is intact; no ribs have outburst. The floors are in place – it looked just as it did when we mined it,” he said. “If the men went in there, they could be alive.” Earlier Wednesday, some noise was detected by devices monitoring vibrations in the mountain, raising “a very small amount” of hope that the men might be found alive, officials said. The sounds detected by two geophones could be a rock breaking underground or even an animal, said Richard Stickler, chief of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. “We saw some indication of noise for a period of about five minutes that we had not seen before,” Stickler said. While the source of the noise wasn’t known, Stickler said it had “created a very small amount of hope and optimism” among the families. There are a total of six geophones on the mountain, all of which picked up measured noise Wednesday morning, some stronger than others, Murry said. The vibrations occurred every 1.5 seconds, in a steady pattern for five minutes, he said. last_img

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Van Gaal is a victim of his own high expectations, top Dutch coach tells talkSPORT

first_imgUnder-pressure Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has become a victim of his own extremely high standards this season, claims former colleague Raymond Verheijen.The Dutchman is on the brink of the sack as Red Devils boss, according to reports on Bank Holiday Monday, following a run of seven games without a win and three consecutive Premier League defeats.Van Gaal has felt the heat at the Old Trafford helm in recent weeks, with the manager walking out of a press conference in protest against his treatment in the media, while television cameras caught him looking glum after watching his side fall to a 2-0 defeat to Stoke on Boxing Day.And Verheijen, who worked with Van Gaal during his first stint as manager of the Netherlands national team, believes a severe disappointment in his own performance is the reason behind the 64-year-old’s mood.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Dutch fitness coach said: “The thing with Louis van Gaal is that he has extremely high expectations of himself. He pushes himself to the max and his players to the max.“And with the media, he has the same expectations of the media that he demands from himself and his players. He expects the media to be top professionals, who know football inside out and are able to talk about the game at the same level as he does.“So what you saw in the press conference when he walked away, that was not anger, it was disappointment. The problem with Van Gaal is that he’s not very good at hiding his disappointment, and that’s why he walked away.“It’s true, he looked very down on Boxing Day [following the defeat to Stoke] and that was because he was disappointed with himself that he couldn’t do the job on the day.”The Red Devils host Chelsea on Monday evening, and it is being widely suggested that a fifth straight league loss will be the final straw for club chiefs.But Verheijen has called for patience from the hierarchy, insisting Van Gaal WILL turn United around from their slump if given the time.He added: “These things have happened to him before at Bayern Munich, at Barcelona and at Ajax.“So, if the Man United board and directors keep supporting Louis van Gaal, eventually he will turn it around and probably they will be very successful.“It all depends on the patience and the relationship between Louis van Gaal and the board.”last_img read more

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Dortmund chief urges players to ‘show society that we do not bend before terror’

first_imgBorussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has urged his players to show their club does not bend to “terror and hatred” in an emotional changing-room address.Watzke admitted the bomb attack on the team bus which led to the postponement of their Champions League meeting with Monaco, and left defender Marc Bartra with a broken wrist, had left the team needing to come to terms with the “incomprehensible” very quickly.And he said that when the team took to the Westfalenstadion pitch for the rearranged quarter-final first leg on Wednesday evening they would be playing “for everyone – no matter whether Borussia (Monchengladbach), Bayer (Leverkusen) or Schalke supporters”.Watzke said in a statement on the club website: “The BVB family was always especially strong when it had to cope with difficult situations. This is perhaps the most difficult situation that we have faced in the past decades. I am sure that we will show ourselves as a strong and united BVB like never before.“We do not just play for us today. We play for everyone – no matter whether Borussia, Bayer or Schalke supporters. We want to show that terror and hatred can never dictate our actions. And of course we play for Marc Bartra, who wants to see his team win.“We ask all BVB fans to support our team today with total energy for 90 minutes. This team had to process the incomprehensible in a short space of time. We should all help you to come to terms with it.“I just appealed to the team in the changing room to show society that we do not bend before terror.”‘Borussia Dortmund have the best atmosphere in European football…but it will be strange there tonight’ – Paul Lambert on bus explosionBartra underwent an operation on Tuesday night after breaking the radial bone in his arm and debris lodged in his hand as a result of the attack.Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer said on the club website: “We’re all in shock and our thoughts are with Marc. We hope that he will make a speedy recovery.”Dortmund’s police chief said “everything humanly possible” would be done to ensure the rearranged fixture takes place safely in the wake of the attack, in which three explosions occurred near the Dortmund team hotel as the squad were travelling to the stadium for the original fixture.Gregor Lange described the attack as “targeted”.The police said that the explosives “may have been hidden in a hedge near a parking lot”.Dortmund police also revealed a letter had been found, claiming responsibility for the attack.They are investigating whether the attack could be linked to Islamist terror, German media has reported.According to Suddeutsche Zeitung and German press agency Dpa, a letter found near the scene referred to 2016’s attack on a Berlin market which was carried out by a Daesh-inspired terrorist and the fact that German surveillance aircraft are being used in Syria.The letter reportedly written in German began: “In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.”The newspaper quoted security sources stressing that the letter and any Islamist link had not yet been verified.Goalkeeper Roman Burki was sitting at the back of the team bus alongside Bartra, and told Swiss newspaper website blick.ch how events unfolded.Burki said: “We left the hotel at 7:15pm and went down the street. The bus turned down the main street, and there was a giant explosion.“I was sitting in the back row next to Marc Bartra, who was hit by fragments of the broken glass.“After the bang, we all ducked in the bus and those who could threw themselves to the ground. We did not know what had happened.“The police were quick on the scene, and we were safe.“We’re all shocked – nobody thought of a football match in this moment.”German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel, who had planned to attend Wednesday night’s clash between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, will now be at the Dortmund-Monaco game instead.He said in a statement: “It is important to me personally and in my position as DFB president to be in Dortmund today to show that all German football is united with BVB.“I hope that the orchestrators of this cowardly attack can be found quickly and brought to account.”UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin was “deeply disturbed” by events in Dortmund and backed the decision to reschedule the match.The Dortmund players returned to their hotel following the explosions and trained on Wednesday morning ahead of the rearranged game, which will kick off at 1745 BST, with increased security measures in place.The club warned fans to expect longer waiting times so to get to the stadium early.They added that backpacks would not be allowed into the stadium and that all places to store them would be closed, so fans bringing them would be turned away.Monaco fans left facing an extra night in Germany were offered accommodation by Dortmund fans via the hashtag #bedforawayfans on social media, while the club said on Twitter that all their supporters staying in Dortmund on Tuesday night would be reimbursed up to 80 euros (£68) by the club.Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev described the attack as “despicable” and said: “Football should not be taken hostage by these individuals.”Speaking on the club website, he emphasised his support for Dortmund and Bartra, praised Monaco fans for their “exemplary behaviour” and thanked German fans for their “generosity”.He added: “We will help our players to get through this situation. Football will be stronger than this type of ignoble act.”Monaco’s Ligue 1 match at home to Dijon on Saturday, which was due to kick off at 1600 BST, has now been put back to 8pm.Airline Eurowings, a partner of Dortmund, has offered fans affected by the postponement the chance to transfer their flights free of charge. The Dortmund team bus after the horrifying bomb attack 1last_img read more

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Harvest Festival : Faith and music

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. Its impact also has extended outside of California, as it has been available for worldwide viewing on the Internet. And Laurie also has held crusades in cities across the U.S. and in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Lewis, an Orange County native, has been performing at the Harvest Crusade since 1991. She said she has never seen a Christian event that leaves such an impression on youngsters. Since 1987, Lewis has been sharing her contemporary Christian music with fans around the world. She has released several CDs, including her 1996 breakthrough “Beauty for Ashes.” The CD produced the chart-topping single, “People Get Ready (Jesus Is Comin’),” and was named Song of the Year by CCM Magazine. Lewis is scheduled to appear Friday evening and will sing four songs.She will be backed by the Harvest Crusade Band, which is directed by worship leader Hanz Ives. “A lot of kids have the view that God wants to stop you from being happy and having fun,” said Lewis, who graduated from Katella High School in 1987. “But God wants us to have an abundant life and I think the Harvest Crusade does a great job at putting that across. Southern California evangelist Greg Laurie has been sowing seeds of faith in the community through his annual music-driven Harvest Crusade since 1990. This year’s event will take place Friday through Sunday at Angel Stadium. Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, will deliver spiritual messages between mini-concerts by some of Christian music’s most popular acts. Artists scheduled to appear are Newsboys, David Crowder Band, Joy Williams, Todd Agnew, Kutless, Hawk Nelson, MercyMe and Crystal Lewis. “We present the gospel in a very straightforward way about what it means to be a follower of Christ,” said John Collins, executive director of Harvest Ministries. “In our culture, there’s a lot of preconceived ideas about the church and who Jesus is. Our goal is to get past that and provide the type of atmosphere where people will hear Jesus’ message with new ears. When they do, all of a sudden the whole world makes sense.” Collins said the Harvest Crusade has become a mainstay in the Southland’s summer lineup. The crusade has drawn more than 2 million people and has seen more than 300,000 conversions. “The whole event is really all about sharing great music and the simple truth that Jesus is the one who’s going to fill the emptiness in your life and bring you lasting joy.” For the first time, this year’s outreach will be broadcast through video podcasting. The podcasts will include Laurie’s sermons and a behind-the-scenes look at the Harvest Crusade. “As we reach people locally in Southern California, we’ve also tapped into a spiritual hunger that transcends borders,” Laurie said in a statement. “It’s fantastic to think how many people all over the world can now hear the gospel message of hope in Christ through local Harvest Crusade events.” According to Steve Wilburn, youth pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship, a large part of Laurie’s ministry is focused on youth. Saturday evening is designed to appeal solely to teens and college-age students. To help publicize the crusade, a group of students known as the SWAT team (students with a testimony) canvas the streets with fliers. The teens distribute them at beaches, in coffee shops, malls and other places where young people gather. Members of the SWAT team are partially made up of kids from Harvest Christian Fellowship church, where Laurie is the pastor. Others are part of church youth groups in other states, including Texas and Oregon. “We do more than just pass out fliers, we personally invite people,”said Wilburn. “We are looking to start conversations and it’s surprising to meet so many people who want to hear about something that will bring meaning to their lives. When we tell them that God has a purpose and plan for their lives, they are very open to talking and also coming to the crusade.”165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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