St Lucia SDA Church says public should not rush to judgement following arrest of pastors

first_img Tweet Share Share FaithLifestyleNewsRegional St Lucia SDA Church says public should not rush to judgement following arrest of pastors by: Caribbean Media Corporation – May 29, 2017 Sharing is caring!center_img Share 401 Views   no discussions Pastor Roger Stephen (Photo: CMC)CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — The Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) has appealed to the public not to rush to judgment following the recent arrest of two pastors.Executive Secretary of the St. Lucia Mission of Seventh Day Adventists, Pastor Roger Stephen, who made the statement at a press conference on Friday, however said that the church will not condone sin or wrongdoing.During a press conference, Stephen did not accept questions from reporters due to what he said are “untrue reports” about the case in which the pastors have been charged with indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection.“As a Church we do not, and will not, condone sin or wrongdoing in any form or fashion. Whether it be from the members from the pew, to leaders, or to pastors.“Following Christ’s example, however, we cannot rush to judgment, and we seek to reach out to all who are hurting,” Stephen said. “We therefore appeal to all, to allow the course of justice to take effect in this matter and don’t rush to judgment.”He said the church remains confident with all faith and assurance that the Lord will carry ‘his’ church through this difficult moment as he has done in such a ‘mighty’ way in the past.Stephen said the SDA church continues to pray for all who have been adversely affected, all church members and the nation on the whole.He also lamented that there have been many untrue media reports, including claims that the SDA church has been transferring pastors overseas.Details surrounding the arrests of the pastors have not been disclosed but it has been well established that charges for unlawful sexual contact and indecent assault were filed against the two individuals in question.last_img read more

FA chairman Greg Dyke leads tributes to Gerry Byrne

first_img Byrne, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, spent his entire career at his hometown club and was a member of England’s World Cup-winning squad in 1966. He is best remembered for playing through Liverpool’s extra-time win against Leeds in the 1965 FA Cup final after breaking his collarbone in a seventh-minute challenge with Leeds midfielder Bobby Collins. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has paid tribute to former Liverpool defender Gerry Byrne, who has died at the age of 77. “He broke his collarbone early in the match and then played right through the game, through extra time and even crossed for Roger (Hunt) to score the first goal. “To play almost two hours with a broken collarbone was unbelievable.” Byrne represented England twice, making his debut against Scotland in 1963, but did not appear in the 1966 World Cup tournament. Only the 11 players on the pitch at the end of the 4-2 win against West Germany received medals, but Byrne was presented with one in 2009 following a successful campaign to persuade FIFA to award medals to all the winners’ squad members. Substitutes were not permitted at the time and Byrne pleaded with the physio not to tell manager Bill Shankly the severity of his injury. “I am saddened to hear of the passing of Gerry Byrne,” Dyke told the FA’s official website. “I can still remember the way he helped Liverpool win the 1965 FA Cup despite suffering a broken collarbone early in the game. “His determination to play on rather than leave his team down a man was remarkable. “Of course, he went on to be involved with the 1966 World Cup squad, underlining just how talented a player he was. “My sincere condolences go to his family and friends.” Byrne, a cornerstone of Shankly’s first great Liverpool side in the 1960s, made 333 appearances for the club and won two League Championships, an FA Cup and a Second Division title. A 40,000 crowd at Anfield for his testimonial in April 1970 was testament to his popularity. Liverpool’s record appearance holder Ian Callaghan told the Liverpool Echo: “What Gerry did in 1965 was incredible. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ellsworth Little League Junior League team wins District 1 tourney

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Little League Junior League baseball team won the District 1 title last Wednesday with a 11-9 win over Machias Little League in the title game at Ellsworth’s Demeyer Field.The win gave Ellsworth five victories in a row after opening the tournament with a 4-1 lost to Coastal Little League of Blue Hill on July 15. Ellsworth responded that loss with an 8-7 win over Calais Little League on July 17 and an 8-0 win against Coastal in a rematch July 19 before beating Acadian Little League the following day and sweeping Machias to take the title.Team members were Jacob Bagley, Hunter Boles, Wyatt Bragdon, Drew Cote, Lucas Gagnon, Billy Garland, Aiden Gibbons, Peter Keblinsky, Brady Kenny, Miles Palmer and Sam Wagenknecht. The team was coached by Michael Boles and Joe Gibbons.Last week also marked the conclusion of the Ellsworth Little League season as the Junior League team fell to Bangor West and Standish Little Leagues at the state tournament. The 9-10 softball team concluded its season Tuesday with a 15-4 loss to Biddeford Little League following the resumption of a suspended game.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

FC Goa Rope In Seiminlen Doungel On Free Transfer

first_imgPanaji: FC Goa on Tuesday completed the signing of Seiminlen Doungel on a free transfer from Kerala Blasters. The forward, who had two years left on his contract at his previous club, was released and will now turn out for the Gaurs till the summer of 2021. Doungel began his professional career with East Bengal before going on to play for Pailan Arrows, Shillong Lajong and Bengaluru FC in the I-League.He has earlier represented North East United, Delhi Dynamos and Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League. Known as ‘Len’ in Indian football circles, the man from Manipur possesses the ability to play across the forward line. Doungel adds both depth as well as competition in the forward ranks for FC Goa. After having topped the charts in terms of goal-scoring in the last two seasons of the ISL, Len’s signing should provide more reasons to smile for the FC Goa fans in the seasons to come. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Gayle threat fails to inspire RCB in tournament opener

first_img(CMC) – Chris Gayle gave Royal Challengers Bangalore a typically explosive start, but their chase soon sputtered and they lost the opening game of the 2017 Indian Premier League against reigning champions Sunrisers Hyderabad yesterday by 35 runs.Gayle lashed two fours and three sixes in the top score of 32 from 21 balls to help RCB reach 59 for one at the close of the Power Play before a capacity crowd at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.The dismissal of the talismanic West Indies opener caught at long-off in the seventh over off spinner Deepak Hooda however, transferred the balance of power to the home team and the visitors’ threat to successfully reach a target of 208 subsided.Kedar Jadhav supported with 31, Australian Travis Head made 30, opener Mandeep Singh added 24 and skipper Shane Watson, the former Australia all-rounder, 22, as RCB were dismissed for 172 in 19.4 overs.No bowler significantly distinguished himself – Indian star Bhuvneshwar Kumar however, grabbed 2-27 from his allotted four overs to be the pick of the bowlers.Earlier, a rapid-fire 62 from 27 balls from Yuvraj Singh that included seven fours and three sixes and a whirlwind 52 off 37 balls from Australian Moises Henriques propelled Sunrisers to 207 for four off 20 overs.After Australia left-handed opener David Warner was dismissed cheaply, Henriques and India left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan shared 74 for the second wicket.Dhawan was caught at long-on in the 11th over, paving the way for a stunning display of dynamic batting from Henriques and Yuvraj that raised 58 in 29 balls.Henriques was caught at long-off in the 16th over and cancer-survivor Yuvraj continued his comeback with more power-hitting before Tymal Mills bowled him in the penultimate over, as the innings drew to a close.Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and West Indies compatriots Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons are carded to be in action in the second match of the tournament, when Mumbai Indians travel to face Rising Pune Supergiants.last_img read more

Jos High Court Suspends NPFL

first_imgJustice I. Kunda in his ruling delivered at the Plateau State High Court which sat in Bukuru, near Jos yesterday decried the delay tactics being employed by the counsel to the LMC, Olumide Olujimi to delay the case knowing well that the Nigerian league is time-bound, and the league would have effectively ended before the case is determined.The judge declared the case adjourned sine die but also told the defendants that they can proceed with their appeal at the Appeal Court if they so wish.But in a swift move yesterday, the LMC said in a statement that it was yet to be served the ruling suspending the premier league.It statement read: “The League Management Company (LMC) has been inundated with sundry calls and enquirers regarding a piece of news being circulated that Plateau State High Court, Jos has made an order stopping Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) until the reinstatement of Giwa FC to the League.“For the avoidance of any doubt, LMC states categorically, that it has not been served with any such order and is consequently unable to comment on this matter.“If such an order is at any time in the future produced or served on it by due process of law, LMC wishes all our clubs, footballers, fans, partners and all Nigerians to be reassured that it shall take all steps appropriate in the circumstances to protect the integrity of the NPFL,” observed the statement from the LMC last night.Accordingly, the LMC states that the operation of NPFL proceeds apace as scheduled and unhindered in any manner whatsoever.At the resumed sitting on Monday in a case filed by one Mustapha Abubakar seeking to reinstate Giwa FC into the NPFL and also reschedule all the games the club was excluded from playing following its expulsion in May, the only issue argued by counsels on both sides was whether the judge can continue to hear the matter in view of the appeal filed by LMC against the earlier interim order of the Judge made on 12th August, 2016.When the case came up, the LMC’s Counsel, Olumide Olujinmi, informed the court that the league body had filed an appeal against the interim order and applied to the court to adjourn the matter sine die pending the outcome of the hearing of the appeal by the Court of Appeal in accordance with decided cases and legal authorities.He referred the court to the affidavit of pending appeal filed by LMC to this effect.But the application was opposed by the counsel for Abubakar, H.S. Adzard, who though admitted to having been served with the affidavit of pending appeal.Adzard had argued that there is no pending appeal since the records of proceeding has not been transmitted to the Court of Appeal within 60 days as required by rules.He also contended that the Affidavit of Pending Appeal was incompetent and urged the court to go on with the case.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Seriki Adinoyi in JosThe Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) has been suspended indefinitely until the League Management Company (LMC) fully complies with the earlier order of reinstating Giwa FC to the league.last_img read more

Commish deserves credit for new steroid policy

first_imgHow about some kudos for Bud Selig?I know it seems like an odd thing for a lot of people to do — after all, is there anyone fans love to hate more than Selig? Well, at least before NBA Commissioner David Stern implemented a dress code for his league, the answer was a resounding “no.” But still, Selig takes a lot of heat in his position as the leader of America’s pastime.But Selig definitely deserves some praise for Major League Baseball’s new and improved steroid policy, one that increases punishments to a 50-game suspension for the first offense, a 100-game leave for a second offense and a possible lifetime ban for a third positive test, which was unanimously approved by baseball owners Thursday.”I’m glad we had this opportunity today. It was a very easy ratification,” Selig said in an Associated Press interview. “Every vote was unanimous today, and that one was about as easy as it gets. As it should have been.”His last sentence sums it up — “As it should have been.” Baseball’s commissioner has been fighting for these strong measures with an iron will since the first discussions of an anti-steroid policy, even when many around him felt that the punishments were too harsh. Well, a dozen culprits later — including Rafael Palmeiro — it’s clear that Selig was right and that stronger punishments are needed as a real deterrent for players.Some might say that Selig’s will wasn’t that strong. After all, he did compromise his beliefs to allow much looser regulations to take effect last season.But let’s be honest, had he refused to back down from his stance for the stronger penalties last year, baseball might not have instituted a policy at all, and who knows what kind of effect that could’ve had on this past season.But Selig deserves even more credit for seeing past the steroid issue and trying to stay a step ahead of the curve by adding severe punishments for testing positive for the use of amphetamines. The previous policy offered no punishment for players testing positive for amphetamine use while the new policy mandates additional testing following a first offense, a second offense garners a 25-game suspension, and a third offense will get players an 80-game vacation.Sure, there are a few obstacles still in the way of this policy going into effect, namely the players’ union decision whether to send the issue directly to the players for a vote or to just accept the board’s approval, but that’s really a moot point at this juncture.The new policy will be approved; the players can’t possibly fail to ratify it now, not after last season. The players got away with a timid policy last season only because there was a lack of evidence that steroids were a problem in MLB. In the eyes of many, the players deserved the benefit of the doubt. Everyone had their theories, but without more proof, the stronger policy wasn’t going to be ratified and the players’ association knew it could get away without ratifying it.This year, the same isn’t true. Players have been caught, the benefit of the doubt is gone and the proof has been brought to light. Not to mention, Congress is not going away, and if the policy isn’t ratified players could face much more severe regulations from federal legislation.The creation of a policy this strong has been a long time coming, definitely too long, and hopefully now baseball can go back to being about the game and not about whether the records being set are aided by the “juice” or not. It would be naive to believe the new policy will stop the use of these illegal substances; as long as an advantage exists, individuals will try to exploit it — legal or not. But it’s definitely a marked improvement over the previous policy, and by far the toughest policy in professional sports.I don’t claim to speak for everyone, but when I watch sports I like to believe I’m watching the amazing feats the human body can naturally reach — “naturally” being the key word. If I wanted to watch something unrealistic and improbable I’d watch the WWE.So here’s to sports the way they should be — honest, fair and within the natural realm of a human being. And here’s to Selig, for doing more than any other professional commissioner in trying to keep sports that way. Kudos, Bud.last_img read more

Syracuse cruises past Princeton 92-61

first_imgGabrielle Cooper yelled and clapped her hands toward the SU bench. After the Orange put themselves up by 29, Cooper’s outstretched arms forced a Princeton throwaway and another chance to push ahead. A day prior, Syracuse needed runs to recover from bouts with inefficiency. Friday, Syracuse never slowed.Syracuse (5-1) dominated Princeton (1-5), 92-61, in its second game of the Cancun Challenge. The Orange’s hot-shooting helped its cruise to the program’s highest point total since last season’s 95-68 domination of Niagara in the season-opener. Four SU players finished in double-figures led by Gabrielle Cooper, who had a season-high 20 points on 7-11 shooting in the game.“We got some clean, stand-still 3’s,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said to SU Athletics after the game. “That’s what we’re trying to get.”After a game when Syracuse tallied 21 turnovers that slowed its offensive production, Syracuse turned the ball over 20 times against the Tigers, including a team-high seven from freshman forward Emily Engstler. But the turnovers seemingly had little effect on SU, who forced 11 turnovers of its own and dominated Princeton in transition. Tiana Mangakahia, who said she has worked on limiting her turnovers from a season ago, didn’t turn the ball over once.Syracuse was dominant early and often in the game. Late in the first quarter, the Orange flashed its two-guard lineup that SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said after Syracuse’s season-opening win over North Dakota that the Orange would turn to often. It led to quick drives and strong pushes up the court. SU pushed the pace, and Princeton couldn’t keep up. In the first quarter, Mangakahia flew by hardly any defense for a lay-in to make it a 19-point lead.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough the Tigers kept themselves in the game briefly with timely makes from beyond the arc, Syracuse’s well-rounded play pushed its lead further. SU shot 54 percent from 3-point range in the first half and once again was steadied by Cooper, who made three of her four shots from distance. On the inside, the Orange play allowed Syracuse to keep firing from distance as it kept a grasp of the rebounding game and cleaned up SU’s misses.“We got a lot of pieces at the basket that really allowed us to kick it out and shoot 3’s,” Hillsman said.With 1:13 remaining in the first quarter, a Princeton offensive player drove in on Mangakahia, who held her hands straight up and held her ground, but she was called for her second foul, forcing her to take a seat on the bench and forcing SU to abandon its powerful two-point guard attack. So, Kiara Lewis led the Orange offense. On one play, Lewis drove into the right block and put the ball through her legs and spun to the outside before she layed the ball into the hoop. A few plays later, she picked up her dribble at the top of the key and, when the defender sagged off her, she rose up and fired a 3-pointer that put SU up by 18 points. She went 3-3 in the first half playing in relief of Mangakahia and was a perfect 4-4 overall, finishing with 10 points.Cooper continued her barrage from beyond the arc in the second half as SU guards led the scoring charge. When Cooper was guarded out the top, she went inside and scored a lay-in on her only attempt from inside the 3-point arc.The Orange lost Kadiatou Sissoko to an injury in the first quarter after she tweaked her knee attempting a trap on an SU press. When the Princeton player cut, Sissoko made a quick twitch to her left and immediately took pressure off her right knee, hopped to the floor and lay flat on her face as SU officials tended to her. She stayed on the ground for two minutes before being carried off the court by SU assistants Adneyei Amadou and Cedric Solace and was seen with an ice pack on her right knee.Hillsman said Sissoko was “moving well” and putting pressure on her knee after the game. When asked if she would play in Saturday’s game against DePaul, Hillsman said “don’t know and probably not.”“It was that kind of injury where probably you want to get her home and get her checked out before we start playing her,” Hillsman said.Syracuse is back in action again 1:30 p.m. Saturday against DePaul in the finale of the Cancun Challenge. Published on November 23, 2018 at 3:43 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Rafa Benitez confirms Napoli exit, silent on Real Madrid link

first_imgRafa Benitez has announced in a press conference that he is leaving Napoli, although he has refused to discuss an expected move to Real Madrid.Benitez’s future has been the subject of sustained debate in recent days with Florentino Perez thought to be keen to anoint him successor to Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked after failing to win a trophy this season. The former Liverpool and Inter coach – who won La Liga twice with Valencia, in 2002 and 2004 – was said to be “99%” sure to land the Madrid job by Ancelotti’s agent.Initially, Napoli claimed Thursday’s press conference would not address Benitez’s future, but he has confirmed he is stepping down after two years in the job.”I would like to thank the president, the club and all the fans because after two years I’m finishing my experience here with Napoli,” Benítez said.”On Sunday we are facing a very important match and I want to conclude my two years here with a victory.”It’s always sad to leave a job where the people have treated you well from the start and Napoli was like this to me. My family was key to me making this choice, Aurelio [De Laurentiis, president] and Napoli have made every effort and we were close to a renewal.” Napoli finish their Serie A campaign on Sunday with a match against Lazio in a game which will decide the final Champions League berth. Lazio have a three-point lead and need a draw to claim third. Napoli would go above the capital club with a win thanks to their superior head-to-head record.–last_img read more

Damir Dzumhur and Aldin Setkic made improvements on the latest ATP List

first_imgBH tennis players Damir Dzumhur and Aldin Šetkić made improvements on the latest ATP list. Our best ranked player, Damir Dzumhur, is 81th on the list and one position better than last list, while Aldin Šetkić, after good performances at the ITF Futures tournaments in Sharm El Sheikh, moved up seven positions and is currently at 241st place.Mirza Basic is ranked for 19 positions down and occupies the 231st place, while Tomislav Brkic (418) and Nerman Fatic (658) remained in their positions. Among the 10 best players in the world there were no changes, leading Briton Andy Murray in front of the Serb Novak Djokovic and Swiss Stan Wawrinka.ATP list (6th February):(1) Andy Murray (VBr) 115402. (2) Novak Đoković (Srb) 98253. (3) Stan Wawrinka (Švi) 56954. (4) Miloš Raonić (Kan) 49305. (5) Kei Nishikori (Jap) 48306. (6) Rafael Nadal (Špa) 43857. (7) Marin Čilić (Hrv) 35608. (8) Dominic Thiem (Aus) 35059. (9) Gael Monfils (Fra) 344510. (10) Roger Federer (Švi) 3260…81. (82) Damir Džumhur (BiH) 659231. (212) Mirza Bašić (BiH) 256241. (248) Aldin Šetkić (BiH) 210418. (418) Tomislav Brkić (BiH) 100658. (658) Nerman Fatić (BiH) 41 (Source: fokus)last_img read more