first_imgAs we fast approach this wonderful, long awaited Day, Christmas, what better time is there to remember the meaning of the need for and the joy in giving thanks! Christmas reminds us of the culmination (climax, apogee) of God’s goodness, love and mercy towards His sinful human beings. Why? Because He, God, had such great compassion on human depravity (corruption, evil) that He sent his only begotten (created) Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth to teach us the way to salvation; and not to teach us only, but to show HOW to use power. He clearly and perfectly demonstrated the use of power—power which comes only from God and must be used always and only for good, never for evil.All of us, whether rich or poor, high or low, have some measure of power over other people and things. Even five-year olds have power over their younger siblings or playmates. In his month-long series on Thanksgiving in the Daily Observer, Fr. James Selle, Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, has been explaining the meaning of, how and why to give thanks. It seriously affects, even determines, our relationship with God. In this fourth segment in the series, published as usual on our Religion page last Friday, Fr. Selle focused on what we should give thanks for. Let us pause here to give thanks to Fr. Selle himself, who since 2005, when the Daily Observer was re-launched after 15 years of publisher K.Y. Best and his family’s exile, has faithfully written and presented to our readers his column on various aspects of Christianity—what it means to be a Christian, who Christ is, what was His mission when he dwelt on earth over 2000 years ago. Fr. Selle also constantly explains why Christians are called to be Christ-like, by emulating His examples of love, kindness, mercy, faithfulness, humility and goodness to ALL with whom we come in contact, making the best of the powers, gifts and other blessings God has bestowed upon us.In his weekly column, Fr. Selle has also constantly taught us the importance of being thankful not only for our favorable and happy moments and days, but also when things turn bad, desperate, fearful and even tragic. As he did in last Friday’s column, Fr. Sellefrequently quotes Thessalonians 5:17 and 18 and Romans 8:28, two of St. Paul the Apostle’s Epistles (Letters), which admonish us to give thanks in everything. This is even when our friends betray us or our enemies hit at us, even to the extent of attempting to destroy us.We can be sure that so long as we maintain a posture of thanksgiving and hope, founded on our faith in the Almighty God, we will in any and every circumstance prevail. This is manifest even in our National Anthem, written by Daniel B. Warner, our third President. He wrote, “With God above our rights to prove, we will o’er all prevail!” It is useful to add, at this blessed, hopeful Yuletide (Christmas), the rest of the stanza in our National Anthem, “With heart and hand, our country’s cause defending, We’ll meet the foe with valor unpretending . . .”Let us all approach this Christmas and New Year with truly thankful hearts, minds and spirits. It is distinctly possible that God, seeing our thankful hearts, minds and spirits, will help us in the coming year to choose a new leader who will make a true and decisive difference for the better in our lives and the life of our beleaguered (long-suffering) country, Liberia.Let us with truly thankful hearts and hope in His grace and mercy, believe that God has already spotted and chosen for us a leader who will FOCUS not on himself and those in his immediate circle, but on the supreme interest of the people and do everything possible, under God, to lift Liberians from their slumber, dependency, poverty and powerlessness into a purposeful, progressive, prosperous and self-reliant people and nation!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img…reveals comprehensive plan to tackle cJoining ranks with the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), Brigadier Mark Phillips delivered his maiden political address on Sunday afternoon during the party’s 2020 elections campaign launch, where he urged Guyanese to use their vote wisely.PPP/C Prime Ministerial Candidate, Ret’d Brigadier Mark Phillips“I will be the next Prime Minister of Guyana,” he declared to the hundreds of supporters who gathered at the Kitty Market Square.“I will be a Prime Minister for all Guyanese, regardless of race, religion or political persuasions!”A former Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Phillips will be running alongside the party’s Presidential Candidate Dr Irfaan Ali.“You may want to know what I may bring to the PPP/C as the prime ministerial candidate,” Phillips reasoned.“Well, I am bringing years of experience in the public service and sound leadership…my solid combination of experience and leadership will help the new PPP/C Administration to move Guyana forward,” he posited.“The team approach to nation-building is not a new concept to me comrades. I have led teams of various sizes and I have worked on teams as a member, what has always been important to me is the satisfaction of knowing that my team has created positive changes in the lives of ordinary people. What has always been important to me is making a positive difference in the lives of others so they can pursue their dreams of a better life,” Brigadier Phillips explained.He reflected on when he retired from the GDF in 2016, after serving some 36 years as a soldier, that he had committed to finding an appropriate “civilian type job” to continue to serve the people of Guyana.“With your votes, I will find the appropriate job to continue to serve!” he expressed, noting that he will serve with integrity and fairness, as he did during his time at the GDF.“As your prime ministerial candidate and soon to be Prime Minister, I can assure you that the PPP/C has a vision and strategy to lead the people towards prosperity,” he explained.Brigadier Phillips said there is an anti-crime and security strategy, which will address the current and future security concerns of the country.“This anti-crime and security strategy will be linked to other strategies for employment creation and poverty alleviation throughout Guyana and it will help to open the gateway to prosperity,” he said.In fact, he urged Guyanese, both supporters and non-supporters of the PPP/C, to take some time to review the party’s plans and strategies, assuring that there is a proposal for everyone, from the young to the elderly.“There is no time to hurt or destroy each other during this political season. Let us stick to the issues…let us remain steadfast. Let us stay focus,” Brigadier Phillips said.He further told the gathering that he will work closely with Ali and the rest of the PPP/C to ensure all Guyanese are in a position to elevate themselves, to live a more comfortable life.“I will work together with our next President Dr Irfaan Ali to implement our plan for equal opportunity and racial harmony for all Guyana,” he posited.The prime ministerial hopeful encouraged Guyanese to come out early on elections day, and mark their ‘x’ on the cup.“We will return the PPP/C to Government!” he declared.“Use your vote to send a strong message, comrades, vote for democracy, vote for unity, vote for youths, vote for strong leadership, vote for development, vote for Guyana, vote for the PPP/C!”Brigadier Phillips was unanimously endorsed as the prime ministerial candidate for the PPP/C on January 3, 2020.As a member of the army, Phillips held a number of crucial leadership positions at various levels and ranks and his consistent upward mobility clearly demonstrated that he carried himself with distinction in every position held.Academically, Phillips possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Management, a Master’s Degree in Public Management and several post-graduate diplomas in Defence Planning and various areas of management.rime, securitylast_img read more

first_imgThe Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in its effort to rehabilitate Bohol province after it suffered massive damage from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15.Jica chief representative Takahiro Sasaki, through the DSWD, turned over 150 tents and 485 blue tarpaulin sheets to the Bohol provincial government for distribution to affected families.ADVERTISEMENT MORE STORIESnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debatenewsinfoUS fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, 7 park visitors hurtMORE STORIESnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debatenewsinfoUS fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, 7 park visitors hurt LATEST STORIES Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Angara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution system View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ BPI nets P13.74B in H1 SMC bags Bulacan airport project PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal The tents made of cotton canvass has a total floor area of 16 sq.m. and galvanized steel posts. It has two apertures, front and back and a window on each side of the wall. Each tent is waterproof and rustproof.The tarpaulin sheets measure 50 meters by four meters and is made of woven high-density polyethylene (HDPE) fiber.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China dealThe relief goods are part of the 38 million Japanese yen worth of relief items donated by Sasaki to Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman.“I am deeply touched by the support extended by the government of Japan through Jica in these difficult times,” said Gov. Edgar Chatto during the turnover ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Tagbilaran City. Quake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anewlast_img read more