MPC Suspends Deputy Chairman

first_imgThe leadership of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) party has suspended for time indefinite its deputy chairman for mobilization and recruitment for alleged corruption. The MPC is headed by businessman Simeon Freeman.The suspension of Augustine Kimber was announced yesterday during a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Congo Town, outside Monrovia.Kimber, who was present at the press conference, has been accused by the MPC leadership of allegedly signing for materials on behalf of the party, which he reportedly converted to his personal use.MPC national chairman, John Ballon, said the party took the action against Kimber, “because he has been in a constant habit of misusing funds belonging to the party.”Ballon said that it was also due to Kimber’s persistant refusal to formulate an action plan for the party in Montserrado County that led to his suspension.“Kimber is hereby suspended because he has also misused the MPC’s funds in the amount of US$260 intended to make the necessary arrangements at the Roberts International Airport for the arrival of the Party’s leader, Mr. Freeman on December 5, 2016,” Mr. Ballon said.He said Kimber even refused to be at the welcome ceremony and has yet to refund the money in question. Kimber was said to have recently signed for the party’s materials intended for the ongoing voter registration. They included T-shirts, 4,000 pieces of the party’s observer forms that he (Kimber) took to his house. However, said Mr. Ballon, in spite of Kimber’s suspension, he is still a member of the MPC.The accused, who was at the press conference, refused to speak to the press, but promised to react “at a later date.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pine Pass could open in two weeks

first_imgIt was a week ago today that the Peace Region was hit with the start of a three day rain storm that dumped about 115 millimeters at the local airport and more than 160 in the Pine Pass.However, there’s no precipitation in today’s forecast, so it looks like the Fort St. John area will officially finish the month with 176.5 millimeters.Again we note that breaks the previous alltime one month record of 145.5 set in 1939.Meantime, we’re now told it could be several more weeks before crews can clear all the road damage.The Vancouver Sun quotes a Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure spokesman as saying it could be two weeks before Highway 97 between Mackenzie Junction and Chetwynd is reopened.Meantime, he also says it could be a week or more for remedial work to be completed between Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope. Contractors and Ministry repair crews are facing as many as 26 Highway 29 problem spots, nearly a dozen of them listed as major.To access southern B.C., the ministry is still advising BC Peace Region motorists to use Highway 40 south of Grande Prairie.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Joined churches mark five decades of service

first_imgCANOGA PARK – Proud to say, “This is your grandmother’s church,” Faith Lutheran Church will mark 50 years of spiritual and outreach ministry on Sunday with a special service and celebration. The congregation is actually celebrating the longevity of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Resurrection on DeSoto Avenue and Epiphany Lutheran Church on Topanga Canyon Boulevard, which combined in 2000 to become Faith Lutheran Church. Faith Lutheran owns both locations, with Sunday services held at the DeSoto Avenue address. Weddings and other special events are held at what is now known as The Garden Chapel on Topanga Canyon Boulevard. “We’ve been successful for 50 years because of the members; the people are friendly and caring,” said Ethel Elliott, originally a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church. “I’ve been a Lutheran all my life. If you ever need support from people, well, I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t go to church.” The church supports local food pantries, Habitat for Humanity projects and Lutheran Social Services; hosts the annual Valley Interfaith Council “Gandhi Day” in September; and has begun a Las Posadas Christmas tradition. The congregation even had a float in Canoga Park’s annual Memorial Day parade. “It’s not just getting together and praying and go; when the service stops, the ‘service’ begins,” said Ellen Harrison, a church member for a year and a half. “I’ve always been an activist, and everyone here is active. This is the first time I can express myself and my religion in the same way.” Harrison, the director of the preschool Tutor Time in Woodland Hills, was also impressed by Christiansen. “His openness to other religions and his stance on peace are some things I like,” Harrison said. “There’s a legacy there that gives strength. This church gives you a 50-year home. It’s a great testimonial.” The Rev. Wayne R. Christiansen will deliver the message at the 9 a.m. Sunday service at Faith Lutheran Church, 7500 DeSoto Ave., Canoga Park. The 50th anniversary celebration will begin with a service at 1 p.m. with guest speaker Bishop Dean Nelson. The service will be followed from 2 to 6 p.m. by Oktoberfest, with Bavarian music, dancing and games and foods. Call (818) 348-4266. Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Elliott is a shining example of Faith Lutheran Church’s faithful members, who their pastor, the Rev. Wayne R. Christiansen, lauds for their energy and spirit. “I think there’s a lot to be said for ‘Grandma’s church,’ said Christiansen, who has been the senior pastor at Faith Lutheran for five years. “You’ll meet some real treasures here. It’s a place to raise a family and grow old with your friends. “You can get the healing and be a part of a family. This church has been a wonderful resource for teaching children the secrets of life.” While the congregation would like to see an increase in membership, Christiansen said he takes heart in knowing that the early Christian experience was to be found in small community fellowships. He’s proud of his “classic model” congregation whose members don’t shirk from community activism. Members of the church quilting group, like Elliott, sew quilts that are donated to Lutheran Social Services on a yearly basis. Their quilts have gone around the world, including Afghanistan and, this year, to hurricane survivors. The group also makes baby quilts that are donated to neonatal units at local hospitals. last_img read more