THE EFFECTUAL POWER OF PERSISTENCE (PART IV):

first_imgThis fourth and concluding article of the series on the effectual power of the perennial virtue and value of persistence focuses on the how of persistence. How does one develop one’s capacity for perseverance? How does one increase one’s capacity to endure in pursuing one’s goals and aspirations? Let us explore below. The last article (the third) on some of the benefits of persistence observed the following:One of the main benefits of persistence is character formation. Endurance makes one strong in character. As Paul writes in Romans 5:3-5 “… but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope that does not disappoint us.” Patience and persistence are the fruits of self-discipline and discipline is a good thing. A disciplined person stands a better chance of succeeding in life in general more than an undisciplined person.The other advantage of the virtue of persistence is looking ahead. A persistent person does not just look at the immediate result but takes a long term perspective of things and situations. He/she does not allow short term interests and pleasures to override lasting achievements and values. In the long term he/she gets more of out of life than one who is always seeking immediate and short term results. The persistent person knows how to get the best out of the opportunities and challenges that life brings his/her way. He/she knows how to work and wait till something good comes out for him/her and others.Still another benefit of being a persistent person is to help those whom one has influence over. The persevering person sets good examples for others to follow. He/she teaches others the virtue of persistence by example. One’s own children and dependants learn from observing what one does in dealing with delays, denials and other stumbling blocks in the way of achieving one’s goals and objectives in life. Educational specialists observe that teaching and learning take place best by showing and letting students themselves discover answers and solutions. So those who are persistent in the pursuit and attainment of their aspirations against all kinds of odds inspire others, especially the young to follow their good examples.Those who persevere in their struggles to succeed stand to win in the long run, inspire others, and bring honor and glory to their Creator by doing what is right and proper at God’s appointed time. They also get the admiration and commendation of others. How may one get more persistence and inspire others by one’s demonstration of endurance?One of the basic steps or ways to get more of anything is desire. Desire is simply to want to have something very strongly. Desire leads to a drive and a drive becomes a passion to want to achieve something. A drive is required for commitment and the attainment of many goals and objectives in life. To have something one must first want to have it. But desire by itself, no matter how strong it may be, is often not sufficient for achieving goals in life. It must be followed by concrete plans and hard work in implementing them. Many of us are good at having dreams and big plans but very bad at implementation.An essential ingredient of capacity building in any area of life is learning by doing. We can do all the talk but a talk is only good when turned into action. It is one thing to learn fine theories and principles and quite another thing to put into practice. As the British say, “The test of the pudding is in the eating”. So, one way to have persistence and to increase in persistence is by persisting, persevering. It is a general fact and principle that the more we do something the better we are likely to become at it. The surest way to know we have persistence and have more of it is to keep holding in, remain in, remaining at it till the desired result is achieved.And, for believers in God, prayer is the basis, the means and end of having and growing in persistence. Prayer is not an excuse for laziness or slothful thinking.  It gives energy and motivation for persevering. One can persist in the assurance that God Almighty is with him/her and will allow the best outcome for him/her and others. Persistence is a virtue that gets things done and therefore must be coveted and maintained by all who desire success.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mon Repos Market closed for “cleaning only” not repairs – Communities Ministry

first_imgmon Repos Market vendors are complaining that one week after the facility was shut down to facilitate repairs, there were no visible signs of any restoration done.However, Guyana Times was informed by the Communities Ministry that the Market was closed only to facilitate cleaning and sanitation of the premises and not repairs.It was reported that the Mon Repos Market was shut down for one week to allow repairs to be done and merchants were asked to remove themselves from the retail section. While some persons relocated across the Market, independently, to continue their vending, others waited for the restoration to be completed.However, when this publication visited the Mon Repos Market on Wednesday last, to view the repairs done, there was no discernible improvement. According to vendors, upon resuming their vending on Saturday, the employees of the Market Office were unable to answer questions that were posed to them as to why there was no significant change within the Market after so many days.Numerous vendors voiced that losses were incurred during the one week that they were not allowed to vend in their normal area. They highlighted that they were awaiting a response about the Market being shut down for ‘’insignificant reasons.’’‘’Look, you see anything in this market change? Is the same shabby conditions. Why they shut down the market last week? I suffer a huge loss last week ,man. Over the road barely gat space for couple people so the rest ah we had to sit and wait. You know how much customers I lose already because of this? Them locking down the market for some real stupid, stupid and insignificant reasons,’’ one angry merchant said.Another vendor said that after persons began questioning the actual reason for the Market being inactive for a week, the supervisor of the Market Office highlighted to them that they were given that time to sanitise and mend within their stalls. The merchant indicated that this was ‘’news’’ to them, since no one had so informedThe Mon Repos Market fencethem.‘’So after we start asking the supervisor why the Market shut down if they didn’t intend to do anything to it, she turn and said that the Market was shut down, so we could go in and clean and repair we stalls. This was news to all ah we ‘cause they never told us that. They said that we got to remove from the Market for a week cause they got to do repairs. And is not me alone hear that, is majority ah the Market.’’Meanwhile, when this publication met with an employee of the Mon Repos Market Office, she indicated that she was not allowed to speak to the media and refused to give any comment on the matter. The supervisor of this office is said to be on ‘’medical’’ leave.On Monday, it was highlighted by the Assistant of Minister of Communities, Raphael Hazel who spoke on behalf of the Minister, Ronald Bulkan, that according to the Works Committee Chairman of the Mon Repos Neighbourhood Democratic Council, Raghoo, the market was shut down to only facilitate cleaning.Hazel said that Raghoo relayed that no repairs were intended to be done at the Market during that time. He added that complaints were made by Raghoo that some vendors who had relocated across the road, refused to comply; hence, parts of the drains were not cleaned.“I spoke to the Works Committee Chairman of the NDC, Raghoo, and he said that it was a project undertaken by them from the 8th May to the 13th and it was just to clean the market. His exact words were “it was stink”. So they basically asked the vendors to be away from that Sunday to Friday just to clean it, wash it out and so,” the Business Minister’s Assistant said.last_img read more

Fort St. John Terry Fox Run raises over $1,500 for cancer research

first_imgThis year’s run had 61 runners and raised $1,555, which was a large jump from last year’s turnout of 22 participants and $278 dollars raised. The Fort St. John run featured a ten, five, two, and one kilometre distance. Organizer Ken Lane said it’s great to see the run and Fox’s legacy stretch beyond Canadian boarders.“It’s worldwide now. It’s gone beyond Canada and they’ve raised millions towards cancer research. Obviously they’ve helped millions of people now,” he stated.One runner taking part was Jo-Anne Carter. She was taking part in her first Fort St. John run after attending runs in Prince George since their inception.- Advertisement -“You have to take part; you have to help out. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a ten dollar or five dollar donation or coming out and taking part even if you don’t have the money to make a donation. Be part of it. It’s an incredibly needed thing. As much research as we need for cancer, it will eventually finish it,” she said.She continued by saying like many others she was running in support of people she knows who are battling cancer or have succumbed to the illness.“There’s not a person here or anywhere that hasn’t been touched by it in some way, so come out and take part. Everybody recognizes and takes part in what’s important to them. I’ve had cancer effect me. Friends, family, and our dog died of cancer. Maybe not as important to some people but it’s important to me. You have to focus on what’s important to you,” Carter explained.Advertisementlast_img read more

Air heads

first_imgWANT to build a high-rise structure in downtown Los Angeles, but can’t get around zoning or permit restrictions? Not a problem! Members of the Los Angeles City Council have come up with a great solution to your predicament: Buy the “air rights” above the L.A. Convention Center – that is, the unused space hundreds of feet above the center’s roof – then use them to build your skyscraper someplace else. Since no skyscraper would be built over the Convention Center, where it’s legal, that would somehow make it legitimate to build one elsewhere, where it isn’t. Makes perfect sense, no? Like buying the cheap seats for a Clippers game, and using them to get a luxury skybox for the Lakers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Only in City Hall does this kind of accounting pass muster. If there was any doubt that the city lacks a coherent plan for growth, this scheme lays it to rest. The right to bypass zoning and permitting laws is available to whoever’s willing to bid the highest for a legal fiction. So much for sensible planning. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has vetoed the council’s air-rights plan, but only on a technicality. He supports the idea in concept, and has asked the council to work out a compromise. It’s a shame city leaders have offered this deal only to their rich developer friends. After all, it could be a boon for the middle class: Buy land rights in Tehachapi, build a home in the Santa Monica Mountains! The same amount of open space would be preserved, and ordinary Angelenos could get affordable homes in a prime location! If that kind of scheme sounds ridiculous, it’s because it is.last_img read more

Crime scene tape up in several areas of Taylor

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP have several areas of Taylor blocked off.  Police have blocked off the entrance to the Taylor recreation complex and part of 97 street near the golf course.RCMP on scene won’t provide a comment, but a white pick-up truck is being guarded by the RCMP on 97 street.  The RCMP also have the entrance to the Taylor Hall taped off as well as part of the road that leads to the stock car track.At this time we have not been able to confirm what happened and will update this story as information becomes available.  RCMP at the detachment have stated a press release is forthcoming.- Advertisement -If you have any information to share, email news@moosefm.calast_img read more

‘It has been a year to forget’ – Manchester City star admits he wants out

first_img Nolito wants to leave Manchester City Nolito wants to leave Manchester City and return to Spain after a ‘year to forget’ under Pep Guardiola.The 30-year-old made a promising start to his City career after arriving from Celta Vigo in a £13.8m deal last summer.But he has made only a handful of substitute appearances since the turn of the year, with his last Premier League start coming in December.The £43m signing of Bernardo Silva is set to force Nolito further down the pecking order – and the Spain international admits he is ready to move on this summer.“I’d like to leave Manchester City… on loan, a transfer, whichever way possible,” he told MARCA.“I’m calm about my future, and though I’m on vacation, my intention is to go back to Spain.“I know Atletico and Celta are interested. Up until December I was playing and was happy, but after those four months I’ve hardly played.“I don’t know what happened, you’ll have to ask him.“It has been a year to forget, an experience that hasn’t turned out as I’d planned, but hopefully this summer we’ll find a solution.” 1last_img read more

SCRAMBLE FOR TICKETS STARTS AS DONEGAL ALLOCATED 16,088 PASSES FOR BIG GAME

first_imgCOUNTDOWN TO CROKER: The scramble is now officially on for All-Ireland tickets after it was announced last night that Donegal has received a total of 16,088 tickets for the big game.All-Ireland tickets will be hard to come by yet again for Donegal fans.A total of 13,518 of these tickets or 84% have been allocated to clubs across Donegal for distribution to members for the September 21st clash against Kerry at Croke Park.However, it has now been revealed that membership to clubs locally has jumped by a whopping 51% since the scramble for tickets when Donegal last appeared in the final in 2012. This means that each adult member of a club is entitled to 1.2 tickets.When that is broken down it will mean that there will be less surplus tickets for children affiliated to clubs because of the huge jump in membership.The actual percentage of tickets allocated to club’s this year is the same as it was for the 2012 final.It is unclear where exactly the remaining 2,570 tickets outside of the club allocation will go to in the county. There does not to be any further ticket allocation despite the fact that the Donegal minor team will also be appearing in the All-Ireland Final showcase.No other details of the ticket allocation was announced on the county’s official website donegalgaa.ie.Fans will be hoping that a further ticket allocation may be forthcoming from GAA headquarters.If Kerry clubs and fans get a similar allocation, this will mean that there is approximately 50,000 tickets will be distributed throughout the rest of the country.Clubs across the county have been urging members to contact their committees to get their names in so a fair distribution of tickets can be arrived at. SCRAMBLE FOR TICKETS STARTS AS DONEGAL ALLOCATED 16,088 PASSES FOR BIG GAME was last modified: September 9th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:all-irelandallocationClubsdonegalfinalticketslast_img read more

FUNERAL HELD FOR OMAGH BOMB SUSPECT

first_imgGARDAI have mounted a major security operation in County Louth for the funeral of a Real IRA man involved in the 1998 Omagh bombing which left 31 people including three Buncrana schoolboys dead.Seamus McKenna fell from scaffolding while repairing a roof at a school in Dundalk last week.His family switched his life support machine off on Monday at Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital. Following his death, Michael Gallagher, whose died Aidan died in the Omagh bomb horror, said: “I hope he rots in hell.”He added: “His hands are drenched in the blood of the Omagh bomb victims.”McKenna, 58, was acquitted in a civil action taken by relatives of the bomb victims.They claimed he was linked to mobile phones used in the 1998 attack, which killed 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins. The bombing, in County Tyrone, was carried out by the Real IRA.Armed checkpoints have been set up on the approach roads to St Mary’s Church in Ravensdale and cars are being searched.Police public order units are on standby along with the mounted unit, the Emergency Response Unit and uniformed police.The Garda helicopter is monitoring the funeral.Officers from the special detective unit are escorting the mourners to prevent any paramilitary display or dissident republican show of strength. Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan previously warned that the force would not allow any such activity.On Monday he said: “There is one army in this country and there is one policing service. We will ensure that position remains.“We do not like being present in any large numbers at a particularly sensitive time when people are burying their loved ones. But we will not allow any display of paramilitarism.”A number of people were charged after dissident republican activity at the funeral of a leading Real IRA member in Dublin in September 2012. Shots were fired over 32-year-old Alan Ryan’s coffin as it left his home. The funeral was accompanied by masked men and women.FUNERAL HELD FOR OMAGH BOMB SUSPECT was last modified: July 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:FUNERAL HELD FOR OMAGH BOMB SUSPECTlast_img read more

PEDESTRIANS INJURED AFTER FALLING DOWN ‘DROP’ IN ROAD

first_imgOne person has been hospitalised in recent weeks and two others injured in separate incidents while walking along the N56 road in the centre of Loughanure village.There is a ‘drop’ of several inches on the side of the road near to the Irish college that has caused the accidents.The ‘drop’ is quite near a fence alongside the road and there is no option for people but to step in close to the side of the road to avoid any oncoming traffic. This ‘drop’ is because the tarmac on the road is several inches higher at this point than the previous surface. Locals have been in touch with Donegal County Council and traffic cones have been put in place this week as a temporary measure.One elderly lady who fell there sustained broken bones and has spent several weeks in hospital care as a result, while a mother and her young child also sustained injuries.PEDESTRIANS INJURED AFTER FALLING DOWN ‘DROP’ IN ROAD was last modified: May 23rd, 2012 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

FURY AS TEENAGE DRUNKS WRECK JAMBOREE

first_imgOne fan’s foot today after she was trampledDONEGAL music fans have spoken of their terror at a country music jamboree in Co Tyrone – after teenage thugs vomited over them.Thousands of people from all over the North West descended on the Jamboree in the Park in Fintona last night.Derek Ryan and Nathan Carter were headlining the event. “The place was coming down with 14-year-olds and most of them were blocked out of their heads,” said one Donegal country music fan.“The place was jammed full and I was seriously afraid of what could happen.“At one stage a teenager came up to our table and vomited over us. It was mayhem, with one way in and one way out.”Fans have been getting their money back from organisers today. Thousands of people who had tickets to the event were refused entry, with several bus loads from Donegal turned away.Several people say they were trampled in the massive crowds – with one fan posting a picture of her sister’s badly bruised leg afterwards.You can see loads more comments on the event here:https://www.facebook.com/jamboreeinthepark?fref=ts  FURY AS TEENAGE DRUNKS WRECK JAMBOREE was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:FURY AS TEENAGE DRUNKS WRECK JAMBOREElast_img read more