The first vice president of the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) has cautioned Liberians to abstain from elections violence to avoid undermining the peace and stability of the country.The Rev. Dr. Kortu Brown who is also general overseer of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church (APC), warned Liberians to remember that “peace is priceless”; therefore nothing should be done to undermine the peace. He insisted that “violence is not the answer” to the myriad of challenges facing the country.The Pastor of New Water in the Desert Assembly made the call when he spoke at the December 17th, 2014 3rd Intercessory Worship service of the local church during this month of December to praise God for His healing mercy on Liberia. “Liberians should realize that stability is a foundational investment which when secured can be the platform on which the other walls whether political, economic or social, can be built.”Without stability in the country, Rev. Dr. Brown asserted, that there will be no political, economic or social development. “We therefore want all Liberians to know that we all have a stake in the foundational investment of the country, which is stability”The service, which coincided with the 47th edition of the 100-Day Prayer for Peace for Liberia, is being held under the theme: “Peace at Christmas” with Scriptural text from St. Luke 2:13-14.The Pentecostal cleric reminded candidates in the elections to direct their supporters away from violence which is a threat to peace and stability.“Let the candidates know that the people of Liberia will hold each of them responsible for the actions of their supporters”, he declared, adding, “Peace is far more important to Liberia than any individual or group of individuals.”He then challenged all Liberians to redirect their energies during this period of peace to productive ventures that will advance the country. He advised parents to speak to their children to avoid plunging themselves into violent activities that could lead to confusion and chaos and plunge Liberia into a “red Christmas.”“Let us continue to remember that the Ebola virus is still around us and we should do whatever we can to stop its spread.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Girls in Tech’s local chapter will be hosting its first-ever mentor/mentee engagement on October 10, bringing together students and professionals in the technology field. The event will be held at the Education Lecture Theatre of the University of Guyana (UG), bridging the gap between local and global programmes to Guyana’s female tech students, enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and professionals.Girls in Tech is a global non-profit that works to put an end to gender inequality in high-tech industries and start-up enterprises. According to the organisation, the programme “focuses on the education and empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship. Offered for university and professional women, the goal of the programme is to identify and solve the obstacles keeping mentees from achieving their professional goals. As a result, the programme is customised to each participant and her goals.”This meeting will be celebrated under the banner: “Coffee and Code”. The main objective is geared at customising a goal for each mentee which also circles around career development. They will be paired to have regular meetings and the programme will then utilise an extensive vetting process that ensures they match mentors and mentees optimally. The event may be directed at girls, but men are welcomed to be mentors.At the meet-up, attendees will get the chance to hear from an outstanding woman in technology, the challenges she faced or faces, and how she navigates them.Girls in Tech, headquartered in San Francisco, USA, was founded in 2007. The Girls in Tech global community is 60 chapters strong with an impact of more than 100,000 members in 36 countries. As a result, events and programming in each chapter vary to fit the unique needs of each community.Their mission is “to support women with the access and community they need to succeed in tech by educating and empowering women who are passionate about technology and entrepreneurship in technical industries”.