The United States of America has given hope to the Liberian people in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia and the world, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler, has declared.In his remarks Monday during the official opening of the newly constructed Ebola Treatment Unit in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Speaker Tyler said he was thankful to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai for the extraordinary leadership they continue to demonstrate in Liberia.Expressing thanks to the people of the United States of America and other international partners, Speaker Tyler said, “The United States Government has given hope to the people of Liberia through the enormous assistance provided.“A few months ago, we had people coming down with the deadly Ebola virus in our county, and we had no place to take our suffering people. You have given us hope just in case the county experiences a further outbreak.”The Speaker noted that the county’s residents are continuing to observe the guidelines prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. He expressed the hope that Liberia will be free of the epidemic in the very near future. Speaker Tyler expressed thanks and appreciation to members of the Armed Forces of Liberia, the U.S. security forces, partners in the fight against Ebola, chiefs and elders of the county for their support in the fight against Ebola. He called on all Bomi residents to continue in the fight to ensure that Bomi is free of the disease.Also speaking during the occasion, the Head of the Incidence Management Team, Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, described the ETU as a milestone for the county and Liberia in the fight against the deadly disease.More Ebola Treatment Units are to be constructed around the country, including Sinje, in Grand Cape Mount, Ganta, Nimba and Buchanan, Grand Bassa, in support of the fight against the epidemic, he said.Minister Nyenswah emphasized that Liberia continues to experience a considerable reduction of Ebola cases but called on Liberians to be even more robust in containing the virus.Meanwhile, the Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai, has promised that the government will work at the various border points around the country to ensure that Liberia does not have any further outbreak of the virus from the borders.He called on communities to cooperate in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, acknowledging that, “The various communities have been very helpful in the fight.”The Vice President said government will work with the bordering countries of Sierra Leone and Guinea to ensure that they control their border areas in order to keep the people of the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus safe from the further spread of the disease.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are still pretty cold. We have been getting light showers the past week but we are not that wet. Guys have been out in the fields getting stuff done. There has not been any planting here around me, but I definitely think there will be some corn going in the ground this week. We have a 40% chance for rain today and it is actually sprinkling right now as well. And then there is a 40% chance of rain on Thursday and Friday too I think. I think we might start trying to plant at the end of the week and for sure next week if the weather cooperates. I have seen forecasts with temperatures in the 60s this week.The hay is coming on. It is just going to be a little delayed. I still think it is still two weeks behind. The pastures are better — a little less muddy.The weeds are starting to come on now. The purple deadnettle is starting to really green up the fields. It is not bad yet and sprayers are rolling now. Guys are starting to get after it. There have been some field cultivators and chisel plows rolling too.Things are pretty normal as far as the progression of spring goes, just a little later than normal. We are still well ahead of last year. We planted our first field of corn on May 23 last year and that was only 20 acres. I think we finished up on July 3, but everything actually did really well. So we are still on the very front end of opportunity around here.
The Productive Business Solutions (PBS) Jamaica has donated 40 Xerox ColorQube 9303 photocopy machines, valued at $15 million, to the Ministry of Education for distribution to some 40 primary and all-age schools across the island.Speaking at the handing-over ceremony at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle Offices in Kingston on August 20, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, expressed gratitude for the donation, noting that it will add to the efficiency of the service provided by the schools.“There is no way that the schools or the Ministry of Education could have purchased this equipment and, therefore, we are very grateful to you,” he said.The Minister noted that this is the kind of partnership that is needed in education. “I believe that the indirect output of your donation will be for better educated students, more efficient schools, and therefore, hopefully, better trained employees and better customers for your company,” he said.“I want you to appreciate what a difference this is going to make to the schools. (These are) schools largely with extensive student bodies of over 1,000, and in most some cases, over 2,000 students,” Rev. Thwaites informed.Making the presentation, Managing Director, PBS, Melanie Subratie, said the company was pleased to be making a contribution to the development of the country’s education sector.Ms. Subratie informed that the multi-functional devices were designed by a team of engineers, led by Jamaica-born Dr. Antonio Williams, who currently serves as Research lab Manager of the Making Elements and Integration Laboratory at Xerox in the US.For his part, Operations Manager, PBS, Paul Reid, said the top of the line equipment will significantly enhance the efficiency, productivity and workflow of schools as it relates to document creation, sharing, reproduction and archiving. “Gone are the days when you have four or five devices doing all of those functions,” he pointed out.He noted that users will have the benefit of cutting edge technology to print, scan, fax, email and archive documents, from one multi-functional device in colour or black and white.“Right from the panel, this solution allows you, on a network, to print, copy, scan, and fax in colour at the lowest possible price available in the world, because it eliminates 75 per cent of the traditional consumables used in xerography by using only one item,” Mr. Reid said. He noted that the copiers can print from 45 to 90 pages per minute.Mr. Reid also informed that PBS will be providing maintenance and support to all the schools that will receive a device.PBS Jamaica is an associate company of Musson Jamaica Limited and is part of the PBS Group of companies, distributors of Xerox, Cisco and Oracle products across the Caribbean and Central America. It will add to the efficiency of the service provided by the schools Users will have the benefit of one multi-functional device Copy machines to be distributed to 40 primary and all-age schools across the island Story Highlights
Chris Stewart APTN National NewsFor more than a week, the community of La Loche, Sask., has been under a national microscrope.On Jan., 22, a long gunman killed four people and wounded seven others.A 17-year old has since been charged.Media and politicians all of a sudden were paying particular attention to La Loche.But now that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has come and gone, people are wondering, what now?
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 4, 2017 – Providenciales – Traffic officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating an accident that occurred this morning which resulted in the death of a 55 year old female of the Dominican Republic.Around 9:45am Officers and Paramedics responded to the scene located on Bible Street, Blue Hills where it was ascertained that while a White Suzuki Water truck was reversing the female was hit. She was pronounced dead at 9:48am. An autopsy will be conducted to determine d the exact caused of death.Anyone who have witnessed this accident and have yet to speak to police, please contact the Traffic Unit at 946-2371.Press Release: RTCIPG#policeinvestigatefatalaccident Related Items:#policeinvestigatefatalaccident
The British Metropolitan Police’s Acting Deputy Commissioner, and Head of Counter Terrorism, Mark Rowley addresses the media outside New Scotland Yard in central London. Photo: AFPBritish police admitted Saturday they may never know the motive behind this week’s terror attack on parliament, after releasing all but one of 11 people held over the assault.They have named 52-year-old Briton Khalid Masood as the man who killed four people in Westminster on Wednesday, but issued a fresh plea for any information that might explain why he did it.“We must all accept that there is a possibility we will never understand why he did this. That understanding may have died with him,” said senior counter-terrorism officer Neil Basu.A new breakdown of the attack revealed that Masood, a Muslim convert with a violent criminal past, took just 82 seconds to wreak havoc.His car mounted the pavement on Westminster Bridge before driving along the road and footpath and crashing into the fence of the Houses of Parliament.Masood left the vehicle and was shot by police, but not before fatally stabbing an unarmed policeman, Keith Palmer, who was guarding a gate.“Our investigation continues at pace. I am grateful for the public support so far, but I am asking for more help,” Basu said in a statement.“We still believe that Masood acted alone on the day and there is no information or intelligence to suggest there are further attacks planned.“Even if he acted alone in the preparation, we need to establish with absolute clarity why he did these unspeakable acts to bring reassurance to Londoners, and to provide answers and closure for the families of those killed and the victims and survivors of this atrocity.”A total of 11 people were held on suspicion of preparation of terrorist attacks in the wake of the attack.But only a 58-year-old man arrested in Birmingham, the central English city where Masood last lived, remained in custody late Saturday.One of the ten others who were released, a 32-year-old woman, is on bail-the others have all been freed with no further action.‘Heartbroken’ hero MPThe Islamic State group claimed that one of its “soldiers” carried out the attack, the worst in Britain since the July 2005 bombings which left 52 people dead.But police are still trying to establish Masood’s motivation.“We are determined to understand if Masood was a lone actor inspired by terrorist propaganda or if others have encouraged, supported or directed him,” Basu said.In one of the most dramatic scenes of the attack, Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood was photographed desperately trying to resuscitate the stabbed policeman.Ellwood, a former military officer who lost his brother in the 2002 Bali bombings, spoke out for the first time late Saturday, saying he was “heartbroken” he could not save Palmer’s life.Ellwood has been hailed as a hero for his actions, but he said: “I played only a small part that day, doing what I was taught to do.”Palmer’s family said they were “overwhelmed by the love and support for our family, and most especially, the outpouring of love and respect for our Keith”.To those who tried to save him, they added: “There was nothing more you could have done. You did your best and we are just grateful he was not alone.”
20-party leaders in a meeting. Prothom Alo File PhotoAmid strong resentment by some alliance partners over the swearing in by five Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) MPs, the top leaders of 20-party alliance are going to sit in a meeting on Monday.The meeting is scheduled to begin at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office around 4:00pm, BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told news agency UNB on Saturday.A top leader of the alliance, wishing not to be named, said the alliance leaders will seek an explanation from the BNP over sending its MPs to parliament without consulting the alliance partners since they rejected the 30 December election earlier.He said they will also discuss on ways to revive the BNP-led 20-party alliance as a strong political platform alongside BNP’s another alliance Jatiya Oikya Front.Besides, the 20-party leader said they will discuss the country’s latest political situation and work out their next course of action.He also said they are trying to convince Andaleeve Rahman Partha, chairman of Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), one of the key partners of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, to join the meeting revoking his decision to quit the alliance.Earlier on 6 May, Partha announced to quit the 20-party coalition for various reasons, including swearing in by seven MPs of Jatiya Oikya Front.The party also said they left the 20-party alliance as the BNP has become too much Oikya Front-oriented one, while the 20-party a name-only platform to express solidarity with the BNP’s decisions.A BNP senior leader said they will explain their position at the meeting and try to remove the grievances of the alliance partners to keep it intact.
Updated at 7: 40 p.m. ETPresident Trump commuted the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, who had been in federal prison for more than 20 years for a first-time drug conviction. Johnson was released hours laterTrump granted Johnson clemency after reality TV star Kim Kardashian West lobbied for her release during a visit to the White House.In a tweet Wednesday, Kardashian West wrote “BEST NEWS EVER!!!!” with a link to an article about the commutation.This is the latest celebrity-backed act of clemency from Trump, who has embraced his constitutional authority to pardon and shorten prison sentences for people convicted of federal crimes.Johnson’s supporters argued she should not have to spend the rest of her life in prison for a nonviolent drug offense.They say she was a model prisoner. During her incarceration, she wrote plays and became an ordained minister.Johnson was convicted of cocaine conspiracy and money laundering charges. At the time of sentencing, The Associated Press reported that U.S. federal Judge Julia Gibbons said Johnson was “the quintessential entrepreneur” of a drug ring that dealt in tons of cocaine.The White House said in a statement that Johnson “has accepted responsibility for her past behavior.”“While this administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance,” the White House said.Brittany Barnett, a member of Johnson’s legal team, said Johnson learned of her commutation on a call with Kardashian and her lawyers. Kardashian delivered the news.Johnson told her legal team and Kardashian that she feels like she has been “resurrected from the dead,” Barnett said.Prior to Johnson’s, Trump issued five pardons and one commutation.All of these cases have involved public figures or have been the subject of national media attention.Trump has also proved to be receptive to appeals from celebrities. He granted a rare posthumous pardon for legendary boxer Jack Johnson in response to a request from actor Sylvester Stallone.Trump is moving more quickly to exercise his pardon power than recent presidents. His last three predecessors in the White House had not issued any pardons or commutations at this point in their presidencies.Unlike other presidential actions, which require legislative support or can be challenged legally, the president’s power to pardon is almost unchecked.There is a Justice Department review process, but presidents are not bound to follow it and Trump has not adhered to department guidelines in many of these cases.Trump says he is also weighing clemency for Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.Trump is facing a special counsel investigation into his campaign’s possible ties to Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which he calls a “witch hunt.” There has been speculation that Trump may be trying to send a signal with these pardons that he would be willing to act in the cases of those who might be indicted because of the probe.He even raised the possibility of pardoning himself in a recent tweet, saying he has the “absolute right” to do so, but he has not done anything wrong.Asked Wednesday whether the president has the power to pardon himself, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he didn’t know the legal specifics, but added, “He shouldn’t, and no one is above the law.”Legal experts are divided on whether a president can pardon himself. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
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