AFL Gives ‘Gratuity’ to Relatives of Fallen Soldiers

first_imgThe hierarchy of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has presented checks to family members of soldiers who died while on active duty. The ceremony, which took place recently at the Barclay Training Center (BTC), the home of the Army, brought together 20 beneficiaries to receive their government ‘gratuity’ checks. The amount, in US dollars, on each check was written based on the length of time each deceased soldier served in the army.Beneficiaries of the late soldiers who received their ‘cash’ benefits included widows and next of kin (NOK).Prior to the presentation ceremony, AFL Chief of Personnel Major Daniel Holman told the beneficiaries that the amounts represented monies the military hierarchy had set aside from the salary of each soldier for unforeseen circumstances. “Today, you will receive that amount based on the length of time your sons, husbands and loved ones stayed in the army. Nearly all of you may not receive big amounts as everyone in this present Army has not stayed more than 10 years. But we just want to say that the AFL appreciates what your husbands, brothers and sons did for the Army and their country,” Maj. Holman told the beneficiaries.AFL Command Sergeant Major Cooper Manqueh told the NOKs that the Army was giving the little tokens, “because of the valuable services their husbands, sons and brothers rendered their nation.”“We are sorry for the loss of your sons, brothers and husbands. The amounts cannot bring back life, but we just want to say that this nation appreciates the sacrifices your loved ones made for the Army and Liberia,” he added. Deputy Chief of Staff of the AFL Brigadier General Prince C. Johnson III added his voice to previous speakers by also thanking the beneficiaries for their loved ones’ services to the Army and the nation. “We cannot pay for their lives. We all came as volunteers into the Army. They served well. This is life. The One who gives is the same who takes away. On behalf of the President and Commander-In-Chief (CIC) of the AFL, the Minister of Defense and the Chief of Staff, Major General Daniel Zainkahn, we have come to appreciate the commitment from our fallen heroes and heroines, which remained irreplaceable,” B/Gen. Johnson said. “What you are going to receive cannot replace your deceased loved ones, but just to show that we appreciate the services of your husbands, sons and daughters while serving the military.” He expressed the hope that some of the children of the fallen heroes and heroines will follow their footsteps and join the Army. Noticeable among the beneficiaries was Mrs. Leona Dennis, widow of the late Deputy Chief of Staff, Colonel Eric W. Dennis, who passed away in his 48th year on August 8, 2016, from “respiratory congestion” at the Duside Hospital in Firestone, where he was seeking medical treatment following a period of illness. “On behalf of all the beneficiaries, I want to say a very big thank you to the senior authority of the AFL. For some of us today is a goodbye after we get our benefits. However, this is not a goodbye for me. As my family has always been with the Army, I will always be around the AFL,” Mrs. Dennis said.She was especially full of praises for Maj/Gen. Ziankahn for what she said was his personal support to her family when her husband died. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Protests deliver hope to activists

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88“Maybe the Senate’s going to pass something. But I don’t think the House and Senate are going to agree on a bill.” The debate has intensified even as President George W. Bush, who supports a guest worker program, prepares to meet with Mexican President Vicente Fox in Cancun on Thursday to discuss immigration reform. Nearly 500,000 people opposed to legislation that would criminalize illegal immigration massed in downtown Los Angeles Saturday, clogging streets and chanting “Si se puede,” or “Yes we can.” The massive rally, the city’s largest ever, followed protests in other major U.S. cities ahead of Congressional debate on the matter. At the moment the Senate is juggling several proposals, ranging from one by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, which demands that illegal immigrants go home before reapplying for a guest worker visa, to one by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., which would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country after paying fees and fines. Under a two-week deadline set by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the Senate Judiciary Committee is working furiously to hammer out differences by Monday. If they don’t reach an agreement, Frist has threatened to take a bill that sidesteps the issue of temporary worker visas directly to the Senate floor. Democrats have threatened a filibuster if that happens. But even opponents of Frist’s plan say it’s more comprehensive than the measure the House passed. “Even the Frist bill is better than the House bill,” said Randy Johnson, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vice president of labor and immigration. Hundreds of immigration advocates, including religious leaders, are planning a prayer service on the U.S. Capitol lawn Monday. Members of the clergy are expected to wear handcuffs to symbolize the potential criminalization of illegal immigrants in the House bill. “I’m quite hopeful, frankly,” said Angela Kelly, deputy director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigration group. “I do think the Senate will take up a sensible solution.” John Gay, senior vice president of the National Restaurant Association, also maintains that a number of Republicans who voted last year in favor of the House measure – which makes the act of being an illegal immigrant a felony – now say privately they have “buyers’ remorse.” Others, he notes, openly explained at the time of their vote that they fully expect the Senate to return with a guest worker plan. “We’re in better shape in the House now than we were back in December,” Gay said. Staff writer Mason Stockstill contributed to this report. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With hundreds of thousands of supporters of immigrant rights taking to the streets in Los Angeles and other cities, activists have grown optimistic that the Senate will produce legislation allowing America’s estimated 11 million undocumented aliens to stay and work in the United States. But instead of claiming victory, many say they’re already looking ahead to the next major battle: closed- door meetings in which lawmakers will have to merge a Senate bill that includes a guest worker provision with a House version that does not. And some say that, with mid-term elections looming, the end result may be no bill at all. “I’d bet a cup of Starbucks, but not much else, that the Senate will pass something bad and it will fall apart in conference committee,” said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies. last_img read more

Walt Disney Company Donates HalfAMillion Dollars To Typhoon Haiyan Victims

first_imgThe Walt Disney Company announced today that it will donate half-a-million dollars to Save the Children and The American Red Cross to support humanitarian aid and rebuilding efforts related to the recent tragedy in the Philippines.In addition, eligible donations from employees to organizations involved in disaster relief will be matched, dollar for dollar up to set limits, by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation.“Our hearts go out to the millions of people in the Philippines affected by this tragedy,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “We hope this donation and our employee matching gift contributions will help families begin to rebuild their lives in the wake of this devastation.”The Walt Disney Company is committed to working with humanitarian organizations to help rebuild affected communities and assist families. Today’s announcement is part of Disney’s ongoing disaster preparedness and response program. As a proud sponsor of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program and Save the Children’s Emergency Fund, Disney provides support for disaster relief services, as well as comfort and hope to children in impacted communities.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Badla total box office collection Upset Amitabh Bachchan gets into funny banter

first_imgBadlaTwitterSujoy Ghosh’s Badla has become a huge success with its superb collection at the worldwide box office. However, Amitabh Bachchan is apparently upset with Shah Rukh Khan for not acknowledging its success.Badla is a small budget mystery thriller film that was made with a budget of Rs 10 crore. Released in the theatres on March 8, the movie has collected Rs 100.60 crore gross in India and Rs 35.05 crore in the international markets. Its global total stands at Rs 135.65 crore gross and it has become a massive success.But not many including its producers and distributors acknowledged the success of Badla. A fan named Ankola Ekta tweeted, “It’s a very interesting movie. Something is wrong with the industry this days. They don’t compliment such good movie nor do they support the release of a movie like PM NaMo. Badla is a perfect thriller. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Best wishes from Australia.”Responding to fans, Amitabh Bachchan took a dig at its makers and distributors for their silence over the success of Badla. Big B tweeted, “… about time someone started talking about this silent success..!! because neither the Producer, nor the distributor, nor the on line Producer, or any else in the Industry, in general.. has even spent a nano second to compliment the success of this film #Badla .. thk u.”Shah Rukh Khan has bankrolled Badla with Gauri Khan, Sunir Khetarpal, Akshai Puri and Gaurav Verma. The actor-cum-producer retweeted Amitabh Bachchan’s post and said in fun that he is waiting for the party outside his residence Jalsa every night. The Bollywood superstar tweeted, “Sir hum toh wait kar rahein hain ki aap party kab de rahein hain hum sabko! We r waiting outside Jalsa every nite!” Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh BachchanTwitterAmitabh Bachchan tried to be sweeter in his reply, but his anguish was visible in the words निस्वार्थ योगदान (selfless contribution for its promotion). The senior actor tweeted, “oye .. फ़िल्म में काम हमने kiya , produce आपने किया , promotions में निस्वार्थ योगदान humne diya , अब party भी हम दें !!!??? .. outside Jalsa every night koi nahin aata!!”Continuing this funny banter, Shah Rukh Khan told Amitabh Bachchan that Badla would not have been such a huge success if he was not there in the film. SRK replied, “Sir film aapki hai…acting aapki hai…Hit aapki wajah se hai…aap na hote toh film hi na hoti. Toh party…bhi??”last_img read more

Antilarvae drive KMC calls highlevel meeting on June 19

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has convened a high-level meeting on June 19 with senior officials of the Centre and the state government as part of the anti-larvae drive.The meeting will be attended by senior officials of Metro Railway, Eastern Railway, BSNL, Kolkata Port Trust, Satyajit Roy Film and Television Institute, state Public Works department. Senior KMC officials of the health department will also be present at the meeting. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe civic authorities will discuss in detail the steps taken by these agencies to keep their establishments clean. Senior KMC officials said drives have been conducted in Central and state government establishments, hospitals and educational institutions along with private housing complexes and individual residential buildings to see whether the garbage had been cleared or not or whether the accumulated water has been cleaned. But these drives are not enough and to make anti-larvae campaigns successful, cooperation between the state and Central government establishments are an absolute necessity. The civic officials said used plastic tea cups and bottles, broken furniture kept on rooftops and empty cans serve as potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The larvae take seven days to grow into adults and so if drives are conducted twice a week, the mosquito population can easily be checked. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that the KMC has been conducting anti-larvae drives from January as the breeding pattern of the mosquitoes has changed due to global warming. The state Urban Development department has given Rs 4 crore to the KMC to conduct intense campaigns against malaria and dengue.Debashis Biswas, Chief Vector Control Officer of the KMC, said: “Cooperation of people from all walks of life is needed. If the masses and KMC will work hand-in-hand, the number of malaria and dengue cases will fall drastically.”last_img read more