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

Louisiana governor won’t seek new term

first_imgNEW ORLEANS – Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco of Louisiana, politically battered by a shaky post-Hurricane Katrina performance, announced Tuesday that she would not seek re-election to a second term. The Democratic governor’s announcement ends months of speculation in Louisiana political circles, fueled by dismal poll rankings that showed her barely capturing one-third of the vote against her Republican challenger, Bobby Jindal, a congressman from the New Orleans suburbs. In a brief televised statement from the governor’s mansion in Baton Rouge, Blanco said: “While so many still suffer, I am choosing to do what I believe is best for my state. I will focus my time and my energy for the next nine months on the people’s work, not on politics. After much thought and prayer, I have decided I will not seek re-election as your governor.” The Louisiana governor never recovered from the image she acquired in the storm’s immediate aftermath: a widespread sense that she was overwhelmed by the catastrophe, and flustered by it. Her performance in the months that followed Hurricane Katrina did not help her politically, as residents blamed Louisiana’s slow recovery partly on her and on policies that produced meager results. More recently, her Road Home aid program, which has helped only a tiny fraction of ruined homeowners, has come in for particular criticism. With Blanco out of the race, the attention of Democrats is now likely to be focused on former Sen. John Breaux, who remains popular in the state and who has hinted for weeks that he would run if the incumbent did not. His entry would complicate matters for Jindal, who had been considered a near shoo-in against Blanco. Breaux, now a lobbyist in Washington, was considered a conservative Democrat known for his close ties to leaders of both parties, and many state residents are hoping he will have more clout with the Bush administration and Congress than did Blanco. Breaux had no immediate comment on the Louisiana governor’s announcement, other than to wish her well, but is likely to be called on to summon up the coalition of blacks, rural Cajuns and urban Democrats that has aided the party’s nominees in the past. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bonterra has 70 workers cleaning up oil spill site in Alberta creek

first_imgBonterra says it has deployed about 4,000 metres of booms at multiple locations on the creek to contain and recover released fluids with the use of vacuum units and it plans to use helicopters with barrel skimmers at inaccessible locations.It says barriers, visual deterrents and people are being put in place to prevent harm to wildlife.“All possible resources have been deployed to the incident and will remain active until fluid recovery and remediation is complete, and since the company’s initial response, a significant volume of fluid has already been recovered,” the company said in a statement Monday.“Bonterra is working closely with regulatory authorities, area stakeholders have been notified, and the company will remain in contact with them until the incident is resolved.”Advertisement The Canadian Press DRAYTON VALLEY, Alta. — Bonterra Energy Corp. says it has 70 workers cleaning up the site of an oil emulsion leak from a pipeline into a creek that feeds the North Saskatchewan River in west central Alberta.In an update posted on its website Monday, the Calgary-based oil and gas producer says clean up and recovery of the saltwater-and-oil leak discovered last Thursday will continue until “all recoverable fluid has been retrieved,” which is expected to take about three weeks.The company says the pipeline severed due to the collapse of a creek bank following flooding at Washout Creek, 18 kilometres south of Drayton Valley.- Advertisement -It says the release of an estimated 250 barrels or 40,000 litres of liquid was suspected due to an “imbalance” in the pipeline and an investigation led to the site of a rupture about five hours later.The Alberta Energy Regulator has issued an order directing that operations be suspended and cleanup completed at the scene in and around Washout Creek.No initial impacts on wildlife or people were reported.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgWe all know they’re made of the ‘write’ stuff but now the young McGarvey brothers have gone international!Brothers Ronan and Conor from Loughanure have already built up a fine reputation for their fledgling business Donegal Pens.The pens, which are made from recycled wood, are owned by everybody from Daniel O’Donnell to Gerry Adams. But now the word is spreading across the world as a French/German television crew arrive in the county to film the lads for a television documentary.The crew from the television channel ARTE and ZDF will spend next Tuesday, May 17th chatting to the lads abut their remarkable true-life success story.The crew is compiling a five-part series on Ireland, each programme 45 minutes in length, and they selected the young brothers for one of the five slots.The ‘Discovery’ programme is expected to be aired on the ARTE and ZDF networks later this year. Programme producer Heiko De Groot said he has read about the Donegal Pen entrepreneurship, the small production facilities and the effort they put into the crafting and wants to feature them in the series.Proud dad Eoin McGarvey said “It’s great for the lads but they’re fairly laid back about the whole thing. I think I’m more excited than they are.”EndsMCGARVEY BROTHERS ‘WRITE’ A NOTE IN THEIR DIARY FOR TV DOCUMENTARY was last modified: May 10th, 2011 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


first_imgFinn Harps will put a five game unbeaten run on the line when they host Longford Town at Finn Park on Friday evening (kick-off 8.00pm).And although his team will go into the match with the confidence of that unbeaten run, Harps boss Ollie Horgan knows that Friday’s game provides a difficult challenge for his side.“Longford is a big game on Friday,” said Horgan. “They are in good form and come into the game with confidence having beaten Athlone Town comfortably in the Cup last weekend. “I still feel that they have the strongest squad in our Division and it will take a much better performance from us than we gave against Belgrove last weekend to get anything out of it,” he continued.That game against Belgrove/Home Farm last Friday saw Harps overcome a potential banana skin to progress to the third round of the FAI Ford Cup. But the 1-0 victory against the ten men from the Dublin side was anything but comfortable.“It wasn’t a great performance against Belgrove”, said Horgan. “We found it difficult to break them down even when they were reduced to ten men.“It was a reversal of previous weeks when we were a man down and sat deep but at least we got through the game – just about. “It is good to be still involved in the Cup, but the next round isn’t until late August so we will see what the draw brings up before we start thinking about it again.“It is always difficult to play any side in the Cup – especially away from home. I have been in Belgrove’s situation in previous years trying to beat League sides and knew that we would have nothing easy. We got through it at least although the performance left a lot to be desired.”Horgan will be able to welcome back Josh Mailey and Michael Funston from suspension, but Tommy Bonner is banned due to his red card in Wexford a fortnight ago. Shaun Patton should also be available again but Sean McCarron remains out with a broken ankle while Johnny Bonner and Paul McVeigh are doubts.Although Harps haven’t beaten Longford in any of their last three meetings – two of which were defeats at the City Calling Stadium – Longford don’t have a great recent record in Finn Park. In their last three visits to Ballybofey, Longford have failed to score in any of the games and have left twice on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat.  HARPS HOPING TO ADD TO THEIR FIVE GAME UNBEATEN RUN AGAINST LONGFORD was last modified: June 11th, 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:finn harpsLongford Townlast_img read more

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala out vs. Kings

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *SACRAMENTO – Warriors veteran forward Andre Iguodala will miss Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, marking the third consecutive game he will miss because of a right hip tightness.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Iguodala will return “hopefully Monday” against the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. After participating in morning shootaround on Friday, …last_img read more

A’s pitcher secures Opening Day rotation spot in win over Giants

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — A’s pitcher Aaron Brooks is living proof that it’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish.The A’s right-hander clinched his spot in the A’s Opening Day rotation with another strong outing in Tuesday’s 4-2 rain-shortened six-inning win over the Giants. It’s an accomplishment that did not seem like a possibility just a month ago.“There was some pressure on him,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He …last_img read more

South Africa ‘ready to host the SKA’

first_img8 July 2011 South Africa is fully committed to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, and has done considerable work in support of its bid to host the world’s most powerful radio telescope, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor told a SKA meeting in Canada on Wednesday. Briefing a SKA Forum meeting in Banff, Pandor said South Africa’s commitment to advancing the SKA project “has been cemented in all spheres of our government, including at the provincial level. “We have chosen an exceptionally good site for the SKA in a remote region of South Africa, a region with very little economic activity,” Pandor said. “We have provided statutory protection for the site through the Geographic Astronomy Advantage Act.” South Africa, allied with eight other African countries, is competing against Australia (allied with New Zealand) to host the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an instrument 50-100 times more sensitive and 10 000 times faster than any radio imaging telescope yet built. The international science funding agencies and governments involved in the international SKA consortium are due to announce the winning bidder in 2012, with construction likely to start in 2016 and take place in phases over several years, with completion by about 2022. If South Africa wins the bid, it stands to gain major international recognition in the fields of science and technology. Pandor said important milestones related to the MeerKAT, South Africa’s SKA precursor telescope, had been achieved, many of them ahead of schedule. “Our progress has allowed us to plan to publish tenders for Meerkat at the end of this year,” she said. Pandor also said South Africa was committed to providing the world with the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere until the SKA is completed. “We hope that the immense potential of MeerKAT will not be ignored when the most efficient and cost-effective roll-out for phase one of SKA is considered,” she said. The African Union unanimously endorsed South Africa’s SKA bid at the 15th AU Summit of Heads of State in Uganda last year. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

What People Say About ReadWriteWeb Events

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Real-Time Web#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img marshall kirkpatrick Team ReadWriteWeb will be in New York City on June 11th to host our 3rd public event, the Real-Time Web Summit. It will be an East Coast version of the successful ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit we held in Mountain View last October. Earlier this month we were in Mountain View again for the ReadWrite Mobile Summit, which also rocked.Our events bring together a few hundred of the smartest, most interesting developers, businesspeople and visionaries in key emerging areas of the Internet industry. They follow a format that is unorthodox but deeply thought provoking (as that’s how we like to roll) called the Unconference. This expert-moderated but participant-led event format makes ReadWriteWeb events some of the most high-value in the industry. You don’t have to take our word for it, though. Check out what some attendees have said:These events end up changing peoples’ work in big ways. The Google engineer who transformed the Google Feed API into a real-time push to the browser (see our scoop about it this week) decided to do so after being inspired by our last event. We’ve spoken with at least one real-time startup that secured high-profile investor backing after making connections at that event as well.Here’s a few thoughts about our last real-time web event:John Borthwick, CEO of Betaworks: “The RWW Real-Time Web Summit was excellent – friggin’ great in fact. I hauled a handful members of my team across country for it and my only regret was that I didn’t bring more of them. I’m looking forward to the next one.”Laura Fitton, founder of venture-funded Twitter app directory OneFourty:“There were a lot of investors there and it was a great dialogue between startups and investors. The unconference format was great because it got away from the bogus who-is in the real-time Web, and made it who-wants-to-be. You didn’t have to be big and influential to get your ideas across – if it was a good idea then it got heard. It wasn’t just Twitter, it was many things real time, defined pretty expansively.”That event was great, but our next event may have been even better. Here are a few thoughts shared by participants in that one.Michael Nguyen, patent lawyer at Fenwick & West: “I loved it so much, it was probably one of the most participatory, engaging and thought provoking experiences I’ve ever had at a conference. And as a lawyer I go to lots of them.” Violet Blue, sex educator and author: “It was the best best best event I’ve been to in years, and I mean it. To be frank, I almost left ten minutes after I arrived, thinkingthat I was completely out of place. Turns out I was exactly in the right place all along. I left feeling completely energized about media, innovation, women in tech, new social models, and have so many new ideas about what I want to do next and what I want to get involved in. What I really didn’t expect was to walk away with a pretty clear picture of what the future of mobile media (and social media) looks like. Now I’m staring at invites to keynote at a couple of tech events this year and hoping they’re a fraction of the win that was the RWW Mobile Summit.”Ted Morgan, CEO of Skyhook Wireless (the company that powers wifi location tracking in the iPhone):“The ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit was a fantastic event to interact with all the key players in the mobile world during an intense day of participant driven sessions.”Phil Hendrix, analyst at the Institute for Mobile Markets Research: “The topics that were suggested were very useful and the discussions themselves were quite interesting. We had a good mix of individuals who were contributing different perspectives, there was good back and forth that made the discussions very productive. Another highlight was the Speed Geeking demo hour. Even though they were compressed, 5 minutes or so, that was really just right – great format, the selection of companies was good. Durring the hour there were 8 or 9 companies. It was a great experience, well worth it. Unconventional format, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I registered. They assured me it would be a productive day and indeed it was. I was delighted to come out and spend the day and would certainly do it again.”Does this sound good or what? Don’t miss your chance, register for our next event now. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Man dies after toilet wall collapses at Patna station

first_imgA 70-year-old man died on Tuesday after a wall of a washroom collapsed in the second-class passengers’ waiting room at platform number 1 at Patna railway station.The man, Veer Bahadur Singh, was a resident of Vishunpur area of Mahnar in neighbouring Vaishali district. He was to catch a train from Patna to Kolkata. A ticket of the Howrah-Patna Jan Shatabdi Express was found in his pocket.Eyewitnesses said he was sitting inside the waiting room before going to the washroom. Suddenly, a wall of the toilet fell on him and he succumbed to his injuries. Some other passengers too are believed to have been injured in the incident. The rail authorities have not confirmed any injuries yet.According to railway officials, renovation work going on inside the toilet and a display board reading “under repair” was put up outside.“The toilet at the second-class waiting hall had been closed for use owing to the repair work that began on Sunday. The doors of the washroom were removed to prevent people from using it. It is shocking that the victim tried to use the washroom despite the warnings displayed outside,” said Sanjay Prasad, Public Relations officer, Danapur railway division.JE suspendedHe later told journalists that the railway department has put junior engineer Ashok Kumar under suspension following the wall collapse incident. “A probe has been initiated into the incident and the railway department has decided to provide an ex gratia of ₹15,000 to the deceased’s family,” he added.last_img read more