‘Outstanding Soldier’

first_imgThe Government of Liberia (GOL) last Friday paid respect to the fallen Nigerian General Suraj Alao Abdurrahman, former Commanding Officer-In-Charge (COIC) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), who died on January 28 after a brief illness in New York while undergoing medical treatment.The Nigerian General served the AFL from June 2007 to February 2014 at which time he was instrumental in the formation of a new disciplined AFL, which subsequently produced a Liberian Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Daniel D. Ziankahn.The well-attended memorial service by the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) served as a sign of appreciation and respect to the late General Abdurrahman for the work he did for the AFL. The GoL invited his family from Nigeria to attend the Memorial Service where several institutions were in attendance and also paid tributes to the fallen African soldier.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as head of the government and partners were also present at the Memorial Service held at the Monrovia City Hall.President Sirleaf who is also the Commander-in-Chief (C-I-C) of the AFL, while paying a tribute to the late Abdurrahman, told the families of the late soldier that it was with heavy hearts that Liberians gathered to pay homage to a great friend; stressing that the country remembers him for the quality of leadership and regimentation he imbued in personnel of the AFL.C-I-C Sirelaf described the late General Abdurrahman as an exemplary officer of Nigeria and acknowledged that he will be missed for his enriched military experience, exceptional leadership and unmatched commitment he brought in the discharge of his time-consuming assignment.She emphasized that this won him the respect of the Government and people of Liberia as well as the Chief of Defense Staff of the sub-regional organization, ECOWAS, at the same time bringing honor to his country, Nigeria; adding, “He was a dedicated public servant, an outstanding soldier.President Sirleaf expressed the hope and prayed that the wife of the late General Abdurrahman, Haja Fatima Wali-Abdurrahman and his beloved children will find solace in the collective prayers of all. They were all present at the occasion of Friday in Monrovia.Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai recalled that, “As a military man, he was very hard working, prepared, always willing and ready to teach his colleagues and always told us that the best self-esteem that you can give a soldier is adequate training, which at his turning over last February to the newly promoted Chief of Staff (COS) of the AFL, Gen. Abdurrahman said he was happy to have helped the new Army, and has no doubt that, as a ‘force for good’, it can carry out its duties well.”Nigeria Ambassador to Liberia, Chigozie F. Obi-Nnadozie, indicated that the late Gen. Abdurrahman’s services to Liberia as the COIC of the AFL was one that made her proud as her country’s Ambassador to Liberia.She thanked the Liberian Government and people for the opportunity and support given the late general and his family.In special remarks of appreciation, the widow of the late Gen. Abdurrahman, Haja Fatima Wali-Abdurrahman, thanked President Sirleaf, the Government and people of Liberia, Defense Minister Brown Samukai, AFL Chief of Staff Ziankahn for the massive support her husband received when he served as AFL COIC.She also thanked them for organizing the memorial service in her husband’s honor, saying, “we will forever remember this event as we live on with our grief and Liberia will continue to be my second home,” she noted.She stressed that the family considers Liberia as their second home and expressed joy that her husband could contribute to the country’s recovery through his service to the AFL at the time his service was most needed.The late Abdurrahman assumed command of the AFL in June 2007, succeeding fellow Nigerian, the late Lieutenant/General Luka Yusuf, who also died shortly after leaving his post as COIC of the AFL.Several personalities and institutions including the Diplomatic Corps; United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL); Chief of Defense Staff of the Nigerian Army; Ministry of National Defense led by Minister Brownie J. Samukai; Armed Forces of Liberia led by the Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Daniel Zeahnkan; Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan; River Gee Senator Conmany Wesseh; and Montserrado County Representative Munah Pelham Youngblood as well as politician Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh, among others, paid tributes to the fallen Nigerian solider.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Video: Starlet who snubbed Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool scores stunning goal

first_imgKingsley Coman was reportedly being chased by Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool before opting to join Juventus in the summer. And it’s not hard to see why there was such a scramble for the former Paris Saint-Germain’s youngster’s signature when you see this stunning strike against Hellas Verona.last_img

London Eye: Chilly weather greets Olympic athletes after dry spell

first_imgThis is supposed to be the Summer Olympics, where the heat and excitement go together.After a week’s sunshine and warm weather, it again became cold and wet on Sunday. Brollies, as umbrellas are called here, were out and formal suits were again out.Having forgotten to take an international medical travel insurance before leaving New Delhi, I have been careful. Even when it has been close to 31 degrees C, when people said it was a heat wave here, I did not shed the jacket.Today, it was all about a strong breeze and the chill which made me wonder if you call actually call it a Summer Olympics.In Beijing, I dealt with the weather very differently as you couldn’t wear anything more than a tee shirt and shorts. Before that, in Sydney 2000, the weather was again hot with a high level of ultra violet radiation. So sun tan lotion was a must.It’s almost an obsession for people to talk about the weather in Britain. And today, one thing was clear, if you want to sample all the seasons in a fortnight, this is the place to be in.As long as the sun shines, it is a pleasure to be in Wimbledon or any other outdoor arena. But once it rains, it gets miserable. And the wait for players to step out is irritating.Agreed, there are no traffic snarls like New Delhi and drains don’t get choked. However, if you are not used to the strong breeze, it can get dicey.So how do the temperature changes affect people? If it is athletes, some like it and some don’t.  For example, when the Indian hockey team came to Europe for training and getting used to the weather, they didn’t like the chill.In fact, coach Nobbs said last week: “The hotter it gets, the better for our boys, but we will play in any weather.”In the Olympic swimming pool, the water temperature is regulated and it’s indoor, so there is no worry for the swimmers.In other arenas where matches are played indoor the effect of rain and temperature is not much.One of the common jokes in London among the Asian community is why this city should not host a Summer Olympics as there is hardly a proper summer.The reasoning was a bit bizarre as unlike the Winter Olympics where there has to be snow and cold temperatures, the Summer Olympics can be held in heat and humidity or even cool weather.Even as some NRIs were walking around in raincoats and asking me if I could help with tickets, I laughed. I told them I was a mediaperson and needed no ticket.”There are so many empty seats and what LOCOG is doing beats us,” said Sanjay Patel, a Gujarati settled in east London. His plight was indeed pitiable as he was willing to buy tickets in black.At the other end of London, in Wimbledon, Mahesh Bhupathi was frustrated as he wanted to buy tickets for his family.The point is, when we had empty stadia at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, everyone went for Suresh Kalmadi’s jugular. Over here, the local media doesn’t seem to be attacking LOCOG chairman Lord Sebastian Coe in the same manner.Whether venue seats have been sold to corporates or the online sales have not been a success, it is a fact that stadia in London are not full.Venues are far flung and though the transportation is good, travelling from one place to another is time consuming.I was trying to get some tickets for the India vs Holland hockey match on Monday and was told it has been sold out. Given the huge Indian population in Britain, hockey is still a big draw.There is no perfect ticketing system in place for major multi discipline sporting events anywhere in the world . And having spent almost a well already in London, I have not see a current ticket counter.So if anyone tells me London is the best host, I would tend to disagree.advertisementlast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR OMahony Brings People Together Always Helping Others With

first_imgDear Editor,I’m writing in support of Jomarie O’Mahony for Selectmen.I’ve known Jomarie for many years and have always be amazed at how she has been able to balance her family life, work schedule and volunteerism to the people of Wilmington.Whether she’s taking her children to a sporting event or to other activities in town, she’s always there with a smile.Many of you know Jomarie as a strong supporter of helping those who need assistance.Jomarie has always been very active in programs to help others and does it with a smile and knowledge that with others she can help and make a difference.She supports our education system, sports and arts programs.She supports after school programs for the children of Wilmington.She is a supporter of our Police, Fire and all Departments.She wants to keep Wilmington’s small town feel.She understands the issues facing Wilmington and is willing to give her time, energy and knowledge to making Wilmington a better place to live and work.She will work with our State delegation on the Rt 38 corridor, Fire substation, school, the MBTA issue or any project in our town.She will work with the residents of Wilmington to find solutions to issues, whether it’s a Fire Substation, School, Housing for our seniors or Veterans or a pothole she will be at forefront.Most importantly, Jomarie will bring civility to the Board of Selectmen.It’s time to elect a person that bring groups together and not separate them and that person is Jomarie O’Mahony. I strongly ask you to Vote for Jomarie O’Mahony for Selectmen.Sincerely,Gary DePalmaLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Letter Of Support For Jomarie O’Mahony From The Person Who Knows Her BestIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Accepts Flag Pole Donation For Silver LakeIn “Government”LETTER FOR THE EDITOR: Jomarie O’Mahony Will Be An Independent Voice Of Reason For WilmingtonIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

Displaced Barry Farms Residents Sue DCHA for Loss of Housing

first_imgResidents of the historic Barry Farm Public Housing development filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) Aug. 29 in U.S. District Court. The suit alleges the private developers under contract with the Housing Authority have significantly reduced space allotments in redevelopment plans that would effectively displace the complex’s mostly Black tenants.According to a copy of the filing, many residents would “stand to lose their housing because the number of two-, three-, four-, and six-bedroom units that accommodate them will be significantly reduced as part of the planned redevelopment of Barry Farm. Additionally, the tenants say they were led to believe that 1,400 units would be built – with 444 units of varying sizes set aside as public housing – but now are told only 344 public housing units will be built, a loss of 163 (2-, 3-, 4-, and 6)-bedroom units, according to the Washington Lawyers’ Committee.The lawsuit also alleges that “once conditions in a particular unit deteriorated to the point that the unit was uninhabitable, DCHA often pressured tenants to move, without assurances that they would have an enforceable right to return, rather than repair the unit. In the event where residents moved out of their units, DCHA additionally adopted a practice of keeping such units vacant, which allowed a significant number of units at Barry Farm to remain vacant months before HUD approved the demolition.The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and Foley & Lardner are representing the tenants. “Now, with redevelopment at hand, families with children stand to be left behind in a manner that is discriminatory and illegal,” Joseph Edmondson, a partner at Foley & Lardner, said in a release. “It appears Barry Farm residents are being written off by the very public housing administrators with responsibility for providing them with safe and habitable housing in an attempt to clear the property and squelch dissent.”The historic Barry Farm neighborhood is located East of the Anacostia river in Southeast D.C., along Suitland Parkway. The community dates back to the postbellum period when emancipated Blacks settled there.“The lawsuit seeks the tenants’ rights to return after redevelopment and to ensure unit sizes measure in terms of bedrooms,” said Edmondson. “We allege that this is discriminatory against families with children.”DCHA has not released a response to the lawsuit.On Sept. 6, residents in Ward 8 are holding a press conference and rally to outline steps D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the city’s government could take to protect lower-income residents against slumlords and displacement.last_img read more

Switching allegiance key to survival in Game of Thrones

first_imgSydney: If you are waiting for the ‘Game of Thrones’ season eight, scheduled to air in April 2019, here are some clues as to which characters are more likely to survive. Evaluating the deaths of all important ‘Game of Thrones’ characters across seven seasons of the show, a team of researchers has found that characters were more likely to survive if they switched allegiances, such as Tyrion Lannister who switches allegiance between the houses Lannister and Targaryen. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCharacters in the popular TV series are more likely to die if they do not switch allegiance, and are male, according to the findings published in the journal Injury Epidemiology. The researchers at Macquarie University in Australia also found that the risk of death was also greater for characters that were ‘lowborn’ (not a Lord or Lady), compared to those that were “highborn”. “The risk of death is high among characters in Game of Thrones. By the end of the seventh season, more than half of the characters had died – 186 out of the 330 characters we included in this study – with violent deaths being the most common by far,” said corresponding author of the study. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”While these findings may not be surprising for regular viewers, we have identified several factors that may be associated with better or worse survival, which may help us to speculate about who will prevail in the final season,” Lystad added. The most common causes of death were injuries (73.7 per cent), and particularly wounds of the head and neck, including 13 decapitations. Only two deaths from natural causes occurred across the seven seasons of Game Of Thrones: Maester Aemon and Old Nan, who both died of old age. The remainder of deaths were from burns (11.8 per cent) or poisonings (4.8 per cent). The most common circumstances of deaths were assault, operations of war, and legal executions. The probability of dying within the first hour after first appearing on screen was around 14 per cent, the findings showed. The researchers collected data on mortality and survival of 330 characters from all 67 episodes from seasons one to seven of ‘GoT’last_img read more

Frequent travellers earn free days with Nationals Rent Rent Reward

first_img Friday, August 25, 2017 Tags: Car Rental, National Car Rental, Promotions Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Frequent travellers earn free days with National’s ‘Rent Rent Reward’ TORONTO — National Car Rental’s ‘Rent Rent Reward’ promotion is back, giving registered Emerald Club members the chance to earn one free rental day for every two qualifying rentals during the promotion.Each free day covers base rate (time and mileage) only. The earning window runs through Feb. 28, 2018, with a redemption period through June 15, 2018.To further increase the chances to earn free days, this year’s promotion offers additional promotional points to members who complete any five bonus opportunities through Rent Rent Reward and to members when they complete their third qualifying rental during the promotion.“Once again, we’re proud to show our Emerald Club members our appreciation for their loyalty and support with our annual ‘Rent Rent Reward’ promotion,” said Rob Connors, vice president of brand marketing for National. “For over a decade, we’ve offered this promotion with a focus on helping new and existing members earn more free rental days while providing them with premium service and a convenient, efficient car rental experience.”More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthRegistered members receive one free rental day for every 600 points accrued through the promotion period, and every qualifying rental is worth 300 points. Additional bonus points can be earned through both rental and non-rental activities, including:Utilizing National’s mobile app to book rentals while earning unlimited points (75 points per completed rental).Renting any size vehicle in Latin America and the Caribbean (one-time bonus of 300 points upon completion of a rental).Renting any size vehicle in Europe (one-time bonus of 300 points upon completion of a rental).Participating in the Emerald Reserve service – which accommodates members who require a specific car class, such as a convertible, SUV, minivan, etc. – at Emerald Aisle locations (one-time bonus of 25 points upon completion of a rental).Completing an online customer survey (one-time bonus of 50 points).New this year, members can earn even more points by:Completing three qualifying rentals (one-time bonus of 200 points upon completion of third rental).Completing any five bonus opportunities available through Rent Rent Reward (one-time bonus of 75 points upon completion of fifth bonus opportunity).More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemEmerald Club is free to join and members get expedited service at airports and free upgrades in National’s Emerald Aisle, an exclusive section of the lot where members can select any vehicle as long as they reserve a mid-sized or larger car.Emerald Club members can register for the promotion at emeraldclubpromos.com/rentrentreward2017. Free days earned for qualifying rentals through Rent Rent Reward are awarded in addition to a member’s chosen rewards earnings (frequent traveller miles/points or rental credits).Registered Emerald Club members may track and redeem the free rental days they earn through Rent Rent Reward between today and June 15, 2018, by visiting emeraldclubpromos.com/rentrentreward2017.Up to three free days can be redeemed per rental at any time, including weekends. National notifies participants about their free rental days via email. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Cuba celebrates 1 million arrivals from Canada for 2018

first_imgTags: Cuba, Statistics Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Wednesday, December 5, 2018 TORONTO — Cuba has reached the 1 million mark from Canada, and the year isn’t even over yet.The Cuba Tourist Board of Canada made the announcement yesterday, saying the impressive statistic “follows similarly strong results from 2017” and highlights the enduring appeal of Cuba as the top destination for Canadian travellers.“We are both excited and humbled to have had the opportunity to accommodate so many guests in 2018,” said Eloy Govea, Director of the Cuba Tourist Board. “We look forward to sharing the unique spirit of Cuba with more of our Canadian friends in 2019. Cuba continues to be an exciting, dynamic destination rich in culture, cuisine, and – of course – beautiful beaches.”Govea says the strong results come from a dedicated effort by the country’s tourism industry to invest in properties and accommodations ahead of Havana’s 500th anniversary.Havana is set to add seven new hotels by the end of 2019. The completion of properties like the Prado y Malecón and Gran Hotel will further expand Havana’s already robust capacity, says Govea, currently at 12,000+ rooms.Investment into the city’s tourism properties will be matched with a commitment to restoration projects for over 600 buildings and complexes in Havana’s historical district. At the same time, Cuba will continue to expand its progressive roll out of WiFi service, with coverage for every hotel on the island on target for the end of 2019.Investment in Cuba’s tourism industry hit $1.035 billion in 2018, a year-over-year increase of 3.5%. Cuba celebrates 1 million+ arrivals from Canada for 2018last_img read more