President Ellen Sirleaf has relieved several high-profile officials of government of their posts, while reshuffling others as she announced “a team,” which she presumed will take her government to the finish line come 2017.Prominent among those relieved of their posts are embattled Minister of Public Works, Dr. Antoinette Weeks and Mr. Ambrose Nmah, Director-General, Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS).The President also reshuffled Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, outgoing Minister of Health and Social Welfare who has been on the bang-wagon since the inception of the Unity Party led government in 2006, and Education Minister, Madam Etmonia David Tarpeh.President Sirleaf also appointed several of what she calls “potential and result-oriented individuals” including Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, president of Tubman University; William Gyude Moore, Project Coordinator in the office of President Sirleaf; Mr. Christopher Sellee, Deputy Presidential Press Secretary; and many others.Minister Gwenigale and others, including junior officials of government were relieved of their posts by the Liberian President on Sunday November 16, 2014. She made the pronouncement through a state of the nation’s address from her Foreign Ministry office.William Gyude Moore replaces outgoing Public Works Minister Antoinette Weeks, while the president of Tubman University located in Harper Maryland County, Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, replaces outgoing Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh. Civil Service Agency Director General, Mr. George Werner, who himself is embattled after it was alleged that he masterminded a massive dismissal of civil servants, replaces Minister Walter T. Gwenigale.During her pronouncement to the nation on Sunday afternoon, President Sirleaf said even as government continues to combat the Ebola virus and strive to achieve the national objective of zero-new-cases by Christmas, government needs to also attend to what will be a difficult job of recoveries. These have to do with, she said, “recovery to the health care system so that we deliver health care services all across the country and are better prepared for any epidemic of the size and scale of Ebola; recovery to the economy so that we are repositioned to produce more opportunities and afford decent and better living conditions for all our people; recovery to governance so that notwithstanding the superficial differences which haunt the body politic, we can still remain enjoined behind the common purpose of national healing and reconstruction.”The President noted that this requires a team that is adaptable, responsive, disciplined, loyal, and focused – a team that understands the prevailing challenges, and is resolved to respond by taking appropriate risk to get things done on time. “It is my job to continuously vet and ready such a team for the challenges we currently face and those that lie ahead…” adding that members of her new team “are transferred or reassigned, signifying our recognition of their capabilities and performance.”The rest, she said, “are dropped from where they served, but will be given appropriate opportunities to continue to serve the country.”“We are not short on expectation that going forward, each working day – indeed each working hour – will be spent not only on catching up and continuing with the transformational agenda of the country but also to exploring creative new approaches by which we deliver on the agenda within the limited time of our stewardship.“My hope is that this team will take us to the finish line. But make no mistake: As Captain, I will not hesitate to change anyone who fails to meet our expectations,” the President said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
TORONTO – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be returning to one of Canada’s largest Pride celebrations this weekend.Pride Toronto, organizers of the city’s festival celebrating the LGBTQ community, says Trudeau will be marching in Sunday’s parade again this year.He made history last year when he became the first sitting Prime Minister to take part in a Pride parade.Trudeau marched in Vancouver’s Pride festival later that summer.This year, he will be joined by other dignitaries including Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde, making his first appearance at the Toronto Pride event.
Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle may not have been the Queen’s favourite after all. Though the Queen is gracious and cordial to the Duchess of Sussex when they are in public, it seems that the Queen’s affection is all for the cameras.According to the claims of a documentary, the “grandmotherly love” the monarch showed could have been a PR exercise. Being part of the Royal Family comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, one of these disadvantages being that the members of the Royal Family are always under the scrutiny of the media. Meghan Markle has been a part of the Royal Family only for a little while, which makes her a novice in Royalty’s public relations.The Queen, on the other hand, is a veteran at handling and presenting a Royal image to the world. Now according to reports, the Queen and Meghan Markle have an amicable relationship where Meghan apparently refers to the monarch as “Mama” in private. However, according to the documentary “Harry and Meghan: the first 100 days”, the Queen’s warm behaviour could be a PR exercise by the Palace. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle has been on the Queen’s radar for a while now, especially with reports of a Royal feud brewing between the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex. The Queen tamped down any attempt by Meghan to separate herself from the Royal family and to carve out her own path.But it seems that the Queen could be making an effort with Meghan Markle as the Palace may not want a repeat of what happened with Princess Diana. Either way, it seems the Queen and the Duchess of Sussex have many opportunities to work on their relationship. Meghan Markle is expected to give birth this month and the couple Sussex will be moving to Frogmore cottage after the arrival of the baby.
Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A global Jewish youth organization has received one of the largest single gifts in recent Jewish organizational history — $25 million to help support women in their young adult lives.The gift from Chicago businessman and philanthropist Theodore Perlman, and his wife, Harriette, to BBYO will allow the 95-year-old organization to start a women’s leadership initiative connecting Jewish women through their college and early professional careers with mentorship and training.The initiative is named in honor of his mother, Anita M. Perlman, who founded B’nai B’rith Girls, or BBG, in 1944.“My mother had the foresight to know, even decades ago, the capabilities of young women and their desire to move into positions of leadership,” said Perlman, 82.Perlman is the founder of the HAVI Group, a 40-year-old logistics firm that supplies chains such as McDonald’s, KFC and Subway with packaging and toys, including those found in McDonald’s Happy Meals.For Jews worried about the age-old problem of Jewish assimilation and the growing disaffiliation from Jewish synagogue and institutional life among younger millennial Jews, the gift offers a partial solution.BBYO, which grew out of the B’nai Brith International, a Jewish service organization, has been independent since 2002. It consists of youth-led groups who gather for various activities in homes, Jewish Community Centers, synagogues or coffee shops. It has 33,000 members globally, the majority in the U.S.BBYO allows Jewish teens of all stripes — including Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and unaffiliated — to join. The organization encourages members — ages 13 to 18 — to develop their own programming and leadership. There are 600 groups in the U.S., with an average size of 40 young people.Noga Hurwitz, one of two teen presidents of BBYO, said she came from a secular Jewish home but joined BBYO in the eighth grade and has been active ever since.“I wasn’t expecting to find a Jewish identity when I joined BBYO, but I think I absolutely have cultivated a sense of Judaism,” said Hurwitz, 19, who begins college in the fall in a joint program offered through Columbia University and Jewish Theological Seminary. “Being able to discover that in a pluralistic environment has been impactful to me as a Jew.”Matthew Grossman, the BBYO CEO, said the Perlman gift will allow graduating high school women to connect with the organization’s alumni in their communities and create a fellowship program. It will also fund an endowment. Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Biblical guide marks 400 years since enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! News Share This! TagsB’nai B’rith International BBYO Theodore Perlman,You may also like News • Photos of the Week By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Load Comments,Faith is no excuse for skipping vaccines, says med school professor Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News
Stunning acrobatic performances, a mighty African statue and creative artworks await you at the Afro Festival in Delhi. So, wave a Jambo- that is hello in swahili- and get onto this bandwagon.A breathtaking beautiful show of juggling arts, dramatic street entertainment and an exhibition of sculptures and paintings have been put together to celebrate the vibrant culture of Africa in the capital. The Afro Festival will open on 3 July with creative artworks and cultural display and go on to entertain the Delhites till 7 July. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival brings to life the experience of its people as a living and dynamic tradition that continues to evolve at the turn of the 21st century. To increase public understanding and appreciation of African art and culture, the festival is devoted exclusively to African way of life. This stunning exhibition integrates everyday life of the people, related objects with paintings and performances and interaction with the artists. This major festival presents exquisite examples of eclectic art and sculptures from Africa. Featuring works of Thomas Ongon’ga, Michael Soi, Edward Orato, Dennis Muragiri and James Oluoch, each creation showcases the artist’s mood, aesthetics and personal journey of creating their pieces of art. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThemes explored in this exhibit are inspired by everyday activities of people in Africa, warrior-clans and wildlife. The artists’ interpretation of their work is grounded in the belief that ‘The people of Africa have created an extraordinary cultural heritage, deeply embedded in a beautiful yet fragile physical environment’. The colors in the art work are bright and bold in shades of red, ochre-yellow and ebony black.To celebrate the fun spirit, feast upon the acrobatic experience that blends circus arts with the surreal to create a world where physical strength rubs shoulders with the dare devil acts. The Jambo acrobats are backed by foot thumping Afro Caribbean music. Two acrobats each holding on to large rings that suddenly make them airborne, with a third one reaching out for them to add drama. They toss their spinning props across the stage to one another. And just when you think this is over the top, they amaze you with a finale that is probably, for anyone else on earth, impossible to perform. Look out for choreographed entertainment as you watch jugglers performing tricks and catching tossing balls in seconds. The multimedia displays are magnificent, followed by acts of bottle balancing. The magnificent and daring act is performed effortlessly under the limbo pole- the height of a beer bottle. While Capital drowns in an African cultural fiesta, dig in for your share of fun and frolic.