Ellen Meets Obama Friday

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf departed the country last Saturday for official visits to the United States of America and Belgium.  The visit is President Sirleaf’s second outside Liberia since the worsening of the Ebola crisis in 2014. She attended an Extraordinary Summit of the Mano River Union in Conakry, Guinea last Sunday, February 15.Following her departure from James Spriggs Payne Airport on Saturday, President Sirleaf was scheduled to make a brief stop-over in the Emirate of Sharjah, one of the states of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to share her experience in Crisis Management at the International Government Communications Forum there.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf travels on to Washington, D.C., where she will meet United States President Barrack Obama at the White House on Friday, February 27.President Sirleaf’s visit comes at a time of crucial cooperation between Liberia and the United States and also following President Obama’s announcement last week that the United States is moving to the next phase of its Ebola response which will be characterized by intensive efforts to reach zero Ebola case in West Africa.Due to the rapid decline in Ebola cases and the all but empty ETUs built by the Americans around the country, President Obama has withdrawn most of the four thousand strong military contingent sent to Liberia to help fight the epidemic. President Sirleaf will have the opportunity to thank President Obama and the American people for the extraordinary level of assistance to Liberia during the Ebola crises.  The White House has already issued an official statement announcing that President Obama looks forward to building on a strong and historic partnership with Liberia, and discussing a range of topics with President Sirleaf, including the ongoing Ebola response, the region’s economic recovery plans, and other issues of mutual interest.The withdrawal of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force, UNMIL, from Liberia in June 2016 and Liberia’s preparedness to take over full responsibility for its own security and the implications for the West African Sub-region will be a topic most likely to be discussed between Presidents Obama and Sirleaf.  The United States is a Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council which is the only body that has the capability to maintain or extend the UNMIL withdrawal date.  While in the United States, the Liberian leader will also meet with Administration officials, Congressional leaders and other stakeholders. She will also speak at an event hosted by Democratic Senator Chris Coons and the U.S. Institute of Peace on February 26. President Sirleaf will then travel to Brussels, Belgium to participate in an Ebola Conference organized by the European Union (EU). The conference will bring together the three most affected Mano River Union countries (Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone) and will see the Liberian President perform the role of Spokesperson for the three countries.  The Brussels Conference, which is not a pledging conference, seeks to enable the affected countries to share their experiences and post Ebola plans and help aid the EU and other bilateral and multilateral organizations to plan better for the post-Ebola period.  From Brussels, the Liberian leader returns to the United States, where she will participate in the 20th anniversary celebration of the Beijing Platform for Action at the UN Headquarters in New York.  President Sirleaf is accompanied to the U.S. by Legal Advisor, Cllr. Seward Cooper; Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh; Information Minister Lewis G. Brown; Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah; LBS Director General Ledgerhood Rennie; Executive Assistant Euphemia Brewer-Fasama, among others.  She will also be accompanied to Brussels by Montserrado County Representative Saah Joseph; Youth Advisor, Dr. Emmanuel Dolo; Assistant Health Minister for Preventive and Curative Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, Head of the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU), Dr. Clarence Moniba and his Deputy Amos Seibo, among others.  While President Sirleaf is away, Defense Minister Brownie Samukai will chair the Cabinet in consultation with Vice President, Joseph Nyumah Boakai. President Sirleaf is expected to return home on March 13.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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HP notifies Patwari recruitment at 1,120 posts: Apply now!

first_imgThe Himachal Pradesh State Government has invited applications for filling up the post of Patwari. The eligible candidates should apply in a prescribed format latest by June 4. Vacancy details:Total posts: 1,120Name of the post: PatwariName of districts:Bilaspur: 60 Chamba: 75 Hamirpur: 67Kangra: 204 Kinnaur: 15 Kullu: 54 L-Spiti: 36 Mandi: 168 Shimla: 220 Solan: 76 Sirmour: 75 Una: 70 Candidates can check the educational qualification and other details below:Educational qualification:The candidates should have passed class 12 from a recognised university or institute.Age limit:The candidates’ age should be between 18 and 45 years. Age relaxation would be provided to the candidates as per the government rules.Application fee:The general and SC/ST candidates are required to make the payment of Rs 200 and Rs 100 respectively, through demand draft drawn in favour of Deputy Commissioner. How to apply:The eligible candidates should submit the application form in a prescribed format to ‘The Concerned Deputy Commissioner’ through a proper channel so as to reach before the closing date.Important date:Last date to apply: June 4 For more details, candidates are required to visit the official website.READ: University of Calcutta Admissions 2016: Apply before June 14 READ: Planning to do M.Tech? Apply now at IIIT, Delhi Click here to get latest updates on government jobs in India.last_img read more

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Klinsmann: ‘I’ll only return to coaching for top job’

first_imgJurgen Klinsmann says he turned down several job opportunities ahead of the 2018 World Cup as he waits for a more high-profile role.The German-born manager departed the U.S. national team in 2016 following a five-year stint and has been out of management since.Klinsmann won the 2013 Gold Cup while in charge of the U.S. while leading the team to a Round of 16 spot in Brazil. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Klinsmann was replaced by Bruce Arena, whose U.S. team fell to Trinidad & Tobago on the final day of qualifying to miss the World Cup.Having watched from afar, Klinsmann is willing to get back into coaching, but only if the right opportunity were to arise.”Ahead of the World Cup in Russia, I had four or five inquiries from teams playing there,” Klinsmann told Sport Bild. “But I turned them down because their goal was to survive the group stages.”I had this goal with the U.S. (at the 2014 World Cup). It’s not enough for me now.”If (I return), I want to lead an association of a certain calibre and with the goal to reach the semifinals at the World Cup.”But if such a situation does not come to pass in the foreseeable future, I wouldn’t mind it for family reasons. My daughter Laila still attends school. And when she attends university next year, the situation changes.”Prior to managing the U.S., Klinsmann took charge of Germany from 2006-8, finishing third at the 2006 World Cup. He then moved on to a role with Bayern Munich, where he remained less than one year before being sacked.Following Germany’s World Cup failure, Klinsmann says that that Joachim Low must reach the semifinals of Euro 2020 in order to save his job.last_img read more

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No-Hit Tease, Yanks Beat Rangers

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — Nathan Eovaldi was well aware that he was throwing a no-hitter. The New York Yankees right-hander from the same hometown as baseball’s no-hit and strikeout king will take the seven-plus scoreless innings.Eovaldi lost his no-hit bid when Rangers rookie Nomar Mazara led off the seventh with a single but pitched into the eighth without allowing a run for his first victory his four starts this season as the Yankees won 3-1 at Texas on the night of April 25.“In the fifth inning. I realized I had it going on. Once it’s over with, it’s over with,” Eovaldi said. “And I just want to try to go as deep in the game as I can. … When it was hit, I thought it was an out. But with the shift, the ball made it through.”The Rangers were without a hit until Mazara, a day before his 21st birthday, singled through the left side of the infield. After Mazara was wiped out by a double play, Prince Fielder swung at a high pitch for a double to right-center before Ian Desmond grounded out to end the inning.“He was amazing. His split … anything that started at your thigh went straight to the ground,” Fielder said. “Obviously if you can get a big-league team to go no hits through the seventh, you’re doing something good.”Jacoby Ellsbury and Starlin Castro had solo homers for the Yankees off Cesar Ramos (0-1), the lefty starting in place of Cole Hamels (sore groin).After Eovaldi (1-2) walked Mitch Moreland to start the eighth, Dellin Betances took over and promptly got Elvis Andrus to ground into a double play before Brett Nicholas hit his first career homer. Andrew Miller worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save in as many opportunities as the Rangers lost their fourth straight game.Eovaldi is only the second major league player from Alvin, Texas. The other is another big right-hander: Nolan Ryan, who threw a record seven no-hitters.“We saw tonight what we saw toward the end of last year, and we’d love for that to continue,” said Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, who was then asked what he saw from the pitcher.“Uncomfortable swings. You can tell how good a guy is and how good his stuff is by the reaction of the hitters. They’re swinging at pitches in the dirt or they’re swinging at pitches over their heads because it’s just an uncomfortable at-bat.”Eovaldi threw 66 of his 98 pitches for strikes. He walked two and struck out six, ending his streak of seven consecutive starts with at least seven strikeouts that was tied with the longest in team history.“I feel like I’ve progressed in each outing,” he said. “It was good for everything to come together in this one.”(STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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