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rapid decline in Ebola cases and the all but empty ETUs built by the Americans around the country, President Obama has withdrawn most of the four thousand strong military contingent sent to Liberia to help fight the epidemic.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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GIVING UP SMOKING ON ASH WEDNESDAY – THE HYPNOSIS WAY!

first_imgToday is Ash Wednesday and the day when millions of smokers around the world will try to give up the dreaded cigarettes.Here Justin Toner of the Opal Hypnosis Centre explains why he has an 85% success rate at helping smokers win the battle to give up.Most smokers, if given the choice would choose to be a non-smoker, but they continue to smoke because of the fear of… – Putting on weight (For a Free Weight Loss Guide, visit http://MindAndBodyWeightLoss.com)– Not being able to cope with the stresses of the day– Quitting and still craving cigarettes– Becoming irritable to everyone around them Most smokers feel controlled by cigarettes. The good news is that it is possible to stop without suffering any of the above, and one of the quickest and easiest ways to becoming a non-smoker is with the aid of hypnosis.So let’s look at what hypnosis actually is…What is Hypnosis?Hypnosis is a natural state that everyone has the ability to enter into. In hypnosis, you are not asleep or unconscious but in a state were the mind is relaxed, similar to daydreaming. You are still aware of where you are and the environment around you, so you are not zonked out and left vulnerable to the commands of the hypnotist.In hypnosis, your mind does become open to suggestions of change, but the suggestions must be acceptable to the person that is receiving them, so NO, you cannot be made do anything against your will. When I am working with a client, I am not forcing them to do something that they do not want, I am helping them achieve something that they already have a desire for, and that is why a good hypnosis session can be so natural and successful.Can everyone be Hypnotised?Yes. Understand that hypnosis is a consent state; you have to give your permission to the hypnotist and allow him to guide you into that state of mind. You cannot be ‘forced’; so by following instructions, you can allow yourself to enter a wonderful state of physical and mental relaxation and permit the change to happen naturally.Your Conscious Mind: The conscious part of our mind is the rational, logical analytical thinking part of us. It knows good from bad and right from wrong. It is the part of your mind that knows all the reasons why you should quit smoking, and also the part that thinks of the excuses why you continue to smoke in an attempt to ease the guilt!Your Subconscious Mind:Unlike the conscious mind, the subconscious has no ability to judge; it cannot differentiate between positive and negative, nor constructive from destructive. In many ways it is similar to a computer and will just run whatever it is programmed with very effectively without analysing any pros or cons. Now, the primary function of the subconscious is to protect, but it ends up protecting all its programs, including our habitual patterns of behaviour which includes the smoking habit. Whatever we do through repetition, we get better at it. So we get really good at things that are really bad for us; smokers have perfected something that is really bad for them!Habits & Willpower:When it comes to making a change, consciously you know all the reasons why you should quit smoking – health, social stigma, expense etc and so you decide to quit relying only on your conscious willpower. But what is actually happening is your logical conscious mind (which knows all the benefits of quitting) is going in one direction, but the subconscious is still programmed with the habit of smoking so it’s moving in the opposite direction. This causes an internal conflict, and it is this inner conflict that causes the irritability, tension and even the desire to eliminate this horrible feeling by drowning it out with treat foods.This is the reason why most people are still smokers today – they don’t want to go through the suffering they went through in the past, or think that they are going to go through because they have heard it is so difficult to quick.How does Hypnosis Help?Hypnosis helps by making the change at the subconscious level of mind, so you end up thinking and feeling differently about cigarettes and smoking. It takes away the ‘fight’ or ‘struggle’ of quitting because it aligns your subconscious with your conscious desire to be a non-smoker, so you have the two parts of mind working together as a team rather than pulling apart from each other.Regardless of how many cigarettes you smoke, or for long you have been smoking, it is possible to stop without the suffering or withdrawal you may have faced in the past. By becoming a non-smoker, you are giving yourself the gift of health and the gift of life, and deep down inside, I’m sure you already knew that.Decide to take back that control of your life, and choose to become a non-smoker.For more information or to book an appointment,Call today – 074 910 3474 – The Opal Hypnosis Centre, Pearse Road, Letterkenny.GIVING UP SMOKING ON ASH WEDNESDAY – THE HYPNOSIS WAY! was last modified: February 22nd, 2012 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:Ash WednesdayOPAL HYPNOSIS CENTRElast_img read more

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