Senate Requests Expenditure Report on US$5M Ebola Fund

first_imgThe Liberian Senate is requesting President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as head of the National Ebola Task Force, to make report to the Senate on how the amount of US$5 million approved for the fight of Ebola was expended.The Senators’ decision taken Tuesday, September 23, during  plenary was prompted by a communication from their colleagues, Senators Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence, Sando Dazoe Johnson and Geraldine Doe-Sherif, requesting for an expenditure report on US$5 million approved two months ago used by the National Ebola Task Force, to help  contain the Ebola epidemic.In proffering the motion for the Senate’s action, Bong County Senator Henry Yallah asked his colleagues’ communication be accepted and recommendations therein be adopted, “and that this plenary requests a report from the President as the head of the Ebola Task Force who requested for the money that was approved by this Senate, of the expenditure of US$5 million by next sitting on Tuesday and that copies be made available to all Senators.”Earlier before the unanimous vote, the Senators went into debate that lasted for well over three hours, with each Senator giving supporting reasons why the report was needed now.Maryland County Senator John Ballout, one of the Senators who supported the need for a report and audit, regretted that since the approval of the amount, the situation on containing the disease continues to deteriorate.“We have to step up to the plate and take charge. Audit is not an attempt to fight the Executive, but rather it will help build confidence among the people who are starting to question the Task Force’s seeming lack of accountability; in fact our power has no limitation in asking for report,” Senator Ballout, who Chairs the Senate Committee on Public Works, asserted.Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee put up a stiff fight, recalling a portion of President Sirleaf’s letter to the Senate in which she promised the lawmakers that a comprehensive audit would be conducted at the end the process.He described it as unfair, his colleagues’ communication that is now requesting an expenditure report from the Ebola Task Force, an argument supported by outgoing Grand Gedeh County Senator Isaac Nyenabo, who, too, believe that it was unfair to ask for a report in the middle of the process.Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zulu Jallah recalled that during a recent Legislative leadership meeting with the President, she promised to send the report in question to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and not the Senate.Senators, who confirmed that the President has already sent report on US$5 million to the House of Representatives, enquired from Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley whether he was in possession of same report he answered: “I have not received any report on the US$5 million, nor the Senate.”Senator Yallah, before proffering his motion, reminded his colleagues that his county, Bong is one of the hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic, disclosing that a town in Bong County has recently reported 13 deaths from Ebola. “We must learn from our past mistake and ensure that we don’t release a dime if the Executive fails to report on the US$5 million.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dave Stall Fallbrook Vintage Car Show

first_img Posted: May 19, 2018 Ginger Jeffries, May 19, 2018 Dave Stall: Fallbrook Vintage Car Show Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSaturday, Dave Stall showed Ginger Jeffries some of the cars that will be at the upcoming 53rd Annual Vintage Car Show.More about the event: Ginger Jeffries last_img read more

Town Officials Brainstorm Ideas To Fix Emergency Vehicle Obstruction At N Wilmington Station

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Town Manager Jeff Hull updated the public on the town’s latest efforts to address the ongoing issue of trains stopping at the North Wilmington Commuter Rail station on Route 62 and blocking emergency vehicles en route to emergencies.Town officials, including Hull and Selectman Chair Kevin Caira, recently met with State Senator Bruce Tarr, State Representative David Robertson, and others to discuss the matter.Hull stressed the station’s ridership is extremely low, which is affecting MBTA’s desire to fix the situation.“On average, the number of riders inbound is 57 per day and outbound is 85 per day,” said Hull. “This colors MBTA’s approach to dealing to this. With ridership at those levels, I think there’s some trepidation about spending money on upgrades to that area.”Hull outlined two scenarios the town are currently exploring.“Right now, for every scheduled stop, the train does – in fact – come to a complete stop, even if people aren’t trying to onboard or offboard,” explained Hull. “The thought going forward is, when there’s no ridership at the station, for the train to continue to travel through at a slow rate, but not stop. This doesn’t solve the problem, but the train will be impeding travel for a shorter period of time.”Hull and officials are also looking into the Federal Transit Administration’s criteria that governs the requirements to making substantial upgrades when a platform is being redesigned. A redesigned platform could potentially allow trains to sometimes pull through without having to stop across Route 62.“There may be cases with stations like Wilmington’s where the ridership level is so low that there may be some limited upgrades that can be made without triggering a more expansive and expensive upgrade to the whole facility,” noted Hull.Wilmington’s legislative delegation at the State House will provide an update to the town in mid-February.Like 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Town Comes Up With Fix For North Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”THIS NEEDS TO STOP: Selectmen Outraged At MBTA As Trains Continue To Block Route 62 In N. WilmingtonIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Grapples With Whether To Eliminate 5 Daily Stops At N. Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”last_img read more

Discussed Kashmir PM Modi says its under control Trump at G7 Summit

first_imgTrump had last week phoned up both Modi and Imran Khan on the Kashmir issue, after Pakistan went on the offensive over India ending the special status of Kashmir and bifurcating the state into two Union Territories – J&K and Ladakh.During the call, Modi had conveyed that “extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace”, in a reference to the Pakistani leadership’s anti-India venom over the Kashmir issue.The US has reaffirmed that there was no change in its Kashmir policy that it is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. US President Donald Trump meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.ReutersUS President Donald Trump on Monday said that he had discussed the Kashmir issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday night, and was told by Modi that the situation is under control.Addressing the media ahead of their 45-minute bilateral on the sidelines of the G7, Modi conveyed clearly that issues between India and Pakistan are bilateral in nature and there was no need for third party mediation, as both countries were capable of solving their problems together.To a question on Kashmir, Trump said: “Well, we spoke last night about Kashmir, and Prime Minister Modi feels that he has it under control; and now when they speak with Pakistan, I’m sure they will be able to do something. They will be able to do something probably very good.”Modi, asked a question on Kashmir, said: “India and Pakistan have several bilateral issues. And after the election of Prime Minister Imran Khan, I told him that both our countries have to fight against poverty, illiteracy, backwardness and both should work for the betterment of our people. And I have conveyed this to President Trump as well, and we keep discussing our bilateral issues.”He also made clear that “all issues between India and Pakistan are bilateral, and we can find solutions between ourselves through dialogue”.Ahead of their meeting, Trump had said on August 21 that he would discuss the Kashmir issue with “friend” Modi in Biarritz and do his best to mediate in the issue.Trump had told reporters in the White House: “Kashmir is a very complicated place. You have the Hindus, and you have the Muslims, and I wouldn’t say they get along so great. And that’s what you have right now.””And you have millions of people who want to be ruled by others, and maybe on both sides, and you have two countries that haven’t gotten along in a long time.”And frankly it’s a very explosive situation. I spoke to Prime Minister Khan, and yesterday I spoke to PM Modi; and they are both friends of mine, and they are great people, they’re great people. And they love their countries, and they are in a very tough situation.”Kashmir is a very tough situation, and this has been going on for decades, and decades; shooting, and I don’t mean shooting like shooting a rifle, but major shooting of howitzers, of heavy arms, and this has been going on for a long, long period of time.”But I get along really well with both of them. As you know, Prime Minister Khan was here just recently.”And I’m going to meet Prime Minister Modi, I will be with PM Modi over the weekend, in France.”And I think we’re helping the situation, but there’s tremendous problems between the two countries. And I will do the best I can to mediate or do something,” he said.last_img read more

Samsung Announces Artik a New Platform to Advance Its Open Internet of

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Samsung is obsessed with the Internet of Things (IoT). So much so, the South Korean tech giant says that by 2020, every Samsung digital device will be a connected one.To help push forward with that goal, and IoT in general, Samsung announced a trio of production-ready modules on Tuesday to be used in connected devices. Called Artik, they’ll be used in everything from wearable fitness devices to things like home servers and smart machines. They will be able to help entrepreneurs create IoT devices much faster than they would be able to do on their own, according to the company.“By leveraging Samsung’s high-volume manufacturing, advanced silicon process and packaging technologies, and extensive ecosystem, Artik allows developers to rapidly turn great ideas into market leading IoT products and applications,” Young Sohn, Samsung Electronics president and chief strategy officer, said today at the Internet of Things conference in San Francisco.Image credit: Emily PriceRelated: Out of the Loop on the Internet of Things? Here’s a Brief Guide.Often, IoT companies would custom-build the modules on their own by offering a solution like Artik, Samsung is essentially cutting out a step of the process and reducing the amount of time required to develop a high-tech connected device.Artik is an open platform, and while it will be used in some of Samsung’s consumer products it can be used by any company looking to create a connected device. The platform will be available in three different sizes — Artik 1, Artik 5, and Artik 10 — to fit a variety of different devices and use cases. It ships as a complete package with a processor and on-board memory, as well as integrated software and embedded hardware security technology.Samsung says the Artik 1 is the smallest IoT module form-factor available on the market, measuring just 12mm x 12mm, or about the size of a ladybug. The tiny chip connects via Bluetooth low-energy, and is designed to be used in things like smart bands and activity trackers. It packs a 250MHz dual-core processor, 9-axis motion sensor, and 4MB of flash memory.Related: IBM Says It Will Invest $3 Billion in ‘Internet of Things’ UnitImage credit: Emily PriceThe Artik 5 is about the size of a quarter and is designed to be used in things like drones and IP-based cameras. It has a 1GHz dual-core processor, 4GB flash memory, and has its own built-in video encoder and decoder. It can connect to your network via Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth. The Artik 10 measures about an inch tall and packs some of the same power you’d find in one of Samsung’s high-end smartphones, with a 1.3GHz octacore processor, 16GB of flash memory and an HD encoder and encoder. Samsung sees it being used in media hubs and home servers.The developer kit with the Artik 10 inside will be available starting today.IoT isn’t a new goal for Samsung. In August of last year it acquired smart home company SmartThings, and at the Consumer Electronics Show this January it made a commitment to connect at least 90 percent of Samsung devices by 2017, less than two years from now.“As an industry we must join together to use the power of IoT to address challenges posed by issues such as aging population demographics, water shortages, increasing traffic congestion, pollution and major health issues,” Sohn said. “We need to create powerful open platforms that will harness the information generated by IoT to develop new insights and new approaches to meet the challenges we face as a society.”Related: The Internet of Things Will Have Arrived When You Don’t Even Notice It’s There May 12, 2015last_img read more

TravelBound is migrating to Bedsonline branding booking platform

first_img ORLANDO — FIT specialist TravelBound is rebranding under the Bedsonline name and shifting over to the Bedsonline booking platform.TravelBound, the retail brand of GTA, has been under the umbrella of bed bank wholesaler Hotelbeds, which owns Bedsonline, ever since Hotelbeds bought GTA last summer. The deal also included U.S.-based Tourico Holidays.TravelBound exclusively serves the travel community in North America and the new branding will include an enhanced offering to travel advisors, says the company.“Following the integration of GTA and Tourico Holidays into its parent Group, TravelBound customers are now able to benefit from an exclusive and significantly enhanced product portfolio of hotels, a significant proportion of which are directly contracted, enhanced commercials for agents with standardization of commission structure, and a platform specifically designed to drive growth in the highly competitive travel retail space.”As part of the change to the Bedsonline brand, a migration plan will begin shortly to educate TravelBound clients about the benefits of moving onto Bedsonline’s booking platform.The newly enhanced Bedsonline platform, powered by TravelBound, now offers travel advisors globally the following benefits:Diverse and competitive product portfolio: Over 170,000 hotels globally available (with over 90,000 of those directly sourced, making the content both unique and competitively priced, and with better filters to navigate the inventory online), 24,000 transfer routes and 18,000 activities.Powerful and user-friendly technology: Best-in-class search engine designed specifically for the needs of travel advisors allows users to filter and compare results in a flexible and practical way, including intuitive email, enhanced vouchers and PDF functions.70% of existing customers cite the platform as a top factor in choosing the service. Bedsonline’s parent Group is the only distributor to operate its own cloud-based, open source data centre and handles up to 1.5 billion searches per day.Local knowledge combined with a global offering:  increased sales team support to front line offices across North America with industry know-how ready to take care of all the needs of customers.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionThe newly revised customer offering will be accompanied by a global brand refresh for Bedsonline that will include a new logo and brand identity.Additionally, the sales team will kick off a campaign to introduce customers – both existing Bedsonline customers and those moving over from TravelBound – to this newly revised offering through sales meetings, presentations, and webinars, details of which will be published soon.TravelBound customers will have sufficient time to transition at their own pace and both workshops and technical support will be on hand to support a seamless migration.James Phillips, Director, Retail Travel Agents AMPAC at Hotelbeds Group, says: “We anticipate that by the end of the year, we’ll have most of the integration work completed on the Bedsonline platform so that customers may experience the fully integrated product. The platform comes with a number of benefits: intuitive search and filtering functionality, an increased amount of content, and will solve the voucher issues we have heard over the years.”He added: “Additionally, we’re standardizing our commission structure on the Bedsonline platform, offering our partners true earning opportunities as opposed to the tiered approach that existed before. Just as important, our customers will have richer sales support in large part due to the opportunities the integration has offered.”Tommy Ryder, Head of Sales, Regional Manager, Bedsonline | TravelBound, adds: “We remain 100% committed to the travel advisor community. We have focused our efforts on retaining much of what is loved from TravelBound and combining that with Bedsonline’s world-class technology. Our travel partners can expect an increased focus on training and education efforts, in person and virtually, as we help them navigate the tools that will help do what they do best – sell travel.” Travelweek Group Tags: Bedsonline, Travelbound Posted by TravelBound is migrating to Bedsonline branding, booking platformcenter_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, November 9, 2018 last_img read more