AMEZC, LAC Collaborate with Others in USA to Fight Ebola

first_imgThe leadership of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AMEZC) in Liberia has launched what it terms “Collaboration at the Connectional Level,” with other Methodist churches in the United States of America (USA).  The collaboration meeting,  which was held in the US,  brought together the prelates of the AME Zion Church, the AME Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CMEC) and the United Methodist Church.  “The collaboration is being launched under the auspices of the West African (W/A) Methodist Collaboration Against Ebola, the co-chair,” Dr. Benjamin D. Lartey said.  He made the disclosure recently when the AME Zion Church, through its Anti-Ebola Taskforce, distributed huge donations of food and non-food items to four other presiding elders’ districts in the country, valued over US$25,000. Of this amount, the 25 pieces of the electronic non-contact thermometers, one of which was donated to Liberia Council of Churches (LCC), contained 85 percent of the total cost of the intervention.  Items distributed included 25 pieces of the thermometers, several bags of 25Kg rice, buckets with faucets, gallons of vegetable oil, disinfectants, etc.  According to Dr. Lartey, districts that benefited during the Churches Task Force intervention, included Monrovia, Brewerville, Todee and Bomi. The Taskforce is headed by Mr. Osbert K. Newlands and co-chaired by Dr. Lartey. The Taskforce, Dr. Lartey said, was established to respond to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in an aggressive manner. It also identifies with members of the various churches, aimed at eradicating the EVD from Liberia. “Our first activity was to cater to our churches and the members, and so the intervention was carried out in four of our districts,” Dr. Lartey disclosed. Under the Monrovia District alone, which Dr. Lartey spear-headed, churches that benefited included the Brown Memorial, Evangelical, Christ Temple, Bridgeway, Elijah, University, Full Gospel, Salvation and St. Philips.The members expressed gratitude to the leadership of the AMEZC in Liberia and the presiding prelate of the Western West Africa Episcopal District, AMEZC, Rev. Dr. Seth O. Lartey. The Todee distribution exercise was headed by Rev. Emmanuel F. Johnson I, while Rev. Melvin Kennedy led the team to Brewerville and Bomi respectively. Other churches that benefited were Annie Blackwell, Sardayah and Faith, Immanuel, New Century, God’s Power, Messiah Temple, Good Shepherd, Burning Bush and Bread of Life, among other churches.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Small changes with big impact

first_imgBy Anita Snow THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA – With Raul Castro in charge, Cuba has raised payments to milk and meat producers, is paying off its debts to farmers and has stopped blocking the import of parts needed to keep vintage cars rumbling along. Travelers can even bring in DVD players and game consoles, highly coveted by Cubans starved for high-tech entertainment. Raul’s ailing brother Fidel is still showing leadership behind the scenes, and as provisional president Raul has taken only small steps. But he’s already giving clues to how he might govern once he takes full control – paying special attention to quality-of-life problems, publicly scolding state managers and bluntly acknowledging that salaries don’t cover basic needs. The new Chinese buses on intercity routes are evidence of the Raul effect. They were in the planning before Fidel got sick, but they have become much more visible since Raul gave a speech late last year saying he was sick of hearing bureaucrats’ excuses and wanted results. To boost food production, lawmakers agreed in June to pay producers 2 times more for milk and meat included in the island’s heavily subsidized ration program and in meals provided at similarly low-cost workplace cafeterias, schools, hospitals and community centers. The prices consumers pay will remain the same. At the same gathering, National Assembly members were told that the state had just paid off debts worth $23 million to the small farmers and cooperatives that grow two-thirds of the island’s fruits and vegetables, and renegotiated $35 million in other debts. The change is evident in style too. Where a Fidel speech could devote hours to communism, his brother’s oratory is much more short and direct, and Cubans love his public attacks on government failures. But 76-year-old Raul is only a caretaker president, and officials insist that 81-year-old Fidel will be back. And as long as Fidel is alive, no one thinks Raul will dare to make big moves that could annoy the older brother he has loved and admired since they were boys. Thomas Fingar, the U.S. deputy director of National Intelligence, told the U.S. Congress in June that while the Cuban public has high expectations of improvement, “Significant, positive political change is unlikely immediately.” As caretaker president, Raul has “very limited running room,” said Cuba analyst Phil Peters, of the pro-democracy Lexington Institute think tank outside Washington. “He seems to be looking for small practical things that can make Cubans’ lives easier.” Cuban exiles in Miami are consumed with rumors that Fidel is dying or dead. But Cubans on the island rarely mention him nowadays – they’re already more focused on what Raul, Fidel’s constitutionally designated successor, will do. They were pleased to hear him confirm on television that state salaries fail to cover basic necessities, and some even cheered when Raul delivered a slap at inefficient state managers by commenting sardonically about government farms infested with a fast-growing, thorny bush called marabu. They nodded knowingly as Raul publicly questioned why all Cubans, not just children under 7, aren’t guaranteed milk in their monthly food rations. They also noticed that the milk comment was dropped from the official transcript of the televised speech. On a personal level, Cubans were moved to see Raul appearing to choke back a sob after kissing an urn containing his wife’s ashes at her state-televised funeral in June. Cubans have never had such a personal glimpse of Fidel, who does not appear in public with his family. Authorities insist the brothers are united, and bristle at suggestions Raul is more open to change than his brother. They note that Fidel also hinted at reforms in November 2005, when he acknowledged that if government corruption and inefficiency are not controlled, “this revolution can destroy itself.” Dissident economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe wrote in an essay e-mailed to international media that he suspects government hard-liners are worrying that possible changes could undermine their legitimacy. He also noted that just five days after Raul said he would be open to discussing improved relations with a new U.S. president, Fidel wrote that the United States – “the empire” – would never negotiate with Cuba. In the past, Raul expressed interest in China’s model of a market economy in a one-party state. But Vice President Carlos Lage says Cuba won’t copy that model. “The countries now working to build socialism in different parts of the world,” Lage said, “are doing so in situations very different politically and economically from ours.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Carson Wentz cleared and expected to start for Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3

first_imgShare on Twitter Reuse this content Foles embraced his role from the start and wanted to return to the Eagles this season instead of seeking a starting opportunity elsewhere.“The greatest thing for me is that (quarterback) room has no egos,” Pederson said. “Nick all along has understood that this is Carson’s football team. We owe a lot of gratitude to Nick Foles for what he’s done and how he’s led this team. He’s very supportive.”Wentz, the No 2 overall pick in 2016, finished third in NFL MVP voting in his second year. Pederson doesn’t expect him to pick up where he left off immediately.“It’s going to take some time to get in the rhythm and flow of the game,” Pederson said. “The speed of the game is different than practice. He will be totally prepared. He comes early, stays late, asks a lot of questions, he has a lot of ideas. He’ll be ready mentally.”After starting 16 games as a rookie, Wentz set a single-season franchise record with 33 touchdown passes last season against only seven interceptions. The final one came a few plays after he suffered his injury.The Eagles (1-1) lost 27-21 at Tampa Bay (2-0) on Sunday.Wide receiver Mike Wallace broke his fibula in the first quarter and will miss several weeks.Wentz probably won’t have top receiver Alshon Jeffery, either. He’s been sidelined since having offseason shoulder surgery and Pederson said Jeffery is week to week.“Carson’s not Superman. It’s going to take the 10 other guys around him to do their job as well,” Pederson said. NFL Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Messenger Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles)Carson Wentz has been medically cleared and will start Sunday, as Head Coach Doug Pederson will announce during his press conference.#FlyEaglesFly 17, 2018center_img Share on WhatsApp US sports Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has been cleared to return and is slated to start against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.“I was impressed with how well he attacked his rehab throughout the offseason,” coach Doug Pederson said Monday. “He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do and he’s ready to go.”Wentz tore his left ACL and LCL on 10 December 2017 in a game against the Los Angeles Rams and had surgery three days later. Backup quarterback Nick Foles led the Eagles to their first NFL title since 1960 and was Super Bowl MVP in the 41-33 victory over New England. Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here…last_img read more