– Advertisement – The Destiny Ministers for Excellence, a group of Christian organizations in Monrovia, has endorsed the presidential bid of former Central Bank Governor Dr. Joseph Mills Jones.At the event held yesterday at the headquarters of the Movement for Economic Change (MOVEE) in Monrovia, spokesman Bishop Jeremiah Nimely said Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, after careful examination of all the presidential aspirants, stands out as the one with the requisite leadership credentials to deliver the people of Liberia.Bishop Nimely said, “Dr. Jones cares for his fellow citizens, and he has always said Liberia is a land of possibilities where every Liberian child can live to his/her full potential.”In a statement, he said, “Dr. Jones is a transformational leader whose hand prints are clearly seen from the work he did at the Central Bank of Liberia when he served as Executive Governor.”Dr. Jones is the standard bearer of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) and has vowed to change the living conditions of Liberians because “poverty is not Liberians’ destiny.”Bishop Nimely said the group, comprising of pastors, apostles, prophets, as well as 150 congregational churches of Destiny Ministers for Excellence, ordinary Liberians, including rural residents, are living testimonies of his handiwork.He said Liberia is at a crossroads and the political clock is ticking rapidly towards October 10 when Liberians will go to the polls to decide who their next president will be.“It is our civil responsibility to do so, but more than that, we as pastors and religious leaders, considering our role as the moral compass of society, believe that these elections are very crucial to the sustenance of our peace and democracy. In so doing, we feel much more obliged to provide guidance for our fellow compatriots,” Bishop Nimely said.“We painstakingly evaluated all the presidential aspirants on the basis of love for nation, patriotism, demonstrated capacity, sober-mindedness and a national vision in which every individual’s vision is reflected, and found Dr. Jones as unmatched,” he said.Bishop Nimely noted that the above-mentioned characteristics are virtues befitting a national leader that will lead “us as a nation from the valley of despair and hopelessness to a veranda of possibilities and hopefulness,” and as such the group has resolved to support the presidential aspirations of Dr. Joseph Mills Jones.“We are prepared, when the time comes, to galvanize more support and campaign for you, Dr. Jones, everywhere to win the October 10 presidential elections. We will leave no stone unturned; we stand by you, Dr. Jones, for you are the hope of Liberia,” Bishop Nimely said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Dr. J. Mills Jones
The Royal Albert Hall came alive for Coram’s biggest ever musical fundraising concert featuring Lily Allen, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Queen’s Brian May, Kerry Ellis, The Feeling and Maverick Sabre this week.Coram is committed to improving the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.Maverick opened the evening’s entertainment playing a stripped-back set accompanied by his guitarist. He encouraged the audience to text a £10 donation to support Coram’s music therapy services, which help vulnerable children to communicate.Sophie Ellis-Bextor was up next, charming the crowd with her folk-pop ballads. Sophie remarked how incredible it was that when the Royal Albert Hall was built, Coram had already been helping children for 140 years!Sophie is featured on Coram’s newly-launched supporter pledge wall and read pledges from other celebrity supporters such as Richard E. Grant and Lisa Faulkner.The audience were brought straight to their feet by the next act, pop rockers, The Feeling. Front man Dan Gillespie was quick to voice his support for Coram, saying “It’s great to be here for a wonderful cause.”Then it was time for the soulful tones of Brian May and Kerry Ellis, who had the audience in the palms of their hands. The duo performed ‘Born Free’, written by Coram supporter and award-winning lyricist, Don Black. Kerry Ellis said generously, “It’s a joy to be here in this wonderful venue for such a fantastic cause.”Compere for the evening, leading broadcaster Mike Read, thanked the acts and reminded the crowd that Coram was counting on their support to make the concert a successful event for vulnerable children needing the charity’s help.Soon enough, the generosity of the crowd shone through and an announcement was made that over £20,000 had been raised through texts and donations! £10 donations can still be made by texting CORAM to 70660 and a special online auction raising funds for Coram is still available to bid on until midnight on Thursday.Prizes include afternoon tea with English actor Bill Nighy and a VIP tour of the Shard with Champagne dinner.Next up was the inimitable Lily Allen who was making her return to the stage after several years break, to perform for the charity.“I’m very pleased to be here for Coram,” smiled Lily, before launching into her stunning set. A particular highlight was the moment Lily invited a little girl named Chardonnay onto stage, who sung along to latest single, ‘Air Balloon’.Coram will continue its 275th anniversary year celebrations with exciting events throughout the year and the launch of the charity’s first online supporter pledge campaign. All supporters can stand up for today’s ‘invisible’ children, just as the charity’s founder Thomas Coram did 275 years ago and sign the wall, and sign up for Coram’s newsletter to stay up to date.Thanks to the City Rocks committee who organised the concert, 100 tickets were donated free of charge to young people and families who have been supported by Coram directly.Coram thanks all the performers and the City Rocks committee for making this incredibly succesfull concert possible, and the Royal Albert Hall for selecting Coram as its first ever Charity of the Year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Setting aside some of his hard-line rhetoric on illegal immigration, President Donald Trump said Thursday that he wanted to recruit “top talent” to the nation as he unveiled his latest efforts to reform residency laws after years of setbacks and stalemates.“We discriminate against genius,” Trump said of current policies, which he contended excessively favor family based immigration. “We discriminate against brilliance. We won’t anymore once we get this passed.”The latest effort, spearheaded by Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the nation’s green card system so that it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country. The proposed shift to a more merit-based system prioritizing high-skilled workers would mark a dramatic departure from the nation’s largely family based approach, which officials said gives roughly 66% of green cards to those with family ties and 12% based on skills.The president’s plan, unveiled in a Rose Garden ceremony, has yet to be embraced by his own party — let alone Democrats — and faces dubious prospects in a divided Congress. The show of magnanimity comes as Trump seeks to put a softer facade on the signature campaign issue from his first campaign as he eyes his 2020 reelection.“Our plan is pro-American, pro-immigrant and pro-worker,” Trump said, adding that it contrasts with what he called Democrats’ support of “chaos,” and predicted it will lead him to victory next November.“Our proposal fulfills our sacred duty to those living here today while ensuring America remains a welcoming country to immigrants joining us tomorrow,” he added.Efforts to overhaul the immigration system have gone nowhere for three decades amid deep partisan divisions. Prospects for an agreement seem especially bleak as the 2020 elections near, though the plan could give Trump and the GOP a proposal to rally behind, even as Democrats signaled their opposition.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump’s emphasis on merit-based immigration is “condescending” because families have merit, too.The plan does not address what to do about the millions of immigrants already living in the country illegally, including hundreds of thousands of young “Dreamers” brought to the U.S. as children — a top priority for Democrats. Nor does it reduce overall rates of immigration, as many conservative Republicans would like to see.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said “Dreamer” immigrants were not included in Trump’s new plan because past proposals involving them have failed.In briefings Wednesday that attracted dozens of journalists and outside allies, administration officials said the plan would create a points-based visa system, similar to those used by Canada and other countries.Under the new plan, the U.S. would award the same number of green cards as it now does. But far more would go to exceptional students, professionals and people with high-level and vocational degrees. Factors such as age, English language ability and employment offers would also be considered.The diversity visa lottery, which offers green cards to citizens of countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S., would be eliminated.As part of the plan, officials want to shore up ports of entry to ensure all vehicles and people are screened and to create a self-sustaining fund, paid for with increased fees, to modernize ports of entry.The plan also calls for building border wall in targeted locations and continues a push for an overhaul to the U.S. asylum system, with the goal of processing fewer applications and removing people who don’t qualify faster.While the officials insisted their effort was not a “political” plan, they nonetheless framed it as one they hoped Republicans would unite behind, making clear to voters what the party is “for.”“I don’t think it’s designed to get Democratic support as much as it is to unify the Republican Party around border security, a negotiating position,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a close ally of the White House.Indeed, the plan drew immediate criticism from Democrats as well as immigration activists, who remain deeply skeptical of Trump after past negotiation failures.Democrats and some Republicans tried crafting a compromise with Trump last year that would have helped young Dreamer immigrants and added money for border security. But those talks collapsed over White House demands to curb legal immigration and a dramatic Senate showdown in which lawmakers rejected three rival proposals that aligned with the “four pillars” immigration plan Trump unveiled that year.Lisa Koop, director of legal services at the National Immigrant Justice Center, also criticized the various planks of the proposal, including its failure to address those brought to the U.S. illegally as children who are currently protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA, which Trump has tried to end.“A plan that forces families apart, limits access to asylum and other humanitarian relief, and doesn’t contemplate a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and other undocumented community members is clearly a political stunt intended to posture rather than problem-solve,” she said.Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for lower immigration rates, applauded a “very positive effort” on legal immigration, but said it was “undermined by the embrace of the current very high level of immigration.”Republicans on Capitol Hill, too, voiced skepticism. A PowerPoint presentation shared with reporters Wednesday referred to the plan as “The Republican Proposal,” even though many GOP members had yet to see it.___ New Trump immigration plan would overhaul green card system AP, Posted: May 16, 2019 AP May 16, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter
Durgapur: Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA) has set December 2018 as the target to integrate its entire leased out land into its online payment gateway service.”We have prepared a legacy data of these leaseholders after a lot of hard work. There are around 3,000 such leaseholders, whose tax payments are irregular. Once we integrate them in this online payment gateway, we will be able to keep them updated about their dues and the pending rent can be mopped up easily,” ADDA CEO Arun Prasad said on the sidelines of the launch of a mobile application for both Android and iOS users, for online payment gateway service.The ADDA Online app service was formally launched by its chairman Tapas Banerjee at its office in Durgapur on Monday.It may be mentioned that out of the leased out land belonging to ADDA, 80 percent is residential, 15 percent is commercial and 5 percent is industrial.”We have already prepared a database of shops and have started the process of registering them under ADDA Online. They will be soon getting alerts of the pending amount and the time period they need to clear their dues. They can pay online or can deposit the amount with a private bank with which we have tied up. Soon, we will tie up with some nationalised banks too,” Banerjee said.A workshop will be held on Wednesday with around 150 shop owners, who will be registered on the online plat-form.ADDA, which launched the online platform in June last year, has mopped up Rs 12.5 crore till date and now, with the launch of mobile payment gateway and integratingshops and hawkers and then the land leaseholders, is hopeful of earning a revenue of around Rs 25 crore by June 2019.Most of these shop owners would visit the ADDA office once in three months, collect details of payments and then clear the dues. Delayed payments had become a cause of worry.The online payment gateway for collection of various fees like developmentcharges, water charges, mortgage fees, transfer fees and ground rent, among others, have relieved the residents from the hassle of travelling to the ADDA office.ADDA covers an extensive area of 1,603 square km, comprising two municipal corporations and eight development blocks.
Kolkata: The Association of Minority Professional Academic Institutes, popularly known as ‘AMPAI’, has announced that its Common Entrance Examination CEE-AMPAI-2019-WB, will be conducted for the sixth consecutive year on June 23 under the supervision of state Higher Education department.It will be conducted for admission to 4-year B.Tech and B.Pharm courses as per government order issued by state Higher Education department recently. The Common Entrance Examination presents yet another excellent opportunity to the students aspiring for B.Tech and B.Pharm degree courses to secure admission in the top ranking engineering colleges of the state. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThis year, CEE-AMPAI examination will be held at various centres spread across the length and breadth of the country including West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh. CEE-AMPAI will allow students to take admission in various streams under B.Tech and B.Pharm in the top ranking engineering colleges of the state such as JIS College of Engineering, Kalyani, Narula Institute of Technology, Kolkata, Guru Nanak Institute of Technology, Kolkata, Guru Nanak Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Kolkata, and Dr. Sudhir Chandra Sur Degree Engineering College, Kolkata. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThis year, the total number of seats available in CEE-AMPAI is 1164. The applications are available online and offline till June 16, 2019. The examination syllabus will be similar to the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination and there would be no negative marking. Though preference will be given to Sikh minority students during the admission, other minority and non-minority students will also get chance to take admission based on the merit list.