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UNMIL Extends Operations to 2015

first_imgDue to the increase of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the country, the Special Representative to the Secretary General, Madam Karin Landgren, has disclosed that the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) will   continue its operations in the country until 2015 September and there will be no withdrawal now.According to Madam Landgren, the UN Mission will continue to carry out its duties by serving the Liberian people,  especially in the midst of the Deadly Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia.SRSG Landgren described the Deadly Ebola Virus Disease outbreak here as the greatest threat since the civil crisis.Madam Landgren made the disclosure in Monrovia following her regular Wednesday press conference held at the Headquarters of the UNMIL following her arrival from the Security Council.She said, UNMIL is serving as critical back up for Liberia’s security institutions and that UNMIL  and Military are on the standby when needed to respond to specific incidents  that tend to deteriorate beyond the capacity of Liberian authorities.She indicated that in line with the mission’s protection of Civilian’s mandate, UNMIL Police and Military are actively monitoring the deployment of their  national counterparts during the state of Emergency, including at checkpoints, and providing training and guidance on responsibilities regarding protection of Civilians.“UNMIL police and military will  support the planning and coordination of Liberian security institutions, the police, military and immigration, which are active in implementing Ebola control measures.  This will include  officer embedded within the Joint Command Centre.UNMIL police have also facilitated Ebola sensitization training for 500 officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) Ebola Response Team ahead of their deployment to affected areas, and provided training materials to LNP and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization officers across the country through 29 UNPOL team sites,” Said Madam Landgren.The SRSG went on to say that the Mission is working with national counterparts to help mitigate the risk of Ebola outbreak in prisons, including by helping to reduce overcrowding through addressing the extremely high rates of pre-trial detention facilities.  The mission has also provided basic personal protective equipment, disenfectants and thermometers to all detention facilities through a Quick Impact Project. Discussing the UN Mission’s  effort to the fight against the Ebola Virus, she said the UNMIL Engineering Section is preparing ground for the construction of a 33,000m Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Monrovia and the mission is repairing the road and parking are for the National Emergency Operations Center in Monrovia.The mission, in addition, is constructing and providing emergency maintenance of roads leading to other ETUs and UNMIL-constructed holding facilities in Zwedru, Gbarnga and Voinjama.Recounting the Mission’s donation to the country, Madam Langren said these   include 30 vehicles from its fleet to the Government of Liberia for use in the fight against Ebola.  Twenty more vehicles are soon to be donated, she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Character actress Stapleton at age 80

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “There are many roads to good acting,” Stapleton, known for her straightforwardness, said in her 1995 autobiography, “Hell of a Life.” “I’ve been asked repeatedly what the ‘key’ to acting is, and as far as I’m concerned, the main thing is to keep the audience awake.” Stapleton was nominated several times for a supporting actress Oscar, including for her first film role in 1958’s “Lonelyhearts”; “Airport” in 1970; and Woody Allen’s “Interiors” in 1978. Her other film credits include the 1963 musical “Bye Bye Birdie” opposite Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke, “Johnny Dangerously,” “Cocoon,” “The Money Pit” and “Addicted to Love.” In television, she earned an Emmy for “Among the Paths to Eden” in 1967. She was nominated for “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom” in 1975; “The Gathering” in 1977; and “Miss Rose White” in 1992. After moving to the Berkshires, Stapleton was a regular at the Candlelight Inn, a favorite gathering spot for actors that has since closed, said Elizabeth Aspenlieder, an actress with the Lenox-based Shakespeare & Co. acting group. SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Maureen Stapleton, an Oscar-winning character actress whose subtle vulnerability and down-to-earth toughness earned her dramatic and comedic roles on stage, screen and television, died Monday. She was 80. The longtime smoker died from chronic pulmonary disease in the Berkshire hills town of Lenox, Mass., where she had been living, said her son, Daniel Allentuck. Stapleton, whose unremarkable, matronly appearance belied her star personality and talent, won an Academy Award in 1981 for her supporting role as anarchist-writer Emma Goldman in Warren Beatty’s “Reds,” about a left-wing American journalist who journeys to Russia to cover the Bolshevik Revolution. To prepare for the role, Stapleton said she tried reading Goldman’s autobiography, but soon chucked it out of boredom. “Maureen would be sitting at the bar, ferociously playing charades,” said Aspenlieder, who remembered Stapleton as a fun-loving eccentric who would often be seen wearing a housedress and pair of furry boots. “She was always warm and inviting,” Aspenlieder said. At age 24, Stapleton became a success as Serafina Delle Rose in Tennessee Williams’ Broadway hit “The Rose Tattoo,” and won a Tony Award. She appeared in numerous other stage productions, including Lillian Hellman’s “Toys in the Attic” and Neil Simon’s “The Gingerbread Lady,” for which she won her second Tony in 1971. She starred opposite Laurence Olivier in Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Stapleton’s friendship with Williams was well-known and he wrote three plays for her, but she never appeared in any of them. Along the way, she led a chaotic personal life, which her autobiography candidly described as including two failed marriages, numerous affairs, years of alcohol abuse and erratic parenting for her two children. She often said auditioning was hard for her, but that it was just a part of acting, a job “that pays.” Beside Allentuck, Stapleton is survived by a daughter, Katharine Bambery of Lenox, and a brother, Jack Stapleton, of Troy, N.Y. 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