ECOWAS Commission Praises Pres. Sirleaf for Visit to Headquarters

first_imgDr. Babatunde O. Ajisomo, the Special Representative of the President of the ECOWAS Commission in Liberia, has praised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for being the first head of authority of ECOWAS to visit the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria.In the regional body’s more than 40-year history, President Sirleaf is the first sitting Head of Authority to pay a visit to the Commission in order to know and see the work being done there, according to Dr. Ajisomo.“We were very glad to receive Her Excellency. Past Heads of Authority have just worked from their countries’ capitals and have just attended meetings but never did they come to visit with the Commission in Abuja,” he said on Wednesday.Madam Dr. Fatimata Dia Sow, ECOWAS Commissioner, Social Affairs and Gender, presented a symbolic check of US$70,000 to the Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Gender, for additional support to Ebola orphans and others in Liberia.Earlier, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, recognized the leadership role played by Madam Sirleaf in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease. Dr. Sow, who was joined by Dr. Ajisomo to present the check to Gender and Social Welfare Minister Julia Duncan Cassell, added: “As the challenge abated, we continued to monitor the doggedness of the President to get rid of Ebola and also address the challenges coming from it. As a mother, the passion Mama put into the struggle is well acknowledged not only in the ECOWAS region, but the world at large.”She used to occasion to call for a moment’s silence for the nearly 5,000 persons who lost their lives in Liberia, adding: “We lost people to Ebola. The pain of the loss is still fresh in our minds.”In spite of a two year absence, Dr. Sow stated that the challenge created by Ebola remains one of the nightmares for the ECOWAS Commission; and although they continue to discuss how best to assist the victims, she indicated that they are still discussing with their partners on preparedness to deal with such challenges should they occur again in the region. Gender Minister Duncan Cassell praised ECOWAS for standing with Liberia during the fight against the deadly disease. She assured the organization that the 9,000 Ebola orphans will be reached and informed about the ECOWAS gesture. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Soft Cell release first new single in 17 years

first_imgNorthern Lights is an atmospheric but hook-laden slice of classic synth-pop which features some of Almond’s trademark kitchen sink drama lyrics (‘What do you think I do all night? Sit here catching up on soaps?’).The track will be available to download from tonight at midnight. A CD, double-A side package will go on sale 28 August, featuring second new track, Guilty Because I Said So.Almond also revealed that the 30 September concert at the O2 will also be screened live in selected UK cinemas.News of new Soft Cell material comes just a month after Boy George and Culture Club, another huge band from the 80s, revealed their first new track in 20 years.See alsoBoy George and Culture Club back with first single in 20 years GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… British synthpop duo Soft Cell have today unveiled their first new track in 17 years. Singer Marc Almond revealed the track, entitled Northern Lights, on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Two this morning. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Soft Cell are Marc Almond and Dave Ball (Photo: Dave Chambers) Talking to host Evans, Almond said the song pays homage to the band’s northern roots.Almond met bandmate Dave Ball at Leeds Polytechnic in northern England in the late 1970s. They subsequently formed Soft Cell.The duo had a global smash with their cover of the Gloria Jones northern soul song, Tainted Love, in 1981. They went on to have ten top 40 hits in the UK and released four albums between 1981-84.Soft Cell circa 1981 (Photo: Universal)They reformed briefly in 2001 to release new material. Almond has enjoyed a successful solo career in the intervening years, including a UK number one in 1989 with a cover of Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart.To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their first gig, the duo have reformed and will play a one-off Soft Cell concert at the O2 in London next month. They are also releasing a ten-disc career retrospective.‘We didn’t have plans to do new music,’ Almond told Evans about the new material. ‘Dave sent me a couple of tunes and asked “What do you think of these?” The Definitive Ranking of Madonna’s Top 60 Singles Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Soft Cell are reuniting for one final performance Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more