Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 31, 2017 – His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, attended and spoke at a meeting of the Native Men’s Fellowship in Providenciales on 29 January, during which he praised the Fellowship’s voluntary work in the community and spoke on the dimensions of belief in today’s society.On the morning of 30 January, His Excellency the Governor received at Waterloo the Reverend Laish Loyd, the Anglican Bishop of The Turks and Caicos Islands and Bahamas and learned at first-hand about the Anglican community in TCI.#MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting
Taliban founder Mullah Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in AfghaniMullah Omarstan for years, according to a new book that suggests embarrassing failures of American intelligence.US and Afghan leaders believed the one-eyed, fugitive leader fled to and eventually died in Pakistan, but a new biography says Omar was living just three miles from a major US Forward Operating Base in Zabul province, where he died in 2013.”Searching for an Enemy”, by Dutch journalist Bette Dam, says the Taliban chief lived as a virtual hermit, refusing visits from his family and filling notebooks with jottings in an imaginary language.Dam spent more than five years researching the book and interviewed Jabbar Omari, Omar’s bodyguard who hid and protected him after the Taliban regime was overthrown.The author spent years reporting in Afghanistan and also wrote an earlier book about former Afghan president Hamid Karzai.Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001 which led to the fall of the Taliban, the US put a $10 million bounty on Omar and he went into hiding in a small compound in the regional capital Qalat, Dam writes.The family living at the compound were not told of the identity of their mystery guest, but US forces twice almost found him.At one point, a US patrol approached as Omar and Omari were in the courtyard. Alarmed, the two men ducked behind a wood pile, but the soldiers passed without entering.A second time, US troops even searched the house but did not uncover the concealed entrance to his secret room.Omar decided to move when the US started building Forward Operating Base Lagman in 2004, just a few hundred metres from his hideout.He later moved to a second building but soon afterwards the Pentagon constructed Forward Operating Base Wolverine — home to 1,000 US troops, and where American and British special forces were sometimes based — close by.He dared not move again, Dam says, rarely even going outside and often hiding in tunnels when US planes flew over.Though he listened to the BBC’s evening Pashto-language news broadcasts, even when he learned about the death of al-Qaeda supremo Osama Bin Laden Omar rarely commented on the outside world, the book says.The book goes on to claim that Omar became ill in 2013, did not see a doctor and refused to travel to Pakistan for treatment, later dying in Zabul.- ‘Piles of evidence’ -The allegations sparked mixed reactions, with the Afghan government quick to deny the claims.”We strongly reject this delusional claim and we see it as an effort to create and build an identify for the Taliban and their foreign backers,” tweeted Haroon Chakhansuri — a spokesman for the Afghan presidency.”We have sufficient evidence which shows he lived and died in Pakistan. Period!”Former CIA director and US military commander in Afghanistan David Petraeus also appeared sceptical, saying the Taliban leader’s alleged decision to stay in Afghanistan would have been laden with risk.”We had access, as needed, to anywhere inside Afghanistan, and I would be very surprised if Mullah Omar would have taken the risk that we could come calling some evening,” said Petraeus according to the Wall Street Journal.”I have piles & piles of evidence which shows he lived & died in Pakistan,” added Amrullah Saleh, who was head of Afghan intelligence from 2004-2010.Afghan officials have repeatedly accused Pakistan of harbouring Taliban insurgents.Omar’s Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, and has waged an insurgency since then.Dam’s book says Omar delegated effective Taliban leadership after 2001 and appears to have acted as more of a spiritual leader after that. The militants kept his death secret for two years.The latest account of Omar’s life comes as the Taliban and US are holding ongoing peace talks aimed at bringing an end to the nearly 18-year conflict.The US and Taliban have remained tight-lipped about the most recent round of talks in Doha, which have been ongoing for two weeks, sparking expectations that they may be inching closer to a deal.
By Jamesia Downer, AFRO InternSummer has just started, and the temperatures around the city are rising. In a West Baltimore community, Poe Homes, the residents lived in their homes for up to eight days without running water.After more than a week of misery and dangerous health conditions water was restored to the beleaguered residents of the Poe Homes housing projects in West Baltimore.According to the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC), water was fully restored the evening of June 25. Officials with the Housing Authority said the water outage was initially caused by a broken 20-inch valve, triggering alarming unsanitary living conditions. However, volunteers, city residents and organizations helped support Poe Homes residents.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>“I want to especially thank our residents for their understanding as DPW continued to try to fix the problem,” said HABC Executive Director Janet Abrahams in a statement. “We responded to the emergency situation with a methodical overwhelming effort to ensure that our residents were as comfortable as possible given the circumstances.”Still, questions remain about the “circumstances” that led to the residents of Poe to be without water for more than a week. And though water has been restored, Poe Homes residents say there’s still the issue of water pressure for the homes who are just now having their water services restored. The men and women of the community grew frustrated living without water. Poe Homes resident Fabian Moore spoke to the AFRO about how the community dealt with the loss of water during those 8 days. “[I] thank a lot of people for really coming out to help us, but we gotta want to do it our self before anyone else will want to do it,” said Moore.Poe Homes resident Fabian Moore (Screengrab from video)In the beginning stages of the break, there were no answers for the members of this community discussion went back and forth as to who was responsible for the valve break, whether it be the city or neighborhood. While the community was waiting for water restoration there was help from organizations around the Baltimore City and Baltimore County to this community and for that the residents are grateful.Many organizations donated bottled water, some offered shower and laundry services throughout, and others donated food to residents. Construction on near underway near the site of the broken main valve. Porta Potties are still lined up on the side of the street for residents to use. Debris and empty water bottles riddle the streets, and a pipe runs down West Lexington St. from a fire hydrant located on the corner of Lexington and Poppleton. This fire hydrant is supplying the neighborhood water for now. So while residents can use their showers and sinks, there is still work to be done for full water restoration. Even though residents are less frustrated than at the beginning of the water loss crisis, there is needs to be a sense of urgency toward repairing the infrastructure of not only Poe Homes but in neighborhoods and communities across the city.The AFRO will provide a full report on the water outage at Poe Homes next week.Baltimore Editor Sean Yoes contributed to this story.