Archives for September 2014

Ukraine president orders cease fire

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ,saying the bloodshed and suffering must stop, ordered his military forces to cease fire against Russian-backed rebels in the country’s east. Representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the rebels and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe signed a truce today. both sides will begin a prisoner exchange tomorrow and international monitors will monitor the cease-fire.Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes to avert a new round of Western sanctions with this latest action.President Barack Obama is hopeful the cease-fire will hold, but not confident that the rebels will follow through and that Russia will stop violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

International Day of Charity

The United Nations is once again paying tribute to Mother Teresa. The UN designated September 5 as the International Day of Charity, in her honor back in 2012. It marks the anniversary of her death and the legacy she left behind. The General Secretary of United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, highlighted the example of Mother Teresa, whose good works for the poorest and most vulnerable has been an enormous inspiration.Every International Day of Charity, the UN encourages individuals, and governments worldwide to help those in need.

White House wants $58M for Ebola drugs

The White House asked Congress for $58 million to speed the production of promising drugs to fight Ebola and give more flexibility to the Department of Homeland Security to cope with the thousands of unaccompanied Central American children still arriving at the Mexico border.specifically,the administration told lawmakers that it wants them to extend the charter of the Export-Import Bank as part of a must-do temporary spending bill that’s needed to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the month. The requests comes while the GOP-lead House has said they plan to vote next week on the stopgap spending bill, which would fund the government into December.

Ex-Virginia Gov and Wife Convicted on Corruption Charges

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were convicted on multiple corruption charges today. He on 11 counts, she on 8. The charges tied to the couples relationship with Johnnie Williams, the former CEO of pharmaceutical company Star Scientific. Prosecutors say Williams needed help getting two drugs: Antabloc and CigRx, into doctors offices. The jury found the McDonnell’s accepted gifts from Williams-including paying for their daughter’s wedding, shopping sprees for Mrs. McDonnell, and letting the couple borrow his Aston Martin, in exchange for their help in talking up the drugs.

Jobs Added

ADP released its National Employment Report for August, and the payroll company says 204,000 jobs were added last month. Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, says it was solid, even growth…

NATO Expresses Concerns

NATO leaders are meeting in Wales to talk about whether the alliance has a role in containing the mounting threat from ISIS in the Middle East. The leaders will also address the situation in eastern Ukraine.
British Prime Minister David Cameron says it’s a solemn time for NATO and for the world’s security…

UCF Holds Vigil For Slain Newsman

Several hundred University of Central Florida students attended a short service and candlelight vigil on the Orlando campus for Steven Sotloff. Sotloff was the latest American journalist killed by ISIS. He attended UCF from 2002-04.

TAG: The “Knight” reference is to the school’s mascot and symbol, the “golden knight.”

Un Concerns Over Nigeria

The United Nations says the Islamic group Boko Haram has chased tens of thousands of Nigerians into the neighboring countries of Niger and Cameroon since last week. Senator Ahmed Zannah (AH-med ZAH-nah) represents the city of Bama, where some of the fighting has been taking place…

Medical Debt Troubling

According to a new Bankrate.com report, 25% of Americans say that they have more medical debt than emergency savings. Bankrate Insurance Analyst Doug Whiteman…

Justice Department Will Investigate Ferguson

The U-S Justice Department says it plans to open a civil rights investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri police department after last month’s shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal says the expanded inquiry could help relieve tensions…