The times they are a-changin! The famous lyrics from Bob Dylan‘s 1964 folk ballad still echo strongly in today’s society, as the American landscape continues to undergo changes in stark contrast to its controversial past. On Wednesday, it was reported that Johnny Cash, along with civil rights icon Daisy Lee Gatson Bates will replace a pair of statues of two figures who supported the Confederacy in the 19th century.Related: Watch Mavis Staples Replace Confederate Monuments In Her Beautiful New Music VideoAccording to reports, the likenesses of Cash and Bates will go inside the U.S. Capitol in marble form where statues of Confederate attorney Uriah Milton Rose and former Arkansas Governor James P. Clarke have stood in Statuary Hall for the last 100 years. The decision was signed into state law last week by current Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, who stands by the decision of the statue removal in hopes of updating the U.S. Capitol “with representatives of our more recent history.”“Arkansas icons Daisy Bates and Johnny Cash are worthy additions to the U.S. Capitol statue collection,” U.S. Representative for Arkansas’s 2nd congressional district French Hill added in a statement in support of the decision. “I applaud the decision by Gov. Hutchinson and the General Assembly to recognize their historic contributions and preserve their inspiring legacies for future generations.”Cash, who is an American icon in the realm of music and arts entertainment, was a native of Arkansas growing up. The famous singer and guitarist died in September 2003. The report goes on to state that the statue swap likely won’t occur for a few more years due to the funding needed from private donors to create their replacements.[H/T Washington Post]
A fire and explosion took place at on Friday, April 12, at the oil and gas Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) in Johor, Malaysia.According to media reports, two men were injured after a fire and explosion occurred in the early hours of the morning at Petronas’ Pengarang complex.The Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) is a megaproject development in Pengerang, Malaysia, which spans over an area of 80 square kilometers and houses oil refineries, petrochemical plants, LNG terminal, and a regasification plant.The incident occurred at 1:25 AM at the complex but was contained within 30 minutes. The Star reported that the two injured men worked as security guards at the site. Media reports suggested that the explosion was started by a leaking gas tank while Malaysian news agency Bernama stated that more than ten houses near Pengerang were damaged.Petronas confirmed that the incident occurred via social media later in the day and stated that the situation was under control and that all relevant authorities were informed.Local police added in a statement that Petronas’ emergency response team doused the fire at 2:15 AM using five Fire and Rescue Department vehicles and 30 officers.
Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton; Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Karen Cummings and the Cuban Ambassador to Guyana, Julio César González Marchante with the 86 new doctors at the Arthur Chung Convention CentreGuyana welcomed 86 new doctors who have successfully completed their training under the Guyana/Cuba Medical Scholarship Programme.The graduation ceremony was held Saturday at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre and saw many Government officials in attendance, including: State Minister Joseph Harmon; Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton; Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Karen Cummings; and the Cuban Ambassador to Guyana, Julio César González Marchante.Delivering the feature address, Minister Harmon urged the new doctors to commit themselves to selfless and dedicated service as they begin their careers.He reminded that the Guyana/Cuba Medical Scholarship Programme serves as a testimony of the good relationship between the two countries.“The Cuban Scholarship Programme continues to perhaps be the greatest area of assistance, with the Medical Scholarship Programme being the ‘flagship project’ of training and support,” the minister stated.Additionally, Harmon acknowledged that the actual presence of Cuban doctors in Guyana, who provide medical assistance in Guyana, contribute to the overall healthcare delivery system.The minister further highlighted that the hinterland areas are also benefitting, as there has been an increase in doctors assigned to Health Centres in those areas.Moreover, Harmon assured that the friendship and solidarity between the two countries will continue to grow under the current administration.Addressing the interns, Minister Norton urged the graduates to work hard to raise the quality of healthcare in Guyana.He pledged the commitment of government in providing opportunities for them.“The vision of the Ministry of Public Health is to make sure that all the people of Guyana are among the healthiest in the Caribbean and the Americas by the year 2020, and I know that together we can make it happen,” the minister told the graduates.In his remarks, the Cuban Ambassador highlighted the importance of a solid relationship to be maintained between Guyana and Cuba.He said that the Guyana/Cuba Medical Scholarship Programme is a reflection of the solidarity between the two countries: “Only in solidarity will we be able to face the significant challenges we have at present and to achieve a better world that is totally possible.”Following the ceremony, the interns were required to take the Hippocratic Oath which was administered by Minister Cummings.Over the last ten years, 700 doctors have graduated from the Guyana/Cuba Medical Scholarship Programme.