Via Nova Scotia Premier’s Office statement:
A special tree received a heartfelt farewell today, Nov. 16. The 45-foot white spruce is a thank-you gift to the people of Boston for their immediate support following the Halifax Explosion of 1917.
“Nova Scotia will never forget those who were lost and injured as a result of the explosion, and the support from the people of Boston,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This year’s Tree for Boston is dedicated to health-care workers, honouring both the 1917 response and those taking care of us on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are thankful for the compassion and kindness shown in times of need.”
2020 marks the 103rd anniversary of the Halifax Explosion
the explosion occurred on Dec. 6, 1917 when the Norwegian vessel SS Imo collided with the SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship laden with high explosives, in the Halifax Harbour
2,000 people were killed and 9,000 more were injured as a result of the explosion
the tree will be transported from Halifax to Portland, Maine, on a container vessel, then Portland to Boston, Massachusetts
Heather and Tony Sampson, who live in Dundee, Richmond Co., donated this year’s tree
the 45-foot white spruce tree is from Grande Anse, Richmond Co.
Consul Wiktowy joined @StephenMcNeil, Minister Lohnes-Croft, and folks from Eimskip shipping to bid the @TreeforBoston a safe journey by land and sea to its final destination @CityOfBoston! pic.twitter.com/XKvWt29AY0
— USConsulateHalifax (@usconshalifax) November 16, 2020
— Stephen McNeil (@StephenMcNeil) November 16, 2020
I received a heartfelt farewell today, November 16.
Due to the #COVID19 pandemic, Nova Scotia is partnering with @portofhalifax, @Eimskip and PSA Halifax to transport the tree on a container vessel: https://t.co/QC3uNrPAVH @usconshalifax #sendoff #thankful #HalifaxExplosion
— Tree for Boston (@TreeforBoston) November 16, 2020
Today, November 12, was the Tree-Cutting Ceremony at the property of Heather and Tony Sampson in Grande Anse, @Mun_Richmond.@nsccstrait @NSCCNews @NSLandsForestry #TreeforBoston #Thankful
— Tree for Boston (@TreeforBoston) November 12, 2020
— Boston.com (@BostonDotCom) November 20, 2015
The State Department issued a statement on Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s visit to Bhutan. We have only been able to find photos of D/S Sullivan’s meetings with the Foreign Minister Tandi Dorji, Minister of Economic Affairs Loknath Sharma, and other officials, but none of the meeting with the Dragon King.
Via state.gov: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan traveled to Thimphu, Bhutan, from August 12-13. In meetings with His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Prime Minister Tshering, Foreign Minister Dorji, and Minister of Economic Affairs Sharma, Deputy Secretary Sullivan discussed a range of issues, including the importance of protecting and enhancing a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region. He also discussed the importance of expanding our two nations’ people-to-people ties and enhancing joint efforts to combat trafficking in persons. In a meeting with the Loden Foundation, the Deputy Secretary learned about efforts to promote entrepreneurship and cultural preservation in Bhutan. The Deputy Secretary affirmed the United States’ support for science, technology, engineering, and math activities that aim to benefit Bhutanese students, teachers, engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs.
This trip reminds us of a memorable photo of the Fourth King of Bhutan and his three wives with the then South Central Asian Affairs Assistant Secretary Robert Blake. We posted the 2010 photo below in 2013 following Ambassador Blake’s confirmation as Ambassador to Indonesia.
Secretary Pompeo and his wife, Susan traveled to Kansas where he did the Keynote Address and Fireside Chat at the Road to GES Heartland Event. They’re now traveling to Kuwait, Israel, and Lebanon from March 19–23.
Posted: 10:38 pm PT
Confirmed, 57-42: Exec. Cal. #788, Mike Pompeo, of KS, to be Secretary of State.
— Floor Monitor (@senategopfloor) April 26, 2018
Today, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito swore in Mike Pompeo as America’s 70th Secretary of State in the West Conference Room of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/E8xV03CSKv
— Department of State (@StateDept) April 26, 2018
Mike Pompeo has been sworn in today as the 70th U.S. Secretary of State. pic.twitter.com/hJVQnV27Po
— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) April 26, 2018
📸 Newly confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo en route to Brussels for @NATO #ForMin. The Secretary met with @StateDept team & traveling press pool on the plane. Learn more about his first trip as Secretary of State: https://t.co/0KwTw3LZn6 pic.twitter.com/z2xACDDywp
— Department of State (@StateDept) April 27, 2018
AND NOW THIS —
JUST RELEASED: Photos of Secretary of State Pompeo in North Korea. Secretary Pompeo will do an excellent job helping President Trump lead our efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. pic.twitter.com/pQ0P8hbMTN
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 26, 2018
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01/17/18 Remarks on The Way Forward for the United States Regarding Syria; Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson; Hoover Institute at Stanford University; Stanford, CA
Posted: 1:20 pm PT
Secretary Tillerson was over at the Foreign Service Institute on November 29 and apparently delivered the opening remarks at the Redesign Leadership Gathering. We don’t know what he said over there since the Bureau of Public Affairs has not seen it fit to post the transcript of his official remarks online.
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