18 Jan

UNFPA, MOH, Brainstorm on Improving Reproductive Health Services

first_imgThe United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH), has begun a three-day Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop aimed at restoring Sexual and reproductive health and maternal services to women and girls in Liberia.The objective of the regional TOT training was to orientate program managers and service providers on ERH kits, refresh service providers on maternal and newborn lifesaving interventions and make the linkage to ERH kits. The training was also intended to prepare participants to monitor and supervise rational use of the reproductive health kits.During the opening of the workshop, held at the head office of Planned Parenthood Association of Liberia (PPAL), UNFPA Representative Dr. Oluremi Sogunro, urged the participants from five counties to ensure that there are more gains made in sexual reproductive health (SRH) before the end of 2015.“We have to work very hard, but our best is not enough.  We need to make sure that there is no problem in the maternal reproductive health system in our country,” stated Dr. Sogunro.He recounted that in 2007 UNFPA along with the MOH,  provided reproductive health kits to health centers for the  improvement  of maternal and new born care services, adding that much progress was made up to 2014 but due to the Ebola outbreak the gains have been reduced by 50% in the sexual reproductive health system.”Dr. Sogunro said his expectation following the workshop is to see great improvement from the SRH for women and girls on course to save the lives of women in the country.He thanked President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for bringing in what he called ‘super power’ partners to provide adequate support to SHR and maternal services.The UNFPA Boss disclosed that as part of the initiative to restore maternal health services to pregnant women during the EVD outbreak and to encourage deliveries by skilled providers, UNFPA Liberia has procured emergency reproductive health kits for use by health facilities in performing lifesaving interventions.UNFPA is working towards   providing a region-wide platform that will help to bring back maternal health services in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.“We need to bring back our retired midwives to join in the process by making sure that every mother that is giving birth stays alive,” declared Dr. Sogunro.He asserted that by the end of 2016 the UNFPA and the Ministry of Health will show better results in maternal mortality and sexual reproductive health in the country.The Director of the Family Health Division at the MOH, Dr. Cuallah Jabbeh, joined her UNFPA colleague in lamenting the loss in progress made as a result of the Ebola outbreak.She called on healthcare workers to provide more services and improve on the work that has been done.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

14 Jan

Catholic Health Secretariat Gets Medical Supplies

first_imgThe Health Secretariat of the Catholic Church of Liberia was on Thursday the grateful recipient of critically needed Anti- Ebola medical supplies.According to the Citizens Alliance to Stop Ebola (CASE –Liberia) officials, the medical supplies comprising drugs and vital testing equipment valued at US$2,500 were acquired by donors and friends at home and abroad.Liberia Law Society Director, Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods, II, during the presentation, reminded Liberians to not be complacent about the Ebola virus.Atty. Woods, a former director of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC), also advised that the medical supplies should not be used for the anti-Ebola fight alone.“It is our hope and conviction that the medical supplies would be used to prevent and cure other illnesses that continue to affect Liberians in our country,” he stated.He also underscored the need for the government, its partners and Liberians to begin to consider the long and medium-range planning of the health system of the country.Atty. Woods also pointed out that some of the medical supplies will be donated to the ELWA Hospital outside Monrovia through its director, Dr. Jerry Browne.It may be recalled that a few months ago, Case-Liberia presented to Dr. Browne a laptop that has greatly enhanced his work at the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).The supplies were presented to CASE-Liberia’s senior staff Atty. Alfred Mabu Brownell who pledged that the entity will sustain its support to health facilities and communities in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country.He described CASE as a citizens’ initiative that is based on a two prong process which means working with local communities to ensure that they lead in realizing the goal of zero infection and transmission of the disease.He also disclosed that CASE-Liberia has worked in the country for the past four months and the entity comprises civil society groups such as Green Advocates.Atty. Brown warned that until Liberians and partners can do the best mobilization to sensitize citizens against religious and traditional practices that spread the virus, Ebola is far from over.In response, the Coordinator of the Catholic Health Secretariat, Mrs. Yah Wynngausi,  applauded “the dedicated, resilient and committed health workers that braved the storm and risked their lives to save the lives of many people during the height of the Ebola crisis.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 Jan

City residents to pay $100 for every barrel of garbage removed

first_imgFrom next month– Town ClerkBy Ramona LuthiWith effect from February 1, 2018, Georgetown residents would be required to pay $100 for every barrel of garbage that is to be removed from their premises.This was revealed by Town Clerk Royston King, on Thursday during an interview at his office at City Hall, Georgetown.“Going forward, there are new proposals with respect to solid waste management, including the fact that we are looking and asking all residents within the city to pay a small fee to help us collect domestic waste. The proposal is: residents will be asked to pay $100 per barrel to remove garbage from their premises and toTown Clerk Royston King during an interview with the Guyana Times on Thursdaydispose of it at our landfill site,” he told Guyana Times.According to King, the money acquired from this initiative would allow the Georgetown Municipality the capacity to sustainably develop the city.Expressing hope that persons living in the city would be receptive to this new initiative, the Town Clerk declared he was looking forward to their cooperation.“We are expecting, we anticipate, that residents will cooperate and will support this move,” he said.In addition, King asserted that the City Council is looking at ways in which to allow villages that do not presently receive such public health care facilities – like Sophia, Greater Georgetown — to experience same.“We’re also looking at other areas that are not currently receiving such public health services; like, for example, in the area of Sophia. We’re looking at Sophia, and we’re working out an arrangement to also provide public health services in that community, including the collection and disposal of their waste,” he disclosed.last_img read more

6 Jan

Altidore, Vazquez seal MLS Cup for Toronto

first_img0Shares0000Jozy Altidore of Toronto FC celebrates a goal during the second half of the MLS Cup Final © GETTY/AFP / Vaughn RidleyMONTREAL, Canada, Dec 10 – Toronto FC claimed their maiden MLS Cup crown on Saturday, capping a magical Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 triumph over Seattle Sounders in Toronto.Jozy Altidore fired Toronto into the lead in the 67th minute and Vazquez sent the crowd at BMO field into a frenzy when he sealed the win in the fourth minute of second-half injury time. Toronto, who endured a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeat to the Sounders in the title match in Toronto last season, became the first Canadian club to win the MLS Cup.They added the league’s ultimate prize to the Supporters’ Shield they won as the team with the best record in the league. With their Canadian Championship they completed a historic MLS treble.“This has been the dream for four years, since the day I got here,” said Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley. “And for the last year, the dream has become an obsession.“For this group of guys to work every single day having to remember last year, to get back here, to play that game in this atmosphere with that on the line — it’s unbelievable.”Sebastian Giovinco (C) of Toronto FC celebrates victory over the Seattle Sounders in the 2017 MLS Cup Final © GETTY/AFP / Vaughn RidleySeattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei, the hero for the Sounders in last year’s triumph, again threatened to derail Toronto’s challenge with save after save.But Frei, who hadn’t surrendered a goal in this season’s MLS Cup playoffs, finally succumbed in the 67th as Sebastian Giovinco’s pass found Altidore, who eluded Roman Torres and fired over Frei.“Steph had to come up very, very big in the first half,” Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said. “I thought that once we were able to get into halftime, make some adjustments, I thought we would give ourselves a chance.“The adjustments we made didn’t work, and at some point if you’re going to rely on your goalkeeper that often in so many critical moments, one of them was going to get through.”– Altidore MVP –The eighth post-season goal of Altidore’s career saw him named MLS Cup Most Valuable Player.Cristian Roldan of the Seattle Sounders clears a high ball in front of Drew Moor of Toronto FC during the 2017 MLS Cup Final © GETTY/AFP / Vaughn RidleyVazquez converted from close range in the waning moments after a shot from Armando Cooper bounced off the right post.Toronto were on fire early, and only Frei’s heroics kept them at bay.He dived right to deny Jonathan Osorio before closing down Giovinco, who had seized upon a ball from Vazquez but couldn’t get the ball over the Sounders keeper.Before halftime Frei pushed another effort from Giovinco over the crossbar and denied long-range efforts from Marco Delgado and Vazquez.After the break he denied Bradley’s long-range effort and turned away a blistering shot by Giovinco toward the bottom left corner.Toronto had brought back much of the same team that reached last year’s final, with Vazquez and goalkeeper Alex Bono notable additions.A crowd of 30,584 turned out Saturday at BMO field, where it was the third time in league history that the same two teams faced each other in back-to-back MLS Cup finals.The Houston Dynamo beat New England in both 2006 and 2007, while the Los Angels Galaxy beat Houston in 2011 and 2012.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

30 Dec

Man City and Man United face losing out to PSG in battle for Ligue 1 starlet

first_img1 Sofiane Boufal is ready to snub interest from Manchester City and Manchester United in favour of a move to Paris Saint-Germain.talkSPORT told you on Monday how the Premier League pair were eyeing up the Lille winger, who has five goals to his name this season.However, Manchester City and Manchester United now face losing out to PSG after Boufal admitted he was attracted by the French champions’ project.“Of course PSG is the type of club that you dream about, it is the only French club that could win a European trophy,” Boufal told Telefoot.“They have an absolutely magnificent project. It is a club in the top three, top four in Europe.“They want to bring in great players but also very promising players and of course it is a project that interests me.” Sofiane Boufal last_img read more

29 Dec

Keith Gillespie crowd surfs after Northern Ireland beat Ukraine at Euro 2016

first_imgListen to Colin Murray on talkSPORT weekdays from 10am here and he can be found on Twitter @ColinMurray. 1 A place in the second stage of Euro 2016 is still on for Northern Ireland after they sent Ukraine home from France early.Gareth McAuley and Niall McGinn scored in a 2-0 win and combined with Germany and Poland’s draw in Group C, Ukraine are out.And fans celebrated big time after the game. Among them was Keith Gillespie and talkSPORT’s Colin Murray, who filmed the former Northern Ireland international crowd surfing. Keith Gillespie crowd surfs after Northern Ireland beat Ukraine at Euro 2016 This is @KeithGillespie7 . 😂😂😂😂 #GAWA #euro2016 pic.twitter.com/voIzuI5tyU— colin murray (@ColinMurray) June 16, 2016last_img read more

18 Dec

Children roar to save white lions

first_imgThere are just 12 white lions remaining in the wild. This is the reason the Global White Lion Protection Trust is enlisting the help of children to be the voice of the big cats and ensure their survival. (Images: Varuna Jina) If you want to know what it’s like to be a lion in today’s world, don’t conjure feelings of predatory awesomeness or regal might. Instead, picture yourself being held captive or hunted for sport. Imagine being forced to breed and have your babies taken away from you, never to be seen again.These are the concerns driving the The Global White Lion Protection Trust’s StarLion Programme, which educates the Shangaan community in the Timbavati region about protecting the famed white lions found in the area.The trust, which is situated about 20 kilometres from Hoedspruit in Limpopo, also launched the One United Roar campaign that is getting youth and adults from the commnity to be the voice for the lions, especially when speaking to policymakers.The white lions of the Timbavati are of great significance to the Shangaan. They believe the kings and queens of the past were reborn as the felines.One United Roar is set against the backdrop of the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP17) that will be held in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October. South Africa is looking to change the status of the African lion from endangered to a species not under threat.Africa lions, Panthera leo, are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Animals classified as vulnerable means they are considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild and are likely to become endangered unless the circumstances threatening their survival and reproduction improve.They are split listed on the CITES appendices, at Appendix I and II, which means some populations of a species are on one appendix, while some are on another. Appendix I means the species is threatened with extinction and may be affected by trade; trade in wild-caught species is illegal. Appendix II means the species is not necessarily threatened with extinction, but may become so unless trade in them is restricted. An export permit is required for trade in these species.There are just 12 white lions remaining in the wild, while hundreds are in captivity. They would be deemed critically endangered if they were classified as a subspecies of lion. But CITES groups them among the tawny African lion population.Children from the StartLion Programme tell the audience why they feel lions should be protected.Linda Tucker, the founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, said the campaign recognised that all the policies governing wildlife did not represent the animals’ perspective. “We thought ‘how do we get lions as the silent stakeholders in human policies, to have a voice and a vote?’ We thought the only way to do that was for people to go into the position of the lion. And the best way to do that was through kids because they were much less indoctrinated than we were and they could feel from a lion’s perspective what it was like.”The campaign is aimed at children from as young as five years old to young adults aged 21. It asks them to speak from the position of the lion and to tell policymakers what they need to hear. “It’s a heart activation,” said Tucker. “It’s not intended to rationalise and get into the detail of the policy. It’s intentionally emotive so that people get emotional about their heritage.”One United Roar is inspired by indigenous knowledge systems as well as the ecological crisis of our day, explained Tucker. “In an indigenous environment, if there’s a council or a policymaker sitting to decide an aspect of nature, you’ll always have an empty chair because… who will speak for the wolf or who will speak for the lion? You actually invite nature into the discussion. So we’re saying to the policymakers, ‘Shut up and listen for the first time. What are the lions saying about your decisions?’”Girls from the StarLion Programme prepare for a traditional Shangaan ceremony that honours the white lions.MESSAGES THROUGH VIDEOPart of the campaign was to get children from the community to create a video that could be uploaded on to the trust’s website, said Berry Gargan, one of the facilitators of One United Roar.Audiences around the world would then be able to review and like the videos.Out of these, 24 videos with the most likes would be assessed by an international panel of judges who would then choose six winners that most embodied what the lions wanted to say. “We will bring them from wherever they are to the white lion territory and give them the opportunity to really make a difference and have the policymakers hear them,” said Gargan.TACKLING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES FROM THE HEARTOver the 14 years that Tucker has been running the trust, she has had to influence policy, which she said could make one battle weary.She has presented her case on behalf of lions in South Africa’s Parliament and even at Westminster Abbey. But with One United Roar, she wants to take the cause out of politics. “We want to step out of that whole forum and just hear nature calling to us and the best way we can do that is [through] kids representing nature from the heart.“The most dangerous thing about the times we live in is that people are totally detached from the issues. Hearts are shut down. They’re working overtime here (points to her head) but their hearts not really connected to nature any longer.”Children from the StarLion Programme told the story of the white lion through song and dance. White lions are sacred to the Shangaan in Timbavati. The lions played a big part in determining the health of the ecosystem, said Daréll Lourens, a filmmaker involved in marketing the campaign. “If the lions are flourishing, everything else below them falls into place. By focusing on lions it tells us that that we are screwing up nature by not giving it the place it deserves.”Changing the lions’ status to species not under threat means that the captive breeding industry can be regulated. But for Tucker, the risk will be higher as it would make it acceptable to industrialise lions, or in other words, captive breed them purely for hunting. “Once that happens from a legislation point of view, it’s really the end of everything, the end of ecosystems.”last_img read more

1 Dec

Nitish cracks down on stubble burning

first_imgChief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday expressed concern over the rising trend of farmers in Bihar setting agricultural residue on fire and warned the cultivators burning stubble that they will be deprived of the facilities provided by the State government. Underscoring the adverse impact of stubble burning on the environment, he instructed agriculture department officials to launch a campaign to end the practise. “Farmers burning stubble (crop residue) in their fields will be deprived of facilities being given by the State government,” Mr. Kumar said while inuagurating a two-day international conference on “Crop Residue Management” here. The event was organised jointly by the State’s Agriculture Department and Bihar Agriculture University, Sabour (Bhagalpur). The State government is providing every possible help to the farmers in the State, he said adding power is supplied to them at a rate of 75 paise per unit. In addition, the State is giving ₹60 as subsidy on every litre of diesel. Earlier, the practise of stubble burning was prevalent in Delhi and Punjab causing bad impact on Delhi’s environment, he said while adding that the custom has now gained prevalence in some parts of the State.‘Adverse impact’ “Farmers need to be convinced that stubble burning not only has its adverse impact on productivity but also has its effect on environment…Farmers need to be convinced that the proper use of stubble will increase their income too,” the Chief Minister said. Kisan Salahkars (agriculture advisors) and representatives from agricultural institutions should convince the farmers about the ill-effects of burning stubble/crop residue and create awareness among them against it, he said.last_img read more

29 Nov

Controversial Mila’s Lechon pulls out from D-League

first_imgMila’s Lechon are 0-4 in its run with an average losing margin of 26.3 points, including a 47-point mauling, 55-102, at the hands of Zark’s Burger-Lyceum last Thursday.Incidentally, that defeat raised questions regarding the team’s purpose in the league after its players seemingly showed no desire to play the game as they made head-scratching plays and miscues that turned a closely contested game into a humiliating blowout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutObservers saw the Mighty Roasters commit unforced turnovers and forcefully botched their shot attempts in the second half.Making matters worse were testaments from the Jawbreakers relating that the players from Mila’s Lechon were urging them to run the score up in an apparent desire to stretch the lead to as high as 50 points. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Clutch Ravena named PBA Player of the Week for 2nd time Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next This pathetic showing led the PBA’s technical committee to launch an inquiry, with the league summoning head coach Jesse Ricardo and lead assistant Edward Deveza on Friday. The league also called for the players’ presence on Monday afternoon to air their side of the story.This isn’t the first time the league newcomer found themselves embroiled in an issue this conference.The Mighty Roasters severed ties from then-leading scorers Leo Gabo and Andoy Estrella after just one game when the two decided to miss their game against Perpetual on January 30.Both Gabo and Estrella didn’t give any notice to the Mila’s Lechon brass as they opted to prioritize their commitments with the Quezon City Capitols in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), which had a game later in that day.Despite the pullout, the management hopes to make a comeback and field in a better team for the 2018 Foundation Cup later this year.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum With Mila’s Lechon’s withdrawal from the league, wins of JRU, Perpetual, Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare, and Zark’s-Lyceum over the squad will all be nullified as the conference proceeds with just 12 teams. Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas PLAY LIST 00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas00:50Trending Articles01:17Sotto says ‘ninja cops’ existed even before Duterte administration01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City PBA IMAGESAmid controversies surrounding the team, Mila’s Lechon has decided to withdraw from the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Team owner Aika Salanguit made the announcement on Monday, citing “internal problems” in fielding a competitive crew which led to their decision to disband the Mighty Roasters’ campaign in their maiden conference.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

18 Nov

UPDATED – Coughlin Quits Giants

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ— Tom Coughlin said goodbye to the New York Giants on Tuesday. In an emotional farewell, he thanked his players and the organization and said he might not be done coaching.Speaking a day after stepping down following four straight years out of the playoffs, Coughlin called the Giants job a dream come true. The 69-year-old coach thanked his wife, Judy, for being his quarterback through the ride.Coughlin sounded as if he were addressing a congregation during his 18 minutes on stage, stressing the values of winning the right way, building character and preparing players for life after football.Giants co-owner John Mara lauded Coughlin as everything the organization could have wanted. He added that Coughlin was offered a job within the organization and there was no timetable to find a new coach.Mara said general manager Jerry Reese needs to improve the roster, but feels he remains the right man for the job. The Giants finished at 6-10, and Reese said the team that won two Super Bowls under Coughlin is not too far away from contending for another title.TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writerlast_img read more