Africa Just Called for the End of Poverty; The World Must Listen

first_imgAfrican leaders did a remarkable thing on Friday: They called for the end of extreme poverty, in all its forms. The response to this rallying call will define our generation.At the start of the Millennium, the world decided to work together to fight poverty, and agreed the Millennium Development Goals. Since then, these shared goals have spurred impressive progress, including in Liberia.Life has certainly improved for Liberian children during the Millennium Development Goals era. The fastest reduction of preventable child deaths in Africa. 100 fewer children dying every 1000 births. Net enrolment in primary schools increasing by 42 percent. Life expectancy at birth increasing by an astounding 13 years. The Millennium Development Goals helped to spur this vital progress.At the end of 2015, the Millennium Development Goals expire. We need a new plan.After all, in Liberia there is still much to do. Most Liberians still live far below the $1.25 a day poverty line. Just this week, Save the Children published a report revealing that every year, 3,000 Liberian children die on their first day on earth.What the world plans to do about poverty after 2015 will matter enormously to children in Liberia.When the Millennium Development Goals were written, Africans didn’t have much of a say. This time must be different. African peoples must lead the debate.This week Africa made a start. And Liberia led the way.On Friday, the African Union’s High Level Committee of Heads of State on the Post-2015 Agenda, Chaired by Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, launched the ‘Common African Position’ on what the world should achieve by 2030.The Common African Position is inspiring. It says the overarching aim of the post-2015 agenda should be the end poverty in all its forms.And the African position also starts to set out a plan.It’s full of exciting proposals. Equitable access to good quality affordable basic healthcare for all, education as the foundation for development, drinkable water for all, close the sanitation gap, decent and productive employment, action to reduce inequalities, fair taxation, wider access to social protection, universal human rights: the list goes on.The African position also focuses on ending crucial drivers of poverty, like preventable newborn, child and maternal deaths, gender-based wage inequality, all forms of violence against women and children, child labour, and early marriage.If poverty is to end in Liberia, these problems must end first.Finally, the Common African Position is inspiring because it is, well, common.The African leaders commit to speak with one voice, and act in unity whilst seeking to ensure Africa’s voice is integrated into the global development agenda.As the global negotiations in New York become ever more fraught, a unified voice for Africa will add up to more than the sum of its parts.And if African leaders continue to reach out to their peoples, asking them what they want, then Africa’s shared voice will only be more legitimate and more persuasive on the world stage. The post-2015 framework will be more likely to address people’s needs and aspirations.At the turn of the Millennium, the world debated what people in richer countries thought Africans needed. This time, if Africans speak up, the world might work with African peoples to achieve what Africans say they want.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

To Avoid Ebola Virus Being Exported, MRU Imposes Cross Border Isolation Zone

first_imgAs the Ebola virus continues to wreak havoc in three of four Member States of the Mano River Union (MRU), leaders of the sub-regional organization have committed themselves to taking stringent measures aimed at eradicating the deadly disease that has already claimed the lives of over 700 persons.According to a dispatch from the Guinean Capital, Conakry, Heads of State and Government of the MRU at an extraordinary summit agreed in a Joint Declaration, among other things, to impose a cross-border isolation zone at the epicenter of the outbreak, considered the world’s worst-ever outbreak of the disease. The summit was held in that city over the weekend.“We have agreed to take important and extraordinary actions at the inter country level to focus on cross-border regions that have more than 70 percent of the epidemic,” the dispatch quotes Ambassador Dr. Kaba Hadja Saran Daraba, Secretary General of the MRU, who read the Joint Declaration.“These areas will be isolated by police and the military. The people in these areas being isolated will be provided with material support,” she said, adding, “The health care services in these zones will be strengthened for treatment, testing and contact tracing to be done effectively.”Dr. Saran Daraba did not specifically outline the exact area to be part of the isolation zone, but said the epicenter of the outbreak has a diameter of almost 300 kilometers (185 miles), spreading from Kenema in eastern Sierra Leone to Macenta in southern Guinea, and taking in most of Liberia’s extreme northern forests.“The healthcare services in these zones will be strengthened for treatment, testing and contact tracing to be carried out effectively,” she said.The MRU leaders also agreed to provide health personnel incentives, treatment and protection so they could come back to work. “We will ensure the security and safety of all national and international personnel supporting the fight against Ebola,” the leaders assured.Considering Ebola as an international problem that requires an international response, the MRU leaders committed themselves to doing their part to bring the Ebola outbreak to an end as soon as possible. However, they urged the International Community to support Member States build capacity for surveillance, contact tracing, case management and laboratory capacity.“We the Heads of State want to assure the international community that the disease is not being exported,” the Joint Declaration stated, assuring the International Community that the three countries have instituted measures at international ports of entry/exit.The MRU leaders committed themselves to mobilize private and public sectors to work in synergy and increase sensitization efforts to enable communities to understand the Ebola disease for effective and efficient eradication.They further pledged to strengthen the surveillance of cross border movement through information sharing on screening of passengers, among others.Opening the summit, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Margaret Chan termed the first outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa as “unprecedented”, accompanied by unprecedented challenges, which are extraordinary.Dr. Chan frankly told the MRU leaders that the outbreak was moving faster than efforts of control it. She was providing the MRU leaders with some frank assessment of the situation.“If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socio-economic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries,” Dr. Chan said. She described the outbreak as “by far the largest ever in the nearly four decade history of this disease”.“It is taking place in areas with fluid population movements over porous borders, and it has demonstrated its ability to spread via air travel, contrary to what has been seen in past outbreaks,” she told the summit. “Cases are occurring in rural areas which are difficult to access, but also in densely populated capital cities. This meeting must mark a turning point in the outbreak response.”In addition, the WHO Director General said, “the outbreak is affecting a large number of doctors, nurses and other health care workers, one of the most essential resources for containing an outbreak,” adding, “These tragic infections and deaths significantly erode response capacity.”She stressed that the situation in West Africa is of international concern and must receive urgent priority for decisive action at national and international level.Meanwhile, the MRU leaders used the summit to launch a US$100 million (€75 million) action plan that will see several hundred more personnel deployed in the affected countries to supplement overstretched treatment facilities.Of greatest need are clinical doctors and nurses, epidemiologists, social mobilization experts, logisticians and data managers, among others to battle the epidemic.President Alpha Conde, who is also the Chairman MRU, was mandated by the MRU members to convey the message of the Union related to Ebola to the U.S. -Africa Leaders Summit in Washington that began yesterday.All the MRU leaders signed for their respective countries except for Côte d’Ivoire who was represented by the Health Minister Dr.  Raymonde Goudou Coffie.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pensioner homeless after Crabwood Creek fire

first_imgSeveral persons are now homeless following a fire at Crabwood Creek, Corentyne on Monday. Reports are at about 14:00h smoke was seen emanating from the wooden structure.The raging fire consuming the Crabwood Creek homeThis publication was told that the two-bedroom house was occupied by a 75-year-old pensioner who was called ‘Farlong’. The former laborour had been living alone for several years.Reports are that he was under the house in a hammock when smoke was seen emanating from the building. The pensioner did not get a chance to save anything.Meanwhile, in a video posted on social media, members of the Skeldon Fire Service were seen dousing a house next door in a bid to stop the fire from spreading. Villagers were seen assisting that family in their evacuation bid.A bucket brigade was also formed and was successful in containing the blaze to the one building. The firefighters, in the end, handled the situation and prevented injury and the spread of the fire.An investigation has been launched into the fire, which is of unknown origin.This is the second fire in Crabwood Creek within a week. On Tuesday last, fire destroyed a sawmill and left in excess of $25 million in damages.last_img read more

Celtic 0-2 Legia Warsaw (1-6 agg): Hoops’ Champions League hopes go up in smoke

first_img1 Celtic’s Champions Leagues hopes went up in smoke as Legia Warsaw comfortably beat the Scottish champions 2-0 in the second leg of their third qualifier at the Murrayfield stadium.Trailing 4-1 from the first game in Poland, the Hoops’ task became virtually impossible when Michal Zyro notched in the 36th minute to quell any notions of a famous fightback.The Scottish champions were booed off at the interval and when Michal Kucharczyk added a second on the hour mark the atmosphere threatened to turn ugly for a while with the home side and fans ultimately happy to escape without further punishment.This crucial tie was Ronny Deila’s first big test as Parkhead boss since taking over from Neil Lennon and he came up well short.Celtic drop into the Europa League play-off which is unlikely to stimulate their fans and while the loss of Champions League money – £20million is a familiar figure – will not debilitate the Parkhead club, there may be ramifications.Few will be surprised if keeper Fraser Forster leaves for pastures new but others such as defenders Virgil van Dijk and Adam Matthews may feel the time is now right to move on.Moreover, without the lure of European football’s elite club competition, Deila may find it difficult to attract the quality of player supporters want to see.It was crystal clear, over the two legs against Legia, that the former Stromsgodset manager’s squad needs bolstering.Without defender Efe Ambrose – who was sent off in Poland last week – Deila brought in left-back Emilio Izaguirre, midfielder Nir Biton and striker Anthony Stokes with Teemu Pukki and Jo Inge Berget dropping to the bench.Winger James Forrest started among the substitutes after recovering from a groin injury and he watched his team mates, almost inevitably, push forward from the start looking to get a foothold in the tie.The home of Scottish rugby – being used again as Celtic Park remains out of commission after being used in the 2014 Commonwealth Games – was far from full and understandably could not replicate the atmosphere of a European night in the east end of Glasgow.Nevertheless, there was an optimism emanating from the Hoops support as they urged their team forward.But Legia looked potent going forward and in the 10th minute skipper Ivica Vrdoljak, who missed two penalties in the first game, had a speculative effort from 20 yards which required attention from Forster, seconds before his counterpart at the other end, Dusan Kuciak, did well to smother a Matthews cut-back.The visitors had certainly not travelled to Edinburgh just to defend which led to an open encounter with both teams swapping shots on goal while neither were particularly diligent in possession.In the 33rd minute Matthews drove down the right and into the Legia penalty area again but failed to find a team mate with this pass, to the frustration of the home supporters and Stokes in particular.Three minutes later, it was all over for Celtic.There seemed no immediate danger when Kucharczyk sent Zyro through against just Izaguirre but he left the Honduran in his wake, drawing Forster and slipping the ball into the corner of the net.The Glasgow side tried to rally after the break but to no avail.Stokes forced a good save from Kuciak with a curling shot from 20 yards in the 56th minute before Kris Commons went close with an effort which just escaped the far post.Striker Leigh Griffiths replaced defender Mikael Lustig which required a reshuffle, captain Charlie Mulgrew dropping back to defence but the Hoops were disjointed and dispirited, all too easily allowing Kucharczyk to sneak into the box, take possession of a Zyro flick and round Forster before knocking in from an angle.The fans began to turn their ire on chief executive Peter Lawwell as they contemplated the loss of more goals.Pukki replaced Commons and Forrest came on for Stokes but there was still no way through for Celtic, the noise of the final whistle immediately drowned out by more frustrated boos from those home fans who had stayed to the end, while a healthy travelling support celebrated. Legia Warsaw celebrate scoring against Celtic last_img read more

Liverpool make breakthrough with Salah, Chelsea close in on £95m double deal

first_imgHere are all the top transfer-related football stories in Monday’s newspapers…Kylian Mbappe has told Monaco he only wants to leave for Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain. Mbappe has been linked with a number of other clubs around Europe, including Arsenal and Liverpool, but the France international has his heart set on a move to the Bernabeu. (Daily Mail)Liverpool believe they have finally landed £35million Mohamed Salah from Roma. The Egypt winger is one of Jurgen Klopp’s top priorities and has been at the centre of discussions between the two clubs for some time. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea’s attempts to appease their manager, Antonio Conte, will see them step up efforts to strengthen the first?team squad this week with an improved bid anticipated for Alex Sandro at Juventus and progress in the protracted pursuit of Monaco’s Tiemoué Bakayoko. Juventus will be offered £55m for Sandro and Monaco £40m for Bakayoko. (Guardian)Everton will take their summer spending spree past £60m this week by landing Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez. (Daily Star)Southampton want Kevin Wimmer to bolster their defence. Tottenham are ready to sell the Austrian defender, who has struggled to nail down a place since moving to White Hart Lane from Cologne two years ago. (Daily Mirror)Josh King admits he is “intrigued” by Tottenham’s interest in him. But the Bournemouth star insists he is not looking for a summer move. (Daily Mirror)Leicester City are poised to confirm the appointment of Michael Appleton as Craig Shakespeare’s No 2 and are considering a second bid for West Brom defender Jonny Evans. (Daily Telegraph)Stoke are on the verge of offloading Giannelli Imbula to Nice. The French side are in pole position to sign Imbula – ahead of Galatasary, Roma and Marseille – with Stoke ready to cut their losses on their record signing. (Daily Mirror)last_img read more

Softball Game Against Iowa Rescheduled For May 2

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday’s game between the Drake University softball team and Iowa at Buel Field has been rescheduled to May 2 at 6 p.m. Wet weather forced the reschedule between the in-state rivals. Drake hosts Evansville this weekend on April 8 and 9 for a Missouri Valley Conference series. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at noon and a single game on Sunday at 11 a.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img

SA small claims courts on the increase

first_img26 April 2013 South Africa has set up 67 new small claims courts since April 2010, including 16 new courts in the last 12 months, bringing to 263 the total number of such courts in the country, says Justice Minister Jeff Radebe. Small claims courts handle minor civil disputes involving claims of not more than R12 000 in an informal manner without representation by an attorney, allowing the public easier access to justice. Responding to a question in the National Assembly in Cape Town earlier this month, Radebe said the government aimed to establish a small claims court in each of the country’s 387 magisterial districts. “This is a strategic approach we embarked on several years ago, and it has been very successful in extending access to justice to all the people in South Africa – even those in remote rural areas,” Radebe said, adding that 77% of small claims courts had been set up in rural areas. Last week, the Cabinet welcomed the establishment of a small claims court at the Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto, describing it as “a significant milestone in our quest to ensure access to justice for all South Africans”. Since its first sitting in August, the Protea Small Claims Court has received 550 applications and finalised 181 matters. Other small claims courts set up in the last year include courts in Aberdeen, Fort Beaufort, Kirkwood, Motherwell and Victoria East in the Eastern Cape, Brandfort and Jagersfontein in the Free State, Westonaria in Gauteng, Alfred, Glencoe and Ntuzuma in Kwazulu-Natal, Malamulele and Northam in Limpopo, Carolina and Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga, and Koster in North West province. Radebe said Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel had recently approved the establishment of new small claims courts in Elliot in the Eastern Cape and Ngotshe in KwaZulu-Natal, and was considering courts for Madikwe in North West, Middledrift in the Eastern Cape and Msinga in KwaZulu-Natal. He added that the department was using community outreach activities in conjuction with community radio stations to educate the public about the small claims courts. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Girl missing after arrest of Dera chief, claims family

first_imgThe family of a girl, who was living in the Dera Sacha Sauda complex in Sirsa, has claimed that she has been missing after the sect chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was sentenced for rape.The family from Haryana’s Tiwala claimed that they had not been in touch with Shraddha since 2008. Her cousin Parminder Singh said the last time they got information about her was from a Dera-run magazine which described her as a yoga practitioner.Search continuesThe family, along with other villagers are making frantic efforts to trace her, in Sirsa. “The caretaker of Sahe Baitiyan Baseera [home for minor girls], Poonam, said she had left the Dera after the sect head was convicted,” Mr. Singh said.Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping two of his female disciples by a special CBI court on August 28. “Shraddha was left at the Dera long time back so that she could pursue her education. In 2008, we tried to meet her, but we were not allowed by the Dera functionaries,” he alleged. “I tried to contact the Dera officials on their phones, but it was futile,” he said, adding that as the area around the sect’s headquarters was under curfew, it was difficult to get inside.last_img read more

South Africa hears bid to ground graft-accused family’s jet

first_imgCanada went to court in South Africa Friday to ground a private jet used by the Gupta business family which has been accused of corruptly influencing former president Jacob Zuma. Export Development Canada (EDC), the country’s state-run trade credit agency, alleges the controversial family’s businesses defaulted on a $41 million loan for the Bombardier Global 6000 which subsequently disappeared.Read it at Arab News Related Itemslast_img

Jarin takes blame for NU’s failed Final Four bid

first_imgMissing out on the Final Four, however, doesn’t bother Jarin that much.“Actually I never thought of that,” said Jarin. “I just did my job, be a coach for two-and-a-half hours. After that I’ll be a friend, a brother, a father to these young men. But of course every time you lose it hurts.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Unfortunately for Jarin, it was UP that got the lucky ticket with Paul Desiderio going unconscious for 30 points to lead the Fighting Maroons.“I’ll be lying if I’m not disappointed, not just me, but also the coaching staff, the entire team,” said Jarin. “But, I’m just proud of all these 16 players we have, it’s just sad that this is the final year of J-Jay [Alejandro] and Matt [Salem].”“How I’d wish we could’ve been together a little longer.”READ: Jarin wants less Alejandro-centric offense from BulldogsJarin, a multi-title coach in the UAAP juniors division and a one-time NCAA champion with San Beda, hasn’t missed the Final Four in his coaching career and this would be the first time in his professional life that he’ll be on the outside looking in.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA As Jarin puffed away on his cigarette, he knew whose fault it was why NU isn’t in the semifinals.“I want to take full responsibility for not barging into the Final Four,” said Jarin Saturday. “People kept saying we were the dark horse, we were almost there, and if you look at it we were one game away from a playoff.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: UP dumps NU in last elims game, but Final 4 status still in limboNU and UP had identical 5-8 records going into Saturday, and the victor would then have the chance to battle for a potential playoff with Far Eastern University for the fourth spot. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lady Bulldogs get another elims sweep in UAAP women’s hoops Read Next MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJamike Jarin made his way to the back of Smart Araneta Coliseum with his first year as head coach of National University just coming to an end.The Bulldogs lost, 106-81, to University of the Philippines in their final game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament and finished as the no. 6 team in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more