The UNFPA Report Must Claim Our Attention

first_imgThe United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) issued its 2015 Report in Monrovia last Thursday with the most revealing news that 507 women and adolescent girls in fragile states die everyday of complications arising from pregnancy and child birth in emergency situations.The Report, which was launched along with support from the Liberian government, indicates that much needs to be done to avert the careless loss of lives of our precious women and adolescent girls. The Report, under the title, ‘Shelter from Storm, a Transformation Agenda for Women and Girls in Crisis Prone World’, made it clear that the victims were from ‘fragile states’, which no doubt include Liberia.With our recent Ebola nightmare it is even more imperative that the Liberian people, led by the government, take bold steps to ensure the lives of Liberian women and adolescent girls, who were the focus of the 2015 Report, are able to make informed choices on issues that affect their lives.What can we do as a people to ensure that we are able to minimize, if not eliminate completely, the scourge of death that stalks our women in such circumstances? During the launch, UNFPA Country Director Dr. Oluremi Songunro admitted that while remarkable progress has been achieved in protecting the health and rights of women and adolescent girls in humanitarian settings during the past decade, the growth in need has outstripped the growth in funding and services.But the question we in Liberia should ask ourselves is whether we can boast of progress on any of the issues that affect women. Today we are faced with the issue of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), where very young girls suffer violence of dire proportions. We are also faced with a dangerous situation in which, whenever a case is reported, people lose the interest to pursue it to ensure that the perpetrator suffers the consequences of his action. There are also reports that some of the girls who suffered rape and other acts of SGBV lost their lives and, of course, there are unreported cases in our communities as well.The horrifying nature of such cases must place every Liberian parent on high alert to work with relevant agencies to ensure that we increase the fight against what threatens the lives of our women and girls. And one way we can do this, we think, is for the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, the Liberia National Police, the Ministry of Gender and communities to work together.Dr. Sogunro told the gathering during the launch of the Report that, “Sexual and reproductive health services critical to the health and survival of women and adolescent girls are at the time they are needed most.” How can we ensure that ‘services critical’ to the health of women and adolescent girls are readily available? To do this, is to follow the advice of Dr. Songuro for (Liberian) government to invest heavily in institutions that build girls and women’s human capital. We must, he said, build resilient communities with the view that we could prevent another crisis from overwhelming us.The bottom line is our focus to reduce the unnecessary death rates among women. The Ministry of Health must lead the campaign to increase education on sexual and reproductive health and must encourage child-bearing women to follow the best choices that could minimize their chances of becoming victims.Our communities must also join the fight against maternal deaths and violence against women and girls in our context so that we may not witness the death of another woman or girl for any of the curable reasons.“We need to find shelter from the storm. For a target, we need to use the report to transform women and girls and give them the backbone so that our women can have better healthcare and shelter,” stated Dr. Wlihemina Jallah, proprietress of the Hope for Women medical center. In the end, a concerted effort with clear focus, coupled with the provision of needed resources could spell the difference between life and death for women and adolescent girls, including those who may not able to have another chance to live another day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Terrorism, Piracy, Globalization and Profit Motives

first_imgAn introspective yet fervent teaser, and we’re going to put it in context because poor suffering Liberians could be caught literally in the crossfires. For although terrorism as we know it today was owned by Jihadists after the irrelevance of Arafat’s PLO, ironically it came to prominence in the Middle East through the violence in Palestine of Jewish state proponents (like Menanchin Begin, head of the militant group, Irgun) against British authorities in charge there. Partly, the outcome of that outlawed group’s effectiveness was the 1948 Balfour Declaration which gave birth to Israel. This provoked war from Arab states that ended temporarily with the 1949 Armistice Agreements, and the resultant partition of the disputed land into Israel, the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank. Anyway, now it’s an open secret that initial funding for terrorists of the Arafat variety came from oil rich Middle Eastern countries and their wealthy individual donors, many of whom were either sympathetic to the political causes, or paying protection money to prevent sabotage of extensive lucrative business interests. And, of course, some terror organizations became self-supporting as they turn to banditry, such as seizing banks, oil fields, and receiving ransoms for kidnapped victims. But this doesn’t explain why the phenomenon of terrorism widens dangerously. Whereas sea piracy, which was disruptive to maritime commerce and costing shipping insurers exponentially, came to a halt after concerted no nonsense pressure was applied to protect international trade essential to Globalization.This is where the editorial hits pay-debt; the profit motive of terrorism, aptly referred to as “a whole value chain”. Incidentally, after his glorious services to mankind’s freedom, President Eisenhower cautioned about the symbiosis of the military industrial complex. A warning, as it would turn out, with implications for old and new major powers. Obviously, the zillions spent worldwide on security and the military can’t be justified without the fear terror induces. So piracy which takes wealth away from the 1 percent filthy rich of the world got smothered in the cradle, while terrorism with ability to grow it was nursed to adulthood. By the way, African historians who know how strangers smelled gold, brought their god and guns, destroyed empires, emptied communities off their strong – carted, hogtied, baptized, and shipped them like chattels to slavery – aren’t amazed at the morbid meanness for making money.The central question though, is, do these young terrorists know they’re the expendables? Perhaps, someone should tell them no waiting virgins exit beyond the skies. It’s a void peopled and transformed into paradise by the imaginations, assumptions, and aspirations of proud delusional man so besotted by blind faith believes that of all animals he is the only one who thinks, and hence immortal. Tellingly, we shouldn’t look further for the source of René Descartes’ “I think, therefore I am [God]” quote. If we may, god of what: the other animals like us?To cut long matters short, lol, after all that loquaciousness – let’s keep terrorists out through joint MRU coordinated operations. On a final note, the last musings shouldn’t be viewed as denying God’s existence (I stay away from Nietzsche); rather it must be judged as an expression of frustration at the puerile worldview of these mindless killers.About the AuthorSylvester Moses was the director of the National Security Agency (NSA) during the Doe Administration. A graduate of Fourah Bay University in Sierra Leone, Mr. Moses was recruited to join the Sierra Leone national security apparatus. He was trained at Scotland Yard in England, United Kingdom. It was he, whose maltreatment by Justice Minister Chea Cheapoo had led Head of State Samuel Doe to summarily dismiss Justice Minister Cheapoo in August, 1981. Mr. Cheapoo was at the time of the most powerful members of the Doe Administration. Mr. Moses is a self-employed resident of the United States. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Soderberg reigns supreme to win Barclays Kenya open

first_imgSoderberg now takes an early lead in the Road to Oman Rankings after earning 35,200 points and the 25 year old has already fulfilled one of his season aims by winning for the first time.“It feels pretty unreal right now,” he said. “I was just trying to keep it together all day – one of my goals for the season was to win an event on the Challenge Tour, so I’ve crossed that off the list.“It gives me a good boost so I’m more excited than ever for the rest of the season, but I haven’t really had long to think about it yet, it hasn’t sunk in properly,” elated Soderberg underscored.“I had the same approach today as the rest of the week and it worked pretty well, though I changed it on 18 a bit and took three wood, just to make sure. I had a slow front nine but I managed to make a few birdies around the turn and after that I just tried to keep calm and carry on – it was tough, but it feels really good now.“The crowds and support were incredible. I missed the cut here last year so didn’t get to experience the weekend atmosphere but I’ve never known a Challenge Tour event like it, it was amazing,” he added.Swedish Sebastian Soderberg receives the trophy from President Uhuru Kenyatta after winning the 2016 Barclays Kenya Open on Sunday, 20th March, 2016 at Karen Country Club.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.In second place was Frenchman Romain Langasque, playing in his penultimate event as an amateur before he turns professional after competing in next month’s Masters Championship at Augusta while German Bernd Ritthammer was third on 14 under par.Dismas Indiza was the highest finishing Kenyan, having started his round off well birding the first but collected two double bogeys on the fourth and sixth holes on the front nine.He collected birdies on the 10th, 12th and 18th but dropped shots on the 13th and 17th finishing the round on a disappointing three over and a total of three under par for the four day event.It was another disappointing performance by Kenyan golfers as the wait for the first win in the oldest tournament in the country continues.The next stop on the Road to Oman is Egypt for the Red Sea Egyptian Challenge Presented by Hassan Allam Properties next month, the second of 28 tournaments on this year’s schedule that will visit 22 different countries.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Swedish Sebastian Soderberg lifts the 2016 Barclays Kenya Open on 20th, March, 2016 at Nairobi’s Karen Country Club.PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, March 20 – Swedish Sebastian Soderberg surged to a maiden European Challenge Tour victory as he won the season-opening 2016 Barclays Kenya Open by three shots at Karen Country Club on Sunday.The Swede held a three shot advantage overnight and never faltered, his five under par final round of 67, his fourth round in the 60s this week, putting him on 18 under par overall in front of the watching President Uhuru Kenyatta.last_img read more

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Everton thump United in Goodison romp

first_imgBut this defeat, their seventh league reverse of the season, left Louis van Gaal’s side fourth in the table with four matches to play as goals from James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas saw Everton rise into 10th place.Only the top three teams in the Premier League at the end of the season gain direct entry into the first round of the Champions League, with the side finishing fourth facing the unwanted prospect of a qualifying round.It took Everton, who kicked-off 24 points behind United, just five minutes to open the scoring in front of their own fans as McCarthy surged between flimsy challenges from Paddy McNair and Daley Blind before his low shot beat United goalkeeper David de Gea.Everton doubled their lead 10 minutes before half-time when Stones powered in a header from a corner that beat both de Gea and Ashley Young, stationed on the line.The second half saw Belgium international Mirallas secure a fifth win in six league games for Roberto Martinez’s Everton side.But there was a touch of controversy regarding his 74th minute goal against a United team featuring former Everton favourites Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini.Ross Barkley’s ball forward appeared to be aimed at the offside Romelu Lukaku.But Lukaku opted out of receiving the ball and, with United waiting for a flag that never came, the onside Mirallas raced beyond Lukaku and swept the ball in, with referee Andre Marriner letting the goal stand.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, April 26- Everton made a mockery of the Premier League table as they beat Manchester United 3-0 in fine style at Goodison Park on Sunday — their third straight home win over the Red Devils in as many seasons.Had United won on Merseyside, they would have climbed into second place.last_img read more

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Job dissatisfaction

first_imgAt this rate, the Board of Supervisors might have to start looking at candidates from other countries – ones where they never heard about the King-Drew Medical Center or the overcrowding of county jails or the state of the foster care system or … SANDRA Vargas was surely being diplomatic when she told Los Angeles County supervisors earlier this month that she didn’t want the county administrator job because she preferred not to move. From Minneapolis. To Los Angeles. Even if there weren’t the long cold winter factor to figure, why would she apply for a job in another state if she preferred not to leave Minnesota? Vargas was the second of five top candidates for the county administrator’s position to say no once offered this $200,000-plus salary and seemingly prestigious job. But Vargas was smart enough to let the Board of Supes down gently and not say what she really thought about the job. As a county administrator, it’s easy enough to imagine she took one hard look at the state of L.A. County’s operations and the job’s role as a handmaiden to the five county supervisors and decided six months of winter wasn’t so bad after all. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast – the best bits: Thursday, January 8

first_imgListen back to the highlights of Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. Alan Brazil and Dominic Cork were joined on today’s show by Andrea Orlandi, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Paolo Di Canio.last_img

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3-year-old falls and drowns in RPV pool

first_imgACCIDENT: Girl’s pediatrician fathersays “everybody loved her in the neighborhood.” By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER A 3-year-old girl slipped through an open gate and drowned in her backyard pool in Rancho Palos Verdes, authorities said Wednesday. Haley Kong’s death on Tuesday was considered a “tragic accident,” sheriff’s Lt. David Coleman said. “She was playing and within a moment she was able to find herself through the crack in a gate and fell in the pool,” Coleman said. Haley’s father, Victor Kong, said he and his wife were out when the accident occurred. His 50-year-old nanny and one grandparent were home. The girl and Kong’s sons, ages 9 and 11, had been swimming earlier. When they had finished, the pool cover had been left open and the gate was not locked, he said. The accident occurred after the boys had gone to soccer practice. It was unknown how long Haley was in the water. “She was just a very lovable, fast- growing, friendly, just a beautiful girl,” said Kong, a pediatrician with an office in Gardena. “I was looking forward to being her soccer coach in a year and doing many things. Everybody loved her in the neighborhood.” Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters were called to the house in the 4000 block of Exultant Drive near Portuguese Bend at 5 p.m., deputy Oscar Butao said. The child was rushed to Little Company of Mary Hospital-San Pedro, where doctors worked to revive her for nearly an hour. “They knew me and they tried the darndest, longer than usual,” Kong said. “I knew it was too much of a hope. When I first got there, I hoped but there was no response to the efforts.” Kong said he had dealt with similar tragedies in the past as a doctor, calling them the hardest thing he had to face. Firefighters assisted the grieving family at the hospital. larry.altman@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Whoops! Incredible back-heel finish – into his own goal!

first_imgStrikers are judged on their goals, right? And this is a beauty, right? Er, no…!VfR Aalen forward Collin Quaner won’t want to see this again in a hurry (sorry, Collin!), after he netted a stunning own goal in his side’s  4-2 loss to VfL Bochum in Bundesliga 2.last_img

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Town hotline promised for area problems

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 sue.doyle@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254 AGUA DULCE – Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has pledged to create a telephone hotline that Agua Dulce residents can call with complaints ranging from dust to traffic and lighting. Messages left on the phone line would be channeled to the right agency to be resolved, said Millie Jones, Antonovich’s senior deputy. The number has not been established, and Jones did not known how soon it will be operational. Jones said Agua Dulce will be the testing grounds for the complaint line, which if successful could be used throughout the rest of Antonovich’s district. last_img read more

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Diabetes sufferers could have breather from shots

first_imgVALENCIA – MannKind Corp. said Thursday that it finished enrolling patients in a major long-term safety study of an insulin drug that can be inhaled. The drug, Technosphere Insulin, is delivered to the lungs via the Valencia-based company’s proprietary inhaler. If the drug receives federal approval, it could replace injections for some diabetes suffers, said Dr. Peter Richardson, the company’s chief scientific officer. The study includes more than 1,800 patients and should be finished about two years from now. It will evaluate the pulmonary safety of Technosphere Insulin in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as a subgroup without diabetes, the company said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleIt’s part of a series of Phase 3 clinical program now under way in the United States, Europe and Latin America. Richardson said that the company’s previous studies showed no adverse impacts on lung function or weight gain. “We’re really quite delighted by the observation that patients treated by inhalation tend to lose weight, which is a good thing,” he said. Large-scale clinical trials such as this are conducted during the final phase of the development of a new therapeutic agent prior to the evaluation by regulatory authorities. “This successful recruitment of patients represents a major achievement for the development of Technosphere Insulin and demonstrates our ability to execute a comprehensive clinical program,” Alfred Mann, MannKind’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. The company focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of therapeutic products for diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Analyst William Tanner at Leerink Swann in New York said that if the drug wins approval it will enable MannKind to tap into a revenue stream of several billion dollars a year. The company has several competitors, including Pfizer Inc. “I would say it’s important to the extent that it kind of defines the likely end of the clinical trial program,” he said of the company’s announcement. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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