Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director, has called for girls to be included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to embrace the opportunities the future holds for them. Dr. Osotimehin’s statement was issued in observance of the International Day of the Girl Child, which was celebrated worldwide.“Is anyone out there even thinking of improving our lives?” asked Susmita, a teenager from Odisha, India quoted by Director Osotimehin. He said “Susmita has never gone to school. She tends the few animals her family owns and attends to household chores. Like more than one in three girls in her community, she may be married before turning 18. She dreams about going to school – even just for one day.”This year’s International Day of the Girl Child’s theme, “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Data Movement,” recognizes that what counts for girls is to be counted and data that can make the lives of every girl, in every setting, visible and accessible, are essential to sustained progress.With access to this type of information, he said, policymakers, communities, civil society organizations, youth-led groups, activists and girls themselves can shape policies and initiatives that positively affect the lives of millions of girls around the world. Investing in adolescent girls like Susmita, he said, allows them to stay in school, gain skills, marry later, have fewer and healthier children, and earn a larger income to invest back into their families and communities. These investments must be driven and informed by high-quality data for maximum impact and results, and to track progress. “This is particularly important for identifying and tackling the needs of the most marginalized girls – those about whom we often know the least,” he said.According to him, fewer than 50 countries can provide data that are disaggregated by sex and age. Vast gaps in data exist in many areas, including poverty, intimate-partner violence, and adolescent deaths from pregnancy and childbirth complications, especially in the 10- to 14-year-old age range. As a result, he said, the challenges many girls face remain unaddressed, and this valuable segment of society is repeatedly unable to realize its full potential.Dr. Osotimehin said there is a need to work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. “We must acknowledge that our collective success is directly dependent on how we answer Susmita’s question.” “Every girl has the right to a safe and successful transition into adulthood and the right to embrace the opportunities that the future holds for her. Now is the time to fully exploit the power of data as one of the most critical tools for development and for protecting and promoting adolescent girls’ rights,” he saidThe new State of World Population report, to be launched by the United Nations Population Fund, (UNFPA) later this month, examines how the support provided to adolescent girls today will determine their collective well-being tomorrow.He added “We at UNFPA are committed to supporting adolescent girls to reach their full potential and determine their own destinies. Every girl counts.” On 19 July 2014, the UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) forwarded a proposal for the SDGs to the Assembly. The proposal contained 17 goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Miss Teeta David who suffers pains in her body is now unable to walk by herself.Ms. Teeta David, 31, a mother of two and an employee of Loyal Protective Guard Service (LTGS) was on Saturday, April 22, reportedly assaulted by a Chinese national identified only as Lee at the China Union compound in Bong Mines.The victim suffered bodily pains and is presently unable to walk because of severe pains in her stomach.Ms. David, who was immediately admitted to the BMC Hospital after the incident, told the Daily Observer that Mr. Lee drove his car to the gate, seeking to enter the compound.“I went to the gate to open it and when I got near it, the gate fell on me, and later found out that Mr. Lee had kicked the gate,” she said. She added that when the gate was forcibly kicked, it slammed against her, and caused her to fall to the ground and black out.When she regained consciousness, she said she found out that her commander at the Loyal Protective Guard Service, Klay Dormu, and PSU officers assigned to the company came to her rescue, and she was later sent for treatment to the BMC Hospital in Fuamah District.Ms. David said Mr. Lee, apparently thinking that he was being delayed in entering the compound by the security, “Came to me, while I was on the ground and in pain, and asked me if I did not know that he is my big boss.” She said since she is not aware of any problems between her and China Union employees, including Chinese expatriates, she was surprised at Mr. Lee’s violent attitude towards her.LPGS commander Klay Dormu told the Daily Observer that Mr. Lee is cooperating with the investigation and has expressed regret for the incident.Meanwhile, members of the advocacy and developmental group, Salala, Sanoyea and Fuamah District Development Solidarity (SASAFU) emergency management team, headed by Dr. Andrew S. Allakamenin, arrived in Bong Mines and proceeded to the hospital to ascertain the victim’s condition.The team was met by some youth and members of the victim’s family, who expressed dissatisfaction with what had happened to Ms. David. They have threatened to carry out demonstrations against the inhumane way in which Ms. David was treated.Dr. Allakamenin, meanwhile, convinced the group against staging a protest, noting that while their anger was justified, “The days of demonstrations and marching in the streets to seek redress and solutions to our grievances are over.”He assured them that SASAFU believes the best way to seek justice is through the legal system and other constituted authorities in Bong County, including the office of the Superintendent, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the County.Ms. David was transported by SASAFU’s Emergency Management Team and family members to Monrovia and she is expected to receive treatment at the John F. Kenney Medical Center beginning today.While investigations are going on, the Loyal Protective Guard Service (LPGS) provided an initial amount of US$60 to the victim on April 23, and an additional US$50, totaling US$110, to seek medical attention.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– 1 criticalBy Kizzy Coleman and Joseph AllenOne woman has lost her life and a man is in critical condition following a two-vehicle collision at Mandela Avenue and Avocado Street, Georgetown on Tuesday evening.The car and bike that were involved in the accidentDead is Shana Rice, of 651 Zenith, East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, while Stephen Fiedtkou, 32, is in critical condition.According to reports, the two vehicles – a white Allion with registration number PHH 2547 and a Honda CBR – collided when the Allion was attempting to make a right turn into Avocado Street about 20:15h.Rice and Fiedtkou were on the motorcycle.After the collision, the motorcyclists were thrown from the bike some distance away. The occupants of the Allion escaped uninjured.Reports are that Rice sustained head injuries which caused her demise. The impact resulted in Fiedtkou sustaining two broken legs and suffering head trauma. They were both subsequently rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where Rice was pronounced dead on arrival.An eyewitness stated that the motorcyclists were both without helmets and there were no lights on the bike.“Both of them had no helmet on and the cycle was also without any lights. The driver of the car did not notice the motorbike coming as the driver was turning in Avocado. So the motorbike that was speeding after realising that they would hit the car started to blow his horn, but they went out of control and crashed into the car,” the eyewitness told this newspaper.A relative of the dead woman told this publication that the couple was at the time of the accident searching for their missing seven-year-old son.The man explained that the couple’s son went missing around 17:00h on Tuesday and his parents were vigorously searching for him at the time of the accident.After the accident, this publication was contacted by that relative who disclosed that the missing boy had been found in the care of a relative who did not notify his parents that he was there. An investigation into the matter has been launched.
Letterkenny General Hospital.Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, has condemned crisis in Letterkenny General Hospital which he said has huge numbers of people waiting prolonged periods time to access a hopsital bed.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said people in Donegal are very angry with the government’s failure or unwillingness to tackle the crisis in the A&E department in Letterkenny.The Sinn Fein politician said “People, young and old, are waiting for tortuous lengths of time to be treated. Deputy Mac Lochlainn“It is not good enough for Leo Varadkar to say that the government is improving the health service as we haven’t seen any dividend from this.“The real solution is hiring extra staff. The Minister for Health is very good at spin but very poor at direct action to solve the overcrowding crisis. His inaction is putting patient’s lives at risk and taking away the dignity of those at their most vulnerable.”He added a campaign is now needed to force the minister to do the right thing act to address this crisis.“All politicians must unite on this issue and work with community campaign groups to secure greater investment in our hospital. “My colleague, Cllr Jack Murray will move a motion in Donegal County Council on Monday calling for action from government and I would ask all representatives in Donegal to support him with that.”Deputy Mac Lochlainn concluded by praising the staff in the hospital;“Despite the great stress that many patients experience, they have nothing but praise for the staff in Letterkenny Hospital who do a fantastic job with stretched resources. These nurses and doctors are a credit and they deserve to get the additional resources and staffing support that they need.”SINN FEIN DEMANDS ACTION ON HOSPITAL BED SHORTAGE was last modified: November 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bedsDeputy Padraig Mac Lochlainndonegalhospitalshortage
The operation to bury the whale at Maghera Beach.A massive Sperm Whale washed up of the coast of Co Donegal has ben buried where it was found.The creature, measuring up to 23 feet long, was found at Maghera Beach in Ardara.Council officials yesterday inspected the site where the animal was found. And today officials moved in with machinery to bury the whale on site.There were fears that the whale would begin to decay and cause a stench and attract vermin.Instead a large pit was dug for the whale and it was buried to allow to decay naturally.Local man Chris Patteron, who came across and pictured the creature, paid tribute to the efficiency of the council. “They were there first thing and it was a bit of a relief to be honest.“This is a stunning beach and people were a bit concerned that there would be a smell and a pollution issue if the whale was left there.“It was a great job to see it buried. It’s just so sad because this was a magnificent creature and we’ll probably never know how it died,” he said.The animal was identified by officers from the National Parks and Wildlife Service as being a young Sperm Whale which usually live in deep waters.It is not known how it ended up in coastal waters off Donegal. DEAD WHALE IS BURIED ON DONEGAL STRAND – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: November 22nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buriedMaghera Beachwhale
Under-fire interim manager Rafael Benitez blamed missed chances and poor defending for Chelsea’s failure to beat Southampton.The Blues were 2-0 up and in control at Stamford Bridge before the visitors hit back with goals from Rickie Lambert and Jason Puncheon.It prompted another angry reaction from fans towards Benitez, who admitted: “We had to defend as a unit a little bit better, especially when we were winning.“At the start of the second half we didn’t manage the game and didn’t have the control we were expecting.”Jason Puncheon netted the equaliser.The disappointing result was another slip-up by the Blues, who recently suffered back-to-back home losses against QPR and Swansea.After those defeats Benitez suggested the problem was that visiting sides were defending in numbers, while his team were not taking their chances.And he insisted that was again the case despite Chelsea scoring twice in the first half and seemingly being in total command.“We didn’t take our chances and gave them hope they would score – and they did it,” said Benitez.“We had chances again. I said before that we had to be more clinical and today was exactly the same. We didn’t take the chances we had.“As soon as we scored the goals it was fine. After that, we needed to take our chances and put them under pressure.”See also:Chelsea left stunned by Saints comebackBenitez explains why he was not temped to bring Terry onFrustrated Benitez demands an improvement against ArsenalWenger plans to attack stuttering Chelsea Chelsea v Saints player 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Chelsea were unlucky not to find the net in the first half of the Capital One Cup semi-final clash at the Liberty Stadium.Trailing 2-0 after their first-leg defeat, the Blues were full of attacking intent and went close when Gary Cahill’s header was cleared off the line by Angel Rangel.And the visitors appealed in vain for a penalty after Demba Ba – preferred to Fernando Torres up front – went down under a challenge from Ben Davies.Swansea remained a threat, however, and keeper Petr Cech produced a good save from Michu after the City forward had been set up by Wayne Routledge.Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Ramires, Oscar, Lampard, Hazard, Ba, Mata.Subs: Turnbull, Luiz, Torres, Ferreira, Marin, Terry, Bertrand.Click here for our Swansea v Chelsea quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
1 December 2009The final 2010 visitor information centre, which will ensure that tourists arriving in South Africa for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ get the best advice and information, has been opened in Mpumalanga province.Opening the centre in Nelspruit this week, Deputy Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa said the centre concluded the department’s national project to launch such centres in five 2010 host cities located in provinces less visited by tourists.Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium will host five first-round matches during next year’s World Cup.One-stop information hubXasa urged tourism operators operators to take advantage of the rare opportunity to market their products at a “one-stop information hub”.The 412 square-metre Nelspruit visitor information centre was built at a cost of R7-million and features a lobby area, information counter and display area, booking area, and area for tour operators and administration offices.The centre also features a boardroom, a multi-purpose space, a training facility, internet stations with server room, a visitors’ lounge and ablution facilities.Information and reservation systemThe five visitor information centres, which together cost R34.3-million, feature a locally developed information and reservation system tailored to cater for the South African market.The other centres are in Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, Polokwane and Rustenburg.All the visitor information centres are intended to provide a one-stop information service to tourists on a wide range of aspects including information enquiries, reservations, accommodation, tours, vehicle hire, entertainment, dining, sports, adventure, shopping and travel tips.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two hundred and forty years ago, America declared her independence, and every Fourth of July we come together to celebrate the occasion with a well-earned celebration of national pride. Ironically, it’s a tradition that — as often as not — involves fireworks made in China, flags made in Mexico, and parade floats fueled by Middle Eastern oil. Flags and fireworks may not threaten our independence, but America’s reliance on foreign oil certainly does. Fortunately, there is a homegrown alternative, if we have the will to use it. This country has a long and storied history with ethanol, a biofuel made from corn and other non-grain feedstocks. In fact, in 1908, Henry Ford designed his Model T to operate on ethanol. In the 1920s, Standard Oil began adding ethanol to gasoline to increase octane and reduce engine knocking. In the 1940s, the U.S. Army built and operated the first U.S. fuel ethanol plant in Omaha, Nebraska to produce fuel for American fighters in World War II. Fast forward to the early 2000s, when states began banning MTBE, a groundwater-polluting gasoline additive, and replacing it with clean, renewable ethanol. Then in 2005, lawmakers concerned about our over-reliance on Middle Eastern oil enacted the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires oil companies to offer consumers increasing blends of homegrown biofuels. Thanks to the RFS, domestic biofuels are now blended into more than 97% of America’s fuel mix, diversifying our pool of transportation fuel. And the policy has been an overwhelming success — we’ve cut our foreign oil imports in half since the policy took effect. Replacing gasoline with ethanol also slashes carbon emissions by 34% or more. Last year alone, biofuels replaced the need for 527 million barrels of oil, which is more than the U.S. imported from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait combined. Indeed, every truckload of American-made ethanol displaces more than 60 barrels of imported oil. It burns cleaner and cooler than oil, increases octane, and improves our engine performance — a net win by any measure. Best of all, producing our own energy means that American dollars stay right here at home, where they can be used to invest in the next generation of green energy jobs. Already, the RFS supports more than 852,000 American jobs across manufacturing, engineering, science, research and development. And with strong support, that number will continue to grow. Regrettably, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is tasked with setting biofuel blending levels each year, proposed volumes for 2017 that fall below the targets set in law. It is a puzzling move considering how well biofuels are moving America forward and improving our energy security. Fortunately, the EPA is holding an open comment period, and American consumers have until July 11 to submit comments to the EPA and to strike a blow for energy independence. So as we celebrate this July 4, let us remember that last year alone, the United States imported 9.4 million barrels of foreign oil each day — 16% of which comes from volatile countries in the Middle East. Wouldn’t it be great if America could honor the example of our founding fathers by declaring independence from foreign oil?