Is Africa the highest contributor to world population growth? World Health Organization pushes for universal health coverage in Africa World Population Day was instituted in 1989 by the then-governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme. At the time, the global population stood at 5 billion people.30 years later, the current population now stands at over 7.3 billion people. According to the UN Population Division, Africa’s share is 1.2 billion people or roughly 16 percent.The UN says by 2030 the world’s population will jump to 8.5. billionAnd as the world marks World Population Day 2019, the focus is on the unfinished business of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development.Twenty-five years have passed since that landmark conference, where 179 governments recognized that reproductive health and gender equality are essential for achieving sustainable development. The UN says only 9 countries were able to reduce maternal deaths by at least 75% over the period.Image courtesy:UNFPA“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the world’s blueprint for a better future for all on a healthy planet. On World Population Day, we recognize that this mission is closely interrelated with demographic trends including population growth, ageing, migration and urbanization.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres.The rise in the world’s population has been attributed to an increasing number of people surviving to reproductive age, accompanied by major changes in fertility rates, increasing urbanization and accelerating migration.This comes even as UNFPA in collaboration with the Governments of Kenya and Denmark is preparing to host a high-level conference in Nairobi in November 2019 to accelerate efforts to achieve some of the unmet goals that were set during the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo.These commitments will be focused on family planning information and services, zero preventable maternal deaths, zero sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls.“We have made incredible gains since then, but too many people are still being left behind, many nations have not been able to fully reap the demographic dividend because young people and other groups still lack agency, education and access to critical health services”. The United Nations.Related World Health Day: Living a sugar free life
Somalia repatriates 133 nationals stranded in Uganda Uganda approves return of citizens stranded abroad over COVID-19 KABALE DISTRICT, UGANDA – NOVEMBER 14: The Ugandan side of the Katuna-Gatuna Border Post on November 14 2019, in Katuna, Uganda. A long-term diplomatic dispute between Rwanda and Uganda has stopped almost all local border movements between the two countries. This affects the daily life of families on both sides of the border. Only Ugandan citizens are permitted to cross providing they are not trading or carrying commercial goods. Despite the Rwandan government imposing bans of goods crossing either way, reports suggest that citizens of both countries continue to cross the porous border to look for food; often with deadly consequences. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images) FILE PHOTO: The Ugandan side of the Katuna-Gatuna Border Post in Katuna, Uganda. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images)Uganda has reopened its borders in a bid to allow its citizens who are stranded in East African Community countries to return, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed on Sunday.The country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem told local publication the Daily Monitor that the government had laid out strict measures that Ugandans wishing to return must follow.Oryem said that Ugandans wishing to return must seek clearance from their embassies in the host nation and present a COVID-19 certificate before entering Uganda.“Ugandans, who want to return by road from the EAC should possess a COVID-19 test certificate not longer than a week and must get permission from our embassies. When they reach the border points, they are supposed to be subjected to another COVID-19 test before being driven to quarantine centres of their choice,” Oryem said.Oryem added that Ugandans should hire individual vehicles from the countries they are coming from because they will not be allowed to return to the country in groups.According to the government, this mode of return is to give Ugandans who are within the East African region but cannot afford the cost of air tickets an opportunity to return.In May, the Minister of Information Judith Nabakooba said that the Cabinet had agreed in principle that Ugandans who were stranded abroad should be allowed to return in phases.The government decided to facilitate the return of Ugandans in phases due to concerns of limited quarantine space provided by the Ministry of Health.According to the Daily Monitor, the government has begun arranging air planes for Ugandans stranded in Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan for those who can afford the ticket fares.Uganda has been repatriating its citizens since last month by air travel. The government is also preparing to evacuate its citizens from the United States, the Middle East, Russia, Malaysia and Australia.Related Uganda approves return of citizens stranded abroad over COVID-19
BusinessLocalNews DEXIA spearheads contingent to Martinique expo by: – December 17, 2015 Tweet 110 Views no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! Samples of products of interest by High End BoutiqueThe Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA) spearheaded a contingent of ten (10) participants from different sectors of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) in Dominica, to participate in a two (2) day Expo in Martinique. The visit consisted of two components, a market research component which commenced on arrival of December 3rd, 2015 and the second component The Créateurs et Ateliers d’Arts Caribéen Expo which was held during the 5th-6th of December and took the form of a weekend-long activity in Martinique. The contingent included DEXIA’s Export Development Officer/ Services and coordinator, Mr. Craig Stedman, Members of Dominica Herbal Business Association (DHBA) Mrs. Gail Defoe and Mr. Nyai Scott, Mr. Joey Peltier, Mr. Claxton Shillingford and Mr. Allan Napier; Members of Dominica Association of Craft Producers Association (DACPA) : Vanesa Winston and Julien James, Artists: Earl Etienne and Petros Meaza. During the visit to Martinique, the team took the opportunity to dialogue with the Chamber of Commerce in Martinique, several super and hyper-supermarkets with particular focus on gaining acceptance into the market. In addition, specific high-end niche outlets were visited and arrangements made based on products discussed.The two day exposition served as a perfect opportunity for Dominica producers of new and/or existing products, to gauge the response of the wider public of Martinique, obtain information on the quality and standards that are expected and the prices consumers are prepared to pay. Feedback from consumers was very positive and this augers well for Dominican producers and artisans. The meetings with the potential buyers also provided participants with useful information on the buyers and suppliers who are the movers and shakers in this very complex market. The mission proved to be a success based on the willingness and proposed commitment obtained from the various business companies, with over ten (10) agro-processed products being demanded from two (2) high-end luxury souvenir boutiques, two (2) Super Marché Groupe l’Espace Santé” and “Carrefour Market” offering a section for only Dominican products and full exclusivity for two producers.Within the Creative industries two (2) boutiques owners selling Italian clothes and jewelries purchased creole hats, belts and jewelries and have committed to buy more creole hats and bags, leather belts, necklaces and fashionable earrings. One of the most prestigious galleries in Martinique “La Galerie” accepted three (3) painting for display and proposed an art exhibition for a well-known artist, with the possibility of collaborating to exhibit Dominican and other Caribbean artists.Initial contact has been made with three (3) radio and television stations for airing and showing Dominican artists music and/or music videos.DEXIA continues to provide support to our manufacturers, agro-processors and artisans to ensure that they gain access to the French markets which shows excellent potential. Share
UPDATE: Hillside Elementary School students will return to the building on Tuesday, after DTE Energy restored power Monday afternoon.Farmington Public Schools spokesperson Diane Bauman said power went out to the building on Friday, Oct. 6. Hillside, located on 11 Mile between Drake and Halsted Roads, remained closed through Monday, Oct. 9.DTE Energy determined the cause of the outage was underground, Bauman said.Correction: The headline on this post incorrectly stated the length of time that the school has been closed. Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
Rachel Anne Daquis of Cignal HD Spikers scores against the defense of Marinerang Pilipina Lady Skippers’ Rhea Ramirez. MANILA – Cignal HD Spikers stretchedits unbeaten run in the 2019 Philippine Superliga Invitational via a 25-14,25-14, 22-25, 25-18 win over Marinerang Pilipina Lady Skippers at the BacoorStrike Gym in Bacoor, Cavite. Daquis finished with 17 points on 11attacks, five service aces and a block while Robins-Hardy tallied 11 excellentsets on top of 11 points off eight attacks, two blocks and an ace with 12 digs. Rachel Anne Daquis anchored theoffense while Alohi Robins-Hardy displayed her all-around game on Tuesday. Mylene Paat chipped in 10 points whileJanine Navarro and Ranya Musa added eight and seven markers, respectively. The HD Spikers remained on top ofGroup A with an unblemished 4-0 slate. For the Lady Skippers which bowed outof semifinals contention with its 0-4 slate, Seth Rodriguez who waxed hot inthe third set upset fired 12 points while Floremel Rodriguez and Ivy Remullaadded eight markers apiece. Meanwhile, Sta. Lucia Lady Realtorspulled off a 14-25, 25-20, 25-23, 20-25, 15-11 escape over Generika-AyalaLifesavers. Marjana Philips finished with 16 points, while Negrense ChristineJoy Soyud had 14 as the Lady Realtors moved up to 2-2./PN Defending champion F2 Logistics CargoMovers carved out a 25-23, 25-19, 25-23 sweep over Foton Tornadoes. The HD Spikers is now a win shy ofbagging a semifinal berth.“I’m happy. My players are very eager to win each game. These victories are theresults of our hard training,” Cignal coach Edgar Barroga said. “Although theyplayed relaxed in the third set, they still worked their way back into thegame.” Victorinara Galang tallied 14 pointsas the Cargo Movers improved to 3-1 slate in Group D.
With the injury to starting center Cam Erving, the Browns have moved quickly to bring in another player who can snap the ball, as Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports the team has inked Austin Reiter off the Redskins practice squad. Reiter was taken in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by Washington, and has been back and forth off the team since being taken. He was waived back on September 13th but inked a deal for the teams’ practice squad the next day.He played his college ball at South Florida.John Greco will get the start at center in the wake of Erving’s injury, and Alvin Bailey will move to the guard spot coach Hue Jackson said on Monday.“Greco will go over and play at center, and (Alvin) Bailey will go play guard,” Jackson said. “I feel good about that combination. Greco has done it in games before so I think we will manage that part pretty well.” The Browns had no lineman on the roster who had experience at center, exactly why the team is bringing in Reiter. Matt Loede Related TopicsAustin ReiterBrownsHue JacksonJohn Greco Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 MIYAZAKI — As a kid growing up, Sergio Garcia dreamed of being a soccer star for his beloved Real Madrid. With no disrespect to his potential soccer abilities, it is probably a good thing that he chose to become a professional golfer. Since turning pro in 1999, “El Nino” has taken the golfing world by storm. Garcia won the Murphy’s Irish Open in only his sixth start as a professional and became the fourth-youngest winner on the European Tour at the age of 19 years and 179 days.He followed that up with a second place behind Tiger Woods in the 1999 U.S. PGA Championship at Medinah when attempting to be the youngest winner of a Major championship for 129 years, pulling off a “miracle shot” from an impossible lie behind a tree that grabbed all the headlines. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Garcia made his breakthrough on the U.S. PGA Tour in 2001, winning the MasterCard Colonial, and following that with a second victory by capturing the Buick Classic a month later.Arguably the biggest drawcard in golf outside of Tiger Woods, Garcia has also been a key member of two European Ryder Cup teams, compiling a record of five wins, one half and three losses. The Japan Times caught up with the 22-year-old golfing sensation at the recent Dunlop Phoenix Tournament held at the Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort in Miyazaki. The Japan Times: You started playing golf at the age of three and won your first tournament when your were 12, yet you wanted to become a soccer player. What made you change your mind and focus on golf instead? Sergio Garcia: I realized that I would have a better opportunity to succeed in golf as my father was a pro and could pass on tips to me all the time. Growing up surrounded by golf was a big factor in my development. You have had a pretty consistent year with eight Top 10 finishes on the U.S. PGA Tour and victory at the Mercedes Championship in Hawaii as well as two Top-10 finishes on the European Tour and being part of the winning European Ryder Cup team. Is there any specific reason why you have not managed to convert more of those Top-10 finishes into wins? I have been playing well this year but at the beginning of the year when I was playing really well, I had some problems with my putting and failed to convert many chances. This is something that I have been working on and hope to improve on for next year. You had a well-publicized bust-up with fellow-Spanish legend Seve Ballesteros earlier this year over you not playing in one of his tournaments. That was just a misunderstanding and a problem with miscommunication. Everything is fine now and we are good friends. As Seve was the first to get Spanish golf on the map, does he take time out to advise you and encourage you as he did for Jose Maria Olazabal? Yeah, he sometimes gives me tips but he used to do so more when I was a kid. My father is my coach and he gives me all the help I need right now. David Duval said in an interview recently that if he had to pick between Jack Nicklaus in his prime and Tiger Woods right now, he would have no hesitation in taking Tiger because of his superior short game. Would you go along with this assessment? I think it is too difficult to compare because they are from different eras and golf technology is so much different now than before. Jack was a great player but so is Tiger. You have been talked about as being potentially Tiger’s biggest challenger because of your age and natural ability. Do you see a personal rivalry developing between the two of you? I am a player who loves challenges and every time I play in a tournament where Tiger is involved, it brings out the best in me. Tiger is a step ahead of everyone at the moment but playing with him motivates me to lift my game. You have been a star on the European Ryder Cup at a young age and many people look up to you for that. You have also not won a major yet. Which would mean more to you, winning the Ryder Cup or a major? Well the Ryder Cup is big for the Europeans especially, but winning a major is the dream of every golfer. That would be a tough call. At the 1999 U.S. PGA Championship you started sprinting down the fairway after hitting an impossible shot and after winning your first professional tournament you, your mother and father all shaved your heads. This had lead to the perception among many fans that you are one of the characters on Tour. Does this have any influence on your game? I am a very emotional player, when my emotions come out on the golf course . . . that’s when I’m at my best. With me, what you see is what you get. Which Japanese golfer impresses you the most? I like (Shigeki) Maruyama. He is a great player and a nice guy. He is also very funny so it is nice to see a player like him doing so well. He hits the ball very straight and long and he is a good putter. He is generally a good, consistent player. You list tennis as one of your hobbies. Is there any truth in the rumor that you are/were dating former tennis world No. 1 Martina Hingis? Actually we are just friends. I call her a lot and she calls me a lot to see how things are going but nothing more than that. What are your goals for next year? I want to try and win a major and finish as high as I can on the money list. We hope to see you back in Japan next year. I hope to be back because I love it here. This is a great resort with a challenging course and lots of facilities. I always feel comfortable here.
The Nigeria national handball team, on Sunday, defeated DR Congo in their final warm match ahead of the 2020 Africa Nations Cup in Tunisia.The team had previously lost to Morocco and Tunisian top-flight side Olympique Sulayman before scoring a victory over Cameroon in their last three warmups but made it two wins on the bounce with a 25-21 win over DR Congo in Tunis.The morale-boosting victory sees the coach Salami Sulu Rafiu tutored side end their preparations on a positive note and should infuse the team with much-needed confidence ahead of their tournament opener against Angola in Group B on 16 January.Nigeria will also face Gabon and Libya in Group B at the championship which will hold from 16 to 26 January and also doubles as a qualifying tournament for the 2021 World Cup.Results of FriendliesMorocco 29-22 NigeriaNigeria 21-23 Olympique SulaymanNigeria 23-15 CameroonNigeria 25-21 DR CongoRelated
The Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) has lifted restrictions on training and allowed its players return to the courts in line with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development proclamation on ease of restrictions of training for non-contact sports.According to a statement signed by BFN president Francis Orbih Esq., the Federation has fashioned out protocols and modalities for the resumption of training and has made plans to ensure compliance to these important protocols.The Federation, in the same vein, has issued protocols for when competitions resume.The statement reads: “The Board, prompted by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development proclamation on ease of restrictions of training for non-contact sports of which badminton is one, has fashioned out protocols and modalities for the resumption of training and has made plans to ensure compliance to these all important protocols. The Federation in the same vein has also issued protocols for when competitions resume”.“The board also stressed the need for adherence to these training and competition protocols for training and when competitions resume,” the statement added.The federation’s ten step protocol for mitigating the spread of covid-19 and ensuring player safety at tournaments include decontaminating and disinfecting proposed competition venues; provision of running water and alcohol-based hand sanitisers at all entrances and designated points; mandatory use of face masks; use of infrared thermometers at entrances to ascertain suspect temperatures and a complete ban on vendors inside competition arenas.Others include, testing athletes and sport personnel during competition; ensuring vehicles operate at sixty per cent capacity, ensuring proper disposal of waste; ensuring facilities and hostels are well ventilated and enforcing social distancing rules.Also, BFN partners GIG Logistics has donated 1,000 branded face masks to be distributed to badminton players across the country. This is to complement the efforts of the Federation in cushioning the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.According to Orbih, each player gets two face masks as distribution has already commenced and all badminton players are expected to receive their face masks through their zonal representatives in the next few days.The BFN President expressed appreciation of his board to the management of GIG Logistics and has directed the Media and Publicity committee to ensure maximum sensitisation about the safe use of the face masks.RelatedAfrica Senior Badminton Championship: Badminton Confederation of Africa Commends NigeriaFebruary 2, 2019In “Sports”Para-Badminton Workshop: Orbih Hails Kaduna State Govt, Abia First LadyNovember 11, 2019In “Badminton”Sports Ministry Gives Conditions For Domestic LeaguesSeptember 6, 2020In “Featured”
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook West Ham are ready to offer Swansea £25m for Alfie Mawson and quadruple the Hillingdon-born defender’s wages, The Sun on Sunday claim.The newspaper say Hammers boss David Moyes believes the offer will be of interest to the Welsh club and that former Swansea striker Andre Ayew will be offered to them as part of the deal.It is also claimed that Swansea are looking for as much as £40m for Mawson, 23, as a slice of any transfer fee will go to Barnsley, who signed him from Brentford in 2015.Embed from Getty ImagesMeanwhile, there continues to be speculation over the future of Eden Hazard.The Sunday Express, which has repeatedly linked Hazard with a move away from Stamford Bridge, how say he will snub Real Madrid and sign a new contract.Claiming an exclusive, the newspaper declare that Hazard is ready to sign a deal which will make him the highest-paid player in the Premier League.