South Africa extends mandate of is Forces in DRC

first_imgThe South African soldiers will be in DRC for one more year taking part in the Force Intervention BrigadeThe South African government has extended the mandate of its forces taking part in a UN peace keeping mission in DRC.The mandate of other SA soldiers in peace keeping missions in Sudan’s Darfur region and other Southern African Development Community countries will also be extended.The South African soldiers will be in DRC for one more year taking part in the Force Intervention Brigade, part of the U.N. MONUSCO peacekeeping operation in the Great Lakes country.The deployment of 1,388 troops in the DR Congo and 850 troops in Darfur Sudan has been extended by one year to March 31, 2016, according to a statement by the presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj.The intervention brigade has been given a special mandate to take on armed groups who have terrorized and created instability for years in the poor but mineral-rich region.U.N. and Congolese troops launched strikes in January against the remnants of a Burundian rebel group based in the borderlands of Eastern Congo.However, MONUSCO in February paused its support for a campaign against another rebel group – the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda – after Congo named to top posts two generals suspected of human rights violations.The operation is now going ahead without U.N. support.last_img read more

Africa World Airlines serving half of Ghana’s aviation

first_imgAfrica World Airlines (AWA)invested in by a Chinese company has already captured half of the aviation market in Ghana and has become one of the most popular regional airlines in West Africa.Despite its high levels of fragmentation, Africa’s Aviation market has significant opportunities for growth, and that’s attracted some Chinese investors. Ghana’s Africa World Airlines, registered in 2010, is one such opportunity. It is a joint venture by Chinese and Ghanaian investors, and the carrier has grown to serve a larger and larger section of the potential market in Ghana.AWA started operations in 2012 using Embraer 145 Jets. The airline is co-financed by China’s HNA Group, the China-Africa Development Fund, Ghana’s Social Security and National Insurance Trust, and Ghana’s SAS Finance Group. Starting from 1 flight at the very beginning, their travel routes have increased over 3 years of expansion to 22 domestic and international flights per day. Over 98 percent of its 216 staff are Ghanaian.In addition to its strong financial support, AWA also inherited the strict safety management and service standards of Hainan Airlines. Their strong safety management and good service records helped the airline win the award for Domestic Airline for 2014 from the Ghana Tourism Authority.A growing number of African countries including Ghana, Kenya and South Africa hope to expand aviation cooperation with China in projects such as co-funded airlines, airport construction or aircraft manufacturing.last_img read more

Childhood obesity an emerging problem in Montserrat

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Childhood obesity an emerging problem in Montserrat by: – February 7, 2012 18 Views   no discussions Photo credit: howtolosebellyfatsoon.comBRADES, Montserrat (GIU) — Childhood obesity and overweight is an emerging problem in Montserrat says the Ministry of Health and a screening programme has begun to decrease the disease burden among youth.Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child’s health or wellbeing. As methods to determine body fat directly are difficult, the diagnosis of obesity is often based on Basic metabolic rate (BMI). “Due to the rising prevalence of obesity in children and its many adverse health effects it is being recognized as a serious public health concern,” a statement from the ministry said.One of the ministry’s objectives in the 2011-2012 Operational Plan is to strengthen the Maternal and Child Health Programme through enhanced strategies to address childhood obesity by March 2012. This will enable the staff to collect data on the BMI for the seven to nine year olds and also increase the opportunity for interventions such as counselling and or exercise programs and referrals.The programme commenced on 23 January.A statement from the ministry said, “The first problems to occur in obese children are usually emotional or psychological. Childhood obesity however can also lead to life-threatening conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, sleeping problems, cancer and other disorders. It is the Ministry’s goal to address obesity and detect as early as possible and correct any correctable defects that are present at this stage of your child’s life.”by Nerissa Goldenlast_img read more

WHO ‘increasingly worried about Zika’

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint WHO ‘increasingly worried about Zika’ by: (Belfast Telegraph) – May 17, 2016 Share Tweet Share 70 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! A health worker sprays insecticide to combat the mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus in Brazil (AP)(Belfast Telegraph) The World Health Organisation is increasingly concerned about the Zika virus but does not recommend cancelling or postponing the Olympic Games in Brazil this summer.The organisation’s director general, Dr Margaret Chan, said: “The more we learn about Zika, the more worried we get about it.”But she added that she would be going to the Games in Rio de Janeiro herself.Ms Chan noted that although Zika has been around for decades, it is only recently that the virus has been proven to cause severe birth defects and neurological problems – including in newborn children.She reiterated the UN health agency’s advice that pregnant women should not travel to Brazil, which has by far the biggest number of Zika cases.She said the agency was recommending that both Olympic athletes and travellers to Rio take measures to prevent being bitten by the mosquitoes that spread Zika. But she did not see a reason why the Olympics – which are expected to draw about 500,000 people to Brazil – should be moved.She said: “You don’t want to bring a standstill to the world’s movement of people. This is all about risk assessment and risk management.”Ms Chan said she agreed with the WHO’s Zika response chief Bruce Aylward, who said earlier this year that Rio will host a “fantastic” Games.In February, WHO declared the explosive outbreak of Zika to be a global health emergency and the virus has now spread to nearly 60 countries.The agency is constantly monitoring its evolution, and could change its advice to travellers depending on how Zika progresses, according to WHO officials.Some experts have called for this year’s Olympics, which run from August 5-21, to be moved or delayed to prevent the avoidable birth of brain-damaged babies. They also warn that the Rio Olympics could spark new Zika outbreaks in other countries and speed up the virus’s international spread.Ms Chan said Olympic athletes were getting advice from their national medical advisers, singling out Australia as one country that has issued “very positive” guidelines to its Olympics team. Other countries are taking measures such as providing protective clothing, window screens and air conditioning “to minimize the risk”, she said.Australia’s medical director for the Olympic team said last week that the risk of Zika to athletes was “minimal” and that the last people he had spoken to who had been to Rio recently had not even seen a mosquito.Ms Chan was speaking ahead of next week’s World Health Assembly, a crucial WHO annual event that draws more than 3,500 delegates and address six dozen topics – including resistance to antimicrobial drugs, a global shortage of medicines and vaccines and maternal health.Despite Ms Chan’s concern about the Zika outbreak, not a single session at next week’s meeting is focused on the virus, even though Zika is expected to come up in a number of discussions at the assembly. Sharelast_img read more

Acting National Disaster Management Coordinator advises public to stay away from Layou River

first_img Share 57 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Acting National Disaster Management Coordinator advises public to stay away from Layou River by: – July 29, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! In photo: Layou River flooding after the collapse of the Matthieu Dam yesterday.Mr. Don Corriette the Acting National Disaster Management Coordinator is advising persons who live on the banks of the Layou River to evacuate and seek higher ground.Mr. Corriette is appealing the general public; onlookers, sight-seers and residents of Layou, to stay away from the river as dangerous levels of water has built in the Matthieu Dam and there is a possiblility of flash flooding at anytime.Click here to listen to Mr. Corriette’s statement: Mr. Corriette is aksing for the cooperation of the Layou residents and the general public to ensure that there is no loss of life in the event that the Matthieu Dam collapses again.“We are soliciting the cooperation of the people down at Layou and along the Layou Valley to stay away from that river because it is predominantly in a flood stage. We have activity as reported by the SSU taking place up stream in the Matthieu Dam area that suggests that water is building again at the back of the plug and the soil and the material is already saturated which is not consolidated to the extent that it was before, therefore the possibility of it breaking loose is very, very high.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Grenadian attorney demands outside help to investigate fatal beating

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Derick Sylvester says the post mortem determined Oscar Bartholomew (pictured above) died as a result of trauma to the head. (Photo: Bartholomew family)ST GEORGE’s, Grenada — The attorney representing the wife of a Grenadian-born Canadian who died Tuesday, hours after being beaten allegedly by police officers, has demanded that an investigator be brought in from another jurisdiction to ensure that an independent probe is conducted into the matter.Derick Sylvester said the investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of the 39-year-old Oscar Bartholomew should be “unbiased, clear and open”.“We’re concerned that to date, no one has been detained and or arrested in relation to this matter,” he told a media conference yesterday.The attorney said the post mortem determined Bartholomew died as a result of trauma to the head, and had multiple skull fractures and a brain haemorrhage.Police Commissioner, Wilan Thompson, said the officer in charge of the police station in the eastern parish of St. David where the incident reportedly occurred has been replaced, while two others are assisting with the investigation.“To date, all the officers who were present at the station at the time of the incident have had a preliminary interview. Reports have also been submitted by the officers,” he said.“Further, some officers at the station will be reassigned to other areas so as to allow the investigation to proceed quickly and unimpeded.”But Sylvester said authorities should seek outside assistance “to ensure that it (the investigation) is fair because justice is all about perception. You can’t have the cat watching the cheese…”He said there appeared to be a “breeding of police brutality in the country” with numerous lawsuits filed against law enforcement officers over the last 10 years.On Wednesday, Prime Minister Tillman Thomas visited the family of the deceased and expressed sorrow at the incident. He said the Attorney General’s Chambers has been asked to assist with the investigation.“I have directed the respective government departments and agencies, including the Attorney General’s Chambers, to provide the support necessary for the full and unimpeded investigation of this occurrence,” Thomas stated.Bartholomew died at hospital, a day after he was arrested for assaulting an officer.This followed an incident in which he reportedly hugged a plainclothes female police officer whom he mistook for an old friend.Caribbean 360 News 69 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share NewsRegional Grenadian attorney demands outside help to investigate fatal beating by: – December 31, 2011last_img read more

Oil rig already in Cuban waters after US inspection

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 18 Views   no discussions offshore drilling rig Scarabeo 9. Photo credit: saipem.comHAVANA, Cuba (South Sentinel) — The offshore drilling rig Scarabeo 9 has arrived in Cuban waters to kick off operations 22 miles off the island’s coast.The rig is to be operated by the Spain-based Repsol YPF oil company, which plans to take the drilling unit to northwestern Cuban waters, some 70 miles from the Florida Keys, which has raised concern in the United States about a possible oil spill.But in order to relieve such concerns, Repsol invited US inspectors to check the rig before it arrived in Cuban waters and the company committed itself to meet all established drilling requirements, although the operations will take place in the Exclusive Cuban Economic Zone in the Gulf of Mexico.A recent article published in the Houston Chronicle said that “officials with the Interior Department‘s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the US Coast Guard inspected the Scarabeo 9, a mobile offshore-drilling unit that privately owned Spanish company Repsol plans to use as close as 50 miles to Florida’s coast. While aboard, officials reviewed details about the vessel’s construction, drilling equipment and safety systems, the environmental enforcement bureau said.”The inspection concluded on Monday off the coasts of Trinidad, in what was considered to be an unusual agreement with Caribbean countries aimed at mitigating concerns of a possible oil spill that could contaminate US coasts.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Tweet NewsRegional Oil rig already in Cuban waters after US inspection by: – January 20, 2012last_img read more

Newtown Primary School launches Literacy Week

first_img Sharing is caring! 34 Views   no discussions Share Education Minister Petter Saint Jean and Principal of the Newtown Primary School Jerry Coipel in the backgroudThe Newtown Primary School on Monday launched its first ever Literacy Festival week, the brainchild of Royette Charles, a teacher at that school under the theme “To learn to read is to light a fire”.Education Minister Petter Saint Jean who addressed the students said the festival presents an ideal opportunity to increase literacy awareness on the island.“This festival is a real excellent opportunity that I believe will create and heighten an awareness for reading among the students of the Newtown Primary School and throughout Dominica”.He said the Ministry of Education and Human Recourse Development “fully endorses the Literacy Week activities and remains committed to promoting an appreciation for reading among students, and also to arrest the decline in reading levels”.Principal and students of the Newtown PrimaryThe minister said it is hoped that at the end of the weeklong festival students will gain a greater appreciation for reading, as this is one of the “most important skills” a child can possess.“I believe it is important to note that you students recognize the importance of reading, the importance that it plays in the life of any individual as far as it relates to his mental development. It is my hope that throughout this week’s activities you will gain a greater appreciation for the wonders that can be discovered through reading”.A reading competition is part of activities planned for the Literacy Festival and will take place at the school on Monday. On Tuesday, parents and private sector readers will form part of the Read-a-Thon followed by an exhibition of the writing of students and teachers of the school on Thursdays.The weeklong activities will climax on Friday with a march by the students and teachers from the Newtown Primary School to the Newtown Savannah where the closing and prize giving ceremony will take place.Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img EducationLocalNewsPrimary Newtown Primary School launches Literacy Week by: – March 26, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more

Rooney upbeat ahead Derby debut rules out retirement

first_img Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Deepika Padukone’s Most Memorable Looks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet Wayne Rooney has set his sights on playing as long as he can as he prepares to make his debut for Championship side Derby County. The former England striker signed an 18-month deal with the Rams and is eligible to play for them in their clash against Barnsley at Pride Park on January 2. Despite the agreement involving coaching duties at the club, Rooney insisted he would keep going as long as he physically can. Asked whether he may stay beyond his initial deal, Rooney told Sky Sports: ‘That depends on different circumstances. ‘I have an 18-month contract. It depends on how my body is after that and how Derby feel I have done. ‘I feel good. I’ve been lucky in my career that I haven’t had major muscle injuries that can affect you later on. I haven’t missed a training session in two years. I will play for as long as my body allows me.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… ‘I signed in the summer but I’ve been in for a few weeks now training and I’m ready to play,’ he added. ‘I’m looking forward to it.’ Former United ace and Derby county new sign ready to meet county fans The England’s record goalscorer has not played a match since leaving DC United on October 19, but claimed he felt in great shape. He added: ‘I feel my body is still ready to play, I feel good. As long as I feel I can benefit the team, then I’ll play. I feel I can add quality to the team, experience. I feel there is plenty I can offer. ‘It’s a league that I’ve always watched and it’s a bit different to the Premier League – there are a lot more games first of all. ‘Quality-wise it’s probably not as good as the Premier League but it’s a good league. You have to battle to get results and I have no problem with that.Rooney left MLS club DC United in October after 52 games, 25 goals and two years in America.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola plots move for highly-rated Chelsea youngster

first_imgPep Guardiola is “infatuated” with Chelsea wonderkid Billy Gilmour and is desperate to bring him to Manchester City, according to reports.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body? Loading… Gilmour even picked up the man-of-the-match award against the Premier League’s runaway leaders on what was only the sixth senior appearance of his professional career.The diminutive Scot has also attracted interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, but according to El Desmarque, it is Guardiola that wants to seal his signature “as soon as possible.”Frank Lampard spoke glowingly of the Scot after Tuesday’s match, saying: “I have absolute trust in Billy.“I remember when he first came on against Sheffield United and we drew the game, people questioned this kid, but I have no problem with him.“If he’s small in stature he’s huge in personality, and he’s also huge in talent. When I look at a midfield player I have lots of questions.The 18-year-old wasn’t phased by high-class oppositionRead Also: Chelsea in transfer talks to sign Germany wonderkid“Do you want to receive the ball in all positions and all moments? Yes, he does. Do you want to make angles and pick the right pass? Yes, he generally does. Will you put your foot in? Yes, he does.”Gilmour, who has been on the radar of youth football experts for a number of years, was recruited by the West Londoners from Scottish giants Rangers back in 2017.The Blues were subsequently slapped with a transfer ban by Fifa after being found guilty of “at least 29 breaches” of regulations regarding the signing of minors.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 18-year-old impressed with his poised, all-action performance for the Blues against Liverpool on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more