WBG Prez. Urges More Support to Ebola-Affected Nations

first_imgThe President of the World Bank Group (WBG), Jim Yong Kim, has emphasized the need for more support to help Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone get to zero new Ebola cases.He said reaching zero new Ebola cases will help the three countries jumpstart their economy recovery and build a safer, more prosperous and resilient future for their citizens.“Many of us have acknowledged that the international community was slow to react to Ebola. Let’s show that we have learned this lesson by supporting an effective and sustainable recovery that also prepares these countries — and the rest of the world — for the next pandemic.” Kim said.He noted that, in addition to the severe effects of Ebola, the economic downturn in the three countries has been aggravated by the sharp decline in global iron ore prices, as well as the collapse of the mining sector in Sierra Leone, which has resulted in an unprecedented GDP contraction in that country estimated at 23.5 per cent.Since the WBG issued its last economic update on January 20, 2015, it says important differences among the three countries are emerging.The WBG new report has found that Sierra Leone is now facing a severe recession with the potential for an unprecedented 23.5% growth rate in 2015, resulting from financial issues that led to the closure of iron ore mining.The report also noted that a gradual return of Liberia to normalcy, with a projected GDP growth rate of 3%.The report further shows that the Ebola epidemic continues to cripple the economies of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.An estimated GDP losses for the three countries in 2015 rose to US$2.2 billion: US$240 million for Liberia, US$535 million for Guinea and US$1.4 billion for Sierra Leone.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the week leading up to April 12, there were a total of 37 confirmed cases of Ebola, compared with 30 the previous week in Guinea and Sierra Leone.There has been no case reported in Liberia for the past three weeks.At the same time, World Bank has announced US$650 million as additional support to the three West Africa Ebola affected countries for the next 12 to 18 months to help them recover from the impact of the Ebola crisis.The new funding will be used to strengthen priority areas in health systems and frontline care, agriculture, education, cash transfers and other social protection programs, which include lifesaving infrastructure such as electricity, water, sanitation and roads.The funds will also be used to develop a regional disease surveillance system across West Africa that will help prevent or contain future pandemics.The new WBG pledge brings the organization’s total financing for Ebola response and recovery efforts to US$1.62 billion.Other commitments announced include $300 million from the African Development Bank, $80 million from GAVI, and $387 million from the Global Fund through 2017 for the worst Ebola affected countries in the sub region.This is in addition to previously committed funding to the Ebola response and recovery efforts from the United States, United Kingdom, and many other development partners, which represents a substantial investment in support of the national plans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

St. Paul baseball tournament set

first_img First-round games scheduled Friday find Glendora at John Glenn, University at Artesia, Mayfair at Paramount and Norwalk at Warren, all at 3:30 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 1:20 p.m. Three area teams will be among 20 entries in the annual St. Paul High School Easter Baseball Tournament that will begin with games Friday and run through Wednesday. Cantwell, Whittier and St. Paul have first-round byes and will play Saturday. St. Paul opens against Sunny Hills at 9:30 a.m. and Cantwell faces Hawthorne at 12:30 p.m. Both games are at St. Paul. Whittier has an 11 a.m. game against Aquinas to be played at Paramount High School.last_img read more

Power outages close schools in the Peace

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Due to power outages across the Peace region, multiple rural elementary schools are closed today.Reports also have said that Upper Pine and Upper Halfway elementary schools are closed as well.Wonowon School Closed Due to Power Outage – Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – https://t.co/TA6fuo1eBD #yxj #sd60 #fortstjohn— School District 60 (@sd60) April 19, 2016 Buick Creek School Closed Due to Power Outage – Tuesday, April 19 – https://t.co/RiOx0SamAV #yxj #sd60 #fortstjohn— School District 60 (@sd60) April 19, 2016Advertisement There are still 22 power outages across the Peace region. It’s estimated over 3,000 customers have been left without power.center_img – Advertisement -Prespatou School Closed Due to Power Outage – Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – https://t.co/UEa9EwZdCe #yxj #sd60 #fortstjohn— School District 60 (@sd60) April 19, 2016The school district plans to re-open schools on Wednesday, given that it’s safe to do so.BC Hydro says, “Crews continue to work throughout the day to restore outages from yesterday’s wind storm in the North Interior Region of the province as quickly and safely as possible. We thank you for your patience.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Opposition threatens stir over alleged fake encounter

first_imgNagpur: Opposition parties in Chhattisgarh have threatened to go on protest if the government fails to order a probe into the alleged extrajudicial killing of two tribals by the police. The incident took place in the Maoist-infested Bastar region near Purungal-Dokapara on January 29. The spot is located near the Dantewada-Bijapur district border.The State police has claimed that two Maoists, identified as Bhima Kadati and Sukmati Hemla, were killed in the encounter and weapons including a rifle were recovered from them.The villagers approached tribal activist and AAP leader Soni Sori and other political parties for support, and have refused to bury the bodies. “Hemla was Kadati’s sister-in-law. They were returning after meeting Kadati’s brother Baman in Kirandul town on January 28 when they were picked up by the security forces. They were killed on January 29. The villagers told me that neither had Maoist connections. The condition of Hemla’s body suggests she may have been raped before being killed,” Ms. Sori told The Hindu.‘Police putting pressure’Ms. Sori alleged the police is trying to destroy evidence by burying the bodies. “The villagers have protected the bodies for over 20 days, but security forces are trying to compel villagers into burying them.” The Congress, led by Dantewada MLA Devati Karma, extended support to the villagers’ protest and appointed a team to probe the matter. Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi’s Chhattisgarh Janata Congress (CJC) has already begun protests over the issue. Mr. Jogi led a protest march to Chief Minister Raman Singh’s residence in Raipur on Saturday, accompanied by relatives of the deceased. They demanded a second post-mortem and a judicial probe. Mr. Jogi’s son and Marwahi MLA Amit Jogi has already threatened to perform the last rites in front of the Chief Minister’s residence in Raipur if the police personnel responsible are not arrested. AAP leader Sanket Thakur said he is accompanying the victims’ relatives to Bilaspur to file a case in the high court. Mr.Jogi has also said he would move the HC over the issue.SP (Dantewada) Kamlochan Kashyap denied the allegations. “An encounter had happened on January 29 in which two Maoists were killed. Both were Maoists and a part of senior Maoist leader Ganesh Uike’s supply team. They had a number of cases registered against them in various police stations of Bastar. Post-mortems were conducted on both bodies, and they were buried on January 30. However, some elements asked the villagers to exhume them. We can’t do much about the politics being played over this incident,” he said.last_img read more

As bulls have a field day, farmers scurry to save their crops in U.P.

first_imgFarmer Govind Sharma was facing a dharam sankat (moral dilemma). Stray cattle were eating up his valuable crops. But the farmer’s religious beliefs forbade him from using force to drive them out. After much thought, he decided to walk the middle path: catch the bovines and keep them under custody.Over the past year, he has caught three stray bulls and put them on a leash outside his house in Gadhi Karmali village in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh. One bull had injured at least four people in the village.Bulls are generally not used for farming. Mr. Sharma already has a pair of bullocks that he deploys on his 2.5 bigha farm, but he now has to incur an additional cost of over ₹1,500 per month to feed the three bulls. Yet, despite the financial burden, he feels he has a moral responsibility to take care of them.“God is watching. I put the rope around them, so it is my duty to not let them starve,” said Mr. Sharma. He also has to feed a 10-member family.And the predicament is not his alone. There are at least eight stray bulls in the custody of the villagers. But dozens of other bulls, cows and calves roam free, posing a threat to the crops. In some cases, they also attack farmers.Lodh farmer Ram Singh recently received 24 stitches on his lower back after a bull gored him in his field. “Six persons have been attacked in just the past four days. The male calf is particularly aggressive,” said Guru Prasad Sahu, who owns three bighas of land.No more fairsStray cattle entering fields, and eating away and trampling on crops is common in U.P., but villagers claim the menace got worse after the BJP government came to power in 2017. They claim that due to the fear of cow vigilantes, and shutting down of illegal slaughterhouses by the Yogi Adityanath government, slaughtering of cows and bulls has stopped. This has also resulted in the collapse of local cattle markets. Several cattle fairs have not been held since the BJP came to power.Slaughtering of cows has been banned in U.P. for several decades and the crackdown on abattoirs only concerns buffaloes and goats.But Ramayan Singh, a marginal farmer, claims that under the previous governments, police allowed cows to be slaughtered illegally for a bribe. “Modi and Yogi have brought an end to all that. We support it. But the issue of stray cattle must also be dealt with,” he pointed out.Farmers say that after the BJP came to power in the State, and at the Centre, they have found it difficult to sell their old cattle. They claim this is one reason for the increase in the stray cattle population. If one is unable to sell an old animal or get the right price for it, it is eventually left to fend for itself. Such bovines wander into farms.On the other hand, meat traders say that there is increased stray cattle menace because the sale of bulls and bullocks to other States like West Bengal, where slaughter is legal, has come to a halt after the BJP came to power.They also attribute the slump in cattle trade to the fear of cow vigilantes who disrupt transport of cattle even if the carriers possess valid documents. After assuming power, the Adityanath government decided to invoke the NSA and Gangsters Act against those slaughtering cows and smuggling the animal.Poor salesShakeel Qureshi, U.P. vice-president of the All India Jamiatul Quresh, said farmers were finding it difficult to dispose of their cattle. “States like Maharashtra, where slaughter of bulls and bullocks was allowed earlier, banned it after the BJP came to power. In times of farm distress, farmers rely heavily on animal-based income but with no avenues to sell, they dump them,” Mr. Qureshi said.Chief Veterinary Officer of Unnao, P.K Singh, dismissed the view that the cattle menace had any connection with the ban on slaughterhouses. Slaughtering of cow progeny has been banned in U.P. for decades, he said.The real problem is that the practice of abandoning cattle, ‘Anna Pratha,’ [mainly during summer] has spread to the rest of the State from Bundelkhand. “After people have milked a cow, they abandon it,” Mr. Singh said. He also said that the 2012 cattle census, the last one available, in the State had indicated a decreasing trend in population of cows in comparison to 2007.‘Anna Pratha’ is an age-old tradition in Bundelkhand where farmers let loose their cattle, especially unproductive and pregnant cows, to graze freely. The animals raid fields in search of food and water, causing damage to other peasants, who are already reeling under severe losses and are forced to keep desperate vigils all night to save whatever remains in their fields.Many villagers have put up fences or barricaded their fields. In Sandoli, Unnao, Santram and his grandmother keep a watch against roaming cattle from a machan (a platform in a tree) over their four-bigha field at night, armed with sticks and an axe.Mr. Santram agrees that the crackdown on slaughterhouses has aggravated the problem, but says farmers have also stopped using bullocks in farms and shifted to tractors.State Animal Husbandry Minister S.P. Singh Baghel has said that the number of stray cattle heads have increased across the State because it has strictly implemented anti-cow slaughter laws and shut down illegal slaughterhouses.On March 13, responding to a question by an SP MLA, Mr. Baghel said in the Assembly that the “sudden flood” of stray cattle population was visible now as the gestation period of a cow was 10 months while the BJP government had completed a year.  “Now can you  imagine at what rate were cows being slaughtered in the State under your rule,” Mr. Baghel asked.Scheme to tackle menaceTo specifically tackle the menace of bulls, the government is running a “Sexed Sorted Semen” scheme based on American and Japanese technology  Under the pilot project, chances of cows delivering a female calf are as high as 90-95%. The project has started in three districts so far, Etawah, Lakhimpur Kheri and Barabanki, and according to Mr. Baghel, recent results have been encouraging.Out of 240 cattle heads born under the experiment, 220 were cows, a hit rate of 94%. While veterinary officials say that the scheme is costly, the government plans to implement it in other districts as well. A sum of ₹49.5 crore has been alloted for the scheme in the current budget. No data is available for the stray cattle but according to the Animal Husbandry Department, U.P. has around two crore cows and cow progeny.In a bid to care for stray cattle, the BJP government has allocated ₹98.50 crore under the Kanha Gaushala Evam Beshahara Pashu Aashray Yojna, to set up shelter homes for them.last_img read more

a month agoEmile Heskey: Eck blocked Leicester return

first_imgEmile Heskey: Eck blocked Leicester returnby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmile Heskey has revealed he was blocked from joining Leicester City a second time.Heskey has revealed that Alex McLeish denied him the chance to leave Aston Villa for Leicester City.He told LeicesterLive: “McLeish said I couldn’t go. “He said I couldn’t leave, that they needed me, and then barely played me again.“I wanted to know where I stood and if I wasn’t in anyone’s plans, I would have been going home to Leicester. But to tell me they needed me but then not to play me again, more or less, I didn’t see the logic behind it.“It would have been good to come back, it would have been nice.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Young Boston College Fan Has Some Interesting Dance Moves

first_imgYoung Boston College fan's dance goes viral.Boston College’s women’s basketball team fell 86-68 to No. 9 Florida State yesterday, but the action on the court paled in comparison to the dance moves exhibited by a young BC fan in the stands. Check out the determination on his face:This kid deserves a lot of props. His boys are cracking up at first but he shows no insecurity or shyness. He’s just trying to break it down, and he even gets the kid in the orange shirt to join in at the end.There’s only one thing left for this young man to do. He must battle dancing UVA girl for ACC supremacy. Someone has to make this happen.last_img read more

Jencarlos Canela Rocks St Jude Angels And Stars Gala

first_imgOn May 17 in Miami, more than 550 guests celebrated the progress of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the 12th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala, an event co–founded by Daisy Fuentes.Singer/songwriter Jencarlos CanelaSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases, recognized South Florida Chef Adrianne Calvo with the FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Lifetime Dedication Award presented by The Mosteiro Family Foundation. For the past five years, the Cuban–American author, entrepreneur, television personality and Miami–based chef has prepared traditional Cuban meals for patient families who are away from home during the holiday season.“It is touching to be recognized by an organization with a global mission that treats children battling cancer and other deadly diseases from all 50 states and around the world,” said Calvo. “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is truly a hospital without walls, freely sharing its research with doctors and scientists everywhere to improve diagnoses and treatments and save children all across the globe.”During the gala, guests enjoyed fine dining, a silent auction and live performances by GRAMMY Award winning artist Willy Chirino and singer/songwriter Jencarlos Canela.Among the noted celebrity award presenters were television and radio personalities Pamela Silva Conde, Ana Maria Canseco, Raul Gonzalez, Jon Secada, Charytin Goyco, and more. Also in attendance at the star–studded event, which celebrates diversity, were well–known Latin celebrities including: Rashel Diaz, Mariela Encarnacion, Sissi Fleitas, Candela Ferro, Khotan Fernández, Claudia Molina, Maripily Rivera, Karent Sierra, Erik Valdez, Coby Ryan McLaughlin, James Tahhan, Gabriel Valenzuela, Jason Canela, Liz Vega, Alina Mayo Azze, David Chocarro, Guillermo Benitez, among others.“The continued support of the Hispanic community and this amazing group of celebrity friends and faithful supporters during the past 12 years is inspiring,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “It is thanks to friends and partners like these that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is able to freely share the breakthroughs we make with doctors in Latin America and around the world so that we can find cures save children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases.”This year’s gala sponsors included: FedEx Express, The Gutierrez Family, The Mosteiro Family Foundation, Raul Gonzalez, Carnival, Visa, Nuage Designs, Yokota Foundation, Univision, Venezuela al Día, International Dermatology, Hola America, Fortune Realty, YEZZ, British Telecom, Wellmax Medical Centers, Ernst & Young, Café Domino, American Tower Corporation, Leon Medical Centers, DDB Latina, Westin Fort Lauderdale Hotels, Byblos Group, Andreas and Kalkidan Kaiafas, FPL, OnmiComMediaGroup, Ketel One Vodka, Nassab A. Ahmadieh Graphic Design & Photography, Ocean Drive Magazine, Selecta Magazine, Amor 107.5 FM, Mix 98.3 FM, Radio Mambí 710 AM, Univision America 1140 AM, and The Dream Team Agency.last_img read more

New report provides insight into the status of women in the arts

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has released The status of women in the Canadian arts and cultural industries: Research review 2010-2018, a report commissioned by OAC from a research team led by Dr. Amanda Coles, a Canadian on faculty at Australia’s Deakin University.This report provides an important synthesis of existing research on the status of women in the arts in Ontario and Canada. The majority of existing research focuses on specific sectors, such as media arts/screen, or theatre, etc., rather than addressing the arts and cultural industries as a whole.The report covers six sectors: visual arts, dance, theatre, literature, music, and media arts/screen.Key Findings from the ReportEarnings and incomeResearch shows a pervasive gender-based income gap across all six sectors under review. Overall, women’s average incomes are lower than their male peers – a defining feature of work in the Canadian arts and cultural industries.Education and trainingGender inequality in the arts and cultural industries cannot be explained by the education or skill of professional female artists and cultural workers. A cross-sectoral analysis of available data on education and training clearly shows that across all six sectors, women are as highly educated as men.LeadershipWomen are well represented in administrative leadership roles in visual arts, publishing, and theatre, and in the top tier of Canadian orchestras. Executive and organizational leadership roles in the music industry are male-dominated. There is a notable shortage of data on organizational leadership in broadcasting, film and television production, the interactive digital media sector, and dance. Advertisement Women are severely under-represented in key artistic leadership roles in media arts/screen, theatre and music. In contrast, key artistic leadership roles in visual arts and publishing, such as curators and editors, are female dominated.Career and industry recognitionAcross all sectors, women’s artistic and creative works receive significantly less public visibility (for example, productions or exhibitions) and recognition (awards) than those of men. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Jaipur experiences a surge of tourists for New Year

first_imgWith destinations brimming with tourists in Jaipur, tourism stakeholders are all set for the year-end celebrations. It is the government’s initiative to launch night tourism that is responsible for the footfall of tourists.“Night tourism began at a slow but steady pace. But over the last two days of 2015, the influx of tourists has broken all records. Since Christmas, we have been getting a footfall of 14,000 tourists per day. This rush is anticipated till January 10. Recently, on a single day nearly 14,703 came to the Amber Fort. The per-day income of the Amber Fort is nearly `17 lakh,” said Pankaj Dharendra, Superintendent, Amber Fort.Jaipur is welcoming the maximum tourist flow from New Delhi as they had planned their New Year celebrations in the city. “Majority of the budget to luxury hotels are full to the capacity. It is good to see a huge percentage of tourists coming from Delhi,” said Sanjay Kaushik, a Jaipur-based tour operator. The extended weekend has added to the new-year revelry.last_img