Reducing child mortality

first_imgBased on official statistics released recently, over the past 25 years or so, the world has made commendable progress in saving young children’s lives; but there is still a far way to go in terms of drastically reducing newborn and child deaths. The rate of child mortality fell 62 per cent from 1990 – 2016, with under-five deaths dropping from 12.7 million to 5.6 million. However, it is also quite clear that this progress has not been universal, as some countries, including Guyana, are still lagging behind.A new report from UNICEF and its partners in the Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME), Levels and Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2017, shows the full scope of child and newborn mortality across the world. The data reveal that the rate of newborn deaths is not decreasing as quickly as that of children aged one to five. As a result, newborns account for a growing proportion of child deaths with each passing year. For example, according to UNICEF, in 2016 alone, 7,000 newborn babies died every day.Newborn deaths made up 46 per cent of all child deaths, an increase from 41 per cent in 2000. According to the report, most of these deaths are entirely preventable. WHO has noted that prematurity; complications during labour and birth; and infections like sepsis, pneumonia, tetanus and diarrhoea are among the leading causes – all of which can be treated, or prevented with simple, affordable solutions.It must be mentioned, too, that these children are dying because of who they are and the environment they were born into – whether it be an impoverished family, a marginalised community, or a country consumed by conflict. Children in the poorest households are nearly twice as likely to die before the age of five than those from the richest households.It must be noted that the vast majority of newborn deaths take place in developing countries, where access to health care is low. Most of these newborns die at home, without skilled care that could greatly increase their chances of survival.According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), skilled health care during pregnancy, childbirth, and in the postnatal (immediately following birth) period prevents complications for mother and newborn, and allows for early detection and management of problems. WHO and UNICEF now recommend home visits by a skilled health worker during a baby’s first week of life, to improve newborn survival. Newborns in special circumstances, such as low-birth-weight babies, babies born to HIV-positive mothers, or sick babies, require additional care, and should be referred to a hospital.The WHO has suggested that with an increasing share of under-5 deaths occurring within the neonatal period, accelerated change for child survival requires a greater focus on building strong health services, ensuring that every birth is attended by skilled personnel, and making hospital care available in an emergency.Here, in Guyana, despite progress achieved during the last decade, this country continues to experience one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a maternal mortality rate estimated at 121 per 1,000 live births and an infant mortality rate at 22 per 1,000 live births.In 2016, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) had approved an US$8 million loan for a programme to help reduce maternal, perinatal and neonatal deaths in Guyana. The focus of the programme is to improve the quality of care at 140 health facilities and in 88 communities, benefitting at least 140,000 women and 9,000 newborns per year.The initiative was designed with the aim of supporting and improving maternal and child health care geared towards improving access to quality neonatal health services and providing a better path to, and quality of, reproductive and maternal health services. Efforts such as these must be commended.That said, the most recent report by UNICEF has made some useful recommendations, which the Government here should seriously consider. Diligent efforts must be made to continue reducing newborn and child deaths. We believe that once there is a concerted, coordinated effort among policymakers, businesses, healthcare workers, communities and families, we can achieve the desired results as those relate to reducing child mortality rates.last_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgThis week, we bring you the concluding part of my message to the St. Teresa Convent graduating class of 2014/15. Read on:To sustain the peace we have all enjoyed in the past thirteen years, we need more than ensuring food security and providing functional social amenities. In actual fact, what remains cardinal to sustainable peace is the active involvement of young women in peace building. Gender equality brings to peace-building new degrees of democratic inclusiveness and social capital recovery. Indeed, peacebuilding may well offer the single greatest opportunity to redress gender inequalities and injustices of the past while setting new precedents for the future.Women of the future could also play important roles in the process of peace, as volunteers, as advocates and as activists. This tripe ‘A’ approach could be used anywhere and in any profession or discipline.As young women, we should volunteer for peace. Find time to join youth based and youth led Organizations and offer your time, knowledge and skills. We should find work with relief aid agencies and contribute to reducing direct gender based violence in our society.In our respective future endeavors, we could act as the agent of change by mediating in conflicts, serving as trauma healing counselors and who knows, policymakers. We can contribute as educators and participants in all peacebuilding peacemaking and peacekeeping programmes. The mobilization and contribution to peace should not be the sole responsibility of one gender, group, organization, our government and we need to invest more for peace. Formidable African women like Winnie Mandela, Leyman Gbowee and President Ellen Sirleaf have laid a strong foundation for younger generations coming behind. There is a need to increase women’s participation and representation in elected positions.The sea of knowledge knows no boundaries and it is important to continue to learn. Education, you would soon notice, takes place when your act and learning instructions would no longer be as you’ve known it to be. According to Admiral William Mc Raven, during his commencement speech at the University of Texas two years ago, I quote “You will likely fail often, it is part of life, but never, ever give up” end of quote.Always know that you’re first and foremost a woman of substance and a woman of peace with something to offer and that you represent an institution that puts God, not self-first. Learn to pray. In the words of Rev. Fr Too Williams, “Prayers can make the impossible, possible”.When you have a drive or passion that would uplift you, family and others, go for it. Don’t let anyone tell you it cannot be done. It is time for young women to unleash their potentials and not allow themselves to be stifled by anyone, positions or quest for material things.Let us conclude by letting you know we would be disappointed a few times, many times, many times, even by our closest associates- friends, family members and colleagues, but remember, our heartaches would not stop the sun from rising, shinning or setting, it would not stop time from ticking, it would notstop the rain and simply put, it would not stop anything. Life would continue as always. In whatever you do or do not do. Until we meet again my young ladies, let me take this unique opportunity to say peace first, let peace be above all else, may peace prevail in our generation. Peace! Once again, congratulations to Class 2014/15 and welcome to a new beginning. Rules are over, and it is up to you now to take up the mantle and be the peace that Liberia wants.Thank you all and once again, let me offer my most sincere congratulations to each and every one of you who is graduating today.Until next year when we come back to you with our dialogue among peace messengers, it’s peace first, peace above all else. May Peace Prevail in our time!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Enmore Martyrs remembered

first_imgThe gains made for sugar workers on the whole are gradually being whittled away by an unsympathetic andThe Enmore Martyrs Monuments at Enmore, East Coast Demerarauncaring regime.”This is according to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) which in observance of Enmore Martyrs Day noted that the Party was committed to defending the rights of all sugar workers, especially at this time when the industry was experiencing extended periods of challenges.In a statement issued on Tuesday, the PPP saluted the memory of the five sugar workers who were gunned down by colonial Police in British Guiana on June 16, 1948.“The five slain sugar workers, now referred to as the Enmore Martyrs stand as a living monument to the struggles and sacrifices waged by sugar workers for a living wage and better conditions of work,” the Party noted.The workers who died were Lallabaggie and Dookie from Enmore, and Rambarran, Harry and Pooran from Enterprise/Nonpareil.It was noted that the killing of these five workers served as a catalyst to the formation of the PPP back in January 1950. “Indeed, it was at the graveside of the slain workers that Dr Jagan made that silent pledge to dedicate his entire life to the cause of the working people,” the Party said.According to the PPP, sugar workers today face an uncertain future with the decision to close Wales Estate and the impending closure of the La Bonne Intention (LBI) Estate. It added that workers are also being denied their Annual Production Incentive (API) and the fruits of other collective bargaining agreements with their union.“The gains made for sugar workers and workers on the whole are gradually being whittled away by an unsympathetic and uncaring regime, which is more concerned about feathering its own nest rather than that of the working class. The PPP urges all workers to unite and close ranks against this onslaught in honour of the heroic struggles waged by the Enmore Martyrs who paid the ultimate price of sacrificing their lives in defence of their rights,” it added.The PPP is also calling on the Administration to stop “playing politics” with the livelihoods of sugar workers by immediately halting the closure of sugar estates. The PPP has reiterated calls for Government to instruct the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to “respect the collective labour agreement it has with unions operating in the sugar industry”.“This disrespect and callous attitude displayed by GuySuCo is a clear violation of industrial relations enshrined in the Conventions of the International Labour Organisation. The PPP takes this opportunity of Enmore Martyrs Day to serve notice on the APNU-AFC administration that it will not sit idly by and allow the rights of workers to be ignored and violated,” observed the Party.last_img read more

Waruru eager to end Ulinzi’s four-year title drought

first_imgThey reached the final of the tournament in 2012 but failed to defend, losing 2-0 to Gor Mahia.But the soldiers will hope their junior team’s win in the KPL Under-20 Championship coupled with Waruru’s return will spur them to success this year.“I am happy to get back to the team and do what I love most, playing football. I am glad to re-unite with my team mates and what makes me happier is they have been working hard and currently second on the standings,” Waruru told Capital Sports.“My target this year is to help the team win at least one trophy. Whether it’s the Top 8, GOtv Shield or Premier League. I am certain we can do it because the team is working so hard.”Head coach Robert Matano is also pleased with the return of the top striker as well as Ezekiel Otuoma, Elvis Nandwa and Mohammed ‘Rio’ Hassan.“They will give us a lot of options upfront especially with Waruru and Otuoma’s speed. We all saw what they can do last week against Muhoroni and we had only trained together for a week. Now we have trained for another one week and definitely we expect better,” Matano offered.Ulinzi will have a chance of an early realization to this dream as they host Muhoroni Youth in the return leg of the Top 8 Semi.Having played to a barren draw in the first leg, Ulinzi will need to win the match to progress while a scoring draw will see Muhoroni who will be the away team progress to their first ever Top 8 final.Matano is upbeat his soldiers have the ability to maneuver through the tricky fixture and make their third ever appearance in the final.“It’s not an easy match because Muhoroni is also a very good team. But we need to work hard, use our chances and I believe we will progress,” the tough speaking tactician said.Muhoroni will be without keeper Farouk Shikhalo who is suspended having picked his second yellow card of the tournament in the first leg.The former Tusker shot stopper was immense in the first leg, making crucial saves including Kevin Amwayi’s penalty.The sugar belt side will be looking up to their top scorer Wycliffe Ochomo to bang in the goals and another tough duel is expected between Ochomo, himself a former Ulinzi player and the military side’s tough man at the back Geoffrey Kokoyo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ulinzi Stars striker Stephen Waruru vies for the ball with Muhoroni’s Wycliffe Nyangechi.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, June 18- Having returned to the team after two years in military service, Ulinzi Stars striker Stephen Waruru is hungry to lead the soldiers to at least one title this season having gone for an agonizing four-year period without lifting any silverware locally.Ulinzi’s last senior side conquest was in 2011 when they beat Western Stima 2-1 to win the KPL Top 8 title in its inaugural edition.last_img read more

San Diego Zoo’s male panda sent off to China

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIEGO – Mei Sheng, a male panda born four years ago at the San Diego Zoo, left for China on Monday to join that country’s breeding program. Mei Sheng was sent to the Wolong Nature Reserve for Giant Pandas as part of a loan agreement which requires all pandas born outside China to be returned there after the animals mature, zoo officials said. “Mei Sheng will be missed … but his role in the conservation of his species involves a move to China,” said Ron Swaisgood of the zoo’s Giant Panda Conservation Unit. “As a critically endangered species, it is vital that Mei Sheng is in a place where he will be around other pandas and the Wolong Nature Reserve is a great home,” Swaisgood said. Only about 1,600 giant pandas remain in the wild, and fewer than 180 live in captivity.last_img read more

RAISE A GAVEL TO LETTERKENNY’S JUNIOR TOASTMASTERS

first_imgAre you aged between 13 – 18 and interested in improving your communication skills?Well now is the perfect time to get involved in Junior Toastmasters.Junior Toastmasters Letterkenny will be holding their Junior Toastmasters meeting in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Sunday the 2nd of February at 4pm (usually 5pm). Everyone is WELCOME to come along. And of coarse bring along your friends! Toastmasters International (TI) is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills in a FUN and interesting way.This club is open to second level students.For more details contact Emma Rose Callaghan/ Sean Harkin PR Officers (age 16) with the support from adult mentorsKaren Murphy 086 6043040 and Conor Crossan 087 1332680.  RAISE A GAVEL TO LETTERKENNY’S JUNIOR TOASTMASTERS was last modified: January 28th, 2014 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:Letterkenny Junior Toastmasterslast_img read more

L.A.-based race drama conquers the ‘Mountain’

first_img Golden Globe winner Rachel Weisz also became a SAG winner Sunday night, taking home the best supporting actress prize for her role in “The Constant Gardener.” “It’s so special to be honored by fellow actors,” said Weisz, who told the crowd how much she also enjoyed working with non-actors during the film’s shoot in Kenya. In the television categories, stars of shows new and old were recognized. “Grey’s Anatomy” star Sandra Oh, winner of the Golden Globe Award earlier this month, added a SAG statuette to her mantel. Oh described her win as “unbelievable” and thanked “every single actor out there” but she also dedicated her award to her fellow actors of Asian descent and encouraged them to keep working. “I’m so proud to be on a show whose casting is a little more representative of what I think the world is,” Oh said of “Grey’s,” which has one of the most racially diverse casts on television. Kiefer Sutherland’s win for best actor in a drama series was his second SAG win in four nominations for his lead role in “24.” “I am in shock,” Sutherland said after reaching the stage. “This is the community I wanted to belong to all my life.” The cast of “Lost” took home the best TV drama ensemble award over stiff competition that was composed of the casts of “Six Feet Under,” “The West Wing,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Closer.” Felicity Huffman hugged her “Desperate Housewives” co-stars, then ran to the stage to accept the statuette for best actress in a comedy series. “I love actors, I married one (William H. Macy). OK, I married a fantastic one,” said Huffman, also nominated for best actress in a motion picture for “Transamerica.” “But even more than acting, I love the community of actors. I love the green room, I love the makeup trailer. I’m glad I can make a living at it.” A short time later, Huffman joined the entire cast of “Housewives” when they won best comedy series ensemble. The group left it to young cast member Shawn Pyfrom to make a speech and he seemed terrified. “This is so intimidating! My heart is beating out of my chest,” said Pyfrom, who, despite his nervousness, managed to thank his fellow actors, the show’s writers, producers, directors and even the casting directors. “Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes won his third SAG award for best actor in a comedy and reflected on this being the final season of the long-running NBC sitcom. “It really is kind of a sad goodbye,” said Hayes, who went on to thank “all the actors who ever thought this actor had an ounce of talent.” S. Epatha Merkerson, already the winner of the Emmy and the Golden Globe for her role in “Lackawanna Blues,” completed an awards sweep by winning the SAG award for best actress in a television movie. Merkerson, who famously dropped her Emmy speech down the front of her dress, told the crowd, “There’s nothing in my head, there’s nothing in my head. It’s all in my heart. This is so lovely. If I said I was at a loss for words, there would be a bunch of people who would call me a liar.” The tearful actress went on to thank a long list of people but before her speech began to sound routine, she said with a cackle: “Mostly I want to say a public thank-you to my divorce lawyers!” Paul Newman, who did not attend the awards ceremony, was voted best actor in a TV movie by his peers for his performance in “Empire Falls.” Shirley Temple Black received the most prolonged and heartfelt standing ovation of the night as she took the stage to receive SAG’s Life Achievement Award from Jamie Lee Curtis. “I’m out of breath! This is exciting,” Black said as she began a short speech. “When I was 3 years old, I was delighted to be told I was an actress, even though I didn’t know what an actress was.” Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Screen Actors Guild went its own way again Sunday, giving the ensemble cast of “Crash” the top prize over award-season favorite “Brokeback Mountain.” However, Golden Globe winners Philip Seymour Hoffman and Reese Witherspoon solidified their Oscar-favorite status, taking home the best actor and actress statuettes respectively. Meanwhile, ABC favorites “Lost,” with its diverse cast, and “Desperate Housewives” topped the TV field at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium. “Crash,” a film about race relations and social class in Los Angeles, starred Terrence Howard, Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Thandie Newton and Ryan Phillippe. Its win over “Brokeback Mountain,” “Capote,” “Hustle & Flow” and “Good Night, and Good Luck” can’t be considered a complete upset. Last year, “Sideways” won the SAG award while “Million Dollar Baby” took home the best picture Oscar. At the 2001 awards “Gosford Park” was honored by SAG while “A Beautiful Mind” was the pick of the Academy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Cheadle, speaking on behalf of the “Crash” cast members who joined him onstage, said, “We believe (the film) celebrates the definition of what an ensemble is all about. It’s a film that doesn’t end when the credits roll.” Hoffman, who won for his role as Truman Capote in “Capote,” acknowledged his co-stars from the stage. “Actors have to have each others’ backs; it’s the only way to act well. These actors had my back, and I hope they know I had theirs.” Witherspoon won on her first-ever SAG nomination for her acclaimed performance as June Carter Cash in the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line.” She said she was “just so honored to bring (Carter-Cash) out of a certain shadow and into the light with this performance.” While the historical boxing drama “Cinderella Man” was shut out of the ensemble category and Russell Crowe lost to Hoffman for best actor, his co-star Paul Giamatti won the SAG award for best supporting actor for his role as a boxing trainer. “This is a helluva thing,” Giamatti said. “This is a great thing. I cannot imagine a greater honor than being acknowledged by your peers…. There are weird and interesting people in our business, and I’m proud to be numbered among them.” last_img read more

Arsenal head of football explains why William Saliba has gone out on loan

first_img deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January TROPHY 1 Arsenal’s head of football has revealed that William Saliba will not be joining the side this season because he is not ready for Premier League football.The 18-year-old was signed by the Gunners this week from Saint-Etienne in a deal worth £27million. Deontay Wilder watches video of Arsenal stars being confronted by carjacker’s“He’s probably too young for that yet, as I said, we need to protect our young talent. We think it will be good for him to be in a less demanding league to continue his formative period, so we’ll have a top defender for a decade.“He saw for his career path, the perfect solution for him.” “Saliba was different, part of the deal is for him to be on loan for one year with his club,” Sanllehi said.“We are pleased about that because the level of intensity and the level of demand in the Premier League is very strong. REVEALED targets Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:30Loaded: 32.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:30 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen FAREWELL Getty Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ William Saliba signed for Arsenal this week New job Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers latest LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested LATEST The centre back has rejoined the Ligue 1 side on loan for the 2019/20 campaign instead of moving to the Emirates right away.Raul Sanllehi believes the player is not quite ready for the Premier League just yet and he would benefit from another year in France. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star last_img read more

Police Arrest Scott County Man With $1600 in Meth

first_imgBusick approached the driver’s side window and he saw in plain view an open cigarette box containing approximately 15.9 grams of alleged Meth.Schneck was placed under arrest and transported to the Scott County Jail where he was incarcerated.Schneck was charged with; Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.The approximate street value of the seized Crystal Methamphetamine is $1,600.00. This investigation is continuing.The Scott County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation. Yesterday afternoon, Trooper Matt Busick from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg received information that Seth Schneck, 36, of 2171 North Slab Road in Scott County was in possession of a large amount of Crystal Methamphetamine.Seth Schneck, 36, of 2171 North Slab Road in Scott CountyTrooper Busick also found out that Schneck was also allegedly enroute to an address on Larry Lane in Scottsburg with the Crystal Methamphetamine.Trooper Busick located Schneck stopped at the residence on Larry Lane in Scottsburg driving a 2002 maroon Toyota passenger car.last_img read more

Qantas poised to activate A330 wi-fi

first_imgPhoto: Qantas Australian carrier Qantas says it will have wi-fi on two domestic Airbus A330s and half its Boeing 737 fleet by the end of June.The airline is about to throw the switch on its first wi-fi equipped A330, VH-EBB,   after adding about a kilometre of wiring and a Viasat antenna. The A330s are particularly popular on longer routes such as Sydney-Perth.The first A330 is undergoing a series of tests on the ground and inflight as part of the certification process.The airline plans to have 75 percent of its combined domestic 737 and A330 fleet of 80 aircraft fitted with wi-fi by the end of 2018 with the rest to be finished during 2019.It estimates this will give in-flight access to about 15 million people a year. Qantas does not charge extra for domestic internet access.Read: Resistance is futile as inflight Wi-Fi becomes ubiquitous“The vast majority of passengers connected to wi-fi are using it to browse the web, send emails and post on social media,’’ the airline said in an online post.“Connection speeds are routinely up around 12 Mbps, which is more than enough to stream the latest movies and TV shows.“Of those surfing the web inflight, we’ve seen an increase in customers making travel bookings and shopping online.“New digital games such as Crossword, Sudoku and Trivia are proving popular with customers and Qantas say they an average of 10 minutes playing each one.It has also recently partnered with Audible and Apple Music to give customers on all flights free access to audiobooks and millions of songs.Rival Virgin Australia is also equipping its domestic planes with wi-fi and hopes to have the majority of its Boeing 737 fleet complete by the end of the year.Virgin uses a different system to Qantas and charges $A8.99 per journey for the high-speed option on domestic flights.It also recently activated wi-fi on its international services, where it charges $A9 for one hour of access and $A20 for an entire one-way trip on services between Australia and Los Angeles.Neither airline allows voice calls on services such as Skype or Face Time.last_img read more