UNMEER Provides US$100K

first_imgOver 130 community based-organizations (CBOs) converged at the offices of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) in Monrovia last week to learn how to apply for the mission’s new small grants program, known as Community Quick Impact Projects (CQIPS).  According to UNMEER Montserrado County Field Crisis Manager, Peter Dalglish, the workshops are part of initiatives by UNMEER to provide CBOs with up to US$5,000 each to engage in a range of activities that will bring Liberia to zero new Ebola case. “It’s about helping people who have been traumatized or stigmatized as a result of Ebola. Let’s consider all the quarantined families in Montserrado County who have suffered and have been kept inside their homes for 21 days,” stated Dalglish.“It has been really difficult for children when schools reopened two weeks ago. Quarantined children weren’t allowed to return to school with their friends, so we are looking for projects that will provide them with support,” he said. Dalglish said UNMEER will be providing funds for a variety of projects, including training for local women on health promotion; a music program or installing a polystyrene tank on top of a primary school.” UNMEER has set aside US$100,000 under its Community Quick Impact Project (CQIPS) that will run for eight to 10 weeks. Each proposal will be reviewed within five days after it has been submitted and funding will be provided within two weeks after its approval.With many of the smaller faith-based, women and youth organizations in Montserrado County not having bank accounts, funds will be received on their behalf by a registered organization, he said.Dalglish lauded Liberians for their character demonstrated since Ebola paralyzed the country in July 2014.“Liberia is a strong country with a very strong President. I am from Canada and what I have learned is about the courage, resilience and determination of Liberians.   The world,” he said, “should thank them for stopping this disease. As a country, you deserve the Nobel Peace Prize,” Dalglish added. He said UNMEER looks forward to receiving innovative projects. “We want to act as a catalyst for Liberian community groups and build on the skills of community leaders”.   The workshops brought together 159 participants from 133 local CBOs, most of which had never attended a meeting at a United Nations office or received funding from any international donor. “The workshop was very educational [and] I enjoyed it.  There are a lot of things that I learned here that I didn’t know because I have never been in the NGO [non-governmental organization] sector before,” said Tenneh Kromah, executive director of the Community Youth Initiative (CYI) of Monrovia. The CYI was established in 2013 with its programs implemented by voluntary contributions from its officials, Kromah said.  She hoped to secure some of the funds to help integrate Ebola survivors into the community.“There is a demarcation between the non-Ebola and Ebola survivors. We need to go into the community to educate people that when you survive Ebola, people can still come around you and you can go around other people.  “There are other students in my community who survived Ebola that feel that when they go around their friends, they won’t be accepted, especially the youth. These are our primary targets,” Kromah stressed.   Michael Tarpeh Young, chairman of the Federation of Chocolate City Youths, hailed UNMEER’s approach in working with grassroots organizations. “This workshop was important as it relates to the global fight against Ebola. I think UNMEER has now come to a major point where we all can unite because in the past, communities that have been directly affected were excluded from this process,” said Tamba Boimah, director of Community Health Service at the Ministry of Health and one of the facilitators.  He serves as the Pillar Lead for Community Engagement and Social Mobilization at the Incident Management System (IMS) in Montserrado County.“Everything takes place at the community level and most of our mistakes in the past were because we designed programs and just dumped them on the communities, but over time we engaged them and got them involved in the process,” he said. “They have wonderful ideas. It is the community members who should take action. We want to encourage and support them to think and act as community leaders. They must not only criticize. They have the right to criticize;  they have the power in their hands to stop EVD [Ebola Virus Disease],” Boimah concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PSG team up with NBA legend Michael Jordan

first_imgMichael Jordan will feature on Paris Saint-Germain’s shirts during the Champions League this season as part of a tie-up between the basketball great’s Jordan Brand and the Ligue 1 champions.PSG announced the partnership at an event in the French capital on Thursday, which included Kylian Mbappe and Dani Alves launching their new kit for Europe’s premier club competition.The club crest will be joined on the shirt by the Jordan Brand’s “Jumpman” logo, the iconic image of the NBA legend replacing the Nike swoosh. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Jordan Brand is a subsidiary of Nike, which supplies PSG’s kits for all other competitions and the club’s relationship with the US sportswear giant is otherwise unchanged.”Jordan Brand and Paris Saint-Germain share a distinct position in sport and style, so to partner with the club is a natural fit,” Jordan said.”We’re excited to unite these two passionate communities by putting the Jumpman on the chest of Paris Saint-Germain to continue fuelling the energy for sport and style globally.”#PSGxJordan pic.twitter.com/5E7uFgPgKI — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) September 13, 2018 PSG forward Neymar added: “For me the Jordan Brand means phenomenal, magic, irreverent. It is perfect for Paris and for the Champions League.”It is a huge responsibility to carry Jordan’s name on a shirt and we look forward to an excellent season.”Two partners that are champions, both Paris and Jordan, so I really hope this connection brings us many titles.”PSG kick off their Champions League campaign away to Liverpool next week and will also face Napoli and Red Star Belgrade in Group C.last_img read more

India claim 5 gold medals at AIBA Youth Women Boxing Championship

first_imgIndia topped the medals’ chart after claiming five gold medals on the final day of the AIBA World Women’s Youth Boxing Championships on Sunday.Nitu, Jyoti, Sakshi, Shashi Chopra and Ankushita Boro clinched the yellow metals. India earlier had also won two bronze medals. It was the biggest medal haul in the championship, followed by Russia (2 gold, 4 silver).It was Nitu who began the day successfully in her light flyweight bout against Kazakh Zhazira Urakbayeva. The Indian won 5-0 as she qualified for 2018 Youth Olympics.Up next, flyweight boxer Jyoti unleashed a flurry of fierce punches, surprising her opponent Ekaterina Molchonova of Russia in a 5-0 triumph.Then, Ankushita demolished Russia’s Ekaterina Dynnik in a 5-0 victory in the light welterweight final.In the bantamweight final, Sakshi edged past Ivy-Jane Smith of England 3-2, while featherweight boxer Shashi floored Vietnam’s Nghc Do Hong 4-1.The Russian charge was led by the indestructible Anastasiia Shamonova who crushed England’s Georgia O’Connor 5-0 in the middleweight category to take gold.Kristina Tkacheva too was in a league of her own, routing Kazakhstan’s Dina Isdlambekova 5-0.The only American in the final, Citalli Oritz, scored a 3-2 win over Nataliya Sychugova of Russia in the welterweight final.Results:Lightfly: Nitu (IND) bt Zhazira Urakbayeva (KAZ) 5-0.Flyweight: Jyoti (IND) bt Ekaterina Molchonova (RUS) 5-0.Bantam: Sakshi (IND) bt Ivy-Jane Smith (ENG) 3-2.Feather: Shashi Chopra (IND) bt Nghc Do Hong (VIE) 4-1.Light: Aeji IM (KOR) bt Vittoria De Carlo (ITA) 4:1Welter: Citalli Oritz (US) bt Nataliya Sychugova (RUS) 3:2advertisementMiddle: Anastasiia Shamonova (RUS) bt Georgia O’Connor (ENG) 5-0.Light Heavy: Arailym Begdilda (KAZ) bt Anastasiia Rybak (RUS)Heavy: Kristina Tkacheva (RUS) bt Isdlambekova Dina (KAZ) 5-0.Light Welter: An kushita Boro (IND) bt Ekaterina Dynnik (RUS) 5-0.last_img read more

UWI Team Develops Treatment for Hyperglycemia and Hypertension

first_imgA pioneering treatment for high blood sugar and high blood pressure, created by a team from the University of the West Indies (UWI), has won the Minister’s Innovation Awards for 2012. The entry, titled: ‘A Novel Treatment Against Hyperglycemia and Hypertension,’ was adjudged as likely to be the most significant in its effect on the scientific and technological world. It topped a field of 177 entrants in the awards competition developed by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining. The delighted team comprising Dr. Lisa Lindo of the Biochemistry Department, Dr. Trevor Yee of the Natural Products Institute, and Professor Paul Reese of the Chemistry Department, were on hand to collect the Champions ‘Innovator of the Year’ trophy and a cheque for $2 million, at the awards gala and banquet held last night (November 8) at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston. The product also came out on top in the Health and Wellness category, earning the team a further $750,000. “This is a great feeling,” Dr. Lindo said of the win. She explained that the team used the eucalyptus plant in their experiment and found that extracts from the plant were doing better than some popular drugs now in use to lower hypertension and blood sugar. She said they were in the process of patenting the drug and looking forward to have it produced as a supplement to be taken orally. “It is really great because now I am thinking that we can look into more research, more into folklore medicine. We know that everybody looks into drinking these plants but we don’t really know what is in these plants that is causing the effects, so now we have now proved, in this case, what is really in it and what it is good for,” she said. The UWI team shared the spotlight with a group of students from Sunderland Primary School in St. James, who won the Youth Award for their Sunderland Quick Patch, which is designed to fill potholes. They received $1 million and a trophy.Sunderland Other winners on the night were Alison Latchman in the ‘Creativity’ category for Cabbie Chronicles; Leary Myers and Leonardo Clarke of the UWI in the ‘Resource Utilisation Efficiency’ category for Real Time Monitoring and Alert System; Kingsley Palmer in the ‘Resource/Knowledge Valorisation’ category for Agriculture-Water Harvesting and Conservation Techniques; and Ewan Pitter in the Open category, for ‘Renewable Energy Driven Fully Controlled Microcontroller Based On Automated Hydroponic Greenhouse system’. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said he was pleased that after a brief hiatus, the Ministry has once again begun to salute the achievers and innovators in a spectacular way. He pledged that the competition will be held annually. He explained that the format of this year’s competition is “winners take all” but noted that an arrangement has been reached with the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) to assist all the entrants to properly register their patents. This, in an effort to “add value to your thoughts, to your ideas, to your innovations,” Mr. Paulwell said. Stating that the country’s development will soon be judged on the number of patents registered per annum, he said that “we are going to get our youngsters in schools to …focus now on the sciences (and) to stop thinking that these are hard subjects. We need more Mathematicians, we need more Chemists, we need more Physicists… it is in these areas that we have opportunities that we are going to exploit.” Chief Judge and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, UWI, Professor Ishenkumba Kahwa, noted that the winners were unanimously agreed on by the judges. He noted that the judges did research to verify the originality of the patents and commended the high quality of the entries particularly the information communication technology (ICT) submissions. Distinguished Jamaican-born chemist, Professor Bert Fraser Reid, who has done ground breaking research into the chemistry of sugar, delivered the main address at the  black tie awards ceremony, which was a special Jamaica 50th Anniversary event. Professor Reid encouraged the entrants not to give up if they were not successful the first time but to continue trying. The Minister’s Innovation Award was being staged for the fourth time since its introduction in 2005. It is aimed at nurturing a culture of creativity and stimulating or catalyzing innovation through the application of science and technology to drive economic growth and wealth creation. Through the awards, outstanding, innovative individuals and institutions are identified, recognised and rewarded. They are also given assistance to protect and commercialise their innovations.  The event itself provides an opportunity to celebrate and promote innovative attributes and cultural values.last_img read more

CBI seeks sanction to prosecute 3 TMC MPs in Narada case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought prosecution sanction for three TMC MPs and one former MP of the party from Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla, in connection with the Narada sting operation case, sources in the know here said on Thursday.The central probe agency has sought sanction to prosecute Prasun Banerjee, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Saugata Roy – all sitting members of the 17th Lok Sabha – and former TMC MP Suvendu Adhikary. Interestingly, no prosecution sanction has been sought for Mukul Roy, who jumped ship to the ruling BJP, within four months of CBI registering its FIR. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’While the sanction to prosecute these four accused in the Narada case was sought almost nearly four months ago from the former Speaker of the Lower House, the probe agency has sent a reminder to Birla with regards to the sanction. All four of these senior Trinamool Congress members have been questioned by the CBI in the Narada case, which came up after video footage was released, purportedly showing several senior members of the ruling party in West Bengal demanding and accepting cash bribes. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe series of videos, dubbed the Narada tapes, was first released on Narada News, owned and operated by Matthew Samuel, who had visited senior party leaders pretending to be the owner of a fictitious company, asking for favours. The CBI’s preliminary probe in the case had established that Dastidar, Adhikary and Roy were all seen accepting Rs 5 lakh in cash from Samuel, who was the sting operator, covertly recording his meetings with the leaders. In the Narada tapes, the probe agency has also established that Banerjee was shown accepting Rs 4 lakh in cash. However, all four have consistently denied that the money they were shown accepting was bribe amount, insisting to the probe agency that Samuel had pretended to donate to their election campaign before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Meanwhile, the central probe agency has also summoned 11 people accused in the Narada case to appear before agency officials in Kolkata, so their voice samples can be collected, as mandated by the Supreme Court of India. This list of 11 includes ex-TMC MLA Sovan Chatterjee, TMC MP Aparupa Poddar, former TMC MP Sultan Ahmed and other politicians accused in the case, except senior BJP leader Mukul Roy, formerly of the Trinamool Congress. Even though the CBI has established that Mukul Roy had demanded money and indicated that an IPS officer, SMH Meerza would accept it on his behalf, the probe agency has not sought sanction to prosecute him as of yet. In fact, the tapes also show Meerza accepting cash amounts on behalf of Mukul Roy. The role of investigators in the case, is as a result, being perceived to be very controversial.last_img read more