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Malala condemns Nigeria, world leaders over failure to rescue abducted girls

first_imgNobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai on Monday criticised Nigerian and world leaders for not doing enough to help free 219 schoolgirls kidnapped a year ago by Boko Haram militants.“In my opinion, Nigerian leaders and the international community have not done enough to help you,” she said in a letter to the teenagers, on the eve of the first anniversary of their abduction.“They must do much more to help secure your release. I am among many people pressuring them to make sure you are freed,” she added, calling the girls “my brave sisters”.Yousafzai’s letter, which she said was “a message of solidarity love and hope”, comes as events, including marches, prayers and vigils, were being held to mark the girls’ 12 months in captivity.Islamist fighters kidnapped 276 girls from their school in the remote town of Chibok, in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria, on the evening of April 14 last year.Fifty-seven managed to escape soon afterwards but the remainder have not been seen since an appearance in a Boko Haram video in May last year.Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has claimed they have all converted to Islam and been “married off”.Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan and his government were heavily criticised for their response to the kidnapping but Malala said there were now “reasons for hope and optimism”.“Nigerian forces are re-gaining territory and protecting more schools,” she wrote.“Nigeria’s newly elected president, Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed to make securing your freedom a top priority and promised his government will not tolerate violence against women and girls.”Malala, 17, also wrote of her own experiences at the hands of militants in her native Pakistan.She was nearly killed by the Taliban in October 2012 for insisting that girls had a right to an education.She recovered and became a global champion of girls’ rights to go to school.A fund set up in her name would ensure the girls will continue their education after their release, she said, urging them not to give up hope.“I look forward to the day I can hug each one of you, pray with you and celebrate your freedom with your families. Until then, stay strong and never lose hope. You are my heroes,” she added.The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday said that 800 000 of the 1.5 million people displaced by Boko Haram’s insurgency were children.More than 300 schools have been severely damaged or destroyed between January 2012 and December last year, with at least 196 teachers and 314 schoolchildren killed in that period, it added.Children have increasingly become targets for kidnapping, sexual abuse and forced marriage as well as “weapons of war”, being made to fight alongside militants or used as human bombs, UNICEF said.AFPlast_img read more

Bomb Disposal Experts Killed In Benghazi

first_imgTwo Libyan army bomb disposal experts were killed today in Leithi as they were trying to diffuse booby-trap explosives left by members of the Islamist coalition, the Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shoura Council (BRSC). They were deactivating a device in Khaleej Street when a rocket-propelled grenade was fried at them. Both died instantly. They have been named as Alkilani Mohamed Al-Farsi and Abdelali Al-Dresi.Otherwise, the city has been relatively quiet today compared to the heavy toll yesterday, although shells have continued to land randomly in various districts. Seven civilians were injured in such incidents and taken to Jalaa Hospital today.Yesterday, at least ten Libyan army soldiers were killed and 25 wounded in fighting, mainly in Leithi. BRSC casualties are unknown.In addition, two civilians died as a result of random incidents – one in Salmani as a result of a arbitrary missile landing, the other in the suburb of Driana, killed by a chance bullet. Missiles also landed in Hadaiq, Majouri and Buhdeima. As a result, local residents have been flowing to safer part of the city.Four people, including a Palestinian, were injured in such attacks in Salmani.last_img read more

Spinal cord repair restores independent breathing

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share 19 Views   no discussionscenter_img HealthLifestyle Spinal cord repair restores independent breathing by: – July 14, 2011 Share By James GallagherHealth reporter, BBC NewsDamage to the spinal cord in the neck can result in problems breathingThe ability to breathe has been restored to mice with spinal cord injuries, in what US researchers describe as a medical first.Some patients with damaged spinal cords need ventilators as they are unable to breathe on their own.A report in the journal Nature showed a nerve graft, coupled with a protein, could restore breathing.Human trials could begin soon, which the charity Spinal Research said could be “potentially life-changing”.Damage at the top of the spinal cord, around the neck, can interrupt messages to the diaphragm – a layer of muscle involved in breathing.ChallengeThe cord is notoriously resistant to repair. Techniques such as nerve grafts, which worked in the arms and legs, had shown limited success with the spinal cord, doctors at the Case Western Reserve University said.The spinal cord scars after it is damaged, and molecules – chondroitin sulphate proteoglycans – prevent nerves repairing and forming new connections.The researchers used a nerve graft to form a bridge across the scar at the same time as injecting an enzyme – chondoitinase ABC – which attacked the inhibitory molecules.Three months later, tests showed the mice had recovered 80-100% of breathing function.Professor of neuroscience and lead researcher Jerry Silver said: “The use of the enzyme, that’s helped get the nerve fibres out and we were amazed at, once they get out, how well they can reconnect.“The spinal cord can just figure things out and restore really beautiful functional breathing patterns.”Researchers hope to begin trials in humans. They are also investigating whether bladder function can be restored, which can be lost when the lower spine is damaged.Dr Mark Bacon, from the charity Spinal Research, said: “Long distance regeneration has remained quite elusive in the field of spinal cord injury repair, so to achieve this and at the end of it establish functional connections that actually do something useful – restore breathing – is remarkable.“It is potentially life-changing if this or similar techniques can be translated to the clinic.”last_img read more

Ebola case confirmed in Glasgow

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Ebola case confirmed in Glasgow by: BBC News – December 29, 2014 Share The woman is being treated in isolation at Gartnavel Hospital in GlasgowA healthcare worker who has just returned from West Africa has been diagnosed with Ebola and is being treated in hospital in Glasgow.The woman, who arrived from Sierra Leone on Sunday night, is in isolation at Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital.All possible contacts with the case are being investigated, including on flights to Scotland via Heathrow.The woman will be transferred to specialist high level isolation in London as soon as possible.At a news conference in Glasgow, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stressed that the risk to the general public was very low.She added that the patient was thought to have had contact with only one other person since arriving in the city, but that all passengers on the flights the woman took will be traced.Ms Sturgeon said: “Apart from other passengers on the flights and obviously the hospital staff since this patient’s admittance to hospital, she, the patient is thought to have had contact with only one other person in Scotland since returning to Scotland last night and that person will also be contacted and given appropriate reassurance.”Alisdair MacConachie, of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “She’s being managed in an isolation facility by staff who are comfortable managing patients in such a situation. She herself is quite stable and is not showing any great clinical concern at the minute.”NHS Scotland said infectious diseases procedures had been put into effect at the Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases at Gartnavel.Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with the bodily fluids – such as blood, vomit or faeces – of an infected person.The patient returned to Scotland from Sierra Leone late on Sunday via Casablanca and London Heathrow, arriving into Glasgow Airport on a British Airways flight at about 23:30.While public health experts have emphasised that the risks are negligible, a telephone helpline has been set up for anyone who was on the BA 1478 Heathrow to Glasgow flight. The number is: 08000 858531The woman had been admitted to hospital early on Monday morning after feeling unwell and was placed into isolation at 07.50.A British Airways spokesman said: “We are working closely with the health authorities in England and Scotland and will offer assistance with any information they require.“The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority and the risk to people on board that individual flight is extremely low.”Ms Sturgeon has chaired a meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SGoRR) and has also spoken to Prime Minister David Cameron.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee on Monday evening.According to UK and Scottish protocol for anyone diagnosed with Ebola, the patient will be transferred to the high level isolation unit in the Royal Free hospital, London.Ms Sturgeon said: “Our first thoughts at this time must be with the patient diagnosed with Ebola and their friends and family. I wish them a speedy recovery.“Scotland has been preparing for this possibility from the beginning of the outbreak in West Africa and I am confident that we are well prepared.”Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, said: “It is important to be reassured that although a case has been identified, the overall the risk to the public continues to be low.“We have robust, well-developed and well-tested NHS systems for managing unusual infectious diseases when they arise, supported by a wide range of experts. The UK system was prepared, and reacted as planned, when this case of Ebola was identified.” Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 187 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

New schedules improve Dominica’s access

first_imgLifestyleLocalNewsTravel New schedules improve Dominica’s access by: – August 24, 2016 Sharing is caring! Share Share (Roseau, Dominica – August 24, 2016) Dominica’s air access is back, and it’s better! It was a year ago, on August 27, 2015, that Tropical Storm Erika devastated Dominica’s main airport, Douglas Charles Airport, and created a future of uncertainty for Dominica Tourism. Over the last year, Dominica and our tourism and aviation partners have been on mission to build back better. Prior to Tropical Storm Erika, there were fifty-six (56) scheduled weekly flights into Douglas Charles Airport, with an estimated seating capacity of 2,827. Following the reopening of the airport in September 2015, all carriers returned to Douglas Charles and over time some have even increased their flights. Today, sixty-seven (67) scheduled flights arrive weekly, a 16.8% increase in weekly seat capacity, to 3,301. After months of only two flights serving Dominica, on June 1, 2016, regional carrier LIAT implemented its new destination schedule for Dominica which includes five daily flights and one flight four times weekly, a total of thirty-nine (39) weekly flights and up to 2,372 in seat capacity. The implementation of this new schedule features the reinstatement of late afternoon direct flights from Antigua offering convenient connections from the United Kingdom and Europe; mid-morning, mid-afternoon and evening flights from Barbados which allow same day connections from many key United States gateway cities, Toronto, and London; non-stop flights from Puerto Rico four days of the week; and three flights per week from Guadeloupe. On July 1, 2016 WINAIR and Air Antilles increased flights between Dominica, St. Maarten and Guadeloupe from four days a week to daily service, an increase of 288 seats per week. WINAIR’s schedule improvements also extended to Dominica’s smaller Canefield Airport, where the carrier has been operating regularly since January 2016. From July, WINAIR now operates eleven flights weekly between Dominica and St. Maarten on its twin otter service into Canefield. This service also includes daily connections to Antigua and has increased the seat capacity at Canefield from 108 pre Tropical Storm Erika to 158 seats at present. These schedules offer convenient same day connections from France and Europe (via St. Maarten) and London (via Antigua).Seaborne Airlines, Air Sunshine, and Coastal Air Transport have maintained regular service to Dominica and effective May 2016, Hummingbird Air also resumed regular scheduled service, now operating into Douglas Charles Airport, three times weekly.These new schedules, coupled with a growing number of interline and code share agreements held by LIAT, WINAIR, Air Antilles, and Seaborne Airlines with carriers such as Jet Blue, American Airlines, United, British Airways, Air France, and Delta, just to name a few, have improved Dominica’s visibility on the Global Distribution System (GDS) immensely allowing travellers to book the Nature Island directly from almost anywhere in the world. So as the busy fall and winter travel seasons approach, including the highly anticipated return of Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival in October, visitors considering Dominica can easily take advantage of same day connections (including return connections).center_img Share 439 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

National Health Insurance Pilot Programme extended

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyleLocalNewsPolitics National Health Insurance Pilot Programme extended by: Dominica Vibes News – July 26, 2018 Tweetcenter_img 199 Views   no discussions The National Health Insurance Programme (NHIP) will be extended to include children up to the age of sixteen. Government provided five million dollars ($5 million) from the proceeds of its Citizenship By Investment Programme (CBIP) to the Dominica Social Security for administration of the pilot programme launched in April 2017.A then three month old girl was the first beneficiary under the programme who was diagnosed with cataract in both eyes. She was able to receive surgery in Barbados in March 2017 to save her sight with help from the pilot national health insurance programme. By the program’s one year anniversary twelve infants, ranging in age from two days to two years and seven months, were assisted in accessing critical medical care overseas, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said while delivering the 2018/2019 National Budget at Parliament on Wednesday 25 July 2018. At that time, the total amount disbursed in respect of such cases was seven hundred and eighty-two thousand, six hundred and seventy-eight dollars and fourteen cents ($782,678.14). When the programme was launched it targeted single mothers resident or living permanently in Dominica, both nationals and non-nationals, under the age of thirty-five who are pregnant or have children three years or younger.The benefits include private sector services not available from or provided by the government, exclusive of those provided at the primary health care level, services not available locally where beneficiaries need to travel and is subject to referral from the relevant specialists within the government system and or approved by the medical services director. Referrals shall be restricted to a local medical consultant or the hospital medical director.Moreover, up to eighty percent (80%) on the invoices and bills shall be paid by the NHIP with the claimant being responsible for the remaining twenty percent (20%). In the event where the claimant does not have immediate access to funds for that twenty percent (20%) the amount will be given as a small loan with an arranged repayment schedule and in extreme cases, a government grant shall be provided based on the recommendation of the DSS.“As at June 25, 2018, the number of cases assisted under the Pilot reached sixteen (16) with a total disbursement of $1.3 million,” Mr. Skerrit said.“Based on the experience of the pilot programme over the last year, we have decided that the age limit for children accessing assistance under the programme be extended to age 16 years,” he added.Families are reminded that if they do possess private insurance that their claims should first be made to the private insurance after which any shortfall would be considered by the NHI Pilot programme. “This pilot is the second step toward the establishment of a comprehensive national health insurance programme for our citizens,” Mr. Skerrit stated. Sharelast_img read more

IMPORTANT VARIATIONS TO THE AIRPORT ROAD PROJECT SET TO IMPROVE THE LONGTERM VIABILITY OF THAT ROAD

first_img Share LocalNews IMPORTANT VARIATIONS TO THE AIRPORT ROAD PROJECT SET TO IMPROVE THE LONGTERM VIABILITY OF THAT ROAD by: – March 1, 2011 134 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet GIS News by Emmanuel JosephTheMinistry of Public Works is currently taking a number of steps to ensure that the airport road development project is of the highest integrity and standard.Work on lot two of the project extending from Pond Casé to MelvilleHall is currently on-going.Hon. Minister for Public Works, RayburnBlackmoore, in speaking to the media on Friday, said while the project is progressing at a steady pace, a number of variations had to be made to the original scope of work on the road.“There are some variations that must be done to take the road to the level that will bring some degree of satisfaction to us in Dominica. It makes no sense to build a road now and three (3) years down the road, you come to spend or do the things you could have done now.”In the Gleau Gommier area for example, the Minister says work is being done to re-align that section of the road which will address a road failure issue there.“If you look at the Gleau Gommier area, this is a very dangerous area and you have seen the road failure over a period of time. What we have to do in is to re-align the road further eastwards. That would require some significant excavation work.”TheMinister says the construction of a protective river wall along the Hatten Garden section of the road is necessary to protect the investment.“The initial inclination there was to have excavated towards the cliff areas. However, we have a situation whereby the river in itself is undermining the road. Therefore, there is need for us to protect that major investment by installing a concrete wall and is going to cost in the area of one point one million dollars (XCD$1.1 m). We also believe that if we have to get the road right, we have to ensure that we put in place the necessary mitigating factors in place. We are looking at the possibility of erecting a river wall there and to do some minimal excavation towards the cliff area and make the road safer and to protect that major investment.”The ministry of public works will also work towards cutting any unnecessary bends along the road.“Around the round-about, you are going to see a straighter road. You have seen some work started there and as I have said, the intention is to make the road as safe as possible and to really enhance the whole issue of security, more importantly to people.”The Canefield to Melville hall road is expected to be completed by February 2012. TheMinister says his ministry has taken all the necessary actions to ensure the project is delivered by the contractors on time.“If you are going to ask people to drive through the Carib Reserve, you cannot drive through the Carib Reserve indefinitely. Therefore, we have to ensure that we, as the Ministry and Government, honour our responsibility under the contract and we have to ensure that the contractor, himself, stick to the terms and conditions of the contract and to deliver the project, of course, in a timely manner.What we have instructed, through the consultant on the project, is to have additional pieces of equipment, more specifically, excavators to have what you call mass excavation during the dry spell. We do not want a situation whereby we go into the rainy season and having to do significant excavation work. That can be devastating and once we have all the required assets on the job site, that is to say the tools of trade and pieces of equipment and sufficient manpower, we can then have the road closed except for local access at particular times. What you do not want to happen is to have significant work being done, especially excavation, and to have vehicles and persons trying to make their way in and out of the construction site. We have to ensure that we put in place the necessary controls in terms of traffic for the travelling public. We believe with a proper schedule and proper supervision and accountability we can get the contractor to execute this project in a timely fashion.”Lot two of the airport road project is funded by the government of the republic of France through the Agence Francaise de Developement at the cost of $52 million dollars.last_img read more

Castle Bruce Family and Friends Reunion 2011 officially launched

first_img Share 16 Views   no discussions LocalNews Castle Bruce Family and Friends Reunion 2011 officially launched by: – July 18, 2011 Logo for the Castle Bruce Family & Freinds reunion. Photo credit: yesdominica.co.ukThe Castle Bruce Family and Friends Reunion 2011 has been officially launched with a promise to fulfill the needs of persons from all walks of life.The reunion carded for August 6-14th will commence with a grand exhibition followed by a church service on day two and several other activities both in the day and night.Parliamentary Representative for the Castle Bruce Constituency, Johnson Drigo told today’s official launching ceremony that the reunion will bring a level of togetherness in the community.“We have annual events in this country and every year we look forward to them like it was yesterday.  Quite a number of families look forward to bringing more family members the next time around. Its bringing people together to socialize and enjoy family,” he said.He said after 7 years, the reunion committee had decided that it was time.He says the success of the last event was the main reason for having it this year.“We have seen a lot of support for our teams and clubs and we have at least three lawn mowers at the playing field, all sponsored as a result of the reunion. We are looking forward to strengthening that. We have been working on a site for Castle Bruce and we are looking at launching it this reunion,” he said.A beach fest, traditional culture night, calypso night, and family football game are among the other activities planned for the reunion.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

YMG brings joy to House of Hope residents in Delices

first_img Tweet 33 Views   no discussions Share Share A member of Youth On A Mission For God doing a pedicure for a resident of the House of Hope Young people involved in ministry have embarked on a mission of spreading love, joy and peace to others, especially those who are disabled or otherwise less fortunate.Youth on a Mission for God (YMG) has been described as “a group of young persons whose goal is to seek solutions to the difficulties that we face in our community” by Beverly Leblanc the public relations officer of that organization.YMG recently embarked on a number of outreach projects, engaging their members in positive activities such as beach clean ups, poster competition for a preschool and wall painting in the village of Loubiere.On March 31sst, 2012 the group visited the House of Hope in Delices which is a residential home for persons with disabilities where the members read stories, played with and gave pedicures to the residents.According to Mrs. Leblanc that visit to the House of Hope is their missionary 2nd trip, the first was to Shernel Prince of Wesley a teenager who died two weeks ago after undergoing treatment in Trinidad.“We want to develop in the heart of our young people a heart of a servant, we want them to be servants in the kingdom of God and so we brought them there [House of Hope] and it was really a blessing to see the way they combed their hair, they fed them, played with them, just the interaction. It was really nice to see these young children just interact with the persons with disability,” Leblanc said.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTg1m-0rhro[/youtube]She also explained that even the caregivers were able to relax as the young people attended to the residents.“We did pedicures for them and it was kind of difficult because some of them did not want to put their feet in the water but it was still a blessing. We gave them a hamper and some clothing items so they can use and if they want they can also share with other persons in the community”.Another initiative of YMG is a program called bridging the gap where they visit different districts and sing hymns with a view to getting “young people to appreciate the hymns”.Thus far, they have held one in the north, south and will be visiting the South-East district on April 27th, 2012 which includes churches in La Plaine, Good Hope, Grand Fond and Delices.“We invite the churches to come together and sing whatever songs they wish but it has to be hymns. It is open so they can sing on whatever beat/rhythm. We will also have a panel discussion and at that discussion we will have elders and we will interview them so that they can talk to us about how it used to be before as Christians and the struggles just to encourage the young people now to continue to serve God”.The group plans to visit the Infirmary and CHANCES as part of their outreach programs later down in the year.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews YMG brings joy to House of Hope residents in Delices by: – April 17, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Judgment in default against Ron Abraham set aside

first_img Share 190 Views   one comment Tweet Ronald B AbrahamHigh Court judge Brian Cottle has set aside his judgment in default ordering payment of close to $17 million against former chief executive officer of Marpin Telecoms & Broadcasting Company Limited, Ronald B Abraham.The former auditor of Marpin Telecoms and Broadcasting, Chartered Accountant Kieron Pinard Byrne filed an application at the court which was supported by three board members namely Dense Shillingford, Anthony Bernette Biscombe and Patricia Englis to hold the former CEO responsible for $16, 261,810.76 of the Company’s liabilities. Justice Cottle ruled in their favor in March of 2012 ordering Abraham to pay $16, 261,810.76 to Kieron Pinard Byrne who was appointed by the court as liquidator.In that judgment he stated that Abraham “carried out the Company’s business with reckless disregard” and in addition must pay $971,981.65 which he used for his personal undertakings.Both Mr Abraham and his attorney Lennox Lawrence argued that the judgment was “a nullity as it offended a very fundamental legal principle that a “defendant must be notified of the date of his trial and that where a trial takes place in his absence and without notification the judgment itself is a nullity”.In a ruling dated May 1, 2012 Justice Cottle stated that “there is no escaping the fact that no notice of hearing was served on the Respondent” therefore ordering that the judgment be set aside.Although Justice Cottle ordered that the judgment in default be set aside, he however criticized Mr. Abraham for failing to comply with an order of the Court which was to file an affidavit in reply by a specified date.Mr. Abraham expressed great elation at the verdict and feels that justice has prevailed.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share LocalNews Judgment in default against Ron Abraham set aside by: – May 3, 2012last_img read more