Maternal deaths

first_imgWorldwide, maternal mortality rates are still unacceptably high and no doubt more strenuous efforts are needed by international development partners, governments and policy makers to ensure that countries make progress in reducing these rates.According to recent statistics released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 830 women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications around the world every day. Improving maternal health was one of 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by the international community in 2000.Under MDG 5, countries committed to reducing maternal mortality by three-quarters between 1990 and 2015. Since 1990, the number of maternal deaths worldwide has dropped by 43 per cent.Seeing that it is possible to accelerate the decline, countries have now united behind a new target to reduce maternal mortality even further. One target under Sustainable Development Goal 3 is to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 births, with no country having a maternal mortality rate of more than twice the global average.According to WHO, the high number of maternal deaths in some areas of the world reflects inequities in access to health services, and highlights the gap between rich and poor. Almost all maternal deaths (99 per cent) occur in developing countries.Here in Guyana, despite achieving progress 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 around 121 per 1000 live births and an infant mortality rate at 22 per 1000 live births.The media have reported several cases of maternal and child deaths over the past few years and several investigations were launched to determine what contributed to these deaths. In many cases the findings of the probe brought into question the conduct of healthcare professionals and the entire system as a whole.The bottom line is that too many of our women have lost their lives during child birth and too many babies have died due to various complications in the very early stages of their lives. On several occasions before we had called for the authorities to take immediate action to ensure that maternal and child death rates continue to decline steadily.Now that Guyana will have access to an US million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to help reduce maternal, perinatal and neonatal deaths in Guyana, much of the crucial programmes we had called for over the years to reduce these deaths could be implemented.According to the IDB, given that about 93 per cent of deaths in children less than one year of age occurred in the neonatal period, the programme will support and improve maternal and child health care with a focus on improving access to quality neonatal health services and providing a better path to and quality of reproductive and maternal health services.It is also expected that more would be done to improve the vaccination programme and to incorporate new vaccines.Additionally, under the Maternal and Child Health Programme it is expected that all mothers are registered with a clinic and are examined during the course of their pregnancy. This will greatly reduce the chances of maternal deaths as well as creating environments for pregnant mothers towards having a healthy pregnancy.The WHO has underlined the fact that all women need access to antenatal care in pregnancy, skilled care during childbirth, and care and support in the weeks after childbirth.To avoid maternal deaths, it is also vital to prevent unwanted and too-early pregnancies. All women, including adolescents, need access to contraception, safe abortion services to the full extent of the law, and quality post-abortion care.To improve maternal health, barriers that limit access to quality maternal health services must be identified and addressed at all levels of the health system.The fact is that most maternal deaths are preventable, as the health-care solutions to prevent or manage complications are well known.last_img read more

Agric Sector Prioritization Gets into Full Swing As: Gov’t Registers Farmers Nationwide

first_imgGovernment’s efforts to diversify the Liberian economy by shifting from its traditional crop and mineral (rubber and Iron Ore) which have lost value on the global market to the agriculture sector is gaining ground with the official launch of the e-Registration initiative. The e-registration means that 150,000 farmers across the country will be validly documented.According to government, the e-Registration is the hinge support of the Liberia Agriculture Transformation Agenda (LATA), a three year program aimed at diversifying the country’s economy and reducing its vulnerability to external shocks, as experienced from the current global financial crisis resulting from the decline in the country’s traditional resources. It is intended to promote and transform agriculture into a successful and prosperous business.The e-Registration exercise was officially launched by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last Saturday at the Klay Vocational Training Center in Bomi County. According to government, the e-Registration, lies at the core of the LATA, which is the foundation for establishing linkages and a system of incentives between value chain actors for an increase in business activities.The registration process will collect such information as, name, gender, county, district, farm size and location and other personal details. It will enable stakeholders to know where most of the farmers in the country are located. President Sirleaf described it as the best thing for the country as it will provide government with the requisite tools to make informed decisions.The President noted that shocks experienced in the economy have compelled government to make decisions that will have tremendous economic benefits for the country. She called on farmers to come out and be registered.Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Moses Zinnah, described the e-Registration as the beginning of a revolution in the agriculture sector. Registration is for all categories of farmers, small or large and planters of all food crops and will provide a holistic system to link farmers and marketers to agricultural input supply chains, finance and markets. It also aims to be integrated into mobile networks, input, extension, financial services providers, market and trading networks and even mobile payment systems. Opportunity to provide innovative finance solutions to farmers who have not been eligible for traditional financing solutions through commercial banks will be created, said Dr. Zinnah. Registration is the first step in creating a new system whereby the Liberian smallholder farmer will move from the subsistence farming to the business model.“The ultimate goal is to reduce information inconsistency with regard to farmer-specific productivity and output, site-specific input requirements, financing needs, market opportunities, and others,” he said.Farmers Union Network president Julius Bass, described the launch of e-Registration as one of the best programs to be initiated by the government since its inception in 2006, because it takes stock of all farmers in the country and the numerous challenges they face.Mr. Bass, who resounded the slogan of the network – No Farmers, No Food, -noted that the network, through its own initiative, decided to register farmers in the country but it was a tedious and exhaustive process, especially as funding was lacking at the time. However 37,000 farmers were registered during that process.Bomi County Superintendent, Samuel Brown, noted that Bomi was historically considered as a no farming area—a statement which he differs with—but there have been a tremendous increase in farming activities in the country since the inception of the UP government.“There are a lot of large farms now in Bomi and the county is at the forefront of the revolution of the agric sector,” he said, and added that the challenges that the farmers are faced with is the insufficiency of farming implements.Superintendent Brown also recommended that every district in the county provide one hundred acres of farmland for district agricultural programs.MOA’s Assistant Minister Patrick Worzi noted that the objective of the program is to ensure that the value chain approach is irreversibly anchored within the economic fabric of the country.Though it started on March 21 this year, it was officially launched by the President over the weekend. Minister Worzi disclosed that within approximately 45 days, 150,000 were registered at over 200 registration centers across the country.The exercise is being conducted by enumerators using tablets with the involvement of MOA staff and community members to ensure trustworthiness of information voluntarily provide by the farmers.Minister Worzi noted that it creates a standard database using a system that is up-scalable to include GPS coordinates or other relevant information that can support in providing services to farmers with a view to increasing their skills and financial autonomy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ex-mayor of Spokane dies after surgery

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The former Spokane city councilman, Boy Scout leader and sheriff’s deputy had frequently opposed gay-rights bills during his 20 years in the state House and Senate. The newspaper alleged he offered to help someone he thought was an 18-year-old high school student get a City Hall internship during Internet chats that involved discussions about sex. West acknowledged having relations with adult men but denied doing anything illegal. He was never criminally charged, although the FBI conducted a public corruption investigation. After two terms in the House, West served four terms in the Senate, rising to Senate majority leader before stepping down in 2003 to run for his “dream job” of Spokane mayor. Less than 18 months into his four-year term, The Spokesman-Review began publishing its series on the mayor’s online activities. West fought the recall, despite calls for his resignation by the City Council, business leaders, and the state and local Republican parties. West was divorced and had no children. He is survived by his father, a brother and sister. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SPOKANE, Wash. – Former Mayor James E. West, who opposed gay-rights bills but was recalled from office over an Internet gay sex scandal, died Saturday of complications from recent cancer surgery. He was 55. The conservative former Republican state Senate majority leader was diagnosed in early 2003 with colon cancer that later spread to his liver. A statement issued by University of Washington Medical Center said his family and pastor were at his side at the Seattle hospital. Seven months after The Spokesman-Review newspaper began publishing results of a computer “sting” it conducted to track the mayor’s online activities in a gay chat room, West was ousted from office on Dec. 6, 2005, on a single charge that he used his office for personal benefit. West was the first Spokane city official to be recalled from office, ending a 27-year career in city and state politics. last_img read more

NEW DEAL! Stuart Armstrong signs new two-year contract at Celtic

first_img1 Stuart Armstrong was a key Celtic performer Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong has signed a new-two year contract.The 25-year-old had been linked with a move to England, with his existing deal due to expire at the end of this season, but he is thrilled to have committed his future to the treble winners until summer 2019.Armstrong told the club’s website: “I am delighted to sign this new contract with Celtic. I have had a tremendous time at the club so far and it has been a period in my footballing career which I have enjoyed immensely.”Armstrong joined the Hoops in February 2015 and scored on his debut in a 3-0 victory over Partick Thistle at Firhill.He has made 112 appearances for the club to date, scoring 25 goals, the most recent coming in the 5-0 Betfred Cup win over Kilmarnock earlier this month.Armstrong added: “It has been an honour to play for a club of such stature. I have enjoyed a great relationship with our supporters and we have achieved a high level of success, something it has been great to be part of.“I’m pleased that this new contract has been agreed and I am now looking forward very much to working with the manager, our staff and my team-mates to bring the club and our fans even more success.”last_img read more

Leonid Mironov charged with racially abusing Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster

first_imgSpartak Moscow player Leonid Mironov has been charged with racially abusing Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, UEFA has announced.European football’s governing body took action following an incident during Wednesday’s UEFA Youth League clash between the sides at Prenton Park.A statement said: “Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Youth League group stage match between Liverpool FC Youth and FC Spartak Moskva Youth (2-0), played on December 6 in England.“Charges against FC Spartak Moskva: Racist behaviour – player Leonid Mironov – Article 14 of the Disciplinary Regulations.”Liverpool reported Spartak to the governing body after Brewster, a member of England Under-17s World Cup winning team, made an allegation.The 17-year-old had to be restrained by team-mates and coaching staff on the final whistle as he vented his anger.The Merseyside club later confirmed that they had “followed the proper procedure by reporting the alleged incident to UEFA”.It is the second time this season that the Reds have made a complaint against Spartak after Brewster’s team-mate Bobby Adekanye was racially abused by fans during a game in Moscow in September.On that occasion, Spartak were ordered by UEFA to partially close their academy ground for their next home fixture. Rhian Brewster was racially abused during a Liverpool youth match 1last_img read more

Liverpool still unclear on extent of Brewster injury, according to reports

first_img1 Rhian Brewster was stretchered off against Man City’s U-23 side Liverpool are still assessing the injury England Under-17 World Cup-winning striker Rhian Brewster sustained in the Reds’ Under-23 defeat to Manchester City.The 17-year-old was carried off at the end of the first half in the 3-2 loss on Friday before being taken to hospital, and Press Association Sport understands he has ankle ligament damage.However, there is no indication yet whether the teenager will require an operation.last_img read more

Irish Masters record Ó Domhnaill on way to Masters bronze

first_imgBRIAN Ó Domhnaill set a new Irish Masters record on his way to a bronze medal at the European Masters Athletics Championships in Venice yesterday.Ó Domhnaill helped Ireland to a team bronze in the 10k race walk. His time of 46.28 was a huge personal best and helped secure bronze, behind Italy and Spain.Finn Valley AC’s Ó Domhnaill goes again in Saturday’ 20k walk. Kathryn McDevitt of Letterkenny AC competed in the 200m yesterday evening, but didn’t quality from her heat.Finn Valley pair Noreen Bonner and Gloria Donaghey will also compete at the Championships.Irish Masters record Ó Domhnaill on way to Masters bronze was last modified: September 12th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 European Masters Athletics ChampionshipsBrian Ó DomhnaillFinn Valley ACGloria DonagheyNoreen Bonnervenicelast_img read more

Neil Lennon ‘definitely interested’ in return as Celtic manager

first_imgAsked if he would go back, Lennon added: “I would definitely be interested. “I am not promoting myself for it but you have asked an honest question and I am giving you an honest answer. “I think you always do (miss being part of Celtic). I was associated with the club for 15 years, I missed it when I left as a player and there are aspects that you miss even now at 44 years of age. “You see events like Sunday, the passion and the crowd and what it means to so many people, there are not many clubs like it, that can generate that sort of enticement.” Neil Lennon says he’s definitely interested in replacing Ronny Deila as Celtic manager this summer.Norwegian Deila announced he would depart his post at the end of the campaign as he targets claiming his second successive league title, the club’s fifth in succession.Lennon, who quit Celtic Park in 2014, has told STV he would be willing to return to the Scottish champions and work with chief executive Peter Lawwell once more.He told STV: “They’ll have someone in mind. I’m sure they’ll be a long list of candidates because it is a very attractive job for anyone.” Northern Irishman Lennon was sacked as Bolton boss in March with the crisis-hit Trotters sitting bottom of the Championship table.During his time in charge in Glasgow, Lennon won three Scottish top flight titles as well as two Scottish Cup crowns. He guided Celtic to the Champions League group stages on two occasions and got to the last 16 of the competition in the 2012/13 campaign.Before stepping into the managerial seat the Irishman spent seven years playing for, and eventually captaining, his boyhood heroes.He departed in 2007 and eventually hung his boots up a year later at Wycome Wanderers.The 44-year old had been in charge of Celtic’s development squad prior to Tony Mowbray’s sacking in March 2010. He stepped into the role on a temporary basis before being given the job permanently at the end of the season.last_img read more

Rangers 0-1 Celtic: Dembele decisive in hard-fought semi-final

first_imgJames Forrest had two efforts on goal before defender Erik Sviatchenko had the ball in the Gers net from a Sinclair cross only for referee Thomson to rule it out for a push on Gers defender Clint Hill. Gilks then made a fine close-range save from Sinclair before, in rare Gers breakaway, Holt raced on to a Tavernier cross to slam his shot against Simunovic, with keeper Craig Gordon gathering his second drive with ease. In the 67th minute, after Andy Halliday tripped Brown, Rangers escaped again when a combination of Gilks’ finger tips and the crossbar kept Sinclair’s curling free-kick from 25 yards out of the net. Three minutes later Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner replaced Kenny Miller and Josh Windass as Hoops’ top scorer last season Griffiths came on for Rogic. Griffiths and Dembele had further efforts for Celtic as the Govan men defended with increasing desperation. Only a fine tackle in the box by Gers skipper Lee Wallace on Sinclair foiled another Hoops attack before Gilks blocked a Stuart Armstrong drive with his foot for a corner, which Rangers survived. However, the Light Blues’ luck gave way soon afterwards. Griffiths escaped the attention of Wallace down the right to latch on to a long ball and when he knocked it to the near post Dembele got in front of Rob Kiernan to flick the pass past Gilks. The Gers back-up keeper then made another save, this time from Griffiths who had breached the Rangers defence, as Celtic finished the half as strongly as they had started. The Gers boss brought in Betfred Cup goalkeeper Matt Gilks for Wes Foderingham, right-back Lee Hodson came in with James Tavernier pushed forward, and midfielder Josh Windass was also included. The first moment of controversy came in the 15th minute when Rangers wide-man Barrie McKay was booked by referee Craig Thomson for simulation inside the Celtic penalty area under a challenge from Jozo Simunovic, who had replaced Kolo Toure in line-up. The first real opportunity came moments later on a swift Parkhead break when Gilks saved with his foot from Scott Sinclair after Dembele had sent him clean through on goal. However, the keeper then almost cost his side a goal when he passed the ball straight to Tom Rogic after taking a back pass from Jason Holt and was lucky to escape with just conceding a corner as the Australia international failed to capitalise. In the 28th minute Rogic came close when he left Andy Halliday before curling a shot from the edge of the box and left-back Kieran Tierney testing Gilks with a drive just before the break. The Scottish champions stepped up the pressure after the break.  Moussa Dembele’s late goal gave Celtic a deserved 1-0 win over Rangers at Hampden Park to send Brendan Rodgers’ side into next month’s Betfred Cup final. The Hoops, inspired by captain Scott Brown, edged a rather unremarkable and goalless first half then turned the screw after the break. It looked like the Light Blues would take the semi-final to extra-time but in the 87th minute Dembele tucked away a pass from substitute Leigh Griffiths to set up a meeting with Aberdeen in the final on November 27 at the national stadium. The Celtic side fully merited their victory against a Rangers side who were much more cautious following their 5-1 defeat in the Ladbrokes Premiership at Parkhead last month. Rangers were rocked by the midweek knee injury to Niko Kranjcar and with Joey Barton suspended by the club it meant Mark Warburton was shorn of his two marquee summer signings. last_img read more

Carbury, Ballygawley and Real Tubber all strengthen their leads

first_imgArrow Harps v Cliffoney Celtic; Merville Utd v Carrick Town; The Great Southern Hotel Sligo Super League: Ballygawley Celtic 4 Arrow Harps 3; Merville Utd 0 Cliffoney Celtic 3; Fixture Saturday 4th March KO 7pm. Ej’s Leading Scorers: (21) Dylan Edwards Carbury FC (20) Seamus Ryder Manor Rangers (16) Andrew Patton Ballisodare Utd Mark Irwin Ballymote Celtic Gareth Kelly, Mark Mc Callion Strand Celtic, (13) Malachy Spratt St John’s FC (12) Ibrahim Savage Carbury FC. (11) Niall Walsh Manor Rangers Dermot Beggan Aughanagh CelticSligo Pallets Premier League 8St. John’s FC174674853-518 2Cliffoney Celtic17112444242010 Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier League: T P Brennan Connacht Cup KO2pm: 5Arrow Harps178274834147 7Calry Bohs156363641-521 Boyle Celtic v Strand Celtic FC; 2Coolaney United63121612410 Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division OneBenbulben FC v Chaffpool United; Coolaney United v Dromore Villa; PWDLFAGDPts Moyne Villa v Ballygawley Celtic 6Chaffpool United5032913-43 3MCR FC1711245425299 PWDLFAGDPts 5Dromore Villa71151122-114 3Strand Celtic FC1994665402531 1Carbury FC17150264244045 Aughanagh Celtic v Ballaghaderreen FC; Manor Rangers v Westport United; Ballisodare United v Colemanstown Utd; (KO3pm) Calry Bohs v Ballymote Celtic; Cloonfad Utd FC v Carbury FC;T P Brennan Connacht Cup KO2pm:NUI Galway B v Real Tubber FC; West Utd B v MCR FC;All Cup & Shield games decided on the day if still a draw after 90 minutes plus one period of extra time 10 minutes each way FIFA Rules on penalties to apply. 3Gurteen Celtic5311117410 Boyle Celtic P Ballisodare United P; Strand Celtic FC 3 Ballymote Celtic 4; St John’s FC 4 Glenview Stars 4; Carbury FC 7 Aughanagh Celtic 2; Calry Bohs P Manor Rangers P;center_img 4Benbulben FC51318716 T P Brennan Connacht Shield: 9Yeats United2052132854-2617 10Aughanagh Celtic1844104058-1816 Great Southern Hotel Sligo Super League 26th February  2Boyle Celtic12101141142731 1Real Tubber63301610612 Fixtures Sunday 5th March KO 11am: Ej’s Leading Scorers: (10) Stephen Feeney Dromore Villa Anthony Moylette Benbulben FC (8) Damien Waters Chaffpool Utd © 1Ballygawley Celtic17140353262715 4Carrick Town FC179265827318 Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier League: Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division OneChaffpool United P Gurteen Celtic P; Dromore Villa 2 Real Tubber 5; Coolaney United P Benbulben FC P; Ej’s Leading Scorers (26) Daniel Willis Arrow Harps (17) Joseph Cobbe MCR FC, (15) Graham Irwin Merville Utd (14) Raymond Mulvey Carrick Town (13) Rodrigo Bouabida Carrick Town (11) Conor Silke Carrick Town (10) Ciaran Harvey MCR FC (9) Niall Thomas Cliffoney Celtic (8) Stephen Hallahan MCR Ryan Hargadon Merville Utd 11Glenview Stars2003172991-623 Carbury maintain their grip at the top of The Great Southern Hotel Sligo, Super League with a powerful display against Aughanagh Celtic at Sean Fallon Park Cranmore Sligo. Aughanagh Celtic scored first with a fine effort from Dermot Beggan and Stephen Craig added a seconded for the visitors. But Carbury replied with Christopher Kelly and leading scorer Dylan Edwards each scoring twice with a goal apiece from Ibrahim Savage, Lee Marshall and Daniel Smith wrapping up all three points for Carbury.Strand Celtic welcomed Ballymote Celtic to the sea side in a high scoring encounter that seen Ballymote Celtic take all three points thanks to the odd goal in seven. Donagh Oates showed he has lost nothing of his goal poaching skills bagging two goals for Strand with Ryan Mc Manus notching the third. Ballymote replies courtesy of the hit man Mark Irwin with two fine goals and a goal each from Adam Cunnane and Conor Meehan captured all three points to give them a very healthy mid table position. Strand despite this loss are third in the table.St John’s and Glenview Stars also played out a high scoring encounter and the Institute of Technology Sligo and in the end shared the points in an eight-goal thriller. The Big Gino O Boyle game Stars the lead and Clive Brennan added a second for Stars to leave them leading by two goals to nil at half time. St John’s were now under pressure ut they responded well with Malachy Spratt pulling a goal back two minutes into the second half and Stephen Armstrong equalised three minutes later. Stars again came back and took the lead when Ronan O Grady netted and again St John’s responded with Malachy Spratt adding his second goal three goals apiece and still more to come. Darren Brennan fired St John’s ahead and it looked all over for Stars but up stepped the Big Man Gino O Boyle with a twenty-five-yard free kick that he rocketed into the St John’s net for a glorious equaliser. What a game and St John’s could have won it but Malachy Spratt who had a superb game sent his penalty kick over the bar however in the end a draw was a great outcome for both sides who played great football.Ballygawley Celtic lead the way in The Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier with a battling performance against neighbours Arrow Harps at the Astro in Cleveragh. Arrow Harps took the fight to Ballygawley Celtic and were two goals up in the early exchanges with strikes from Colin Harte and Daniel Willis Ballygawley Celtic came back with a goal each from Peter Murray and James Mackey only for Daniel Willis to put Harps ahead again at the interval. Ballygawley Celtic emerged for the second half with more intent and up the gears with Ray Colburn equalising on seventy minutes and then up stepped Paul Flanagan to net the winner for the leaders Ballygawley Celtic.The Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One Brandon Fitzgerald scored the only goal for the Villa who were hit for five by Real Tubber Aaron Murtagh scoring twice with a goal each from Fabio Cretaro, Peter Wynne and Gerard Perry firing Real Tubber back to the top of the leader board.Results: Sunday 26th February Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One 6Merville United1761105166-153 5Manor Rangers1592458382029 PWDLFAGDPs 4Ballisodare United16101545321331 The Great Southern Hotel Sligo Super League: 6Ballymote Celtic177284352-923last_img read more