Kenya schoolgirls nominated for $51,000 award

first_imgKenya’s public service delivery initiative wins UN award Ugandan Musician nominated for coveted Humanitarian African Award TALK AFRICA: Kenya’s new railwaycenter_img Students from Kisumu Girls High School who developed a mobile application to help girls deal with FGM pose for a photo with President Uhuru Kenyatta. The five girls from have been nominated for $51,000 award. PHOTO | COURTESY Students from Kisumu Girls High School who developed a mobile application to help girls deal with FGM pose for a photo with President Uhuru Kenyatta. The five girls from have been nominated for $51,000 award. PHOTO | COURTESY PSCUFive Kenyan students are among the contenders for the $51,000 Sakharov Prize, a top European rights award after they were nominated on Tuesday.Stacy Owino, Cynthia Otieno, Purity Achieng, Mascrine Atieno and Ivy Akinyi – whose band name is the Restorers – were picked for developing an application to help girls deal with female genital mutilation.They are the least storied of the contenders who include a Uighur scholar imprisoned in China since 2014 and a trio of Brazilian activists.The 50,000-euro Sakharov Prize, set up in 1988 and named after Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, is awarded every year to individuals or organisations which have made “an important contribution to the fight for human rights or democracy”.The European Parliament named Ilham Tohti – serving a life sentence on separatism charges for advocating the rights of Uighurs, a Muslim minority in China’s northwest Xinjiang region – on the shortlist for its Sakharov Prize.Tohti scooped another award for his activism weeks ago despite opposition from China which views his global accolades as “supporting terrorism.”From Brazil, murdered political activist Marielle Franco made the list jointly with tribal chief Raoni Metuktire, who campaigns against the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, and rights defender Claudelice Silva dos Santos.Last month the Council of Europe awarded its Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to Tohti for “giving the entire Uighur people a voice.”Relatedlast_img read more

National consultation on development prospects for Dominica

first_imgLocalNews National consultation on development prospects for Dominica by: – April 21, 2017 Share 144 Views   3 comments Share Sharecenter_img Photo credit: Ingredients NetworkPress ReleaseRoseau, Dominica (April 21, 2017) — The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has announced that it will host a national consultation under the theme, “Development Prospects for Dominica within the context of the Citizenship By Investment Programme (CBIP) as a platform for raising the funds necessary to Finance Development Activities”.The consultation is slated for Monday, April 24th at the State House Conference Center starting at 9:00 a.m.The consultation will take the form of presentations by the Honourable Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and the Financial Secretary, to be followed by a panel discussion on various facets of development and development financing. A wide cross-section of the population has been invited to participate including all members of Parliament, social organisations, representative religious organisations, trade unions, public officials, the banking sector, developers and prospective developers of projects funded by CBI and agents of the CBIP. The general public will also have the opportunity to see and hear the discussions via live television, radio, and Internet broadcast of this important consultation.It is the expectation that people of Dominica and the public at large will find this event an educational one and one that raises the discussion on development to a higher level of understanding.Related/Background InformationThe Government of Dominica has been conducting a series of town hall and community meetings aimed at discussing development prospects particularly within the context of the Citizenship By Investment Programme being a means of raising the necessary funds to finance development programmes. Throughout these town hall discussions, the Government has provided updates on priority programmes and projects that are being implemented making special mention of those that are funded by the revenues raised under the CBIP. Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Marañon Cup 1st, 2nd Dist. elims set

first_imgBy CYRUS M. GARDEBACOLOD City — Eliminations for the 5th Negros First Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. Cup open boxing tournament in the 2nd and 1st districts will be on Sept. 6 to 7 and Sept. 9 to 11, respectively.Cadiz City will host the 2nd District eliminations at the Don Bernardo Benedicto Community Center, while San Carlos will host the 1st District’s.The 2nd District is composed of Cadiz City, Sagay City and Manapla, while the 1st District by San Carlos City, Escalante City, Toboso, Calatrava, and Salvador Benedicto. Last year 1st District was the overall champion during the Marañon Cup in La Carlota City, while Cadiz placed second runner-up.Candoni hosted the 6th District eliminations on Aug. 9 to 10.Elimination winners will represent their districts in the finals on Oct. 8 to 12 at the Bacolod Arts and Youth Sports Center as part of the MassKara Festival.Eight-division world champion and Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is expected to be the guest of honor.To supervise the tournament is Angel “Nonong” Verdeflor, provincial sports coordinator and president of the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines, Inc. – Western Visayas.Hundreds of boxers will vie for the title in various weight categories in the tournament being organized by the Office of the Governor./PNlast_img read more

Smith to be more disciplined against Pakistan’s Yasir

first_img(Reuters) – Australia batsman Steve Smith says he is determined not to be dismissed again by Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah when the teams meet in the second test at Adelaide starting on Friday. Smith was bowled by Yasir for four runs in the opening test in Brisbane and the leg-spinner celebrated by holding up seven fingers to signal the number of times he had claimed the wicket of the world’s top-ranked test batsman.“It gave me a bit more motivation next game to not get out to him. I’ll be a little bit more disciplined against him,” Smith told reporters yesterday.Smith’s dismissal at the Gabba marked a rare failure for the batsman but the 30-year-old said he was not concerned by Yasir’s success against him. “A few of the times he’s got me out, I’ve been on a few runs and been slogging, Smith added.“There’s been a couple of second innings ones where I was playing some funky shots. So I’m not too worried.“He bowled really well at the Gabba, got some good drift and a bit of a spin on a wicket that wasn’t spinning much … we’re going have to play him well this game (at Adelaide).” Australia won the first test by an innings and five runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. The second test will be a day-night affair.last_img read more

The worst Cristiano Ronaldo since 2010-11

first_img His next test in La Liga will be against rivals Atletico, at the Vicente Calderon next weekend. Sport EN Cristiano Ronaldo did not score for Real Madrid in the 0-0 draw with Malaga and the Portuguese hasn’t found the net in four of the five La Liga games this season. He still has five goals, but all of them came in a 6-0 win over a limp Espanyol side at the Cornella El Prat.  Against Malaga he tried to score time and time again, but could not. His discontent at being unable to beat Kameni was tangible. He tried to score an incredible 14 times, without success.  27/09/2015center_img CEST Upd. at 14:17 Against Sporting, Granada, Athletic and Malaga he has been incapable of finding the net. His run reminds us of the 2010-11 season where he had his worst goalscoring start as a player of Madrid, scoring three times in six weeks of La Liga. last_img read more