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Program to Reduce Teenage Pregnancies Launched

first_imgThe Government of Liberia in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has launched a 4-year program aimed to reduce teenage pregnancies in the Southeastern counties. According to an UNFPA statement, the Swedish Government funded “Empowered and Fulfilled Program” will complement other ongoing reproductive health, gender and livelihood related projects supported by UN agencies in Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Maryland and River Gee counties.The program is expected to build on achievements made at both national and targeted county levels on young people’s sexual reproductive health and rights. The program seeks to contribute to a reduction in teenage pregnancies through supporting increased access and utilization of sexual reproductive health and family planning information and services by adolescents. The implementation of the program will, accordingly, be led by line ministries including Health; Gender, Children and Social Protection; Education; Youth and Sports; and Internal Affairs. It will be in collaboration with the Planned Parenthood Association of Liberia (PPAL), Action Aid Liberia, Federation of LiberiaYouth (FLY), Inter–Religious Council of Liberia, National Traditional Council of Liberia and BRAC-Liberia.Speaking at the official launch on February 24 in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, the head of Development Cooperation and Chargé d’Affaires at the Swedish Embassy, Ms. Elisabeth Harleman, said adolescent girls and boys need access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health information and services, especially outside the urban areas, if there must be a reduction in the rate of teenage pregnancies in the country. According to Ms. Harleman, discussing sexuality for and with young girls and boys is still considered difficult, with few information, education and communication outlets involving young people themselves. “Sweden’s global experience from supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights shows that in order for young people to be able to take advantage of education and work, and to contribute to economic growth, young people must be given the opportunity free of coercion, violence, discrimination or the risk of becoming involuntarily pregnant or being infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections to have a responsible, satisfying and safe sexual life,” she said.She lauded local authorities, traditional leaders as well as key stakeholders from the four southeastern counties for their support for the program.On behalf of his colleagues, Grand Gedeh County Superintendent Peter L. Solo declared that local authorities would work collaboratively to ensure the reduction in teenage pregnancies in the southeastern region. “Our traditional and religious leaders will be the principal mechanisms that we will use to go into our communities to establish and reinforce the need for collaborative efforts in reducing teenage pregnancies in the region,” Superintendent Solo declared. He called on the youth to join the process of educating their peers – discouraging them against early pregnancy.“We must all sensitize the people and discourage teen pregnancies so that the girls can have a better education and fulfilled lives,” the Superintendent said.The launch followed a tour and the holding of inception meetings with a cross-section of traditional and local leaders and community members in the region. The meetings, which were led by the various line ministries, were aimed at understanding factors responsible for early pregnancies, barriers to SRH (sexual and reproductive health) by adolescents in the region as well as deriving local solutions to the issue. Among key issues identified by the people were: poor parental guidance and care; sexual abuse of adolescent girls by their teachers and influential community members; and the lack of sexuality education in schools and in the homes between parents and their children. They stressed the need for sexuality education in schools and the provision of family planning services with ease of access and the reinforcement of the justice system to punish perpetrators of violence against teenage girls and sex offenders, especially adults who impregnate underage girls. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Reduced bail for Region 8 man slapped with rape charge

first_imgThe 20-year-old man accused of having sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl was on Tuesday granted reduced bail for the charge against him when he reappeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Jacob Stanislas of Monkey Mountain, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) was granted $200,000 bail as opposed to the original $250,000 when his attorney, Tiffany Jeffrey, made the reduced bail application.In her application, the lawyer revealed that her client was one of six children for his parents who are farmers. As such, they are limited in their finances and were unable to pay bail for the accused.Chief Magistrate McLennan granted the request, but ordered that the defendant find another place of abode since the victim in the matter would visit Monkey Mountain.The charge against Stanislas alleged that between October 1 and November 1, 2017 at the said Monkey Mountain, the 20-year-old had sexual relations with a 13-year-old.According to Stanislas’ Attorney, her client was having a consensual relationship with the young woman.However, her family members gained knowledge of such and reported the matter to the Police, which – the lawyer said – is the only reason Stanislas is being brought before the courts.last_img read more

SHOCK AS FINE GAEL LEADER ON DONEGAL COUNCIL VOTES TO ABOLISH IRISH WATER

first_imgCllr Doherty in Killygordon this weekFINE Gael is facing a new crisis today – as its Donegal councillors called for a stop to the introduction of water charges.The leader of the party on Donegal County Council Cllr Barry O’Neill said the introduction of water charges was “a step too far”.Cllr Frank McBrearty had an emergency motion calling for Irish Water to be abolished with 33 of the 34 councillors voting in favour of it. Fine Gael’s Bernard McGuinness abstained. Cllr O’Neill said that he had made his views on Irish Water known within his party for months and as a taxpayer and as a father, he believed water charges should not be introduced.Earlier Cllr Gary Doherty – who spent the week opposing contractors in east Donegal – said the people of this country have had enough of taxes.“I spent this week attending and supporting residents’ protests against the installation of the hated water meters,” said Cllr Doherty.“I would urge an Taoiseach and any member of the government to attend one of those protests. Because it is hard to find the words to convey the depth of feeling that there is amongst the people of Ireland against these charges. “It is nothing short of a disgrace and a crime against this Republic that our people are having water charges forced upon them.“We live in a County that never felt the effects of the celtic tiger. We didnt see the boom that inflated the pockets of the bankers and profiteers in the east who we are still bailing out through water charges, property tax, universal social charge and countless other austerity measures. The people of Donegal cannot and will not take any more.“The message that we gave Irish Water and the Government in Castlefinn and Killygordon this week was simply this “we wont take any more, enough is enough.”“Irish Water is no different to any of the banks before the collapse. It is toxic. It is not fot for purpose. In its short existence it has done nothing but indulge itself in the bonus culture and grab all philosophy that has blighted our country for decades.“Our govrnment has only one option left open to it to my mind. Stop mesing around, stop playing politics and do right by the Irish people. Abolish water charges, abolish Irish Water. “I have here a motion under Section 140 of the Local Government Act signed by ten Councillors so far. It reads ” This Council resolves to direct Council management not to comply with a demand from Irish Water to pass over the personal information of Council tenants held by Donegal County Council.”Around 200 people opposed to water charges attended today’s council meeting.SHOCK AS FINE GAEL LEADER ON DONEGAL COUNCIL VOTES TO ABOLISH IRISH WATER was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Cllr Barry O’NeillDonegal County Councilmotionvotelast_img read more

Softball Sweeps Bradley with 6-3 Win Saturday

first_imgThe Bulldogs were led at the plate by Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) and Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa), who each went 2-for-3. Pena drove in one run and scored one run while Roemmich scored twice. Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) had a pair of RBIs and one stolen base. Next Game: Preview at Southern Illinois 4/7/2018 – 2 PM PDF Box Score Later, Drake added three key insurance runs, with two in the fifth inning and one in the sixth. In the fifth, Pena hit a single to left field with Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) on second after a one-out infield hit and stolen base. The Bradley left fielder bobbled the ball in the corner as it allowed the speedy Johnson to score and Pena to move to second. Two batters later, Maddox drove in pinch runner, Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa), with a fielder’s choice. The Bulldogs sixth and final run came in the sixth inning after four-straight, two-out walks, as Pena drew hers with the bases loaded as Roemmich scored. Following Saturday’s game, Drake travels to Iowa State April 4 for a 4 p.m. in-state game. The Bulldogs return to Buel Field to host SIU, April 6-7, in MVC action. Print Friendly Version Live Stats Pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) tossed five scoreless innings as she allowed just one hit with nine strikeouts. Newman, who with the win improved to 11-2 on the season, moved to third all-time at Drake in career strikeouts with an impressive 677. She is just three away from tying Brynne Dordel (2008-11) at 680 for number two. Jenna DeLong (2008-11) has the top mark with 760. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team had a successful first weekend at Buel Field with another series sweep in Missouri Valley Conference play. Drake (25-9, 8-0 MVC) won its 11th-consecutive game with a 6-3 victory over Bradley (13-16, 2-5 MVC) Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs stretched their lead to 3-0 in the third inning. Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) started the inning with a bunt single, Roemmich followed with a single as Alexander moved all way to third and then Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) hit a sacrifice fly to score Alexander. Johnson then dropped a sacrifice bunt attempt that was thrown away by the Braves pitcher as Roemmich came all the way around from first for the final run of the inning. Bradley scored two runs in the sixth inning with a two-run home run by MVC home run leader, Allison Apke, and one run in the seventh. Alexander misplayed a ball in centerfield that allowed one run with runners on but reliever Smith settled in and got the final out. Smith pitched two innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits with one walk. Full Schedule Roster Story Links Maddox drove home Pena for the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second inning. Pena led off the frame with a double to the wall in left center and then moved over to third base on Kailee Smith’s (Murrieta, Calif.) grounder to first base.last_img read more

Word 2016 Researcher and Editor tools

first_imgWord 2016: Researcher and Editor tools by Martin Brinkmann on July 26, 2016 in Companies, Microsoft – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 5 commentsMicrosoft announced two new tools, Researcher and Editor, for Word 2016 today that introduce better research integration and writing assistance.Word 2016 is the newest version of the popular word editing software that is available to Office 365 users and customers who purchased a standalone copy of Office 2016.The update is available today to all Office 365 subscribers who are using Word 2016 on the Windows desktop according to Microsoft.The easiest way to find out whether you have it or not is to open Word 2016 on the Windows desktop and check whether the new “Researcher” option is available under References when you edit a document.ResearcherResearcher is a new tool that you may use to find references directly from within Word 2016. The feature uses Bing’s Knowledge Graph for that and displays data in a sidebar in the Word 2016 when enabled.You find the new option under References > Researcher.Researcher is a new service in Word that helps you find and incorporate reliable sources and content for your paper in fewer steps. Right within your Word document you can explore material related to your topic and add it—and its properly-formatted citation—in one click. Researcher uses the Bing Knowledge Graph to pull in the appropriate content from the web and provide structured, safe and credible information.You may use the new tool to add quotes and “properly formatted citation” to documents. While this may not be suitable for science-grade documents, it may do for many other types of documents.EditorEditor is touted as a new digital writing assistant that assists you with proofing and editing services. The initial release flags unclear phrases, redundancy or complex words, and makes recommendations by displaying alternatives to you.The service uses machine learning and natural language processing for that, and will improve over time according to Microsoft.While Researcher helps you start a paper, Editor assists you with the finishing touches by providing an advanced proofing and editing service. Leveraging machine learning and natural language processing—mixed with input from our own team of linguists—Editor makes suggestions to help you improve your writing. Initially, it will help you simplify and streamline written communications by flagging unclear phrases or complex words, such as recommending “most” in place of “the majority of.”Microsoft plans to improve Editor this fall by informing you why words or phrases may not be accurate, and listing corrections at the same time.Word 2016 distinguishes between the following kinds of underlined hints:Red Squiggle for spelling mistakes.Blue Double Underline for Grammar mistakes.Gold Dotted Line for Writing Style issues.The following video highlights the new tools briefly.Additional information about the Researcher and Editor tools of Word 2016 for the windows desktop, and new features introduced in Outlook and PowerPoint, is provided on Microsoft’s Office blog.SummaryArticle NameWord 2016: Researcher and Editor announcedDescriptionMicrosoft announced two new tools, Researcher and Editor, for Word 2016 today that introduce better research integration and writing assistance.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more