In Nimba, J. J. Roberts’ Day Snubbed

first_imgEven though the commemoration of President Joseph Jenkins Roberts’ birthday as a holiday was observed with all business places closed, little is known of the importance of the occasion in Nimba County.On local radio talk shows, many citizens advised the government to abolish the celebration of this holiday, because they said it lacks importance to society as J. J. Roberts did not do anything that can be talked about. There were no special events held in his memory in towns and villages around Nimba County. Business places were partially open during the morning hours, but by afternoon, Gompa City Inspectors were seen going around closing the partially opened businesses.Some of the callers said the government should not celebrate the birthdays of the individual presidents (J. J. Roberts and William V. S. Tubman) separately, but instead create one memorial day for all the presidents of Liberia.“I am not interested in any of these celebrations, especially like J. J. Roberts or William V. S. Tubman, because they hinder the movement of business,” Saye Lakpor, a caller said on Radio Saclepea.“Why are we celebrating J. J. Roberts’ birthday?” inquired Paul, a businessman. “What really did he do that’s worth remembering?”Every business activity in the county was stalled, with even commercial motorcycle riders complaining of lack of passengers. As one rider put it, “this holiday is too hard compared to other holidays. People are not moving like on other holidays when people go around visiting friends and loved ones, so then why are we celebrating it?” he asked.Despite the complaints, in Saclepea, the Old Timers of Saclapea held a friendly soccer encounter with officers of the Liberia National Police to commemorate the birthday of Liberia’s first President, who was also the first President of an African nation.The key reason for people downplaying the celebration of this day is because the government failed to organize a national occasion that could be symbolically celebrated in every provincial capital, one of the callers said.“Our people are not informed about the important role our first president played; even who he really was; what he did during and after the declaration of independence in 1847,”the caller added.President Joseph Jenkins Roberts was born in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, in 1809. He came to Liberia at the age of 20 in 1829, along with his mother and brothers.Before becoming a politician, upon their arrival in Liberia he became a merchant, involved in exporting ivory, palm products and camwood. In 1838, he became a sheriff in charge of the militia to collect taxes from the indigenous people and to resist the rebellion that originated from that exercise.He was later appointed as deputy governor to Governor Thomas Buchanan, who was then governor of the American Colonization Society (ACS), and upon his death, Roberts succeeded him as Governor of Buchanan.Roberts advocated intensely for Liberia’s independence, and in 1847 Liberia gained her independence. On October 5, 1847, Governor Roberts was elected the first President of Liberia and was sworn into office on January 3, 1848.President Joseph Jenkins Roberts was again elected as President, when Edwin James Roye was deposed from office, owing to cancelation of elections and during this time also Liberia was facing a financial crisis.Prior to his death on February 24, 1876, President Roberts turned over US$10,000 and an estate to the Liberia Education System for the education of the poor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa raises women’s health awareness at UN

first_img29 September 2015Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, South Africa’s first lady, has used her presence in New York City, where she is attending the 70th session of the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA), to promote women’s health awareness.Arriving in #NYC for historic #UNGA#UN70 Adoption of 17 new global goals for sustainable development by 2030 pic.twitter.com/JNT3I2Kczd— TMZ Foundation (@tmzfoundation)September 28, 2015Two issues relevant to women’s health, namely cancer, especially cervical and breast cancer, and HIV prevention and treatment, were in focus.Madiba-Zuma participated in UNGA meetings such as “Putting cancer on the global agenda: the time to act now” on 27 September, as well as the Organisation of First Ladies Against HIV and Aids roundtable event, “Building on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to invest in the post-2015 development agenda”, on 28 September. The latter had a focus on adolescent and young people’s health.African #firstladies use our voices for continued advocacy for a #cancersmart world #pnbcf#UNGApic.twitter.com/MdIoVcQn0d— TMZ Foundation (@tmzfoundation) September 28, 2015“The only way we are going to address women’s sexual and reproductive health including cervical and breast cancer, HIV, Aids and TB, is to ensure that policies, programmes and services are integrated,” she said. “When a woman visits a health care provider, whether it is a GP or a nurse at a clinic, she should be treated as a whole person with a range of health needs.“It is my responsibility to the people of South Africa to ensure that women’s sexual and reproductive health is kept high on the national and global agenda,” she said.South Africa’s progressSouth Africa has the biggest HIV treatment programme in the world and has managed to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV at six weeks from 8% in 2008 to 2.6% in 2013. Currently, though, adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 10 and 24 are being left behind by the national Aids response.Madiba-Zuma advocated for strategic yet innovative and flexible strategies for adolescent girls and young women with regards to HIV prevention and treatment, with a clear link to sexual and reproductive health.Through the Thobeka Madiba-Zuma Foundation, she works locally and globally with partners to advance the agenda on breast and cervical cancer, HIV and TB.UNGA 70This year’s General Assembly is historic for two reasons: it marks the 70th anniversary of the UN and the MDGs make way for the adoption of new global goals for sustainable development.“The 70th anniversary of the UN is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements,” said secretary-general Ban Ki-moon. “It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights.”More than 150 world leaders have gathered for the UN Sustainable Development Summit at UN Headquarters in New York to formally adopt the new sustainable development agenda. This agenda will serve as the platform for action by the international community and governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for the next 15 years.Vaccination programmeThe first round of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination campaign ran from 23 February to 20 March this year. The campaign was conducted by the national Department of Health to protect young girls from getting cervical cancer caused by HPV. All girls in Grade Four who were nine years and older were to be vaccinated provided their parents had signed the consent forms. An estimated 500 000 girls in 18 000 public schools were to be vaccinated.South Africa took a major step towards protecting women against cervical cancer on 12 March 2014 when Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi launched the government’s HPV vaccine campaign, targeting girls aged between nine and 12 years old.HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer, which is responsible for the deaths of over 3 000 women in South Africa every year. The vaccination campaign will run during March and April. After six months, the same girls will receive the second dose of the vaccine.“Today, South Africa [becomes] one of the few countries on the continent to provide this vaccine to all Grade 4 learners,” Motsoaledi said at the launch. “The one country which provides this vaccine is Zambia, and it only gives 25 000 vaccines. It’s a serious disease affecting women around the world.”About 3 000 health workers have been trained to administer the vaccine, according to the Health Department. The Treasury has allocated R400-million for the campaign.Madiba-Zuma was at the launch in 2014, and said that many women died painful deaths as a result of breast and cervical cancers. “South Africa today is witnessing a huge milestone, a step towards the right direction, which is prevention is better than cure,” she said at the time.Source: SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Shifts in the Pyramid: Rank 36 to 50

first_imgSubhash ChandraSubhash Chandra53, Industrialist (22)Foreign ForayBecause he has expanded his footprint in the US by launching Veria, a 24-hour holistic health channel, and his company has become the biggest distributor of Indian content in the overseas market, with a viewership of 500 million in 160 countries.Because he got down to,Subhash ChandraSubhash Chandra53, Industrialist (22)Foreign ForayBecause he has expanded his footprint in the US by launching Veria, a 24-hour holistic health channel, and his company has become the biggest distributor of Indian content in the overseas market, with a viewership of 500 million in 160 countries.Because he got down to work at the seven-year-old Mumbai daily DNA, stemming losses by slashing costs and achieving record sales of over 5 lakh copies during this year’s Budget edition.Because he is the largest distributor of cable television in India reaching nearly 100 million homes.Because even through the global downturn, he managed to post a 20 per cent increase in group turnover to reach $3 billion.Power move He has handed over the reins of the day-to-day management of his business to son Puneet Goenka to concentrate on education, having listed Zee Learn last year.Favourite food Homecooked Marwari dishesPower drive Audi A8 N SrinivasanN. SRINIVASAN66, Industrialist (New)Match WinnerBecause he controls the purse strings of the world’s richest cricket board as secretary, BCCI.Because his company, India Cements, bankrolls IPL’s most valuable team and winner of Season 3, Chennai Super Kings, that is worth Rs 224 crore.Because he ensured the exit of Lalit Modi, the controversial creator of the IPL franchise.Because he is so obsessed with cricket that he is often criticised for not paying attention to his other portfolio: he is president of the Indian chess federation.Because he is the czar of India Cements, southern India’s largest cement maker, with a turnover of Rs 3,500 crore.advertisementPower passion All his cars from, the BMW to the Rolls Royce Phantom, have the number ‘9001’Power icon Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Malvinder and Shivender Mohan SinghMALVINDER AND SHIVENDER MOHAN SINGH38 & 35, Businessmen (36)Awesome TwosomeBecause they aim to completely dominate India’s twin obsessions, health and wealth, with Religare and Fortis healthcare companies.Because Religare, one of India’s fastest growing integrated financial services institutions, has acquired two funds in the US, taking the total assets under its management to $18 billion in just two years.Because having made a Rs 10,000 crore profit from the sale of Ranbaxy, they also made a profit of $100 million on the sale of the Singapore-based healthcare company Parkway, with a return of 37 per cent in four months.Austerity drive Despite having a fleet of jets in various air transport firms, they fly commercial.Power passion Movies. Their movie fund Religare Vistaar is financing the Shahid Kapur starrer, Mausam.Winning smile Own the largest dental clinic chain in Australia and New ZealandDid you know That they own the largest private healthcare network in Hongkong? Pawan MunjalPAWAN MUNJAL57, Industrialist (23)Lone RiderBecause he thought nothing of splitting from Honda, his partner of nearly three decades, and decided to ride it alone in the highly competitive nine million vehicles a year two-wheeler market.Because Hero Honda has been the largest seller of two-wheelers in the world for 10 years now and accounts for 50 per cent of the Indian motorcycle market.Because In the month of December, when automobile sales tend to drop significantly, the company sold five lakh bikes, more than double of its biggest competitor.Because whether it is cricket, hockey, golf or the CWG, he understands the sporting pulse of the nation.Style statement Wears the tricolour on his lapel, wrist and even on the number plate of his cars. “I’m a proud Indian,” he says.Power toys The iPad and iPhone 4Power wheels Acquired a Jaguar a month ago Harish SalveHARISH SALVE55, Lawyer (27)A Perfect ArgumentBecause he is the first person on the speed dial of corporate titans, politicians, and even state Governments in trouble.Because when Ratan Tata wanted to take on the government, he chose Salve, as did Mukesh Ambani when he went to war with his industrialist brother Anil Ambani on the right price for getting oil from the Krishna-Godavari basin.Because his powerful clients will go to any lengths to oblige him, whether it is flying him down on a private jet or buying him pyjamas for a last-minute overnight stay.Legal style Quotes from the film The Godfather. Once told the Supreme Court the opposition reminded him of a scene where the mafia don places a gun on his enemy’s head and says “be reasonable, do it my way”.The boy toy Bentley Flying SpurHis style statement “My wife Meenakshi,” he grins Chanda KochharCHANDA KOCHHAR49, Banker (45)Trusted AssetBecause she heads India’s second-largest bank with total assets of Rs 3,63,400 crore and in the two years since she has taken over, the company has grown by over 3 per cent.advertisementBecause she changed the rules of the game, making ICICI branches operate 12 hours a day, unlike its competitors, which function only for four to seven hours.Because customer satisfaction is her top-most priority and she makes it a point to read every e-mail that comes in.Because she was ranked 92 in the Forbes 2010 list of most powerful women in the world.Because she was one of the first bankers in India to promote electronic banking, installing 2,000 atm machines across the country.Power moment Getting the Padma Bhushan. Not bad for a working woman from a middle-class family.Her kind of music The Gayatrimantra is her ringtonePower dressing Wears saris to work. It’s Western wear for weekends. Parmeshwar GodrejPARMESHWAR GODREJ65, Social Arbiter (43)Cause and AweBecause she has roped in everyone, from Bill and Melinda Gates to Carla Bruni to Bono, from NACO to UNAIDS to participate in her advocacy work on AIDS through her Heroes Project.Because the work of the Heroes Project has been incorporated into the State aids Control 2011-2012 annual action plan.Because she has managed to get Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to host a media summit on HIV/AIDS, just like the one at his home in 2005.Favourite things The song I did it my way and a poem by Rudyard Kipling, If.Treasured gifts Birthday cards made by grandsons Aryaan and Azaar.Recently discovered “That I’m happy being by myself.”Favourite designers Herve Leger, Shahab Durazi, Giorgio ArmaniHoliday spot The Amalfi Coast, Italy RAHUL BHATIA48, Businessman (New)Rapid AscentBecause his five-year-old Indigo’s 19.2 per cent market share has zoomed past the 80-year-old national carrier Air India into the number three spot.Because in January, his company placed the largest-ever order for aircraft in Indian civil aviation history for 180 Airbus A320 planes worth Rs 72,000 crore to be delivered between 2016 and 2025.Because by 2025, with a fleet size of 280 aircraft, Indigo will be India’s largest airline.Power moment When Indigo recorded a profit of Rs 550 crore in 2009-10 even as Jet and Kingfisher airlines registered a combined loss of more than Rs 2,000 crore.Smart move He lets Aditya Ghosh, CEO of Indigo, handle the media.Big switch He is a trained engineer and has worked with IBMValue for money Plans to set up 200 mid-budget Ibis hotels by 2015 Ram JethmalaniRAM JETHMALANI87, MP and Lawyer (39)The Duel Master Because his apparent shot in the dark, the April 2009 petition with the Supreme Court to get back India’s money stashed in foreign banks accounts, has become the most effective anti-corruption campaign administered by the Supreme Court.Because his petition, seeking to make public names of all holders of foreign banks accounts, has given sleepless nights to many powerful people.Because his intervention has uncovered Hassan Ali, India’s biggest tax defaulter and alleged hawala operator.Because he has leapt over the generation gap-he was India’s leading criminal lawyer in the 1960s and remains the first resort for the last resort even today.advertisementLucky mascot The indoor badminton court at his home on Delhi’s Akbar Road is lucky for Congressmen who aspire to be chief ministers: Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Prithviraj Chavan were regulars there before they became cms of Haryana and Maharashtra.Travel bug Has cruised Scandinavia, Alaska and the CaribbeanDid you know He became a lawyer at 18? Uday KotakUDAY KOTAK52, Banker (38)Money SpinnerBecause his 25-year-old company, Kotak Bank, is now worth $7.1 billion, from $70 million a decade ago, becoming the biggest private bank created by an entrepreneur in the country.Because Japanese firm Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. will invest in a $300 million fund of Kotak Mahindra that will buy stakes in infrastructure projects such as power units, roads and airports.Because with his long experience in the stock market, investment banking and now commercial and retail banking, he is evolving as a thought leader in the financial services sector.Because he has a finger in the academic and media pie as a member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations and owns the Business Standard newspaper.Calm quotient Practising on the sitar takes his mind off business.Power statement Still writes notes with a pencilPower wheels Drives a Toyota Camry Jaggi VasudevJAGGI VASUDEV54, Yogi (43)Mod MantrasBecause he mentors many of India’s high and mighty, from Vasundhara Raje to Shekhar Kapur.Because he is the coolest of the cool: an agnostic who became a yogi, an adventure geek who turned guru, a sceptic who found a new route to bliss, Isha Yoga.Because he spices up spirituality with science, mysticism with materialism, wisdom with wit.Because he built a 270-acre ashram in the foothills of the Velliangiri range in Coimbatore from scratch.Sultan of style He rides dirt bikes and SUVs at breakneck speed, tees up golf balls with effortless elan, plays frisbee in jeans and tees.In his own words “If you don’t want your children to go the Coca-Cola way, you must dig into your culture and pull out something really valuable.”Invisible army One lakh volunteers work at his 150 centresPower of pride The two-ft tall mercury lingam at Theerthakund in Coimbatore K. Srinath ReddyK. SRINATH REDDY59, Doctor (New)The Good DoctorBecause the former head of the cardiology department at AIIMS, New Delhi, monitors the heartbeat of the nation in his role as personal physician to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.Because as president of the Public Health Foundation of India, which has a corpus of Rs 230 crore, he is engaged in building critical research and institutional infrastructure in the much neglected field of public health.Did you know That he is a man of literary talent and won the Economists Allied for Arms Reduction Global Peace Essay contest, adjudged by 11 Nobel laureate, in 1992?Mr brainy He is an ace quizzerInternational connection He is the Bernard Lown Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health Saina NehwalSAINA NEHWAL21, Sportsperson (New)Smash HitBecause her phenomenal dedication made her rise to the No.2 slot in world badminton, the highest position attained by a sportswoman in the country.Because she became the unofficial spokesperson of ambitious Jat women when she spoke up against Haryana’s skewed sex ratio.Because she is poised to become one of the richest young women in the country, with annual sponsorships, endorsements and incentives from employer Bharat Petroleum crossing the Rs 10 crore mark this year.Big acquisition Buying a diamond ring for Rs 1.60 lakh at Heathrow airport.Power move The Apple iPad to review her own and other players’ games while travelling.Diet secret Rotis of specially milled wheat, dry fruits, eggsHer hairstylist Vicki Gillani of Paris de Salon, Hyderabad Jean DrezeJEAN DREZE, 51, Economist (New)The Social NetworkBecause he has the courage the challenge the government that wants to coopt him through the nac and convened a press conference in September 2010 to openly criticise the working of the government’s flagship programme, nrega.Because the honorary professor at the Delhi School of Economics, and senior professor at the G.B. Pant Institute of Social Sciences in Allahabad has the academic credentials to back his social activism.Did you know That when he first came to Delhi in 1979, Dreze lived in a slum in Safdarjung rather than in a students’ hostel?Family connection Father Jacques Dreze is an eminent Belgian economist. Brother Xavier Dreze is professor at ucla.Power ride A bicycle Katrina KaifKATRINA KAIF26, Actor (New)Bollywood BabeBecause though she has a British passport, her midriff, post Sheila ki jawani, has become a national asset.Because she is the most sucessful Indian actress today with an earning of over Rs 40 crore in 2010, enough to send Income Tax officials knocking at her door.Because with 11 brand endorsements, a Barbie doll in her image, the season’s most downloaded item song, and as the most googled Indian celebrity, she has emerged as the woman India loves to love.Because despite being gossip staple, she has consistently refused to comment on her private life.Because she’s set off a frenzy among Western women wanting to make it big in Hollywood whose first stop is invariably the Kingfisher calendar.What she wants The rights to a three-year-old Hollywood romantic comedy that she hopes to produce.Power tool An iPad, on which she listens to music and watches moviesLikes to Wear her sisters’ clothes when she is at home in Londonlast_img read more