WHO, UNICEF recommit to accelerating health and well-being at all ages

first_imgBoth organizations are particularly concerned about the urgent need to better tackle issues affecting adolescents.Also Read  Cardinal Njue condemns conduct of leaders in the countryDepression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents, and suicide is the second leading cause of death in adolescents.“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed huge gaps in accessing health, well-being and nutrition services among children and vulnerable populations,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. “There has never been a more urgent need to work together. This new framework will help us strengthen health and food systems, and invest in mental health and psychosocial support in every country in the world.”Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocolsFor more than 70 years, WHO and UNICEF have worked together worldwide to ensure children survive and thrive, and benefit from a safe and clean environment.The two organizations collaborated to provide high-impact health, immunization, nutrition, HIV and early child development interventions, as well as safe water and sanitation services in every region of the world, including in fragile and conflict settings.“At the heart of our work with UNICEF is seeing that every child not only survives but ultimately thrives and transforms their communities and future generations,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “With great appreciation and respect for our unique and complementary roles, we stand together in our commitment to achieve health for all. As this pandemic demonstrates, no-one is safe until everyone is safe.”Also Read   Time to re-open schools in Eastern and Southern Africa, UNICEFToday, WHO and UNICEF continue to work together to stop the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure that every woman and every child have access to the essential health services they need, including immunizations and health check-ups.The two organizations are also working together to support countries to introduce and deliver COVID-19 vaccines under the vaccines pillar of the “Access to COVID-19 Tools – Accelerator” (ACT-A) initiative, along with Gavi, CEPI and global immunization partners.Additionally, the organizations are strengthening health systems through primary health care, as agreed in the Declaration of Astana, and the UN High-level declaration on UHC, in order to accelerate the achievement of universal health coverage and Sustainable Development Goal 3 targets by 2030. The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have signed a new collaborative framework which will accelerate joint public health efforts that put the most marginalized and vulnerable populations first.The new Strategic Collaboration Framework builds on a robust 70-year collaboration between the two organizations and prioritizes four strategic areas for immediate attention and action at all levels of the organizations: universal health coverage, through a primary health care and health systems approach; mental health and psychosocial wellbeing and development; public health emergencies; and maternal and child nutrition.Additionally, the two organizations signed a new joint programme on Mental Health and Psychosocial Well-being and Development of Children and Adolescents. This 10-year collaborative effort will promote mental health and psychosocial well-being and development, increase access to care for mental health conditions, reduce suffering and enhance the quality of life among children and adolescents, and their caregiversGet breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

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Too early to compare us with Windies of ’70s: Virat Kohli

first_imgKolkata: India on Sunday became the first team ever to complete four successive innings victories in the five-day format, further extending their purple patch as they trampled Bangladesh in their maiden pink ball Test here, but skipper Virat Kohli feels they are not in the same league as the West Indies side of the seventies.The Windies’ domination over world cricket stretched from the mid seventies to late ’80s.Asked about the dream run, Kohli said the question should be posed after seven years, and not just seven games.”I can only say we are at the top of our game. You can’t judge a team’s dominance with seven games. You’re talking about a West Indies side which did it for 15 years,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.”You can ask me this question when we all are close to retiring. How the decade has gone playing together… Not after seven games. Seven years yes, but not seven games,” the skipper said with a smile.Kohli said the mindset has changed, as they now know that they can beat any team in the world.”I think there is still time (to compare). But we are quite excited about the way we are playing and what the challenges are. Going forward, we will play in New Zealand now. The frame of mind is to get to the next series in Test cricket. It’s not like we are finished playing at home… Let’s see what happens abroad.”We are waiting to play Test cricket. That mindset has changed. Now we know if we play well, we can win anywhere in the world. That’s a very nice and exciting feeling to have within the changing room,” Kohli said.After playing seven matches, India have 360 points in the World Test Championship and sit pretty at the top of the nine-team table. Kohli, though, felt the balance can only be struck if the one home-one away series rule is implemented.”A more balanced format would be one series at home, one away. As I said, we are playing very good cricket, but we played only two Tests away in the World Test Championship.”We saw the level of cricket in the Ashes. Pakistan’s playing in Australia… It’s very difficult to judge a team. You can praise our team on our performance, but to say we are dominating like no other team is a very subjective thing to think of,” Kohli said.”If we played two series at home and two away and had 300 points, then you could have said that we are playing really well. We are playing good cricket, but there should not be tags attached to any team. In World Test Championship, even if we make the final there is only one game,” the centurion at Eden Gardens said. IANSAlso Read: Virat Kohli, Ishant put India on verge of series sweepAlso Watch: Kokrajhar operations against illegal timber smugglers, seized valuable logs from Chirang & Kokrajharlast_img read more

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3e Actuaries Open: Markus Aiming to Match Odoh’s E/Guinea Standard

first_imgNigeria’s Oche Odoh won two of the four editions of the tournament after compatriot, Gift Willy wrote his name on the maiden edition in Malabo in 2013.Markus is one of the seven Nigerian professional golfers that will compete for a slice of the $150,000 prize money in Africa’s biggest professional tournament from December 14-17 in the Wele-Nzas Region.In an exclusive chat with THISDAY last night, he said his target is to match the impressive profile of Odoh in Equatorial Guinea.“It is a fact that we have a good record in Equatorial Guinea through the doggedness of Odoh and Willy. Though this a high profile and demanding international tournament, we have to keep the record straight by showing what Nigerian golfers are capable of doing,” Markus said.Markus qualified for the tournament for the first time by earning one of the three qualifying slots at the Ibadan Mesiogo Open last month.He said that he is undeterred by his limited international exposure, saying that he has asked those familiar with the terrain about what the 3e Actuaries Open is all about.“I have made the necessary enquiries about the tournament from those that have graced the stage and the response is about the beauty of the golf course, the excellent organisation and the amazing atmosphere in Mongomo. I am glad to be part of that group,” he said.He stressed that he is in good shape and has great confidence he will do well in at Mongomo where he will compete in a field made up of 60 international players.“I am in good shape and thinking well. My ball striking including my short game is superb. I want to believe I will do well in Equatorial Guinea,” Markus said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram From Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaElisha Markus has reckoned that he will draw inspiration from the dominant profile of Nigeria at next month’s 3e Actuaries Equatorial Guinea Open Championship in Mongomo.last_img read more

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IFC hosts sexual assault prevention

first_imgThe Interfraternity Council is holding its first-ever WE CARE, USC Greeks Stand Against Sexual Violence program this week in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.The three-day initiative encourages students to take the pledge against sexual assault and to raise money for the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center.“We wanted the initiative to be by the leaders of our Greek community, but we wanted it to be for all of USC,” said Eric Miller, president of Sigma Chi. “Every student deserves to feel safe on this campus. That was our main motive for initiating this week.”IFC began the initiative at Tommy Trojan, where Greeks distributed red wristbands to those who took the pledge.“It’s been really great to see a lot of people on campus with the wristbands on,” Alex Budde, president of Phi Delta Theta, said. “The idea is that you see people on The Row on a Thursday or Friday night with these red wristbands on, and it’s a reminder that this is an issue that we want to do what we can to stop.”The initiative continued with a screening of The Hunting Ground, a documentary about rape on college campuses, followed by a discussion with Liz Lee, a clinical social worker at the Center for Women and Men, student community leaders and representatives from DPS. On Thursday, IFC raised money for the rape treatment center with a raffle and donut sale.“The Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center is pretty much the only non-USC resource for greater Los Angeles, and funding is obviously something that they would really benefit from,” Miller said. “Raising awareness is obviously great and really important, but raising money is always a great thing for the victims who are seeking help there.”Miller said that he and other fraternity presidents came up with the idea for WE CARE. at an IFC retreat, where they discussed issues they are passionate about. Together they created a task force to spearhead the event.“It’s really cool that this was started by a few presidents who stepped up and wanted to get involved in the issue [of sexual assault],” said IFC President Jake Simon. “We recognize it as an issue on our campus, and we as fraternity leaders have the ability to really make a difference.”Working closely with the Center for Women and Men and RISE Student Alliance, the fraternity members planned how best to involve the campus in their dialogue about sexual assault.“We’re tackling this issue for the first time ourselves, so we really wanted to reach out to the people who know their stuff,” Miller said. “It’s a Greek-initiated project, but we wanted to bring to the surface all that USC has to offer.”The event’s Facebook page has more than 450 RSVPs and hundreds of students took the pledge against sexual assault this week. Both Greek and non-Greek community members took notice of WE CARE. and became involved in the week’s events.“I’m really happy that people have received it so well,” Miller said. “One of my favorite conversations was with a woman who walked up to me and said, ‘Is this one of those fraternity things that you’re required to do?’ and I took a lot of pride in saying ‘No, this is something we initiated ourselves. We’re really passionate about changing the culture on campus and making sure that USC is safe for everyone.’ It’s something for everyone to really rally behind.”Because of the week’s success, IFC plans to hold WE CARE. events next April, too, Budde said.“We have had so many people come by the table to sign the pledge and donate to the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center in just three days, and the documentary screening panel started a great discussion,” said Peter Roberson, a freshman majoring in chemical engineering. “This is a great start into introducing this issue to a large portion of the student body.”last_img read more

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Riley Dixon, Brisly Estime earn All-ACC honors

first_img Published on December 9, 2015 at 11:35 am Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+ Punter Riley Dixon and wide receiver Brisly Estime earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors on Wednesday, the ACC announced in a release. Quarterback Eric Dungey received votes for both rookie of the year and offensive rookie of the year, but finished fifth and fourth, respectively.Dixon was voted onto the second team by the coaches, narrowly losing by two points to Alex Kinal (19 points). The Syracuse punter finished first on the press’ All-ACC team just more than a week ago, while Kinal finished second. Dixon averaged 43.7 yards per punt this season with a long of 64 yards. Eighteen of his punts went at least 50 yards. He was also one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s top punter, but didn’t make the list of three finalists.Estime was voted to the honorable mention team with 12 points. One of his biggest contributions came in the return game. He racked up 18.1 yards per return, good for second in the country and first in the ACC. He was the first SU player since 1997 to return two punts for touchdowns in a season. His two scores came in the season opener against Rhode Island and on Oct. 31 against Florida State. Commentslast_img read more

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The Bottom Line: Women’s soccer is a real contender

first_imgThe first USC women’s soccer match that I watched, I was stunned. The Women of Troy defeated Cal Poly 6-1 on Aug. 24 and looked like they had everything figured out. By no means did they play perfect soccer, but they played with so much confidence and composure that they could have beaten any team on that day.     They meant business.The Trojans had two impressive results over the weekend proving that they are not pretenders, but contenders this season. The Women of Troy traveled to Florida to battle the No. 4 Florida State Seminoles and the No. 22 Florida Gators. They came out of the weekend with a 3-0 victory against the Gators and a scoreless draw against the Seminoles.The Women of Troy had their backs against the wall throughout the whole first half against the Seminoles. They were out-possessed and out-shot for most of the game against a really good opponent. While the Trojans weren’t playing their best soccer, they were able to grind out a draw and not lose to one of the best teams in the country, which, to me, was the most impressive part about the team this weekend.A good tournament team in soccer isn’t always the one that has the best players on the pitch or that scores the most goals. The best tournament team is the one that doesn’t lose tough games and can deliver results even when they aren’t playing at their highest level. Against the Seminoles, the Trojans showed that they are able to do that on the road.The Trojans play a 4-4-2 diamond midfield formation under head coach Keidane McAlpine. The diamond midfield allows them to play with one defensive midfielder, two box-to-box midfielders, and one attacking midfielder. It’s a balanced formation which releases redshirt sophomore midfielder Savannah DeMelo to play higher up the pitch and be more of a creative outlet.Junior defensive midfielder Jalen Woodward is also an integral part of keeping the balance and the shape of this team. Her job offensively is to link up play from the backline towards the midfield to start the team’s possession. Defensively, she is tasked with helping the rest of the defense and staying behind to provide cover from the opposition’s midfield. With DeMelo playing higher up the pitch, it is important that Woodward stays back to stop teams from breaking on the counter-attack. Moreover, it is important that she wins back possession for the team.Defensively, the Trojans have shown that they are compact and composed. It’s a cliché in all of sports, but in soccer, it is definitely true: defense wins championships. If a team doesn’t let up a goal, they can’t lose in open play since they can only get knocked out in a penalty shootout. This makes it crucial that the Trojans stay tight defensively throughout the season. Senior Ally Prisock is a quality leader of the backline and a no-nonsense defender. She started all 25 games in the 2016 season that won USC the national championship. Her experience is imperative to the success of the backline and to the overall success of the team.Moreover, the Trojans showed in other games that they have a surplus of great quality in their team that can spark magical moments during their matches. DeMelo has shown already throughout the season that she can make anything happen out of nothing. The same can be said of senior forward Leah Pruitt. If the Trojans have an opponent like Florida State, they know that as long as they stay solid defensively, they have the offensive quality to change a game with one moment. One moment is all it takes to win a game.The Trojans have a defense that doesn’t leak goals, a midfield that can maintain possession and create valuable opportunities, and a front-line that can score goals when called upon. In addition, they have a goalkeeper that has only allowed one goal this season and has a year of experience behind her. They have players sitting on the bench with international experience. Oh, and they have a coach who has already won a national championship. From top to bottom, the Trojans have the quality to face any team at any level and compete. Robby Aronson is a sophomore majoring in journalism. His column, “The Bottom Line,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

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Team Liquid has entered the Rainbow Six: Siege Pro League

first_imgTeam Liquid has added yet another game to its ever-expanding portfolio by acquiring MOPA Team and entering the Pro League for Rainbow Six Siege.Team LiquidThe former MOPA Team is made up of players from Black Dragons and BRK Esports, and will represent Team Liquid in the 2018 Pro League. The roster includes players Leo “ziG” Duarte, André “neskwga” Oliveira, Lucas “yuuk” Rodrigues, José “Bullet1” Victor, and Thiago “xS3xycake” Reis.This roster came together and achieved impressive placements, second and fourth, in the May and August World Finals respectively. The team also won the Latin American Finals and the Brazil Championship. Liquid will be hoping this roster can continue to find success in the up-and-coming esport.In 2017 alone, Rainbow Six Siege reached 25 million players across all platforms. Ubisoft, the developer, used a lot of resources last year to improve various aspects of the game – including the matchmaking system, the recoil system, and adding a ranked game mode entitled Operation: Health. This level of support is impressive, and proves that the developer is serious about the game – which is reassuring for organisations such as Team Liquid that want to get involved in the action.Team Liquid will compete in the LATAM region of the Pro League for 2018, and the organisation states that it is now a “long-term franchise partner of Ubisoft and Rainbow Six Esports.”Esports Insider says: Team Liquid entering the scene is promising for the esport. This could have something of a domino effect, and we wouldn’t be too surprised if other big orgs follow suit.last_img read more

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Balotelli loses licence for speeding

first_imgLiverpool flop Mario Balotelli wanted to convince on the pitch during his loan at Milan, but he has once again written bad headlines off it after losing his driving licence due to speeding.The Italian began life in Milan with a superb performance against Serie C side Mantova, scoring a goal and assisting the other two in a 3-2 win.However, Rossoneri boss Sinisa Mihajlovic insisted his new striker still needs to lose some kilograms to return to his best, and the Serbian certainly won’t be happy to hear about Balotelli’s latest drama.According to Gironale di Brescia, the forward has had his driving licence revoked by police for speeding.The report claims the controversial striker was caught on camera near his home in Brescia. The speed limit was 50km/h, but Balotelli was caught driving 40km/h faster at 90km/h in his Lamborghini.He reportedly told the police, “I’m sorry, I didn’t notice.” Milan reportedly made the 25-year-old sign a so-called “good behaviour” clause in his contract, and it is yet to be seen how the club will react to their striker’s latest off-pitch drama.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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British Open 2019: Tiger Woods lauds Brooks Koepka despite apparent Portrush snub

first_imgThe 29-year-old has frequently insisted he does not get the recognition his achievements deserve and reiterated that point again on Tuesday.But when Woods spoke to the media shortly after Koepka had done so at Royal Portrush, there was no shortage of praise from the 15-time major champion towards a man whose record at the most recent four has been first, tied second, first, second. Related News PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Tiger Woods lauded the remarkable consistency of Brooks Koepka at major championships despite being the victim of an apparent snub from his compatriot.Koepka heads into this week’s British Open having won four of the last 10 majors and occupying the world No. 1 ranking. British Open 2019 tee times: Tiger Woods paired with Patrick Reed among marquee groups “What he’s done in the last four major championships has been just unbelievable,” said Woods, who won the 2019 Masters at the expense of Koepka, among others, to end an 11-year drought in golf’s big four events.”To be so consistent, so solid. He’s been in contention to win each and every major championship.”Do you think @BKoepka will be the second person in history to win #TheOpen as World No.1? pic.twitter.com/fIlqEuz33F— The Open (@TheOpen) July 16, 2019Woods did, however, recount what might be considered a revealing story about Koepka, who appears reluctant to give his legendary rival any competitive edge in Northern Ireland, having narrowly missed out on the green jacket himself.”Tell you a funny story,” Woods began. “I texted Brooksie congratulations on another great finish [at Augusta]. “And I said, ‘Hey, dude, do you mind if I tag along and play a practice round?’.”I’ve heard nothing.”Woods will be seeking a fourth Claret Jug at Portrush, with or without Koepka’s assistance.last_img read more

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Five things we learned from the Premier League

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool underlined their determination to win the Premier League title as they blew away bitter rivals Manchester United 3-1 on Sunday.Manchester City also won 3-1 against Everton on Saturday, but the champions remained in second.Arsenal’s long unbeaten run came to a shock end, while Eden Hazard thrived as a ‘false nine’ for Chelsea.Here are five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:Mourinho’s United embarrassed againA month on from losing 3-1 at City, United went down by the same scoreline to their historical rivals with barely a whimper to fall 19 points behind the leaders.Never after 17 games of a league season have Liverpool enjoyed such an advantage over United and it showed as only an uncharacteristic handling error from Alisson Becker handed the visitors any chance of escaping Anfield with a point.Xherdan Shaqiri’s two deflected efforts won a game in which United manager Jose Mourinho claimed both sides “played in relation to their qualities”.It seems the Portuguese believes his players simply are not good enough to compete with the league leaders despite splashing more money on transfers in recent seasons.To sum up the waste at the heart of United’s troubles, Mourinho left club-record signing Paul Pogba on the bench for the full 90 minutes. Guardiola spoiled for choiceGabriel Jesus waited four months for a Premier League goal, then got two in 28 minutes as City temporarily moved back to the top of the table.The Brazilian’s return to form eased concerns over the champions’ lack of a penalty-box predator in the absence of the injured Sergio Aguero, but the Argentine was back on the bench ahead of a busy fortnight with a League Cup quarter-final and four more Premier League games to come, culminating in a top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool on January 3.Kevin De Bruyne also made his return from a six-week injury layoff, while Guardiola could afford the luxury of starting Raheem Sterling on the bench before he came on to score with his first touch.At the most physically demanding time of the year in the Premier League, City should reap the rewards of the vast amounts spent in strengthening their squad.Nothing false about sublime HazardEden Hazard might not be convinced about his new role as the spearhead of Chelsea’s attack, but the early indications are the Belgian’s positional switch is here to stay.With Chelsea’s senior strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud both struggling for goals this season, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has deployed Hazard, usually a winger, in a more central role of late.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

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