African journalists empowered on publication of investment promotion magazines

African journalists and experts from the China Investment Bureau

African journalists have been empowered on how to publish promotional magazines by the China Investment Bureau. The exchange of knowledge came in the wake of a one day seminar with professionals dealing with the China investment magazine. Through discussions African scribes were counseled to deal with powerful analysis, records and other ideas from communicators well versed in issues in order to impact this with the pertinent issues. According to Prof. He Wenping, from the Institute of West-Asian and African Studies Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the magazines should include other aspects of life not only with investments.

LIBERIA: WaterAid formulates Menstrual Hygiene Management program

WaterAid West Africa Staff and Partners at the close of the Training on Menstrual Hygiene Management, held in Nigeria recently

In a bid to strengthen the capacity of its staff and partners, and to provide essential information about its Menstrual Hygiene Program, WaterAid has conducted a week-long Training on Menstrual Hygiene Management. The exercise recently held in Nigeria is intended to ensure a robust training, awareness and advocacy on Menstrual Hygiene Management across West Africa.

LIBERIA: WACP Pledges Support to Sub Regional Health Sector

Members of the college processing before the start of the indoor program

The 40th Annual General Scientific Meeting of the West African College of Physicians has ended in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, with a commitment to assist countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak to rebuild their health system. In a communiqué, the College has also agreed to assist governments and stake holders in the sub region to conduct research on infectious diseases. The college among other things, has at the same time agreed to provide high quality training of medical specialists of international standards capable of meeting the health needs of the region.

Revolutionary art work tagged “INSIDE ASO ROCK” an artistic representation of what’s going on inside Aso Rock Villa.

INSIDE ASO ROCK

This painting by Mazi Daniel Awgu is a revolutionary painting created to change the way things work in Nigeria, change the mindsets of Nigerians, even in this current economic recession facing the country which has exposed the average Nigerian to hardship. In this interview our Nigerian correspondent, tried to find out why Mr. Daniel Agwu Nwankwo who refers to himself as a prophet with paint and brush conceived this idea, using the seat of government, Nigeria’s Presidential Villa, Aso Rock Villa where the president lives and operates from as a focal point to drive home his message of change and hope to Nigerians. The painting is tagged “Inside Aso Rock”.

LIBERIA: GOL, UNICEF end WASH BAT workshop

Participants at the just ended WASH Bottleneck Analysis Workshop in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County

A technical working group has been established by the Government of Liberia and partners at the just ended WASH BAT workshop in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County. The working group was formed at the end of a 3-Day workshop organized by the Government of Liberia and UNICEF. The three-day gathering was aimed at addressing bottlenecks in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector of Liberia.

New Miss Zimbabwe Licencees

The Managing Director of Zimbabwe Fashion Showcase, Chiedza Ziyambe

To improve the quality of the Miss Zimbabwe Contest, new licensees to host the preliminaries to the contest will be appointed worldwide. Over the last few years, the Miss Zimbabwe Trust has been looking for ways to improve the quality of the contest. One of the ways it has sought to do this is to improve the quality of the contestants and the regional contests that feed into the main contest. As part of this focus on improvement, the way preliminary shows in Zimbabwe and abroad are managed will be improved. These contests are to be more focused on promoting the contestants and Zimbabwe. In a press briefing, the founder of the Miss Zimbabwe Trust, Crispen Sachikonye, who has been in strategic discussions with various stakeholders, said that new licensees will be appointed for various regions. He said that the identification of licensees was now at an advanced stage with for example, Zimbabwe Fashion Showcase being selected as a licensee for Miss Zimbabwe UK.

LIBERIA: Amidst poor sanitation, solid waste expert advances recommendations

Whein Town huge garbage site, an issue of health threat

The lack of safe water, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene has a severe and burdensome impact on the daily lives of Liberians. Nearly four million Liberians are ruthlessly affected by these challenges each day with staggering impact on the economy and environment. The lack of safe water, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene is causing a crisis in our country. But, Liberia’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) crisis is not due to scarcity. It is due exclusively to the lack of access, effective public policy, political will and determination. In a recent report, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that many Liberians die each year from preventable diseases attributed to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and improper hygiene.

President Obama Extends 18 month DED for Liberians after Homeland Security’s 6 month TPS Re-authorization for Sierra Leone, Guinea & Liberia

Amaha Kassa -2nd left-, founder and Executive Director of African Communities Together leads a rally to Save TPS under drenching rain outside US Immigration building at Federal Plaza in downtown New York City

Less than a week after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Jeh Johnson re-authorized an extension of 6 months Temporary Protected Status (TPS) assigned to Ebola Affected Countries namely Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, President Barack Obama issued a memorandum Wednesday directing Secretary Johnson to implement an 18-month Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberian Citizens in the United States through March 31, 2018, according to a press release on the White House website. President Obama’s DED directive will automatically extends work permits for Liberians who were forced to flee from their country to the US because of an 11 year civil war between Sierra Leone. This DED extension doesn’t cover Liberians who did not have TPS on Sept. 30, 2007, certain criminals and people subject to the mandatory bars to TPS and those whose removal is in the interest of the United States, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Wednesday

LIBERIA: Liberia NGOs Network holds citizens WASH Awareness dialogue

Students of GW Gibson Posting with LINNK Staff at the Citizens Awareness Dialogue

The Liberia NGOs Network (LINNK) has held Citizens Engagement Dialogue Forum in partnership with WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Forum was held under the theme: “Water for Sustainable Growth”, in line with the celebration of the 2016 World Water Week held in Stockholm, Sweden.

Richie Stephens & Ska Nation band to release 100 year old Italian Classic ‘O Sole Mio’

Richie Stephens

Award winning Jamaican singer Richie Stephens, front man of the newly formed Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band is back home after completing a grueling eight week tour of Italy. While in Salento, Stephens took on the herculean task of recording ‘O Sole Mio,’ regarded as the most well known Italian song in history. “We are talking about an iconic, best selling song that was written in 1898 that is near and dear to the people of Italy” the singer disclosed. “It is an important song – the Bob Marley, One Love classic of Italy. I had to do justice to it. I am still amazed that I was able to pull it off the way we did. Paying homage in this way will no doubt help to strengthen the bond between Italy and Jamaica” Stephens said.