LIBERIA: SHALOM advances several recommendations to government and WASH Partners

Participants at the One Day Healthy Start Advocacy Engagement at the Health Ministry

One of the local Partners of Water Liberia, "Serving Humanity with Affection, Love and Open Mind (SHALOM)", has put forward several key recommendations to the Health Ministry and stakeholders in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector of Liberia with focus on the “Healthy Start” Initiative. Healthy Start is aimed at creating a world of healthy beginning for new born and children through Water, Sanitation and Hygiene availability at birth in health facilities in Liberia. The recommendations among other things advanced by SHALOM called for WASH to be mainstreamed in all health plans for reducing under nutrition, acute malnutrition, preventable childhood diseases, newborn deaths and ensure finances are made available and used accordingly.

Africa: Media practitioners have been urged to call for global peace

Mr Chen Ping Deputy Editor Global Times addressing visiting African journalists on the North Korea nuclear tussle.

Media practitioners have been urged to call for global peace in the wake of international turbulences and bloodshed which have affected a large population of innocent civilians including women and children. The call was a strong message to fellow journalists by Mr. Chen Ping Deputy Editor of the Global Times a Chinese local news paper with a wider international readership, when he spoke to a team of visiting African media practitioners at the Renmin University recently. “Persistent reporting by media practitioners will eventually halt massive wars going on now here and there because of various uncalled for justifications.” He remarked during a discussion.

Africa Water Week Ends with Renewed Optimism for WASH

African Ministers and the new AMCOW Leadership at the close of the 6th Africa Water Week

The 6th Africa Water Week has ended in the Dar es Salaam, capital of the United Republic of Tanzania. The Conference was the first under the new Global Sustainable Development Goals under the theme: "Achieving the SDGs on Water Security and Sanitation”. The 5-day Event from July 18-22 2016 was held under the auspices of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW).

LIBERIA: WaterAid, CSOs urge GoL to deliver on WASH promises

Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Francis Kateh (middle) along with WaterAid and CSO Partners

Two years ago, on August 8, 2014 the World Health Organization declared the West Africa Ebola outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. The virus destroyed the lives of more than 4,810 people in Liberia, rapidly in healthcare facilities and communities without regular access to water, good sanitation or rigorous hygiene practices. So, on Monday, August 8, 2016, the second anniversary of the declaration of Ebola as a global health emergency, WaterAid Liberia joined WASH Stake holders and civil society organizations to call on the government of Liberia to deliver on promises made to strengthen health care systems, through the provision of adequate water, sanitation and hygiene.

LIBERIA: Bold Step by Government as Lower House Passes WASH Commission Act

Montserrado County Representative, Munah Youngblood speaking at a one day forum before the signing of the WASH Commission Act

Members of the House of Representatives of the National Legislature of Liberia have unanimously passed the National Water Supply and Sanitation Commission Act. The Act sponsored by Montserrado County District#9 Representative Munah E. Pelham-Youngblood and co-sponsored by Montserrado County District#5 Representative, Thomas P. Fallah recently at the Capital during a special Session. The National Water Supply and Sanitation Commission Act now goes to the Upper House (Senate) for concurrence before taken to the President for approval, and printed into law.

US: Angelique Kidjo Pays Tribute to Celia Cruz

Angelique Kidjo performs at 2015 Summerstage Festival in Central Park, New York City - Credit - dk's 4tos

By Dennis Kabatto – Angelique Kidjo is more than ready for her Tribute to Celia Cruz at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Ms Kidjo, a multiple Grammy award singer, songwriter, Unicef goodwill ambassador and arguably Africa’s most energetic and popular female performer will be joined onstage at Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn, New York on Friday, July 29 by US based Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez and internationally acclaimed Cuban composer, saxophonist and percussionist Yosvany Terry and his Quintet. “I was the one that proposed to do a tribute to Celia Cruz because I love Celia since I was a child.  I… Continue Reading

LIBERIA: Agro Processing Machines donated to local farmers in Nimba

The Miaplay Oil Palm Processing Facility

A local NGO, Community Union for Sustainable Development (CUSD) has donated two small agro processing machines valued over nine thousand United States Dollars to two Farmers’ Groups in Nimba County. The two groups are the Deapeh Rural Women in Sacleapea-Mah Statutory District and the Miaplay Oil Palm in Zoe-Geh Statutory District. The Deapeh Rural Women Farmers Group was given the small agro cassava processing machine, while palm processing received the small agro oil palm processing machine.

Directing of resources on home infrastructure puts China on international limelight

High speed train has changed the pattern of travels in China dramatically (photo courtesy)

Some of the factors which have caused a rapid economic development for China are its construction of a vibrant transportation home and abroad, and its cautious approach to international trade. Delivering a lecture to a group of African journalists at the Renmin University recently a distinguished international economics lecturer Prof. Huand Weiping said directing resources heavily to the home infrastructure has put China in a new international limelight.

Sierra Leonean Soul Star Azania to Deliver Shetek Conference Keynote Address

Azania Noah

After two years in Europe, singer, songwriter and producer Azania Noah returned to New York City on Thursday. Azania will deliver the 2016 Shetek Conference on Saturday at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Shetek Conference was initiated in 2013 in New York to further the progress of professional women in entertainment including music, television, film and technology. Panelists at Shetek Conference are exclusively women which organizers say is an appropriate way to “empower and promote” women’s roles in the entertainment industry.

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York Offers ‘A Taste of Fun’

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York Offers 'A Taste of Fun'

It’s that time of year again when jerk flavors will waft in the air as Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York will come alive for the 6th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. Mark your calendars and get your tickets early to enjoy the all-day event on Sunday, July 17, 2016. This year festival organizers are going all out to ensure that no matter who you are and where you’re from, you’ll “Get a Taste of Fun!” at the largest Caribbean food festival in the USA.