Press release: Boris Johnson pursues global figures to ensure girls’ education around the world

first_img Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Girls’ education is manifestly in the global interest. It is the Swiss Army knife, the Rosetta Stone, the Black and Decker toolkit that solves a multitude of the world’s problems. If we fail to educate girls, we store up huge problems for the future and wilfully miss out on boosting economic growth, managing population pressures and creating stable, prosperous societies – and most importantly, it is the right thing to do. Gordon understands this, which is why he is a passionate advocate of improving education for women and girls around the world. It was a pleasure to listen to his ideas and exchange views on the ways which the UK can become the global leader in ending the gross sexism behind attitudes which shut 130 million girls out of the classroom. Political heavyweights Boris Johnson and Gordon Brown today (Wednesday 16 May) joined forces to discuss improving education for the world’s most marginalised girls.The Foreign Secretary met the former Prime Minister as part of his campaign to deliver 12 years of quality education for women and girls around the world.The meeting with Mr Brown – now the UN’s Global Education envoy – is the latest in a series of high profile engagements Mr Johnson has held as part of his #LeaveNoGirlBehind campaign.In recent weeks, Mr Johnson has discussed his campaign with girls’ education activist and Nobel Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, senior adviser to President Trump, Ivanka Trump and philanthropist Melinda Gates.The Foreign Secretary has also spoken to HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle about his campaign during a star-studded launch at last month’s Commonwealth Summit.Mr Johnson hopes that his drive will build a coalition of political heavyweights and cultural icons that will lobby the world’s leaders to prioritise girls’ education.Speaking after the meeting the Foreign Secretary said: Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Media enquiries Email [email protected] Appallingly 90% of world’s poorest children leave school unable to read and write. Mr Johnson believes that one of the root causes of girls’ illiteracy and poor schooling is sexism masquerading as ‘tradition’, which is holding millions of the world’s poorest girls back. Britain is leading by example by providing £212 million through the Department for International Development to ensure 1 million vulnerable girls across the Commonwealth get 12 years of quality education by 2030.The Foreign Secretary believes that the single biggest thing that can be done to improve stability and reduce conflict in the world is to make sure that every girl gets 12 years of quality education.During last month’s Commonwealth Summit, Mr Johnson pushed for firm commitments from Foreign Ministers to make girls’ education a priority. The Foreign Secretary wants to remove the barriers to girls’ education, and will use the UK’s Presidency of the UN Security Council in August, and the UN General Assembly in September, to pursue this.Further information For journalists last_img read more

DCMH President, CEO resigning

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — Linda Simmons, President and CEO of the Decatur County Memorial Hospital will be resigning from her position on April 3.According to the Greensburg Daily news,  Simmons came from Wyoming six years ago to lead the hospital.Simmons has stated that she has completed the goals she had set for the hospital and is ready to move onto bigger and better things.A public open house for Simmons will be held on Friday from 11 to 1:30 in conference room D at the hospital.last_img

Plateau United FC Sacks Technical Adviser

first_imgIt added: “As an ambitious team determined to make a good impression in the NPFL, the recent performance of the team is unacceptable “.“The club observed a communication gap between the technical adviser with his assistants and the players which is affecting the success of the team.”The Management also lamented that despite the free hand given to the technical adviser, he has not been able to justify the huge confidence reposed on him “by turning the fortunes of the team around to compete favorably with its counterparts in the top flight.‎”.According to the statement, former captain of the team, Victor Wickadason, who only returned to the main team recently after several years in the feeder team is to take over as head of the technical crew.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Seriki AdinoyiManagement of Plateau United Football Club of Jos on Monday asked its technical adviser, Zakary Baraje “to step aside.”A statement in Jos signed by the media officer of the club, Mr Albert Dakup, noted that the decision became necessary in view of the dwindling performance of the team.last_img read more

NDC Chairmen call out REO for disparaging remarks

first_img“Several roads cannot be fixed, community grounds slashed and drains cleaned because of one person: the REO, Ovid Morrison.” This is according Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Chairman Khrisna Sewlall, who was responding to statements made by Regional Executive Officer of Region 5, Ovid Morrison, that officials in Region 5 (Mahaica/Berbice) have been stymieing development there.Bath-Woodley Park NDCChairman Khrisna SewlallAccording to Morrison, some NDC leaders are deliberately withholding reporting on issues in some communities, and that is usually due to their political bias, and because they are putting politics ahead of their own community development. He, however, said the problem is fortunately not widespread.However, his disparaging remarks about the NDC heads did not sit well with several of those chairmen, and they have called out the REO for accusing regional officials of putting politics before development.Following the accusations, which were made public on Monday, two NDC Chairman have responded by saying that this same REO has been stifling development in their NDCs.Rosignol-Zee Lust NDCChairman Ramnauth PooranChairman of the Bath/Woodley Park NDC, Khrisna Sewlall, told this publication that officials from the NDC have to make an appointment before they are able to discuss issues with the REO in order to get projects going, and he is often unavailable to speak with them.According to Sewlall they were recently told that they have to wait six weeks before the REO can fit them in on his schedule.Similar sentiments were shared by Chairman of the Rosignol/Zee Lust NDC, Ramnauth Pooran, who told this publication that the NDC is waiting on the REO to sign vouchers for their 2018 work programme.According to Sewlall, the NDC’s major concern is that it cannot get to execute projects on a timely basis. “After having approved these projects at the statutory meeting of the Bath/Woodley Park NDC, cheques are written and vouchers are prepared to purchase materials, but the vouchers would have to be endorsed by the Local Government Department of the Regional Democratic Council, especially the REO,” he said.He explained that, in some instances, it would take weeks for that to be done.“I have to make an appointment to see the REO in order to get these vouchers approved. This is one of the reasons why our projects are being delayed. One of the reasons, one of the concerns, is that after having submitted our proposed work programme for 2019, specifically for work done with the subvention, we have to wait for long periods.”Sewlall said the major project the NDC had had in its 2019 budget was to rehabilitate Saga Street at Bath Settlement.“Now we are in the month of August, and that street is in a deplorable state and we haven’t got any feedback from the engineering department nor the Local Government Department. We are frustrated,” he said.The NDC chairman also referred to President David Granger’s claims of empowering the local arms of Government.“Right now we feel that there is no need for an NDC, because the REO does what he wants to do with our Council. Our projects are at a standstill… This is frustrating. If we want to purchase material to repair a bridge, we have to take the quotation to the REO, and he will choose whoever he wants to purchase from, then we will prepare the vouchers; and we have to take it back again to him before cheques can be written. Democracy at the RDC is frustrating.”According to this NDC chairman, in excess of $6 million is sitting in the NDCs bank account after residents would have struggled to pay their taxes. However, the NDCs hands are tied and it cannot provide the needed development to those residents. The chairman blames the REO for this state of affairs.According to the Chairman, six weeks have passed and the NDC has not been able to meet with the REO for him to look at some vouchers which were prepared by the NDC in order for projects to be executed.Meanwhile, a correspondence from the Ministry of Communities to the NDC in the month of May indicated that $2.5 million was approved for the NDC to carry out its work programme, but according to Sewlall, the NDC is yet to receive the money.last_img read more

Source: Colin Kaepernick watches ad’s TV premiere from Nike HQ

first_imgBy ROB MAADDI | The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA — As Colin Kaepernick watched from the apparel giant’s headquarters in Oregon, Nike aired its highly anticipated ad featuring the quarterback known for his social protests during the NFL season opener Thursday night.The spot highlighting the former 49ers quarterback locked in a grievance with the league aired during the first ad break in the third quarter of the Eagles-Falcons game, which started with no overt demonstrations by players during …last_img read more

HIV test challenge to South Africans

first_img6 April 2010 South Africans from all walks of life have been called on to rally behind the country’s biggest ever HIV Counselling and Testing campaign, to be launched on a date soon to be announced. Mark Heywood, deputy chairman of the SA National Aids Council, said the campaign could save millions of lives, and urged every South African to support it. “We need everyone to give us a chance to succeed in this campaign,” Heywood said. “We can’t afford for this campaign to be a failure.” Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, outlining his department’s readiness to implement the campaign, said: “We need to stand up and confront our challenge as South Africans.” Through the campaign, the department is targeting South Africans aged 12 and older, with the aim of reaching at least 15-million people by June 2011. Motsoaledi said a number of activities would take place, including the dissemination of information, education and mass mobilization. Other activities will include massive voluntary HIV counselling and testing, wide provision of female and male condoms, and mass skills education for scholars and student. A plan to introduce medical male circumcision on a large scale will also be discussed. “The counseling and testing shall take place at all government hospitals and clinics, all universities and FET [Further Education and Training] campuses, and mobile units will be deployed to villages, rural areas and other remote areas of the country,” Motsoaledi said. He added that the campaign was not only for counselling and testing, but also for blood pressure, hypertension and blood sugar measurement. People will also be screened for tuberculosis. Motsoaledi stressed that HIV testing was confidential, and that people did not need to disclose their status publicly, although he encouraged them to disclose their status to their friends and family. “We are trying to avoid a situation whereby a minister or celebrity discloses his or her HIV status, then the media start chasing other people asking them to disclose,” he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Photo: Jim Harbaugh Was Photobombed By Larry The Cable Guy While Taking Picture With Kenny G

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh shouts towards an official during the first quarter of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions.Jim Harbaugh keeps incredible eclectic company. After hosting a wide-range of athletes and celebrities like Derek Jeter, Migos, and Jim Leyland at Michigan’s massive National Signing Day Event, the Michigan head coach has spent time with Willie Mays and Justin Timberlake. A few of those groupings are strange, but nothing tops being photobombed by comedian Larry The Cable Guy while taking a picture with saxophonist Kenny G during an event at Pebble Beach.Hell ya that’s @officialkennyg and @GitRDoneLarry— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 13, 2016Bill Murray and Toby Keith were also around.Pebble Beach is how you think it is, Awesome! @GitRDoneLarry @TobyKeithMusic— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 13, 2016Harbaugh lives a pretty interesting life in the off-season.[SB Nation]last_img read more

Paul Rudd Surprises Kids At AntMan Screening

first_imgA group of lucky kids in NYC got the surprise of their lives this week when a real life superhero joined them at a charity film screening.Kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC and SAY – the Stuttering Association for the Young – had gathered to watch a special screening of the new blockbuster Ant-Man when the film’s star, Paul Rudd, joined them.“It was the first time I could have a screening for kids for one of the movies I’ve done,” Rudd told the NY Daily News. “I know a lot of these kids for years, so it was really fun to stand up there while they were sitting there with their three-D glasses.”Rudd has supported SAY for a number of years.To read more about his visit to the screening, click here.last_img read more