Guyana has the second highest rate of adolescent pregnancy in the entire Western Hemisphere, and this reality means that women’s health is in a terrible crisis.International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region Youth Director Kobe Smith speaking at the Women Deliver 2019 conferenceThis is according to International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, Youth Director Kobe Smith, who in quoting from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) statistics on Guyana, said that it was estimated that 97 out of every 1000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 would give birth.Smith made the comment during a plenary discussion on “The Power of Stories: making sexual and reproductive health and rights come to life” at the Women Deliver 2019 conference in Vancouver, Canada. The youth leader, who is pursuing a degree in law at the University of Guyana, told the gathering of hundreds of women that something must be done to reduce and eventually curb the high rate of adolescent pregnancy.He noted that teen pregnancy, gender-based violence and family planning are all seen as women issues “but to think of it, who got the 14-year-old girl pregnant? Who waits at bus terminals to strip women of their dignity and their rights and sexually harass them? Who forces a young woman to carry through with an unplanned pregnancy against her will? Yes, men; men do,” he said.Smith noted that he believed that men would play a critical role in achieving gender equality, because in some cases, sadly, they hold the power in homes, in courts, in Parliaments and other dominant decision-making places in society. He added that some of the clearest pieces of evidence which demonstrate the recent attacks on reproductive justice for women and girls are seen in the restrictive ban on abortions in several states in the United States of America.Meanwhile, coming from a family history of gender-based violence and adolescent pregnancy, the young leader said that he never imagined that he would join the Board of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, as a teenager, adding too that he never imagined that he would be fighting for the rights of women and girls, but that all changed after his mother lost her battle with cancer a few years ago.Breaking down in tears before a packed conference hall, Smith added that he believed that he has a responsibility and a debt of service to pay not just for his mother but for girls who do not have the resources, the finances, and the access to the services to help them in this critical area.“To talk about sexual reproductive health rights and services, I believe that comprehensive sexuality education is an important tool to engage men and boys in gender equality and sexual reproductive rights,” he said.Speaking about his experience in Guyana, Smith added that while working with young people in Georgetown on gender-based violence, he experienced a most shocking response from a young teen. Recalling his experience, Smith told the gathering that during one of his workshops, a teen bluntly told him that if women misbehaved, they needed to “get it”, referring to being hit as a means of discipline. Clearly horrified by the teen’s response, Smith said he then asked the young man if he was at home and his mother “misbehaved”, then what should happen? He noted that again his response was that she too should “get it”.“…but at the end of that session change occurred … because one of his colleagues revealed during the session that she was sexually and emotionally abused and when she burst into tears – the same young man stood up and said to her “everything gon be alright” and at that point I felt hopeful and satisfied and optimistic that he would become an ally and also influence other peers to become allies for issues in gender equality,” Smith noted.Speaking about his personal exposure to comprehensive sexual education, the youth leader said that most of his knowledge came from the media and, unfortunately, his friends, who just did not know better.”…and I, like so many others, viewed adolescent pregnancy as the fault of the young girls because they didn’t know better but to be quite honest we were the ones that didn’t know better and the school system in Guyana did not allow us to know better,” he told the gathering.Smith added that they must challenge the restrictive gender norms that affect women and girls. “We must empower them with the education on sexual and reproductive health information and services to ensure that they lead positive healthy lives,” he said.He further added that he wanted to use his power to ensure that men and boys in Guyana were allies for gender equality in order for there to be a gender equal world.Women Deliver is a leading global advocate that champions gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women.
NEW YORK — Giants Shaun Anderson has pitched in just four major league games, but he has already earned the attention and respect of the top rookie hitter in the National League.Mets slugger Pete Alonso thought the world of Anderson long before either player reached the majors.“I’m definitely looking forward to facing a buddy,” said Alonso, who was teammates with Anderson at the University of Florida. “It’s awesome that me and him are here right now. It seems so far away, but three years …
18 September 2007Environment Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has announced a R500-million project, funded by the National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA), to make South Africa’s national parks more energy efficient over the next three years.Speaking at the launch of National Parks Week at the Kruger National Park’s Skukuza rest camp on Monday, Van Schalkwyk said the investment would ensure that all South African National Parks (SANParks) facilities were “exemplary energy efficient showcases for local and international visitors”.He said the energy efficiency project would complement the R574.9-million allocated to SANParks by the National Treasury for infrastructure upgrades at all its camps over the next three years.“The NEEA will provide ‘top-up’ funding for each upgrade to buildings and other facilities within SANParks, to finance the specific technology improvements that will ensure a sustainable and energy-efficient compliant installation,” Van Schalkwyk said.As an example, he said that if SANParks’ current plan and budget made provision for conventional electric geysers in accommodation units, the NEEA would fund the additional amount required to install energy efficient solar water heaters instead.Likewise, where conventional lighting systems have been specified, the NEEA will fund the difference between the current inefficient technologies and compact fluorescent lamps.NEEA operations manager Barry Bredenkamp said the upgrades would deliver twin benefits of actual energy savings for the camps, while showing the rest of the world that South Africa was pursuing the path of energy efficiency.“The NEEA is delighted to be assisting SANParks improve the energy economy of it’s lodges both through financial support and the agency’s expertise, which will demonstrate to millions of energy conscious visitors that SA is committed to combating climate change,” he said.Furthermore, black economic empowerment (BEE) companies in the energy industry will be used to carry out energy audits and implement energy efficient components, as part of the NEEA’s capacity building drive.Additional jobs will also be created through the training of local energy advisors in areas close to the relevant parks. Preliminary upgrades and comprehensive energy auditing will begin before the end of 2007, and implementation will carry on until the beginning of 2010.“The value of promoting these facilities as energy efficient and sustainable, will also go a long way in marketing the country as an environmentally-conscious country and will furthermore contribute to off-setting the carbon footprint that will possibly arise as a result of activities leading up to 2010,” Van Schalkwyk said.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
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Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Saturday announced on social media the launch of the ‘One Citizen One Tree’ campaign ahead of the World Environment Day for re-greening the State affected by unregulated coal and limestone mining. “All districts will be covered in the mass plantation drive wherein all indigenous plants raised by the communities across the State will be provided to citizens who want to participate in the campaign,” a statement said.
OTTAWA – Former Conservative party leader and prime minister Stephen Harper is not expected at this month’s leadership convention, party officials said Thursday.Party members will converge in Toronto on May 27 to choose his official replacement, but while interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose is scheduled to speak, the party says Harper is not.“He’s ready to pass the torch,” said a party official, who requested anonymity because they hadn’t been cleared by the party to disclose Harper’s plans.Harper spent 12 years as the inaugural leader of the united Conservative party, winning the 2004 race easily in a three-candidate contest where members were allowed to vote by fax and ballots were counted by hand.Now the party is preparing for a highly automated vote count process to manage what could be as many as 259,010 ranked ballots, on which voters can make as many as 10 choices out of 13 different candidates.Over the course of the campaign, Harper has spoken with many of those in the running, offering advice and guidance when asked.Kevin O’Leary, the celebrity businessman who dropped out of the race last month, called on him several times and has said he valued Harper’s input on the regional political dynamics of the country.Publicly, though, Harper has stayed largely under the radar in Canada, though he’s made appearances around the globe in his new role as consultant.He last appeared before his party’s membership at their 2016 policy convention in Vancouver.There, he urged them to look forward, not back, and that’s what he wants to do as well, said the party official.“It is not about him, it is about the new leader,” the official said.A spokesperson for Harper did not immediately return a request for comment.With 13 candidates, the party expects it will take several rounds of counting before the winner is declared.All the candidates will have a final chance to address the party for 10 minutes the night before, and Ambrose will take the stage on May 27 as the party pays tribute to her temporary time in the leader’s chair.The new leader is expected to take over the reins of the party officially on May 28.
Dara O’Briain, Melanie C, Jack Dee, Chelsee Healey, Phillips Idowu and Greg James have started the biggest challenge of their lives, The BT Red Nose Challenge: Hell and High Water – a five day ordeal which sees them attempt to travel under their own steam down Africa’s mighty Zambezi river and raise as much cash as possible for Red Nose Day.The challenge is sponsored by BT, a long term supporter of Comic Relief challenges since 2009.The challenge started promptly at 8am on Monday and all was going swimmingly until Melanie C accidentally whacked Greg James in the head with her oar as the paddling-pair tackled their first set of rapids! It was a rare accident for the Spice Girls’ nimble Sporty Spice who has spent most of her time looking after Chelsee Healey since she forgot to pack her pyjamas after only a day away from home. Comedian Jack Dee had no such trouble with his belongings as the group decided his bag was the best packed of the bunch.It’s not all pyjamas and bag-packing though, after only a few hours in the team are already suffering with neuromuscular aches and pains in their arms due to paddling against the current. Phillips Idowu is feeling extra cautious as he revealed he can jump further than he can swim – something which won’t come in handy when he inevitably gets a soaking this week. Although fellow challenger Greg James will be sure to give him a hand hauling him back out of the water as the DJ revealed earlier today that he’s determined to have bigger biceps than Olympian Phillips by the end of the week.Dara said: “We’ve done 22 kilometres and I can definitely say the second part of that has been just as painful as the first. Chelsee and I have been working as a team and in any usual circumstances our worlds wouldn’t collide but we’ve become like an old married couple today, bickering about rowing. The hardest thing so far is keeping the boat in a straight line. We’ve spent a surprising amount of today facing the wrong country and nearly ended up in Botswana a couple of times! But we’re all aware it’s likely to get worse and worse. This is only day one.”The six strong team will push themselves to the limit as they travel 111km down the deadly Zambezi river, battling torrential downpours and negotiating rapids officially known as ‘Gnashing Jaws of Death’, ‘The Washing Machine’ and ‘Oblivion’ as they make their way beyond the world’s largest waterfall – Victoria Falls.Along the way they’re likely to encounter some of the world’s most dangerous and frightening creatures, like crocodiles, lethal snakes and one of the most deadly – hippos! By night there will be none of the five star luxury they’re used to, as they’ll be camping on treacherous cliff tops and damp, soggy riverbanks. And as if that wasn’t enough, they’re also likely to suffer nasty blisters, intense aching limbs and sweltering 30-degree heat, as they spend each day covering up to 29km on the river.The team are putting themselves through hell and high water in the hope of raising £1 million to help children in Zambia go to school. This could pay for life-changing education for thousands of vulnerable girls, for whom it means an escape from poverty and safety from child marriage and pregnancy. Any extra money raised will help those living unimaginably tough lives across the UK and the rest of Africa.BT is giving £30,000 a day to support the Hell and High Water team as part of the £500,000 it has committed to raise in support of The BT Red Nose Challenges – a duo of celebrity challenges sponsored by BT for Red Nose Day 2013.To help the stars raise stacks of cash, sponsor them now at rednoseday.com/zambezi.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is grossly overstating the extent of U.S. economic and job gains.In a tweet Monday, he declares that the economy has “never been better” and jobs are at the “best point in history.”In fact, the economy and jobs are nowhere close to historic bests based on several measures. Economists have also warned that U.S. growth is largely fueled by government borrowing, as the federal deficit rises because of his tax cuts, and is thus unlikely to be sustainable after a few quarters.A look at the claims:TRUMP: “Great financial numbers being announced on an almost daily basis. Economy has never been better, jobs at best point in history.”THE FACTS: He’s exaggerating. The economy is healthy now, but it has been in better shape at many times in the past.Growth reached 4 per cent at an annual rate in the second quarter, which Trump highlighted late last month with remarks at the White House. But it’s only the best in the past four years. So far, the economy is expanding at a modest rate compared with previous economic expansions. In the late 1990s, growth topped 4 per cent for four straight years, from 1997 through 2000. And in the 1980s expansion, growth even reached 7.2 per cent in 1984.It’s not clear what Trump specifically means when he declares that jobs are at the “best point in history,” but based on several indicators, he’s off the mark.The unemployment rate of 3.9 per cent is not at the best point ever — it is actually near the lowest in 18 years. The all-time low came in 1953, when unemployment fell to 2.5 per cent during the Korean War. And while economists have been surprised to see employers add 215,000 jobs a month this year, a healthy increase, employers in fact added jobs at a faster pace in 2014 and 2015. A greater percentage of Americans held jobs in 2000 than now.Trump didn’t mention probably the most important measure of economic health for Americans — wages. While paychecks are slowly grinding higher, inflation is now cancelling out the gains. Lifted by higher gasoline prices, consumer prices increased 2.9 per cent in June from a year earlier, the most in six years.Adjusting for inflation, hourly pay for non-managers — about 80 per cent of the workforce — fell 0.2 per cent over the same period. Yet in 1998, for example, inflation-adjusted hourly pay growth topped 2.5 per cent.___Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bdFollow @APFactCheck on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APFactCheckEDITOR’S NOTE _ A look at the veracity of claims by political figures