Meet the 10 year old Nigeria child who lives in Britain and who has just been admitted to a university in the UK for a Mathematics degree. For some peope this may sound like a tale of tells but it is real.At her young age Esther Okade who lives in Walsall, UK still plays with toys like any other 10 year old child.She is the first youngest African at that age to be admitted to a university to pursue a degree in Mathematics. She will be attending the Open University.Esther Okade is so brilliant that she is said to be the top student in her class already scoring 100% in the recent exams.Esther has always wanted to go to University and for her being given an opportunity at the Open University of Britain is like a dream come true. She’s so ambitious that she wants to get a first class honors degree and run her own bank.Esther’s mother has been encouraging her and says the process of her daughter joining the university has been quite interesting.
(Reuters) – Militant group Boko Haram is “the worst enemy of Islam” and will be defeated because West African Muslims reject its violent actions and harsh interpretation of the Koran, Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Friday.“There is nothing Islamic about Boko Haram,” Issoufou told students and faculty at the Harvard Institute of Politics John F. Kennedy Forum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, during a trip to the United States.“Abducting and raping women, killing innocent people, drinking human blood … these are not the most efficient ways of spreading Islam,” he said. “Boko Haram has no future, Boko Haram will be defeated, God willing.”Niger is taking part in a regional operation against Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, a militant group which has launched repeated bloody attacks and abductions in Nigeria and an increasing number of raids into neighboring countries. The military alliance includes troops from West African countries Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin.Issoufou said Niger’s mostly Muslim population broadly supported the alliance, which he said had notched recent successes fighting Boko Haram, and rejected Boko Haram’s attempts to carve out its own state in the border region.“The successes of this multinational force … can be explained not only by the fact that they are coordinating their information systems and operational forces, but more importantly by the fact that they are supported by the population,” he said.“It shows the population of our countries reject terrorism, reject extremism. The population of our countries reject Boko Haram as a Muslim organization,” he said.Niger, which is also stepping up security against traffickers and jihadi groups bolstered by weapons and fighters from Libya’s conflict to the north, is ranked at the bottom of the U.N. Human Development Index for 2013.Issoufou said he saw poverty as an important reason some people join militant ranks, but he said efforts to combat it have been hindered by fluctuations in donor support, rapid population growth and climate shocks.He said he had held meetings with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank during his trip to discuss financing.Issoufou won election in 2011 in the uranium-producing country following a military coup that removed the previous president, Mamadou Tandja, widely criticized for overseeing rampant state-level corruption.Issoufou touts advances in transparency and press freedoms since coming to power, and is expected to seek re-election in mid-2016.
Mozambique increases minimum wages despite IMF Warning Related Namibia’s government has introduced a minimum wage for this sector for domestic workers: doubling their monthly wages and providing for overtime, leave and transport fees. The move has however been met with mixed reactions. Some say it is unsustainable, while the union representing the workers argues it is still too little. CCTV’s Susan Mwongeli reports. Workers in Nigeria rally to demand minimum wage increases South Africa’s minimum wage set at $240
Informal trash collectors on the streets of Morocco are often looked down upon.However, a project to hire them to work officially is starting to change that image and even help Morocco reach an ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 13% by 2020.
Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 29 Views no discussions FaithLifestyle Institutional Dutch Catholic abuse ‘affected thousands’ by: – December 16, 2011 Share Allegations of abuse in Dutch Catholic institutions multiplied after former pupils at a school came forwardTens of thousands of children have suffered sexual abuse in Dutch Catholic institutions since 1945, a report says. The report by an independent commission said Catholic officials had failed to tackle the widespread abuse at schools, seminaries and orphanages.But the report also found that one in five children who attended an institution suffered abuse – regardless of whether it was Catholic. “This episode fills us with shame and sorrow,” said a bishops’ statement.The commission, which began work in August 2010, sought to uncover what had gone on and how it had happened, and examined what kind of justice should be offered to victims. It was triggered by allegations of abuse at a Catholic school in the east Netherlands, which prompted other alleged victims to come forward.It studied 1,800 complaints of abuse at Catholic institutions, identifying 800 alleged perpetrators, just over 100 of whom are still alive.It also conducted a broader survey of more than 34,000 people, to gain a more comprehensive picture of the scale and nature of abuse suffered by Dutch minors.The report estimates that 10,000-20,000 minors were abused in the care of Catholic institutions between 1945 and 1981, when the number of Church-run homes dropped. In the years between 1981 and 2011, several more thousands suffered at the hands of priests and others working for the Church. Most of the cases involved mild to moderate abuse, such as touching, but the report estimated there were “several thousand” instances of rape. ‘Widespread in Dutch society’“The problem of sexual abuse was known in the orders and dioceses of the Dutch Catholic Church,” the commission says, according to news agency AFP, “but the appropriate actions were not undertaken.”A taboo on discussing sexuality in society until the 1960s and the Catholic Church’s “closed” administrative structure were some of the reasons for the official failure to respond effectively to the problem, the commission said.“Then again, people simply could not believe that a religious person could do that,” commission chief Wim Deetman told a news conference.The report also estimates that one in 10 Dutch children have suffered some form of abuse, rising to one in five among those who had attended an institution – regardless of whether it was Catholic.“Sexual abuse of minors is widespread in Dutch society,” the commission reportedly said. Bert Smeets, an abuse victim who attended the presentation of the report, said it did not go far enough in detailing precisely exactly what happened.“What was happening was sexual abuse, violence, spiritual terror, and that should have been investigated,” Mr Smeets told the Associated Press news agency. “It remains vague. All sorts of things happened but nobody knows exactly what or by whom. This way, they avoid responsibility.”According to AP, prosecutors say the inquiry referred 11 cases to them – without naming the alleged perpetrators. They opened only one investigation based on those reports, saying the other 10 did not contain enough detailed information and appeared to have happened too long ago to prosecute.Last month the Dutch branch of the Catholic Church set up a sliding compensation system based on the severity of abuse suffered, offering compensation of between 5,000 and 100,000 euros (£4,200-84,000; $6,500-130,000).Mr Deetman, a former government minister, headed the commission, which also includes a former judge, university professors and a psychologist. Its findings have been keenly awaited by the Dutch population, 29% of whom are identified as Catholic, the BBC’s Anna Holligan reports from The Hague.BBC News
HealthLifestyleNewsRegional 12 Cuban health workers assigned to SERHA by: Jamaica Observer – November 21, 2014 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Share 224 Views no discussions KINGSTON, Jamaica — Twelve of the 30 Cuban health workers, who recently arrived in the island, have been assigned to the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA).The team consists of eight doctors and four specialist nurses. They will be deployed to health facilities in the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew and St Thomas.“SERHA provides health care services to approximately half of the population and so we welcome the additional manpower. We have no doubt that they will enhance our ability to meet the demands of the patients we serve,” Dr Andrei Cooke, SERHA board chairman said. “The team will provide services in specialty areas such as pathology, dentistry, primary care, oncology, neonatology and mental health.”Dr Cooke said the health workers have begun a three-day orientation, which the Region has customised to ensure that they are able to effectively function in the health facilities they have been assigned.“This orientation is geared towards assisting the team to adjust to working in a different cultural setting and so they are being introduced to the certain aspects of the Jamaican culture such as the food, language, dance and folklore,” Dr Cooke explained.“One of the key components of the orientation is strengthening the communication skills of the health workers because we recognise that there may be communication gaps.”In addition, Dr Cooke noted that the team will be briefed about the technical services offered in the Region, which represents their core responsibilities as it relates to patient care. They will also undergo three months of in-service technical training in the health facilities they have been placed.
Share 224 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweet HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Dallas reaches end of Ebola monitoring period by: – November 8, 2014 Share DALLAS (AP) — Dallas calmly marked the end of its Ebola crisis on Friday when the last of the 177 people who were being monitored for symptoms of the deadly virus were to be cleared at midnight.Thirty-eight days after Thomas Eric Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola in a local hospital, officials expressed relief and resolve that they were prepared if anything similar — with its resulting panic, fear and constant media attention — ever happened again.“It’s a time to reflect on the sacrifices of our hometown health care heroes and the city, county, and school district employees that worked so hard, along with our state and federal partners, to keep us safe during the Ebola crisis,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement, calling it an early Thanksgiving for the city.Monitoring for the last person who came in contact with Duncan or the two nurses who contracted the virus will end at midnight Friday. About 50 people who returned to Texas from West African countries where the virus has killed thousands will remain under monitoring.
Share Tweet 64 Views one comment Share EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Education Ministry launches three week numeracy training program by: – January 17, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Education Minister Petter Saint Jean. Photo credit: GIS NewsThe Ministry of Education has officially launched a three-week numeracy training program in Dominica.The program which was launched at the Conference Room of the Windsor Park Stadium on Monday falls under an ongoing numeracy consultancy as part of the Dominica Education Enhancement Project (DEEP) funded by the Caribbean Development Bank.Minister for Education and Human Resource Development Petter Saint-Jean who delivered the feature address, said the education system must be prepared to build intelligence among students. “The education system must be prepared to build the intelligences to allow our students to become citizens who are able to independently understand the world around them. This training is necessary, it is timely and well positioned as our major stakeholders will be trained in the issues relating to math in Dominica,” he said.Meantime Project Coordinator Randolph Felix says the project which is funded by the Caribbean Development Bank is moving along “relatively smoothly”. “When the project was launched on July 5, 2010, it was done with much pump and fan fare. There was great expectation, excitement and hope, about what could be achieved from its successful implementation. This project, the Education Enhancement Project, is a Government of Dominica initiative, supported by an EC$11.3m loan from the Caribbean Development Bank, is now a few months short of the half way stage is moving along relatively smoothly,” he said.He said the Early Screening and Diagnosis Consultancy started on Oct 1, 2011. Photo credit; clare-clam-ack.com“We have already received the Inception Report and await the Special Education Report, which we will receive before the end of this month. The training of some sixty teachers will take place towards the end of the academic year and so will the procurement of the Special Education learning material,” he added.He said the Curriculum Development and Multi Grade Consultancies are currently out for tendering. “We expect tenders to be returned in Feb and it is our hope, that all things being equal, we will launch these consultancies, no later than May 2012. Your being here today is a direct result of yet another consultancy is which is well on its way – The Primary Education Numeracy Consultancy or the Numeracy Consultancy for short. The life span of this consultancy is fifteen months with the operational period being Oct 15, 2011 to Jan 14, 2013,” he explained further.According to Felix, the performance of students in key examinations, National Assessments in Grade 2, 4 and 6 and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CXC) show consistent poor performance in Mathematics. “Exceedingly low scores in these exams, point to the need to address with great urgency the problems associated with the teaching/learning of numeracy in the education system. This consultancy therefore is designed to assist the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development in implementing a pilot program in numeracy at the primary school level,” he explained.He noted further that the intervention will improve student achievement in mathematics at the primary school level and reverse the current poor attainment levels. “The pilot to be implemented in every school, targets grade two teachers, and will equip them with the training, resources, supervision and support and the school based institutional framework to effectively deliver instructions in mathematics,” he added.Dominica Vibes News
Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is presently leading Barcelona rival Lionel Messi in the race for the 2020 prestigious Ballon d’Or award.Advertisement Loading… And with nine months to go for the next Ballon d’Or awards ceremony, the race is currently high among the big players in Europe with Lionel Messi falling into fifth position on the standings according to a rating published by GOAL.Topping the chart is Manchester City’s attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who has excelled for the Citizens this campaign.However, City are unlikely to defend the Premier League title this season, with Liverpool leading the race for the Premier League silverware.A further breakdown of the chart revealed that Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski, who has netted nine times in eight games this year before cropping an injury that will rule him out until April.The Polish forward is closely followed by Ronaldo, who has netted 13 goals for Juventus in 10 Serie A games and he is working towards claiming his sixth Ballon d’Or award this year.A huge picI wish Master win THE BALLON D’OR of 2020. pic.twitter.com/bBqO0ALkaA— Andrés Messi (@AndressMessi5) March 9, 2020Read Also: Messi to splash €4m to free Ronaldinho from prison, hires lawyersBorussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland is fourth considering his superb performances so far in Europe while Messi is placed fifth on the log.Top Seven players at the moment – GOAL:1. Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City2. Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich3. Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus4. Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund5. Lionel Messi – Barcelona6. Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund7. Kylian Mbappe – Paris-Saint-GermainFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Currently, Messi is the holder of the Ballon d’or after claiming it for a record sixth time in his career last year December, seeing off Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk and Ronaldo. Promoted ContentHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCulkin Cracks Up The Web With His Own Version Of ‘Home Alone’5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Incredibly Looking Albino Animals10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?
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