first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 27, 2010June 21, 2017By: Sarah Becklake, Intern Development Officer, WINGSClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The MHTF is soliciting reactions from the maternal health community to the newly released UN MMR data. Our hope is that, together, these comments will serve as a springboard for discussion and provide momentum towards MDG5.The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published a report entitled “Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2008” (2010).  After assessing global maternal mortality rates (MMRs) over an 18 year span, the report estimates that by 2008 MMRs declined by 34%.  While we at WINGS applaud the achievements that have helped reduce maternal deaths worldwide, we remain alert to the fact that MMRs are likely still much larger than estimated.  For instance, while 99% of all maternal deaths take place in the developing world, as the WHO report itself notes, researchers face the most difficulties finding reliable and accurate data in developing countries.  Data sets used to estimate MMRs are often incomplete and inaccurate. They include misidentification of cause of death, incongruent definitions, underreporting, for example in the case of abortions, and a lack of comparability across different countries and data sources.The authors of the WHO report are well-aware of the data’s limitations and make considerable efforts to compensate for these problems.  One measure undertaken was to divide countries into A, B or C categories depending on the availability and quality of data. This, however, must be regarded with caution. Guatemala was categorized as an A country, suggesting that it has a complete civil registration system allowing for good attribution of cause of death.  However, as WINGS is well-aware, after working in Guatemala on reproductive health issues for almost 10 years, governmental reporting on maternal deaths in Guatemala is far from reliable.  Reports on Guatemala’s MMRs differ widely depending on which source one looks at. For example, a UNICEF report published in 2009 estimates that the MMR from 2003-2008 in Guatemala was 130 per 100,000. The report, however, goes on to adjust that figure to 290 per 100,000 women to account for the lack of government reporting (or misreporting). This is in stark contrast to the recent figures in the WHO report, which suggest that in 2008 Guatemala’s MMR for every 100,000 live births was only 110.  The report further notes that Guatemala’s MMR has only decreased 1.7% a year from 1990 to 2008. While this is already far below the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of 5.5% a year, due to the report’s low estimation of Guatemala’s MMR, a 1.7% decrease might even be considered optimistic.  If such different estimations exist for a country listed as having a fairly high level of data, one can only imagine the discrepancies for those countries listed as lacking sufficient registration systems.While the WHO’s estimations should be viewed cautiously, the report does a good job of highlighting the need for improved data on maternal mortality the world over.  Additionally, while reporting a decrease in global maternal mortality, the report does its best to argue against complacency.  As noted, much more work is needed before the MDG of reducing the global MMR by 75% can be achieved. WINGS congratulates all those that are diligently working towards this goal.Click here for more information on WINGS-“Strengthening Guatemalan families through reproductive health”Share this:last_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid coach Zidane slammed for taking day offby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOutspoken Spanish pundit Josep Pedrerol has launched a withering attack on Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.The Frenchman is under huge pressure after a poor start to the season and this week’s 3-0 humbling at Champions League opponents PSG.Speaking on his El Chiringuito show, Pedrerol blasted: “Zidane always speaks of intensity, that’s enough. “The physical preparation was wrong, almost all the players got injured. Why does Zidane not explain the disaster in midfield? Why does he say Real suffer in the middle of the field but let (Dani) Ceballos leave? “Intensity is just an excuse, how can he speak of intensity if after the humiliation of Paris he has granted himself a day off? Zidane, the intensity begins with you!” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgzoom Dubai-based terminal operator DP World has launched new arbitration proceedings in London against the Government of Djibouti over the latter’s decision to terminate the concession contract with the company for Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT). “To protect our interests, we have been compelled to commence a new arbitration on February 20, 2018 against the government in London, seeking a declaration that the contracts are valid and binding on the government and to obtain urgent interim relief,” the company said in a statement.As World Maritime News reported yesterday, Djibouti terminated the concession contract awarded in 2006 to DP World for the operation of DCT.DP World dubbed the move “illegal seizure of control” and a culmination of the government’s campaign to force the company to renegotiate the terms of the concession.Those terms were found to be “fair and reasonable” by a London Court of International Arbitration tribunal in February 2017, when the court ruled in favor of DP World in an arbitration case dating back to 2014.To remind, Djibouti launched legal action against DP World for alleged bribing of Abdourahman Boreh, the head of the country’s port and free zone authority, to secure the 30-year concession to run DCT. DP World was cleared of all charges of misconduct.In the aftermath of the court decision, i.e., since December 2017, the Government of Djibouti has sought to enforce the law against the concession contract for the terminal, the Dubai company added.” This effort culminated in a final demand that the contract is renegotiated by February 21, 2018, and the termination of that contract by Presidential Decree on February 22, 2018 and expropriation of all of the assets of Doraleh Container Terminal SA,” the company statement reads.“We consider the law, the attempt of the Government to enforce its terms, the purported termination and expropriation to be in breach of the Government’s obligations under its agreements with us, in force since 2004, and international law.  Moreover, the Government’s conduct is particularly oppressive and cynical,” DP World added.“We demand that the Government ceases its unlawful conduct and continue to work as partners with us in the same spirit of cooperation that has been in place for the last 18 years, which has yielded hundreds of millions of dollars of direct and indirect benefits to Djibouti and enhanced its attractiveness as a leading investment destination in East Africa.”The terminal operator said that the dispute would not have any material financial impact on the group.DP World holds a 33 pct equity stake in the port of Doraleh, Djibouti, which has a capacity of 1.25 million TEU.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Kevin Durant is one game away from losing the NBA Finals, and now one lawsuit away from losing his famous nickname — “Durantula” — because a guitarist claims KD jacked it from him.Durant was sued today in Federal Court by a guy named Mark Durante — a guitarist who, according to the lawsuit, was a big deal in the 80s … playing with Public Enemy, The Aliens, The Next Big Thing, and (our favorite) The Revolting Cocks.TMZ obtained a copy of the lawsuit, in which Durante says he adopted the name “Durantula” for his “on-stage and performance persona” — and has used it to market “music, recordings, apparel, t-shirts, guitars, and related merchandise.”Meanwhile, sports fans have adopted the handle for the Oklahoma City Thunder star and current NBA scoring champ.Durante claims he sent KD’s people a couple letters “demanding they stop using the nickname” — but says Durant’s reps claimed he wasn’t using it.In the suit though, Durante claims Nike has used the moniker to launch a shoe campaign — and KD himself signed “Durantula” on basketballs that are for sale through his website.The guitarist says he registered the “Durantula” trademark. He’s suing for damages and an injunction stopping KD from using the name.Calls to Nike and Durant’s reps weren’t immediately returned. read more

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first_imgLet’s talk about the most important matches that Neymar is set to miss with PSG during the announced 10 weeks he will recover from his injury.Now that we know for certain how much time Neymar is going to miss without playing a single match for PSG, those ten weeks carry several matches that the Brazilian player will certainly miss and there are many details to break down about the huge mistake the club is making.The French giants have reached the decision of letting the doctors take a “conservative” approach to his recovery, which means that they decided the player wouldn’t go through another surgery because they don’t want him to be completely out for the rest of the season at the club.The problem with this choice is that the injury is on the very same metatarsal that Neymar received surgery last season, the player was already having second thoughts about the recovery process from the first intervention and he even decided to change the stud patterns on his football boots from hard ground to artificial ground out of fear of twisting his ankle during practice.Neymar is clearly going through a difficult process and he is feeling pressured for not delivering the expected results at PSG, which is why he permitted the club to make this decision of not having surgery for him.Official: Neymar out for up to 10 weeks with a metatarsal injury. The Paris forward will miss both round of 16 ties against Manchester United. #UCL pic.twitter.com/VDYPZBx1EL— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) January 30, 2019The Brazil medical staff does not agree on this decision of Neymar not going under the knife again, they feel that the player could risk his right foot to an even greater extent if he doesn’t get this problem completely fixed once and for all.But what the Brazil medical staff thinks has very little influence on what happens to Neymar, because they are not the ones who pay for the player’s wage as Paris Saint-Germain does.The National Team manager’s words from last week about fearing that Neymar could miss the Copa America take a whole different context now that we know the club made this decision, he really is scared that the player can suffer an even greater injury because he will be risking himself after coming back from that “conservative” treatment period that PSG described on their press release this Wednesday.This pressure that the club is putting on the player, only adds up to the pressure that Neymar is putting on himself because he still hasn’t made the decision to play a different style of football and he may never want to reduce the risks he takes in doing so because he feels that he owes it to the fans.We’ve discussed that the player needs to take a lesson from the Ronaldo Nazario rule book, and start playing un a more practical manner.PSG confirm Neymar’s injury will keep him out for 10 weeks.He will miss both UCL games against Manchester United and the quarter-finals, if PSG go through. pic.twitter.com/ugM2KBaLWnOpinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 30, 2019The key matches Neymar will miss for PSGOut of the 10 weeks that Neymar is set to miss for PSG, there will be a total of 12 matches in all competitions that the player won’t be available for manager Thomas Tuchel.But since the club has already practically secured another Ligue 1 trophy, there are at least 7 matches that Neymar can easily miss without a problem and nobody will complain about them.However, five of those matches are considered crucial or high risked and the Brazilian forward is set to miss all of them. We start with this weekend’s Ligue 1 match at Olympique Lyonnais, which is Paris Saint-Germain’s most complicated rival in the French competition.Just three days later, the French giants will have to play a crucial Coupe de France match against Villefranche. Six days later we have the first of two “finals” against Manchester United in the Champions League, a match that will sorely miss Neymar and will take place at Old Trafford.After nearly a full month of unimportant Ligue 1 matches, we have the Red Devils’ visiting Parc des Princes on March 6 and Olympique Marseille’s visit eleven days later for Ligue 1 before Neymar allegedly makes his expected return.But we stand by our claim, he should’ve gone under the knife.Neymar has been ruled out of action for 10 weeks 🤕He is set to miss the following games:Lyon (A)Villefranche (A)Bordeaux (H)Man Utd (A)St-Etienne (A)Montpellier (H)Nimes (H)Caen (A)Man Utd (H)Nantes (A)Dijon (A)Marseille (H)Toulouse (A)Strasbourg (H) pic.twitter.com/UkmU4xz012— Goal (@goal) January 30, 2019Why do you think PSG decided to not let Neymar get another surgery when he clearly fractured his right foot again? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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first_imgBrad Nelson the Coordinator of Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids: “Once a month we visit all of the fire stations; Kenai, Nikiski, CES, and we will do a Safe Kids Car Seat Safety Check-up event. What it is if you don’t have a car seat or if your not sure car seat is installed correctly or if you’d just like us to check it out, swing on by and we will check out your car seat.”  Safe Kids will have new seats available for a donation of $35.00. The money is used to purchase more seats. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Fire Department will be hosting a Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids Car Seat Check event in Kenai, on Friday, August 24. Nelson: “So, we will go over and make sure that the car seat actually fits in the car and that the child actually fits in the car seat.”  The event will take place from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Friday. The event is free and open to the public. You do not need to register prior to showing up.last_img read more

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first_imgHowie Kent with the Division of Forestry says the Kenai Peninsula still has a lot of dry fire fuels, which have become more flammable due to recent warmer temperatures.: “We’re expecting a little bit of breezy conditions along the coastal areas, like Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, that kind of area. For the weekend we are expected to get warmer and dryer, which will lead to higher temperatures, and lower relative humidity which equal the possibility for more fires.”   While this summer’s wildfire season has so far been quiet in Alaska, there are areas of the state that have been sunny, warm, and are drying. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As Alaska residents and visitors prepare to head outside for the warm weekend, the state’s wildland fire officials would like to remind the public to be extremely cautious with any activity that could ignite a wildfire. In southcentral Alaska, recent warm days and temperatures on the  forecast will dry the surface fuels and deeper layers of forested lands leaving them very susceptible to fire starts. Kent: “As people get out and they want to do some camping, and want to have a campfire remember to keep your campfire small in case the winds pick up unexpectedly try and keep your fire under control.”last_img read more

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