ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 18, 2010November 13, 2014Click 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)Last week, Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika lifted a ban on traditional birth attendants (TBAs) that had been in place since 2007, saying:We need to train traditional birth attendants in safer delivery methods. We should not completely stop them because their work is very important. We should train them to assist us in addressing the health challenges that we are facing.Expanding opportunities for non-physicians to act as skilled birth attendants may help to stem the tide of maternal deaths in countries where doctors, midwives and nurses may not exist in the needed numbers. Evidence suggests that having a skilled birth attendant present at birth leads to fewer incidences maternal and child mortality and morbidity. If TBAs are properly trained as Mutharika suggests, they may be able to play a major role in reducing Malawi’s high maternal mortality ratio.In January 2010, with the support of MHTF and UNFPA, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a Maternal Health Policy Dialogue on “Human Resources for Maternal Health: Midwives, TBAs and Task-Shifting.” To view the webcast and read the event summary, click here. For other events in the Policy Dialogue Series, click here.Share this:
TORONTO – Four Canadian music events are joining an international pledge to fight inequality in the industry by vowing to have gender parity across their lineups by 2022.Montreal’s electronic music festival Mutek, western Canadian-based conference BreakOut West, and both North By Northeast and Canadian Music Week in Toronto are among 45 global events agreeing to take part in the initiative.The move is being led by U.K. talent firm PRS Foundation, which founded a program called Keychange in the hopes of “empowering women to transform the future of the music industry.”Gender imbalance has long been a conversation in the music industry, though pressure has ramped up in recent years, with both the Grammy Awards and Junos facing criticism over a lack of female representation among their nominees.Music festivals have come under similar scrutiny for poor representation of women among their performers. Some have suggested it’s a relatively easy fix for promoters to book more female artists. Keychange’s goals offer festivals roughly five years to implement their changes.Other international festivals and conferences among the participants for gender balance include Iceland Airwaves, NYC Winter Jazzfest, Liverpool Sound City and the Manchester Jazz Festival.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.
Vincent Kompany knows that something special can happen in the Premier League – there will be the Manchester derby next week and City can win the title by winning this game.The Belgium international insisted that it would be something incredible for his side’s fans – there is just one win between Manchester City and the Premier League title after last 3-1 win over Everton.The centre-back spoke about his side’s situation in the title race as he said, according to Standard:“It’s steady but we have a big game midweek and then we have to deal with Manchester United on Saturday.”Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“We’ll take it game by game but we have done very well so far.”“It would mean the world to our fans. I have lived in Manchester long enough to know what it means.”“It will be lively and spicy but I don’t mind. Manchester United have seven days to prepare, but we need momentum so we need a good Champions League game.”
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is expectant of ‘a more open and difficult’, single-leg Supercopa against Sevilla on Sunday.The Supercopa has been shrunk into a single match in the Moroccan city of Tangier this season, unlike the usual, two-legged fare. Barcelona boss Valverde claims it should result in a better spectacle.“The fact that the Supercopa is a single game makes it a little more open and difficult,” the Coach said at a Press conference as quoted in Football Espana.“Sevilla will be more prepared because they’ve been competing for two weeks, while we’ve come from a tour and some of the lads have joined up later.“Still, we’re looking forward to winning our first trophy. I’m also optimistic because I’ve seen the players, plus those who joined up later.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“They’re at a good level, focused, know what they need to do and it shows in training. I’ll call up all the players because it’s a Final and that’s what I usually do.“Only time will tell with Miranda and Cucurella because I took them of both to our preseason tour.“Now Miranda is with us, but performances will dictate who will be in the squad. As for Riqui Puig, my idea hasn’t changed because of the media noise, not at all.“He has rhythm and great qualities, but everything needs time. You need to have patience and see how things go in real competition, which isn’t the same as the friendlies.
Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic could have been an Arsenal player, according to former Serbian player Goran Milosavljevic.Milivojevic has become a firm fans’ favourite at Crystal Palace since joining the Eagles in January 2017 but Milosavljevic who is credited with discovering former Manchester United great Nemanja Vidic insists he could have become a gunner instead.In an interview with the Chester Chronicle, he has revealed how he worked closely with former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger during his time in charge, and made several recommendations to the Frenchman about players.But he said two players, in particular, got away for the Gunners are Milivojevic and former Serbia captain Nemanja Vidic.Milosavljevic said Arsenal did not trust his judgement on Vidic when he first told them about him one year before he signed for Manchester United.Luka Milivojevic targets a new Premier League record Andrew Smyth – August 15, 2019 Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic hopes to set the record for the most penalties scored in Premier League history this season.And he insists Milivojevic could have ended up at Arsenal, if they had acted upon his recommendation.“Luka Milivojevic is another player who I recommended,” he said.“I started working with him at a young age, around 12, and then seriously when he was about 15.“He has gone on to play for Crystal Palace and is doing well in the Premier League. He is one of their top players.”Milivojevic was a deadline day signing for Palace in January 2017, during Sam Allardyce’s time in charge.
Friday’s attacks in Paris have once again put the spotlight on security in Europe, especially in France, as terror groups seem to be increasingly able to strike anywhere, anytime, at will.Despite a heightened security environment in preparation for the climate change summit – COP21 – later this month when several heads of state and government are expected to arrive in Paris, such an event occurred.There had been a lot of chatter heard by intelligence agencies here that the terrorists, suspected to be mainly from the Islamic State (IS), were planning something big, either just before or during the summit when over 40,000 persons, including around 50 heads of states would arrive from around the world. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceThe French government had visibly ramped up the security in Paris and the major cities of the country, with all important railway stations and airports being patrolled by army units.The surveillance of suspects within France, as well as outside, had been upped and borders were being monitored very closely. As many as 30,000 security personnel are believed to have been deployed in order to secure the French capital.Yet, the attackers managed to carry out a dramatic attack, duplicating the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, with similar elements of hostage-taking and random attacks on restaurants. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeThe 13/11 attacks were the bloodiest that the French capital has seen since the second World War and were different from the January attacks on the French weekly newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, for many reasons.The first big change in the terrorists’ strategy is the target itself. The January attacks targeted a group of journalists, who the terrorists blamed for insulting Prophet Mohammed, through their caricatures. The second main target was a Jewish grocery store. But Friday’s attacks did not target any particular group. Instead, they were aimed at creating panic, fear and a sense of deep insecurity amongst the French. The attackers picked up venues where the young would be present in large numbers.And it looks that they have achieved their objective of a massive massacre. France has declared a state of emergency, tightened border controls and put greater pressure on its security apparatus.It is evident that the attacks were the handiwork of the IS, the terror group which wants to establish an Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East and parts of Europe.Nearly 2,000 French nationals, mainly Muslims, are believed to have gone to Syria and Iraq to join in the battle led by IS. Some of them may have gone there because of the hype built around the European and US intervention in Libya, Iraq, and Syria.The propaganda clearly swayed many Muslim youths in France who went to join the battle at a time when the French authorities did not really monitor the people going to these countries. Many of them have since returned to France as hardcore sympathisers and see themselves as continuing their jihad in Europe.The French security forces have been requesting additional means – manpower, equipment, and legal backing – to be able to monitor and control high-risk elements, but so far little has come of it.Friday’s attacks may change the equation and the French President Francois Hollande will be under severe pressure to bring in significant changes in the way the country’s security apparatus is run and the means that it has at its disposal.The carnage will also have deep political implications. France is headed for regional elections in less than three weeks and for the first time ever, the extreme right wing party, Front National (FN), led by Marine Le Pen is leading both the traditional parties, the Republicans led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Socialists led by President Hollande, in the recent pol.The attacks are bound to push more French voters towards Le Pen as some have come to believe that they cannot live in peace with the immigrants, especially the Muslim populace. The FN has been calling for stringent curbs on certain sections and certain practices, targeting mainly the Muslims in France who number about 10 percent of its 62 million people.More worryingly for the French political mainstream would be the impact of 13/11 attacks on the presidential elections, slated within 18 months. The divide in the French society is set to become deeper and perhaps more violent in the run-up to the elections. (Ranvir Nayar is a senior Paris-based journalist. Views expressed are strictly personal)