Daily Archives: April 7, 2018


NAIROBI, Kenya- The Kenyan National women’s football team, known as the Harambee Starlets, have an eye on away goals, to boost their chances of progressing in the African Women’s Cup of Nations, first round qualification on Sunday (tomorrow), in Kampala.

Harambee Starlets head coach, David Ouma, says, their best defence of the slim 1-0 advantage they carry to Kampala will be made by playing offensively. Ouma is ruing the numerous missed chances his team failed to exploit, in the first leg match last Wednesday in Machakos.

“I hope it will not come to haunt us in Kampala,” he said in Nairobi. “We take on Uganda with confidence we can win away from home.”

The Harambee Starlets need any kind of draw or win, to progress to the second and final round of qualification, where they will face Equatorial Guinea.

The coach remained hopeful that the team will wade through the murky qualification waters and secure their second shot at the continental premier tournament, after qualifying in the 2017 event, but losing all of their preliminary matches.

“Uganda’s best player is their goalkeeper. We have to find out a new way to make her defence porous. She made three very good saves and kept Uganda in the game on Wednesday,” Ouma said. “I have to polish the skills of the team, especially on crossing the ball in the box and the strikers taking their chances.”


President Ramaphosa mourns the passing away of Ambassador Sipho George Nene

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his sincerest condolences at the passing away of veteran diplomat Ambassador Sipho George Nene.

As a member of the African National Congress, Ambassador Nene served the organisation during exile in Lusaka, Zambia, before joining the diplomatic service of a liberated South Africa in 1994.

He was appointed as South Africa’s first High Commissioner to the Republic of Nigeria and later served as South Africa’s ambassador to Switzerland.

During his tenure as Deputy Director-General: Multilateral Affairs, Ambassador Nene advanced South Africa’s interests in a broad range of international fora.

We have lost a special patriot and career diplomat who flew our flag with distinction and dedicated his period in exile to mobilising our region and continent to secure the liberation of our country, President Ramaphosa said.

Through his leadership in our diplomatic service, Ambassador Nene was instrumental in preparing South Africa’s emerging diplomatic representatives for the dynamics and demands of a rapidly changing world. His contribution therefore lives on South Africa’s regional, continental and global relations.

Ambassador Nene retired from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation two years ago.

Source: Government of South Africa

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, I. Amanatidis’ statement at the ceremony for receiving the Holy Light from Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem (Jerusalem, 7 April 2018)

Your Beatitude,

It is with feelings of respect and great emotion that the Greek delegation witnessed the Holy Light ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre � a symbol of life, a symbol of hope for all Orthodox Christians.

This year we have the honour of receiving the Holy Light from your hands and the privilege of conveying it and the message of the resurrection to Greece.

Through its long history, the Church of Jerusalem has borne witness to Greek Orthodox suffering in the midst of various difficulties, ensuring the continuity of the Patriarchate’s Institutions and the Hagiotaphite Brotherhood.

The Greek state remains a firm supporter of the Ancient Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Hagiotaphite Brotherhood in the effort to safeguard the sacred privileges and spiritual role of the Church of Holy Zion.

Your Beatitude,

I am certain that we are all overcome with the same feelings of reverence, devoutness and hope that the Everlasting Light, on its course from the Holy Land to our homeland, will light the darkness and warm our souls with the message of life, joy, peace and hope.

Christ is Risen, Many Happy Returns!

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic

World Health Day, and the WHO Turns 70

April 7 marks the 70th anniversary of the World Health Organization. It also marks World Health Day. In the past seven decades much has been accomplished, but much still needs to be done.

The World Health Organization has spearheaded efforts to free the world of killer diseases like smallpox. It has formed partnerships to end other diseases, including polio. Only 17 children contracted polio last year. The cases were all in remote areas of Pakistan.

In March, South Sudan joined the list of countries that have stopped Guinea worm disease. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter began the campaign to eradicate guinea worm in 1986 when the parasite afflicted 3.5 million people in Asia and Africa. Since then, the WHO has certified 199 countries, territories, and areas as free of Guinea worm disease.

Access to other lifesaving vaccines, like the measles vaccine, is out of reach for many people. That’s why the World Health Organization declared the theme for this World Health Day health for all.

Good health is the most precious thing anyone can have, said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, in a news release from WHO headquarters in Geneva. When people are healthy, they can learn, work, and support themselves and their families. When they are sick, nothing else matters. Families and communities fall behind. That’s why WHO is so committed to ensuring good health for all.

James Fitzgerald oversees the development of universal health coverage in the Americas at the Pan American Health Organization, a regional division of the World Health Organization.

Much of the world is talking about universal health coverage at the moment. It is one of the global challenges that we have, he said. Universal health care, he added, includes both access to medical care and coverage so families don’t have to impoverish themselves to care for a member who is sick.

But there are barriers that prevent people from accessing care, leaving 2 out of 3 people in the Americas as well as half the people in the world without access to health care.

Fitzgerald explains that the barriers are pretty much universal: lack of health care institutions; not enough doctors, nurses, technicians and others involved in the health industry; and a lack of funds for health at the national, local and individual levels. He also cites social discrimination within the health systems.

It’s a tall order to get countries to invest in national health services. The WHO argues that when people have access to health care, they live more productive lives, epidemics can be held at bay more easily, and the countries are more likely to prosper.

Source: Voice of America