The death toll from flooding in eastern Kentucky rose to 37 on Monday as more rain hampered recovery operations and possible severe weather overnight threatened to provoke further damage.
“We are ending the day with more heartbreaking news out of Eastern Kentucky.
We can confirm the death toll has now risen to 37, with so many more still missing,” tweeted Andy Beshear, governor of the south-central US state.
” “Let us pray for these families and come together to wrap our arms around our fellow Kentuckians,” he added.
Beshear has said he expects the death toll to continue to rise as search and rescue teams fan out across flood-hit areas and recover more bodies.
Their efforts were hampered by more rain on Monday, with a series of new storms forecast to arrive overnight.
“If things weren’t hard enough on the people of this region, they’re getting rain right now,” Beshear said earlier in the day.
“There is severe storm potential today in all of the impacted areas.
“That is just not right.
” The National Weather Service issued flood watches for most of eastern Kentucky for the evening and into Tuesday morning, warning that “a complex of storms is expected to move over the region tonight.
”“Heavy rain rates which could lead to flash flooding along with severe thunderstorms are possible,” the weather agency tweeted.
Last week, some areas in eastern Kentucky received more than eight inches (20 centimeters) of rain in a 24-hour period, provoking unprecedented flash flooding.
The water level of the North Fork of the Kentucky River at Whitesburg rose to a staggering 20 feet within hours, well above its previous record of 14.
Some areas in the mountainous Appalachia region are still inaccessible following the flooding that turned roads into rivers, washed out bridges and swept away houses.
The floods hit a region of Kentucky that was already suffering from grinding poverty — driven by the decline of the coal industry that was the heart of its economy.
President Joe Biden has issued a disaster declaration for the state, allowing federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.
The eastern Kentucky flooding is the latest in a series of extreme weather events that scientists say are an unmistakable sign of climate change.
Nearly 60 people were killed in western Kentucky by a tornado in December 2021.
The Kalgo Local Government Area of Kebbi has engaged community volunteers to sensitise pregnant women and nursing mothers on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding.
Alhaji Shamsuddeen Faruk-Kalgo, Chairman of the council made this known while launching a sensitisation campaign on the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) with the theme: ”Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support“ held at the Kalgo Primary Healthcare Centre in Kalgo town.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the WBW is celebrated every year across the world from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7 to raise awareness about breastfeeding and its advantages.
He said that the female volunteers have been trained to work as “change agents” in the communityWhile commending the organisers of the event, Faruk-Kalgo, advised husbands to help their wives to ensure children are exclusively breastfed.
”Exclusive Breastfeeding is well-known as an affordable and feasible intervention that improves newborn survival.
”It fulfills the nutritional requirements of infants and protects them from childhood infections including diarrhea and pneumonia,” he said.
Also speaking, the Programme Officer of Breakthrough Action, Kebbi Field Office, Malama Samira Ya’u said the event was organised to sensitise women on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding.
On his part, the Social Mobilisation Officer, Breakthrough Action, an NGO, Mu’azu Suleiman urged women to take advantage of the campaign to rid the society of malnourished children.
Increasing insecurity has made Edo to rejuvenate its forestry laws, last updated 50 years ago, Gov. Godwin Obaseki has said.
“Our forestry laws that have not been updated in more than 50 years now have been updated.
And part of the provisions of the law is that we will now re-energise the institution of forest guards,’’ he said.
Obaseki was addressing a special Security Council meeting with stakeholders in Edo South senatorial district, on Monday in Benin.
“We are currently in discussion with the Federal Ministry of Environment and some other stakeholders to begin the recruitment of the first set of forest police.
“They will support the activities of all the other security agencies.
“We have completed documentation and audit of all our forests in Edo, particularly in Edo South.
“We have done a flyover of all our forests and as we speak, we have set up a new forestry commission,’’ he said.
“We shall enforce local government laws on market places which stipulate that it is only the local government that is entitled to register markets and shut illegal markets.
“Any place where trading is currently taking place and such place has not been registered will be shut immediately as part of new security measures,’’ the governor said.
Gov. Obaseki had held similar meetings with stakeholders in Edo North and Edo Central senatorial districts earlier to review security strategies and tackle insecurity.
He said the government in partnership with relevant stakeholders was strengthening the security architecture and adopting various measures to sustain security in the state.
Some of the measures according to him are bush combing, registration of motorbikes and marketplaces, signing of the anti-grazing laws, and residents’ registration, among others.
“The responsibility of any government in any society is to guarantee the security and safety of the people.
“That is why for us in Edo, given what is going on in the country today, we have decided that security is now our number one priority,’’ Obaseki stressed.
The Country Representative of the World Health Organization (WR), Walter Kazadi Mulombo, has underlined the organization's commitment to support Nigeria in accelerating the implementation of the recently enacted Health Insurance Act. Dr. Mulombo made the commitment during a high-level meeting with the Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, the Director General, the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Professor Mohammed Sambo and a team of the WHO Health Financing Mission.
WHO delegates in Geneva, Regional Office for Africa and Nigeria.
The first high-level WHO Health Financing Mission to Nigeria, led by Dr. Joseph Kutzin, was scheduled to provide sustainable health financing support to the country towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the health security, while carrying out targeted advocacy activities to accelerate the NHIA's operationalization.
Law that includes the Fund for Vulnerable Groups (VGF).
This is in line with WHO's goal of ensuring that all people and communities receive the quality health services they need without financial hardship.
Dr. Mulombo said President Buhari's signing of the NHIA Bill will make health insurance mandatory for all legal residents in Nigeria and expand coverage to more than 83 million poor and vulnerable people.
He expressed optimism that the government will prioritize the immediate appropriation of the Special Intervention Fund in the Law to establish the Fund for Vulnerable Groups.
“Indeed, the task of ensuring that all citizens have access to the quality health care they need without falling into poverty is a deliberate political decision to achieve the cardinal objectives of population coverage, service coverage, and financial protection.
I have no doubt that in a large federal nation like Nigeria, this milestone appropriation of the Special Intervention Fund will be achieved in fiscal year 2023,” he said.
In his remarks, Mr. Mustapha thanked WHO as Nigeria's leading development partner in health and highlighted WHO's invaluable guidance, particularly on the COVID-19 pandemic.
“WHO has shown that it is an organization that cares and attends to the health needs of people.
As for the NHIA, let me congratulate the Director General for his tenacity and determination to make this Act a reality.
I want to thank the WHO and other partners who supported the drafting of the bill.
This modest attempt has brought basic health insurance coverage to vulnerable people, and making it mandatory will go a long way in helping our people manage their income and stay in work in terms of the depressed economy we are witnessing.” The SGF also expressed the government's commitment to allocate the Special Intervention Fund (SIF) in the 2023 national budget for the establishment of the Vulnerable Groups Fund (VGF).
“No family in Nigeria has survived financially by caring for their own cancer patients.
Therefore, the health of our people is the first of our priorities despite the conflicting demands”, he stated.
During his promotional visit to the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Minister commended the unique role WHO is playing in the health sector in Nigeria and appreciated its strong commitment and steadfastness to improve health care for all Nigerians at all times.
Earlier, the mission had visited the NHIA headquarters, where Professor Sambo said that although Nigeria has operated health insurance for the last twenty-three years with low citizen coverage because it was not mandatory, the new law has the potential to accelerate the achievement of universal health.
Coverage for all Nigerians.
The NHIA Director General added that WHO's support so far has been crucial and that the Mission is the first of its kind in the organization's history.
“I have been reliably informed that this is the first high-level mission to the National Health Insurance Scheme Authority now since its inception and I have no doubt that this commitment from the highest and best financing experts in the WHO health will produce credible results.
It cannot be denied that health is one of the critical elements of development.
With the new law and implementation modalities, the NHIA is ready to soon achieve universal health coverage for all Nigerians,” he stated.
The Mission also met with the Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe, the Chairman of the House Health Services Committee, the Honorable Tanko Sununu, the Director General of the Budget, Dr. Ben Akabueze , and Key Partners for Health Development in Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari signed the NHIA bill into law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in May 2022.
China’s population will begin to shrink by 2025, officials have said, as family sizes grow smaller and citizens age.
The world’s most populous country has been grappling with a looming demographic crisis as it faces a rapidly ageing workforce, slowing economy and its weakest population growth in decades.
And although officials relaxed the nation’s strict “one-child policy” in 2016 and last year allowed couples to have three children, the birth rate has plunged to a record low.
“The growth rate of the total population has slowed down significantly, and it will enter a stage of negative growth in the ’14th Five-Year Plan’ period,” the National Health Commission said Monday, referring to the period between 2021 and 2025.
In January, authorities said that forecasts expected the population to enter zero growth “or even negative growth” in that five-year span.
“Presently, our country’s policy system for childbirth support is not perfect, and there is a big gap with population development and the people’s expectations,” the NHC said in its latest report.
The total fertility rate has dropped below 1.
3 in recent years, it added, while the country is expected to enter a stage of severe ageing around 2035, with more than 30 percent of the population older than 60.
Families are also becoming smaller, “weakening” the functions of pension and childcare, the health commission said, calling for improving child-raising support and for policies on housing, education and taxation to help reduce burdens on families.
Authorities in some parts of China are already introducing family-friendly policies in a bid to combat the slowing birth rate.
The eastern city of Hangzhou announced Monday that families with three children would be able to borrow 20 percent more than the maximum limit when applying for housing provident fund loans for the first time.
Other cities like Nanchang and Changsha have also rolled out supportive policies, according to state media.
Higher costs of living and a cultural shift as people grow used to smaller families have been cited as reasons behind the lower number of babies.
The “one-child policy” was introduced by top leader Deng Xiaoping in 1980 to curb population growth and promote economic development, with some exceptions made for rural families and ethnic minorities.
The global population is expected to hit eight billion in November 2022, according to UN projections, with India on course to surpass China as the world’s most-populous country in 2023.
The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has warned against attacks on its workers carrying out their lawful duties.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Michael Joseph, Asst. Director, Public Affairs, LAWMA, on Monday in Lagos.
The statement said the Managing Executive Officer of LAWMA, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, gave the warning against the background of a reported attack by suspected miscreants on its personnel on night duty around the Lagos–Abeokuta Expressway.
Odumboni said henceforth such attack would be met with stiff reaction, including prosecution, to deter offenders.
“We are totally disappointed to hear about attacks on our workers on official duty.
It is totally unacceptable and inhuman.
“LAWMA works round the clock to ensure our environment is healthier and safer for everyone to live.
“Our workers do not deserve to be treated that way.
Anyone caught in such act again will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” the statement quoted Odumboni as saying.
Odumboni urged the public to always cooperate with LAWMA workers, including the Private Service Providers (PSP) operators, to keep the environment clean for the good of everyone.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that LAWMA team had been working day and night to clear the backlog of wastes in the state.
The night operations garnered momentum due to challenges earlier experienced by PSP operators to clear the wastes following the high cost of diesel for their operations.
President Uhuru Kenyatta commissioned the Kisumu railway station on Monday, expressing optimism that rail transport will boost Kisumu's status as an economic hub in the western region.
President Kenyatta noted that the restoration of rail transport in Kisumu will not only reduce the cost of transporting goods along the line, but will also stimulate the growth of industries that will create much-needed jobs for young people.
“Thanks to this train, the cost of traveling from Mombasa to Kisumu will be reduced.
It will also reduce the cost of transporting goods from Mombasa to Kisumu and that will benefit the people,” said President Kenyatta, who is on a two-day working visit to the lakeside city.
The president emphasized the importance of infrastructure in accelerating development, driving economic growth and improving the lives of Kenyans.
Noting that the country could not have made significant progress in developing infrastructure and other sectors of the economy without peace, President Kenyatta urged Kenyans to vote for peace-loving leaders in the upcoming general election.
In this regard, the Head of State urged Kisumu residents to come out en masse and vote for Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance, led by presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua, who advocate peace and unity national.
“We want our country to remain peaceful.
There are two paths one can take.
One is to divide Kenyans, sell lies, plant the seed of hatred, and insult others.
That path leads to destruction, poverty and bloodshed.
I don't think that's the way we want to go.
“There is another way.
This is the path of peace, ensuring justice for all, upholding the truth and uniting all Kenyans.
That route ensures respect, progress and national unity.
That is the path we must follow,” said President Kenyatta.
National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatan said the commissioning of the new Kisumu station, which is part of the 217 km Nakuru - Kisumu railway rehabilitation project, is a game changer in reviving the economy.
from the western region.
The SC said that when Kenya's history is written, President Kenyatta's name will feature prominently because of his focus on infrastructure development in the country.
“…Wherever you go in any part of this country, you will see new world-class facilities and a new road network that have gone hand in hand to enhance development in this country and have created opportunities for our youth,” CS Yatani said.
Kisumu Governor Professor Anyang 'Nyong'o, who also spoke at the event, thanked President Kenyatta for supporting infrastructure development in his county as seen over the past nine years.
Later, President Kenyatta officially opened the Dada Export Processing Zone Limited, an export market garment factory that will create hundreds of jobs for Kisumu residents.
New FC Bayern Munich forward, Sadio Mane says he does not see himself as a global star in spite of his long success run with Liverpool FC and Africa Cup of Nations title with Senegal.
Mane told Bayern’s club magazine in an interview published Tuesday that all that counts for him is the team which also shows in Bayern’s motto Mia san mia (We are who we are).
“People say that about me, but I don’t see myself as a global star at all.
I don’t know where to start with that phrase.
“All I care about is being part of the team.
I do everything for that.
I want to go to the limit for my teammates: score goals, provide assists and win games.
I’m here to give my absolute best for Bayern Munich.
“Everyone knows Bayern identity.
For me, this ‘Mia san mia’ means that the team always comes first.
It’s the togetherness that counts, not the individual.
“That’s what makes FC Bayern so special.
I can identify with this philosophy very easily because I’m firmly convinced this is the path to success,“he said.
Mane won every club title on offer with Liverpool highlighted by the 2019 Champions League and 2020 Premier League titles.
He led Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations title this year and was two weeks ago named African Footballer of the Year for a second time.
Mane is Bayern’s biggest-name summer signing along with Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt, and he scored in Bayern’s 5-3 win over RB Leipzig in the German Super Cup on Saturday.
“I want to bring all my experience to the team and help make it even stronger so that together we can all achieve our goals.
Nowadays, I’m an experienced player and know how to deal with this kind of pressure,” he said.
Bayern’s next match is the Bundesliga opener on Friday at Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt.
Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK or NAU), Awka, Anambra, has appointed the Chairman of United Nigeria Airlines, Prof. Obiora Okonkwo, as the Visiting Professor of entrepreneurship.
Okonkwo made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Monday.
He noted that his appointment was conveyed in a letter dated July 21, 2022 with reference number .
02 signed by the university’s registrar, Philomena Okoye.
Okoye said that Okonkwo’s role would include “teaching, students supervision and research” as well as undertake other “academic related services as the shall assign” to him.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the University of Abuja Business School (UABS) had in April 2022 also appointed Okonkwo as a Professor of Business Studies of the university.
Okonkwo, who holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Political Science (with distinction), from the Russian Academy of Science, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Moscow, will execute the appointments on pro bono basis.
He earned a Master of Science Degree in Economics, also, with distinction, from the Russian Peoples Friendship University, Moscow, and a First Class degree in Economics from the Russian Peoples Friendship University, also, in Moscow.
A successful businessman and intellectual, Okonkwo started out at Onitsha where he had his primary and secondary education which he combined with trading at the Onitsha Main Market.
He also holds a Professional Fellowship Doctorate from the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria and Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators and Mediators of Nigeria.
He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR) and Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (FCE).
Safety and security at football matches are big concerns in Africa.
In 2019, FIFA (www.FIFA.com) signed a historic memorandum of understanding with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the African Union (AU) on this issue.
During the last three years, seminars and workshops dedicated to these topics have been held in the four corners of the Mother Continent.
In the West, in Senegal, we have even innovated in this area through the training of 300 delegates.
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