The practice of FGM in the Sande Bush has sparked a wide range of discussions, with the discussion in some quarters now focusing on whether it can now be eradicated from our cultural existence.While there are wide speculations of its dangers and health risks, traditional women, who have participated in the practice, have argued that they have not experienced any negative side effects. They have, however, maintained that the positive aspects of FGM be mentioned.”I joined the Sande Bush. It hasn’t had any negative effect on me. I’m in my 50s. I’ve been able to take care of my home and so on since then” says E.Musu Kono, a traditional leader from the National Practisioners’ Council of Liberia.On Tuesday January 13, 2015, a media roundtable discussion organized by the Women of Liberia Peace Network (WOLPNET) was held under the theme “Addressing the Issues of the Media- Non Coverage of FGM Cases in Liberia”.The platform enabled strong voices, ideas, suggestions, worries and considerations to be heard by a large audience comprising traditional leaders and all those who hold concerns relative to FGM.Among the attendees were Hon. Joseph Janga, Assistance Minister for Custom and Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, E. Musu Kono from the National Practitioners Council of Liberia and Baba S. Zulu, Vice Chairman of the National Council of chiefs and elders of Liberia.Also invited was Sackah Molubah, a member of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders in Liberia and William Janga, the director of Culture at the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Internal Affairs to name a few.Maye Azango, a female reporter was also present and had an opportunity to voice her opinions and concerns about FGM.“My concern is why is the activity practiced at all when it can ruin so many women and girls’ lives physically and mentally?” she questioned. I know a woman who contracted AIDS/HIV while undergoing the ritual,” Azango said.According to Marian Gonyor, the acting Executive Director of (WOLPNET), four counties were periodically visited on the issue of FGM, including Lofa, Cape Mount and Bomi. A survey was conducted through a questionnaire that was given to community dwellers on the issue.“This year around we want to focus on changing the strategy by working with youths, Zoes and new stake holders. We will be sending out more questionnaires to various counties and we want at least two traditional women from each county assigned while we’re having these discussions,” she added.Meanwhile, Gonyor says they will look into the issue of how children are recruited into the Sande bushes, and what the appropriate age a child should be before being taken there.“For us, we are advocating the rights of the children. We feel that children should be able to go into the society bush at their own will. And we’re also looking at eradicating totally the practice of circumcising girls and women without stopping culture and the Sande bushes,” she added.Meanwhile, Mrs. Vennetta Johnson Freeman, broadcast coordinator for the Liberian women Democracy radio says that her entity has over the years spoken on the issues affiliated with FGM.“We at Democracy radio highlight all the issues that women are faced with and have always looked into this issue. Though we are aware many media outlets have not covered such things in depth, we have,” she told participants.But according to Gonyor, the level of coverage when it comes to the issue of FGM has been drastically low, and the discussion was concentrated on finding ways to bring the coverage ratio to a higher level.“Fear surrounding culture, being afraid to report FGM in the media because of what could happen is what many have stressed as being the reason why they don’t cover Sande bushes,” Gonyor added.According to Azango, she tried to highlight some of the issues relating to FGM years ago and was threatened to the extent that she had to flee into hiding.“There are so many things happening in the bush besides the circumcising of women and girls that needs to be stopped or changed around. Whenever we try to get more information, they threaten to chase behind us, why?” she exclaimed.Meanwhile, Mrs. Roslyn Peters, who is the general secretary for United Nations in Liberia and works to empower young women and girls said, “The problem here is, information that comes out of the media at times is not always appropriate or right. FGM is health related, and I believe the media should be able to give accurate information that enables people to take on the right decisions,” she added.“Help the people to understand the implication when it comes to health, school and development. When it comes to health, find out if standardized tools that are being used are sterilized. Let the public know that there are positive things in our culture, learn the domestics and respect it. It’s not only about circumcision, it’s a school by itself,” she advised.Meanwhile WOLPNET says it intends to hold a national Dialogue Conference that is scheduled to take place February 16-17, 2015. Hundreds of Zoes from 10 counties that practice FGM are expected to be present.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Ulinzi Moses Mwangi in action against Chemelil Sugar.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, August 14- Kenyan Premier League under-20 champions Ulinzi Warriors began their title defense with a 1-0 loss at the hands of Chemelil Sugar in a match played on Sunday at the Camp Toyoyo Ground.Ban Kiprotich scored the winner two minutes into the second half to hand Chemelil a powerful start while the young military side will be forced to work hard in their next match against AFC Leopards’ cubs on Tuesday. In the earlier kick-off, April’s fourth finisher Gor Mahia started off in superb fashion with a 3-1 win over Ushuru.All attention was on the defending champions, who despite the loss, coach Fred Ogot still remains upbeat his side will come good and defend the title.“If you look at last year, we lost one of our group matches and ended up being champions. I’m not worried because we played better today, created more chances than Chemelil but we were not clinical in our finishing,” the tactician told Capital Sport after the match.Ulinzi were the better side in most part of the match but their forward line was thwarted by the impressive Kuol John at the heart of defense.The lanky South Sudanese dealt with all danger aerial and ground threats, contributing to his side clean sheet.“He (John) did his work very well because that is what we brought him four. It was a good team effort and it is great to start with a win. We came here to win this cup and we will work hard to achieve our target,” Chemelil coach Charles Odero said.Chemelil Sugar Kevin Omondi against Ulinzi Stephen Moseti.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAfter both sides sizing each other up in the first half, the second began with more intensity especially with Chemelil scoring early.Kiprotich was handed an opportunity for an easy tap in six yards out after Ulinzi keeper Samuel Odhiambo spilled a shot from the right by George Crowler.Ulinzi missed their first choice custodian Francis Odemba who was the hero in April helping them to the title as he was held up with his school Passenga High preparing for the East Africa School Games which will be held in Eldoret.Five minutes after opening the scores, Chemelil came close to doubling their tally with keeper Odhiambo saving a threat as Kuol volleyed the resultant corner wide after landing the ball isolated on the far left.Ulinzi kept their pressure in search of an equalizer with their three-man attack led by Alex Sunga, Stephen Mueno and Moses Mwangi pumping the pressure on the sugar millers.But their attempt at attacking with cross-balls posed no danger as the lanky Chemelil backline easily dealt with the floated balls.From a counter attack in the 81st minute, Ulinzi keeper Samuel Odhiambo pulled a superb double save to keep his side in contention, first punching a shot from substitute Kennedy Onyango before spreading his body well to deny Innocent Oute from the rebound.With the clock ticking, Ulinzi added more pressure and came close with Mwangi’s fierce shot from the right being saved for a corner by the Chemelil custodian after Mueni brought down the ball under pressure from Kuol to spray the pass wide for his team mate.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The Cobblers could have been forgiven for failing to produce on the pitch as in October 2015, HM Revenue and Customs came knocking at Sixfields Stadium with a winding up petition over unpaid taxes.All that uncertainty at the club could have taken its toll on the players and manager.In the end, Northampton won League Two in the 2015/16 campaign, finishing the season on 99 points.Clarke said: “That never really affected us to be fair. There was stuff going on in the background but the players just got on with it.”“We had a very experienced squad [at Northampton] with a lot of promotion experience within the team. Because the team was doing so well, Chris didn’t actually have to manage the team a lot because the boys were just taking care of it and it just snowballed.“But at the same time the reason that was the case is because he brought the right sort of players in. 5 LIVE ON talkSPORT Getty Images – Getty Bob Mills pays an emotional tribute to Justin Edinburgh However, Wilder was not just the strict enforcer at Oxford.Clarke adds: “He was a man’s man really. He was up for a laugh and a joke. As long as you do things properly he’ll look after you. But he could be quite ruthless.“He got the best out of me as a player.” LATEST no dice Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland However, that summer Wilder and Northampton would part company because the manager received an offer from boyhood club Sheffield United. He couldn’t refuse it.It’s been a whirlwind at Brammall Lane over the last three seasons and now the Blades find themselves in the big time once again.But what is Wilder’s biggest strength?Clarke said: “Probably his man-management – how to get the best out of players. He knows which ones need a kick up the backside, the ones that need an arm around them and the ones that he just needs to leave alone.“His man-management is very good and I think that’s going to stand in him in good stead going into the Premier League because you’ve got to be able to man-manage players on huge amounts of money and it’s a big jump up. That’s a massive thing in today’s game.” And can Wilder keep Sheffield United in the top flight?Clarke added: “It’ll be a tough ask but yeah I think he can. If there’s one thing he can do it’s when things aren’t going well it’s getting his team back on track.“That’s another thing he’s very good at. That might be crucial because it’s going to be a hell of a tough season for them.“I’ve not been in and around the changing rooms [at Sheffield United] but you can imagine the sorts of things that are going on and I’m sure he’s gone about his business in a similar way to what he’s done in the past because it’s worked well.” Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT shining REPLY Getty Images – Getty “One of his strong points is that he knew the players on the other teams inside-out. We’d do tactical stuff towards the end of the week and we’d know the other players inside-out. His knowledge of the league, even in League Two was very good.“One of his favourite sayings was ‘if you lose one or two, you certainly don’t lose three’. I don’t think we ever did that [lose three in a row] because he always got the right sort of players in.”And in May 2010, it was mission accomplished for Oxford as they got back into the Football League four years after being relegated with a 3-1 victory over York City in the play-off final, leaving the Yellows faithful with memories that will last a lifetime.Wilder was unable to get Oxford up another league but his talents were not going unnoticed and he became manager of Northampton in January 2014, bringing Clarke with him in July 2015. LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Wilder and his beloved Blades will take part in the Premier League next season Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder was dubbed the ‘manager of the century’ by fellow coach Phil Brown in October 2017.It seemed a pretty outlandish claim at the time but given Wilder’s Sheffield United will be playing in the Premier League next season – the Blades’ second promotion in the space of three seasons – it’s definitely not the most outrageous claim made in football. 5 5 tense Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 5 Getty Images – Getty Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ deals Getty Images – Getty talkSPORT.com spoke to Clarke, who played under Wilder at Oxford and Northampton 5 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:35Loaded: 6.40%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… whoops REAL DEAL Chris Wilder celebrates promotion with Sheffield United Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Clarke holds the League Two trophy after Northampton’s brilliant 2015/16 season on the pitch IN DEMAND Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Wilder has had brilliant success elsewhere – guiding Oxford United back into the Football League in 2010 and stabilising them in League Two before getting Northampton Town promoted into League One in 2016.To a casual observer Wilder may seem like a normal bloke, born and bred in Stocksbridge, Sheffield but these achievements are far from normal.But what is Wilder the man like and what are the secrets behind his managerial successes?talkSPORT.com had a chat with Ryan Clarke, who played as a goalkeeper under Wilder at Oxford and Northampton in the seasons where both sides got promoted. Clarke believes Wilder’s brilliant man-management skills helps him get the best out of his players gameday cracker Getty Images Belgium vs Scotland – Euro 2020 qualifier – (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTHungary vs Wales – Euro 2020 qualifier – (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Japan vs Scotland – Women’s World Cup – (Friday, 2pm) – talkSPORT 2England vs Argentina – Women’s World Cup – (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORT “You didn’t want to cross him,” Clarke recalls of his earliest memory of Wilder.Clarke, who’s now at National League South club Bath City, arrived at the Kassam Stadium in May 2009 from Salisbury City and admits he wasn’t aware at first that the plan was to win promotion back into the Football League at Oxford. He soon learnt.Intense training sessions with very high standards – no one was allowed to slack off. And if you didn’t buy into Wilder’s methods, you were gone. So whether Wilder can get Sheffield United to make the jump into becoming an established Premier League side remains to be seen.But it’s clear he’s as ready as he’ll ever be for that challenge because he can do a little bit of everything.
Adam Rooney scored after 13 seconds to send Aberdeen on their way to the William Hill Scottish Cup final – but only after a tremendous comeback from holders Hibernian. Aberdeen went two ahead in the 24th minute thanks to a brilliant free-kick from Ryan Christie but they needed a late, heavily-deflected, Jonny Hayes strike to seal a 3-2 victory in a classic Hampden encounter. Hibs, fresh from clinching the Ladbrokes Championship title, had got back in the game thanks to an inspired first-half substitution. Replacement Grant Holt headed them back in it and then set up Dylan McGeouch’s equaliser on the hour mark. It took a large slice of fortune to decide the tie in the 85th minute. Hayes turned away from Marvin Bartley and fired a long-range shot which initially looked harmless, but cannoned off Hibs defender Darren McGregor’s knee and spun inside the post as stranded goalkeeper Ofir Marciano looked on. Hibs threw men forward and Marciano incredibly almost equalised deep into stoppage time but opposite number Joe Lewis produced an acrobatic save from his header following a corner. Aberdeen got off to their flying start despite Hibernian kicking off and winning possession back. Several Dons players swarmed round John McGinn in the centre circle but Bartley won the ball back. However, McGregor sold fellow centre-back Efe Ambrose short with a square pass and Rooney pounced before lifting the ball over the dive of Marciano. Hibs struggled to regain their composure and Aberdeen went two ahead after an ingenious free-kick. Fraser Fyvie was booked for scything down Kenny McLean wide on the right after a one-two with Christie, who had kept his place in the team despite Niall McGinn being passed fit to start on the bench following a groin injury. The on-loan Celtic player repaid manager Derek McInnes’ faith. He spotted an inviting gap and curled a left-footed shot inside the near post with Israel goalkeeper Marciano only able to help the ball in the net from behind the line. Hayes fired just wide from inside the box as Aberdeen continued to look threatening. Hibs head coach Neil Lennon had seen enough by the 34th minute and brought on striker Holt for midfielder Fyvie, who trudged off unhappily and threw a tracksuit top to the floor. But the former Aberdeen player could have had little complaint about the change two minutes later. Martin Boyle took the initiative with a positive run and delivered a teasing back-post cross which Holt headed back across goal and into the net. Hibs maintained the pressure until half-time and the second half started in exciting fashion with both teams getting space to attack each other. Aberdeen right-back Shay Logan fired just wide from long range before McInnes made a tactical switch in the 59th minute, bringing on Anthony O’Connor to form a three-man central defence. It was breached inside 60 seconds. McGeouch ran at the Dons and collected a deft return pass from Holt, which took out Ash Taylor in the inside left channel, before drilling the ball home. Lennon sprinted to the corner flag in front of the Hibs fans to celebrate but he was soon forced into a change as McGeouch limped off for Andrew Shinnie, who lined up against his brother and former Inverness team-mate Graeme for the first time in a competitive match. Hayes and Aberdeen’s Shinnie both had long-range strikes held before McInnes reverted to a flat back four with the introduction of McGinn for Mark Reynolds, who lasted 69 minutes on his comeback from hernia surgery. The tie was evenly balanced and appeared to be heading for extra-time until Hayes’ deflected strike, and Aberdeen survived some late pressure to reach their second final of the season, where they will face either Celtic or Rangers.
Rangers thumped ten-man Motherwell 7-1 at Ibrox.Scott Arfield got the ball rolling for the Light Blues with an early strike, but Curtis Main got the Steelmen back on level terms on 25 minutes.The match turned Rangers’ way just after the half-hour mark when Carl McHugh received two quick-fire bookings and was sent off.First, McHugh was cautioned for a foul on Alfredo Morelos and moments later the defender gave away a penalty when he was adjudged to have handled the ball. Well boss Stephen Robinson was sent to the stands as he protested McHugh’s dismissal, with James Tavernier making no mistake from the spot to restore Rangers’ lead.Morelos powered home a header from a corner to make it 3-1 before half-time.Teenage winger Glenn Middleton slotted home a fourth after the interval, before Arfield grabbed his second of the afternoon.Down to ten men, Motherwell crumbled late on. Summer signing Eros Grezda bagged his first and second goals in Light Blue to put the gloss on a resounding win for Steven Gerrard’s side.
On my way back from Vegas now – a jam packed, 36 hours where I never saw the sun and never left the hotel (and didn’t sleep much) – but well worth the trip all the same. I attended HP’s Discover conference for two days with a primary focus to listen to HP’s top executives and a number of their customers discuss the new Moonshot system that launched just this past April. And it wasn’t hard to do – Moonshot certainly was the rock star of the event!Honestly, I was expecting a lather, rinse, repeat from the recent launch, but was pleasantly surprised to see HP do a double click down into exactly when, where and why a customer would want to use Moonshot…and even more importantly, where not to use Moonshot. This type of clarity was exactly what the audience was looking for in my opinion and Paul Santeler, VP and GM of HP’s Hyperscale division did an excellent job of it in his break out seminar. A few key points: Moonshot is not a replacement for their traditional server systems like the DL/SL line and blades – it’s an augmentation. Designed for light weight, scale out workloads and consumable only in a fully loaded chassis (45 Intel® Atom® S family SOC-based cartridges today, with option to quadruple the density with 180 cartridges with the next gen “Avoton” based cartridges coming later this year) – it’s a platform targeted at web-scale environments with applications written and optimized for light weight, distributed workloadsThe application is “back in charge”. Moonshot is configurable across compute, network and storage based on the application need. Instead of running every DC app on a general purpose server, light weight, scale out applications can run on a flexible, easy to configure infrastructure. One can now optimize across such workloads as static web, batch analytics and simple content delivery, all by turning the knobs on the HP Moonshot system. And although there is only one production cartridge shipping today (based on the world’s first 64-bit, 6W, data center class SOC – the Atom S 1200), soon there will be a range of cartridges that span software compatible Atom to Xeon® processors to address a broader range of workloads.Good things come from collaboration. Intel and HP have been working together on Moonshot for a number of years, since the initial design and development stages. We are proud that HP chose Intel to be the lead partner for Moonshot and we will continue to innovate together and deliver more value to our end users. Together we bring decades of experience, a full platform portfolio and a developed ecosystem just waiting to explore Moonshot. The best is yet to come.Congrats to HP on a successful show. Big kudos to Meg for weaving in Kevin Bacon into the opening keynote (hit me up on twitter at @RaejeanneS if you want more on this!). And thank you for choosing Intel as your collaboration partner.What’s next for Intel in this space? Well, my whirlwind travel schedule continues next week at the ODCA Forecast’13 and GigaOm Structure’13 events in San Francisco, a great confluence of enterprise experts talking cloud adoption at Forecast and industry insiders discussing the future of cloud infrastructure innovation at Structure. In the meantime, for the latest on what Intel is doing with our products, solutions and customers, please visit the IT Center on Intel.com.
Mercedes will see Ferrari’s Singapore self-destruction as a warning, even as they revel in Lewis Hamilton’s sudden 28-point lead, that anything can happen in Formula One and nothing can be taken for granted.Hamilton’s seventh win of the season fell into the Mercedes driver’s lap after title rival Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen collided with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at the start.With six races remaining, and seven wins in 14 now under his belt, the Briton is the clear favourite to take a fourth title this year.But he also knows, as much as Vettel, how fickle the championship can be. (Sebastian Vettel crashes out as Lewis Hamilton wins)Here is the video of the #Crash #F1 #Vettel #Kimi #F1 @PortalHamilton @Team_LH #TeamLH #SingaporeGP pic.twitter.com/EzRduz6JoxLewis Hamilton #F1 (@PortalHamilton) September 17, 2017 Last year Hamilton was leading from pole in Malaysia- the race after Singapore- when his car’s engine expired.The triple champion went on to win four of the last five races but the damage was done and now-retired German team mate Nico Rosberg won the championship by five points.”We mustn’t drop the ball,” team boss Toto Wolff told reporters on Sunday.”We just need to continue and get on with the job,” added the Austrian. “There’s lots of time for cheering when we’ve actually done it.”That said, even Hamilton found it hard to come to terms with the dramatic twist that turned damage limitation — after he qualified fifth with Vettel on pole — into something of a miracle.advertisement”I don’t know why but it’s not sinking in just yet,” he said of the 60th win of his Formula One career. “And also the gap, it’s kind of hard to believe.”I definitely went into today thinking it was about damage limitation, it was trying to minimise the loss somehow. So, to come out the complete other direction, for sure it’s a shock.”Singapore offered Vettel the best chance of striking a blow against Hamilton and the four times champion knows Mercedes are unlikely to be so far off the pace at upcoming circuits.The German may come to look back on Singapore as the defining moment of a campaign that has already had several flashpoints.With six races remaining, Hamilton could before long find himself in a position where he doesn’t need to win another race this season.”Championship-wise it’s a big step forward,” said Wolff, who expressed some sympathy for Ferrari’s plight.”You can kind of feel for Ferrari. I’ve been in the situation of losing both cars, and you can relate how awful that feels for them. But I guess we’re not here to take prisoners.”
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