Namibian prime minister: Inclusivity necessary for peace, development

first_img Read Full Story Like its neighbor Botswana, the Republic of Namibia is considered one of Africa’s success stories. Twenty-four years after gaining independence from South Africa, the sparsely populated nation is experiencing political stability, economic growth, and a dramatic reduction in rates of new adult HIV infections.Namibian Prime Minister the Right Honorable Hage Geinbob spoke about leadership challenges in Africa at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) on March 7, as part of the Centennial Dean’s Distinguished Lecture series.In his introduction, Max Essex, Mary Woodard Lasker Professor of Health Sciences, praised Geingob as “an eloquent and effective leader in the Namibian struggle for representation and respect.” A former school teacher turned freedom fighter, Geingob served on the elected assembly responsible for developing the Namibian constitution, which has been described as one of the most liberal and democratic in the world, Essex said. Geingob was elected the country’s first prime minister in 1990, and served for 12 years. He was executive secretary of the Washington, D.C.-based Global Coalition for Africa for several years before returning to service in the Namibian government in 2004.“New Africa is on the march,” Geingob said in his remarks to the HSPH audience. A key to the continent’s development has been a move to a more ????transformational” style of leadership in governments and in the African Union, he said.last_img read more

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United Way Surpasses 2016/2017 Campaign Goal

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Thanks to lots of help from the community, United Way was able to surpass their 2016/2017 fundraising goal.United Way serves three local counties– Alcona, Alpena, and Montmorency. Their goal was set at $214,000 and the organization was able to exceed that goal by over one thousand dollars- totaling a whopping $215,056 raised.Bruce Anschuetz, chairman of the campaign, says that none of this would’ve been possible without our generous community.“That was a very high goal to hit,” said Anschuetz. “We were very happy to hit it its uh not really us that hit it it’s the people and the businesses in the area that’s so giving,” said Anschuetz.The money raised will go towards 13 different agencies that seek to help the community, such as Hope Shores Alliance, the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and more.Although the goal has not been set for the 2017/2018 campaign, the organization is confident that it’ll be another successful year.“They haven’t set the goal yet for us so I don’t know exactly what that is,” said Anschuetz. “But they usually set it pretty high so it’s going to be a hard one to hit, so we’re going to do it three years in a row.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious New Grant Approval For MPCNext Alpena High School Band Members Practiced For Picnic Popslast_img read more

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Golden State reminds Byron Scott of Showtime Lakers

first_imgSo will Scott predict the Lakers will make the playoffs after two missed appearances in consecutive seasons? Scott“This team doesn’t have Magic (Johnson). We’ve got James (Worthy), but not in uniform,” said Scott, who also referenced Kareem Abdul-Jabbar “I don’t think I’ll do that right now.”The Lakers’ current struggles left Scott nostalgic about old times. But so did the Warriors’ play against the Clippers, which reminded him of the heated Lakers-Celtics matchups. “I love that. I miss that a lot,” Scott said. “You feel that hunger, that passion for it. You always feel like you want to be back out there and going through that. You start to feel hatred for the other team.” Change of routine Nothing, not even a 23-point deficit to the Clippers could keep the Golden State Warriors from sustaining their undefeated streak Thursday night. It stood at 13 games and likely counting, including when the Lakers play in Golden State on Tuesday. “The only thing that can stop them are injuries,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said before Friday’s game against Toronto at Staples Center. “They don’t have that championship hangover. I think they want more, which is scary.”The current Warriors reminded Scott of the Showtime Lakers in 1988 when they proved Pat Riley’s prediction correct at the championship parade the year before that his team would repeat. “When he said, guarantee, I knew vacation is over,” said Scott, who began training in early July as opposed to August. “We came back that year even more focused.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell stormed out of the players’ lounge. He then sat on a stability ball to stretch shortly before Friday’s game against Toronto. In pregame warmups, Russell often ends his otherwise serious sessions tossing up 3-pointers with one hand. “He doesn’t sleep and he runs around,” Scott said of Russell. “You have to relax and get off your feet.”Scott said he “gave him suggestions” on what Russell’s pregame routine should entail. Russell reported earlier in the season that Scott told him “it’s not a good routine” to have endless post-practice and pre-game sessions. But it appears Scott wants Russell to stay more disciplined with his practice habits, while also maximizing rest. Scott described Russell as “pretty hyper.”“After shootaround, I’d go home and sit around and look at TV for a little bit,” said Scott, reflecting on his 14-year NBA career. “I turned off everything. I didn’t answer the phone. I ate at a certain time. I took a shower at a certain time. I took a nap for a certain time. Then I got up and came to the game.”Scott plans to follow up with Russell on how he has adjusted his routine. But thus far, Scott has kept his distance.“At times I’ll go up to him and give him a hug,” Scott said. “Other times, I’ll let him figure it out.”last_img read more

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Gov. DeSantis Considers Cuts to State Budget, as Revenues Drop

first_imgThe state’s proposed $93.2 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts on July 1, arrived on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk Wednesday.On Tuesday, the governor warned that he plans to use his line-item veto power in order to make cuts to the budget, due to a loss in tax revenues amid the pandemic.He explained that such cuts could help keep lawmakers from having to revisit the budget before the election.“There’s going to be a lot more vetoes, there’ll be a lot of red,” DeSantis said during a news conference Tuesday.Lawmakers passed the plan on March 19 for the fiscal year that starts July 1.The budget (HB 5001) includes $690 million for Everglades restoration and water projects, as well as $500 million for teacher-pay increases, both of which are priorities to DeSantis.Another $100 million would go to the Florida Forever land-conservation program, while $50 million would be reserved for the Visit Florida tourism-marketing agency and three-percent across-the-board pay raises for state employees. The largest portion of the budget, $39.36 billion, would go toward health and human services programs.Additionally, the budget would boost Medicaid payment rates for nursing homes, and provide additional money to the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities.It also includes $10 million for the Agency for Health Care Administration to hire a contractor who can assist with a Canadian prescription-drug importation program.At the end of the legislative session, Republican leaders put $300 million in reserves to brace against any economic slowdown from the coronavirus.DeSantis plans to move millions of unspent dollars in an economic development program called the Job Growth Grant Fund from the current year to the upcoming year’s general revenue.A May report from the Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic Research said the state’s revenue collections in April were more than $878 million below estimates, largely due to the decline in tourism. Figures for May have not yet been released.last_img read more

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