Petron, F2 Logistics face off in clash of heavyweights

first_imgCha Cruz-Behag shines for F2 Logistics against Cocolife during their game recently. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith the solo leadership at stake, super teams Petron and F2 Logistics clash on Saturday in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Alonte Sports Center in Biñan City.Both unbeaten in three starts, the Blaze Spikers and the Cargo Movers get to test each other’s mettle early, highlighting their vaunted rosters and battle-tested systems that have given them success the past three years.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Motolite-Ateneo shoots for first semifinal berth Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “On paper, we are even. But it all boils down to execution,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos, who is also the national women’s head coach. “They (Cargo Movers) have been playing together for a long time but we have developed our own system ourselves.”Delos Santos, who steered the Blaze Spikers to the Grand Prix title early this year, said that they are looking at the F2 Logistics match as a very crucial part of their title bid.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss View commentslast_img read more

GLSC Board to study legislative review’s complete report

first_imgLand management harmonizationThe Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) Board of Directors will soon study a report on land management in Guyana, following a review by three Guyanese law students from the Hugh Wooding Law School.The preliminary report of the review, conducted by law students Glendon Greenidge, Joshua Benn and Erica Capell, detailed examination of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission Act, the Guyana Forestry Commission Act, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission Act, the Amerindian Act and the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary Agricultural Development Authority Act.From left: Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Trevor Benn; law students Glendon Greenidge, Joshua Benn, and Erica Capell, and Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at the Ministry of the PresidencyThe review also addressed land leases and it recommended the amendment of laws to reflect the kind of inter-agency harmony that is supposed to exist.The preliminary report was on Monday handed over to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon by Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of GLSC, Trevor Benn at the Ministry of the Presidency (MoTP).Benn explained that the students were asked to review the laws and to make recommendations to address the gaps, which they completed within three weeks. The report, he said, will also be presented to the Board of the GLSC for its review and recommendations.Minister Harmon, who had directed the Commission to look into the harmonisation of the laws that deal with land use and management, said that land was always the subject of some kind of controversy in Guyana. He explained that the entire viability of the GLSC was dependent on it being able to exercise the authority, which it was given by law.“The extent to which you have overlapping of authority is the extent to which persons, who are the beneficiaries of State lands sort of dodge in between the raindrops… rather than paying [their] lease[s]… so rather than having a very clear, defined position ,people utilised that lacuna in the law to be able to benefit themselves,” Harmon said.last_img read more

Ebola, AIDS Manufactured by Western Pharmaceuticals, US DoD?

first_img4.    THE NEED FOR LEGAL ACTION TO OBTAIN REDRESS FOR DAMAGES INCURRED DUE TO THE PERPETUATION OF INJUSTICE IN THE DEATH, INJURY AND TRAUMA IMPOSED ON LIBERIANS AND OTHER AFRICANS BY THE EBOLA AND OTHER DISEASE AGENTS.  The U. S., Canada, France, and the U. K. are all implicated in the detestable and devilish deeds that these Ebola tests are. There is the need to pursue criminal and civil redress for damages, and African countries and people should secure legal representation to seek damages from these countries, some corporations, and the United Nations. Evidence seems abundant against Tulane University, and suits should start there. Yoichi Shimatsu’s article, The Ebola Breakout Coincided with UN Vaccine Campaigns, as published on August 18, 2014, in the Liberty Beacon. Sincerely, (f) The UK’s GlaxoSmithKline; and  (c) the US Center for Disease Control (CDC);  (d) Doctors Without Borders (also known by its French name, Medicins Sans Frontiers);  The World Health Organization (WHO) and several other UN Agencies have been implicated in selecting and enticing African countries to participate in the testing events, promoting vaccinations, but pursuing various testing regiments. The August 2, 2014 article, West Africa: What are US Biological Warfare Researchers Doing in the Ebola Zone? by Jon Rappoport of Global Research pinpoints the problem that is facing African governments.  (a) The US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), a well-known centre for bio-war research, located at Fort Detrick, Maryland;  2.  EBOLA HAS A TERRIBLE HISTORY, AND TESTING HAS BEEN SECRETLY TAKING PLACE IN AFRICA (b) Tulane University, in New Orleans, USA, winner of research grants, including a grant of more than $7 million the National Institute of Health (NIH) to fund research with the Lassa viral hemorrhagic fever;  (e) Tekmira, a Canadian pharmaceutical company;   (g) the Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone.  Horowitz (1998) was deliberate and unambiguous when he explained the threat of new diseases in his text, Emerging Viruses: AIDS and Ebola – Nature, Accident or Intentional. In his interview with Dr. Robert Strecker in Chapter 7, the discussion, in the early 1970s, made it obvious that the war was between countries that hosted the KGB and the CIA, and the ‘manufacture’ of ‘AIDS-Like Viruses’ was clearly directed at the other. In passing during the Interview, mention was made of Fort Detrick, “the Ebola Building,” and ‘a lot of problems with strange illnesses’ in “Frederick [Maryland].” By Chapter 12 in his text, he had confirmed the existence of an American Military-Medical-Industry that conducts biological weapons tests under the guise of administering vaccinations to control diseases and improve the health of “black Africans overseas.” The book is an excellent text, and all leaders plus anyone who has interest in science, health, people, and intrigue should study it. I am amazed that African leaders are making no acknowledgements or reference to these documents. Obvious in this and other reports are, among others:  5.   AFRICAN LEADERS AND AFRICAN COUNTRIES NEED TO TAKE THE LEAD IN DEFENDING BABIES, CHILDREN, AFRICAN WOMEN, AFRICAN MEN, AND THE ELDERLY. THESE CITIZENS DO NOT DESERVE TO BE USED AS GUINEA PIGS!  Reports narrate stories of the US Department of Defense (DoD) funding Ebola trials on humans, trials which started just weeks before the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone. The reports continue and state that the DoD gave a contract worth $140 million dollars to Tekmira, a Canadian pharmaceutical company, to conduct Ebola research. This research work involved injecting and infusing healthy humans with the deadly Ebola virus. Hence, the DoD is listed as a collaborator in a “First in Human” Ebola clinical trial (NCT02041715, which started in January 2014 shortly before an Ebola epidemic was declared in West Africa in March. Disturbingly, many reports also conclude that the US government has a viral fever bioterrorism research laboratory in Kenema, a town at the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The only relevant positive and ethical olive-branch seen in all of my reading is that Theguardian.com reported, “The US government funding of Ebola trials on healthy humans comes amid warnings by top scientists in Harvard and Yale that such virus experiments risk triggering a worldwide pandemic.” That threat still persists. I am now reading The Hot Zone, a novel, by Richard Preston (copyrighted 1989 and 1994); it is heart-rending. The prolific and prominent writer, Steven King, is quoted as saying that the book is “One of the most horrifying things I have ever read. What a remarkable piece of work.” As a New York Times bestseller, The Hot Zone is presented as “A terrifying true story.” Terrifying, yes, because the pathological description of what was found in animals killed by the Ebola virus is what the virus has been doing to citizens of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in its most recent outbreak: Ebola virus destroys peoples’ internal organs and the body deteriorates rapidly after death. It softens and the tissues turn into jelly, even if it is refrigerated to keep it cold. Spontaneous liquefaction is what happens to the body of people killed by the Ebola virus! The author noted in Point 1, Dr. Horowitz, chides The Hot Zone for writing to be politically correct; I understand because his book makes every effort to be very factual. The 1976 Ebola incident in Zaire, during President Mobutu Sese Seko, was the introduction of the GMO Ebola to Africa. Dr. Cyril E. Broderick, Sr. Africa must not relegate the Continent to become the locality for disposal and the deposition of hazardous chemicals, dangerous drugs, and chemical or biological agents of emerging diseases. There is urgent need for affirmative action in protecting the less affluent of poorer countries, especially African citizens, whose countries are not as scientifically and industrially endowed as the United States and most Western countries, sources of most viral or bacterial GMOs that are strategically designed as biological weapons. It is most disturbing that the U. S. Government has been operating a viral hemorrhagic fever bioterrorism research laboratory in Sierra Leone. Are there others? Wherever they exist, it is time to terminate them. If any other sites exist, it is advisable to follow the delayed but essential step: Sierra Leone closed the US bioweapons lab and stopped Tulane University for further testing. 1.    EBOLA IS A GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM (GMO) Dr. Broderick is a former professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry.  He is also the former Observer Farmer in the 1980s.  It was from this column in our newspaper, the Daily Observer, that Firestone spotted him and offered him the position of Director of Research in the late 1980s.  In addition, he is a scientist, who has taught for many years at the Agricultural College of the University of Delaware. Thank you very much. Dear World Citizens:I have read a number of articles from your Internet outreach as well as articles from other sources about the casualties in Liberia and other West African countries about the human devastation caused by the Ebola virus. About a week ago, I read an article published in the Internet news summary publication of the Friends of Liberia that said that there was an agreement that the initiation of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was due to the contact of a two-year old child with bats that had flown in from the Congo. That report made me disconcerted with the reporting about Ebola, and it stimulated a response to the “Friends of Liberia,” saying that African people are not ignorant and gullible, as is being implicated. A response from Dr. Verlon Stone said that the article was not theirs, and that “Friends of Liberia” was simply providing a service. He then asked if he could publish my letter in their Internet forum. I gave my permission, but I have not seen it published. Because of the widespread loss of life, fear, physiological trauma, and despair among Liberians and other West African citizens, it is incumbent that I make a contribution to the resolution of this devastating situation, which may continue to recur, if it is not properly and adequately confronted. I will address the situation in five (5) points: 3.    SITES AROUND AFRICA, AND IN WEST AFRICA, HAVE OVER THE YEARS BEEN SET UP FOR TESTING EMERGING DISEASES, ESPECIALLY EBOLA About the Author:  The world must be alarmed. All Africans, Americans, Europeans, Middle Easterners, Asians, and people from every conclave on Earth should be astonished. African people, notably citizens more particularly of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are victimized and are dying every day. Listen to the people who distrust the hospitals, who cannot shake hands, hug their relatives and friends. Innocent people are dying, and they need our help. The countries are poor and cannot afford the whole lot of personal protection equipment (PPE) that the situation requires. The threat is real, and it is larger than a few African countries. The challenge is global, and we request assistance from everywhere, including China, Japan, Australia, India, Germany, Italy, and even kind-hearted people in the U.S., France, the U.K., Russia, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and anywhere else whose desire is to help. The situation is bleaker than we on the outside can imagine, and we must provide assistance however we can. To ensure a future that has less of this kind of drama, it is important that we now demand that our leaders and governments be honest, transparent, fair, and productively engaged. They must answer to the people. Please stand up to stop Ebola testing and the spread of this dastardly disease. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP to Nagamootoo: “Stop spouting hot air; bring on no-confidence motion”

first_img…motion to be debated in December after Budget presentation, debateFollowing what it refers to as “vacuous ramblings” of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on the no-confidence motion against the Coalition Administration filed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is calling on Government to put the motion up for debate at the earliest time possible.The Opposition said on Friday that in an attempt to make a ridiculous case that the no-confidence motion is an act of desperation and would be defeated, Nagamootoo has comically and desperately sought to argue for a delay in debating it.“As they say, ‘the proof of the pudding is in the eating’. Nagamootoo should stop spouting hot air and bring on the no-confidence motion for debate earliest. Despite all the “fat talk”, the truth is he is scared to death to do so. Instead, he parrots the Government’s position that the budget must be presented and debated first,” theOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoPPP declared in a missive on Friday evening.The PP has also said that Government must accept the reality that Nagamootoo is widely regarded as a “political joke” in Guyana, and should be the last person assigned the responsibility of publishing the Government’s position; that is, if the Government wants that position to be taken seriously by the nation.“This man simply has no credibility in the eyes of the Guyanese public, because of the number of lies which he has spoken and written over the years. Only recently, he threatened to demolish the PPP at Whim and at the Local Government Elections (LGE). The results show that not even the backers voted for his candidates at Whim, and the AFC received less than 4 per cent of the total votes cast at the LGE,” the party posited.The PPP went on to address Nagamootoo’s claim of “fear and desperation”, reminding him that as Leader of Government Business, instead of leading his troops to Parliament last Friday, he led them into hiding at Congress Place; and with the gates securely locked and the environs surrounded by a band of aggressive APNU supporters, he then puffed his chest to the press as he declared that he is not afraid of the no-confidence motion.“We reiterate our call for the no-confidence motion to be debated in the Parliament earliest, and we respectfully demand that the National Assembly puts the Motion up for debate. We say to the Government, ‘Stop the grandstanding outside the National Assembly and come to the National Assembly to debate the Motion’,” the Opposition has declared.Hours before the PPP missive was issued on Friday evening, Prime MinisterPrime MinisterMoses NagamootooNagamootoo, in an address to the public that was streamed live on Department of Public Information’s (DPI) facebook page, asserted that the motion will not be debated before the presentation and debate of Budget 2019.However, while the Prime Minister assured that his administration is committed to debating the no-confidence motion, a date for its debate has not been fixed.“We’re not running away from a no-confidence motion, we are prepared for a discussion on any such motion, but we believe that there are some issues that take precedent over such a motion…We will debate this motion, we will have this motion discussed, and we will defeat it; because it is not a viable motion, it is a motion that is bred out of desperation; it is a motion that is bred out of Opposition frustration; it is a motion that is bred by this opportunism to look forward to the new wealth of Guyana and trying to destabilise our beautiful country,” Nagamootoo posited in his Friday afternoon address.Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs, has written the Parliamentary Opposition, informing them that their motion will not be heard before the 2019 Budget is dealt with by the House.Finance Minister Winston Jordan is schedule to present the National Budget on Monday, November 26, 2018, and debate is expected to commence one week after, with Consideration of the Estimates beginning the following week.last_img read more

9th Annual  2 X 2 Bonspiel taking place at Taylor Curling Club

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The Taylor Curling Club is getting ready to host the 9th Annual  2 X 2 Bonspiel.Each team must consist of two students with a student playing skip or third.Entry fee is $80.00 per team.- Advertisement -The Bonspiel will include supper, prizes, and medals.The 2 X 2 Bonspiel is taking place March 8 and 9, 2019, at the Taylor Curling Club.To register for this event, you can call Wendy Kimmie at 250-789-9089.Advertisementlast_img

Duke players file federal civil suit over rape charges

first_imgA high-profile rape case turned into a civil-rights case on Friday as three former lacrosse players at Duke University filed a federal lawsuit against former District Attorney Michael B. Nifong, the city of Durham, N.C., and 12 other defendants. In a 162-page complaint, Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans sought redress for what they described as “one of the most chilling episodes of premeditated police, prosecutorial, and scientific misconduct in modern American history.” The plaintiffs requested an unspecified amount of money to cover legal fees, as compensation and punitive damages, as well as “whatever additional relief the Court may deem proper.” They reportedly had demanded $30 million during settlement talks with the city, but the two sides could not agree on terms. The proposal far exceeded the city’s insurance policy for “wrongful action,” leaving it in a financial bind, according to those reports. The students are also demanding an overhaul of the city’s system of law enforcement, including measures to improve transparency, establishment of a citizen review board and the appointment of an independent monitor to oversee the Durham Police Department for 10 years. The monitor would have wide authority over policy, senior staffing and training. The defendants, who include the city’s police commissioner, two police detectives and the chief of the private lab that performed DNA tests for the case, “willfully ignored and were deliberately indifferent to overwhelming evidence of plaintiffs’ actual innocence,” the complaint said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fantasy Football tips: Five cheap goalkeepers for your Dream Team XI

first_img latest Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade revealed What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 6 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker Most Popular Premier League News smart causal Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes predicted Undoubtedly a fine signing by Wolves, Patricio will still have to prove himself a Premier League player given it’s tougher for goalkeeper’s to adapt. As a seasoned international, though, this should be elementary, and at this price he’s worth a punt. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP 6 ALTERED The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 6 The Slovakian star made quite the impact from February onwards and was rewarded with a permanent deal at St James’ Park. He’s a decent acquisition and managed an average of 2.9 points a game last term, putting him on the fringes of the elite glovesmen in the Premier League. center_img Depending on how you feel about the Seagulls’ ability to evade ‘second season syndrome’, you may want to snap up the Australian World Cup star. Now he’s settled in the Premier League he’s likely to improve on last year’s score. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Rui Patricio (Wolverhampton Wanderers) – £2.5m Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield) – £1.5million SORRY When it comes to playing Dream Team, it’s not only goals and assists you need – clean sheets are vital too.The Premier League has some great goalkeepers but signing them could really hit you in the pocket – David De Gea costs £4.5million. 6 6 Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Mathew Ryan (Brighton) – £2million Undoubtedly a fine signing by Wolves, Patricio will still have to prove himself a Premier League player given it’s tougher for goalkeeper’s to adapt. As a seasoned international, though, this should be elementary, and at this price he’s worth a punt. changes Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham) – £2.5million silverware 6 Can these shot-stoppers save you some cash? Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United) – £2million If you desperately need to pinch the pennies then a cheap glovesman might be the perfect tonic.So, before you click confirm on your 11-man selection, as you attempt to win some of the £400,000 on offer in the free to play game, check out our tips below. If you’re really desperate for a dollar, your go to man has to be the Terriers’ great Dane. He’s not the best in the Premier League but he’s first choice for his club and capable of man of the match displays – perfect for an extra five points.last_img read more

MOJO GOGO TO APPEAR ON RTE’S ‘OTHER VOICES’

first_imgThey’re one of Ireland’s hardest-working bands.Mojo GoGoAnd if you haven’t seen them play live, then sit back and relax in your living room.Because Mojo GoGo are coming to a television set near you. The Donegal four piece will appear on RTE’s Other Voices on Sunday night next.The programme, which is presented by Aidan Gillen, features to cream of up-and-coming music talent from Ireland and elsewhere.And when you are blown away by their TV performance, go out and see Mojo at a live venue near you.MOJO GOGO TO APPEAR ON RTE’S ‘OTHER VOICES’ was last modified: April 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MOJO GOGOOTHER VOICESRTElast_img read more

Live updates: Raiders collapse again, lose to Dolphins

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.) It would probably be a good idea for Oakland to put some pressure … Get live updates, news and analysis as the winless Raiders hope to get their first win in the new Jon Gruden regime when they travel to face the Dolphins in Miami on Sunday at 10 a.m.Oakland’s recent history in the East Coast time zone doesn’t offer a whole lot of hope — the Raiders have lost 21 of their last 26 games on the East Coast.last_img

Burundian men empower women

first_imgWomen leaders in Mutimbuzi commune, Bujumbura-Rurale Province in Burundi.(Image: Jane Some, Irin News)  For a long time, Merthus Ntahobakuriye did not think much of being drunk daily or refusing to help out with household chores. He sold the little his family had to maintain his drinking habit.“Whenever my wife went to work in the field, she would come back to find that I had sold everything I could lay my hands on. One day she got a goat from her family; I couldn’t resist selling even this one,” the 53-year-old Ntahobakuriye told a meeting of women leaders in the commune of Mutimbuzi, Bujumbura-Rurale Province, which surrounds the Burundian capital, Bujumbura.Ntahobakuriye is one of dozens of men known in Kirundi as Abatangamuco (“those who bring light where there is darkness”).They are identified by the community and, with the help of international NGO Care, help empower women by raising men’s awareness of gender-based violence and other practices which denigrate women.Michelle Carter, head of Care Burundi, told Irin: “One of our biggest successes in Burundi has been the Abatangamuco – these men are revolutionaries, going against tradition and supporting women. It starts off with stopping the beating at home, and now some of these women are in political office. The challenge is the country needs more Abantagamuco and empowered women.”Care runs women empowerment programmes in several provinces, focusing on psycho-social wellbeing; legal and cultural empowerment; and maternal health.The Abatangamuco programme, according to Nicedore Nkurunziza of Care Burundi, was established two years ago to empower women by getting reformed men to testify before the community, and in the process get more men to emulate their changed behaviour.“This approach is interesting because it gets men to know that they can change their ways,” she said. “Even the government has found this approach useful and sometimes calls on the Abatangamuco to testify on social issues such as marriage and what it entails.”A turn for the betterFor Ntahobakuriye, life took a turn for the better when he heard one of these reformed men, from another commune, tell his story.“It was as if he was recounting my life. As a consequence of my actions, my wife was depressed and suicidal, my children didn’t go to school as I could not raise school fees and I realised I was starting to be adulterous,” Ntahobakuriye said.“Moreover, as I had not legalised my marriage, my wife became very insecure. Then Care came to our village and a Mutangamuco started sensitising us. From then on, I started changing; the drinking decreased and I started helping my wife with chores.“As I had sold everything, we were sleeping on the floor, but this changed soon thereafter. We started raising goats and soon enough we built a new house, as the one we were living in was leaking badly. I got the children enrolled in school. Eventually, I became a Mutangamuco after the community verified that I had, indeed, reformed.”More women electedThousands of women from 290 solidarity groups have benefited from Care’s Abatangamuco programme – as well as another on leadership, known as the Women Empowerment Programme, which helped get hundreds of women elected in local elections held country-wide in the middle of the year.Of the 35 000 candidates who presented their credentials for local elections in Bujumbura-Rurale Province in May, 8 000 were women, according to Care. The organisation contributed to the implementation of a national strategy to mobilise women to participate in the electoral process in accordance with Burundi’s constitution, which provides for 30% of seats going to women.Odette Ntirampeba, who was elected in Kinyinya Hill, Rukarama Zone, said the empowerment programme enabled many women to get elected because they were trained in uniting for a common cause.“We learnt, through training, that women can elect other women; we know that women often number more than men and they are the ones who turn out to vote, so why were we letting men defeat us?” Ntirampeba said.“At our hill, we had five women contestants against 20 men; the men had money and we didn’t, but thanks to Care’s programme most of the women got elected because women voters were united behind them.”last_img read more