Health ministers urged to think more like economists

first_img Read Full Story Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus called on health ministers at the fifth annual Ministerial Forum for Health Ministers at Harvard to think of health as an integral part of economic development and to recognize productive work by women and young people as a critical factor in advancing national health and economic growth in their nations. Making health a priority could foster opportunities for collaboration with other government ministries and produce a coordinated approach to human development and economic growth, he said.Ten serving ministers from Africa, Latin America, and Asia participated in the forum, held June 12-15, 2016 at Loeb House in Cambridge, MA. The participants were supported by an expert resource group of 10 former and long-serving cabinet level officials from around the world. The forum, the flagship component of the Ministerial Leadership in Health Program, is a joint initiative of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School. Ninety four ministers from 53 countries have participated in the MLIH Program since its launch in 2012.Yunus and Grameen Bank, which he founded, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for work to “create economic and social development from below.” Grameen Bank’s objective has been to grant poor people micro-credit—small loans on easy terms. According to Yunus, offering small loans to women in impoverished households in Bangladesh has enabled several million women to develop micro-enterprises, or small businesses.last_img read more

Fit-again Rodwell out to impress

first_imgJack Rodwell hopes he has put his injury-plagued start to life at Manchester City behind him and is ready to play a more major role for Roberto Mancini’s side. Press Association The England midfielder cost City £12million when he signed from Everton last summer but he has made only nine appearances, two of them starts. Hamstring problems have been the main source of Rodwell’s frustration and he was out for more than three months between October and January. Since returning to fitness he has made three substitute appearances, including playing the final half-hour of the FA Cup fifth-round victory over Leeds on Sunday. The 21-year-old said: “I have been working really hard, keeping up my work and feeling as fit as ever.” center_img He added: “There is great competition, and I knew that when I joined, so I have to be patient, keep working, and see what happens. The manager knows how versatile I can be – I can play along the back as well, so I hope that is to my benefit in getting a few more games. “My main aim now is to stay fit. That has been my main problem for the last year or so, an inability to stay fit and shrug off little injuries. That has held me back and I think, if I can stay fit, the games will come.” Rodwell has left no stone unturned in attempting to solve his hamstring issues, including changing his car, and he is putting in an extra hour and a half’s work every day to try to ensure they are a thing of the past. He said: “You have to rule out everything and then nothing can be a problem. I think it has worked, but it is more to do with the gym work I have been doing with City. The physios have highlighted that and done a really good job. I have stuck to a six or seven-week programme where I have not had a day off. “I have hammered the work, done a lot of hamstring work and luckily, touch wood, it has worked. I intend to keep that up for the rest of my career. Hopefully I will stay fit and strong.” Rodwell, twice capped by England, has played most of his football in midfield but believes his future could lie in central defence and has his eye on a similar career progression to City captain Vincent Kompany. “Any player at City is prepared to play anywhere, and I’m no different,” said Rodwell. “Midfield, defence, I have even played out wide for Everton, so I will do a job anywhere and give 100 percent. Vinny is a good player, and I look up to him, watch his game and would definitely take the same path as him. He started out in midfield and is now one of the best centre-halves in the world.” last_img read more

Dalung Unveils Abuja World Cup Village, Challenges Eagles to  Excel

first_imgBy Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaSports Minister, Solomon Dalung has commissioned the Abuja World Cup viewing Centre.The centre will enable the members of the public, to view all the 64 Russian 2018 matches for the next 31 days, on a mega TV screen in the heart of the nation’s capital.The three principal partners that came together to conceive the Abuja World Cup viewing centre are: Kefas Ropshik, Managing Director of Kefiano Autos; Agaba Ikwue of Aden360 and Opukiri Jones-Ere,  the Managing Consultant Erupts Sports.At the unveiling, Dalung commended the organisers for giving Nigerians, who cannot afford to travel to Russia for the World Cup equal opportunities to watch the game they love the most, especially the Super Eagles ofNigeria.The minister also appealed to other private organisations to emulate the initiative of the organisers by giving back to the society through their investment.“It is only in Nigeria that we have people with a lot of money, but they don’t invest. Any resource that is not invested does not add value to the economy. He, however, lowered his expectation, advising Nigerians that while planning for the success of the Eagles, government has also projected for their failure in the World Cup campaign.The minister asked Nigerians to also prepare their minds for disappointment so that they are not devastated when they results they expect are not forthcoming.“But my honest projection is that our team will go beyond the first round and the round of 16 that have consistently remained our benchmark, ” Dalung said. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramcenter_img “The organisers of this event put their resources together to create a scenario where people that cannot afford to travel to Russia for the World Cup would freely walk in here to watch all the matches live. By this singular gesture they have satisfied the national passion of the less privileged Nigerians. I challenge other private organisations to emulate this gesture and try to look at the areas they can invest,” Dalung said.The Super Eagles are one of the 32 teams that will be participating in the coveted global football fiesta across Russian cities.Dalung, who noted that the team qualified for the World Cup without recourse to the Presidential Task Force, and huge financial vote, however, insisted that he expected the team to return with the World Cup next month.“I am a very optimistic person and that has to with my life. Through out my life journey, I don’t see anybody beating me and I don’t see any hurdles before me that can’t be overcome. I don’t expect anything less either from the team beside winning the cup. That is my prayer and optimism and plan for the team,” Dalung said.last_img read more

MansionBet sponsors World Pool Masters’ quarter centenary

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Submit MansionBet has been announced as the title sponsors of the World Pool Masters, as the tournament celebrates a quarter of a century.Returning to Gibraltar after a successful tournament last year, the 25th annual event, set to be broadcast live on Sky Sports, takes place between March 2-4.Karel Manasco, CEO of Mansion, said: “We are always looking at platforms for brand promotion, and as a Gibraltar-based company, the location combined with the international exposure of this popular event, made our title sponsorship of the World Pool Masters a natural fit.”The ‘MansionBet World Pool Masters XXV’ is set to see a variety of former champions return to the tournament, attempting to reclaim their crown on its quarter centenary.Amongst the names set to feature are Francisco Bustamante, Earl Strickland and Ralf Souquet, who will be competing among a star-studded 16-man field for the $20,000 top prize.Barry Hearn, Chairman of Matchroom Sport, added: “We are delighted to have MansionBet on board as title sponsor of pool’s biggest invitational event.“We are celebrating the silver jubilee of this magnificent tournament and as such the field is packed with some of the biggest names in pool, all great champions in their own right. “With live TV coverage on Sky Sports and over 100 other countries across the globe, I know we are in for an exciting weekend of world-class sporting action in Gibraltar.”Online sportsbook brand Mansion has a strong history of sporting sponsorship’s, most notably as principle partner of Premier League side AFC Bournemouth, with the firm stating this latest deal “provides an international platform for their latest sportsbook brand, which launched earlier this year.” Most recently Mansion agreed a fresh partnership to become official sponsor of boxer George Groves, ahead of the WBA super-middleweight world champion’s highly anticipated bout with Chris Eubank Jr. EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more