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first_imgThe Liberian government, through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and UN Women, have signed a US$6.5m agreement to prevent gender based violence in the country.The funding is also intended to strengthen the capacity of institutions helping to tackle Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV).Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell signed on behalf of the government, while the Deputy Country Representative and Officer-in-Charge of the UN Women Liberia, Peterson Magoola, signed for his organization.Minister Cassell said according to GBV statistics there is a relatively slow trend in the fight against this social menace. “From January to August 2016 a total of 931 GBV cases were reported, of which 610 were rapes, compared to January to September 2015 when a total of 1,088 GBV cases were reported nationwide of which 588 were rapes.“Also, between January and December 2014, at the peak of the Ebola epidemic, which was a regional health and developmental crisis, women and children were still violated and a total of 1,392 GBV cases were reported, of which rape accounted for 682. In 2013 a total of 2,159 GBV cases were reported and 1,215 were rapes; 2,495 were reported in 2012, with rape accounting for 1, 501; and 2,383 reported in 2011, with 1,476 rape cases,” she said.UN Women is a global advocate for gender equality working to develop and uphold standards and create an environment in which all women and girls can exercise their human rights and live up to their full potential. The agreement was sealed yesterday at the Gender Ministry during the official launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender, which is also known as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The funding was provided by the Swedish Government through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).Mr. Magoola said the agreement would tackle four key areas with diverse executors.The prevention of gender based violence will be undertaken by UN Women and Gender Ministry, while institution-strengthening will be handled by UNDP and the Ministry of Justice; the communication component is between UNICEF and the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, while coordination is again to be undertaken by UN Women and the Gender Ministry.Minister Cassell emphasized that violence against women, men, girls and boys is a violation of their human rights.She recounted that this year marks the 25th year of the 16 Days of Activism and the 15th commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against gender violence campaign in Liberia. “I wish to call on all of you to help create a healthy and not abusive environment where everyone can enjoy peace with safe spaces,” the Minister said. “This year’s 16 Days will also focus on the launch of the End Child Marriage campaign as well as ending violence against children through the launch of the 116 Help-line for Children. “We have come again to ask our media colleagues, our guests and the listening public to help us strengthen this campaign with the communities, the churches, the mosques, the schools, the traditional leaders and stakeholders to end gender based violence and prevent another woman, another man, another girl, another boy and another child from being abused, from being raped, from being sodomized and from being deprived to live as the result of sexual gender based violence.”The Minister added that “this year’s celebration is being observed under the national theme, ‘From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World; Stop Domestic Violence, End Child Marriage while Educating All.’” The free hotline to enable children to report violence through any GSM company is 116, which has been temporarily installed at the Gender Ministry, but will be officially transferred and installed at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Hyundai Heavy Industries, Lloyd’s Register, Woodside Energy, Anangel Maritime Services and General Electric Company revealed their intention to commence work on a joint project aimed at exploring the sustainability of technologies for large ships, such as very large ore carriers (VLOCs).This was announced at Gastech 2017, a gas and LNG exhibition and conference being held in Japan from April 4 to 7.The first stage of the joint design project encompasses conventional dual-fuel powered VLOC incorporating proved technologies, while at the next stage the parties will investigate the design and benefits of next-generation LNG-fuelled propulsion systems.A program of work has been agreed by the parties to address design, construction and operational aspects including LNG bunkering. The aim is to create a new generation of cost-efficient, safe, reliable and environmentally optimised design for large ore carriers, according to Lloyd’s Register.Since the International Maritime Organization (IMO) nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide emission limitations have been introduced and developments in the global supply of gas increased, there is a need for ship designs to evolve to provide further alternatives to traditional oil-fuelled designs, Lloyd’s Register said in a statement.In this regard, the ship propulsion design burning natural gas is considered as the most favorable option and the adoption of gas storage, supply and propulsion technologies is not only environmentally friendly but also provides possibilities for cost-efficient design and operation.last_img read more

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first_imgzoom US Senators John McCain and Mike Lee have introduced legislation that would permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act to aid recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria and encourage long-term economic growth.While the Trump administration granted a 10-day Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico on September 28, the senators’ legislation, introduced the same day, would provide Puerto Rico with “the permanent, sustainable relief it needs to rebuild.”“While I welcome the Trump administration’s Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico, this short-term, 10-day exemption is insufficient to help the people of Puerto Rico recover and rebuild from Hurricane Maria,” Senator McCain said.“Our legislation would permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act, an antiquated, protectionist law that has driven up costs and crippled Puerto Rico’s economy. For years, I have fought to fully repeal the Jones Act, which has long outlived its purpose to the benefit of special interests. It’s time for Congress to take action, end this injustice, and help our fellow citizens in this time of need.”The Jones Act requires that all goods shipped between waterborne ports of the United States be carried by vessels built in the US and owned and operated by Americans. Shipping costs from the US mainland to Puerto Rico have been estimated to be twice as much as from neighboring foreign islands.last_img read more

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