Improving access to health care

first_imgA new report, titled: ‘Tracking Universal Health Coverage: 2017 Global Monitoring Report’, published by the World Bank and the World Health Organisation last week, has stated that at least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services, and each year, large numbers of households are being pushed into poverty because they must pay for health care out of their own pockets. This is indeed unacceptable and it is hoped that governments and policy makers would make the bold decisions and do what is necessary to ensure that persons have adequate access to affordable and proper health care services.According to the report, around 800 million people spend at least 10 percent of their household budgets on health expenses for themselves, a sick child, or other family member. For almost 100 million people, these expenses are high enough to push them into extreme poverty, forcing them to survive on just US$1.90 or less a day.World Bank Group President Dr Jim Yong Kim has said the report makes clear that if we are serious – not just about better health outcomes, but also about ending poverty – we must urgently scale up our efforts on universal health coverage. According to Kim: investments in health, and more generally investments in people, are critical to build human capital and enable sustainable and inclusive economic growth. However, he pointed out that the system is broken; as such, there is need for a fundamental shift in the way resources are mobilized for health and human capital, especially at the country level.That said, there is some good news: The report shows that the 21st century has seen an increase in the number of people able to obtain some key health services, such as immunization and family planning, as well as antiretroviral treatment for HIV and insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malaria. In addition, fewer people are now being tipped into extreme poverty than at the turn of the century.But progress is very uneven. According to the report, there are wide gaps in the availability of services in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. In other regions, basic health care services such as family planning and infant immunization are becoming more available, but lack of financial protection means increasing financial distress for families as they pay for these services out of their own pockets.This is even a challenge in more affluent regions, such as Eastern Asia, Latin America and Europe, where a growing number of people are spending at least 10 percent of their household budgets on out-of-pocket health expenses. Inequalities in health services are seen not just between, but also within, countries: national averages can mask low levels of health service coverage in disadvantaged population groups. For example, only 17 percent of mothers and children in the poorest fifth of households in low-income and lower-middle-income countries received at least six of seven basic maternal and child health interventions, compared to 74 percent for the wealthiest fifth of households.Delivering adequate health care and providing the key elements of Universal Health Care (UHC) to all has always been a challenge for developing countries, with limited resources and underdeveloped systems. As once stated by Health Minister Volda Lawrence, it is known that creating awareness with regard to social determinants of health; promoting health at all levels of the community; ensuring that healthy public policies are in place; and developing and implementing innovative approaches that work, along with a public/private mix that addresses the high-end needs, can arrest the escalating demands faced by countries.We believe that stronger efforts must be made by developing countries, including Guyana, to revise financing at national levels, so that health could be positioned as a top priority for funding. Among other critical areas that need urgent support, there should be targeted allocation of resources to address the growing shortage of health workers and improve conditions at hospitals and other community health centres, so that patients could be better served.Every Government must seek to increase investments in the health sector, so as to improve health care delivery at all levels. Without affordable and effective health care, it would be very difficult for children to reach their full potential. Similarly, without a healthy, productive population, societies would not be able to realize their aspirations.last_img read more

Why Loyal Fans Are More Important Than A Casual Fan Base

first_imgDreaming of living as a professional musician by making money in the industry depends on several factors. One of these factor is having a loyal fan base who can take you from just being a mainstream artists to a more professional musician who makes money from his work.Why is a loyal fan base necessary?A large fan base is necessary at some point for an artist to gain fame quick, but it is a loyal fan base that determines how long you will still in the industry. And the success you will accumulate.A person who is not a loyal fan can purchase your work and lose appetite for it quickly, making that artist to be forgotten soon.“Think about how many artists have been ‘the next big thing’ only to be forgotten soon after,” said Tom Hess, a touring guitarist, recording artist and a former member of the band Rhapsody of Fire from 2010 until 2013.However, loyal fans will have value for your product including buying your CD, merchandise and attending all of every concert because they need your autograph frequently as possible.While it is true that CDs and ITunes sale has drop drastically in the music industry around the world and streaming services is taking the music, making music almost free and giving little compensation to artists, a loyal fan base solve the problem of not making money from your music.For international artists like Beyoncé, Abele and Taylor Swift they continue to make millions of dollars through the sale of CDs and downloads despite the decline in CDs and download sales.But these women power to attain such a status is accumulated through their loyal fan base, who are willing to support them in everything.“If you want to make money with your music, a smaller number of dedicated fans are more valuable to you than large number of casualfans,” said Tom Hess.Also, the author of wired magazine Kevin Kelly said: “1,000 loyal fans are enough for an artist to earn a comfortable living. Let’s say you have 1,000 real fans, each spending U$100 per year on your music and merchandise that would equal U$100 per year of income.”How to Grab Loyal FansAs veteran Liberian music critic Ernest Bruce put it fans are the real investors in the music industry, and artists have the service to give. So to keep in direct contact with people who begin supporting your career at the early stage is essential to convert them to loyal fans.Making these newly converted fans feel that they are part of the artist career development, it makes them grow the trust and loyalty over time toward that artist’s career.The direct contact can be archived via social media, autographs signing and free exclusive items. And when this is done, a fan never regrets to support all your work, talking about your music to colleagues and defending you in the midst of criticism.Tom Hess added: “So rather than aiming for becoming an overnight sensation with just one single, aim at creating just 1,000 true fans.This is a realistic goal to achieve, and it will help you make money with your music while maintain a stable music career. You can always grow and expanded from there.”To learn more about how to build a loyal fan base read one of our previous articles: How to Build a Fan Base: Strategy for Liberianartist.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sublime Baines sets Everton on path to fifth

first_img0Shares0000NEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, England January 3 – eighton Baines scored a sensational free-kick as Everton came from behind to win 2-1 at Newcastle United on Wednesday and climb to fifth place in the Premier League.The England left-back beat Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul with a wickedly swerving strike from 30 yards two minutes before half-time, after Papiss Cisse had put the hosts in front after only 65 seconds.On the day Newcastle announced that they had agreed to sell Demba Ba to Chelsea, Cisse was keen to impress, but it was Everton who took the spoils thanks to a 60th-minute winner from substitute Victor Anichebe. The victory took Everton to within two points of fourth-place Chelsea, while Newcastle, who had prospective new signing Mathieu Debuchy of Lille watching in the stands at St James’ Park, remain 15th.Despite Ba’s absence, Cisse was deployed in a wide role, but he wasted no time in stating his case for a central starting berth.There was barely a minute on the clock as Krul launched a high kick downfield and when Everton centre-backs Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin both missed the ball, Cisse stole in to loop a header over Tim Howard.The Newcastle fans struck up a cheery chorus of ‘Are you watching Demba Ba?’, and Cisse would have given them even more to smile about in the fourth minute had he got a touch to Shola Ameobi’s inviting low cross.Everton roused themselves, and Krul had to produce a flying save to keep out a curling Baines free-kick before throwing himself at the feet of the same player moments later.Newcastle threatened again on the half hour, James Perch heading against the post from Vurnon Anita’s left-wing free-kick, while Krul produced a fine block to thwart Steven Pienaar at the other end.Baines had created Pienaar’s chance and in the 43rd minute he took matters into his own hands, levelling the scores with an outrageous 30-yard free-kick that beat Krul with a devilish swerve.Ameobi came close to restoring Newcastle’s lead in the 58th minute, but after brilliantly cushioning Sylvain Marveaux’s lofted pass on his instep, he could only flick the ball wide of Howard’s left-hand post.Everton responded instantly, Nikica Jelavic haring down the left and crossing for Anichebe to tap home from close range.Newcastle had their chances to equalise, Howard saving from Cisse and then spreading himself brilliantly to thwart Davide Santon, but Everton held on.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

On the road alone in L.A.

first_imgAccording to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau, Bernal and everyone else aren’t alone in being alone. Nearly nine out of 10 workers drive to their jobs each day, 77 percent by themselves. “Being from L.A. you know that everyone’s in their car,” said Celia Boertlein, a statistician-demographer with the Census Bureau. “The only time you’re not dependent on cars is if you have really extensive public transportation and you don’t have a lot of far-flung workplaces.” In Los Angeles, cars have it over public transportation in spades in a city with a disjointed series of subways, buses and light rail linking its 465.9 square miles of territory. With 74 percent of its residents schlepping alone from Chatsworth to San Pedro or Sylmar to Watts, it ranked worse than the 72 percent of lonely motorists in Chicago, 63 percent in San Francisco and 51 percent in New York. Only 10.3 percent of commuters opt for public transit in L.A., putting it behind smaller cities, including Minneapolis, Oakland, Portland, Ore., and Seattle. Los Angeles has been so car-centric in its development, the automobile has become part of locals’ identities – one without room for someone else barging into the passenger compartment. At 4:45 a.m., when most drivers are at home, snug in their beds, Allen Bernal is hitting the road. He leaves his Laguna Niguel home, makes his way to the 405 north and drives 80 miles to his job in Woodland Hills. After a full day in the information technology department at Health Net Inc., he gets on the road and does it all over again – alone. “That’s the sign of the times – you’ve got to go where the jobs are, and my family didn’t want to move,” Bernal said, gassing up his Honda Civic Hybrid. After losing his car-pool buddy, Bernal bought the hybrid expressly so he could go solo in the car-pool lane, shaving precious minutes off his long commute. And as he cruises along, he passes plenty of people all by themselves, sitting unaccompanied on clogged freeways. “It’s a psychological reason – it’s almost like personal time,” said Tom Libby, senior director of industry analysis for JD Power and Associates. “People are attached to their car, so it’s like their own space. Just like you’re in your own living room, so you don’t have someone else who you have to be polite to that whole time.” Gustavo Mora of Chino Hills commutes about 35 miles each way in heavy traffic to his law office in Glendale because he was priced out of the local housing market. He also needs his car to run between court hearings, so carpooling or taking the bus just won’t cut it. “In my kind of work, it doesn’t work, because I have to be everywhere,” he said. “And I like the ability to go where I want.” For Owen Jung, it’s more a question of route rather than convenience. He teaches in Bell and drives back to visit his girlfriend in Woodland Hills, 40 miles each way. He leaves early to try to beat traffic, but still finds plenty on his way through the city’s streets and freeways. “If public transit worked better, I wouldn’t mind using it, but it’s pretty inconvenient,” he said. “And things are getting worse. There’s just too many people here – that’s it.” Staff Writer Eugene Tong contributed to this report. (818) 713-3738160Want 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

Little gained from massive Iraq war costs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The human cost of the 2003 invasion of Iraq has rightly commanded a huge amount of public attention. We are well aware of the thousands of British and American soldiers who have been killed and injured in this war. ? But what has been given rather less scrutiny is the financial cost of this ongoing military operation. ? The U.S. president, George Bush, asked Congress for $189.3 billion to fund military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and other assorted security operations in 2008. ? If it is passed, this funding bill would put the total cost of Iraq, Afghanistan and other counter-terrorism operations at $807 billion since 2001. And ? U.S. military operations in Iraq could exceed $1 trillion by the time Mr. Bush leaves office in 2009. ? In today’s terms, the first Gulf War cost $88 billion, the Korean War $456billion and the Vietnam conflict $518 billion. Iraq is on course to cost twice as much as Vietnam. What has been gained for this financial outlay? Not much. Iraq is a state on the brink of implosion. The Middle East region is in turmoil. The threat posed to the West by Islamist terror groups has been heightened. The international reputation of the U.S. and Britain has been gravely compromised. ? – The Independent (London)last_img read more

Laker Kwame Brown’s role in sexual assault probed

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Police said Tuesday they are investigating whether Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown was involved in a reported sexual assault. “The assault is alleged to have occurred in the early morning hours of April 29,” said Officer Jason Lee, a police spokesman. The Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns in Game 3 of their NBA playoff series the night before. The case is under investigation by the department’s Robbery Homicide Division. Police have notified the district attorney’s office of the investigation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Team spokesman John Black said the 24-year-old Brown was with the team but wouldn’t comment further. No further details were immediately available. The Lakers were in Phoenix to play the Suns in Game 5 of their Western Conference playoff series Tuesday night. 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

West Ham gave Carlos Bacca ‘no reason’ to leave AC Milan – agent

first_img Carlos Bacca in action for AC Milan 1 West Ham gave Carlos Bacca ‘no reason’ to leave AC Milan this summer, according to his agent.The Hammers tried desperately to land new strikers before the close of the window and Colombian Bacca was high on their wish list.However, he decided to snub West Ham in order to stay and fight for his place at the San Siro.Since turning down a move to east London, the 30-year-old has scored six goals in 10 Serie A outings and his agent says he is happy in Italy.Sergio Barila told El Haraldo: “There were various clubs interested, but what Carlos prioritised was the football aspect and the best for his family, not the financial.“He’s very happy in Italy. He’s happy in Milan, and the club are happy with him.“If an offer interests both, then a transfer could be done, but for now, there is no such option. There is no reason for Bacca to leave AC Milan”.last_img read more

Everton hope Gomes will be fit before end of the season after horror injury

first_imgHowever, Silva has not given up hope of having Gomes back at his disposal before the end of the campaign after he underwent successful surgery on Monday.Speaking at A press conference ahead of this weekend’s trip to Southampton, Silva said: “It’s not easy for us to give a sure date about when he will return.“What’s in our mind and the feedback I have from our medical staff is that it’s possible we will see Andre playing again this season.“Of course, when first we saw that moment and it’s a really serious injury, but after the surgery and after all the examinations they did, everything went really well and we hope we can see again Andre playing this season.“Of course, it’s not something we are 100 per cent sure about, but we have good possibilities to do that.” targets on target rookie error statement stalemate LATEST Everton boss Silva is in desperate need of a win LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Gomes fell awkwardly after being fouled by Son during the 1-1 draw between Everton and Tottenham at Goodison Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son update Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti appointed 2 Getty Images – Getty Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 2 AFP or licensors If nothing else, that possibility will give Gomes, who said his farewells to his team-mates at the club’s Finch Farm training ground on Tuesday before heading home to Portugal for 15 days, a target for which to aim as he sets out on the long road to recovery.Silva said: “He is strong, he will keep strong for sure and will become stronger as a player.”Gomes was hurt after a challenge by Spurs striker Son which sent him hurtling into full-back Serge Aurier, both of whom were distraught when the outcome became apparent.Silva also discussed other topics in his pre-match press conference, and you can read the best bits, below… PEP TALK Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Everton manager Marco Silva believes Andre Gomes could yet play again this season despite suffering an horrific ankle injury.The Portuguese midfielder was left with a fracture dislocation after a challenge from Tottenham’s Heung-min Son last Sunday. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta latest Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ On whether there was an apology from Son“Yes, I think he received a text message or something like that from Son.“Of course that was a tougher moment for Andre, for sure, than all the others on the pitch.“The toughest moment was for Andre, but of course for the two players who were involved, first Son and after, Aurier, it was really tough as well.“But now is a moment for us to understand the situation and most importantly, to give Andre all the support he needs at this moment.”On the tackle“If you want to look at that moment, it was a strong tackle. I was the first one after the match to say for sure that Son didn’t have bad intentions, but after it’s for the referee to decide.”On his message to fans“I have full support for our fans and how they feel at this moment. They feel like us because the last three or four games, it was really difficult for us to understand and to see so many different things in the same games and different decisions for us and the opponents.”On Everton’s form“After the last international break we didn’t have a good moment but we reacted, we did a very good performance against West Ham.“Brighton should have been a second win in a row for us but we are now talking about a different position in the table.“The team is showing reactions and character, commitment with our goals. Even with the tough moment this is what I expect as well.”On Southampton“Last few seasons they have changed a bit. Everything is really tight, with two wins you can go up to sixth position.“They haven’t started how they want, the last home defeat was the toughest moment for them.“They showed a good reaction against Man City and for sure they want to do the same against us and we have to be ready for that.“They are a physical team, try to press the opponents really well. It’s up to us to manage the ball and win the match.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our networklast_img read more

29-Year-Old Campbellsburg Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash

first_imgDeputies learned during their investigation and witness statements that a tan, 2000, Toyota, 4-Runner (suv) driven by Helen Chastain (78) of Salem, IN had been traveling west on State Road 60 when she turned south onto West Washington School Road.As Chastain was turning she turned into the path of a black, 2005, custom built motorcycle traveling east on State Road 60 driven by Stevens.Stevens was ejected from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene.According to Larrimore, Stevens was not wearing a helmet.Chastain was transported to Saint Vincent’s Hospital, Salem where she was treated and released for minor injuries.Washington County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by Washington County EMS, Salem Fire Department, Campbellsburg Fire Department, and the Washington County Coroner’s Office. A 29-Year-Old Campbellsburg Man was killed this morning in a motorcycle crash on State Road 60 West.Hank L. Stevens (29) of Campbellsburg, IN was pronounced dead at the scene.According to Washington ounty Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Larrimore,  the accident occured at approximately 10:16 AM Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department being dispatched to State Road 60 at the intersection of West Washington School Road regarding a motor vehicle crash.last_img read more

Ask It: Saturday Six or Outlet Report?

first_img Loading …The poll is live here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your answers next week. In the meantime, feel free to share what your favorite Saturday Six article is, or what your favorite item you’ve seen in an Outlet report happens to be, in the comments. Saturday Six (55%, 262 Votes) Outlet Report (45%, 213 Votes) Total Voters: 475 Share This!It’s almost Thanksgiving, and I’m rather thankful for my fellow blogger Derek Burgan, who allows me such rare opportunities as photo model credits as Saturday 6 “Short Person in the Scene #1” and “eBay Pirate”, plus gives me a reason to wander around Disney Outlet stores, filling up my phone with blurry pictures of price tags. Derek is the criminal mastermind behind both the Saturday Six articles and The Magic, the Memories, and Merch! (aka The Outlet Report). Many readers mention that these are two of the articles they look forward to the most on the blog. So this week, we want to know.Which of these TouringPlans blog features is your favorite?last_img read more