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The island of Mauritius has a new president, biologist and scientist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim. Despite getting the role sooner than she expected, Gurib-Fakim has high hopes of creating meaningful change. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has become the new president of Mauritius following the resignation of Kailash Purryag. (Image: Facebook) • Powerful women shape Africa • Africa urged to invest in artists as visionaries • Done right, urbanisation can boost living standards in Africa • Women combat lack of electricity with solar power • All about the African Union Priya PitamberMauritius has elected its first female president in Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, who was sworn into office on 5 June. Her ascent to leader of the Indian Ocean island nation came as a bit of a shock: it follows the resignation of the Labour Party’s Kailash Purryag, who served as president from July 2012.In an interview with TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), the global set of conferences run by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, she spoke about her new role.The world-renowned biologist said that the function of the president was to be the guardian of the constitution. “You are also commander-in-chief — we don’t have an army, but we do have a paramilitary,” she explained. “Then within the role, there is enough space for you to do other things.”Being president will not dampen Gurib-Fakim’s passion for science, technology, and the environment. She would like to drive more think tanks on the island, pointing out that while Mauritius had opened a technology park – its first – she felt there was space for a lot more.“Another area I want to focus is on the environment,” she said. “Climate change is a big concern for us — it can be felt in terms of the seasons, and we’re seeing very strong, violent storms. A strong voice needs to be heard. Sustainable development has everything to do with our identity of being Mauritian and of being a biodiversity hotspot.”Her profile on the Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC) site notes that her love of science started in school, where her teachers could explain everything from why the sky was blue, to why plants were green and why sometimes they weren’t.The French university’s website states that she studied in England. She received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Surrey in 1983 and her PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Exeter in 1987. Gurib-Fakim returned to her home in Mauritius to lecture organic chemistry and later phytochemistry.As president, she would also like to pay attention to the economy and education. “And my party is focused on getting the economy right — because they know that with the economy comes employment, and with that comes social welfare.”Nothing is impossibleAs a female biologist, she said she had been through the glass ceiling, and the message she wanted to share was: “Yes, it’s possible if you are a woman.” She would like to set a positive example to young people, especially girls. “I hope to be a role model to promote the learning of science, to make it interesting and sexy.”Gurib-Fakim spoke of the significance of being a president, but also a woman. “Oh yes, it’s very big – for Mauritius and for the continent. In Africa, there aren’t many women at the helm of countries. The same is true globally. It’s really making history.”Mauritian society was patriarchal, she admitted, but her father did not object to her getting an education, even though at the time education was not free. “Girls got more and more access to schools after 1976, and yet women who are professionals still suffer from what I call the leaky pipe syndrome.“A lot of girls come in to the schools, but by the time we look out the other side of the tube, there’s hardly any left. We need to see how this can be capped. [My appointment] has a lot of symbolism attached to it. That’s one of the reasons why I think it’s just so wow-ing.”Recognition and awardsGurib-Fakim has received several awards. In 2007, she won the L’Oréal–Unesco Women in Science Award for Africa; in 2008, she was given the Emma Award from Bank One Limited for outstanding achievement and accomplishment; in 2009, she received the African Union Award for Women in Science for the Eastern African Region.“With the advent of a new government in place, time for the much-awaited change in the daily life of our citizens has arrived,” she said in her first presidential address. “The next five years will therefore be a defining era in the economic and social revival of our country.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Russell Boening, a Texas rancher, farmer and President of the Texas Farm Bureau, told Congress that the recent trade deal with Japan is welcome, but U.S. negotiators still have work to do.“It is obvious the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement is a win; however, the U.S. must pursue the next phase of negotiations with Japan,” Boening told the House Ways and Means Subcommittee for Trade. “Not all agricultural products, such as rice and some dairy products, were included in this agreement. We must work toward additional market access. Sanitary, phytosanitary and biotechnology issues should also be addressed.”At nearly $13 billion a year, Japan is the fourth-largest destination for U.S. farm exports.“While we have a strong trading relationship with Japan, we are about to make substantial advances,” Boening said. “The new U.S.-Japan trade agreement was welcome news for farm and ranch families across the entire country. This agreement will level the Japanese trade playing field.”Boening urged lawmakers to approve an expanded trade agreement expected next year.“As hardworking farm and ranch families face much uncertainty, a fully comprehensive trade agreement with Japan is desperately needed. We appreciate the administration and other leaders in Washington who continue striving for more free and fair trade,” he said.
APTN National NewsJust as the heat of summer is starting, a Montreal man is biking across the country with an important message to share.Gordon Bird will be stopping in Native friendship centres along teh way with a warning.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.
Related Items:#slowdownsavelives Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 19, 2017 – Nassau – They held up signs with lines like “Race Drivers Say Don’t Race” and “You Drink, I Drive.” They were the recruits joining the movement to reduce the number of road deaths and they took the pledge at the Mall at Marathon Saturday during the United Nations Road Safety Week May 8-14. This is the fourth year the United Nations program has aimed at slashing the startling statistics that include the road crash death of a child somewhere in the world every 30 seconds. However it is the first year The Bahamas has participated, thanks to funding from the FIA, the World Governing Body of motor sport, and the presence and organization of FIA Bahamas Development Director David McLaughlin. “Speed is still the number one cause of road deaths but there is increasing alarm at the number of accidents caused by distracted driving,” McLaughlin said. “In 2016, for the first time in three decades, the number of fatal accidents in the U.S. increased after all those years of declining and the main reason was distracted drivers, people texting, posting, checking e-mail or Facebook or otherwise paying more attention to their phone than to the road. All it takes is a split second of being diverted, taking your eyes off what’s ahead and you could end your life or someone else’s. At only thirty miles per hour your car covers forty-four feet every second so a momentary glance down at your phone can cost a life. That’s why awareness campaigns like this are so important. It is about saving lives. And when you hear some of the lines in the campaign they really make you sit up and take notice, lines like ‘My car is made of metal, pedestrians and children are not.’ That’s a powerful message.” The UN goal is ambitious – to save five million lives by the year 2020.Bahamas Olympic Committee President Wellington Miller was on hand for the pledge event at the Mall at Marathon.“This is so important,” he said, moved by a video that showed the brutal impact of speed and carelessness wiping out one innocent life after another. Miller was also aware of the value of the EduKarting program that takes place in week-long sessions at two schools in Nassau and teaches youngsters discipline, skills and responsibility while allowing them the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a kart and participate in team and individual racing. “I am proud to be part of this,” Miller added as he signed his message ‘You drink, I drive.’The weekend event also marked the launch of signing up for EduKarting Summer Camp and applications are available on the EduKarting Facebook page. Curt Thompson, who spent three years with the program, first as student, later as assistant, said it had a “huge impact” on his life. Thompson is now a pilot with Dove Wings Charter. In addition this week marks the FIA Celebration of Volunteers in Motor Sport and along with Curt the Mall activity was organized by EduKarting ‘Graduates’ Megen and Mya Curry, Samuel Johnson and Breanna Major.Sponsors of the “Save Lives, Slow Down” road safety program include JS Johnson, Oasis Furniture, Phillips Sailmakers & Awning Manufacturers, Aquapure, Rotary Club of East Nassau, Juan Bacardi, Valvoline, Battery & Tyre, Bahamas Waste and Custom Computers. #slowdownsavelives
Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal believes AS Roma will step up their game in the bid to win but stressed his side are going to give their all to secure top spot.The Spanish defender went on to explain that the Serie A side will try to press us high up the pitch and play their game in tomorrow’s clash.Both teams are tied on nine points in the group, hence the clash is poised for the winner takes it all meaning it would be a keenly contested affair.“We have to win the group,” Carvajal said in the pre-match Press conference via Football Italia.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We’ll need all our attributes, but also the coolness to be able to manage the game at any moment.“It’ll be a difficult match, we’re well aware of what Roma did last season so we’ll need to be focused and not show any fear.“Given they’re playing at home, I expect Roma will try to press us high up the pitch and play their game.”