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Monday, September 22, 2014

Jean Chrétien says Canada is all in on Iraq mission

Despite assurances that the new engagement in Iraq is not a combat mission, Canada could be on the hook to provide more support according to former prime minister Jean Chrétien. 
"They are part of it. It is a done deal. They said yes to the coalition and they sent soldiers," Chrétien told Evan Solomon on CBC Radio's The House, referring to the Harper government's decision to send 69 special operations soldiers to northern Iraq as part of a coalition of nations fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS.
The soldiers will act as advisers to Iraqi forces who are fighting to beat back the extremist organization, which has taken over great swaths of Iraq and Syria. They will not be involved in combat, according to Ottawa.
'You're in it or out'
The arrangement seems "unusual," Chrétien said. 
"I hope they did not make a mistake. They are part of it. You know, I find it a bit unusual that they are part of it and then they say we're not quite part of it," he said. 
"The other side knows we are part of it. Of course if they refuse to act, the partners will say you are not keeping your word," Chrétien said.

MADAKTARI AFRICA GALA DINNER NEW YORK

President Dr.Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete speaks during a fundraiser Gala for Madaktari Africa held in New York this evening.In his speech the President commended the organisation's health initiative in Tanzania saying that it has saved lives of many Tanzanians. Madaktari Afrika is a non profit Health Organization whose goal is to break the circle of conventional dependence on outside aid organization in order to increase self-sufficiency and sustainability in health service provision.

The Madaktari Africa Program was conceived in 2006 by South Carolina neurosurgeon Dilantha B. Ellegala after a trip to Haydon Lutheran Hospital in Tanzania following a cerebrovascular fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Currently, he is the Medical Director at Centra Neuroscience Institute in Lynchburg, VA, where he is practicing Neurosurgery. Due to his involvement with Madaktari, Dr. Ellegala serves as the Tanzania lead for the Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery (FIENS).
President Dr.Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete in a group photo with some Madaktari Afrika senior practitioners and coordinators during fundraiser Gala held in New York this evening.Third left is Dr.Dilantha Ellegala the organization's founder,second right front row is one of the organization's Tanzania coordinator Prof.Mohamed Janabi who is also the President's personal physician.

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Wasira: Warioba alinikimbiza CCM 1995


Dodoma. Waziri wa Nchi, Ofisi ya Rais (Uhusiano na Uratibu), Stephen Wasira amesema mgogoro wake na Jaji Joseph Warioba uliotokana na kura za maoni ndani ya CCM katika Uchaguzi Mkuu wa mwaka 1995, ndiyo uliomsukuma kujitoa chama tawala na kujiunga na NCCR-Mageuzi.
Hata hivyo, katika mahojiano maalumu na gazeti hili, Wasira ambaye pia ni Mbunge wa Bunda (CCM) amesema hajutii uamuzi wake huo kwa kuwa anaamini historia imeandikwa.
Wasira aliingia kwenye mgogoro na Jaji Warioba wakati mwanasheria huyo akiwa waziri mkuu na makamu wa kwanza wa rais katika Serikali ya awamu ya pili na Wasira akiwa Waziri wa Kilimo.
Wasira alisema hakwenda NCCR-Mageuzi kwa lengo la kufanya ushushushu na baadaye kurudi CCM kama alivyofanya mwaka 2000, bali alikwenda huko baada ya haki yake kuminywa na viongozi wa CCM wa wakati huo.

Poverty defies economic gains, JK tells USAID forum

President Jakaya Kikwete

President Jakaya Kikwete

President Jakaya Kikwete has said that African countries will not be able to meet the Millennium Development Goals target of halving extreme poverty below the 1990 baseline by 2015 because poverty reduction has not been correspondingly impressive, despite economic gains.

The president was delivering a keynote address on Friday in Washington, DC at the USAID Forum on “Frontiers in Development: Ending Extreme Poverty.”

He told the members attending that overall economic growth has increased from an average of 3.5 percent in the 1990s to an average of about 7 percent over the past decade.

“Despite this growth, poverty reduction has not been correspondingly impressive. In the last two decades income poverty declined from 39 percent in 1990 to 28.2 percent in 2012, a decline of about 11 percent only,” he said, adding: “This explains why we will not be able to meet the MDG target of halving extreme poverty below the 1990 baseline by 2015.”

“However, we have been successful with regard to reducing by a half the proportion of population living below the national food poverty line.

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'We have the power to change the world': Thousands march in cities from New Delhi to New York demanding action on climate change

By MARK DUELL FOR MAILONLINE


Forty thousand campaigners were marching in London today to demand urgent action on climate change.

Celebrities including actress Emma Thompson and musician Peter Gabriel are joining campaigners and British flood victims at the march and rally.

It is one of 2,000 events taking place in 150 countries around the world ahead of a United Nations climate summit next week.

Some 100,000 people are expected to get involved in New York City - the summit's location - to demand leaders take action to tackle rising temperatures.

The UN summit has been convened by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a bid to drive action and momentum towards talks in Paris in 2015.

Getting involved: Thousands of campaigners are involved in a march in London today to demand urgent action on climate change
Getting involved: Thousands of campaigners are involved in a march in London today to demand urgent action on climate change

Passionate: Actress Emma Thompson is taking part in the climate change march with demonstrators in central London today
Passionate: Actress Emma Thompson is taking part in the climate change march with demonstrators in central London today.

Wajumbe wa Z’bar watishwa


Na Daniel Mjema

Dodoma. Hali imeanza kuwa tete Bunge la Katiba kutokana na ujumbe unaosambazwa kwa kasi katika mitandao ya kijamii, ili kuwagombanisha na kuwafitinisha wajumbe wa kundi la 201 kutoka Zanzibar.

Waziri wa Katiba na Sheria, Dk Asha-Rose Migiro.PICHA|MAKTABA 

Ujumbe huo ambao gazeti hili limeuona, ulianza kusambazwa juzi, ukiwataka wajumbe wa kundi la 201 kutoka Zanzibar, kuondoka bungeni ili theluthi mbili ya Katiba inayopendekezwa isipatikane.

Upigaji wa kura kulingana na masharti ya Ibara ya 37 ya kanuni za Bunge Maalumu la Katiba, unatarajiwa kuanza Septemba 29 na kukamilika Oktoba 2 mwaka huu.

Hata hivyo, taarifa nyingine zimedai ujumbe huo unatumwa na baadhi ya wanaCCM kama mbinu ya kuwakatisha tamaa kundi la 201 wanaoonekana kuwa na msimamo thabiti ili hatimaye warudi upande wa CCM kwa kuona wamenyanyapaliwa.

Ujumbe huo unaaminika unaweza kuwa ni sehemu ya propaganda kutoka kwa baadhi ya wanaCCM kutoka Maskani ya Kisonge Zanzibar ili wajumbe hao waanze kusalitiana na wale wenye msimamo wajenge chuki na kusalimu amri.

“Tunawaambia wazi wajumbe hao wa kundi la 201 watoke katika Bunge la Katiba mara moja kabla ya upigaji wa kura vinginevyo hatutawaelewa,” unasomeka ujumbe huo wa WhatsApp na kuongeza;