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EastEnders Star Rudolph Walker and Football legend Les Ferdinand get behind the Be Clear on Cancer ‘Prostate Cancer’ campaign E-mail

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Monday 20 October, 2014

EastEnders Star Rudolph Walker and Football legend Les Ferdinand get behind the Be Clear on Cancer ‘Prostate Cancer’ campaign

1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime

EastEnders actor Rudolph Walker OBE and former England international footballer and Premier League coach Les Ferdinand MBE, are just two of the high profile names that have joined forces to raise awareness of the increased risk of prostate cancer amongst black men, as part of the ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaign.

 
South Sudan: Women propose sex strike for peace E-mail

SSFemale peace activists in South Sudan have proposed a nationwide sex strike to end the country's civil war.

The activists want women to support the strike in the hope that it encourages men to seek a peaceful settlement to the conflict, the Sudan Tribune reports. The idea came about at a meeting of more than 90 women activists, including several MPs, in South Sudan's capital, Juba, the paper says. "A key suggestion was to mobilise all women in South Sudan to deny their husbands conjugal rights until they ensure that peace returns," the meeting's organisers say in a statement.

South Sudan's government has been fighting rebel forces since December 2013. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled to neighbouring countries, and 1.4 million are internally displaced as a result of the crisis, according to the United Nations. Sex strikes are not unheard of as a peace-seeking tactic. In 2003, Liberian women used the same method as part of their efforts to end the country's brutal 14-year civil war. Leymah Gbowee, who led the strike, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

 
South Sudan: Women propose sex strike for peace E-mail

SSFemale peace activists in South Sudan have proposed a nationwide sex strike to end the country's civil war.

The activists want women to support the strike in the hope that it encourages men to seek a peaceful settlement to the conflict, the Sudan Tribune reports. The idea came about at a meeting of more than 90 women activists, including several MPs, in South Sudan's capital, Juba, the paper says. "A key suggestion was to mobilise all women in South Sudan to deny their husbands conjugal rights until they ensure that peace returns," the meeting's organisers say in a statement.

South Sudan's government has been fighting rebel forces since December 2013. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled to neighbouring countries, and 1.4 million are internally displaced as a result of the crisis, according to the United Nations. Sex strikes are not unheard of as a peace-seeking tactic. In 2003, Liberian women used the same method as part of their efforts to end the country's brutal 14-year civil war. Leymah Gbowee, who led the strike, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

 
Pistorius sentencing: Steenkamp's family seeks jail term E-mail

OSCARSouth African athlete Oscar Pistorius should be given "sufficient punishment" for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, her cousin has told the ongoing sentencing hearing in Pretoria.

Kim Martin told the court Pistorius "needs to pay for what he has done".

The prosecution is making its case for a jail term for Pistorius, 27.

He was convicted of culpable homicide last month but cleared of murder and faces up to 15 years in jail, but the judge may suspend it or impose a fine.

The defence has argued that Pistorius should serve house arrest and community service for the killing - a suggestion branded as "shockingly inappropriate" by prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

 
New York doctor tests positive for Ebola E-mail

EBOLAA New York doctor who recently returned from Ebola-hit Guinea in West Africa has tested positive for the disease.

Dr Craig Spencer, who treated Ebola patients while working for the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), came down with a fever on Thursday, days after his return, officials say.

He is the first Ebola case diagnosed in New York, and the fourth in the US.

More than 4,800 people have died of Ebola - mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - since March.

Dr Spencer, 33, left Guinea on 14 October, and returned to New York City on 17 October via Europe. On Tuesday he began to feel tired and developed a fever and diarrhoea on Thursday.

He immediately contacted medical services and was taken to the city's Bellevue Hospital, where he is being kept in isolation.

 
Labour union heads have no expertise on issues they negotiate-Kpessah Whyte E-mail

KPESSAA day after government sued public sector workers for embarking on an "illegal" strike, a presidential staffer is also questioning the competence of labour unions to expertly negotiate their grievances.

Unlike other labour unions in other parts of the world which hire experts to negotiate on their behalf, Dr Kpessah Whyte said the situation in Ghana is different.

According to the Presidential Staffer he has personally sat through some of the government-labour negotiations on the pensions and can say without any shred of doubt that none of the leadership had the expertise on the issues they were discussing.

"I have scanned through the current leadership of the labour unions and i can say that none of them has the expertise to forcefully negotiate on behalf of the workers," he said.

 

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