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South Sudan: Women propose sex strike for peace PDF Print 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 PDF Print 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.

Labour union heads have no expertise on issues they negotiate-Kpessah Whyte PDF Print 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.

New York doctor tests positive for Ebola PDF Print 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.

Sunyani to host breast cancer race on Saturday PDF Print E-mail
breast cancer ghGhana will host this year's Susan G Komen race for the cure of breast cancer tomorrow, Saturday 25th October 2014 in the Brong Ahafo regional capital, Sunyani.

President of Breast Care International Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai will lead the race that would be attended by thousands of people to draw awareness about cancer.

Survivors of breast cancer are expected to tell their stories to the participants. Over 2,000 women were diagnosed with the disease in 2011 in Ghana.

President John Dramani Mahama admonished husbands to show keen interest in the health of their wives, by periodically examining their breasts when he mounted the platform at last year's event in Kumasi.

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