Rahi Sarnobat on 22 August 2018 became the first Indian female shooter to win gold at the Asian Games, achieving the rare feat after nerve-wracking 25m air pistol finals.

The 27-year-old held her nerve to pip Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a heart-stopping contest after both were tied at 34 points following 10 series of five shots each, taking it to a shoot-off.

Both found the target four times in the shoot-off, leading to another shoot-off where Rahi shot three and the Thai two, ensuring a historic gold for the Kohlapur-born shooter. The bronze went to South Korea’s Kim Minjung.

She was in the lead for the major part of the final and her first 10 shots were on target. She got a five out of five even in the sixth series. With her stellar effort, she became the second gold medalist from the Indian shooting contingent after 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary had shot gold in the 10m pistol finals on 21 August.

She is also the sixth Indian to shoot gold at the Games, joining Chaudhary, Jaspal Rana, Randhir Singh, Jitu Rai and Ronjan Sodhi. Her 34 points in the finals also ended up as a joint Games Record.

 Ms. Sarnobat, who holds the record being India’s first pistol shooter to win gold in World Cup back in 2013, had suffered a serious elbow injury last year. Realizing that she needed a tweak in her technique, she roped in Munkhbayar Dorjsuren, a two-time world champion and Olympic medalist from Germany.

She is also a double gold medalist at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and had a bronze in the 25m pistol pair event at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.


For the first time, Dubai announced that a 100 percent female team of lifeguards has been trained to ensure the safety of its beaches, a major source of the Emirate’s tourist attractiveness.

No less than twelve women are currently trained to join one hundred professional male lifeguards currently deployed to Dubai’s beaches. Their number will keep increasing and they will be more than eighteen before the end of the year.

This announcement is part of the new measures that the Police and municipality authorities have taken in order to prevent swimming accidents. Their numbers have steadily decreased since they went from 35 drowning and related accidents in 2016 to 28 in 2017 and 9 in 2018. However, the growing number of tourists pushes every year the authorities to remain attentive and they always seek to improve the monitoring and supervision of public swimming.

Indeed, the Emirates received, in fact, nearly 7.26 million visitors in 2017, a figure that has already been overcome for the current year. Besides, half of them come for seaside tourism. In addition to drowning prevention, the city authorities have announced a whole range of measures, such as this campaign raising awareness of the risks of careless swimming, beach theft and harassment through social media and brigades on the beaches.

They also include the setup of maritime ambulances at eight strategic points along the seacoast to respond to medical emergencies very quickly.


Emekpo Charles

President of the Republic of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta, on Thursday 23 August 2018 honored Ida Odinga, Kenyan businesswoman, activist, and of Raila Odinga, the former Prime Minister of Kenya with one of the highest civilian awards, Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart (E.G.H.) for her services to the nation. During the ceremony which also saw other outstanding women feted, Ida, wife of Raila Odinga, was also recognized as a trailblazer, who has contributed immensely toward the protection and growth of women’s welfare in Kenya.

The Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Rachel Shebesh, who emceed the session, read out Ida Odinga’s name as a president’s award honoree. “Ida Odinga is a woman who has supported political leadership in this country. She is a prominent entrepreneur, an activist, and an educator. She is awarded EGH, Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart. The EGH is the highest civilian honor coming second after Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (C.G.H.) which is conferred to sitting presidents.

The event was attended by top Government officials, including Deputy President William Ruto, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, among others. Phoebe Asiyo, former MP and Ambassador to the United Nations Development Fund for Women, launched her book at the event.

Other trailblazers feted at the event were; Phoebe Asiyo: Pioneer of women Legislation: Chief of the Burning Spear; Grace Onyango: First woman Mayor elected in Kisumu: Chief of the Burning Spear; Dr. Julia Ojiambo: Leader of Kenya Women Movement: Chief of Burning Spear; Beth Mugo: CBS Long-serving MP; Lady Justice Joyce Oluoch: Judge at ICC, CBS; Zipporah Kitony: Chief of the Burning Spear; and Prof. Wanjiku Kabira: Prof. of Literature and creative writing Chief of the Burning Spear

Source: Citizens TV

A team of five (5) teenage girls representing Nigeria has defeated teams from the United States, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China to win the 2018 Technovation world pitch junior division which was held in San Francisco.

The team, Save-A-Soul from Regina Pacis Model Secondary School, Onitsha, comprising of Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo and Vivian Okoye developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ to tackle the problem of fake pharmaceutical products in the country.

The Nigerian schoolgirls were selected from 2,000 mobile app developers to represent Africa at the world pitch. This is the first time a Junior Nigerian team will emerge among the finalists to visit Silicon Valley and the Nigerian teenage girls will be pitching their app to investors in Silicon Valley, California.

Technovation is a program that invites girls to identify a problem in their communities and then challenge them to solve them by developing apps. According to Team Save-A-Soul, Nigeria has one of the largest markets for fake drugs. The teenage girls from Anambra State plan to partner with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), using the app, to tackle this challenge.

The girls won the competition on Thursday 9th August 2018 after facing judges from around the world.

“When it comes to the start of breastfeeding, timing is everything,” said Henrietta Fore, the UN Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Executive Director, on the eve of World Breastfeeding Week.

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world by providing infants with the nutrients they need.

“In many countries, it can even be a matter of life or death,” she added.
In the report, Capture the Moment, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) note that while newborns who breastfeed in the first hour of life are significantly more likely to survive, they estimate that 78 million newborns are excluded.

“Each year, millions of newborns miss out on the benefits of early breastfeeding and the reasons – all too often – are things we can change,” she continued. “Mothers simply don’t receive enough support to breastfeed within those crucial minutes after birth, even from medical personnel at health facilities.”

Even a few hours delay after birth could pose life-threatening consequences. Skin-to-skin contact along with suckling at the breast stimulate the mother’s production of breastmilk, including colostrum, which is produced ahead of regular milk, in the first few days after giving birth. It is so rich in nutrients and antibodies, that it is often referred to as the baby’s first vaccine.

According to the report, 65 per cent of countries in Eastern and Southern Africa have the highest rate of breastfeeding within the first hour, while East Asia and the Pacific have the lowest rate with only 32 percent benefitting from the early initiation.

While nearly nine-in-ten babies born in Burundi, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu are breastfed within that first hour, only two-in-10 born in Azerbaijan, Chad and Montenegro were nursed.

“Breastfeeding gives children the best possible start in life,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “We must urgently scale up support to mothers – be it from family members, health care workers, employers and governments, so they can give their children the start they deserve.”

The WHO and UNICEF-led Global Breastfeeding Collective also released the 2018 Global Breastfeeding Scorecard, which tracks progress for and urges countries to advance breastfeeding policies and programmes to help mothers breastfeed their babies in the first hour of life.


Princess Mako of Akishino, the first child of Fumihito, Prince Akishino, a member of the Japanese Imperial Family visited the indigenous Japanese in Brazil during the Japanese festival.

Nearly two million Japanese people or their descendants live in Brazil – mainly in Sao Paulo, South America’s largest city.

Shortly after her arrival, Princess Mako toured the Japan Festival, a three-day event showcasing Japanese cuisine, culture and products.

She also planned to visit the Monument to Japanese Immigration Pioneers at the city’s Ibirapuera Park and the nearby Japanese Pavilion.

Earlier in the week, she visited Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue and Botanical Gardens.
Princess Mako visited many Brazilian cities and Japanese cultural sites and meeting with Japanese families in Brazil.


Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta held extensive talks with Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau of Netherlands during her meeting with Princess Mabel where the two leaders focused their discussion on wide range of issues including child bride marriages, early pregnancies, gender violence, HIV/AIDS and how these issues affect the education and development of the girl child.

Princess Mabel during the meeting proposed a global movement of all organizations working for women and the girl child to bring the issues affecting them to the global attention. “Let’s create a strong global movement and through collaboration with change makers mobilize resources and compare lessons in various countries”.

 Their discussion was also circled on the collaboration between the Princess’s ‘Girls Not Brides’ global partnership and Beyond Zero initiative.

The First Lady in another session also held separate talks with Prince Harry and Sir Elton John at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, where the Duke of Sussex and the rock music icon launched a $1.2 billion initiative – the MenStar Coalition – to fight AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa. The first project on the coalition’s list will be to encourage young men in Kenya for self-testing in the campaign dubbed “Chukua Selfie.”

Margret Kenyatta used a short video-clip to demonstrate the successes of the five-year Beyond Zero drive and how the initiative delivers varied health services to millions of Kenyans in hard to reach parts of the country, using fully kitted mobile clinics as enablers.

The Dutch Princess talked glowingly about Kenya’s practical approach to health issues and proposed that the country should be the launch-pad for the global movement. “Kenya is known for its practical approaches to many issues. Kenya should be the exemplary case for the global movement”, a proposal the First Lady described as a fantastic idea.

By Emekpo Charles.