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Daily Archives: January 2, 2008

Two baby girls arrive in the early hours of 2008

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Two baby girls born in the early hours of 2008 were visited by representatives from the Health Bureau yesterday.

At 53 minutes past midnight the first baby of the year, a girl, was born at the Centro Hospitalar Conde S. Januario.

Weighing more than six pounds, she was visited by acting deputy director of the Health Bureau, Chan Wai Sin, in the arms of her mother while her proud father looked on.

The mother said she was due to give birth to the baby on January 9, but added she had a "premonition" that her baby would be born on New Year Day.

She said she was happy that her wish came true and she would act as a positive example together with her husband to let her child grow in a healthy environment.

The second new born of the year arrived at 10.20am at Kiang Wu Hospital.

Director of the hospital, Dr Zhang Xuming and his co-workers, visited the parent and their child with Chan Wai Sin.

The mother said she was not worried about the possible financial pressure in raising the baby as the government provided a diversity of sponsorship and subsidies.

She also said she was happy but nervous as she never expected her baby would be born on New Year's Day.

Health Bureau representatives also gave their new year greetings and presented gifts to the two families yesterday.

Rastaman Blondy pleads for ICoast peace in landmark concert

Sample ImageIvory Coast's biggest reggae star Alpha Blondy staged Sunday his first concert in his homeland since it was split by a failed 2002 coup, calling on his countrymen to put their bloody past behind them.President Laurent Gbagbo and some 5,000 fans turned up for the "Peace and Reconciliation Concert" in the picturesque coastal town of Grand Bassam, which served as the country's capital in the early years of French colonial rule.The dreadlocked and jean-clad Blondy kicked off the landmark concert with "Jerusalem," one of his biggest hits."Ivory Coast needs all its children to accomplish a durable and lasting peace," Blondy said, before encouraging his "big brother," President Gbagbo, to address the excited crowd."I have come here to tell you that 2007 was a good year and it allowed us to stabilise the civil war and put an end to the conflict," Gbagbo said."We must have elections in 2008," he added.Nearly 1,000 policemen were deployed at the sprawling venue for the 24-hour concert.The world's top cocoa producer, Ivory Coast was split in half by a 2002 rebellion against Gbagbo, with international peacekeepers monitoring the north-south buffer zone that is in the process of being dismantled.

But prior to the unrest, the former French colony was hailed as a beacon of peace and prosperity in troubled west Africa and upheld as a continental model during the long rule of its founding president, Felix Houphouet-Boigny.