Dominica commended for Zika virus management

first_img Share Share Share HealthLifestyleLocalNews Dominica commended for Zika virus management by: – July 18, 2016 371 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Senior Health Specialist with the World Bank, Dr Fernando LavadenzA World Bank health specialist has commended the Ministry of Health & Environment for its management of the Zika virus. The commendation came during a mission team’s visit here when a Rapid Needs and Cost Assessment for Health Systems Response to Zika was conducted.That team included officials from the Pan- American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Bank and the Inter- American Development Bank.The team recently visited the island to conduct “We are impressed because Dominica was able to respond adequately to the epidemic,” Senior Health Specialist with the World Bank, Dr Fernando Lavadenz said in an interview with the Ministry of Health team.“We know that in the immediate term the problem is in the process of being solved however in the long term more sustainability is needed,” Dr Lavadenz added. Dominica confirmed its first case of the virus in March 2016. Zika, which is transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, causes headaches, fever and a rash.The team held table top exercises with health administrators, senior health officials and economists from the Ministry of Finance in assessing Dominica’s response to Zika. The World Bank’s Senior Health Specialist outlined several long term key challenges for Dominica.These included human resource planning, economic assessment of the costs and needs for the country in different areas and “the capacity of the health system to respond to epidemics, mainly in terms of laboratories, intensive care units, neurologists, epidemiologists and entomologists.”As a result of the visit, the Ministry of Health & Environment is earmarked to receive technical and financial assistance from the Pan- American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Bank and the Inter- American Development Bank to manage the Zika virus.Photographs compliments of the Health Promotion Resource Centre – / 6last_img read more

INDOT to repair SR 1 bridge in Franklin County

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — The Indiana Department of Transportation is planning a $1.9 million bridge repair project on State Road 1 in Franklin County in late-March.INDOT single lanes on the bridge over the Whitewater River will be restricted for up to 180 days.Contractors will be installing a new driving surface, new concrete bridge rails, and install new approach slabs.Temporary traffic signals will be installed to control traffic flow.Signage should be installed starting March 6.last_img

Dearborn County getting new emergency notification system

first_imgDEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. — The Dearborn County Council recently approved new funding for the Rave Mobile Safety’s Smart911 system.The county had been using Rapid Notify to provide emergency information and notification services to county residents.Smart911 will allow people to register for notifications.Residents can also create a profile with information such as medication list, children’s photographs, or other information that might be needed in an emergency.It is free to sign up for, and the information travels with you wherever you go.The new system could be up and running by mid-march.last_img read more

South Dearborn students win Dearborn County Maverick Challenge

first_imgDEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. — Two South Dearborn High School seniors’ business plan for fresh and convenient family meals has made them the Dearborn County champions of the 2017 Maverick Challenge.Last September, Oliver Moisio and Chris Weissmann entered the Maverick Challenge, a business planning competition for high school students across 12 southeastern Indiana counties.AIM Young Professionals of Dearborn County was proud to administrate the program in the county for the fifth straight year.Over several months, Chris and Oliver developed their business idea for Fresh Ease, LLC.The classmates devised a service giving local consumers a healthy and convenient option for dinner.The fast food alternative would sell a variety of dinner kits which could be picked up or delivered, then be quickly prepared at home by health-conscious consumers with little time to grocery shop or cook their own meal from scratch.last_img read more

Public defender assigned to Walmsley in connection to overdose case

first_imgVersailles, In. — Documents from the Ripley County prosecutor’s office say one of the men accused of murder in the overdose death of Rachel Walmsley will be assigned a public defender and will be held without bond.Nathaniel Walmsely will be assigned an attorney by the court and an omnibus hearing has been set for January 22, 2018.During the omnibus hearing to determine the evidence and testimony, including information and evidence seized at the time of arrest.A pretrial conference has been scheduled for March 19 at 1:30 p.m. Three days have been allowed for a jury trial beginning April 17, 2018.last_img read more

Local woman shot several times in vehicle then left dead on side of road

first_imgOfficials in Pompano Beach are currently investigating the murder of a woman who was shot several times while inside of a vehicle and then left on the side of the road for dead.The incident occurred Friday around 7:30 pm along Northwest 18th Drive.Witnesses say the victim, later identified as 30-year-old Cassandra Fair, was in the front passenger seat of a Cadillac Escalade when someone inside the vehicle shot her several times.Fair then either jumped or was pushed out of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle then drove away, leaving Fair on the side of the road.Officials say it is unclear if Fair was alive or dead when she was left in the roadway.Fair was taken to Broward Health North, where she was pronounced dead.Surveillance from a nearby store captured Fair’s body falling out of the vehicle and the driver fleeing the scene.Authorities have since recovered a 2004 Beige Escalade that they believe may have been the vehicle seen on surveillance, however, as they continue to investigate the incident, they ask for anyone who believes they have information about Fair’s death to contact them at Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.last_img read more

Anderson blasts New Zealand to T20 sweep

first_img(REUTERS)-Corey Anderson smashed 10 sixes in his unbeaten 94 as New Zealand completed a 3-0 sweep of their Twenty20 series against Bangladesh with a 27-run win in the final match at Mount Maunganui yesterday.The hosts had been reduced to 41-3 in the seventh over after Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and opted to bowl first, but Anderson then added 124 with Kane Williamson for the fourth wicket to set up New Zealand’s total of 194-4.In reply, Bangladesh made a brisk start with a 44-run opening stand but could reach only 167 for six in their 20 overs.Opening batsman Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan scored 42 and 41 respectively for the touring side, who will next play two test matches in New Zealand starting on Thursday.Bangladesh were 82-1 in the ninth over after the start provided by Tamim Iqbal (24) and Sarkar but the introduction of New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi (2-22) and other slow bowlers checked their progress.Bangladesh paceman Rubel Hossain (3-31) dismissed James Neesham for 15 and Colin Munro for a duck in the same over before Mosaddek Hossain struck with his first ball to send back Tom Bruce (five).Captain Williamson (60) then struck his second fifty of the series while left-hander Anderson provided the late assault during his 41-ball knock with the duo also bringing up the side’s highest fourth-wicket stand in T20 internationals.Anderson slammed part-time medium-pacer Sarkar for a hat-trick of sixes over mid-wicket, his 10 sixes the highest by a New Zealander in the T20 format.last_img read more

Beaton deserves his T20I selection, says coach Daniels

first_img– feels selection was just a matter of timeACCREDITED qualified Level Two Coach, Essequibian Forbes Daniels feels fast bowler Ronsford Beaton deserves his maiden call-up to the West Indies T20I squad.The 24-year-old Beaton has earned selection to the West Indies 13-member squad for the three-match series against Afghanistan, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced on Friday.Beaton has made great strides with his pace, hostility and intimidation over the years, and according to Daniels, Beaton’s selection was just a matter of time.“Beaton surely deserved his selection. If you check the last West Indies A team tour, Beaton delivered well. He was one of the standouts, so his selection to the West Indies team should have happened earlier,” Daniels reckoned.Daniels firmly believes that once Beaton stays focus and physically fit, he will definitely make an impact during the series.“He has to be consistent; Beaton is a hard-worker, and I know he has what it takes to be up there; I know he will make Essequibo and Guyana proud,” Daniels, who skippered the Essequibo Senior Inter-County team, pointed out.Beaton has been an impressive quickie having made his first appearance for the Guyana senior side in 2011.He has established himself by wearing the West Indies colours on several A team tours.However, Daniels is of the opinion that Beaton should have been a regular member of the West Indies test squad.Meanwhile, President of the Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB), Fizul Bacchus labeled Beaton’s selection as a huge positive for cricket in Essequibo.“Surely his (Beaton) selection will boost our cricket in Essequibo. It will inspire other youngsters who want to play for the West Indies.“All Essequibians are happy about the selection, but we only hope that Beaton will perform so that he can maintain his place in the West Indies side,” Bacchus, who is also the acting president of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB),said.Beaton has also played for the West Indies Under-19 team on two occasions and had shown enormous amount of promise and prospects.He was born in Montserrat, a Caribbean Island, to Guyanese parents and had honed most of his cricketing skills in Essequibo at a tender age.He resides in Reliance, Essequibo Coast (Region Two) and currently plays first-division cricket for the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC).Beaton has picked up 31 wickets in 36 T20s, with a best of 4-9, and has represented Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders in the CPL.Afghanistan kickstart their maiden tour of the Caribbean with a tour match on May 30th, before facing the hosts in the first T20I in St Kitts on June 2. The next two matches will also be held at the same venue, on June 3 and June 5. The teams will then travel to St Lucia for the three-match ODI series.West Indies T20I squad: Carlos Brathwaite (c), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Bach warns against Olympic boycotts, seeks re-electionGENEVA (AP) — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is warning against Olympic boycotts. China’s human rights record is an expected target ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Some lawmakers and diplomats have criticized China for its detention and treatment of its Muslim minority Uighur people and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. The issue is personal for Bach, who won a gold medal in team fencing at the 1976 Montreal Olympics but could not defend the title when West Germany joined the United States and others in refusing to send teams to the 1980 Moscow Games. Bach said Friday that the only political effect the boycott of 1980 had was to trigger a revenge boycott of the following Olympic Games in Los Angeles.Bach also confirmed he will seek re-election as IOC president next year. Bach seems certain to get four more years in 2021 after almost half of the 100 International Olympic Committee members from around the world praised him in an online version of their annual meeting.BRITAIN-SPECTATORS RETURN Tokyo Olympic venues lined up, schedule remains the sameTOKYO (AP) — The 42 venues for next year’s delayed Tokyo Olympics have been secured and the competition schedule will remain almost identical to the one that would have been used this year.The Athletes Village and the main press center have also been lined up for 2021.That was the message delivered Friday to IOC members by Tokyo organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori and CEO Toshiro Muto.They spoke from Japan to a full session of the IOC membership meeting online. A-Rod is among four groups of bidders for a possible purchase of the New York Mets. He is preparing for the start of his third season as an analyst on ESPN’s Sunday night telecasts. In a conference call Thursday Rodriguez said baseball players’ leverage had changed since the 1994-95 strike. He said the rise of the NFL and NBA had changed the equation along with digital media, and said the players’ association should work collaboratively with MLB to raise the sport’s market share.Following the collapse of labor talks dealing with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, relations between Major League Baseball and the players’ association are at the lowest point in a quarter-century. The sides appear headed to a spring training lockout in 2022.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally announced a 60-game schedule this year as the union kept open the possibility of filing a grievance accusing teams of negotiating in bad faith.TOKYO-COMPETITION SCHEDULE Estimates in Japan say the delay will cost $2 billion to $6 billion, with Japanese taxpayers picking up most of the bills. Olympic officials have not given any overall cost estimates, and have not specified the cost of renegotiating contracts for venues and other facilities.The opening ceremony for the Olympics will be on July 23, 2021. However, women’s softball and soccer will open on July 21, men’s soccer on July 22, and archery and rowing on July 23.Unlike the large, public celebration of a year ago, local organizers at the last minute have put together a more modest, non-public event for Thursday inside the new $1.43 billion national stadium to mark one year to go. Organizers have teased a possible appearance of the Olympic flame.Mori said the flame, which arrived in Japan in March, was being stored and still burned in the Japanese capital. He said putting it on display at Japan’s new Olympic museum was being planned “at a future date.” He did not offer any specifics.IOC MEETING Fans allowed back into English sports events from next weekLONDON (AP) — Spectators will be allowed back into some sports events in England from next week as coronavirus prevention measures are tested ahead of a planned wider reopening of stadiums in October.Domestic cricket on July 26-27 is set to be the first sport that fans are allowed to watch in person since March. Some spectators will also be allowed into the world snooker championship in Sheffield from July 31 and the Glorious Goodwood horse racing festival on Aug. 1 is also part of a government scheme piloting the return of fans.Stadium capacities will still be restricted and staggered entry times, social distancing measures and one-way systems will be required. Barriers or screens will have to be installed where social distancing cannot be maintained when buying food and merchandise or betting. Fans will be told not to attend if they could have been exposed to COVID-19.Officials said the measures could be reversed if coronavirus infection rates begin to climb again with concerns about a new coronavirus spike this winter. July 17, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-METS-RODRIGUEZA-Rod, bidding for Mets, wants players to accept cap systemNEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is calling for baseball players to accept the kind of revenue-sharing system that is tied to a salary cap, sparking quick opposition from the union. last_img read more

NAMILCO commits to GFF Super 16 Cup third-place prize of $500 000

first_imgTHE National Milling Company of Guyana Inc. (NAMILCO), still in its 50th Anniversary Year, is continuing its rich tradition of investing and empowering Guyana’s sportsmen and women.In the latest gesture of tangible investment, Managing Director, Mr Bert Sukhai has committed his company to sponsoring the third-place prize of $500 000 for the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Super 16 Cup which is set to kick off on Sunday, December 15 at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary with a double-header.At the company’s, Agricola, East Bank Demerara head office, Sukhai handed over a cheque to cover the third-place prize to president of Guyana Football Federation, Wayne Forde, in the presence of Finance Director Mr Fitzroy McLeod and Chief Engineer Mr Ralph Hemsing.In presenting the cheque, Sukhai noted that his company, one of the main partners of the GFF, was more than delighted to be once again making a tangible donation to the federation in its continuing efforts to build a solid foundation for the sport.Sukhai was quick to point out that this sponsorship is a continuation of his company’s multi-million, five-year NAMILCO Flour Power Under-17 Intra Association League which is in its second year.“There’s no doubt in our minds that the sport continues to make tremendous positive strides under the Wayne Forde-led administration. We continue to see more than enough positive and tangible signs. So therefore, it was without hesitation that we have once again committed to sponsoring the third-place prize of $500 000 for the GFF Super 16 Cup.“We know that the teams will be coming out strong to give themselves the best possible chance of winning this prestigious competition and we, at NAMILCO, wish each team the best. We would also be discussing with the GFF other ways of collaborating to make the experience on each game day during this tournament a memorable one for the fans also.Forde, in response, expressed profound gratitude on behalf of GFF to Sukhai and his team for their unflinching and committed support towards empowering citizens of Guyana, noting that the reach of NAMILCO is far beyond the field of play.“As a corporate citizen, NAMILCO is truly a fine example of the tremendous impact corporate Guyana can have on the lives of young people. They have made the largest financial commitment to Guyana’s football development in the history of the sport.In 2016 the National Milling Company signed a $30M agreement with my administration for the Flour Power National Intra-Association U-17 annual Boys League.I would like to express my heartfelt thank you to Mr Bert Sukhai and his hard-working team for their generous and continued support for the work of the GFF.”Sixteen clubs (the top eight GFF Elite League clubs and the top eight Regional Member Association clubs) will contest this year’s competition; the defending champions are GFF Elite League club, Den Amstel.The opening double-header will see Milerock versus Pele from 18:30hrs on December 15, with the main clash between Guyana Police Force and Timehri Panthers from 21:00hrs.last_img read more