Gov’t has Zika plan for athletes

first_imgWhen it comes to the Zika virus, pregnant women are not the only persons the government is concerned about.    This summer Jamaica will send a strong contingent to the Olympic Games in Brazil where in 2015 there were just under 3000 cases of the virus that manifests in symptoms similar to yellow fever and dengue.  The virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The outbreak hit mostly the Brazilian northeast region, but cases have been reported as far south as Rio de Janeiro, where the Olympic Games will be held this coming August. Working on the assumption that Jamaica’s athletes do not contract the virus while training here in Jamaica, they would run the risk of contracting it while preparing to compete while in Brazil. This has become a concern for the government that is expecting another outstanding performance from its elite athletes in what will be Usain Bolt’s final Olympic campaign. As such they are taking steps to minimise the possibilities of the virus affecting the nation’s athletes. “We have been looking at it. It has occurred to us, we have been having discussions with the Ministry of Health,” said Minister Natalie Neita-Headley, who has responsibility for sport. “They (officials at the ministry of health) have been having planning sessions looking at sensitising our athletes.” “As much as can be done, we will seek to do it,” the sports minister said. About one in five people infected with the Zika virus become ill. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis. Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. If an athlete contracts the virus and it develops into full blown Zika just prior to competition, it will affect the athlete’s performance. In the meantime, track clubs here are doing what they can to protect the athletes but there are limitations. President of MVP Bruce James revealed that several athletes from his club contracted the Chikungunya virus last year as they prepared for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Like then, James said, the club had put protocols in place to minimise the impact of the virus but as was the case then, there is only so much they can do.last_img read more

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Natural Resources Ministry makes donation to NTC

first_imgAs part of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the Natural Resources Ministry on Thursday handed over a quantity of furnishings and supplies to the National Toshaos’ Council, valued some $5 million.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman handed over the office equipment to NTC Chairman Nicholas Fredericks.During the simple ceremony, Trotman explained, “We’re just handing over some equipment under the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, which is a project funded by the [Inter-American Development Bank] IDB and administered by the Ministry of Natural Resources.”He noted that this project enabled the Ministry to provide support to the organisation. Land has been allocated for the construction of an NTC Secretariat and pledges were made to assist in that regard.Through the funded project, two senior members of the Council are paid, along with the rental of the NTC office until the end of 2019. Fredericks emphasised that the supplies would enable them to effectively function and perform their role.One month ago, announcements were made for consultations after the completion of the first draft of Guyana’s National REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) Strategy.Facilitated by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF-REDD+) Project, this round of consultations includes a national two-day workshop with representatives from all 10 Administrative Regions.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman with executives of the National Toshaos CouncilIt targets stakeholders from Government, Private Sector, civil society, Indigenous people and forest-dependent communities.The workshop will provide information on the design of Guyana’s REDD+ Strategy and get stakeholders’ input to improve the draft as well as identify how they can participate in future implementations.Stakeholders will get the opportunity to express their ideas on what the REDD+ Strategy options for Guyana could look like when implemented and identify gaps in the current designs. In the coming months, the consultations will extend to Regions One (Barima-Waini); Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), after which there would be another round of national cluster workshops in Georgetown to verify the draft strategy.Last April, the Ministry contracted a consortium led by Winrock International and Conservation International to design Guyana’s REDD+ Strategy and Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) report, including an Environment and Social Management Framework (ESMF).These are all critical components of Guyana’s REDD+ Readiness Preparation Plan (R-PP) that prepares the country to access future funding to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.last_img read more

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Daesrath, Chattergoon named in OSCL team for New York Cup

first_imgFormer Guyana First-Class skipper Damodar Daesrath and ex-Guyana and West Indies youth player Hemnarine Chattergoon have been named in the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) team for the forthcoming New York Cup slated for three consecutive days (June 29-July 1).Teams from Canada, New York, Guyana and Florida are set to participate at the 12th edition, and some keen contests are highly predicted as a large number of high-profileDamodar Daesrathsoftball players will be on show in both the Open and Masters’ categories.Daesrath, who represented his adopted country Canada also at the highest level, featured in the tournament previously playing for other teams while Chattergoon, who as well wore the Canadian national colours at the senior level, will be looking to make an impression.Several other players have represented Guyana and Canada in hardball cricket. Riaz Kadir and Raja Pooran are in the lineup to play for OSCL while Berbician Aftab Shamsudeen, who played for Canada at the international level, is included.Assistant manager of the team, Canada-based Guyanese Bobby Ramlagan is pleased with the selection and is very optimistic the players will create a big impact on their first outing representing the OSCL.With the reintroduction of white ball cricket in the OSCL’s various competitions this season, Ramlagan mentioned the guys were more equipped now to compete against these quality teams. Ramlagan, who was born in Wakenaam, also expressed that a captain would beHemnarine Chattergoonnamed just before the competition starts. He further related that preparation for this mega softball tournament was very crucial and the team were set to have done that before proceedings begin in the United States of America. Veteran Sports Journalist and OSCL’s Secretary/Public Relations Officer, Frederick Halley is the manager. Ramlagan is also an executive member of OSCL in the position of Assistant Secretary/Treasurer.The full squad reads: Damodar Daesrath, Riaz Kadir, Hemnarine Chattergoon, Rabindra Diaram, Anil Ramotar, Yadram Bohj, Aftab Shamsudeen, Bolanauth Sukhu, Zaheer Allard, Muniram Karran, Ravin Babulall, Anand Monelall, Shah Mahabir, Fizul Haniff, and Raja Pooran.last_img read more

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Wenger wanted Gunners stay

first_img0Shares0000Arsene Wenger has been tipped to coach FranceLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 26- Arsene Wenger has revealed that it was not his decision to depart Arsenal at the end of the season.The Gunners boss announced his imminent exit from the club after 22 years of service on Friday amid ongoing and repeated calls for his sacking. The 68-year-old has since received widespread acclaim for the impact he has had on the Premier League, following the announcement, but now admits he would rather have delayed his departure.Wenger still has one year left on his current contract.Speaking ahead of the Europa League semi-final first leg clash with Atletico Madrid, he said: “The timing was not my decision. The rest I have spoken about it already.“I focus on what I have to do every day.“At the moment, I work like ever.”Wenger added that he intends to carry on working in the future “for sure”.The former Monaco and Nagoya Grampus coach built on previous comments that the decision was made in the best interest of the club when he added: “Is there a perfect goodbye? I don’t know. I just want to do as well as I can.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Church to boost parking

first_img“The results anticipated future traffic trends with the church project and without the church project,” Coda said. The $18 million project involves the 1,600-seat sanctuary and a parking lot with about 875 spaces. The current parking lot has about 400 spaces. “We want to be good neighbors,” said William Ankerberg, senior pastor of the 31-year-old church. The pastor estimates about 2,000 people attend church services. An eight-member contingency of Villaverde residents said they have no problem with the church, but traffic along their street has been bothersome. “The only way we win,” said Villaverde resident Barry Stone, 71, “is if the church closes the exit onto our street.” The church’s plan, Coda said, is to have the exit open for four hours on Sunday and closed the rest of the week. Stone was skeptical of the plan, saying most people will find a way to get around the barrier. “It’s not doable,” he said of the project. “Someone is going to lose.” He and his neighbor, Gus Montano, 77, also expressed concern over disturbance of the green landscape that faces their neighborhood. Kuehn said the lot will be 6 feet higher than the street and there will be a lot of trees and landscape. The traffic study and an environmental report, once it’s completed, will be available for public review at City Hall, Collier said. There will also be a public hearing at a future planning commission meeting. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It will also make it safer for the users of the Murphy Ranch Little League ballfield who now park along the north side of Colima,” he said. “That situation is just an accident waiting to happen.” The traffic signal would slow down northbound and southbound traffic on Colima, Kuehn said. A traffic study commissioned by the church and submitted to the city of Whittier states traffic on Villaverde during peak usage between 9 a.m and 2 p.m. Sundays will be reduced by 85 percent. “We conducted our studies during the most busy hours as regulated by the city,” said Frank M. Coda, who oversaw the traffic study. He said the study includes existing traffic conditions not only for Sundays but also during morning and afternoon weekday hours. WHITTIER – Whittier Area Community Church officials Thursday said the proposed expansion of its parking lot to accommodate more people for a new 34,000-square-foot sanctuary is a winning proposition for all concerned. During a neighborhood meeting at the church, 8175 Villaverde Drive, project developer Robert A. Kuehn said the parking lot project would give users of the nearby Murphy Ranch Little League fields more parking space, would help reduce traffic on Villaverde on Sundays and give churchgoers three more entrances and four exits. “The extra entrances and exits on Mar Vista and Colima will make car movement more efficient and minimize traffic in nearby streets, especially Villaverde,” he said. A planned traffic signal on Colima Road, Kuehn said, would direct traffic entering and exiting the church parking lot onto Colima. last_img read more

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny confirms he wants to remain at Roma

first_img Wojciech Szczesny 1 Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny wants to make his loan move to Roma permanent.The Poland international has spent this season with the Italian club after falling down the pecking order at the Emirates.The 26-year-old has made 39 appearances for Roma so far and, after securing regular football, Szczesny has revealed he wants to remain in the Italian capital.“I want to stay,” Szczesny told Il Messaggero.“It’s not all up to me, obviously. I want it to happen, and I know Roma and Arsenal are talking about it, so we’ll see what happens.“I’m happy to have helped the team and winning the title must be the next objective for this club.”last_img

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WHEN SHAY MET THE McGLYNNS……!

first_imgThe McGlynn family, dad Damien and sons Harry and Jack with their hero Shay Given.Shay Given is on a well-deserved break from life in the Premiership and his club Aston Villa.So the last thing he was probably expecting to see when he officially opened the new pitch at Drumoghill FC yesterday was an Aston Villa jersey.But not alone did he meet one Villa fan, but an entire family of them.The McGlynn family from Bomany just outside Letterkenny are staunch Villa fans and have ben for years.We’re told that dad Damien was quite the player in his day (not sure when that was!!) and sons Jack and Harry certainly know their way ’round both a soccer and gaelic pitch.Shay was delighted to meet the lads yesterday and was delighted to pass on a few words of advice to the boys.The photo is certainly a ‘keeper’……for Shay, that is, whenever Jack and Harry make their Premiership debut with Villa!Now if only the lads could get mum Cathy converted to supporting Villa! * We’ll also be carrying a picture special from yesterday’s official opening at Drumoghill FC shortly. WHEN SHAY MET THE McGLYNNS……! was last modified: July 6th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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All-Santa Clarita Valley: Girls’ Cross Country

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Murakami posted the fastest Mt. San Antonio College time in Santa Clarita Valley history at the Mt. SAC Invitational on Oct. 22, running 17 minutes, 8 seconds to finish third in the individual sweepstakes. Fleshman set the previous record, 17:19, at the 1998 Invitational. Fleshman was a 14-time track and cross-country All-American and three-time NCAA 5,000-meter champion at Stanford. She finished second in that event at this year’s national outdoor championships. “It feels great just to be compared to her,” Murakami said. She’ll have a chance next year to do something Fleshman never did: win two state cross-country titles. Murakami won her first Foothill League title this year and led Saugus to its first girls’ state meet appearance. The Centurions finished sixth. She had plenty of strong finishes this year – fourth at Woodbridge of Irvine, eighth at Stanford and third in Southern Section Div. I. She won the season-opening Seaside Invitational by 29 seconds, running the sixth-fastest time in meet history. – Sean Martin DAILY NEWS ALL-SANTA CLARITA VALLEY Brenda Cohen, Sr., Canyon Wendy Cohen, So., Canyon Katie Dunn, So., Saugus Kalyn English, Sr., Canyon Chelsea Johnstone, Sr., Saugus Britany Jones, So., Canyon Katie Kuykendall, Sr., Hart 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RUNNER OF THE YEAR Shannon Murakami, Jr., Saugus Shannon Murakami, the state Div. I champion, first met former Canyon High standout Lauren Fleshman at the Stanford Invitational in September. “So you’re the one who’s been breaking all my records?” Fleshman asked the Saugus star. last_img read more

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Tough challenges ahead, but ‘tough cookie’ Mikaela stays positive

first_imgConvoy schoolgirl Mikaela Breen was chosen by Spina Bifida Ireland to represent all Irish members for World Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus day yesterday.Mikaela was selected to have her story told to highlight the day.Mikaela, who attends Scoil Bhríde in Convoy will be eight in January and her parents, Sinéad and Chris, now have to decide on surgery to eliminate risks to her kidneys, but which could reduce her mobility. Mikaela was born prematurely and was diagnosed with spina bifida.“The hardest part was that we did not know if she would ever walk; that was the hardest part of the diagnosis. When Mikaela was 19 months, she started to take a step or two with a frame,” mum, Sinéad, remembers.“She had a turn in her right leg, it was frustrating for her, but boots and physiotherapy corrected this. She still has a weakness in her leg, but you would not know she has a slight turn.“Mikaela’s tethered spinal cord is the biggest challenge we are facing because as she grows, it does more damage. Urology is our biggest concern as her bladder, kidneys, and bowel are compromised. “We now have to decide on surgery for her tethered cord. There is the risk of mobility damage but it will help urology wise.“It is a trade-off. We have to decide what is the right thing to do, weigh one against the other. We need to assess the risks and we need to do it as soon as possible.“We are hoping to take Mikaela to America before Christmas for tests – you have to wait years for them here in Ireland – so the only option is to take her abroad to be seen by one of the best teams in the world.“This is our greatest challenge and we hope to make a more informed, rational decision after the tests as we will have the risk percentages.“She cannot keep going the way she is, so we might have to take a risk with her mobility as she has to have healthy kidneys to live. “Surgery will transform Mikaela’s life and I want her to be as independent as she can be.“I want her to strong willed as well and do things for herself but she needs healthy kidneys for that.”Sinéad admits that she and Chris were ‘horrified’ when told Mikaela would have to use a wheelchair, but now says ‘it has proved a Godsend’.Sinéad says: “We can now go on family trips and shopping trips. We embrace it now to be honest as it has given the whole family – including Aleesha Jane (9), Tiernan (6) and Christopher (2) – greater independence as we can go to more places.” Mikaela’s own strength of mind and positivity has been a real beacon for the family.Sinéad says: “Mikaela is such a happy perfect child. She is amazing, so loving and affectionate; a treasure. She is a tough cookie and very resilient.“She hates catheterisation as she has mobility she feels it more than other people with spina bifida who may not have sensation.Mikaela with Jason Quigley’s NABF middleweight belt“However, we try to tackle everything positively; you have to look at life as glass half full. When we go to Temple Street Hospital, we know we are one of the luckiest families.“There are so many other families with greater challenges. If they can keep positive, why should we not be? You cannot pity yourself, you have to suck it up and get on with it.”Tough challenges ahead, but ‘tough cookie’ Mikaela stays positive was last modified: October 26th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Chris BreenconvoyMikaela BreenSCOIL BHRIDESinead BreenSpina BifidaSpina Bifida Hydrocephaluslast_img read more

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On-Demand Music Service MOG Comes to the Living Room – Mobile Apps Coming Soon

first_imgfrederic lardinois MOG, the increasingly popular on-demand music service, just announced its first hardware partnership. MOG’s users can now access the service from their Roku players in the living room. Last week, Drew Denbo, the company’s senior vice president of business development, told us that MOG believes that as Internet-connected devices like the Roku become more popular, users will finally be able to take their online entertainment options beyond the desktop and into the living room. On the Roku player, MOG users will be able to access their libraries, playlists and artist radio stations. PricingRoku users who sign up for the company’s unlimited $4.99 monthly plan will be able to use the service on their devices. For $9.99 per month, these users will also be able to access the service through the web interface. MOG will also offer a free 3-day trial to Roku owners. In addition, users who sign up for the $9.99 plan will also soon be able to use the company’s iPhone and Android apps. These apps will allow users to download songs to their mobile devices for offline playing. We got an early look at MOG’s iPhone app earlier this year. You can find more details here.Why Are Music Subscription Services are Getting More Popular Now?MOG is strictly a subscription-based service. So far, these services always remained in the shadow of more traditional music stores like iTunes and eMusic. Now, however, there seems to be a resurgence in interest in music subscription services. With Rdio, for example, Skype’s founders just launched a new subscription service that looks quite similar to MOG. According to MOG’s Drew Denbo, a number of fundamental changes are driving this trend. First of all, the arrival of mobile app stores has made it easier for these services to target mobile devices and give users the option to access their music anywhere. In addition, now that some of these services are arriving in the living room (thanks to the Roku and devices like Logitech’s Squeezebox), music subscription services are getting to the point where they are more convenient to use than download services. At the same time, though, there will always be some users who want to own their music, so subscription services aren’t for everyone, but unlike download services, streaming music services are making it increasingly easy for their users to access their music wherever they are. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img Tags:#mobile#music#news#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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