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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Firefighter’s widow focuses light on plight of contract workers

first_img“I’m going to direct my staff to look into the possibilities of doing something for her,” Feinstein said. Likewise, said Boxer spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz, “We have staff in D.C. and California looking into this issue.” Wells-Groff sued when the U.S. Justice Department denied her claim for about $250,000, noting her husband was employed by a private firm under government contract. U.S. firefighting agencies contract through private firms for hundreds of pilots, planes and helicopters to reduce costs and avoid liabilities. One federal court judge in Wells-Groff’s legal battle agreed her husband had been a public safety officer and, as such, was due benefits. But an appellate court overturned the decision. On Oct. 1, she asked the Supreme Court to review the decision. The Supreme Court typically takes months to decide whether to review a case and faces no deadline, said Michael Brook, Wells-Groff’s attorney. [email protected] (916) 447-9302160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Christine Wells-Groff of Santa Rosa is getting the attention she has sought for six years in her quest to right what she considers an injustice to some of the nation’s firefighting heroes. The Justice Department denied Wells-Groff federal death benefits because her husband, Larry Groff, was a contract firefighter – not a government employee. She has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her appeal. But on Friday, Rep. Barbara Cubin of Wyoming, a longtime Republican lawmaker who has come across other such cases, said she plans to introduce legislation that would allow survivors of federally contracted pilots who die in the line of duty to receive benefits under the U.S. Public Safety Officer Benefits program. “These men and women risk life and limb for our country, just like any other public safety officer,” Cubin said. “Their families should not be left without any means of support just because insurance companies refuse to provide reasonable coverage and the federal government refuses to step in.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIn addition, California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are exploring ways to help Wells-Groff, whose husband died in a midair crash while fighting a Mendocino County wildfire in 2001. Direct employees of federal, state and local agencies automatically receive the benefit as an incentive to work dangerous jobs. California set up a similar program for its contract pilots after Groff’s death. It’s unclear whether the legislation would retroactively cover Wells-Groff and other survivors of pilots killed in previous firefighting crashes. More than 160 aerial firefighters have died nationally in the line of duty since 1958. Cubin said she intends to pursue the legislation during the current two-year session of Congress, which runs through 2008. Feinstein and Boxer, both Bay Area Democrats, are probing why Wells-Groff has had to wage a six-year court battle for a federal benefit that has taken her all the way to the Supreme Court. last_img read more

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Finding meaning in mundane

first_imgFor Delhi based colourist Bibhuti Dash, the greater purpose of art is to find intrinsic value than mere visual representation of routine activity. He feels that dispassionate glance at a person struggling with machine and tools associated with his livelihood may appear to be mundane and nondescript. But when seen in unison with emotions and feelings – hope and despair, expectations and troubles in the life of the person – the perspective changes completely. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDash in his maiden exhibition has tried to capture the beauty of such mundane and ordinary subjects. “Every day, we come across different people busy doing their daily jobs – which could be selling fruits, stitching clothes or collecting junk. They have problems like any of us, but that doesn’t stop them from dreaming high. However, all we see is a person dressed in shabby clothes doing his daily chores. Is it all that defines them,” questions Dash. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”My work tries to look beyond the obvious, and make us more humane towards the commoners,” he adds. An exhibition of 108 paintings by Bibhuti is on display at All India Fine Arts and Craft Society. Titled ‘Dainandin: A quest for miracles in the mundane’, the art show was inaugurated on April 5, in the presence of K J Alphons, Minister of Tourism, Government of India; Padmashree Ram V Sutar, Eminent sculptor; Adwaita Gadanayak, Director General of NGMA, and many other renowned artists. It will go on until April 11. The shades used in the paintings are strikingly bright and vibrant but still appear real. Each art piece catches eyeballs for its unique individuality. As a self-taught artist, Bibhuti Dash has displayed exemplary ability to handle the medium and artistic expression. He can definitely look forward to attaining a formidable presence in the world of art in the coming days. Hailing from Orissa, Dash is the Director, Tourism by profession. Despite a busy schedule and never-ending responsibilities, his love for art never faded. “For the last 3-4 years, I have been making a painting every Sunday.” Finding time to follow his passion and paint something that reflects his thoughts has always been therapeutic for the artist. Dash is planning to organise his second exhibition in Bhubaneswar in the next three months. It will focus on construction labour and farm labour mainly, he further informs.last_img read more

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Netflix Tracking Some Android Users Physical Activity

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Pride Northwest brings the rainbow party to Portland

first_imgOn the same day, Portland Gay Men’s Chorus will take visitors on a musical trip throughout the US with Pride Concert: The United States of Broadway.Furthermore, Portland’s very own Sasha Scarlett will be the special guest at the annual charity party Gaylabration. Now in its seventh year, the dance raises funds for the LGBTI community.‘Portland’s gay equivalent of the Super Bowl’Started in 1987 when drag queen Lady Elaine Peacock fulfilled her dream of hosting a drag variety show in Portland, Peacock in the Park is one of the most anticipated, family-friendly events during Pride month.Lady Elaine Peacock was a legendary drag queen in Portland | Photo: Courtesy of Peacock in the ParkDescribed as ‘Portland’s gay equivalent of the Super Bowl’ by Portland Monthly, the show will take place at Washington Park on 24 June.This year’s event will be hosted by Maria Peters Lake and Poison Marie Waters. The two took over after Lady Peacock died in 1993 of complications due to HIV/AIDS.Entertainers will include the Guinness World Record’s Oldest Working Drag Queen Darcelle XV.The show will also raise fund for the Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund, established in Memory of Peacock’s Mother and dedicated to LGBTI students or students of LGBTI parents.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . 7 US Pride festivals off the beaten track that will blow you awayLargest U.S. Gay Pride Los Angeles in West Hollywood under attack?When is Pride? Check out our international Pride calendar 2018Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pride-northwest-portland/ Visitors from up and down the West Coast will gather in Portland to celebrate the LGBTI community at the annual Pride NorthWest on 16-17 June. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Those familiar with sketch comedy Portlandia will remember characters dubbing Portland ‘the city where young people go to retire’, mocking its hipster vibe. Well, not this weekend.Sipping an overpriced coffee in a cute cafe is not an option this time around, as pride celebrations in one of the kinkiest US cities will drive you out of your usual exposed brick walls.One of the most popular on the West CoastThe activities in Oregon’s largest city will culminate in the annual Portland Pride Parade on 17 June. As usual, lesbian motorcycle club Dykes on Bikes will open the parade, leading marchers to Waterfront Park.Portland Pride in 2014 | Photo: WikiThe park will also be the setting of the Waterfront Festival. Despite being one of the few pride events without a fee in the US, there is an $8 suggested donation.Portland has held prides since the 1970s, but it was in 1994 that Pride Northwest took over to turn it in one of the most popular of the West Coast.This year’s events will include The Official Portland Trans Pride Parade and Portland Dyke March, both on 16 June.center_img Portland Pride Parade in 2016 | Photo: Wiki GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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