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Public Health Ministry tackles NCDs

first_imgIn light of deaths caused by Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), The Public Health Ministry has intensified efforts to reduce the number of deaths caused by these illnesses annually.Based on statistics, NCDs account for 70 per cent of all deaths in Guyana and is the number one cause of premature deaths (before the age of 70 years).The Ministry said in a statement that Guyana’s main NCDs – cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease – account for the highest burden on mortality and morbidity.It contended that these diseases are totally preventable by the simple modification of four risk factors: harmful tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol.The Ministry’s Chronic Disease Unit in its efforts to combat NCDs will be conducting a STEP-wise approach population based survey from July to October, 2016, to determine chronic disease risk factors and surveillance in Guyana.“The listing process is scheduled to commence on Thursday, July 14 and will conclude on Monday, July 18, 2016,” the Ministry said, adding “for many years, Guyana has been utilising estimated statistics to account for the population at risk of developing NCDs and for those who are already living with these diseases. This approach will now be changed.”The release added that upon the completion of the STEPS survey, statistics will be acquired and Guyana will now have baseline figures which will allow health officials to closely monitor the population, which will facilitate the development and implementation of appropriate interventions to treat and prevent chronic non-communicable diseases.The survey will also give the Public Health Ministry a better chance to be able to properly forecast and procure the right type of medications and in its sufficient quantities, hence preventing drug shortages in the country.The STEPS survey is a voluntary survey and all participants will be notified of their results at the end of the assessment, the Ministry assured.A total of 3456 households will be randomly chosen to participate in the STEPS survey. One person (within the household) between the ages of 18 to 69 years will be asked to participate in an interview.The participants will be required to respond to basic questions pertaining to demographics, habits and lifestyle practices as it relates to the risk factors of NCDs – have their weight; height and blood pressure checked and recorded by the officer conducting the survey; and give a small blood sample to be tested for blood sugar, cholesterol, sickle cell and thalassemia, which are two common blood disorders found in Guyana.The Public Health Ministry will be collaborating with the Bureau of Statistics in executing the STEPS survey. The Bureau will be carrying out the listing process, which entails trained personnel visiting communities to map out the layout of houses, after which the households will be randomly selected.The Ministry is pleading with communities to support the initiative.last_img read more

‘Not Over ‘til It’s Over’

first_imgThe United States Assistant Secretary of State for  African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has said that her government‘s robust interventions and the vigilance shown by all partners, especially the government of Liberia, in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) will not be over until the disease is eradicated from the country.Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield, who is also the immediate past US Ambassador to Liberia, said the US government’s intervention is a huge combined effort of many components involved in the process. The US diplomat was yesterday addressing a press stakeout along with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, Michael D. Lumpkin at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia where she led a high level delegation.The delegation also included representatives from USAID and the Department of Health and Human Services.  Ambassador Thomas Greenfield noted that she was delighted to be back in Liberia after serving two and a half years in the country.She recognized what she described as the tremendous efforts of the US military and the AFL for the coordination and the great work they have done together to address the Ebola outbreak.Ambassador Greenfield indicated that inspite of the tremendous progress, there is still a lot to be done. “It’s not over until it’s over, but you have done a tremendous job, Madam President, you   and your team, to bring us to a place today where we can say that things are getting better.  But we cannot let our guard down; we cannot stop the efforts that everyone is involved in; we cannot change the practices that have been put into place to ensure that this disease is conquered.   We must continue that fight,” she admonished.President Sirleaf earlier welcomed Ambassador Greenfield and her team to what she referred to as “Ambassador Thomas Greenfield’s old home.” The President lauded Assistant Secretaries Thomas- Greenfield and Lumpkin for the tremendous support Liberia has received and through them President Barrack Obama, who she said took some major decisions to support all of the Ebola affected countries.“As a result of this support, which was strongly endorsed by the US Congress, Liberia has been able to make this overwhelming progress.She noted that the US officials’ visit provides an opportunity to exchange information on how far the country has come, and “to recognize that we still have to continue to fight this virus, which is not over yet.”She said the visit provided the chance also to join partnership with them to move from treatment to prevention, by giving more community responsibility and control and by rebuilding the health care system to ensure that there is no reoccurrence of such a devastating situation.“Even as we move to the next phase of economic recovery, we must continue to strive to ensure that people can have capital income to be able to access important services,” President Sirleaf declaredAssistant Secretary Lumpkin described as “outstanding” the progress the country has made in the Ebola fight as a result of the efforts of everyone.  He indicated that the teamwork between the US government and other international partners as well as the government of Liberia is also highly commendable, though he also believed that more needed to be done.Assistant Secretary Lumpkin said that in September this year when he was here to assess the situation, he informed President Sirleaf that he would be back in December to see the progress that was made, and so he was happy to be back to witness such a huge progress.“As you are aware, the US military in the Department of Defense is only a piece of the US government’s response in support of the government of Liberia, aimed at eradicating the outbreak of Ebola,” he noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hilary Crowley officially running for Green Party in Prince George Peace River

first_imgThe Green Party has officially announced a candidate for our riding.Hilary Crowley will represent the Greens in the Prince George Peace River Riding. This will be the fourth time she has run for the Green party in our riding. Hilary and her husband call Summit Lake, just north of Prince George, home. She has travelled throughout the Riding participating in environmental gatherings such as the Keepers of the Water convention in Fort St John and the Inland Rainforest Conference in Prince George and Dome Creek.The other candidates confirmed to be running in the riding include, Jay Hill – Conservatives, Lindsay Gindley – Liberals and Betty Bekkering – NDP.- Advertisement –last_img read more

25 Iraqis die in blast at outdoor market

first_imgBAGHDAD – A car bomb exploded Tuesday at an outdoor market in a Shiite area of Baghdad, killing 25 people and wounding at least 60 – the deadliest in a string of attacks that stoked sectarian tension in and around the capital. The blast occurred in Amil, one of a cluster of neighborhoods in southwestern Baghdad where Sunni-Shiite tension is running high three months after the start of the U.S.-led security crackdown. No group claimed responsibility for the blast. But U.S. officials believe Sunni extremists are stepping up car bombings, especially against Shiite civilians, to enflame sectarian hatred and undermine public confidence in government security forces. There were other signs Tuesday that Sunni-Shiite tensions are again rising after they eased last winter following the start of the Baghdad security operation Feb. 14. In north Baghdad, gunmen wearing army uniforms stopped a bus carrying college students to a Shiite neighborhood, entered the vehicle and sprayed the passengers with gunfire, police said. Eight students were killed and two were wounded. At another fake checkpoint near Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, gunmen killed six people from one family – a woman, her 5-year-old son and four men – and stole their car, police said. It was unclear whether the victims were Sunnis or Shiites. In Baghdad, mortar shells struck a college in the mostly Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah, killing four people and wounding 27. Four rounds landed around the office of prominent Sunni politician Adnan al-Dulaimi, causing no casualties but destroying three cars, his staff said. In all, at least 100 Iraqis were killed or found dead nationwide Tuesday, according to police. They included 33 people found shot execution-style – presumably by sectarian death squads – and their bodies scattered across Baghdad. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘Divock Origi is better than Anthony Martial!’ – Reaction as Liverpool forward nets hat-trick

first_imgDivock Origi scored his first goal for Liverpool on Wednesday – before adding two more to complete a hat-trick at Southampton. The Reds were 6-1 winners at St Mary’s and as they scored their third goal, the Belgian got a lucky touch onto Alberto Moreno’s drive and he was awarded the strike. He then followed that up by bagging two extremely well-taken goals in the second half to show Reds fans why the club paid around £10m for his services.Origi’s goals outshone the double scored by Daniel Sturridge in the space of four minutes, as the England man made his return from injury to play his first match under Klopp. Origi, 20, picked up the plaudits, as you can see below… 1 SEE HERE – League Cup sem-final draw: Featuring Liverpool, Manchester City, Everton and Stokecenter_img ‘Divock Origi is better than Anthony Martial!’ – Reaction as Liverpool forward scores three in League Cup win last_img read more

West Ham confirm signing of Toulouse captain Issa Diop for club record fee

first_imgWest Ham United have confirmed the signing of Toulouse captain Issa Diop on a five-year deal.The France Under-21 international becomes Manuel Pellegrini’s second signing of the season after Ryan Fredericks joined on a free transfer from Fulham. Fabianski pictured in tears in what may well have been his final appearance for Swansea City Diop made 41 appearances in all competitions in 2017/18, chipping in with three goals 3 The 33-year-old was an unused substitute as Poland slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Senegal in the Group H World Cup game on Tuesday.According to the Evening Standard, the former Arsenal shot-stopper will sign a three-year deal at the London Stadium after a £7 million fee was agreed. The fee, which was not disclosed by the club, makes him the club’s record transfer fee signing ahead of Marko Arnautovic.It is believed he had his medical yesterday, with Pellegrini keen to do business quickly. 3 Diop tangles with former Manchester United man Memphis Depay 3 “He has represented France at every youth level up to Under-21 and we believe that he is now ready to make the next step in his career by moving to the Premier League with West Ham United.”Everton and Sevilla were reportedly interested in the 6”4 centre-half, but it is the Hammers who have snapped him up.A deal for Swansea City goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is also expected to be announced imminently. Our new centre-back… #WelcomeDiop pic.twitter.com/Nx9WHKmIxh— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) June 19, 2018He told the West Ham United website: “I am very happy to sign for such a historic, English club, and I hope to show my best here.“I am a very ambitious player and West Ham is a very ambitious club, as we’ve seen with the appointment of the new coach. I hope to help the team win lots of games and make the fans happy.”West Ham United Director of Football Mario Husillos added: “Issa is a player with fantastic potential who has already shown great quality at such a young age.“It is a measure of his character and maturity that he was named captain of Toulouse at just 20 years of age, having already established himself in their team as a teenager.last_img read more

This is what winning the World Cup means to France supporters

first_imgWhat an unbelievable scene in Paris as #FRA players are projected onto the Arc de Triomphe in celebration for their #WorldCup title (via @telefoot_TF1) pic.twitter.com/PpcNvZBevx— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) July 15, 2018 11 France have won the 21st World Cup finals 11 11 11 Macron kisses the head of teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe just before France lift the trophyhttps://twitter.com/talkSPORT/status/1018593943745941505 The supremely talented 23-man Les Bleus squad will return to France as national heroes following their victory.And many French supporters across the globe were in great spirits during and after the game including the most powerful man in the country, Emmanuel Macron.The president led the jubilant celebrations from the Luzhniki Stadium and below you can see some of the best pictures of Macron and French men and women around the world celebrating the triumph. The nation’s capital Paris was unsurprisingly full of fans 11 The most incredible scenes were in the French capital, Paris 11 Scenes in Paris right now are amazing! #FrancevsCroatia #WorldCupRussia2018 pic.twitter.com/u7iwditL40— FluffyTehDoom (@AnnaHastings6) July 15, 2018 The party in Paris continued into the night Millions lined the streets of Paris A fan park in Rennes is full of French flags after the win center_img Celebration time in France! #WorldCupFinals pic.twitter.com/kjKKoV7Fgl— Daniel Peter (@danieljpeter) July 15, 2018 11 France fans gathered at a fan park in Berlin too France’s president Emmanuel Macron when France won the World Cup pic.twitter.com/056E0h1nA5— When Sunday Comes (@WSCsupporters) July 15, 2018 France’s Champ de Mars erupted in joy as the country clinched the #WorldCup , with fans streaming into the streets, honking car horns and flying the nation’s flag at the start of an enormous national celebration pic.twitter.com/XcbYAkqrgM— AFP news agency (@AFP) July 15, 2018 Nouvelle discipline olympique. 😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/lSxsWBxLlL— Hugo Travers (HugoDécrypte) (@HugoTravers) July 15, 2018He only wanted to join in the fun… 11 The Champs-Elysees was packed out as well France are world champions for the second time after beating Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 World Cup final.It was a thoroughly entertaining game in what has been an outstanding tournament which will be long remembered for the terrific standard of football. 11 11 pic.twitter.com/3NCE5GEQ4J— Margaux Meunier (@MargauxMR) July 15, 2018 11 France fans in New York gather to celebrate Lesa Bleus winning the tournament last_img read more

Fields Taking Shape for 2019 USATF 1 Mile Road Championships at Grand Blue Mile

first_imgThis year’s race features a top prize of $5,000 each for the men’s and women’s champions with the potential to earn an additional $2,500 for setting a new course record — currently 4.00.0 (2017) and 4:32.7 (2014), respectively. Overall, $30,000 in prize money will be contested across the men’s and women’s championship divisions. “We’re excited to continue the tradition of welcoming high-profile, high-caliber athletes to Grand Blue Mile in partnership with the Drake Relays,” said Chris Verlengia, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s senior brand marketing manager and Grand Blue Mile co-race director. “As Grand Blue Mile marks its tenth anniversary, being entrusted to host a fifth national championship in 10 years provides even more reason to celebrate the tremendous impact this special event has throughout central Iowa and beyond.” For more information and to register, visit GrandBlueMile.com. Grand Blue Mile Home Additional entries to the Men’s and Women’s USATF 1 Mile Road Championships fields will be finalized next week.  In the men’s division, returning to defend his title is Riley Masters. He will be joined by:·         Harun Abda·         Julius Bor·         Mikey Brannigan·         Joe Coffee·         Jake Edwards·         David Elliott·         Nick Harris·         Daniel Herrera·         Tripp Hurt·         Lawi Lalang·         Brandon Lasater·         Will Leer·         Mile Marsella·         Kyle Medina·         Kyle Merber·         Chad Noelle·         Jay Welp About WellmarkWellmark, Inc. (Wellmark.com) does business as Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. Wellmark and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, including Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota, Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa, Inc., and Wellmark Value Health Plan, Inc., insure or pay health benefit claims for more than 2 million members in Iowa and South Dakota. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota, Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa, Inc., and Wellmark Value Health Plan, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. DES MOINES, Iowa — Grand Blue Mile race officials announced preliminary fields for the 2019 USA Track & Field 1 Mile Road Championships set for Tuesday, April 23, in Des Moines. A world-class group of elite milers will headline the event along with approximately 3,500 participants from across the nation who will compete among the recreational and amateur competitive divisions. Confirmed mascots in the “furriest” division include:·         Champ (Iowa Games)·         TC (University of Northern Iowa)·         Cubbie Bear (Iowa Cubs)·         Spike (Drake University)·         Cy (Iowa State University)·         Herky (University of Iowa) Story Links In the women’s division, returning to defend her title is Emily Lipari. She will be joined by Heather Kampf, three-time Grand Blue Mile champion, and:·         Grace Barnett·         Savannah Camacho-Colon·         Hannah Fields·         Therese Haiss·         Rebecca Hehra·         Nikki Hiltz·         Marisa Howard·         Rebecca Mehra·         Shannon Osika·         Megan Rolland·         Ashley Stinson·         Maddie Van Beek·         Alexina Wilson About the Grand Blue MileThe Grand Blue Mile is an annual one-mile fitness run/walk sponsored by Wellmark® Blue Cross® and Blue Shield®, in partnership with the Drake Relays, to engage individuals at all stages of fitness, encourage healthy habits and empower positive change. The annual wellness event includes recreational, competitive and invitational events featuring a field of elite male and female track and field athletes from around the world. Proceeds from the event benefit Iowa Kidstrong, Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting healthy, active lifestyles among youth. For more information about the Grand Blue Mile, visit www.grandbluemile.com. ### Mascot Madness Charity Challenge returnsIowa’s most popular mascots are back to compete against each other in the Mascot Madness Charity Challenge. Mascots will run the backstretch of the Grand Blue Mile race course in a friendly competition. The winning mascot from each division will be awarded a $1,000 prize for their school or organization’s charitable foundation.Confirmed mascots in the “fast” division include: Viktor (Grandview University) Rosie the Reader (Des Moines Public Library) Wanda the Wallaby (Blank Park Zoo) Sam the Ram (Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired) Register todayYouth and adult registration for the Grand Blue Mile is $20 and $25, respectively, with proceeds supporting school-based wellness programs in association with Iowa Kidstrong and the historic Drake Relays. About USATFUSA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Cranes to face Burundi in second round of CHAN 2020 Qualifiers

first_img Tags: BurundiCHAN 2020 qualifiersSomaliaSouth SudanUganda Cranes The Cranes team that started ijn the victory over Somalia last Saturday..CHAN 2020 qualifiersSouth Sudan 1-2 Burundi (Agg: 1-4)StarTimes Stadium, LugogoSunday, 04-08-2020LUGOGO – The Uganda National Men’s football team, the Cranes, will face Burundi in the next round of CHAN 2020 qualifiers.This was confirmed on Sunday after the Swallows completed a double over South Sudan in their first-round tie.Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Burundi had to come from a goal down to dispatch South Sudan 2-1 at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.Jose Nyuar put the hosts in the lead inside a minute at the start of the game.South Sudan held onto their caution till halftime and were just a goal away from leveling the tie.However, Burundi had other ideas, scoring twice in the second half to regain control of the contest and tie.Iddy Muselemu’s 67th-minute goal leveled matters on the day before Oliver Dusabe won it with just 6 minutes to play.The Victory means Burundi win the first round tie 4-1 on Aggregate and will now take on Uganda in the second round of qualifiers.The Cranes were also double winners in their tie against Somalia.Abdallah Mubiru’s side defeated Somalia 3-1 away from home before winning the second leg 4-1 on Saturday.In the second leg, Patrick Kaddu opened the scoring on 3 minutes form the spot before Allan Kyambadde made it 2-0 on 32 minutes.With just two minutes of the opening half to play, Kaddu scored another penalty to ensure the Cranes held a 3-0 lead at the break.Patrick Kaddu dispatches a penalty against Somalia on last Saturday.Three minutes into the second half, Kaddu completed his hattrick, heading in a Mustapha Kizza corner.Inside the last minute of normal time, Abdullahi Tabul pulled one back for the visitors but it was just good enough for a consolation.In the end, Uganda who have qualified for the CHAN finals in each of the last four editions, won the tie 7-2 to progress to the next phase of qualification.In the next round, Burundi will host Uganda on the 20th of September in the first leg while the second (leg) will take place on the 18th of October in Kampala.Comments last_img read more

New York City Hosts a Building Conference

first_imgA one-day conference on October 15 organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) will draw green builders, architects, and planners to discuss a variety of sustainable building issues and mark the release of a new database of high-performance buildings.BuildingEnergy NYC, first organized in 2012 as a small conference focused on energy-efficient multifamily buildings, has since expanded to include a number of other disciplines, NESEA said in a news release. The conference opens at 8:30 a.m. at the TKP New York Conference Center, 109 West 39th Street near Bryant Park.Four sessions are scheduled during the day, two in the morning and two after lunch, plus a reception beginning at 5 p.m. NESEA has posted a conference schedule at its website listing speakers and areas of focus for each session.The High Performance Buildings Database that will be launched at this year’s conference is a project the association undertook jointly with the Net Zero Energy Coalition. Projects qualify for listing by submitting data on energy use or an energy model showing the building reached net-zero energy performance on an annual basis, plus or minus 10%, NESEA said.Each case study has been peer-reviewed by a net-zero expert.NESEA didn’t provide any additional information about the database, but said it “hopes to move the market by sharing stories of these and other outstanding projects.” Case studies will be posted at the conference.last_img read more