Guyanese doctors attend Zika management meeting in Barbados

first_imgtwo Guyanese doctors, attached to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), are currently attending a two-day May 26- 27meeting on the management of Zika Virus in Barbados.The Incident Management System Technical Meeting is organised by the Pan American HealthDr Ahmad Rafi RozanOrganisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Zika Task Force.Dr Ahmad Rafi Rozan, Obstetrics Specialist and Gynaecologist and Dr Ulanda Haynes, Resident in Paediatrics, are representing Guyana at the regional meeting.Dr Rozan is a specialist in Gynaecology and Obstetrics, spanning the areas of antenatal and perinatal care with an interest in decreasing maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity in order to improve quality of life.Dr Haynes worked as a General Medical Officer in the Department of Paediatrics at the GPHC since 2013 and is currently a Senior Resident in Paediatrics attached to the said department.The geographical distribution of the Zika Virus has been steadily increasing since it was first detected in the Americas in Brazil in May 2015. Since then, a total of 35 countries and territories have reported autochthonous (locally transmitted, mosquito- borne) transmission of Zika in the Americas. Several countries have reported cases of newborns with microcephaly and other conditions associated with Zika infection.PAHO has coordinated a process for developing harmonised recommendations on clinical care for pregnant women and newborns.The objectives of this meeting are to present an updated overview of the situation in the Region and to discuss protocols for clinical care and to analyse the challenges in preparations of the health services in the response to the outbreak of the Zika Virus.last_img read more

Executives upbeat about L.A. business

first_img“Los Angeles has a very decentralized government structure, so companies often don’t know who to approach to resolve any issues that could be holding their business back in some way,” he said. Bud Ovrum, deputy mayor of Economic Development for the city of Los Angeles, said that strides have been made to improve the business climate. Nor is he too concerned about the perception cited in the survey. “In the economic development business, you always get more growth out of the companies who are already here than the companies that want to move in,” he said. “Companies that are already here give you the biggest bang for your buck.” And the fact that so many executives are confident about the future strikes a positive note and bodes well for the city as well, he said. Ovrum also points out that Los Angeles had its best year ever in 2006 in terms of new construction. “There are projects in the pipeline, not things we’re dreaming,” he said. New home construction has slowed, but office, hotel and retail projects are picking up the slack. The survey also found executives plan to significantly increase employees, products and technology over the next 12 months. Other findings include: Forty-nine percent said their company’s primary focus is expansion to fuel long-term growth. Fifty-four percent of the companies planning new hiring this year will get those employees from the Los Angeles area, and 29 percent said they will add staff elsewhere in the West. Fifty-seven percent plan to make capital improvements and/or investments in technology, and 52 percent expect to increase investment in new products over the next year. Forty-six percent expect to expand the number of geographic markets they serve in their efforts to grow their businesses. Fifty-two percent said it is likely their company would make an acquisition over the next year, and 29 percent said it is likely that their company would be acquired in the next year. The biggest negative issues are high gasoline prices, cited by 68 percent of respondents; state and local taxes, 45 percent; and the transportation system, 43 percent. Hutchins also said that most executives are concerned about the impact on the local economy of the low graduation rate among Latinos and the litigious nature of the area. Positive attributes cited were the availability of office space, the quality of the employment pool and the quality of life. “What we’ve seen in the last year, especially in terms of white-collar employment, is pretty good growth,” said Eduardo Martinez, an economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., which works on attracting and retaining jobs in the area. For example, last year the professional, science and technical service sectors saw employment grow an annual 6.7 percent to 241,900 positions, he said. And finance and insurance employment levels in the last half of 2006 returned to mid-1990s levels. “We’ve been able to attract and we’ve had companies expand in those areas,” Martinez said. (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Business executives throughout the Los Angeles area expect their companies to perform better in coming years on stronger economic growth, but most say the region is not an attractive relocation destination, according to a survey released today. Some 56 percent of executives said high taxes, poor high school graduation rates, heavy traffic and other factors make the region unattractive to relocating businesses, according to the first business executive survey conducted in the area by KMPG LLP, a national audit, tax and advisory firm. Still, the survey’s overall results were more positive than expected, said Mark Hutchins, managing partner of KPMG’s Los Angeles office. “Bullish business predictions combined with growing optimism over the local economy are good news for our city,” he said. The KPMG survey was based on responses from 104 business people – 52 at the highest executive level and 52 from the senior-management or vice presidential level. Hutchins said he was not surprised that the Los Angeles area is perceived as an unattractive place for businesses looking to move. “I kind of think the good is why we have the bad,” he said. Seventy-three percent of the executives said that Los Angeles’ ability to attract and retain new business is important to the health of their own enterprise. Hutchins said local government should take note of this. last_img read more

Greek football club owner banned for 3 years over pitch invasion with gun

first_img0Shares0000PAOK’s Greek-Russian owner Ivan Savvidis has been banned for three years for storming onto the pitch with a gun in its holster © AFP/File / stringerATHENS, Greece, Mar 29 – The owner of Greek club PAOK has been banned for three years after storming onto the pitch with a holstered gun on his belt, league organisers said.PAOK were also docked three points and fined for Ivan Savvidis’ actions at the end of a match against AEK Athens, meaning they drop to third place in a tight championship race with AEK and Olympiakos. The ruling also includes a 100,000-euro ($123,000) fine for Greek-Russian businessman Savvidis and a separate 63,000-euro fine for PAOK.PAOK, based in the northern port of Thessaloniki, said they will appeal.Also Thursday, the monitoring committee of global football body FIFA recommended the immediate suspension of Greece’s football federation, according to a letter leaked to Greek media.The Greek league will resume on Saturday after being suspended on March 12 in the wake of the Savvidis incident. Athens-based AEK now have a commanding lead at the top with 57 points followed by Olympiakos with 50 and PAOK with 49 points.The clubs have agreed to a list of government demands, including point deductions and automatic relegation for clubs responsible for violence.Savvidis, a 58-year-old tobacco industrialist and a former lawmaker with the party of Russian president Vladimir Putin, stormed onto the pitch to confront the referee in protest at a 90th-minute disallowed goal in what was then a top-of-the-table clash against AEK Athens.His club said: “The penalty is harsh and (was made) under the pressure of a targeted communication storm against PAOK. We are appealing and expect to be judged on the basis of actual facts.”It said Savvidis had the support of “the entire family of PAOK, stronger and more determined than ever”.The Greek Super League docked PAOK three points from this season and two from next season, and ordered them to play the next three home matches without spectators.The league banned the club’s football director Lubos Michel for three months and fined him 15,000 euros for threatening the referee in the AEK match.There was little sympathy for PAOK from their Athens-based rivals.“We expected PAOK to be punished and that we would be on the top. I think we deserve to be at the top as we have played the best football,” AEK forward Tasos Bakasetas told Nova TV.Greek football has perennially been plagued by violence and match-fixing.The head of a FIFA committee set up last July to monitor the Greek football federation, Herbert Hubel, recommended in his report to FIFA’s leadership that Greece, the 2004 European champions, be excluded from international competition.Hubel mentioned the pitch invasion by Savvidis, as well as the suspension of the league, the suspension of PAOK from the European Club Association and continuous delays in court decisions about match outcomes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL man Jason Black was hoping to be on top of Mount Everest today – to mark his daughter’s birthday!But mother nature has put off the final ascent for two more days at least!The Letterkenny nightclub owner was delighted however to pick up a faint phone signal from 8000mts up – and sent the following blogs. And he talks of his sadness at learning that a climber he met out there has died.Here’s his latest despatch:Just sitting at the yellow band at just below the death one at 8000mts – FREEZING I mean really FREEZING .. Summit next 2 days .. Fingers crossed guys.Guys can’t believe my luck, switched on my phone and don’t know how this has happened but I’ve got one bar on a Chinese reception. Anyway quickly guys I’m on the final push the last few days have been just brutal but in a sick way unbelievable. Outside of the pain the views and sights of God’s play garden for the slightly mad has been just life_changing and that’s a chapter for another day, life changing and inspirational and a damn good way to really find my myself.Tonight now its 9.40 here and I’m sitting just meters from the death zone – sounds so dramatic but trust me it is.So many lives have been lost here already – 14 about the death zone at 8000mts and sadly I lost a good friend who I met first day in Kathmandu because the route is a lonely old place we most days hooked up for a cuppa to discuss our plans ahead.Well yesterday Namgil, who was to me a super guy became number 15 and my heart today is so heavy.His body just gave up and he dropped on route, tomorrow on my way I will pass Namgil as he’s still up ahead and I will give him a good Irish prayerful goodbye. So as I sit pitched high on a very, very windy north ridge – gales are 80mph + and I hope this tent holds out or I’m for a speedy run.Everest summit above now waits guys and I’ve got a date with destiny….Plenty of prayers very welcome.Can’t seriously express how much you guys mean to me and the encouragement has been breath taken I hope to do you all very proud over the next few days. And for the kids of Donegal I’ve got some pretty quality photos to show you all.That all for now…LoveJasonPSAnd I’ve left the best for last – HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAURA – my beautiful daughter’s birthday 18th May and how proud you have made myself and your mammy Laura.I’d planned the 18th for my summit but Mother Nature put a stop to that plan so have a great day Laura… I love you so much…Daddy xJASON BLACK’S MOUNT EVEREST BLOG: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER LAURA was last modified: May 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:JASON BLACK’S MOUNT EVEREST BLOG: A FRIEND I MET OUT HERE HAS BECOME 15TH PERSON TO DIElast_img read more


first_imgCLUB LOTTOThere was no jackpot winner in last weeks lotto the numbers drawn were-6-4-1-2-5-7-3. There where five  €25 winners  who was as follows:Gerald Harkin, Carnamoyle Pauline O burns, Quiet Water.Paul McCallion, Aught.Stephen McLaughlin, Rooskey.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.  If any kids would like to start selling lottos each week feel free to contact their coach for more information. Next Weeks Jackpot €750UNDERAGEOur underage presentation night was held in ture on Sunday evening and as always it was a great success and the club would like to thank special guest Micheal Murphy for presenting the kids with the awards.DINNER DANCEThe annual presentation dinner dance will take place in the Redcastle Hotel on Friday 20th November at 7pm. Tickets are now available from committee members at €25. Music on the night by High Heels.CLUB AGMThe club AGM is set for Sunday 6th December at 6.30pm. All club members are ask to attend.SCORThanks to all who helped out with Scor in St Mary’s hall. A special thanks to those club members who performed on the night.CLUB APPOur new club app is now live on the App Store and google play store In the app you can play the clubs lotto every week through the games section and keep up to date with club events and wats happening within the club. Also there is direct links to Facebook and twitter. You can also share your photos of games you are at via the app. So get downloading and have a look for yourself CLUB GEARThe club has a range of club gear for sale and are placing a order soon with O’Neills. If any one is interested in ordering new gear or purchasing  some for details contact Dermot Mc Colgan on 0879978968As always keep up to date with club activities through Facebook,Twitter,Club APP and through are website on www.naomhpadraig.comGAA NEWS: MUFF PRESENTATION DINNER DANCE WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT WEEKEND was last modified: November 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASportlast_img read more


first_imgLIFFORD: CLLR Frank McBrearty repeated his warning that he will quit the Labour Party if Lifford hospital closes. However he said he was “fairly confident” that the Government is listening to local concerns.FORESTS: Cllr Martin Harley put forward a motion calling for a ban on heavy trucks on forestry roads over 17 tonnes, to stop the roads being damaged.QUIT: County manager Seamus Neely said 55 members of staff retired in January and February under the Croke Park deal. He is planning an “event” for the staff who have left. STAFF: More than a thousand people are still employed in full-time and part-time positions at the council. This represented a whole-time equivalent workforce of 848, a reduction in 395 posts since June 2008; or a 32% cut.CUSTOMERS (YOU): The council will have a Customer Contact Centre in place by June 1 which will handle all phone calls, emails and letters to the council.LIBRARIES: County manager Seamus Neely said that despite what had been reported locally, there are no plans to close any libraries in the county.BARRACKS: Stranorlar electoral area services will in future be provided from the refurbished army barracks in Lifford with outreach services in the Twin Towns. HOUSING: The budget for social housing investment programmes will be €2.99M – cut from €6.43M in 2011.TOURISM: The council will play an active role in the Western Region Tourism Marketing Programme.  DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS IN BRIEF was last modified: March 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS IN BRIEFlast_img read more

Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has decided not to seek the death penalty against a La Mirada man charged in the beating death of an 89-year-old woman inside her home. Eric Steve Caballero of La Mirada is charged with murder in the death of Adelina Garcia of La Mirada. Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the district attorney, said the office’s Special Circumstances Committee reviews all such cases and makes a decision but does not discuss its rationale. Caballero is next scheduled to appear in Norwalk Court on Dec. 21 for a pre-trial hearing. Romantic night goes up in flames WHITTIER – A romantic evening ended in flames for one couple after some mood-setting candles tipped over and started a fire, authorities said. Firefighters responded to the blaze at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 10600 block of Sunrise Drive. The fire engulfed a shed, a garage and damaged a tree before it was put out. No one was injured. Whittier police spokesman Alan dela Pena said the incident began when a man who lived at the residence brought home a date, and the two spent some time in a shed near the house, which was attached to a garage, said dela Pena. “He lit some candles in the shed for ambiance. When he walked his date back out to her car, some candles tipped over and the shed caught fire,” dela Pena said. Library club seeks tutors for children SANTA FE SPRINGS – Volunteers are needed for the Santa Fe Springs Library’s Reading Club, which provides tutors who work with children, ages 7 to 12, who are having trouble with reading. Children meet in small groups twice a week after school and early evening. Volunteers must attend four training meetings, to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17, 29, 24 and 26. For more information, call (562) 868-7738. Foundation gives to music program WHITTIER – Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation has donated $4,000 to the Rio Hondo Symphony Association for its Music Enrichment Program. The program is presented to fourth- and fifth-graders throughout Whittier school districts, and includes presentations of woodwind and brass instruments from October through February. The program currently reaches more than 11,000 students in the Greater Whittier area. For more information, call (562) 947-5907. Planning director to leave city LA MIRADA – Planning Director Steven Mendoza has been named assistant city manager for the the city of Desert Hot Springs. Mendoza, 39, of Santa Ana, has been with La Mirada since 1990. He was named planning director in July 2001. His last day for La Mirada will be Friday. He starts his new job on Monday. City holds event on identity theft PICO RIVERA – The city, along with the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station and the Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce, will hold an inaugural e-waste and identity theft community event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Pico Rivera Towne Center, southwest corner of Rosemead and Washington boulevards. For more information, call (562) 801-4217. From staff reportslast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Pantomime Society is back with a bang with their brilliant production of Robin Hood.The plot to save Sammy Mumba and reduce his contributions to the Sheriff has once again been undertaken by Robin Hood and his Merry Men at An Grianan Theatre.Along the way Sammy finds a friend in the Fairy Guardian (Martina McGill), Robin (Derren Lynch) and Marian (Sara King), Little John (Andrew Coll), Tuck (Paul Brady) and their accomplices. Sammy’s initial plot, to dispense with his wife Big Riana, falls somewhat short of the mark leaving Sammy (Tommy Sweeney) in a predicament worse than the stretching rack that awaits him in the Sheriff’s dungeon.The production runs until Saturday 24th, at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. LETTERKENNY PANTO TAKES AIM WITH ROBIN HOOD! was last modified: January 20th, 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

Troy Tulowitzki to the A’s? It makes a lot of sense

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The A’s aren’t necessarily in the market for a shortstop, but an opportunity may have just presented itself.Hampered by injuries over the past few years, Troy Tulowitzki was released by the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday afternoon, presenting the possibility of a homecoming with the A’s. Tulowitzki, 34, grew up in the South Bay a diehard A’s fan. After a standout career at Fremont High in Sunnyvale and Long Beach State, he quickly established himself as one of the premier shortstops …last_img

Dinosaurs of the Month

first_imgThe tools of paleontologists continue to turn up interesting things.  Here are some of the latest dinosaur discoveries reported this month:Mighty mouth:  An African theropod with massive, shark-like teeth was found in the African Sahara, reported National Geographic News and PhysOrg.  It was named Eocarcharia dinops, or “fierce-eyed dawn shark.”  Another similar individual, presumed to be a scavenger, was named Kryptops palaios, “old hidden face” had a bony horn that covered much of its face.  National Geographic posted a gallery of artist’s reconstructions.Mighty duck:  In Mexico, giant duck-billed hadrosaur remains were found, reported National Geographic and Science Daily.  These specimens were said to be 35 feet in length.  Till now, dinosaur bones in Mexico have been rare.  Terry Gates (Utah Museum of Natural History) said, “The crested duck-billed dinosaurs are an extraordinary example of vertebrate evolution.”Sparrowsaur:  In China, the smallest pterosaurs ever found have come to light (see National Geographic and Live Science).  These toothless flying reptiles were only about the size of a sparrow – 10 inches or so (see artist reconstruction).  Like birds, they had curved digits that probably helped them grasp the branches of trees.  Found in the rich fossil beds of China’s Liaoning province, the species was named Nemicolopterus crypticus. by the discoverers who published their findings in PNAS.1    Alexander Kellner (Museu Nacional/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) pieced pterosaurs into a vision of evolutionary progress: “The general idea was at some point we had these very primitive pterosaurs – very low down on the evolutionary tree – that were living on insects.  At some point pterosaurs learned to feed on fish.”  He said the find “opens a new chapter on the evolutionary history of this group of volant [flying] reptiles.”For a twist on who eats whom, Science Daily reported fossils of a giant frog from Madagascar that may have fed on baby dinosaurs.  They named it Beelzebufo – “the frog from hell.”  The find was published in PNAS,2 where the authors said that it “suggests that the initial radiation of hyloid anurans began earlier than proposed by some recent estimates.”  It was also found on a different continent – Africa – far from South America where such frogs were thought to have evolved.  See also the BBC News and Science Daily for an artist’s rendering of the mean ol’ frog.  The latter article claims that the monster leaped across continents and ate dinosaurs.  Co-discoverer David Krause is quoted, “What’s a ‘South American’ frog doing half-way around the world, in Madagascar?”  There must have been a land bridge – through Calaveras County.1.  Wang, Kellner, Zhou, Campos, “Discovery of a rare arboreal forest-dwelling flying reptile (Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea) from China,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online on February 11, 2008, 10.1073/pnas.0707728105.2.  Evans, Jones, Krause, “A giant frog with South American affinities from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Published online on February 19, 2008, 10.1073/pnas.0707599105.Some paleontologists estimate we have only found 27% of the dinosaurs that actually lived (11/22/2004).  This means that new, exotic discoveries can be expected for many years to come.  Exciting as each new unusual form is, one cannot assume that the diversity in the dinosauria exceeds that in other groups, such as insects.  Dinosaurs stand out in our minds because of their size and the fact they are all extinct.  In many groups of plants and animals, the fossil record is richer than the living inventory.    One should remember also that classification is a very human enterprise.  Paleontologists win honors for naming a species.  This can lead to species bloat – too much splitting of similar specimens into separate species.  With fossils, one cannot know the natural amount of variation that was present due to diet, climate, development, genetic isolation or other factors.  One cannot know which ones were capable of interbreeding.  One also cannot compare the DNA of different dinosaurs (yet).  The count of dinosaur species and genera is a function of the classification scheme used.  Jones may want to name his find Magnificentosaurus jonesii but that doesn’t make it different from Majesticosaurus smithii.  Another factor leading to the impression that new dinosaurs are popping up all over is selective reporting.  “More of the same” doesn’t make news as much as something new and different.    These finds, nevertheless, should inspire the young to realize there is still much to discover.  Join the treasure hunt.  Replace the old guard paleontologists who can’t kick the smoking habit (i.e., the addicts who exude smokescreens of fogma about millions of years, primitive forms, and new chapters in evolution).  Let the bones do the talking.  They know how to remain silent.  Evolutionists have not yet learned that anything they say can and will be used against them in the court of public opinion (09/30/2007 commentary).(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more