British Ebola survivor cleared of misleading doctors

first_imgAn ambulance pulls away from The Royal Free hospital in north London on Janurary 3, 2015, where it was announced that British nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, is in ‘critical condition’. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISLONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – A British nurse who recovered after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone in 2014 was Wednesday cleared by a disciplinary panel of misleading doctors about her health when returning to Britain.The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) launched a disciplinary hearing against Pauline Cafferkey, 40, over accusations she knew her temperature was dangerously high when she received a screening check-up on arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport – but allowed a lower temperature to be recorded.An independent panel in Edinburgh ruled that the three charges against her were not proven, that she had not set out to mislead health authorities and that her ability to practise again was “not impaired”.Panel chairman Timothy Cole said there was “compelling and clear medical evidence” that the illness impaired Cafferkey’s ability to make clear decisions, according to the Press Association.Her health was “going rapidly downhill” at the time of her screening and the process “occurred in circumstances characterised as disorganised and chaotic,” he added.The nurse’s lawyer later issued a statement saying she would “never knowingly” put lives at risk and that she was “relieved the process is at an end”.Cafferkey became infected with the deadly virus while working in Sierra Leone in December 2014, but returned home unaware of her illness.A doctor screening Cafferkey at Heathrow found her temperature to be 38.2 degrees, which would require further testing under rules imposed by health authorities. The doctor told the hearing that a member of the group recording the values – “Registrant A” – suggested it be noted down as 37.2 degrees, thereby avoiding having to undergo further tests.“Registrant A stated… that she would record the temperature as 37.2 degrees on Ms Cafferkey’s screening form and then they would ‘get out of here and sort it out’,” NMC representative Anu Thompson told the hearing Tuesday.“Ms Cafferkey has stated she recalls the words ‘let’s get out of here’ being used but now cannot remember who said it or who entered the temperature of 37.2 on her screening form,” Thompson added.Cafferkey travelled to her hometown of Glasgow the same day as she arrived back in Britain. It was the next day that she was diagnosed with Ebola after waking up and feeling “very unwell”.Cafferkey was successfully treated within weeks of her diagnosis but suffered a relapse in October 2015, when she became critically ill with meningitis linked to Ebola.She made a full recovery but was admitted for a third time in February to London’s Royal Free Hospital, Britain’s only isolation ward for Ebola, due to another relapse and again recovered.More than 11,300 people died from the disease before the World Health Organization declared last month that the two-year Ebola outbreak in west Africa was over, although Sierra Leone has since recorded new cases. Tweet Share Share 48 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! HealthInternationalLifestylePrint British Ebola survivor cleared of misleading doctors by: Associated Free Press – September 14, 2016 Sharelast_img read more

“Non-Essential” Businesses in PB, Broward Counties to Close Friday

first_imgAll “non-essential” businesses in Palm Beach and Broward counties must shut as part of containing the coronavirus, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday afternoon.DeSantis has developed a plan to help the two counties craft orders to shut down those businesses by Friday.Among businesses considered essential are grocery stores, gas stations, day care facilities and pet supply stores. Non-essential businesses, like restaurants and retail stores, are required to close or convert to take-out only.The governor made the announcement while visiting a new drive-thru testing site at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines.As of Thursday evening, the state has 432 positive cases of coronavirus, with 29 in Palm Beach County, 96 in Broward County, and 101 in Miami-Dade County. That makes South Florida the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state. Officials increased Florida’s death toll to nine after a patient died in Duval County. They added there are no mandatory quarantine or isolation orders in the state at this time.The revised count includes one new case of the coronavirus in Indian River County.The state’s website says that patient is a woman, but it is unclear if the case is travel related.Earlier on Thursday, health officials confirmed the Treasure Coast’s first case of the virus in Martin County.UPDATED: Gov. DeSantis Touts Broward Testing Site; 432 Cases, 9 Deaths in Floridalast_img read more

Braves force Game six Tuesday by stopping Nelson 3-0

first_imgAnd what if the Murdoch Division regular season champs can’t clinch the series Tuesday in Spokane?Then the Green and White faces a must win in Game seven Wednesday night back in the Heritage City.The night did not start well for the Leafs as Johnny Marzec staked the visitors to a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the contest.Spokane then put the power play to work in the second period, getting goals from Kurtis Reading and Sean Collins to take a 3-0 advantage into the third period.The Braves then rode the solid netminder of Jon Manlow to victory and another home date Tuesday.PLAYOFF NOTES: Beaver Valley outlasted Castlegar 6-5 Sunday to sweep the other Murdoch Division Semi Final. Hawks led 6-2 after 40 minutes before the Rebels, the defending KIJHL champs, stages a late third-period rally. . . . The KIJHL announced its divisional award winners and to no one’s surprise, Leafs Jamie Vlanich was named the Most Valuable Player in the Murdoch Division. Vlanich, who missed another game in the Leafs/Braves series Monday, also won the Top Scorer honour with 35 goals, 62 assists for 97 points. Leaf winger Alec Wilkinson won the Murdoch Rookie-of-the-year award. Archie McKinnon (Top Defenceman) and Ryan Edwards (Most Sportsmanlike) earned awards for Beaver Valley while Jon Manlow (Top Netminder) and Garry Redding (Coach of the Year) earned special praise for Spokane. . . . In the Eddie Mountain Division, Creston took home four awards. The Nelson Leafs missed a golden opportunity to get some rest before an expected showdown with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in next round of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs.The Leafs dropped another egg Monday night in Game five of the Murdoch Semi Final, losing 3-0 to the Spokane Braves at the NDCC Arena.Nelson continues to hold a 3-2 advantage in the series. But the Leafs now must travel to the Lilac City Tuesday for Game six.last_img read more

Team Kootenay unlucky not to finish in medals at BC Summer Games

first_imgNeeding a win Saturday to advance into the medal round, Team Kootenay lost a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to Fraser Valley Delta.Once again Team Kootenay had a lead on a goal by Keywood before a controversial call gave Fraser Valley Delta a penalty kick in the final minutes of the game.Team Kootenay then pushed everything forward, exposing the backline Fraser Valley Delta took advantage of by scoring the winning marker.Fraser Valley Delta finished second in the tournament, winning the silver medal.”The boys were heartbroken as we all knew we deserved more,” Spendlove said. “That made it so the highest we could finish was 5th place.”Team Kootenay was able to rebound, blasting Team Cariboo 4-1.Trailing 1-0, Team Kootenay scored four consecutive goals to pull out the victory.Hutt, with a shot from just over the half way line, Nick Jenner, Caney and Keywood scored for Team Kootenay.”(Coaching staff) were extremely proud of the professionalism in which the boys conducted themselves and of course the excellent soccer they played through the weekend,” Spendlove said, adding a thanks to Scott and Randa Hutt for organizing the team and Kootenay Smiles for providing the kit for the team.Team Kootenay, coached by Kerry Dyck of Nelson and Clemente Miranda-Trevino, placed seventh in Girls Soccer.Fraser Valley Delta finished the games with the most medals (207), edging out Vancouver Island Central Coast, which finished with 183.Team Kootenay athletes finished in sixth spot with one goal, nine silver and 13 bronze for 23 medals.The next BC Summer Games is set for 2016 in Penticton. Heiko Ihns, Fynn Keywood and Moss Caney each scored to pace Team Kootenay to a 3-1 victory over Vancouver Island in Boy’s Soccer at the BC Summer Games Sunday in Nanaimo.The win powered Team Kootenay to a fifth-place finish in the eight-team tournament.”All together it was a fantastic showing from our guys,” said Jamie Spendlove of Soccer Quest, who along with Yuro Ihns of Kootenay South Youth Soccer formed the coaching tandem for the Games.”We impressed a lot of people down there who thought we would be pushovers and I believe it is the highest a Kootenay team has ever finished in the games.”After seeing a goal being called back by the official after Oliver Arcuri rocketed a shot that appear to go into the net, Ihns scored a stunner from outside the box off the post and in to give Team Kootenay a 1-0 lead in the consolation contest Sunday.In the second half Team Kootenay put the game away with two quick goals from Keywood and Caney, both supplied by midfielder Callum Cutler, to secure the 3-1 victory.The rest of the game saw the boys do some great defending especially from the smallest boy on the field Andreas Rentke-Watkins winning challenge after challenge to finish off the island and secure 5th spot for the boys.Team Kootenay opened the tournament Friday with a pair of draws against Thompson/Okanagan (1-1) and Vancouver Island (5-5).Team Kootenay got a late goal by Hardy Hutt to draw against Thompson/Okanagan while it was a crazy game as the Island and Kootenay scored a total of 10 goals in the 5-5 tie. Linden Jones and two each by Keywood and Caney provided the goal scoring for Team Kootenay in a game Kootenay led by as many as three goals.last_img read more

Preview: Chelsea take 100% record to Swansea

first_imgDemba Ba scored Chelsea’s winner at Swansea in 2014With three wins from three, Antonio Conte has made a perfect start to life as Chelsea manager. They now visit Swansea, the scene of Guus Hiddink’s first defeat, hoping to keep in touch with the Premier League pacesetters.Kick-off: 4pm, Sunday 11 September 2016Referee: Andre Marriner (Sheldon, West Midlands)Five key battles: Including N’Golo Kante v Gylfi SigurdssonBetVictor.com preview: Chelsea should see off SwanseaVital statistic: Chelsea have scored 15 goals in their last seven matches against Swansea.Injuries and suspensionsSWANSEAFitness test: Borja Baston (thigh).CHELSEARuled out: Kurt Zouma (knee), Marco van Ginkel (knee). Possible starting line-upsBurnley: Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Kingsley; Cork, Fer; Barrow, Sigurdsson, Routledge; Llorente.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Kante; Pedro, Matic, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)Swansea: L L W D W (7 points) • Home: L D W W W (10 points)Chelsea: W W W D D (11 points) • Away: W D L W L (7 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)Swansea – 2: Fer.Chelsea – 2: Costa, Hazard; 1: Batshuayi, Moses, Willian.LAST FIVE MEETINGS9 Apr 2016: Swansea 1 Chelsea 08 Aug 2015: Chelsea 2 Swansea 217 Jan 2015: Swansea 0 Chelsea 513 Sep 2014: Chelsea 4 Swansea 213 Apr 2014: Swansea 0 Chelsea 1Swansea 1 win, Chelsea 3 wins, 1 drawSee also:Luiz return key to Chelsea title bid, says NevinThe stats show Hazard must be player of the monthConte ponders future tactical changeChelsea should be too good for SwanseaSwansea v Chelsea: five key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Miss Heritage Free State talks about discovering her identity

first_imgPlay Your Part ambassador Reabetswe Mabine says celebrating your heritage is more than just your attire and your cultural norms.Reabetswe Mabine, a Play Your Part ambassador, says everyone is called for something. “It is important to use your gifts and talents in making South Africa a better place.” (Image: Hlasela TV Online)Melissa JavanReabetswe Mabine, Miss Heritage Free State 2016, says she celebrates her heritage daily. The 22-year-old learned during her time as Miss Heritage that heritage did not particularly have to do with dress or specific cultural norms.“If it was so, I would only be of relevance on Heritage Day,” she says, laughing.“You need to remember the concept of our identity holistically, that is: who we are, where we have come from as a society and as individuals, as well as where we are going.“All of this creates a sense of heritage,” she says. “Therefore how I celebrate my heritage on a daily basis is by remembering my identity in Christ.”Mabine is also an avid reader – her favourite books include the Bible and The Lady: The Life and Times of Winnie Mandela by Emma Gilbey.She spoke about herself and her role as Miss Heritage Free State in a Q&A with Brand South Africa.What prompted you to want to make an impact in your community?I have been involved with community projects since I was about 20. That is when I started identifying the various needs among primary- and high school female learners.I entered my first pageant, and while engaging with these young ladies, I would notice some of the socio-economic problems they faced on a daily basis.There is the need for empowerment, in terms of one-on-one mentorship. [Many of them also need] school uniforms and sanitary towels.I want to enable them to become successful individuals in society despite coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.In what projects are you involved?I am mainly involved with projects that have to do with building the confidence of the girl child, thus providing her with the necessary tools to succeed in life. These may be anything from collecting sanitary towels, to bursaries, to matric farewell dresses.What were the highlights of your year as Miss Heritage Free State?My highlight of the pageant was when I won of course. But most importantly, when my initial purpose of entering the pageant was fulfilled, which was to discover my identity as a young individual and stand firm in it.This was manifested when I started speaking and mentoring young girls in the province. Encouraging them to know who they are and strive to achieve their dreams regardless of their circumstances.[I relate to them] because many times I felt disadvantaged in achieving my dreams merely because of my background.Do you use technology and social media to spread your message?Yes, as a millennial and a communications major at the University of the Free State, I have come to learn that social media has become one of the biggest platforms in terms of spreading a message. It is also largely accessible by most people.Therefore, I use my Facebook, Instagram and even WhatsApp accounts to encourage people and get support for whichever worthy cause or project that I am busy with at that moment.Why should all South Africans play their part in their communities and be brand ambassadors for South Africa?They say that two is better than one – read Ecclesiastes 4:9. Therefore, it will not only take the government’s intervention to correct the wrongs of the country. Each citizen playing an active role, however small it may be, to salvage our country’s current situation.How do you start making a difference in your community?Start small. Find what you are most passionate about and go find the need for that thing.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

NACD and AFT release water quality trading handbook

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and American Farmland Trust (AFT) released a handbook to highlight the role conservation districts play in water quality trading and other environmental markets programs.AFT and NACD collaborated to produce the “Handbook for Conservation Districts on Environmental Markets,” which is a detailed look at how conservation districts and their partners are engaged in water quality trading and payments for ecosystem services. The handbook provides guidance and lessons learned from the real-world experiences of conservation districts across the country. This three-year project was funded by a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant.The handbook is meant to help conservation districts determine potential roles in water quality trading and other environmental markets programs. It includes key findings and recommendations, nine case studies from conservation districts across the country, and a checklist for conservation districts interested in water quality trading and other environmental markets.The report and its key components can be reviewed on NACD’s website and AFT’s website.“This is a first-of-a-kind effort that provides relevant information and guidance on water quality trading and other environmental markets directly from conservation districts engaged in the work,” said Jeremy Peters, NACD CEO. “We hope conservation districts across the country will use the information, recommendations and guidance to consider best practices for suited for their conservation district’s needs.”“The report underscores that conservation districts have a major role to play in developing and implementing innovative new programs that help farmers protect water quality and achieve conservation goals on their land,” said Brian Brandt, AFT Director of Agriculture Conservation Innovations. “Farmers and ranchers want to be good stewards of the land, but they need programs like these to support their efforts.”Conservation districts handle a variety of roles in programs across the country. While the report focuses primarily on water quality trading and payment for ecosystem services programs, it notes that the lessons learned from these programs will help districts evaluate partnership opportunities offered by state certainty, stewardship and supply chain sustainability programs, all of which could have a market component.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd in contact with reps for Juventus coach Allegri

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd in contact with reps for Juventus coach Allegriby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have made contact with representatives of Juventus coach Max Allegri.After the dismissal of Jose Mourinho, United have immediately moved for a replacement, with Zinedine Zidane approached this week.Corriere dello Sport says United are also in talks with Allegri’s camp.While Molde have agreed to ‘lend’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a stop-gap, United are actively seeking a permanent replacement for Mourinho.Allegri, who is tied to Juve until 2020, rejected an approach from Real Madrid last summer. last_img

10 months agoMan City midfielder Sane asks Liverpool: Can you handle the pressure?

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Sane asks Liverpool: Can you handle the pressure?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Leroy Sane has warned Liverpool the pressure is on them after Thursday’s win.Sane has warned manager Jurgen Klopp and his men, chasing the Anfield club’s first domestic championship for 29 years, the heat is on them.”We’ve put more pressure on ­Liverpool,” said the German forward. “We’re just four points behind them — and they know it, too. “They have to keep up, but we do to. It’s now a little bit more ­interesting.“It was one of the ­biggest ­performances since I came here. Liverpool are, at the moment, maybe the best team in Europe or the world, so we’re happy we beat them. The players all felt how ­intense it was, especially given how important the game was. It was ­really tense.“You could see in every tackle, in every pass, everyone was really focused on the game and not to make mistakes. One wrong pass, one mistake, and you could get ­punished.“So it was really important to win against Liverpool. It gives you more confidence to know we are closer and it’s not over. We’re always going to fight until the end, it doesn’t matter what the scoreline is.” last_img read more