Samples sent overseas to test for measles returned negative

first_img–immigrants from Venezuela tested also, nothing “unusual” found – CMOSince the year began, several countries within the Caribbean along with the US have reported hundreds of cases of measles and this, in turn, has caused authorities in Guyana to go on “high alert”.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo PersaudChief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Shamdeo Persaud recently told Guyana Times that several samples obtained from persons suspected to have contracted measles in Guyana were already sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) laboratory in Trinidad for confirmation.However, he noted that there were no positive results from any of those samples.“We have many samples. So far, we have all the samples coming back but all came back negative so far but it is an ongoing process. What we have been doing too is ensuring that we are in a state to ensure that we have full protective coverage of our population.”According to the CMO, a surveillance system is currently in place to detect cases where persons may have developed rashes along with a fever since these are symptoms associated with measles.“Those persons, once we see the rash with the fever, there is a procedure to collect samples of blood and have them checked. Also, we have set a sort of suggestive provision that people who are coming to visit this part [Guyana] to ensure that they are covered by the measles vaccine. But we have been doing well for Guyana so far – samples collected from the North West, Coastland areas, among the immigrants from Venezuela and so far, we have not detected anything unusual.”Dr Persaud explained that in Guyana, immunisation against measles is almost 100 per cent in terms of coverage for all children under the age of one or at one-year-old and also among adults who may have missed their measles vaccines previously.“Measles occurs in other parts of the world so there is always a possibility of someone coming into Guyana with this contagious disease but we have been doing well so far here. During the time from 2019, all negative so far for measles. However, we will still be continuing testing of samples as we stay alert.”In the United States, between January 1 and May 31, 2019, there were 981 confirmed cases of measles in 26 States.Meanwhile, in the Caribbean, the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, and St Lucia have all reported confirmed cases of imported measles.The influx of Venezuelans into Guyana, coupled with free and open travel among Guyana, North and South America and the Caribbean further increases this country’s risk of importing measles.In 2015, there was an outbreak in Venezuela. Between June 2017 and October 2018, some 7500 suspected cases of measles were reported in Venezuela. With thousands of Venezuelan refugees flocking the Cooperative Republic in 2017, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared an emergency response for Guyana, following Venezuela’s crises and a subsequent spread of this re-emerging disease to Brazil.Measles is an infectious viral disease, causing fever and rash. The virus lives in the mucus of the nose and throat of an infected person. When someone with measles coughs, sneezes or talks, infected droplets spray into the air and when other people inhale them, contraction is inevitable.last_img read more

‘Huge wrench’ for Chelsea legend to leave this summer?

first_imgChelsea star Petr Cech will find it tough to leave Stamford Bridge, former team-mate Mark Schwarzer has revealed.The Czech Republic goalkeeper, 32, appears set to leave the west London club this summer following 11 seasons at the club after being displaced by Thibaut Courtois.The 23-year-old’s form has left Cech, who has won four Premier League titles and the Champions League during his spell at the club, restricted to just 15 appearances across all competitions this campaign.Unhappy with a role on the substitutes’ bench, it is likely he will force through a transfer away from Chelsea, with Arsenal and Manchester United reportedly keen on his signature.And Schwarzer, now at Leicester City, reckons whoever ends up with the shot-stopper on the books will have player still at the top of his game in their squad.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Who knows [what Petr Cech’s future holds]? One thing is for sure, he’s still a world-class goalkeeper.“It’s going to be a huge wrench for him to leave the club he’s been at for more than ten years, if he does go.“We’ll have to wait and see what happens but whoever does get him, if he stays or if he moves on, they’re going to get a world-class goalkeeper.”last_img read more

England’s record in all-white at the World Cup is really worrying

first_imgPlayed – 68Won – 42Drawn – 11Lost – 15 England won their last game wearing all-white, beating Lithuania in October 2017 3 3 3 Umbro and Nike purposefully selected all-white kits for their 2010 and 2014 World Cup campaigns, with both ending prematurely.In nine World Cup games, England have won just TWO games wearing all-white, losing three and drawing the other four.Both victories came against Argentina, the first in 1962 and then at the next World Cup where England won the prestigious Jules Rimet trophy. England wore all-white against Argentina at France ’98 Both of England’s kits would have clashed with the Croatia home kit ENGLAND’S RECORD IN ALL-WHITE England will play in a modified all white home kit when they face Croatia in their World Cup semi-final.The game, which you can hear live on talkSPORT from 7pm, is the Three Lions’ first at this stage of the competition since 1990. In 68 matches wearing all-white, England have won 42 times, drawn 11 and lost 15.The problem has arisen with Croatia before, meaning England have played the Vatreni in all-white for five of their six meetings – they have won four and lost twice.Croatia have won their previous two games wearing their changed strip, beating Denmark and Russia on penalties en route to the semi-final.England’s record at the World Cup whilst wearing all-white leaves a lot to be desired. England’s home kit currently consists of a white short and socks combo, with navy shorts – but this would clash once again.The Three Lions have worn a variety of kits over the years, but all-white seems to be a troublesome combination. After wearing all-red for the wins against Tunisia, Colombia and Sweden, Gareth Southgate’s side will be decked out in white for their clash in Moscow.Since Croatia are the designated home team, they would normally be permitted to wear their traditional home strip of white and red checks.However, since this would clash with both the England home and away strips, FIFA have ordered them to change into their blue and black away strip.The Croats have worn their home strip just once in the tournament – their opening game against Nigeria.last_img read more

Declan Rice left out of Ireland squad, may now play for England

first_img Declan Rice made his Ireland debut in March 2018 Declan Rice is considering switching his international allegiance to England.The West Ham youngster has already been capped three times for the Republic of Ireland. Rice made his debut for the Republic against Turkey in March and has since featured against France and the USA.“I wouldn’t be exaggerating to say Declan has loved it with us,” added O’Neill.“After the Turkey game his father was there and it was a joyous moment for them. We have done everything we can. He has been welcomed by the squad, the fans.“He is taking time and I am respecting that.” Declan Rice has made one appearance for West Ham this season 2 But all of those matches were friendlies and, as he has yet to play in a competitive international, he remains eligible to play for the Three Lions.Republic boss Martin O’Neill had been expected to name the 19-year-old in his squad for the opening Uefa Nations League game against Wales on September 6 and the friendly against Poland five days later.O’Neill, however, has left Rice out after being informed the London-born defender has been approached about playing for England and is deliberating over his international future.“England have spoken to him,” said O’Neill. “He is taking time to make his mind up.“He has done brilliantly for us. I’m giving him a little bit of time.” 2last_img read more


first_imgA probation order is to be carried out on a 15 year old boy who was aggressive to Gardai after being caught swinging a bicycle chain.Letterkenny court.The teenager, who cannot be named, appeared before Letterkenny District Court. Gardai received a report of youths acting suspiciously at Circular Road in Letterkenny.The youth was approached by Gardai but began showing off and was abusive to them.He was eventually arrested and brought to Letterkenny Garda station.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said it proved a sobering experience for the teen when he was handcuffed and brought to the station.“He would be tall and strong for his age but there would be no malice with him.“He apologises to Gardai. He is a different young man today and reverted back to his childhood when he was put in patrol car and into an eight by eight cell,” said Mr Gallagher.Judge Paul Kelly ordered a probation report to be carried out on the teenager.YOUTH WAS ARRESTED WHEN CAUGHT SWINGING BICYCLE CHAIN was last modified: February 11th, 2014 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) Tags:bicycle chaindonegalGardaiLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

Oakland A’s extend Khris Davis through 2021

first_imgOAKLAND — The Athletics made one of the best deals in franchise history to bring Khris Davis aboard in 2016.They made another one on Thursday, signing the slugging designated hitter to a two-year contract extension which will tie him to the Athletics through 2021. The A’s will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Friday including Davis, general manager David Forst and manager Bob Melvin.Davis, whose 143 home runs are the most in the major leagues since the start of the 2016 season, will …last_img

‘Social consensus, jobs’ to cut inequality

first_img18 May 2012For the country to overcome inequality, South Africans must reach consensus on both workers’ wages and executive pay rates, and speeding up the creation of new jobs, says Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.Speaking at the Next Economy National Dialogue on income inequality in Parliament, Cape Town on Thursday, Patel singled out figures in the 2010 household survey that revealed that the top 10% of earners in South Africa took home salaries that were 101 times higher than the bottom 10% of earners.“When what one person takes away is so disproportionally larger than what another takes away, the social glue that holds society together weakens,” he said, adding that income inequality also suppressed the market, as fewer people were able to buy goods and services.Effective partnerships neededWhat was needed were more effective partnerships between all sections of society.“If partnership can do what it did to the Japanese economy after the end of the Second World War, or the German economy, or to a number of other successful economies, partnership needs a sense of being in something together,” Patel said.He highlighted the progress that Brazil had made in overcoming inequality since the mid-1990s, even though, between 2000 and 2008, Brazil and South Africa had grown at nearly the same rate – Brazil at 3.5%, South Africa at 3.6%.The government was addressing inequality largely through social grants, the country’s regressive tax system, and free or subsidised basic services.New job opportunities keyHowever, this wasn’t enough, Patel said, adding that the government alone would never be able to overcome inequality in South Africa.“We have got to build, to a greater and greater extent, opportunities for employment, for jobs, for decent work, as the principle means out of poverty.”While over 300 000 new jobs had been added over the last 12 months, just over 400 000 new jobs had been added since the adoption of the New Growth Path 18 months ago – compared to the previous 18 months preceding the adoption of the new policy, when the country lost over 600 000 jobs.“But not withstanding that jobs growth, we are hardly making a dent in jobs growth, we are hardly making a dent in unemployment levels,” Patel said.CEOs must disclose pay packages: VaviAlso addressing the debate in Parliament, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi said that at a youth wage subsidy – an idea first mooted by the National Treasury – would only address unemployment in the short term.Vavi acknowledged that unemployment was the biggest problem the country faced, but said that at the same time, one couldn’t look away from the issue of high pay, adding that the country needed a mechanism to get chief executives to disclose the level of their pay packages.He agreed with the 2011 report and findings of the UK High Pay Commission, that shareholders should be given more power to vote on the pay packages and bonuses of top executives.He said top South African executives wanted to measure their packages with those of other developed countries, while at the same time arguing that workers had to be paid on par with other developing countries.Vavi pointed out that top executives in South Africa earned 1 728 times the average worker in their respective companies, while this gap was only at 319 times in the US.Business sector ‘unfairly demonised’Bobby Godsell, chairman of Business Leadership South Africa, who backed the idea of setting up a commission to examine corporate pay as the UK had done, said the business sector was often unfairly demonised.Business owners and business leaders were not only after money when running a company, but also wanted to build good companies and make a contribution to society.Top executives had to be remunerated accordingly, he said.In response to Vavi’s assertion that inequality was increasingly dividing the country along class lines, Nazmeera Moola, head of macro-strategy at Macquarie First South, stressed that the country needed to create more jobs, no matter the scale of remuneration.“There is class warfare, and the warfare is between those who have formal sector jobs and those that don’t,” Moola said.What would relieve unemployment and narrow the gap between the rich and poor, she said, was if the country helped smaller firms to hire more workers.UK High Pay Commission chairperson joins debateJoining the debate in Cape Town on Thursday, Deborah Hargreaves, chairperson of the UK High Pay Commission, said the commission had developed a 12-point plan which had subsequently been adopted by the Labour party.Hargreaves said the plan included a call to give shareholders a binding vote on chief executives’ pay or exist bonuses.She said the UK government was currently drafting regulations around executive pay which included making allowances for more diversity on companies’ remuneration committees, and the calculation of a single figure around which executive pay could be structured.However, she said the UK government had not turned down a more controversial idea to have employee representative on remuneration committees.She said massive distortions in pay destabilised economic growth as it drew many of the brightest minds to the financial sector, away from the industrial sector. It also demoralised those in the workforce who felt that pay rates were unfair.There was also evidence that more equal societies attracted more entrepreneurship.She said the top 0.1% of income earners in the UK (earning more than £500 000 and consisting of 36 000 people) saw their pay rise by 64% between 1997 and 2008, while the income of middle-income earners rose only by seven percent over the same period.In a recent British survey that asked how much top executives should be paid, most people polled said top executives should be paid between £500 000 and £700 000 pounds – a massive contrast to the average top pay of £4.2-million, she said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Glen Newcomer, March 27

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have a diversified farm where we grow corn and soybeans and grow seed for a major seed company. We have worked in seed sales for over 30 years with local farmers and we also have a crop insurance agency where we serve farmers in several counties here in northwest Ohio.We have diverse soil types ranging from black sandy loam to heavy clay. The management we use for all of the different soil types varies and timeliness is very important for us to be successful on those different types of farms. We predominantly no-till our soybeans or stale seedbed in the spring. Our corn is generally conventionally tilled. On our sandier soils, residue management is an issue. The soils need help warming up in the spring so tillage allows us to pick up a few extra days at planting time. We may vertically till a few acres this spring for soybean production. We try to minimize our trips over the ground and integrate different technologies to achieve that.We apply gypsum because we have a need to increase the calcium base saturation of our soils and satisfy the sulfur needs. We also believe there are water quality benefits related to that as well.I have some concern about what the spring will be like when the crops break dormancy. Growing degree units may influence our insect pressures this year. I hope we have favorable conditions so pests do not become an issue.I think there are a lot of opportunities in 2017 over 2016. We have higher levels of crop insurance revenue coverage for spring and our input costs are down in terms of fertilizer prices. Those are a couple of positives working in our favor and I am very optimistic about the coming year.last_img read more

Nagaland CM seeks disqualification of 10 NPF MLAs

first_imgNagaland’s political turmoil explained  Zeliang was sworn in as the chief minister of the state on July 19 after 47 MLAs, including 36 NPF legislators, rebelled against incumbent Shurhozelie Liezietsu. Zeliang won the trust vote on July 21.The ten NPF legislators are Kiyanilie Peseyie, Y Vikheho Swu, Chotisuh Sazo, Kuzholuzo Nienu, Yitachu, C L John, Thonwang Konyak, P Longon, R Tohanba and Torechu. PTI NBS PR AAR 08051200 Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang has filed a composite disqualification petition to the state Assembly speaker against ten Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislators.In the petition filed on Friday, Zeliang pleaded that 10 NPF MLAs be declared as disqualified under paragraph 2(1)(b) of the tenth schedule as they absented themselves from the July 19 emergency session of the Assembly, violating the whip of the party.Zeliang stated that the ten NPF legislators were fully aware of the sitting of the House as proper communication were made to them.last_img read more

Water flow into Hirakud reservoir down 34%, says Odisha

first_imgWater flow into the Hirakud reservoir on the Mahanadi river decreased by 34% in 2017-18 compared with the average water inflow recorded over a 10-year period between 2005-06 and 2015-16 during the non-monsoon season, the Odisha Assembly was informed on Tuesday.Furnishing a written reply to a query, State Water Resources Minister Niranjan Pujari said the water flow into the reservoir had gone down by 45% in 2016-17 compared with the average flow between 2005-06 and 2015-16. The reduced flow of water into the reservoir has adversely affected hydropower generation in 2016-17 and 2017-18, resulting in a drop in electricity production by 20% and 13% respectively, compared with the average annual power production between 1990-91 and 2015-16.The Odisha government had drawn the attention of the Central Water Commission about the reduced water flow into the reservoir in 2016. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the construction of six industrial-based barrages upstream for which no permission was sought from the CWC. Subsequently, the Odisha government had moved the Supreme Court seeking immediate halt to the construction of barrages.As per another reply by the Minister, the annual water usage from the Mahanadi river by Chhattisgarh is assessed to be 10,245 million cubic metre compared with 22,792 million cubic metre water being used by Odisha. On the other hand, 25,940 million cubic metre water flows into the Bay of Bengal annually.The State Water Resource Minister admitted that in order to harness water, Rs.331.04 crore was allotted for construction of 166 small dams and canals. All these projects were to be completed in three years. But due to delay in land acquisition, there has been an inordinate delay in implementation of these projects that has caused cost escalation. Not a single project has been completed in the State.last_img read more