…after ranking number 1 for South America in 2017The Zika virus has seen a steep decline in Guyana due to a number of partnerships which worked to reduce the number of infected persons, especially pregnant mothers and children.US Ambassador to Guyana,Sarah Ann LynchThis is according to the United States Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah Ann Lynch, during the conclusion of the Maternal and Child Survival Programme (MCSP), which initiated in March 2018 to combat the Zika epidemic in this part of the world.Addressing a gathering of health workers, the Ambassador relayed, “This important health partnership between out governments supported clinical and non-clinical Zika services benefitting infants, children and families across Guyana…Thanks to the continuous and dedicated work to curb the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses, reported Zika cases have decreased”.The virus spreads from mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, primarily the Aedes Aegypti species. While there are usual symptoms in infected persons, pregnant women are at risk since a serious birth defect called microcephaly and brain defects are noted.As such, the US diplomat warned that while the statistics are presently low, there will be other outbreaks in the future. This requires preparation and attentive medical practitioners.“The significant decrease in cases compared to this time last year suggests that the risk of infection with Zika is minimal in Guyana. However, debate continues within the scientific community not as to if there will be another Zika outbreak in the future, but rather when the next outbreak will occur so it is important that we all remain extremely vigilant.”In 2016, the World Health Organisation declared Zika a public emergency and one of international concern. By the end of the year, a project was launched to strengthen the capacity framework of some 11 Caribbean countries.This targeted the prevention of further transmission, reducing maternal complications and vector control measures. As part of the MCSP, healthcare workers are now equipped to improve the quality of services offered to children and families.“Guyanese healthcare workers now also have increased access to clinical literature and job aids to improve the quality of care and support available to infants and families. While this work focused specifically on Zika, I would like to underscore that the investments made are far-reaching and will help to strengthen the public response to all mosquito-borne illnesses,” Lynch positioned.MicrocephalyMeanwhile, Coordinator of the Maternal and Child Health Unit, Dr Suzanne Siebs targeted the cases of microcephaly in Guyana over the past four years. While the head circumference of an infant is observed for signs of this condition, it varies from mild to severe.“When you have either mild to severe cases, this is when you know obviously due to the improper or damaged brain growth. You have seizures occurring, developing mental delay, speech delay, feeding problems, hearing or vision impairment,” Siebs explained.As of 2016, 17 countries had reported signs of microcephaly. In Guyana, information is limited to determine the exact figures, but the first case was detected in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).“In Guyana, we would have had some reported cases as well in 2016 and 2017. However, baseline information is not known. We had our first confirmed case of Zika in 2016. In September 2016, a microcephaly birth was first recorded in Region Seven.”After that, there were 20 such births in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). During the course of 2018 to March 2019, there was a decline with just three more cases reported. However, it was high when compared to other countries.“The cases identified in 2016 to 2017, there were 20 cases with 15,750 births…We would have had quite a number of cases as compared to Jamaica, Brazil, Canada and the USA,” the coordinator demonstrated.Two years ago, Guyana was ranked higher than most countries within the region that were suffering from Zika outbreaks.
Cranston’s mom broke the news to her and it’s recognition she is grateful to receive.“When I got home last week my mom told me at the start of the tournament there would be a little ceremony. It’s just a huge honour. It’s something I’ve seen in the gym growing up playing. My cousin is up there. It’s something that motivated me all through high school and club, throughout practices to work harder. It’s something I’ve always wanted and very humbling.” Cranston said.Coming back home brings back memories of her high school playing days for Cranston and enjoys seeing the current crop of players competing out on the court.- Advertisement -“Just seeing home much of a volleyball hot bed this region is. It’s so cool watching our girls play. They’re having a great season and working so hard. It’s cool to see the passion continue for the game. I’m so thankful I grew up in a place that allowed me to do those things.”After a busy stretch that saw her compete overseas as a professional and with the Canadian women’s volleyball team, Cranston plans on taking time to relax and rest her body before exploring her options again professionally.
Where: Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! What: The Carl Rosa Opera Company returns to the Lancaster Performing Arts Center with its acclaimed production of the Gilbert and Sullivan musical comedy “The Pirates of Penzance.” With West End star Rosemary Ashe – the original Carlotta in “The Phantom of the Opera” – this award-winning revival features new costumes, staging and design. Sponsored in part by superpages.com. For tickets and information, call the LPAC box office at (661)723-5950 or visit www.lpac.org. The Lancaster Performing Arts Center is part of Lancaster’s Parks, Recreation and Arts Department. When: 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29
The Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has extended his sympathies to the family of Letterkenny Councillor Tadhg Culbert, who has died following a long illness.Deputy Martin commented, “It is with great sadness that I learned today of Tadhg Culbert’s passing.“On behalf of the Fianna Fáil party I want to pay tribute to a much loved colleague and well respected community activist. “Tadhg was a valued and active member of the Fianna Fáil organisation in Letterkenny. He was well liked and respected across the political divide.“He was deeply involved in his community and will be remembered for his strong and unwavering commitment to the people he was elected to represent,” said Deputy Martin.Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue added, “Tadhg was an outgoing and engaging man, who was known for his warmth and his sense of humour.“Despite living in Donegal for many years, Tadhg’s kept his ties with his home county Tipperary, not least through his love of Tipperary hurling. “I want to extend my deepest sympathies to Tadhg’s family and friends at this difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.” FIANNA FAIL LEADER MICHEAL MARTIN PAYS TRIBUTE TO TADHG CULBERT was last modified: April 17th, 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:FIANNA FAIL LEADER MICHEAL MARTIN PAYS TRIBUTE TO TADHG CULBERT
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Soldiers and civilians with shovels dug through the ruins of stone houses while a bulldozer pushed at larger stones. “Big rocks came tumbling down the side of the mountain,” said the village leader, Saleh Hamoud. “This is making it difficult to reach victims because they’re stuck under these big boulders.” Hamoud said he escaped harm, but that eight members of his family, including his wife and children, were missing. The remoteness of the village – in the rugged mountains 60 miles north of the capital, San’a – and the inexperience of rescue workers was complicating the search operation, he said. “We have little experience and limited capabilities. And what’s making things worse is that it happened at night when everyone was asleep in their home,” said Saleh. SAN’A, Yemen – A landslide crushed dozens of homes in a small Yemeni mountain village, killing at least 30 people with boulders the size of trucks and leaving scores missing, officials said Thursday. Rescue workers heard moans and cries for help from under the ruins of the northern mountain village of Dhafeer after the overnight landslide, said Ahmad al-Maqdishi, a security official involved in the rescue effort. The avalanche hit late Wednesday while most residents were still in bed, sending boulders the size of trucks crashing down, destroying about 30 homes. Police said 30 bodies have been found so far and they fear that up to 100 people could be missing. Authorities said the area has been closed to people coming from neighboring villages trying to help because they were hindering the rescue. Experts said the avalanche was not caused by an earthquake, rather by shifting of the mountain’s boulders due to changes in temperature. Ambulances rushed to the village, which takes its name from Dhafeer mountain, and major hospitals in the capital were put on emergency status. For centuries, Yemenis have built their houses on the sides of mountains, sometimes carving homes out of the rockside. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Bulldog duo will face off against USC’s Daniel Cukierman and Tanner Smith in the ‘Round of 16’ at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Print Friendly Version The duo qualified for the tournament, hosted in Surprise, Ariz., by advancing to the finals in the ITA Central Regional Championship earlier in October. SURPRISE, Ariz. – Drake University’s Vinny Gillespie (Stirling, Scotland) and Barny Thorold (Loughborough, England) opened doubles competition at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Fall Championships with an upset victory over the tournament’s top doubles seed. Story Links In the first round of the tournament, Gillespie and Thorold defeated the top-seeded pair of Jack Mingjie and Lin-Will Matheson, from Columbia University, 6-3, 7-6(7). ITA National Fall Championships
24 December 2009In less than six months, the event that has focused South Africa’s energy for over five years will kick off, and the country will find itself in the global spotlight as never before. It was with this in mind that South African Tourism set out to capture the nation’s spirit in a dance. And so the Diski Dance was born.‘Our own township football style’“Diski” is common South African slang for the game of football, and the Diski Dance is a uniform routine that showcases the country’s passion for the sport. The dance is based on what Wendy Ramokgadi, the choreographer of the Diski Dance, calls “our own township football style”.“The whole idea was that we needed to come up with something that is truly South African,” says Ramokgadi. “Our country’s football is rhythmic, and so all the moves that we use in the dance are those same moves that are used on the South African football pitch, moves you can only find in our country.“The Diski Dance is one of the things I am most proud of, I really am excited about it,” says Ramokgadi. ‘When these people come to our country, let them come and feel the rhythm of Africa. We must just work, wear, eat, sleep the Diski Dance.”Getting the country dancingFor Sugen Pillay of South African Tourism, the Diski Dance is about preparing to host the world next year.“The concept of the Diski Dance is to show our welcoming spirit as a nation,” said Pillay.The aim is to mobilise the country through the dance, from corporate organisations and schools to government and the general public.The Diski Dance featured large at Football Fridays’ launch in Tshwane/Pretoria on 30 Oct 2009. Lesego Madumo chats to choreographer Wendy Ramokgadi about South Africa’s signature 2010 dance – watches the Deputy President try out the moves – then gets on the other end of the camera!During the friendly international between Bafana Bafana, the South African national football team, and Jamaica in Mangaung/Bloemfontein in November, the Diski Dance was taught to the whole stadium during half time.Bafana Bafana have learnt the dance, Cabinet ministers have learnt the dance and, most recently, one of South Africa’s most popular musical acts, Goldfish, performed the Diski.Goldfish; viral advertisingThe live electronica act, incorporating Dominic Peters and David Poole, have opened for stars like Fatboy Slim, Mr Scruff and Stereo MCs, and hence are no strangers to the best of dancefloor culture.“We travel the world, excite and unite millions, but for us the biggest fish of all is showcasing South Africa, its people and its dynamism,” says Peters. “We challenge all SA to learn the Diski Dance, showcase their pride and shout to the world ‘bring it on’”.Through a viral advertising campaign, the Diski Dance has sparked a revolution, as people from all over the country are starting learning to do the Diski – and are finding the experience intoxicating.“It rocks,” says Colleen Dacruz, an advertising sales executive. “It captures the essence of Africa, and gets deep into its spirit and soul.”Chantal Lourens, who works in real estate, thinks the dance is fantastic. “When I first saw the Diski Dance, it made me very proud. It’s very contagious, l can see people trying to do it all over.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will celebrate Ohio’s cattlemen, hear from industry leaders and set new policy for 2017 at the OCA Annual Meeting and Banquet on January 21, 2017, at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.The morning will kick off at 9:00 AM with all county cattlemen’s association leaders meeting to learn more about the opportunities offered through their OCA County Affiliation. Local leaders will be provided with information and resources to take back to their county organizations to utilize throughout the year.The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) luncheon will recognize the 2017 scholarship recipients, followed by the annual OCF business meeting.Following the luncheon, OCA’s Annual Meeting will take place. Take an active role in OCA by attending this meeting. Members will set policy for upcoming year, receive program updates and Top Hand Club members will be recognized for their membership recruitment achievements.The banquet highlights county affiliate activities, six industry leaders and families, and naming the 2017 Ohio Beef Ambassadors. The event concludes with the Cattlemen’s Social following the banquet.Don’t forget to book a hotel room by December 30, 2016. Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center 100 Green Meadows Drive South Lewis Center, Ohio 43035 (North of Columbus off of US Route 23) Hotel rooms are available at a special rate of $128 (includes breakfast for 2 people per room). Call: 614.880.4300 or click here to reserve your room online.RSVP by January 6, 2017. Online registration is available here or download the form and mail your check and registration to the OCA office.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 11-14-17No change in our pattern this morning. We still see 3 systems moving through Ohio over the coming 10 days. The map below shows cumulative rain potential through those 3 systems. We do expect today to be better than yesterday, as we should have better potential for sunshine. High pressure is moving off to the east, and south winds will allow clouds to break up.A front moves into the area tomorrow and brings some minor rains with it. The arrival is tomorrow afternoon and action goes up to midnight tomorrow night. We are keeping our rain totals at a few hundredths to .4” over 70% of the state. The rains look light and gentle.A slight pause brings dry weather for Thursday, but clouds likely hold on thanks to colder air pushing in. Our next system is moving a little faster, and may start to bring rains as soon as Friday late afternoon. This faster arrival is part of the reason we are thinking clouds may dim the sun again for at least part of Thursday. Rains continue for Friday overnight and most of Saturday. We may see some action last past midnight Saturday night but it still should be well east of the state by Sunday morning. The threat of thunderstorms does not look as strong this morning, thanks to less heating and instability. Still, we are looking for some fairly good rain totals over time. From Friday midday through sunset Saturday we still look for .25”-.75” over 90% of the state.The weekend system arriving a little sooner means we are drier a bit sooner as well. We stay dry for Sunday and Monday, but think that we have a better chance for sun by Sunday midday. High pressure will move through, and colder air will be here. The winds to not look as strong for Sunday, but can still be brisk.Moisture is back for next Tuesday as another quick moving system comes in from the west and southwest. Rain totals are not overly impressive, but can give us a few hundredths to as much as .3” over 70% of the state. This system will be more looked at for the air mass it leads in. We expect a nice push of cold, Canadian air to move into the region for Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day. Temps likely move to below normal levels at midweek and stay there through the holiday weekend.In the extended period, we are starting to trend just a little drier on the whole, mostly due to the cold Canadian air that wants to camp over the eastern US. The upper level high steers most systems by to the north or erodes the small moisture content that tries to nose in. At this point, we will keep an eye out for a few flurries around the 24th into the 25th, but those are not likely a big story. We may have to talk about a chance of some lake effect snow in northern parts of the state, with strong winds coming across Lake Erie for Saturday and Sunday, the 24th and 25th.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentApply by Nov. 5, 2018Ohio Farm Bureau would like to select 10 Young Agricultural Professionals members to attend the American Farm Bureau’s Fusion Conference to enhance their knowledge of and experience with Farm Bureau.The conference brings together more than 1,200 Farm Bureau volunteer leaders from across the country from Promotions & Education, Women’s Leadership and Young Farmers & Ranchers programs. These members represent the next generation of Farm Bureau leaders. Members will come to Milwaukee to hear from motivational speakers, network with members and industry leaders, gain new information and skills through breakout sessions, and tour local ag and tourism locations.Farm Bureau members interested in one of the 10 spots should apply by Nov. 5, 2018. Couples and individuals are welcome to apply (couples should complete separate applications.) Ohio Farm Bureau staff will review applications and select the 10 participants. However, even if you are not selected, any OFBF YAP member is welcome to attend the AFBF YF&R Conference at his or her own expense.Conference details:Date: March 15-18, 2019Location: Milwaukee, Wisc.Application deadline to Ohio Farm Bureau: Nov 5. All applicants will be notified if they were selected by Dec 7. Selected applicants must confirm by Dec. 14 if they are attending the YF&R Conference. Note: YAP members selected to attend previous years YF&R Conferences are not eligible to apply this year.Selected YAP attendees receive:Registration Fee – $250Flight expenseOvernight accommodations for up to four nights (Arriving on Friday, March 15 and departing Tuesday, March 19)One group meal outside of conference mealsAttendee would cover:Meals not covered at the conferenceBaggage feesCab faresContact Melinda Witten, Director of Young Ag Professionals at 614-519-8761 for more information.Online extraRead about Clint Lease’s experience at the 2018 conference. Photo caption: Ohio’s Young Ag Professionals who attended the 2018 conference in Reno. Leave a Comment