New civil society representative to Guyana’s Global Fund CCM elected

first_imgJust recently the Guyanese civil society representatives elected Dr Dawn Stewart, the unopposed nominee of the Guyana Equality Forum (GEF), as the civil society representative to Guyana’s Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), replacing Renuka Anandjit, Programmes Director of the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA) who resigned after serving for five months.The Country Coordinating Mechanism was established as an oversight apparatus for the effective implementation of grants provided to Guyana by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.Dr Dawn StewartThis newspaper understands that the mandate of the CCM is to coordinate the preparation and approve proposals for submission to the Global Fund and to monitor the implementation of all approved grants. The CCM focuses on performance by linking Global Fund resources to the achievement of clear, measurable and sustainable results based on agreed monitoring indicators.Membership in the CCM is said to be broadly representative of a variety of stakeholders, each representing an active constituency with an interest in one or more of the funded disease areas – HIV, TB and Malaria.The participation of communities, particularly those infected and directly affected by the three diseases, is critical for both the development of proposals and the implementation of the awarded grant funds.The Guyanese civil society representatives in a release noted that the newly-elected representative Dr Stewart “is the founder and current CEO of CPIC’s Monique’s Caring Hands which provides support to over 200 families from various regions in Guyana affected by HIV, provides women with empowerment sessions in various communities in Guyana, and overall works as a non-governmental organisation for sustainable development for women, single parent-homes and families.”According to the representatives, Dr Stewart has years of experience in “Public policy, health, education, nursing counselling, psychology, risk management and business management; both in the national and international arena focusing on mostly health and education, US foreign policy in the Caribbean and the role of the US in international organisations, NGOs and financial institutions.”“Dr Stewart herself has conducted workshops on behavioural change for various entities and groups, including the Guyana Fire Department, prison officers and nursing students, established the Guyanese Women Roundtable in 2014, and facilitated and coordinated human rights training programmes for women across Guyana, alongside her other responsibilities as CEO of CPIC’s Monique Caring Hands” the representatives noted.Now serving as the Representative on the CCM for the civil society constituency, Dr Stewart has pledged to work with other representatives for the betterment of all Guyanese: “I also pledge to use my creative, energetic and visionary leadership with demonstrated experience in communication, management, advocacy, and community involvement to advocate on behalf of the affected communities and Guyana as a whole.”last_img read more

Domestic worker denies stealing cellphone

first_imgTwenty-one-year-old Rameeza Sugdeo, of Parika Sea Dam, East Bank Essequibo, was earlier this month released on $15,000 bail on a charge that she stole Mohamed Farou’s Samsung Galaxy mobile phone.The prosecution’s case was that Sugdeo, a domestic worker, stole the said item on November 29, 2017.However, when the woman appeared before Magistrate Annette Singh at the Wales Magistrate’s Court and the charge was read to her, she entered a not-guilty plea while appearing to be on the verge of tears.“Me didn’t thief no cellphone,” Sugdeo told the Magistrate.The woman was granted her pre-trial liberty and the simple larceny matter was transferred to the Leonora Magistrate’s Court to continue on March 13.last_img

Huskies fall to Navigators 7-2

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies fell to the North Peace Navigators during game two of the series at the North Peace Arena on Sunday.After the Huskies winning Saturday, the Navigators were ready to battle.At 1:26 into the game, the Navigators scored on the Huskies making it a 1-0 lead.- Advertisement -Then at 5:16 left in the period, Aiden Craig-Steele, with a double assist from Jacob Lang Alex Nimmo, scored one on the Navigators making the score tied a one apiece.But the tie would not last as at 4:23 left in the frame, the Navigators, went on to shoot a goal into the net, making the score 2-1 heading into the second period.Throughout the second, the Navigators would not lighten up on the Huskies as they scored another point on the pups at 5:04 in a power play situation.Advertisement “At the end of the day, we didn’t bury on the chances that we should’ve buried on in the first 40 minutes of the hockey game and eventually that kind of caught up to us and they were definitely burying on the opportunities.”Up next, the Huskies will be visiting the Fairview Flyers with a game on Friday at 8:00 p.m.Then on Saturday, the pups will return home as they take on the JDA County Kings at 8:00 p.m. But at 13 seconds after the Navigators goal, Jared Winkel responded with a shot into the net, making the score closer at 3-2. Gary Loewen and Joel Bourgeois made the assist.Then with 46 seconds left in the period, the Navigators would go on to score another goal, making it a 4-2 lead over the Huskies.In period three, the scoring continued for the Navigators with three more goals, finishing the game 7-2 over the Huskies.Huskies coach, Todd Alexander, says the Huskies missed a number of chances when it came to getting a goal.Advertisementlast_img read more

82% Point-of-Sale terminals now operable

first_imgNew Republic Bank systemRepublic Bank (Guyana) Limited has announced that 82 per cent of its point-of-sale terminals are now operable, thus, customers can conduct their transactions.It was also stated that the private institution is working to ensure that consumers are compensated for the inconvenience they would have experienced after a new banking system was launched a few weeks ago.One of the RBL branches“Eighty-two per cent of our point-of-sale terminals are now operable, facilitating customers’ payments at merchants, while we continue to address those outstanding for earliest availability,” the Bank said in a release.According to the banking institution, with improved services at their Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), consumers can make larger withdrawals through an increased transaction limit of $100,000.The introduction of the “swipe card” feature will greatly reduce the need for the completion of vouchers for some withdrawals and deposits.Meanwhile, payrolls received to date have been processed, so that customers can access their salaries on time. The Bank is currently utilising four processing options to ensure that this completed.This announcement comes hours after the central bank vowed to go after the Bank with penalties.Governor of the Bank, Dr Gobind Ganga had stated, “There are a number of persons who have been disappointed as to their conduct when it comes to this new platform they’re trying to put in place. The central bank is also very disappointed. We’ve been in contact with Republic Bank to ensure they have the necessary structure in place but I should tell you they have been very, very slow”.He added that at the last meeting that was held with the Bank’s CEO, Amral Khan, it was conveyed that the Bank was trying its best to rectify the issue.“But that very best is still not what we are accepting. So we are ensuring that they are continuously addressing this issue to make it more acceptable to the public. We are hoping that when this platform is put in place, they’ll be able to compensate the customer some way or the other”.It was pointed out by Finance Minister Winston Jordan that the Bank of Guyana does have the authority to issue circulars reprimanding banks. Dr Ganga also noted that the central bank will be meeting with the Guyana Association of Bankers on Friday to discuss its concerns.The Bank’s Governor noted that when they do move towards sanctions, it’s going to be a substantial one. When asked, however, Dr Ganga shied away from singling out Republic Bank for sanctions.“Republic Bank is forcing us in that direction, not just with their current conduct but future conduct…this will be across the banking system. This is not something for one individual…We are not threatening anybody. We want to put things out in the open. We will say this is what is expected of you, and if you are not going to do what you are required to do, then this will be the penalty”.Since the November 4 transition into a newer system, many persons have complained about the long waiting time to conduct transactions. Shortly after, RBL said the system was displaying some challenges –which would be rectified at the soonest.This came little over a month after the Central Bank of Guyana denied Republic Financial Holdings Limited, the parent company of Republic Bank (Guyana), permission for the purchase/acquisition of the operations of Scotiabank in Guyana.last_img read more

JARLA SAYS DONEGAL IS READY FOR ANY CHALLENGE!

first_imgJARLA SAYS DONEGAL IS READY FOR ANY CHALLENGE! was last modified: August 29th, 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:donegaldublinJarla’s Viewlast_img

PAT THE COPE HELPS SECURE VICTORY IN NEW EU FISHERIES POLICY

first_imgDONEGAL MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has helped secure a victory for Ireland with new EU fishing laws.Today in Strasbourg, the European Parliament voted by 502 in favour to 135 against to amend the Common Fisheries Policy.Pat the Cope described as a “significant victory for Ireland” the approval of his amendment on the Hague Preferences. Mr. Gallagher said “the Hague Resolution of 1976 reinforces the right of Ireland to protect, sustain and develop its coastal communities and I am pleased that the European Parliament decided to support my amendment seeking to enshrine the Hague agreement into the reform.”“The report also protects the Irish Box which is a nursery for juvenile fish and is extremely important in the management of fish stocks in western waters.“The European Parliament report amounts to an ambitious and radical reform of the common fisheries policy. The report introduces a discard ban with avoidance and minimisation measures, a commitment to rebuild and to restore fish stocks by 2020 by the principle of Maximum Sustainable Yield, greater regionalisation and special recognition for small scale and inshore fisheries.”However, Pat the Cope has cautioned that the decisions made today by the European Parliament are all subject to further negotiation with the Council of Ministers and the European Commission. These so-called ‘trialogue’ negotiations are expected to start in early March under the Irish Presidency. Pat the Cope also confirmed today that “I will be heavily involved in these forthcoming negotiations as a representative of the European Parliament.” PAT THE COPE HELPS SECURE VICTORY IN NEW EU FISHERIES POLICY was last modified: February 6th, 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:PAT THE COPE HELPS SECURE VICTORY IN NEW EU FISHERIES POLICYlast_img read more

2018 off to a good start (mostly) Between the Rows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dan Uetrecht, Warren Co.Things are going really well. The crop looks really good. I think we are one inch of rain away from having a perfect spring. We are a little dry and if we could just get a good soaker it would be perfect. Hopefully we’ll get it. We are supposed to heat up today. The weather has been really nice with some 70- and 80-degree days with low humidity. Now we’re supposed to get hot and humid and that should kick up some thunderstorms.For emergence it has been perfect. We didn’t have any beating rains. Everyone down this way said that this year was as good for getting the crop out of the ground without any issues as they have ever seen. The crop looks healthy.Around Wilmington and up towards Court House they have been getting some rains and things are really going. We could use some rain but we are still doing well.I think we’ll be running wheat in two or three weeks. We put fungicide down to protect it. I did find a little head scab in our wheat but not much. I think it will be a good crop but not a great crop. Two months ago I said there was no way we’d be running wheat in June. Now I think we will be. We hope to get second cutting hay done before we start baling straw.I plant about 50 acres of cover crops after wheat and the rest of the wheat acres will go to double-crop beans. The last couple years, double-crop beans have been phenomenal down here. We need late rains and a late frost for a good double-crop situation.This corn has gotten so big. I went out today and the corn is pushing waist high. We got done sidedressing last week and we just finished post- spraying all of our soybeans. We had to come back on all of our beans because we had problems with grass. We got a good burndown on the broadleaves.The markets have taken a little hit and this is the timeframe where you can get one more spike up or it could be on the downward spiral and it will be interesting to see what prices do in the next couple weeks.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

Want to Fight Allergies? Get a Dirty Dog

first_imgA dog in the house is more than just good company. There’s increasing evidence that exposure to dogs and livestock early in life can lessen the chances of infants later developing allergies and asthma. Now, researchers have traced this beneficial health effect to a microbe living in the gut. Their study, in mice, suggests that supplementing an infant’s diet with the right mix of bacteria might help prevent allergies—even without a pet pooch.”This paper elegantly illustrates how an environmental exposure protects against an allergic response by mediating the gut [bacteria],” says John Penders, a molecular epidemiologist at the Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands, who was not involved with the work. “Studies like this provide new leads” about how one might manipulate the microbes in the gut to prevent or treat allergies.More than a decade ago, U.S. researchers reviewing the health records of children with pets—dogs, and, to a lesser extent, cats—discovered that the kids were less likely to develop allergies and asthma than other children were. Other epidemiology studies in Europe have supported this connection, not just with pets, but with livestock as well. In 2010, Susan Lynch, a microbiologist at the University of California, San Francisco, showed that dogs who partly live outdoors shuttled environmental microbes into the house, some of which were also found in the human gut. She and others had already discovered that gut microbes affected immune responses, and so she wondered if the allergy protection provided by pooches happened via gut bacteria.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Lynch and her colleagues collected dust from a house with no animals and from a house with an indoor/outdoor dog. They fed that dust mixed with water to young mice and subsequently challenged the immune systems of the animals by giving them ground-up cockroaches or egg protein, two substances known to elicit allergic reactions in both rodents and people.Mice receiving dust from the dog’s house weathered the challenge with little to no allergic reaction, but the other mice developed the mouse equivalent of a runny nose and revved up immune activity in their airways, the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the dog dust-exposed mice, there were fewer allergy-associated immune cells and those that were present produced fewer immune system molecules that tend to lead to a strong reaction.  Lynch’s team surveyed the kinds of bacteria in the mouse guts before and after exposure to the dust. Mice with the dog’s dust—and a less allergenic immune system—had an unusually large amount of a microbe called Lactobacillus johnsonii, the team reports. When it fed that bacterium to mice, those mice had a dampened allergic reaction, even without being exposed to the dog’s dust. Those mice also got less sick when infected with a virus that in humans can cause infants to later become asthmatic. “Our studies suggest that [this bacteria] is a critical mediator of airway protection against environmental insults,” Lynch says.The new work adds another piece of evidence to the long-debated hygiene hypothesis, which holds that a modern, cleaner lifestyle may make us more susceptible to allergies, asthma, and autoimmune disorders. “There are a lot of studies which show exposure to pets and/or livestock reduces prevalence of allergic disorders, so this is an exciting and provocative step in understanding the mechanism behind that,” says Suzanne Havstad, a biostatistician at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, who was not involved with the work.While it’s possible dust from the dog’s household directly transfers extra L. johnsonii into a person’s gut, Lynch suspects that other bacteria in the environment get carried into the house on the dogs, become airborne, and are swallowed. Once in the gut, they force a change in that microbial community that favors an increase in L. johnsonii already present. Before anyone starts thinking about a bacteria-laced dietary supplement for their kids or adopting a dog just to fight allergies, much more work, including clinical studies, would need to be done, Lynch notes. “One should be very careful about transferring results from mouse models to humans,” adds Markus Ege, an epidemiologist at the University of Munich in Germany. “The experimental setting in mice is very artificial.”Still, Penders says, “[t]he potential of Lactobacillus johnsonii as a probiotic in the prevention of allergic diseases is definitely something that should be further explored.”last_img read more

Odisha comes up with a flood atlas, aided by satellite imagery

first_imgOdisha has come out with a unique flood hazard atlas on the basis of historic flood inundation captured through satellite imagery over the period from 2001 to 2018, which is expected to help the State manage floods more efficiently.The National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Hyderabad had taken the study on flood hazard zonation for Odisha. The atlas was released by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State-level Natural Calamity Meeting here on Saturday.Vast areas of the State are inundated when there is flooding every year in major rivers, namely, the Mahanadi, Brahmani, Baitarani, Subarnarekha and Rushikulya. Some of the rivers like, the Vamsadhara and Budhabalanga, also cause flash floods due to instant run-off from their hilly catchments. According to Bishnupada Sethi, Managing Director, Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), damages due to floods are caused mainly by the Mahanadi, the Brahmani and the Baitarani, which have a common delta where floodwaters intermingle, and, when in spate simultaneously, wreak considerable havoc. The entire coastal belt is prone to storm surges, which is usually accompanied by heavy rainfall, thus making the estuary region vulnerable to both storm surges and river flooding. Few districts in the western and southern part of Odisha are prone to flash floods, he pointed out.The NRSC analysis says about 8.96% (13.96 lakh hectares) of land in Odisha was affected by floods during 2001-2018. Out of total flood-affected area (13.96 lakh hectares), about 2.81 lakh hectares of land falls under high (inundated seven-nine times) to very high (inundated 10-14 times) flood hazard categories. Eight out of 30 districts such as Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghapur, Balasore, Puri, Jajpur, Khordha and Cuttack districts are more flood-affected districts. As high as 77% of Bhadrak and 70% of the Kendrapara district have been categorised as flood hazard.According to P. G. Diwakar, Director of Earth Observation, Application and Disaster Management Support Programme Office of ISRO, “A large number of satellite images acquired over 18 years (2001-2018) were used. All satellite data sets were analysed and flood layers were extracted. All the flood layers corresponding to a year are combined as one inundation layer, so that this layer represents the maximum flooded area in one year.”‘Useful resource’“All such combined flood layers for 18 years were integrated into flood hazard layer representing the observed flood-inundated areas with different frequencies. This layer was integrated with the digital database layers of Odisha,” said Dr. Diwakar. The atlas would serve as a useful resource of information for policy makers, planners and civil society groups, said Chief Secretary A. P. Padhi.last_img read more

SEA Games: Malaysia promises to iron out ‘glitches’

first_imgThailand’s Chaiyawat Buran (L) fights for the ball with Indonesia’s Gavin Kwan during their men’s football Group B round match of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) at Shah Alam Stadium, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANAMalaysia’s sports minister admitted Wednesday there were “glitches” with preparations for the Southeast Asian Games after a report said a key venue was not ready and fans had trouble getting into a football game.The Malay Mail Online reported that the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre needed a lot of work as it was only handed over to organizers two days ago, while spectators faced problems getting into Monday’s Malaysia-Brunei match.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BaliPure sweeps Pocari Sweat for first PVL crown Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Hosts Malaysia won the first gold of the games Wednesday in sepak takraw, a sport native to Southeast Asia that combines elements of football and volleyball. They beat the Philippines and Brunei in the “chinlone” category of the sport to win.Malaysia is targeting 111 gold medals at the SEA Games, which brings together thousands of athletes from across the region. MOST READ View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games “There are some glitches here and there, we are taking care of that now,” Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told reporters, adding that overall the picture was “so far so good”.Khairy, who himself will compete in polo at the multi-sport event, earlier offered assurances that all venues for the August 19-30 games would be ready on time despite the problems, the Malay Mail reported. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEvents taking place at the convention centre include judo, karate, taekwondo and snooker.Large crowds flocked to watch the Malaysia-Brunei game Monday, which Malaysia won 2-1, but some fans with tickets could get in, with media reports blaming poor organization.last_img read more