Williams v JADCO prelim hearing tomorrow

first_imgThe Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (IADP) will convene an in camera (private) preliminary hearing between Briana Williams and the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) regarding the sprinter’s adverse analytical finding. The hearing takes place at 10 a.m. at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel tomorrow. Williams was alleged to have returned a positive test for the banned substance Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), however she pleads no wrong-doing in the matter. She will be represented by Dr Emir Crowne while JADCO will turn to Ian Wilkinson QC in the matter. The IADP is chaired by Kent Gammon, who is expected to give statements after tomorrow’s hearing.last_img

Importance of immunisation

first_imgImmunisation is estimated to save between 2 and 3 million lives every year, yet too many people still do not have access to these life-saving tools. Globally, one child in seven children is excluded from the full benefits of vaccines, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). World Immunisation Week, celebrated from April 24th – 30th, aims to promote vaccines as a way to protect people against diseases. Immunisation saves millions of lives every year, and is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions.These observances, the WHO emphasises, aims to highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year’s theme: “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork”, encourages people at every level – from donors to the general public – to go further in their efforts to increase immunization coverage for the greater good.It has been sixteen years since the beginning of Vaccination Week in the Americas, and 41 years since EPI (Immunisation Programme) started in Guyana. In her message on the occasion, Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence, proudly announced that Guyana’s vaccination coverage continues to be 90% and above for the under-5 population. She said, too, that for the last 30 years, Guyana has been free of several vaccine-preventable diseases, including poliomyelitis, diphtheria and yellow fever.This year’s local theme, ‘Strengthen your defense, get vax’, she said, is appropriate since, for the past years, the Ministry has placed an ardent focus on Guyana’s borders and points of entry. As such, both active and passive surveillance systems have been strengthened to keep at bay the diseases that spate and have caused epidemics in our neighbouring countries of Brazil and Venezuela.At the beginning of its immunisation programme, Guyana sought coverage primarily for its young children five years and under, from birth to their last dose; however, according to the Minister, during the last years, this programme has expanded across the life cycle to encompass pregnant women and the elderly. “Our focus has shifted to strengthening the defences of each member of the household as we provide coverage for our most-at-risk groups,” the Public Health Minister stated. She also underscored the fact that the coverage extends to the military and armed forces, teachers, health care workers, children, and adolescents.Despite a coordinated effort to boost coverage rates over the past decade, the WHO states, 19.5 million infants still do not have access to vaccines that protect against life-threatening yet easily preventable diseases, such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, and rotavirus.According to WHO statistics, approximately 60% of these under-vaccinated children reside in only 10 countries (coloured pink): Angola, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa. Overall, GlobalData believes that a strong patient-provider relationship, coupled with public awareness campaigns that tout the benefits of vaccination while simultaneously debunking anti-vaccine beliefs, are essential to bridging these diverse coverage gaps across the developing and developed world.In Guyana’s context, healthcare workers have been recognised for their tireless efforts in conducting community outreaches to meet the vaccination targets. In addition, the Public Health Ministry also congratulated parents for their role in ensuring that their children receive the appropriate vaccines that could ultimately save their lives.The WHO and its partners hope to improve vaccination rates in the developing world through targets set by the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP). However, a 2017 status report revealed that progress toward achieving these goals by 2020 is behind schedule. The primary goal of this week’s global initiatives, therefore, is to increase vaccination coverage by raising awareness of the importance of immunisation among parents and caregivers, health care professionals, policy and decision-makers, and the media.last_img read more

Gabriel Jesus in line for shock Manchester City return in Arsenal FA Cup clash

first_img1 Gabriel Jesus hasn’t played since his February injury Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is back in contention for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal at Wembley but defender John Stones is out.Brazil international Jesus has been sidelined since breaking a bone in his foot in February but returned to training earlier this month.Stones has failed to recover from the muscle injury that ruled him out of last week’s game at Southampton and he could also be doubtful for next Thursday’s derby against Manchester United.Jesus, 20, made a big impact after joining City from Palmeiras in January, hitting three goals in five appearances and briefly displacing top scorer Sergio Aguero from the team.He has missed the last 12 games after breaking a metatarsal in City’s victory at Bournemouth on February 13.Speaking at his pre-match press conference, manager Pep Guardiola said: “He is really much better.“Today he will make part of the training with us and he is coming back with his happiness. We are so happy he is coming back again.“We are going to travel, all the squad to Wembley. He will be part of that. After that we will see.”Asked if he had ruled out starting with Jesus, Guardiola said: “No.”England centre-back Stones missed the 3-0 Premier League win at Southampton last Saturday after pulling up injured in training.Guardiola has said the problem is not overly serious but he could miss both key games in the coming week.The rearranged derby against United could be important in the battle for Champions League qualification.Guardiola said of Stones: “The problem is muscular, (he was hurt) one day in a training session. He is out for Wembley. Maybe he will come back for United but I don’t know right now.”last_img read more

Cycle sales, deaths on rise

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“With a motorcycle, you are so much more prone to getting hurt,” said California Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Zizi. “Add in DUI, and you have a recipe for disaster.” As more people abandon four wheels in favor of two to save gas, the result has been more inexperienced motorcyclists on streets, roads and freeways, Zizi said. Indeed, the county health department report cited an increase in motorcycle ownership and larger numbers of inexperienced riders reasons for the increase in fatalities and injuries. There also has been a decline in helmet usage, the report said. “We don’t have research to prove it, but we feel it’s safe to say that fuel prices are having an effect on motorcycle sales,” said Mike Mount, spokesperson for the Motor Cycle Industry Council. Ready to switch from your car to a motorcycle to save on gas? First, be warned: Deaths and injuries involving motorcycle riders are on the rise, according to county health officials. Fatalities and serious injuries involving motorcycle riders have increased steadily since 1998, coinciding with a rise in motorcycle ridership, according to a county Department of Health Services report that looked at the trend in a report released this past week. After a steep decline in motorcycle-related deaths and injuries following the 1992 implementation of the state’s mandatory helmet law, deaths have been on the rise again, climbing sharply by 50 percent between 1999 and 2003, according to the agency’s report. Last year was the 13th consecutive year that motorcycle sales have increased in the country, he added. Sales have topped 1 million each year for the past three years, Mount said, more than tripling over the past decade. “I have noticed in my own observations, that there appears to be more people on motorcycles,” said Sgt. Dan Lowe of the Whittier Police Department. “In fact, if you look in our parking lot, there are more motorcycles in our own lot.” Josh Hart, general sales manager at the Whittier Honda- Kawasaki Fun Center, said sales at his dealership have increased 30 percent in the past year. “More people are just coming in and buying them for the fuel economy,” he said. As for the jump in fatalities and injuries, Hart said it could be a matter of simple mathematics. “Any time you experience an increase in an activity and people doing it, you’re going to have more injuries,” he said. County health officials also blame a combination of more high-profile sports utility vehicles and more motorcycles on the roads for the rise in deaths and injuries. Often, the report said, SUV drivers fail to see motorcyclists in time to avoid a collision. Zizi said inexperienced riders too often try “splitting traffic” – weaving between or straddling freeways lanes to get around traffic. “You have inexperienced riders who get on a motorcycle and immediately want to split traffic,” he said. “You need to have at least five to 10 years experience before you start splitting traffic.” Zizi said that motorcyclists should drive no more than 10 mph faster than surrounding traffic. “You need to be aware of your surroundings,” he said. “You have to anticipate what people are going to do.” Dr. Ian Kramer, director of emergency care at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, said helmet usage is the deciding factor in motorcycle crashes. It can mean the difference between life or death, he added. “I am a firm believer in individual rights, but the helmet laws save lives,” he said. “I’ve definitely seen people who wore helmets and walked away from pretty significant accidents that probably wouldn’t have otherwise.” Dean Thompson, spokesperson for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, which contracts with the CHP to offer motorcycle training and safety courses, said riders need sufficient training before they ever get on a bike. “Our main message for motorcyclists is get trained and licensed, wear all the protective gear all the time, ride unimpaired, stay within your abilities and your limits, and keep your skills sharp by being a lifelong learner,” he said. “Basically three quarters of all motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle, probably a passenger car,” Thompson added. “In two-thirds of those, the motorist is at fault.” Zizi said that figure could be dramatically reduced if both motorcyclists and automobile drivers learn to be aware of each other. “As long as all motorists stay aware of their surroundings, we can all share the roads together safely,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Price stymies stadium project

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“The cost of construction keeps going up, and we were not able to pass the bond, so everything is getting cut back.” At a special meeting Monday, the school board rejected the bids. The board will consider seeking new bids in phases or redesigning the project. Plans had also included a $1.9 million proposal for a new parking lot but that was canceled after bids came in at double the amount, trustee Al Beattie said. The delay will not affect the upcoming school year’s football season because all of Antelope Valley High’s home games have been scheduled at other fields, trustees said. The new stadium will be shared by Antelope Valley and Eastside high schools. The city of Lancaster is contributing $4.5 million in redevelopment funds toward the project. “It’s very frustrating. We all know prices have been increasing. It took the state 19 months to approve the plans. In part, the delays are existing in school construction that shouldn’t be there,” Beattie said. “Then there were a lot of additional requirements made by the county to the structure which weren’t anticipated.” Administrative staff recommended scaling back the stadium project by installing portable restrooms rather than concrete-block ones and by eliminating a visitor-side snack bar and wind barriers. “I’m hopeful we will get the initial group of bids out, on demolition and off-site improvements, and then have a work study and have the architect show us something more than building bleachers,” Beattie said. “We need to do something there. The community needs something there that will help improve overall conditions.” Higher construction district officials to announce in March they would have to get Eastide High School’s permanent campus developed in phases, rather than all at once, after the sole construction bid came in nearly 50 percent over the estimated cost of $95 million. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Plans for a new stadium at Antelope Valley High School will be revised after the low construction bid came in at nearly twice the original estimate. The lower of two bids was $10.2 million, said Antelope Valley Union High School District trustees. “I was very disappointed,” said board president Donita Winn. “We are going to end up reconfiguring the stadium. “It will probably end up looking like (Knight High School’s) stadium. It’s a nice stadium but not a state-of-the-art stadium that we had hoped to build for A.V.” last_img read more

Things To Do

first_imgMichael John & The Bottom Line will perform at the Jazz & Blues concert series, 7-9:30 p.m. Friday outside the Hyatt Valencia on the corner of Town Center Drive and McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 290-2911. Excelencia Awards Gala will recognize Hispanic businesses, 6-10 p.m. Friday at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 702-6977. “Fear Factor” Hang Loose Night for disabled adults, 7-9 Friday at the LETMESAIL Lifestyle Enrichment Center, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia. Call (661) 702-8555 or visit www.letmesail.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Dennis Agajanian will perform country music, 6 p.m. Sunday in the amphitheater at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 296-8737. CROP Walk will raise money to feed the hungry starting at 9 a.m. Monday from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Newhall. Call (661) 297-3783. Sierra Club hike to Mission Peak by moonlight will meet, 7 p.m. Wednesday at the trailhead in San Fernando Valley. Call Gaylon Rodin at (661) 263-0568 or Henry Schultz at (661) 284-5613 for information or directions. By the Light of the Silvery Moon Hike, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (661) 255-3606. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. “Black Comedy” and “The Real Inspector Hound” will be presented, 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. last_img read more

Listen: Waide admits Naomh Conaill ‘made hard work of it’ but delighted to progress

first_imgEoin Waide returned to the Naomh Conaill team as they made a winning start in the Ulster Club SFC in Cavan yesterday afternoon.The wing-back missed the third part in the trilogy against Gaoth Dobhair in the Donegal SFC final, as a consequence of a hamstring injury. However, Waide played his part in the 1-11 to 0-11 win over Castlerahan at Kingspan Breffni Park. Waide spoke to Charlie Collins afterwards Listen: Waide admits Naomh Conaill ‘made hard work of it’ but delighted to progress was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 Ulster Club SFCEoin WaideNaomh Conailllast_img read more

‘Man City can beat Liverpool to win historic quadruple’, say Goater and Saunders

first_img REVEALED 2 Guardiola has played down the ‘ridiculous’ suggestions they could win all four, but Goater believes it’s definitely on the cards.“If you asked me three or four weeks ago, my answer would have been no,” the cult hero striker told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“City were not playing at the same level they were last season, and we all saw how phenomenal they were.“But I think just at this time now they’re starting to gain momentum and put this huge pressure on Liverpool.“In the Champions League, it could be anyone’s because there is no team out there really playing like the Champions of Europe.“So I think Man City have a very good chance of winning all four.” Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders, begrudgingly, agrees City are likely to reclaim their title, after a slight dip in form has seen the Reds drop vital points in back-to-back draws.And he also believes Guardiola’s side have every chance of winning all four major trophies this term.“I want Liverpool to win it and they could win it, but I can’t help thinking Manchester City are going to do it,” he added on Thursday’s show.“And I’ve got a sneaky feeling they could win everything – all four.“It’s 25/1 but the odds are getting shorter as the weeks go by.“What’s stopping them winning the Premier League and Champions League?” LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool have let City right back into the title race Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card tense Jesus’ goal sealed City’s win against Everton 2 deals center_img Liverpool have a chance to reclaim a three-point lead if they beat Bournemouth on Saturday, but City are still the bookmakers’ new favourites to be crowned champions.The Blues are still fighting on four fronts in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup – where they are through to the final. no dice Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January huge blow Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Manchester City can make history by becoming the first English club to win the fabled quadruple this season.That’s according to City legend Shaun Goater and talkSPORT host Dean Saunders, who both agree Pep Guardiola’s side are likely to beat Liverpool to the Premier League title.City replaced the Reds at the top of the table on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over Everton, although they only sit there on goal difference and having played one more game. gameday cracker REVEALED 🔵 “I can’t help thinking Man City are going to do it.”🏆 “I’ve also got a feeling Man City could win all FOUR trophies.”Dean Saunders now believes the title is going to Manchester… and says Pep could win the quadruple! 👀Do you agree? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/CH6sfZZOcC— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 7, 2019last_img read more

Young man in induced coma following crash

first_imgGardai are continuing their investigations into a crash which has left a man in an induced coma at Letterkenny University Hospital.The man, who is in his 20s, was in a BMW car which crashed near Carrigans in the early hours of yesterday morning.The BMW Series 5 which he was driving left the road outside Carrigans at around 3.40am and is understood to have struck a tree. This same car was reported stolen from the Killea area a short time before the accident occurred.The road was closed for a technical examination but has since reopened.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.Young man in induced coma following crash was last modified: January 18th, 2017 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:BMWCarriganscrashKilleastolenlast_img read more

Donegal school to be assessed for safety issues

first_imgLetterkenny Educate Together has been revealed as one of the schools affected by the Western Building Systems scandal.The newly-opened national school is set to face structural assessment inspections in the coming days and weeks.Letterkenny Educate Together is one of 42 school buildings in Ireland constructed by Western Building Systems which now face fire safety and structural concerns. Parents of children at Letterkenny Educate Together received an update last night to allay fears relating to the announcement.The School Board of Management seeks to assure parents that the inspection is a precautionary measure and there is no indication that the building is unsafe for pupils and staff at present.It is not yet known if the school will be forced to close for a structural assessment.Three three-story school buildings in Dublin have closed for inspections so far. The Department of Education has announced plans for teams of contractors to carry out inspections at all WBS schools over the weekend and during mid-term break. Letterkenny Educate Together has told parents and guardians that further updates will be provided when more information is available.The national school building, which was officially opened in February 2018, came at an approximate cost of €2.2 million.Minister Richard Bruton officially opens Letterkenny Educate Together National SchoolDepartment of Education officials and Western Building Systems are due to meet today over the national issue.The issue with the building company relates to school buildings constructed using a particular construction method (steel frame, timber infill). Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil that the main concerns over structural faults affect three-storey school buildings.Education Minister Joe McHugh said, “I have asked my officials in conjunction with the project managers to advance the structural assessments as quickly as possible, including over the coming weekend. I want to try and get as many of the assessments as possible completed by the end of next week”. Minister McHugh appealed to local communities to get in touch with their local Principals with any suggestions of interim solutions which can also be passed on to the Department.A statement from the Letterkenny Educate Together school board said: “It is important to state as yet that neither Letterkenny Educate Together NS nor the Education Together national office has been given any information that indicates any immediate danger to persons in the Letterkenny Educate Together NS school building, nor any reason why Letterkenny Educate Together NS should not operate as normal.”Donegal school to be assessed for safety issues was last modified: October 30th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Letterkenny Educate Together National SchoolWestern Building Systemslast_img read more