Health Minister: PAHO Gives Dominica 80% Preparedness

first_img Share                               Honorable Minister for Health and Social Services,Dr. Irving McIntyreThe Hon Health Minister, Dr Irving McIntyre says the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has scored Dominica’s readiness for a medical emergency or outbreak at close to 80%.He was speaking in the House of Parliament last week when he gave details on the status of tuberculosis cases dispelling reports of a silenced outbreak.“Yes, last year we had eleven cases of tuberculosis, this year we have five cases: three cases were confirmed, two cases are inconclusive and one case passed away. But our lab has the gene expert testing for tuberculosis,” Dr McIntyre said.“Sometimes the issue with tuberculosis is a stock-out; there are certain drugs you need to prevent multi-drug resistant tuberculosis…we have taken it a step further and got 5,000 of those tablets so that the idea of a stock-out doesn’t exist anymore.”He also reported on the dengue outbreak of 2019 when he said there were 30 new cases weekly compared to this year’s 11 so far.Hospital admissions for that illness was at 11 in 2019 and this year, it stands at two cases.He referenced Dominica’s score from PAHO on Dominica’s readiness for an emergency medical disaster or outbreak.Dr McIntyre said, “When PAHO gives you a preparedness of almost 80%, they are using 13 core capacities. In 10 of those capacities, we got 90% and above, it is only in three of them that we were low: legislation, and chemical and radiological preparedness but in all the others we were at 90% and above.”“This is much higher than many other OECS countries. I would rather be wrong with PAHO than right with anyone else,” he insists. Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share 110 Views   no discussions LifestyleLocalNewsPolitics Health Minister: PAHO Gives Dominica 80% Preparedness by: – February 17, 2020last_img read more

Manapla local shot to death

first_imgBACOLOD City – A man was shot to death inBarangay Tortosa, Manapla, Negros Occidental. An unidentified suspect peppered Madela withbullets around 12 a.m. on Saturday, it added. The 57-year-old resident Jolito Madelasustained gunshot wounds on the body, a police report showed.center_img Officers of the Manapla municipal policestation have yet to identify the suspect and the motive in the shooting./PNlast_img

Liverpool complete Balotelli deal

first_img The club said in a statement: “Liverpool can confirm they have completed the signing of Italy striker Mario Balotelli, subject to registration. “The 24-year-old sealed his switch to Anfield from AC Milan after passing a medical and agreeing a long-term deal to become the Reds’ ninth signing of the summer so far.” In the club statement, Balotelli, who won a league winner’s medal with City in 2012, said Liverpool was “a great team with young players”. He said: “I’m very happy. We’ve been talking about coming here and now I’m happy to be here. “Liverpool are one of the best teams here in England and the football is very good here. “It’s a great team with young players, and that’s why I came here.” Balotelli spent a year-and-a-half at Milan, where he scored 30 goals in 54 appearances. He has also won the Champions League, three Serie A championships and the FA Cup, plus 33 caps for Italy during which he has scored 13 goals including the strike that accounted for England in the World Cup. Balotelli has had a colourful career and has often fallen out with his managers. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is believed to have asked for assurances about the player’s behaviour on and off the pitch. Last week, Rodgers said no incoming player would be allowed to threaten the “fantastic environment” at the club. Balotelli will wear the No 45 shirt and is understood to have signed a three-year deal with the option of a fourth year after moving for a transfer fee of £16million. Rodgers said that was “outstanding value” for a “world-class talent”. He told the club’s official website: “This transfer represents outstanding value for the club and I think we have done a really smart piece of business here. “There is no doubting Mario’s ability; he is a world-class talent and someone who, for such a young age, has vast experience of playing at the very highest level. “He has scored goals in the Barclays Premier League, in Italy, in the Champions League and for his country at international level. “I believe we have the infrastructure, culture and environment to get the best out of him and help him achieve his true potential. We are a strong group here, committed to hard work and he will benefit from being around it. “I am looking forward to working with him and helping him learn more, improve and progress as a player. I’m sure the supporters will make him feel very welcome.” The 24-year-old has agreed a “long-term deal” according to the club, but will not be registered in time to play against his former side Manchester City. The Italy striker tweeted the news of his signing minutes ahead of the official club announcement, saying: “YNWA! COME ON LIVERPOOL!” Liverpool have sealed one of the shock signings of the summer after confirming Mario Balotelli’s arrival from AC Milan. Press Associationlast_img read more

Boyd strike stuns Man City

first_imgGeorge Boyd struck a stunning second-half winner as Burnley enhanced their survival hopes by further ravaging Manchester City’s fading title quest with a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor. Press Association Boyd scored with a brilliant low strike from the edge of the area after 61 minutes to settle a tight Barclays Premier League contest that had belatedly come to life after a drab first half. City wanted a penalty in injury time when Pablo Zabaleta went down under a Ben Mee challenge but referee Andre Marriner gave a free-kick the other way. The result leaves champions City still trailing Chelsea by five points at the top, but now having played two games more. It will also increase the heat on manager Manuel Pellegrini, whose side have fallen away badly since pulling level with Chelsea on New Year’s Day. City’s hopes of rescuing something from their season may now come down to the sizeable task of overturning a 2-1 deficit against Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday. But while there might be much soul-searching back at the Etihad Stadium, Burnley can surely look forward to the run-in with confidence. Victory was only their second in 13 games and pulled them within a point of 17th-placed Sunderland. City’s team selection had suggested they meant business, with captain Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho both back in the starting line-up after reports of a row between the pair at Liverpool a fortnight ago. The game took time to come to life but Kieran Trippier, a former City trainee, caused his old club some problems with his deliveries from the right. One cross whipped in caught Gael Clichy high on his body, towards the top of his arm, but Marriner gave the City defender the benefit of any doubt. Edin Dzeko had City’s first serious opportunity but lashed a long-range shot well wide. Dzeko was presented with a better chance after Fernandinho won the ball and played him in but goalkeeper Tom Heaton blocked and then gathered Sergio Aguero’s follow-up. Joe Hart was called into action at the other end to claim a deflected Scott Arfield shot before Aguero smashed another effort into the side-netting. But overall it was a lacklustre first half, and the crowd almost got more animated when a City fan proposed to his Burnley-supporting girlfriend on the pitch at half-time. She responded positively but the home fans were not so sure, chanting, ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’. The second half proved a much livelier affair with both sides showing greater urgency. Aguero stretched the Burnley defence with a nice turn and run from halfway but his ball to a wide-open David Silva was delayed fractionally too long and the Spaniard was forced wide of goal. Aguero stabbed an effort just wide himself when he met a Zabaleta ball from the right with a quick snap-shot. Burnley upped their tempo in response and Boyd served warning of his prowess with a superb volleyed effort from 20 yards which flew just wide. He went one better to give the Clarets the lead just after the hour. Trippier was also involved, lofting in a free-kick which Kompany headed out towards the Scot. Boyd met it on the half-volley with a crisp left-foot shot which flew low across Hart and into the bottom corner. City boss Manuel Pellegrini immediately tried to shake things up by sending on headline January signing Wilfried Bony for Dzeko. Another striker in Stevan Jovetic entered the fray soon after, although it was a surprise that Silva made way. It proved to no avail and City could not penetrate the Clarets defence, who closed in on a famous victory. Aguero headed wide and substitute Frank Lampard had a free-kick blocked. Zabaleta appealed for a spot-kick after a challenge by Mee, who had earlier been booked, in injury time. It looked a close call but it was not to be City’s day. last_img read more

Sam Allardyce urges Jermain Defoe to be ready for Sunderland derby heroics again

first_img The 61-year-old said: “Every player at the football club who is not playing on a regular basis wants to play. Like Jermain said, he didn’t come here to sit on the bench. All the players who are here haven’t come here to sit on the bench. “But when you talk about 22 outfield players in the squad these days, some of them unfortunately don’t play as regularly as others, so what I would say is those who get the chance make sure you grasp it when you get it. “If you grab that chance then and you impress me, it’s going to give you the opportunity to be selected for the first team in the next game.” Sunday’s game sees Allardyce go head to head with Newcastle boss Steve McClaren, the man who denied him Carling Cup glory in 2004 when the pair were in charge at Bolton and Middlesbrough respectively, and then got the England job he coveted a little more than two years later. However, he insists that the derby is not about he and McClaren, nor his brief spell in charge at St James’ Park, although he admits victory this weekend would be sweet as the Black Cats attempt to secure a sixth successive win over Newcastle and in the process, make him the fourth manager in a row to beat the old enemy in his second game at the helm. Allardyce said with a smile: “If history follows itself, it’s what’s going to happen. That’s what I hope, anyway. It’s got very little to do with me, it’s down to fate the fact that this run carries on. “It’s quite bizarre to say that they’ve won five on the trot and telling me the last three managers’ second game was against Newcastle and they had all lost the first one and won the second one. “I’m just hoping that it continues to follow on this Sunday.” Meanwhile, Allardyce confirmed that Nigeria international striker Chinedu Obasi is training with the club after leaving Schalke during the summer following a bad leg fracture. He said: “We’ll make a judgement next week.” The 33-year-old striker admitted earlier this week that he is not happy sitting on the bench for the club he joined from Toronto in January after being named only among the substitutes for Allardyce’s first game in charge, last Saturday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at West Brom. Defoe blasted himself into the affections of the Black Cats faithful in April when his stunning volley handed the club a 1-0 derby victory over Newcastle, but while he may find himself outside the starting XI once again as the Magpies return to Wearside on Sunday, Allardyce has told him he could still have a major role to play. Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has told last season’s derby hero Jermain Defoe to force his way back into his plans by doing the same if he gets a chance this Sunday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Nelson Agholor is USC’s next great wide receiver

first_imgAfter a freshman season highlighted by an explosive 6-catch, 162-yard game against Oregon last year, sophomore wide receiver Nelson Agholor seemed primed for a breakout 2013 campaign entering the year.Prior to the Arizona game, however, Agholor’s statistical output this season just wasn’t indicative of a dominant sophomore season. Despite demonstrating immense talent both as a receiver and a blocker, Agholor had yet to record more than four receptions or 64 receiving yards.But less than three minutes into last week’s battle against Arizona, that latter mark was nearly eclipsed on one play.Agholor sped past the Arizona secondary, caught a perfect deep ball from redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler and ran into the end zone to complete a stunning one-play, 62-yard drive.“I thought Cody threw a great ball and put a lot of trust in me to go get under it, and I think I made the play I needed to make,” Agholor said.The first catch was just a taste of what was to come later. Kessler and Agholor continued to connect throughout the night as Agholor totaled a career-high seven receptions for 161 yards. The agile receiver carved up the Wildcats in a variety of different ways, showcasing his versatility as a precise route runner and deep threat. Whether it was catching the ball in stride across the middle of the field or making tough catches near the boundaries, Agholor’s wide array of skills was on display.The sophomore standout’s performance came at an opportune time for the Trojans, a team beleaguered by injuries, specifically paper-thin at the wide receiver position. With only two scholarship receivers suiting up last Thursday, Agholor’s clutch game showed the wideout’s knack for coming up big when it counts.He wasn’t the only Trojan player thrust into a bigger role than usual. USC’s new playcaller, offensive coordinator Clay Helton, put a greater emphasis on spreading the ball around. Five running backs had multiple carries, and Kessler hit six different targets throughout the game, with Agholor accounting for more than half of the reception yardage.“Someone on our team had to make plays,” Agholor said. “I’m just very happy Coach [Helton] put the ball in my hands to make some plays. And he put the ball in a lot of guys’ hands to make plays, and we did.”As the Trojans look forward to Notre Dame on Saturday, Agholor’s emergence as a dependable No. 1 option while Lee is sidelined has eased some of the concerns surrounding the viability of the Trojan offense without its star receiver. You can bet the Fighting Irish are aware of Agholor’s breakout performance, and the Notre Dame defense will be sure to key in on the sophomore come Saturday.The Trojan offense might be buoyed by the possible return of Lee — after practice on Tuesday, Lee said he was “coming around pretty good,” and that, “by Saturday, [he] thinks [he’ll] be 100 percent.”If Lee is healthy enough to play Saturday, Agholor will be able to exploit favorable one-on-one matchups and build on his game against the Wildcats. Another solid outing against Notre Dame could propel Agholor towards a tremendous second half of the season, putting him back on track in terms of following the trajectory of Woods and Lee — not to mention restoring hope for a successful USC season.But interim head coach Ed Orgeron doesn’t want the team to put too much stock in the Notre Dame game.“I don’t want to make it bigger than life,” Orgeron said. “This is game two of our season together.”Orgeron’s vision has many of the Trojans excited, including Agholor.“I’m looking to take advantage of all the opportunities that are given to us,” Agholor said when talking about the remainder of the season. “We are all given many opportunities, and if we take advantage of it, I think we will be in good shape.”If Arizona was any indication, giving Agholor opportunities is a recipe for success. If that strategy continues against Notre Dame and beyond, the Trojan offense looks to be in good hands. The recent model for star USC wide receivers is to flash glimpses of potential as a freshman and burst onto the scene as a sophomore. Current Buffalo Bill Robert Woods did it first, with junior Marqise Lee following in his footsteps last season by winning the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s best wideout.Catching up to ‘Qise · USC sophomore wide receiver Nelson Agholor has one more receiving touchdown (2) this year than junior Marqise Lee. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Greg Olsen injury update: Panthers TE (foot) expected to miss rest of season

first_img“It’s kind of one of those things where it was a matter of time,” Olsen said, via ESPN. “We kind of pushed this foot I think as far as possible the last two seasons and today it just kind of had enough.” Greg Olsen continues to struggle with foot injuries and he is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the Panthers’ season.The veteran tight end left Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with an injury after he hurt his foot on a non-contact play. After the game, Olsen told media he ruptured the “plantar” on his right foot and his season was over. #Panthers TE Greg Olsen, who has been dealing with a foot injury, limps off the field#CARvsTB— Kevin Boilard (@247KevinBoilard) December 2, 2018The injury is to same foot that caused Olsen to miss three games earlier this year after he re-broke the same foot he hurt last year. All and all, he has missed 12 games in the past two season.Olsen had just one catch for 13 yards against Tampa Bay.last_img read more

Chris Paul assists in Los Angeles Clippers’ win

first_imgWith Griffin out, Jordan used the extra space to score 19 points and grab nine rebounds, running to the rim for easy dunks and grabbing offensive boards over New Orleans’ big men. J.J. Redick roamed around the perimeter, scoring 16 points.Austin Rivers, filling the gap in the starting lineup, had one of his best games this season, scoring 18 points and dishing out four assists, but an elbow to the face in the third quarter sent him to the floor.He stayed on the ground after Terrence Jones’ inadvertent left elbow, forcing the Clippers to call timeout. As he sat on the bench, he briefly wrapped a towel around his head, and then, he shook it from side to side.After returning to the court for 46 seconds to start the fourth quarter, he had to be helped to the locker room, where he was “evaluated” and kept out for the rest of the game.Doc Rivers said a concussion test was administered on the bench, and Austin Rivers passed.“That blow, obviously, had a delayed effect,” he said.With Rivers hurt and Raymond Felton not with the team due to the death of his grandmother, Paul and Redick both had to play extended minutes in the fourth quarter with the game already a blowout.Even with the Rivers injury, the Clippers continued to roll in the second half – one of their best since their win in Cleveland.Jamal Crawford scored 22, Marreese Speights had 17 and 12 rebounds and Wes Johnson had 10 to round out seven Clippers in double figures.After allowing the Pelicans, playing without Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore, to score 31 points in the first quarter, the Clipper defense locked in. New Orleans committed 16 turnovers leading to 22 Clipper points. In the third quarter, Paul dished out half of his 20 assists while Austin Rivers hit all four of his shots – three coming from 3-point range – as the Clippers made things one-sided.The Clippers out-scored New Orleans 72-50 in the second half.As Paul talked about his 20-20-0 game, before mentioning else, Paul joked that he was simply making up for the turnovers he’d committed over the past few weeks.“That’s always the first thing I look at,” Paul said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> The Clippers needed a win, but really, the Clippers needed Chris Paul.The Clippers’ star point guard broke ankles and sliced through coverages to stop a two-game skid at Staples Center, leading the Clippers to a 133-105 win.Paul dished out a season-best 20 assists with no turnovers while scoring 20 points, feasting on a Pelican backcourt that was missing a pair of starting guards.“He’s a legend,” DeAndre Jordan said.center_img Paul is the first player since individual turnovers were recorded to have 20 points, 20 assists and no turnovers.His big game was even more critical with the Clippers missing Blake Griffin, who was out for the night with a sore knee. He’s expected back Monday against Portland.“Visually,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, “it looked beautiful.”Paul had plenty of help on Saturday, with the Clippers well-rested after two days off following their loss to Golden State on Wednesday.“All of them were great,” Rivers said. “They all moved the ball and got down the floor.”last_img read more

New kickboxing club grow roots in Rai Coast

first_imgThe new club called Basamuk Kickboxing Club was formed by employees of Ramu NiCo based at its refinery plant.The idea of starting the club was initiated by David Pango, who hails from Erave, where the PNG’s renowned and world kick boxing champion Stanley ‘Head-hunter’ Nandex comes from。Pango, who is a martial artist himself before decided to mobilise interested employees of Ramu NiCo Basamuk Refinery, its contractors and village youths to go into kickboxing to keep fit and have good discipline and self-control in their individual lives.He said many a times mine workers after work retreat into their rooms and sleep without doing much physical exercise.“I want to instill the discipline of keeping physically fit amongst the workers, so we are able to live healthy and longer life. He added that another thing is that workers after spending time at their work place go to the mess and have heavy meals.“The club wants to encourage workers to exercise to keep fit and cut down on fatty foods and stick to healthy diet and do more physical exercises,”he said.Pango also encouraged youths from neighboring villages to join, however, he emphasized that the lessons and skills taught are not to be abused and used for beating up people unnecessarily in the community.Club secretary Jonathan Karato said the Basamuk Kickboxing club is new, they are appealing to potential sponsors to help them send a team to attend sanctioned tournaments in the country.Last month, Pango organized a trip for one of the club elite fighter Daniel Kawas to travel to Goroka for a tournament, however, the event was cancelledlast_img read more

Ushuru, Nairobi City Stars eye KPL return

first_img0Shares0000Ushuru FC head coach ken Kenyatta (left) follows proceedings during his side’s National Super League match against Nairobi Stima on March 25, 2018 in Nairobi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26- Both Nairobi City Stars and Ushuru FC were relegated at the end of the 2016 Kenyan Premier League season, but, they now eye a return to the high table of Kenyan football next year.Ken Kenyatta’s Ushuru came close last season after finishing third in the regular season, but slipped to a 2-1 aggregate loss to Thika United in the play-off thus failing to land back into the top flight. City Stars on their side have struggled to get back to the top but they hope the 2018 season can come with better tidings.The two sides have not started the new NSL season as strong as they would have wished but each bounced back into hope over the weekend with vital wins. Ushuru were 3-1 winners over Nairobi Stima while City Stars beat Kibera Black Stars 2-1.“It was vital for us to get this win because we haven’t started the season strongly. It comes as a relief to the players especially in our bid to get back to the top tier league,” former captain John Amboko who now serves as the team’s head coach said.Nairobi City Stars head coach John Amboko issues instructions on the touchline during his side’s National Super League match against Kibera Black Stars on March 25, 2018 in Nairobi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe however hopes that the team’s financial status can improve to aid in their bid, but he says nonetheless, they will fight to keep their dream on course.“We just need to take a step at a time and keep the winning momentum. It is hard because of financial issues but hopefully things can get better,” the tactician offered.Ushuru meanwhile ensured the dream stayed on course with their third win of the season and head coach Ken Kenyatta has challenged his boys to pull up their performance after a sluggish start.“It hasn’t been an easy season but hopefully we pick up as we progress. Last season we got to the play-off and lost and this season, our ambition is to go all the way. It is not easy though because every team has that single dream and the competition is tough,” Kenyatta said.Ushuru and City Stars lay side by side at 10th and 11th on the log with 11 points a-piece, though the taxmen have a better goal aggregate.Western Stima coach Richard Makumbi during a past Kenyan Premier League. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMeanwhile, Western Stima, relegated from the top tier at the close of last season continued with their journey back to the top, picking their fifth win in eight matches beating fellow promotion hopefuls Bidco United 1-0 in Kisumu.Bidco lie third on the standings with 14 points, three behind the leaders.Kenya Police meanwhile kept their push to earn promotion with a nervy 2-1 win over Nakuru-based St. Joseph’s Youth in Naivasha. The side coached by renowned tactician Charles ‘Korea’ Omondi are second in the standings with 15 points, two behind leaders and a match at hand.Meanwhile, the youthful Kibera Black Stars dream of making it into the top tier in their second season in the NSL. They currently sit fifth in the standings with 14 points off four wins and two draws.Kibera Black Stars currently sit fifth in the standings with 14 points off four wins and two draws. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We have dropped some points in the last three matches and lost some tempo but those are the lessons that our young boys have to take,” head coach Geoffrey Oduor said.“Each of the 19 teams in the NSL want to get promoted and we are also taking that seriously. We are taking a match at a time and giving it the best shot. If we end up getting it, then that will be a plus for us,” the tactician added.NSL Weekend ResultsKCB 3-1 GFE 105, AP4-2 Nakuru All Stars, Western Stima 1-0 Bidco United, Modern Coast 0-0 Talanta, Isibania 1-2 Coast Stima, Kenya Police 2-1 St Joseph’s Youth, Nairobi City Stars 2-1 Kibera Black Stars, Ushuru 3-1 Nairobi Stima, Kangemi All Stars 2-1 Green Commandos.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more