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Zika virus contraction risk lowered – CARPHA


first_imgThe Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has concluded that the possibility of contracting the Zika virus has been lowered at this time of the year; and further, CARPHA has indicated that visitors have a very small chance of acquiring the disease.This deduction was drawn after a review of the data that was collected over the last 30 months relative to the extent of the virus.The Zika virus (ZIKV) was first detected in the Caribbean in 2015, and the number of cases increased in the first half of 2016, reaching a peak in the following August; but by the end of 2016, those numbers had rapidly decreased.CARPHA has been conducting surveillance and laboratory testing activities throughout the years, and working with its 26 member states (CMS) and other partners to strengthen the ability to diagnose cases and reduce the chances of ZIKV being transmitted with other vector-borne diseases.CARPHA and its CMS have also been seeking to create measures to prevent the ZIKV from spreading and keeping the contraction rate as low as possible.Presently, circulation of the virus has been interrupted in the Caribbean region based on the tests that were conducted, the congruency of data available from several sources, and from previous outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases.So far, local surveillance has demonstrated a decrease in general fever-related illnesses as well as a specific absence of ZIKV reports over the past year.The CARPHA Regional Laboratory has informed that it is continuing to monitor and conduct tests for the disease, in the event that the figures increase in the coming months.“These tests have shown the drastic decrease from the peak of ZIKV circulation in 2016 to a situation where no cases of ZIKV have been confirmed among samples received from any CMS over the past 12 months,” the Regional Laboratory has said.It has further been related that the other international public health agencies, such as the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the European Centres for Disease Control (ECDC), were engaged so as to acquire information on travellers who might be returning to Canada and Europe from the Caribbean.“The data shared indicate a similar pattern to that seen in our regional data – a drastic decrease: from a high-point in 2016 to sporadic cases in the immediate aftermath, and no cases this year.”The organisation has still maintained, however, that there is an ongoing risk for dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases.“The Agency maintains continuous vigilance of health and disease trends and risks for residents and visitors in the region. We continue to work closely with other public health partners, including USCDC; PAHO/WHO; tourism organisations; public health agencies in Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union, to find innovative ways of mosquito control, including behaviour change communication and research,” CARPHA has said. For the data to remain constant, the Agency has stated, “There is need to strengthen surveillance in member states; set up registries for babies affected in the 2016 epidemic; enhance laboratory testing capacity, and document the findings of countries to ensure evidence-based policy and practice; and to look at ways to deal with climate-sensitive, mosquito-borne diseases.”last_img read more


3 ex-employees sue Temple City


first_imgThe suit says Wilson retained a city parking permit when she was no longer a council member. He also claims Wilson stored furniture and personal belongings in city facilities when she was not employed by the city. Cole said he objected to Gillanders applying for and receiving Workers’ Compensation Insurance for his wife, because she was not employed by the city. Cole also said he filed a complaint against Capra, alleging Capra battered and assaulted him at a work-related event in Palm Springs. The lawsuit also alleges Wilson and Gillanders defamed him when they allegedly suggested “he was engaged in financial misdeeds, mismanagement and/or outright theft of city funds.” emanuel.parker@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Cole was fired April 5, 2005, on a 3-2 vote, with Wilson, Gillanders and Capra in favor of termination. All three, along with the city, are named as defendants in his lawsuit. Stroud claims she was fired July 5 after she complained to Cole about Gillanders’ alleged behavior. She names the city, Gillanders and Martin as defendants in her suit. Janet Sherman, former City Development Building Grants program administrator and housing officer, alleges Dawson, her immediate supervisor, subjected her to offensive statements about her gender and ability to do her job. She claims Dawson’s attitude and her friendship with Cole led to her termination on May 9, 2005. The city is the sole defendant in her case. Cole alleges he was fired after he objected to what the lawsuit calls “certain illegal or unlawful” acts. TEMPLE CITY – Former City Manager Martin Cole and two other former city employees have filed separate lawsuits accusing the city and certain officials of wrongful termination, sexual orientation and gender discrimination, defamation and unlawful retaliation. Cole, who acknowledges he is gay in his lawsuit, alleges council members Cathe Wilson and Ken Gillanders publicly called him “a faggot,” and Wilson “falsely told others that plaintiff wore women’s clothing on the weekends.” Janice Stroud, former director of public services, alleges Gillanders subjected her “to a hostile work environment when he constantly reached into his pants to touch or re- adjust his genitals in her presence.” Wilson, Gillanders and Charles Martin, city manager and city attorney, declined to comment. last_img read more


LARGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR MEETING AGAINST BANK CLOSURES


first_imgA large crowd is expected at a meeting tonight being held to protest at AIB’s decision to close its branch in Goath Dobhair.The decision by AIB, which will see eight out of the sixteen branches across Donegal close in the coming months, has sent shockwaves through the community.The move will see a number of branches including Lifford, Dunfanaghy, Raphoe, Falcarragh, Gaoth Dobhair, Milford, Bundoran and Moville close its door for good. Local post offices are expected to pick up some of its basic banking services.However the closure of many West Donegal branches including Falcarragh and Gaoth Dobhair means that people will have to travel to Dungloe to carry out any business.An angry crowd is expected to demand answers as to why AIB is closing the Gaoth Dobhair branch which was a profitable business.One local banking source told Donegal Daily that as well as the economic consequences with the bank’s closure, there is also a serious social downside. “If anybody were to walk past the AIB bank in Gaoth Dobhair on any morning they would see people gathering for a chat.“That is the side of Donegal life that these banking bigwigs are no taking into account.“All they are concerned about is the bottom lie and not the welfare of their customers. This is another nail in the coffin of rural Ireland and we can’t allow it to happen,” he said.The meeting against the bank’s closure is tonight at 7pm in the Udaras na Gaeltachta offices in Gaoth Dobhair.Local public representatives including local Junior Minister Dinny McGinley have been invited to attend. LARGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR MEETING AGAINST BANK CLOSURES was last modified: July 30th, 2012 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:closureGOATH DOBHAIRprotestlast_img read more


Fellhauer airs it out for Rancho


first_img But the biggest play of the night for Rancho Cucamonga (5-2, 1-1) was the interception by Kyle Crisp with mere seconds showing on the clock. Crisp picked off a Jonathon Price pass in the end zone to preserve the victory and headed off a repeat of last year’s double-overtime game between the intracity rivals. “Fellhauer made the plays when we needed him,” said Rancho Cucamonga coach Chris Van Duin. “Josh and our receivers really stepped up, and our offensive line provided good protection.” RANCHO CUCAMONGA – There’s a reason why Alta Loma coach John Kusleika calls Rancho Cucamonga quarterback Josh Fellhauer the “best pressure player” in the Inland Valley. On Friday night, before an Alta Loma homecoming crowd of 1,500 at Chaffey College, Fellhauer threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns as the Cougars scrambled back into the Baseline League race with a 28-21 victory. “I thought our defense played a good game,” said Van Duin. “Their offense (full-house T) is tough to stop, and it’s very physical. We kind of employed the bend but don’t break defense.” The Braves were indeed physical, but virtually one-dimensional. Skyler Monroe rushed for 93 of the Braves’ 215 yards and scored on runs of 6 and 1 yards, but Alta Loma passed for just 47 yards. For the Braves, there is still hope of making the playoffs despite starting with two league losses. “Last year (Baseline) had five teams in the playoffs, and potentially we have that many this year,” Kusleika said. “We’ve played two very emotional games in a row. Now we have to step up against Claremont.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Cougar QB hit on 14 of 20 passes, including scoring tosses of 71 yards to David Roberts, 65 to Devin Ross and 60 to Willie Munford. The slant pass to Mumford, who sped away from Alta Loma (5-2, 0-2) defenders the final 40 yards, broke a 14-14 deadlock. “We couldn’t stop the big plays,” Kusleika said, “not something we’ve done all year.” Less than three minutes later, the Cougars added another score when Mumford crashed in from the 4. That completed a two-play, 75-yard strike that ultimately proved to the winning margin. In a rare mistake, Fellhauer was picked off by Sean Lento, who returned the theft 30 yards for a score with 4:29 left. Alta Loma forced the Cougars to punt and took over with 2:05 left at its 33. Price drove the Braves down to the Rancho 26 with 10 seconds left facing a fourth-and-12. But Crisp ruined the storybook finish with his pick. last_img read more


Live Register hits 10-year low


first_imgFigures released by the CSO this morning show that 2,900 people were taken off the Live Register during December 2017, reducing the seasonally adjusted total to 241,300.The number of persons on the Live Register in December 2017 is at the lowest number recorded since August 2008.During 2017, a total of 40,234 people signed off the Live Register. Most people (58.6% or 138,350) on the Live Register were short-term claimants, compared to 97,918 long-term claimants.There were 51,159 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register in December 2017, which represents 21.7% of the total Live Register. This compares with 59,908 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register one year earlier, which also represented 21.7% of the total Live Register.In the year to December 2017 the number of persons aged 25 and over on the Live Register decreased by 34,624 (-14.1%), and the number of persons aged under 25 decreased by 5,610 (-18.5%).There were 15,293 new registrants on the Live Register in December 2017, consisting of 7,461 Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA) claims, 7,200 Jobseekers Benefit (JB) claims and 632 “Other Registrants”. Males accounted for 53.5% (8,177) and females 46.5% (7,116) of all new registrants. JA claims represented 48.8% of all new registrations, while JB claims and “Other Registrants” represented 47.1% and 4.1% respectively. Craft and related (17.6%) remained the largest occupational group1 on the Live Register in December, despite the fact that the number in the group fell over the year by 8,607 (-17.1%) to 41,622. This was also largest annual percentage decrease followed by the Sales group which decreased 16.9%.In November the CSO revealed that the rate of unemployment hit 6%, a figure which has not been seen since June 2008 – having previously been as high as 15.2% at the height of the recession in January 2012.These figures show that Ireland’s rate of unemployment is well below the Euro zone average of 8.9%.Live Register hits 10-year low was last modified: January 5th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:CSOlive registerstatisticslast_img read more


Zaidi makes first moves, adds three to Giants roster


first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–Two weeks after Farhan Zaidi was hired as the Giants president of baseball operations, the highest-ranking front office executive has made the first personnel decisions of his tenure.The Giants announced Tuesday that pitching prospects Melvin Adon, Sam Coonrod and Logan Webb were added to the club’s 40-man roster ahead of Major League Baseball’s deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft.Earlier in the day, the Miami Marlins claimed right-handed pitcher Julian Fernández …last_img


Kurtenbach: Five reasons why the Niners will miss the playoffs this year


first_imgThere are reasons to be optimistic about the 49ers this season. They have their quarterback back and arguably the best offensive coordinator in football, there are weapons at their disposal, and on the defensive side, they might have one of the best front-sixes (that’s all you get these days) in the NFL.There are plenty of people out there that will tell you that the 2019 Niners are going to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. I’ve even seen the suggestion that they might win the NFC …last_img


A Darwinist Religious Experience Described


first_imgAs millions of Jews celebrate Passover, and as millions of Christians gather to celebrate Easter, a Darwinist reporter was experiencing “existential vertigo” – a sweeping sense of dizziness as her imagination zoomed in and out of the implications of her faith.  It may be the closest thing that a secular materialist can call a religious experience.  And religious experience is an accurate description: it was the outworking of an all-encompassing world view, with ultimate causes, ultimate destinies, moral imperatives, and heavy doses of faith.    Amanda Gefter (see her previous attack on creationism in the 02/26/2009 entry), attended a four-day Origins Symposium at the University of Arizona and wrote up her impressions for New Scientist.  The event offered four days of lectures and debates from “the world’s leading scientists” – Brian Greene, AC Grayling, Steven Pinker, Steven Weinberg, Craig Venter, and (in absentia) Stephen Hawking.  “It’s funny how pondering our origins – the origin of the universe, of life, of mind – leads us to question everything we thought we knew about ourselves in the here and now.”  Apparently, she did not question anything that was said at the conference, because they took her for a ride from ultimate origins and ultimate destinies, as a religion might, and she was transfixed: “throughout the four days, I felt as if I could see myself – a small, strange Earth-bound creature – through the lens of a camera zooming in and out through space and time.”    The wild ride took her from a fictional multiverse, to alternate dimensions, to an evolutionary history no human being has observed, to questioning her own existence.  Somehow, as a religion might, it included a moral dimension.  Quoting Paul Davies, Gefter agreed, “If we are the only life in the universe, we have an enormous responsibility, a cosmic duty, to keep the flame of intelligence burning in the universe.”    Along the way, though, the sermons brought enough starfire and damnation to send her soul into outer darkness and despair.  Consider these lines:What’s that in the distance?  Another copy of myself?  An infinite number of me?Back in this universe, I am nothing but a speck of dust.  “You are cosmically insignificant,” [Lawrence] Krauss says.  “We can get rid of you and all the aliens and all the stars and galaxies and the universe would be pretty much the same” – a sea of dark energy populated by islands of dark matter.I am nothing but a vast colony of my single-celled ancestors operating in near harmony….In some ways, I learn, I am no different than a fruit fly, and by looking at protein-coding genes, one cannot tell the difference in complexity between a human and a hydra.Our unique cognitive abilities are an “emergent acquisition based on the history of brain evolution, but not predicted by that history,” says Ian Tattersall.What a delicate history it is; littered with accidents, defined by contingencies.  The tiniest changes in our evolutionary past would have led to dramatically different life-forms – and certainly not my own.There [in Africa], helped in part by a seafood diet rich in omega-3s, their [early human ancestor] brains developed the ability to think abstractly.  That ability, superimposed on ancient brain structures, has built us into creatures that live largely in our own imagined worlds.Zoom in: Today I am nothing more than a haphazard mosaic patched together by evolution and time.…the only ideology I can grab hold of is uncertainty in the vastness of space and time.If I do exist – as a hive of single-celled organisms and microbes, as a mirror image from another universe, as a lucky accident of the African savannah – I can’t help but think that I am nothing more than an extreme fluke.What a tragedy it would be, he [Paul Davies] says, if we destroy ourselves and our planet, and in doing so “destroy the one small corner of the cosmos where the flame of reason is alight.”Amanda’s head was swimming after four days of this.  “I leave with more questions than answers,” she said, clinging to any self-esteem she might have left.  But then Lawrence Krauss hit that with a final knockout blow.  “The biggest misconception about science,” he said, “is that we are happiest when we understand things.”People need the Lord.  You should be weeping for Amanda Gefter and her friends who floundered in the darkness of their own imagination there in Arizona.  Their religion offers them nothing but loneliness, emptiness, chance, insignificance, questions and despair.  They think they are wise, but they are fools.  Is it uncharitable to say that?  Not if it helps them wake up and face reality.  We know that what they are saying is folly, because nothing in their religion makes logical sense.  They have cut the foundation of reason out from under their feet; they are in sinking sand.  Their cosmology provides no basis for confidence in anything – their own existence, their science, their logic, their self-perception.  Krauss fools himself into thinking he understands things when the whole conference questioned their own existence and relegated themselves to “creatures that live largely in our own imagined worlds.”  On what basis, then, can they say the whole conference was nothing but living in an imagined world?  They need to escape to reality.    This foolish world view leads where only folly can: to despair.  They need to read the book of Ecclesiastes, written for people like this.  It would be a good wake-up call.  Without remembering one’s Creator, without fearing God and keeping His commandments, the only conclusion is “vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  That godly fear causes one to listen to His word.  That word takes the soul lost in darkness and provides a remedy: forgiveness, love, and a relationship with our Maker, paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ, whose death and resurrection is celebrated by millions today on the basis of historical evidence and prophetic fulfillment, not on imagined worlds of one’s own making.  He is risen; He is risen, indeed!  Now there is sense.  There is a cosmology that leads to a real cosmic responsibility (read I Corinthians 15).  Don’t skip that last verse which, having built on on the solid foundation of verifiable history discussed prior, provides the impetus for living a vibrant, active, fulfilling, abundant life that makes sense, has a purpose, and has a joyful outcome.  Instead of lamenting “vanity of vanities,” the Christ-follower can say with confidence that his or her “labor is not in vain in the Lord.”(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


South Africa to host Africa branch of Brics bank


first_img16 July 2014 The Brics emerging market bloc on Tuesday announced the signing of an agreement that paves the way for the establishment of a New Development Bank, to be headquartered in Shanghai, China, as well as an African regional centre of the bank, to be located in South Africa. Plans are also in progress for the establishment of a Brics contingency reserve arrangement, to help any of the grouping’s members if they are hit by a sudden loss of foreign capital. The five members of the group – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – announced the plans in a declaration released following the sixth Brics summit in Fortaleza, Brazil. According to the Fortaleza Declaration, the New Development Bank will have an initial authorised capital of US$100-billion, and its initial subscribed capital of $50-billion will be equally shared among the five founding members. The first chair of the bank’s board of governors will be from Russia, the first chair of its board of directors from Brazil, and the first president of the bank from India. The bank, the declaration stated, is aimed at “mobilising resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in Brics and other emerging and developing economies”. “Based on sound banking principles, the New Development Bank will strengthen the cooperation among our countries and will supplement the efforts of multilateral and regional financial institutions for global development, thus contributing to our collective commitments for achieving the goal of strong, sustainable and balanced growth.” SAnews.gov.za-Xinhualast_img read more


South Africa launches new industrial policy


first_img8 May 2015The seventh issue of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap), launched on 7 May, highlights the development of a specific support framework for black industrialists.In terms of Ipap 2015, the Black Industrialists Development Programme will be established over the coming year. It will be aimed at promoting industrialisation, sustainable economic growth and transformation through the support of black- owned entities in the mainstream of the South African manufacturing industry and related manufacturing sectors.Briefing reporters at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in Johannesburg at the launch, Minister Rob Davies said the government would focus on the programme. “If we are focusing on the manufacturing sector we need to ensure that the manufacturing sector becomes much more representative of the demographics of our people, but more importantly that the manufacturing sector benefits from the available pool of talent from the country and the population as a whole.”In March, the department said it would avail R1-billion in support of the programme with the initial aim being to support 100 black industrialists. “Becoming an industrialist is not an easy task. It requires passion and a skills set and capabilities. What we are going to be doing is we are focusing on a particular programme which will identify and support black industrialists,” Davies said on Thursday.Access to finance and marketsAccording to the document, the programme envisages implementing key measures such as access to finance, access to markets, skills development, standards, quality and productivity improvements by black manufacturing companies.Recommendations from commissions reporting back at the Black Industrialists Indaba held in March included that a committee comprising the government, the private sector and co-opted experts be established to explore more ways to accelerate the implementation of the programme. It was also agreed that the Preferential Public Procurement Act be reviewed and that the setting of the black majority threshold be at 75% for companies qualifying for the programme.Skills development will be placed at the core of the programme.The IPAP said that in the 2015/16 year, the programme would be designed, developed and structured. According to the document, the development of the programme would be overseen by the Department of Trade and Industry as the lead, with supporting agencies such as the IDC and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.Industrialisation in historyDavies also said the manufacturing sector played an important role in South Africa’s economy. “The manufacturing sector and value addition remain critical objectives of achieving the kinds of structural changes that are necessary to place our economy on a higher level of more inclusive growth.”History had shown that industrialisation was a necessity. “The lessons that we’ve drawn and which is also the common understanding of the African continent, is that industrialisation is necessary because if we don’t industrialise we are trapped in the most disadvantageous place in the global division of labour as producers and exporters of primary products and as importers of finished goods.“That is the most disadvantageous position to be in because the real value in value chains lies in the parts that take place after the delivery of the primary materials.”An important sub-theme that formed part of radical economic transformation, he said, was that the government was expected to increase the impact of industrial policy measures.“This Ipap also represents our intent to progressively upscale our industrial policy. What is clear to all of us is that this economy has not had sufficiently fast inclusive economic growth, [gross domestic product] growth has not been high enough and the growth that we’ve had has not been inclusive enough to place us in a position where we can see a significant dent in the levels of poverty, inequality and unemployment in our country,” Davies explained.The target in the Medium Term Strategic Framework was for 5% of inclusive growth to have been delivered by the end of this term in government. The latest Ipap, as well as previous iterations, indicated the actions that different government entities needed to carry out to support industrialisation.“What we are doing is that we are creating an environment,” said Davies. “We are creating a support package of measures; we are creating a defensive framework that will allow manufacturing activities to flourish in South Africa. That’s what it’s about.”A total of 3 384 private sector enterprises across all provinces were provided with incentive and other support in 2014 to the value of R13.6-billion.The chairman of the Manufacturing Circle, Bruce Strong, welcomed the Ipap, saying that South Africa’s growth was tied to the health of manufacturing.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more