High-level meeting called to discuss/tackle non-communicable diseases

first_imgGovernment Ministers from different sectors will meet today with academicians, Judges from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Caricom Secretariat, organs and institutions and civil society, to discuss the use of laws and regulations to help reduce non-communicable diseases (NCD), which account for three out of four deaths in the Caribbean.The high-level meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port of Spain, Trinidad.The meeting, is expected to bring members of the CCJ Academy of Law together with representatives of relevant Caricom organs and institutions, sub-regional partners, and international organsations to discuss policies and strategies for using the law as a powerful tool to address NCDs, focusing particularly on tobacco control legislation and laws and regulations that can help prevent obesity.The meeting is organised by the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), the Caribbean Court of Justice Academy of Law and the FAO.Representatives of Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago will present their countries’ experiences and lessons learned in using laws and regulations to address NCDs. Other subjects will include the role of community law in addressing NCDs, how to mobilise political will to advance the use of legal measures, and how to harmonise policy approaches to face this challenge.PAHO/WHO is encouraging Caribbean authorities to adopt effective laws and regulations that can contribute to reducing the burden of NCDs and their risk factors, as well as their social and economic consequencesAlthough progress remains insufficient, there are examples of best practices in the Caribbean that could to be scaled up. They include taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, bans on the sale of sugary beverages in schools, and progress on tobacco control legislation in several countries. Caribbean heads of government and other Caricom leaders have repeatedly called for expanding such measures to help reduce NCDs.Non communicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases, together with their four shared risk factors – tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity – are the leading causes of death, illness and disability in the Caribbean. High rates of NCDs are the reason people in the Caribbean have a greater probability of dying prematurely (before age 70) than people from any other sub-region of the Americas.last_img read more

Venezuelan refugees receive relief items

first_imgScores of Venezuelan refugees in the Barima-Waini region, who fled their home country to escape worsened economic and social conditions, were recipients of a number of relief items distributed by the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) on Friday.The exercise focused on the Khan’s Hill and White-Water communities. The mission was led by CDC Director General, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, and comprised representatives of the region’s Regional Democratic Council (RDC), the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force.Among the items distributed were food and other relief items. The food items were compliments of DeSinco Trading Limited, which donated 50 food hampers to the CDC last month. The other relief items were donations from the International Organisation for Migrantion (IOM) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The distribution of the items was conducted by Major Archer and his ranks based at White Water and Maburama, while transportation support was provided by both the Police and Defence Forces, as well as by the RDC.In addition to distributing the relief items, the mission also interacted with the migrants and residents in the communities with the aim of monitoring and evaluating Government’s response to the influx of migrants from Venezuela in Region One.Over the past two years, Venezuela has been experiencing worsening economic turmoil following the decline of oil prices on the world market. The country is in its fourth consecutive year of recession.Reports coming out of the Spanish-speak State reveal there is massive food shortages and limited access to basic healthcare and basic amenities, such as electricity in certain parts. Additionally, there continues to be rampant outbursts of looting and violence across some of the most affected cities in the neighbouring country.To this end, scores of Guyanese living in the neighbouring country have been returning home and there has also been a high influx of Venezuelans escaping to Guyana to seek refuge.Back in July, Region One Chairman Brentnol Ashley had disclosed that some 268 Venezuelan refugees are in his region alone, staying in churches and makeshift tents with little to no belongings.He had decried the lack of support from Central Government in providing assistance for not only returning Guyanese but also Venezuelan refugees, saying the region’s already small budget is being strained.In response to the influx of returning migrants, Government has established a Multi-Sectoral Committee to coordinate the national response and assistance to these refugees. Moreover on Thursday last, local public officers undergo a one-day training on the international best practice in assisting migrants and protecting them from abuse and exploitation of any kind.The workshop was aimed at capacity building to better equip representatives and agencies to respond effectively to this and other such occurrences in the future. It focused on issues such as human trafficking and migrant smuggling, migrants’ vulnerabilities, and direct assistance and referral systems for migrants.last_img read more

Ex-cop nabbed with over 94kg of ganja

first_imgAn ex-police detective was on Tuesday morning nabbed with a large quantity of cannabis during an operation by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) in Berbice.Kerry Charles GrimmondThe ganja that was in Grant’s possessionKhushyal GrantKhushyal Grant, 28, of Number Two Village, East Canje Berbice, was arrested after he was found with 94.3 kilograms (207 lbs) of ganja in his possession. In addition, Kerry Charles Grimmond, 34, of Nickalay Street, New Amsterdam, Berbice, was also found to be in possession of 140 grams of cannabis during the raid.Both men were taken into custody, charged and are expected to appear in court later this week.Following the successful operation in the ancient county, CANU said it will continue to tighten its grip on narcotics distributors throughout the country.In January, a combined total of 477 kilograms of cocaine and 994 kilograms of cannabis were destroyed at Yarrowkabra, Linden-Soesdyke Highway, by representatives from CANU, the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA) and the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory (GFSL).Further, a total of 132 kilograms of cocaine and 440 kilograms of cannabis were destroyed by the police, while 45 kilograms of cocaine and 554 kilograms of cannabis were also destroyed by CANU in other areas. A combined street value of the narcotics amounted to $513,310,940.Meanwhile, the arrests to the two men came days after members of the Guyana Police Force arrested one man following the discovery of a large quantity of ganja along the Weldaad Public Road, West Coast Berbice, on Friday evening last.It was reported that on the day in question, Police ranks observed a vehicle which was heading to Georgetown stop a short distance away from a roadblock.Soon after, two men were seen in a nearby street with two large bags. As such, the police approached the vehicle and the men. Upon seeing the ranks, the two men dropped the bags and escaped.When the policemen inspected the bag, 13 parcels of cannabis were found. Further checks nearby also revealed nine other parcels of ganja. The illegal substance was weighed and amounted to 55.9 kilograms (123 lbs). The vehicle was searched but nothing illegal or unlawful was found.last_img read more

High school dealing with unsanctioned fights

first_imgPolice say any people who participate in the fights are committing a criminal offense.Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Fort St. John RCMP and school officials are trying to address what they are calling a “disturbing trend”.Some students have been participating in unsanctioned, group fights near North Peace Secondary School. Police say the fights appear to be organized and pre-planned and that the individuals involved are seen wearing MMA-style fighting gloves.- Advertisement -There have also been reports of students videotaping the fights and posting the videos on YouTube.Students that have been identified as participating in the fights are being dealt with, says Raymond Asai, principal of NPSS. Asai says the fights have been occurring off school property, but have been taking place during school hours as well as after school and on weekends.He says student safety is the school’s primary concern which is why the school is working with the RCMP to try and deal with the situation to ensure students don’t get hurt.There has been no indication as to how many of these fights have already occurred.Advertisementlast_img read more

Too many transient students

first_imgBoard President Tom Pigott said the report was generally positive. “One of the concerns expressed was the need for early intervention. When students’ grades are slipping or they are failing, we have to catch that early rather than later when it’s harder to recover. We need resources to accomplish that intervention.” Among the challenges, Barreto said, is finding ways for administrators to provide teachers with the necessary support and guidance in curriculum, instruction, managing classrooms and creating student-teacher relationships. “AVHS developed an instructional coaching model. However, there is insufficient instructional time to make a significant impact for all teachers, especially for those teachers who need consistent support in building knowledge of curriculum, alignment of content standards, pedagogy, classroom management, and skills in teacher student relationships,” the report said. In addition to teaching, the school’s instructional coaches also serve as department chairmen, members of district ad hoc committees and Title1 coordinators. Barreto recommended that the district assign three full-time instructional coaches in English, math and special education to work with individual teachers. Among successes, Barreto said the special-education program has been revamped to provide student-centered classrooms that have resulted in fewer suspensions. 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! The 2,100-student school improved Academic Performance Index scores by two points in 2006, putting it one year away from getting out from under state monitoring. The board received Barreto’s report at Wednesday’s meeting. On Thursday, she said the school’s transiency is a “social community issue.” “They are not dropping out,” she said. “They come, stay with an aunt or relative, then go back to their families.” The report noted that prior to the opening of school, incoming ninth-graders were assessed and assigned to appropriate classes, but on the first day of school, about 60percent of those students had moved to other schools. In their place arrived the same number of new students, the report said. “Appropriate placement of students has been difficult due to the lack of personnel, and time to appropriately assess and place students,” the report said. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley High has one of the most transient student populations in the state, a trend that is affecting learning, a study released Thursday said. From August to early February, 863 students enrolled but 627 withdrew, the report said. Those totals include 75 students who enrolled and 65 who withdrew during the three-week winter break. “This large transience rate makes it extremely difficult to assess, diagnose and appropriately place students, and monitor student needs,” state trustee Nadine Barreto wrote in a report to the district board. Antelope Valley High was among the first six California schools to face sanctions, such as state trusteeship, because its standardized test scores failed to improve consistently. last_img read more

Munich air crash ‘ingrained’ in Manchester United story

first_imgThe ill-fated aircraft was bringing Matt Busby’s youthful team back via Munich from Belgrade on February 6, 1958 after they had reached the European Cup semi-finals.The plane crashed on its third take-off attempt in icy weather, costing the lives of eight players and three members of the club’s staff. Twenty-three people died in total.Bobby Charlton and Harry Gregg are the only survivors out of the group of players who lived through the crash.“The day that is absolutely shown in red on this week’s calendar is on Tuesday, a day that marks the 60th anniversary of the air disaster,” Spanish forward Juan Mata wrote in his blog on United’s website.“The victims will never be forgotten, they will always be remembered and will be a part of United’s history forever. The passion, determination and courage shown by the club to carry on in those horrible moments have left an indelible mark forever.”Marcus Rashford, who follows in United’s proud tradition of blooding young, homegrown players, said he learned about the disaster as a young child.“It was when I was about seven or eight,” the 20-year-old striker told United Review.“There were already little things about it around (the club) at that age, but then you start to learn more about it, and when you got to 15 or 16, that was when (former academy coach) Paul McGuinness really started to bring it to our attention.“We used to watch a lot of the videos of games, especially from their FA Youth Cup runs, so we could see footage of what these players were like when they were young. It’s so close to home, it touches your heart and helps you understand it, even though you weren’t there.”– Fans remember –John Valentine, who sells scarves outside Old Trafford, said the Munich crash is “ingrained in the history of this club”.“If I come back in another 500 years it will still be being talked about,” said Valentine, born in the year of the disaster. “You can’t forget something like that — a team nearly wiped out in a plane crash.”Among the eight who died, the player most revered is half-back Duncan Edwards, who survived the crash but succumbed to his injuries two weeks later.“I missed out on those players but I have spoken to people who did and they talk about Duncan Edwards,” said Valentine, who sells a scarf with the words ‘They shall never die’ with the images of the eight who perished.Valentine says the fact around 2,000 United fans are due to go to Munich for the anniversary shows how important the events of February 1958 still are, even to the young.Kion Brown, who was at Old Trafford with his father and fellow diehard United fan Everton on the day of his ninth birthday last week, reflected how it resonates even with youngsters, even though little footage remains of the “Babes”.“I keep him (Kion) up to date and brought him to see the (memorial) clock and see all the players who died. It (the anniversary) is a big day for us,” 35-year-old Everton told AFP.Busby, who was twice given the last rites by a priest, remarkably survived the crash and guided United to an emotional win in the European Cup 10 years later with Charlton captaining the side and scoring twice.“That was like the Holy Grail for the club,” said Valentine. “Because of the crash in 1958 Busby wanted the cup for those boys who perished and the club.“And we got it as well!”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Man Utd fans hold banners comemmorating the 1958 Munich Air Disaster © AFP / PAUL ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 6 – The Munich air crash that cruelly cut down Manchester United’s “Busby Babes” in their prime has enormous significance for the club’s players and fans even 60 years on from that fateful day.United are holding a commemorative service at Old Trafford on Tuesday, which will include readings and poems ahead of a minute’s silence at 1504 GMT, marking the time of the plane crash six decades ago.last_img read more

Arelen Boatright

first_imgJack’s immense collection of bottles of various liquors greeted us to be cleaned up. Louise’s crystal cans had also moved around and when we left for home that night, I removed my pantyhose and tied them around the door with couch in front. The bottles all had been removed from the ledges to the ground. At our home we were lucky to have had minimal loss compared to friends, where cupboard doors opened and dumped into their houses. We live on the hilltop about Turnbull Canyon. Cars were crushed when buildings collapsed downtown. Thanks be to God we have survived to report the day. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A big shake got me awake and sent me to the living room to see one of 10 porcelain $12,000 eagles taking flight and breaking. (Best part, my sister had it insured) I got ready for work and drove a few blocks – what a mess everywhere you turned. I arrived at the office on Floral Drive. Whew!! Guess what? The boss, Jack Aldridge, and wife, Louise, were in Hawaii. Lucy Baker, the gal in charge, arrived and opened the door and what an odor! last_img read more

Premier League duo were no competition for Atletico Madrid, claims France star

first_img1 Antoine Griezmann says he never considered joining Arsenal or Tottenham in the summer after he spoke to Atletico Madrid.The two Premier League sides and Monaco were all interested in the striker in the summer when he was plying his trade for Real Sociedad.The Frenchman scored 16 goals last season in a struggling Spanish side so he had plenty of options when the club decided to cash in on him.The La Liga champions agreed to pay his £24m release fee in July and he has now already scored 14 league goals for Diego Simeone’s side.“I do not know anything (about joining other clubs). I have only spoken with Atletico,” he said.“After the first contact with (CEO) Gil Marin, I said I wanted to play with this club.” Antoine Griezmann in action for Atletico Madrid last_img

Champion of champions! Top 10 most successful clubs by titles won in Europe

first_img 10 10 9. CSKA Sofia – 31 Bulgarian league titles – Click the arrow to see who is number one – The Bulgarian giants may not have held the domestic title since 2008, but they remain far above everyone else when it comes to total league crowns. 10. Juventus have so far won 30 Italian league titles – Click the arrow to see which nine European clubs have won even more domestic championships! – Juve fans will claim that the Old Lady has won 32 league titles, but official records show that they current have 30. The Italian giants are storming towards another scudetto and should they manage to get their two chalked off titles back, might end the season on 33 crowns. 3. Olympiacos – 41 Greek league titles – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Olympiacos’ dominance of the Greek top tier is something to behold, with the club having won 16 of the last 18 national titles. 10 =7. Rapid Vienna – 32 Austrian league titles – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Over the course of their 116-year history, Rapid Vienna have won 32 top tier titles, with the last coming back in 2008. 10 =4. Ajax – 33 Dutch league titles – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Ajax are currently on a run of four consecutive league titles, but they will need a miracle to make it five in a row this year. 10 =7. Real Madrid – 32 Spanish league titles – Click the arrow to see who is number one – There is a pretty big step up in quality from Rapid to Real Madrid, but it doesn’t discount from the record total of national titles. Real boast a massive 10 more league crowns than their fierce rivals Barcelona. 10 =4. Anderlecht – 33 Belgian league titles – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Arguably Belgium’s biggest club, Anderlecht picked up their 33rd national crown last season, but look like losing it to Club Brugge this campaign. Fans of rival clubs love to argue over who is the biggest club in the land, but when it comes to domestic success, how does that compare to other countries?We decided to take a look, pitting the number of national titles won by record holders from each European country to see who can boast the most success.Obviously, it is ludicrous to compare the prestige of winning a Spanish league title with one in Belgium, or the English Premier League with the Northern Irish Premier League, but it does highlight just how dominant certain teams have been in their respective country.Click the arrow to see the top ten. =4. Benfica – 33 Portuguese league titles – Click the arrow to see who is number one – The record holders in Portugal, Benfica boast a hugely impressive 33 titles. Their first came back in 1936. 10 10 10 2. Linfield – 51 Northern Ireland league titles – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Usurped in recent years by Cliftonville, Linfield remain Northern Ireland’s record champions by some way, having won 51 league titles in their history. 10 1. Rangers – 54 Scottish league titles – It has been a turbulent few years for Rangers, but at least the fans can still hold onto the fact that their club boasts 54 national titles, no just the highest in Scottish football history, but the highest in European football.last_img read more

Arsenal FC news: ‘I’m enjoying hearing the fans scream my name,’ admits Alex Iwobi

first_imgArsenal starlet Alex Iwobi has admitted he’s happy with the chances he’s getting in the FA Cup and loves hearing the home fans scream his name.The talented midfielder played a big role in the Gunners’ 2-1 victory over Burnley in the fourth round and is hoping to get more action in the next match, which he wants to be at the Emirates Stadium again.Iwobi said: “I’m enjoying the home ties in front of a massive crowd with everyone screaming your name and clapping. I’m enjoying it so hopefully we’ll get another home tie.“With the chances I’ve been given, I’m happy already. Hopefully I’ll just get more and he will give me another chance.”And when asked if his next target was to find the back of the net, he replied: “I’m hoping to get a goal. That will be amazing but it’s more about the team. We’re doing well and that’s what I’m looking at.”last_img read more