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PAHO says wider access to ultrasound saves maternal lives in the Caribbean

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first_img Tweet 207 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyleNewsRegional PAHO says wider access to ultrasound saves maternal lives in the Caribbean by: Caribbean Media Corporation – November 2, 2015 Sharecenter_img Share Share WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says better access to ultrasound and other radiology services can reduce maternal and neonatal deaths across the Americas, including the Caribbean.“Obstetric ultrasound is instrumental in identifying potential risks to mother and child, and interventional radiology makes child birth safer for some women by managing postpartum haemorrhage,” said Dr Pablo Jimenez, PAHO Regional Advisor in Radiological Health.“But the full potential of these radiological techniques have yet to be realized in our region,” he said, stressing the importance of “strengthening health systems to make life-saving radiology services more widely accessible.”On average, PAHO said 16 women die every day in Latin America and the Caribbean from complications of pregnancy or childbirth, while 250 babies die each day before having reached 28 days of age.PAHO said many of the complications, including foetal mal presentation, multiple gestations, ectopic pregnancy and placentaprevia, can be managed with early diagnosis starting with ultrasound imaging.Interventional radiology techniques such as embolization, in which radiological images are used to guide a catheter into the body to stop internal bleeding without open surgery, can play a major role in reducing deaths from postpartum haemorrhage, PAHO said.Overall, it said an estimated 8.2 per cent of mothers who give birth in Latin America and the Caribbean suffer from a severe postpartum haemorrhage that requires transfusion.PAHO said while pregnant women in high-income countries usually receive early and advanced prenatal care, including radiology services, “those services are lacking in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.“And where the services are offered, they are often of questionable quality,” PAHO said, noting that in some cases the radiographers are poorly trained to use equipment; while, in other cases, the technology either doesn’t work or has not been properly maintained.“Ultrasound equipment is relatively affordable, portable and, when operated by trained professionals, completely safe and accurate,” Jimenez said.“But radiology requires well trained professionals with extensive knowledge in the acquisition and interpretation of images coupled with the implementation of quality control and assurance programs to ensure a reliable and accurate diagnosis. Our goal is to make that level of care much more widely available.”PAHO said while maternal mortality declined 43 per cent in Latin America and 30 percent in the Caribbean between 1990 and 2010, “this progress was not sufficient to achieve the 75 per cent reduction by 2015 called for in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).”To help countries accelerate reductions in maternal mortality, PAHO said it is leading the “Zero Deaths from Haemorrhage” initiative.The initiative targets obstetric hemorrhage, the second-leading cause of maternal death in the Americas, by supporting country efforts to expand women’s access to the quality health services they need.PAHO said the initiative promotes quality assurances and respect for women’s rights while working to strengthen the health workforce and the use of simple health technologies.It also addresses geographical and cultural barriers that cause delays in women’s seeking care.PAHO said access to radiological services is “one more tool that can help reduce preventable deaths”.last_img read more

Ignite De Fyah concert hailed a great success

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first_img 214 Views   6 comments Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img EntertainmentLocalNews Ignite De Fyah concert hailed a great success by: – December 12, 2011 Share Fantan Mojah on stage during the concert. Photograph by Josiah St. Jean of Pictastic Photo Studio. (SEE PHOTO GALLERY BELOW) Patrons of the “Ignite De Fyah” concert, which took place over the weekend, has dubbed it as a great success.The concert which was postponed last week by the organizers in keeping with the National Day of Mourning in honor of Jefferson “Jeff Joe” Joseph was very well attended.There were performances by several of our local reggae artistes including Dr Silk, Aima Moses, Ras Judah and Nelly Stharre and Ras Algie.Although the show commenced late patrons were very happy that they attended and were mesmerized by Fantan Mojah’s performance.Fantan interacted with the crowd and asked what their views were on several social issues such as politics, pedophiles and the minimum wage in Dominica.He also congratulated the band, led by Armstrong James, for their excellence performance in providing the musical accompaniment for the show. Here are a few photographs of the concert. (Photographs by Josiah St. Jean of Pictastic Photo Studio): [nggallery id =100]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Milan resident hurt in Monday crash in Delaware

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first_imgDelaware, In. — The Ripley County Sheriff’s Department says a Milan motorist lost control Monday evening and was treated at Margaret Mary Health.Investigators say Joshua Welch was southbound on State Road 129 in Delaware when he lost control crossing the railroad tracks around 9:45. Welch lost control, flipped the vehicle and struck a tree.Welch was treated at Margaret Mary Health.last_img

Rooney will consider MLS move

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first_img But when that time comes, a move across the Atlantic will be considered. “I’m obviously concentrating on Manchester United,” said the United captain in an interview with the Seattle Times during United’s tour of the States. “When that time comes, that’ll be something I’d think about. (I’ll) sit down with my wife and children and decide if it would be right for me.” United play the first of four tour matches against Club America in Seattle and then travel to San Jose, where they face San Jose Earthquakes and Barcelona before tackling Paris St Germain in Chicago. The fact that United have toured the United States for the last two seasons has enhanced their growing popularity in the country. Scores of fans – many of them wearing Rooney’s name on the back of their shirts – have gathered outside the team hotel in Bellevue, on the outskirts of Seattle, since the squad arrived on Monday to begin their two-and-a-half week tour. Rooney has been taken aback by the popularity of the club in the country. “When you’re first getting into the first team, it’s not something you think about,” Rooney said. “You’re just trying to break into the team. “The older you get, the more you start to think about it, and realize how big football is. Coming to these tours, you get to see it first hand and realize the passion and how much football can bring people together.” Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard became the latest Englishmen to move to the United States this summer when they joined New York City and the Los Angeles Galaxy respectively. Given that he has four years left on his contract at Old Trafford, Rooney is not currently considering where his future lies beyond United. Press Associationcenter_img Wayne Rooney says he will consider a move to Major League Soccer once his Manchester United career is over. last_img read more

Regional Under-15 cricket.. Hosts Barbados reamain unbeaten but T&T slump again

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first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Hosts Barbados remained unbeaten but reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago slumped to their second loss in three outings, in the third round of the Regional Under-15 Championship here Monday.Playing at the Windward Cricket Club in the southern parish of St Phillip, Barbados trounced Jamaica by 89 runs behind a marvellous unbeaten hundred from the enterprising Jacob Bethell and a six-wicket haul from new-ball bowler Romario Brathwaite.Leeward Islands followed in similar vein when they beat the Trinidadians by 15 runs at KMV Oval in the rural northern parish of St Andrew and Windward Islands were also in winner’s row when they got the better of Guyana by 14 runs in a contest at Weymouth A in the capital.However, it was the left-handed Bethell who took centre stage when he punched the first hundred of the campaign.He batted through the innings to end on exactly 100 not out as Barbados, opting for first knock, tallied 222 for eight off their 50 overs.Bethell put on 113 for the first wicket with Giovante DePeiza who made 44 and a further 53 for the third wicket with Thierry Walcott who scored 25.All told, Bethell faced 137 deliveries and struck seven fours.Brandon English led Jamaica with three for 26 while Rajiv Redhi picked up two for 28.Medium pacer Brathwaite then wrecked Jamaica’s innings with a spell of six for 20, sending them tumbling for 133 all out off 39.5 overs.The Jamaicans were tottering on 22 for three in the sixth over and never recovered despite knocks of 27 from Shemar Phillips and 20 from Noris Tenn.The best stand of the innings was 31 for the seventh wicket between Tenn and Redhi who made 17.T&T, meanwhile, failed to defend 169 and were soundly beaten to follow up their opening round defeat to Jamaica.Opting to bat first, they were limited to 168 for eight off their 50 overs with Darren Samlal top-scoring with 44 not out, Kyle Roopchand chipping in with 22 and Tariq Mohammed getting 21.T&T appeared in good shape at 95 for two and then 150 for five but lost wickets in clustered to deteriorate badly.Mohammed and Sachin Emrit (12) put on 46 for the third wicket and when three wickets fell with the score on 95 in the space of 10 balls, Samlal and Chadeon Raymond (17) stitched up the innings in a 55-run, sixth wicket partnership.In their turn at the crease, the Lewwards cruised to their target in the 43rd over with Carlton Tuckett getting 40, T’Jhari Clarke, 27, and Anderson Amurdan, 25.They lost Rasheed Henry cheaply for two in the third over with five runs on the board but Tuckett and Amurdan put the innings back on course with a 64-run, second wicket partnership.Tuckett, in particular, was aggressive, striking seven fours in his breezy 37-ball knock.In the other game, Teddy Bishop hit 51 as the Windwards rallied to 162 all out in the final over, after choosing to bat first.Medium pacer Sheldon Charles claimed for four 28 while left-arm spinner Hemraj Harrilall picked up two for 25.In reply, Guyana were restricted to 148 off 48.3 overs as Udell Preville (3-23) and Ackeem Auguste (3-32) ran through the innings with three wickets apiece.Marvan Prashad struck 40 and Charles, 39, in a 38-run stand that pushed Guyana up to 96 for three in the 33rd over but once the partnership was broken, the last seven wickets perished for 52 runs.last_img read more

Don’t buy into all the hype

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first_imgWeek one of college football certainly delivered. Apart from USC’s 55-6 trashing of Arkansas State, marquee matchups — Alabama vs. Wisconsin and Arizona State vs. Texas A&M — lived up to expectations.We now know that Arizona State should never have been ranked No. 15 and Alabama’s defense looks scary good.While these games certainly stick out to any normal fan, you’ll find some rather interesting storylines if you dig deeper.No. 21 Stanford fell to unranked Northwestern and UCLA’s Josh Rosen had a near perfect debut, passing for 351 yards and three touchdowns while completing 28 of 35 passes.In fact, Rosen’s first game, against unranked Virginia — a team that has not won a road game in three years — went so well that many experts now have UCLA as their pick to win the Pac-12 and make the College Football Playoff.This sounds awfully familiar. Just last year, it seems this same exact situation happened.On opening weekend last season, No. 21 Texas A&M traveled to Columbia to take on then-No. 9 South Carolina. Led by quarterback Kenny Hill, the Aggies crushed the Gamecocks 52-28.Hill, who was making his first start for the Aggies after the departure of former Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, went 44-60 for 511 yards and three touchdowns.Texas A&M was thrust into the top 10, jumping 12 spots to No. 9, and even receiving two first-place votes.Hill immediately found himself in the national spotlight, leading the conversation for Heisman and giving himself the nickname Kenny “Trill.”Fast forward a few months and the Aggies finish the season 8-5 (3-5) and find themselves outside the final top 25 poll.Kenny “Trill” decides to transfer to TCU after losing the starting job to Kyle Allen in the aftermath of an embarrassing 59-0 loss at the hands of Alabama.Last year’s Texas A&M team is just one example of how preseason rankings are misleading.USC was ranked No. 1 in 2012, and we all know how that ended. It seems that Oklahoma is always ranked in the top 10 year after year despite their last National Championship being 15 years ago.Even the Aggies find themselves in the same position as last season — defeating a top ranked team at a “neutral site” and vaulting into the national conversation.Preseason hype will forever be a factor in all sports, professional and collegiate. However, there are steps that the NCAA could take to temper the hype a little.Instead of releasing preseason polls, why not wait until the third or fourth week to release the initial poll?Under this scenario, most teams would have the opportunity to play at least one quality opponent to show they deserve to be ranked in the top 25.Take this week for example. No. 7 Oregon will travel to East Lansing to take on No. 5 Michigan State.The loser of this game will almost certainly fall out of the top 10, so what is the point of having them ranked so high at the beginning of the season?This week alone, three new teams jumped into the top 25 — Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Utah.Next week you can expect even more teams to drop in and out of the top 25 as there are numerous high quality matchups.Besides Oregon vs. Michigan State, some of the key games this week include No. 14 LSU vs. No. 25 Mississippi State, No. 20 Boise State vs. BYU and No. 19 Oklahoma vs. No. 23 Tennessee.Basically, we could be looking at possibly 5-7 new teams in the top 25 after just two weeks.While I know this is about as unrealistic as it gets, I can still dream for the day I can turn on SportsCenter and not see Kirk Herbstreit declaring the next national champions after one week, right?But who knows?Maybe Josh Rosen will be that good and UCLA will win the Pac-12. Maybe USC will surprise everyone and go undefeated.Or maybe Rosen will be average and the Bruins will go 8-4. Maybe the Trojans will endure a mediocre season. Nobody knows until the games are played.So what’s the point of all that preseason hype?Nick Barbarino is a senior majoring in business administration. His column, “Beyond the Arc,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

IAAF World Championships: Irfan, Devender to compete in 20km race walk

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first_imgLast Updated: 25th September, 2019 11:39 IST IAAF World Championships: Irfan, Devender To Compete In 20km Race Walk At the IAAF World Championships 2019, Indians KT Irfan and Devender Singh will compete in the 20-kilometre race walk event. Read more for more details. LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US The IAAF World Athletics Championships is slated to take place in Doha on 27 September. The 17th edition of the tournament will go on till 6 October. According to multiple reports, India are fielding a 25-member team for the competition. ALSO READ | Russian anti-doping chief attacks his own athletics federation20 Kilometres Men’s Race WalkThe race walk event is a road race where participants try to complete the course in the quickest time. The finals for this year will take place on October 4 at 11:30 PM local time. The heat in Doha will definitely affect the performance that the participants are able to deliver. The winners at the 2017 games were Colombia’s Eider Arevalo (Gold) and Brazil’s Caio Bonfim (Bronze).ALSO READ | Dutee Chand thanks MEA S Jaishankar after visa gets approved for World Athletics ChampionshipsThe Japanese are fielding a pretty strong team which includes World Time Leader Toshikazu Yamanishi who has a record completion time of 1:17:15. Another Japanese contender is Koki Ikeda, the 20-year-old, who won the World University Games at Naples, earlier this year. Italy’s Massimo Stano will also be a tough opponent to beat. Australia’s Olympic bronze medallist Dane Bird-Smith is another contender who is very capable of performing spectacularly.ALSO READ | Tamil Nadu government blames election MCC for not showing support to the Asian athletics gold medal winner Gomathi MarimuthuIndian RepresentationThe Indians participating in the race are K.T. Irfan and Devender Singh. Irfan made headlines earlier this year as he became the first Indian to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He achieved this feat at the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan. The qualification time for the 2020 Olympics is 1 hour and 21 minutes. The qualification window will close on May 31, 2020. Irfan also won the National Open Race Walk Championships at Chennai, this year. Irfan holds the national record as he completed the race in 1:20:21 at the 2012 London Olympics. He is currently the only Indian to have qualified for Athletics at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.ALSO READ | K T Irfan becomes first Indian from athletics to qualify for Tokyo Olympics WATCH US LIVE Mrigank Pandey center_img FOLLOW US Written By COMMENT First Published: 25th September, 2019 11:39 ISTlast_img read more

Work on Lakewood Dr. and Grand Lake Rd. to cause road closures

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — Road work will begin this Monday, November 4 on Lakewood Dr. and on Grand Lake Rd., both west of U.S. 23 in Alpena Twp. The gravel on both streets will be upgraded to paved surfaces. Property owners in the area have agreed to contribute to the $200,000 project. The area will be closed to traffic during construction. Work is expected to be complete in July of 2020.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious City of Alpena reminds residents overnight parking on streets will be prohibited for the winterNext Community Reacts to Local Firelast_img

Press release: GFA statement on Saif Rubie’s interview over the Ghana Premier League

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first_imgOur attention has been drawn to an interview by Saif Rubie, the agent of Black Stars coach Avram Grant, claiming that the lack of talent in the First Capital Plus Premier League (FCPPL) is the reason why the trainer is unable to sit in Ghana to monitor players from the local league.We wish to state emphatically that Mr. Rubie’s interview with the BBC over the long-absence of the coach from the country is riddled with factual inaccuracies, distortions and it is downright misleading.In reality, the FCPPL and the lower tier leagues in Ghana are filled with hugely talented players and some have recently moved to play for top-flight sides in the top leagues of Europe. Just two seasons ago Baba Abdul-Rahman played for Asante Kotoko in the FCPPL and just recently he signed to play for English Premier League side Chelsea, one of the top teams in the world. There are many of such examples. While it is true that one of the challenges of the FCPPL is the exodus of players, the failure of our national team coaches in monitoring talents from the local leagues is even more corrosive. Players would be encouraged to stay longer to play in the country if our national team coaches pay more attention to our leagues. That is because they would know that their utmost desire of playing for the Ghana national team can also be achieved by playing in the country.Mr Rubie also stated that Mr Grant has organised coaching clinics for Ghanaian coaches. This is false.  Mr Grant has made clear his intention of organising the clinics for Ghanaian coaches and has even held meetings with the League Managers Association (LMA) in England about sending resource persons for the clinic in Ghana but the course is yet to be held.This clearly shows that Mr Rubie is far remote from the issues at hand and we would appreciate it if he steers clear from issues he doesn’t understand or has knowledge of. Mr Rubie acted only as an agent when the coach was being recruited and now that Mr Grant is an employee of the GFA, we will deal directly with him if there any issues. We believe we can amicably solve any differences if they arise.The greatest asset any football federation has for the development of the game in its country is its league. And with the GFA investing in the league and paying more attention to its progress, we are investing in the success and future of Ghana football.As a progressive football federation, the GFA is committed to paying more to attention our local leagues – to help strengthen our competitions to deliver the best sporting entertainment to people in Ghana while discovering talented players to ensure the long-term stability and a brighter future for our national teams.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Dodgers’ Justin Turner aiming for a healthier 2015

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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers manager Don Mattingly recently reiterated that he would play Turner sparingly in order to keep him on the field. But Turner wants to be a more durable player in 2015. That’s why he’s OK with getting his butt kicked five days a week.“I think the key to anything is obviously being on the field and staying healthy,” Turner said. “That was my emphasis this offseason, was to focus on that. Get stronger, get leaner, do some running stuff and prevent any breakdowns.”When healthy, Turner was excellent in his first season with the Dodgers. Among all major-league players who had at least 70 plate appearances with runners in scoring position in 2014, Turner posted the highest batting average (.419). He also had 12 hits and 10 RBIs as a pinch hitter, both team highs.The Dodgers couldn’t have asked for more out of their fifth infielder and apparently they won’t. Turner said that Alex Tamin, the Dodgers’ director of baseball operations, recently told him they will slot him into the same role in 2015.Significantly for Turner, in December the Dodgers replaced a relatively fragile shortstop (Hanley Ramirez) with a relatively durable one (Jimmy Rollins). They also acquired a durable second baseman, Howie Kendrick, to replace Dee Gordon. Rollins has averaged 148 games in his career since he became a starter early in his career; Kendrick has averaged 145. LONG BEACH — Dodgers infielder Justin Turner was ladling soup and making sandwiches here Wednesday, not far from where he was born at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. A lunchtime crowd of about 180 packed into the Long Beach Rescue Mission cafeteria. Almost everyone else, including Turner, was wearing a blue apron.It was tough to notice under the apron, but Turner’s jersey hung a little looser on his compact 6-foot frame. He said he’s lost 15 pounds from his October weight of 218.“Brandon McDaniel, our strength guy, actually moved here from Omaha to work out every day with me and Adrian (Gonzalez),” Turner said. “It’s been cool. … Brandon’s been kicking my butt.”If there was one knock on Turner’s 2014 season, it was the 19 days he spent on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain — the third straight season he’s gone to the DL with a significant injury, despite playing only a part-time role each year.center_img So Turner’s best chance to play more could come at third base. Starter Juan Uribe turns 36 in March and only played 103 games last season amid a string of hamstring injuries.“I haven’t talked to Donnie. I don’t know how he’s going to approach it, but I think they’d like to keep Uribe healthy throughout the year,” Turner said. “They might have built-in days off for him but I haven’t talked to Donnie or Wallie (bench coach Tim Wallach).”Turner avoided arbitration by re-signing a one-year contract for $2.5 million, a noticeable raise from the $1 million he made in 2014. Naturally, the expectations will be higher. The temptation exists to compare whatever he does in 2015 to 2014, but so far Turner is resisting.“Last season is over and it doesn’t count for anything,” he said. “I’ve got to start from scratch, stay humble, keep working hard, and try to find ways to be more consistent. Especially in the role I’m in, it’s tough being consistent because you never know when you’re going to play or how many at-bats you’re going to get. “Last year is in the past. It’s done. You’ve got to keep moving forward.”last_img read more