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Global business confidence slumps to a five-year low: Europe, Japan and key emerging markets

first_img Chris PapadopoullosChris Papadopoullos was City A.M.’s economics reporter until February 2016. He is an economist at OMFIF. Global business confidence slumps to a five-year low: Europe, Japan and key emerging markets Tags: Emerging markets Global business confidence has slumped to a five-year low due to slow growth in Europe, Japan, and key emerging markets.The Markit global business outlook survey results released today shows business optimism falling sharply in October. However, UK companies were the most upbeat about the year ahead.A sharp downturn in business optimism has been registered in the US, hitting a five-year low. But US firms were still more confident than their counterparts in the Eurozone and Japan. There was divergence within the Eurozone, with confidence subdued in Germany and France, but buoyant in Spain and Italy. Economic growth has struggled to gain traction in the Eurozone, Japan and major emerging markets such as Russia and China.“Clouds are gathering over the global economic outlook, present­ing the darkest picture seen since the global financial crisis,” said economist Chris Williamson from Markit. More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.com by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likezenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorLoan Insurance WealthDolly Parton, 74, Takes off Makeup, Leaves Us With No WordsLoan Insurance WealthPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunElite HeraldKate Middleton Just Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite HeraldThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteabley Show Comments ▼center_img whatsapp whatsapp Share Sunday 23 November 2014 11:11 pmlast_img read more

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Report: Local government must reinvent itself in order to survive

first_img Share whatsapp whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe WrapTig Notaro Never Looks Right in ‘Army of the Dead’The Wrap Sunday 22 February 2015 11:16 pm Report: Local government must reinvent itself in order to survive Show Comments ▼ Express KCS Tags: NULL Local government needs a radical rethink if it is to survive, a new report says this morning.The MCA Think Tank has made 17 recommendations in the report. These include improving the calibre of those in leadership positions in local government, increased digitisation of services, and a further examination of the role of local councils.Emma Cornwall an expert on leadership at the Hay Group, which contributed to the report, added: “We have a cohort of leadership coming through local government now who could do better. But they are being crushed by the system and by their own slightly parochial concerns.” Alan Leaman, chief executive of the MCA, commented: “The next Parliament will be make or break for local government. This MCA Think Tank report draws on the insights, specialist knowledge and advice of a large number of the leading management consultants who work with local government clients.” last_img read more

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News / Ohio’s Rickenbacker joins US airport scramble to capture online retail traffic

first_imgBy Ian Putzger 07/02/2018 In recent years Rickenbacker, the cargo airport of Columbus, Ohio, has become a ‘poster boy’ for alternative gateways. Now it is eyeing the e-commerce sector.It used to attract charters hauling in apparel to stock retail outlets in the US north-east (and still does), but scheduled international freighter operations remained elusive until Cargolux started regular service five years ago.Subsequently, Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Etihad followed suit, and the addition of a third Etihad flight in October pushed Rickenbacker’s tally to 15 scheduled international widebody freighter flights a week.Now the Columbus Regional Airport Authority wants to make waves in e-commerce. Its ambition is to establish Rickenbacker as a major gateway for international B2C flows into the north-east. “We expect to be a big player,” said chief commercial officer David Whitaker.The drive to attract e-commerce streams hinges on rapid customs clearance. The airport authority recently obtained approval for an expedited customs clearance facility at Rickenbacker, which Mr Whitaker hopes to have up and running this year.Construction is not an issue, as the planned facility will be housed in an existing cargo building, it is mainly a question of how fast the US Customs & Border Protection service can ramp up for the operation, he said.According to Brian Bourke, vice-president of marketing at Seko Logistics, this is vital for the airport’s aspirations.“Expedited customs clearance is everything. If you’re able to offer that, you’re in the ball game,” he said.Many B2C shipments do not require clearance, as they do not exceed the de minimis threshold, but they still have to be declared and face possible scrutiny from customs. Any factor that adds a day to transit time seriously undermines e-commerce logistics ambitions, due to the ‘Amazon effect’ of customer expectations of short delivery cycles, he added.The airport authority and ground operators have worked to keep turnaround times to a minimum, which also helps with its push for e-commerce, Mr Whitaker said.Seko, which has focuses heavily on omni-channel and e-commerce logistics, has moved its facility in Columbus to Rickenbacker and is expanding it.Mr Whitaker sees Rickenbacker’s role in flows to and from Asia and the Middle East, thanks to its international freighter links. To Europe it would face an uphill struggle trying to compete with the New York airports, notwithstanding its throughput times and a good trucking network that puts half the US population within a 24-hour trucking radius. JFK airport is notoriously hard to reach by truck, but its connectivity – especially across the Atlantic – is too potent to ignore, Mr Whitaker explained.“The likes of New York and Chicago always have a leg-up in terms of capacity,” he said.On the Asian front, Rickenbacker faces strong competition from Dallas/Fort Worth, notably in the China-US market.The airport authority there is eager to complement the strong growth it has witnessed in domestic e-commerce traffic with international flows. The start of dedicated freighter flights for Amazon in 2016 has led to a surge in e-commerce volumes at DFW, and the e-commerce giant has almost tripled its footprint in the metroplex area, noted John Ackerman, executive vice-president of global strategy & development.DFW has scheduled freighter services by several Asian carriers, which should help with its transpacific e-commerce aspirations, but Mr Ackerman is particularly bullish on a link that has yet to fall into place.He pointed to a memorandum of understanding with the government of Henan on the establishment of a direct service between Zhengzhou and DFW. When the planned flight, to be operated by Henan Cargo Airlines, the Chinese joint venture offshoot of Cargolux, gets under way, it will accelerate DFW’s e-commerce growth, he predicted.Meanwhile, Miami International Airport intends to leverage its connectivity to expand its dominance in air cargo flows to and from Latin America to the e-commerce arena. The Miami-Dade Aviation Department has targeted e-commerce for a strategic initiative this year and beyond.“Our strategic goal is to become the e-commerce hub for the Americas,” said Emir Pineda, manager of aviation trade & logistics.“Miami is the natural place for this, but it cannot rely solely on its natural position,” said Mr Bourke. Atlanta’s efforts to position itself as a gateway to Latin America have not been overly successful to date, but it does offer some attractive options, he added.Overall, connectivity seems hard to beat, despite congestion and less-than-easy road access to cargo areas at the major gateways.Rickenbacker’s freighter links, speed and efficiency of ground operations and road access, plus expedited clearance capability, give it a fighting chance in the scramble to become an e-commerce gateway, but there is little cause for other second- or third-tier airports to pursue international e-commerce as a panacea for success.last_img read more

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Therapy dogs can spread superbugs to kids, hospital finds

first_img Puppies are making people sick — and it’s people’s fault One U.S. health official said the findings add to the growing understanding that while interactions with pets and therapy animals can be beneficial, they can also carry risk.advertisement Therapy dog Winnie at Johns Hopkins University’s hospital in Baltimore, Md. Therapy dogs who visit hospital patients can bring joy, affection, and superbug bacteria, according to a new study by the university. Johns Hopkins University via AP HealthTherapy dogs can spread superbugs to kids, hospital finds Related: Associated Press “Whether covered in fur, feathers, or scales, animals have the potential to carry germs that make people sick,” said Casey Barton Behravesh of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Pet therapy can help people recover from a range of health problems. Past studies have shown dogs or other animals can ease anxiety and sadness, lower blood pressure, and even reduce the amount of medications some patients need.But there have been episodes of the superbug MRSA riding around on healthy-looking therapy dogs.MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, often live on the skin without causing symptoms. But they can become more dangerous if they enter the bloodstream, destroying heart valves or causing other damage. Health officials have tied MRSA to as many as 11,000 U.S. deaths a year.The bacteria can spread in day cares, locker rooms, and military barracks, but public health efforts have focused on hospitals and nursing homes. Trending Now: The dogs were supposed to be experts at sniffing out C. diff. Then they smelled breakfast Later in the study, the researchers asked the dogs’ owners to bathe the animals with a special shampoo before the visits. They also had the dogs patted down every five to 10 minutes with disinfecting wipes at the hospital.Those steps dramatically decreased the bacteria level on the dogs, Dalton said.She hopes further study will show that such cleanings can reduce any risk of superbug infection.“I really had the opportunity to see how important these dogs were to the patients,” Dalton said. After the sessions with the dogs, the kids “would say how much this made their day.”— Mike Stobbecenter_img By Associated Press Oct. 5, 2018 Reprints The Baltimore study looked at 45 children who interacted with the four dogs — petting, hugging, feeding, or playing with them — over 13 visits in 2016 and 2017.Among kids who had no MRSA, the researchers found the superbug on about 10 percent of the samples taken from those kids after the dog visits. They also found MRSA on nearly 40 percent of the samples from the dogs. The researchers also determined that the more time someone spent with the animals, the greater the chance of ending up with the bacteria.The researchers think the dogs were generally clean of MRSA when they first came to the hospital, but picked it up from patients or others while they were there, said one of the authors, Meghan Davis.“Our hypothesis is it’s really person-to-person transmission, but it happened through contact with the fur,” said Davis, a Johns Hopkins public health researcher and veterinarian.Under hospital protocols, therapy dogs must be bathed within a day of a visit and are checked for wounds or other health problems. Children who see them are supposed to use hand sanitizer “but that wasn’t strictly enforced,” said Kathryn Dalton, another one of the researchers. NEW YORK — Therapy dogs can bring more than joy and comfort to hospitalized kids. They can also bring stubborn germs.Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore were suspicious that the dogs might pose an infection risk to patients with weakened immune systems. So they conducted some tests when Pippi, Poppy, Badger, and Winnie visited 45 children getting cancer treatment.They discovered that kids who spent more time with the dogs had a six times greater chance of coming away with superbug bacteria than kids who spent less time with the animals. But the study also found that washing the dogs before visits and using special wipes while they’re in the hospital took away the risk of spreading that bacteria.advertisement The results of the unpublished study were released Friday at a scientific meeting in San Francisco. Related: Tags hospitals Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

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Laundry powder prices up as autumn approaches

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2017.09.20 10:01am News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Kang: Yes, our sources report that laundry powder and soap sales have recently increased across the country. Some North Koreans are now taking soap to housewarming parties. I’m not quite sure if this is due to the influence of Hallyu or just a traditional Korean custom.  The North Korean source told me that many people give gas lighters to their new neighbors, but laundry powder is also becoming popular because it seems like a more generous gift. I mentioned to the source that it’s common for South Koreans to give laundry powder as a housewarming gift, and they replied in a low voice that, “Perhaps people here learned about it by watching South Korean dramas and listening to radio broadcasts.” When I heard that, I thought that Hallyu is slowly taking hold of North Korean residents. UMG: How much does the price of laundry powder increase during spring and autumn?   A picture of blankets being dried near new housing built in last year’s flood stricken regions surfaced on the internet recently. You can see similar sights of washing being hung out to dry in the rural and urban areas of North Korea during autumn. When I lived in North Korea, I would take my laundry to a relative’s house in the city because the reservoir water by the Samsu power station wasn’t clean. They had a washing machine, but there were times when the power supply would stop and I’d have to take out the laundry and hand wash it. Most North Koreans experience these sorts of situations and so a lot of people prefer to go down to the river and save themselves the hassle. Some of the North Koreans I talk to envy how we here in the South use washing machines to do our laundry in the comfort of our own homes. There are some reports of washing machines being used in certain households in major cities, but most residents say it’s very rare. Laundry powder prices up as autumn approaches North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China All prices shown in KPW and current as of September 5, 2017. News Kang: According to last year’s figures, the national average including in areas of Pyongyang, Ryanggang Province and Kangwon Province, was 10,000 KPW per bag. Currently, the price of laundry powder in Ryanggang Province is 10,845 KPW and 11,000 KPW at Pyongsong Market (South Pyongan Province), which is a large wholesale market, while prices at Kalma Market in Wonsan (Kangwon Province) are even higher at 11,300 KPW. Earlier in the spring this year, a bag of was selling for 9,640 KPW at Hyesan Market, 9,800 KPW at Pyongsong Market and 9,970 KPW at Wonsan Market. center_img Unification Media Group (UMG): Laundry powder and toilet paper are popular housewarming gifts in South Korea, so it’s no surprise to see these items in high demand now during the peak moving season. Similar trends are also evident in North Korea. To discuss this and more, we are joined by Daily NK reporter Kang Mi Jin.Kang Mi Jin (Kang): Housewarming parties in South Korea often host about 10 people. When I had my housewarming, I invited over 30 people. I’m still using the toilet paper and laundry powder I received as gifts that day. News During a recent phone call to check on North Korea’s market prices, a source told me that the price of laundry powder rose slightly during the early autumn weeks. This reminded me of when I was living in North Korea, where laundry powder sells quickly during spring and autumn. The increase in laundry powder sales is thought to correlate with the moving season here in South Korea, but in North Korea, I remember laundry powder would sell better in spring and autumn, regardless. This also made me think about the differences between North and South Korean traditional customs and the impact of Hallyu (the Korean cultural wave).  UMG: So laundry powder sales rise in spring and autumn because people are taking advantage of the weather to hand wash their laundry?  SHARE News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest UMG: Is laundry powder in the North Korean markets domestically manufactured or from China? Kang: Most of the laundry powder being sold is made in China, but there are also North Korean and Japanese brands. The most common brand of laundry powder comes from China, followed by North Korea. North Korea is trying to focus on domestic production of detergents and cosmetic products, and has expanded production targets. However, North Korean residents say there is nothing better than South Korean-made laundry powder, but it’s notoriously difficult to find in the markets.  Kang: Yes that seems to be the case in South Korea. I wash my sheets and blankets once a month and just put some laundry powder in the washing machine, press the button and it runs by itself until the washing is dry. It’s a luxury compared to North Korea. I had to wash everything by hand in North Korea, even the larger blankets. So you usually wash your family’s bedding only once or twice a year, and it’s usually in spring and/or autumn. Most families wash their winter bedding on a nice warm spring day by the river, and if the weather is nice, they hand wash other laundry while they wait for the blankets to dry, and then take them back home. It’s the same in autumn. The seasonal autumn rain has recently passed and I’ve been told more residents are going down to the riverside to wash their blankets. Such scenes were common in South Korea a long time ago.UMG: Yes, that’s right. You would see people hand washing their laundry by the stream 20 to 30 years ago, but this no longer happens. Do most North Korean residents hand wash their laundry?  Kang: Most North Koreans do. There are recent reports that some households are using washing machines, but there is a belief that blankets wash better under running water.  Children play as women wash laundry at the Amnok (Yalu) River. Image: Daily NK UMG:  In South Korea, laundry powder sales increase because of the moving season in spring and autumn. What’s the reason behind the rise during spring and autumn in North Korea? last_img read more

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Cabinet Approves Drafting Instructions for Amendment to Financial Administration and Audit Act

first_imgRelatedCabinet Approves Drafting Instructions for Amendment to Financial Administration and Audit Act RelatedCabinet Approves Drafting Instructions for Amendment to Financial Administration and Audit Act FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has given approval for the issuing of instructions to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (CPC) to effect amendments to the Financial Administration and Audit (FAA) Act, to include monetary penalties in the procurement regulations.Speaking at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing held yesterday (Nov. 12) at Jamaica House, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Faith Innerarity explained that, “this particular Act is currently being amended to include the handbook of procurement procedures and Cabinet had previously approved the issuing of drafting instructions to the CPC. However, the amendments that were being done did not take into account the issue of penalties.”Currently, she noted, the Act only makes provision for penalties up to a maximum of $5,000 and these are not related to procurement. “The amendment being proposed is to ensure that there are monetary penalties included in respect of breaches of the procurement procedures and generally to affect amendments to Section 19B (of the Act) in respect of the responsibility of the Minister to regulate the full length of the procurement process,” she stated.On another matter, Parliamentary Secretary in the Information Ministry, Senator Warren Newby, informed that the Ministry was undertaking to capitalise the Youth Business Trust.He disclosed that a commitment has been made for $20 million to be made from the Information Ministry over four years, the first tranche of which has already been paid out.“A further commitment has been made by the Ministry of Commerce to provide a secondary loan facility of $30 million to youth business. We are now working out a Memorandum of Understanding to have the Trust relocated to the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), where it can become more intertwined with the operations there (so) that we can provide the necessary training and other support facilities to engender growth of the youth business sector,” he told journalists.In addition, he said the draft of a youth entrepreneurship policy has been prepared and is now ready. “Our intention is to have it presented to Cabinet by the latest January,” he informed. RelatedCabinet Approves Drafting Instructions for Amendment to Financial Administration and Audit Actcenter_img Cabinet Approves Drafting Instructions for Amendment to Financial Administration and Audit Act UncategorizedNovember 14, 2008 Advertisementslast_img read more

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UK Government hits vaccination target as PM praises “precious protection” offered by jabs

first_imgUK Government hits vaccination target as PM praises “precious protection” offered by jabs All adults over 50, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers have now been offered a life-saving Covid-19 jab, as the government prepares to move into the next phase of the Covid-19 vaccination programme.The target was reached ahead of schedule, with the government having pledged to offer a first dose to priority cohorts 1-9 by 15 April.Nearly 40 million vaccines have now been given in total, with adults under 50 expected to begin to be invited in the coming days.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:We have now passed another hugely significant milestone in our vaccine programme by offering jabs to everyone in the nine highest risk groups.That means more than 32 million people have been given the precious protection vaccines provide against Covid-19.I want to thank everyone involved in the vaccine rollout which has already saved many thousands of lives.We will now move forward with completing essential second doses and making progress towards our target of offering all adults a vaccine by the end of July.The JCVI are expected to publish their final advice on how the government should vaccinate those aged under 50.This advice will pave the way for the next phase of the vaccination programme, which is expected to begin this week.NHS organisations in the four nations, in collaboration with devolved administrations, will decide how to operationalise the JCVI advice.It is thought that people in England in their late 40s will be the first to be invited to book their jabs.Over 7 million second doses have now been given – with a record 475,230 given on Saturday – and we remain on track to offer a first vaccine to all adults by 31 July. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Boris Johnson, covid-19, Government, Minister, PM, Prime Minister, UK, UK Government, vaccination, Vaccineslast_img read more

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CU Student Government President to Meet Russian Leaders in Moscow as Part of U.S. Delegation

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Nov. 10, 2010 Will Taylor, president of the University of Colorado Student Government, will travel to Moscow Nov. 13-20 as part of a delegation of 15 U.S. university student leaders selected to visit the country at the invitation of the Russian Federal Agency on Youth Affairs.Taylor, a CU-Boulder senior, joins student leaders from Harvard, Stanford, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgetown and several other universities. The trip is designed to better acquaint future U.S. leaders with Russia and give them insight into Russian leaders’ decision-making processes.”I am very excited to participate in this unique and groundbreaking opportunity,” Taylor said. “I look forward to working with fellow student leaders to learn more about Russian government and culture and also share our American perspectives with our hosts. I am honored to have the chance to meet with high-ranking Russian officials and students and am confident that it will be an educational experience for all involved.”While there, Taylor and the other students will meet with top Russian leaders of all branches of government, visit Russia’s top universities and meet with their Russian counterparts. The trip is completely funded by the Russian Federal Agency on Youth Affairs.Taylor was selected for the trip through a competitive process that sought university student leaders expected to help shape future U.S. policies.center_img Categories:Getting InvolvedCampus Communitylast_img read more

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Diabetes Association Shows It Cares

first_imgRelatedDiabetes Association Shows It Cares Diabetes Association Shows It Cares Health & WellnessNovember 28, 2011 RelatedDiabetes Association Shows It Cares By Toni-Ann Russell, JIS Public Relation Officer FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Have you been excessively hungry, tired or thirsty lately? Have you also been experiencing frequency of urination, blurred vision and/or unexplained weight loss? These could very well be symptoms of the lifestyle disease, Diabetes Mellitus, which has been categorized as one of the leading causes of deaths, globally. Termed, the ‘silent killer,’ diabetes is characterised by the presence of high levels of sugar in the blood and, if not managed properly, can be a life- threatening metabolic disorder. This usually occurs in cases where the body experiences insulin deficiency, or insulin resistance which prevents sugars from breaking down effectively. Research by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that an estimated 300 million persons in the world are currently living with the lifestyle disease. The organisation also points to the fact that there will be an estimated increase of 67% in one generation, if interventions are not conducted to promote prevention. Here in Jamaica, the Ministry of Health (MOH) notes that diabetes, along with other chronic non-communicable diseases, actually account for over 56% of deaths, islandwide. Importantly, the 2008 Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey has indicated that diabetes is more prevalent in women aged 15-74, compared to their male counterpart. The Diabetes Association of the Jamaica (DAJ) was established in 1976, to chart programmes and services that would encourage the primary prevention of the disease and the secondary prevention of complications associated with it. Executive Director of the DAJ, Lurline Less, states that statistics from the ministry point to the fact there are over 12,000 children in Jamaica currently living with diabetes. She notes also that approximate 25 percent of the adult population is unaware of their diabetic condition. “We have focused so heavily on secondary prevention, but now that we see the pressuring burden of the children, we will have to include primary prevention in our focus,” Mrs. Less told JIS News.   Mrs. Less states that the DAJ has implemented, and will be implementing, programmes in an effort to curtail the spread of the chronic non-communicable disease. This is very important, as too many persons are becoming diabetic and there are still too many diabetics unaware of their condition. “We have a national education programme, where we empower members of communities, raise the awareness of diabetes and train key people in diabetes care,” she says. Importantly, Mrs. Less notes that the DAJ, in association with the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF), has started a programme called Life for a Child, which is geared towards encouraging healthy lifestyle habits among children. She notes that there are currently 200 children involved in the programme, and each child is given the opportunity to receive medical supplies like insulin, syringes, blood glucose monitors and test strips free of cost. Individuals are also able to gain access to screenings, through the many outreach programmes that the Association has undertaken. “The entire body system is affected by diabetes, so we do screening of the eyes, the feet and the kidney, in addition to heart tests (ECG), cholesterol checks, the A1C test, blood circulation tests and body mass index (BMI) checks,” Mrs. Less explains. She states that the A1C test is offered at no cost to children and youth up to age 24, at 6 centres, including the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), the Kingston Public, Mandeville Regional, Spanish Town, May Pen and the Bustamante Children’s hospitals. Mrs. Less states that diabetes is a lifestyle disease that cannot be cured, but can be properly managed. She urges all Jamaicans to hone proper health and lifestyle habits, so that diabetes can be prevented, thereby maintaining a good quality of life.  She says that the agency is committed to achieving its mandate, which is to encourage primary and secondary prevention. Mrs. Less adds that the DAJ will continue to operate by the tenets of its tagline, “until there is a cure, let us give the care.” RelatedDiabetes Association Shows It Cares Advertisementslast_img read more

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Family Reunion at Tower Street Correctional Facility

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Mixed emotions filled the atmosphere, as inmates at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Facility, in Kingston, were allowed to interact with their children as part of a Christmas project. Tears of joys and smiles, punctuated by hugs and kisses between parents and children, illustrated untold stories of broken family bonds reunited, if only for minutes. Overcome with joy, in the cool shade of a towering almond tree, Roy* takes a few strides towards his obviously happy son, on the grounds of the farming land across from the facility. As a huge smile flashes across his face, his emotion-filled reunion mirrors the reaction of other fathers, some of whom are getting to see their children and grandchildren for the first time since incarceration. Throughout the almost 20-minute session, words of encouragement and upliftment were exchanged between Roy and his 16-year-old son, Brock*. In an interview with JIS News Roy, who has been imprisoned since 1998, says every visit is crucial in maintaining close family ties and relationship. He encourages his son to study hard and stay focused to attain his goals and aspiration, reminding him, constantly, that “crime and violence” do not pay. He says he uses his current situation to implore his son not to follow in his footsteps. Brock, who aspires to become a medical doctor, says even though the visit was short, it was instrumental, adding that Christmas is a time for family. “I am a bit depressed that I wasn’t able to spend more time with him, but (the visit) overall was (a) good one,” he tells JIS News, while urging individuals to desist from crime. Scores of other children from across the island were also able to visit their fathers at the correctional facility on Thursday (December 15). The reunification was made possible courtesy of the office of the Custos of Kingston, in collaboration with the Lay Magistrates Association of Jamaica (Kingston chapter). Speaking at the opening ceremony, Custos of Kingston, Hon. Steadman Fuller, said the event was a “wonderful way” to ensure families remain strong, even while one member is incarcerated. Commissioner of the Correctional Services, Colonel Sean Prendergast, said the event was specially planned so that all parties could benefit from the exchange. He thanked the relevant parties for ensuring that it was held. Colonel Prendergast noted that inmates look forward to these events each year, adding that support from families and corporate society is for a worthwhile cause. “We have to recognise that all the inmates that we have in the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre will someday rejoin society, and it is important for us to make sure that we maintain these family bonds and ties,” he said. Throughout the day, children were provided with materials to make Christmas cards for loved ones. The adults were able to access health related services such as free HIV, blood sugar and pressure tests, while the children were treated to rides on slides, swings and bounce-a-bouts. Entertainment was provided by Eagles Marching Band. Booths were mounted by the Lions Club of St. Andrew, St. John Ambulance, the National STI/HIV programme and the Kingston Bookshop. The event was sponsored by NCB Foundation, Island Grill, Kingston Bookshop, and the Lay Magistrates of Jamaica (Kingston Chapter). *Names have been changed to protect identity. By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter   RelatedFamily Reunion at Tower Street Correctional Facility RelatedFamily Reunion at Tower Street Correctional Facility Family Reunion at Tower Street Correctional Facility JusticeDecember 16, 2011 RelatedFamily Reunion at Tower Street Correctional Facility Advertisementslast_img read more