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Major CHIKV Clean-Up in West Kingston

Major CHIKV Clean-Up in West Kingston

first_imgRelatedMinistry Aims to Train 1,000 Health Care Workers for Ebola Response FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements Photo: JIS PhotographerJamaica Defence Force (JDF) personnel utilize heavy-duty vehicles in the clearing of a gully in West Kingston on October 30. The work forms part of the national health emergency vector control clean-up campaign aimed at destroying mosquito breeding sites. The National Health Emergency Vector Control Clean Up campaign moved into the West Kingston community this week as the Government continues to take steps to contain the transmission of the Chikungunya Virus (CHIKV).On Thursday, October 30, members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), went into the area with heavy duty equipment to clear a major gully which runs from a section of Tivoli Gardens to Marcus Garvey Drive.Coordinator of the national response team, who led the West Kingston clean-up effort, Colonel Daniel Pryce, said 19 loads, or 300 tonnes, of solid waste were removed during the exercise.Colonel Pryce told JIS News that the site was among those identified as a high-risk mosquito breeding site by a Ministry of Health survey.“We are guided by the surveys that have been done by the Ministry of Health, that has mapped breeding sites…we give those sites priority, irrespective of where they are,” he said.He said that in the days ahead, clean-up activities will continue in Tivoli Gardens, Denham Town and Hannah Town.“There is a roadway (in Denham Town), that we need to clear of debris and small shrubs growing in the roadway. Also, Drummond Street in Hannah Town, and garbage sites in Tivoli Gardens will be cleared,” he informed.He said similar exercises will be carried out in other communities in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine to rid communities of mosquito breeding sites.Colonel Pryce is urging residents to assist the effort and keep areas that have been cleaned clear of garbage.The national health emergency vector control clean-up campaign is spearheaded by Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer and involves stakeholders in the Ministry of Health; the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management; the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF); the Jamaica Emergency Employment (JEEP) Secretariat; and the Ministry of Finance and Planning.Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, on October 14, announced that $500 million has been provided to address some critical areas of the national health emergency response.The objective, she said, is to reduce mosquito breeding sites starting with the worst affected areas as indicated by the Health Ministry’s mapping project.The allocation is as follows: $150 million to meet some critical emergency needs of the Ministry of Health; $70 million for Parish Councils – $5 million per parish; $126 million for activities led by Members of Parliament – $2 million per constituency; and the remaining 154 million dollars will be utilized for additional clean-up and vector control activities based on reports from the Ministry of Health in consultation with other stakeholders.These amounts are in addition to $131 million which has been provided from the Consolidated Fund to the National Solid Waste Management Authority to clear the backlog in garbage collection. RelatedHealth Personnel to be Increased at Sangster Airportcenter_img Major CHIKV Clean-Up in West Kingston Health & WellnessOctober 31, 2014Written by: Garfield L. Angus Major CHIKV Clean-Up in West KingstonJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedNFPB Celebrating Family Week Story HighlightsThe National Health Emergency Vector Control Clean Up campaign moved into the West Kingston community this week as the Government continues to take steps to contain the transmission of the Chikungunya Virus (CHIKV).On Thursday, October 30, members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), went into the area with heavy duty equipment to clear a major gully which runs from a section of Tivoli Gardens to Marcus Garvey Drive.Coordinator of the national response team, who led the West Kingston clean-up effort, Colonel Daniel Pryce, said 19 loads, or 300 tonnes, of solid waste were removed during the exercise.last_img read more

Draft consumer guarantee rules set for adoption

Draft consumer guarantee rules set for adoption

first_imgAt present, after-sales legal guarantees vary sharply from country to country. The UK, for example, allows shoppers up to six years to return purchases with which they are unhappy, while Germany insists that they must be brought back within six months.Surveys conducted by Eurobarometer show that the current mosaic of guarantee rules deters cross-border shopping, with consumers opting to buy products at home rather than risk disappointment with those bought abroad.The draft proposal, if adopted by MEPs and ministers, would harmonise legal rights – those automatically granted with products – in the EU. Under the draft proposal, consumers would be entitled to free repairs of damaged goods “within a reasonable period”, or to replacement goods “when this is possible”.Alternatively, consumers would be entitled to return goods which did not live up to their expectations (provided these expectations were deemed reasonable), or to demand a price reduction.But they would have to return, or ask for these goods to be replaced, within a year. Shopkeepers would be held responsible for defective products bought on their premises.Consumer groups have welcomed the draft directive, saying it will promote consumer confidence in foreign vendors.last_img read more

Former Little League World Series stars reunited on 2015 UWF roster

Former Little League World Series stars reunited on 2015 UWF roster

first_imgStory Links 2005 Little League World Series 2005 Little League World Series Southeast Tournament PENSACOLA, Fla. – At 12-years old and younger, a trio of West Florida baseball players attained pre-teen glory by advancing to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. The student-athletes played together throughout their childhood, played against each other in heated high school rivalries and took different paths during the early parts of their college careers. Now, they have reunited on the UWF baseball roster with their eyes set on regaining their past success. Third-baseman Michael Tomlinson is returning to UWF after an injury forced him to redshirt in 2014. Catcher Kyle Hamner returns to UWF as a leading candidate for the starting catcher position. Lee Dunnam joins the UWF roster after playing Division I baseball and is competing for a starting spot in the outfield. Leading up to the Tournament Growing up in Maitland, Fla. just outside of Orlando, the trio had been playing together since around the time they were in fourth grade. Hamner was younger, but he was talented enough to play AAU and Little League baseball with boys a year older than him. To advance to the LLWS, teams must first win their state, then win an eight-team double-elimination regional tournament before becoming one of the final eight teams from the U.S. The team from Maitland was stacked with talent that went on to play collegiate baseball. Besides Tomlinson, Dunnam and Hamner, the team included Tanner Stanley who is on the D-I University of Richmond roster, Eddie Abramson who is on the D-III Case Western Reserve roster and Skip Kovar who pitched for JUCO Florida State College at Jacksonville last season. It also included Dante Bichette Jr., who was a first-round pick by the New York Yankees in the 2011 MLB Draft and Max Moroff who was a 15th-round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2012 MLB Draft. Coaching the team were local banker Sid Cash and former Major League Baseball players Dante Bichette and Mike Stanley. The road to Williamsport Tomlinson, Dunnam and Hamner agreed that the best team they played to get to Williamsport was from the state of Florida. “We played a team from Coral Springs that was better than anyone we played in the Southeast,” Tomlinson said. “If they would’ve beaten us, they would have gone to the Little League World Series.” Maitland went 3-0 in the North Florida bracket, defeating Destin 15-0, Navy Ortega Lakeshore 5-1 and Palm Harbor 19-2. They defeated Lakes Wales 7-2 in the semifinal and Coral Springs 6-5 in the Florida championship. With the championship game tied 5-5 in the sixth inning and the bases loaded, Hamner was hit by a pitch to drive in the go-ahead run. In the southeast tournament, Maitland defeated Phenix City, Ala. 9-0 and Barboursville, W.Va. 6-1 before seeing its 16-game winning streak snapped in a 9-3 loss to Springfield, Va. The team still advanced out of pool play and defeated Columbia, Tenn. 9-2 in the semifinals and Atlanta, Ga. 3-1 in the finals. With the southeast championship game tied 1-1 in the fifth inning, Tomlinson drove in the go-ahead run to lead Maitland to Williamsport. Once-in-a-lifetime Experience The experience at the LLWS was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “When you’re 12 years old, you see the stat about how less than one half percent of the teams in America make it to Williamsport,” Tomlinson said. “It’s surreal.” Dunnam described the trip and the support they received:  “It was exciting. The support back home was amazing. We had the whole town of Maitland supporting us.” For the youngest member of the team, the pressure was almost unbearable until an unusual play changed things. “I was freaking out a little bit,” Hamner said of his nerves before the first game. “Then, Dante (Bichette Jr.) was pitching with a man on third in a close game, and he threw the ball off the backstop. It rebounded right to me and we got the kid out at home. It was a momentum-changing play for the whole tournament.” The team from Maitland, now representing all of Florida and the Southeast, went on to win that game over Davenport, Iowa from the Midwest 7-3. Each player had moments of glory that stood out. Dunnam drove in two runs on a bases-loaded double in the first inning against the Mid-Atlantic team from Newton, Pa., a game they won 3-1 to clinch a spot in the U.S. semifinal. The team would lose its next game 10-0 to the Northwest team from Ewe Beach, Hawaii. That team went on to win the U.S. title. Maitland was eliminated in its next game by the West’s Vista, Calif. in the U.S. Semifinal, 6-2. The road to UWF Tomlinson, who is UWF assistant head coach Shane Gierke’s cousin, had enjoyed his visits to the school. He decided to play at UWF with a teammate of his from Winter Park High School, Jordan DeLorenzo. DeLorenzo had one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2014, eventually being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 12th round. “I enjoyed my first season as a freshman, and then found out Kyle (Hamner) was coming,” Tomlinson said. “It was cool because we thought we could rekindle some things and make another run at a championship.” Hamner said, “I was recruited my junior summer. I visited some other places where I had offers, but when I came to UWF it was a different feel. I liked it better than the other places and fell in love with the place.” Hamner had played for Gierke’s father at Edgewater High School, a rival of Winter Park where Tomlinson and Dunnam had attended school. Dunnam went to the University of South Carolina Upstate after high school, but he never lost touch with Tomlinson. “We were always hitting together in the offseason,” Dunnam said. “I was going to come to UWF out of high school, but I had an opportunity to play for a small Division I. After that experience, Mike kind of helped me back get into gear and come to UWF.” With the beginning of the 2015 season just days away, the student-athletes are looking forward to a chance to be successful at an even higher level. “The Little League World Series experience really taught us about how much dedication, preparation and buy-in it takes to be successful,” Tomlinson said. “This team is buying in. We have hard-working guys who are dedicated and want to be successful.” No. 35 UWF hosts No. 16 Florida Southern in a three-game series beginning with a doubleheader Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. at Jim Spooner Field. The teams wrap up the series Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version 2005 Florida State Tournament last_img read more

Rain has final say in Ivan Madray 100-ball final

Rain has final say in Ivan Madray 100-ball final

first_imgThe highly-anticipated clash between energetic Young Warriors Cricket Club and Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets in the final of the Berbice Cricket Board/Ivan Madray 100-ball tournament will now be played in 2019 after overnight rains forced the match to be called off. This is according to Berbice Cricket Board President, Hilbert Foster who told this publication that the groundsmen had communicated to his body that Port Mourant Community Centre Ground was unable to host the final due to the weather.Stabroek News understands that the venue for the final did not have a cover for the pitch.Both captains expressed disappointment that the match was called off. Shawn Pereira, who captains Rose Hall Town, said they were looking to end the year on a high and with the addition of Clinton Pestano, they were in it with a good chance. Similarly, Young Warriors’ skipper, Suresh Dhanai said he was looking forward to the inclusion of Shimron Hetmyer who would have made an immediate impact to the side’s chances.Young Warriors have played three tournaments since their revival a few months ago, making it to the final of each of the tournaments, losing both times to Rose Hall and will look to break the jinx when the final is finally played.last_img read more

EPL: Ismaila Sarr Superb As Watford Terminate Liverpool’s Unbeaten Run

EPL: Ismaila Sarr Superb As Watford Terminate Liverpool’s Unbeaten Run

first_imgSenegal and Watford Striker Ismaila Sarr grabbed a brace as Liverpool’s unbeaten run came to a halt after losing 0-3 at Vicarage Road.Jurgen Klopp’s side had won all 26 of their League games and were hoping to match the accomplishment made by Arsenal in the 2003/04 season, with Arsene Wenger’s side dubbed ‘The Invincibles’.But two goals from Ismaila Sarr and another from captain Troy Deeney sealed a memorable 3-0 win for Nigel Pearson’s side, who moved out of the relegation zone on goal difference as a result of the victory.More…RelatedEurope-Based African Players: Mahrez, Osimhen, Niang Among The GoalsDecember 23, 2019In “Africa”Antonio Scores Four To Relegate Norwich City, Watford Boosts Survival ChancesJuly 11, 2020In “England”Ndidi, Iheanacho Shocked As Leicester Concede Late Equaliser At WatfordJune 20, 2020In “England”last_img read more