Brazil donates 10,000 units of MMR Vaccine to Guyana

first_imgBrazilian Ambassador to Guyana, Lineu Pupo de Paula handed over a quantity of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine to the Public Health Ministry on behalf of his government on Tuesday.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence receiving a portion of the MMR vaccines from Brazilian Ambassador to Guyana, Lineu Pupo de Paula in the presence of Director of Family Healthcare Services in the Ministry, Dr Ertenesia HamiltonReceiving the donation were Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence; Director of Family Healthcare Services, Dr Ertenesia Hamilton and Focal Point for Adolescent Health, Dr Oneka Scott.A total of 10,000 units were received to aid in the continued fight against the MMR viruses. The Brazilian Ambassador noted, “This is the second donation that Brazil is offering for the Ministry of Health this year.”Earlier in 2017, Brazil and PAHO/WHO donated drugs to help counteract Leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease found in tropical and sub-tropical countries. Ambassador Pupo de Paula said, “It is in our interest to help to vaccinate children and everybody…This just shows how good the relationship between the two countries is going.”According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Minister Lawrence welcomed the Brazilian Government’s gesture, noting that the vaccines acquired would go directly towards ‘cross border vaccination activities’.“We do have a lot of persons traversing through Guyana, whether they are coming here to find work or to invest or whether they are using here as a ‘jump off’ point to some other neighbouring country,” the Minister explained.She alluded to the fact that there were outbreaks of the MMR viruses in neighbouring countries. However, she noted that through efforts by these countries and Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), initiatives were put in place to prevent the spread of such viruses.Although these outbreaks did not affect Guyana in any significant way, Minister Lawrence emphasised that the vaccines acquired would “ensure that we have a stockpile of vaccines…We have a vaccination programme in Guyana, we are catering for that through our budget and through some of our partners”.Further, she added, “because of the high incidence of persons going back and forth — Brazilians, Surinamese, Venezuelans and so on, this boost will help us to take off that excess and ensure that we always have, to be able to help our sisters and brothers from the neighbouring states.”The adult population will be primarily targeted. Public Health Ministry Director of the Family HealthCare Services, Dr Ertenesia Hamilton detailed, “Some of our adults are still at risk because they would have not benefited .… So this donation will be aiding in improving the immunisation of our adult population, and those persons, who would have not been caught in the normal immunisation programmes.”More specifically, it was further explained that the adult population in Regions One, Two, Seven, Eight and Nine (regions sharing borders with Venezuela and Brazil) would be the first to access vaccines from this donation. “Also, we try to immunise all of our officers who are first responders such as Port Health Officers, our Immigration Officers, our Police and our soldiers,” Dr Hamilton stated.last_img read more

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Keeping the Dream alive in Tzaneen

first_imgKeep the Dream 196, or KTD196, is a Tzaneen-based organisation helping make youngsters’ dreams come true by providing support and care, particularly for orphans, caregivers and vulnerable children.Keep the Dream works in areas where communities are under extreme pressure from unemployment, lack of healthcare, growing poverty and high rates of HIV/Aids infections.The training programme also helps children develop their self-discipline and team work skills and introduces first aidMany children are their families’ sole breadwinners, after parents have succumbed to the illness, or have travelled to look for work.“We work with orphans and vulnerable children in particular,” says Louise Batty, one of the organisation’s founders.Batty is a professional nurse employed by the Department of Health and was seconded to a local home-based care organisation in Tzaneen.“These children enter the programme with low self-esteem, [low] self-confidence and a hopeless outlook towards life. Seeing all of this change quickly as the kids progress through the programme is awe-inspiring. They become so confident and purpose-filled in their outlook and their actions.”Keep the Dream 196 took off in 2003 when a Choice Trust focus group, comprising 180 home-based care volunteers, expressed concerns over problems facing the orphaned and vulnerable children in their villages in the north of Limpopo.Batty, with primary school teacher Elizabeth Mabuza, laid the organisation’s foundations, with 13 girls participating in their initial programme. By the end of the year they had managed to train 50 new volunteers and had more than 1 000 kids in the programme.“We have been in existence for 10 years this month (November); we started with 13 girls and now we have 2 456 children in 91 different sites around Greater Tzaneen Municipality,” says Batty.“We see the impact of our work every day and it is so encouraging to see these kids go on to become contributing members of society after overcoming so much.”THERAPY, SKILLS AND COMMUNICATIONThe organisation runs a number of projects, training caregivers and children in communication and leadership skills. It also tackles reproductive health, teaches caregivers and children about their legal rights and responsibilities, and facilitates group therapy developing “circles of support” with the children.The three-year KTD196 Food for Life training programme teaches young people how to harvest water, to compost and cook, practise subsistence farming, and marketing and basic bookkeeping.The organisation runs a number of projects, training caregivers and children in communication and leadership skillsThe training programme also helps children develop their self-discipline and team work skills and introduces first aid.Keep the Dream offers remedial classes for those who have had to drop out of school to care for younger siblings or sick family members. It helps families apply for social grants, and helps older children apply for scholarships and bursaries by providing access to information and computers.Batty says what moves her most about working with the children is that, “they’re not happy with the status quo of the now, the crime, corruption and despair; they want to be part of the solution and make a real difference in the lives of others and they do that now, not when everything is going right for them but now when life is tough and they don’t have parents or enough food or resources. They share what they have and do what they can. This is humbling to watch and be a part of.“Their past is a stepping stone to their destiny and not a stumbling block or a millstone around their necks.“They are the new South Africa.”PLAY YOUR PARTFor more information on Keep the Dream, visit their website. To learn more about how you can help contact Louise Batty via email or call her 074 274 2080.last_img read more

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Mike Lutmer, Aug. 8

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are very, very dry. The corn is rolled at the moment and the beans are starting to wilt. I am pretty concerned. Out in Hillsboro it has been wet. We had a two-inch rain where we farm over there and then another three inches within seven to 10 days. Here in the past month we haven’t even had a half-inch — maybe two tenths. We got a sprinkle Friday or Saturday but not enough to do anything. The ground is cracking really badly. The beans are still green and blooming but they are not putting anything in the pods.Last week the corn didn’t look too bad yet but we are starting to get some tip-back already. If we would get a rain this week it would help immensely. There is a 60% chance for tomorrow afternoon. I am not holding my breath but I hope we get it.If you go over to the Ohio-Indiana line the crops over there look phenomenal, but this area here in Warren, a little bit of Butler and some of Clinton counties is really dry. The rain keeps going north or south of us.The hay I am raking now is pretty thin. I would like to see another 10 inches of growth on it but it had already bloomed. The hay quality has been very good, there is just not a lot of it. We are on the tail end of second cutting now so we’ll see what happens.Somebody in Warren County near the Clinton County line had 60 acres of soybeans that had Palmer amaranth really bad and they had to bush hog it all. I don’t know how they got it. I have heard about problems in Ohio with that but not around here.last_img read more

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Glen Newcomer, April 24

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are off to a very slow start here in Northwest Ohio. I can only think of a handful of operators who have put any corn in the ground. I can only think of one operator who has put any soybeans in the ground. We had a good run last week. We completed a lot of spraying. We did some tillage work and we planted corn for one day last week. We are only about 5% done with everything we have to plant this spring so we have a long way to go. On average, we received over 1.5 inches of rain in our area on Thursday and Friday. There will not be any field work performed in our area this week. We are at a standstill.We hit the spraying pretty hard for three days putting down pre-emerge products on our soybean acres that we plan to no-till. We did tillage for two days and the ground conditions were excellent last week.I am not really concerned yet about a late start. Last week conditions were about perfect. I wish we could have continued, but just getting some field operations done this early was a good feeling. We were fortunate to get some field work started. Many in our area were still holding back because of the cold weather forecast this past weekend. We still have plenty of time and we still have the opportunity for a great crop. We just have to be patient and wait until the time is right.There was some light frost over the weekend, but nothing has emerged at all around here. One operator planted some corn a week earlier which has sprouted but not emerged. It was nice that we had that window of opportunity to get the planter set and make sure everything was programmed correctly. It was nice to take the extra time necessary to be particular about how everything was set up. Now we will be ready to roll when the time is right.last_img read more

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Antennagate 2.0? Consumer Reports Won’t Recommend Verizon iPhone Either

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts sarah perez Oh no, please tell us this isn’t the start of another “antennagate,” but it appears that Consumer Reports is again making headlines for throwing the iPhone 4 under the proverbial bus. “The Verizon iPhone 4 has a problem that could cause the phone to drop calls,” notes the American product reviews publication. That’s not a huge surprise, considering that the Verizon iPhone is pretty much the same device as AT&T’s version, the only external difference being slightly displaced volume buttons and mute switch.As before, the iPhone 4’s antenna design is leading to both dropped calls and, says Consumer Reports, the inability to make calls in areas where weak signals are present. (Weak signals? On Verizon?)I kid, I kid. But really, after the great antennagate debacle of 2010, if I never heard the phrase “signal issues” again it would be too soon. If you’re not sure what I’m referring to, I’d love to know the location of your rock so I can hide out until antennagate 2.0 blows over.Anyway….iPhone 4 Antenna Still Doesn’t Work, Says Consumer ReportsConsumer Reports says the Verizon iPhone has the same issues as the AT&T version – it loses its signal when a specific area of the phone’s outer casing is covered by your fingers or thumb. The only solution to this issue is to put the iPhone in a case of some sort – like, for example, the iPhone 4 bumper cases that were at one time offered to unhappy AT&T customers through Apple’s now-discontinued free case program.In the new article, Consumer Reports details how it performed its tests, its conclusions, and all that technical jazz, but the bottom line reads:“…we are not including the Verizon iPhone 4 in our list of recommended smart phones, despite its high ranking in our Ratings.”I’m sure Apple is very concerned. Despite the media insanity (and let’s be frank, the truthfulness) of the antenna issues, the company went on to sell a record-breaking 1.7 million iPhone 4’s within its first three days on the market. Apple sold 16.24 million iPhones last quarter. And Verizon ran out of inventory on its first day of iPhone sales.Hmm, looks like people are just fine with buying a case for their iPhone. Tags:#Apple#web center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Building a ‘Layered House’

first_imgService Cavities for Wiring and PlumbingUnity Homes: Pushing the Boundaries of Home BuildingReinventing the House If you are building an energy-efficient house, you have to address air leakage and pay attention to the the integrity of the insulation layer. We can have the best of intentions and can install lots of insulation, but if we leave it leaky or include details that compromise the integrity of that insulation, then the home’s energy performance can be severely affected.Take recessed ceiling lights, for example. From a design standpoint, they’re great, since the light source is roughly flush with the ceiling and all of the mechanism is hidden in the ceiling above (in recessed cans).In a house with an unheated attic (insulation in the attic floor — which is the ceiling of the floor below) or with an insulated, sloped cathedral ceiling (roof), if we install recessed cans into that ceiling we’ve created a significant pathway for air flow and compromised the insulation. This is the case even with recessed lights rated for “insulation contact.” Those IC-rated fixtures are far better than older models that required a significant air space surrounding the lights, but they still result in significant air leakage. Airtightness also depends on layers in wallsOur superinsulated wall system has seven layers: from the interior there is the layer of gypsum board; the wall cavity with fiber insulation; a taped and air-sealed sheathing layer (using Huber’s Zip sheathing) that serves as the air barrier; a layer of exterior rigid insulation on the outside of the sheathing; a layer of waterproof but vapor-permeable housewrap (water-resistive barrier); a rainscreen (vented air space) formed by vertical strapping; and finally, the factory-painted wooden clapboard siding.By keeping the air barrier in the center of the wall — with cavity-fill fiber insulation on the interior — wires can be run through the that insulation without compromising the air barrier.Effectively insulating a wall cavity with wires running through it should be done with something other than batt insulation. Cellulose insulation (dense-packed or damp-spray), fiberglass (dense-packed or spray), or spray polyurethane foam (closed-cell or open-cell) all fill well around wires. As I described in a blog a few weeks ago, for our house we used Johns Manville Spider spray fiberglass insulation, which has an acrylic binder to hold the insulation in place.Wiring for wall outlets can also be contained in baseboard raceways. This is a detail that Benson uses with his OpenBuilt wall system — and one that Eli uses on some projects. It totally avoids running wires in the insulation, allowing easy modifications later, and it’s an ideal solution for panelized construction (in which wall panels are built in a factory and trucked to the job site). We considered such a system, but it would have added a lot of cost.With our air barrier in the middle of the wall, the cavity-fill insulation can dry to the interior, and the exterior insulation can dry to the exterior. More and more building science experts seem to be recommending this approach. We’ll find out how it worked — or someone will — in 20 or 50 or 100 years when a totally dry wall system with no rot will be evidence of good moisture management. Creating an access ceiling that looks goodOne of the solutions to this problem is to create an access ceiling (or dropped ceiling) below the air barrier of the insulated ceiling. Recessed lights can be installed in such a ceiling. Lest images of acoustic ceiling panels in commercial office buildings come to mind, rest assured that access ceilings can be done in a very attractive way.Tedd Benson has been doing this for years with Bensonwood homes using his OpenBuilt platform, and our designer-builder, Eli Gould, has his own access ceiling detail that he’s using in our Dummerston home. He’s using this layered, access ceiling detail on both the first-floor ceiling (which is not insulated) and for a horizontal section of the second-floor ceiling, spanning between the insulated slopes and insulated rafters.Eli builds roughly square panels out of painted 1×10 shiplap boards — three boards per panel. These boards drop in and can easily be lifted up to access the recessed lights (which in our house will house CR6 LED lamps from Cree). On the first-floor ceiling, these panels fit into tracks formed by added attractive beams that strengthen the ceiling joists.We installed installing recessed lights in these ceiling panels, as wells as registers for our Zehnder heat-recovery ventilator. The ceiling cavity above the panels provides a space to run wiring, ventilation ducts, and — in some locations — plumbing. Future modifications to any of this can be made very easily. RELATED ARTICLES Testing airtightnessWe don’t yet know how good a job we have done with air sealing at our house. I’m hoping that we will end up with an air leakage rate as low as 1.0 air change per hour at 50 pascals of pressure difference (ach50) — as measured by a blower door. That will be far tighter than the average new home being built today, but still considerably leakier than a house built to the rigorous Passivhaus standard — which requires an air leakage rate of 0.6 ach50.Even if the news is embarrassing and we don’t get to 1.0 ach50, I promise to report that here. If we don’t make it, it will likely be because some elements of our 200-year-old frame necessitated complex detailing with the sheathing layer or because we didn’t spend the money needed for the best Passivhaus windows and doors. But I’m optimistic.Look for a future blog on the LED lights once they are installed. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. 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Finding Fanny director unveils Arjun Kapoor’s new nape tattoo

first_imgPiquing the curiosity of movie-goers for his upcoming movie Finding Fanny , writerdirector Homi Adajania has taken to microblogging website Twitter to provide glimpses of what’s in store.Starting with first looks of the lead roles essayed by Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor, the latest addition to the sneakpeek include a picture of Kapoor’s nape that boasts a cross-shaped tattoo with an outline of wings for his role of Savio, the mechanic.Labelled: ” being tattoolating in Finding Fanny!” (sic), the picture has been shot in the interiors of a battered car.The actor is seen sporting a loose and faded T- shirt with a necklace rope running across his neck, giving insight into the character he is set to be seen as.Meanwhile, Deepika’s famous RK tattoo on the nape of her neck may not make a star appearance in the movie.The film is based on five Goans who set off on a road trip in search of an old postman’s childhood love, but get lost on the way. The Konkani- English satirical story also stars Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia and Pankaj Kapur in leading roles.The movie is scheduled for a September release, and its official trailer will be released on July 9.Keeping the countdown ticking, Homi posted a video on why one should watch the trailer with the caption ” Oi twiterratis the reasons to watch # FindingFanny trailer on JULY 9″ ( sic).The 41-second long playful video shows Deepika planting a kiss on Arjun’s cheek as he states, ” And that’s why you should watch the film.”advertisementlast_img read more

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