Region 6 records decline in mother-to-child HIV transmission

first_imgThe Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Regional Health Services has seen a dramatic decline in HIV transmission to children following the widespread dissemination of anti-retroviral treatment for mothers living with HIV.Dr Anita LalbachanThis observation was made by Doctor-in-Charge of TB programmes within the region, Dr Anita Lalbachan, at a World AIDS Day celebration, in New Amsterdam.Addressing the gathering at the annual awareness programme, Dr Lalbachan also noted that despite the overall gains, considerable challenges remain for Region Six, which still has an unacceptably high HIV prevalence among key populations.Also attending the ceremony were representatives from all three of the region’s hospitals – Port Mourant, Skeldon, New Amsterdam; Regional Chairman David Armagon; as well other regional representatives, nurses, doctors and students.Foster explained that this year’s worldwide theme –  ‘Right to Health’ –  was chosen because it has been acknowledged despite the numerous strides that have been made in bringing attention to this dreaded disease, persons who are infected are still not given equal access to healthcare services.The Regional Chairman urged Berbicians and residents beyond Berbice to visit their healthcare facilities regularly and make use of the HIV/AIDS tests that are available.Each year, this local aspect of World AIDS Day observance is marked by making a donation to the National AIDS Programme Secretariat by assistance to persons living with HIV and AIDS.last_img read more

NBA 2K: Warriors make history by drafting a woman

first_imgChiquita Evans only wanted to be judged for her abilities as an NBA 2K player, not by her gender. But the 30-year-old woman needed someone to give her a real opportunity to do that.The Warriors, who are fond of breaking down barriers, were happy to oblige. They used their NBA 2K team — Warriors Gaming Squad — to make a statement for equality’s sake by making Evans the first woman drafted in the professional eSports league. Evans, who was just one of two women among the 198 draft-eligible …last_img

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — August 2, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sunshine and blue sky spread across Ohio today as high pressure is finally here. This should keep us mostly dry through the weekend. However, in far north and especially NW Ohio, we may need to keep an eye out for a few clouds and perhaps the odd shower or two, overnight tonight into tomorrow morning. The best chance of rains will be farther north in Michigan and SW Ontario, though. Temps climb over the next few days and will be nearly normal today and tomorrow before drifting a bit above normal for the weekend.  Our next system looks to arrive faster and depart sooner. Overall, we are leaving rain totals along with this event, but will see rain already Monday midday, especially in the NW and over the northern half of the state in general. Then we see that rain spread south and be statewide Monday evening through Tuesday. Rain totals stay at .25”-1” this morning, but we are upping coverage to nearly 80% of the state over the two-day period combined. Rain is done by midnight Tuesday night. Thunderstorms are still possible and will be needed to get into the upper end of the range. We may even be able to exceed 1 inch in a few spots, depending on how strong any storms build.  We are dry Wednesday, but a bit cooler behind the front. Then the pattern gets more interesting to finish the 10-day window. For Thursday, we still are looking for mostly dry weather, however we are seeing potential for moisture to reactivate along the old front to the south and pull another wave of precipitation northeast along the front. We think this action will want to stay mostly south of the Ohio river, but some models are starting to suggest a more northward track. We are leaving our dry forecast alone this morning but will keep a keen eye on this through the day today and tomorrow morning. There may be an update forthcoming. Then dry weather is in control for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For the extended period, we do not see any significant frontal action to start. There can be some scattered showers developing around the 14th, but coverage looks less impressive this morning, and totals may end up only around a quarter of an inch or less. Better showers develop around the 17th, with .2”-.5” rain totals and 60% coverage.  Models backed off the heat in the corn belt dramatically yesterday. We still look for a large part of next week to be above normal, as we have forecasted up to this point, but we continue to say it is not extreme heat that has been touted by other weather organizations. In fact, we had to chuckle a little bit when they had to eat crow or explain themselves yesterday. We think 88-92 is a good range for the hottest temps (early in the week)…warm, even feeling a bit hot after the cool pattern we have had recently…but not over the top. It is August, after all. Here is a look at potential temps for Monday of next week.last_img read more

Cooper sees great talent for Azkals after Bangkok camp

first_imgLATEST STORIES National football team coach Scott Cooper hailed the Azkals’ low-key training camp in Bangkok, Thailand, as a “massive success,” saying that they’ve identified several prospects for selection for future Under-23 and senior tournaments, particularly 2022 World Cup Qualifying late this year.While other Southeast Asian nations used the international break to play friendly matches and invitational tournaments, Cooper had 28 players under his wing for a week, giving them time to understand “the style, the philosophy, and culture that we want to build.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The camp has been a massive success,” Cooper told the Inquirer. “In a way, we were able to take a look at 15 players that we can tap for the future Under-23, Under-22 and SEA (Southeast Asian) Games and the senior team. But, of course, nobody has been ruled out for selection and we’re just following a careful plan that we’ve got to have the team ready for September (WCQ) and SEA Games.”Among the players who were invited for the camp were long-time prospect Michael Kempter, Enrique Linares, Diego Bardanca and Jose Carillo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKempter, who plays in the Swiss League, has been in the Azkals’ radar for quite some time but suffered an injury that ruled him out of selection for the Asian Cup.Linares, who plays in the third division in Spain, is the cousin of Azkals defender Alvaro Silva. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The 26-year-old Bardanca, a defender, has the most impressive resumé among the prospects as he currently plays in the second division in Poland. Bardanca is eligible to represent the country because of his Filipino grandmother.Carillo, a striker, whose great grandfather is Filipino, plays for Cordoba in the Spanish second division.Only four players based in the Philippines—Silva, Mike Ott, Curt Dizon and Kevin Ingreso—joined the camp.Thailand-based players Javier Patino, Stephan Palla, Marco Casambre, Mark Hartmann, Amin Nazari and Michael Falkesgaard also linked up with the team along with Malaysia-based Amani Aguinaldo.“This camp has been quiet, very professional and we built it up slowly,” said Cooper.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Pep rally for PH athletes up at Rizal diamond Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more