Jamaica allocates J$12m to fight Chikungunya

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Share 109 Views   no discussionscenter_img NewsRegional Jamaica allocates J$12m to fight Chikungunya by: – August 26, 2014 Tweet Minister of Health Dr Fenton FergusonKINGSTON, Jamaica– Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson says J$12 million is set to address the spread of the Chikungunya virus that is currently threatening the country.Dr Ferguson speaking at the Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange said that his ministry is embarking on a joined-up Government initiative with the Local Government Ministry in regards to how mosquito breeding sites are treated.Chikungunya is spread by the bite of Aedes aegypti mosquito.Dr Ferguson said Vector Control Programmes are in place to reduce the spread of the virus. Equally he stressed the need for citizens to take responsibility in preventing the spread of the virus.“I am emphasising the need for personal responsibility (by citizens). In the absence of personal responsibility we have the possibilities of breeding sites,” he said.The minister said he intends to make a presentation to Cabinet on the virus and the importance of addressing it.Meanwhile Director of Emergency Disaster Management and Special Services, Ministry of Health, Dr Marion Bullock Ducasse said that there are currently 50 suspected cases of Chikungunya in the island of which 17 are confirmed. Of that 50 she said 10 have returned “negative laboratory tests”.She said that in determining whether a person has the virus, medical practitioners first identify patients with symptoms of Dengue fever before carrying out further checks.She added that the 17 confirmed cases in the island are concentrated in specific communities across five parishes, Kingston and St Andrew, St Thomas, St Catherine and St Ann.Kimone FrancisJamaica Observerlast_img read more

Dominica Postpones Jazz ‘n Creole

first_imgRoseau, Dominica – (March 19, 2020) The Ministry of Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives, through the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) has been monitoring the situation across the globe in relation to the spread of COVID-19.A decision has been taken to postpone Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole, which was carded for May 3, 2020 at Fort Shirley within the Cabrits National Park.We wish to take the opportunity to thank all patrons of Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole for their continued support and understanding.For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube. 64 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img CoronavirusEntertainmentLocalNews Dominica Postpones Jazz ‘n Creole by: – March 19, 2020 Share Tweetlast_img read more

Subsea 7 awarded contract offshore UK

first_imgProject management and detailed engineering has commenced at Subsea 7’s office in Aberdeen, with offshore activities scheduled for 2020 and 2021. Subsea 7 on Friday announced the award of a sizeable(1) contract by Shell for the Pierce depressurisation project, located approximately 160 miles offshore, east of Aberdeen. Sea News, October 7 Author: Baibhav Mishracenter_img Jonathan Tame, Vice President UK & Canada, said: “This award recognises our extensive knowledge of Shell’s North Sea developments, gained over almost 30 years of working closely together to deliver safe and cost-effective construction, inspection, repair and maintenance operations across Shell’s European offshore fields and facilities.” The contract scope involves the engineering, procurement, construction, transportation and installation (EPCI and T&I) of a 30km gas export pipeline, a gas export riser and associated subsea infrastructure, for tie-ins at the Haewene Brim FPSO.last_img read more

Leonardo to Upgrade NATO’s Electronic Warfare Training Equipment

first_imgLeading defense company, Leonardo, has signed a contract worth approximately €180M to provide new electronic warfare training equipment for the NATO Joint Electronic Warfare Core Staff (JEWCS). The company was selected in an international competition and will incorporate technology from partners Cobham and Elettronica. The contract was placed by the UK Ministry of Defence as the host nation for NATO JEWCS, which is based at the Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) in Yeovilton. Equipment will be delivered in tranches over the next 4 years from Leonardo’s Electronic Warfare (EW) centre of excellence in Luton, UK.NATO JEWCS is the Alliance agency responsible for the high-tech world of electronic warfare. When NATO forces go on operations, they can expect the enemy to try and disrupt their radars, GPS and communications. Therefore, to train realistically, it is important that NATO Forces experience these effects and practice how to counter them. Part of NATO JEWCS’s remit is to improve armed forces training by simulating the effects of an enemy’s latest electronic warfare equipment during exercises, creating a ‘hostile environment’ in which to train. To deliver the service, NATO JEWCS deploys high-tech EW equipment at training sites around Europe, allowing armed forces to practice their skills in areas such as electronic surveillance and electronic countermeasures while facing true-to-life attempts to disrupt their activity.In delivering this support, it is important that the EW effects being simulated are state of the art, keeping pace with opposing forces’ latest tech developments. Leonardo is Europe’s leading provider of electronic warfare technology and training and will be providing representative equipment across three domains: air, land and maritime. In the air, highly capable and flexible pod-based EW systems will be supplied for deployment on aircraft, alongside a NATO Anti-Ship Missile Defence Evaluation Facility (NASMDEF). NASMDEF comprises a set of pods that can be installed on aircraft to simulate anti-ship missiles.They allow forces to train in the use of ‘soft-kill countermeasures’ which are used to protect ships from incoming threats. Cobham will be Leonardo’s principle sub-contractor for these elements. For land and maritime applications, fully ruggedized shelters and vehicles will be provided, equipped with modular and flexible EW simulators, stimulators and jamming equipment. Elettronica will act as Leonardo’s principal sub-contractor for these elements.Leonardo’s electronic warfare expertise includes designing and manufacturing protective and ISR (Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance) equipment for UK and allied aircraft such as the Eurofighter Typhoon and AW159 helicopters, delivering specialist EW training at its Academy in Lincoln and investing in the development of the latest generation of countermeasures such as the anti-IED ‘Guardian’ system for troops on the ground and the ‘BriteCloud’ decoy for fighter jet pilots.This contract to upgrade electronic warfare equipment is just the latest example of Leonardo’s on-going provision of security technology and expertise to NATO. It is also the Alliance’s cyber security mission partner, working with the NATO Communications and Information Agency to protect more than 70,000 Alliance users around the world from cyber-attacks.The company has also provided a significant amount of equipment and support for the NATO Air Command and Control System (ACCS). In October 2018, Leonardo received the NATO Science and Technology Organization’s (STO) Scientific Achievement Award for its contributions to the development of a promising new approach to modelling, simulation and training. The company has also provided over 50 air defence radars to multiple Alliance member countries under the NATO Security Investment Programme (NSIP) and has delivered its ‘Guardian’ counter-IED (improvised explosive device) systems to protect NATO vehicles operating in Afghanistan.last_img read more

World First 450 MHz LTE Cat-M/NB-IoT Chipset

first_imgAltair Semiconductor’s ALT1250 dual mode CAT-M/NB-IoT chipset can now operate in the 450 MHz spectrum. Altair announced that the chipset is now powering the Asiatelco LM66 IoT module, which provides LTE connectivity for a range of devices, and has been developed to provide agricultural solutions for large-scale farming in Brazil.Operating in the 450 MHz LTE spectrum and utilizing Ericsson’s LTE eNBs, Altair’s cellular IoT chipset enables agricultural companies using smart sensors and connected tractors applications to optimize farming practices. The solution uses location tracking, driver behavior monitoring, and fuel consumption optimization.Altair’s dual-mode cellular IoT chipset, ALT1250, is the only available CAT-M and NB-IoT solution trialed to run at 450 MHz. It is one of the most highly integrated dual-mode CAT-M/NB-IoT chipsets, with an extended battery life. The chipset supports Global LTE bands within a single hardware design and supports both satellite and cellular positioning tracking. The Altair-powered LM66 modules are capable of connecting and delivering data over the LTE450 network as well.Altair believes there’s a global trend resulting in a significant amount of 450 MHz spectrum being re-allocated for new use cases on LTE450 networks, as legacy 2G and 3G networks are being retired. The 450 MHz spectrum is ideal for agricultural IoT applications, providing superior network coverage essential for the wide and often remote farming locations that exist in Brazil, and thus the company is banking heavily on the ALT1250 chipset to revolutionize cellular IoT connectivity across Brazil. The solution was field tested and demonstrated the potential of 450 MHz’s frequency reach in agriculture use cases. This chipset should enable an exciting range of transformative applications in rural areas.Click here to view detailed specifications of the ALT1250.last_img read more

Nope, he can’t: Clarkson not playing in Asiad, NBA asserts

first_imgIn this March 13, 2018 photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Filipino-American guard Jordan Clarkson (8) drives on Phoenix Suns guard Troy Daniels during an NBA game. AP MANILA – The NBA formally rejected the Philippines’ appeal to allow Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia.The league may grant players permission to play for their respective national teams only in Olympics and FIBA competitions, NBA spokesman Tim Frank said in a statement on Sunday.Frank reiterated that the Filipino-American guard may play for Gilas in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifier in September since it will not interfere with the NBA’s regular season schedule.Curiously Houston Rockets center Zhou Qi was given the green light to play for China in the Asian Games, a non-FIBA-sanctioned event. “The NBA’s agreement with FIBA stipulates that NBA players can participate in the Olympics, the FIBA basketball World Cup, Continental Cup competitions, and associated qualifying tournaments,” Frank said.“Because the Asian Games are not one of those competitions, NBA players are unable to participate,” he added. “In accordance with the NBA’s agreement with FIBA, Jordan is welcome to represent Philippines in the agreed-upon competitions.”‘DOUBLE STANDARD’The NBA’s decision did not sit well with officials of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and the Philippine Olympic Committee.After the NBA did not give Clarkson clearance to play for the Philippines in the Asiad, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas – along with the Philippine Olympic Committee and the government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs –made a last appeal.SBP president Al Panlilio criticized the American league’s “double standard.”“Of course, it is very disappointing,” Panlilio said in a statement, pointing out that the NBA allowed Houston Rockets center Zhou Qi to play for China in the Asian Games. “I hope the rule applies to all consistently.”POC secretary-general Patrick Gregorio was equally disappointed.“I am at a loss for words. All I can say is ‘NBA, YOU BROKE OUR HEARTS,” Gregorio said in a separate statement. “You broke the hearts of 100 million Filipinos. We will never forget this. This ruling is one that will never be understood.”“We tried our best. Your Philippine sports leaders worked round the clock. So many sleepless nights,” added Gregorio. “We were one clearance away … from a dear friend of the Filipino people. The NBA. Or so we thought.”Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, who played a part in the SBP’s decision to send a team to the Asiad, was also critical of the NBA’s decision.“While we respect their authority over their players, I cannot help but express my dismay over how one seemingly inconsistent rule allowed them to disregard a plea of a whole nation,” Go said in a statement.“Sana po walang double standard at sana man lang, may puso ang NBA sa kanilang ginawang desisyon, lalong-lalo na kung ang nakasalalay ay ang basketball hopes and dreams ng isang buong bansa.”The Philippines’ appeal cited the case of Chinese player Batere Mengke, who was allowed to play in the 2002 Asian Games despite having a live contract with San Antonio Spurs.Allowing Clarkson to play for Gilas in the Asian Games “will be a symbol of inspiration to 100 million Filipinos,” Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano stated in the joint appeal.“(Clarkson is) proud of his Filipino heritage and thrilled that, in the Philippines, basketball is a religion,” Cayetano said. “He wants to represent the Philippines in the Olympics of Asia and make every Filipino all over the world proud.”Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao included Clarkson in his 12-man lineup for the Asian Games after the Olympic Council of Asia and the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee gave the Fil-Am guard clearance to play.The Philippines hopes to improve its seventh place finish in 2014. This year it will open its campaign on Aug. 16 against Kazakhstan (10 a.m.) and face China on Aug. 21 (4 p.m.)./PNlast_img read more

Hagiwara set to miss World Championships

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “Hagiwara is in good condition and is focusing her training on the Athens Olympics,” said Hagiwara’s coach Tadahiko Kanda. Japan’s top female swimmer Tomoko Hagiwara is set to miss this year’s World Swimming Championships in Barcelona after deciding to skip the upcoming nationals, swimming sources said Wednesday.The 22-year-old Sydney Olympian is still recovering from a stress-related illness and will sit out of this month’s national meet in Yokohama, which also serves as a trial for the Japan team for the World Championships in July.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img

Bristol Flyers Form Elite Partnership With Nuffield Health

first_imgNuffield Health have agreed to add their company logo to the back of the Bristol Flyers’ home and away jerseys, and will also sponsor Flyers captain Greg Streete for the upcoming campaign.Nuffield Health is a not-for-profit organisation, reinvesting all profit into their gyms, medical centres and hospitals across the UK. Their pioneering approach to healthcare brings together fitness, prevention and cure to arm their customers with the facilities and support to get fit and stay healthy.Nuffield Health Hospital Director Sheryl Krause  said: ”We are very excited to be involved with the Bristol Flyers ahead of their third season in the top flight of British basketball.”“As an organisation dedicated to improving peoples’ health and wellbeing, we always want to encourage people to take part in sporting activities like basketball, no matter what their ability is.We are thrilled to be involved with the Bristol Flyers and believe that we are the perfect partners to give expert advice on game preparation, training, recovery and injury prevention.”Bristol Sport Chief Executive Andrew Billingham added: “It’s fantastic that Nuffield Health have become our fourth elite partner joining our ever growing list of sponsors which now exceeds 22.“It is the first step in what we hope to be a long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationship.”Keep up to date with the latest Flyers news by liking ‘Bristol Flyers’ on Facebook, or following @BristolFlyers on Twitter.last_img read more

From the treatment room: September 2017

first_imgWith Andy Uren and Jack Wallace already back in full training, Head Coach Pat Lam will be able to welcome back key players before the end of the month.Alapati Leiua (shoulder), Gaston Cortes (ankle), Ross McMillan (rib), Jack Lam (eye), Nick Fenton-Wells (rib), Giorgi Nemsadze (hamstring) and England U20s prop Ollie Dawe (hamstring) are on track for a return to fitness in the next fortnight.Chris Vui – who arrived from Worcester Warriors in the summer – is set to be back in full training shortly following a planned reintegration over pre-season from a longstanding groin issue.Lock Dan Tuohy (hamstring) is making excellent progress and is likely to be available in September, while Academy arrival George Perkins (groin) is set to be back in training before the end of the opening month of the season.Siale Piutau (calf) is sidelined until November with a calf injury sustained against Scarlets, while Ehize Ehizode (MCL) won’t be available until mid-October.Lock John Hawkins suffered an ACL injury in the friendly clash with Leeds Beckett University, but is expected to return before the end of the season.Injured player list – Bristol Rugby (Greene King IPA Championship – Round One, 2017)Alapati Leuia (shoulder) – estimated return to play: mid-SeptemberGaston Cortes (ankle) – estimated return to play: mid-SeptemberRoss McMillan (rib) – estimated return to play: mid-SeptemberJack Lam (eye) – estimated return to play: mid-SeptemberOllie Dawe (hamstring) – estimated return to play: mid-SeptemberAlex Giltrow (rib cartilage) – estimated return to play: mid-SeptemberNick Fenton-Wells (rib fracture) – estimated return to play: mid-SeptemberGiorgi Nemsadze (hamstring) – estimated return to play: mid-SeptemberChris Vui (groin) – estimated return to play: late SeptemberDan Tuohy (hamstring) – estimated return to play: late SeptemberGeorge Perkins (groin) – estimated return to training: late SeptemberEhize Ehizode (MCL) – estimated return to play: mid-OctoberSiale Piutau (calf) – estimated return to play: NovemberJohn Hawkins (ACL) – estimated return to play: 2018last_img read more

ITEC Game Preview: London Lions (H) – BBL Cup

first_imgEverything you need to know ahead of this weekend’s action can be found below.last_img