Nursing School undergoes sensitisation workshop

first_imgFollowing the hosting of two previous Peace Corps/PEPFAR stigma and discrimination (S&D) sensitisation workshops with nursing students, the Peace Corps HIV Taskforce aimed to bring sustainability of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired from these trainings by working with the nursing school leadership.Peace Corps and President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is looking to work with the nursing programme to integrate the learning and objectives from these trainings into the nursing curriculum, helping to ensure nurses in Guyana enter the work force equipped to provide the highest standard of care to all persons.To this end, from June 8 to June 10, principals, department heads, tutors, and senior students from the Georgetown, Linden, New Amsterdam, and St Joseph Mercy Nursing Schools attended a three-day interactive workshop, where they participated in activities that brought to light how both conscious and unconscious discrimination can affect patients’ access to care and health outcomes.Evidence shows that negative health service experiences directly result in negative health outcomes. Unfortunately, it is the already marginalised populations that are primarily subject to S&D in service settings. The workshop focused on strategies for health system and curriculum strengthening, by providing health care professionals a better understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, whom are among the gender and sexual minority (GSM) patients they serve.The training also enlightened participants to issues that people living with HIV (PLHIV) face in health service settings, providing deeper understanding of the full impact in treating PLHIV & GSM patients with care.Perhaps the most impactful part of the workshop was the panel discussion, in which participants were able to gain insight from panelists who identify as members of the key populations. This discussion not only provided greater context to the topics covered, but also served to humanise the issue, providing faces to LGBT Guyanese and persons living with HIV.At the conclusion of the training, participants expressed a sincere desire to eliminate stigma and discrimination of GSM and PLHIV persons in the nursing system.  Action plans were developed which including everything from student lead stigma and discrimination sessions to incorporation of greater GSM & PLHIV education in the general curriculum.Peace Corps and PEPFAR applaud this commitment, and will provide support in the completion of this initiative.  Peace Corps Director of Programme and Training, Melanie Ingles, indicated Peace Corps commitment to collaboration with nursing school leadership to integrate the training into general curriculum, while PEPFAR Country Coordinator, Stephanie Joseph de Goes, encouraged the participants to lead the way forward in eliminating stigma and discrimination to provide the highest standard of care in Guyana, where all patients especially sexual minorities are respected and treated with dignity and care for the most positive health outcomes.last_img read more

Chair, mattress thief remanded to prison

first_imgA 35-year-old man who stole a number of items, including a set of chairs and a mattress, was on Friday remanded to prison by Magistrate Leron Daly when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Seon Bert denied stealing the 24 chairs, mattress and air conditioning unit with a total value of $185,000, property of Nigel Pile. Police said the offence was committed on May 1, 2018 at North Road, Georgetown.According to the facts of the matter, the virtual complainant (VC) secured his business place on April 30, 2018, but upon his return the following day, he observed that the main access door was broken. As such, checks were made and it was revealed that the items mentioned in the charge were missing. The matter was reported and an investigation was launched, thus leading to the arrest of Bert, after the stolen items were found in his possession. Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh objected to bail being granted the accused since he has no fixed place of abode. He will make his next court appearance on May 25.last_img read more

Economic Impact of World Under-17 Hockey Challenge being surveyed

first_imgFans attending the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge games in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, which begin tomorrow, are themselves being challenged to participate in an economic impact study.Ross deBoer is the Fort St. John Director of Recreation and Leisure Services.- Advertisement -At last, world event organizers are still looking for volunteers to assist with conducting the survey in both cities.last_img


first_imgSt Eunan’s College in Letterkenny have compiled a video in tribute to the winning All-Ireland teams of 1992 and 2012.It’s a clever slice-up of images of such veterans as Declan Bonnar mixed with the current crop of stars including Colm McFadden.Simply click the video to play and enjoy.   DDTV – WHEN THE ALL-IRELAND STARS OF 1992 MET THE STARS OF 2012 was last modified: September 26th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trouble lingers in paradise

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It’s chaos,” said fire official Gregorio Vergara. “They are taking things all over the city.” Military-aid convoys rolled into the resort town, handing out bottled water and medical aid. City officials distributed packages of rice, beans, crackers and cooking oil to people who stood in lines that stretched for blocks. Larry Lowman of Beaufort, S.C., carried away armloads of emergency supplies for the shelter where he was staying. “It’s an expedition to bring food for everybody,” he said. There was little food left on the isolated island of Cozumel, as well, making some people anxious. CANCUN, Mexico – Mexicans and stranded tourists, hungry and frustrated after a two-day beating by Hurricane Wilma, stood in line to buy supplies Sunday or simply raided grocery or furniture stores ripped open by the storm. The hurricane’s steady march toward southern Florida meant an end in Cancun to two days of howling winds and torrential rains that shattered windows, peeled away roofing and sent the ocean crashing into hotel lobbies. Then the sun emerged over Mexico’s sugar-white Caribbean beaches. But another kind of chaos took over as police shot into the air to scare looters away from a shopping center, and looters responded by throwing rocks and chucks of concrete. Downtown, officials feared looters would turn on tourists, so they quickly evacuated more than 30 foreigners from an area overrun by people raiding stores. Military officials and police stood guard outside businesses and set up checkpoints to seize stolen goods. “Right now, there is nothing to buy on the island,” resident Daniela Ayala told The Associated Press by telephone. “People are in the streets looking for food, and they are starting to get desperate.” The storm knocked out many of the island’s docks, making it difficult for ships to arrive. State officials were trying to clear airstrips on Cozumel and nearby Isla Mujeres so that planes could land with aid. President Vicente Fox said the government also would send helicopters. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA young woman who drove a man on the bonnet of her car and broke a red light has escaped with a €100 fine.Letterkenny court.Student Lisa McGinley drove her car for more than 500 yards up the Main Street of Letterkenny with the stranger on board. Ms McGinley, 20, appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday after successfully completing the Pro Social Drivers Course.She was sent on the course by Judge Paul Kelly after he witnessed shocking CCTV footage of the incident which took place on October 20th, 2013.The footage showed hundreds of revellers emerging from a local nightclub and a man jumping onto the bonnet of Ms McGinley’s white Honda Civic car.The video then shows the man giving the thumbs-up to passers by as Ms McGinley carries the man on the bonnet, before breaking a red light and then pulling in at a local chip-shop.The man is then seen shaking Ms McGinley’s hand after the incident.Solicitor for McGinley, of Broomfield, Castlefin, Lifford, Mr Frank Dorrian, told Letterkenny District Court yesterday that his client had completed the course.Judge Kelly said he hoped that Ms McGinley had learned from the course.He fined her €100 for driving past a red light and agreed to dismiss all the other charges against Ms McGinley.WOMAN WHO DROVE MAN ON BONNET OF CAR ESCAPES WITH €100 FINE was last modified: May 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Scientific Claims Are Reversible

first_imgHow much confidence can the public put in scientific claims today, given that some long-lived dogmas have been reversed?Sodium reversal:  Jesus said, “Salt is good” (Mark 9:50), referring to spiritual seasoning.  Scientists, speaking of dietary seasoning, have long proclaimed “Salt is bad,” urging people to reduce sodium intake drastically.  For instance, Medical Xpress continues to warn that “9 out of 10 American kids eat too much salt,” based on government guidelines.  But just the previous day, Medical Xpress reported that sodium’s influence on blood pressure (one of the chief worries) is negligible.  In a large study, sodium intake had an insignificant effect on systolic blood pressure among 8,670 French adults monitored for body mass index, fruit and vegetable consumption, exercise and sodium intake.  None of the participants were taking blood pressure medicine during the experiment.  This contra-consensus finding is important, the researchers felt, because “though the lifestyle factors measured in the study are often targeted by physicians as areas for adjustment in patients with hypertension, there is surprisingly little data on their individual effects on blood pressure within pharmacologically untreated populations.”  In other words, salt’s risk to blood pressure appears to be a commonly-accepted truism with little evidential support, leaving open the possibility that some people may be getting too little of the mineral.Volcano reversal:  The “textbook theory of volcanoes may be wrong,” Science Daily announced, publishing a press release from Caltech.  Mantle plumes do not rise up through narrow jets to the surface.  The opposite is true:The new measurements suggest that what is really happening is just the opposite: Instead of narrow jets, there are broad upwellings, which are balanced by narrow channels of sinking material called slabs. What is driving this motion is not heat from the core, but cooling at Earth’s surface. In fact, Anderson says, the behavior is the regular mantle convection first proposed more than a century ago by Lord Kelvin. When material in the planet’s crust cools, it sinks, displacing material deeper in the mantle and forcing it upward.Caltech geophysicist Don Anderson is calling this “top-down tectonics.” He says it is “based on Kelvin’s initial principles of mantle convection.”  But then, how and why did the mantle plume hypothesis gain such traction for so many decades?  Anderson’s answer sounds disgustingly familiar:“Mantle plumes have never had a sound physical or logical basis,” Anderson says. “They are akin to Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just So Stories’ about how giraffes got their long necks.“Neuroscience reversal:  A potential paradigm shift is in progress in neuroscience.  On PhysOrg, John Hewitt discusses recent findings that show neural pulses can pass through each other and continue on, contrary to a long-held belief that they annihilate on collision.  That sounds minor, but Hewitt claims it is “shaking the foundations of neuroscience.”  Since 1949, neuroscience has accepted the results of Ichiji Tasaki’s experiments that seemed to show annihilation.  “In other words, he was the man with the plan,” Hewitt says, showing the power of authority in science.  “If Tasaki found that spikes failed to penetrate each other then that would be good enough for me, and in fact it was good enough for neuroscience for the next half a century.”  The old view also comported well with existing theory.  New experiments by Thomas Heimburg may bring that dogma crashing down.Mammal reversal:  Heard the one about mammals being small, shrew-like animals scampering in the underbrush to escape dinosaur feet?  Three new fossils described on National Geographic are “revising our image of the first furry beasts,” the article says, showing squirrel-like mammals with long toes and prehensile tails happily living in the trees. “Three newly described species suggest that mammals evolved earlier, and faster, than previously thought.”  The old picture of mammal evolution “needs to be repainted,”  now that we can see they lived in various habitats.  “They walked on the ground; they also swam, dug to burrow, and glided in the forests,” the article says.  This paradigm shift also shows that mammals were diverse and well adapted at their first known appearance in the fossil record.  How long before the museum displays are updated to include a variety of mammals?  Some scientists are likely to be unhappy with the “shifting picture of mammal evolution” —“I expect this will be contentious,” [Anne] Weil [of Oklahoma State] says, but the study is an important addition to investigations of where mammals came from.“I think it’s going to be part of an argument that will be going on for some time,” Weil says, “and I expect paleontology as a whole will learn a lot from questions gleaned from these animals about the antiquity of Mammalia.“PhysOrg, reporting on the three new fossils, adds that these new species (1-10 oz. in weight) had complex teeth and the typical mammalian middle ear with three ossicles.  Their advanced state requires proposing a much earlier date for the first mammal common ancestor, at least 25 million years earlier, or as much as 74 million:However, the placement of the new species within Mammalia poses another issue: Based on the age of the Euharamiyida species and their kin, the divergence of mammals from reptiles had to have happened much earlier than some research has estimated. Instead of originating in the middle Jurassic (between 176 and 161 million years ago), mammals likely first appeared in the late Triassic (between 235 and 201 million years ago). This finding corresponds with some studies that used DNA data.Genetics reversal:  In “Biology’s Quiet Revolution” on Evolution News & View, Dr. Jonathan Wells recounts the major reversal in molecular biology since 1980.  Prior to that, scientists were confident they understood the “Central Dogma” of genetics, “DNA makes RNA makes protein makes us” – a concept amenable to genetic determinism and neo-Darwinism.  In a verbal victory dance, Jacques Monod proclaimed in 1970, “the mechanism of Darwinism is at last securely founded, and man has to realize that he is a mere accident.”  That was then.  Now, Wells shows with links to major papers, geneticists have repeatedly been astonished at major finds that have undermined much of the 1980s consensus, showing that the level of information in cells is much vaster than previously realized.  The Central Dogma has become “discredited myth,” Wells says, that must be discarded to answer the “huge questions” that remain.But science is self-correcting!  Science has a method to avoid human bias!  Science is superior to every other method of discovering knowledge!  That notion is reversible, too.It’s interesting that one of Lord Kelvin’s geological theories is being vindicated over a century after the fact (see our biography of Lord Kelvin).  Wells repeats a mythoid that Lord Kelvin was overconfident about science.  According to the citation, he said, “There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement.”  Wikipedia says this about that oft-repeated joke: “The statement … is given in a number of sources, but without citation. It is reputed to be Kelvin’s remark made in an address to the British Association for the Advancement of Science (1900). It is often found quoted without any footnote giving the source.  However, another author reports in a footnote that his search to document the quote failed to find any direct evidence supporting it.  Very similar statements have been attributed to other physicists contemporary to Kelvin.”  The statement may well have been made by someone else and wrongly attributed to Kelvin; or, he may have been quoted out of context. (Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Jordy edged in Bells Beach Pro semis

first_img‘Big’“Making the final, I don’t even have words for it. Of course I wanted to win it. I want to ring the bell as much as anyone else on tour. Didn’t get to it this year, but a runner-up finish is a big result for me and I’ll take that into the next one.” South African surfing star Jordy Smith narrowly missed out on the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach title on Tuesday, falling to eventual winner Adriano de Souza by just 0.04 of point in the semi-finals at Bells Beach in Victoria, Australia. ‘Interesting’“Congrats to Adriano though. He’s been ripping. Everyone’s been ripping and there have been some interesting results. It makes the year interesting. I’ll take the momentum into Brazil.” “Definitely disappointed that the score [an impressive 18.40 out of 20] didn’t come in for me at the end,” Smith said afterwards. “I really wanted to ring that bell and felt like I’ve been surfing well all week. ‘Tough’“It has been a tough time for me recently. I started 2013 without a sponsor for the first time in many years. I had to believe in myself that a company would believe in me and one did. I have to say thanks to Pena for believing in me. I have a lot of people to thank, but all I want to do right now is ring the bell.” “This is the most important event on tour to me,” De Souza said. “Guys like Andy Irons, Kelly Slater, my hero Mick Fanning, they have all rung the bell. I have been coming here a lot of years. I love the place. SAinfo reporter 1. Kelly Slater (USA) 11 750 pts2. Mick Fanning (Aus) 11 700 2. Taj Burrow (Aus) 11 700 4. Adriano de Souza (Bra) 10 500 5. Joel Parkinson (Aus) 9 750 6. Nat Young (USA) 9 750 7. Jordy Smith (RSA) 8 25018 Travis Logie (RSA) 4 500 It was a career-best result for runner-up Young. “It was a huge event for me,” he said. “Just to be in the field is a dream for me. Ive looked up to the surfers in this event my whole life. The event has such a history behind it and I was honestly just excited to be here. The 25-year-old Smith was one of the form surfers throughout the event, consistently landing high-scoring rides. However, it was just not enough against the Brazilian. The next stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) will be the Billabong Rio Pro from 8 to 19 May. De Souza claimed the title by defeating American rookie Nat Young 16.26 to 15.83 in the final in clean three-to-five foot waves to become the first South American winner in the event’s 52-year history. 2 April 2013 ASP WCT STANDINGS (Following Completion of Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach) Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The JSE All Share Index edges ahead in positive territory

first_imgLocal marketsOn Wednesday the JSE All Share index edged ahead by 0.19 % on the back of industrial shares which rose 0.56%. Financials were marginally ahead by 0.22 % with gold mining shares drifting into negative territory with a slide of 2.37%.At 5pm a US dollar cost R11.99, the British pound cost R17.73 and the euro cost R12.89.Brent crude was trading at $55.35 per barrel and gold at $1199 per oz at 5pm.  International marketsIn China the Shanghai index closed up 1.66% and the Hang-Seng advanced 0.66% on a better than expected PM Index showing. However in Japan the Nikkei closed down losing 0.90% on fears of tough forthcoming trading conditions for the 2nd quarter. In Europe all the markets were in positive territory at our 5pm close with the FTSE 100 up 0.63%, the CAC 40 advancing 0.61% and the German DAX ahead by 0.31%. Positivity was driven by a competitive euro and expected continuing low oil prices.In the US the Nasdaq was lower by 0.64%, the S&P 500 dropped 0.41% and the Dow Jones Index sank 0.46% on a ratings cut of airline stocks and and health care companies by Deutsche Bank.     share price newsAmongst the top gainers today was MTN Group Ltd (MTN) which advanced 5.85% to R217.00 with 9,922,397 shares trading through 14706 deals. Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) gained 9.54% to R14.52 per share with 573,837 shares being traded through 17 deals.Amongst the top losers were  Seardel Investment Corporation (SRN) which lost 8.26% to close at R1.00 per share with 375,254 shares being sold through 7 deals. Also amongst the losers was Conduit Capitol Ltd (CND) which lost 5.78% to trade down at R2.12 per share with 219,428 shares being sold in 23 deals.last_img read more

President Cyril Ramaphosa Unveils the Nelson Mandela Statue at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly

first_imgPresident Cyril Ramaphosa has unveiled a life-sized statue of late president Nelson Mandela at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, as South Africa celebrates Heritage Day on Monday 24 September 2018.           This comes as part of South Africa’s continued centenary celebrations of the founding father of the nation’s democracy – President Nelson Mandela. The year 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, thus providing a unique opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his life and times and to promote his legacy.President Cyril Ramaphosa says the late Nelson Mandela will forever hold a special place in the world for his dedication to peace and his legacy of forgiveness. “This celebration has provided us with an opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made as a young democracy and the tasks that still lie ahead of us. It has also reinforced the need for South Africa to continue to build on the legacy of President Mandela in working towards a peaceful, just and prosperous world,” added President Ramaphosa.President Ramaphosa called on global leaders, international organisations and civil society groups to work together to restore the primacy and relevance of multilateralism, and emphasised the need for strengthened efforts to a more proactive approach to the maintenance of international peace and security.Team South Africa – led by President Ramaphosa kicked off their 2018 participation at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in the form of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit which was hosted in collaboration with the UN and coincided with Heritage Day in South Africa. The Nelson Mandela Peace Summit included a high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, the unveiling the Mandela live-size statue, and a reception hosted by South Africa for about 300 delegates on 24 September 2018. The high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, aimed to adopt a political declaration negotiated by Member States.President Ramaphosa concluded: “In line to the philosophy and practice of the Mandela years, South Africa continues to seek warm fraternal relations and strong economic ties with all the countries if the world, regardless of size, influence or alignment.“We remain firmly committed to the rules-based multilateralism as the most sustainable and effective approach to the management of international relations – and will continue to advocate for the needs and interests of developing countries to be placed at the top of the international agenda.”The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) commenced on 18 September 2018, and the first day of the high-level General Debate starts today – Tuesday, 25 September 2018, and is scheduled to last for nine working days.Article Submission by: Tsabeng NthiteFollow the conversation on #SAatUNGA73 #BetterAfricaBetterWorldlast_img read more