Participants from two of the three Ebola affected English speaking countries, Liberia and Sierra Leone, have ended a five-day workshop in Monrovia that focused on reproductive and maternal health.The workshop, which ran from September 7-11, aimed at using the Radio Distance Learning (RDL) initiative to reduce maternal mortality in the sub-region.The participants examined family and community related health issues, where they would use radio dramas serials to educate and entertain the population on living in healthier communities, highlighting issues such as antenatal care, the use of insecticide-treated bed nets, nutrition and sound hygiene, among others.The Liberia/Sierra Leone Radio Workshop was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Health with support from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3)-Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (JHUCCP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). HC3 is a five-year, global project funded by USAID. It is designed to strengthen developing country capacity to implement state-of-the-art social and behavior change communication (SBCC) programs.Teah Doegmah, JHUCCP’s Social and Behavior Communication Program Officer served as one of the facilitators. According to him, the 50 participants comprised health workers from the Ministry of Health as well as the Ministry of Health and Environment of Liberia and Sierra Leone. Other civil society actors, from Liberia and Sierra Leone, represented various organizations, including World Vision, Save the Children, Africare, Equip-Liberia, IREX, Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), andInternational Rescue Committee (IRC).“We talked about the need to sleep under an insecticide-treated mosquito net every night all year round, and also the reduction in child mortality in those Ebola affected countries,” one of the facilitators, Jane Brown, JUCCP’s Senior Program officer, told reporters at the end of the workshop on Friday.She expressed the belief that the entertainment education radio program showcases role models the audience can identify with and learn from. She said maternal health, poor nutrition and diarrheal diseases would be addressed in the program, which intends to target huge audiences, adding that the listeners would also become involved in the daily lives of the drama’s characters, relate to the challenges they face and how they address or cope with them particularly with child mortality.The program capitalizes on other social networks to reinforce healthy behaviors and provide feedback for further programming. “Alternative feedback platforms could have been letters and phone calls, but letters take long to arrive, and phone calls are way more expensive than SMS,” one of the participants explained, adding that the use of the internet platform will allow audience members to interact, sparking interpersonal discussions that expand into community forums.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A miner was buried alive on Sunday after a pit in which he was working caved in at Chinese Creek Backdam, Mazaruni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The dead man has been identified as 25-year-old Kevin Adams of Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Dead: Kevin AdamsAccording to information received, the incident occurred about 14:00h on Sunday while Adams and another miner were working in the pit.Guyana Times was told that the walls of the pit caved in on the men suddenly, pinning Adams. The other miner managed to escape with minor injuries. Adams was, however, buried.Reports are persons working in the area ran to the rescue of Adams, but after some time, he was pulled from the debris in an unconscious state and rushed to the Bartica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Adams’s body is presently at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.Meanwhile, when contacted, Adams’ family noted that the miner was simply seeking a better way of life, hence the reason for him taking up the job in the interior.Relatives related that they have not seen Adams in about three years.A cousin recalled receiving the tragic news of the accident and his passing from a neighbour on Sunday; however, they said the family did not receive much information. Family members on Tuesday travelled to Georgetown to identify the body.He is survived by his parents and siblings. A post-mortem examination is scheduled for later this week.
Less than a week after the Pomeroy Sport Centre – formerly the Enerplex – received its new name, the City has released a statement regarding the Centre’s new name.City officials say there had been discussions from residents that had wanted to recognize the late Ross H. MacLean when the building was named.In the statement from the City, officials say that City Manager Dianne Hunter had met with MacLean back in January at which time MacLean had stated he didn’t want his name singled out to commemorate his contributions.MacLean had also apparently said that the City should seek corporate sponsorships to ensure sports costs could be kept reasonable.MacLean was a long time resident of Fort St. John, living in the city since the summer of 1919.Advertisement He had long been considered as one of the great contributors to organized sports in the area.He was honoured by the City as the final Olympic torchbearer when it passed through the city on Jan. 31, a little more than four months before his death on June 4.The full statement from the City can be viewed here.To help answer some of the questions below, here are some links to previous stories on sponsorship of the Pomeroy Sport CentreAdvertisement – Advertisement -Photo: Ross H. MacLean shortly after lighting the Olympic Torch, January 31, 2010 – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca Enerplex Corporate Funding StrategyEnerplex construction and naming updateCity announcing substantial new Enerplex sponsor on WednesdayLocal business sponsors Enerplex walking trackCity promotes Enerplex at the Olympics
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A 29-year-old Guyanese woman will now spend her Christmas behind bars after she was nabbed at the Sao Paulo Airport, Brazil, moments after she arrived there with just over five pounds of cocaine concealed in several pieces of undergarments.Maranda CozierMaranda Cozier reportedly left Guyana through the crossing at Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) on December 12 to travel to the neighbouring Portuguese-speaking country.Some five days later, while she was at the Sao Paulo Airport in Brazil, law enforcement officials on duty subjected the woman and her belongings to a routine check.It was during this search that the Brazilian officers discovered that she had 2295 grams of cocaine stashed in four different packets of underwear.She was immediately arrested by those ranks and began to be questioned about the origin of the cocaine and the location to which she had been transporting the illegal substance.The cocaine that the woman had in her possessionShortly after the woman’s arrest in Brazil, that country’s drug enforcement authorities contacted local enforcement officials to notify them about the incident.According to information received, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) was directly informed about the situation and ranks have already begun a probe of their own here in Guyana.At this time, it is uncertain as to whether the woman was a ‘drug mule’ who was carrying the cocaine to a supplier or buyer in Brazil or if she had just been passing through that country with the illegal substance with another country set as her destination with it.In fact, it is unsure as to whether she obtained the cocaine from a supplier right in Brazil and had busted when she was making her way out of that country.However, drug enforcement agencies from both Brazil and Guyana are said to be working hand-in-hand on this case with the hopes of discovering where the cocaine originated from, how it passed through the border undetected, and who it was destined for.
Aston Villa and Netherlands defender Ron Vlaar battles Argentina superstar Lionel Messi at the World Cup 1 Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has admitted he will sit down with Ron Vlaar to discuss the Dutch defender’s future at the club.The 29-year-old has just one year left on his current contract and has been linked with move away from the club this summer, with Serie A sides Juventus, Lazio and Roma all interested following his outstanding World Cup campaign.Vlaar returned to Villa training this week for the first time since the trip to Brazil, and Lambert insisted he will open discussions with the centre-back over extending his stay at Villa Park once he gets back into Premier League mode.“I have spoken to him, and he has told me he is concentrating on [their opening game of the season against] Stoke,” said the Scot.“He’s not had much of a break, but he’s enthusiastic, positive and raring to go.”“It was a good feeling I got from him,” added Lambert, speaking to the Birmingham Mail.“To be fair, it was a really brief conversation I had before the game as I was preparing the lads for the match.“Ron’s got another year still to go on his contract, it’s not as if he’s at the end of it.“Once we get back I’ll sit with him, we’ll have a bit more time, but he loves it at Villa, that’s well known.”
Dhara with her husband MichaelA LEADING expert has criticised the lack of resources in Donegal and Sligo after the death of a mother days after giving birth to her first child.Dhara Kivlehan, who was 28 and originally from India, died in September 2010.A jury in Leitrim last night returned a verdict of medical misadventure in the case. The HSE had asked for a verdict of death by natural causes.Independent expert Dr Peter Boylan, from the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin, told the inquest that Mrs Kivlehan should have been seen immediately after she gave birth to her son Dior by both renal (kidney) and liver consultants.However she was not see by the renal expert – Dr Austin Stack – until more than two days after she gave birth by caesarian section at Sligo Regional Hospital.Speaking to RTE this morning Dr Boylan said staff weren’t to blame. The system, he said, was broken.He said the fact Dr Stack worked between Sligo Regional Hospital and Letterkenny General Hospital was a major factor in the case.“This is not to lay blame at any staff at all,” said Dr Boylan.“Renal and liver consultants should be available at both hospitals and not one between the two but this is a problem we have had in this country for years.”In his report to the coroner’s inquest in Carrick on Shannon, Dr Boylan stated: “Having reviewed the medical notes from Sligo and Belfast and having read the statements provided to the inquest by those involved in Mrs Kivlehan’s care, it is clear to me that there were deficiencies both in her clinical care and at a systematic level.” He said deficits in clinical care included the attribution of all of Dhara’s medical problems to HELLP syndrome, a severe form of pre-eclampsia, when she was in fact suffering from internal bleeding and in desperate need of medical attention of both renal and liver specialists.Dhara went to Sligo Hospital on September 20, 2010. Dior was born the next morning on September 21.Dhara became progressively worse and wasn’t seen by Dr Stack until 60 hours later on the afternoon of September 24.She was transferred to Belfast later that night and died at the Royal Victoria Hospital on September 28. MUM WHO DIED AFTER GIVING BIRTH COULDN’T SEE EXPERT BECAUSE HE WAS IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: September 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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)Tags:Dhara KivlehanDiorinquestMichael Kivlehan
Mr Antony Shaju, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Letterkenny University Hospital has been appointed to the Examining Committee of the European Board of Orthopaedics and Traumatology.This academic appointment has been seen as a further enhancement of Letterkenny University Hospital as a destination teaching hospital for Orthopaedic trainees.Commenting on his appointment Mr Shaju said, “I am delighted with this news which is in recognition of the focused coaching schedule that I have incorporated into the training programme of our Department over the past 4 years. “Letterkenny University Hospital accommodates Orthopaedic trainees from many European and Non-European countries. During their time here, the senior trainees have an opportunity to prepare for the European Board of Orthopaedics and Traumatology Specialist Fellowship exam under our departmental guidance. When successful, the trainees are then qualified to work as specialist surgeons in their own countries. And of course, our trainees here in Letterkenny are also successfully achieving the Royal College of Surgeons’ Inter-collegiate Speciality Exams.“I am hopeful that the European academic recognition will attract more Orthopaedic trainees to Donegal in the future”.Letterkenny surgeon appointed to European training board was last modified: August 13th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:Letterkenny University HospitalMr Antony Shaju
Uphold Nelson Mandela’s legacy by contributing to the Book Drive. (Image: Flickr) South Africa commemorated the death of world leader Nelson Mandela on 5 December, the first anniversary of his death, and in a few quick steps you can help fight illiteracy by ordering and paying for a book for charity in his memory.The Nelson Mandela Foundation, in partnership with The Book People, aims to collect 67 000 books and promote literacy over the next three months. Every book bought at The Book People in the next three months will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Book Drive to equip less privileged schools and communities around South Africa.“We all have a responsibility as parents, as caregivers, as educators, as leaders and as citizens, to instil in our children the critical drive for literacy and learning, so that we can give them the chance to fulfil their dreams,” explained Russell Nelson, from The Book People.Contributions can be made in the comfort of people’s own time online on The Book People’s website. As with other online shopping, you need to register on the website by filling in your name, surname, email address and contact details. Browse the titles, and when you have found a publication you want to buy, click “add to cart”. Follow the prompts to complete your transaction – and you will have helped to fight illiteracy.Books may also be dropped off at select Cotton On stores and the foundation’s Centre of Memory at 107 Central Street, Houghton, Johannesburg.Yase Godlo, the manager of Mandela Day and outreach at the foundation, said: “The book drive gives people everywhere the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to Madiba’s legacy and follow his example in helping to make this world a better place for all.”Mandela Day Book DriveThis is the second book drive held this year in Mandela’s name to benefit the underprivileged and help to beat illiteracy. The Gauteng department of education held one for International Mandela Day on 11 July.In that one, pupils from Roedean, Saheti and Redhill primary schools got the ball rolling, making a generous donation of books that were received by Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.Education was close to Mandela’s heart. Ahmed Kathrada, one of his long-time friends, spoke of his time on Robben Island as a prisoner during the struggle for freedom. “Even under adverse conditions, prison inmates would study. We would work in the sun with picks and shovels for eight hours, and then spend the night in our cells studying.“Madiba was always adamant about the importance of education,” Kathrada said, adding, in a message addressed to all young South Africans: “Our country needs skills in every direction. With your freedom, you have a major responsibility to serve yourself and South Africa by investing in education.”HOW LITERACY HELPSLiteracy plays a vital role in the growth and development of any nation, and research has shown that the higher the rate of literacy, the better the potential to succeed.There is a correlation between income and illiteracy, according to South Africa’s Read Educational Trust, an NGO that specialises in teacher training and the provision of school reading resources.Data on the organisation’s website reveal that the per capita income in countries with a literacy rate of less than 55% averages $600 (R5 000); in countries with a literacy rate between 55% and 84% it averages $2 400; in countries with a literacy rate between 85% and 95% the average is $3 700; and in countries with a literacy rate above 96% it jumps to $12 600.A high level of literacy can reduce poverty and crime, contribute to economic growth, and improve the quality of life because people, when they can read information regarding HIV/Aids and other social issues, are able to make informed choices and feel more confident about themselves. This, in turn, could relieve the burden on the government in terms of the public health system, for instance.