Nutritionist calls for drastic measures to prevent non-communicable diseases

first_img Share 14 Views   no discussions LocalNews Nutritionist calls for drastic measures to prevent non-communicable diseases by: – April 12, 2012 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Public Health Nutritionist, Miss Paula Trotter Local nutritionist Paula Trotter had announced that if drastic measures are not taken to fight non-communicable diseases in Dominica, the country’s economy will suffer.Trotter delivered the feature address at the 11th Biennial Conference of the Dominica Association of Teachers at the Garraway Hotel on Wednesday, under the theme “Teacher confronting the scourge of non-communicable diseases”.She explained through a PowerPoint presentation, that there is an increase in non communicable diseases on the island which should not be viewed only as health problem.Trotter noted however that these diseases undermine the country’s capacity to achieve progress hence the need for action.“At the individual and family level, NCD’s lower productivity, and damage medium to long-term economic prospects. The impact of these diseases at a national level is of considerable concern”.According to a Trotter, new estimates indicate that management and treatment of these diseases place a great economic burden on countries.“This burden is already a serious drain on existing health budgets. Here in Dominica, almost a quarter of the ministry of health’s budget is spent on the treatment and management of the NCD’s” she explained.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Susan G. Komen Florida Recruiting BigWigs Campaign

first_imgThroughout the competition, BigWigs will work to encourage friends and colleagues to support their efforts of raising funds for life-saving breast cancer diagnostics, navigation, education, screening, and treatment services provided throughout Florida. It won’t be unusual to see these participants popping up around social media (and hopefully around town soon enough) donning their pink wigs and sharing informational tips about breast health, personal stories of their ties to breast cancer, and asking for donations to help support Komen’s efforts to create a world without breast cancer. While BigWigs are having tons of fun, the reason they are fundraising is that breast cancer continues to affect 1 in 8 women at some point in their lifetime, and a countless number of men. This year many of these people will also have lost their jobs and their health benefits. Every two minutes, one case of breast cancer is diagnosed in the United States. This year alone 268,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are anticipated to be diagnosed in women and 2,600 cases in men. With events such as these, Komen Florida is able to make an incredible impact on increasing the current number of 3.8 million breast cancer survivors living today. Each participant is challenged to raise a minimum of $1,000 to support breast health programs and services in Florida, and along the way they will be treated to prizes, incentives, and opportunities to boast of being named a top fundraiser, top team, BigWig with the most donors, or most creative campaign. For more information on the 2020 BigWigs campaign, please visit at, or contact Kelly Lindsey at (561) 514-3020 or with questions. About Susan G. Komen® and Komen Florida: Komen Florida is helping fuel research, advocate for patients and support people facing breast cancer locally through a variety of direct patient-centered services and by collaborating with area providers to remove barriers and connect people to needed care across the state of Florida. For more information, call (561) 514-3020 or visit It’s all about having fun and raising funds and Susan G. Komen Florida’s BigWigs campaign does both while helping in the fight against breast cancer. The organization is proud to once again host their BigWigs fundraising campaign and invites area business and community leaders to join in raising awareness, and funds during a friendly competition that runs from September 21st through October 31st. About Susan G. Komen®Susan G. Komen® is the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer organization, working to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Komen has an unmatched, comprehensive 360-degree approach to fighting this disease across all fronts and supporting millions of people in the U.S. and in countries worldwide.  We advocate for patients, drive research breakthroughs, improve access to high-quality care, offer direct patient support and empower people with trustworthy information.  Born out of a promise between two sisters, Susan G. Komen remains committed to supporting those affected by breast cancer today, while tirelessly searching for tomorrow’s cures.last_img read more

Rohr Recalls Ighalo, Nwakaeme, Alampasu Tipped for Battle of Uyo

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeAhead of the double header World Cup 2018 qualifier against Cameroon, Super Eagles Franco-German coach, Gernot Rohr, is believed to have recalled former Watford forward, Odion Ighalo, back to the senior national team along with some fresh faces.Ighalo who switched to Changchun Yatai in the Chinese Super League in the January transfer window has rediscover his scoring tricks in the Far East and is getting a new look in from the Eagles gaffer.He has 11 goals from 20 games for Yatai and is being strongly considered for a starting role.THISDAY learnt yesterday that Rohr’s list of 23-players for the double header is to be released today by the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Also scooped to make his debut against the Indomitable Lions is Anthony Nwakaeme of Hapoel Be’er Sheva from the Israeli topflight.Nwakaeme ended last season with 14 goals in the league, he also had 10 assists, 54 shots on targets and completed 1,003 passes.He has scored five goals this term from six appearances. Nwakaeme was voted the player of the season in Israel following his sterling display for the league champions.Nwakaeme caught the attention of the coach in one of the games of the last season’s Europa League where he played a leading role for Hapoel Be’er Sheva in their shock win over Inter-Milan.The forward is reportedly one of the players Rohr is considering to boost the attack of the Super Eagles.Carl Ikeme’s absence from the Super Eagles is believed to have opened another opportunity for ex-junior goalkeeper, Dele Alampasu, to contest for the number one jersey of the team. Alampasu is tipped as one of the players to be listed in the battles of Uyo and Yaounde.The 20-year-old former Golden Eaglet has been called to the Nigeria squad since 2015, but is yet to play a competitive fixture for the three-time African champions.The gangling goalkeeper has Ikechukwu Ezenwa to contend with for the starting shirt. Ezenwa was in goal for the home-based Eagles on Saturday in Kano as Nigeria defeated Benin Republic to qualify for the 2018 CHAN tournament.With Leon Balogun back from the injury that prevented his featuring for Nigeria the last term against South Africa in the AFCON 2019 qualifier, Rohr should be happy now having his three central defender in place. William Troost-Ekong and Chidozie Awaziem are the others to compliment the heart of Eagles defence.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sophia fire causes power outage to over 10 ECD villages

first_imgSeveral villages along the East Coast of Demerara were subjected to a power outage on Tuesday night and leading into Wednesday, which resulted in mass inconvenience and confusion.On Wednesday, several concerned and irritated residents told Guyana Times that the power supply went off at about 23:55h on Tuesday night but up today Wednesday afternoon, electricity was not restored.After numerous reports from residents were made to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), the company posted on social media that some of the affected areas included North Sophia, New Haven, Belvoir Court, Blygezigt Gardens, Bel Air Village, Bel Air Promenade, Bel Air Gardens, Bel Air Springs, Liliendaal to Industry, the University of Guyana and the Cyril Potter College of Education.Guyana Times understands that there was a fire at Sophia Dam, which damaged the utility company’s pole and primary structure. GPL stated that workers were unable to transport a piece one equipment at the dam; and as such, works were being carried out manually to replant new poles.“Due to inaccessibility to the dam to accommodate out pole planting equipment, remedial work to replant the structures are being done manually,” the company stated. The public was advised to exercise caution “when lighting fires in close proximity to GPL’s infrastructure”.One concerned resident voiced her discomfort to Guyana Times Guyana Times on Wednesday morning, noting that she was afraid that some of the items which she brought for Phagwah will spoil.“The cut off out light last night. It’s from Bel Air, Sand Road, Liliendaal, Cummings Lodge, Industry, Pattensen, Turkeyen and other areas. Since last night the light come off and we buy things for Phagwah. We want to know why until now the light ain’t come on back,” she said.The woman noted that strangers are roaming the streets and many persons are fearful that homes can be burglarised.Back in February, the company had experienced a cyber-attack on its computerised systems and the power company did note that a ransom was requested. It noted that permanent corrective measures were taken, which included initiating an information system quarantine.GPL said during this period, there were service interruptions for customers visiting its offices attempting to submit queries and new service applications since the Customer Information System was taken offline.Meanwhile, Guyana Times understands that power was restored to the communities late Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more

Linden joins in observance of Child Protection Week

first_imgThe Linden office of the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) joined with other agencies across Guyana on Tuesday in observance of Child Protection Week 2019, with the hosting of an awareness symposium.Child Protection Week is being observed from September 22 to 28 under the theme: “Promoting social change to stop the violation of children”.The symposium, which was held at the Egbert Benjamin Centre, saw representatives from Schools Welfare Department, Blossom Inc – which is responsible for the Child Advocacy Centre— social workers, Police divisions, religious bodies, Toshaos’ Council, and educators in attendance. According to Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Senior Childcare and Protection Officer (ag) Huette Moore, the aim of the activity is to spread the message that the protection of children is everybody’s business and all need to get involved.“We find children are violated in many different ways in terms of abuse, even in the school setting. So our invitees here today include headmasters and headmistresses from the primary and secondary schools…our message basically is to let people know that Child Protection cannot do this work alone, we need everybody’s participation…We should not abuse our children and if we see children are being abused, we shouldn’t let it go by the wayside,” Moore said.She added that child abuse is a sore issue in Region 10, more so within its riverine areas. Moore explained that presently, there is no Child Protection Officer overseeing communities in these areas and there have been calls for an officer to be placed in the riverine community of Region 10.“Currently, Region 10 only has 2 Child Protection Officers and there’s a lot of work to be done. Nevertheless, we’re trying our best…we’re going to start an outreach next month, going up the river. We’re going to start from Kwakwani…We’re trying to put it out there that Child Protection is here and there’s a place you can go for help. And if we cannot help you, we know where you can go to get help”, she noted.One of the most prominent issues dealt with in the Region, Moore stated, is child neglect, with sexual abuse next in line based on monthly reports. She noted that the Agency also assists in terms of ensuring both parents have access to their children. Moore said one positive improvement seen in the Region is that fathers are taking a more prominent role in being a part of their children’s lives and are fighting for access to their children. She noted that the Agency is proud of this development and encouraged more fathers to play an active role in the lives of their children. Moore further made calls for more collaboration in curbing the issue of child abuse.She further urged anyone who knows of a child being abused to report the issue. She said, regretfully, even in some cases where justice is served, children are left damaged for life. Moore believes that parents, guardians, and adults all need to play an active role and take the responsibility of protecting children as she urged all to step up, support and be a voice for children as well as pay attention to them when they speak. Moore said the Agency is also interested in hosting another symposium within the first quarter of the new year, which would include members of the business sector along with governmental organisations in Region 10.Region 10 recorded the highest rate of child abuse cases in Guyana in 2017, with a 22.1 per cent of the country’s total, with most of the reported cases deriving from Linden. Director of the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA), Ann Greene just last year during an interview with this publication indicated that the Region also had the highest rate of child neglect and sexual abuse at the time as she noted that child abuse is “a hidden crime”. As such, Greene had made calls for sexual regulation at the family level, as she explained that there is much more work to be done. Other cases, she had indicated, came from riverine areas such as Kwakwani.last_img read more