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Hundreds walk to raise awareness about breast cancer

first_img“Early detection saves lives” was the chant as hundreds took to the streets of Georgetown on Sunday to raise awareness on breast cancer as part of the activities to observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The march, which was organised by the Public Health Ministry, commenced and culminated at Parade Ground on Middle Street, Georgetown.Leading the march were Public Health Ministers Volda Lawrence and Dr Karen Cummings, along with First Lady Sandra Granger; Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and his wife, Sita; and several cancer survivors.Cancer survivor Desiree Edghill said that the walk differed from similar walks in that it allowed cancer survivors to feel embraced. “When people see survivors walking, I think that gives them some hope that I can fight this and I think what wasSome of the participants at Sunday morning’s breast cancer awareness walkgood about this walk also is that there was a lot of education happening on the way … so, I think it is important that we continue to walk and continue to let people know that early detection saves lives,” Edghill underscored.Also, a survivor, Public Health Minister Lawrence – who described herself as a ‘cancer warrior’ – said raising awareness was important, since many women experienced the symptoms, but were afraid to let people know or face the issue head-on.“When we come out in the public and we show them that even a minister or anyone – it does not matter who you are, but you can have cancer and you can be a survivor, you can war against cancer. So, this is to encourage [persons] to come out and do their breast checks,” Minister Lawrence is quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information (DPI).Dr Cummings, the Minister within the Public Health Ministry, noted that the huge turnout demonstrated that more people were aware of the issue. The Minister said, “We certainly want to reduce the morbidity and mortality of cancers in general and more importantly, breast cancer, which is very common among women. So, I know that persons will learn to examine themselves every month so they can save their lives.”October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Governments, civil society groups and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) use this annual observation to raise awareness about the disease, and garner funds that will go towards research on treatments and a cure.last_img read more

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Xbox One: Microsoft’s Big Bid To Pwn The Living Room

first_imgIt’s not every day one of the big three gaming powerhouses announces a new console. In fact, we’ve been waiting a solid eight years. In an event on its Redmond, Washington home turf today, Microsoft announced the Xbox One, its next generation Xbox gaming console — and more.In fact, the Xbox One is pretty much an audacious land grab by Microsoft, an attempt to stake out your living room as its undisputed turf. Here’s how.The new console packs 8GB of RAM, a base 500GB hard drive, USB 3.0, wi-fi direct, and built-in Blu-Ray. The One runs on a custom eight-core AMD chip and will come bundled with Kinect, the motion-based controller system that Microsoft introduced with the Xbox 360.Contrary to rumors, the Xbox One will not require an Internet connection at all times. Though it may crimp your ability to play used games and apparently won’t play Xbox 360 games at all.On stage in Redmond, Head of Xbox Don Mattrick touted the Xbox team’s ability to stay agile with trends — not always the company’s strong suit — by feeding the voracious appetite of avid gamers. “Nearly 8 years after our launch, the Xbox 360 remains a vibrant platform,” Mattrick said. “We made an early bet on Xbox live. Gamers were hungry to adopt emerging technologies… we doubled down on Xbox Live. Today it’s time for technology to step behind the curtain.” But it is in the living room that the Xbox One stakes its major claim to fame. A new generation of Xbox Live will be the revamped, beating heart of the console, weaving together interactive TV, real-time major broadcast events like sports and awards shows and connected gaming, naturally.The new Xbox Live interface enables quick-switching between Xbox Live’s homescreen, movies and live TV — and in the demo, quick meant quick. “”You can switch to your game like it’s a TV channel flip” according to Xbox Live head Marc Whitten. The quick-switching is thanks to “snap mode,” a multitasking feature that allows apps to remain running in the background so that they can pop back up instantly.By hosting its own event on its own terms, Microsoft is jumping the gun on E3 — the biggest North American gaming conference, and traditional grounds for big, flashy hardware announcements. Of course, Microsoft is also beating Sony to the punch, considering that the rival’s PlayStation 4 reveal is just around the corner too. All photos by Taylor Hatmaker for ReadWrite Tags:#consoles#gaming#Microsoft#Xbox 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… taylor hatmaker 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

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Police harass students of safe road movement

first_imgSafe road movement. Prothom Alo file photoPolice have yet to specify any charges against persons arrested during the students’ movement for safe roads. They say that no one has been accused of being guilty or innocent at this stage and they also do not know when investigations will be completed.As the investigations are still underway, those arrested during the movement, including 22 students of private universities, are having to appear in court every month. With cases filed against them, their studies and jobs are being hampered. A student, on condition of anonymity, told Prothom Alo, the university administraton has shown some sympathy towards them in the beginning, but not anymore. The exams are often held on the date they have to appear in court. They either have to take their exam and rush to court, or rush to the exams from court. They are also ridiculed and mocked.The safe road movement burst out when students took to the streets in protest, following two college students being killed by a bus in the capital city on 29 September last year. When the demonstrating students were attacked on 4 August, students of Dhaka University took to the streets the next day. Then on 6 August, students of North South University and other universities also took to the streets. And before they could take to the streets, the students of East West University were confined in their own campus. Reportedly, police as well as helmet and lungi clad persons assaulted them.Sixty cases were filed in connection to the safe road movement which continued for around a week in Dhaka City. Police in Badda and Bhatara filed cases against over a hundred persons, naming 32 specifically. And 22 students of private universities were arrested in those cases.Serious chargesThe charges brought against the students were serious. The charges filed by the Badda police station against the students include creating violence with dangerous weapons, obstructing government work, attacking the police, damaging police vehicles and setting fire to the Badda police station. A total of 19 per sons were accused in that case. Some former students were charged with instigation. The Bhatara police station brought charges against 13 students of North South University, Independent University of Bangladesh and Asian University, as well as against numerous unidentified persons. They were accused to obstructing government duties, attacking government personnel and injuring them, as well as halting and damaging vehicles. Six policemen were hurt in those incidents. Three arrested students – Fayez Ahmed, Masad Murtaza bin Asad and Azizul Karim were also injured.Those arrested for creating violence in Badda were accused of wielding eight three-foot long sticks, broken glass and broken bricks. No specific description was given of how they reportedly attacked the police station.Kakon Biswas, the main accused in case filed by the Badda police station, was said to have instigated violence. Kakon said he had passed out of university quite some time ago. On the day of the incident, he entered office at nine in the morning and left at six in the evening. He feels he has been included in this case because of his role in the 2015 movement against VAT for post-grad studies.Bhatara police station brought charges against students of North South University, Asian University and of quite a few other universities. Saber Ahmed of Asian University was arrested in this case. He told Prothom Alo, he had been in front of a bank on the day of the incident when a policeman summoned him. The policeman then handcuffed him and placed him in a prison van. He often contacts the investigating officer but has not been told when the charge sheet or the final report will be prepared. He has been aspiring to go abroad for higher studies but that has now become uncertain.Five others arrested in this case say they had been attacked by police and the helmet-lungi clad hoodlums without any provocation. At least 40 of those injured in this attack had to be admitted to Apollo Hospital. One of them, Ashraful Islam, had been grievously injured and was kept under intensive care for long at the hospital. These students are asking why cases have been filed against them instead of the helmeted attackers.The students, however, say the investigating officers have shown sympathy towards them. But no one can say when they will be released from these cases. Several police officers involved in the investigations told Prothom Alo unofficially that they are unable to do anything as they simply have to wait for orders from above.Drivers accuse, students accusedDuring the safe road movement, hundreds of the students were charged with damaging buses and a few were arrested. Bus drivers filed cases with the Motijheel, Paltan, Khilkhet, Cantonment and Kotwali police stations against the demonstrating students.22 case under section 57Last August 22 cases were filed regarding the safe road movement. Investigations have not been completed in any of the cases. The accused are having to appear in court every month.One of the students, on condition of anonymity, has said that the universities are not giving them any sort of concessions. Eden College student Lutfun Nahar Luma says she appeared in court on 16 April. A girl in a pink outfit had appeared in a video taken of the movement and she was arrested because she had been wearing a pink outfit too. Another 16 were arrested in that case and the 17 of them have to turn up in court every month.Officials of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s cyber crime division say the safe road movement had been hijacked. A rumour had been spread that students were killed and raped in the Awami League office. But no one knows who spread these rumours. It is speculated that the rumours were sparked off from outside the country.Chairman of the national human rights commission, Kazi Reazul Huq, says the safe road movement was a justified one, but it failed as other elements had entered the scene. It had been a movement of the general students, but they were arrested and harassed. He said the government should look into these cases and resolve them as soon as possible. *The report, originally appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

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UPDATE 14 Potential Cases Of Mumps At Harris County Jail

first_imgJen Rice/Houston Public MediaDr. David Persse, Houston’s local health authority and EMS medical director, provided an update about the mumps outbreak at the Harris County Jail on June 13, 2019.Dr. David Persse, Houston’s local health authority and EMS medical director, said Thursday there are 14 potential cases of mumps at the Harris County jail. Seven cases, six inmates and one staff member, had been confirmed as of Thursday morning.The Houston Health Department is leading the response to the mumps outbreak. A spokesman told News 88.7 that the individuals who have been confirmed sick and those who have symptoms have been isolated. About 300 inmates who may have been exposed to the mumps virus are in quarantine.Persse said at a news conference held at the headquarters for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office that his department is reasonably concerned about the outbreak “because, in a small percentage of patients, there are serious complications,” such as swelling and damage of reproductive organs, which can cause sterility, as well as inflammation of the brain. Mumps can also be dangerous for pregnant women.Jail medical staff first recognized a symptomatic inmate in mid-May. No new cases were identified until last week or so, according to Persse. “That fits exactly what we would expect for the natural incubation period of mumps,” he said.Earlier on Thursday, Persse said in a news release that his department is “looking at the individual cases to identify possible contacts to ensure sure proper action is taken as needed to prevent this disease from spreading further.” “We currently do not have reason to believe this outbreak has spread outside of the jail,” he added in the news release.Personnel with the Houston Health Department has visited the jail this week to further coordinate response efforts, including the vaccination of jail staff and inmates, and isolation and quarantine guidelines.Persse said that the Harris County Sheriff’s Office “acted quickly and appropriately when it became apparent there was a problem.”At the news conference, Persse explained that mumps is a viral illness but it’s not that easy to contract. He said a person would have to be within approximately three feet of somebody coughing or sneezing, or share a glass or utensils.Mumps symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite and swollen glands under the ears or jaw. An infected person can spread mumps by coughing or sneezing and releasing tiny droplets of contaminated saliva, which can then be breathed in by another person.The MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine offers safe and long-lasting protection against mumps. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children receive two dose of MMR vaccine, the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age and the second dose 4 through 6 years of age.“This is yet another reminder about the importance of proper vaccination against vaccine preventable diseases like mumps,” Persse said. “Proper vaccination is not only about protecting the individual receiving the vaccine, it’s about protecting everyone who comes into contact with that person.”Two doses of MMR vaccine are 88% effective against mumps.Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said his department is also working with the Harris County Public Health Department, led by Dr. Umair Shah.You can watch Dr. Persse’s news conference here:#HCSO @SheriffEd_HCSO and Houston’s local health authority, Dr. David Persse, will provide an update on a mumps outbreak at the Harris County Jail. #HouNews @HoustonHealth https://t.co/gSUjnZOxm4— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) June 13, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

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An unprecedented start for Jamaica tourism in 2019

first_img MONTEGO BAY — Jamaica’s tourism sector has reported an “unprecedented start” to 2019, with record-breaking arrival figures and earnings.In just nine weeks since the beginning of 2019, the country has become the first Caribbean destination to welcome one million visitors during the period. As such, it has generated foreign exchange earnings of approximately US$800 million.On reaching this milestone, Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, said: “Jamaica continues to make an aggressive push in transforming the way we market the destination and we have been seeing the dividends. While the March numbers are still preliminary, we are pleased to have achieved this milestone so early in 2019. A big thanks to our various travel partners who have been selling Jamaica and helping us sustain this positive growth.”In addition to record numbers, Jamaica has also been recognized with several accolades this year, including a #14 ranking on the Best Destinations of the World list, and #1 Best Destination in the Caribbean at the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. Plus, at the Caribbean & North America edition of the World Travel Awards, the destination took home a total of 24 awards including Leading Caribbean Destination, Leading Caribbean Cruise Destination, and for the 13th straight year, the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board. << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Tags: Jamaica, Statistics Travelweek Group center_img Share Posted by An “unprecedented” start for Jamaica tourism in 2019last_img read more

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