The Public Health Ministry has taken its countrywide training programme to Berbice, as efforts continue to eliminate maternal deaths caused by haemorrhage.Zero maternal deaths by haemorrhage is an initiative of the Pan America Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), along with its Latin Centre for Perinatology, Women’s and Reproductive Health (CLAP/WR), to prevent maternal deaths by postpartum haemorrhage.According to research conducted by the Public Health Ministry and PAHO, postpartum haemorrhage is a leading cause of maternal death in Guyana. As a result of this, several training sessions have been executed in Regions One, Three and Four.The three-day session, which targeted midwives, doctors, gynaecologists andSome of the participants at the Public Health Ministry trainingcommunity health workers, began on Monday in the Regional Health Services boardroom, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).PAHO’s representative, Ulex Fung is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying that the Organisation was satisfied with the collaboration between the Ministry and PAHO to implement the training sessions.Fung noted that the initiative also worked towards empowering women, so their rights and preferences are respected, and they are encouraged to seek timely qualified medical care. She emphasised that training for health-care professionals served to reduce the number of cases and ensure timely and effective treatment for cases that do occur.The PAHO representative further highlighted that the participants would be introduced to an electronic system known as “Prenatal information system plus” used to store data belonging to patients.The Public Health Ministry will be taking the programme to Regions Two and Seven soon.
Donegal Daily have joined the social media campaign which is urging people to vote for Irish Women’s soccer star Stephanie Roache to win the coveted FIFA Puskas Award. The prestigious award honours the best goal scored in the world that season.Roache has made the final three, which in itself is already a wonderful achievement.Robin Van Persie and James Rodrigeuz are the other nominees for the FIFA Puskas Award.The fact that both those goals were scored at the World Cup on the biggest stage of all highlights the achievement of Roache even more. Roache scored her amazing goal in a league match for Peamount United against Wexford Youths.Her stunning goal received huge exposure when it went viral at the time with Gary Lineker, Paul McGrath, Matthew Le Tissier and Rio Ferdinand among those who marvelled at her goal.A huge campaign was launched in the hope of seeing her shortlisted for the award.It has worked by now supporters of Roache are calling on Irish soccer fans to keep voting for the Peamount United striker.If she wins she’ll become the first woman to ever win the award.Roache will travel to Zurich for the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony which takes place on January 12.You can vote for her at the link outlined below. http://www.fifa.com/ballon-dor/puskas-award/index.htmlDDTV: LET’S GET VOTING FOR STEPHANIE ROCHE TO WIN FIFA GOAL OF THE YEAR AWARD was last modified: December 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FIFA Puskas AwardnewssoccerSportStephanie Roache
ALAMEDA — Derek Carr is the face of the Raiders, player-wise at least, but that face has spent far more of this season pressed against the ground than Carr would like.He’s on pace to take 48 sacks in 2018, topping his previous single-season high by 17. Carr weathered 24 sacks his rookie season, 31 in 2015, only 16 in the Raiders’ breakout 2016, still just 20 last season and now a whopping 24 halfway through the 2018 season, tied for fifth-most in the NFL just two seasons after the Raiders …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Whether it is called fake meat or clean meat, products containing alternative sources of protein have been appearing in supermarkets and restaurants around the country, and are competing with traditionally raised animal agriculture products. Attendees at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention engaged with experts on what alternative sources of protein are, who backs them and how to get the message out about the products they produce.Plant-based “meats” (Impossible Foods, Inc. and Beyond Meat) and cell-based meats (Memphis Meats and Mosa Meat) are two types of products that have been receiving national attention over the past few years according to Eric Mittenthal, vice president of public affairs for the North American Meat Institute. Though very different in how they are produced, both groups are targeting the marketing demographic dominated by animal agriculture.“Their audience is not the traditional vegan or vegetarian looking for new products,” Mittenthal said. “They want to compete in the meat case for meat eaters.”Plant-based “meats” use a recipe of plant ingredients to imitate the properties of animal meat, while cell-based meats use cells taken from animals that are then grown in a lab. Though plant-based “meats” are now on store shelves, cell-based meats are still unavailable. Mittenthal said that the first commercially available cell-based meat could be ready as soon as 2019 but is still too expensive to be viable as a replacement for animal agriculture products.The companies that are producing these products are not the only ones promoting them. Hannah Thompson-Weeman, vice president of communications for the Animal Agriculture Alliance, noted that many of the groups pushing for the widespread adoption of these products, such as the Good Food Institute and The Humane Society of The United States, have hostile views on animal agriculture.“These are well-funded groups opposed to animal agriculture,” said Thompson-Weeman. “From their perspective, there is no way we can raise animals for consumption that is ethical and responsible. Their end goal is ending meat consumption.”The panelists agreed that the best way to combat the negative attacks by these groups is to:Avoid disparaging consumer choices;Correct misinformation, but not engage in back-and-forth debates;Focus on interested consumers vs. extremists; andDevote energy to sharing positive information about animal agriculture and meat.“Customers want choice and they need you to respect that they are entitled to choose,” said Leah McGrath, dietitian for BuildUp Dietitians. “Getting caught in the middle of these ideological battles is not helpful; it just creates negativity and suspicion. Take the high road and tell your story about what makes your products great.”
India has won 38 golds, 27 silvers and 35 bronzes in the Commonwealth Games 2010. In the last Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006, India had scored 22 golds, 17 silvers and 11 bronzes. The 2010 medallists are given under: Shooting 14 golds1. Abhinav Bindra & Gagan Narang (Men’s 10m air rifle – pairs) 2. Anisa Sayyed & Rahi Sarnobat (Women’s 25m pistol – pairs)3. Anisa Sayyed (Women’s 25m pistol – singles)4. Omkar Singh (Men’s 50m pistol – singles)5. Gagan Narang (Men’s 10m air rifle – singles)6. Vijay Kumar & Gurpreet Singh (Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol – pairs)7. Omkar Singh & Gurpreet Singh (Men’s 10m air pistol – pairs)8. Omkar Singh (Men’s 10m air pistol – singles)9. Gagan Narang & Imran Hassan Khan (Men’s 50m air rifle 3 position – pairs)10. Vijay Kumar (Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol – singles)11. Vijay Kumar & Harpreet Singh (Men’s 25m centre fire pistol – pairs)12. Gagan Narang (Men’s 50m rifle 3 positions – singles) Wrestling 10 golds1. Ravinder Singh (Men’s Greco-Roman 60 kg)2. Anil Kumar (Men’s Greco-Roman 96 kg)3. Sanjay Kumar (Men’s Greco-Roman 74 kg)4. Rajender Kumar (Men’s Greco-Roman 55 kg)5. Geeta Singh Phogat (Women’s freestyle 55 kg)6. Alka Tomar (Women’s freestyle 59 kg)7. Anita Tomar (Women’s freestyle 67 kg)8. Narsingh Pancham Yadav (Men’s freestyle 74 kg)9. Yogeshwar Dutt (Men’s freestyle 60 kg)10. Sushil Kumar (Men’s freestyle 66 kg) Boxing 3 golds1. Suranjoy Singh (Men’s flyweight 52 kg)2. Manoj Kumar (Men’s light welterweight 64 kg)3. Paramjeet Samota (Men’s light super heavyweight +91 kg) Archery 3 golds1. Rahul Banerjee (Men’s recurve – singles)2. Deepika Kumari (Women’s recurve – singles)3. Deepika Kumari, Dola Banerjee & Bombayala Devi Laishram (Women’s recurve team) Weightlifting 2 golds1. Yumnam Renubala Chanu (Women’s 58kg)2. Katulu Ravi Kumar (Men’s 69kg) Athletics 2 golds1. Manjeet Kaur, Sini Jose, Ashwini Akkunji and Mandeep Kaur (Women’s 4x400m relay)2. Krishna Poonia (Women’s discus throw) Badminton 2 golds1. Jwala Gutta & Ashwini Ponappa (Women’s doubles)advertisement2. Saina Nehwal (Women’s singles) Table Tennis 1 gold1. Subhajit Saha & Achanta Sharath Kamal (Men’s doubles) Tennis 1 gold1. Somdev Devvarman
zoomImage Courtesy: Safe Bulkers Driven by higher revenues, Monaco-based drybulk shipping company Safe Bulkers managed to return to profitability in the first quarter of this year.The company posted net income of USD 6 million in Q1 2018, compared to net loss of USD 3.3 million during the same period in 2017.Net revenues for the first quarter of 2018 increased by 31% to USD 43.5 million from USD 33.3 million during the same period in 2017. This was mainly due to improved charter rates, in addition to an increase in the average number of vessels, according to Safe Bulkers.“Our revenues continued to improve supporting gradual increase in our profitability. We intend to continue to use our cash from operations to further improve our capital structure and deleverage in forthcoming quarters,” Loukas Barmparis, President of Safe Bulkers, said.As of May 24, 2018, the company has agreed to finance the recently acquired secondhand vessel, which was paid from cash from operations, by increasing an existing credit facility of USD 36.7 million secured by three vessels to USD 54 million which will be secured by the four vessels after the increase. In addition, Safe Bulkers has agreed to finance an unencumbered vessel and refinance another existing facility of USD 23.5 million with a new 5-year term loan of USD 32 million.As of May 24, Safe Bulkers’ operational fleet comprised 39 drybulk vessels with an average age of 7.9 years and an aggregate carrying capacity of 3.5 million dwt. In addition, one Kamsarmax bulker is expected to join the company in June this year, marking the completion of Safe Bulkers’ newbuilding program.
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Wednesday launched an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the imports of automobiles into the United States, moving swiftly as talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled. President Donald Trump predicted earlier that U.S. automakers and auto workers would be “very happy” with the outcome of the NAFTA talks.The White House said in a statement that the president had asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to consider whether the imports of automobiles, including trucks, and automotive parts threaten U.S. national security. The president said in the statement that “core industries such as automobiles and automotive parts are critical to our strength as a Nation.”The U.S. remains far apart on the talks over rewriting the trade pact with Canada and Mexico, with the discussions at an impasse over rules for car production. The initiation of the trade investigation could be seen as an attempt to gain leverage in the talks with the two U.S. neighbours. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that efforts to renegotiate the trade agreement could spill into next year.Nearly half of the vehicles sold in the U.S. are imported, with many coming from assembly plants in Mexico and Canada. During a meeting with auto executives earlier this month, Trump said he would push for an increase in the production of vehicles built at U.S. plants. He has also criticized European Union auto imports and tariffs and earlier this year threatened a “tax” on European imports.A person familiar with the discussions said the president has suggested seeking new tariffs of 20 to 25 per cent on automobile imports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity and was not authorized to speak about private deliberations.Trump brought a little-used weapon to his fight to protect auto workers: Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The provision authorizes the president to restrict imports and impose unlimited tariffs on national security grounds.The Trump administration used that authority in March to slap tariffs of 25 per cent on imported steel and 10 per cent on aluminum imports. Until then, the United States had pursued only two such investigations since joining the World Trade Organization in 1995. Both times — in a 1999 case involving oil imports and a 2001 case involving iron ore and steel imports — the Commerce Department refused to recommend sanctions.Critics fear that other countries will retaliate or use national security as a pretext to impose trade sanctions of their own.Daniel Ujczo, a trade lawyer with Dickinson Wright PLLC, said the tariff threat is likely meant to pressure Mexico into accepting U.S. demands for NAFTA changes that would shift more auto production to the U.S. from Mexico. But he questioned whether it would work.“I do not believe that it will have the desired effect,” Ujczo said. “Everyone knows that (the investigation) will take too long and has no chance of surviving any legal challenge.”Trump offered a hint about the move earlier in the day on the South Lawn, telling reporters that “you’ll be seeing very soon what I’m talking about.” He noted that both Mexico and Canada have been “very difficult to deal with” during the negotiations.“I am not happy with their requests. But I will tell you in the end we win, we will win and will win big,” Trump said before departing for New York. He said America’s neighbours have been “very spoiled because nobody’s done this but I will tell you that what they ask for is not fair. Our auto workers are going to be extremely happy.”Mexico has so far resisted U.S. attempts to get higher regional content rules in the auto industry and move production to higher-wage U.S. and Canadian factories. The U.S. has also sought to change NAFTA’s dispute-resolution system, and include a sunset clause that would allow countries to exit after five years.The Trump administration has already missed an informal deadline that had been set by House Speaker Paul Ryan to get a revamped deal to Congress in time for lawmakers to vote on it in a midterm election year. Mexico, meanwhile, will hold presidential elections on July 1 and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the leftist candidate who has led in polls, has said the re-negotiation shouldn’t be rushed through and should be left to the winner of the election.If the negotiators fail to agree to a revamped version of NAFTA, the discussions could be extended into 2019. Trump could also carry out his threat to abandon the agreement that he has long railed against, throwing commerce among the three countries into disarray.Trump has sought to overhaul NAFTA in an effort to return auto production to the United States and reduce America’s trade deficit. The U.S. has been demanding that a percentage of a car’s content of auto parts originate in a country — the U.S. or Canada — with average auto worker wages of about $15 an hour to qualify for NAFTA’s duty-free status.But companies have built supply chains that straddle NAFTA borders and changing the rules could disrupt their operations, raise costs and potentially put them at a competitive disadvantage with manufacturers in Asia and Europe.___AP Business Writer Paul Wiseman contributed to this report.
A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test, in this undated handout photo provided by the US Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency. Reuters file photoChina and Russia have agreed to take further unspecified “countermeasures” in response to a US plan to deploy an anti-missile system in South Korea, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday.The countermeasures “will be aimed at safeguarding interests of China and Russia and the strategic balance in the region”, Xinhua said, citing a statement released after a China-Russia security meeting.China and Russia held a joint anti-missile drill last May after Washington and Seoul began discussions over installing the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to counter any North Korean threats.THAAD is now due to be deployed on a South Korean golf course, unsettling Moscow and Beijing, which worry that the system’s powerful radar will compromise their security and do nothing to lower tensions on the Korean peninsula.China and Russia said in October they would hold a second drill this year.“China and Russia urged the United States and South Korea to address their security concerns and stop the deployment of THAAD on the Korean Peninsula,” Xinhua quoted the statement as saying.North Korea’s drive to develop nuclear weapons capability has angered China, Pyongyang’s sole major diplomatic and economic supporter. However, Beijing fears THAAD and its radar have a range that would extend into China.On Thursday, South Korea’s trade minister said the South might complain to China about actions perceived to have been taken in retaliation for its decision to deploy the US anti-missile system.
Safe 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 Kabir
Share Captain Kenneth Campbell, of HPD’s Traffic Enforcement Division (center), speaks at a media briefing on DWI enforcement during the 4th of July enforcement period that was held at HPD’s headquarters on July 3rd, 2018.The Houston Police Department (HPD) is urging Houstonians and visitors to have a plan to return safely to their homes or hotels after they attend Fourth of July celebrations on Wednesday.Captain Kenneth Campbell, of HPD’s Traffic Enforcement Division, noted during a media briefing held Tuesday that both taxi cabs, as well as driving services such as Uber and Lyft, are good options to make such plans. Having a designated driver is also a good alternative.“Go ahead and have that plan because we don’t want you to become a statistic and be in a fatal crash and we don’t want you to create a statistic by becoming another DWI arrested individual within our city,” emphasized Campbell, who noted that in 2017 during the Fourth of July “enforcement period”, HPD worked on more than nine fatality crashes and made more than 250 DWI arrests, 65 of which involved a crash.Sean Teare, chief of the Vehicular Crimes Division at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, underlined on his part that being involved in a DWI has serious consequences, such as having to pay thousands of dollars in fines and losing your driver’s license, as well as having a conviction on your record.At a state level, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) on Tuesday stepped up patrols with troopers on the lookout for intoxicated drivers, vehicles speeding, failure to use seat belts and other violations. Texas law requires everyone in a vehicle to buckle up.During the Fourth of July enforcement period in 2017, Texas troopers issued more than 98,000 tickets and warnings, including 1,658 seat belt and child safety restraint citations.HPD, @AAATexas Remind Motorists Don’t Get “Popped” on July 4th for DWI https://t.co/fvOObnz2cD— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 3, 2018