Oncology Specialist visits the Turks Caicos Islands

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 18, 2018 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services welcomes Dr. Armando Sardi to the TCI this week.   Dr. Sardi is the Medical Director of the Institute for Cancer Care in Baltimore, Maryland and a renowned Surgical Oncologist.   Dr Sardi will be visiting the TCI between 17th-21st January 2018, during which time he will meet with a variety of stakeholders including; Ministry of Health personnel, TCI Hospital, NHIP, Turks and Caicos Medical Association in addition to the Cancer Society and Foundation.   Dr Sardi will also engage with the Premier, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and the Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services to discuss the issue of cancer in the TCI.The government shares the concerns of the general public in relation to the number of cases of cancer being diagnosed in the TCI.  Globally cancer is the second leading cause of death with nearly one in six deaths worldwide attributed to cancer.   The incidence of cancer is expected to rise by 70% over the next twenty years. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use. These risks are modifiable.Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer deaths.Late-stage presentation and inaccessible diagnosis and treatment are common in some lower and middle income countries.The economic impact of cancer is significant and is increasing.Between 30–50% of cancers can currently be prevented.  This can be accomplished by avoiding risk factors through lifestyle changes.   The cancer burden can also be reduced through early detection of cancer and management of patients who develop cancer.   Many cancers have a high chance of cure if diagnosed early and treated adequately.   Modifying or avoiding key risk factors can significantly reduce the burden of cancer. These risk factors can be addressed by:Avoiding the use of tobacco containing productsMaintaining a healthy weightEating a healthy diet with a variety of fruit and vegetablesEngaging in regular physical activity at least three times a weekReducing alcohol use Tobacco use is the single most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer-related deaths globally.  The Ministry of Health has taken a number of steps to address cancer in the TCI including the following;Development and implementation of a Non-communicable disease action planPromoting healthy lifestyles through various media and activities to educate the general public about steps they can take to live healthier livesDevelopment of National Cancer Screening GuidelinesDeveloped the Tobacco Control Bill which was approved in 2016Developed a Nutrition Policy which will address risk factors associated with diet.The Ministry of Health Agriculture and Human Services looks forward to engaging with Dr. Sardi and local stakeholders in reviewing existing and developing additional strategies and interventions targeted at reducing the burden of cancer in the Turks and Caicos.For further information, please contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 338 2771.Press Release: TCIGlast_img read more

Governor Brown accepts federal funding to add National Guard staffing

first_imgCalifornia responds?? pic.twitter.com/8HCXoGXc87— Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) April 11, 2018 Updated: 1:39 PM KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Governor Brown accepts federal funding to add National Guard staffing April 11, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Responding to President Donald Trump’s call for deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border, a defiant Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday he will commit 400 troops to the state’s effort to “combat transnational crime.”In a letter to federal authorities, Brown said the National Guard troops would be added “statewide,” so it was unclear exactly how many of those 400 troops would actually be sent to the border. He said the state’s transnational-crime effort currently includes 250 personnel statewide, including 55 at the border.“But let’s be crystal clear on the scope of this mission,” Brown wrote. “This will not be a mission to build a new wall. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws.”Republican governors in the border states of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico have already deployed a combined 1,600 National Guard troops to the Mexican border in response to Trump’s call for added staffing. Trump made the request last week, with the federal government paying the cost of the troop deployment. He said the troops were needed because of “lawlessness thatcontinues at our southern border,” and he wanted increased security while he continues his push to build a wall along the entire border.Until Wednesday, California was the only border state that hadn’t responded to Trump’s request.In his letter, Brown took issue with suggestions of chaos at the border.“Here are the facts: There is no massive wave of migrants pouring into California,” he wrote. “Overall immigrant apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they’ve been in nearly 50 years, and 85 percent of the apprehensions occurred outside of California.”He said the federal government funding of 400 National Guard troops will allow the Guard “to do what it does best: support operations targeting transnational criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers along the border, the coast and throughout the state.”“Combating these criminal threats are priorities for all Americans –Republicans and Democrats,” Brown wrote. “That’s why the state and the Guard have long supported this important work and agreed to similar targeted assistance in 2006 under President Bush and in 2010 under President Obama.” Posted: April 11, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Jerry Brown FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Shazam writer Henry Gayden roped in to pen down script for sequel

first_imgShazam! in your nearest theatres!TwitterThere’s some good news for Shazam! fans as the writers have confirmed a sequel is in the making. And for the sequel, Warner Bros. is reportedly bringing back the original scriptwriter, Henry Gayden. The studio also plans to bring back David F. Sandberg to direct the sequel.As per an exclusive report on The Wrap, Warner Bros, New Line and DC Comics are set to bring back a sequel to the magic created by Shazam with Shazam! 2. For Shazam!, Gayden received sole screenplay credit in the film. Apart from Gayden and Sandberg, producer Peter Safran is also supposed to return for the sequel. For the uninitiated, Shazam! tells the story of a teenager Billy (Asher Angel) who is chosen as a vessel for Shazam’s (Zachary Levi) return. Shazam is basically an ancient wizard with extraordinary powers. What follows further is how the super cool school boy turned into a superhero tries to stop the evil billionaire industrialist Sivana (Mark Strong) from acquiring Shazam’s powers for himself.#Shazam sequel in the works with screenplay writer Henry Gayden tapped to write the script, director David F. Sandberg expected to return(via @TheWrap | https://t.co/96RQyFKQs8) pic.twitter.com/xBx8JEIWcx— Fandom (@getFANDOM) April 8, 2019Shazam! sequel in the makingTwitterThe film released last week but has already managed to score big money at the box office. The film has managed to become #1 worldwide with its overperformance. Exceeding the expectations of trade experts, the North American collection has rounded up to $56.8 million with a gross $102.3 million collection at the international box office. This has brought the total of Shazam to a whopping $159.1 million. The world seems to be in DC Comics superhero’s favour as fans are flocking over to the cinema to uplift the box office scores and success of the films. Previously, Aquaman and Wonder Woman were the ones who managed to achieve such a feat after the momentary setback caused by a series of Warner Bros and DC Comics films.Henry Gayden, a relatively new writer to the studio movies is currently basking in the success of Shazam. Of course, though, the possibility of Shazam 2 completely depends on the script by Gayden. If the script is good enough, the studio will give the sequel a green light to continue. Will the film bring Black Adam as the antagonist? Since the first film did not introduce Black Adam over Dwayne Johnson’s request, which he revealed in his Instagram video. It would be interesting to learn how Gayden plans to go about with the script for the sequel.last_img read more

Meghan Markle sidelined at Trooping of Colour 2019 Duchess of Sussex snubbed

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle made her first public appearance after the birth of baby Archie at Trooping the Colour 2019. But it looks like fans are not pleased with where the couple Sussex were made to stand during the Trooping the Colour balcony photos. Were Meghan and Harry sidelined during the celebrations?Reportedly last year, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were seen standing behind Prince Charles and the Queen for the iconic pictures. But during this year’s celebrations, the new parents were less visible, tucked to one side and behind Prince Andrew. This did not sit well with Royal fans who took to social media to express their outrage. Most of the complains ranged from how shameful it was that the couple Sussex was relegated to the background and how there weren’t many pictures of Meghan.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesSeveral royal fans apparently wanted to know why they were positioned at the back of the balcony, and asked whether there is a “royal order” in place for the official photographs. Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, told People magazine: “She was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected, but there’s a pecking order.”The pecking order is very important for the Royal Family, but even so, Meghan and Harry could have been placed more strategically, so that they could have been a little more visible. It was Meghan’s first public appearance after her maternity leave after all. However, some fans were overjoyed to catch any glimpse of the Duchess of Sussex, no matter how small the glimpse was. Meghan Markle may soon be resuming her Royal duties now that it looks she is done with her maternity leave. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

UN battles mounting illness in Rohingya camps

first_imgA doctor checks a three-day old baby as Rohingya refugees gather at a relief point for babies and pregnant women at the Kutupalang refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh 2 October, 2017. Photo: ReutersRelief agencies on Tuesday fought to contain a diarrhoea outbreak around camps in Bangladesh where more than 500,000 Rohingya have taken shelter in the past five weeks.The United Nations said meanwhile it would seek $430 million to increase operations in the camps along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. The Rohingya Muslims have poured across the frontier to escape a military crackdown in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.A 20-bed treatment clinic was opened at Kutupalong refugee camp Monday to treat diarrhoea victims and another 60-bed facility would be set up this week, a UN spokesman said.UN staff and volunteers were touring Kutupalong and nearby makeshift camps to identify those who have not sought treatment, UN refugee agency spokesman Andrej Mahecic said.”We have seen an increasing trend of diarrhoeal disease cases, including cases of diarrhoea with severe dehydration,” he said.Bangladesh authorities were not aware of diarrhoea-related deaths in the camps, but the health department said more than 10,500 Rohingya had been treated since the influx began on August 25.Last week the World Health Organisation warned of a growing cholera risk in the makeshift camps as they lacked safe drinking and hygiene facilities. The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) group also said the camps were on the brink of a public health disaster.The camps face dire shortages of food and medicine in what has become one of the world’s largest refugee settlements.The overwhelmed camps around the border town of Cox’s Bazar already had 300,000 people who fled earlier violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.Mark Lowcock, a UN under secretary general for humanitarian affairs, said the world body would be seeking “something like $430 million to enable us to scale up the relief operation.””Conditions in the camps at the moment are terrible,” Lowcock told reporters in Cox’s Bazar.The UN has already given an extra $12 million from its emergency response fund.”What we want to do is to make sure that the tragedy of the Rohingya is not magnified and amplified by a human catastrophe and health catastrophe,” the UN official declared.last_img

New Construction Continues To Slow Down In Greater Houston

first_imgListen Florian MartinConstruction in Greater Houston is down 19 percent compared to last year.Developers in Greater Houston started just under $1.5 billion worth of new buildings in September.That’s a 24 percent drop from the same month a year ago, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.Overall this year, new construction is down 19 percent compared to the first nine months of 2015.Patrick Jankowski, an economist with the Greater Houston Partnership, said the construction industry is feeling the effects of the oil downturn.“Construction is always the last to pick up when the economy starts to boom, it’s always the last to see the downturn when the economy starts to weaken,” he said. “So it’s not surprising.”You wouldn’t know driving through downtown Houston. It seems like a new building is going up on every other block.But construction on those started a few years ago and needs to be finished.Houston won’t need any new office buildings for the next several years, Jankowski said.And as for apartments, “Right now we have close to 18,000 apartment units under construction,” he said. “We’re going to get down to a pace where we may have maybe 3,000 or 4,000 on an annual basis being constructed.”He said we should be seeing a lot fewer cranes 12 to 18 months from now. 00:00 /00:00 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharelast_img read more

Are Tolls Coming to the BWParkway

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFROTraveling along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and I-270 could come with a toll if President Donald Trump and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan have their way.The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Governor have signed an agreement to consider transferring ownership of the BW-Parkway from Uncle Sam to the state of Maryland or install toll lanes but such an agreement would have to be approved by Congress.A photo for the exit to the Baltimore Washington Parkway. (Courtesy Photo)Completed in 1954, the 29-mile federal highway is a road, park and monument all in one. The parkway, which is lined with trees and prohibits big trucks, is dedicated to former Prince George’s County lawmaker and Congresswoman Gladys Noon Spellman and it ferries thousands of cars between Washington D.C. and Baltimore daily. But in recent years, the aging roadway is better known for its many accidents and interminable backups.Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke signed the agreement earlier this month to consider the transfer to Maryland.  Governor Hogan signed the document June 22 that calls for a study to determine if installing tolls or transferring the roadway would be “an appropriate use of this Federal resource.”While Hogan has enjoyed support from Democrats, this move couldn’t have come at a worst time. He is certain to be challenged on the proposal by Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). The Hogan administration has promised to work with Maryland’s Congressional delegation on a bill that would transfer control of the parkway to the state either as part of a sale or trade of property to the Maryland Transportation Authority.The Baltimore-Washington Parkway is part of a $9 billion effort proposed by Governor Hogan to install toll lanes around the state. He also wants to install tolls on the Capital Beltway in Maryland and on Interstate 270 up to Gaithersburg. The tolls would pay for the multi-billion dollar expansion.In what could be a traffic nightmare on a corridor often plagued by accidents, Hogan also wants to widen the road with additional lanes in each direction. Maryland officials have crafted plans to add privately operated toll lanes on the parkway and 270.The public has several opportunities to weigh in on the BW Parkway and I-270 proposals:July 17Eleanor Roosevelt High School.7601 Hanover ParkwayGreenbelt, MD 20770.*************************************************July 24Central High School200 Cabin Branch RoadCapitol Heights, MD 20743.*************************************************July 25Thomas W. Pyle Middle School6311 Wilson LaneBethesda, MD 20817last_img read more

Central level administrative review meet to be held on May 8 CM

first_imgKolkata: The Central level administrative review meeting of the state government is going to be held on May 8.The meeting will be held at Nabanna Sabhaghar. Sources said that the meeting will start from 1.30 pm. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be taking stock of the progress of different projects in the state.This is the second Central level administrative review meeting that is going to be held in Nabanna Sabhaghar. The first meeting was held here on September 4 in 2017 and on the same day, the state-of-the-art auditorium adjacent to Nabanna was inaugurated. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that before the venue of the meeting was shifted to Nabanna Sabhaghar, the Central level administrative review meeting used to be held at Town Hall. It may be mentioned that the new venue, with a seating capacity of around 1,000 people, is more spacious compared to Town Hall.It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister visits every district to take stock of the progress of different projects and holds district level administrative review meetings. She also holds the Central level administrative review meeting in Kolkata. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedMinisters and top brass of all departments, senior administrative and police officers and senior officers from districts will be present in the Central level administrative review meeting. The Chief Minister will take stock of the progress of work undertaken by each department. She will also discuss different issues of the departments and the projects taken up by them.It may be recalled that after the last Central level administrative review meeting in September 2017, the Chief Minister had raised her concern over the thirty thousand pending court cases, which was leading to a huge amount of recurring cost to the state government. She had also directed the concerned departments to take necessary steps in this regard.Meanwhile, the meeting of the state plan for the 2019-20 financial year was held in the state secretariat on Thursday. The meeting was led by Chief Secretary Malay De. Senior officials of all the departments attended the meeting, in which there was preliminary discussion on planning of each of the departments for the next financial year.last_img read more

TimeManagement Tips for Mobile Professionals

first_img Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. As a topic, time management is about as exciting as watching flies buzz around a no-pest strip. But would you be interested in learning about time management from someone with only months to live?The time management expert in this case was Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon who passed away on July 25 at age 47 from pancreatic cancer. Along with his now-famous “last lecture” about achieving your childhood dreams, Pausch also delivered a lively, inspiring speech on time management to the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science in November 2007. You can watch a video of the lecture or read the transcript.Pausch’s comments weren’t revolutionary, and he admitted to adapting some of his points from Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson’s The One Minute Manager.But Pausch’s talk combined practicality, compassion and self-effacing humor, peppered with the wisdom and bravery of a man whose days were numbered. I highly recommend his speech to anyone who feels time-starved–and who doesn’t these days?By now you’re probably wondering why I’m writing about Pausch and his speech in a column called “Mobile Computing.” The reason: Efficient time management is especially challenging for mobile professionals. You spend a lot of time in airports, in the air, or driving long distances. In addition to these time constraints, you’re got the constant waves of e-mail, voice mail, and other interruptions everyone else has. So it’s more challenging–and therefore more important–for mobile professionals to maximize their time. If you don’t, you forfeit time you could have spent with people you love, something Pausch understood all too well.Here are some tips Pausch offered in his talk, along with a few of my own.Use Multiple MonitorsSet up multiple computer monitors on your office desktop, Pausch recommended. He had three screens connected to his computer. One displayed his To-Do list; on the middle monitor was his e-mail program; and on the third, he displayed his calendar.Pausch argued that you save time by not having to toggle between multiple programs all day on one screen. Having all that screen real estate is like “the difference between working on a desk.and trying to get work done on the little tray on an airplane,” Pausch said.Most laptop users can easily connect one or more external monitors to achieve this effect. Read “Step-by-Step: A Three-Screen Workstation for $230 or Less” for tips and how-to advice. Also read fellow PCW contributing editor Steve Bass’s blog, “Dual Monitors–The Only Way To Go.”Encourage Callers to Leave E-MailPausch’s outgoing voice mail message used to say, “Hi, this is Randy, please send me e-mail.” The idea was to minimize the frequency and length of daily interruptions.That’s good advice. I would add that encouraging callers to leave e-mail instead of voice mail can save mobile professionals time on the road. Instead of having to check both voice mail and e-mail, you could often just check e-mail (provided you’ve got an e-mail-capable phone). Also, it’s much faster to read the typical e-mail than to listen to the typical voice mail.Services like GotVoice and Vonage Visual Voicemail convert voice mails into transcribed e-mail. I’ve tested these two services, and I recommend them, for the most part.Reclaim ‘Down Time’Pausch’s oncologist recommended he maintain an exercise routine. So Pausch spent an hour a day riding his bike, as often as possible. Keenly aware that this would be time away from his family, Pausch often spent that hour on his cell phone, getting work done. In fact, Pausch’s did much of the work on his book, The Last Lecture, during those hour-long bike rides.Pausch’s bike rides raise an interesting question we should all ponder: How can we reclaim time that would otherwise be unproductive? There are lots of ways to do this, and just as many tools.For example, one tool I’ve come to rely on is a Sony digital voice recorder. I will sometimes dictate parts of this column into my Sony ICD-MX20 while taking a brisk 45-minute walk. When I’m back in my office, I connect the recorder to my PC and launch Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software. The software does a great job of transcribing my recordings into text (unless there was a lot of background noise while I was dictating). The text is added to a Microsoft Word file.Stay Focused on What’s ImportantI’ll leave you with Pausch’s conclusion to his time-management talk.”The last thing is.make a note for 30 days from today.and ask ‘What have I changed?’ If [you] haven’t changed anything, then we still had a pleasant hour together. If you have changed things, then you’ll probably have a lot more time to spend with the ones you love. And that’s important. Time is all we have. And you may find one day you have less than you think.”Contributing Editor James A. Martin offers tools, tips, and product recommendations to help you make the most of computing on the go. Martin is also author of the Traveler 2.0 blog. Sign up to have the Mobile Computing Newsletter e-mailed to you each week. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Brought to you by PCWorld October 14, 2008last_img read more