Dominica making strides in immunization

first_imgHon. Julius Timothy (file photo).Dominica’s health minister has revealed that the country has been making “tremendous” strides in the area of immunization.Julius Timothy made that disclosure during an address to mark immunization week this week, noting that Dominica has been able to achieve the eradication of vaccine preventable diseases through sustenance of high levels of immunizations.He said Dominica continues to report immunization coverage of the target population of 98% and over for all vaccines.“Following the process to document the eradication of measles, rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in Dominica, survey conducted indicated that these diseases have successfully been eliminated,” he said.According to Timothy, several other diseases also have not been reported.He said parents can testify to a greater quality of life for their young children and resources can now be redirected to other public health interventions, to combat chronic diseases, such as diabetic, hypertension and caner.“Primary health care is also accessible to call and free of charge, regardless of race, religion, economic and political affiliation,” he added.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Dominica making strides in immunization by: – April 27, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img 10 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Caribbean Choice new sponsor for Oaks

first_img DELIGHTFUL OPPORTUNITY He also named the Guineas runner-up A THOUSAND STARS from the stables of 15-time champion Wayne DaCosta, Philip Feanny’s SORRENTINO’S STAR, GOLDEN GLORY from the Subratie stable and Fitzroy Glispie’s BIRD CATCHER as contenders. David Reid, brand manager of Caribbean Choice, said the sponsorship was “a delightful opportunity to venture into your world of horse racing and we are excited to participate in the coming out party”. Reid was quick to add that the Ladies Day programme will feature a hat parade a staple on Oaks Day over the years as well as a number of giveaways to patrons, while Spragga Benz will provide the musical entertainment for racing fans. The 77th running of the Jamaica Oaks at Caymanas Park on Saturday will have a new sponsor in Caribbean Choice. Plans for the mile and quarter classic for native-bred three-year-old fillies were outlined by representatives of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) and Caribbean Choice a major brand with Grace Foods franchise at yesterday’s launch on the front lawns of Caymanas Park. Denzil Miller Jr, CTL’s racing secretary, said the race will offer a total purse of $3 million, inclusive of $1 million donated by the sponsor. The race will as usual be run in honour of Hilma Veira, former general manager of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) and ‘Hall of Fame’ inductee. “After the season’s first classic on April 9, the Post to Post 1000 Guineas, it is back to the drawing board for some and high hopes for others,” said Miller. “The outstanding filly and Triple Crown contender NUCLEAR AFFAIR, who romped the 1000 Guineas for trainer Gary Subratie and owner Michros, continues to train well after her fast time win of 1:39.2 for a mile and although Subratie has never won the Oaks, he certainly has the horse to accomplish the feat this time around,” said Miller.last_img read more

Hanli Prinsloo: ‘Fall in love with the ocean, to save it’

first_imgSouth African Hanli Prinsloo travels the world to capture images of life in the sea. She gives public talks about falling in love with the ocean, a necessary step to protect it. She also heads I Am Water, an organisation that teaches children about ocean conservation. Besides running projects to teach children about ocean conservation in South Africa, Hanli Prinsloo also works in Bermuda and Ecuador. As part of her desire to educate people about marine life, she makes films about protecting sharks (Image: Screengrab via YouTube) • How much do you know about the ocean? •Gallery: Celebrate Marine Month in South Africa • Top 50 Brands in South Africa named • Teen campaigns organ donation through social media • Sandton goes car-free for a month Compiled by Melissa JavanThe success of each of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) would be the success of all, Hanli Prinsloo recently said at the World Economic Forum (WEF).The 17 SDGs include no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and affordable and clean energy. They were agreed for the world by the United Nations in August to continue from the Millennium Development Goals.Prinsloo, the chief executive officer of I Am Water Ocean Conservation Trust, said Goal 14 – on “life below water” – resonated with why she devoted her life and work to ocean conservation. “But as a woman and an African, every single one of the 17 SDGs will affect some part of my life,” she wrote on the WEF’s site.We are waterPrinsloo is an 11 times South African freediving record holder, filmmaker and avid ocean adventurer. In a TED Talk, she said: “I am nothing without the water inside me and the water around me.”TED began in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged. Today TED Talks cover almost all topics, from science to business to global issues. It is owned by a non-profit, non-partisan foundation that believes in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.Prinsloo reminded her TED audience that one’s body consisted of more than 70% water. “This is even though we focus on air moving in and out of us, we are water. We move around in a world of air so we believe we are air.“Now we have become so used to breathing that we think it’s all we’ve done. But our first nine months of our lives we were in a watery world and we were born into this fantastically exciting world of smells and sights and sounds and air. All this air around us and then we forget about that watery world we come from,” she added.Using just one breathe, Prinsloo said, she could swim to a depth of 56m in the ocean, just using her arms and legs. “On one breathe I’ve held my breath in water for over six minutes and I am not the best in the world. Using weights to assist us and floatation devices to come back up, free divers have been down to up to 200m.“The most difficult thing I have learned is to trust myself and to trust what my body can do in water… The world record for men is over 11 minutes and that is not breathing pure oxygen. We know water; your body remembers water there’s a memory of water in us that we have just forgotten.”She challenged the audience to “spend some time in the water inside of you, in the water we have at our disposal and yes come on in the water is good”.“We are representatives of the ocean. I even see that with people who can’t swim who stand there and say to me: ‘I can’t swim but I love staring at the ocean.’ If you are an ocean gazer or explorer you’ve got that in you.”Watch Prinsloo pledge to protect the ocean, and explain why she was moved to do so:Why protect the ocean?In her report to the WEF, Prinsloo spoke about a study by the WWF and the Zoological Society of London, which said 40% of marine populations had halved since 1970. Many of the fish humans ate had posted a staggering 74% drop in population.“Oceans are the lifeblood,” she stressed. “Not only do 2.6 billion people depend on them for their primary source of protein, but more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere is produced by the salty masses, while they absorb over 30% of CO2.”Chapter 5 of South Africa’s National Development Plan talks about protecting and enhancing the country’s environmental assets and natural resources. Prinsloo’s activism promotes this outcome of the plan. But it is not only a national issue; Goal 14 of the SDGs, she pointed out, had seven main targets, including a reduction of all kinds of marine pollution. It particularly mentioned land activities that resulted in marine pollution. Another target focused on community fishing practices and poverty.“As an ocean advocate, I have to believe that we can achieve SDG14.”More needed to be done to improve collaboration on this issue, especially between non-governmental organisations and governments, stakeholders and activists. “We know the challenges. The hard work now is to ensure that we work together to achieve the SDG14 targets – for the sake of the ocean and the planet.”I Am WaterI Am Water Ocean Conservation Trust was founded in South Africa in 2010. Its mandate is that humans and nature cannot survive without each other. “We believe ocean degradation is fundamentally due to human disconnect,” reads its website, “and the way to change the course for our oceans is engaging and educating individuals on their role for a healthy planet.”The aim for Prinsloo and her team is to make people fall in love with the ocean so that they will want to protect it. The trust’s projects include taking children from previously disadvantaged communities such as Masiphumelele township in Cape Town to the beach, teaching them to swim, and educating them about marine life and how to protect the ocean.Another project is raising awareness of the plight of shark populations around the world.Watch Prinsloo explain the importance of protecting sharks:Watch Prinsloo and others swim alongside sharks:last_img read more

The Kinder, Gentler Apple (We Really Don’t Want)

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Apple is a different place since Steve Jobs left us. The stock price is way down, and the company apologizes at an unprecedented rate. Granted, Apple almost never apologizes for anything, and when it does, the apologies tend to be less than apologetic. So “unprecedented” simply means “more than once per century” – but this Apple is different.For one thing, Apple just apologized for being, well, Apple.Apple’s China Strategy Breaks New GroundIn Apple’s apology to China over allegedly shoddy customer support, Apple CEO Tim Cook said:We are aware that a lack of communications… led to the perception that Apple is arrogant and doesn’t care or attach enough importance to consumer feedback. We express our sincere apologies for any concerns or misunderstandings this gave consumers.Perhaps Cook isn’t aware, but nonchalance toward industry feedback and arrogance are hallmarks of Apple’s history. Now it’s apologizing for these traits? This from the company whose founder, Steve Jobs, famously said:Some people say, ‘Give customers what they want.’ But that’s not my approach. Our job is to figure out what they’re going to want before they do. I think Henry Ford once said, ‘If I’d asked customers what they wanted, they would have told me, “A faster horse!”‘ People don’t know what they want until you show it to them. That’s why I never rely on market research. Our task is to read things that are not yet on the page.And from the same founder who, when told the iPhone 4 had serious antenna issues, told users that they were holding the phone wrong?A Kinder, Gentler AppleThis is a very different Apple. When you read Cook’s apologies on Apple Maps problems or now on China, they actually read like he’s sorry, and not simply going through the motions of looking apologetic.It’s a kinder, gentler Apple. And I’m not sure I like it.Sure, there are good reasons for Apple to apologize. For one thing, it’s the right thing to do when someone, or some company, messes up. For another, it’s good business, and given Apple’s recent stock market stumbles, making peace with Apple’s biggest future market – worth $22.5 billion in fiscal 2012 and on a torrid growth pace – makes a lot of sense, as All Things D‘s John Paczkowski posits.Missing Apple’s ArroganceBut I liked the Apple that was infuriating in its smug assurance that it was right. Because most of the time, it was, and holding its ground forced the industry to be more circumspect about easy assumptions about what would work. I know that I, personally, have been proved wrong many times about Apple, and am grateful that it hasn’t listened to what I or others in the media were saying.Or, as former Apple employee Guy Kawasaki tells it,“Apple market research” is an oxymoron. The Apple focus group was the right hemisphere of Steve’s brain talking to the left one. If you ask customers what they want, they will tell you, “Better, faster, and cheaper”–that is, better sameness, not revolutionary change. They can describe their desires only in terms of what they are already using….The richest vein for tech startups is creating the product that you want to use—that’s what Steve and Woz did.Whatever the Chinese blow-up, if you’ve ever called Apple on a support issue or visited an Apple Store, you know that Apple has exceptional customer support. Better than any other technology company that I know. It rivals Nordstrom, it’s so good.I suppose Apple felt the need to make China happy, but I hate seeing it prostrate itself and become something it’s not: humble. Apple is great because it pays little attention to critics. Or used to. Lately it’s been apologizing somewhat regularly. I want the unapologetic, arrogant Apple back. Matt Asaycenter_img Tags:#apology#Apple#Steve Jobs#Tim Cook Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

T-Mobile Will Let You Dump Your Smartphone Twice A Year

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The move is the latest in T-Mobile’s move to position itself vis-à-vis its competition—Verizon, AT&T and Sprint—as the “un-carrier.” The JUMP program ties into T-Mobile’s move to rid itself of smartphone contracts and subsidies that it announced it March this year. Instead of signing up for a two-year contract to get a cheaper price on a smartphone, T-Mobile users can pay a monthly Equipment Installment Plan (EIP) for their smartphones until the device is fully paid off. With the JUMP program, after the initial six months, a T-Mobile user can trade in their smartphone and the carrier will waive the rest of what is owed on that device through the EIP program for any reason. If a user doesn’t like their phone, just wants the latest and greatest or it has a little wear and tear, T-Mobile will trade in a smartphone with the JUMP program as long as it is in decent working order.JUMP is part of T-Mobile’s smartphone insurance program. Hence, if a device is broken or has water damage, the user will have to pay a deductible (between $20 and $170 depending on the phone) to upgrade to a new device.The move to allow users to upgrade twice per year while starting a new installment plan for their phones is in direct contrast to the two biggest mobile carriers in the U.S.—AT&T and Verizon—which both recently announced that they are extending the ability to upgrade users smartphones to a full 24 months, or the full length of their contracts. Consumers previously could upgrade after 20 months on either carrier. Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Carriers#Cell phones#lte#T-Mobile#wireless carriers center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement T-Mobile will also roll out a marketing program called #Hate2Wait for JUMP with the theme of “730 days”—a reference to that 24-month waiting period other carriers’ customers face. Former Saturday Night Live actor Bill Haider stars in it.T-Mobile also announced today that its 4G LTE network now covers 157 million people in the United States. While the connotations and speeds of what LTE actually represents can be ambiguous and vary greatly from area to area, any LTE from T-Mobile is a lot better none, which a lot of industry analysts figured would be the company’s LTE footprint two years ago.Finally, A Carrier Does It DifferentlyT-Mobile wants to come off as transparent and consumer friendly as possible. This is not a normal trait for a mobile operator in the United States, which are often tight-lipped except to point to marketing slogans touting how awesome they think they are. T-Mobile is also guilty of trying to tout itself and show that it is edgy and different and that its Pink is better than the Red, Blue and Yellow of its competitors. See also: T-Mobile Kills The Smartphone Contract, But It Doesn’t Save You MoneyT-Mobile has its faults and all the marketing the company will hit consumers with in the following months should be heavily scrutinized against the reality of the industry. T-Mobile’s plans may not actually be that much cheaper than other carriers, its LTE may not be faster. These are variable situations depending on consumer choice and location. What T-Mobile offers consumers that its competitors do not is freedom. From the ability to not be tied into a two-year contract and the ability to get a new smartphone twice a year, T-Mobile at least wants to present the appearance of standing for consumer choice. At least T-Mobile is thinking outside the box and offering something different. That is not something that the other operators have done in a long, long time.  T-Mobile is the mobile carrier that wants to disrupt the mobile carriers. And it is making a pretty good show of it. Today, T-Mobile announced a program called JUMP: Just Upgrade My Phone. It allows T-Mobile users to get new smartphones from the carrier up to twice per year. For $10 a month, users can enroll in the program and be allowed to trade in their old T-Mobile smartphone for a new device after a six-month waiting period. “We are going to redefine a stupid, broken and arrogant industry,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said today in New York City at an event announcing JUMP. dan rowinskilast_img read more

Inflamed shoulder tendons

first_imgTearing and inflammation of the tendons of the shoulder muscles can occur in sports which require the arm to be moved over the head repeatedly as in tennis, pitching, swimming, and lifting weights. Most often the shoulder will heal if a break is taken from the activities that caused the problem and pain. Intermittent ice packs applied to the shoulder and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can also help reduce inflammation and pain. Review Date:7/6/2011Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

Knicks Won’t Re-Sign Fredette

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Knicks won’t re-sign Jimmer Fredette to a second 10-day contract.The former college player of the year appeared in two games with the Knicks, making a 3-pointer on his lone shot attempt. His deal expired March 2 and the team elected not to give him another.Teams can sign players to two consecutive 10-day contracts, then must offer them a contract for the rest of the season if they want to keep them beyond that.Fredette has spent most of the season playing for the Knicks’ NBA Development League affiliate, where he averaged 21.8 points.The Knicks called him up Feb. 22, but interim coach Kurt Rambis made it clear the former BYU sharpshooter would have to outplay the guards already on the roster.Fredette had averaged 6.0 points for three NBA teams before the Knicks.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more