Caribbean’s fight against HIV

first_imgRecently the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) conducted research in the Caribbean, which found that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) prevention response is inadequate in key populations.According to the research, which was conducted between April and November of 2018, the Caribbean has made progress in responding to the HIV epidemic, but the impact of the prevention response has been inadequate, particularly among key populations.Statistics provided by the organisation revealed that the annual number of new HIV infections among adults in the Caribbean declined by only 18 per cent from 2010 to 2017, from 19,000 to 15,000. However, the majority of the new HIV infections, which represented 68 per cent of the total population was accounted for by men who have sex with Men (MSM), Sex Workers (SWs) and their clients, transgender persons, and persons who use drugs, PANCAP disclosed. Notably, new infections among children also fell from about 2300 in 2010 to 1100. Although significant progress has been made in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, available data showed that HIV-infected pregnant women receiving Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) to reduce HIV transmission declined from 92 per cent in 2014 to 79 per cent in 2015 and 75 per cent in 2016 and 2017 respectively, illustrating a significant decrease that requires investigation.Global leaders had signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals, with the aim of achieving universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030. The UHC framework now lies at the centre of all health programmes. To complement the global campaign the World Health Organisation says it will be seeking to highlight the need for all 36.7 million people living with HIV and those who are vulnerable and affected by the epidemic, to reach the goal of universal health coverage.In the Caribbean region, we can boast of several successes in relation to our HIV response. Programmes to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission, reduce new HIV infections and treat people living with the virus have yielded encouraging results. Additionally, the Caribbean is the only developing region that has approached the near-universal coverage of antiretroviral medicines to prevent mother-to-child transmission. Some 75 per cent of pregnant women living with HIV now access treatment to prevent passing on the virus.Here in Guyana, there was a steady decline in the number of new reported cases of HIV infection among a significantly higher number of persons coming forward to be tested, but in 2017 that changed when the country recorded an overall increase in HIV cases. According to statistics provided by the Public Health Ministry, in 2015 there were 705 cases, 855 in 2016, and a whopping 961 cases were confirmed in 2017. Region Four recorded the highest number of cases. Trailing Region Four was Region Three, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara, with 130 cases of HIV in 2017. For the same year, Region Eight, Potaro-Siparuni, was documented as the Region with the least number of cases, since a mere three persons were diagnosed with the virus there.The Caribbean, including Guyana, cannot become complacent. In order to sustain the advances made, Governments and international donor partners need to put more money and effort towards ensuring that their HIV programmes can be sustained. For example, more needs to be done to address the prejudice and social inequities that operate to make some people, both more vulnerable to HIV infection and less likely to access prevention, testing, treatment and care services. Young people, men who have sex with men and sex workers are among the populations that need targeted investments and more protective environments through a combination of social dialogue and increased tolerance.HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 35 million lives. According to WHO, one million people died from HIV-related causes globally. There were approximately 36.7 million people living with HIV with 1.8 million people becoming newly infected globally.According to WHO, it is estimated that currently only 70% of people with HIV know their status. To reach the target of 90%, an additional 7.5 million people need to access HIV testing services. While there is no cure for HIV infection, effective antiretroviral (ARV) drugs can control the virus and help prevent transmission so that people with HIV, and those at substantial risk, can enjoy healthy, long and productive lives. International development partners and governments must continue to do what is necessary to win the battle against HIV/AIDS.last_img read more

Things To Do

first_img“Arsenic and Old Lace” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays through July 2 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. “The World of Beauty and the Beast” will be presented, 1 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through July 2 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia 91355. All submissions must be received at least two weeks prior to the event. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Lithuania v England: Red-hot Harry Kane to score again? Facts, stats and odds

first_img🙌 England are heading to Russia!Here’s 5 reason YOU should back the #ThreeLions 🦁 next summer…— Unibet (@unibet) October 5, 2017 Harry Kane’s stoppage time winner against Slovenia at Wembley secured England’s place at the 2018 World Cup. Sunday’s trip to Lithuania will give Gareth Southgate the chance to assess some of his players without the pressure of needing a result. Unibet assessed the stats ahead of this free hit…England have won all three of their previous encounters with LithuaniaThe Three Lions’ 2-0 win in March’s reverse fixture, thanks to goals from Jermain Defoe and Jamie Vardy, was their third victory in three meetings with Lithuania. England scored nine times across those three games without conceding a single goal. The nations previously met in Euro 2016 qualifying: England won 4-0 at Wembley in March 2015 with Harry Kane scoring on his international debut; they then ran out 3-0 winners in Lithuania seven months later – Ross Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain struck either side of an own goal.England To Win Is 4/11England and Germany have conceded fewer goals in World Cup qualifying than any other European nation (3)Slovakia’s early strike at Wembley last month was only the third goal England have conceded in the current qualifying campaign. Leigh Griffiths’ two free-kicks in the 2-2 draw against Scotland back in June make up the three. Only Germany have conceded as few as England in European qualifying. The Three Lions have let in more goals in their last two friendlies (4) than they have in nine qualifiers. With Sunday likely to feel a bit like a friendly, England will have to be vigilant.England To Win With A Clean Sheet Is 13/10 Lithuania have lost five of their last six World Cup qualifiersSunday’s hosts ended a run of five consecutive qualifying defeats on Thursday with a 1-1 draw in Malta. Lithuania started the current qualifying campaign by going three games unbeaten, winning one and drawing two. But five straight defeats soon left them second-bottom in Group F with only Malta below them. Thursday’s draw took them up to six points, which is 17 points behind group leaders England. Edgaras Jankauskas’ side have scored just twice in their last six qualifiers.Lithuania To Win Is 8/1Harry Kane has scored three times as many goals as any of his England teammates under Gareth SouthgateKane’s late winner against Slovenia on Thursday was his sixth England goal since Southgate took over as manager. The only other players to score more than once during that time are Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Jamie Vardy (all 2). Eight of England’s last 10 goals have been scored or assisted by Tottenham players; six of those goals were scored by Kane, another by Eric Dier. Kane scored 13 goals for club and country in September, and with one in one so far in October, there’s a chance he could replicate those figures this month.Over 4.5 Total Goals Is 19/5Eight of England’s last nine qualifying goals have come in the second half of gamesEngland made yet another slow start in Thursday’s win against Slovenia, leaving it until stoppage time to find a winner. Eight of their last nine goals in World Cup qualifying matches have come after half-time. Even in the victory over Malta last month, the Three Lions took 53 minutes to make a breakthrough before going on to win 4-0 with two goals after the 90th minute. Thankfully, England have already qualified and a lack of urgency in Lithuania won’t matter. But the fans will be expecting the team to strike earlier in future games.England To Win Both Halves Is 23/10 1 Harry Kane celebrates the goal that sealed England’s 2018 World Cup qualification last_img read more

Volunteers hope to boost babies’ chances

first_img“Unfortunately, the only time many people hear about the safe surrender law is when there is a fatality reported in the news,” Radford said. “We felt we had to get proactive and get the word out.” So, that’s what the volunteers are doing. The drawn symbols are gone, replaced by posters showing an infant being held by a pair of hands, with the words “Give Every Baby A Chance.” You’ll soon be seeing them in English and Spanish throughout the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys – banks, schools, pizza parlors, houses of worship, any place that will allow the TVAC volunteers to get the word out. For a list of the local hospitals where the safe surrender posters can be picked up or to receive one via mail, call Tiffany De Vall at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, (818) 898-4577. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’She began volunteering 18 years ago when her son, Jason, was starting first grade. Jason is now a Marine who just finished serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. And his mom continues her own duty in a hospital emergency room. When TVAC held its monthly meeting in June, abandoned babies dominated the agenda. Members wanted to figure out how to promote the Safe Haven Law enacted in California in 2001, in which a newborn’s parents or a designee can surrender the baby at any county hospital or fire station within 72 hours of its birth without facing criminal prosecution. “There are drawn symbols at our hospitals of a pair of hands holding a baby, but we didn’t think a lot of people knew what the symbol meant, that it was about the safe surrender program,” Radford said. Countywide, the numbers have shown a drop in abandoned babies since the law was enacted, from 14 in 2001 to four last year. As of October, 162 babies have been surrendered throughout the state. But in May, the body of a newborn girl was found in a trash bin at a Newhall mobile home park. The baby’s mother, Jacquelin Linaras, has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and murder and assault. She is in jail awaiting a Dec.15 preliminary hearing. The meeting room was filled with grandparents who were spending some of those long-awaited golden years giving something back to their communities. When it came time to decide what they wanted to do and where, they decided they wanted to volunteer at local hospitals. “Hospitals deal with everybody in our society – not just one group – and that’s what we wanted,” said Kay Radford, president of the TriValley Area Council of Volunteers – a dedicated group of more than 1,000 people who help out at a dozen hospitals. Radford works two days a week in the emergency room at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, a designated trauma center not far from her Granada Hills home. last_img read more

Hyypia heaps praise on Joe Gomez and says he can be star for years to come

first_imgLiverpool legend Sami Hyypia has heaped praise on Joe Gomez, claiming the defender is like a ‘young Virgil van Dijk’ who can be an England star for years to come.Gomez was enjoying a superb season for the Reds before he sustained a broken leg against Burnley in December which ruled him out for three months. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED shining In the 13 Premier League matches Gomez started this term, Liverpool conceded just four goals.And Hyppia, who made over 300 league appearances for the Anfield club, believes Gomez has got it all.“Joe Gomez can be the leading centre-back in England for a long time. He is still young and he can still learn. With experience he will learn, but he has everything,” Hyypia said.“I know Virgil van Dijk is not the oldest guy, but Gomez is like a young Virgil. getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “He has the same qualities—he’s so quick and so strong in his challenges and he can play football as well.“I’m not there for the whole time so I can’t comment on how good he is at communicating on the field, but if he keeps learning that side of things it will help his game, the guy next to him and the whole team.“I just think he will be so good for Liverpool, but it is important that he stays fit to have that bright future ahead of him.”Gomez is closing in on his return and looks set to be involved in the Premier League clash against Tottenham following the international break.Furthermore, he could be fit for their upcoming Champions League quarter-final tie early next month – which will be a huge boost for Jurgen Klopp after Andrew Robertson picked up a suspension for the first-leg. gameday cracker REVEALED REPLY BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice REVEALED Gomez has missed the last few months due to injury 2 huge blow ADVICE Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Hyypia won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move last_img read more

Tony Watt opens Hearts account in 2-1 win over Partick Thistle

first_imgHearts started brightly with Faycal Rherras’ raiding runs down the left forcing the Jags to scramble into covering positions.The Moroccan picked out Watt in the middle with a neat cross but the Scotland cap was crowded out on that occasion.Thistle frontman Ade Adeez showed he was comfortable working in tight areas as he wriggled into the box before clipping the ball over.It was an open contest with Jambos striker Conor Sammon firing straight at Cerny at one end, and Jags poacher Kris Doolan doing the same with Jack Hamilton at the other. But Hearts got away with a scare when Adeez and Doolan were denied in quick succession by last-ditch blocks as Don Cowie and John Souttar bailed out their side.And Robbie Neilson’s side made the most of that let-off as they raced upfield for the opener. Sammon won a corner and from Sam Nicholson’s delivery, Paterson thudded a firm header back across goal into the top corner.Thistle responded positively, though. Erskine brought out a decent parry from Hamilton, who then smothered another effort from Doolan.Hearts were finding Erskine’s mazy runs hard to deal with. His fast feet took him past three challenges 10 minutes into the second half before Rherras was forced into conceding a corner.But his cross from the set-piece was just as dangerous as he sent the ball over for Lindsay to connect with a powerful header.The ball hit the underside of the bar before bouncing over the line and back out. A posse of Jags players rushed into make sure the ball hit the net but it was Lindsay’s goal.Gorgie defender Igor Rossi was a relieved man when Stevie Lawless fired a 20-yard volley off his midrift, with the ricochet only just bouncing past the wrong-footed Hamilton’s posts.The scare seemed to jolt the visitors into life and Thistle had to dig in to stem the flow of maroon attacks.But just as Alan Archibald’s team thought they had done enough for a point, Watt struck.Cerny raced from his line to take a cross but got held up in a ruck of bodies. That left the keeper to scramble back to his line as the ball made its way to Watt, who gave the Jags number one no time to settle before rifling home from a tight angle. Tony Watt opened his Hearts account as his stoppage-time winner snatched a 2-1 victory over Partick Thistle at Firhill.Jambos right-back Callum Paterson – the recent subject of two failed bids from Wigan – proved his worth to the Tynecastle side as he nodded home the 17th-minute opener.But Liam Lindsay handed the Jags a deserved equaliser when he headed home from Chris Erskine’s corner 10 minutes into the second period.However, just as the match was heading for a draw there was a cruel blow for the hosts when Watt fired past Tomas Cerny to hand his side a second straight Ladbrokes Premiership triumph.last_img read more

Rangers miss chance to reclaim second place against Ross County

first_imgMark Warburton’s team were taking chances themselves, though, especially with their insistence on passing out from the back. Keeper Wes Foderingham was twice left looking silly when he fluffed passes to team-mates.But Rangers should have been two up after 22 minutes when Andy Halliday sent Garner through on goal after dispossessing Jay McEveley, but the former Preston striker fired straight at Scott Fox.And the miss became even more costly as the Staggies levelled four minutes later.This time it was Davies who got away from Hill to nod home from former Ibrox winger Chris Burke’s corner, with the Rangers defender left furious when McEveley blocked the path as he tried to keep tabs with his man.Gers did get the rub of the green just before the break, though, as referee Andrew Dallas failed to spot Foderingham blatantly handling a Tavernier pass-back two yards off his own line.The second half took longer to warm up but tempers flared on 67 minutes when Jason Holt hit the deck theatrically inside the box following a challenge by Marcus Fraser.Dallas was not fooled though as he booked the Rangers man for diving before giving Davies a ticking off after he angrily confronted the Ibrox midfielder.The match was finally balanced as the clock ticked past 80 minutes and the nerves were ratcheted up. Tim Chow, Liam Boyce and Alex Schalk all had late chances for the hosts but failed to even hit the target.Tavernier had one last go for Rangers but dragged his shot wide before Foderingham got lucky in stoppage time as Schalk’s swerving shot flew off his shoulder and over the bar. Rangers wasted the chance to reclaim second spot as they were held to a 1-1 draw at the Global Energy Stadium by Ross County.Clint Hill put the Ibrox men in front after just eight minutes but they failed to build on their lead, with Kenny Miller and Joe Garner both squandering one-on-one opportunities.The Gers frontmen were made to pay when Andrew Davies hit back for Jim McIntyre’s basement boys midway through the first half but in the end it was a result that suited neither side.The Light Blues – who have now dropped points seven times from just 12 games – now drop back to third only a week after moving into the Ladbrokes Premiership’s runners-up slot while County stay bottom after racking up their 10th match without a win. The Ibrox side were making their first ever visit to Dingwall on league business.But it took them just eight minutes to settle into their new surroundings as Hill thumped home the opener from Josh Windass’ corner after shrugging off Davies.Davies thought he had made instant amends, only for James Tavernier to clear his header on the Rangers goal-line.The County captain was caught out again when his Gers counterpart Lee Wallace robbed him 25 yards from the Light Blues’ goal. That set-up a four-on-two breakaway but Miller could only prod into the side-netting.last_img read more

Delight as progress made on new Disabled Parking signs across Donegal

first_imgThe installation of new Disabled Parking signs is well underway across the county following a campaign by Donegal Action for Cancer Care. Fifty new signs are being installed at an elevated position to alert motorists to the increased fines incurred for illegally parking in disabled bays.The new concept was the result of a motion brought before Donegal County Council in March 2018. The council agreed to raise a number of signs in key areas to act as a deterrent to illegal parkers, as well as elevated signs helping disabled drivers find zones when they are visiting new towns. New design for disabled parking signs in Co. DonegalSo far, 30 out of 50 signs have been installed with the remainder expected to be erected in the coming weeks.Donegal Action for Cancer Care spokesperson Betty Holmes said she will continue to keep a tight eye on the progress.Ms Holmes said, “The Council would be interested in any feedback that can be gathered on the effectiveness of these new signs over the next number of months as people get used to them. It is important for us in DACC to acknowledge the help of the Director of Services, Roads & Transportation, Donegal County Council.”  Delight as progress made on new Disabled Parking signs across Donegal was last modified: February 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:disabled parkingDONEGAL ACTION FOR CANCER CARElast_img read more

Kiosk and Vending Solutions Shift Retail’s Promise

first_imgThe humble vending machine has long been a staple of grocery stores, offices, schools, and airports. Now, it’s getting a major technology upgrade, enhancing its utility and service possibilities for both customers and businesses. Powered by Intel technology, smart vending provides new experiences that challenge what it means to do business in an IoT-enabled landscape.Online Shopping Inside the StoreFor many retailers, there’s often too much inventory to display on the store floor, and doing so exposes merchandise to risks, like shrinkage. That’s where smart kiosks can save the day.With smart kiosks, you enable your store to display the entirety of your inventoryOpens in a new window in a fast, accessible manner. If a customer wants to take a look inside a product or see it in different colors, it’s totally possible without the risk of displaying all that inventory. From tablets to 55-inch touch displays, there are near endless possibilities for displaying your products.The Next Generation of Digital SignageDigital signage can be about more than a flashy billboardOpens in a new window. When creativity meets Intel technology, the possibilities are endless. Digital signage can double as a kiosk, playing commercials and offering customers free beveragesOpens in a new window as a reward for their loyalty to your products.A digital sign facilitates a hangout space for customers in the store, furthering your brand’s recognition, and offering power outlets, product-themed experiences, or games via the attached kiosk customers engage with.IoT-Enabled Customer ExperienceGetting customers what they want when they want it can be a challenge. Luckily, IoT-enabled technologies are on the case, working to make connecting businesses with customers via the products they want a frictionless experience.Eighty-one percent of customers go online for their shopping information, but 90 percent of sales still take place in stores. Companies like Moki partner with IntelOpens in a new window to bridge the gap between the physical and digital realms, working to create a store that represents the promise of unified commerce and the omnichannel experience.Using customer-facing devices like digital kiosks and rugged tablets, retailers can give customers a greater degree of control and satisfaction over the customer experience. Kiosks can also serve as mobile point-of-sale (POS) systems that allow for quicker and more responsive sales.If you’re intrigued by the possibilities vending and kiosks have to offer, head over to our solutions page to find out moreOpens in a new window, and see what the future of retail has in store for you.last_img read more