Jamaica confirms 9 cases of H1N1 virus

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first_img 209 Views   no discussions Acting Chief Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health Dr Winston De La Haye (File photo)KINGSTON, Jamaica (Jamaica Observer) – Acting Chief Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health, Dr Winston De La Haye has confirmed that nine cases of the H1N1 influenza virus, more commonly called Swine Flu, is currently being treated at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in Kingston.Speaking to OBSERVER ONLINE on Thursday, Dr De La Haye revealed that the confirmed cases are not from any particular geographic area, and that the cases include referrals from other parishes.“It is a tertiary referral hospital so you have cases which may be a little more severe than others, normally they would be referred to somewhere like the University Hospital,” he said.On Monday, H1N1 influenza virus was adjusted to a class one reporting index, which means a report must be made within 24 hours if a patient is suspected to have contracted the virus.“Until this Monday, all respiratory tract infections including H1N1, were class two, so we were getting a delay in reporting, which was normal based on the class two,” Dr De La Haye explained. “When we were at five reports, I met with my directors at the Ministry of Health and we have implemented a number of measures in order to step up the surveillance, which is what is expected though the figures are below the threshold.”The acting chief medical officer insisted that the ministry is making every effort to work with the media to inform and educate people on developments concerning the virus.He went on to state that the ministry would consider all confirmed cases of the virus as “stable”, as there have been no reports of deaths as a result of the virus to date.While speaking to OBSERVER ONLINE, Dr De La Haye encouraged people to consult a physician if they notice symptoms, which include cough, fever, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue.“If you are having a cough and cold and not getting well, please visit a physician,” he advised. ”Don’t go to work, and stay home.”He went to state that while it is the flu season and the majority of cases are the common cold and flu, persons are to consult a physician if they recognise symptoms becoming severe. Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img HealthLifestyleNewsRegional Jamaica confirms 9 cases of H1N1 virus by: David WrightJamaica Observer – February 19, 2016 Share Sharelast_img read more


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first_imgA press release from University of Manchester concluded that being a teenage mother might be a good thing.  The conclusion was based on observations of the mating behavior of cockroaches.  Dr. Patricia Moore, one of the researchers, wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: “Although it’s hard to compare the experiences of the female cockroach to humans, the biological mechanisms are similar and so an inappropriate apoptosis response to the ‘mistiming’ of reproduction may explain the evolution of the loss of fertility with age.”  EurekAlert reproduced the press release without any challenge.To an evolutionist, human society acts on the same principles as cockroach society.  To evolutionary reporters, any idea that glorifies Charlie is fit to print.  As a prime example of evolutionary folly, this story speaks for itself.[Gong.]  Next.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_img25 November 2008 The Bill also limits the detention of children awaiting trial in prison, through the application of a schedule of offences for which children may be detained. Source: BuaNews However, the prosecution can bring evidence to show that a particular child has criminal capacity. The Child Justice Alliance welcomed the legislation, saying that it recognised the need for a new justice system for children in conflict with the law, and was confident that the new legislation would support South Africa’s ongoing efforts to combat crime. While retaining most features of the present criminal justice process, the Bill introduces a number of new concepts and procedures. In terms of the Bill, children below the age of 10 years should not be prosecuted, while those between the ages of 10 and 14 are presumed to lack criminal capacity. The Bill further seeks to create a balance between protecting the accused child’s rights as a child and an individual, and protecting the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the community. New concepts and procedures While 10 years is still considered to be a low age by world standards, the presumption of lack of criminal capacity will help to protect children who are immature. South Africa’s National Assembly last week passed the long-awaited Child Justice Bill, which deals with minors – children under the age of 18 years – who are in conflict with the law. The Bill has been sent to President Kgalema Motlanthe for approval. The new Child Justice Bill aims to give such children a chance to put right what they have done through diversion, which means they do not get criminal records. Even when children commit serious crimes, their age is a mitigating factor when it comes to sentencing, and there is a need for a wide range of sentencing options. The procedure set up by the Bill gives criminal justice professionals an opportunity to deal with each case on an individual basis, giving them the discretion to deal with different cases and children differently, as the facts and circumstances dictate. The Bill takes cognisance of the fact that when dealing with child offenders, one is dealing with human beings that are not yet fully developed. It also understands that adolescence is a time for testing limits, and that although many children will commit offences during their teens, most will grow up to be law-abiding citizens. The new Bill makes provision for a separate justice system for children, with a clear set of guidelines and procedures that are easily understandable and consonant with South Africa’s constitutional and international obligations. Alternative sentencinglast_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The legendary mountain men and frontiersmen of early American history have long been admired for their independence, endurance, and wilderness skills. They are a symbol of freedom and self-reliance. Painter of the Wild West Frederic Remington said that the frontiersman was “untainted by the enfeebling influences of luxury and modern life” and author Washington Irving once said of the mountain man that “with his horse and his rifle, he is independent of the world, and spurns all its restraints.”Through the use of muzzle loading black powder rifles like the ones the frontiersman carried, a contemporary outdoorsman can still find a direct link to this mythic man of the American wilds.A muzzleloader is a firearm in which the projectile (bullet/shot) and the propellant (black powder) are loaded through the muzzle of the gun. A measured amount of gunpowder is first poured into the muzzle, then wadding and the projectile are inserted and packed down with a ramrod. A priming charge is then placed on the priming pan or a percussion cap is placed on the nipple, and the gun is ready to fire. Each time the gun is shot, it must be reloaded in the same manner.Lars Lutton, of Morgan County, is a muzzleloader enthusiast who has been shooting black powder rifles competitively since the early 1980s.“I was interested in muzzleloaders ever since I was a kid, watching Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone parading around with them on the television set,” Lutton said. “I like them because they are accurate, easy to operate, and relatively inexpensive to use. Part of the attraction is shooting old time guns and using old time technology. Flintlocks have been around for 300 years or more and percussion rifles started back in the early 1800s.”Lutton enjoys building his own guns and the personal connection he has with the weapons that he crafts.“Contemporary companies make components that are replicas of the original ones and you can construct almost the entire gun yourself. There are very few working parts and I build from components that I can mix and match. All you need to build a gun is a stock, lock, barrel, and a trigger mechanism. For shooting, everything is by hand. There are no cartridges involved. You have to hand load everything. You can cast your own bullets. The only thing that you have to buy is powder and caps and if you shoot flint, you don’t need caps,” Lutton said. “When Davy Crockett went to the Alamo he brought a flintlock because he knew he could find flint but didn’t know if he would be able to find any caps.”As his previous statements imply, part of what Lutton likes about making and shooting these guns is their simplicity. He also appreciates their deadly accuracy.“The mantra of muzzleloaders is ‘powder, patch, shoot.’ That is how the gun is loaded, simple as that, and if you screw that up and do it in any other order, it doesn’t work out so well,” Lars laughed. “You pour powder down the thing, load the bullet, fire it, and it goes off. These primitive firearms are as accurate as any other contemporary, modern rifle. Today, they have 1,000-yard shooting matches with muzzle loading black powder rifles. A common misconception is that flintlocks are inaccurate and take too long to fire, but if it’s properly tuned and you know your gun well, it is very fast and very accurate.”This sentiment is echoed in Carl P. Russell’s exhaustive book, Firearms, Traps, and Tools of the Mountain Men where he writes, “The touted accuracy of the long rifle is genuine and still demonstrated daily by muzzleloader devotees…the shorter, big bore rifles adopted by the mountain men also are accurate, and the muzzle-loading fraternity of today keeps that fact always before the eyes of the interested public.”Lutton does use these weapons for hunting, but he also takes them to muzzle loading shooting competitions across the state.“I hunt deer during muzzleloader season with old school primitive weapons and I have taken out my 16-gauge flintlock to turkey hunt several times,” Lars said. “When I first started shooting muzzleloaders competitively I would go to what are called ‘Rendezvous,’ which were period correct competitions and gatherings that featured frontier life and culture. They are much like Civil War reenactments. Everyone wore period clothing and lived in period correct accommodations like lodges and teepees. Anything modern had to be covered and hidden from sight. I ended up getting into frontier culture and lore because it allowed me to compete more regularly, but then I found out about these other muzzleloader clubs where you didn’t have to worry about period specific clothing and such. My Rendezvous period didn’t last too long. It was way too much work.”There are primitive weapons clubs across the state that routinely get together to practice, compete, and fraternize that were started several generations ago and whose members may still be the descendants of the club founders. Lutton belongs to one such club.“The one closest to my home that I belong to is Wolf Creek Cap Snappers in Chesterhill. We also shoot at a sister club in Lowell that is called Cat’s Creek Muzzleloading Club. The one in Chesterhill was started by one of the boys’ grandfathers in the early 1950s and most members are multi-generational, dating from the ‘50s. They hauled a building from Chesterhill in a hay wagon several miles down to a property that they own to make the clubhouse. One amusing club anecdote: the founder’s grandson — who shall remain anonymous — was once beaten in a shoot by his own mother with his own rifle,” Lutton said.Muzzleloader shooting competitions are diverse and colorful affairs where the shooting challenges are as unique as the clubs at which they are held.“There are ‘off-hand’ matches which are target shoots where the target is usually 25 yards away. Out at Wolf Creek and Cat’s Creek, targets are set at 30 yards. There’s what is called a ‘woods walk’ where you follow a trail through the woods and shoot at different targets at different distances and different difficulties. At ‘blanket shoots’ everyone brings a prize of a certain denomination that is usually associated with muzzleloading. The best shooters with the best scores get first choice and you choose in descending order, but everyone gets something. Usually the dubious prize keeps showing up competition after competition.”“There are also what are called novelty matches. You go around to different clubs and each has their own novelty matches and challenges. Almost everyone has some that are peculiar to their club and have often been passed down for generations. There’s the ‘outhouse door,’ where you sit on an outhouse toilet seat, call pull, the outhouse door opens and you shoot at some target that can be pretty far away. You only have so much time to draw and shoot before the door closes on you. There is another one called the ‘rattle box’ where you are shooting at small targets at different distances. A rattling timer is placed next to the shooter — a ball bearing is dropped into a vertical maze that eventually comes out of the bottom and hits a bell that times the shooter out. We shoot at crossed strings at 25 yards and try to break both strings with one shot, or shoot at playing cards with the edge facing the shooter, trying to shoot it in half. We shoot all kinds of things — eggs, charcoal, poker chips, lollipops.”Despite the competitive fun and intrigue of muzzle-loading shooting sports and the rich historical legacy embodied by primitive black powder weaponry, interest in them is waning. Lutton knows he may well be a member of a dying breed.“There is a dwindling of interest in the sport and membership numbers in the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA) are down. It’s mostly an age thing. The membership is dying off and there are very few young people taking it up; but that’s true for all shooting sports—they’re in decline, as is hunting in general,” he said.This is an unfortunate truth in our nation, a sign of the disappearing appreciation for that heritage. Author Wallace Stegner once commented that the “wilderness idea” in America is “something that has helped form our character and that has certainly shaped our history as a people…something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed.” And while Stegner is referring to the literal, physical wilderness of our nation, it is equally true that vestiges and artifacts of that wilderness frontier, crucial to the forming of the American democracy, like the black powder muzzle loading rifle, are important to preserve, promote, and celebrate for their great historical and cultural value.last_img read more


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first_imgYour engineering team has spent weeks working on the design of the latest product concept.  The concept design has been made using high-end CAD modeling tools that allow sophisticated 3D renderings.  The problem now is how to share the new design with the rest of the enterprise.  How can the concept design model be distributed for comment without requiring the original expensive authoring application be installed on everyone’s desk that may want to take a look at the current product direction?Screenshots.  A live presentation or webinar.  These are some workarounds to disseminate the data, but they don’t offer any degree of interactivity for controlling how the model is to be visualized.The problem gets more complex in larger organizations where different groups have adopted different sets of authoring tools.  In those cases, sharing files and data for collaboration is limited because people may have access to data files but they don’t have access to the authoring application to view them.Another problem associated with complex authoring applications is that these feature-rich tools often require highly trained users.  These kinds of applications are often not very approachable by casual users or those who may just need to view an existing data model.  In these cases, even if the application is available to a user, it may not be of much use.A better solution is to use a Universal Viewer.  A Universal Viewer is a single low-cost application that presents a consistent and easy-to-use interface for viewing most commonly used file formats.In collaboration with Spicer, Formtek has created the Formtek View application.  View is a true Universal Viewer that is web-based.  It is able to view most CAD, graphics and Office documents.  In all, more than 200 file formats are supported.  View’s tight integration with the Formtek | Orion data repository allows an organization to tightly secure and correctly disseminate documents and files on an Intranet or the Internet; and across the enterprise and with partners.Universal viewing with Formtek | View is cost-effective and convenient.  Web-based access allows users access from any networked client without a requirement for having supporting applications already installed on the workstation where the data is viewed.Formtek | View is very flexible and customizable.  View comes with an out-of-the-box configuration using high-frequency industry-standard viewing operations that are called out for use from an easy-to-access toolbar.  The core of View is a set of programmable ActiveX components.  By changing the usage of the ActiveX components, it’s possible to fairly easily customize your own viewer application, exposing the operations most commonly needed for your business processes.teen pornolast_img read more


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first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Azkals now have full squad Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “We’ll come out [ready].”But Cone pointed out that the schedule change is not something to complain about, even after having to cut short his US vacation.“The idea of being a member of this group [with that] fan base overrules any inconveniences that we may have,” he said. “We’re going deep into our two-a-days (practices).”As a matter of fact, Cone is having a bit of a throwback fun.“We haven’t gone this hard in our two-a-days since during the ‘90s,” he said shortly after their second session at Upper Deck gym in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “The league tapped us suddenly to play in the opening game at the Philippine Arena,” Tim Cone told reporters on Friday, confirming an earlier Inquirer report. “I told the guys that’s the curse and blessing of being a member of Ginebra.”“You’re going to be asked to do things because of your popularity and your fan base that other teams are not going to be asked of,” he said, adding that the league initially slated Ginebra to debut in Guam on Jan. 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionBut with the Kings now playing six days earlier, Cone has had to cram and push his players hard to get in competitive form.“We thought we’re coming back in the 19th so we extended our [break] a little bit, give our guys extended rest. But now we’re rushing to get ready for the 13th,” Cone said. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBeing the PBA’s most beloved franchise has it’s perks: There’s a ready sixth man pushing the team every game from jam-packed stands.But then, there’s also the drawbacks.ADVERTISEMENT “These guys are experiencing what’s it like to play for me when I was a young coach—when I wanted to kill people,” Cone added in jest.Ginebra’s opponent in the opening is still to be revealed.The curtain-raiser for league’s 44th season marks the second time the PBA will tip off at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. In 2014, 52,612 fans trooped to the venue to watch rookie Manny Pacquiao debut for Kia and play against Blackwater. Ginebra top-billed the event with TNT.The Leo Awards, where the previous season’s top individual performers will be feted, will also be mounted during the opening rites.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more