Health Minister Urges Parents to make sure Children are Immunised

first_imgHealth Minister Urges Parents to make sure Children are Immunised Health & WellnessAugust 16, 2012 Advertisements RelatedHealth Minister Urges Parents to make sure Children are Immunised FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail With the new academic year set to begin on September 3, parents are being urged to ensure that their children are fully immunised. This call was made by Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, during a handing over ceremony at the Ministry’s offices in downtown Kingston on August 15. “Be reminded that in a few weeks children will either be going to school for the first time or returning. They will need to be fully immunised in order to be accepted into school,” the Minister said. He reiterated that parents play a critical role in securing the health of their children and ensuring that the country’s immunisation record remains intact. “Without your (co-operation), we would not be able to secure the gains we have made in the area of immunisation. Please ensure that your child is fully immunised for their age to secure their health and the health of those around them,” the Minister urged. Jamaica has, over the years, maintained relatively high immunisation rates. Through the immunisation programme, Jamaica has been able to eliminate a number of vaccine-preventable diseases and reduce infant and child mortality. Last year, the country achieved 100 per cent coverage for tuberculosis (BCG), 92 per cent for polio, diphtheria, pertussis or whooping cough and tetanus (DPT), hepatitis B and haemophilus influenxa type B (HIB), and 88 per cent coverage for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). The Minister noted that while the procedure is a simple one, it is an “important step to take for your children and I urge you to use the services of our primary health care system for this purpose.” Dr. Ferguson said the administration is fully committed to primary health care and is focused on developing Centres of Excellence at health centres and in secondary care institutions.   During the ceremony, the Kiwanis Club of Constant Spring handed over two refrigerators to the Ministry to strengthen its immunisation programme. The appliances, valued at $100,000, will be placed at the York Town Health Centre in Clarendon and the Bethel Town Health Centre in Westmoreland.center_img RelatedHealth Minister Urges Parents to make sure Children are Immunised RelatedHealth Minister Urges Parents to make sure Children are Immunisedlast_img read more

Determined Dachshund Tries to Pull His Teddy Bear Into a Small Carrier (WATCH)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis adorable dachshund named Arvo wanted to go to sleep, but needed its teddy bear to cuddle with.At first the stuffed animal seemed too big to pull into the dog’s kennel, but persistence and determination can often turn the seemingly impossible into the doable.WANT Another Laugh? Check Out the ‘Good Laughs’ Page on Good News NetworkThe long-haired pooch is off to sleep next to his cuddly bear following this comic squeeze-a-thon.(WATCH the video below)A Good Laugh for Your Friends: Click to Share…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Border Patrol erects more tents in the Rio Grande Valley to house asylum seekers as surge continues

first_imgBy Julián AguilarThe Texas Since October 2018, when the federal government’s current fiscal year began, more than 460,000 undocumented immigrants have been apprehended on the southern border, already surpassing 2018’s fiscal year total of 396,579. That total includes about 101,860 family units and 19,000 unaccompanied minors in the Rio Grande Valley, according to CBP statistics.The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. “The longer illegal aliens remain in custody, the harder it can become to sustain our operations but housing the migrants in these tents is the default solution,” Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch said in a statement. “This is the reality of what happens when we simply cannot handle the influx of migrants arriving.”The announcement comes after CNN published photographs of migrants, including children, sleeping on the concrete grounds of Border Patrol facilities. Photographs of the new facilities provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection show military-style structures that can be built quickly and moved to locations as they are needed.That’s different from the facility opened Donna, which is a larger structure equipped with showers and separate dormitories. A similar structure opened in El Paso the same week.A spokesperson with the U.S. Border Patrol said Friday that he couldn’t say how many people the new tents will hold but that they are similar to a tent set up in March in El Paso that can hold hundreds of people. Related story: Government to house more immigrants in tents at the border Just two weeks after U.S. Border Patrol agents began housing asylum-seeking migrants in a new tent facility in Donna, the agency announced Friday it had reached capacity and the agency will construct four additional temporary facilities in two other Rio Grande Valley cities.The facility in Donna was completed the first week of May and can hold 500 undocumented immigrants after they are apprehended or turn themselves into Border Patrol officials.But in a new release Friday, the agency said agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector had 8,000 migrants in custody, a result of the continued “waves of migrants fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.” The additional structures are being built at Border Patrol stations in McAllen and Rio Grande City.last_img read more

Hurricanes May (or May Not) Miss Us – and They Leave Deadly Rip Tides

first_img Share We’ve written often about hurricanes, great and small. Of note, forecasters predict a likelihood of 13 to 19 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher) for this season. An average season produces 12 named storms of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.The combination of several climate factors is driving the strong likelihood for above-normal activity in the Atlantic this year. El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) conditions are expected to either remain neutral or to trend toward La Nina, meaning there will not be an El Nino present to suppress hurricane activity. Also, warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, coupled with reduced vertical wind shear, weaker tropical Atlantic trade winds, and an enhanced west African monsoon all increase the likelihood for an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Similar conditions have been producing more active seasons since the current high-activity era began in 1995.This column is about rip tides, rip currents and undertows – which are what distant storms often leave us.  Lest one of us comes to grief…Undertow v Rip Tide v Rip CurrentsAnybody that has ever been to a beach understands undertow. It is the backwash as gravity returns a breaking wave to the sea. All but small children can stand against it – and its effect ends at the leading edge of the next breaking wave. While it might knock you down and thus “suck” you under, it won’t pull you out to sea. Our mothers didn’t know that because they confused undertow with rip tides and rip currents.A rip tide is the result of tides and the egress and ingress of large volumes of water flowing through inlets, estuaries, and bays. As facts would have it, most people don’t swim near inlets or where bays meet the sea.  They swim near beaches, where sand bars often form, and where rip currents, “the killer current,” form in concert.The Anatomy of a Rip CurrentRip currents are by far the biggest killers of ocean swimmers. Rip currents form as waves disperse along the beach causing water to become trapped between the beach and a sandbar or other underwater feature.  This water becomes the “feeder” that creates the deadly force of the rip current. The water converges into a narrow, river-like channel moving away from the shore at high speed.Marine scientists define a rip current as having a “neck” (the river-like channel moving away from the shore) and a “head” that is often defined by an unusual disturbance or choppiness in the water and by murky discoloration caused by sand and debris. As the water, and swimmer, reaches the “head,” the velocity and strength of the rip current circulation begins to weaken considerably.Can I See a Rip Current?Often, yes. As a result of the current’s speed, sand is forced into suspension often causing a rip current to be associated with “dirty” water. It is characterized by a strong, localized current flowing seaward from the shore; visible as an agitated band of water, which is the return movement of water piled up on the shore by incoming waves.Most Importantly, Can I Get Out of the Grip of a Rip Current?If you don’t panic, and play the water’s power to your advantage, yes. Don’t try to swim back to shore against the rip current that is dragging you out. Most likely, you will tire beyond recovery and drowning, flatly put, will follow as surely as night follows day. Swim with and across the rip current. Let it give you some speed – as you “exit – stage left!” Or right – but get out of the grip of the current and into “normal” water. Then, deal with the hand you’ve been dealt – swim back, or just tread water while waving your arms for help, or just float and rest. This is why swimming with a “buddy system” is so critical…If you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at [email protected] or go directly to the D1SR Human Resources department. Vincent Pica is Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR) of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.last_img read more

EC cuts Sikkim Chief ministers disqualification period by 5 yrs

first_imgNew Delhi: The EC on Sunday reduced Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang’s disqualification period by almost five years under a provision of the electoral law, paving the way for him to contest the state assembly elections.His disqualification period of six years, during which he was barred from contesting polls, began on August 10, 2018 — the day he completed a year’s jail term in a corruption case. It was to end on August 10, 2024. But the Election Commission (EC) on Sunday reduced it to one year and one month. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghTamang, whose Sikkim Krantikari Morcha party won the state assembly elections held in April, took over as chief minister on May 27. However, he could not contest the elections due to his disqualification. He has to contest assembly polls within six months of becoming the chief minister to hold the office. Tamang was found guilty of misappropriation of government funds in a cow distribution scheme while he was the minister of animal husbandry in the 1990s. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadA case was registered in 2003 under the Prevention of Corruption Act that was subsequently repealed. Tamang has served the full sentence. The EC order said Tamang’s disqualification stands reduced to one year and one month. “In other words, his disqualification period ended on September 10 this year and he can contest polls to continue as chief minister,” a senior functionary explained. In July, Tamang had requested the poll panel to waive his disqualification period under Section 11 of the Representation of the People Act. Under the provisions of the law, the EC can reduce or remove a person’s disqualification. Section 11 of the RP Act states, “The Election Commission may, for reasons to be recorded, remove any disqualification under this Chapter 1 (except under section 8A) or reduce the period of any such disqualification.” The EC order, signed by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra pointed out that Tamang neither approached the commission to seek removal of his disqualification nor filed his nomination papers for the Sikkim assembly polls this year.last_img read more