Recommended for you CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to region No Zika reports for TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM Related Items:cleanup, Dr. Winston De La Haye, st. catherine, ZIka Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 17 (JIS): Three communities in St. Catherine will benefit from a Ministry of Health-led national clean-up day on Saturday (February 20).The move comes as the country intensifies activities to cut down the mosquito population in light of the threat of the Zika virus.Old Braeton and Reed’s Pen in Portmore, and Rivoli in Spanish Town, will be the focus of the clean-up activity, which will be conducted under the theme: ‘Operation Mosquito Search and Destroy’. Speaking at the launch of the clean-up day at the St. Jago Park Health Centre in the parish on Wednesday (February 18), Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Winston De La Haye, underscored the importance of personal responsibility in preventing mosquito breeding. “This isn’t an issue that the Ministry of Health alone can solve. It is the responsibility of each individual to identify sites where water settles and get rid of it. Remember that a drop of water is enough for the mosquito to breed in. We need to punch holes in cans and get rid of all of the bulk waste that is unnecessary and can potentially collect water,” he said. He informed that similar activities will take place in other parishes, and highlighted the importance of communities undertaking clean-up exercises.“This isn’t a one-day event. We are starting with areas in Spanish Town and Portmore and we are encouraging all Jamaica to come on board. We are expecting that after Saturday persons will be active in their communities and in their homes destroying breeding sites,” he said.The team, which includes Ministry of Health personnel, vector control workers, stakeholders and partners, will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at Portmore Pines Plaza from where persons will be deployed to the two Portmore communities. The group will move into the Rivoli community at about 1:00 p.m.Other partners in the clean-up effort include the Ministries of Education and Local Government and Community Development; and the national response team, which comprises the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Social Development Commission (SDC). “It is a multi-sectoral affair,” Dr. De La Haye said. “No one Ministry is able to address the situation. Zika isa preventable illness and we need to do everything we can to get the mosquitoes out of the way,” he pointed out.Dr. De La Haye is inviting members of the public to join the effort, noting that special focus would be placed on the gathering of bulky waste for removal by the NSWMA.
The daily Prothom Alo in association with non-government organisations Brac, Nirapad Sarak Chai (‘We demand Safe Roads’) and the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), organises the roundtable on ‘Effective measures needed to stop road accidents.’Growing pressure on roads due to shrunken waterways and neglected rail communications is mostly responsible for the increasing numbers of road accidents.Speaking at a roundtable on Monday, professor Moazzem Hossain, director of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)’s Accident Research Institute (ARI), said in the past few decades, the pressure on roads has increased tremendously as 70 per cent of the people travel by roads and 75-80 per cent of cargo is transported by roads at present.The daily Prothom Alo in association with non-government organisations Brac, Nirapad Sarak Chai (‘We demand Safe Roads’) and the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), organised the roundtable on ‘Effective measures needed to stop road accidents.’Moazzem Hossain said all concerned persons, including drivers, transport owners and pedestrians, must be aware of road safety to reduce the accidents.He said the BUET institute has submitted two projects to the government to improve road safety.The projects will primarily take care of speed-check on highways and setting up driving schools across the country.Addressing the roundtable, he also said the speed-check will help identify drivers of the speeding vehicles while the proposed school will help produce skilled drivers.Renowned movie star Ilias Kanchan, chairman of Nirapad Sarak Chai, said in the last two and half decades, the number of road accidents had significantly been reduced.“In 2012, a total of 8000 persons were killed in road crashes, but the number of deaths was reduced to 5000 in 2016 due to awareness initiatives,” he said.Ilias Kanchan said prior to 2011, there were more than two hundreds ‘black-spots’ on the highways. With the help of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), the number of these ‘black-spots’ has now been reduced to 65.He also said that local people’s representatives and politicians have made the process difficult for the authorities to bring the culprits to book.BRTA former chairman Mohammed Ayubur Rahman Khan said, though nearly 10 per cent drivers did not comply with the traffic rules, they are not the sole catalysts to the indiscriminate road accidents.“The engineers who create the black-spots on roads,the committee members who give licences to unskilled drivers and the authorities who certify unfit vehicles are equally responsible for the road accidents,” he added.He also said the most important thing is awareness. If the owners themselves are aware and guide their drivers, road accidents will significantly decrease.Awareness is the key to stop the road crashes, he added.Valerie Ann Taylor, founder of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), said the number of deaths by being strangled by scarves (urna), is on the rise.Valerie Ann Taylor, who treated 45 cases of this kind, said, “If we counsel our relatives about this when they were going out, these accidents may be prevented.”Dilu Rikoba, whose only daughter was killed and husband and son seriously injured in a road crash, said, “I’ve lost my daughter and I can still feel her presence. Now my question is how much more news of such deaths of daughters do I have to witness in my life?”She urged the government to take quick initiatives to reduce the number of the casualties.Dhali Al-Mamun, who is one of the survivors of the accident in which famous film director Tareque Masud and journalist Ashfaque Munier Mishuk died, said corruption and mismanagement are behind every road accident.“I would call this a planned murder.”“I thinkthe case filed in connection with the incident is a wakeup call for all of us,” he added.Khandakar Enayet Ullah, general secretary of Dhaka Bus Owners Association, said, “We are usually blamed for every incident. But, many of the owners like me are working in this regard though the number is few.”He also said the over-speeding and over overloaded vehicles are considered prime causes behind road accidents.“I think the poor conditions of roads and traffic signals are also responsible for the road accidents.“Not only owners, but are the other government authorities involved with the process are responsible, as well,” he added.He also said the number of illegal vehicles – CNG-run local transports and three-wheeler –on highways is on the rise that is a key factor for accidents on highways.BRTA director Mahbub-E-Rabbani said, extra hours on the road for drivers and their lack of education also contribute significantly to road accidents.“Driving is very complex thing. A driver must keep in mind simultaneously some engineering and scientific aspects while he is driving a vehicle. Most of the drivers do not understand all this due to their lack of formal education,” he added.Educated people do not feel encouraged to work in the sector.Mohammed Atiqul Islam, deputy inspector general (DIG) of the Highway Police, said, “We conducted a study to find out causes behind increasing road accidents during Eid.”Among 18 causes, unawareness about road safety and roadside markets top the list, he added.He said Japan was faced with the problem in 1960s. But using the road safety awareness tool they had reduced number of accidents by 50 per cent.“If we can transform our mindsets towards the idea of safe transportation and if the authorities take it seriously, accidents will significantly be reduced in the near future.”Esha Chowdhury, director of operations, Traumalink, that provides emergency support to road accident victims, said, “It is a terrible situation. Our organisation provided medical assistance to 150 road crash victims since 22 August this year.”Brac Road Safety Programme director Ahmed Najmul Hossain told the roundtable that awareness about road safety has been increased more than any time in the past.He said, “We have developed a national action plan following the United Nations’ ‘Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020programme’.”He urged all the stakeholders to help bring the action plans into force.He also said women are mostly victims of the road accidents. “Thus we have included gender issue to the road safety guidelines.”Not mentioning the brand name, he also said there are huge numbers of vehicles of a certain automobile brand was rated ‘0’ by an UN agency, are running on our roads.“Thus, we should be very careful about vehicle rating while permitting new vehicles,” he added.Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman also addressed the roundtable, moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Qayyum.
Group calls for ban on dolphin therapy © 2010 PhysOrg.com Credit: Wkipedia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers reveal the discovery of how the Guiana dolphin, Sotalia guianensis, is able to sense electric fields of prey in the water using structures found on the animals head. Explore further While electroreception is often seen in fish and amphibians, it is not common in mammals. As a matter of fact, until this new research, the only mammal to show the ability to sense electric fields was the platypus.The researchers, led by Wolf Hanke from the University of Rostock in Germany studied some rare captive Guiana dolphins at a zoo in Muenster, Germany. When examining the rostrum of the dolphins, or the forward part of the head that contains the jaw, the researchers noticed small depressions. When one of the dolphins died, the researchers examined these depressions and found that they are crypts and hold whiskers when the dolphins are in the womb. These whiskers later drop off after the dolphin is born. It had been assumed these were just the depressions left after the whiskers were gone, but the researchers believed they were somehow still aiding the dolphin’s senses.Turning to the remaining dolphin in captivity, the researchers trained the dolphin to rest it’s head on a platform fitted with electrodes designed to deliver electrical signals into the water. When the researchers delivered a signal, the dolphin was rewarded if it swam away. If there was no signal, the dolphin was rewarded for staying in place.To prove that the signal was indeed being sensed through these crypts, the researchers then fitted the dolphins with a plastic shield that covered the crypts. With the shield in place, the dolphin did not move regardless of whether an electrical signal was present or not.The Guiana dolphin is similar to the more commonly known bottlenose dolphin but lives off the east coast of South America. Similar to other toothed cetaceans, the Guiana dolphin hunts and locates prey using echolocation, or sound waves.While echolocation is good for finding prey from a distance, it does not work well at close range. The Guiana dolphin routinely feeds at the bottom of the ocean where the water can be very murky. It is here that the researchers believe that electroreception comes in handy.The researcher’s next plan is to examine other dolphin species to see if they too have the same ability. Citation: Dolphins have ability to sense electrical signals (2011, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-dolphins-ability-electrical.html
To provide immediate medical care to road accident victims, the government has launched pilot projects on three highway stretches that provide the victim cashless treatment for up to Rs 30,000, governemnt said on Monday.“In order to give a boost to emergency care of accident victims, pilot projects has been launched by the Ministry on Gurgaon-Jaipur section of NH 8, Mumbai-Vadodara of NH 8 and Ranchi-Rargaon-Mahulia of NH 33 for providing cashless treatment to road accident victims for 48 hours at expenditure up to a limit of Rs 30,000,” Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways P Radhakrishnan told Rajya Sabha. The union minister said GPS enabled ambulances, connected with a central control room through a toll-free number 1033, are stationed at distance of 20 km to transport the injured to the hospitals. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, under the scheme ‘National Highways Accident Relief Service Scheme’ provides 10-tonne cranes and small medium cranes for hilly areas and ambulances to States/UTs for relief and rescue measures in the aftermath of accidents by way of evacuating road accident victim to nearest medical aid centre and for clearing the accident site.
Kolkata: Kolkata-based packaged spices major J K Spices is scouting for aggressive overseas opportunities including tie-up with US based e-tailers to expand its market, a top company official said today. “We are looking to grow both in the domestic and overseas markets. We have tied up with Amazon.com and later propose to extend the same with Ebay for the US market. The US Amazon will be be unveiled tomorrow,” JK Spices and Food director (sales & marketing) Vijay Jain said here. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life He said along with it the company was also negotiating with a leading seller on Amazon India for the online space in India. The company was optimistic about the US market to tap the huge Indian diaspora. “We are even launching new products exclusively for the US markets,” Jain said. JK Spices has three manufacturing locations in India and all the three units are US FDA approved, he said. The company would also explore Middle East and African markets beside exporting in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. JK Spices claimed to enjoy about four per cent of the organised national spices market of about Rs 6,000 crore. JK Spices is leader in the West Bengal market with at least 35-40 per cent market share and had posted Rs 245 crore in FY18′.
Ganga Sagar Mela next year would be declared ‘Green Mela’ where sanitary toilets would be provided for all pilgrims.South 24 Paraganas district magistrate P B Salim said 10,000 sanitary toilets would be set up for the mela, which attracts lakhs of pilgrims from across the country.He said the pilgrims would be made aware of the demerits of open defecation at various stages of their journey right from the city to Sagar Island, where they take the holy dip on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeReferring to the situation in the district vis-a-vis sanitation, he said the model set by Nadia, declared a total sanitation district, would be followed though South 24 Parganas had a much larger population.“Next year on Gandhi Jayanti we plan to declare South 24 Parganas a total sanitation district. For this we are involving people from all sections – students, Anganwadi and Asha workers, SHGs, NGOs besides religious heads,” he said adding at present there are no sanitary toilets in at least seven lakh households in the district.The government will provide Rs 10,000 for each toilet built and the beneficiary would pay Rs 900 or provide labour. In West Bengal 40 per cent of the people have no sanitary toilets at their homes compared to 58 per cent in the country.