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Women’s Centre Gets $964,000 from Venezuela

first_imgPhoto: Garfield AngusMinister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer (3rd left), looks on while Venezuelan Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency, Jacqueline Mendoza Ortega (2nd left), and Chairman of the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF), Rosa Joseph (left), admire a baby at the Centre, being held by staff at the institution, Mrs. Yasmin Hylton (right). Minister Falconer and Ambassador Ortega toured the institution on January 30, where the Ambassador announced that the centre would receive $964,000 from the Government of Venezuela. The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) is to receive US$9,000 (J$964,000) from the Venezuelan Government, in memory of its former President, the late Hugo Chavez.Free Spanish lessons will also be offered to teenage mothers who are registered with the Centre, at the Venezuelan Institute in Kingston.Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the  Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who took the Venezuelan Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Jacqueline Mendoza Ortega, on a tour of the Centre’s head office in Kingston, on January 30, said the facility provides a great opportunity for teenaged mothers.“I am very grateful that you have thought of the Women’s Centre Foundation, because it does such good work for our pregnant teenaged girls. It is a trying time for them when they get themselves in those situations, and to have a place like the Women’s Centre, where they can find sustenance, and have an opportunity for a good life, it is important,” the Minister said.Senator Falconer noted that she had met the late President of Venezuela and regarded him as a person with a “good soul.”“I have seen the things that he had done in his own country to advance women. This is a fitting place to commemorate him. We are very grateful,” the Minister said.For her part, Ambassador  Ortega explained that her office  wanted to do something for Jamaica that represented what the late leader believed in.“President Chavez was involved in the struggle of the women without opportunities – single women with their sons and daughters in difficult situations – so we wanted to do something in tribute to him,” she said.Meanwhile, Senator Falconer has requested Executive Director of the Centre, Dr. Zoe Simpson, to prepare a document for the Ambassador, so she can see what  Jamaica is doing for its teen mothers,  and what her country can adopt to reach their young mothers.The WCFJ is a national programme that addresses the problems of interrupted education and the accompanying social problems that occur when an adolescent girl drops out of school because of pregnancy. Girls 17 years and under who become pregnant whilst still attending school are referred to one of the centres located across the island, by teachers and other agency representatives. Women’s Centre Gets $964,000 from VenezuelaJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Story HighlightsThe Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) is to receive US$9,000 (J$964,000) from the Venezuelan Government, in memory of its former President, the late Hugo Chavez.Free Spanish lessons will also be offered to teenage mothers who are registered with the Centre, at the Venezuelan Institute in Kingston.The WCFJ is a national programme that addresses the problems of interrupted education and the accompanying social problems that occur when an adolescent girl drops out of school because of pregnancy. RelatedCabinet Approves Public-Private Partnership Model for Kingston Terminal Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Women’s Centre Gets $964,000 from Venezuela InformationFebruary 1, 2014Written by: Garfield Angus RelatedNCC Had Endorsed, Then Revoked Cenitech After Cabinet Approval of Contracts RelatedAndrine Davidson is JIS Employee of Choicelast_img read more

HSE says 48 Covid-19 test centres are operating around the country

first_imgThese test centre locations and their operational procedures/times are subject to change.Testing is by way of GP referral only and those coming for testing must have an appointment.  On March 24th changes were recommended in relation to Covid-19 testing to ensure that testing was targeted to high risk groups and those at risk of exposure to Covid-19.People who were referred for Covid 19 testing on or before March 24th will have received a text confirming that their referral has been cancelled and to contact their GP if they meet the new testing criteria.  Testing capacity has been constrained since Sunday March 29th due to stock limitations of testing kits, however testing kit stocks have been replenished.  Unfortunately there are on-going challenges in terms of supplies of reagent for the Covid 19 test in laboratories. This is a global challenge with major suppliers having to ration provision across the world. Every effort to procure new stocks is being made.Over the last number of weeks the number of hospitals providing Covid-19 testing has increased.  However provision of reagent and extraction kits will remain a major challenge for the foreseeable future until the major suppliers ramp up production.We continue to prioritise testing of healthcare workers and in-patients in acute hospitals and across residential facilities.We apologise to all those waiting for test results and we wish to reassure the public that we are making every endeavour to improve turnaround times within the current international constraints.Testing is performed for public health as opposed to clinical reasons, and patients waiting for results should continue to self-isolate for 14 days.Revised Testing ProtocolTesting is now targeted to those in a priority group or those with a high risk of exposure to Covid-19, who also have symptoms of fever and at least one other sign. Criteria as follows:If you are in a priority group and have:·        fever and a cough, or·        fever and shortness of breath (breathing difficulties)If you are in a priority group and have been in contact with someone you think or know has coronavirus and you have any of these symptoms:·        cough·        congestion·        runny nose·        sore throat·        body aches·        tirednessYou can phone your GP to be assessed for a test in any of these situations. The GP will assess you over the phone. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Do not ring GP out-of-hours services as they cannot arrange testing. If you do not have a GP, any GP can arrange a test. HSELive cannot order coronavirus tests. It is an information line only.If people experience a change in their health they are advised to contact their GP for medical advice.  It is important that people are aware that waiting for a test doesn’t change how they manage their symptoms or interactions with other people and it is essential that they self-isolate to prevent spreading any potential infection to others. Advice for patients is available at https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/self-isolation-and-limited-social-interaction.htmlPriority groups for testing include people with specific symptoms of coronavirus who are also:·        close contacts of a confirmed case·        healthcare workers who are in the frontline and have regular patient contact·        those most at risk of severe infection such as people with diabetes, immunosuppressed, chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, chronic renal disease, chronic liver disease and smokers·        people who live with those in the above groups·        staff and residents of nursing homes and other residential care settings and those in direct provision, homeless, Roma and travelling community settings where symptom management is difficult·        pregnant women to ensure they are managed safely in hospitalAnticipating a substantial increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases, the HSE is developing a national rapid, large scale system operating in three steps:·        Step 1: Rapid notification to a person of a negative or positive result and provision of advice.·        Step 2: Contacts. Rapid identification of contacts of confirmed Covid-19 cases·        Step 3: Control. Rapid public health management of contacts of confirmed cases.·        For more information please visit the HPSC on: https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/guidance/contacttracingguidance/CMP%20Overview_Model%202_V4.pdf Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Previous articleÚdaras na Gaeltachta seeking mentors for enterprise programmeNext articleStrabane woman makes impassioned Covid appeal after father’s funeral News Highland WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Facebook The HSE says a total of 48 Covid-19 Community Testing Centres, two of them in Donegal, which are operating from 8am to 8pm seven days a week.The centre are at O’ Donnell Park in Letterkenny and the Lakeside Caravan and Camping Centre – Belleek Road – Ballyshannon.The HSE says the test centre locations and their operational procedures and times are subject to change, and is stressing that testing is by way of GP referral only and those coming for testing must have an appointment.The HSE acknowledges the provision of reagent and extraction kits will remain a major challenge for the foreseeable future until the major suppliers ramp up production.**********************Statement in full -CHO 1 Covid-19 Community Testing CentresAcross the HSE a total of 48 Covid-19 Community Testing Centres. are now operational with 6 of these in CHO 1. People referred for a Covid-19 test are offered appointments to attend a drive through clinic for testing.  The 6 sites across CHO are now operating from the hours of 8am to 8pm Monday to Sunday as follows:1. Sligo – Finisklin Business Park2. Leitrim – Irish Wheelchair Association Building , Attifinlay, Carrick-on-Shannon3. Breffni GAA Park – Creighan, Cavan4. Cloghan GAA Park – Monaghan5. St Eunans GAA O’ Donnell Park – Letterkenny6. Lakeside Caravan and Camping Centre –  Belleek Road – Ballyshannon WhatsApp HSE says 48 Covid-19 test centres are operating around the country RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – April 7, 2020 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows last_img read more

Sage Karam: Spin controversy ‘kind of absurd’

first_imgSage Karam found himself in the middle more attention after Sunday's Mid-Ohio race.Sage Karam found himself in the middle more attention after Sunday’s Mid-Ohio race. Sage Karam found himself questioned over a spin at Mid-Ohio.Sage Karam found himself questioned over a spin at Mid-Ohio.Sage Karam expects IndyCar’s review of his late-race spin Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to show he didn’t plan the incident.Some competitors implied the Ganassi Racing rookie driver purposefully spun to create a caution for teammate Scott Dixon, the pole winner who had been pushed back in the pack due to an earlier caution. The caution for Karam’s stalled car helped Dixon cycle back to fourth place, which is where he finished.“I think it’s kind of absurd that people think I would spin on my own and my team would put my life in danger like that because I spun on the third- or second-fastest turn of the track, over a 100-mph turn,” Karam told The Star on Monday. “You can’t really plan that stuff.“I posted a video the day before, actually, in the same turn. I was super loose. It was a very tricky turn, especially (Sunday) because I was at the end of a tire run. I was going to pit that lap and the team radioed to me about pushing (hard) that lap because it was going to be my (pit) lap.“I was looking down (at computer readings) and I think I lost track of the speed I was carrying into the apex of the turn, and I dropped a wheel (in the grass). My car was loose the whole race. When I dropped the wheel, that was it. I tried to save it and I tried to counter-steer and power out of it, but it ended up (spinning) around and just stalling.“That’s just a spin.”Graham Rahal wins at Mid-Ohio, in tight race with Montoya for series titleVeteran driver Justin Wilson, who was following Karam, said after the race he saw nothing fishy about the incident. IndyCar’s officiating team called for a post-race review, which isn’t uncommon; findings are expected to be announced Wednesday.Graham Rahal, who also benefitted from Karam’s spin, went on to win the Honda Indy 200 to draw within nine points of the series lead with two races left.Thumbs up, thumbs down from Mid-OhioThe mini-controversy is just the latest for Karam, the brash 20-year-old driver who has had some of his best events in the past four races. Last month at Iowa Speedway, Ed Carpenter and Rahal accused Karam of reckless driving. IndyCar told Karam to tone it down, but he was not penalized, and Karam doesn’t expected to be this time either.“I think it’s unfortunate that people always seem to come back and think things that aren’t really true,” Karam said. “A lot of this whole year people have been picking on me and saying all this stuff because I’m a rookie and I’ve been showing speed now. Everyone wants to pick a fight with me. Whatever.”Follow Curt Cavin on Facebook and Twitter: @curtcavinlast_img read more