129 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! Share HealthLifestyleLocalNews Males encouraged to exhibit better health-seeking behaviors by: – April 26, 2018 (Photo credit: Concanon)The Health Promotion Resource Centre is encouraging males to be better health seekers by taking advantage of opportunities for health screenings and check-ups as part of its Health Awareness Campaign.The Health Promotion Resource Centre of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, commenced this campaign to raise awareness on non-communicable diseases, (NCDs) post Hurricane Maria targeting public officers.Non-communicable diseases, also known as chronic diseases, tend to be of long duration and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioral factors, as per the World Health Organization (WHO).According to the WHO, the main types of NCDs are cardiovascular diseases (heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma), and diabetes.Adora LeBlanc Toussaint of the Health Promotion Resource Centre told Vibes news on Wednesday 25 April 2018 that research has shown that women have better health-seeking behaviors than men.“Women will walk into a health facility; walk into a Health Center just to have their blood pressure checked, just to have their sugar checked,” Mrs. Toussaint informed.Males, on the other hand, “would have to be seeing death in their eyes”, to seek medical attention.According to Mrs. Toussaint, men don’t just walk in for check-ups, “sometimes their wives have to be at them – ‘why don’t you have a yearly check-up, why don’t you check your blood pressure?’”.Because of this, there is always more health statistics available when it pertains to women, than men.Statistics from the WHO indicates that each year, 15 million people die from a NCD and over 80% of these premature deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. The age group affected is between 30 and 69 years.“Now the stats will show we have more men dying from prostate cancer than breast cancer and why, because women continue to do the screening programs that are in place,” Mrs. Toussaint informed. Although there are more women with cancer here, statistics reveal that “more men are dying from prostate cancer” because “women are at the health centers having their breasts examined, doing their self-breast examination, having their mammograms”.“So it’s like because women have that health seeking behavior you have more statistics to show you women’s health than those showing men’s health and for us in Dominica it’s just the same,” Mrs. Toussaint explained.NCDs disproportionately affect people in low- and middle-income countries where more than three quarters of global NCD deaths, that is 31 million, occur.Cardiovascular diseases account for most NCD deaths, or 17.7 million people annually, followed by cancers 8.8 million, respiratory diseases 3.9million, and diabetes 1.6 million.Mrs. Toussaint further explained that sometimes during doctor’s clinic at the health centers, if twenty-five (25) persons are to be seen by doctor, out of that number, twenty (20) may be women and just five (5) men.“So at that time you will more be able to give the stats, the figures for women as to how many of them blood pressures are elevated, as compared to the men,” she said. “So while we’re doing this program, and we’re looking at prevention and strategies, we want them [males] to use the health facilities that are available within their district, within their reach,” Mrs. Toussaint indicated.
By John BurtonRED BANK – The antique business has long been a draw for the west side of the borough, rivaling such locations as Lambertville and New Egypt, attracting shoppers from far and wide, who are searching for that certain, special something.The area for years has been known as the Arts and Antique District. But with a sluggish economy, increased competition from surrounding towns and the forced relocation of a number of dealers with the pending demolition of their building, those selling the collectibles are trying to continue to find their place.“Antiques go up and down,” said Carla Gizzi, who owns a shop at 169 West Front St. The key to succeeding is “people have to keep up with the trends.”Carla Gizzi, owner of Carla Gizzi Jewelry and Home on West Front Street in Red Bank, discusses the changing nature of selling antiques in the borough.Gizzi has been operating her shop, Carla Gizzi Jewelry and Home, for 20 years and has another shop in Convention Hall, Asbury Park, an area that is increasingly giving Red Bank a run for its money in antiquing.Tastes change over time, dealers have to be aware of what buyers want and meet those requests if they wish to remain viable, Gizzi said. Current tastes are for items dating from the mid-20th century, what she called the “industrial style,” popular for people decorating their homes. “You got to be motivated to keep up with the trends,” she said.There are other factors related to her business, however, that are out of her hands. Gizzi said foot traffic on the western portion of West Front Street doesn’t have the volume that it does downtown on Broad Street. “If this block could only attract more people some way,” Gizzi said, that could help the district.Her Asbury Park location gets considerably more pedestrian traffic making it a successful spot. “It’s fabulous,” she said. “I’d love to see Red Bank have that again.”In addition, the overall economy has been putting a crimp in people’s disposable income. “Everybody had been feeling that,” she said.John Gribbin operated Monmouth Antique Shoppes on the corner of West Front Street and Bridge Avenue for 29 years. When the building was shut down to be demolished to make way for the West Side Lofts development, he and others had to leave. Instead of relocating in Red Bank, Gribbin packed up and moved to Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park where he opened five weeks ago.“Red Bank is a nice town,” Gribbin said, “but I figured it made a lot more sense to go some place where a lot of people from New York are going. Asbury is an up-and-coming market.“The antique business is always changing,” for both what people want and where they want to go for it, he said. “You have to change with the shifting tastes and trends.”He said the business has been good in his new location and he’s keeping his fingers crossed that it continues.“It’s going through a transition,” said west side restaurateur Danny Murphy about the Arts and Antiques District. “I think it’s shrinking a bit.”Murphy has long been a sort of west side ambassador, promoting the area and working on initiatives to enhance the neighborhood. He worked with other local business owners to help designate the area as the Arts and Antiques District.“We chose to be called that other than the west side of town,” he said recently while talking about the area’s history.This business may be contracting a little in the area, but he is looking forward to the completion of the new development and expects it to bring new retail and new life to the area.Mayor Pasquale Menna said he doesn’t believe the arts and antiques district is waning. “I’d say it’s changing and redefining itself.”There may be fewer people antiquing in the borough, Menna said, but he sees an increase in what he calls a “collateral aspect of the same field,” the decorative arts, interior design. “You have many more designers in Red Bank, who are taking on an entire scope of antiquing,” he said.Like Peter Roesar, who runs Ambiance European Antiques, 191 West Front St. “Most people who are antiquing are not looking for what we offer,” Roesar said of his shop. He travels a few times a year to France and Belgium, acquiring items, which he then places in the homes of customers who are redecorating.While his store does some of the traditional antique business, that has slowed in recent years. “I think it’s economy driven,” he said.“We still have quite a few design jobs” and that business has remained relatively strong, he said.Johnson operates the Red Bank Antique Center in two locations on West Front Street, housing numerous dealers in what is run as a co-op. “We’re not back to where we were in 1999, but we’re coming back,” after some slow years, he said.Johnson’s mother established the center in 1964, with Johnson taking it over in 1970. His has issues with the new West Side Lofts project and its impact on the district. “It’s definitely hurting business,” taking away what he said was about one-fifth of the trade.While he sees Asbury Park as “up and coming,” he expects to stay in Red Bank. “Red Bank has got life and will continue,” Johnson said.“Look, it’s not necessarily what it was, but people are still doing business in Red Bank, you still have an antique district there,” Gribbin said. “It’s not over.”It wasn’t over for Joseph Piazza, who was walking along West Front Street carrying a small mahogany night table. Piazza came to the borough looking for items to decorate his North Bergen home. The table, he said, was made probably during the 1890s, “maybe a little older … It was a great price, great condition, I couldn’t say no.“I’ve been to Troy (N.Y.). I’ve been to Lambertville. I’ve been to the New York Pier,” he said, but he’d rather come to Red Bank as he works on his 21-room home. “The prices are better and the selection is wonderful. I think Red Bank is undiscovered.”
Inter Milan striker Gabriel Barbosa offered to West Hamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Gabriel Barbosa has been offered to West Ham.The Sun says Inter have made the 22-year-old available on loan to the Premier League after sending him to Santos in his homeland.Manuel Pellegrini is weighing up his options in the January window and whether he could boost his attack with the Samba star.The Hammers boss will assess all his transfer targets before a decision is made on “Gabigol”, who says he wants to speak to Inter this week about his future.Gabriel put himself on the global map when he started at Santos but did not settle in Europe before heading back to South America.But being made available has put clubs on red alert for a player who forced his way into the Brazil team two years ago. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Notre Dame held off Duke tonight in the ACC semifinals, but Irish fans aren’t all smiles Friday night. Many believe that Notre Dame was on the wrong end of a number of controversial calls by the referees in the game’s final minutes. Former school football star Louis Nix is among them, and after seeing a call go against Duke center Jahlil Okafor, he posted a meme that basically serves as a Bronx cheer.Is that a call on Okafor… pic.twitter.com/o4TG3UbSug— lOUIS NIX III (@1irishchocolate) March 14, 2015Notre Dame gets the other historic North Carolina powerhouse tomorrow – the UNC Tar Heels.
LSU Football/TwitterLSU football’s $2.5 million weight room renovation is complete.The Tigers’ weight room is finished just in time for fall camp to begin.LSU unveiled its new weight room to its players tonight.Tigers checking out the new weight room for the first time. pic.twitter.com/k51gISIECP— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) August 4, 2016LSU posted a video of the unveiling on Facebook. Here are some photos of the weight room. LSU Football/Twitter LSU Football/Twitter LSU Football/Twitter LSU Football/TwitterLSU opens its regular season on Sept. 3 against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc.
The University of the West Indies (UWI) is being encouraged to provide ongoing support, through research, for accelerated economic and social development in Jamaica.Minister without Portfolio in the Finance and the Public Service Ministry, Hon. Fayval Williams, noted that as a “knowledge producer”, the UWI is well positioned for this undertaking.She also urged well-thinking Jamaicans to join the “research revolution” challenge issued by the UWI during its 20th Research Days events, from February 6 to 8.“I accept this invitation and we all should. Research is about discovering new knowledge, which can lead us to innovation and technological change,” Mrs. Williams said.The Minister added that “research is the diligent, systematic inquiry of validating, refining and generating new knowledge, which can lead us to social and economic development”.She was speaking at the UWI’s Annual Research Days awards ceremony at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge on February 8.The ceremony recognises individuals for work embodying the best cutting-edge research undertaken during the academic year under review.In his remarks, Pro Vice Chancellor and UWI Mona Principal, Professor Dale Webber, noted that the University’s role in delivering high-quality research led to its inclusion among the leading tertiary institutions listed in the top five per cent globally.The Times Higher Education World University Rankings designation placed the UWI at 591st out of the 1,258 institutions making the list.“Research was 50 per cent of that ranking,” Professor Webber said, while urging the awardees and, by extension, the rest of the university community to own and “take control” of the achievement.Professor Webber emphasised that the ranking must be maintained and can be done through the impact and pursuit of the research.“I urge you to reach for the stars, reach out for your faculty and your friends so that we can build collaborative research,” he said.Among the over 30 awardees, three were presented in the category of the Principal’s Awards for Public Policy.They include: Director of the Office of Social Entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr. K’adamawe K’nife, who provided technical and research support for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Entrepreneurship Policy, which was reviewed and a new policy tabled in the Houses of Parliament in July 2018.Also awarded was Professor of Child Health and Child Development, Maureen Samms-Vaughn, for two key research projects leading to policy development, including the creation of the National Strategic Plan for Early Childhood Development 2008 to 2013 and 2013 to 2018, and the National Parenting Support Policy of 2011.These supported development of the National Parenting Strategy and the National Parenting Programme Standards.Senior Lecturer in the Marine Division of the Department of Life Sciences, Dr. Karl Aiken, was recognised for his work on fish sanctuaries, which contributed to the Fishing Industry (Special Fishery Conservation Area) Regulations of 2012. “I accept this invitation and we all should. Research is about discovering new knowledge, which can lead us to innovation and technological change,” Mrs. Williams said. “I urge you to reach for the stars, reach out for your faculty and your friends so that we can build collaborative research,” he said. Story Highlights Senior Lecturer in the Marine Division of the Department of Life Sciences, Dr. Karl Aiken, was recognised for his work on fish sanctuaries, which contributed to the Fishing Industry (Special Fishery Conservation Area) Regulations of 2012.
By Jorge Barrera and Tim FontaineAPTN National NewsTORONTO–After one of the most fractious election campaigns in recent memory, Shawn Atleo secured a second three-year term at the helm of the Assembly of First Nations Wednesday and used his first post-vote speech to hammer home a message of unity.Atleo fended off seven challengers to win re-election on the third ballot of voting in Toronto garnering 341 votes of a total of 512 votes cast by chiefs or their representatives.“Going forward, I reflect back to what the ancestors remind us of, we are stronger together,” said Atleo.Atleo’s opponents could not gather enough support to knock him off despite firing off heated criticism that he was too close to the Conservative government and not listening enough to chiefs.Mi’kmaq lawyer and Ryerson Professor Pam Palmater emerged as his main challengers, but despite her second place showing on all three of the ballots, her support was miles away from Atleo’s. She ended with 141 on the third ballot, 107 on the second ballot and 95 on the first.Dene National National Chief Bill Erasmus was the only other candidate to stay on all three ballots and he finished with 30 votes.It was the unity of British Columbia chiefs backing Atleo that secured his victory. With about 200 British Columbia votes in hand, Atleo entered the race with a numerical advantage in an election where only chiefs are eligible to vote.Ontario, with potentially 133 votes, could not come together to form a bloc, despite a large number who were upset with the way Atleo handled the Attawapiskat housing crisis late last year and his endorsement of a joint AFN-Aboriginal Affairs education panel to study on-reserve education.Manitoba chiefs also found themselves divided among several candidates, including two who came from the province, former Ojibway chief Terry Nelson and Ojibway lawyer Joan Jack.Nelson dropped out on the second ballot and Jack on the first.Mohawk activist Ellen Gabriel, who rose to prominence as a calming voice during the Oka crisis, dropped out after the second ballot and supported Palmater.Former Treaty 3 grand chief Diane Kelly also bowed out after the second ballot.Atleo praised all the candidates and returned to the theme of unity throughout his victory speech.“Who would think that with over 50 language groups covering every inch of the territories we share that we could find a way to come together?,” said Atleo. “We will work together, recognizing we share inherent rights and titles…we will reject government’s attempt to deny or extinguish our rights.”Atleo also addressed the perceived view that he’s detached from the grassroots population, which, based on social media activity, had primarily gravitated to the female candidates Palmater, Gabriel, Jack and Kelly.“I was asked here…by one of the chiefs to speak directly to the people and so I do want to do that,” he said. “To all of our people we refer to as the grassroots, the grassroots people, all voices must be heard and included.”Atleo’s electoral victory, however, left behind some poisoned feelings.Nelson said up to 10 First Nations would leave the AFN as a result of Atleo’s victory.Palmater also left with parting shot at Atleo.“There is a joint plan between Alteo and Harper and this vote shows that a majority of chiefs are okay with that plan, but there is a good 40 per cent that are not,” said Palmater. “Somehow there is going to have to be a bridging.”Erasmus struck a more conciliatory tone.“Let’s give a strong mandate to the national chief so when he leaves here he knows that the people are with him,” said Erasmus.Much of the early part of this election focused on speculation over where votes would originate. With British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario holding the most First Nation communities, many wondered which candidate they would support – and if they would do socollectively.Even before voting began, there was word that Atleo had garnered the support of British Columbia’s over 200 First Nation chiefs, a powerful voting bloc. But none of this was announced and few chiefswould admit who they – or others in their region were supporting.And while Atleo clearly dominated the first round of voting, it became difficult to pinpoint who among his opponents could challenge him. Palmater, Nelson and Erasmus refused to concede or confirm whether they would strike deals among themselves or with the incumbent.As the candidates would go from caucus room to caucus room, often with supporters in tow, there was speculation over whether they had garnered more votes. Caucus rooms are traditionally off-limits for journalists and this election was no different.When candidates would emerge, often they would refuse to speak directly with reporters, leaving many to wonder about their next move.Missing from this election were the often very deliberate actions by candidates seen in previous races. In 2009, when a candidate was ready to strike a deal or concede defeat, they would walk toward the othercandidate with supporters following behind – often to applause. Far different than this year where these sorts of announcements were announced quietly or not at all.Even the candidate entries to the main hall were subdued and without much of the fanfare seen in previous elections. Only incumbent Shawn Atleo entered the hall accompanied by drums and singing – but even those entrances were toned down by the last [email protected]@aptn.ca
It’s a closer call than one might think. On any given night in Crew Stadium, it’s difficult to gauge whether there is more energy being expended on the field of play or in the Nordecke, a section in the northeast corner of the stadium where the rowdiest of the Crew fans gather.These black-and-gold-clad super fans are loud and boisterous from whistle to whistle. They sing, cheer and chant for their team in words occasionally not fit for print in a family paper. They could be described as “hooligans lite.”A casual observer might mistake the section for an early Halloween party run amok. It’s not unusual for pirates, skeletons and other such oddities to be interspersed throughout the crowd. As the Columbus Crew and their zealous fans gear up for another run in the MLS playoffs, the importance of the crowd and the Nordecke in particular isn’t lost on those associated with the team.When asked about the significance of the recent 22-game home unbeaten streak snapped by Seattle last Saturday, Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer’s thoughts turned quickly to the fans.“Mostly for me, I’m really disappointed for the fans because ever since they put together that Nordecke section, we’ve made this place a fortress, and we’ve fought hard for them,” Hesmer said. “It can’t help but be infectious to the guys on the field.”He’s not the only one who appreciates what these energetic fans bring to the table.Seattle Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid, who has been on both ends of the sidelines as the home and visiting coach, has a special perspective.“This is a tough place to play,” the former Crew coach said. “The Nordecke has been great. Their support and the atmosphere, you know you are at a soccer venue.”With a win against the New England Revolution (10-9-8) this Saturday in Gillette Stadium, the Crew (12-5-10) would become the Eastern Conference regular season champions and lock up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs up to the MLS Cup.A draw, which yields one point, would eliminate the Revolution from catching the Crew in the standings and leave the Chicago Fire six points back with only two matches remaining. The tiebreaker, a combination of head-to-head matchups and goal totals, would then go to the Crew.Another achievement that is tantalizingly close for the Crew is a second straight Supporters Shield, the honor given to the team with the highest point total in the MLS at the end of the season.Columbus holds a two-point lead on the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo for the Shield, at 46-44.There are only three regular season MLS games remaining on the Crew’s schedule, including home and away contests against New England.With their most dedicated fans in tow, the Crew look to recreate the magical run of last year to the MLS championship.
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team will play in front of a home crowd for the first time in a month Friday night, fresh off a 12-game, three-week road trip. The Buckeyes completed almost their entire non-conference schedule on the road, winning nine non-conference road matches during the stretch and losing only to 16th-ranked Kentucky (1-3). They also split in Big Ten play during the trip, defeating Wisconsin (3-2) and dropping all three sets to ninth-ranked Illinois. Going 12 games without a home crowd’s support isn’t easy, but it was an early learning experience for the team. “We had to rely on ourselves to bring energy,” senior middle blocker Allie Schwarzwalder said. “We had to stick together through the good games and the bad games.” The trip may have been a success, but the Buckeyes are eager to get used to the routine of playing in front of a home crowd again. “It’s going to be great to actually sleep in my own bed before the match,” sophomore outside hitter Emily Danks said. There is no better team to return home to play than OSU’s bitter rival to the north. “Michigan is a good way to open the home season,” senior setter Betsy Hone said. “I think it will be a very good crowd.” Although back in the comfort of St. John Arena, the Buckeyes know they have their work cut out for them to navigate the grueling Big Ten schedule. “We have a goal to be Big Ten champs, the Big Ten is wide open this year,” Hone said. “It’s a long season, obviously you want to steal games on the road and protect your house at home.” This is exactly the part of the schedule that the team has been waiting for. “It’s definitely a lot more fun playing the Big Ten schools,” Schwarzwalder said. “The student sections are awesome, bigger turnout for Big Ten games always get you a little nervous.” The Buckeyes know that to compete, they have to improve week-to-week starting with defense. “Defense wins championships so we have been trying to settle down our defense and get into a rhythm,” Hone said. The Buckeyes’ experience will come in handy throughout the rest of the schedule. “This is probably one of the most experienced teams of the four years that I have been here,” Hone said. That experience plus a deep bench puts the Buckeyes in the mix to contend for the Big Ten title. “I think this is the biggest year for potential for us,” Schwarzwalder said. “We just have a lot of depth.” Friday, the Buckeyes will finally get to play in front of a scarlet-and-gray crowd, and would love to see as much of it as possible. The fact that the Buckeyes have learned to play so well on the road will be key as they continue through the season, but may spell trouble for teams welcoming the Buckeyes onto their home court. “I think we are going to do good things,” Hone said.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has confirmed reports that he did not give Jack Wilshere the guarantees he was looking for over regular playing time, which caused the midfielder to leave for West Ham UnitedThe England international completed his free transfer to the Hammers this week after rejecting a new long-term contract at Arsenal following talks with Emery over his role at the club.Wilshere had been at Arsenal since the tender age of nine and made the difficult decision to end his 17-year association with his boyhood club after Emery failed to deliver him the assurances he needed to remain.“The conversation with Wilshere was a very good conversation. I explained to him my opinion and how I will want to create the team. And [I couldn’t for sure] say to him he’s going to play in the 11 players,” said Emery, according to ESPN.“And also he explained to me the decision is not easy for him. But he wanted to choose the best option for him, and [the whole] time is with respect. I know this player here is very important for the supporters, he grew up here at Arsenal. But I don’t give him a place in the starting 11. It’s because of that he chose to leave here, and I respect also this.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.While Wilshere has struggled with injuries over the past few years, he did make 38 appearances in all competitions last season.But he then fractured foot, which cost him a place in the England World Cup squad this summer.But Emery denied that this had an effect on his decision.“It was a tactical and technical decision,” he said.Emery will now be preparing to take charge of his first Arsenal game against Boreham Wood this Saturday.