Using a new initiative, the Public Health Ministry last year managed to achieve a global objective of diagnosing 90 per cent of the population living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).This was revealed on Friday by the Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence, who was at the time speaking at the ‘close out’ ceremony of the Advancing Partnerships and Communities (APC) Project which was launched back in 2014.According to Lawrence, “With the generation of community-level data, targeted testing was conducted using mobile outreaches and collaborating with Private Sector organisations, some 29 of them and faith-based organisations, also another 29. This new strategy of index texting in Guyana improved the overall testing yield, shifting the first 90 from 86 per cent at the end of 2017 to 93 per cent [in 2018]”.She explained that the initiative also resulted in an increased number of persons being treated as well, which means that the country is moving towards achieving another 90-90-90 goal. This goal aims at diagnosing 90 per cent of all HIV positive persons, providing antiretroviral therapy for 90 per cent of those diagnosed, and achieving viral suppression for 90 per cent of those treated by 2020.Meanwhile, Chief of Party for the Project, Lisa Thompson explained the objective behind the five-year programme.Initially, the project was introduced in eight of Guyana’s 10 administrative regions.Thompson pointed out that the programme was aimed at improving the service delivery and unit costs while strengthening the relationship between Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the subject Ministry among several others.The strategies were specifically tailored to meet the needs of the population and to ensure the activities were implemented where people were living, working and even playing, which means taking services to the populace rather than having them visit offices for checkups and tests.She was keen to note that more than 30,000 HIV tests were conducted during this period, 424 of the results showed positive.In addition, over 70 training sessions were conducted geared towards educating health personnel and others on effective communication with HIV positive persons. She said they were also schooled on how to teach patients to take care of themselves, health-wise and physically, while listing a few achievements of the APC project.New app for HIV educationAt the same event, Minister Lawrence announced that the Telecommunications Ministry is working alongside the Public Health Ministry to develop a web application which will better inform persons on HIV.According to the Minister, “The APC in collaboration with the Ministry and the Ministry of [Public] Telecommunications began working on an app that would provide information to the general public on HIV and common STIs [Sexually Transmitted Diseases] and where persons can access services should they require the same”.HIV in GuyanaIn August last year, it was revealed that Guyana recorded an increase in the number of HIV cases, with some 961 cases being confirmed.Statistics showed that over the past three years, HIV cases have been increasing rapidly. Some 705 were recorded in 2015 and 855 in 2016.Region Four has since earned the title of the region that is most populated with HIV affected persons due to the fact that it is evidently the most populated region in the country.Trailing Region Four was Region Three, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara, with 130 cases of HIV in 2017.So far, no figures have been released in relation to confirmed HIV cases for 2018.APC Project
184 thousand dollars is the latest running total from the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, on Saturday’s Bluey Day fundraiser.However, the total doesn’t include the results of associated fundraisers at Sobeys, M&M Meats and Quiznos.Thus, officials are confident they’ll top their 200 thousand dollar target, by the end of the week, if not earlier.- Advertisement -The tenth annual event had its most ambitious goal to date, as the foundation continues to raise funds for the purchase of a CT scanner.Its overall target is one point three million dollars of the total equipment cost, which would eliminate the need, for patients requiring a scan, to travel to Dawson Creek, or further.
– as blackouts continue to plague East CoastDespite constant power outages and the dire need for additional power in the grid, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) seems less than willing to take up the offer from private company Giftland Mall to supply excess power to the grid.Giftland Mall owner Roy BeepatThis was revealed in a statement from Giftland Mall on Tuesday, in which it revealed that after months of talk, GPL is no closer to concluding a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the mall.According to Giftland, it has been receiving numerous complaints and questions as to why there are still occasional power outages. It noted that a few months ago, persons who thought the PPA was about to be signed with GPL had also been congratulating them.“We wish to state that no PPA has been signed to date and this will explain why power cuts continue when there is lack of required power generating capacity,” the company, which is owned by businessman Roy Beepat, said.“The last information reaching us was that GPL require justification as to why they should buy from us, apparently cheaper cost, no liability or commitment and readily available power supply to make up the deficiency are not sufficient reasons.”Giftland noted in its statement that they have been in discussions with GPL for approximately three years, so that the embattled State company could purchase power from them. Giftland also insisted that contrary to reports, they can supply the required power at whatever timeslots are required.“We stand by our statement that a dedicated 3 MW is available and we can supply up to 4.5MW as required. We are not sure what further justification is required to show why this can withstand any scrutiny.”Persons continue to be plagued by power outages“Our prices are competitive and better than power supplied by GPL diesel generators, the supply is available without any expenditure to GPL without commitment for long-term supplies. We look forward to some response as to why this Agreement cannot be concluded,” the company said.The Government’s Department of Public Information (DPI) had reported in June of this year that GPL and Giftland had concluded a Power Purchase Agreement for the supply of five megawatts of power and that all that was waiting was the ratification by the new GPL Board.At the time, former Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Chairman turned GPL Chair Rawle Lucas, along with Reggie Bagwandin, Kirk Hollingsworth, Morsha Johnson-Francis and Tara Singh, Gillian Pollard, Guyana Energy Agency Chief Executive Officer Dr Mahender Sharma and Private Sector Commission representative Komal Ramnauth, were appointed as GPL’s new Board of Directors.The new Board came at a time when GPL’s service has been heavily criticised by citizens. This is because of regular power outages, maintenance work and announcements that there are issues with the interconnected system. These issues still continue.Since 2016, Giftland Mall had offered to sell Government its excess electricity but this was rejected. At a press conference in June, GPL CEO Albert Gordon had explained that buying power from an independent power producer (IPP) is a complicated issue which includes negotiating pricing and legal matters.To this end, he noted that GPL had enlisted the help of the Public Infrastructure Ministry to iron out these issues. Besides Giftland, there were also some talks with Banks DIH to purchase power.While GPL is looking to increase the capacity on the interconnected grid with the purchase of fuel oil power from private firms, the company is also catering to have natural gas integrated into its system to produce electricity.In fact, Gordon had mentioned that they were seeking an agreement for the purchase of power from the Hope Wind Farm project, which is expected to come on stream by next year, generating between 10 to 16 megawatts of power.Months after taking office in 2015, Government had announced that it would facilitate a US$50 million, 25-megawatt wind farm project at Hope Beach on the East Coast of Demerara. While not as stable as hydropower, wind energy generated by turbines is a form of renewable energy.All these energy woes might very well have been avoided had the Amaila Falls Hydro Project (AFHP) that was initiated under the previous Administration been pursued by the new Government.The AFHP would have assisted GPL in getting adequate electricity supply. In fact, the Norway-funded project, when completed, would have provided 165 megawatts to the national grid, thus providing cheaper and more reliable power to citizens and businesses.
Blake said the company wants to concentrate more on its retail business. The company said it would “evaluate strategic alternatives” that could also include an initial public offering of the supply business. Home Depot did not say how much it could fetch for HD Supply, but some analysts valued it at between $5 billion and $7.5 billion. Analysts had mixed reactions. “While we had long been advocates of the HD Supply business, the market never seemed to warm up to the strategy, viewing it more as a lower margin, lower return distraction from retail,” David Strasser, an analyst with Banc of America Securities, said in a research note. Strasser said Home Depot’s stock should react positively to the news. “This tells us new CEO Frank Blake is focused on value, and taking a fresh look at every aspect of the business,” Strasser wrote. But Mark Rowen, an analyst with Prudential Equity Group, said in a research note of his own that without HD Supply as a growth vehicle, investors could soon start to focus more intensely on Home Depot’s core retail segment, which he believes is close to reaching store saturation in the U.S. “We believe that Home Depot will continue to struggle with the effects of a difficult housing market in the near term, as well as intense competition from archrival Lowe’s longer term,” Rowen wrote. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The announcement followed a decision earlier this month by Home Depot to give a seat on its board to an investment group that wants Home Depot to consider, among other things, a leveraged buyout of the entire company as a way to generate shareholder value. The group, Relational Investors LLC, had threatened a proxy fight over the home-improvement company’s strategic direction, part of an undercurrent that led to Nardelli’s resignation in early January after six years at the helm of the company. Frank Blake, who replaced Nardelli as CEO, said Monday’s announcement regarding Home Depot Supply was part of a strategic review the company conducted in November. Nardelli had said repeatedly that he believed the company’s strategy under his watch did not need changing. Home Depot said it may sell or spin off its wholesale distribution arm, Home Depot Supply, and has retained the investment firm Lehman Brothers as its financial adviser to assist in this process. ATLANTA – The Home Depot Inc.’s former chief executive, Bob Nardelli, was a master of staying on message and strategy. A month after he resigned, the world’s largest home improvement store chain is showing it wants a change in direction. The Atlanta-based company said Monday it will consider shedding its division serving contractors, home builders and other business customers. Nardelli had trumpeted Home Depot Supply as a growth business for the company. Home Depot shares rose on the news. Some analysts said the decision to possibly sell Home Depot Supply could benefit the company by allowing it to focus on generating value for shareholders, while others suggested it could put the onus back on the company’s retail side, where it faces tough competition from Lowe’s.
To make such a play in an Angels uniform, Matthews isn’t worried so much about getting used to the dimensions of Angel Stadium. There are other more pressing concerns. “It’s important to know the places you play in but it’s probably more important to know your own pitching staff and to know your two corner outfielders,” Matthews said about being a Gold Glove caliber center fielder. “We have scouting reports on all the hitters that come up but I have to have an idea of the velocity our pitcher has and the scouting report on a specific hitter. “The field comes into play but not as much as knowing your pitchers and the scouting reports of the different hitters and knowing your corner outfielders.” That would mean that playing with Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero this spring will be paramount, but manager Mike Scioscia isn’t going to overwork his veteran corner outfielders. In his third year as an outfielder for the Texas Rangers, it certainly helped Matthews that he knew his own ballpark well. Matthews raced back to the center field wall and leaped against the padding while putting his right hand on top of the wall for support. While propping his body well above the yellow stripe, Matthews made the catch with his back to home plate. He then spun around, landing on the warning track with the ball held aloft. TEMPE, Ariz. – “The Catch” will no doubt follow Gary Matthews Jr. forever. But what nobody saw was the preparation it took to create a mere 10 seconds of highlight material. Matthews said there was much more that went into his July 1 catch of drive off the bat of the Houston Astros’ Mike Lamb than just a guy who got a good jump. “They’ve already acclimated themselves in some drills and what they’ve done with defensive work,” Scioscia said. “The amount of playing time they’ll get during the spring will be fine for understanding range and positioning. Those guys will integrate pretty quickly.” Said Matthews: “Every spring training is big in order to get your timing down but there will be a little bit more to this spring and playing with Garret and Vlady. They have their own thing. I heard they don’t like to play a whole lot during spring training but we’ll go out and make plays. That’s what we do.” Matthews’ presence is expected to help the Angels cut down on the 23 outfield errors they made last season. “There were some breakdowns and part of it was getting an understanding of range in center with (Chone Figgins) really being inexperienced to Vlad’s knees starting to bother him a little bit toward the latter portion of the year, which affected his range,” Scioscia said. PITCHING ROTATION John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar each will pitch Tuesday when the Angels conduct an intrasquad game. Ervin Santana is in line to start the Cactus League opener Thursday against the Kansas City Royals. The schedule gives an inside peek at the regular-season rotation, something Scioscia has refused to disclose. If Lackey starts on Opening Day, as expected, it appears as if he will be followed by Escobar and then Santana. Joe Saunders and Jered Weaver would assume the final two spots of the rotation. With Weaver behind schedule because of biceps tendinitis, it is likely he would take the No. 5 spot in the rotation to give him more recovery time. COLON UPDATE Bartolo Colon’s progress on flat ground would put him on schedule for throwing at least live batting practice or pitching in a simulated game before spring training ends. His return, though, still would be some time in May at the earliest and more likely June. “I think it’s unlikely that he pitches in a Cactus League game but it wouldn’t surprise me; there is a possibility,” Scioscia said. “He might be at the early end of his stepping up where he leaves the rehab scene and now he’s getting ready for the season.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Lille and Montpellier are vying to take Newcastle midfielder Mehdi Abeid back to France.The 22-year-old, who arrived on Tyneside from Lens in 2011, made 13 Premier League appearances for the Toon last season.He had previously spent time on loan at St Johnstone and Panathinaikos having struggled to break into the Magpies’ first team.The Algerian’s future at St James’ Park remains unclear with him now entering the final year of his contract.And now, according to L’Equipe, Lille and Montpellier are keen on signing him and have already made contact with Newcastle about a summer deal. Newcastle midfielder Mehdi Abeid
at Stanford 64, Oregon 62 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Matt Haryasz scored six of his 16 points in the final 3:57 and Stanford (6-6, 2-2) dealt Oregon (7-8, 1-2) its 11th straight defeat in the Bay Area.
1 Arsene Wenger Arsene Wenger believes the days of £200million transfers are not far away.Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Manchester United broke the world transfer record earlier in the week when they paid £89million to Juventus to take Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford.That deal continues a trend which has seen the record extended by nearly £75million in 20 years, with the likes of Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale previously holding the tag of the world’s most expensive player.Wenger’s own record signing came when Arsenal paid in excess of £40million to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid and he has previously criticised the amount of money that has been spent recently.And the Frenchman, whose side welcome Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium for their Premier League opener on Sunday, believes the figures will continue to grow.Asked how long it would be until a club pays up to £200m for a player, Wenger replied: “Not long.“I have said that since I have been in the game that at some point it has to stop, but as long as football continues to develop and becomes more popular, more money will come in.“What is interesting to see is that today, you have a local business and you just want to survive or you have a world business and the money comes in, whether it is Google, Facebook, football or any other sport, they are worldwide so you can’t set any limitations on the income.“If football continues to be popular it may become much higher in the future.”Wenger recruited Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach in May for around £30m but has failed to add any other big name signings since then.A defender is currently his highest priority given injuries to centre-back pairing Per Mertesacker and Gabriel, and with Laurent Koscielny not ready after his run to the final of Euro 2016 with France.Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi has been heavily linked but Wenger insists success is not always down to how much is spent.“It is not always about spending money or sacking the manager – football has to be a bit bigger than that,” he said.“I believe the big clubs are also about values and identity and we have to be conscious – that is important as well.“I’m 20 years here in England and it is the first time a team like Leicester wins the championship.“You can still make fantastic buys at a normal, reasonable price, we saw that with N’Golo Kante last season.“He was certainly a vital aspect of their chances in the Premier League but they did not keep him so in the longer distance of course it makes a difference.”
A DONEGAL hostel has slashed its prices in a bold bid to win more tourists for the county.The Errigal Hostel in Dunlewey is charing just €7.50 per night.And Sinead O’Donnell says the initiative could be a tourism boost for the area. “An Oige wanted people that haven’t experienced hosteling before a chance to experience it at a great price so they came up with the initiative of midweek madness of every bed in our hostel and at the Glendalough Hostel in Co.Wicklow being only €7.50,” she told Donegal Daily.Errigal Hostel is a five star modern 60 bed hostel with a choice of twin rooms (ensuite), 4-bed dorms and 6-bed dorms.“We can host solo travellers, couples, friends, families and groups,” said Sinead.“We were awarded EU flower award in 2011 for being environmentally friendly – the hostel is heated by wood pellets and recycling is greatly encouraged. “Some of the facilities we have is a large common room with a TV, a cozy snug room, a drying room (a must for anyone who will be climbing the hills or enjoying the beaches), we also have a large dining room with spectacular views out of every window.“Our self-catering kitchen has everything you need to enjoy a lovely meal in a relaxing atmosphere.”The hostel has teamed up with Grassroutes who hire out bikes to guests if they want to explore on two wheels.“We wanted people to experience Donegal as a fantastic place to enjoy a midweek break we are fantastically located with everything either a short walk/drive away from the hostel,” she added.Meanwhile German and French tourists have begun to arrive in their hundreds in the county as part of a tourism initiative involving hotelier Jim White and Knock Airport. DONEGAL HOLIDAY HOSTEL SLASHES PRICES TO €7.50 IN BOLD TOURISM BID was last modified: September 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:7.50 offersdonegal tourismerrigal hosteltourism
23 October 2009A silver medalist at the 2000 Olympics, deaf swimmer and cyclist Terence Parkin has dominated the Deaflympics like no other athlete, accumulating 29 medals over more than a decade. At the recent Fina Swimming World Cup in Durban, he showed that he can still challenge the best in the world.Lost among the world and South Africans records set at in Durban last weekend was a strong performance by Parkin in the men’s 200 metres breaststroke.Back in 2000, Parkin announced himself to the swimming world by winning silver in the same event at the Sydney Olympic Games.Now 29, Parkin made his return to “mainstream” competitive swimming a good one, clocking two minutes, 8.64 seconds – which, as 2000 Olympic Games team coach Wayne Riddin pointed out, was comparable to the times Parkin was swimming back in 2000.World Championship medalsParkin has been an exceptional performer for many years now. Back in 2000, at the Short Course World Championships in Athens, he won silver in both the 200 metres breaststroke and the 400 metres individual medley.Much like Michael Phelps has become a giant of the Olympics Games, culminating in his record-setting eight gold medals at the Beijing Games in 2008, so Parkin has become a giant in the world of the deaf at the Deaflympics.In 2001, at the Rome Deaflympics, Parkin claimed five titles – the 100 and 200 metres freestyle, the 100 and 200 metres breaststroke, and the 400 metres individual medley. That, however was merely a precursor to his astounding collection of results the the 2005 Deaflympics in Melbourne.2005 DeaflympicsIn that year, Parkin became the most successful competitor in the history of the Games, winning an incredible 12 gold medals and one silver.In the freestyle, he won the 100 and 400 metres in Games record times and captured the 200 and 1 500 metres with world records.He won the 50 metres breaststroke in a world time, and also claimed the 100 and 200 metres titles.To this he added the 200 metres butterfly, with another world record, as well as the 200 and 400 metres individual medley. Parkin was also part of another two world records, in the 4×100 medley relay and the 2×200 freestyle relay. His silver came in the 4×100 relay.His success spoke volumes about his fitness, competitive drive, and sheer talent.Thanks mostly to Parkin, South Africa came in third place overall on the medals table with a haul of 19, including 13 gold, four silver and two bronze medals.2009 DeaflympicsIn recent times, Parkin’s focus has been on cycling, but he was back in the pool for the 2009 Dealympics in Taipei and, once again, was on the winning trail.He was unbeaten in the swimming in the seven events he entered, claiming gold in the 50, 100, and 200 metres breaststroke, the 200 and 400 metres individual medley, and the 200 and 1 500 metres freestyle.On top of this, he proved he was excellent at cycling too by finishing third in the 93-kilometre road race.Parkin’s cycling success shouldn’t have surprised anyone. In 2006, he won gold at the World Deaf Cycling Championships in the road race and picked up silver in the mountain bike event.With Parkin leading the way, South Africa finished eighth on the 2009 Deaflympics medals table with eight gold, two silver and two bronze medals.That he managed this success at the age of 29 confirms Parkin as an exceptional athlete, and the most successful athlete in the history of the Deaflympics, much like Phelps in the Olympics.Deaflympic medals haulParkin has now accumulated 29 medals in four visits to the Deaflympics. Prior to Melbourne 2005, he claimed seven medals in Copenhagen in 1997: gold in the 200 freestyle, silver in the 100 backstroke, bronze in the 200 backstroke, gold in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and gold in the 200 and 400 individual medley.A loyal supporter of South Africa’s Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swimming event, which he won in 2000 and 2002, Parkin received a cheque for R20 000 from the organisers in 2009. The Deaf Association of SA was also presented with a cheque for R20 000.Through his interpreter, Parkin responded: “Thank you, thank you. Midmar Mile has been very much part of my life and will always be. I will be here next year, and who knows what I may be able to do then.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material