Health Ministry Allocates Additional $60 Million for Vector Control Programme

first_imgRelatedHealth Ministry Allocates Additional $60 Million for Vector Control Programme FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, has announced the allocation of an additional $60 million to fund the Ministry’s vector control programme, in light of recent dengue fever outbreaks in the island.Mr. Spencer told journalists at a press conference at the Ministry, in downtown Kingston, today (September 3), that the funds will be used for heightened surveillance, public education, vector control, and clinical management, according to World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.The money will also be used for laboratory capacity strengthening, training, social mobilisation, inter-sectoral collaboration, international co-operation and resource mobilisation.As at September 1, there have been 123 laboratory confirmed cases of dengue fever and an additional 729 suspected cases. There were four confirmed cases of the more severe dengue haemorrhagic fever and an additional 37 suspected cases. One death has so far been reported from the more severe form of the virus.Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer (left), and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Jean Dixon (right), listen keenly as Director of Emergency Disaster Management and Special Services in the Ministry, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse provides details on the outbreak of dengue fever, at a press conference at the Ministry of Health, in downtown Kingston, today (September 3).Mr. Spencer informed that all parishes have reported dengue cases with Kingston and St. Andrew, Manchester, St. Ann and St. Mary showing the highest number of cases.He said the Ministry has intensified activities, including fogging and oiling, in all parishes, and will continue its intervention until it is satisfied that the outbreak is under control.With the new academic year about to begin, Mr. Spencer also urged school administrators to ensure that the grounds of their institutions are free of mosquito breeding sites.“The start of the new school year presents additional challenges with large school populations at risk from infected mosquitoes. Parish Health Departments are working closely with school administrators to carry out the necessary vector control and public education activities to minimise the risk of exposure to the youth population,” he pointed out. RelatedHealth Ministry Allocates Additional $60 Million for Vector Control Programme Health Ministry Allocates Additional $60 Million for Vector Control Programme Health & WellnessSeptember 3, 2010center_img RelatedHealth Ministry Allocates Additional $60 Million for Vector Control Programme Advertisementslast_img read more

Jamaica’s Atkinson continues World Cup Swimming dominance

first_imgJamaican Alia Atkinson Breaks Own Record At Swimming World CupPresident of the Aquatic Sports Association of Jamaica Martin Lyn says that Alia Atkinson’s new world record effort shows that she is dedicated to greatness. Atkinson lowered her 50 metres breaststroke world record to 28.56 seconds, shaving .08 of a second off the previous mark at the FINA (Short Course)…October 7, 2018In “Jamaica”Jamaica’s Atkinson wins 50m breaststroke gold in BeijingJamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson was comfortably first in the women’s 50m breaststroke, adding yet another gold medal to her collection, at the 2018 FINA World Cup, in Beijing on Sunday. Atkinson, the world record holder in the event, got off to fast start before pulling away from the rest of…November 5, 2018In “Jamaica”Another World Cup win for Jamaica’s AliaJamaica’s swimming sensation Alia Atkinson fought off the determined challenge of her Russian competitors to take gold in the Women’s 50 m Breaststroke Finals at the OCBC Aquatic Centre in Singapore on Saturday. Atkinson, with her fastest reaction time in the World Cup series – 0.63 secs – powered her…November 18, 2018In “Event”Share this on WhatsApp Sep 6, 2019 Dec 12, 2018 Jamaica’s swim star Alia Atkinson on Sunday stamped her dominance on the 50 Short Course Meters (SCM) Breaststroke event in Tokyo winning another gold medal for her country at the FINA Swimming World Cup. Recording a blistering 28.95 seconds she again finished ahead of the Russian Champion Yuliya Efimova (29.56) and the Australian Champion Emily Seebohm (29.99) and just off her own World Record of 28.56 seconds set in Budapest in October this year. Celebrating a blistering 28.95 seconds in Japan Sunday Atkinson has won all four of the 50 SCM Breaststroke events on the FINA World Cup circuit so far this year. She has now won a total of 6 gold and 2 silver medals for Jamaica. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Another World Cup win for Jamaica’s Alia You may be interested in…center_img Nov 16, 2018 Two Jamaicans in a World Cup Swimming Finals – A First Late birthday gold for Jamaica’s Swimming champion… Nov 18, 2018 St. Vincent’s Swimming: A Small Nation with Big Dreams last_img read more

Monday’s Chelsea quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these Chelsea-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-4]YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Pitt hires Heather Lyke as athletic director

first_imgHeather Lyke makes remarks after being introduced as the new athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Monday, March 20, 2017. Lyke was most recently athletic director at Eastern Michigan University. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Heather Lyke spent nearly four years overhauling the athletic department at Eastern Michigan, aggressively courting donors and generating buzz for a program that lacked plenty of both.The results were startling on the field and off. The football team shook off decades of mediocrity to reach a bowl game for the first time in 30 years last fall. Earlier this year, Lyke secured a $6 million donation, the largest cash gift in school history.The task at Pittsburgh – which hired Lyke as the school’s first female athletic director on Monday – won’t be to turn things around so much as provide the propulsion necessary to keep pace in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Lyke replaces Scott Barnes, who left in January after two years on the job to take the same position at Oregon State.University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, right, introduces Heather Lyke as the scholls new athletic director in Pittsburgh, Monday, March 20, 2017. Lyke was most recently athletic director at Eastern Michigan University. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Lyke, unlike Barnes, has local roots having grown up in Canton, Ohio before embarking on a career that’s included associate athletic director stops at Cincinnati and Ohio State. While chancellor Patrick Gallagher stressed hiring someone familiar with the landscape wasn’t part of the “primary criteria,” he allowed he’s hopeful that Lyke’s arrival can halt what’s become a bit of a revolving door. She’s the school’s third athletic director in less than three years.“I want Pitt to be a destination,” Gallagher said. “We’ve got to end this sort of (turnover). That’s an aspect of believing in ourselves.”It’s a virtue Lyke took with her to Eastern Michigan in 2013. Over the last four years the school has produced 17 MAC champions, though her biggest mark came in football. She spearheaded a drive that saw the rebranding of the program, from the school’s signature gray turf field called “The Factory” to the hiring of coach Chris Creighton, who broke out in 2016 when the Eagles went 7-6 and earned a spot in the Bahamas Bowl.Donations to Eastern Michigan athletics also rose 51 percent during Lyke’s tenure, no small feat considering Big Ten power Michigan sits just 10 miles away. Lyke faces a similar challenge on a considerably larger scale at Pitt.“It’s an incredible brand, and you have a chance to be on a platform to compete for ACC and national championships,” Lyke said. “And the only question is people say, ‘How are you going to do that?’ Well, why not? How aren’t we going to do it?’”Pittsburgh football coach Pat Narduzzi spent two different stints coaching in the Mid-American Conference and another seven years as an assistant at Michigan State, well aware of Eastern Michigan’s inability to escape the shadow of its conference rivals and establish its own identity in a crowded landscape.That all changed last fall, when the Eagles reached a bowl game for the first time in nearly 30 years. Narduzzi took notice of the buzz.“They’re in a bowl game, that shouldn’t happen up there,” Narduzzi said.Yet it did. A large part of Lyke’s job will be finding ways to fill Heinz Field on fall Saturdays. While Pitt has stabilized itself in football since moving from the Big East to the ACC in 2013, a packed house is a rarity outside of games against longtime rivals like Notre Dame and Penn State.“The experience of coming to Heinz Field for a University of Pittsburgh football game should be unique and remarkable,” Lyke said. “And so we’ve got to work hand in hand and recognize what they’re doing and how do they build from that and then we’ve got to develop our own identity as well.”,Heather Lyke makes remarks after being introduced as the new athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Monday, March 20, 2017. Lyke was most recently athletic director at Eastern Michigan University. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Heather Lyke spent nearly four years overhauling the athletic department at Eastern Michigan, aggressively courting donors and generating buzz for a program that lacked plenty of both.The results were startling on the field and off. The football team shook off decades of mediocrity to reach a bowl game for the first time in 30 years last fall. Earlier this year, Lyke secured a $6 million donation, the largest cash gift in school history.The task at Pittsburgh – which hired Lyke as the school’s first female athletic director on Monday – won’t be to turn things around so much as provide the propulsion necessary to keep pace in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Lyke replaces Scott Barnes, who left in January after two years on the job to take the same position at Oregon State.University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, right, introduces Heather Lyke as the scholls new athletic director in Pittsburgh, Monday, March 20, 2017. Lyke was most recently athletic director at Eastern Michigan University. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Lyke, unlike Barnes, has local roots having grown up in Canton, Ohio before embarking on a career that’s included associate athletic director stops at Cincinnati and Ohio State. While chancellor Patrick Gallagher stressed hiring someone familiar with the landscape wasn’t part of the “primary criteria,” he allowed he’s hopeful that Lyke’s arrival can halt what’s become a bit of a revolving door. She’s the school’s third athletic director in less than three years.“I want Pitt to be a destination,” Gallagher said. “We’ve got to end this sort of (turnover). That’s an aspect of believing in ourselves.”It’s a virtue Lyke took with her to Eastern Michigan in 2013. Over the last four years the school has produced 17 MAC champions, though her biggest mark came in football. She spearheaded a drive that saw the rebranding of the program, from the school’s signature gray turf field called “The Factory” to the hiring of coach Chris Creighton, who broke out in 2016 when the Eagles went 7-6 and earned a spot in the Bahamas Bowl.Donations to Eastern Michigan athletics also rose 51 percent during Lyke’s tenure, no small feat considering Big Ten power Michigan sits just 10 miles away. Lyke faces a similar challenge on a considerably larger scale at Pitt.“It’s an incredible brand, and you have a chance to be on a platform to compete for ACC and national championships,” Lyke said. “And the only question is people say, ‘How are you going to do that?’ Well, why not? How aren’t we going to do it?’”Pittsburgh football coach Pat Narduzzi spent two different stints coaching in the Mid-American Conference and another seven years as an assistant at Michigan State, well aware of Eastern Michigan’s inability to escape the shadow of its conference rivals and establish its own identity in a crowded landscape.That all changed last fall, when the Eagles reached a bowl game for the first time in nearly 30 years. Narduzzi took notice of the buzz.“They’re in a bowl game, that shouldn’t happen up there,” Narduzzi said.Yet it did. A large part of Lyke’s job will be finding ways to fill Heinz Field on fall Saturdays. While Pitt has stabilized itself in football since moving from the Big East to the ACC in 2013, a packed house is a rarity outside of games against longtime rivals like Notre Dame and Penn State.“The experience of coming to Heinz Field for a University of Pittsburgh football game should be unique and remarkable,” Lyke said. “And so we’ve got to work hand in hand and recognize what they’re doing and how do they build from that and then we’ve got to develop our own identity as well.”last_img read more

Farmers laud pest control pledge

first_imgVICTORIAN farmers have praised a five-year $20 million Coalition commitment to continue co-ordinating Australia’s battle to control the rabbit, carp,…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Beaconsfield warms to quilts

first_imgBy Alana Mitchelson MORE than 70 locally crafted contemporary and traditional quilts were on display in Beaconsfield this weekend. The…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Staffer pleads guilty to stealing $30,000

first_imgBy Cam Lucadou-Wells A 45-year-old Pakenham woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $30,000 while working at an Officer…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Pennsylvania Clarifies Caps for NOL Calculations

first_imgA Pennsylvania corporate taxpayer can calculate its 2007 through 2016 net operating loss (NOL) using the greater of:the flat dollar cap; orthe percentage cap.For tax years before 2007, Pennsylvania applies the flat dollar cap.Flat Dollar Cap Found UnconstitutionalIn Nextel Communications of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc., v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found the NOL flat-dollar cap unconstitutional. The court left in place the percentage cap.Prior Guidance on NOL CapsPennsylvania issued a bulletin following the Nextel decision. The bulletin did not address the application of the Nextel decision to years before 2017.Corporation Tax Bulletin 2018-02, Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, May 10, 2018, ¶204-633Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Moberly Police arrest stabbing suspect

first_imgMoberly Police have arrested a stabbing suspect.Officers say they found a man with a stab wound on E. Rollins at about 6 a.m. Sunday. The victim said Robert Johnson had stabbed him during a fight on S. Williams. Witnesses would back up his story.Johnson agreed to turn himself in to police. He was taken to jail. The victim was in critical condition at last check.last_img

Intel Xeon Processors Help Autodesk Turn 2D Images into 3D Models at Lightning Speeds

first_img[1] Testing conducted by Intel and Autodesk in 2017. Configurations: Baseline: 2x Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2697 v3 (28 cores, 2.6 GHz), a 1.2 TB Intel® SSD 750 Series drive with NVMe*, and 2x NVIDIA Quadro P6000*. Newer system: Intel Xeon processor W-2156 (8 cores, 3.7 GHz). Nearly every week, I’m excited to discover new ways that Intel® Xeon® processors are helping businesses reach new customers with innovative apps and services. Here’s a case in point: Autodesk has found a way to harness the power of Intel Xeon processors to help architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms quickly create photorealistic 3D models of buildings and other outdoor scenes.For AEC firms, it’s extremely helpful to have accurate 3D models for new designs and renovations, but creating those models within a practical timeframe has always been a challenge. Until recently, in fact, performing reality capture with cameras was too expensive, time-consuming, and compute-intensive for most companies to even bother. To begin with, users needed to take many photos around the building at all angles, including from overhead. That alone was nearly impossible to achieve before now. But even if they did have all the photos they needed, the processing power required to turn those photos into a usable 3D model was—and still is—a significant hurdle. These kinds of operations require hundreds of thousands of calculations, and as recently as a few years ago, they might’ve even taken days to complete.From Low-Flying Drones to High-Flying ProcessorsAutodesk takes advantage of recent tech advances to offer its customers a better option. The cost of aerial drones has plummeted, and as a result, firms can now easily and affordably capture all the photos that are needed for the 3D modeling of buildings and other outdoor scenes. Autodesk has responded to this opportunity through Autodesk ReCap Photo*, an application that uses the power of higher-core-count Intel Xeon processors to make short work of the complex calculations needed to build 3D models from a collection of photos shot around a scene.The scalability of Intel Xeon processors is the linchpin to the success of Autodesk ReCap Photo. As you probably know, having multiple cores in a processor does not automatically lead to significantly higher performance. Fortunately, Autodesk has performed the painstaking work of writing the code base of Autodesk ReCap Photo in a way that can make good use of the power of Intel Xeon processors. So now, thanks to Autodesk ReCap Photo and the high core counts of Intel Xeon processors—which can power servers in the cloud as easily as local workstations—it is possible to build 3D models much faster than it would otherwise be on a two- or four-core system. These time savings are then passed on to designers, architects, and engineers, which can help increase their productivity and profitability.Beyond the advantages provided by Intel Xeon processors in general, servers and workstations based on the newest Intel Xeon Scalable processor platform, in particular, accelerate workflows and create new exciting opportunities for customers. The higher frequencies of these processors, for example, mean that firms can present better visualizations to their customers through high-resolution animations or virtual-reality (VR) immersion. Faster processing also translates to faster day-to-day operations, such as saving large files faster than ever. Meanwhile, the fast storage and input/output (I/O) capabilities of the Intel Xeon Scalable platform lead to faster exports and imports to and from other Autodesk applications.Putting Intel Xeon Processors to the TestTo see how much faster the modeling process could be completed on the newer platform, Intel and Autodesk decided to run some benchmark tests. Upgrading to a modern workstation, users experienced faster load times along with faster processing times. The sweet spot turned out to be on systems equipped with a high-frequency, 10-core Intel Xeon Scalable processor. Creating a 3D model from 164 test photos on such a system was found to be almost 44 percent faster compared to using a 3-year-old platform.[1] The test results prove that the high performance from newer Intel Xeon processors lets companies create 3D models more quickly and affordably than ever before.The time saved from faster processing can lead to increased productivity for AEC firms, but the feasibility of reality capture with Autodesk ReCap Photo has important safety benefits too. The new ease and affordability of 3D modeling of construction sites mean that AEC firms can repeatedly make new models throughout the building process. These models, created at various stages, can compare actual construction as-built to the original construction plans. Being able to verify construction throughout the process in this way can help reduce uncertainty and risk, enforce compliance, and improve the safety of both private and public projects.And Autodesk is just one example of the many companies who are making use of Intel Xeon processors to make processes that used to be costly and arduous fast and affordable for customers. Get the full story on Autodesk 3D modeling with servers built on Intel Xeon processors.To learn more about the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors, visit intel.com/xeonscalable. And be sure to follow me, @TimIntel, and my growing #TechTim community on Twitter.last_img read more