Dengue fever outbreaks may be more severe in future, says Bahamas study

first_imgHealthLifestyle Dengue fever outbreaks may be more severe in future, says Bahamas study by: – November 2, 2011 Share Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet 11 Views   no discussions Image via: topnews.inNASSAU, Bahamas — A proper research facility is needed to assist in the fight against dengue fever, which is becoming more prevalent in The Bahamas, according to a recent study, ‘Dengue Fever: An Emerging Infectious Disease in The Bahamas’, released in The International Journal of Bahamian Studies by The College of The Bahamas (COB) last week.The study’s lead researcher is Sherrie V. Bain, who is an adjunct microbiology instructor at the Keiser University in Florida. According to the study, several recorded cases of the acute form of dengue fever this year (dengue hemorrhagic fever) suggest a trend that dengue fever might return in future with increased severity.“This is not the first time that a dengue fever outbreak has occurred in The Bahamas,” notes the study. “Dengue fever outbreaks also occurred in 1998 and 2003. However, the number of confirmed cases in this year’s outbreak, as of October 2011, is almost seven times that of the last two dengue fever outbreaks combined. On a national level, The Bahamas will need a multi-faceted, preemptive approach that is not simply limited to vector control at the onset of the next outbreak.”The study also notes that the spread of dengue fever will not be curbed by addressing the mosquito population alone.“It is time for the public health sector, as well as The College of The Bahamas, to begin to take measures to develop a comprehensive dengue fever eradication policy in The Bahamas,” read the study. “Although reduction of the Aedes vector population by using insecticide may seem like the obvious route to pursue, it may also prove to be the most difficult goal to accomplish. Even when chemical insecticides are used, the impact on the mosquito population is not permanent.”The study also indicates that due to The Bahamas’ abundance of natural habitats such as mangrove swamps, the application of insecticides might prove ineffective in dengue virus control in the long term.“Having a low density of the mosquito population does not always correlate to having a lower incidence of the disease within a specific geographic location,” read the study. “Therefore, The Bahamas should look beyond simply trying to control the vector population as a lasting solution to eradicating dengue fever. These alternative strategies need to include researching how the disease is transmitted in the mosquito vector, as well as how it may be prevented from becoming established in its human hosts.”The study states that emphasis should to be placed on developing a national infectious disease research centre that will focus primarily on discovering drug and vaccine targets against diseases such as dengue fever.“This is an objective that will require the participation and partnership of multiple governmental and private organizations within The Bahamas,” notes the study. “The Public Health Authority and the Department of Environmental Health will have to share intellectual and material resources to successfully establish a national infectious research center in The Bahamas.”By Royston Jones JrNassau Guardian Staff Reporterlast_img read more

Cayetano not yet ‘off the hook’ on SEA Games fiasco

first_img Duterte added that his statement last Thursday that Cayetano, who chairs Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee, is innocent of corruption was only his opinion. Contrary to his previous claim, Duterte said the investigation being done on the logistical troubles prior to the opening of the biennial sporting event will spare no one. “If it causes me and my allies to fall politically then so be it,” President Duterte said in an interview with CNN Philippines on Friday night.   “That is just my opinion, I could be wrong but I have known Cayetano for many years. I have always believed in him,” the Chief Executive said. However, Duterte said that the probe should proceed presuming everyone is innocent. “I think that the investigation should proceed with the presumption of innocence then along the way if you find some wrong – either negligence or intentional – let it out and sort out what to do next either to file charges or not,” he said.center_img MANILA – House of RepresentativesSpeaker Alan Peter Cayetano is not yet absolved from the controversies houndingthe 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, said President Rodrigo Duterte. “I was just kind of shooting breeze with everyone. Parang hindi ako makapaniwala na papatol si Cayetano,” he added. Recently, Duterte said he wanted a probe into the corruption allegations against the organizers of the event. He will assign some retired auditors from the Commission on Audit and some lawyers who were his fraternity brothers to conduct the investigation./PN Cayetano was blamed for the issues that hounded the SEA Games such as delayed transport and accommodation of some athletes, unfinished venues, and limited availability of halal food options among others.last_img read more

Ripley County Tourney

first_imgThe 91st edition of the Boys Ripley County Tourney will start later today.  The Batesville High School boys have won 7 straight tournaments and probably would have been the favorite this year had it not been for the injury loss of Bryan Hoeing.  Batesville has 27 wins in their 60 appearances in the tourney.  When there were 9 high schools in Ripley County, Batesville was not part of this tourney.  It is the oldest tourney still active in the state of Indiana.This year’s editions will take place at Milan (Girls) and South Ripley (Boys).  The girls already opened last night and the boys will do likewise tonight.  Milan follows Batesville in wins in the boys tourney with 10.  Most of these occurred in the 50’s.  This years boys tourney should be very even with Jac-Cen-Del being a slight favorite.  Come on out and cheer on your favorite team!last_img read more

Nadal crush Wawrinka to win record 10th French Open title

first_imgBy Martyn HermanPARIS,(Reuters)-Claycourt king Rafa Nadal regained his Roland Garros throne after two years in exile with a brutal 6-2 6-3 6-1 mauling of Swiss Stan Wawrinka to complete ‘La Decima’ on Sunday.Rewinding the clock to the days when he was untouchable on the crushed brick dust, the 31-year-old turned 2015 champion Wawrinka into a human punch bag, winning in just over two hours.This title, a record 10th at a single grand slam in the professional era, was arguably the most impressive of his 15 majors, though, as it arrived three injury-plagued years after the last one when he beat Novak Djokovic here in 2014.He also did it without dropping a set and conceding only 35 games in seven matches. Only Bjorn Borg, who conceded 32 on his way to the 1978 title, has been a more ruthless champion.Third seed Wawrinka, having beaten world number one Andy Murray with a majestic display of firepower in a grueling semi-final, arrived full of hope as, at 32, he tried to become the oldest French Open winner since Andres Gimeno in 1972.But the barrel-chested ‘Stanimal’ was powerless as Nadal turned the final into an exhibition of his claycourt supremacy — taking his French Open record to an eye-watering 79-2.As a weary Wawrinka sliced a volley into the net on match point Nadal collapsed on his back on the baseline.EMOTIONAL NADAL“I’m a little emotional,” Nadal said before his tearful uncle Toni, his career-long coach who will take a back seat at the end of the year, handed him La Coupe des Mousquetaires.“The nerves and adrenaline I feel on this court is impossible to compare.”Wawrinka said he had not found his best level but paid tribute to the man he beat to win the first of his three grand slam titles in Australia in 2014.“For sure he’s playing the best he’s ever played. That’s for sure. Not only here,” Wawrinka said. “It’s a tough loss. But I played against the biggest clay-court player ever.”Straw hats and fans were de rigueur for an expectant Court Philippe Chatrier as the final began with temperatures hovering around the 30 degrees Celcius mark — optimum conditions for Nadal’s monstrous topspin game.Wawrinka, who spent nearly five hours more on court than Nadal to reach the final, looked confused and heavy-legged although he did have a glimmer in the third game when Nadal, still settling down, saved a break point.FIRST BLOODNadal failed to convert any of the four break points he had in the following game, but drew first blood the next time an opportunity arose to take a 4-2 lead.Then he switched on the afterburners, taking Wawrinka out of the equation, and minutes later the Swiss wafted a forehand long to hand Nadal a second break of serve and the opening set.Wawrinka was flat, striking not a single winner off his glorious single-handed backhand in the first set, and with less than an hour on the clock his task already looked forlorn.Nadal got a time violation at the start of the second, but Wawrinka could not slow the Spaniard’s charge as he bounded into a 3-0 lead in the second having won seven games in a row.With the crowd attempting to lift Wawrinka he stopped the rot to hold, firing himself up with a roar of “C’mon”.Nadal was relentless though, pinning Wawrinka back behind the baseline. Even when he was stretched the response was emphatic, one astonishing forehand, whipped from close to the front row of seats to land in a blur of yellow in the corner, drawing gasps from the crowd and applause from Wawrinka.Social media lit up at that point with women’s semi-finalist Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland tweeting “OMG!”Wawrinka, who had been on an 11-match winning streak on clay, was being hunted down mercilessly and his frustration boiled over as the Spaniard closed in on a two-set lead, the Swiss wrecking his racket frame after a missed forehand.A brief lull as the court staff watered down the red dust failed to extinguish Nadal’s fire and, despite Wawrinka’s best efforts to extend the contest, the final set was little more than a coronation for Paris’s favorite Spaniard.last_img read more

Mikel: I Am Ready to Play Any Role for Nigeria

first_img* Hopefully, things will work out fine for us against Iceland on FridayIn apparent reaction to criticism of his poor offensive midfield role in the Super Eagles at the ongoing 2018 World Cup here in Russia, John Mikel Obi, insisted yesterday that he was ready to play in any department for the overall glory of the team.Mikel who admitted to be aware of the feelings of Nigerians because of Super Eagles loss to Croatia, said that the team has trained hard and taken conscious notes of the areas that needed corrections. “I have played in this advanced role for close to two years now and people never complained until we lost this game to Croatia.“Personally, I am ready to play anywhere the coach wants me to play. I am comfortable with any of the roles, whether in a more offensive or defensive role. The most important thing is for the team to get positive result,” observed the Nigerian captain at the team’s session with sports journalists in Essentuki yesterday.Despite the poor pass-mark awarded him by Jose Mourinho, his former manager at Chelsea, Mikel remains unperturbed, stressing that having played under the Portuguese gaffer for years, he understands what he was driving at.“I have worked with Mourinho for a long time and he knows me very well. I understand what he’s talking about,” he remarked without feeling offended that Mourinho who converted him to a defensive midfielder considered him a poor No.10.The Super Eagles captain however remains positive that Nigeria will make it to the knock out stage with Iceland and Argentina as next opponents.“We have not given up hope in spite of the disappointment of that loss (to Croatia). We are training hard to make it out of the group. Hopefully, things will work out fine for us on Friday.”Mikel said he would love Eagles to continue to remain in the competition as they have loved the atmosphere here. “We have enjoyed Russia so far. We have been able to work and train well.“The training facilities, hotel and the people have been great.We hope to qualify and stay longer here so we can get to know more places in Russia,” concludes the Nigerian captain.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Baldwinsville girls bowlers open with win over Central Square

first_imgIn the boys match, B’ville dropped a close 2-1 decision to the Redhawks, even though Dylan Williams shot a 609 series with a high game of 214.Dylan Love, with a 580 series and no game worse than 196, beat out a 574 series from Eric Hildreth as Dawson Bigtree had a three-game total of 519.Central Square, who improved to 3-0 this season, featured a 256 games and 660 series from Dimitri Queior and a 246 game and 614 series from Kevin Radziseski. Tags: Baldwinsvillebowling Not until last Friday were the Baldwinsville bowling teams able to take to the lanes to begin their respective 2019-20 seasons against Central Square.And it proved successful for the girls Bees, who blanked the Redhawks 3-0 at Green Acres Bowl with steady performances from its top three bowlers.Amelia Ponto shot a 578 series, with a high game of 211. Jenna Speich’s 201 game led to a three-game total of 537 as Jenna Hierzholer had a 534 set, helped by a 195 game. Kara Fredenburg led Central Square with a 510 series.center_img The Bees would take on Oswego in Tuesday’s home opener at B’ville Sports Bowl before a Friday trip to Lakeview Lanes to face Fulton.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Wisconsin squares off with rival North Dakota

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s hockey team travels to the far north to battle the No. 5 Fighting Sioux of North Dakota this weekend. The ninth-ranked Badgers (4-1-1, 3-0-1 WCHA) have struggled at North Dakota (5-2-1, 1-1-0) as of late, going 0-4-1 in their last five games in Grand Forks, last winning on Oct. 26, 2001.The Badgers looked like they were on pace to get their first win in three and a half years last February. A goal early in the game was waved off, however, and the Badgers went on to tie the Fighting Sioux.”Last year, we lost 3-2 and we tied 1-1 in a game we felt we could have won. There was a disallowed goal, but we played well enough to win,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said.To prepare for the small ice surface at North Dakota’s Ralph Engelstad Arena, the Badgers have been practicing at the Dane County Coliseum and the Shell this week, both of which have smaller sheets of ice.The Badgers have played their last six games on large ice surfaces, and will have to adjust to a game where space is limited and things move a lot faster.”We’re doing all the same drills, it’s just a tighter space, so guys just naturally have to get quicker and move it better,” sophomore forward Joe Pavelski said. “You just stress it more, keep your feet moving, play at a higher tempo and just get ready for it.”Not only will the Badgers have to move more quickly on a small sheet of ice, but any offense they accumulate will come against the hottest goalie in the WCHA right now. Fighting Sioux goaltender Jordan Parise has warded off opponents’ shots with the best of them this year, leading the conference with a 1.18 goals against average and a .960 save percentage.”You just know you’re going to have to put a lot of pucks at him and get to him,” Pavelski said of the UND net minder. “If we can get a few past him, we can keep rolling.”The rest of the Fighting Sioux squad is relatively inexperienced, with 13 freshmen on the roster, many of them forwards. Four significant defensemen from last year are gone from the team, and junior blue-liner Robbie Bina is sitting out the season because of injury.Despite their youth, North Dakota’s freshmen have stepped up to the challenge, and they have even taken the offensive reigns. Three of UND’s top four scorers are freshmen, with T.J. Oshie and Jonathan Toews leading the way for the whole team.Oshie and Toews are also first and third in the WCHA, respectively, in freshman scoring, followed closely by UND defenseman Brian Lee at fourth.”You could say that we’re a more veteran team and that they’re a young team, but the way they’re playing, they’re beating good teams, they’re playing well and their offense is doing well,” senior defenseman Tom Gilbert said. “Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you’re a senior or a freshman if your team is playing well.”Those freshmen forwards haven’t seen a defense like that of the Badgers, however. Led by players like Gilbert and sophomore Joe Piskula, Wisconsin leads the WCHA in team defense, allowing only 1.5 goals per game, also good for fifth in the country. Gilbert is also third on the team in scoring, with six points so far.Wisconsin is also first in the WCHA with regard to killing penalties. The Badgers have stopped 88.9 percent of opponents’ power plays.”Our penalty kill has been the same guys the last two years, and we just work really well together,” Gilbert said. “We work hard at it, you know, we take pride in our penalty kill because in this league power play is crucial.”On offense, Wisconsin will look to keep the ball rolling against UND. Last weekend the Badgers got their offense on track with 11 goals against Alaska-Anchorage in their series sweep. In a year the Badgers expected an upswing in offense. They finally got that burst.”We were talking in the first four games how we hadn’t found our rhythm or flow yet offensively, and obviously, the numbers speak for themselves that we found some of that,” Eaves said.This weekend will be the first true test of the Badgers’ position in the WCHA. Should they come away with this trying road trip with at least two points, it can be seen as a victory for Wisconsin. To do so, they will have to adjust quickly to the small ice and prepare for a physical series.”I think that we match up pretty well. Their penalty killing is very good, and it’ll be a test for us,” Eaves said. “If we move the puck, and we know what we’re going to do with it before we get it, we can be successful.”last_img read more

University to let USG pres attend tuition meeting

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Government will now have a say in tuition decisions following Provost Elizabeth Garrett and Vice President of Student Affairs Michael Jackson’s decision to allow the USG president to attend a May meeting regarding tuition.The 2012-13 USG President Mikey Geragos said the USG president will be invited to the Board of Trustees’ Academic Affairs Committee. The USG president will sit in on a presentation made to the committee, which reviews all tuition changes. The president will be allowed to pose questions to the committee and can then relay this information back to his staff. At the commencement of the following school year, the USG president will meet with Garrett and additional members of the USG president’s cabinet to have an in-depth discussion regarding any issues that undergraduates might have with the tuition or any tuition changes.USG passed a resolution in December requesting that a student representative be able to attend all university administration and Board of Trustee meetings.USG cited the rising tuition cost as reason for requesting a student representative at the meetings. The tuition rate for university undergraduates rose 70 percent from 2001 to 2011, adding about $1,700 to tuition each year.“We are very excited that we made progress on this crucial issue,” Geragos said. “Students don’t understand enough about where their tuition dollars are going or how they are being used. As [a] part how they are being used. As [a] part of this university, I think it is the right of the students to be able to understand the financial situation USC is in.”The new process will allow the president to discuss the tuition with the administration. The president will then make a presentation to the rest of USG to explain what tuition decisions were made by the student government representatives and the administration.USG senators said the voice of undergraduates will be better represented and more influential in administrative decisions because of the inclusion of student representation in decisions regarding tuition.Logan Heley, a Greek senator who worked on the project, said the new student-involvement system will encourage students to participate in an issue that affects most students.“I’m hoping that these new opportunities for student involvement will show students that they can contribute constructively on tuition decisions,” Heley said. “I hope that they can be more involved in the process moving forward.”When the Senate passes a resolution, that decision does not necessarily go into effect. Rather, the decision stands as a recommendation from undergraduate students. Resolutions are relayed to relevant administrators.The 2012-13 Greek Senator Matthew Arkfeld, who sponsored the tuition resolution last fall, expressed enthusiasm that this recommendation, in particular, will actually create a difference in the lives of undergraduates.“USG often faces challenges on getting administrators to actually take action,” Arkfeld said. “However, the administration’s moving forward with this resolution is a great accomplishment, and it is really exciting to see all of my hard work on a resolution I spearheaded finally paying off.”Geragos is also satisfied that this resolution, which was passed during his term, because it will now directly benefit students and help bridge communication between the undergraduate population and the university administration.“This is a great step in connecting USC students with the administration on such an important issue,” Geragos said.Many students were supportive of this next step in gaining student representation on the tuition advisory board.“We are paying tuition and are often wondering where it goes,” said Jennie Zhang, a junior majoring in English. “It’d be helpful to have an actual student there.”Other students said the administration’s decision highlights a timely issue and having student opinion on the tuition board will be beneficial.“It seems like a no-brainer to me,” said John Tarver, a junior majoring in theatre. “I’m sure it would help tremendously to have a voice for the student body when it comes to tuition matters.”last_img read more

Mohammed Salah and Gervinho send Roma top of Serie A

first_imgEgypt and Cote d’Ivoire forwards Mohamed Salah and Gervinho scored two sublime goals for Roma as they defeated hosts and title hopefuls Fiorentina 1-2 to go top of the Italian Serie A table on Sunday night.Salah, who joined Roma after rejecting a Fiorentina offer to extend his stay at the club following a successful long spell, was heavily booed by the Viola fans, but the rising Pharaoh responded in fine fashion, curling a shot home after just six minutes.The resurgent Gervinho then piled more woe on the hosts when he went on an incredible solo run from his own half before beating the goalkeeper in the 34th minute.Senegal star Khouma Babacar grabbed a stoppage time consolation for Fiorentina.Salah was later sent off in the final moments of the game following a second yellow that he earned protesting the first caution. Roma coach Rudy Garcia thought the referee’s decision was harsh.”I spoke to Salah before the match, I saw that he was very calm and tonight the only black mark on his match is the sending off, which I think is very severe,” Garcia said after the game. “If that gesture deserved a red then there would be so many dismissals.”Salah played his game under a lot of pressure. It wasn\’t easy for him, or for Gervinho, to defend on the flanks and then go on the counter, but they did it very well.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Pistorius seeks to appeal against murder conviction

first_imgThe South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is to seek an appeal against his conviction for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.Pistorius killed Ms Steenkamp in February 2013 after firing four times through a locked toilet door.A manslaughter verdict was overturned last month and a murder verdict introduced in its place.The athlete’s defence has lodged papers at the Constitutional Court, urging a review of his murder conviction.He is currently under house arrest after spending one year of his original five-year sentence in jail.South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in December that the lower court had not applied correctly the rule of dolus eventualis – whether Pistorius knew that a death would be a likely result of his actions. Last month, Justice Eric Leach said that having armed himself with a high-calibre weapon, Pistorius must have foreseen that whoever was behind the door might die, especially given his firearms training.Pistorius has always maintained he believed he was shooting at an intruder.His lawyers say the appeals court made fundamental errors, claiming in appeal papers that the court “acted unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it rejected the factual finding of the Trial Court and replaced it with a contrary factual finding of its own”.Pistorius’s lawyer, Andrew Fawcett, says the appeal is now in the hands of the director of public prosecutions, who must decide whether there are grounds for appeal. If so, the case will go before the Constitutional Court.The South African made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics, in London in 2012. He competed in the 400m, wearing carbon-fibre blades to run against able-bodied athletes.last_img read more