Important to obtain breast cancer screening

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties would like to take this opportunity to remind your readers about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer. With regular screening, breast cancer is more likely to be detected at an earlier stage when treatment may be most successful. Simply stated, early detection can save lives, and regular screening is the key to early detection.The United States Preventive Task Force Services recommends women ages 50 to 74 years who are at average risk for breast cancer be screened with a mammogram every two years. However, according to data from the New York State Department of Health, there are populations of women who are less likely to have received a mammogram as recommended. These women are the uninsured and those without a regular health care provider.The CSP provides life-saving mammograms to eligible women without health insurance and can help them find a health care provider that they can see regularly. Since our program began, we have helped 2,500 women get screened for cancer in this region. Our program can also help enroll eligible women in the New York State Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program to receive treatment if cancer is found.About one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifeThat means that one out of every eight of The Gazette’s female readers could be at risk for breast cancer. These women are wives, mothers, sisters and friends who are loved, needed, and whose lives matter.We help eligible, uninsured women get free mammograms, and we are here to encourage every woman to get their mammogram.If any woman needs help, call the CSP of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties at 518-841-3726.Suzanne HagadornAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Three seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Residents left out of sewer system

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTwenty years ago, I was the Democratic chairman of the town of Rotterdam. I asked the supervisor to look into the sewer problems within the town. The percolation tests in Coldbook Estates were getting poor results for water quality.Now the state Department of Transportation is redoing Hamburg Street. Along with this, they are putting in sewer lines. The sewer main from Curry Road is being hooked up to Hamburg Street to the NY Central Railroad tracks, then turning left to be hooked up with the Altamont Avenue line. They are drilling a small line under the tracks to hook up at the city line.However, someone has made a decision to form a sewer district only on the town side of the Hamburg Street bridge. They have discriminated against the owners of about 15 to 20 private homes and businesses on the city side of the bridge by not allowing them to hook up to the sewer system. I have waited years for this system, but I am not allowed to hook up.Did the town or the state discriminate against these residents?John WardRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Saudi Arabia to host world’s richest horse race

first_imgSaudi Dana al-Gosaibi trains a horse on March 1, 2017, in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. – The 35-year-old Saudi horse trainer dreams of opening her own stables to focus on “a more gentle” way of training horses than the standard approach in the male-dominated kingdom. (AFP/Amer HILABI)Reputation revamp Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s sports push is designed to lure international tourists and boost domestic spending as the OPEC kingpin seeks to diversify its oil-reliant economy.The kingdom also hosted the Dakar Rally, one of motor racing’s most grueling adventure rallies, earlier this year as well as the Italian and Spanish super cup finals last year — with the added attraction of football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Activists accuse Saudi rulers of “sportswashing” — using such events as a tool to soften their international image.And in a country where two-thirds of the population is under 30, critics say the sporting drive is aimed at blunting public frustration over an economic downturn and soaring youth unemployment.While Saudi women now have the right to drive, campaigners say jailed activists who spearheaded the push for a ban on the long-standing restriction have faced sexual harassment and torture in detention. The brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018, the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen and a sweeping crackdown on dissent have also dented the kingdom’s reputation.”The amount of money spent on those events is… an investment in Saudi Arabia’s PR campaign to improve its image that was tarnished by a number of policy missteps,” said Yasmine Farouk, a Middle East expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Saudi Arabia this week hosts the world’s richest horse race, with $20 million in cash prizes on offer in the latest international sports extravaganza designed to boost its battered global image.The ultra-conservative kingdom has in recent years invested heavily in sporting events, in a soft power push designed to project a more moderate image and jettison a reputation for rights abuses and the export of hardline ideology.The Saudi Cup, expected to attract about 10,000 spectators, takes place at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack on February 29 with the main race run over 1,800m on a dirt track with a maximum field of 14.  Jockeys compete at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in the capital Riyadh on November 11, 2016. – The modern facility surrounded by greenery on the edge of Riyadh offers respite from the highways and urban sprawl of a city carved out of the desert. Horse racing is one of the few diversions in Saudi Arabia, where alcohol, public cinemas and theatres are banned. (AFP/FAYEZ NURELDINE)Glitzy rivalsThe Saudi Cup is set to take place in between its two predecessors as the world’s richest race — the Pegasus World Cup in the United States and the Dubai World Cup which are scheduled one month either side.The Pegasus World Cup was the richest in the world in 2018 worth $16 million surpassing the $12 million Dubai World Cup, but it was only worth $9 million this year.The big name jockeys at the Saudi Cup include Italian legend Frankie Dettori and Britain’s Ryan Moore.The Racing Post said that Nicola Currie is one of seven international female jockeys who will make history by becoming the first women to ride in a competitive race in Saudi Arabia.Currie and her fellow female riders are to compete on Friday in a  four race points-based challenge with seven male riders led by Dettori.”We’re delighted to welcome some of the best jockeys in the business to compete,” the Post quoted Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal, chairman of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, as saying.”Racing routinely sees male and female riders compete on a level playing field and we are proud to continue this great tradition at King Abdulaziz Racecourse during Saudi Cup weekend.”The Saudi Cup field is weighed more towards the United States entrants, who race on dirt more often than European racehorses.A top contender is McKinzie, which was runner-up in the prestigious Breeder’s Cup Classic last year, and trained by Bob Baffert who has an excellent record in the Dubai World Cup with three victories in total.Another American runner Maximum Security won the Kentucky Derby last year but was then disqualified and has not shown much since. The winner will walk away with $10 million, second place with $3.5 million and even the 10th place finisher will go away with something. The Saudi Cup includes another seven races on dirt and turf with prizes worth $9.2 million up for grabs.”We are taking the first steps on a journey to bring the domestic racing product on a par with our international counterparts,” said Tom Ryan, director of strategy and international racing at the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia.The event will “increase the sport’s following inside Saudi Arabia, as well as opening up the industry to international horses and connections to make our mark on global racing,” he said.center_img Saudi journalist Mugbel al-Zabni, who writes for Arriyadiyah sports daily, said the event plays to Saudi culture, in a kingdom where the horse is considered a symbol of its heritage.  Topics :last_img read more

South Africa to let places of worship reopen from June

first_img“This pandemic has … taken a toll on us emotionally and spiritually. It has shaken our sense of well-being and security. Many of us are anxious and fearful of both the present and the future,” Ramaphosa said in a televised address.”We have a responsibility to…take care of the spiritual, psychological and emotional well-being of all South Africans.”South Africa will move to “level three” of its five-level lockdown system from June, allowing the vast majority of the economy to return to full capacity.Ramaphosa, who has been under pressure from rival political parties and industries to ease the restrictions, said social distancing will have to be observed and all worshippers and participants will have to wear face masks.He added that any religious rituals that carry even the slightest possibility of exposing worshippers to risk should be avoided, and where they form an essential part of religious practice, sanitization is paramount. Topics : South Africa’s churches and other places of worship can reopen their doors from June, but will be limited to 50 people, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday as coronavirus lockdown rules are further eased.Africa’s most industrialized economy has been largely shut since late March, when the government enforced restrictions to stem the spread of the coronavirus, which has so far infected 23,615 people in South Africa and killed 481.Some churches responded by moving to radio, television and online so that people could worship from home.last_img read more

Tearful Mexican cartel chief threatens government after mother’s detention

first_imgTopics : “I’m going to be a stone in your shoe. I’m going to blow up, you will see,” Yepez, wearing jeans with a rifle slung over his should, said in the video. Reuters was not able to independently verify the videos.Mexican security forces on Sunday said they arrested members of an organized crime group in a raid in Celeya, where they found a about 1 kilogram of a something resembling methamphetamine and 2 million pesos ($88,000).”Among the detainees are Maria “N”, Juana “N” and Rosalba “N”, alleged financial operators of the criminal organization,” Mexico’s security agencies said in a joint statement, without naming the Santa Rosa cartel or its leader.El Universal newspaper said Yepez’ mother, sister and girlfriend were all arrested.Yepez said he feared the authorities would frame his mother as one of the leaders of the cartel. “In my mother’s and my people name…I don’t fear you,” he said.Yepez also said he could form a coalition with the Sinaloa cartel or other crime groups in the north to fight Santa Rosa’s arch-foe Jalisco New Generation cartel, which has been on a bloody expansion drive to take over rivals’ territories across the country.  One of the most wanted Mexican cartel leaders threatened the government and his arch-foes in highly unusual video messages, including one where he can be seen fighting back tears after his mother was detained over the weekend.Jose “El Marro” Yepez, leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, that has been a thorn in the side of the President Andres Lopez Obrador’s government due to his gang’s industrial-scale siphoning of petroleum from state-run oil company Pemex.In one of the videos widely shared on social media, Yepez can be seen lashing out against the government after his mother was allegedly arrested in a major security operation in the city of Celeya in Mexico’s bloodiest state, Guanajuato.last_img read more

Virus toll surges in Madagascar, land of COVID ‘cure’

first_imgAmbulance sirens wail almost incessantly, the hospitals are swamped and the sports stadium has been turned into a 250-bed field hospital.Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, is grappling with a flood of coronavirus cases — a surge starkly at odds with the country’s flamboyant claim to have devised a herbal cure for COVID-19.On Tuesday, the impoverished Indian Ocean island passed the symbolic threshold of 10,000 recorded cases, 93 of which have been fatal.  Presidential push CVO was launched to the world in April by Rajoelina himself. “This herbal tea gives results in seven days,” he said, sipping a dose. “I will be the first to drink this today, in front of you, to show you that this product cures and does not kill.” The drink is prepared with artemisia, a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment. But there is no scientific evidence to back the claims — and a host of medical experts, led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), have loudly warned of the risk of taking concoctions that have not been vetted for safety.Many in Madagascar clearly have doubts of their own.”To see whether CVO works, all you have do to is look at the number of cases,” said Mirato Rabearson Mahefamanana, a general practitioner. “Why are there so many right now?”Former education minister Paul Rabary told AFP he had scrupulously drunk CVO — and still caught the virus.”I consulted four private doctors, and none of them prescribed me with Covid-Organics.”Marcel Razafimahatratra, a sociologist, said: “If I am unfortunate enough to catch this disease, I prefer to be treated by doctors who don’t use CVO.” Today, the caseload is rising by between 300 and 400 each day, nearly triple or quadruple that of a few weeks ago.The authorities have several explanations for the phenomenon. One is that a rise in testing has uncovered more positive cases. A second is that infections are being driven by the capital’s dense population. And then there is a third explanation: that people fell sick because they failed to drink Covid-Organics — the concoction, also called CVO, that President Andry Rajoelina is controversially pitching as a cure for the virus.”The number of cases is rising more and more… We are only admitting the seriously ill,” the director of the city’s Andohotapenaka Hospital, Nasolotsiry Raveloson, told AFP. Health Minister Ahmad Ahmad sounded the alarm last week — but at a political cost to himself.He sent out a letter to international aid donors, saying the trend was now “very critical… with notable flare-ups in certain regions, particularly in Antananarivo.”Urgent needs included 337 ventilators, 2.3 million face masks, 697,000 pairs of gloves, 533,200 medical blouses as well as oxygen bottles.The government reacted tartly, describing the appeal as “a personal initiative”, taken “without consulting” either the government or Rajoelina.”It is clear that many crucial points in the management of this health crisis have escaped the vigilance of the minister of public health,” it said scathingly.center_img Less visible Yvonne Ravaoalisoa, a 60-year-old trader who lives with her two nieces, disagreed.”Since we’ve been taking CVO, none of us at home has fallen sick,” she said.Opposition MP Liantso Bina Andriamanjato is also a fan. “It’s a simple but effective remedy, which cured me,” he insisted.After its blockbuster introduction, CVO was sold in retail outlets, given to schoolchildren and distributed to health centers, although its visibility has discreetly declined in recent weeks.Madagascar dispatched the drink to several African countries, but doubt about its claims prevail there too.In the Republic of Congo, “test results point towards limited effectiveness,” said Alexis Elira Dokekias, a senior official in charge of coronavirus admissions.In Nigeria, the national drugs watchdog found no evidence of curative properties, according to the health ministry, and stocks of the drink sent by Madagascar remain in storage. Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces New Investments in Workforce Training

first_img May 05, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces New Investments in Workforce Trainingcenter_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the award of $2 million in reemployment funding for 14 educational institutions that have demonstrated a track record of training and placing adult students into occupations that are in high demand by local employers.“These funds provide for equipment purchases and upgrades to provide adult students with industry-relevant training to better meet the needs of local employers,” Governor Wolf said.  “The grants also allow local colleges and career and technical institutions to increase training capacity for in-demand programs to close the skills gap for local manufacturers in high-priority occupations.”Approved through the Department of Labor & Industry, Tech Grants are used to support equipment purchases and/or upgrades at Pennsylvania’s post-secondary career and technical centers, and colleges of technology to more effectively prepare adult students for entry into Pennsylvania’s competitive employment marketplace.“Acquiring industry-relevant skills is one of the key factors to career success in today’s economy,” Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino said. “Providing the right training on the most up-to-date equipment for high-demand occupations ensures that employers have access to a robust pipeline of qualified talent.”One of the recently awarded grants will be used to purchase equipment for the adult Welding Program at the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center to benefit individuals in the program, local employers, individuals seeking industry training and those seeking industry certifications in the Southern Alleghenies region of the state.“These grant funds will enable students to receive state-of-the-art training in important phases of the industrial welding processes,” said Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center Executive Director Dr. Donna M. Miller. “The addition of new equipment will help students develop skills to the level required for American Welding Society (AWS) certification.”Following is a list of Tech Grant winners and amounts awarded by local workforce development boards:Bedford County Tech Center – A $45,500 grant was awarded to increase and expand the current CNC Machining Course.Bucks County Community College – A $199,796 grant was awarded to purchase and install new equipment to train adult workers for high-priority occupations in metalwork, machining and other manufacturing and industrial skills.Clearfield County Career & Technology Center – A $200,000 grant was awarded to purchase equipment to expand the Machine Tool Technology/Machinist and Welding Technology programs.Community College of Philadelphia – A $200,000 grant was awarded to purchase equipment to increase the capacity at the college, and regionally, to train for gas distribution pipeline mechanic jobs.Delaware County Community College – A $199,465 grant was awarded to purchase six pieces of equipment to strengthen the college’s Process Quality Control certificate program.Indiana County Technology Center – A $191,927 grant was awarded to purchase equipment to prepare students for entry-level and advanced welding and machining positions in petrochemical, construction, advanced manufacturing, and other industry segments.Laurel Technical Institute – A $163,318 grant was awarded to purchase equipment for the institute’s welding and fabrication with pipeline technology program, electrical technology, respiratory therapy, clinical medical assistant and network administration & security programs.Lehigh Career & Technical Institute – A $200,000 grant was awarded to purchase equipment to prepare students for the local electromechanical/mechatronics industrial maintenance workforce.Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center (GACTC) – A $58,060 grant was awarded to purchase equipment for the adult Welding Program at the GACTC.Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center – A $61,334 grant was awarded to purchase equipment in the Welding Program.Northampton Community College – A $200,000 grant was awarded to purchase equipment and supplies that meet technological standards in two diversified manufacturing programs: Computer Aided Design and Applied Quality and Standards.Schuylkill Technology Center – A $121,500 grant was awarded to purchase and integrate a TranSim™ VS6 truck driving simulator to enhance entry-level driver training, provide refresher safety training, conduct real world training, and sustain career pathways.Somerset County Technology Center – A $50,000 grant was awarded for the purchase a JLG 450AJ articulating boom lift.Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology – A $109,000 grant was awarded to acquire equipment to upgrade the metal fabrication/welding student training laboratory and revise related curriculum.For more information on L&I’s Tech Grants visit: read more

Bulldogs Freshman Football Team Battles Cougars JV

first_imgThe Batesville Freshman Football team lost a hard fought battle against the South Decatur JV team by a 12-8 score.The Bulldogs lone TD came on a 62 yard pass from Austin Pohlman to Trey Peters. Pohlman then ran in the 2 point conversion.On defense, Peters had an interception and Pohlman deflected two passes. Ryan Thayer, Gavin Ertel, Ryland Parmer, and Adam Longstreth also played well.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.last_img

Honda recall for airbag inflators

first_imgAffected Honda models include: 2001-2012 Accord2010-2015 Crosstour2001-2011 Civic2002-2011 CR-V2011-2015 CR-Z2003-2011 Element2007-2014 Fit2010-2014 Insight2002-2004 Odyssey2003-2015 Pilot2006-2014 Ridgeline.Acura models include:2003 3.2CL2013 ILX2003-2006 MDX2015 RDX2005-2012 RL2002-2003 3.2TL2009-2014 TL2009-2014 TSX2010-2013 ZDX. Greensburg, IN—Honda is recalling 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators, completing it’s required recalls six months ahead of schedule, the automaker said Friday.When the latest recall is done, Honda says it will have recalled or accounted for 22.6 million inflators in about 12.9 million vehicles.Takata inflators can explode with too much force and blow apart a metal canister, spewing shrapnel. Twenty-four people have been killed and hundreds injured by the inflators worldwide. Honda was Takata’s largest customer.The recalls include many Honda and Acura models from 2003 through 2015. All received replacement inflators made by Takata before February 2017 and were scheduled to be recalled a second time to replace those with inflators made by another company.Owners will be notified by letters starting in mid-August, and Honda is urging people to schedule repairs as soon as possible.last_img read more

IFA warned over thrown firework

first_img UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body launched an investigation after an object was thrown on to the playing surface from a section housing visiting supporters during Northern Ireland’s 0-0 Euro 2016 Group F qualifier draw with Romania on June 13. IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson said: “The Irish FA is satisfied with this decision. It proves Northern Ireland fans were not responsible for the incident, and it upholds the good reputation of our fans. “We will take heed of the warning from UEFA and endeavour to ensure such an incident is not repeated at the National Football Stadium.” The Irish Football Association has vowed to prevent any repeat of an incident which saw a firework thrown on to the pitch at Windsor Park after receiving a warning from disciplinary chiefs. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more