first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell is calling on constituents and organisations in Dumfriesshire to take part in a consultation which aims to end charges for free personal care for those under 65 living with conditions like dementia. Ewan McQueen If implemented, personal care charges would be completely removed for those under 65 and Mr Mundell is calling on organisations such as charities and social care providers in his constituency to respond to Miles Briggs’s consultation which is running until early October. Notes to editors: “It is time to end the unfair age discrimination that exists when it comes to people living with life limited conditions and I know this would make a substantial difference for many families in Dumfriesshire who struggle with care costs. Commenting Oliver Mundell MSP said: “I have been absolutely delighted to show my support in recent months for Frank’s Law and I applaud the work Miles Briggs has done on the bill.center_img The consultation can be found at www.scottishparliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/bills/105518.aspx Best Regards, “That’s why I’d urge individuals and organisations to respond to Miles’s consultation to show the strong support for his bill that exists in Dumfriesshire to ensure the law can become a reality.” Mr Mundell is backing fellow Scottish Conservative MSP Miles Briggs’s Members Bill which has been dubbed “Frank’s Law”, following a lengthy campaign by Amanda Kopel, the wife of former footballer Frank Kopel who was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 59.last_img read more

Free distribution of water filters by Rotary in partnership with Waves for Water

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 341 Views   one comment Hurricane MariaLocalNewsRecoveryRelief Free distribution of water filters by Rotary in partnership with Waves for Water by: – November 6, 2017 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Press ReleaseOn October 25, Fritz Pierre-Louis, President of the Rotary Club of Leogane, Haiti, District #7020 arrived in Dominica and made contact with officers of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth. His mission was to establish a joint effort between Rotary and a US based charity called Waves for Water.Their mandate is to deliver fresh pure drinking water to those in extreme need. President Fritz arrived by plane and the following day two representatives from Waves for Water, www.wavesforwater.org, Brent Lievsay and Ben Bourgeois , sailed from St. Croix, arriving in Portsmouth with 460 filter units and 280 buckets. On Thursday Oct. 26, they provided members of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth and several community representatives with 9 units and trained them on how to assemble the kits. The following day Rotarians and volunteers had a busy and long day providing training on how to assemble and use the units.– Right by the riverbank in Dublanc 80 systems were distributed.– In Portsmouth at the home of Wayne Abraham, who has served the community relief effort via ham radio services plus providing a much needed place for people in the community lacking power to charge their phones and other devices, 37 unites were demonstrated and distributed.– 15 systems where provided at the Primary School in Savanne Paille.– In front of the UNICEF tent at Bense village primary school 16 more systems were made available to households.The following day, Oct 27, it was the east coast of the island.In the Kalinago Territory the Chief helped gathering many of the families for presentation and 80 drinking water producing systems were handed out and assembled.Castle Bruce received 32 systems. And 4 were given out after demonstrations that were done right on the street in Marigot and 5 more were provided in Wesley. The team left 180 additional filters for which the Rotary Club needs to obtain buckets. The cost of this relief effort is being shared by the Rotary Club of Portsmouth and the Roseau Rotary Club of Dominica. After additional buckets are obtained Roseau Rotary will distribute the remaining systems in the south end of the island.The water filtration units are manufactured to filter and purify 100 gallons of water per day with an output of 1 liter per minute. This simple but effective system filters to 0.1 microns absolute and will remove 99.999% of bacteria such as protozoa and cyst such a E coli, Giardia, and salmonella. The mission of Fritz Pierre-Louis, President of the Rotary Club of Leogane, Haiti, and Waves for Water was very successful and the Rotary Club of Portsmouth will source more water filters and bucket in an effort to give many more Dominicans easy access to good quality filtered drinking water. Rebuilding Dominica starts with good health for each individual and good health starts with absolutely safe drinking water.last_img read more

QPR shelve move for Portugal forward Almeida, report claims

first_imgQPR are reported to have shelved a move for Portugal forward Hugo Almeida. The Daily Mirror recently claimed that Rangers boss Harry Redknapp was interested in the 30-year-old after not signing a striker on deadline day.Free agents can be signed outside of the transfer window and Almeida is without a club after being released by Besiktas, but QPR have already submitted their 25-man squad to the Premier League.AdChoices广告And TuttoMercatoWeb say Rangers’ supposed interest has been put on hold.Chelsea are reportedly interested in Barcelona’s former Manchester City youngster Denis Suarez as well as Xavier Simons – an 11-year-old currently with the Catalan club.Reports in Spain, subsequently picked up by the Daily Star, suggest Blues boss Jose Mourinho wants Suarez, 20, and that Barca are confident of keeping Simons despite Chelsea’s apparent interest.Midfielder Suarez spent two years at City but did not make a first-team appearance before moving to the Nou Camp last year.He has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge despite the fact he has just joined Sevilla on a two-year loan deal.Meanwhile, Chelsea have again been linked with a move for Real Madrid’s former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo, this time by the Express.Talksport say Chelsea want 20-year-old midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who is reportedly about to be offered a new contract by Inter Milan.And a newspaper report in Eden Hazard’s native Belgium claims Real Madrid tried to sign him from Chelsea during last month’s transfer window. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Stop the rhetoric, time for action – Dr Frank Anthony

first_imgSuicide Prevention DayEvery year on September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day, there is an opportunity to raise awareness and reflect on what has been accomplished in the prevention of suicides in Guyana. As such, Government has embraced a National Suicide Prevention Action Plan and established a Georgetown-based mental health unit to implement the plan.However, People’s Progressive Party point person on health, Dr Frank Anthony, emphasised that notwithstanding this, 170 persons died by suicide in 2016, which is the third leading cause of death in persons ages 20 to 24, and the fourth leading cause of death in the 10 to 19 and 25 to 44 age groups. In 2016, like previous years, the vast majority of suicides occurred among persons of East Indian descent (accounting for 77.6 per cent of all cases), while smaller proportions were among persons of African, mixed and Amerindian descent.Further, an analysis of the geographical distribution revealed that unlike previous years where Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) was disproportionately affected, in 2016, Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) accounted for almost one-third of cases (28.8 per cent) while Regions Two, Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) accounted for significant proportions of suicide cases.According to Dr Anthony, these statistics paint a clear picture for need in policy development and public health action to target the particularly vulnerable East Indian population in the respective regions.The Member of Parliament pointed out that Government’s response has been lacking in the most affected and susceptible regions; inferring misalignment between what Government is doing and what is needed.One suggested area of intervention was the repeal or amendment of obsolete laws which criminalise attempted suicide (as set out in Section 96 of the Criminal Offences Act 8:01 and Summary Jurisdiction Offences Act Cap 8:02 Section 203) under the view that it is an “outdated approach”.“Many persons who attempt suicide typically have symptoms of psychiatric illness or distress, indicating that the person needs medical assistance. If our laws were to be followed then those who need medical help would needlessly end up in jail. During a parliamentary debate on suicide, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan promised that he would bring the necessary amendments to repeal these obsolete sections of the law, suffice to say that nothing has happen,” Dr Anthony lamented.Moreover, the National Suicide Prevention Action Plan indicated that 63.7 per cent of suicide cases were caused by the ingestion of a pesticide or herbicide.In addition, Dr Anthony pointed out that countries with high numbers of self-poisonings have implemented a menu of measures referred to as the Hazard Reduction Model which is emerging as one of the best practices around the world – a model which he suggests that Guyana should adopt instead of reinventing the wheel. For instance, Sri Lanka’s model, which include Legislative restriction on Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHP) have caused a 50 per cent reduction of suicide cases in the country from 1996-2005.Further questioning the effectiveness of the Customs Act Cap 82:01 Section 216 (a-e), dealing with the penalty for evading customs laws regarding imported or exported goods, Anthony believes that there should be discussions in this regard, while proposing that perhaps it is time for an expert panel to review the list of HHP, to ensure that it is meeting the new public health objectives of preventing suicides.Another important intervention was highlighted as the improvement of health services in that there is need to train and equip health facilities to ensure competence in dealing with self-poisoning.In the same breath, Dr Anthony believes that there is need to provide ongoing professional support to health personnel across Guyana to help in the management of poisoning, while suggesting that Government should move expeditiously to establish a national poison control centre which operates 24/7, to house a database with the name of all toxic chemicals, substances and medication and the recommended treatment protocols to be followed in the event that a person has been poisoned.“As we mark another World Suicide Prevention Day, the occasion must not be used for empty rhetoric but to carefully scrutinised Government’s policy to see whether it is achieving the objectives, whether it is reaching those most susceptible to suicide, whether it has a footprint in the hot spot regions, whether the public health system has the capacity to treat cases of self-poisoning, whether it has repealed the attempted suicide law and amend other appropriate legislation, whether it has implemented a national hazard reduction model and whether it has established a national poison control centre,” he noted.These, he added, are the yardsticks by which society should judge the Government’s prevention efforts. “Unfortunately, the Government has fallen woefully short in its effort. Let us hope that moving forward we will have less rhetoric and more tangible actions to prevent suicides”.last_img read more