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Guyana first to implement HIV drug resistance monitoring

first_imgHealthLifestyleNewsRegional Guyana first to implement HIV drug resistance monitoring by: – April 25, 2011 26 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana is the first Caribbean and Latin America country to implement HIV drug resistance monitoring.Health Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy made the disclosure and indicated that, from an investment of zero dollars in 1989, Guyana’s investment in the fight against HIV/AIDS has mounted to more than $2 billion on an annual basis.The Kaieteur News reported that the minister, however, explained, that it was no fault of those in authority at the time.He pointed out that at that time the vast majority of countries in the region and around the world did not see the need to invest in this regard.“In 1989 we invested the grand sum of zero dollars in the fight of HIV because then Guyana did not see HIV as a public health threat, at least not in our setting. This is not a criticism of those who were in authority,” he said.According to Ramsammy, it was only in 1987 that the president of the United States decided to make his first statement on HIV.The minister said that governments around the world were not attuned to the HIV pandemic, which was emerging even in 1989. This is one area, he noted, where non-governmental organisations and people living with the disease were able to make a big difference and were thus able to propel some level of change in this regard.He revealed that in 1989 about US$200 million per year was expected among developing countries, an amount which had increased slightly to $250 million per year in 1996. However, by last year this sum had increased phenomenally to $10 billion per year.The findings of the HIV/AIDS programme sustainability analysis tool, which was funded by USAID, has achieved universal access in many of the key HIV series, including antiretroviral treatment prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, treatment support for orphans and vulnerable children, blood screening, HIV/tuberculosis treatment, as well as comprehensive care and support for people living with HIV.Caribbean News Now Sharecenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Borrowed ride takes Leonard to I-37 winner’s circle

first_imgIf you put young gun Cody Leonard in anything, he’ll make it go fast. Last weekend Leonard broke a motor during hot laps at a race at Texana Raceway. Marcus Berndt stepped up and let Leonard jump in his car for the feature, which he won.  On Saturday at Pleasanton, Leonard, who started ninth, took the lead from Bill Pittaway after halfway then motored on to the win.  Pittaway was the runner-up and third was Dillon Tindall.  “We blew my car up last week at Texana and Marcus came through and asked me to drive his car,” explained Leonard. “I’m real grateful for that. We won last weekend in it and he asked me to drive it again this weekend. We’re two for two now.”  PLEASANTON, Texas (April 27) – Borrowed car ? No problem.  By JM Hallas  Cody Leonard borrowed a car and won Saturday’s IMCA Modified main event at I-37 Speedway. (Photo by J.M. Hallas)last_img read more

Louis van Gaal a happy man as Manchester United hit the top of the table

first_imgLouis van Gaal was spreading a message of joy and pride to the rank and file at Old Trafford after Manchester United climbed to the top of the table on Saturday. Press Association It was the first time United had topped the table under Van Gaal and he made sure he was not the only one with a beaming smile as he left Old Trafford on Saturday night. “I am proud, of course,” the United manager said. “I said to the security guy: ‘You are now a security guy of a club that top of the league’ and that makes a huge difference. Also for him. He is proud and I am proud. “Last week it was the first time I was second. He was smiling.” Once Depay had broken Sunderland’s admirable resistance in the fourth minute of first-half injury time, United looked certain to grab all three points. Just 38 seconds after the restart, Rooney bundled in his first Premier League goal in 999 minutes and Mata converted Ashley Young’s cross in the dying stages to round off the win. Sterner tests lie around the corner. United travel to Arsenal on Sunday and after the international break they face tough tests against Everton and City. But Van Gaal does not think October will define whether his team are genuine title challengers. “I know exactly where I stand,” the United manager said. “We have a good team but we can win and lose. You need luck but the balance of the team is better than last season. “I don’t have to wait until October. We shall improve every week, yes.” Few predicted United would be top of the pile following a summer of upheaval. Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao, Javier Hernandez and Angel di Maria left the club while David de Gea’s contract situation proved to be a real distraction in pre-season. Van Gaal believes the addition of six new faces was key to United’s good start. “It’s because of the players you select (buy). The manager has influence but the players much more,” Van Gaal said. “They have to build up a structure in the dressing room and that’s really important. “They have to accept that structure. That is why I do that every season – every season I shall do that – because I think we need that new stimulus.” For the first time since he moved to United, Anthony Martial failed to score in a Premier League game, but he did set up Rooney. The United captain had some strong words of praise for the £36million Frenchman “He’s been incredible,” Rooney told MUTV. “He’s a 19-year-old lad who doesn’t speak English and has moved over from France with a young family, so we have to understand that. “He’ll be a big player for us throughout the season and in the future, but we need to let him enjoy his football, and I’m sure he’ll bring magic moments for us.” Bottom club Sunderland are yet to win in seven matches, but Steven Fletcher insists the squad’s resolve remains strong. “There is a great bunch of lads here so we will keep upbeat and hopefully the win will come sooner or later,” the striker said. “We will work hard on the training field and the gaffer is working hard for us. He is the same, the way he always is. He is not going to change no matter what has gone on. He is a strong man as you can tell by looking at him.” Fletcher insists the Sunderland players still support manager Dick Advocaat. “We do (back him), not that he needs it,” Fletcher said. “He is a very experienced manager. He knows what he is doing. I am sure we will get the result we need.” Manchester City’s 4-1 defeat to Tottenham left the door open for United and they did not pass the opportunity to leapfrog their local rivals. United ran out 3-0 winners over Sunderland thanks to goals from Memphis Depay, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata. last_img read more

Remains found in Alabama confirmed to be that of missing 5-year-old

first_imgThe Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the remains found in Alabama earlier this month are those of 5-year-old Taylor Williams.Williams remains were found in a rural area of Alabama on November 12th just a few days after her mother Brianna Williams, reported her missing.Brianna told police that she put her daughter down for bed on November 6th and woke up the next morning to find the child was not in the home and one of the doors was left unlocked. As investigators looked further into the child’s disappearance, Brianna then stopped cooperating with them.At that point, authorities identified Brianna as a suspect and expanded their search to an area in Alabama were the mother is known to have friends and frequently visit.During their search of the area, authorities announced that they located human remains. That same day authorities moved to arrest Brianna for child neglect and making false statements, however, during the arrest officers found Brianna suffered an overdose and rushed her to the hospital as they continued their investigation.Officials confirmed Tuesday, that the remains belong to Taylor Williams but that they would not announce the child’s cause of death at this point in their investigation:“That information we’re going to keep with us. It’s a very intense, very long, very detailed investigation. And those are things we are going to keep with our investigation until we go through the courts and everything else,” The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief of Investigations T.K. Waters said.Waters also reported that they have yet to notify the child’s mother about the confirmation as she is continuing to be uncooperative, but they plan to inform her soon.Brianna has since been released from the hospital and is now at the Duval County jail on a $1.1 million bond. She is due in court on December 4th for arraignment.last_img read more

Guyana drawn in Group A of CBC 2018 Championship in Suriname

first_imgGUYANA’s senior men’s national team has been drawn in Group A of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships, which will be played in Paramaribo, Suriname, from June 25 – 29.The tournament next year will serve as a qualifier to FIBA’s AmeriCup. The drawing took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday, and will see Guyana being grouped with long-time rivals and host Suriname, along with Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.Meanwhile, Group B will bring together Haiti, Bermuda, Montserrat, Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda.Nigel Hinds, president of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) said he’s committed to sending a male and a female team to the championship, since “it is consistent to what we’ve (the GABF) been doing over the past four years.”Guyana has featured at every tournament under Hinds’ tenure at the helm of the GABF, with their best finish being fifth place in 2015, behind former Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks shooting guard, Rawle Marshall.“What we will try to do is bring in, as much as possible, players, those born in Guyana and living overseas. We have some people helping us to identify some players. We know of the James brothers, there are four of them; they’ve played a lot of basketball in Europe,” Hinds said.According to the GABF boss, he’s projecting that the teams–both male and female–should start assembling at least by March, adding “Suriname is close by and we would really love to medal at this championship. So, right now, we’re working on identifying Guyanese who would’ve played College and semi-professional.”Guyana had a horrid showing at the last CBC tournament, held in the British Virgin Islands, 2015, finishing last in the 10-team tournament, where they failed to pick-up a win.last_img read more

MLAX : Dynamic Duke attack provides steep challenge for Orange defense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ It took three games for John Danowski to stop being ‘dumb.’ After the Duke lacrosse team limped to a 1-2 start, its head coach finally moved freshman Jordan Wolf out of the midfield and back to his normal position at attack.‘The head coach was dumb enough to play him at midfield for the first three games,’ Danowski said of himself in a phone interview. ‘While I thought on paper it was a good move, we moved him back to attack where he was more comfortable.’He can’t explain what happened next.Since his team’s third game of the season — a dismal 7-3 loss to then-unranked Pennsylvania — the Blue Devils (8-2, 2-0 ACC) have become arguably the hottest team in the country. They’ve surged to seven consecutive wins and a No. 3 national ranking behind one of the nation’s best attack units. The third highest-scoring team in the country matches up with No. 1 Syracuse’s vaunted defense Sunday at New Meadowlands Stadium as part of the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. This matchup of top-five teams has all the makings of an upset with the recent struggles endured by the Orange (7-0, 2-0 Big East).Wolf is one-third of a Duke attack unit that has already scored 14 or more goals six times this season. He and fellow freshman Christian Walsh join senior leader Zach Howell in one of the most potent and dynamic groups of this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Losing two in a row and only scoring three goals, I think everybody did a lot of soul searching — including the coaching staff,’ Danowski said. ‘And I think practice just became different. I think it became more focused.‘I can’t explain it. I wish I could.’The defending national champions were hit hard by graduation and saw more than the departures of Duke legends Ned Crotty and Max Quinzani. Sixteen seniors left the program, and as a result, three freshmen grace Danowski’s starting lineup this season.Wolf and Walsh have proved to be more than able supporters on that front line. They have combined for 29 goals and 17 assists while putting more than 72 percent of their shots on goal.Wolf, in particular, has caught the eyes of many around the nation. Danowski said Wolf is the fastest and quickest player he’s ever coached. The Syracuse defense has certainly taken notice as well.‘We didn’t hear much about him at all in the beginning, and that’s what happens when you’re a freshman until you have a breakout couple games,’ SU goaltender John Galloway said. ‘We’re going to have to look to stay top-side on him. We’re going to have to look to help John (Lade) if he needs it. He’s a very talented player.’As Galloway mentioned, it will likely be Lade who draws the assignment on Wolf. He has the task of shutting down the freshman who has tallied 15 points in his last three games alone.But he’s accustomed to the role. Each and every week this season, Lade has drawn the assignment of the best player on SU’s opponents.So far, he’s done well. But so far, he’s never faced anyone with the pace of Wolf.‘He’s one of the quickest we’ve seen,’ Syracuse long-stick midfielder Joel White said. ‘John is the best one-on-one defender I’ve ever seen. But we always know that we have his back if he happens to slip up. And the rare times that he does, we’re there for him.’Take away Duke’s two losses in February, though, and the Blue Devils lead the country in goals per game at more than 14.8. Howell’s 25 goals and Wolf’s 18 have led the way.Sunday’s matchup might be a game in which the Syracuse defense has to bail out its offense once again. It’s an offense that was held to just 10 combined goals in its last two contests.Nonetheless, Danowski doesn’t think an up-tempo game necessarily favors his high-scoring Blue Devils. He recognizes the veteran talent SU has and calls the Orange a ‘sleeping giant’ that can ‘explode’ at any time.But being able to put 15 to 20 goals on the board never hurts. And Duke is certainly capable of it.‘You don’t really look at those two slipups in the beginning of the season,’ White said. ‘You look at the games they’ve played (since then), and they’ve played very well. The film that we’ve watched, they’ve shown that they’re the best — one of the best in the country.’mjcohe02@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Published on March 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

Eric Coley turning into a key piece for the Syracuse secondary

first_img Published on October 9, 2019 at 10:23 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Eric Coley started to doubt his decision. It was weeks after the high school senior committed to Syracuse and, despite all signals indicating otherwise, Coley worried he jumped the gun and committed just to get the recruiting process over with. People around him began to question whether or not he committed to the Orange only because his stepfather, Vinson Reynolds, coached there.During that time, Coley came upon one passage of the Bible involving Paul the Apostle’s shipwreck on Malta. One of the places Paul travels to after leaving Malta is Syracuse, a city on the island of Sicily. For Coley, it was a sign that he’d decided right.“After that I just knew, right there and then, I made the right choice,” Coley said. “I got that confirmation, I was like ‘alright.’ I just wanted to make sure I’d made the right decision.”After redshirting during 2017, Coley played in six games and made six tackles as a redshirt freshman. He’s remained a backup this season, serving as a fill-in at both safety positions. But he’s pushed through his limited playing time, staying ready for when players ahead of him suffer injuries. This season, despite not starting a game, the redshirt sophomore is fourth on the team with 22 tackles, third in pass breakups and is one of five Syracuse (3-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) players to record an interception. His path to production wasn’t linear, but in his third year at SU, Coley is finally making an impact.“You look at his development, it’s one of the things that you get a lot of pleasure (out of) as a coach,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “Not only his on-field development but his physical development.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEva Suppa | Digital Design EditorColey estimates he’s gained about 15 pounds since his freshman year, when he was more of a “chicken with their head cut off” than a football player, he said. During SU’s summer training camp prior to his freshman season, Coley and his fellow third-stringers were clueless when they were called onto the field, behind on reads and the speed of practice.He’s also been forced to play different positions throughout his three years at Syracuse, first starting at free safety before playing strong safety last season. He’s seen time at both this season due to injuries to both Andre Cisco and Evan Foster, SU’s starting safeties. What was at first a difficult transition has become second nature for Coley, who’s been vital as a versatile defensive back for the Orange.“There are some times when I could be lined up on the field and I’m sitting there like, ‘wait a second, I gotta be lined up over here,’” Coley said. “I’ll forget that I’m playing one of the positions.”Coley didn’t start playing defense until his final year of high school, when he began playing rover in addition to running back at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. He had moved to New York during the middle of his junior year, when Reynolds was hired as SU’s defensive line coach.“What I need to get better on, (most people) probably wouldn’t tell me to my face,” Coley said. “He’s not afraid to tell me and be real. You want that, at the end of the day, you don’t want anybody to steer you wrong.”The first game of Coley’s senior season was in the Carrier Dome for the Express Mart Kick-Off Classic, in which he ran for 218 yards and recorded three touchdowns. One of the “coolest” experiences of his life, Coley admitted how much the atmosphere he felt that day influenced his decision to ultimately commit to Syracuse.Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorHe’d have to wait a few years to play a meaningful role in another game at the Carrier Dome. The best game of Coley’s Syracuse career came a few weeks ago against Western Michigan, at the peak of SU’s rash of defensive back injuries. With Cisco already out with a lower-body injury, Antwan Cordy started at free safety before also suffering an injury that forced him out of the game.That paved the way for Coley, who entered in the second half. The redshirt sophomore finished the game with four tackles in the fourth quarter alone, capping off his performance with an interception on WMU’s final drive, the first of his career. The pick was “surreal” for Coley, who received a number of congratulatory texts from former high school coaches after the game. He fell down untouched after seven yards, earning himself some jabs from Babers and his teammates.“I think he would’ve had a touchdown if he’d have went to the left, but oh well,” Babers said after the game. “He’s gonna have to live with that. I’ve got to get a replay for that one so I can keep it on my phone, if he gets out of line.”Coley earned the most playing time he’d ever received last week against Holy Cross and finished third on the team with a career-high six tackles. To stay engaged on the sideline during games he wasn’t expected to play in, Coley used to keep his helmet strapped and paid attention to defensive play calls. Now, he’s playing in those games.“You make the right decisions, you do everything right off the field, then things will go right on the field,” Coley said.  “You just have a peace that everything’s gonna be okay at the end of the day as long as I do what I’m supposed to do.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Steve Cooper: Andre Ayew is a better player than the championship

first_imgSwansea City manager, Steve Cooper, has conceded Black Stars captain, Andre Ayew’s level is above playing in the Second-tier League of English football; the Skybet Championship.Andre was an exemplary performer for the Jack Army throughout the season and the Welsh side’s center of attraction week-in-week-out in the just-concluded season.The 30-year-old attacking midfielder bagged 18-goals in all competitions for the Swans and provided seven assists as his side were knocked out by Brentford in the Championship Play-offs semi-finals second leg as they lost 3-2 on aggregate.Cooper, who has been an admirer of his deputy captain, speaking to the media admitted to the quality of the former West Ham man and said he would hold talks with him to discuss his next line of action.“I think that’s a conversation I and Andre need to have,” Cooper told the media when asked about Andre’s future.“I would like nothing more than for Andre to be playing with us again next season,” he added.“We have seen the real level of player he is this year; with the goals he has scored and the impact he has had on and off the pitch. It’s been brilliant to work with him.“But I understand Andre is a better player than the Championship. That’s a matter of fact and I am sure he will have offers to do that.”The 40-year-old former Welsh international continued:“We need to have a good conversation over the next couple of days. We trust each other 100 per cent and in the end, we will come to a resolution that’s right for everybody.”Andre spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Fenerbahce when Swansea went down to the Championship but it wasn’t as electric as his time in the Championship last term.Fingers will be crossed to see what decision Andre will take next; whether to stay with Swansea or move elsewhere in search of top-flight football.last_img read more

Mookie Betts among players who won’t visit the White House with Red Sox

first_imgMookie Betts is among Red Sox players who will not make the trip to the White House with the team in the spring.“I won’t be going there,” Betts told the Boston Globe. “I decided not to.” Red Sox postpone White House visit due to government shutdown, report says Additionally, Rafael Devers has said he will not attend and Eduardo Rodriguez indicated it was “unlikely.” Xander Bogaerts and Eduardo Nunez also are considering skipping the event, the Globe noted.  It’s unclear whether manager Alex Cora will join them. He recently expressed concern about the administration’s policies toward Puerto Rico and indicated he might not make the trip.  Related Newscenter_img The Red Sox originally were scheduled to fly to Washington from their spring training base in Fort Myers, Fla., on Feb. 15, two days after pitchers and catchers are set to report to camp. But due to the government shutdown, the trip has been postponed to May 9.last_img read more

Black Northwestern QB leads charge to form college athlete union

first_imgNorthwestern University outgoing senior quarterback Kain Colter makes his way to the beginning of three days of hearings before the National Labor Relations Board Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter testified Tuesday that he was essentially paid to play via his scholarship as the National Labor Relations Board opened a closely watched hearing on a bid to form what would be the first union for college athletes in U.S. history.From a witnesses stand in a federal court building, Colter characterized playing college football as a job and said schools make clear to incoming players that athletics are a higher priority than academics.Colter, a co-founder of the newly formed College Athletes Players Association, said players adhere to grueling schedules, putting in 40- to 50-hour weeks on football during and before the season. During August training, he said, players wake at 8 a.m. and often only finish practice at 10 p.m.“It’s a job, there is no way around it — it’s a job,” said Colter, a 21-year-old senior whose college career is over. Colter was Northwestern’s first Black quarterback since 1993,Asked why Northwestern gave him a scholarship of $75,000 a year, he responded: “To play football. To perform an athletic service.” Later, he said players earn the money, in part, “by sacrificing our bodies.”Whether the players qualify under federal law as employees is the core question for the NLRB to answer. If they are deemed employees, they would have rights to unionize. Whatever ruling the panel makes can be appealed.The Colter-led bid, which is supported by the United Steelworkers, is seen as a test case that could transform the landscape of college athletics. The NCAA and Big Ten Conference, which includes Northwestern, both maintain that college students are not employees whatever their participation might be in athletics.During his opening statement, an attorney representing the university, Alex Barbour, challenged the notion the players are employees. He said academics are at the center of a football player’s college experience.“Academics always trumps athletics at Northwestern,” he said. “Northwestern is not a football factory.”During his testimony, Colter said he abandoned his hopes of entering a pre-med program because of time demands Northwestern makes on football players. He said chemistry was invariably offered at times that conflicted with football practice.“You fulfill the football requirement and, if you can, you fit in academics,” he said. “You have to sacrifice one, But we can’t sacrifice football. … We are brought to the university to play football.”Devoting more time to academics at the expense of his football, he added, could result in the loss of a scholarship. Asked if coaches ever told players to leave practice and go study, Colter said no.Another Northwestern attorney, Anna Wermuth, asked Colter whether playing football was, in itself, part of the education process. Does it help players learn to “critically analyze information?” she asked.“We learn to critically analyze a defense,” said Colter, who ended up studying psychology. Football also taught values, including perseverance, he added.“But that does not mean it helps you earn a psychology degree,” he said. “It makes it harder.”Colter said most of the team’s 85 scholarship players support forming a union, though he has been the only one to step forward publicly with the support of the Steelworkers, the players association and its leader, former UCLA linebacker Ramogi Huma.Supporters say a union would provide athletes a vehicle to lobby for financial security and improved safety, noting that players are left out of the billions generated through college athletics. They contend scholarships sometimes don’t even cover livings expenses for a full year.University attorneys are expected to call their own witnesses later in the week. A decision by the NLRB could come soon after the testimony concludes.For now, the push is to unionize athletes at private schools, like Northwestern. Public universities, which are subject to different regulations, could follow later.___Follow Michael Tarm at https://twitter.com/mtarmlast_img read more