A community concerned about high levels of cancer want the Government to provide a dive team to search for a possible toxic dump off the coast of Donegal. The newly-formed Sea Dump Donegal campaign believe toxic materials were dumped in barrels off the coast of West Donegal in the 1940s.The group held their first meeting in Falcarragh last weekend in a bid to highlight their concerns. Chairman of the SDD, Aodan O’Gallchoir, says the claims of such a site has hung over the area for decades.The location of any dump site could private vital evidence between high levels of certain cancers across West Donegal, they claim.“If toxic or even nuclear waste has been dumped off the coast of Donegal as has been claimed by many, it could answer a lot of questions.“In Donegal the highest cancer cases are in throat, lungs, stomach and prostate. When professionals tell us that cancer isn’t high in Donegal, that is true in general but not in the four cancers I mentioned where they are considerably higher than almost all counties. “These cancers have connections with the respiratory system. If we were breathing a slightly cancerous air than of course the respiratory system would be affected in some way,” said Mr O Gallchoir.Mr O’Gallchoir said further meetings are now planned to provide the community with more information about the group’s plans.“We want to hear from more people about their experiences from many years ago.“The aim of this campaign is quite simple; we only want written proof that these barrels, which we believe are decomposing have no connection with Donegal’s cancer rates.“Our people and our future generations must not have to suffer if there is a correlation. I will be in contact with the government within the next few days to get some sort of information on this issue. “This story has resurfaced time and time again but always seems to fade into history, are we denying our people the right to be healthy? It is crucial that we get a conclusions.”NEW LOBBY GROUP WANT GOVERNMENT TO EXPLORE POSSIBLE WASTE DUMP OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: January 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
18 January 2013Brand South Africa is hosting journalists visiting South Africa for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) this week. The tour kicked off in Durban on Thursday with a visit to the striking Moses Mabhida Stadium, a Fifa World Cup stadium and the venue for five Afcon matches.The visiting journalists represented a mix of sports and business publications from countries including Russia, Zambia, Brazil and Qatar.“The purpose of such tours is to position South Africa in terms of the business of sport. We want to show the legacy left by the Fifa World Cup. We also want to show that South Africa is serious about inter-regional development,” explained Sandile Ngidi of Brand South Africa.Trade destinationThe day began at the Elangeni Hotel, where a number of short talks were presented, highlighting KwaZulu-Natal as a trade destination.Phillip Sithole, the head of KwaZulu-Natal Tourism, said investing in sports events such as the Fifa World Cup had produced an excellent return on investment for the city.“If you look at the benefits we received from the World Cup as well as [UN climate change summit] COP 17 , they now amount to billions of rands,” Sithole said. “Hosting major events also addresses issues around infrastruture; you can’t host major events if you don’t have the infrastructure for them.”The most visible symbol of the infrastructure development for major events in the city of Durban is undoubtedly the Moses Mabhida Stadium with its massive arch, which begins in two pieces on the south side of the stadium before coming together as one, representing the coming together of the South African nation.Stadium tourIt was thus a natural choice to take a tour of the stadium, which was buzzing with activity ahead of Afcon 2013. A guided tour included a visit to the very well equipped and spacious players’ changing rooms and a journey to the top of the arch on the SkyCar. From there, one took in a wonderful panoramic view of the surrounding city.During the morning meeting, the journalists also learnt about the Sharks rugby team, which is based in Durban. Not only is the Sharks one of the most successful brands in KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa, it is also on of South Africa’s top 100 brands, making it a “superbrand”.Sharks’ advertising and match day events manager Novashni Chetty laid out the holistic approach of the franchise to Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and beyond and explained how the players have become an integral part of different communities and helped to uplift them.The Sharks’ reach was emphasised by an anti-bullying campaign that has gone beyond the boundaries of South Africa, and the signing of a deal with United Arab Emirates Rugby for the Sharks to open three academies in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai.Trade and InvestmentClaude Pretorius, destination marketing manager of Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal, said major events such as the Fifa World Cup and Afcon 2013 were opportunities to create awareness.“Because of the awareness around these big events, it’s an opportunity for us to host our target audience during these events. While they’re here we give them an opportunity to see the existing infrastructure, to see the planned projects, to see what the opportunities are,” Pretorius said.“What is also very important is the amount of international publicity that South Africa gets for free, which would otherwise be very expensive for us,” he added.Durban Container TerminalIn the afternoon, the group also paid a visit to Transnet’s Durban Container Terminal in the Durban Harbour, the busiest port in Africa. The evening featured dinner at the uShaka Marine World theme park.The visit to Durban was day one of a tour for the journalists that will include the opening ceremony and opening matches of Afcon 2013 at the National Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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Back on the field after their World Cup debacle, Team India will start their preparations for next year’s World T20 in the first T20I of the three-match series against the West Indies at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium on Saturday.Before leaving for the West Indies tour, skipper Virat Kohli had said the line-up of such trophies – World T20s in 2020 and 2021 — ensured ‘players always had something to play for, look forward to’. And thus, the three-match rubber will provide him with the chance of giving youngsters an opportunity to showcase their talent in the shortest format of the game.The series will serve as a great opportunity for the likes of Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer and Khaleel Ahmed, who missed out on a chance to play in the 50-over World Cup in UK.All these three players performed well for the India ‘A’ side in the Caribbean Islands and would want to continue with their form and impress the captain as well as the selectors for future.The series could also see Rahul Chahar and Navdeep Saini make their international debuts as many senior bowlers have been rested. The only experienced campaigner in the pace bowling line-up is Bhuvneshwar Kumar.When will the 1st T20I between West Indies and India begin?West Indies vs India 1st T20I will start from 9:30 AM local time (7 PM IST) on Saturday, August 3.Where I can watch West Indies vs India 1st T20I live?West Indies vs India 1st T20I can be watched on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 3.advertisementHow can I watch West Indies vs India 1st T20I online?Sony Liv will provide the live streaming for West Indies vs India 1st T20I.Where can I follow West Indies vs India 1st T20I live?You can follow live updates and scores for West Indies vs India 1st T20I on www.indiatoday.in/sports.Where will the West Indies vs India 1st T20I be played?Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground,Lauderhill, Florida will host the first Ashes Test.What are the squads for st Indies vs India 1st T20I?West Indies: John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Jason Mohammed, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Anthony Bramble, Khary Pierre, Sunil NarineIndia: Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, K Khaleel Ahmed, Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar, Rahul ChaharAlso Read | Virat Kohli on India’s World Cup exit: Every time we woke up it was the worst feeling in the morningAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s absence great opportunity for Rishabh Pant to become a consistent performer: Virat KohliAlso See:
Chelsea not open to Ampadu loan offersby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are not willing to lose Ethan Ampadu.The 18-year-old has many clubs after his signature, including Cardiff and Derby.But Goal reports that Chelsea have stated that Ampadu is not available this month, unless there is a late change of circumstances.He has only played twice this season, but Cesc Fabregas leaving could give him more opportunities.One player who is close to leaving is Gary Cahill, who will complete a switch to Fulham. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd, Liverpool informed of price for Bayer Leverkusen whiz Havertzby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayer Leverkusen whiz Kai Havertz is attracting big Premier League interest.The Daily Express says Manchester United and Liverpool have been told they must pay £90million to sign Havertz.German midfielder Havertz is expected to be one of next summer’s hottest transfer properties after he said he could be on the move next summer.Speaking to Sportbuzzer, Havertz said: “I am happy to stay at Leverkusen for one more year. What happens next summer will be experienced in the future.”The 20-year-old has been linked with interest from United and Liverpool as well as Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund.And while he is contracted to Leverkusen until the summer of 2022, it is believed the Bundesliga club are ready to cash in. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Jamaica and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have signed a five-year country cooperation strategy agreement.The agreement was signed on September 26 by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton and the Director of PAHO, Dr. Carissa Etienne, at PAHO Headquarters in Washington DC.The agreement will see Jamaica benefiting from technical cooperation in health for the next five years.Dr. Tufton thanked PAHO for its continued support to the public health sector in Jamaica, particularly in strengthening the health system.“Jamaica hopes to continue the joint collaboration with PAHO,” the Minister added.For her part, Dr. Etienne said under the agreement, Jamaica’s health system will be strengthened as it moves towards universal health.She said the organisation is pleased to partner with Jamaica to offer this technical support, which will help to improve the country’s health services.Dr. Tufton is in Washington attending the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference. Story Highlights The agreement will see Jamaica benefiting from technical cooperation in health for the next five years. Jamaica and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have signed a five-year country cooperation strategy agreement.
As part of his recent Australian Tour, Sir Elton John met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to thank him for supporting The Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria, and urged him to do more.Sir Elton took to Instagram to say: “Thank-you Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for welcoming me so warmly into your office. Thank-you for supporting the Global Fund in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Together we can all make AIDS history.”The Austrailian PM replied in kind, saying: “Elton John wrote in recent years: ‘It is all too easy for political leaders to think about AIDS only in the abstract. It is all too easy for them to forget that there are real people counting on them for help, people who deserve the same chance to live a long life as anyone else.’“He has spent much of his life reminding people of the human toll of AIDS – as well as reducing the stigma around AIDS and lobbying Governments to help eradicate it.“Australia has a proud record in fighting the spread of HIV infection, both at home and in our region. The number of newly diagnosed cases of HIV in Australia has remained stable over the past three years, and is low by global standards. We have also pledged $200 million to The Global Fund for 2014-16 to help global efforts in eliminating AIDS, as well as tuberculosis and malaria.”Since the year 2000, infection rates have fallen by 36 per cent in countries in which the fund is active, proving that with focus and support, AIDS can be beaten. There is still more work to be done, but with the support of politicians like Malcolm Turnbull and countries like Australia, initiatives such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria will prove successful.Source:Elton John AIDS Foundation
Source:https://www.brighamandwomens.org/ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 7 2018A new study by investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health offers insights from a cohort study of women in the U.S. who reported consuming a Mediterranean-type diet. Researchers found a 25 percent reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease among study participants who consumed a diet rich in plants and olive oil and low in meats and sweets. The team also explored why and how a Mediterranean diet might mitigate risk of heart disease and stroke by examining a panel of 40 biomarkers, representing new and established biological contributors to heart disease. The team’s results are published in JAMA Network Open.”Our study has a strong public health message that modest changes in known cardiovascular disease risk factors, particularly those relating to inflammation, glucose metabolism and insulin resistance, contribute to the long-term benefit of a Mediterranean diet on cardiovascular disease risk. This understanding may have important downstream consequences for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease,” said lead author Shafqat Ahmad, PhD, a research fellow at the Brigham and at the Harvard Chan School.Randomized trials in Mediterranean countries and observational studies have previously linked a Mediterranean diet to reductions in cardiovascular disease, but the underlying mechanisms have been unclear. The current research draws on data from more than 25,000 female health professionals who participated in the Women’s Health Study. Participants completed food intake questionnaires about diet, provided blood samples for measuring the biomarkers, and were followed for up to 12 years. The primary outcomes analyzed in the study were incidences of cardiovascular disease, defined as first events of heart attack, stroke, coronary arterial revascularization and cardiovascular death.Related StoriesSofrito cooking technique releases healthy nutrientsScientists examine hormonal links between diet and obesityDiet and nutrition influence microbiome in colonic mucosaThe team categorized study participants as having a low, middle or upper Mediterranean diet intake. They found that 428 (4.2 percent) of the women in the low group experienced a cardiovascular event compared to 356 (3.8 percent) in the middle group and 246 (3.8 percent) in the upper group, representing a relative risk reduction of 23 percent and 28 percent respectively, a benefit that is similar in magnitude to statins or other preventive medicationsThe team saw changes in signals of inflammation (accounting for 29 percent of the cardiovascular disease risk reduction), glucose metabolism and insulin resistance (27.9 percent), and body max index (27.3 percent). The team also found connections to blood pressure, various forms of cholesterol, branch-chain amino acids and other biomarkers, but found that these accounted for less of the association between Mediterranean diet and risk reduction.”While prior studies have shown benefit for the Mediterranean diet on reducing cardiovascular events and improving cardiovascular risk factors, it has been a black box regarding the extent to which improvements in known and novel risk factors contribute to these effects,” said corresponding author Samia Mora, MD, MHS, a cardiovascular medicine specialist at the Brigham and Harvard Medical School. “In this large study, we found that modest differences in biomarkers contributed in a multi-factorial way to this cardiovascular benefit that was seen over the long term.”
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 9 2019Overweight is unhealthy. Yet more and more people in Germany are overweight, particularly children. As part of the LiNA mother-child study coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), researchers were able to identify mother’s perceived stress during the first year of the child’s life as a risk factor for developing overweight in infancy. According to the study recently published in the BMC Public Health specialist magazine, researchers from the UFZ, the University of Bristol and the Berlin Institute of Health found this to have long-lasting effects on girls’ weight development in particular. In Germany, nearly ten percent of children aged two to six are overweight, of which three percent are classified as obese. High-caloric diets and too little exercise are known to be risk factors for obesity. “Maternal stress is also thought to contribute to the development of obesity in children,” explains nutritionist Dr Kristin Junge from the Department of Environmental Immunology at the UFZ. “In terms of child development, the period between pregnancy and the first years of life is particularly sensitive to external influences, which may lead to illness or obesity.” And this may include psychological influences such as maternal stress. In their current study, UFZ researchers are investigating whether and how perceived maternal stress during pregnancy and the first two years of life, affects the child’s weight development up to the age of five. To do so, they analyzed data available from the LiNA mother-child study.LiNA is a long-term study in which sensitive childhood development phases are investigated with special consideration given to lifestyle, environmental pollution and the subsequent occurrence of allergies, respiratory diseases and obesity. Since 2006, UFZ researchers in cooperation with the Städtisches Klinikum St. Georg in Leipzig, and more recently with the Universitätsklinikum Leipzig, have been following several hundred mother-child pairs from pregnancy onwards to investigate the effects of environmental influences and lifestyle habits on health and well-being. As part of the research, regular surveys are completed, pollutant measurements are taken in the living environment, and the mothers and children undergo clinical examinations. The current UFZ study is based on data from 498 mother-child pairs from the LiNA study. Using the data for height and weight, the researchers determined the children’s Body Mass Index (BMI) and standardized the results by age and gender. Mothers’ perceived stress was assessed by validated questionnaires and included topics such as worries and fears, feelings of tension, general satisfaction as well as coping with daily demands. “We compared the data on mothers’ perceived stress during pregnancy and in the first two years of the child’s life with the child’s BMI development up to the age of five, and investigated whether there was a correlation,” explains biochemist Dr Beate Leppert, the study’s lead author.First year of life particularly influentialRelated StoriesDogs and cats relieve academic stress and lift students’ mood, according to a new studyRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careAnd the study results show: There is actually a correlation. If mothers’ perceived stress was high during the child’s first year of life, there was a high probability that her child would develop a higher BMI in the first five years of their life. “The effects of maternal stress seem to have a long-term impact,” says Kristin Junge. The correlation between perceived maternal stress in the child’s first year of life and an increased BMI was especially evident in girls. “It seems that daughters of stressed mothers in particular are at increased risk of becoming overweight,” says Dr Saskia Trump, senior author of the current study,who now works at the Berlin Institute for Health Research. “There are studies that demonstrate that psychological factors such as perceived maternal stress may be experienced less intensely or may be better compensated by boys.” Perceived maternal stress during pregnancy or during the child’s second year of life showed little evidence for an effect on the weight development of either gender. “The first year of life seems to be a sensitive phase and a characteristic factor for the tendency to be overweight,” says Dr Junge. After all, mothers and children usually spend the entire first year together – a lot of time in which the mother’s perceived stress and/or associated behavior is experienced by the child. “During this time, special attention should therefore be paid to the mother’s condition,” adds Dr Trump.Identified stress factors But what causes perceived maternal stress in the first place? To answer this question, researchers examined further data from the mother-child study and searched for possible influencing factors, such as household income, level of education, and the quality of the living environment. The results showed that mothers with a considerably higher perceived stress level were often exposed to high levels of traffic or noise, had poor living conditions or had a low household income. Maternal stress caused by difficult living conditions or an unfavorable living environment can lead to children becoming overweight in the long term. “Stress perceived by mothers should be taken seriously,” says Dr Junge. “Midwives, gynecologists, pediatricians and GPs should be particularly attentive to signs of stress in the first year following the child’s birth.” After all, if mothers are helped early on or are offered support, we may be able to kill two birds with one stone: To improve maternal well-being and also prevent their children becoming overweight. Following from this study, the UFZ team will continue to investigate whether the effects of perceived maternal stress also extend beyond the age of five.Source: http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=36336&webc_pm=2/2019