JAMAICA Persons Living in SugarCane Areas More Susceptible to Leptospirosis

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #Jamaica, February 26, 2018 – Montego Bay – Health, Promotion and Education Officer at the Westmoreland Health Department, Gerald Miller, says persons living in sugar-cane areas will always be more susceptible to leptospirosis.Mr. Miller, who was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, at the agency’s Montego Bay Regional Office on February 20, added that while this should not be viewed as any cause for serious alarm, it is always a good thing for the public to be sufficiently informed.“We had some suspected cases in Westmoreland last year, which prompted us to have a stakeholders meeting in the parish.  What we gleaned from the meeting is that the suspected cases were from the areas where sugar cane is concentrated,” he noted.Mr. Miller said they decided to use a multipronged approach, including a progressive public outreach programme, to inform persons about the disease.“We have been doing our ongoing sessions with the cane farmers.  There are eight groups of cane farmers in Westmoreland, and as you know, Westmoreland is a large sugar-cane-growing area,” he pointed out.Mr. Miller said even though the sugar industry in the parish is not as busy as it used to be, “we still have areas where sugar cane is grown on a large scale”.  He added that the rats tend to flee to residential homes during the time of harvest, especially when fire is brought into play in the cane fields.“We have to be constantly sharing with the community the dangers of rats and the leptospirosis bacteria.  We are going to roll out a sensitization programme into these communities.  We don’t want a disease that can be treated to be killing persons in the 21st century, so we need to give persons the information to protect themselves,” Mr. Miller said.Mr. Miller added that while the number of cases of leptospirosis is still within endemic levels, there still needs to be protective measures in place to keep the rats at bay.“It is not just the sugar-cane areas.  Residents across the island should proactively be practising measures that will control the rat population,” he said.For his part, Chief Public Health Inspector for Westmoreland, Steve Morris, said food safety is the number-one priority programme that the Ministry of Health has across the island, noting that “this is also very important” in the fight against leptospirosis.“In terms of rodent infestation, action is taken immediately to ensure the public is protected.  Establishments that serve a lot of persons are monitored a lot more, seeing that they pose the most risks,” he said.Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria that could lead to possible fatal infection of the kidney, liver, brain, lung or heart.  While it cannot be spread from human to human, it can be contracted through exposure to the urine or body fluids of infected animals. Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Great Googie checking out the view of and from Seattles Space Needle

first_img Google Maps for Android Gander at the Googie goodness of Seattle’s Space Needle Related on CNET 0 Share your voice The view from the Tokyo Skytree, one of the tallest structures on Earth 148 floors in the sky: The view from the Burj Khalifa A tour of the Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur Cold War destroyer: Inside the USS Turner Joy Sleeper to Seattle: 39 hours on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight Culture That design, though. Like many once-modern designs, Googie became dated before it became retro, so precious few of these buildings still exist. Los Angeles still has a bunch, an important part of the city’s relatively short architectural history. The New York’s World’s Fair from two years later had most of its buildings removed, and some still exist. Of those still in Queens several are rotting away. The Tomorrowlands at the American Disney parks still have some Googie-inspired buildings, but the newer parks generally don’t. Here in Seattle, the Needle is in a sort of Googie oasis. The towering glass-and-steel skyscrapers are farther south, at a respectable distance, allowing the Space Needle to still have incredible views and not seem tiny compared to modern engineering. I buy my ticket and head up. Clouds on the horizon mean we’ll miss the moment of sunset, but the view is fantastic regardless. There’s not much to explore on the observation deck, it’s not that big. The original idea was for a floating restaurant, and in terms of size that’s basically what this feels like, a big restaurant. Outside there are high glass walls, with tilted glass benches that let you lean back if your vertigo allows. 40 Photos “Googie.” It’s not a misprint, it’s an architectural style.You might not know the name, but you’ll probably recognize it. A subset of Mid-century modern architecture, you’ve seen it in such movies as The Incredibles and TV shows like The Jetsons. Googie is rocket-inspired geometric designs featuring atoms, UFOs, boomerangs and anything with an intrinsic sense of motion. Perhaps the most recognizable example is the unofficial symbol of the city of Seattle: The Space Needle.Built for the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962, the 605-foot (184-meter) tower was built to withstand earthquakes greater than 9.0 and category-5 hurricane winds. It has been visited by over 63 million people, including me. Here’s a look inside, and the excellent views from the observation deck. Review • The rebuilt Google Maps for Android is better than ever Seattle stunner For some reason, I decided to walk. I’d just arrived via ferry after photographing the USS Turner Joy on the other side of Puget Sound. It didn’t seem that far on Google Maps, but of course, Google Maps doesn’t (yet) tell you that there are hills. When I finally arrived at the tower its size dominated the views. Briefly the tallest building west of the Mississippi, it is far shorter than more modern towers, like the Tokyo Skytree. Post a comment If you head down the wood- and glass-lined “Oculus” staircase, you get to the lower level. Here, in addition to the restaurant, is a heavily reinforced glass floor that will also rotate. I leave as the tower closes for the night. The next day I head back, taking the monorail that was also built for the World’s Fair. It, too, is an anachronism of another age. The cars are original, but are in good shape. The daytime view is perhaps not quite as epic as the night, but still impressive. Three Tiny Planets from the observation deck of the Space Needle. From my Instagram. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET I check my map, and extrapolate from a few Instagram photos, where on the nearby hill I’d have to head to get a good view of the Needle and the city behind. Kerry Park seems easiest, and closest to a bus line. No way I’m walking up there. The view doesn’t disappoint. I return a few hours later, after dinner with a high school friend I haven’t seen in 20 years. This trip was a pretty good idea. The Space Needle lit at night is simply gorgeous. Spacebound space-needle-28-of-40 Geoffrey Morrison/CNET As one of the most visited attractions on the West Coast, you don’t need me to tell you it’s a great spot. You can buy your tickets ahead of time, which is a bit of a gamble. Seattle is notorious for its cloud cover and regular drizzle, but on the other hand in the summer I can imagine the best times sell out. I’ll leave that decision up to you. If you can, arrive about an hour before sunset, then stay to see the lights of the city at night. The Space Needle’s height may no longer be impressive, but the whole point of a tower like this is for a good view, and you can still get that, not to mention the great view looking at it on the ground. To see how it looks up close, and the excellent views from the observation deck, check out the gallery above.As well as covering TV and other display tech, Geoff does photo tours of cool museums and locations around the world including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, airplane graveyards and more.  You can follow his exploits on Instagram, Twitter, and on his travel blog BaldNomad. He also wrote a bestselling sci-fi novel.  Tagslast_img read more

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All the Features You Need to Know About in the New Version

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 3, 2018 In April, Google added a row to the top of its settings menu: “Try the new Gmail.” You may not have noticed this option, or you may be reluctant to switch over because you like your current Gmail setup just fine.Whichever camp you fall into, the good news is that “the new Gmail” doesn’t look a whole lot different from the previous version of Gmail. It still has the familiar Gmail interface, and it doesn’t organize your messages in a new way. All of the new features available to Gmail users today are designed to make you more productive — thanks in part to artificial intelligence — and the information you share more secure.Related: 15 Tips, Hacks and Tricks to Get the Most Out of Google PhotosRead on to learn what the new Gmail has in store before you try it for yourself — or if you already have it but haven’t gotten acquainted yet.First, how to switch to the new GmailGo to the Settings menu, under the gear icon above the upper-right corner of your inbox. The top row will read “Try the new Gmail.” The page will refresh, then a window will pop up asking you to configure your display density. If you want to take advantage of all of the new Gmail’s features, click “default.” You can always switch to “comfortable” or “compact” in the settings menu later if you decide you want more messages to appear on the page at one time.Note: If you use Gmail for work, the G Suite administrator at your company still has some leeway over whether you can switch. If you’re trying to switch over your work email and don’t see the option, that might be why.Shortcuts on message previewsYou’ll now have the option to archive or delete emails before even opening them by clicking one of a series of new icons that appears when you hover over each message. There’s also a “mark as read” shortcut and a “snooze” option that lets you hide a message from your inbox for a specified amount of time — until later that day, the next day, that weekend or a custom date and time. Then poof, the message will disappear temporarily, sparing you from opening it multiple times before you take action on the message.In default display density, you’ll also be able to see what Google’s dubbed “chips” for email attachments — icons under the subject line of a message preview that allow you to click and open the attachment without opening the email itself.Image Credit: Google NudgingGmail will now give you a virtual nudge if you’ve let a message sit in your inbox too long without replying to it, so you don’t let anything slip through the cracks. It won’t do this for every message, though, just those that its AI deems important and like something you’d normally reply to, like an ongoing email chain or a message with someone you regular correspond with. On these message previews in your inbox, you’ll see a note in orange that says something like, “Received 3 days ago. Reply?” in orange font. On the flip side, if a person you emailed a few days ago hasn’t replied to you, Google will nudge you asking if you want to follow up. These nudges can be disabled in general settings, under “Nudges.”Smart ReplyMobile Gmail users may already be familiar with this feature, but now, it’s coming to desktop. This tool is also AI powered, and it provides a few options for quick replies to a message. When you hit the reply button, you might see blue buttons reading “Awesome, thanks!” “Sounds good!” and “Wow!” as three Smart Reply options. Click one of them, and that text will appear in the body of your reply field. All you have to do from there is hit send. The options vary depending on the content of the message. Smart Reply already drives 10 percent of email replies on mobile, Google reported in its blog post announcing the new features in April. Smart ComposeThis is one of a few features that you might not see right away when you switch to the new version. Similar to Smart Reply, Smart Compose is an AI tool designed to write your emails for you, but with depth.Smart Compose suggests both greetings and closings (such as “Have a great weekend!” if it’s Friday) and other common phrases and complete sentences to fill out the body of the message, based on context. It helps users write without repeating themselves or making spelling and grammar mistakes. Related: 20 Surprising Things You Can Do With Google SearchNative offlineYou’ll no longer to be in a Wi-Fi zone to search through your Gmail account when Google rolls out its native offline functionality as part of the new Gmail. Your messages will sync and be searchable as soon as you’re in a no-Wi-Fi zone, and from there, you’ll be able to compose drafts of emails and specify what messages you want deleted or archived as soon as you’re back online. Confidential modeEspecially designed for business users (whose IT administrators will have control over this setting), this option will allow messages to expire (no longer be able to be viewed) after a specified period of time. This will be useful for people who share sensitive information and don’t want it to live in their recipients’ inboxes for an indefinite period of time, in case their accounts are compromised. Users will be able to access this option via a shortcut in the line of icons that allows you to add attachments and hyperlinks to a message.In confidential mode, users will also be able to incorporate an additional layer of protection, beyond a self-destruction deadline. The sender will be able to require that the recipient types in a two-factor authentication code to open the email in the first place, to ensure that the desired recipient is the only person who will have access.Further, you’ll also be able to remove the option for your recipient to forward, copy, download or print your messages.Bolder phishing alertsUsers will now see bigger, redder warnings when Gmail’s AI detects that a message may pose a cybersecurity risk. In a red rectangular box with an encircled white “X,” suspicious messages will feature a warning that reads, “This message seems dangerous. It might be trying to steal your personal information. Don’t click any links unless you trust the sender.” Task integrationGoogle users will now be able to build to-do lists in a new Tasks app that’s integrated with Gmail. They can set a due date, make subtasks under task categories and mark agenda items as completed. Side panelFind yourself toggling between your Google calendar in one browser tab and your Gmail in another? A new optional side panel in the new Gmail will eliminate this issue. Your side panel, to the right of your inbox, can display your daily Google calendar, your task list (see above), notes you jot or free add-ons such as Trello for Gmail, RingCentral, Asana, DocuSign and more. There’s even one called Mailtrack that lets you know when your emails are opened. You’ll be able to hide the side panel whenever you feel it’s getting in the way of your email.Soon, Google has announced, the side panel will also be available inside of your Calendar, Docs, Sheets and Slides apps.High-priority alertsOn the Gmail mobile app, users will get AI-powered suggestions for messages the algorithm deems they might want to receive alerts for. That way, users won’t get pinged every time someone responds to a long group chain, for example (unless they want a ping every time). The option to turn alerts on and off will be front and center in the mobile app.Unsubscribe suggestionsAlso on mobile, Gmail’s AI will flag senders whose messages you open infrequently, asking you if you want to subscribe and presenting you with an unsubscribe button to tap right then and there.center_img Register Now » 8 min readlast_img read more

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Slip road remains closed following coach accident on M6

first_imgThe location of the accident (A) (Image: Inrix) There are currently delays of around an hour as a result of the collision, with congestion stretching back to J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) according to Traffic England. A Cheshire Police spokesman added delays were expected to continue on the road into the evening. He said: “Colleagues from Cheshire Fire have removed two casualties from the coach and handed them over into the care of paramedics. “We’re still seeing a large build up of traffic on the M6 Southbound as a result of the earlier collision at Junction 16. “Please avoid the area if possible, seeking alternate routes or waiting for the traffic to be flowing again before travelling. “Normal traffic conditions are expected between 8.30pm and 8.45pm.” It is unclear how many vehicles apart from the coach were involved in the accident. Read MoreMan, 32, punched reveller who performed oral sex on him The coach caused damaged to a nearby barrier – leading to overnight repairs being required (Image: Alsager Fire Station/Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service) The two casualties, a man and a woman, were both removed from the coach on longboards and handed into the care of paramedics. A total of 20 passengers were on the coach at the time of the accident, with the fire service confirming the other 18 passengers, who had got off the coach before firefighters arrived, had been moved to a ‘safe area’ after a cordon was set up. All traffic on the motorway was temporarily held until 3pm – but now only one lane and the exit slip road remain closed. A Highways England spokesman said: “M6 J16 southbound exit slip road for A500 is closed for barrier repair work following extensive damage from accident this afternoon. “Expected closed into the late evening. Traffic for Stoke-on-Trent and A50 use J15.” Read MoreTwo officers CLEARED of misconduct over death of man, 34, in police van Firefighters had to remove the door to rescue the two people trapped inside (Image: Alsager Fire Station/Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service) National Express apologised for the delays the accident caused and confirmed two passengers had been taken to hospital. A spokesman said: “A National Express coach was involved in an incident on the M6 earlier this afternoon. “The vehicle was a 325 service from Manchester to Birmingham “Following the accident two passengers were taken to hospital. “The other passengers were moved by an alternative vehicle and have since arrived in Birmingham and been spoken to by our staff. “Arrangements have been made to continue their journeys or they have completed their journeys in Birmingham.” Read MoreBar worker, 21, killed himself in Stoke-on-Trent park The 325 services usually stop at Stoke-on-Trent as part of their route. North West Motorway Police said they were called a separate accident on the M6 northbound between J16 and J17 after reports of a vehicle fire. Firefighters from Crewe, Nantwich and Middlewich were called, but this was revealed to be a false alarm. The force also confirmed the slip road would be shut overnight for barrier repairs. A spokesman said: “J16 M6 SB exit slip will be closed overnight due to damage to the barrier.” We’ll bring you live updates as we get them on the feed below. Read MoreCrash victim, 18, still fighting for life after A50 smash killed teenage driver Two people are in hospital after being left trapped in a National Express coach following a multi-vehicle accident on a slip road of the M6 motorway. Traffic data company INRIX reports the exit sliproad on the southbound carriageway J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) remains closed The slip road is set to remain shut overnight to allow emergency barrier repairs to take place. One lane of the southbound carriageway was also closed, but has now reopened – however long delays continue in the area. Emergency services, including four fire engines, were called to the scene – and a man and woman have now been extracted from the coach. Neither passenger is believed to have been seriously injured. A Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said fire engine from Crewe, Sandbach, Congleton and Alsager have managed to get into the coach to reach the trapped people – who are now being attended by paramedics. She said: “At around 3pm firefighters were called to a collision on the Junction 16 slip road on the M6 southbound. “On arrival crews discovered that two people were trapped on a coach. “Firefighters used specialist cutting equipment to cut the coach’s doors off and widen the opening. “Police and the Highways Agency were also in attendance. “The slip road at Junction 16 and lane one of the motorway were closed while the incident was being dealt with. “Firefighters were at the scene for around an hour and 20 minutes.” Read More’Superior and arrogant’ businessman jailed for seven years Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.Key EventsSummary as of 6pm17:5821:35End of live reportThis live report is now ending for the night. The slip road remains closed and it is unclear when it will reopen tonight.20:31Statement from National ExpressA National Express spokesman said the company apologised for the delays the accident caused.He addedA National Express coach was involved in an incident on the M6 earlier this afternoon.The vehicle was a 325 service from Manchester to BirminghamFollowing the accident two passengers were taken to hospital. The other passengers were moved by an alternative vehicle and have since arrived in Birmingham and been spoken to by our staff.Arrangements have been made to continue their journeys or they have completed their journeys in Birmingham.”19:37Slip road expected to be closed late into night19:29More photos from the accident on the M6Alsager Fire Station tweeted these photographs (Image: Alsager Fire Station/Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service) (Image: Alsager Fire Station/Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service)18:38Coach belonged to National ExpressThe coach involved in the accident (Image: North West Motorway Police)18:29The broken down lorry being clearedThe broken down lorry on the M6 (Image: Highways England)18:28Delays reducingA Highways England spokesman said:Delays M6 southbound from J18 – J16 are now reducing quickly following this afternoons accident near J16…. our contractors are just towing clear an un-related broken down HGV to get an extra lane open. “18:11Lane on main carriageway reopensThe lane on the main carriageway has reopened, but the slip road remains closed.17:58KEY EVENTSummary as of 6pmEmergency services were called just before 3pm to an accident involving a coach and other vehicles on the exit sliproad of the M6 southbound at junction 1620 passengers were on board the coach at the time of the accident. 18 were evacuated and moved to safe area with two more trapped inside.Four fire engines were called to the scene and cut their way into the coach to rescue the pair, a man and a woman, who were handed over to paramedics.One lane of the M6 itself, and the exit sliproad remain closed.Long delays continue, with congestion reported back towards junction 18 – with delays expected until almost 9pmThe exit slip road will remain shut overnight for emergency barrier repairsWe’ll keep you updated throughout the evening17:53Slip road to be closed overnightNorth West Motorway Police have confirmed the road slip road will be closed overnight.A spokesman said: ““J16 M6 SB exit slip will be closed overnight due to damage to the barrier.”17:38Delays expected to continue on M6 until just before 9pmA Cheshire Police spokeswoman said:M6 Latest: We’re still seeing a large build up of traffic on the M6 Southbound as a result of the earlier collision at Junction 16. Please avoid the area if possible, seeking alternate routes or waiting for the traffic to be flowing again before travelling. Normal traffic conditions are expected between 8.30pm and 8.45pm.”17:28Delays on M6 continueA Highways England spokesman said:“Extra lane now open M6 southbound J17 – J16… still some long delays 45mins from J18 through Cheshire. this afternoon.“Be aware due to the earlier accident the J16 south exit slip road remaining closed due to barrier damage which is expected to be repaired overnight.”17:24Broken down lorry adding to delays There is also a broken down lorry in the queues blocking lane one (of three). 16:51Casualties removed from vehicleCheshire Fire and Rescue Service have removed both casaulties, a man and a woman, from the vehicle and they are now in the care of paramedics.16:23A Cheshire Fire and Resce Service spokeswoman said:There were a total of 20 passengers on the coach, including the two casualties. Passengers are currently in a safe area after a cordon was set up.”16:22Total of 20 people on board coach at time of accidentThere were a total of 20 people on board the coach at the time of the accident.16:16Slow traffic reported on northbound carriageway as well Slow traffic due to people slowing to look at accident on the opposite side on M6 Northbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).There is an accident at J16 on the southbound carriageway. 16:16Delays of an hour now reportedDelays of an hour are now reported on the southbound carriageway, with congestion still reported back to junction 17.16:07Full update from Cheshire Fire and Rescue ServiceA spokesman said: “Crews have removed the doors and gained access to the coach.“Paramedics are in attendance to deal with the casualties.“The slip road at Junction 16 and lane one of the motorway are now fully closed while the incident is being dealt with.2Police and the Highways Agency are also in attendance.”16:06People inside being treated by paramedicsThe two people who were trapped are being treated by paramedics, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed.16:06Firefighters have entered the coachCheshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed they have got into the vehicle16:03Cheshire Police confirm they are at the sceneA Cheshire Police spokesman said:Emergency services are currently responding to a collision involving a coach on the #M6 Southbound near to Junction 16. More details to follow.”15:57Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service statementA spokeswoman said: At around 3pm firefighters were called to a collision on the Junction 16 slip road on the M6 southbound.Crews are currently removing the doors of a coach to remove two people who are trapped in the vehicle.This incident will be updated when more information becomes available.” 15:57Four fire engines at the sceneFour fire engines, from Crewe, Sandbach, Congleton and Alsager are at the scene.15:56Two people trapped in coach in accident on M6Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service say two people are trapped in the coach on the M6 – and firefighters are working to free them.15:49Reports of separate incident on M6 northboundNorth West Motorway Police have just tweeted there is an accident on the M6 northbound between J16 and J17. We have no further information on this at this stage but will keep you posted.15:46Delays now up to 50 minutesDelays are now up to 50 minutes15:30What we know so far:Accident took place at around 2.50pmA number of vehicles, including a coach, are involvedThe accident has taken place near junction 16 on the southbound carriageway of the M6One lane and the exit sliproad are closedEmergency services are at the sceneThere are delays of around 40 minutes, with traffic reaching back to junction 1715:2840 minute delays against trafficThere are now 40 minute delays against traffic.15:1830 minute delays against expected trafficThere are currently 30 minute delays against expected traffic, according to Traffic England.last_img read more

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