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Protect travellers’ health through hygiene – Health Officer

first_img…food handlers receive more trainingThe Port Health Unit of the Public Health Ministry, in its drive to safeguard the health of travellers utilising the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), has again called for good culinary hygiene to be practised during meal preparation.It has been seven years since this unit launched its campaign to ensure that meals at the airport are of international standard, and the unit is hoping to continue in this vein, since food safety concerns have been downsized over the years.Speaking during a recent Food Handlers Workshop at the CJIA, Port Health Officer (PHO) Bonita Mc Donald noted that the strongest line of defence against food-borne diseases is the health officers, who are stationed at the various ports of entry (PoE).“We perform a vitally important service to the consuming public, but the results of safety lie with the food handlers and suppliers,” she said.According to Mc Donald, food safety consciousness is aligned to personal hygiene, hence it is vital to practise tidiness at all times.The workshop participants were reminded that the human body and clothing can be major carriers of micro-organisms, thus food handlers must, at all times, maintain good hygiene and wear freshly-laundered outfits. Additionally, they must be free from all contagious diseases.“If we don’t do basic things, like brushing our teeth, showering, and being tidy, we will contaminate the food, then the customer will have a contaminated product. We want you to be selling a safe product to the customers, in this case to our departing and arriving travellers”, she said.She also said that wearing jewellery while handling food “is strictly prohibited” under the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and those of the International Health Regulations (IHR).According to the FDA, food handlers must remove all unsecured jewellery and other objects that might fall into foods. They must also remove hand jewellery that cannot be adequately sanitised during periods in which food is being manipulated by hand.“Jewellery is a carrier of germs. That is why the law forbids food handlers from wearing any form, especially wedding bands”, the PHO explained.Under international rules, food safety guidelines also require handlers to avoid handling money while handling food. Chewing gum; smoking; eating and spitting in restricted areas; coughing or sneezing over food, are also forbidden while operating in a food establishment.During the workshop, the food handlers were admonished to wash their hands after using the washroom; touching parts of their bodies; sneezing, coughing, or using a tissue; smoking, chewing tobacco or gum. They are also required to wash their hands thoroughly after taking out the garbage, handling dirty dishes, and after handling raw foods.Globally, 80 per cent of deaths are blamed on unsafe food and food-borne diseases. While these remain significant public health problems, they also impede socio-economic growth and development by putting a severe strain on national economies, tourism and health-care systems.According to PAHO/WHO statistics, diarrhoea is the most common disease linked to food in the Americas, but Noro-virus, Campylobacter, E coli and non-typhoid salmonella are the most important food-safety concerns in the area.Guyana has, so far, evaded any outbreak of disease through the annual compulsory training and certification of food handlers vending at the CJIA.last_img read more

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“Indians transformed Guyana’s demographic, economic, political – President Granger

first_imgPresident David Granger has expressed the view that “Indians” have transformed Guyana’s demographic, economic, political and cultural life. “Indians remain the single largest ethnic group in this country and have achieved eminence and prominence in every aspect of national life,” the President said in a statement to mark Indian Arrival Day.Guyana celebrates ‘Indian Arrival Day’ on 5th May to acknowledge the achievements of the descendants of immigrants of Indian origin and their contribution to nation-building.This year, 2017, marks also the 100th anniversary of the abolition of Indian indentured immigration, the system which was responsible for bringing almost 240,000 Indians to our shores between 1838 and 1917.Indians were recruited in response to the perceived and predicted shortages of labour on the sugar plantations following African emancipation. They crossed the ocean – kala pani – from Asia to the Americas to toil as indentured immigrants on the sugar plantations.Indians, together with Portuguese indentured immigrants, who had arrived earlier, and Chinese, who arrived later, and with the freed Africans, who remained on the plantations, helped to ensure the survival of the sugar industry in British Guiana.Indian Arrival Day reminds everyone of the role of persons of Indian origin in shaping the nation. Their resistance to the abuses of plantation conditions and their struggle for a better life are legendary. Their cultural beliefs and values and respectful relations became the bases for social cohesion. Guyana pays tribute to Indian achievement.“I extend best wishes to all on the occasion of Indian Arrival Day.”last_img read more

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Brazil to play Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia in World Cup

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazil’s forward Neymar sings the national anthem ahead of a friendly football match against Japan at The “Pierre Mauroy ” Stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq on November 10, 2017MOSCOW, Russia, Dec 1- Five-time champions Brazil were paired with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E at the World Cup draw in Moscow on Friday.The first game pits the Costa Ricans against Serbia in Samara on June 17, with Brazil kicking off against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don the same day.last_img

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Eriksen-inspired Denmark out to spoil Peru’s W. Cup return

first_img0Shares0000Peru’s forward Paolo Guerrero (C) vies for the ball with teammates during a training session at the Arena Khimki stadium, outside Moscow, on June 11, 2018, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup. © AFP / YURI CORTEZSARANSK, Russian Federation, Jun 15 – Paolo Guerrero will look to prove his drug-ban controversy is behind him on Saturday when Peru face Denmark and their star goal-scoring midfielder Christian Eriksen in both teams’ World Cup opener.The presence of Flamengo forward Guerrero is a huge relief to Peru boss Ricardo Gareca after his 14-month ban for taking cocaine was overturned just weeks before the World Cup kicked-off. However, Denmark have their own goal-machine in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eriksen, who netted 11 goals in his team’s qualifiers, a record bettered only by Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski on the road to Russia.The 26-year-old struck a stunning hat-trick in the 5-1 demolition away to Ireland last November to secure Denmark’s play-off victory, then scored and created another in a 2-0 friendly win over Mexico in a pre-World Cup warm-up.With France installed as Group C favourites, neither team will want to drop points at the first hurdle.The spotlight in Saransk will be Guerrero, 34, who is set to lead Peru’s ageing strike force alongside Jefferson Farfan, 33, whose goals against Paraguay and New Zealand, in a play-off victory, carried them to their first World Cup finals for 36 years.(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on June 14, 2018 shows Peru’s Jefferson Farfan (L) in Lima, Peru, on November 15, 2017, and Denmark’s midfielder Christian Eriksen (R) in Dublin on November 14, 2017. Denmark, in Group C, open their World Cup against Peru in Saransk on June 16 before facing Australia and France. © AFP/File / LUKA GONZALES, Paul FAITHHaving been banned for testing positive after a qualifier against Argentina last October, Guerrero won a last-ditch legal appeal to appear at the finals.He promptly showed his class by scoring twice on his return in a 3-0 friendly win against Saudi Arabia a fortnight ago.However, competition is fierce within the Peru team to win places to face the Danes.“We put are creating good pressure in the team to give the coach a problem, it won’t be easy for him to choose the players,” said defender Anderson Santamaria.Peru winger Edison Flores, scorer of five goals in qualifying, who plies his trade for Aalborg in the Danish league, is confident.“I am a small player but with a lot of mental strength. To be in a World Cup is the best thing for a football player. Our coach believes in us and we in him,” said the 24-year-old who stands at 1.67 metres (5ft 5ins).The match pits the tallest team at the World Cup, Denmark, who average 1.85m, against the smallest in Peru, who average 1.78m.The Danes’ burly centre-back pairing of Simon Kjaer and Andreas Christensen will be tasked with containing Guerrero and Farfan.Denmark have avoided defeat in their last 14 matches, dating back to 2016, and coach Age Hareide has talent up front to choose from with Ajax starlet Kasper Dolberg, 20, and Feyenoord’s Nicolai Jorgensen vying to start as striker.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Citigroup looking at cost cuts

first_imgNEW YORK – Citigroup Inc., bracing for big credit-related losses in the fourth quarter, is looking to lower costs – which could mean another round of job cuts at the nation’s largest bank. “We are engaged in a planning process in anticipation of our new CEO, and our business heads are planning ways in which we can be more efficient and cost-effective to position our businesses in line with economic realities,” Citi spokeswoman Shannon Bell said Monday. She was responding to a report on CNBC that “massive” layoffs were planned. “Any reports on specific numbers are not factual,” she said. Citigroup, which has about 320,000 employees, earlier this year reduced its workforce by 17,000 before the credit crisis. Tom Maheras, co-CEO of investment banking, and Randy Barker, head of fixed income trading, left in mid-October when Vikram Pandit was promoted to lead a unit that combined the markets and banking segment with alternative investments. Pandit had been put in charge of alternative investments in the spring.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIts shares fell $1, or 3.15 percent, to close at $30.70 Monday. The bank is still looking for a new CEO, after Charles Prince stepped down as chairman and CEO Nov. 4, the same evening the bank announced that it likely will write down the value of its portfolio by another $8 billion to $11 billion in the fourth quarter. In the third quarter, Citi’s subprime mortgages and its exposure to financial instruments tied to those mortgages led to a loss of about $6.5 billion. Prince was replaced as chairman by former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin and as interim CEO by Sir Win Bischoff, chairman of Citi Europe who has said he doesn’t want the job permanently. Prince hasn’t been the only Citigroup executive to leave the bank since it warned of big losses in early October. last_img read more

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Chelsea XI v Bournemouth – Nemanja Matic back in for the Blues?

first_img 11 11 Chelsea travel to Dean Court on Saturday afternoon, kick off 3pm.Having been humiliated by Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in their previous Premier League fixture, losing 3-0, the Blues are out to bounce back quickly against Bournemouth.Eddie Howe’s Cherries have been one of the surprise packages of this season and with Chelsea only three points ahead, defeat could see Guus Hiddink’s side drop into the bottom half of the table.Thibaut Courtois will miss the clash through suspension, with Asmir Begovic set to take his place, but who else might start?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Chelsea line up v Bournemouth by viewing the slideshow above. 11 11 11 2. Branislav Ivanovic (right back) 11 11 21. Nemanja Matic (centre midfield) 22. Willian (right wing) 36. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (attacking midfield) 19. Diego Costa (striker) 11 11 11 17. Pedro (left wing) 4. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) 24. Gary Cahill (centre back) 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (right back) 6. Abdul Baba Rahman (left back) 1. Asmir Begovic (goalkeeper) – check out the full predicted line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above last_img read more

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Valencia has talent, depth to contend for Foothill title

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Valencia started to see momentum swing in its favor when it defeated defending league champion Saugus by 60 points last season, its first victory over the Centurions. It wasn’t enough to vault past Hart, which prevailed 91-79 in one of the most exciting dual meets of the season. “Last year, as hard as we tried, it just wasn’t enough,” said Perdisatt, whose team suffered a 499-448 setback to the Indians at the league finals. “But that’s OK, because they left everything on the table. “This year, the girls are focused, and their rhythm so far has been great. I’m never going to underestimate any of the teams in this league, especially Hart. But I’m excited because I know have a great shot (at winning league).” With talented returning swimmers Katie Boring, Tracy Harada, Jasmine Henderson, Stephanie Henderson, Michelle Kroll and Megan Spoon, Valencia is expected to have a strong presence in the relays. The addition of freshmen Megan Machinyan and Kaitlyn Salovich, and the arrival of junior transfer Kasey Hartsock, gives the Vikings plenty of depth in the sprint freestyle and butterfly, events Hart dominated last season. “On paper, I would say we’re the underdogs, but that’s good for my girls,” said Hart coach Gina McCarthy, whose team rebounded from its second-place finish in 2004 to complete an undefeated regular season last year. “I think you’re seeing the division (of talent) all the way across (the Santa Clarita Valley) now, and it didn’t use to be that way in the past.” Hart and Saugus highs have accounted for every girls’ swimming title – regular season and championship meet – in Foothill League history. Valencia is ready to join that elite company. After defeating the Indians in the Santa Clarita Relays and losing by narrow margins in their regular-season dual meet and league finals last season, the Vikings believe they have the right combination of front-line swimmers and depth to knock off 24-time league champion Hart. “What I’ve seen is a paradigm shift, where all the teams are afraid of us now,” said Valencia coach Kathleen Perdisatt, a Hart graduate. “We know the rest of the teams are concerned, and we’re eating it up. We’re loving every minute of it.” Although Hart graduated Hayley Calams and Nicole Nakamaru, the Indians return a young, talented group featuring Katie Castellano, Rachael Krager, Molly Rogers, Katie Oakey, Kate Pellymounter, Samantha Tamashiro and Victoria Tenney. Freshman Jordan Danny – considered one of the favorites to win the league title in the 100-yard breaststroke – is an important addition for the Indians, who won’t have to wait long to find out how they measure up against Valencia. The teams meet in the league opener Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center. With four-year Saugus standout Lizette Patterson – the league’s top female swimmer last year – now at San Diego State, Canyon senior Roxy Camuso is the league’s best hope at the Southern Section Div. I finals and the inaugural Masters Meet. Camuso was undefeated in 24 races last season prior to the Div. I prelims, with victories in the 50 and 100 freestyles at the league championships. Canyon, which also relies on Chelsea Griffiths, Jessi Locke, Milena Lopez and Marissa Rodgers, possesses the relay strength to finish in the top half of league. Although Patterson is gone, Saugus returns Div. I qualifiers Melissa Bowers, Chelsea Schmidt and Melanie Yamabe, who also is a champion gymnast. Amber Alvarado adds depth in the distance events for the Centurions, who finished third at the league finals last season. Golden Valley and West Ranch are another year away from joining the rest of the Santa Clarita Valley teams in the varsity league, following Burbank and Burroughs of Burbank’s move to the Pacific League. Golden Valley returns Div. IV qualifiers Amanda Bernal, Aisling Hardash, Sydney Kincanon, Lexy Munoz and Lauren Turich. Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 erik.boal@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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This is what a team with the best Spurs and Liverpool stars looks like

first_img 5 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Moura’s form this season should not go unnoticed either. He was named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for August and was the star of the show in Spurs’ 3-0 dismantling of Manchester United, so he deserves a place. 5 Spurs played all of their home matches last season at the national stadium and will play most of them there until their new ground is ready Spurs will have to play without two key players in Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli while Liverpool’s only injury concerns are Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana.While Cundy claimed he wouldn’t pick any Spurs players in a combined team, talkSPORT.com has decided there is room for FIVE of Pochettino’s men in this ultimate XI which you can see below. shining As Lloris is injured, Alisson makes the cut for this line-up despite his dreadful mistake during Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Leicester which saw the Brazilian gift the Foxes a goal. Fortunately for the Reds, it didn’t cost them the result.Spurs usually play a back three with wing-backs but a four-man defence is the more suitable line-up for this team.Kieran Trippier is slightly better than Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back, while Andy Robertson has the edge on Ben Davies and Danny Rose.However, Toby Alderwerield has to be at centre-back alongside Virgil van Dijk even though Joe Gomez has looked very competent for the Reds this season. The pick of the games on Saturday sees Tottenham host Premier League leaders Liverpool.It was due to be the first match at Spurs’ new stadium but the construction of the £1billion project has taken longer than expected, meaning the game will now be played at Wembley. 5 In midfield, James Milner and Mousa Dembele will hold the fort to allow the attacking players free reign to wreak havoc on their fictional opponents.The Belgian offers a great deal of composure in the middle of the park while Milner would be the engine room and give plenty of protection to the defence.In attack, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane would not be as advanced as they usually are but along with Lucas Moura they would make for an imposing three to play just off Harry Kane.The England striker would not cope well playing in Roberto Firmino’s false nine role but any manager with Kane at their disposal would alter the system to include the Premier League’s most deadly striker in his best position. Firmino is the big casualty from this fictional line-up 5 possible standings 5 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starscenter_img huge blow England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won There was not even any room for Harry Kane in Cundy’s ‘combined’ Spurs/Liverpool XI silverware How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade no dice Alderweireld was not included in Cundy’s XI REVEALED Latest Premier League News Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card How Spurs’ new stadium looks ahead of Liverpool gameJurgen Klopp’s men go into the game as marginal favourites as they have won all four games so far this season, while Spurs looked very shaky after losing to Watford last time out in a game where they collapsed in the second-half.talkSPORT host Jason Cundy echoed the views that the Reds were the favourites and even claimed none of the Spurs players who are available for Saturday lunchtime’s game would make it into the Liverpool side. smart causal last_img read more

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Donegal should be part of “special economic zone” post-Brexit

first_imgFianna Fail leader Michael Martin TD has asserted that Northern Ireland and border counties should form a “special economic zone” post-Brexit to minimise the impact Britain leaving the EU could have on the region.RTÉ reports that while speaking in Cambridge, he said; “Northern Ireland will not break out of a cycle of low incomes and poverty – in fact, things will get worse – unless there is a move to address its structural problems.“I believe the answer is the creation of a Special Economic Zone in Northern Ireland and at least the border counties in the South. This can be done while fully respecting the constitutional rights protected in the Good Friday Agreement and incorporated into both UK and Irish law.” He said that it should “not be hard” to certify that NI businesses conform to EU standards in order to allow them market access.Martin also hints that the establishment of such a zone could be a blessing in disguise; kick starting “long delayed and urgently needed development in the most disadvantaged region of these islands.”He also highlighted his anxiety over the political turmoil at Stormont, saying that Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill’s failure to re-establish the Northern Irish Executive leaves Northern Ireland “voiceless during Brexit negotiations.”“We have to do things differently if we are to prevent Brexit causing deep destruction to relations and progress in these islands.” This follows Health Minister Simon Harris yesterday stating that the “unique circumstances” of Northern Ireland and its bordering counties are being handled sensitively by the UK and the EU.With regard to his department, Minister Harris outlined that cross-border healthcare will remain “unwavering” post-Brexit, with specific reference to Donegal patients’ access to the radiotherapy facilities in Altnagelvin in particular.Donegal should be part of “special economic zone” post-Brexit was last modified: September 10th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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) Tags:Border CountiesdonegalMichael MartinNOrthern Irelandlast_img read more

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