CDC announces  multi-state outbreak of E. coli virus

first_imgThe Center of Disease Control (CDC) has announced that there is an outbreak of the dreaded E coli virus in several U.S. states.The E coli virus is a type of bacteria that normally live in the intestines of people and animals. However, some types of E. coli, can cause intestinal infection. Symptoms of intestinal infection include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever.The CDC said the virus was linked to I.M Healthy brand Soynut Butter and I.M. Healthy brand granola coated with SoyNut Butter and issued several recommendations.The CDC recommended that consumers do not eat, and childcare centers, schools, and other institutions do not serve, any I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter or I.M. Healthy brand granola coated with SoyNut Butter.The CDC also reported that 12 people infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O157:H7 have been reported from five states (Arizona, California, Maryland, New Jersey, and Oregon).Eleven of the 12 ill people in this outbreak are younger than 18 years old.It was also reported that half of the ill people were hospitalized, and no deaths Four children developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, the CDC stated.last_img read more

Police Chief Says Death Toll in Dominica Climbing

first_imgDominica’s Police Chief says the death toll following the passage of Hurricane Maria, has now risen to 27.Police Chief Daniel Carbon, who made the disclosure during a press conference here early Monday said 18 persons have also been confirmed missing.Concerning security, he noted that the police have been kept busy with the latest incident being a prison break that took place late Sunday in which four persons escaped. However, he said two escapees were captured shortly afterwards by members of the police force.“Massive looting” Carbon added that another challenge is that of “massive looting” in the capital and other sections of the island.“I can report that immediately following the passage of Hurricane Maria, we have had massive looting. Several business places in the city of Roseau and to a less extent in the town of Portsmouth had looting.”He said that to date 40 arrests have been made. In addition, 86 persons who violated the curfew were also arrested.But Carbon stressed the situation is under control, thanks to from  security personnel from across the Caribbean. He said, “We nowhave the situation under control, we have our regional colleagues here and they are helping us in that regard.”Also speaking at the press conference was Deputy Police Chief Davidson Valerie, who lamented that young people were involved in looting.Curfew violators will be arrested Valerie stressed the importance of observing the curfew.“We must not catch any resident on the streets. At 4:00 pm (local time), residents must be home. When the police find anyone outside without a permit – you will be arrested. A permit must be obtained from the Chief of Police. Residents must remain inside until 8:00 am.”Distribution – a top priorityPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, in a public statement, assured residents the distribution of supplies is one of the top priorities of his administration.  “We are getting additional help from helicopters….. once we get the supplies, they will be brought from the planes to the helicopters and distributed to the people in masses.”Skerrit also appealed for order. “What we are seeking to get from the residents is order. Yesterday we did a fantastic job. We are attacking this relief effort from land, from air and from sea.“Every single community, single family, single home and street will be reached by the authorities in providing supplies. Our clear instruction is for the equitable, non-discriminatory distribution of supplies. We have lots of supplies coming in today and throughout the rest of the week…..” He said.The prime minister announced that the names of the deceased and missing will be posted shortly. “We are saddened by the loss of life, but at the same time are very fortunate we do not have hundreds, if not thousands, of lives. We thank God for sparing so many of our citizens.”Read more here on Dominica’s plight: read more

Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau celebrates 4th annual Art of…

first_imgMulticultural tourism campaign highlights arts, culture and diversity during Miami Heritage Month in December. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) celebrates the The Art of Black Miami campaign for the 4th year alongside the highly anticipated Art Basel Miami Beach. The campaign spotlights art and diversity of the African diaspora. It takes place December 6-10, 2017. Miami Heritage MonthArt of Black Miami kicks-off the GMCVB’s Miami Heritage Month, a month-long promotional program offering events and special offers through Miami and Beaches most diverse and multicultural neighborhoods.Spearheaded by the GMCVB’s Multicultural Tourism Development Department, Art of Black Miami is a platform showcasing both aspiring and renowned artists while celebrating the abundant artistic diversity found within Miami’s mosaic neighborhoods. Visitors and residents alike can experience and interact with new artworks and projects, visit pop-up art galleries, meet artists in one-on-one engagements and attend special events.“Having just announced another record-breaking year in tourism welcoming 15.9 million overnight visitors to Greater Miami, we know that visitors extend their vacation and stay longer to experience art and culture in our multicultural neighborhoods.Kicks off the art seasonThis year’s Art of Black Miami kicks off the art season and GMCVB’s Miami Heritage Month, providing culture-seekers with special events, activities and offers in some of our most diverse neighborhoods,” said GMCVB President and CEO, William D. Talbert, III, CDME.  “The GMCVB is committed to the Art of Black campaign because it promotes the creative influences of African Americans, Caribbean Americans, Latin Americans, African and global artists who contribute to the fabric of Miami’s diverse artistic community.”Twenty-five new local artistsTwenty-five new local artists will be added to last year’s star portfolio of fifty artists who have received top national and international recognition. These Miami-based artists will increase the visibility and awareness of Greater Miami’s culturally diverse neighborhoods and the destination’s flourishing Black arts community.Art of Black Miami kicked-off with an event at the Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation and ARC (Arts & Recreation Center) on Thursday, November 16, 2017 featuring exceptional artists and live performance lineup.Special Events during Art of Black Miami will include panel discussions with local, national and international curators, professionals, and artists.Events include:December 6 – 9, 2017• Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Animations Art Exhibition Presented by Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc.,• Art Africa Miami Arts Fair 2017 – Back to Black: No On and Off Ramps Presented by Urban Collective/ Art Africa,• #OurVoiceMatters Community Youth Art Collection Presented by Urgent, Inc. at Ward Rooming House Gallery (249 NW 9th Street, Miami)December 6 – 10, 2017• Now or Neverland Art Fair: Ode to Hip Hop at Little Haiti Cultural Complex, www.muce305.orgThursday, December 7, 2017• Caribbean Marketplace: Conversations with the Artist & Celebrities, www.spiceitupmiami.comSaturday, December 9, 2017• Caribbean Marketplace: Chefs of the Caribbean Celebrity Brunch at Caribbean Marketplacelast_img read more

Diplomats meet with T&T PM to discuss security

first_imgIssues related to national security dominated a meeting on Wednesday between Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, the High Commissioners of Britain, Australia and Canada, and the United States Chargé d’Affaires.The Office of the Prime Minister says the successful management of the recent national security challenges was the centerpiece of a meeting held at the Office of the Prime Minister.A statement from the Prime Minister’s office said Rowley and the Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young engaged in high-level security talks with British High Commissioner Tim Stew, Australian High Commissioner, John Pilbeam, Canadian High Commissioner, Carla Hogan Rufelds and United States Chargé d’Affaires, John McIntyre.The Office of the Prime Minister said during discussions, the international partners pledged to continue working with local law enforcement to provide the level of security needed for the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago as well as all other persons residing here.The statement did not give any further details of the meeting.Last week, the police announced that they had uncovered a threat to disrupt Carnival, just days leading up to the Parade of the Bands.More than a dozen persons were arrested, most of whom have been freed without charge.last_img read more

Defender Lee follows Bermuda captain Leverock to Estonia

first_imgTALLINN, Estonia, – Well-travelled Bermudian footballer Roger Lee has signed for Estonian top-flight club JK Tallinna Kalev.The 27-year-old defender accepted the terms of a deal on Friday to play for the club next season.Lee follows in the footsteps of fellow defender Danté Leverock, the Bermuda captain, who played for Estonian club Narva Trans last season before joining top-flight Irish club Sligo Rovers last week.“Delighted to have signed with @JKTallinnaKalev for the 2019 season,” Lee wrote on his social media site.The deal comes four months after he completed a two-week trial at Kalev. He was among a number of players who impressed during Pro Soccer Consulting’s (PSC) Baltic summer showcase events.Lee, whose father and nephew are club coaches in Bermuda, joined Kalev from English non-League side Loughborough Dynamo, a Leicestershire-based outfit. He is the third Bermudian to be signed after attending a PSC showcase event this year, following Bermuda team-mates Leverock and midfielder Willie Clemons, who plays for Swedish second division side Bodens BK.Lee has played for a string of clubs on both sides of the Atlantic, including the now-disbanded  Bermuda Hogges, who played in the fourth tier of American soccer, as well as Indianapolis Greyhounds while he was studying at the University of Indianapolis. Apart from Loughborough Dynamo, Lee has also played in England for Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon Town, Rugby Town, Stamford, Basford United, Corby Town and Stafford Rangers.Lee has represented Bermuda 12 times, without scoring, after making his international debut in 2008 in a CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying match against Antigua and Barbuda.last_img read more

Ralph Gonsalves Dismisses Suggestions that He Will Lose Next General Election

first_imgKINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has dismissed a suggestion by former prime minister Sir James Mitchell that his ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP) will be voted out of office at the next general election. “Sir James said the same thing in 2001, 2005, 2010, 2015. And he was wrong in each of them and he would be wrong in this one,” Gonsalves told radio listeners. “And Sir James doesn’t like this when people said that Ralph is the longest serving Prime Minister in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I don’t have any ego thing on these matters and I respect Sir James and I wouldn’t be unduly critical of him, but when he come into the arena and I know a number of them would get nasty and nastier, but you can bring anything you want, my record is there and the vision of the Unity Labour Party is there” “If he think I was hard in 2009/2010, I am harder now to crack. So they can wheel out who they want to wheel out, but I am telling you, the ULP is going to do better than the last time, both in percentage of votes and in seats. And when that happens, the NDP, I don’t know where they are going to go,” Gonsalves said. Sir James said a poll by the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) had shown that Opposition Leader Dr. Godwin Friday had outstripped the prime minister and his son, Finance Minister Camillo Gonsalves on “likeability and integrity”. Gonsalves said, Sir James, who served as prime minister from 1984 to 2000, “was a distinguished leader of this country and he has led the country for quite a long time and I am not going to pour any cold water on any contribution which he has made” adding “the truth of the matter is this, where the swing appeared against him in 1998, against him…there is no such swing against Ralph and the ULP. “And they realise that if you now go and get a sixth defeat in popular vote and a fifth defeat in seats the NDP will have to do like what The News’ editorial, I have been advised, suggests to them last week. Sir James Mitchell and Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (right) “You could be in power for 17 years and don’t build even a jet airport on St. Vincent much more an international airport? And he turns around in his autobiography and criticised Eustace that Eustace let it sink in the Taiwan Strait. Gonsalves said Sir James had said he was sorry that he did not do something about airport development during his 17 years in office. Gonsalves, speaking on the state-owned NBC Radio said there is “no such swing” against his party, as it seeks a fifth consecutive term in office.center_img “And they can try all the propaganda they want to try. Sir James is coming with that because we are a few months away from the election,” said Gonsalves, who has said that elections will be held by year-end, ahead of the March 2021 constitutional deadline. “The point about it is this, when you dismantle the relations with Taiwan, you are recalibrating on a number of things to the detriment of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Then they want to sell passport and citizenship. That is the only policy they have. Then we know where that is leading, that is not sustainable. All what we are doing in fisheries, in agriculture and in tourism.” “The News editorial suggests to them that they should take the option like LIAT, dissolve, wheel and come again,” Gonsalves said, citing the weekly newspaper. “Does anybody know what the NDP stand for anymore? … On a big foreign policy issue, Sir James is in agreement with me to keep the relations with Taiwan. That’s a big issue but he continues to support Friday who is arguing to dismantle this relationship with Taiwan. He said Sir James told the NDP after the referendum victory in 2009 “be careful, referendum ain’t general election and Ralph is a hard, hard nut to crack. “Let Sir James come out. That’s all right. He has been a veteran in this business; so is Ralph. Currently, in actual politics in this country, I have been a political activist in the region for 52 years,” Gonsalves said, adding that he is in electoral politics for 41 years and he is currently the longest serving parliamentarian. “… they always talk about polls; we do our polls too,” Gonsalves said, adding that Sir James probably realises that the NDP, which he founded, is heading for a fifth electoral defeat. Gonsalves, however, said that when the NDP loses again, Sir James would chide the party for wasting, fighting the election petition in court, five years that they should have used to organise themselves. CMClast_img read more

He’s Staying Here For A Long Time: Pochettino Quashes Kane Talks

first_imgTottenham Hotspur boss, Muaricio Pochetino has played down talks hinting that Spurs’ top striker Harry Kane will leave the club if they do not win a silverware by the end of the season.Following Tim Sherwood’s recent comment on Kane’s future, where he said the 24-year-old forward might leave Spurs if they end the season trophy-less again, but Pochettino has dismissed the speculation stating that the England international ‘loves Tottenham’.“There’s only so much loyalty someone can show,” Sherwood who is a former Totttenham manager told Sky Sports.“He’s been outstanding over the last couple of seasons, but that only lasts a certain amount of time.“…The only way they can keep him is to win something this year”.Spurs boss, Pochettino hailed the Kane as one of the best strikers in the world and said he is looking to have the striker at the club for a long time.“Harry is one of the best strikers in the world and many people are talking about him. Pochettino stated ahead of Tottenham’s weekend game against West Ham United at the Olimpic stadium.“Some people are also saying we must win trophies for Harry to stay with us but it’s already been made very clear.“He’s one of our best strikers, Harry is our player, he loves Tottenham, he’s staying here and he’s looking forward to staying here for a long time.“Tim (Sherwood) has the right to speak about Tottenham and Harry. But that is a question more for Harry and what he’s going to do. The answer is Harry has the power and decision to say what he wants to do in the future.”Kane who is under contract with Tottenham Hotspur until the summer of 2022 has seen his stock rise in the recent three seasons with scintillating performances for club and country and was recently named on the FIFpro World XI shortlist on Wednesday.CHIDIEBERE ANUGWOLURelatedPochettino Reveals Plans to Leave TottenhamJuly 19, 2019In “England”Spurs Open To Selling Eriksen To Premier League RivalsDecember 19, 2019In “England”Pochettino Reveals Harry Kane’s Return To FitnessApril 12, 2019In “England”last_img read more

Lacazette Double Lifts Arsenal Into Top Seven

first_imgArsenal have moved into the top seven after French striker Alexandre Lacazette netted a brace to give his side a 2-0 win over West Brom at the Emirates Stadium.New summer signing Lacazette gave the home side a first half lead as he nodded home the rebound after Alexis Sanchez’s freekick had cannoned off the crossbar. The former Lyon striker completed his brace from the penalty spot in the second half following Cameroon defender Alan Nyom’s push on Aaron Ramsey.The win takes Arsenal into the top seven with 10 points from their first six league games of the season while West Brom drop to 12th spot with 8 points from six games.RelatedArsenal Kaned Again As Tottenham Enjoy Sweet London Derby RevengeFebruary 10, 2018In “England”Aubameyang Inspires Arsenal Victory Against Tottenham in North London DerbyDecember 2, 2018In “England”Aubameyang, Lacazette Help Arsenal Maintain Top Four Battle, Beating Grief Stricken Cardiff CityJanuary 30, 2019In “England”last_img read more

Argentina Win Fallout: Rohr Singles Out Two Players For Praise

first_imgRelated Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has singled out two players for praise following his team’s impressive 4-2 win over 2-time world champions Argentina.The former Gabon coach praised the impact of debutants Francis Uzoho and Brian Idowu after the duo came on as halftime substitute for Daniel Akpeyi and Ola Aina respectively to help Nigeria recover from a 2-1 deficit.Rohr was speaking at his post-match press conference as monitored by Sport Express Russia. He said: “Brian is a team newcomer, but he’s not the only one. We have three new players, and I would like to highlight our 19-year-old goalkeeper Uzoho. He played well.””Such matches are specially designed so that we can evaluate new players in the team. We have three players who have a special relationship with Russia. There’s also Ahmed Musa and the captain of the team, he has a connection here through the family.”Brian played well, scored a goal. His prospects depend on how he will perform at the club. His debut, I’m happy.”On his position we have other options, so who will play better will be in the team.” he concluded.With the scoreline at 2-1 in favour of the Argentines, Arsenal star Alex Iwobi equalised for the Super Eagles before Brian Idowu marked his debut with a goal to put his team 3-2 up. Iwobi wrapped up the victory with his brace as the Eagles claimed a big scalp in ‘nemesis’ Argentina.last_img read more

AUDIO: Sports Minister Charges Team Nigeria To Dominate African Wrestling Championships

first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedWRESTLING: Sports Minister Backs Governor Wike National, African Championships In Port HarcourtNovember 16, 2017In “Africa”AUDIO: Wrestling Boss Meskout Satisfied With Facilities In Port Harcourt For African ChampionshipsJuly 27, 2017In “Sports”United World Wrestling Africa President Meskout To Visit Nigeria For Facilities’ InspectionJuly 24, 2017In “Sports” Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung has charged athletes participating at the maiden edition of the Governor Wike National Wrestling Championships to set their sight on dominating the 2018 African Championships to be staged in Port Harcourt early next year.The Minister gave this charge during a colourful opening ceremony of the tournament held at the Alfred Diete-Spiff Civic Center in Port Harcourt on Monday.Over 700 athletes from 24 states and 12 clubs are taking part in the competition which serves as a prelude and qualifiers for the continental showpiece which will also be staged in the Rivers State capital from 7-11th February, 2018.Dalung added that the Ministry of Youth and Sports is poised to reposition Nigeria using sports.“To the athletes, as you compete in this National competition, bear in mind that in two months time we are having the African Championships,” Dalung reminded the athletes. “The African Championships is taking place right here in Port Harcourt and in this very hall.“In sports, we have taken a commitment that we are ready to make Nigeria proud if other sectors will not.“In sports, we have decided to restore the glory of Nigeria.“In sports, we have resolved to partner with anybody who will support sports development.“In sports, we have decided to return the map of Nigeria within the committee of sporting nations. Therefore, our windows are wide open for partnership; for support and friendship.“As young athletes, you must be proud of your country; you must train very well; you must compete favourably and make sure that when the Africa Championships will be taking place here (in Port Harcourt), my duty as the Minister of Youth and Sports is to come with a basket and harvest medals,” he charged the athletes.Also at the event, the Sports Minister unveiled the official logo and mascot for the 2018 Africa Senior Wrestling Championships.last_img read more