Living longer, healthier lives

first_imgthe World Health Organisation (WHO) published its latest report “World Health Statistics 2016” which among other things, details the life expectancy rate in various countries of the world. As expected, some useful facts are included in the report which could guide policymakers and governments as it relates to improving the health and living conditions of citizens so that they could live longer and healthier lives.“World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs” contains data from 194 countries on a range of mortality, disease and health system indicators, including life expectancy, illness and death from key diseases, health services and treatments, financial investment in health, and risk factors and behaviours that affect health.The report points to the “dramatic gains” in life expectancy that have been made globally since 2000, but noted the fact that major inequalities persist within and among countries. For example, the report states that life expectancy increased by five years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s. The increase was greatest in the African region of WHO where life expectancy increased by 9.4 years to 60 years, driven mainly by improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and expanded access to antiretrovirals for treatment of HIV.The report adds: “Global life expectancy for children born in 2015 was 71.4 years (73.8 years for females and 69.1 years for males), but an individual child’s outlook depends on where he or she is born. The report shows that newborns in 29 countries – all of them high-income – have an average life expectancy of 80 years or more, while newborns in 22 others – all of them in sub-Saharan Africa – have life expectancy of less than 60 years”.With an average lifespan of 86.8 years, women in Japan can expect to live the longest. Switzerland enjoys the longest average survival for men, at 81.3 years. While people in Sierra Leone have the world’s lowest life-expectancy for both sexes: 50.8 years for women and 49.3 years for men.This year’s World Health Statistics brings together the most recent data on the health-related targets within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015.While the Millennium Development Goals focused on a narrow set of disease-specific health targets for 2015, the SDGs look to 2030 and are far broader in scope. For example, the SDGs include a broad health goal, “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” and calls for achieving universal health coverage.Of note too is that the report includes data that illustrates inequalities in access to health services within countries – between a given country’s poorest residents and the national average for a set of reproductive, maternal and child health services.Everyone wants to live a full, healthy and productive life. Some persons are very health conscious in their lifestyle habits; they eat healthy, exercise regularly and so on. But in addition to this, they expect that the State would make the necessary investments in ensuring that certain key interventions are made to support a healthy population; such as modern hospitals staffed with competent health professionals, specialised healthcare, high quality medical supplies, etc.In Guyana, life expectancy rates over the past decade or so have seen remarkable improvements; and this is due to a number of factors. Guyana has a life expectancy rate of close to 71 years. Life expectancy has risen from 40 in the 1960s to 61 by 1970 and that remained the same by 1990. However, critical interventions in the health sector have allowed for further improvements in health care delivery which resulted in life expectancy rates going up to about 64 for males and 71 for females.This country can now boast of a life expectancy rate that is similar to many other Caricom countries. However, in order to ensure that Guyana’s life expectancy rating improves further, Government must continue to make the necessary investments in the health sector with the aim of improving health care delivery; for example, the Specialty Hospital is needed urgently. Citizens must not only be able to access affordable health services but the services provided must be of an extremely high standard.last_img read more

Whither civil society?

first_imgTwo years ago, the success of the Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) to bring out a wide cross-section of Georgetown to successfully protest the imposition of the said meters by PNC elements in the City Council precipitated murmurs of hope about the possibility of “Civil Society” reasserting itself. But sadly, even as the PNC at the national level started to repeat history by reasserting its hegemonic control over the State through bullyism and the raw exercise of power, civil society appears to have become preternaturally cowed and has refused to raise their hands or heads.It took some of the leaders of the same organisation, MAPM, whose consciousness had obviously been raised to recognise the responsibility of civil society to return to the streets last week and remind their cohorts of their historic role.The notion of a “civil society” has an ancient lineage, going back to antiquity. But its present parameters were first outlined after the modern state system was launched in 1646. Since then, “civil society” has been juxtaposed against the potentially predatory state – the Leviathan. Political parties arose in civil society as vehicles for mobilisation to capture the state. But by definition, they were “partisan” and soon were considered at best only liminally part of civil society, and at worse, part of the political order. “Civil society” were those associational elements, in one formulation, mediating between the family and the political order.During the periods of dictatorship in many countries in the modern period – such as occurred in Guyana during the 1970s – political parties were rendered impotent and ineffectual even though they might not actually have been banned. With elections routinely rigged, political parties in Guyana basically served as fig leaves to “democratic” pretentions. In such a climate, civil society asserted itself against the oppressive PNC Burnhamite Leviathan state.The political parties made common cause with religious bodies, elements of the business community, trade unions, the Bar Association and other “civic” institutions. As early as 1978, reacting to the PNC’s cynical referendum to end referenda, a wide swathe of civil society mobilised to oppose the imposition and precipitated the lowest turnout in any official polling exercise in Guyana’s history. Many civic society groups were subsequently formed to demand “free and fair elections”.Against a background of political impotence as late as 1990, with “free and fair elections” in the air, civil society became very active and effective in bringing citizens into the streets. During the upsurge in violence following the 1998 PNC protests, we had elements of civil society – such as the “Social Partners” comprising the Private Sector Commission, the Guyana Bar Association and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) – becoming active. They played a key role in the onslaught against the State run by the PPP at the beginning of this millennium.But sadly, since 2018, even though we have had the PNC-led Government leading an assault on the fundamental tenet of democracy in refusing to respect and obey the Constitution on the need to hold elections within three months after the successful passage of a no-confidence motion, most of civil society have remained quiescent, if not comatose at the transgression. While the courts are duty-bound to adjudicate cases brought before them – even they can summarily dismiss some as “abuse of process” – all Guyanese know that when the PNC did a volte-face and speciously claimed that 33 was not the majority of 65, when they had been governing on that basis since 2015, they were returning to Burnhamite form. Which is to hold on to power by any means necessary.It was at this conjuncture when the PNC Leviathan has clearly indicated it was not prepared to follow the tenets of the social contract as embodied in the Constitution, which conferred legitimacy to it, that civil society, should have come out into the streets. It is still not too late.Unless “civil society” hangs together now, its members will hang separately soon.last_img read more

Manchester United on red alert as Dotrmund star set to slap in transfer request

first_img1 Manchester United are keeping a close eye on Mats Hummels’ situation at Borussia Dortmund, according to reports in Germany.The German international was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer but opted to commit his future to Dortmund.However, according to Bild, Hummels has struggled to adapt to life under new coach Thomas Tuchel and is set to hand in a transfer request at the end of the season.That is likely to alert United, with Louis van Gaal known to be an admirer of the 26-year-old and eyeing a regular partner for Chris Smalling at the heart of his side’s defence.Hummels has a contract with Dortmund until 2017 but is unlikely to renew terms so the Bundesliga side may want to cash in on him next summer. Mats Hummels last_img read more

DONEGAL COUNTY ENTERPRISE BOARD STILL DOING THE BUSINESS AFTER 20 YEARS!

first_imgCurrent and former members of Donegal County Enterprise Board pictured on Friday at the launch of the print and digital book to mark the board’s 20 years of supporting local enterprise.The huge role Donegal County Enterprise Board has played in the economic development of the county was highlighted at the weekend at celebrations to mark twenty years of promoting entrepreneurship.As part of the celebrations, businesses from all over Donegal were invited to promote their enterprise at a special showcase in the Clanree Hotel on Friday, while the special milestone was also marked by the launch of a commemorative book celebrating microenterprise in Donegal over the last 20 years.Chairman of Donegal County Enterprise Board, Mr. Seamus Neely, said Donegal County Enterprise Board (DCEB) had always been noted for an innovative approach and high achievement in support of the micro enterprise sector. He said the book served to highlight some of the innovative initiatives the board has taken over the years.The Chairman of Donegal County Enterprise Board, Seamus Neely and the CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board, Michael Tunney the launch of the print and digital book to mark the board’s 20 years of supporting local enterprise.“Over the years the Board has been fortunate to have accessed a range of additional funds and resources into the county to assist our small business community. We are extremely grateful to all those organisations and individuals who have supported the Board and its projects and programmes over the past 20 years.”He added that over that period DCEB has approved over €11.5 million to over 340 businesses and has had over 11,500 participants on workshops, training programmes and management development programmes.Michael Tunney, CEO of DCEB said that over the years the Board has continually sought to develop its services adding that the experience, skills and expertise of the staff within the Board had been critical to the Board’s service development and delivery over the years. “Through the Board’s active participation on the County Development Board and its forerunner, the County Strategy Group, Donegal County Enterprise Board has been the acknowledged first point of contact for enterprise development in the county in the last fifteen years.”Ursula Donnelly, Assistant CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board, John Henry McLaughlin, Councillor John Ryan, Danny McMenamin, Ciaran McMenamin of 3Dom Filaments Ltd and CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board, Michael Tunney, pictured at the Donegal County Enterprise Board Business Networking Showcase in the Clanree Hotel on Friday last.He added: “Through this engagement on the County Development Board, the Enterprise Board has always sought to highlight the role and importance of local business to the county’s economy.”And the success of the local business supported by DCEB was evident in the figures in the commemorative booklet highlighting not only the fact that 2,014 jobs had been assisted but also that over 90% of grant-aided businesses were still trading.Friday’s celebrations offered a free opportunity to local businesses to showcase their enterprise and to network with other businesses in the county and a large number – from all parts of the county – grasped the chance to take part to highlight their venture.The commemorative booklet also featured some of the businesses supported by DCEB over the past twenty years, in a wide range of disciplines from tourism and engineering to food, manufacturing and services. The booklet – available in digital format from installs.3dissue.com and from the DCEB website donegalenterprise.ie – also highlighted details of the services and operations of DCEB, including Management Development and Training, Female Entrepreneurship, Food, Education, Cross Border Programmes and Enterprising Donegal Week.The DCEB Chairman Mr. Seamus Neely meanwhile explained that in the near future the Boards will be re-structured into the local authorities as Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) and will operate under a Service Level Agreement between the Local Authority and Enterprise Ireland.“This re-structuring will see LEO carry out extended services to the small business community in the county, as well as greater integration with the services of the Local Authority and the other enterprise agencies, both within the county and nationally,” he said.Meanwhile CEO of DCEB, Michael Tunney said it is essential going forward that the agency for the promotion of entrepreneurship and for supporting local businesses retains an ability to respond with flexibility to both the needs of local businesses and the needs of local economic development. “Donegal County Enterprise Board has always sought to respond with genuine interest, concern and commitment to the needs of the county and its business community. The Donegal Local Enterprise Office will continue to respond with similar creativity, innovativeness and engagement,” he concluded.The next big event on the local enterprise calendar will be Enterprising Donegal Business week from March 03rd to 8th keep up to date by logging onto www.donegalenterprise.iePictured at the Donegal County Enterprise Board Business Networking Showcase in the Clanree Hotel on Friday last were from left Pauric Hilferty of Greenlight Media, Councillor Ciaran Brogan, Emer Johnston of Imagine if Only, Denis Finnegan of Finn Media, CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board, Michael Tunney and Joseph Doohan of Finn Media.DONEGAL COUNTY ENTERPRISE BOARD STILL DOING THE BUSINESS AFTER 20 YEARS! was last modified: December 4th, 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)Tags:20 yearsCelebrationsDonegal County Enterprise Boardlast_img read more

Datebook

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesBurbank’s Music Under the Stars featuring The Firehouse Stompers Dixieland Jazz Band, 7 p.m., Burbank Northwest Library, 3323 W. Victory Blvd. Bring blanket. Free. Call (818) 238-5640. Mail Datebook entries to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. TUESDAY Memory Loss & Aging Workshop for Seniors, 10:30 a.m., Sparr Heights Community Center, 1613 Glencoe Way, Glendale. Call (818) 548-2188. Beginning Line Dancing, 6:15 p.m., Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Avenue Q-12. $2.50 fee. Call (661) 267-5551. “The Muppet Movie,” 7 p.m., Santa Monica Pier. Free. Get tickets at visitors center, second floor, Santa Monica Place Mall, Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1920 Main St., or at the CVB kiosk, 1400 Ocean Ave. 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

Hawksbee and Jacobs daily – Wednesday, January 17

first_imgListen back as Paul and Andy bring you the best bits from Wednesday’s Hawksbee and Jacobs show.Today’s show features former darts player Wayne Mardle, former Premier League referee Mark Halsey as well as Spanish football expert Guillem Balague to talk about Cristiano Ronaldo’s possible exit from Real Madrid. Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes.last_img

Diaz says Madrid were only club he was ever going to leave Man City for

first_img 3 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The 19-year-old made only 15 first-team appearances for City, but was regarded as one of their most promising academy graduates.He scored both goals in their Carabao Cup fourth round win over Fulham back in November.The Spanish forward was offered a lucrative deal to stay, but he opted to leave for Real with six months remaining on his contract.And Diaz said he had no hesitation in packing up and returning to his native homeland.Speaking at his official presentation, he said: “When I was told of Real Madrid’s interest I didn’t think twice about it. REVEALED Most Read In Football The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 3 The former Manchester City youngster says Madrid are the only club he would have left for City for SORRY Diaz is embraced by Pep Guardiola after scoring both of City’s goals against Fulham back in November Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF Diaz, who will wear the No 21 shirt at Real, spoke to media and posed for photographs on the pitch in front of fans.Diaz’s departure is the latest blow for City’s much-vaunted academy, after the notable loss of the sought-after Jadon Sancho in 2017.Diaz, however, had no bad words for the club he joined from Malaga at the age of 14.He added: “I am really grateful to City for they helped me a lot.“I am very really pleased to be here now though at the biggest club in the world.center_img “Today is the most important day of my life, arriving at the team I dreamed of playing for when I was a child.“This is the best present for me for Christmas.“When I decided to leave Manchester City I only thought about three options.“The first one, play for Real Madrid; the second one, play for Real Madrid and the third one, play for Real Madrid.“I didn’t want to go anywhere else. It was impossible to go to a better club.” Brahim Diaz has completed his £22m move to Real Madrid gameday cracker Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos RANKED Brahim Diaz claims Real Madrid are the only club he would have left Manchester City for.The highly-rated teenager was formally unveiled as a Real player on Monday after passing a medical and completing the formalities of his £22m switch from the Etihad Stadium. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion revealed latest scrap “I really just want to get started now with this football club.”City are understood to have secured a basic £15.5m fee for Diaz with a potential extra £6.5m in add-ons.The deal includes a 15 per cent sell-on clause, but that rises to 40 per cent if the buying club are Manchester United.Diaz has signed a six-and-a-half year contract with the European champions. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more

Another day of protest by Border Communities Against Brexit this weekend

first_imgAnother day of action organised by the group Border Communities Against Brexit will take place in Donegal this Saturday.The public are asked to show their support for the white line protest which takes place at 10.00am (for 40 min) at Lifford Bridge and Bridge End in Dery as well as at Moybridge in Aughnacloy.Border Communities Against Brexit, came about because of real concerns that the voices of those of us in the border region are not being listened to when it comes to the implications of Brexit. The group is a broad, cross community and non-party-political group and invite anyone who shares our concerns to join with us in building an effective campaign.Spokesman Declan Fearon outlined the group’s aims and where its campaign stands.“We have come together to ensure that the North’s democratically expressed wish by 56% of its people is to remain within the EU is respected and that rhe impact of Brexit locally on communities in the Republic is recognised, especially the effects in border areas.“We want to ensure that the views of local communities are heard when big decisions affecting our futures are taken in London, Dublin and Brussels. “The prospect of a new EU frontier, stretching from Dundalk to Derry some 300 miles, is not acceptable to those of us living and working in border areas, North or South.“Our DAY OF ACTION in October was a huge success and gained a huge ground swell of public support with thousands attending our co-ordinated rallies at Carrickarnon Dundalk, at Belcoo and Aghalane Fermanagh, at Moybridge on the Tyrone Monaghan Border and at Lifford Bridge and Bridge End Derry.“We have met the Ministers at the North South Ministerial Council, attended the All Ireland Civil Dialogue in“The Irish ambassador to the UK Dan Mulhall was giving evidence to the Northern Ireland Affairs committee last week, where he stated that “North-South trade amounted to more than €6 billion in 2014 and that1.85m cars, 177,000 lorries and 208,000 light vans are recorded crossing the border each month”.In the past two weeks we have been angered at the lack of any thought or understanding in Westminster and Dublin on how a hard Brexit will affect the Border Communities of Ireland. Not a single amendment or serious proposal has been forthcoming, with the Prime Minister stating in Dublin that she wants to see a “frictionless border”, this then being contradicted a few days later in evidence to the Northern Ireland Select Affairs committee by European Experts stating customs checks must be put in place. We do not believe what we are being told from Westminster that a Hard Border will not happen; Westminster is bluffing us, European experts reject this.We feel that a Hard Border looks likely and with that the dire economic consequences that would bring for thousands of families and business on this island, as trade tariffs and barriers to business would be implemented thereby removing our access to a free market and the customs union.Kilmainham; our members have also attended the sectoral meetings. Wehave also met with and made a submission to the Dail Joint Committee On TheImplementation of The Good Friday Agreement on the affects of Brexit to Ireland’s bordercommunities. We have also made presentations to councils North and South and had motionspassed in support of our campaign.We are soon to meet the Under Secretary of State for the North, Lord Dunlop and we intendto travel to Europe to meet with EU decision makers to make them fully aware of theimplications of Brexit for the North and the South in particular the Border Communities.The Farming community will especially be very badly affected if Brexit proceeds as it currently stands, as 30% of all milk produced in the North is sent South to be processed, there is no capacity for this milk to be processed in the North.There are 6000 lambs per week sent to the South to be processed and then largely sold into the French market. Our committee has decided to stage another DAY OF ACTION to show to the Irish and the British Government our determination that our voices will NOT be dismissed in the important negotiations that are about to take place when Article 50 is triggered in the next few weeks.These negotiations will set in stone the requirements of trade and the movement’s of our people between and across these island’s for generations, and the negative economic consequences that will be felt for generations to come.So we are asking for your support on Saturday 18th February 2017 at 10.00am (for 40 min) to take part in a White Line Protest at Moybridge Aughnacloy, Lifford Bridge and Bridge End Derry (also 10:00am).We are asking farmers, those in the farm supply chain business, hauliers and any business and individuals affected by Brexit, specifically community groups and sporting organisations to show your concerns about how Brexit will impact on you.Could we ask that you to get creative with your posters and banners to send a message on Brexit?We can be contacted at bordercommunitiesagainstbrexit@gmail.comMore information about us and our campaign can be found on our face book pagehttps://www.facebook.com/bordercommunitiesagainstbrexit/.Another day of protest by Border Communities Against Brexit this weekend was last modified: February 13th, 2017 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)last_img read more

Running order for Donegal’s #Build17 is revealed

first_imgThe running order for the #Build17 at Watson Hire has been revealed.The event, which takes place at Watson Hire at Lisnenan Business Park in Letterkenny, is a must for all those even thinking of building anytime in the near future.The running order…… 10am -10.15am#Build17 ‘Meet the Experts’ on arrival with tea/coffee/cookies10.15am#Build17 official opening by sponsors AIBBarry Naughton, AIB 10.20-10.40amThe Architect – Design, Planning and the Build ProcessPeter Cullinane, RIAI Architect, Cullinane Steele Architects10.40-11.00 amHealth and Safety: ‘Site Safety – what you need to know’Darren Donaghy, Donaghy Safety Training11.00-11.20am The Insurer: Getting the right insurance for your projectMichael McMahon, Cavanagh Hooper Dolan Insurance11.20-11.40amThe Solicitor: ‘Legal pitfalls in planning and house purchases’Garry Clarke, Lanigan Clarke Solicitors11.40am -12.10pm Break and Access to Experts12.10 -12.30pmThe Builder: ‘Building high quality affordable homes’Bert Galbraith, Galbraith Construction12.30-12.50pmThe Plumber: ‘Cost saving heating and water saving systems’Jonathon Doherty, Efficient Renewables/Efficient Heating and Plumbing12.50pm-1.10pmThe Mortgage Application ProcessFionnuala McBride, AIB1.10pm-1.30pmThe Energy Rater: ‘Building Energy Ratings and how to make your home efficient’Dean Spencer, BER In Donegal1.30pm-1.50pmQuestions and answers session and one-to-one discussions with the experts1.50pm#Build17 Prize draw giveaway with McDaid’s Bathrooms, Plumbing and Tiles2pmBuild17 closing address from sponsors AIBBarry Naughton, AIBThere will be opportunity for one-to-one sessions with our experts throughout the event and afterwards. Running order for Donegal’s #Build17 is revealed was last modified: February 17th, 2017 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)last_img read more

All-Stars make disappointing exit from President’s Cup

first_imgThe EJ Sligo All-Stars bowed out of the President’s National Cup at the quarter-final stage on Saturday night when they were well beaten by Fr Matthew’s in Cork  73-58.The All-Stars trailed by just three points (31-28) at half-time but it was during the third quarter where the damage was done as Fr Matthew’s established an 18-point lead (57-39).Sligo were unable to make meaningful inroads on that deficit in the closing quarter. Jesus San Martin was the team’s top scorer with 13 points but their Cork opponents were comfortable winners at full time.President’s Cup 1/4 final resultsFr Matthew’s (Cork) 73 EJ Sligo All-Stars 58IT Carlow v Ulster UniversityLYIT 83 Tolka Rovers 73Ballincollig 96 Portlaoise Panthers 57.Semi-final pairingsLetterkenny IT v BallincolligFr Matthew’s v IT Carlow/Ulster Uni.last_img read more